January 28: Social Justice Tuesday -Voting Rights After the Shelby County Decision: New Challenges for Voting Equality Today
Date: Tuesday, 1/28/2014
Time: 12:30 – 1:20 pm
Speaker: Matt Barreto, Associate Professor, Political Science
Please RSVP by Monday, January 27, 2014 at 12:00 pm Symplicity or email@example.com.
January 29: You’re Invited to the Attorney General’s Info Session
Jessica Creighton and Lisa Keeler from the Attorney General’s Office will be here to discuss the opportunities within their offices both during and after law school. Bring your questions and your lunch for an informative presentation. Please RSVP in Symplicity.
January 31: Don’t Miss the NW Public Service Career Fair! 1/31 in Seattle, 2/1 in Portland
Don’t forget to register for the NW Public Service Career Fair this Friday, 1/31 in Seattle, and Saturday on 2/1. For over two decades, the NW Public Service Career Fair has linked law students & alumni with opportunities to make a difference. More than 75 non-profits & government offices and more than 600 students & alumni from our 11 schools participated in 2013. Click here to view a sample list of participating employers.
Register at the door or online here.
February 1: Support Students’ Commitment to Public Service! Donate to PILA
Whether you can make to this year’s PILA Auction on Saturday, February 1 or not, now’s a great time to make a special donation to ensure the sustainability of its summer grant program for law students working in public service!
February 6: The Sustainable International Development LLM Program Celebrates 20 Years
Please join us for a celebration to commemorate the 20th Anniversary of the Sustainable International Development Graduate Program at UW School of Law.
Date: Thursday, February 6, 2014
WILLIAM GATES HALL, UW SCHOOL OF LAW
Formal Program: 6:00pm
The SID graduate program builds upon the groundbreaking work of founder Roy Prosterman who pioneered land reform as a means to secure prosperity for the rural poor. His legacy is an innovative graduate program designed to provide students with the skills needed to face the international development challenges of the 21st century. The SID 20th Anniversary celebration commemorates the past and celebrates the future.
Remarks by: Roy Prosterman, Founder, Landesa and the Sustainable International Development graduate program; Jeffrey Riedinger ‘80, Vice Provost for Global Affairs, University of Washington; Tim Hanstad ‘88, ‘95, President and CEO, Landesa; Yoichi Shio, SID LL.M. ‘04, Director, Law and Justice Division, Governance Group; Anita Ramasastry, UW Law Foundation Professor of Law and Director, Sustainable International Development graduate program.
February 21: Join the Social Reception Featuring Members of the Washington Supreme Court at the 28th Goldmark Award Luncheon
Date: Friday, February 21, 2014
Time: 12:00 – 1:30 PM
Location: Seattle Sheraton Hotel, 1400 6th Avenue, Seattle, WA 98101
Followed by the ATJ Forum Celebration of Leadership which includes a panel featuring members of the Washington Supreme Court plus a social reception to bestow the Rainier Cup! https://2014atjforum.eventbrite.com
Attention 3Ls and Recent Grads! Constitutional Court of South Africa Seeking Foreign Law Clerks
The Justices of the Constitutional Court of South Africa are pleased to invite applications from outstanding recent law graduates and young lawyers interested in serving as foreign law clerks. Candidates may be appointed to start as soon as 1 July 2014.
Background: South Africa continues to be regarded as one of the most intriguing and compelling examples of constitutionalism in the transition to democracy. Its Constitution is viewed as one of the world’s most progressive founding charters.
The Constitutional Court, the country’s highest court, is the guardian of that promise. It has, in a range of ground-breaking decisions, given content to the Constitution’s guarantees by, for instance, ruling the death penalty unconstitutional; upholding full equality for gay and lesbian people; declaring that resident non-citizens are entitled to social benefits; and ordering the government to make anti-retroviral treatment available to pregnant mothers living with HIV/AIDS.
About the Position of a Foreign Law Clerk: Each year, six to ten young lawyers from around the world serve as foreign law clerks to the Constitutional Court. Working alongside two South African law clerks, foreign law clerks assist a specific judge in performing his or her duties.
