Need to Learn the Ins and Outs of Getting Funding? Look No Further!

Post Graduate Short Term Public Service Funding 2014

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The Post-Graduate Fellowship Program was initiated in 2013 and seeks to support new UW law graduates who are seeking employment, and who wish to provide legal services for underserved populations, by providing limited financial support while Fellows continue to search for permanent positions after the bar exam. This support will allow Fellows to continue to develop skills, contacts, and professional experience through short-term volunteer work, enabling them to better compete for permanent positions once they become available.

Each fellow must volunteer with an eligible sponsor organization, doing work that requires a JD or draws heavily on the Fellow’s legal education and training. Eligible work may include, for example, legal advocacy, direct legal services, impact litigation, or community education and organizing.

Fellowship awards will consist of a maximum of $1500 per Fellow, renewable on a monthly basis, for a maximum of four months (up to $6000 total). Fellowships must begin between August 1, 2014 and September 30, 2014, and may end no later than January 31, 2015. Fellowships will end when the Fellow finds a permanent position or at the end of the four-month fellowship period, whichever comes sooner. Recipients and sponsoring agencies will be required to certify that they will adhere to each of the goals and guidelines of the Fellowship program.

The University of Washington School of Law is accepting applications from June 2014 graduates for a limited number of short-term, post-graduate Fellowships. Applications can be accessed on Symplicity and must be uploaded to Symplicity no later than Sunday, May 4, 2014 at 11:59 p.m.

Questions?  Contact Dean Storms.

Social Justice, Conflict Resolution, and Reconciliation: An Introductory Workshop to Kingian Nonviolence on May 1-2

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Hosted by: University of Washington and Bellevue College

Kingian Nonviolence is a framework for transforming and reconciling conflict that was developed out of the teachings of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the organizing strategies of the Civil Rights Movement. The goal is to prevent violence, yes, but its ambitions are even bigger: to pursue reconciliation by putting strength and agency in the hands of those who choose to act, talk, and think in healthy, humanly-connected ways that pursue a common higher ground. An approach of nonviolence, as a result, has wide applicability for how people set goals, declare values, and interact with others. In this workshop we will study the nature of human conflict, the roots of violence, the principles of nonviolence, and the “six steps of Kingian Nonviolence,” which will discuss the role of direct action, education, negotiation, and other steps critical in movement building. Specifically, we will address strategies and principles on how to respond to both interpersonal conflict as well as larger social conflicts.

Dates and Cost

We ask participants to commit to both days of the workshop.

May 1 @ Bellevue College: 4:00 – 4:30 PM sign-in, 4:30 – 8:30 PM
May 2 @ University of Washington, 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM

Cost is $25 per person, to be paid in cash or check at registration sign-in. An introductory manual is included in this fee. Specific room details will be provided after registration; sandwiches and snacks will be provided each day.

For more information, click here.

Working in Civil Legal Aid, Public Defense or Gov’t Agency this Summer? Still Looking for Summer Funding? Americorps JD May be Right for You! Deadline Extended to May 2

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The deadline for students to apply to our AmeriCorps JD program to receive a $1,175 Segal AmeriCorps Education Award has been extended through May 2.

We have more spots available for students working with various populations in any area of law in addition to funding for students providing legal services to veterans, including those serving at legal aid, public defender, other nonprofit organizations, or local, county or state government agencies.

These funds are currently underutilized, so please take advantage of this invaluable opportunity!  By completing a simple application and consenting to a background check, students have the opportunity to earn additional funds for the work they are already doing this summer and throughout the school year while still being able to receive outside funding up to $4,300.

For a step by step guide on the application process, click here.  Click here to apply online.

Show me the money! Resources and Tips for Grant writing from the Gallagher Law Library

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Want to start your own legal services or social justice organization? The Gallagher Law Library has compiled some fabulous resources for public service startups.

Check it out here.

 

 

Final Reminder! Report Pro Bono Hours by Monday, April 28!

Wouldn’t it be amazing if we could say 100% of UW Law students, faculty and staff give back to the community!?   

  • Did you volunteer for IFAP, IMAP, SYLAW, ITMP, ELS, research project  NW Detention Center Project or a community-based legal organization between April 2013 and March 2014?

 

    • Did you volunteer as a case manager or leader for one of these student-led pro bono projects?
  • Did you intern last summer for a public interest organization and didn’t get a summer grant, stipend or externship credit?

 

If you can answer YES to any of these questions you are likely eligible to participate in the Pro Bono Honors Program!

APRIL 28 IS FAST APPROACHING! And, it’s the last day to submit the online form so that you can be recognized with fellow students, faculty and staff with a Pro Bono Service Award! Don’t forget the program recognizes student leaders pro bono legal assistance projects as well as legal assistance hours. 2Ls, 3Ls and LLM students with 30 hours (10 hours for 1Ls) of qualifying pro bono service will be recognized.

Your efforts are greatly appreciated and you will be recognized at the May 8 PILA TGIT!

 Not in it for the award? We get it. The Pro Bono Honors Program though gives us the opportunity to tell the story of UW Law and what our commitment to public service really looks like.  We are also able to pull together resources to help future generations of students connect to the volunteer opportunities that resonate for them.  So please take the time to do this!

Law Student Checklist:

For First-Time Student Participants

  • Tie your UWNet ID to a GMail account if you haven’t already.
  • Make sure your pro bono work qualifies or contact acarton@uw.edu if you’re not sure.
  • Attend the Annual Core Competencies Training on October 12, 2013. Missed a training? Go to our training page for resources and podcasts.
  • Keep track of your hours (download optional tracking log):
    • We’ll need you to tell us if you you’re providing direct legal assistance and/or if you’ve been in a pro bono leadership role.
    • You’ll need a minimum of 30 hours performed between April 1, 2013 and March 31, 2014.
  • Draft Essay: Write a 600-1000 word reflective essay about your pro bono work experience, observations made about the clients you’ve served or the organization you worked for and/or reflections about your professional path in public service law.
  • Certify training attendance, report hours and submit essay by Monday, April 28: Complete the online web form.

