Columbia Legal Services Launches Re-Entry Legal Clinic
Pro bono attorneys and law students needed!
Re-entry Clinic: Addressing the legal needs of people turning their lives around after a criminal conviction.
What is the Re-Entry Clinic? It provides free legal services to low-income men and women with criminal records trying to reenter society, but facing barriers to a successful reentry.
What legal issues does the clinic address? Legal financial obligations (fees, fines and restitution) and access to employment and housing.
How does it work? Volunteer attorneys attend the clinic for about 2.5 hours to provide legal advice and counsel. Law students volunteer as legal assistants. Volunteers can assist at the clinic as often as s/he likes, but we ask for a minimum of four times per year. A staff attorney will be at the clinic to assist.
Where are the clinics held? There are two. One is located at the Public Law Library of King County the second Monday of the month from 2:45-4:45pm. The other is at FareStart the fourth Tuesday of the month from 2:40-4:30pm.
Will there be training? Yes. Please join us on December 2, 9am-3:30pm at Perkins Coie for a CLE on reentry law. Topics include: fair credit reporting act, legal financial obligations, housing law and employment screening.
Where can I learn more info? Please email Nick Allen at Columbia Legal Services.
Northwest Justice Project Announces Expanded Legal Services for Veterans
NJP’s Veterans Project provides free legal services for civil problems that are barriers to housing, employment, and self-sufficiency. The Veterans Project also focuses on women veterans who face greater barriers to accessing services and often require special outreach and services to deal with service-related sexual abuse trauma.
In addition to performing direct outreach to low-income and at-risk veterans, the Veterans Project team of attorneys coordinates with veterans’ social services, health and housing providers, and Veterans Treatment Courts. Veterans Project attorneys are located in Spokane, Olympia, Tacoma, Seattle and Everett and provide services statewide.
The Veterans Project provides legal advice, representation, and referrals on a variety of civil legal issues including:
- Child Support (modification and arrears forgiveness)
- Vacating Criminal Convictions / Records
- Consumer Law
- Housing Issues
- Veteran’s benefits, and state public / health benefits
- Discharge Upgrades (less than 15 years old)
Veterans can call NJP’s Veterans Project directly. The toll free, statewide Veterans Project number is: 1-855-NJP-VETS (855-657-8387).
Veterans facing issues not listed above can apply online or call NJP’s CLEAR line to find out if they qualify for free legal aid.
Op Ed- A Dream Deferred: The Right to Food in America
October 30, 2013–by Smita Narula and Rev. Jesse Jackson, Huffington Post
Last month, the USDA reported that 49 million Americans live in “food insecure” households, meaning they cannot afford adequate food for themselves or their families. In other words, nearly one in six individuals in the richest country in the world is struggling to put food on the table. Hunger in the United States is not the result of a shortage of food or resources — it is the direct result of poverty perpetuated through policies that fail to prioritize Americans’ fundamental needs.
On the heels of the USDA report, the House voted to cut $40 billion over the next ten years from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) — the nation’s largest anti-poverty program. Under the House version of the farm bill, 3.8 million individuals would lose their SNAP benefits in 2014 alone, and an estimated 210,000 children would be kicked off of free school lunch programs. On November 1, SNAP recipients will see an automatic decline in their benefits when a temporary boost to the program (voted in as part of the 2009 Recovery Act) ends.
The impact of these assaults on our nutrition assistance programs will be felt over a generation and possibly beyond. Children who do not receive adequate nutrition — including prenatally — are at risk of serious health and developmental problems. Hungry children struggle to learn in school and, according to a report by Feeding America, are far more likely to experience behavioral problems, increasing the chance that they will drop out of school and decreasing their lifetime earning potential. By failing to adequately feed our children, we are setting them up to fail.
This is a moral failing. It is also a violation of human rights.
How Crummy, Run-Down Housing Harms the Children Who Live in It
October 24, 2013– By Emily Badger, TheAtlanticCities.com, photo courtesy- The Atlantic
The housing crisis sounded all kinds of alarms for policymakers and the public about what happens when families can’t afford their homes, or when they lose the stability that a secure home provides. We’ve heard about the effects of foreclosures on neighborhoods, the weight ofhousing stress on human health, the impact of lost equity on household wealth for huge portions of the U.S. population.