The responsibilities of foreign law clerks are essentially the same as those of their South African counterparts and similar to judicial clerks elsewhere in the common law world. These include extensive legal research and writing, as well as the formulation, drafting, and editing of judgments. The Court itself is highly collaborative, allowing for substantial engagement among clerks from all Chambers.
Foreign clerks are generally appointed to serve one six-month term. Some may, however, serve for longer and sometimes in more than one Chambers.
Foreign law clerks are not remunerated by the Court. So, it is essential that they seek their own funding to cover their expenses, including food, accommodation, travel to South Africa, visas and travel to and from work.
For complete description and application instructions please click here.
Snohomish County Public Defender Association Seeking 1L & 2L Summer Interns/Externs
The Snohomish County Public Defenders Association is seeking 2L Summer interns for 2014 Rule 9 positions and 1L Summer interns for legal research positions. The Snohomish County Public Defenders Association represents indigent individuals in the Superior and District Courts of Snohomish County. Currently the office has a Felony unit, Misdemeanor unit, Civil Commitment unit, and a Predator unit.
Rule 9 Positions: The Rule 9 positions will be in the Misdemeanor unit at the office. Each intern will be paired up with a supervising attorney who will assign tasks as needed. After an initial training period, which will last approximately two weeks, the position will require frequent court appearances, meeting with clients, possible interviews at various correctional facilitates, motions practice, and any other task assigned by a supervising attorney. The position will likely require a significant amount of time in court. Only those interested in working with indigent people and who are interested in trial work should apply. Positions are unpaid. Externship credit is possible but will require the student to coordinate with the school.
Legal Research Positions: Generally the interns will be responsible for conducting research and writing projects as assigned by a supervising attorney with specific projects coming from any of the above units. Additionally other projects may be assigned as needed and depending on the interns’ interest.
The 1L interns will go through a portion of the training that the 2L Rule 9 interns will go through. After that training period the interns will generally be assigned research and writing projects. These projects will come from, at least historically, all units within the office.
For complete descriptions and application instructions please visit Symplicity. Applications accepted through February 7th, 2014.
Yakima County Department of Assigned Counsel Seeking Entry-Level Public Defender
There is one opening for an attorney with Yakima County Department of Assigned Counsel. Assignment and duties will depend on experience and the needs of the Department and are subject to change. Initial assignment will be in the Juvenile Court for representation of juveniles in offender proceedings and juveniles in ‘Becca’ proceedings . Applicants who have at least two years of prior experience and otherwise qualify for a position may be hired in either the Attorney I or Attorney II classification. The hiring salary range for the Attorney I classification $51,074 – $59,764 per year and the hiring range for the Attorney II classification is $63,460 to $74,744 per year. This position is “at will” and serves at the pleasure of the Director of the Department of Assigned Counsel.
Essential Functions: Attorney I positions are given assignments and cases at the entry to moderate level of complexity and seriousness. Functions listed below are a representative sample.
Criminal Matters: Provides legal advice and representation for accused at in-custody arraignment proceedings. Responds to individuals arrested who wish to consult with an attorney at critical stages of proceedings, which may involve on-call rotation work. Interviews and confers with clients regarding facts, plea discussions, trial, sentencing and progress of case. Evaluates each case assessing its factual and legal sufficiency under the law at each stage of a criminal proceeding by reviewing police and other reports and analyzing all information available. Evaluates strengths, weaknesses and facts of each case for purposes of additional investigation, plea negotiations, development of case strategy and trial preparation. Coordinates or conduct case investigation for trial preparation as necessary. Arranges for tests of physical evidence, testimony of expert witnesses and interview or direct interviews of witnesses as required. Instigates or responds to plea bargaining negotiations with opposing counsel and represent the interest of the client. Represents clients at preliminary appearances, arraignments, pre-trial motions, pleas of guilty, sentencing hearings and post-trial matters such as restitution hearings and sentence reviews/amendments. Conducts all trial actions, including: selection of jury, opening arguments, direct and cross examination, introduction of evidence and exhibits, preparation of jury instructions, closing arguments and post trial motions.