For Returning Student Participants

  • Tie your UWNet ID to a GMail account if you haven’t already.
  • Make sure your pro bono work qualifies or contact acarton@uw.edu if you’re not sure.
  • Keep track of your hours (download optional tracking log):
    • We’ll need you to tell us if you you’re providing direct legal assistance and/or if you’ve been in a pro bono leadership role.
    • You’ll need a minimum of 30 hours performed between April 1, 2013 and March 31, 2014.
  • Report hours by Monday, April 28: Complete the online web form.

Attention 3Ls! Positions Open with TDA and DOL Employees’ Compensation Appeals Board

Attention 3Ls and Recent Grads!  King County Defender Association Division Seeking Full Time Public Defense Attorney, Due 4/22

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The Defender Association Division of the King County Department of Public Defense seeks an experienced staff attorney to work full time. Since its inception in 1969, The Defender Association Division has undertaken not only to provide excellent representation to indigent clients, but also to address systemic inequities in the justice system.

Public defense attorneys provide legal representation to indigent clients in several practice areas including felonies, misdemeanors, juvenile offenders, dependencies, civil commitment and civil commitment of sexually violence predators. The scope of representation is defined by the nature of the case assignment and in accordance with the Rules of Professional Conduct. Caseload standards are observed in accordance with WSBA guidelines. 

For a complete job description and application instructions, click here.

Attention 3Ls! U.S. Department of Labor Employees’ Compensation Appeals Board Seeking Law Clerk, Due 4/28

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The Employees’ Compensation appeals Board (ECAB), a United States Department of Labor appellate adjudicatory board, is seeking to hire a Law Clerk with a projected start date in May 2014. 

The ECAB, located at the Frances Perkins Building in Washington, D.C., hears appeals taken from determinations and awards under the Federal Employees’ Compensation Act (FECA) with respect to claims of federal employees injured in the course of their employment.  The decisions of the Board are made in accordance with its statutory mandate, based on a thorough review of the case record as compiled by the Office of Workers’ Compensation Programs (OWCP).  The ECAB has final ­authority to determine benefits payable with respect to the disability or death of federal employees injured in the scope of their employment.  There is no further administrative or judicial appeal of ECAB decisions.

The Law Clerk position is a two-year appointment at the GS-11, Step 1 level. The primary responsibilities of the Law Clerk is to review and analyze case records and arguments, conduct legal research, draft decisions and orders, and responses to motions. Familiarity and work experience with the ECAB and its procedures as well as the FECA is most desirable.

For a complete job description and application instructions, click here.

Attention 2Ls & 3Ls!  Paid Health Summer Internship with the Association of American Medical Colleges

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The Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) is a not-for-profit association representing all 141 accredited U.S. and 17 accredited Canadian medical schools; nearly 400 major teaching hospitals and health systems; and 90 academic and scientific societies.  Through its many programs and services, the AAMC strengthens the world’s most advanced medical care by supporting the entire spectrum of education, research, and patient care activities conducted by our member institutions. The AAMC and our members are dedicated to the communities we serve and steadfast in our desire to earn and keep the public’s trust for the role we play in improving the nation’s health.

The AAMC’s Office of Legal Services is seeking a rising 3L (or exceptional rising 2L) for a legal clerkship. A clerkship with the Office of Legal Services provides students with a unique opportunity to work in both the corporate and nonprofit sectors.  Although we are a non-profit organization, the Office of Legal Services functions in much the same way that an in-house legal department would in a for-profit company.  Clerks will be given the opportunity to work on a variety of projects, however, applicants should be aware that most litigation matters are not handled internally.

For a complete job description and application instructions, click here.

Attention 2Ls and 3Ls Interested in Appellate Public Defense! Backlund & Mistry Seeking Fall Legal Intern

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Small Olympia firm dedicated exclusively to appellate public defense is looking for a law student to help with research and writing.  We are simultaneously laid-back and passionate about doing an awesome job for our clients.  Extern will research issues and draft arguments for specific cases.  Extern will also research issues affecting the criminal justice system as a whole.  Extern will learn about appellate practice, legal writing, and issue-spotting.  Excellent experience for someone interested in either appellate or trial-level indigent defense.

We’re flexible about the number of hours per week and whether the extern works from our office, remotely, or a combination of the two.

For a complete job description and application instructions, click here.

Attention 1Ls and 2Ls!  Washington State Office of the Attorney General, UW Division Seeks Externs During 2014-2015 Year, Contact Esther Park if Interested

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The Washington State Office of the Attorney General, UW Division is recruiting 1Ls and 2Ls for externships during the 2014-2015 school year.

This division of the Washington State Attorney General’s Office provides legal services to the University of Washington. This division furnishes legal advice and representation across a wide scope of specialized areas, including healthcare, employment law, labor relations, student affairs, real estate, business law, intercollegiate athletics, public finance, bonds, intellectual property, tax, benefits, gifts and trusts, and constitutional law. The division’s mission is to serve the University of Washington — and the students, patients and citizens who benefit from its teaching, healthcare and research — by assuring that it receives legal advice and representation that meets the highest professional standards. The UW Division will take externs or volunteers on a part-time or full-time basis. Hours to be determined with supervising attorney.

For a complete job description and application instructions, click here.  If you are interested in the position, please contact Esther Park first before applying.