But something has been absent in all this talk about how unstable housing in any form affects families.
“The attention raised by the mortgage crisis and the foreclosure crisis really missed a lot of central aspects of housing that are likely to be important for children,” says Rebekah Levine Coley, a professor in the Lynch School of Education at Boston College.
Notably, it’s the quality of housing – the presence of peeling paint or cockroaches, broken appliances or damaged walls – that most strongly predicts a child’s well-being and development.
Continue reading here.
World Justice Forum Announces the World Justice Challenge
- Modest seed grants—the typical size of a seed grant is $15,000 to $25,000
- Connections to others in the WJP’s global network
- Increased visibility through media and communications support
How to Apply
The World Justice Challenge is open to all individuals, organizations, and entities from any country. The competition will launch on November 5 and close January 15. Approximately 10 grantees will be selected by a Selection Panel using the criteria listed in the application. The typical size of a seed grant is $15,000 – $25,000.
2014 Ella Baker Summer Internship Program: 2L Applications due October 11
The Ella Baker Summer Internship Program is part of the Center for Constitutional Rights’ (CCR) Social Justice Institute (SJI), an innovative training institute for social justice law students and lawyers created in partnership with the Bertha Foundation. Along with the Ella Baker Program, the SJI supports existing and aspiring social justice lawyers through a range of programs including: post-graduate fellowships, fall/spring internships and externships, Continuing Legal Education (CLE) courses, regional conferences and national training institutes.
CCR created the Ella Baker Summer Internship Program in 1987 to honor the legacy of Ella Baker, a hero of the civil rights movement, and to train the next generation of social justice lawyers. The program uses a combination of theory and practice to train talented and committed law students on how to work alongside social movements, community organizations, and impacted individuals. Through our program, interns gain practical litigation experience and sharpen their theoretical understanding of the relationship between social change, organizing and lawyering.
The Ella Baker Program is sponsored by the Bertha Foundation which hosts law students and emerging lawyers at legal organizations across the world. As a result, Ella Baker Interns are connected to a global community of social justice law students and lawyers through the Bertha Legal Network.
Interns work under the direct supervision of attorneys and are given high-quality assignments and periodic feedback. Interns also participate in weekly educational seminars. Topics range from litigation skills, theories of social change, and guest lectures by noted local organizers & activists. Interns’ responsibilities may include: legal research & writing for domestic and international litigation, factual investigation, client & witness interviews, policy/legislative research, and participation in client and community meetings. In addition, students are provided opportunities to attend court proceedings, community and client meetings, view films about social justice issues, and attend other law related panels and events.
The internship will begin on June 2, 2014 and end on August 8, 2014. Interns are expected to work 40 hours per week for a minimum of ten weeks. All students will be asked to attend an Orientation on June 2-3 and a Final Debrief on August 7-8. The location for the orientation/debrief are TBD.
Don’t delay! 2L applications are due October 11. For complete description and application instructions please click here.
Summer 2014 Opportunity to Study Professional Ethics at Auschwitz
FASPE (Fellowships at Auschwitz for the Study of Professional Ethics) is now accepting applications for a fellowship that uses the conduct of lawyers and judges in Nazi Germany as a launching point for an intensive two-week early summer program about contemporary legal ethics. Applications from all law students, regardless of what field of law they are interested in, are sought. Fellowships include an all-expense paid trip from New York to Berlin, Krakow, and Oświęcim (Auschwitz) where students will work with leading faculty to explore both legal history and the ethical issues facing lawyers today. All program costs, including international and European travel, lodging, and food, are covered.
The 2014 program for FASPE Law will run from May 25 to June 5.
Completed applications must be received by January 6, 2014. Candidates of all religious, ethnic, and cultural backgrounds are encouraged to apply.
Attention 2Ls & 3Ls: Paid Legal Research Opportunity at Blue Water Legal PLLC
Amie C. Peters (’05), principal at Blue Water Legal PLLC, is accepting applications from 2Ls and 3Ls who are interested in working 5-6 hours per week throughout the coming academic year. The opportunity is available immediately.
