Welcome spring with these new, awesome job opportunities for students and alumni!

Due 3/27 – Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs Tribal Senior Policy Advisor 

This position is located in the Department of Justice (DOJ), Office of Justice Programs (OJP), Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP). OJJDP is focused on juveniles in crisis from serious, violent, and chronic offenders to victims of abuse and neglect. Charged by Congress to meet this challenge, OJJDP collaborates with professionals from diverse disciplines to improve juvenile justice policies and practices. OJJDP accomplishes its mission by supporting states, local communities, and tribal jurisdictions in their efforts to develop and implement effective programs for juveniles. The Office strives to strengthen the juvenile justice system’s efforts to protect public safety, hold offenders accountable, and provide services that address the needs of youth and their families. The incumbent provides advice and guidance to resolve, implement, or manage program or policy issues that involve major areas of complexity in approach or methodology; prepares short- and long-range planning guidance in accordance with broad program policies and objectives; prepares guidance based on analyses of interrelated issues of effectiveness, efficiency, and productivity of substantive mission-oriented programs in one or more of the OJJDP specific policy areas that have a direct impact on the lives of American Indian and Alaska Native youth (e.g. adapting a developmental approach to juvenile justice reform nationwide; responding to the key recommendations from the Attorney General’s Task Force on American Indian/Alaska Native Children Exposed to Violence; family/youth engagement; child protection; juvenile justice system improvement; and delinquency prevention).

Northwest Justice Project – Summer 2015 Law Clerk

Under the supervision of highly experienced staff attorneys, law clerks will serve as part of a statewide team of legal services advocates who work cooperatively, with other providers, in bringing high quality representation to the State’s indigent population. Dependent on the office, substantive priorities may include family law, housing, consumer, employment, public benefits and education. Law clerks will experience the realities of a legal services office as they aid the attorneys with legal research, interview and advise clients, and assist in case planning. Law clerks may also help develop self-help materials for pro-se litigants, training materials for staff and clients and work on other special projects depending on the needs of the office. Externships for credit during the school year are also available in the Seattle, Spokane and Tacoma offices.

Positions for summer 2015 may include: Please indicate your locations of interest.

  • Combination Farm worker unit and general positions located in Wenatchee, Omak, Bellingham and Vancouver, WA (Spanish fluency may be required or preferred)
  • General legal services in Bremerton, Pt. Angeles, Pasco, Tacoma, Everett, Longview, Spokane, Olympia and Seattle

All law clerks will be expected to bring the maturity and commitment to their work necessary to participate as members of a comprehensive, statewide equal justice delivery system.

Email: Resume & Writing Sample to:

  • Karen Holland, Director of Human Resources (please state location of interest)
  •  Northwest Justice Project
  • karenh@nwjustice.org

Eastside Legal Assistance Program – DVLP Managing Attorney

Come make equal access to justice in our community a reality by managing our Domestic Violence Legal Project. You can help Eastside Legal Assistance Program (ELAP) provide legal services to survivors of domestic violence. This is a full-time employment opportunity. Materials must be submitted no later than 5 PM Friday, April 10, 2015 to be considered.

Please send résumé, cover letter, writing sample (family law based and your independent work product), and list of two references to: Stan Kehl, Executive Director, stan@elap.org. Applications will be reviewed upon receipt.

National Legal Aid and Defender Association – Senior Program Associate, Civil

Qualified candidates will possess a Bachelor’s degree in economics, social sciences, public administration or related field, with a minimum of two to five years of experience in the non-profit sector, legal field or public policy sector. Experience collecting, analyzing, and organizing data, and producing reports is required. The ideal candidate will have demonstrated strong qualitative and analytic skills with a keen attention to detail and data accuracy and the ability to translate information into reports. Excellent research skills using both web-based and published materials required. Significant knowledge of civil legal aid programs is preferred. The ideal candidate will have knowledge of survey and research design methods and the ability to verify the accuracy of data sets and computer generated reports. The ability to work independently and in teams is required. The position requires excellent skills in written and oral communication. Computer proficiency utilizing Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint), internet and E-mail; database proficiency and desktop publishing skills along with a willingness to learn HTML required. Candidates must have a strong commitment to the mission and goals of NLADA and a thorough understanding of its work.

NLADA has a collegial, highly collaborative, professional office environment where employees take pride in effectively leveraging resources and fully engaging to deliver excellent results. We value service, creativity, and thought-leadership. We are conveniently located near D.C.’s Metro Rail (Red, Blue, and Orange lines).

To apply for this position send a resume, cover letter and writing sample to hr@nlada.org with the subject line “NLADA JOBS: Senior Program Associate, Civil.”

NLADA is an equal opportunity employer. Position open until filled.

CJA seeks Senior Staff Attorney!

The Center for Justice & Accountability (CJA) seeks a Senior Staff Attorney or a Staff Attorney. CJA is an international human rights organization dedicated to deterring torture and other severe human rights abuses around the world and advancing the rights of survivors to seek truth, justice and redress.  CJA uses litigation to hold perpetrators individually accountable for human rights abuses, develop human rights law, and advance the rule of law in countries transitioning from periods of abuse.

Applications welcome immediately; position open until filled. Applications must include: 1) a letter that addresses your goals and your interest in this position; 2) resume; 3) writing sample; and 4) names of three references. Submit electronic application to jobs@cja.org with the words “Staff Attorney” or “Senior Staff Attorney” in the subject line.

Black Women’s Blueprint -DIRECTOR, HUMAN RIGHTS AND CULTURAL COMPETENCY

Black Women’s Blueprint, is a civil and human rights organization. Our purpose is to take action to secure social, political and economic equality in American society now. We work to develop a culture where women of African descent are fully empowered and where gender, race and other disparities are erased. We engage in progressive research, historical documentation, policy advocacy and organize on social justice issues steeped in the struggles of Black women within their communities and within dominant culture.

Our flagship initiative is a Black Women’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission on Sexual Assault in the U.S. (BWTRC). A core component of this ground-breaking initiative is to map the official and unofficial ways in which the rights of sexual assault survivors to personal and economic security have been violated. This participatory study will explore Human Rights Articles 2, 3, and 25 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which ensure non-discrimination, personal security and economic security and will implement related policy advocacy.

