Volunteer for Youth Justice, Spring Quarter Arctic Law & Policy Courses, and Institute for Justice Conference Application Is Online

Volunteer with Partnership for Youth Justice

Screen shot 2013-02-20 at 7.38.34 PMVolunteer one evening a month and change a youth’s life.

The Partnership for Youth Justice program of King County Superior Court is a community response to a community problem. Concerned citizens just like you are reaching out within their neighborhoods to assist young offenders and their families, and they are making a difference. (Photo: Nadir Burney.)

Why Do Neighborhood Youth Need My Help? Each year thousands of boys and girls between the ages of 9-17 have a brush with the law. Typical offenses including shoplifting, vehicle prowling, fighting, or possession of drugs and alcohol.

These youth often lack the skills and insight to steer clear of trouble. Most need to be reminded that each person is responsible for his or her own acts.

What Would I Do As A Volunteer? Volunteers from your local community, with the help of a trained court advisor, make up a Community Accountability Board (CAB). The CAB interviews the offending youth and his or her parents, then determines a constructive accountability plan.

If you have an evening a month to invest in your neighborhood youth, please call 206-296-1131. Visit our website for more information.

Sign Up for Spring Quarter Arctic Studies Courses Taught by Visiting Scholars 

IMG_1776Visiting scholars in Arctic Studies, Law, Indigenous Rights, and Resource Development will teach two exciting courses in spring quarter:

1) Business in the Arctic—Working with Law and Policy in Resource Development (3 credits), Thursdays, 1:30–4:20 PM

Dr. Sari Graben, UW 2012–13, Canada–US Fulbright Chair

The course will provide an overview of the most recent legal and political developments in the Arctic, this course will emphasize challenges posed by environmental and global changes and developments in various areas of Arctic governance and will be organized around particular resource development activities. This will allow students to be exposed to the complex issues facing the Arctic from both an international and domestic perspective and to address legal/policy frameworks for dealing with them. (Photo: Jen Marlow.)

2) Indigenous Land Claim Treaties in North America and the Arctic (5 credits), Fridays, 9:30 AM–12:30 PM

Tony Penikett, JSIS 2012–13 Visiting Scholar; Senior Advisor Arctic Security Program, Munk Centre of Global Affairs and the Duncan Gordon Foundation; former premier of the Yukon

The course will address the precedents or foundations of 20th century land claims agreements in North America including the Mexican conquest, the Cherokee cases at the Marshall Court, and the 400-plus Canadian and U.S. treaties that followed. Treaty negotiations and settlements in Alaska and northern Canada will be compared to those in Greenland and Norway.

More information on the scholars:

  • Sari Graben, LL.B. LL.M. Ph.D., currently serves as an Arctic Policy Post-Doctoral Fellow at the Queen’s Institute for Energy and Environmental Policy, Queen’s University, Toronto. Graben’s primary research interests are in the field of administrative law, contract law, and comparative law with a special focus on issues raised by environmental contracting, privatization, and collaborative governance in the Arctic.
  • Tony Penikett, a Vancouver-based mediator, served in politics for 25 years including two years in Ottawa as Chief of Staff to federal New Democratic Party Leader Ed Broadbent MP; five terms in the Yukon Legislative Assembly; and two terms as Premier of Canada’s Yukon Territory (1985-92). His government negotiated final agreement for First Nation land claims in the territory and passed pioneering education, health, language legislation, as well as leading a much-admired bottom-up economic planning process.

Apply to Attend the Institute for Justice’s Annual Law Student Conference this July in D.C.

Screen shot 2013-02-20 at 7.21.14 PMMonday, April 1, 2013, is the deadline to apply.

Founded in 1991, the Institute for Justice engages in cutting-edge litigation and advocacy both in the court of law and in the court of public opinion on behalf of individuals whose denied their most basic rights by the government—such as the right to earn an honest living, private property rights, the right to free speech, and educational choice.

The Institute for Justice is now accepting applications for 2013 Law Student Conference.  IJ’s annual law student conference is open to first and second year law students and will be held July 26–July 28, 2013, at the George Washington University in downtown Washington, D.C..

Law students interested in applying for the annual law student conference can find the application online here. See the flyer for details. More information on the Institute for Justice, its cases, or student programs, is available online. Law students should direct questions about the conference to Krissy E. Keys, Special Projects Manager.