The job is very flexible; work can be done remotely (using DropBox to transfer documents), or can be done in the Blue Water Legal offices. Compensation is $15/hour.
Hiring Criteria: The ideal candidate would be interested in plaintiff’s work or small firm practice, but that is not required. Strong writing and research skills are important, as the successful candidate will be assisting with motions, medical reviews and legal research memos. The ability to work independently and efficiently on complex projects involving an area of law that may be new is critical.
The successful candidate will be asked to certify that they have read the WA State Rules for Professional Conduct, and that they agree to follow those rules with regards to any cases in which they assist (especially, conflicts and confidentiality).
To Apply: Submit a resume and writing sample to firstname.lastname@example.org. Include “Legal Researcher” in the subject line. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled. More information about the firm is available at www.bluewaterlegal.com.
Human Rights First Seeking Refugee Program Legal Interns for DC Office
Human Rights First is a dynamic, U.S.-based advocacy organization that has worked for over thirty years to leverage U.S. law, policy, and influence to promote human rights around the world.
Human Rights First values high quality work product, a collaborative and supportive work environment, respect for diverse viewpoints, creative approaches to problem solving, flexibility and adaptability of skills, accountability for results, and commitment to lasting change.
Human Rights First welcomes law students to apply for a Spring 2014 internship in our Refugee Protection Program. We are looking for students who are currently enrolled in law school, have a strong interest in and commitment to human rights, are fluent in a relevant second language, and want to work on behalf of asylum-seekers. Interns will be based in HRF’s Washington DC office and will be expected to work at least 15-20 hours per week for a 10-12 week period. This is an unpaid internship. Interns will be responsible for securing their own funding or arranging to receive course credit at their law schools.
The Refugee Protection Program works to provide indigent asylum seekers with quality legal representation in their asylum cases. The program also advocates for legal reform and policy change on issues affecting asylum seekers in the United States.
Applications accepted on a rolling basis. HRF is accepting applications for Spring quarter. For complete info and instructions please click here.
US Human Rights Network Seeks Human Rights at Home Campaign Director
USHRN seeks a Campaign Director to coordinate the Human Rights at Home (HuRAH) Campaign. HuRAH is a collaborative effort to institutionalize concrete accountability mechanisms to help ensure that human rights principles, standards, and obligations are considered and implemented in all areas of domestic policy and practice in the United States. HuRAH is governed by a Steering Committee chaired by the US Human Rights Network, and comprised of the following organizations: US Human Rights Network, American Civil Liberties Union, Rights Working Group, Human Rights Institute at Columbia Law School, National Economic and Social Rights Initiative, National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty, and the Border Network for Human Rights. HuRAH is a collaborative initiative of the US Human Rights Network (USHRN). The US Human Rights Network (USHRN) is a national network of organizations and individuals working to strengthen a human rights movement and culture within the United States led by the people most directly impacted by human rights violations. USHRN works to secure dignity and justice for all.
HuRAH’s goals over the next few years include: promoting the institutionalization, mandate expansion, and effective use of the U.S. Government’s Equality Working Group as a federal focal point for coordination and implementation of US human rights obligations; promoting meaningful coordination between the Equality Working Group, and other federal entities, with state and local officials in implementing human rights obligations; promoting the use of other accountability structures at the federal, state, and local levels for human rights compliance; expanding grassroots outreach and engagement in informing and advancing the accountability mechanisms identified by the Campaign; and advancing an issue area campaign focused on promoting human rights accountability in immigration enforcement. HuRAH’s structure includes seven entities: two HuRAH specific subcommittees – State and Local Coordination and Grassroots Engagement; four USHRN taskforces for each of the ratified treaties including ICERD, ICCPR, CAT and the UPR; and a Steering Committee.
Applications accepted through October 30. For complete info and application instructions please click here.
Apply to Serve on the Northwest Justice Project’s Board of Directors
The Northwest Justice Project has an opening on its Board of Directors for three attorneys, for three-year terms starting Jan. 1, 2014. NJP is a statewide not-for-profit law firm providing free legal services to low-income people from 13 offices.