Civil Matters: Represents clients at all stages of civil commitment proceedings, Involuntary Treatment Act hearings (mental), child support proceedings, paternity proceedings, contempt proceedings, child dependency proceeding, truancy and other ‘Becca’ proceedings, and drug forfeiture proceedings. Performs case evaluation, additional investigation, trial preparation, settlement negotiations, pre-trial motions, trials and appeals as required. Performs other job-related duties as required.
Applications accepted though January 23. For complete description and application instructions please click here.
U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Majority Oversight & Investigations Office Seeking Spring Externs (Unpaid Law Clerks)
The U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Majority Oversight & Investigations Office is seeking unpaid Law Clerks for spring 2014. The position offers law students or recent graduates the opportunity to gain substantive experience while participating in the legislative process. Law Clerks will assist Committee staff in conducting document review, policy and legal research, drafting memoranda, contributing to reports and preparing for hearings.
Qualifications: Applicants must be current law students or recent graduates. Applicants must also demonstrate outstanding research abilities, work well in a fast-paced environment and possess excellent written and oral communication skills. Previous experience in government is not required, but candidates should have a general understanding of the legislative process. Applicants available full-time through the spring are preferred, though candidates available part-time may also be considered.
Applications: Interested applicants should apply for this position by emailing a cover letter, resume, writing sample and availability to firstname.lastname@example.org with “Law Clerks” in the subject line as soon as possible. Applications will be accepted until the positions have been filled. The office is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, gender identity or sexual orientation.
Asian American Legal Defense & Education Fund Now Accepting Applications for Summer Intern Program
Founded in 1974, the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF) is a national organization that protects and promotes the civil rights of Asian Americans. By combining litigation, advocacy, education, and organizing, AALDEF works with Asian American communities across the country to secure human rights for all.
Internships for the summer of 2014 are available in the following program areas: Anti-Trafficking, Community Health Care Initiative, Economic Justice for Workers, Educational Equity, Housing Justice Project, Immigrant Access to Justice, Voting Rights
Description of Summer Internship Program: The summer program is ten weeks, from approximately June 2 through August 8. Interns work full-time and are supervised by attorneys in specific program areas. Depending on the program area, interns will work on litigation, legal and policy advocacy, community outreach and education, or client intakes; each program area differs in emphasis. Summer interns attend weekly brown bag lectures on a range of public interest legal topics along with interns from other legal defense funds and civil rights groups. The position is unpaid. However, in previous years many AALDEF interns have been successful at securing independent funding. Academic credit can be arranged.
For complete description and application information please click here. Applications will be reviewed through January 31.
Monday, January 13: Application Deadline to Interview at the NW Public Service Career Fair!
For over two decades, the NW Public Service Career Fair has linked law students and alumni with opportunities to make a difference. More than 75 non-profits and government offices and more than 600 students and alumni from our 11 schools participated in 2013.
Check out the list of employers participating at the Seattle fair on Friday, January 31. Check out the list of employers participating at the Portland fair on Saturday, February 1. Learn more about the application and interview process here.
The Center for Public Service Law is Hiring! Seeking a Communications Assistant- Work Study Position
About the CPSL: The Center for Public Service Law at UW Law aims to educate, empower and inspire all of our students, graduates and broader law school community to incorporate public service into their lives, regardless of where they work or what kind of position they hold.
The Center works to nurture the culture of a service-oriented legal education, career and community as a key component of the UW Law mission to be Leaders for the Global Common Good. To that end, we provide programming, opportunities and connections to help UW Law students and graduates realize this vision of generous public service.
Position Overview: The Center for Public Service Law at the UW School of Law is the hub of public interest and social justice activities and career support at the law school. The communications assistant will provide support to the CPSL with its online outreach and marketing primarily through its blog (commongooduw.org) and weekly online newsletter. The blog provides the latest local, national and international news, announcements, events, job and internships postings related to public service law. It is updated three times per week. The weekly newsletter recaps the last week’s blog postings and directs its over 350 recipients to the blog.