Submit resume and cover letter to ftanis@blueprintny.org, with the subject DIRECTOR BWTRC in the subject line.

BAY LEGAL LAW STUDENT INTERNSHIP – BAY AREA LEGAL AID

Bay Area Legal Aid (BayLegal) seeks dynamic law students with a strong commitment to public interest and social justice advocacy to help provide comprehensive legal services to the poor. BayLegal is the largest staff based non?profit law firm providing free civil legal services to low?income individuals and families in the San Francisco Bay Area.

We provide services on a regional basis through local offices and clinics located in the following 7 Bay Area counties: Alameda (Oakland); Contra Costa (Richmond); Marin (San Rafael); Napa; San Francisco; San Mateo (Redwood City); and Santa Clara (San Jose) counties. Additionally, BayLegal has a regional Legal Advice Line which conducts intake and provides advice and counsel. With six regional offices, and 100+ staff members, BayLegal is uniquely positioned to help people across county lines.

BayLegal assist clients in four main priority areas: (1) Domestic Violence Prevention; (2) Housing Preservation; (3) Economic Security; (4) Health Access; and (5) Consumer Protection.

Internships are available throughout the year and applications are accepted on an ongoing basis year-round until all positions are filled (for summer candidates, we recommend submitting your application before March 1st).

Please submit a completed BayLegal Law Clerk Application indicating your office(s) and project(s) preference along with a copy of your resume,  cover letter, a list of at least three references and writing sample to:

Email: probono@baylegal.org or
Mail: Bay Area Legal Aid – Law Clerk Program
1735 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland, CA 94612

More Questions? Contact Staci Lambright, Director of Pro Bono Activities probono@baylegal.org

SUMMER LAW CLERK – AARP FOUNDATION

AARP Foundation Litigation is seeking to hire a summer law clerk to work with the Consumer Protection and Housing teams. The position supports senior attorneys working on a wide range of legal reform and impact litigation cases in courts nationwide.Law clerks will conduct legal research and write memoranda for amicus curiae briefs and litigation documents for cases in these different areas.

Remote work is a possibility. 

If interested, send a cover letter, resume and writing sample (5-7 pages) to Michelle Poncetta at mponcetta@aarp.org. Please put “Summer Law Clerk Application” in the subject line of your email. The position is for 30-40 hours per week. This is an unpaid position.Funding can be provided through your school program.

HEARING OFFICER – ALASKA DEPARTMENT OF LABOR AND WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT – ALASKA LABOR RELATIONS AGENCY

The Alaska Labor Relations Agency is a quasi-judicial agency that handles collective bargaining issues for public employers and public employees for the state, university, railroad, school districts, and political subdivisions within our jurisdiction.  The mission of the Alaska Labor Relations Agency is to facilitate cooperative relations between Alaska’s public employers and the labor organizations that represent public employees.  The agency is recruiting for a Hearing Officer to help with this mission.

Responsibilities of this position include but are not limited to:

The incumbent independently serves as hearing officer for the Alaska Labor Relations Agency, investigating, mediating, and adjudicating public labor relations disputes.  As the Agency’s sole hearing officer and investigator for a lay board, the incumbent exercises substantial independent discretion. The incumbent investigates petitions and charges and mediates between parties. The incumbent conducts adversarial hearings and proposes decisions for adoption by the board. The incumbent evaluates settlement agreements, responds to inquiries from the public, and performs other duties as assigned, such as drafting or editing proposed regulations or statutes, conducting public board meetings, holding pre-hearings and pre-election conferences, issuing rulings on motions and matters before and during hearings, issuing subpoenas and conducting elections.

The incumbent must be able to comprehend applicable statutes and regulations and to communicate effectively to explain agency services and requirements. 

The potentially heavy workload demands ability to establish priorities, meet deadlines, and work under stress. The incumbent must have good oral and written communication skills. Writing skills must include the ability to draft logically organized legal decisions that clearly evaluate evidence, summarize facts, apply legal principals, and evaluate arguments. In addition the incumbent must be able to independently conduct impartial investigations, hearing, and mediations. This position requires tact, discretion, confidentiality, and the ability to work independently and exercise sound judgment.

Apply online at http://workplace.alaska.gov/

Take a trip to California or find a new way to use that J.D. with these exciting opportunities!

AmeriCorps JD is now accepting applicants! 

We will accept applications through April 15, 2015 from students, who not only work in the priority areas defined below, but who provide service to low-income communities in other areas of law. The 300 service hours required to earn the education award can be completed anytime from when the application is accepted and the background check has been initiated through August 31, 2015.

PRIORITY AREAS: Priority will be given to applications from students who are serving veterans, military families or victims of disasters, or focusing on removing barriers to employment or housing. However, we also have many spots available for students working with other populations and in other areas of law.

Some more examples of the type of work students can do within these priority areas include:

  • Direct legal services: intake, legal form preparation, performing client and witness interviews, advocating for clients by telephone and in person, attending hearings, assisting attorneys in legal representation, carrying out legal research and writing
  • Outreach and education: developing and distributing fact sheets, developing and delivering training on legal topics or on how to access legal services, ensuring potential clients are aware of their rights and available services
  • Capacity building: activities which build the capacity of your host organization or other organizations to provide services in the previously specified priority areas, such as an organizational assessment, compiling best practices, organizing focus groups, leading planning committees

You can also learn more about organizations and the legal services being provided for veterans, disaster, and employment issues by viewing our Fellow profiles on our website.

The AmeriCorps program, under the Corporation for National and Community Service, has a list of prohibited activities that cannot be included in the hours of service completed to earn the Segal AmeriCorps Education Award. A list of these activities can be found here.

Students serving in the priority areas or other issue areas may apply now through Wednesday, April 15, 2015. Visit our website for more information about the application process. Questions may be directed to AmeriCorpsJD@equaljusticeworks.org.

UW Law Students: Re-ignite your Social Justice Heart and Vision at the Annual Trina Grillo Retreat in Sunny Santa Clara, CA!