For more information about the position and how to apply, see the Volunteer Opportunities area of the WSBA website.
Just Finished your Summer Internship, Externship or Volunteer Experience? Want Other Students to Benefit and Learn from Your Experience? Got 3 minutes?
If you answered YES to all of these questions then be sure to add your contact info to our public service student experiences database so that other students can connect with you to learn about your internship, externship or volunteer experience! Click here to access the database and add your contact info. Be ready to enter your UW NetID to access the database. Please note that this database is only available for current UW law students.
From Fired up to Burnt Out: 7 tips to help you sustain a life committed to social justice
When she was an organizer in the 1990s, Claudia Horwitz began to notice that many of the people she worked with were overworked, exhausted, and stressed out. Responding to the urgent need she saw in the activist community, Claudia founded stone circles, an organization that works to strengthen and sustain people committed to transformation and justice.
Since 2007, stone circles has been based in Mebane, North Carolina at The Stone House, a retreat and training center on 70 acres of land. One of stone circles’ primary goals is to address high rates of burnout among activists and organizers.
Burnout is more than just a busy week at work—it’s the long-term result of carrying continual stress, exhaustion, anxiety, or isolation.
Here are some tips from stone circles for addressing burnout:
1. Develop a personal practice.
A practice is simply a habit that gives us energy and reminds us of what matters most. Having a practice helps us pay concentrated attention to the inner voice—a presence that has the power to continually re-inform the activities of our daily lives. Mindful breathing, yoga, meditation, prayer, and journal writing are all examples of personal practice. Choose a practice that replenishes you and commit to doing it daily for a month. This can help make it a habit. Conitinue reading here.
September 5: Drowning in Educational Debt? Attend a Free EJW Webinar
A must attend for anyone with educational debt planning to work or currently working for the government or a nonprofit, this webinar explains how you can benefit from the College Cost Reduction and Access Act, the most significant law affecting public service in a generation. Useful for: public interest workers, graduate and professional students, undergraduate students, school advisors and administrators, and employers.
September 10: Don’d Miss the Screening of “Girls Rising” Hosted by the Gates Foundation
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation cordially invites you to the Community Film Club: Screening of Girl Rising on September 10th from 5:00 – 7:30pm at our Seattle campus.
Directed by Academy Award nominee Richard Robbins, this movie is about nine girls from different parts of the world who face arranged marriages, child slavery, and other heartbreaking injustices. By getting an education, they’re able to break barriers and create change. Watch the trailer here.
There will be an opportunity for Q&A with Bonnie Benjamin-Phariss, Director of Vulcan Productions (co-producer of the film) and Radha Rangarajan, Associate Program Officer, US Advocacy, from our US Program team. Snacks and refreshments will be available.
Pre-registration is required. Please click here to confirm your attendance. We hope you will join us.
September 11: Global WA’s Global Social on Sub-Saharan Africa
Wondering what other organizations are doing in Sub-Saharan Africa? Running a small non-profit in Tanzania and want some local business support? Operating a corporate office out of Zambia and looking for ways to give back? Global Washington invites you to meet with people and organizations working in the same region as your organization. Happy hour drinks and food will be included!
Who: Businesses, government, and non-profits working in your global region
Where: HUB Seattle // 220 2nd Ave South // Seattle, WA
When: Wednesday, September 11 // 4:30- 6:30pm
Cost: $10 GlobalWA members (use member code at checkout) // $20 for non-members
What to Bring: Networking tools, brochures, newsletters, and business cards to share
RSVP: Click here!
Gender Odyssey is an international conference focused on the needs and interests of transgender and gender-nonconforming people. Packed with thought-provoking workshops, discussion groups, social events and entertainment, this one-of-a-kind annual gathering attracts people from all over the world for an uplifting weekend of skill sharing and community in Seattle, USA. Learn more about Gender Odyssey »
Happening Now! Gender Odyssey Conference 2013: August 1st – 4th
Last year’s 11th year anniversary conference was the most well-attended ever with over 25% increased attendance. Don’t miss out on our 2013 gathering!
