See You Fall Quarter!

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The UW Law Common Good Blog and UW Public Service Law weekly newsletter will be coming back Fall quater. Don’t forget, Student & Career Services is open for business throughout the summer.  For any public service career coaching, academic advising or other support please contact Aline Carton-Listfjeld or your coach directly. Not sure who to contact? Email lawpath@uw.edu and we’ll get you connected!

Here are some additional quick links to help you stay connected to public service news and opportunities!

Choc Full O’ Important Training Opportunities!

June 14: Sin País (Without Country) Documentary Film Screening

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Tuesday, June 14th, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

Fenwick & West, 1191 2nd Ave, 10th Floor, Nisqually Room, Seattle, WA 98101

Please join us for on June 14 at noon at Fenwick and West’s Nisqually Room for lunch and a screening of Sin País (Without Country), a striking 20-minute film about a real family from Guatemala whose lives in Marin County are suddenly fractured by deportation. Following the screening there will be a Q&A with the filmmaker and one of the family members featured in the film, as well as a short presentation by nonprofit attorneys regarding how Fenwick volunteers can help out on pro bono cases for families in need representation in their immigration cases.

  • Melody Young, Pro Bono Attorney, Kids In Need of Defense (KIND)
  • Renée Schomp, Equal Justice Works Fellow Sponsored by Fenwick & West and Staff Attorney at OneJustice

RSVP by emailing probonoregistration@fenwick.com for Seattle screening. Add to your calendar

June 16: Free Webinar- Drowning in Debt! What Law Students & Lawyers Need to Know about Managing Student Debt & Earning Loan Forgiveness

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Thursday, Jun 16, 2016 12:00 PM – 1:05 PM PDT

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.

For further information on borrowing, repaying and earning forgiveness on student loans, download our free e-book, “Take Control of Your Future,” at EqualJusticeWorks.org/ed-debt/ebook.

Register here.

June 17: Attention Attorneys! Be a volunteer lawyer for a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA)

PRO BONO TRAINING DEPENDENCY CASA- 8:30 am – 12 noon. Room Still Available!

Perkins Coie LLP, 1201 Third Avenue Suite 4900, Seattle, WA 98101-3099

CLE credits pending

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June 15: Law & Liberty CLE- Transgender Rights & Public Accomodations

ACLU of WA 

Wednesday, June 15, Noon – 1pm

901 Fifth Avenue, Suite 630
Seattle, WA 98164

This ACLU-sponsored event will cover Washington State legal protections for transgender individuals, as well as the legal implications of the current political backlash. Jennifer Shaw, the ACLU of Washington’s Deputy Director; and Denise Diskin, an attorney with Teller & Associates, will present. This event will take place at the ACLU office in Seattle and is open to all attorneys .

$5 Registration Fee. Lunch provided. 1 General CLE credit. Space is limited. Register here to reserve your seat!

June 17: Asylum for Unaccompanied Immigrant Children: Training by Kids in Need of Defense – Free 1.0 Law & Legal CLE Credit (Pending)

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Friday, June 17th, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

Fenwick & West, 1191 2nd Avenue, 10th Floor, Seattle, WA 98101

Please join us for a 60-minute presentation that teaches the essentials of working with children in their asylum claims.  Following the training, there will be an opportunity for volunteers to sign up for pro bono cases for children in need of representation in their immigration cases.  It’s a chance to make an immense difference for a child who would otherwise face complex proceedings pro se.  For more details, please see the attached flyer.

RSVP by COB on June 16 to Julie Park at jjpark@fenwick.com.

 

Service Opportunities, Journals, Education Debt Relief, Human Rights Institutes, Oh My!

Attention Attorneys! Upcoming WA State Board Service Opportunities

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The WSBA Board of Governors is currently accepting applications for three volunteer opportunities for WSBA members.

 

  • ABA House of Delegates – deadline is June 15, 2016
  • Washington Pattern Jury Instructions Committee – deadline is June 15, 2016
  • Northwest Justice Project Board of Directors – deadline September 9, 2016

Learn more about these volunteer opportunities and how to apply on the WSBA website

The ABA International Human Rights Committee Announces Inaugural Issue of The Clarion: The IHRC Journal of Human Rights

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The ABA’s Section for International Law International Human Rights Committee is pleased to announce its inaugural issue of The Clarion: The IHRC Journal of Human Rights. Please find it attached.  We welcome any comments, feedback or ideas for future discussions/themes/follow-on projects at ihrcpubs@gmail.com.