The Trina Grillo Retreat at Santa Clara Law (March 20-21, 2015) provides a unique opportunity for public interest and social-justice oriented law students, faculty, and practitioners to forge an alliance by exchanging viewpoints, exploring career opportunities, and formulating strategies for social justice.

Join with law students from several west coast law schools to re-imagine the next generation of social justice lawyering.  Funding up to $250 in reimbursement is available for UW Law students interested in attending.  Send a letter of interest and resume to mestorms@uw.edu by Feb 20 noon  if you would like to attend.

Attention Recent Grads! You Can Help Preserve Public Service Loan Forgiveness

Please don’t forget to fill out and pass on Equal Justice Works’ quick survey about the effect of Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) on your career. While they hear anecdotally how critical PSLF is to making long term public interest careers possible, there is little hard data on the program’s impact. If Congress does propose capping the amount of forgiveness borrowers can earn, this data will be invaluable in helping Equal Justice Works and a coalition of interested groups advocate for it. The deadline for completing the survey is March 2, but please complete it as soon as possible in case Congress acts sooner. Thank you for your help on this urgent issue!

Keep Up To Date on Student Debt Issues!

Make sure to follow Equal Justice Work’s new blog on the Huffington Post to keep up to date on student debt issues. They’ve been writing recently about “Affording College in a Time of Income Inequality,” “3 Student Loan Repayment Plans You Need to Know About,” and “8 Lessons We Learned About Student Debt From the Class of 2013.”

Clerkships, Fellowship, and Internship Opportunities for Social Justice

U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants Seeking Program Intern in Spring 2015, Due 1/5/15

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U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants (USCRI), a non-governmental, not-for-profit national organization dedicated to addressing the needs and rights of refugees and immigrants, seeks interns to provide support to USCRI’s Immigrant Children’s Legal Program (formerly the National Center for Refugee and Immigrant Children). Our office is located in Crystal City, part of the Washington D.C. metropolitan area.

The Immigrant Children’s Legal Program (ICLP) assists undocumented immigrant children ages 0-18 who are in removal proceedings. ICLP screens children for eligibility for legal relief from deportation; recruits and trains volunteer attorneys; and matches children with attorneys.

For more information on the internship, click here.

Attention 1Ls and 2Ls! Litigation Judicial Intern Opportunity Applications Now Open, Due 1/9/15

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The American Bar Association Section of Litigation will begin accepting applications for its Summer 2015 Judicial Intern Opportunity Program on November 3. Applications for first-year law students will be accepted December 1, 2014, in accordance with NALP guidelines. The program is a full-time (32 hours per week), six-week minimum, summer internship program open to all first- or second-year diverse law students. Screening interviews will begin in December and will continue through the application process.  The first 500 applicants will be guaranteed at least one interview.

Please review detailed program information or frequently asked questions prior to applying to the program. Students do not need to be an ABA member to apply, however they will be required to join the ABA and the Section of Litigation if selected to the program.   Applications must be submitted by the January 9, 2015 deadline. Screening interviews will be used to better determine student qualifications.  Screening interviews will begin in December and will continue through the application process.  The first 500 applicants will be guaranteed at least one interview.  Additional applicants will be interviewed on an as needed basis.  We will make every attempt to interview students where they attend school and in person.  Students will be contacted by their assigned screener to set up the interview.

Only qualified students will be sent on for judicial interviews.  Students will be notified when they are sent on for a judicial interview.  Judicial interviews will continue until all positions are filled.  All applicants will be notified when the program or certain locations have closed for the year and all positions are filled.

The program is only open to students who have not previously participated as an intern in the program. 

For more information, click here.

Clerkship Opportunities with Institute for Justice, Preferred Submissions Before 1/9/15

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The Institute for Justice, the national law firm for liberty, is currently hiring for spring and summer clerkships.  Clerkships are a great way to get a foot in the door at IJ and make direct contributions to cutting-edge public interest litigation.  Clerks are an integral part of our team—we rely on them for help with our current casework in addition to legal research that will factor into our strategic litigation for years to come.

The application for our highly-competitive summer clerkship is live now.  Students are encouraged to apply well before the January 9th deadline.  We’ll begin interviews in early January with rolling offers until all positions are filled.  The clerkships last for 10 weeks.

Is your law school near our headquarters office in Arlington, Virginia or one of our chapter offices in Bellevue, Tempe, Austin, Minneapolis, or Miami?  Our limited number of spring clerkship positions offer students the unique opportunity to work closely with our attorneys on a flexible schedule 15-20 hours per week.  We’re accepting applications now and will conduct interviews through mid-December.

To apply, and for more information about all of our student opportunities, click here.

Attention 1Ls! Public Counsel Now Accepting Summer 2015 Clerkship Applications

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For law students who want to spend their summer practicing law in one of the country’s most prestigious public interest law settings – this opportunity is for you!

Public Counsel, the nation’s largest pro bono law firm, is now accepting applications from 2L’s for its 2015 Summer Clerkship Program. Applications from 1L’s will be accepted beginning December 1, 2014. Any questions regarding the summer program should be directed to Public Counsel Summer Program Coordinator, Sandra Madera.

For complete information on the summer program, including how to apply for a clerkship, interested students should visit Public Counsel’s 2015 Summer Clerkship Application page here

Public Knowledge Seeking Summer Law Clerks, Applications Accepted on a Rolling Basis

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Public Knowledge is a nonprofit technology policy organization. Public Knowledge promotes freedom of expression, an open internet, and access to affordable communications tools and creative works. We challenge barriers to people’s rights to fairly create, access, own, and use innovative technologies by providing resources to policy makers and the public.

Public Knowledge is currently hiring summer law clerks for 2015. Applicants must be current law students. Applicants should have a demonstrated interest in public interest technology policy, including issues arising under telecommunications, copyright, patent, privacy, and international law.

Public Knowledge is committed to ensuring that all interns are compensated for their work. We will work with exceptional candidates who do not receive funding from their schools to help secure alternate third-party sources of summer funding.

For more information, click here.