Provide Estate Planning Legal Services for Alaskan Tribes: Bristol Bay Native Association Now Accepting Applications from Graduation 3Ls for Post Grad Fellowship
The Center for Indian Law & Policy at Seattle University School of Law and the Bristol Bay Native Association (BBNA) has developed a project to provide estate planning services to BBNA members. The members reside in 36 villages in a remote area around Bristol Bay, Alaska. We are seeking a full-time Fellow to reside in Dillingham, Alaska, where BBNA is headquartered, for 9 months, from September 2013 through May 2014. The Fellow will travel to villages with BBNA staff to meet with clients and provide estate planning services. The Fellow will be supervised by Center personnel and will have on-site contact with an Alaska Legal Services attorney.
Qualifications: This is a unique opportunity for a recent law school graduate to gain hands-on legal experience in a unique location! BBNA members have special estate planning needs, and the Fellow will undergo training on those special needs, as well as estate planning for native Alaskans.
Salary: expense stipend of $34,000
Application Instructions: We will begin accepting applications for this Fellowship on May 1, 2013, with the deadline for applications on August 25, 2013. If you are interested, please submit a cover letter, resume, transcript, and list of 3 references to Erica Wolf, Managing Attorney at email@example.com.
Fair Food Standards Council in Florida Seeking Staff Attorney/Monitor Investigator
The Fair Food Standards Council is at the cutting edge of human rights in agriculture, serving as the monitoring and enforcement organization of the Fair Food Program. The FFSC is charged with monitoring and enforcing the agreements between the Coalition of Immokalee Workers, growers and buyers in Florida’s tomato industry.
The FFSC conducts audits at all Participating Growers, interviewing management and workers to determine whether the Fair Food Code of Conduct is properly implemented. Our staff also responds to a 24 hour, 7 day a week hotline, investigating and resolving worker complaints.
The position requires excellent interviewing skills, attention to detail, making findings of fact and applying the Code of Conduct to those facts, drafting comprehensive reports, negotiating corrective action plans, complaint intake, investigation and resolution through negotiation or formal decision drafting, legal research and memoranda of law on issues affecting farmworker rights and presentations to staff and director. Good speaking skills for public presentations concerning the Fair Food Program a plus. Applicant should be bilingual in Spanish and English. Applications accepted on a rolling basis. Please email resume and cover letter to Judge Laura Safer Espinoza at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Staff Attorney Position Now Open at Center for Human Rights & Constitutional Law in Los Angeles
The Center for Human Rights and Constitutional Law is a Los Angeles non-profit organization that works for the civil and human rights of insular minorities, including immigrants, refugees, children, and indigenous peoples.
A partial list of the Center’s major litigation includes Plyler v. Doe, 457 U.S. 202 (1982) (challenge to state statute excluding undocumented children from public elementary schools); Reno v. Catholic Social Services, 509 U.S. 43 (1993) (national class action for persons unlawfully denied legalization under the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986); Reno v. Flores, 507 U.S. 292 (1993) (national class action on behalf of children denied release on bail pending the outcome of deportation proceedings); League of United Latin American Citizens v. Wilson, 131 F.3d 1297 (9th Cir. 1997) (state-wide class action challenging constitutionality of state proposition denying health care, social services and education to suspected undocumented immigrants); and Perez-Olano v. Gonzalez, 248 F.R.D. 248 (C.D. Cal. 2008) (nationwide class action enjoining policies and practices blocking abused, abandoned, and neglected immigrant children’s access to protective services and lawful permanent residence).
The Center seeks a full-time attorney to work on complex litigation, policy analysis and advocacy, and to assist in providing technical support, advocacy support, and training to lawyers and paralegals employed by California legal services programs. The position requires a creative, pro-active, and rigorously intellectual approach to the practice of law, as well as a strong desire to work in the public interest.
Qualifications: J.D. degree from an ABA-accredited law school; Active membership in the California Bar; Exceptional legal research, writing, analytical, and oral advocacy skills; Demonstrated commitment to social justice and the practice of law in the public interest; Expertise in constitutional law, immigration law, and/or federal litigation preferred; Ability to assist in grant administration and reporting.