Act fast! Applications reviewed on a rolling basis. Position open until filled.
Applications for Human Rights Institute Now Accepted
Human Rights Institute at the Urban Justice Center will be held from April 2- 4, 2014 in New York City.
The Institute is a three-day professional development conference that brings select human rights advocates and policymakers from across the country to network, share ideas, and collaborate with others who are working to advance domestic human rights. Participants will be able to learn about the international human rights framework, apply it to their local organizing efforts and become contributors to the growing domestic human rights movement.
Previous presenters have included:
- Laila Bourhil,Human Rights Officer at the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights;
- Jamil Dakwar,Director of the American Civil Liberties Union’s Human Rights Program;
- Risa Kaufman,Executive Director, Human Rights Institute, Columbia Law School;
- Ann Lehman, San Francisco Department on the Status of Women;
- Juhu Thukral, Director of Law and Advocacy for The Opportunity Agenda; and
- Miriam Yeung, Executive Director of the National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum.
We have also offered an array of programming, such as:
- The Fundamentals of Human Rights: Economic and Social Rights;
- Crafting a Human Rights Media Strategy to Advance Your Domestic Campaign;
- Employing International Human Rights Mechanisms for Domestic Advocacy;
- A Guided Tour of the United Nations;
- Reception with members of the Committee on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW);
- The Arts and Community Organizing.
The Institute application is available on the Human Rights Project website. The application process is open until February 7, 2014. A limited number of scholarships are available for those eligible for financial assistance; those applications are due February 1, 2014.
Announcing the 2014 UW Law Summer Course in Cambodia: Global Health, Human Rights, and the Rights of the Child in Cambodia
This course offers a unique, multidisciplinary graduate-level study opportunity in Cambodia. Focusing on health and human rights of children, particularly those who have a disability, the course provides a classroom experience and an applied, skills-building practicum that explores the theoretical underpinnings and the practical applications of the rights of the child in the context of Cambodia’s health system. Child rights are studied from legal and health services perspectives, combining methodologies of research and analysis required for quality field work.
The six-week course is approved for a total of 10 credits. Five of the credits are received through the practicum experience. The practicum experience will enable the student to work with NGOs and other health and legal professionals in the investigation and analysis of a faculty-guided and approved practicum project.
The course is open to graduate and professional students from other universities.
December 18: Drowning in Debt? Learn How Gov’t & Non-Profit Workers Can Earn Public Service Loan Forgiveness- Free Webinar
Wednesday, December 18, from 12-1p.m. PST.
Hosted by Equal Justice Works.
To register click here: Drowning in Debt? How Government and Nonprofit Workers Can Earn Public Service Loan Forgiveness. As always, we’ll cover how income-driven repayment plans and Public Service Loan Forgiveness in-depth can help you manage your student debt and control your career and financial future.
A must attend for anyone with student debt, this free webinar explains how to reduce your monthly student loan payments and qualify for Public Service Loan Forgiveness. After the presentation (whether you are able to attend or not), you will be emailed a recording of the session that you can view at any time.
January 20: MLK Celebration Seattle Events
Don’t miss out on all of the fantastic opportunities to celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s birthday and promote social and economic justice! Learn about all of the day’s activities and how to get involved here.
March 29: Save the Date! Integrating Mindfulness & Legal Practice- Washington Contemplative Lawyers Retreat on Vashon Island
Saturday, March 29, 10am-4:30pm
Cost: less than $20
Washington Contemplative Lawyers invites all lawyers, law students, law professors, and judges to join us for a day of basic mindfulness meditation instruction, guided practice, group discussion, and a potluck lunch in the beautiful Mann Studio at Ellisport beach on Vashon Island.
Appropriate for all levels of experience…beginners especially welcome! Instruction is secular and appropriate for persons of all backgrounds and beliefs.
For general information on mindfulness for legal professionals, a suggested resource is “The Meditative Perspective” located at the following link: http://www.spiritrock.org/document.doc?id=2153
Due to limited space at the retreat center, we need advance registration. Costs to be determined, but will be less than $20 per person.
Thank you and we look forward to seeing you in March!
“In this age of unprecedented distraction and information density, every professional needs tools to clear the mind, calm the body and reveal what matters most. It is both a practical, and a personal necessity. “
-Steven Keeva, Transforming Practices: Finding Joy and Satisfaction in the Legal Life
How About We Celebrate Human Rights Every Day?
By Anna Crosby, ACLU Human Rights Program
Henry Hill was 16 when he was charged for his involvement in a shooting that took place in a Michigan park. He is now 48 and has spent two-thirds of his life in a prison cell. Although in recent years the Supreme Court has struck down some laws that allow children to be committed to die in prison, the United States remains the last country in the world where children can still be sentenced to serve life without the possibility of parole. While the U.S. has historically provided global leadership on some human rights issues, Henry Hill serves as a grave reminder that we’re still out of step with rest of the world on many of the most fundamental human rights protections.
Sixty-three years ago today, the United Nations General Assembly proclaimed December 10 International Human Rights Day. It celebrates the birthday of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the foundational document expressing our collective will to advance human rights and “strive by progressive measures, national and international, to secure their universal and effective recognition and observance.”
This year also marks the 20th anniversary of the establishment of the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, the principal outcome of the landmark international conference on human rights which took place in Vienna in 1993.
The United States’ track record in some of what the UDHR calls the most basic of rights—the right to life, right to vote, freedom from torture, and economic rights, among others—is greatly in need of improvement. We often don’t practice what we preach. Just last week, at the annual summit hosted by Human Rights First, National Security Advisor Susan Rice publicly criticized the Iranian government for not allowing the U.N. Special Rapporteur on Human Rights to visit the country. The U.S., however, lacks credible leverage to change this policy when it continues to deny U.N. human rights experts unimpeded access to the prison at Guantánamo Bay.
In commemoration of this year’s Human Rights Day, we’re releasing a new fact sheet that provides a critical snapshot of 12 human rights issues the United States is failing to adequately address, including some astounding statistics on persons deprived of their liberty. In 2012, the number of people held in immigration detention reached 410,000 people, an increase of more than 400 percent since 1996. Fueled by over-incarceration policies and discrimination, the incarceration rate in the United States is still the highest in the world. Other issues addressed in our fact sheet include:
- Women’s Rights
- Criminal Justice (more specifically, capital punishment, life without parole for children)
- Voting Rights
- LGBT Rights
- Rights of Persons with Disabilities
- Socioeconomic Rights
- Racial Profiling
- Children’s Rights
- Accountability for Torture
As our fact sheet explains:
Without doubt the U.S. continues to provide global leadership on some human rights issues. For example, the current administration provided vigorous leadership in fighting for LGBT equality, combating trafficking, and championing religious freedom and peaceful assembly rights. But while some U.S. laws and policies have been comparatively advanced in protecting civil rights and civil liberties, the U.S. has fallen behind in protecting the universal human rights recognized by the UDHR. Our government has only partially and selectively embraced these rights, ignoring international obligations and widening the gap between the United States’ sixty-five-year-old promise and its own current practice.
As we celebrate Human Rights Day, we cannot forget urgent and ongoing domestic human rights violations, like mass incarceration and juvenile life without parole. For people like Henry Hill, who has spent half of the UDHR‘s history behind bars, paying our respects to human rights once a year won’t get him home.
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Human Rights Report Card Gives U.S. Poor Grades on Housing
December 10, 2013, Washington D.C. – The National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty released its 2013 Human Right to Housing Report Card today, marked globally as human rights day, reviewing U.S. compliance with the human right to housing in the context of American homelessness over the past year. The report card found that while there were areas of improvement, much more needs to be done.
“In 2010, the federal government released a plan to end and prevent homelessness,” said Maria Foscarinis, Executive Director of the Law Center, “ensuring affordable housing to very low-income people is essential to ending and preventing homelessness, and many of the poor grades we assigned in this year’s report card reflect the failure to prioritize and fund such housing.”