Chung, Malhas & Mantel, PLLC Seeking Bilingual Immigration Legal Assistant – Chinese (Mandarin) and English, Due 5/15

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Chung, Malhas & Mantel, PLLC is seeking an immigration Legal Assistant/Paralegal that is fluent in both Chinese (Mandarin) and English.  currently the firm has a vacancy in its China practice department involving immigration and international law.

This is a fast paced position, so ability to multitask is a must and we desire applicants that can learn quickly and has a minimum of 3 years’ experience in immigration practice.

For a complete job description and application details, click here.

Attention Current 1Ls and 2Ls, or LLMs!  Meyer Glitzenstein & Crystal Seeking Fall 2014 Clerk, Due 5/5

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Meyer Glitzenstein & Crystal – a public interest law firm in the nation’s capital focused on federal impact litigation in the fields of environmental protection, public lands and natural resource conservation, biodiversity and animal law, and open government – is now accepting applications for Law Clerks for the fall 2014 semester.  Law Clerks assist with all aspects of litigation.  Law clerks may be 2L, 3L, or LLM students, or may be recent law school graduates looking for a temporary clerkship.

Excellent research, writing, and analytical skills are required. Law Clerks must be prepared to work in our office in Washington, DC. The ideal candidate will have a demonstrated interest in environmental and/or animal law.

Law Clerks typically arrange for class credit or public interest funding.  Those Law Clerks without funding will be compensated on a public interest pay scale commensurate with the nature of our practice.

For more information, click here.

Attention 1Ls and 2Ls!  Washington State Office of the Attorney General, UW Division Extends Externship Deadline to 5/1

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This division of the Washington State Attorney General’s Office provides legal services to the University of Washington. The University has campuses in Seattle, Bothell and Tacoma, enrolls over 50,000 students, employs over 40,000 individuals, and operates academic medical centers. Externs and volunteer law clerks to this division may have the opportunity to conduct legal research, draft client advice memoranda, participate in client meetings, attend court proceedings when available, draft or revise contracts, and attend client presentations.

For a full job description and application details, click here.

Do You Enjoy Free Film Screenings? Check Out These Amazing Films!

April 21: Special Free Screening of “Documented” in Seattle

Monday, Apr. 21, 2014
6:30 PM, Siff Uptown Cinema, 511 Queen Anne Avenue North, Seattle, WA
Q&A with Jose Antonio Vargas and Eric Liu after the film

Tickets are FREE, but please RSVP online here.

In 2011, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Jose Antonio Vargas outed himself as an undocumented immigrant in the New York Times Magazine. DOCUMENTED chronicles his journey to America from the Philippines as a child; his public struggle as an immigration reform activist/provocateur; and his journey inward as he reconnects with his mother, whom he hasn’t seen in 20 years. A broken immigration system leads to broken families and broken lives. 

Click here for more information.

April 22: Social Justice Tuesday- American Indian Children and Families:  Understanding the History and Experiences that Inform Native People’s Interactions with U.S. Legal Systems

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12:30-1:20, Room 133

Speaker:  Dian Million, Ph.D.  Associate Professor of American Indian Studies at the University of Washington.

Hosted by: The Incarcerated Mothers Advocacy Project

Description:  Dr. Million (Tanana Athabascan) is a poet, professor and scholar. Her research explores the politics of knowledge, colonialism, human rights and healing.  By placing community health in the context of race, class, gender and identity issues, Dr. Million shares perspectives on Native family life that will enhance cultural competency, challenge assumptions, and illuminate the connections among social and political conditions.  Her insights into the tensions between Native sovereignty and American governing practices are relevant to lawyers and law students working with tribes, government policy, family or criminal law, as well as anyone who is interested in a more complex and honest view of U.S. history.

Please RSVP to gatespsl@uw.edu by 12 noon on Monday, April 21 if you’d like lunch.

April 23: Webinar on Using Human Rights to Advance Racial Justice: An Introduction to the Race Treaty

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Wednesday, Apr. 23, 2014
2:00 – 3:30 PM EDT

Join the U.S. Human Rights Network’s CERD Taskforce for an introductory webinar on the “Race Treaty,” also known as the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (CERD), and the upcoming review of the U.S. Government by the U.N. CERD Committee (PRRAC is a member of the USHRN CERD Task Force).  The webinar is scheduled for Wednesday, April 23, 2014, 2:00-3:30 pm EDT.

Click here to register.

April 23: An Evening with Rwanda: “Finding Hillywood” Film Screening & More

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Wednesday, Apr. 23, 2014
6:30 – 9:00 PM
Ethnic Cultural Center Theater (3940 Brooklyn Ave NE)
Admission: Free

Join us for an inspiring and informative film event and discussion to explore Rwanda’s history of transitional justice and healing since the 1994 genocide.

The program includes:

Transitional Justice in Rwanda: A short film by Rwandan youth about transitional justice in Rwanda, and a few video clips from interviews with personnel from the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda. (www.tribunalvoices.org)

Finding Hillywood: A one-hour feature documentary about the beginning of Rwanda’s film industry, and a real life example of how art heals. (http://findinghillywood.com)

Discussion: A conversation with Leah Warshawski, Director of Finding Hillywood

For more information, click here.

April 24: Webinar on Next Steps in Bringing Home the Human Right to Housing: Scholarship from the Symposium on the Human Right to Housing

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Webinar 12:00 – 1:00 PST

To celebrate the release of a special edition of the Columbia Law School Human Rights Law Review with articles curated for last April’s Bringing Economic & Social Rights Home: The Right to Adequate Housing in the U.S. symposium, the National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty, the Columbia Law School Human Rights Institute, the Columbia Law School Human Rights Law Review, and the Northeastern University School of Law Program on Human Rights and the Global Economy will be hosting a webinar on April 24, 2014, at 3pm Eastern, 2pm Central, 1 Mountain, 12 noon Pacific.  