Salary: $50,000-70,000 per year depending on qualifications. Benefits include medical and dental insurance, sick leave and annual vacation, and the opportunity to learn or hone high-level litigation skills.
Applications accepted on a rolling basis. Please email a cover letter, resume, and list of three references to Peter Schey, Executive Director email@example.com AND Carlos Holguin, General Counsel at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Health Care for All in Boston Seeks Legal Fellow for Policy Team
HCFA is seeking a Legal Fellow to join their Policy Team for a period of 6 months to one year to work on payment and delivery system reform issues. Chapter 224, the recently passed comprehensive health care cost control legislation, sets the stage for fundamental changes aimed at reducing health care cost growth while improving the quality of care. The Legal Fellow will work as a member of the HCFA Policy Team to advance public engagement and policymaker education in the implementation of Chapter 224. JDs with or without bar license will be considered. Applications accepted on a rolling basis. For complete application information please click here.
Tim Wise “Antiracist Essayist, Author and Educator” Coming to UW April 9
Kane Hall, Room 130
“Tim Wise is one of the most brilliant, articulate and courageous critics of white privilege in the nation.”
— Michael Eric Dyson, best-selling author and University of Pennsylvania professor
“Tim Wise is a vanilla brother in the tradition of (antiracism and antislavery fighter) John Brown.”
— Cornel West, philosopher and author
Can you Measure the Rule of Law? Wednesday, April 10
Join us for an informal discussion with Juan Botero, the Executive Director of the World Justice Project, where he discusses the WJP Rule of Law Index and how he and his team have developed a research methodology to compare the quality of the rule of law in over countries.
The WJP Rue of Law Index is an innovative quantitative assessment tool designed by the World Justice Project offering a detailed and comprehensive picture of the extent to which countries adhere to the rule of law in practice.
Juan Carlos Botero is the World Justice Project’s Executive Director and former Director of the Rule of Law Index, where he has led the development of the Index project and co-authored the report since its inception in 2008. Previous experiences include service as the Director of the Colombian Government Trade Bureau in Washington D.C., Chief International Legal Counsel of the Colombian Ministry of Commerce, Deputy-Chief Negotiator of the US-Colombia Free Trade Agreement, member of the Advisory Board of the Colombian Antitrust and Consumer Protection Agency, and Judicial Clerk at the Colombian Constitutional Court.
He has been a professor or guest lecturer in several countries, and is a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on the Rule of Law. His academic publications focus on the areas of rule of law, access to justice, and labor regulation. A national of Colombia, Mr. Botero holds a law degree from Universidad de los Andes and a Master of Laws from Harvard University. He is a Doctor of Juridical Science (SJD) candidate at the Georgetown University Law Center.
Sponsored by the Sustainable International Development Graduate Program.
International Immigrant Rights Activist to Visit Seattle on April 11
Alejandro Solalinde, an internationally recognized Human Rights activist and Catholic priest, will be speaking in Seattle on Thursday, April 11. Father Solalinde has dedicated his life to provide a place of safety for Central American and South American migrants on their journey through Mexico to the United States.
His talk is titled, “A Celebration of Immigrants and Refugee Human Rights.” Thursday, April 11, from 7–8:30 PM at Seattle City Hall.
Event at EMP Museum on April 11: The Rule of Law in Zimbabwe
325 5th Ave. N., Seattle WA 98109
Doors open at 5:30 p.m., Film Screening begins at 6:00 p.m.
Discussion at 7:00 p.m., Concert at 8:00 p.m.
The film features one of the bravest lawyers in Africa, Beatrice Mtetwa in Zimbabwe. In spite of beatings by police, she has courageously defended in court those jailed by the Mugabe government—peace activists, journalists, opposition candidates, farmers that had their land confiscated, ordinary citizens that had the courage to speak up.
Discussion following the film screening features the following panelists:
- Juan Botero, Executive Director, World Justice Project
- Lorie Conway, Filmmaker
- Thomas Mapfumo, Globally-Renowned Musician
and Zimbabwe refugee
- The Hon. Lyna Sarapei, Barer Institute for Law and Global Human Services Fellow, Deputy Registrar of the High Court of Kenya
- Concert & Reception featuring Thomas Mapfumo
and The Blacks Unlimited
- Thomas Tafirenyika Mapfumo is known as “The Lion of Zimbabwe” and “Mukanya” for his immense popularity and for the political influence he wields through his music, which is heard throughout the documentary.
Tickets for the April 11 event are available online. Price for students and non-profit sector employees are $10; public tickets are $25.
Cancelled! Dark Side of Chocolate Film Screening
The film screening of the Dark Side of Chocolate on April 11, 2013, has been canceled.
If you are interested in the film, you can learn more about it here.
Evening with John Cruden on Tuesday, April 16
President, Environmental Law Institute
April 16, 2013
6 p.m. Keynote 7 p.m. Reception
The Rainier Club
820 4th Ave, Seattle, WA 98104
Where Have All the Leaders Gone? Environmental Law at a Crossroads
Calling All Volunteers: Event to Benefit Mary’s Place on May 2 Needs You
KCWWL seeks volunteers for a Spring Job Training and Mentorship Volunteer Event to benefit Mary’s Place. Please join the King County Washington Women Lawyers for a Spring Job Training and Mentorship Volunteer Event to benefit Mary’s Place, the only day center for homeless women in King County that accepts women with children, on May 2.
314 Bell Street
Seattle, WA 98121
Thursday, May 2nd, 12:30pm-2:00pm
KCWWL volunteers will act as Job Coaches to mentor Mary’s Place residents by providing one-on-one resume feedback. Job coaches will be paired with Mary’s Place residents for a short term meeting to review each individual’s job background, work experience, and resume, and offer professional advice and feedback.
KCWWL members have the opportunity to pass on their job search and interviewing experience by providing guidance, encouraging confidence, and offering their professional perspectives to homeless women in need.
Please RSVP to Stephanie Marshall at email@example.com. We need your help with this great event and hope to see you there!
Deadline for Completing Pro Bono Honors Award Law Student Checklist Extended until April 10
- Fill out your Pro Bono Project Approval form
- If you didn’t get a chance to attend all three live trainings you can access them here:
- Professionalism & Direct Legal Services: Watch the training video.
- Secondary Trauma and Compassion Fatigue When Working with Clients in Crisis: Missed the training? Watch the training video
- Providing Cross-Difference Competent Legal Assistance: Missed the training? No podcast is available for this training session. Please complete the following assignment in lieu of training session attendance:
- Watch 20 minute video by Chimamanda Adichie, “The danger of a single story”
- After watching the video please write a reflective essay (about 600 words) that discusses one or more of the following:
- What sort of assumptions (ie. “single stories”) have you made about a particular client or client population? These could be positive or negative singles stories. Describe an instance.
- Why do you think you made those assumptions?
- How do you think this may have affected communication and understanding between you and the client? How do you think this may have affected your ability to competently assist the client? How do you think this may have affected the outcome of the client’s legal problem?
- Looking back on this instance(s) now, how do you think you might approach those types of interactions differently?
- Please write-in on your Certification of Training attendance form that you are attaching this essay.
- Certify that you’ve attended our three trainings on our Certification form
- Fill out the log of completed pro bono hours.
- If you’ve managed or coordinated a pro bono project please fill out the leadership hours log.
- If you’ve provided direct legal assistance or conducted research and writing please fill out the legal assistance hours log.
- If you’ve done both types of pro bono please complete two different sets of logs.
- Fill out the Pro Bono Project Work Completion Form for each type of pro bono project you’ve worked on and have your supervisor sign the form. If you are unable to get your supervisor’s signature, please have him/her confirm your hours and type of work via email to Aline Carton-Listfjeld firstname.lastname@example.org
- 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.
- *Please Note:* The Pro Bono Honors Program may use quotes from your reflective essay to help promote our program. If you do not wish to have any portion of your essay potentially shared with the public please email email@example.com.
- By April 10: Send your essay and your completed forms to firstname.lastname@example.org drop them in the mail box marked Aline Carton/ Pro Bono Honors located in the faculty/staff mail boxes on the 3rd floor of Gates Hall.
Serve on Equal Justice Works National Advisory Committee
The EJW National Advisory Committee (NAC) provides a great opportunity to become more involved with Equal Justice Works. The NAC serves in an advisory board capacity to Equal Justice Works, and by serving on the NAC, you can play an important role in providing feedback and guidance on select Equal Justice Works initiatives.
We are currently seeking law student members to fill positions that will begin service on June 1, 2013, for a two year commitment that will end on June 1, 2015. As a member of the NAC, you are required to attend an annual meeting and participate in periodic conference calls throughout the year to work on projects designed to help Equal Justice Works improve existing programs and develop new initiatives.
More details on the NAC and the application will be available on our website here.
Apply to the Youth Justice Leadership Institute
The National Juvenile Justice Network’s Leadership Institute is looking for ten great reformers.
Picture somebody in your mind — someone you know — who wants to set the juvenile justice world on fire. Someone who’s fed up with seeing kids get kicked out of school for minor misbehavior, locked up without due process, or any of a hundred other unjust, unfair things that can blight young people’s lives.
You can see this person in your mind’s eye, right? You’re picturing someone who stands up, speaks out, and can work with others to reform what’s not working. A person, in other words, who is ready to take the next step to grow as a leader.
Chances are this army-of-one you’re picturing in your mind is ready to apply to the Youth Justice Leadership Institute, a robust, year-long fellowship program run by the National Juvenile Justice Network that focuses on cultivating and supporting professionals of color. Our goal is to create the foundation for a more effective juvenile justice reform movement by developing a strong base of advocates and organizers who reflect the communities most affected by juvenile justice system practices and policies.
By the way, your force-of-nature will not need to quit his or her job. It does mean that he or she will join a hand-picked group of 10 fellows assembled from all over the country to learn about leadership, juvenile justice system policies and practices, theories of change, and develop their skills as advocates. Plus, it’s free (or close to it). Travel and lodging is paid for; tuition is minimal when compared to other programs of this length and intensity.
Anyone who wants to apply for the Institute can:
- Learn more about it here.
- Watch our 1:30 video and download the application packet now
- Contact the Institute’s coordinator, Diana Onley-Campbell, at email@example.com.
This year, Diana Onley-Campbell will host two informational webinars for prospective applicants:
- April 4, 2013, 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm EST. Click to register.
- April 10, 2013, 1 pm – 2 pm EST. Click to register.
Report to the Washington Supreme Court on the Implementation of Standards for Indigent Defense Is Now Available
The Washington State Office of Public Defense (OPD) has issued its Report to the Washington Supreme Court on the Implementation of Standards for Indigent Defense, which includes information on recent law changes, development of case weighting policies, an inventory of diversion programs, and an examination of the impacts of attorney experience on caseload capabilities. To gather this information, OPD conducted written surveys of public defense attorneys, court personnel, city and county administrators, and prosecutors, and interviewed 56 experienced public defense attorneys; reviewed national and state research; and accessed data from the Judicial Information System (JIS). The report provides a great overview of the issues affecting the implementation of the standards.
Right before Spring Break, UW Law hosted the Trina Grillo Social Justice retreat. The weekend began with Judge Mary Yu’s inspiring keynote speech and an improv session with Jet City Improv that had everyone thinking on their feet. Saturday continued with interactive workshops testing new ideas. Amazing advocates offered their ideas on panels designed to help participants turn ideas into entrepreneurial opportunities to serve justice in our communities.
Follow what happened on Twitter. We grateful to Mary Whisner for Tweeting! She captured a ton of fantastic advice and ideas.
Participants also engaged with personal goals for moving toward new ideas confidently with courage. Here’s a snapshot of a group brainstorm on how to move from obstacles toward vision and finally, practical, everyday steps that facilitate positive action.
Thanks to all who participated!
Today is the last day to purchase tickets to attend the IPNW 15th Anniversary Dinner on April 4, 2013. Reception 6:00 p.m. Dinner and Program 6:30 p.m. Herban Feast, Seattle, 3200 1st Ave. South, Seattle, WA 98134