There were encouraging policy developments this year, most notably the Violence-Against Women Act 2013 reauthorization, which significantly expanded housing rights for survivors of domestic violence. Additionally, a federal court mandate upheld the order forcing government compliance with Title V of the McKinney-Vento Act requiring government agencies to make vacant properties available to homeless service agencies.
In another significant development, the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness began holding its member agencies accountable to their human rights obligations, following up on a report it issued with the U.S. department of Justice last year on the criminalization of homelessness and in response to inquiries from the United Nations this year.
“The U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness deserves credit for beginning to hold its member agencies accountable to human rights standards following a question from the UN Human Rights Committee about the criminalization of homelessness in the U.S.,” said Eric Tars, Director of Human Rights & Children’s Rights Programs at the Law Center, “But we have yet to see actions being implemented, and our human rights obligations to our most vulnerable citizens remain compromised.”
In order to improve its grades next year, the Law Center recommends that funds be increased to at least $1 billion per year for federal homelessness prevention programs and $1 billion be devoted to the National Housing Trust Fund. The report also recommends that the Protecting Tenants at Foreclosure Act become permanent, the right to counsel be assured for all housing cases, and federal agencies develop funding incentives for communities to stop the criminalization of homelessness.
The National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty is a leader in the movement to prevent and end homelessness. To achieve its goal, the Law Center uses three main strategies: policy advocacy, public education, and impact litigation.
Human Rights Essay Award Competition: Persons with Disabilities and International Human Rights Law
Deadline: February 1, 2014
This annual competition sponsored by the Academy on Human Rights and Humanitarian Law at American University Washington College of Law seeks to stimulate the production of scholarly work in international human rights law.
The 2014 topic is Persons with Disabilities and International Human Rights Law. Participants have the flexibility to choose any subject related to the assigned topic. The best articles may be published in the American University International Law Review.
The Academy will grant two Awards, one for the best article in English and one for the best article in Spanish. The Award in each case will consist of:
- a scholarship to the Academy’s Program of Advanced Studies
- travel expenses to and from Washington D.C.
- housing at the university dorms
- a per diem for living expenses
For detailed guidelines about the award please click here.
Deadline Extended! RSVP By December 17, 5pm ! San Francisco Public Service Employer Visit
2014 SAN FRANCISCO PUBLIC SERVICE CITY VISIT: JANUARY 17, 2014
The Center for Public Service Law has planned our third annual San Francisco Public Interest Law City Visit for Friday, January 17, 2014. On that day we will visit 4 public interest/public service agencies – two in Oakland and two in San Francisco. This year we will visit a variety of organizations including the National Council on Crime and Delinquency, the US Citizen and Immigration Services (USCIS), the California Department of Justice (Attorney General’s Office) and the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights. Over the past two years 13 UW Law students have taken this trip and visited different public service and public interest sites, receiving excellent exposure to public service law in San Francisco.
Who may attend? UW law students.
Why attend? If you are interested in seeking summer positions in the San Francisco Bay Area or if you think you might practice public interest law in the Bay Area after graduating then this is a great opportunity to get a sense of the lay of the land. At each place we visit, the organization will give us a brief presentation and then lawyers on staff will answer our questions. Meeting the public interest lawyers in these offices will help you to begin building relationships — which is vital to “breaking in” to a new community. None of the employers we visit can guarantee our jobs for students, but students have created important connections and at least one secured an externship. Two other organizations we have visited have welcomed collaborative projects with students or hosted Equal Justice Works fellowship applications, based on us establishing relationships with them through the city visits.
What are the expenses? You must pay for your own airfare and lodging. On Friday we will provide lunch and public transportation fees. Participants will be eligible for up to $150 reimbursement of documented travel expenses.
How to RSVP: contact Dean Storms at email@example.com if you are interested in attending or if you have additional questions. Please do so by December 17 5pm as we will want to confirm a minimum number of participants in order to go forward with the trip.
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!