Many thanks to all of the authors and committee members who contributed to this project from its inception.  We hope that the journal provides an arena for committee members and other authors to discuss relevant issues and to make broader links between their work and Human Rights.

Our next topic is Human Rights and Children, for which we are currently accepting abstracts or expressions of interest (see The Clarion page 21).

Announcing CREA’s 5th Disability, Sexuality, and Rights Online Institute- 18 July – 29 August 2016

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(Completely online, 6 weeks, 6-10 hours per week)

CREA’s Disability, Sexuality, and Rights Online Institute is a six weeks long online course begun in 2010, which focuses on a conceptual study of disability and sexuality, and its inter-linkages with issues of feminism, public health, development, violence, media and representation, amongst others, using a rights-based approach. It is intended for practitioners and has a strong component on activists’ initiatives that integrate disability, sexuality, and rights.

Applications will be accepted up till 30 June 2016.

Click here to apply online. In case you are not able to apply online, you may download the form and email it to us. Click here to download the application form and e-mail it to us at crea@creaworld.org. In your subject line please write ‘DSROI’. Queries and clarifications can be sent to the same email id.

About the Course

The Disability, Sexuality, and Rights Online Institute provides a study of theory and practice for disabled and non-disabled people working in areas such as development, health, sexuality, media, and rights. The aim is to create awareness about the intersection of disability and sexuality, and build a political perspective on disabled people’s sexual rights. Participants develop their ability to work in inclusive and holistic ways that further human rights and social justice. CREA coordinated the first Disability, Sexuality, and Rights Online Institute in 2010.

Why take this course?

  • Disabled people are often excluded or discriminated against in relation to their sexuality by health, development, and rights organisations because they are not considered to be sexual or they are thought to be sexually vulnerable or uncontrolled.
  • Sexuality issues and rights of disabled people are often disregarded in favor of issues that are considered more pressing and appropriate like employment and physical access.
  • Sexuality is an important part of the life, identity, society, and culture of all people, including people with disabilities. It can be a source of pleasure and pain, empowerment and oppression.
  • This course will look at why sexual and disability justices matter to us all, with or without disabilities. It will look at evolving theories of sexuality, disability, and human rights, including embodiment, intersectionality, and phenomenology.
  • We will consider differing representations of disability and sexuality across the globe, and ask why and how representation is important.
  • We will discuss how to put rights into practice, from the local to the global level: UN Conventions and their limitations and use; national laws and their strengthening; and community actions in their application to different disabilities.
  • We will examine violence against disabled women, and consider barriers and potential in providing sexual and reproductive healthcare for women with disabilities.

Organiser 

CREA’s mission is to build feminist leadership, advance women’s human rights, and expand sexual and reproductive freedoms. CREA is a feminist human rights organisation, based in New Delhi, India. It is one of the few international women’s rights organisations based in the global South, led by Southern feminists, which work at the grassroots, national, regional, and international levels.

Participants

The Disability, Sexuality, and Rights Institute is an introductory level course on the intersections of these issues. Independent activists and practitioners in development, sexuality, health, media, and rights NGOs and GOs worldwide are encouraged to apply. Twenty-five participants will be selected based on demonstrated interest in disability and sexuality, and applicability to their work. Practitioners will be given preference over students, researchers, and academics.

Accessibility

People with disabilities are encouraged to apply for the Institute. The course has been designed and tested to be accessible to people with visual and hearing impairments.

Costs

Participants are required to pay a registration fee of USD 60 to contribute towards course expenses. Fee waiver is available on request for a very small percentage of participants on need basis (please refer to the application form).