The articles in this special issue of the Human Rights Law Review provide an important complement to, and expansion of, the last year’s symposium discussion, and the webinar will offer a chance to hear the authors summarize their contributions and answer questions. 

Speakers include: 

  • Maria Foscarinis, Executive Director, National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty, NLCHP
  • Eric Tars, Director of Human Rights & Children’s Rights Programs, NLCHP
  • Heather Maria Johnson, Staff Attorney, ACLU of Southern California
  • Tristia Bauman, Senior Counsel, NLCHP
  • Risa Kaufman, Executive Director, Human Rights Institute, Columbia Law School
  • Heidi Wegleitner Staff Attorney, Legal Aid of Wisconsin; District 2 Supervisor, Dane County Board of Supervisors
  • Lucy Williams, Professor of Law & Faculty Co-Director, Program on Human Rights and the Global Economy, Northeastern Law School
  • Brittany Scott, Campaign Coordinator, National Economic & Social Rights Initiative

Come and get a taste of the new thoughts, and ask questions of the authors!  Click here to register.

April 25: Washington State Society of Healthcare Attorneys Presents Its Annual Hospital & Health Seminar

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Friday, Apr. 25, 2014
Seattle University School of Law, Sullivan Hall

The Washington State Society of Healthcare Attorneys (“WSSHA”) was founded in 1973. It is operated exclusively for educational and charitable purposes, to provide an opportunity for legal advisors in the health field to meet and exchange information and ideas, to conduct legal seminars of interest to such attorneys, and to provide a central agency for the exchange of information of a legal nature in the health field.

This is a great networking and learning opportunity.  The registration fee for students is $115.  If you want to attend, you should send in your check as soon as possible along with the form that you can print off of the website. This seminar is well attended by the healthcare attorneys of Seattle and a few from Spokane and Oregon so it’s a great chance to connect with attorneys who practice in the health law field.

Click here to view the brochure.  The registration form is on the brochure itself.

April 28: National Commission on Voting Rights Event at the UW Law School

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Monday, Apr. 28, 2014
4:30 – 7:30 PM, RM 138

In 2005, the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, on behalf of the civil rights community, convened and staffed the National Commission on the Voting Rights Act (NCVRA), an eight-member blue ribbon panel which produced a fact-based report: Protecting Minority Voters: the Voting Rights Act at Work 1982 – 2005.

The Lawyers’ Committee, in close collaboration with state and local organizations, will organize the 2013-14 hearings.  The Commission will conduct fact finding hearings across the country that will look closely at the record of discrimination, election administration problems, voter registration procedures, and other challenges that voters are facing.

The Lawyers’ Committee will reach out to our partners in each of the states to work with the Commission in organizing the hearings. In addition to National Commissioners, we will invite local leaders to serve as guest commissioners. Voting attorneys, grassroots leaders, social scientists, and the public will be invited to testify. The hearing will be organized with Commissioners as questioners and panels of witnesses providing testimony. Each witness will be asked to submit a written statement (with the length at the discretion of each witness) in advance of the hearing.  During the hearing, witnesses will give oral testimony based on their written statement.  Commissioners sitting on the panel will ask questions on specific issues relating to each witnesses oral and written testimony. The hearings will also include periodic open sessions for audience members and voters to speak about their voting experience. Hearings will be held from November 2013 to spring 2014.

RSVP online here.

April 30: Dr. Bernard LaFayette “Sit-ins, Freedom Rides, and Selma: What the Civil Rights Movement and Nonviolence Tell Us Today

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Wednesday, Apr. 30, 2014
10:00 AM
School of Social Work Building, 4101 15th Ave. NE, RM 305

In 1958, 18-year-old Bernard LaFayette enrolled at American Baptist Theological Seminary in Nashville, Tennessee. LaFayette is an African American and had lived in Florida and Pennsylvania: in the former, he was raised with segregation, in the latter, he attended integrated public schools. When he arrived at seminary, he roomed with John Lewis, now the U.S. Representative for Georgia’s 5th congressional district. Within weeks, Lewis convinced LaFayette to dive into the practice of nonviolence, and they would go on to participate in some of the most crucial moments in the U.S. Civil Rights Movement.

In this talk, Dr. LaFayette, having earned his Ph.D. from Harvard University, will speak about his experiences in the Civil Rights Movement, the theory and practice of nonviolence, and our responsibilities today — all with a boundless optimism and perhaps a song or two.

For more information, click here.

May 10: Presentation on Race & Jury Service: Is Jury Selection Fair?  Are All Communities Represented?

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Saturday, May 10, 2014
4:30 PM, Gates Hall RM 119

Co-sponsors: Northwest Justice Project, Whitman College, Center for Public Service Law-UW Law

Interested in the issue of minority jury representation?

On Saturday May 10th, at 4:30 pm at the University of Washington Law School, students from Whitman College’s State of the State of Latinos in Washington will be presenting their project analyzing the jury selection system in Eastern Washington. In addition, attorneys from Washington Appleseed and the Northwest Justice Project will present the work they are doing to better understand jury selection and the role that academic researchers, attorneys, and students can play in increasing minority jury participation. The location will be in Room 119 in Gates Hall, light snacks and refreshments will be provided. Please feel free to contact David Morales at the Northwest Justice Project, if you have any further questions.

Do You Plan on a Career in Public Service? Apply Now For LRAP!

Need Help Paying Off Student Loans? UW LRAP Applications Now Available for UW Law Grads in Public Service in WA State

LRAPapplyThe Loan Repayment Assistance Program constitutes a core component of the UW School of Law’s commitment to public service by increasing the ability of its graduates to enter public service law. The School awards $5000 to approximately three new applicants per year and will commit to awarding an additional $5000 a year for two more years for a total commitment of $15,000 per participant.

Applicants must be UW Law grads in full time public service legal employment in Washington State. For complete information on the program and to download application materials please visit hereApplications will be accepted on a rolling basis through June 3Questions about LRAP? Email Aline Carton-Listfjeld.

Pro Bono Honors Program Deadline Extended to Monday, April 28!

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  • Did you volunteer for IFAP, IMAP, SYLAW, ITMP, ELS research project  or a community-based legal organization between April 2013 and March 2014?
  • Did you volunteer as a case manager or leader for one of these student-led pro bono projects?
  • Did you intern last summer for a public interest organization and didn’t get a summer grant, stipend or externship credit?

If you can answer YES to either of these questions you are likely eligible to participate in the Pro Bono Honors Program! APRIL 28 IS FAST APPROACHING! And, it’s the last day to submit the online form so that you can be recognized with fellow students, faculty and staff with a Pro Bono Service Award! Don’t forget the program recognizes student leaders pro bono legal assistance projects as well as legal assistance hours. 2Ls and 3Ls with 30 hours of qualifying pro bono service will be recognized. Your efforts are greatly appreciated and you will be recognized at the May 8 PILA TGIT! Not in it for the award? We get it. The Pro Bono Honors Program though gives us the opportunity to tell the story of UW Law and what our commitment to public service really looks like.  We are also able to pull together resources to help future generations of students connect to the volunteer opportunities that resonate for them.  So please take the time to do this! Pro Bono Honors Award Law Student Checklist:

For First-Time Student Participants

  • Tie your UWNet ID to a GMail account if you haven’t already.
  • Register your pledge to do pro bono
  • Make sure your pro bono work qualifies or contact acarton@uw.edu if you’re not sure.
  • Attend the Annual Core Competencies Training on October 12, 2013. Missed a training? Go to our training page for resources and podcasts.
  • Keep track of your hours (download tracking log):
    • We’ll need you to tell us if you you’re providing direct legal assistance and/or if you’ve been in a pro bono leadership role.
    • You’ll need a minimum of 30 hours performed between April 1, 2013 and March 31, 2014.
  • Draft Essay: Write a 600-1000 word reflective essay about your pro bono work experience, observations made about the clients you’ve served or the organization you worked for and/or reflections about your professional path in public service law.
  • Certify training attendance, report hours and submit essay by Monday, April 28: Complete the online web form.

For Returning Student Participants

  • Tie your UWNet ID to a GMail account if you haven’t already.
  • Make sure your pro bono work qualifies or contact acarton@uw.edu if you’re not sure.
  • Keep track of your hours (download tracking log):
    • We’ll need you to tell us if you you’re providing direct legal assistance and/or if you’ve been in a pro bono leadership role.
    • You’ll need a minimum of 30 hours performed between April 1, 2013 and March 31, 2014.
  • Report hours by Monday, April 28: Complete the online web form.

Ms. JD Accepting Applications for Public Interest Scholarships, Due 5/23

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Ms. JD is proud to announce its 2014 Summer Public Interest Scholarships!

Five winners will receive a $500 scholarship to support their continued commitment to public interest work this summer. Ms. JD is thrilled to continue our annual support of women pursuing public interest careers, as part of our ongoing efforts to support mentoring and career development at home and abroad. Winners will post on the blog each month this summer to start a discussion about the unique role of women public interest attorneys in the profession.

Women law students entering their second or third year at an accredited U.S. law school and working the summer of 2014 at least 35 hours per week for a minimum of 6 weeks at a government agency or nonprofit organization are eligible to apply. Unpaid judicial externs also qualify for these scholarships. Students need not have a placement at the time of their application, but must send an offer letter to Ms. JD by the beginning of the summer.

For more information, click here.

Attention 3Ls and Recent Grads! Associate Positions Available Across the Nation!

Attention 3Ls and Recent Grads! Murphy Anderson PLLC Seeking Litigation Associate in Washington, D.C., Due 4/20

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Murphy Anderson PLLC, a fast-paced and innovative public interest firm, is seeking a litigation associate with 0-5 years of experience for its Washington office.  The firm represents unions in all sectors of the economy, with a particular focus on finding creative ways to help workers organize.  The firm also represents employees concerning unpaid wages and whistleblowers fighting fraud in health care, military procurement and the construction industry using the False Claims Act and similar SEC and IRS programs.  The successful applicant will work in all areas of the firm’s practice.

Applicants should have excellent writing skills, strong academic credentials and a demonstrated commitment to workers’ rights and public service.  Federal judicial clerkship and law journal experience are favored, as is Spanish-language proficiency.

For a complete description and application information, click here. Photo of Washington, D.C. Capitol Building courtesy of Stockvault and Nicolas Raymond.

Attention 3Ls and Recent Grads! Hadsell Stormer Richardson & Renick LLP Seeking Associate Attorney to Work in Pasadena, California, Due 4/20

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Hadsell Stormer Richardson & Renick, LLP, a prominent civil rights and plaintiffs’ employment law firm located in Pasadena, California, announces an opening for the position of associate attorney with 0-5 years experience.  Excellent writing skills and a demonstrated commitment to public interest law are required.  Current admission to the California Bar preferred.  Judicial clerkships are a plus.  We value a diverse workplace and welcome applications from candidates with diverse backgrounds.

For a complete description and application details, click here.

Attention 3Ls and Recent Grads!  Northwest Office of Earthjustice Seeking Associate Attorney, Due 4/25

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Earthjustice is the premier nonprofit environmental law firm.  We take on the biggest, most precedent-setting cases across the country.  We wield the power of law and the strength of partnership to protect people’s health; to preserve magnificent places and wildlife; to advance clean energy; and to combat climate change.  We partner with thousands of groups, supporters and individuals to engage the critical environmental issues of our time, and bring about positive change.  We are here because the earth needs a good lawyer.

The associate attorney program comprises a two-year position with a possible extension for a third year.  Associate attorneys work closely with staff attorneys and clients to investigate, develop, and prosecute cases.  The associate attorney program is designed to help attorneys develop into thoughtful, professional, and effective advocates skilled in the various phases of public interest litigation.  Many associates have gone on to other positions within Earthjustice or with other public interest organizations.

For a complete description and application information, click here.

Killmer, Lane & Newman, LLP Seeking Associate Attorney in Denver, Colorado

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The lawyers of KILLMER, LANE & NEWMAN, LLP are concerned, above all else, with the protection of the civil rights and liberties of our clients. In our role as trial and appellate lawyers, we are the advocates of the underdog. Whether litigating on behalf of employees against the wrongful conduct of their employers, on behalf of people against oppressive governmental conduct, or on behalf of criminal defendants, our mission, first and foremost is to defend the Constitutional and statutory rights of our clients against illegal corporate or governmental conduct and criminal accusations.

We represent people, and our opponents are almost always institutional entities. We strongly believe in, and take pride in enforcing, our Constitution and the laws guaranteeing the rights and liberties of the clients we represent.  We seek an associate attorney to join our office.  Candidates must have at a minimum a Juris Doctorate.  Bilingual in English and Spanish is helpful.  For more information about the position, contact Darold Killmer.

For more about the firm, click here.

National Center for Law and Economic Justice Accepting Applications for Paul M. Dodyk Fellowship for Economic Justice, Due 4/30

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The Paul M. Dodyk Fellowship for Economic Justice has been established by generous donors to the National Center for Law and Economic Justice in honor of Paul M. Dodyk, past Chair of NCLEJ and a great champion of using the law to promote economic justice and fair and dignified treatment for everyone in our society, regardless of their means. The Fellowship is designed to foster the next generation of lawyers working for economic justice while enhancing NCLEJ’s capacity to serve those who have the least in our society.

For this cycle we are seeking applications from candidates who bring considerable experience in addressing issues confronting low wage workers, such as wage theft, equal pay for low-income women, and fair pay for low-income immigrant communities.

We seek energetic, motivated candidates with a record of commitment to social justice work with a strong component addressing issues confronting low wage workers, experience in developing and implementing projects, excellent writing, legal research and communication skills, and leadership potential.

Candidates for the Dodyk Fellowship should be at a relatively early stage of their legal careers – preferably those with up to four years of practice in the public or private sector, including law clerks and current or former Skadden, Equal Justice Works, or other Fellows. While preference will be given to candidates with one to four years of relevant experience after law school, third year students with extensive experience working with low wage worker issues or labor organizing may be considered. Applicants not yet admitted to the bar should be prepared to satisfy bar admission requirements.

For a complete description and application information, click here.

OCA Seeking Candidates for 2014-2015 Civil Rights Fellowship, Due 4/30

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OCA – Asian Pacific American Advocates, a national membership-driven organization of community advocates dedicated to advancing the political, social, and economic well-being of Asian Pacific Americans (APAs), is seeking qualified candidates for the 2014 – 2015 OCA Civil Rights Fellowship.

The OCA Civil Rights Fellowship is a national advocacy fellowship based at the OCA National Center in Washington DC which seeks to organize and mobilize the chapter networks across the country to support the building of individual and community capacity for greater civic engagement among Asian Pacific Americans.

The Fellow will work directly and collaborate with the OCA Chapters through a series of turn-key projects. The ultimate objective of this program is to create a movement of APAs that embrace the vision of robust civic engagement that fosters a strong democratic society for generations to come.

For a complete description of the fellowship and application instructions, click here.

Center for Reproductive Rights Seeking Advocacy Adviser in Geneva, Due 5/1

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The Advocacy Adviser will be joining the Center at a critical time for reproductive rights globally. As opponents of women’s rights are mounting a scorched-earth campaign to turn back decades of hard-won progress, the Center is fighting back with short-, medium-, and long-term strategies, to reverse the erosion of reproductive rights protections across the U.S. and establish the right to affordable reproductive healthcare in the U.S. A key component of our strategic plan is to restore heightened protections for abortion rights, as promised to American women in the landmark decision of Roe v. Wade (1973).

The Center seeks an Advocacy Adviser for Global Advocacy who will support the Global Advocacy Team in the Global Legal Program and will report to the Director of Global Advocacy.

The position will be based in Geneva, Switzerland.

For a complete job description and application instructions, click here.

Attention Post-Grads!  Partnership for Working Families Seeking Staff Attorney for Community Benefits Law Center, Due 5/9

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The Partnership for Working Families is a national network of leading regional advocacy organizations who find solutions to our nation’s economic and environmental problems. We are driving change in major cities across the country, bringing together community, labor, faith, and environmental partners to build coalitions and campaigns that create and sustain an economy that works for everyone. Our network does all of the kinds of work that is required to make real change. We research tough problems, develop new policy tools, give individuals a way to find power though organizing, and put together new coalitions. Most importantly, we build the long term governing power that it takes to implement our ideas and policy solutions.

The Partnership seeks a dynamic, resourceful, highly effective Staff Attorney to undertake major pieces of the core work of the Center. To be eligible, an applicant must have a J.D. and at least 2 years of work as an attorney in a field relevant to the Partnership’s work and, prior to starting work with the Center, be admitted to practice in a jurisdiction in which a Partnership affiliate is located.

For a complete job description and application information, click here.

Pro-Bono Summer Opportunities on Long Island: Hurricane Sandy Legal Assistance Work

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Hurricane Sandy struck Long Island in October 2012 devastating the lives of thousands of residents.
Thanks to a generous grant by the Rausch Foundation, Touro Law Center was able to set up TLC-HEART
(Hurricane Emergency Assistance and Referral Team) which enabled the school to provide assistance in
the immediate aftermath of the storm. At that time pro-bono opportunities involved direct client contacts,
performing intakes, and advising on where to obtain immediate survival assistance relating to food and shelter.
Now the work has evolved to researching and preparing for litigating cases in federal court on flood insurance
claims and researching and preparing policy recommendations to advocate for better disaster management
policy and procedures in case of future natural or man-made disasters. Touro Law Center’s continued work
in the area of disaster related legal assistance is now made possible by a grant from Montana Legal Services
Association which sponsors a Volunteer Sandy Assistance at Touro Law Center for a period of one year

For more information about the clinic and how to participate, click here.

U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) Office of the Chair Internship Program Seeking Fall 2014, Winter/Spring 2015, and Summer 2015 Interns, Fall 2014 Applications Due 5/16

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The Office of Chair Jacqueline A. Berrien is currently seeking interns for Fall 2014, Winter/Spring 2015, and Summer 2015.

The Office of the Chair (OCH), headquartered in Washington, DC, assists the Chair in fulfilling her responsibilities as Chair of the Commission and administrative head of the agency.  As one of five commissioners appointed by the President and confirmed by the Senate, the Chair votes on all matters that come before the Commission, including policy issues, litigation recommendations, federal sector appellate cases, amicus briefs, subpoena determinations and contracts; issues Commissioner’s charges of discrimination, where appropriate; and performs such other functions as may be authorized by law, regulation, or order.  The Chair is the official spokesperson for the Commission and is responsible for the development and implementation of Commission policies, procedures, and programs.   The Chair also handles all operational aspects of the Commission, including managing Executive and Legislative branch relationships, the budget, personnel, and EEOC’s headquarters and 53 field offices.

OCH is currently looking for 2L, 3L or LLM law student interns for Fall 2014, Winter/Spring 2015, and Summer 2015.  Successful applicants will possess strong legal research, analysis and writing skills and have a demonstrated interest in civil rights issues, employment law, or public interest law.  Interns will be supervised by an attorney and will have opportunities to produce a legal writing work-product.

For a complete job description and application instructions, click here.

Will You Support Students Doing Human Rights Work? Consider Donating a Day’s Pay!

April 15: Social Justice Tuesday: Working with Homeless Youth in Seattle

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Tuesday, Apr. 15, 2014
12:30 – 1:20 PM, RM 133

Presented by: Street Youth Legal Advocates of Washington

The panel will discuss the challenges of working with homeless youth in the Seattle area. Their experiences include running programs for homeless youth, the mental health aspects of homelessness, and legislative advocacy. They will speak about the legal and non-legal issues facing homeless youth in Seattle, the organizations they work with, and how we as students can help.

Panelists:

  • Katelyn Stickel, Program Manager, Teen Feed
  • Jenny Donovan, counseling student
  • Kate Phillips, Program Director at Street Youth Ministries
  • Kimberly Schertz – 3L at UW Law

If you would like lunch please RSVP via Symplicity or Email by 12:00 pm Monday, April 14, 2014. No RSVP for lunch accepted after 12:00 pm.

April 16: Public Service Entrepreneurial Workshop

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Wednesday, Apr. 16, 2014
3:30-5:20 PM, RM 133

Sponsored by the Center for Public Service Law

Interested in working for social justice?
Have an idea for starting up a social venture organization or business?
Want to create a different kind of law office providing legal services to underserved communities?

If you’ve answered yes to any of these questions, then this is the workshop for you!

Using a UW Law student’s project idea as a case study you’ll learn about the basics of business planning, corporate formation, funding through interactive exercises and lecture.

Presenters include:

  • Mary Whisner, Reference Librarian, Gallagher Law Library
  • Matt Souza, JD/MBA
  • Emily Nelson, 3L
  • Professor Jennifer Fan, Entrepreneurial Law Clinic

April 21: Come See Documented the Film at SIFF Cinema Uptown

Monday, Apr. 21, 2014 at 6:30 PM
SIFF Cinema Uptown, 511 Queen Anne Ave. N., Seattle
Tickets $12. Purchase Now

Please join us, along with our partners Define American, El Centro De La Raza and OneAmerica, on April 21 for a special one night only preview screening of DOCUMENTED, the new film by our friend Jose Antonio Vargas. Reserve your ticket today and help spread the word!

In 2011, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Jose Antonio Vargas outed himself as an undocumented immigrant in an essay published in the New York Times Magazine. DOCUMENTED chronicles his journey to America from the Philippines as a child; his journey through America as an immigration reform activist; and his journey inward as he re-connects with his mother, whom he hasn’t seen in person in over 20 years.

April 21: Cambodian Son Screening

Monday, Apr. 21, 2014
Gates Hall, RM 138
Doors open at 7:30 PM, Screening starts at 8:00 PM

“Cambodian Son” is a film chronicling the life of spoken word poet Kosal Khiev, who was born in a Thai refugee camp, came to U.S. as a child, was arrested at 16 for gang violence. He spent over a decade in California prisons before being deported to Cambodia and barred from re-entering the US. The documentary touches on the intersection of multiple social justice issues including refugee rights, immigration, juvenile justice, and the redemptive power of the arts. Director Masahiro Sugano will be speaking about Cambodian Son in a pre-screening lecture at lunch on (room 127).

If you are interested in coming, please sign up on here ASAP (ideally by Friday, April 11th, but we will accept persons who sign up later): https://docs.google.com/. The event will be made open to the public as the first screening in Seattle has already SOLD OUT. However, we will reserve a certain number of seats for law students and persons associated with the law school based on the interest you all show in coming! There are no tickets, but we ask that you consider making a donation at the door. All proceeds go to support Kosal Khiev’s art. Any questions, please email.

April 29: Reversing the Effects of Mass Incarceration: Implementing Criminal Justice Reforms

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Tuesday, Apr. 29, 2014
6:00 – 7:30 PM
William H. Gates Hall, RM 138, RSVP Required

The incarceration rate in the United States is the highest in the world, which has led some to call our current criminal justice structure a system of mass incarceration. This system—which contains over 2 million people in American prisons and jails—has decimated communities, especially those of color, created two tiers of justice, one for the rich and the other for the poor, and, in some instances, has resulted in government spending more money on incarceration than education.

The University of Washington School of Law and the Gates Public Service Law Program invites you to a forum on how we as a community can reverse the effects of mass incarceration through implementing criminal justice reforms. The forum will cover sentencing reform, prison rehabilitation programs, and prison reentry.

The program will start promptly at 6pm.

Presenters:

Alexes Harris, Assistant Professor, University of Washington Department of Sociology: Addressing the Juvenile Justice Pipeline to Mass Incarceration

Michael Romano, Director and co-founder of the Three Strikes Project, Stanford Law School: Righting the Wrongs of “Three Strikes” Life Sentences

Michael Santos, prison reform activist, lecturer at San Francisco State University: Prisoner Re-entry: Triumphing over Imprisonment  

Panel Discussion:

Moderator:
The Honorable Steven C. González, Washington State Supreme Court

Ari Kohn, Director: Post-Prison Education Program

Jacqueline McMurtrie, Associate Professor & Director: Innocence Project Northwest, UW School of Law

Connie Smith, Chief US Probation and Pretrial Services Officer, Western District of Washington

To attend the event, register online here.

May 3: Center for Human Rights & Justice Annual Fundraiser: Donate a Day’s Pay

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Do you have a paying summer job?  Do you care about human rights?  Like hobnobbing with professors?

Help CHRJ fund a grant for a UW law student to do human rights work this summer by “donating a day’s pay” to CHRJ’s grant fund.

The first 40 students to donate or pledge $100 or more are invited to a party at Professor Bob Anderson’s home.  Enjoy food, drinks, and conversation with your professors and classmates!

Donate during lunch at the CHRJ ‘Donate a Day’s Pay’ Table today!  Party to be held on May 3, 2014.

Click here for more information.

Donate online here.

This Just In! Don’t Miss Out On These Awesome Opportunities! Apply Now

Northside Community Law Centre in Dublin Ireland Seeking Legal Fellow, Deadline Extended to 4/18

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The Northside Community Law Centre  in Dublin  Ireland is eager to have a UW law student this summer.  We are extending the deadline for the William Sampson Program to allow students the opportunity to apply.  Although there is no funding provided, this can be an externship or students can seek alternative funding to be able to take advantage of this excellent opportunity.

To apply follow the instructions here.  Deadline extended to April 18th.

Attentions 1Ls, 2Ls and 3Ls!  The Public Defender Service for DC Seeks a Summer Legal Intern, PAID Position, Apply Now!

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The mission of the Public Defender Service (PDS) for the District of Columbia is to provide and promote quality legal representation to indigent adults and children facing a loss of liberty in the District of Columbia and thereby protect society’s interest in the fair administration of justice.  The Criminal Law Internship Program (CLIP) is designed to provide undergraduate and graduate students with the fundamental investigative techniques and relevant criminal law knowledge needed to assist attorneys within the organization.  A the end of an intensive weeklong training session, the Intern Investigators are to either one or two attorneys in the Trial Division for whom they are to complete all investigative aspects of the assigned cases.  A small number of Intern Investigators may also be placed in our Civil Division, Parole Division, or other litigation divisions as needed.

The responsibilities of an Intern Investigator include locating and interviewing witnesses and clients, taking detailed witness statements, performing extensive criminal background checks, serving subpoenas, photographing and diagramming crime scenes, preparing courtroom exhibits, writing reports regarding investigative activities, assisting with case development, and generally assisting the assigned attorney(s) in and out of the courtroom.

For a complete description of CLIP and application instructions, click here.

Still Looking for Funding? Americorps JD Opportunities for Summer Funding, Due 4/15

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Students may apply through April 15 to our AmeriCorps JD program to receive a $1,175 Segal AmeriCorps Education Award for their summer public interest work.

This year, the focus of AmeriCorps JD is on providing legal service to veterans. AmeriCorps JD members must complete 300 hours of service by August 31 to a qualifying legal project with a legal aid organization, veterans’ law clinic, veterans treatment court, or a state or local government agency.

While we can list the benefits of being a member of AmeriCorps JD, our full-time Fellows are really the best people to testify about the importance of providing legal services to veterans.

For more information and application instructions, click here.

April 9: HIV Criminalization – The Intersections of Law, Justice and Public Health

Wednesday, Apr. 9, 2014
12:30 – 1:20 PM, RM 119

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Hosted by Incarcerated Mother’s Advocacy Project

Is HIV criminalization in the public interest?  Does it further public health?  Does it simply discourage testing and thus help the virus spread?  Does incarcerating people with HIV increase disease transmission in prisons?  There is much to talk about when it comes to discussions of HIV criminalization.  Join us for a lively discussion on the current state of law, public health research, and global activism to end HIV criminalization.  Danielle Askini, Executive Director of Gender Justice League and Program Manager for the QLaw Foundation will join us to discuss HIV Criminalization in the United States and Europe.