Americans United for Separation of Church and State Seeking Constitutional Litigation Intern for Summer 2015, Due 1/15/15

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Americans United for Separation of Church and State – the nation’s leading church-state advocacy organization – is seeking first-year, second-year, and third-year law students to work as interns in our legal department in Washington, D.C. Full-time positions are available during the summer; both part-time and full-time positions are available during the fall and spring.

Americans United has a diverse litigation and amicus curiae practice addressing a wide variety of church-state issues. We challenge religious activities in the public schools, public financing of religious institutions, and government-sponsored prayers and religious displays. We defend women’s, LGBT, and other civil rights against religion-based discrimination and deprivation. Most of our cases involve novel, cutting-edge First Amendment and other constitutional issues.

The duties of legal interns include assisting with ongoing litigation by conducting legal and factual research and writing; drafting demand letters to resolve constitutional violations without filing suit; and analyzing potential new cases. Legal interns may also draft pleadings, briefs, or discovery.

For more information, click here.

Sierra Club in Portland, Oregon Seeking Chapter Director

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Founded by legendary conservationist John Muir in 1892, the Sierra Club is now the nation’s largest and most influential grassroots environmental organization — with more than two million members and supporters. Our successes range from protecting millions of acres of wilderness to helping pass the Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, and Endangered Species Act. More recently, we’ve made history by leading the charge to move away from the dirty fossil fuels that cause climate disruption and toward a clean energy economy.

The Chapter Director, implements policies and programs adopted by the Chapter Executive Committee.  Manages the staff budget and operations of more than one of the following operational areas: conservation and legislative program, fundraising, volunteer development and member services, budgeting and financial management, and media relations.

For more information, click here.

Legal Foundation of Washington Seeking Education Director, Open Until Filled

The Legal Foundation of Washington (LFW) seeks an Education Director to staff the Equal Justice Coalition and support our efforts to maintain and increase public funding for civil legal aid at the federal, state and local levels. The Education Director works closely with the Access to Justice Board, a core workgroup, an advisory council, stakeholder organizations, and more than 3000 friends of equal justice that include lawyers, judges, community leaders, law students and members of the public committed to making equal justice for all a reality in Washington state.

The Education Director educates the public, elected officials and the media about the importance of civil legal aid for low-income people. The Education Director works closely with key partners, stakeholders and our Olympia-based lobbying team to develop and implement communication strategies, education efforts, and media outreach to preserve and increase funding for civil legal aid in Washington. The work is challenging and fast-paced, and requires someone who works well both on a team and independently.

For more information, click here.

Attention 3Ls! American Constitution Society Seeking 2015-2016 Law Fellow

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The American Constitution Society for Law and Policy (ACS) seeks a talented recent law school graduate to fill a position in ACS’s national headquarters. The Fellowship will begin in September 2015 and end in August 2016. The Fellow will serve as part of ACS’s Department of Policy Development and Programming staff, which is led by a group of experienced attorneys who coordinate and facilitate ACS’s rapidly expanding output of innovative, highly relevant legal and public policy work. He or she will work with the Department staff to implement an ambitious multi-year effort to engage scholars, practitioners, public officials, and law students in the articulation and dissemination of a progressive vision of the Constitution, law, and public policy.

The Fellow will have the opportunity to work on a range of progressive issues that are reflective of the ACS Issue Groups, which include Access to Justice; Criminal Justice; Economic, Workplace and Environmental Regulation; First Amendment; Separation of Powers and Federalism; Constitutional Interpretation and Change; Democracy and Voting; Equality and Liberty; and Judicial Nominations.

For more information, click here.

Attention 1Ls and 2Ls! National Lawyers Guild Offering 2015 Haywood Burns Memorial Fellowship for Social and Economic Justice, Due 1/12/15

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The Haywood Burns Fellowships are designed to encourage students to work in the NLG’s tradition of “people’s lawyering.” The program exists to help students apply their talents and skills to find creative ways to use the law to advance justice. Burns Fellowships provoke law students to question traditional notions of how one must practice law and to provide a summer experience that will enrich and challenge them.

Over the years, the Summer Projects program has expanded to place hundreds of students with public interest organizations working to protect and further the civil rights of oppressed people in the United States. Although providing legal work under the direction of their attorney-organizers is important, the primary mission of the summer projects is to strengthen each student’s long-term commitment to promote justice and equality. Fellows have worked with groups to provide legal, political, and educational support on a wide variety of issues, including voting rights; union democracy; workplace health and safety; the death penalty and prison reform; lesbian/gay/bisexual/trans rights; defense of protesters from police harassment and criminal sanctions; and international human rights.

For more information, click here.

Are you a Strategic Thinker Looking for a Service Opportunity? Washington’s Access to Justice Board Could Use Your Help!

Opportunity for Service: Washington State Access to Justice Board

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The Access to Justice Board is seeking a strategic thinker with a demonstrated commitment to equitable justice to fill a seat on the Access to Justice Board.  Established by the Washington Supreme Court in 1994, the Board seeks to achieve equal access to the civil justice system for those facing economic and other significant barriers.  The three-year term begins in May 2015 and the position may be filled by an attorney or other community member.  The Board is especially interested in individuals who can help continue to build collaborative relationships with community-based organizations and the Alliance for Equal Justice.

To apply and/or learn more about the work of the Access to Justice Board, please visit www.wsba.org/ATJApplications are due January 9, 2015 at 5PM PST.

Request for Workshop Proposals: Access to Justice Conference

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Wenatchee Conference Center, June 12-14

The Access to Justice Board’s Conference Planning Committee is now accepting proposals for 2015 Access to Justice Conference workshops.  This year’s conference will focus on solutions to address structural impediments to equitable justice and meet the needs of our growing client community.  We encourage and invite you to submit a 90 minute workshop proposal for consideration by the committee.  Proposals should be consistent with the criteria outlined in the attached document.  All workshops will take place on Saturday, June 13, 2015 at the Wenatchee Convention Center.

Proposals must be received by 5 p.m., Friday, January 23, 2015. Submit proposals using the attached form to Terra Nevitt, terran@wsba.org. Electronic submissions only please. The conference planning committee will select the workshops and plenary sessions. You will be notified as soon as the final decisions have been made whether or not your proposal was selected. If your proposal is selected you will receive more detailed information about the conference planning process, procedures, policies and deadlines.  If you have questions, please call Terra at (206) 727-8282.

Washington State Association for Justice Offering Bar Preparation Scholarship for Diversity and Women, Apply Now for Exam Dates in July 2015/February 2016

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The Mission of the Washington State Association for Justice (WSAJ) is to stand up in the courtroom and the halls of government for real people. We defend your Constitutional rights, including the right to have your day in court. We hold corporate and other powerful interests accountable. We are a community creating and sharing resources for our members to secure justice.

WSAJ is committed to implementing strategies that will result in significant and measurable progress towards increasing diversity in the plaintiff’s bar. To help achieve this endeavor, WSAJ has pledged scholarship monies to assist diverse individuals in covering the tuition cost of a bar preparation course. Diversity refers to individuals who self-identify with those groups historically discriminated against and or those groups that are historically under-represented in the legal profession based on disability, gender, race, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression. Scholarship recipients will be selected based on several criteria, including (but not limited to) demonstrated interest and intent to practice in the plaintiff’s bar, financial need, academic achievements, extracurricular and community activities, and life experiences. No single criteria is determinative.

Applications are due by Monday, January 12, 2015. 

For more information on the diversity scholarship, click here.
For more information on the scholarship for women, click here.

Lawyers Fostering Independence Offering Free CLE This Friday

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Lawyers Fostering Independence (LFI) provides free civil legal services to young people who have been in foster, group, or kinship care at some point while growing up. With the help of volunteer attorneys, our mission is to improve outcomes for former foster youth by providing them with access to legal services – services that can mitigate the specific adversities experienced by these youth who have been raised in our care.

Our all-day training is on December 5th from 9:00am-3:30pm at Garvey Schubert Barer.

The morning will consist of an introduction to LFI, hearing from former foster youth about their experiences and needs, and our Trauma-Informed Legal Representation CLE (1.5 ethics credits pending). The afternoon will include two training sessions: one on credit and debt issues and the other on sealing juvenile records and vacating adult records. 1.25 CLE credits pending for each of these sessions.

A light breakfast and lunch will be provided.

Contact Serena Holthe to register.  Click here for more information.

The Innocence Project NW  Freedom Fridays

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Friday, December 5, 2014
12:00 – 4:00 PM 
Dorsey Whitney, 701 5th Avenue, Suite 6100, Seattle, WA

Speakers:

  • Jacqueline McMurtrie is an Associate Professor at the University of Washington School of Law and the founder and Director of the Innocence Project Northwest (IPNW). The only resource of its kind in Washington State, IPNW’s mission is to exonerate the innocent, remedy causes of wrongful conviction and offer law students an outstanding education. Since 1997, IPNW has obtained exonerations of thirteen men and women who collectively served over 90 years in prison for crimes they did not commit.
  • Fernanda Torres is a Staff Attorney and Volunteer Coordinator at the Innocence Project Northwest (IPNW). She helps oversee the screening and review of applications for assistance and leads the litigation of non-DNA cases. She recruits and supervises IPNW volunteers. Prior to joining IPNW, Ms. Torres practiced criminal defense as a public defender and in private practice.

For more information, click here.

Pro Bono Opportunity with the King County Bar Association’s Housing Justice Project and Family Law Program

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The Housing Justice Project is a walk-in legal clinic providing counsel and advice, negotiations with landlords or opposing counsel, and limited representation for low income residential tenants facing eviction in King county. HJP clinics operate at the King County Courthouse in Seattle and the Maleng Regional Justice Center in Kent.

Apply to volunteer as an intern by January 25, 2015. For more information about the Housing Justice Project, click here.

Pro Bono Services family law programs promote family safety and equal access to the legal system by assisting domestic violence survivors, children at risk of abuse or neglect and clients facing barriers to accessing the courts due to language, disability or other factors. Programs include the Family Law Mentor Program, Kinship Care Solutions Project and Self Help Plus Program.

Position is open until filled.  For more information about the Family Law Program, click here.

Pro Bono Opportunity Working with Domestic Violence Survivors

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Your role as a Family Law Legal Support volunteer will be to assist staff attorneys in their representation of the client.

Note that this position is based out of the Domestic Abuse Women’s Network (DAWN) offices in Tukwila, WA to support the ELAP DV Staff Attorney placed on-site at DAWN.

This is a volunteer opportunity provided by VolunteerMatch, in partnership with LinkedIn for Good.

For more information, click here.

Equity and Social Justice Work is Hard. Seriously Hard Work. No, Really it is.

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By: Cultures Connecting Blog

Significant change, whether individual or within an organization can be challenging. Even when we want to change, it doesn’t happen easily. I recently heard implicit bias compared to a habit, albeit a bad one. Think about how hard it is to change a habit…

A couple of months ago, my brother in law was coming over to my house to pick up his dog after work. We’d talked earlier and he reminded me to leave the front door open for him. Then he sent me a text about 15 minutes before I was leaving as a second reminder. “Leave the door unlocked, leave the door unlocked,” I chanted in my head as I gathered my things to go. Then I went through my mental list of what I needed to bring with me, made sure I had it all, walked out, locked the door and left. His poor dog was locked inside.

Even though I wanted to change that habit and was focusing a lot of mental energy on doing something different, the moment I got distracted, I forgot and went back to what I do every day.

Now imagine there are a bunch of individuals trying to change an organization. But they’ve all learned and practiced habits of stereotypes, biases, and institutional oppression for years. Some have even gotten rewarded for this behavior by being told they’re a “good fit” at the company and getting promoted. Some are the founders of the organization or have worked there so long they see any mention of needed change as a personal affront. Others have been going along to get along, trying not to make waves by bringing up experiences of marginalization. They may even be telling themselves they imagined it or making excuses for oppressive behavior such as, “I know he didn’t mean it that way.”

Continue reading here.

Happy Halloween! Celebrate Dia de Los Muertos with El Centro de la Raza!

November 1: 10th Annual Dia De Los Muertos Event with El Centro de la Raza

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Saturday, Nov. 1, 2014
5:00 – 9:00 PM
El Centro de la Raza

El Centro de la Raza will hold its 10th annual Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) event this Saturday, November 1st from 5pm to 9pm. A chicken mole dinner will be served from 5:30pm to 7pm.

This year we call attention to the humanitarian crisis of the refugee children of Central America, the children who have died from violence in their countries, and the moral obligation of the U.S. to respond humanely to this catastrophe.

November 3: Registration Now Open for “Beyond the Headlines: National Security in the 21st Century” with Assistant Secretary of State Puneet Talwar

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Monday, Nov. 3, 2014
6:00 PM
City University, 521 Wall St. Seattle, WA 98121

The World Affairs Council is hosting Puneet Talwar, Assistant Secretary for the Bureau of Political-Military Affairs. Assistant Secretary of State Talwar will give an overview of the crowded roster of international crises and ongoing threats to U.S. security and interests—from ISIL to Russia to emerging threats. Informed by his current position at the State Department and his previous experience at the White House and Capitol Hill, Talwar will discuss current policy direction and U.S. efforts, including security partnerships, to counter the threats the United States currently faces—including those that are not necessarily making headlines. Yet.

Register now, tickets are limited.  

Click here to register online.

November 4: Ferguson – What’s Next?

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Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2014
1:30 – 3:00 PM
Discovery Hall-061

Join the First Year and Pre Major (CUSP) Office for a fireside chat on Ferguson, Missouri and the Aftermath of the shooting of Michael Brown.

We will be hosting Dr. Alexis Harris, Associate Professor of Sociology at UW Seattle, Dr. John Vinson, Chief of Police, UW Police Department, and Marcus Johnson, Graduate Student from the Masters of Cultural Studies Program at UW Bothel.

The conversation will be moderated and the audience will have the opportunity to interact with our guests and each other.

November 3, 5, 13: Three Public Meetings to Inform Rulemaking for the Minimum Wage Ordinance (MWO)

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Seattle’s new Minimum Wage Ordinance will take effect on April 1, 2015! The Seattle Office for Civil Rights is hosting 3 public meetings to gather information for the administrative rulemaking process:

Monday, Nov.3, 2014
2:00 – 4:00 PM
Bertha Landes Room at Seattle City Hall, 600 4th Ave., Seattle, WA
RSVP for 11/3 here.

Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2014
7:00 – 9:00 PM
NewHolly Gathering Hall, 7054 32nd Ave. S., Seattle, WA
RSVP for 11/5 here.

Thursday, Nov. 13, 2014
8:00 – 10:00 AM
Northgate Community Center, 10510 5th Ave. NE., Seattle, WA
RSVP for 11/13 here.

We want to hear from you! We know that employers and employees have many questions about how the Minimum Wage Ordinance will be implemented. Registration is not required, but it is helpful for planning. Reasonable accommodations and language interpretation for meetings are available on request. Call 206-684-4507 for more information. Childcare will be available for the evening meeting on Wednesday, November 5. Please note any other special requests on your registration form.

New City website for information on Minimum Wage Ordinance

Visit http://www.seattle.gov/civilrights/minimumwage.htm for up-to-date information about Seattle’s Minimum Wage Ordinance. The website features a new Frequently Asked Questions section, plus links to the ordinance and contact information for submitting questions and comments. The site also will list other public meetings and events as they are scheduled.

November 4: Social Justice Tuesday – Justified? Examining Police Brutality and Civil Rights Issues

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Join the Center for Public Service Law and the Dean’s Advisory Committee on Diversity for a conversation with:

  • David Whedbee (attorney, MacDonald Hoague & Bayless)
  • Fe Lopez (Executive Director, City of Seattle-Community Police Commission

If you would like lunch please RSVP via Symplicity or gatespsl@uw.edu RSVP by 12:00 pm, Monday, November 3, 2014.

November 5: General Externship Perspectives Seminar – Lawyer Mistakes: Lessons in Professionalism

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Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2014
5:30 PM
Gates Hall, RM 207

Join the General Externship Perspectives Seminar on Wednesday, November 5 at 5:30 p.m. in room 207 to hear guests David West and Travis Stearns discuss lawyer mistakes.  Mr. West handles risk management for the Garvey Schubert Barer firm.  Mr.  Stearns, a long time public defender, works with the Washington Defender Association.

November 5: Tacoma Joint Networking Event

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Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2014
5:00 – 6:30 PM
The Matador, 721 Pacific Ave., Tacoma, WA 98402

The Minority Bar Associations (MBAs), together with the Washington State Bar Association (WSBA), invite you to a joint networking event in Tacoma.  This is your opportunity to meet and mingle with fellow attorneys in and around the South Sound.  Join us!  Light appetizers will be served with no host bar.

RSVP by Monday, November 3 to: diversity @wsba.org.

Sponsoring MBAs: Mother Attorneys Mentoring Association of Seattle (MAMAS), Pierce County Minority Bar Association (PCMBA), South Asian Bar Association of Washington (SABAW), Vietnamese Bar Association of Washington (VABAW), and Washington Women Lawyers (WWL).

November 6: Children’s Alliance Annual Meeting

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Thursday, Nov. 6, 2014
Doors open at 8:30 AM
Program 9:00 AM – 10:30 AM
Northwest African American Museum, 2300 S. Massachusetts St., Seattle, WA 98144

Please join us at our Annual Meeting on Thursday, November 6th. RSVP today!

This free event features a light breakfast, a dialogue with legislators, and an opportunity hear what is at stake for kids in the 2015 legislative session.  The panel discussion with state legislators will focus on advocacy strategies to advance race equity and improve the lives of all Washington’s children.  Bring a friend, your questions for legislators, and your voice for kids!

Children are welcome and a space for children’s activities will be provided. You are invited to enjoy the exhibits of the NW African American Museum following the event. Please RSVP online or contact Emijah Smith at 206.342.0340 x25.

December 12: Save the Date & Register Early for the A Day of Transforming Trauma with Laura van Dernoot Lipsky

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Friday, Dec. 12, 2014
8:30 AM – 3:30 PM
Town Hall Seattle, 1119 8th Avenue, Seattle, WA 98101

PLEASE JOIN US in Seattle for this not to be
missed workshop offering a practical and holistic approach of sustaining ourselves individually and collectively. Whether you are a nurse, teacher, conservationist, journalist, doctor, police officer, firefighter, community organizer, biologist, or
caring for a loved one in need, this day is for you. 

Laura van Dernoot Lipsky will offer a compelling
mix of personal insight, cutting edge research,
personal stories, and countless New Yorker cartoons
to help us understand the cumulative toll of being exposed to suffering over time and gain concrete
skills to reconcile it.

Participants are welcome from all professional disciplines and life circumstances.

CEUs: 5 hours are available for: Nurses, Psychologists, Professional Counselors,
Certified Counselors, Alcohol & Drug Abuse Counselors, Social Workers, Marriage & Family Therapists 

The cost for CEUs is $30 and must be paid for at the time of registration. 

Early bird rate through November 1st:
Per Day – Individual Rate:  $80
Per Day – Group Rate (5 or more):  $70

After November 1st:
Per Day – Individual Rate:  $90
Per Day – Group Rate:  $80 

Register online here.

You’re Invited to Join the Peggy Browning Fund Panel Discussion This Tuesday, 4:00 PM

October 28: Social Justice Tuesday – The ROOTS Project: Good News from Africa

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Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014
12:30-1:20 PM
Gates Hall, RM 127

Presented by Frank and Pam McKulka

2005 marked the end of a 21 year civil war in Sudan, which left more than 2 million dead. 2011 was the year that South Sudan became an independent country; tragically in December 2013 a rebellion began and many again have died or been displaced.

After working as a human rights investigator for the United Nations, Anyieth D’Awol, a South Sudanese woman established the ROOTS project in 2009. The organization’s mission is economic empowerment of women and preservation of traditional arts and crafts. More information at http://www.rootsofsouthsudan.org

Traditional and contemporary jewelry made at the Centre in Juba, South Sudan will be available on this date.

If you would like lunch please RSVP via Symplicity or gatespsl@u.washington.edu by 12:00 pm Monday, October 27. No RSVP for lunch accepted after 12:00 pm.

October 28: Peggy Browning Fund Panel Discussion & Networking Reception – Advocating for Workplace Justice

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Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014
4:00-5:00 PM Panel Discussion
5:00-6:00 PM Networking reception with panelists, students and guests active in protecting workers’ rights
Gates Hall, RM 127

  • Learn about the Peggy Browning Fund’s Summer Fellowships
  • Hear what it’s like practicing law for a union, a law firm representing workers or a government agency regulating the workplace
  • Find out how to get a job promoting workplace justice

Free admission to Seattle law school students. Webcast available to students of Gonzaga University School of Law. Information on where to watch the webcast will be provided after you register.

Panelists:

  • Carson Flora | Schwerin Campbell Barnard Iglitzin & Lavitt, LLP | Moderator
  • Judy Krebs | General Counsel, SEIU Healthcare 775
  • David Mark | Attorney, Law Office of David N. Mark
  • Andrea Schmitt | Staff Attorney, Columbia Legal Services — Working Families Project
  • Ann Marie Skov | Field Attorney, NLRB Region 19 | PBF ’00

REGISTER by October 21 with the Peggy Browning Fund here.

October 29: Careers in Public Policy

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Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014
3:30-4:20 PM
Gates Hall, RM 119

Meet the practitioners and learn about their career paths and strategies in:

  • Legislative advocacy
  • Policy reform
  • Non-partisan policy work
  • Community relations
  • Non-profit management

Featuring:
Sumeer Singla, Precinct Liaison Attorney, Seattle City Attorney’s Office
Janet Varon, Executive Director, Northwest Health Law Advocates
Rep. Gerry Pollet, Executive Director, Heart of America NW &
46th District, WA State House of Representatives

November 14: 14th Annual Oregon Students of Color Conference

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Reclaiming our Humanity and Redefining our Narratives: Telling our own Stories
Friday, Nov. 14, 2014 – Sunday, Nov. 16, 2014
Lane Community College, 4000 E. 30th Ave., Eugene, OR 97405

This year’s conference theme “Reclaiming Our Humanity and Redefining Our Narratives: Telling Our Own Stories” speaks to the ways in which communities of color are negatively portrayed in our society. How people of color are often so narrowly depicted and the ways in which mainstream media dehumanizes people of color. The conference seeks to educate participants about the social and political inequalities facing students color as well as focus on the need for people of color to reclaim themselves as full human beings. We must embrace all of our identities and push back on spaces of dichotomy – when it comes to race as well as gender, sexuality, and class. The Oregon Students of Color Conference provides a space where students of color and their allies can come together to develop the skills and critical analysis needed for the advancement of students of color socially, economically, politically, and emotionally.

REGISTRATION

Registration for the 14th Annual Oregon Students of Color Conference is now open!

REGISTRATION FEES AND DEADLINES

Early Bird Registration Deadline is October 17th:

    • Oregon Student Association Member Campus: $70/ per person
    • Non-Members: $80/ per person

Late Registration Deadline: October 24th:

      • Oregon Student Association Member Campus: $75/ per person
      • Non-Member Campuses: $85/ per person

Information and Registration: Click here.

November 14: Save the Date! Seeking Community Input Racial Justice Initiative: Racial Impact Statements

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Friday, Nov. 14, 2014
8:45 – 11:00 AM
Tukwila Community Center, 12424 42nd Ave. S., Tukwila, WA 98168

A joint Commission meeting between the Washington State Supreme Court Minority and Justice Commission & The Washington State Sentencing Guidelines Commission

Listen, Learn, & Participate ~ We want to hear from you!

Racial Impact Statements can be used as a tool for policymakers to address the potential racial impact of proposed legislation prior to enactment in order to reduce the scale of unwarranted disparities.

Please RSVP by emailing Cynthia.Delostrinos@courts.wa.gov. If you need any special accommodations, please send an email to the address listed above. Light refreshments and snacks will be provided.

Need A Good Laugh? Join SCLC For Its Annual Comedy Fundraiser!

October 18-30: Social Justice Film Festival

Preempting Dissent

UW Ethnic Cultural Theater
3931 Brooklyn Ave NE
Seattle, WA 98195

October 20: Civil Liberties Post 9/11 – Criminalizing Activism

Join us for a night of film and discussion to explore how post-9/11 protest policing and laws challenge the civil liberties of activists and citizens. Watch the movie Preempting Dissent, followed by a discussion with journalist Will Potter. Potter focuses on animal rights and environmental movements and will speak about the shocking movement to criminalize non-violent protest.

Schedule:
7:30 pm – Screening of Preempting Dissent
8:30 pm – A Conversation with Will Potter

Cost:
Suggested Donation of $5

Click here to buy tickets.  Click here for more information.

October 18: Film Screening of Documented with Jose Antonio Vargas

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Doors at 5:30
Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014
Wing Luke Museum, 719 S King Street, Seattle
RSVP is required: click here.

Please join us for a screening of the film: “Documented”, by Filipino undocumented American filmmaker and activist Jose Antonio Vargas.

This is an excellent film and we’re thrilled that Jose will be joining us in-person for Q&A panel, joined by Jill Mangaliman of Gabriela Seattle.

The event is free and open to the public, hosted by the Filipino American community as a part of the Carlos Bulosan Centennial Celebration.

October 20: Global Mondays Lecture – “Think Global, Act Local – Supporting Immigrant & Refugee Communities in Seattle”

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Sahar Fathi, Policy Analyst, City of Seattle Office of Immigrant & Refugee Affairs
Monday, Oct. 20, 2014
12:30-1:20
William H. Gates Hall, RM 117
*Lunch served*

The City of Seattle Office of Immigrant and Refugee Affairs promotes a citywide culture that understands and values the contributions of immigrant and refugee communities. It partners with the Seattle Immigrant and Refugee Commission, other City departments, community organizations and members of the private sector to improve services for the Immigrant and Refugee communities and to ensure a consistent implementation of principles of social justice issues. Under Sahar’s lead, OIRA just launched the Refugee Women’s Institute, an innovative program designed to build understanding and trust between refugee communities in Seattle and the Seattle Police Department (SPD). The institute, the first of its kind in the nation, aims to build a grassroots network of refugee women leaders while increasing the cultural competency of the female officers who participate.

Sahar Fathi (JD ’08) is a policy analyst for the Seattle Office of Immigrant and Refugee Affairs. She has served as a legislative aide to Councilmember Mike O’Brien on the Seattle City Council and as a legal clerk for the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda. Sahar earned a JD and a Masters in International Studies from the University of Washington, and graduated cum laude from USC with a dual BA in French and International Relations. She attended the Sorbonne Université in Paris, France on exchange, and received a diploma in International and European Law from the Université Jean-Moulin in Lyon, France.

Hosted by UW Law Global Affairs, Gates Public Service Law and the Immigrant Families Advocacy Project (IFAP)

October 30: U-Visa Certification Program at the US Department of Labor

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U-VISA CERTIFICATION PROGRAM at the U.S. Department of Labor

INFO SESSION // Meet and Greet
Thursday, October 30, 2014, 1:30 PM – 3:30 PM
300 Fifth Avenue, Seattle, WA 98104
11th Floor, Room 1125

Jennifer Tse, the Western Region U-Visa Coordinator for the Wage and Hour Division of the U.S. Department of Labor will be here to share information about the U-Visa and the Department’s certification process and protocols.

Jennifer Tse is the U Visa Coordinator for the Western Region in the Wage and Hour Division of the U.S. Department of Labor.  Her region covers eight states and three U.S. territories, including Guam, American Samoa, and the Northern Mariana Islands.  In her position as the U Visa Coordinator, she works with exploited workers and makes recommendations whether to certify immigrant victims of labor crimes for immigration relief.  Of the labor crimes, she works especially with victims of trafficking crimes.  Prior to her position with the Department of Labor, Jennifer was an attorney at the Immigrant Justice Project of the Southern Poverty Law Center in Atlanta.  She worked both as an immigration attorney and in litigation primarily involving class-action labor trafficking, workers’ rights, and civil rights cases. She has provided technical legal support and trainings related to immigration relief on behalf of victims of human trafficking, including U and T visas, to federal government officials, national civil rights organizations, advocates, and private firm attorneys.  She is also a member of the White House Initiative on Asians and Pacific Islanders’ Regional Interagency Working Group for Region IX.  A California native, Jennifer received her J.D. from Santa Clara University School of Law and her B.A. from UCLA.

November 5: 4th Annual LOL for SCLC Comedy Fundraiser!

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Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2014
6:30-8:30 PM
Parlor Live! Comedy Club in Downtown Seattle

The Seattle Community Law Center provides accessible legal advocacy to people living with physical and mental disabilities so that they may obtain the resources necessary to overcome barriers to financial and medical stability. Simply put, SCLC helps break the cycle of homelessness. Seattle has the highest population of people in Washington living with disabilities that need help with legal problems.  If we want a strong safety net to ensure all people can achieve economic and medical stability, we all have to do our part.

Join us in celebrating and supporting the great work of the Seattle Community Law Center and share a few good laughs at our upcoming 4thAnnual Comedy Fundraiser LOL for SCLC comedy event on Wednesday, November 5th! The show starts at 6:30 and will end around 8:30.  It will be held at Parlor Live! Comedy Club in Downtown Seattle.  Pat Cashman [Almost Live!] and his son Chris Cashman [the 206] will be hosting this event.

Attendance at the event is free this year, and the suggested donation is $100 but no one will be turned away for lack of funds.

Please see the RSVP here and join us for a few laughs, raffle items, great company, and of course to support a good cause. Bring your friends-You can RSVP for them too!

June 12-14: Save the Date for the Access to Justice Conference in Wenatchee, WA

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The Access to Justice Board and our Conference Co-Chairs, Hon. Ann Schindler and Colleen Kinerk, are pleased to announce that the Washington State Access to Justice Conference is back by popular demand!  Please mark your calendars for three days of community, skills and leadership development in sunny Wenatchee and look for registration materials in early April.

If you would like to be involved in the conference planning or have questions or comments, please contact Terra Nevitt, Access to Justice Board Manager at terran@wsba.org.