Format and Workload

The course will be conducted entirely online, and entirely in English. No special technology is required, and information about all necessary applications and platforms such as Microsoft Word, Power Point, Drop Box, etc. will be provided to selected candidates at least two weeks before the course begins. The Institute will be conducted mostly in virtual time, with some discussions planned for real time. The Institute will use diverse methodology such as power points, videos (with subtitles), readings, chats/ discussions and web conferencing. Participants will also be required to submit a final project. Although the course is introductory, the work will be challenging, including reading and discussion of complex theory. We encourage active engagement so participants can learn from each other’s thoughts and experiences.

Course participation will require between 6-10 hours per week, depending on participants’ capacity. Each week’s requirements can be completed at the convenience of participants as long as it is within broader time parameters. Participants will be expected to participate in the entire course and complete all assignments, as far as possible.

Resource People

The Institute is designed and taught by an international group of academics and activists in the disability rights field, specialising in sexual and reproductive health and rights from a global South perspective. Additional input from activists working on HIV/AIDS, mental health, UN conventions, queer disability and more!

Applications will be accepted up till 30 June 2016. Applications received after this date will not be considered. Applicants will be informed about the selection decisions by 7 July 2016, and will have sufficient time to familiarise themselves with course material and software.

 

Understanding Taxable Forgiveness on Your Student Loans

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Huffington Post- by Ashley Matthews is a Program Manager for Law School Engagement & Advocacy at Equal Justice Works

Student loans can be a heavy burden on any borrower struggling to make monthly payments. Thankfully, the Department of Education offers some relief in the form of student loan forgiveness.

Most people know about Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF), which offers tax-free loan forgiveness for borrowers working full-time for government, nonprofit, or public service organizations, once they have made 120 payments. Many don’t know that there is another form of taxable loan forgiveness, available under any income-driven repayment plan. Everyone is eligible, regardless of the type of career you choose!

The four income-driven repayment plans—Pay As You Earn (PAYE), Revised Pay As You Earn (REPAYE), Income-Based Repayment (IBR), and Income Contingent Repayment (ICR)—all offer forgiveness of your student loan debt after 20 or 25 years of payments. In addition, these plans will cap your monthly payments at 10-15% of your income.

So what’s the catch? Continue reading here.

 

Earthjustice in Seattle Hiring Entry-Level Associate Attorney and Many More Fabulous Opportunities

Rolling Deadline: Earthjustice Seeks Entry-Level Associate Attorney in Seattle- 2016 Grads Welcome to Apply!

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The Northwest Office of Earthjustice is seeking applicants for an Associate Attorney to begin work in the fall of 2016 or sooner.

The Northwest Office opened in 1987 to enable Earthjustice to take a more active role in preserving the unique natural resources and environment of the Pacific Northwest.  Since that time, the Northwest office has undertaken campaigns to protect old growth forests, promote salmon recovery, improve water quality, protect Puget Sound and the communities that depend on it, stop coal-fired power plants, protect farmworkers and their families from pesticides, and respond to climate change, among other things.

Although the primary focus of the Northwest office is representing environmental and citizens’ groups in Washington, Oregon, and Idaho, we often take cases with national and international scope.  For example, the Northwest office is involved in cases seeking to stop coal exports to Asia and transport of crude oil to ports along the entire west coast as part of its effort to reduce reliance on dirty fossil fuels. We also have led nationwide litigation to protect 58.5 million acres of undeveloped, roadless areas on our National Forests.  We frequently work in close partnership with Native American Tribes and fence-line communities.

Act fast! Applications accepted on rolling basis. For complete application instructions please click here.

Rolling Deadline: Women Enabled International Seeks Consulting Legal Advisor

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Women Enabled International (WEI) is now accepting applications for a consulting Legal Advisor—Standards and Implementation Tool. The position is for a 12-month part-time (20 hours per week) consulting contract, and is available immediately.

Overview:

The Legal Advisor—Standards and Implementation Tool will take the lead in developing a Standards and Implementation Tool, in collaboration with other members of the Women Enabled International (WEI) team, in support of the UNFPA project on Youth and Disability: Ensuring Social Inclusion and Gender Equality to Address Discrimination and Gender-Based Violence. The Standards and Implementation Tool will provide guidance to key stakeholders engaged in developing and implementing service provision in the areas of sexual and reproductive health and rights and gender-based and sexual violence for women and young people with disabilities. The development of the Standards and Implementation Tool will be based on the following:

  • