Equal Justice Victory, WA Contemplative Lawyers & Debtors’ Prison Film

Northwest Justice Project Announces Equal Justice Victory

NJP LogoJuly 23, 2014–By César E. Torres

In a major victory for Limited English Proficient (LEP) communities and access to justice for Workers Compensation claimants, DOJ/DOL have found that L&I policies, practices, and procedures are inconsistent with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Workforce Investment Act of 1998 and implementing regulations and L&I grant obligations.  DOJ/DOL issued a 33 page decision in response to a complaint filed by NJP on behalf of 8 limited English proficient workers claiming denial of language access by the Department of Labor and Industries – Insurance Services Division.

 

The DOJ/DOL investigation found violations including, the failure (a) to take specific steps to develop, assess, and monitor its Language Assistance Program; (b) to adequately identify the language needs of claimants; (c) to assess the competency and quality of its interpretation services; (d) to ensure that all claimants are provided vital documents and information in a timely manner in a language they can understand, and (e) provide adequate notice of LEP claimants of available language assistance services. Specifically, DOJ/DOL decided that L&I needs to translate vital documents into languages other than Spanish, including Russian, Korean, Chinese, Vietnamese, Laotian, Cambodian and “a few” of the other more frequently encountered languages.  The list of vital documents required to be translated is extensive. 

 

This is a huge victory for all LEP workers in Washington and a major step to obtaining better and more just access to this important worker benefit system, particularly after the Kustera cases, in which the Washington Supreme Court rejected an array of language protections for LEP claimants in the L&I hearing process.  L&I has agreed to work toward developing an adequate language access program with appropriate monitoring and negotiations are underway. 

 

Congratulations to NJP attorneys Kelly Owen, Senior Attorney-Bellingham, Leticia Camacho, NJP-King County, and Patrick Pleas, NJP-Wenatchee, who filed and litigated the extensively documented complaint three years ago, with assistance from Kristi Cruz, NJP-CLEAR. 

 

Working in Downtown Seattle this Summer? Don’t Miss the WA Contemplative Lawyers Group!

Mindfulness Present Moment logoA growing number of legal professionals across the nation are applying mindfulness-based skills and training to lawyering. Read more about us here.

Monday Mid-Day Guided Meditation for Legal Professionals

Mondays (except holidays) from 12:00 pm – 12:50 pm at the WSBA offices (1325 Fourth Ave; 11th floor) in downtown Seattle. Please arrive at 11:50 am as we start the sit promptly at 12 pm. No experience required. No charge. Just an opportunity to practice mindful meditation together at the beginning of the work week.

Learn more here.

 

New Film Decries The Return Of Debtors Prisons

Saki Knafo, Huffington Post

Over the past decade, towns and counties across the United States have been locking up a growing number of people for failing to pay their debts. The American Civil Liberties Union and the Brennan Center for Justice documented the practice in 2010, and Human Rights Watch released the results of its own investigation earlier this year.

Critics have decried the return of the debtors prison, the reviled institution of Charles Dickens’ day. Now, a short documentary, “To Prison for Poverty,” sheds light on a particularly contentious aspect of the story.

In Alabama, Georgia, and other Southern states, many local governments have signed contracts with “private probation” companies — for-profit firms that specialize in collecting fees and fines from people who owe the courts money for low-level infractions, usually traffic-related. Halli Wood, an unemployed 17-year-old from the small town of Columbiana, Alabama, told Brave New Films she was placed on probation with one of the largest of these companies, Judicial Correction Services, or JCS, after she couldn’t come up with the money to pay off a seat belt ticket.

Read the full article and watch part 2 of the film here.

 

Rock ‘em Sock ‘em Jobs and Internships to Apply For!

Attention Recent Grads! Equal Justice Works Announces AmeriCorps Veterans Legal Corps for 2014-15. Apply ASAP!

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An AmeriCorps Legal Fellowship is a great way to launch or re-launch a public interest career. Our fellows work with nonprofit legal aid organizations on cutting-edge projects, provide direct legal assistance, and strengthen communities by serving as a legal resource. For the 2014-2015 program year, there are open Veterans Legal Corps Fellowship positions located in California, Washington, Oklahoma, Kentucky, Illinois, Ohio, West Virginia, Florida, Delaware, and New York with a focus on veterans’ assistance and disaster response.

The Veterans Legal Corps position descriptions can be found on our website: CURRENTLY AVAILABLE POSITIONS. Candidates will apply directly to the host sites and those hired will become 2014 AmeriCorps Legal Fellows.

Attention Recent Grads! Washington State House of Representatives’ Office of Program Research (OPR) Seeks Candidates Legislative Committee Policy Staff Positions. Deadline: 8/16

WAstatelegThe Washington State House of Representatives’ Office of Program Research (OPR) is seeking candidates for two legislative committee policy staff positions as Session Counsel. These positions are nonpartisan and exempt from civil service. These are temporary positions as specified below.

House Judiciary Committee - The person selected to fill this position will provide staff support to the House Judiciary Committee. This committee considers issues relating to commercial law, torts, probate, guardianships, civil commitment, firearms, eminent domain, landlord/tenant law, Consumer Protection Act remedies and processes, and courts and judicial administration. It also considers family law issues such as marriage, marriage dissolution, child support, and adoption. This is a temporary position through July 31, 2015.

House Public Safety Committee - The person selected to fill this position will provide staff support to the House Public Safety Committee. This committee considers issues relating to law enforcement agencies, crime prevention, criminal penalties and sentencing, impaired driving, registration and civil commitment of sex offenders, adult correctional programs and institutions, mentally ill offenders, and state and local government preparedness to respond to public emergencies, including the interoperability of emergency communications systems. This is a temporary position through April 30, 2015.

2014 Law grads are encouraged to apply. For complete description and application instructions please click here.

Attention 3Ls! Seattle City Attorney’s Office Criminal Division Seeks Fall, Winter & Spring Rule 9 Interns for Criminal Prosecution & Infraction Prosecution. Deadline 8/21

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The Criminal Division represents the city of Seattle in prosecuting traffic infractions, misdemeanors, and gross misdemeanors in Seattle Municipal Court. The types of cases prosecuted by the Criminal Division include driving under the influence, traffic infractions, domestic violence, theft, assault, and trespassing.

Criminal Prosecution Duties:
•Prepare and conduct trials before a judge and jury;
•Represent the City on pretrial, review and sentencing calendars;
•Conduct legal research and prepare response briefs; and
•Work closely with a supervising attorney and experienced prosecutors.

Infraction Prosecution Duties:
•Prepare and conduct trials for contested infraction cases and related motions;
•Handle pre-hearing matters, including discovery issues; and
•Prepare any necessary pleadings, motions, etc.

Openings:
There are a limited number of each criminal prosecution and infraction prosecution positions available for fall and winter 2014 and spring and summer 2015. All positions are unpaid. The ideal candidates will be available for court coverage three or four days per week.

For complete information and to apply, go to the Symplicity Job Postings/Resume Collection tab.  

Amnesty International Seeks Researcher/Advisor on Business and Human Rights for London Office. Deadline 8/20

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Please note that interviews for this role will take place on Friday 29th August

Amnesty International (AI) is at the forefront of eradicating human rights violations related to corporate activity. But in order to act, we need informed strategy based on thorough and irrefutable research. So as a Researcher, your contribution will be absolutely critical.

ABOUT THE ROLE

As a specialist researcher in this emerging area of human rights, you’ll carry out in-depth investigations which will bring corporations to account for involvement in human rights abuses. Focusing largely on extractive industries, that means researching key issues like the impact of mining practices on indigenous peoples and women in India and the impact of oil pollution on people’s right to water, livelihoods and a clean environment in the Niger delta. Whether you’re carrying out desk-based research or conducting in-country fact-finding, you will be contributing to advancing the debate on corporate accountability for human rights abuses by using an evidence based approach.

You will be able to analyse and document key findings in light with international standards on business and human rights and collate your research into comprehensive and influential reports recommending legal and political change relevant to this subject area from the London office. In fact, capitalising on your astute understanding and awareness of Business & Human Rights, you’ll advise people right across AI. More than that, providing expert guidance on research and methodology, you’ll promote the quality and consistency of our work. You’ll also be involved taking forward relevant lobbying and advocacy strategies, so you can expect to have a big impact on our strategic direction.

 

For complete description and application instructions please click here.

Attention Recent Grads! American Association for Justice Seeks Legal Content Editor. Rolling Deadline!AAJlogo

The American Association for Justice (AAJ), formerly the Association of Trial Lawyers of America (ATLA®), is seeking to fill a Legal Content Editor position in its Education Department. AAJ is the world’s largest trial bar and seeks to promote a fair and effective civil justice system—and to support the work of attorneys in their efforts to ensure that any person who is injured by the misconduct or negligence of others can obtain justice in America’s courtrooms, even when taking on the most powerful interests.

AAJ is looking for a Legal Content Editor to:

• Format, proofread, and edit speaker papers for publication; review speaker papers for AAJ Education seminars, colleges, and conventions for content, subject matter, appropriateness, and length.
• Coordinate production of course materials for seminars and colleges, including creating and maintaining production schedule; assist with production of convention reference materials.
• Research content for curriculum and product development.
• Make and review requests for reprint permission.
• Assist in developing AAJ Press, AAJ’s line of books and multimedia on advocacy and practice-specific topics; research possible titles and authors; draft and review marketing copy; communicate with publishers.
• Manage the AAJ Education resource library.

For full description and application instructions please click here.

Justice for Our Neighbors Seeks Rural Capacity Building Bilingual Staff Attorney in Nebraska

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Justice for Our Neighbors – Nebraska (JFON-NE) is a non-profit organization welcoming immigrants into our communities by providing high-quality legal services, education, and advocacy. JFON-NE is part of the national JFON network.

Responsibilities of the position: The JFON-NE Rural Capacity Building (RCB) Staff Attorney is responsible for the provision of direct legal services to immigrant families in and around Crete and South Sioux City. The RCB Staff attorney will also work on identifying collaborative community partners to help build capacity for the provision of long-term immigration legal services in these communities. The RCB Staff Attorney position will be located in Omaha and will work in coordination with established community partners to promote community education and advocacy of immigrants’ rights to the end of promoting inclusion of the immigrant community.

DUTIES: Provide legal counsel and advice to clients who attend JFON-NE immigration legal clinics and provide direct representation to clients before the Immigration Court, Board of Immigration Appeals, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services, and Immigration and Customs Enforcement Oversee JFON-NE’s caseload involving the legal needs of clients in the targeted geographic area under the supervision of the JFON-NE Legal Director Work in collaboration with Nebraska Appleseed, Heartland Workers Center, Hispanos Unidos, and the Center for Rural Affairs to build capacity and promote inclusion of the immigrant community Compile and analyze programmatic statistical information for reports Steer outreach and education programs.

For complete description and application instructions please click the PSJD announcement here.

 

 

Pro Se Manual for DV Survivors Seeking Asylum and Human Rights Council Votes on Landmark Resolution

In Controversial Landmark Resolution, Human Rights Council Takes First Step toward Treaty on Transnational Corporations’ Human Rights Obligations

HumanRightsCouncilJuly 15, 2014–By the International Justice Resource Center. Photo courtesy of: UN Photo / Jean-Marc Ferré

In a new attempt to hold transnational corporations accountable for human rights violations, the United Nations Human Rights Council has decided to establish a working group to prepare a treaty imposing international human rights legal obligations on transnational corporations. [OHCHR Press Release] The mandate of the working group will be to “elaborate an international legally binding instrument to regulate, in international human rights law, the activities of transnational corporations and other business enterprises.” UN Human Rights Council, Resolution 26/9, Elaboration of an internationally legally binding instrument on transnational corporations and other business enterprises with respect to human rights, A/HRC/26/L.22/Rev.1, 26 June 2014, para. 1.

The expected treaty, when eventually finalized, would be the first international human rights agreement to specifically and explicitly regulate the activities of transnational corporations with regard to individuals’ and communities’ fundamental rights. Previous efforts produced important guidelines and standards, but these are not directly, legally enforceable against business actors. States, however, do have certain legal obligations to regulate corporations and other private actors when their activities impact the enjoyment of human rights.

The decision has triggered mixed responses from the international community. While some civil society groups welcome the new working group, others fear that its mandate is too narrow in scope – by only including transnational corporations – or that it will delay or polarize discussions concerning corporate liability for human rights abuses. Continue reading here.

Center for Gender & Refugee Studies Announces Release of Pro Se Manual for DV Survivors Seeking Asylum

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The Center for Gender & Refugee Studies (CGRS) is pleased to announce the release of our pro se manual for survivors of domestic violence seeking asylum, withholding of removal and Convention Against Torture protection in the United States – available in English, Spanish, and Haitian Creole. We developed this manual in response to a call from advocates, and in recognition of the countless women who are eligible for asylum but due to lack of information and/or lack of access to legal representation, do not receive the protection they deserve. Our release of all three versions of this pro se manual is particularly timely given the refugee crisis at our border, and the thousands of women and girls fleeing domestic abuse in Central America. The manual, available in English, Spanish and Creole, is available for download here.

 

We encourage you to share these manuals widely and to distribute them to local legal aid organizations and advocates in your area. We have also made them available to Legal Orientation Programs (LOPs) with the assistance of the Vera Institute of Justice and are planning to distribute copies directly to immigration detention centers around the country. If you have any other questions, or if CGRS can be of assistance to you with any asylum cases you have, please visit our website and fill out a request for assistance form

Washington State Society of Healthcare Attorneys  Announces Scholarship to Attend Annual Health Law Conference

WSSHAlogoThe Washington State Society of Healthcare Attorneys puts on its largest continuing legal education seminar each November in Vancouver, B.C.  This year, it will be held from noon on Friday, November 7 – Saturday, November 8th, noon.  It is a fabulous networking and learning opportunity.  After the seminar on Friday, WSSHA holds a wonderful cocktail party where you will have a chance to mix and mingle with the many of the best health law attorneys in the state of Washington.

WSSHA offers the Kristin Miles Scholarship to one student every year to attend the conference . Please review the instructions carefully if you are interested in applying for it.

If you are especially interested in health law, you are encouraged to consider attending the WSSHA conference whether or not you receive the scholarship.  Discounted students are available. If you have any questions, please contact Kathleen Lemly.

 

Debt Relief, AGO Open House and Workers’ Rights Conference Save the Date!

July 31: Free Webinar- Drowning in Debt! What Law Students & Lawyers Need to Know about Managing Student Debt & Earning Loan Forgiveness

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A must attend for anyone with student debt, this free webinar explains how to reduce your monthly student loan payments and qualify for Public Service Loan Forgiveness.

After the presentation (whether you are able to attend or not), you will be emailed a recording of the session that you can view at any time.

Detailed information about the federal student debt relief programs covered in this webinar are also available in our e-book, Take Control of Your Future, which is available in the Kindle Store. It can be viewed on any of Amazon’s free reading apps. For more information click here.

August 4: WA Attorney General’s Office Open House

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October 17-18: Save the Date! National Law Students Workers’ Rights Conference

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Where: The Conference Center at the Maritime Institute, Linthicum Heights, MD  

Deadline:      August 28 if you’re asking the Peggy Browning Fund to pay for airfare;

October 2 for all others. Register early to ensure admission!

Check website soon for more details here: www.peggybrowningfund.org

 

 

More Sizzlin’ Jobs and Internships to Apply For!

Attention Class of 2016! NARF Announced Paid Summer 2015 Internship. Deadline: 9/29

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About NARF: Founded in 1970, the Native American Rights Fund (NARF) is the oldest and largest nonprofit law firm dedicated to asserting and defending the rights of Indian tribes, organizations, and individuals nationwide. NARF’s practice is concentrated in five key areas: the preservation of tribal existence; the protection of tribal natural resources; the promotion of Native American human rights; the accountability of governments to Native Americans; and the development of Indian law and educating the public about Indian rights, laws, and issues.

Summer Clerkships: NARF is currently seeking candidates for its Summer 2015 Clerkships! Each year, NARF conducts a nation-wide search for law students to participate in its Law Clerk Program. Positions are available in all three of NARF’s offices: Anchorage, AK; Boulder, CO; and Washington, D.C.

For complete info and application instructions please click here.

LAW Adovcates of Whatcom County Seeks New Executive Director. Act Fast! Rolling Deadline.

lawadvocateslogoLAW Advocates is a non-profit organization based in Bellingham that provides civil legal assistance to low-income individuals and families in Whatcom and Island Counties, primarily through volunteer attorneys.

The Executive Director is responsible for implementing the vision of the Board of Directors of LAW Advocates as laid forth in its strategic plan and directing LAW Advocates’ activities in all areas including the delivery of legal services, development and finance, personnel and administration, and community relations.

For complete job description and application instructions please click here. Applications are being reviewed on a rolling basis so act fast!

Washington State House of Representatives, Office of Program Research in Olympia Seeks Research Analyst or Committee Counsel. Deadline: Rolling thru 7/26WAstateleg

The Washington State House of Representatives’ Office of Program Research (OPR) is seeking candidates for a legislative committee policy staff position as a Research Analyst or Committee Counsel. This position is nonpartisan and exempt from civil service.

The person selected to fill this position will provide staff support to the House Early Learning & Human Services Committee. This committee considers issues relating to early learning from birth to kindergarten, as well as a broad array of issues affecting children and families, including parent education, foster care, dependency, child protective services, child welfare services, children’s mental health, and family reconciliation services. The committee also considers issues relating to family support programs, including TANF and Disability Lifeline, persons with developmental disabilities, adults in need of drug and alcohol treatment, vocational rehabilitation, at risk-youth, youth violence prevention, and juvenile offenders.

For complete job description and application instructions please visit Symplicity or click here.

 

US Department of Energy Seeks Entry-Level Attorney for Idaho Office. Deadline: Rolling thru 8/5

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The U.S. Department of Energy – Idaho Operations Office (DOE-ID) has an opening for an Entry Level Attorney looking for a challenging career. The Idaho Operations Office is located in Idaho Falls in southeastern Idaho. Our office has oversight responsibility for the Idaho National Laboratory. Our mission is at the forefront of helping the Nation meet our energy, scientific, environmental, and national security goals. These include developing and deploying new energy technologies and reducing our dependence upon foreign energy sources. Additionally, DOE-ID is responsible for the safe environmental cleanup of legacy contamination.

The Office of Chief Counsel within DOE-ID has six attorneys who assist an office of federal employees. This office has oversight responsibility for a contractor workforce of over 6,000 and a budget of over a billion dollars. Our practice areas are diverse, including Environmental, Government Contracts, Labor and Employment, Administrative Law, and wide-ranging Litigation.

This is a permanent position in the excepted service without time limitation and will not be filled by a competitive appointment. Service in this position may be fully creditable toward civil service retirement. Any selected applicant who is in the competitive service will be taken out of the competitive service when he or she occupies this position and will compete only with other excepted status employees in the event of a reduction-in-force.

For complete job description and application instructions please click here.

USDA Office of General Counsel Seeks Entry-Level Attorney for Juneau Office. Deadline: Rolling thru 7/31

USDA-logoUSDA provides leadership on food, agriculture, natural resources, rural development, nutrition, and related issues based on sound public policy, the best available science, and efficient management.  Our vision is to expand economic opportunity through innovation, helping rural America to thrive; to promote agriculture production sustainability that better nourishes Americans while also helping feed others throughout the world; and to preserve and conserve our Nation’s natural resources through restored forests, improved watersheds, and healthy private working lands.

Attorneys assigned to field offices in the Office of the General Counsel (offices physically located outside the Washington, D.C., Headquarters) provide legal advice and services to all agencies of the United States Department of Agriculture in administering USDA programs and activities within the defined geographic area. The incumbent serves as an attorney providing legal advice, research, analysis and interpretation of federal, state and local laws, as well as oral and written opinions, memoranda, pleadings, briefs and legal support of all USDA programs and litigation, and performs other legal services as assigned.

For complete job description and application instructions please click here.

 

Attention Current Judicial Clerks! The Public Justice Center in Baltimore Announces Post Grad Murnaghan Appellate Advocacy Fellowship

MurnaghanfellowshipThe Francis D. Murnaghan, Jr. Appellate Advocacy Fellowship is awarded annually to a recent law graduate who has completed a judicial clerkship.  The Fellow must have passed a state bar examination and be eligible for admission to the bar of that state by the commencement of the Fellowship.  Applicants should possess excellent research and writing skills and a demonstrable commitment to social justice.

To apply for the 2015-2016 Fellowship (beginning September 2015), applicants should submit a resume, law school transcript, the names of three professional or academic references, and a brief statement of interest. We request this application by October 17, 2014.

For complete information please click here.

Attention Class of 2016! EarthJustice Seeks Summer 2015 Clerks for Offices Nationwide. Deadline: Rolling so Act Fast!

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Earthjustice is seeking summer law clerks who share a passion for justice and a healthy environment.

Our work is currently divided into three major areas:

  • Protecting Our Natural Heritage focuses on cases that protect endangered species, national forests, national parks, other public lands, water resources, and the oceans.
  • Safeguarding Our Health focuses on cases that protect public health, in particular clean air and water, toxic chemicals, and mercury.
  • Promoting a Clean Energy Future focuses on cases that encourage clean energy and energy efficiency while challenging the reliance on coal, oil and other dirty fuels.

Summer law clerks work with attorneys on case development and litigation. Under the supervision of an attorney, a law clerk’s primary responsibilities are to perform legal and factual research, and to develop case strategy and legal theories. Law clerks may also have the opportunity to assist attorneys with preparing briefs and motions, to meet with clients and experts, to participate in moots of oral arguments, and to attend court proceedings and conferences with opposing counsel. In addition to involvement in ongoing litigation, the summer program includes seminars with attorneys from across the organization on current environmental issues.

Complete information and application instructions please click here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Test Your Writing Skills and maybe Win Some $$!

Announcing Mid-Atlantic People of Color (MAPOC) Conference Writing Competition

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MAPOC is sponsoring a writing competition open to all currently enrolled law students of any level, J.D., LL.M., and S.J.D., at a U.S. law school. Papers should be between 15,000-25,000 words in length and there is a preference for papers related to the conference theme but we will accept papers on other topics as well. Please email submissions (and any questions) to erosser@wcl.american.edu no later than September 15, 2014. The winning submission will receive $300 and travel expenses to attend the Conference. The two runner-ups will receive $100 each.

1st Annual Law Student Writing Award for an Outstanding Paper on Social Insurance

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The National Academy of Social Insurance (NASI) is currently accepting applications for its 1st Annual Law Student Writing Award for an outstanding paper on social insurance. The award is designed to recognize and promote outstanding research and analysis by law students addressing the impact of the law on social insurance policy questions, especially those that address aging. Sponsored by the Borchard Foundation Center on Law and Aging, the winner will receive a $2,500 honorarium and the opportunity to participate in the 27th Annual NASI conference on January 28 – 29, 2015 at the National Press Club in Washington, DC with expenses paid. The writing award will be given to the best paper or article in the social insurance field completed between January 1, 2013 and September 14, 2014 addressing topics relevant to the design, planning, implementation, or evaluation of social insurance policy.If you feel that your paper is a candidate for this competition or someone you know, visit the Law Student Writing Award page on NASI’s website for application details or call NASI at (202) 452-8097.

 

Don’t Miss It! Career Workshops, Advocacy Camp and Free Webinars

July 16: Summer Career Workshop Series- Strategic Resumes

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Are you around Gates Hall this summer? Join us for part four of our six part series where we cover the nuts and bolts of strategic career planning. On July 16th we’ll cover strategic resumes. We’ll also have lunch! So please RSVP in Symplicity!

July 17: Free Webinar on the Criminalization of Homelessness in US Cities

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Photo courtesy: Photo by Flickr user irodman (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0)

On Thursday, July 17, the National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty will host a free webinar discussing findings from its forthcoming report, No Safe Place: The Criminalization of Homelessness in U.S. Cities.

Homelessness continues to be a national crisis, affecting millions of people each year, including a rising number of families. Despite a lack of affordable housing and shelter space, many communities have chosen to criminally punish people living on the street for doing what any person must do to survive, such as sitting down or sleeping.

No Safe Place provides an overview of criminalization measures in effect across the nation, and looks at trends in the criminalization of homelessness, based on an analysis of the laws in 187 cities. The prevalence of these criminalization laws is rising, including dramatic increases in the number of city-wide bans, which effectively make it illegal for homeless people to perform fundamental, life-sustaining human activities throughout entire cities.

Key conclusions and recommendations the report will address include: 

- Criminalization laws violate the civil and human rights of homeless people

- A growing body of research shows that criminalization is the most expensive and least effective way to address homelessness

- Communities and local governments should replace criminalization laws with constructive solutions to ending homelessness

- The federal government should play a leadership role in combating the criminalization of homelessness

The webinar will include highlights of key statistical data on criminalization, constructive alternatives that some cities are using to address homelessness, and the important role the federal government has in combating criminalization. Presenters will include Maria Foscarinis and Tristia Bauman of the Law Center, and others.

To register for the webinar, click here. 

This webinar is a free service, but if you find this information useful, please consider making a donation to ensure we can continue to provide this critical training.

July 21: Free Webinar on Human Right to Counsel

Please register today for our human rights webinar on a right to counsel, which will be held on Tuesday July 22 from 12:30-1:30pm ET. The new section of our Human Rights in the U.S. Handbook for Legal Aid Attorneys on a Right to Counsel will be published on our website  and will be sent to all registered participants for the webinar via email on Monday July 21st.

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Sept 17-19: Register Today! Children’s Alliance Announces 2014 Advocacy Camp

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Advocacy changes kids’ lives, and it’s takes all of us to win the change that Washington’s kids and communities are counting on. You are invited to power up your advocacy skills at Children’s Alliance 3-day Advocacy Camp. Whether you are already speaking up to your legislators or just wondering how to get started, whether you do policy advocacy at work or in your volunteer time, Advocacy Camp is hands-on, interactive, training you can use to make a bigger, lasting, difference. You’ll have a chance to learn from experts, connect with people who are speaking up for kids around the state, and talk directly with members of the media and state legislators. Advocacy Camp 2014 will be September 17-19th at the Dumas Bay Conference Center in Federal Way, Washington. Tuition is $425 per person (discounted to $325 for organizational members of the Children’s Alliance).

Please do not let cost keep you from applying. Scholarships are available for those who need it, along with financial assistance for child care and transportation.

Please apply early, as Camp fills up quickly. Visit our website to learn more. You can apply online or download and print a paper application.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact Emijah Smith at 206.324.0340 x25 or emijah@childrensalliance.org.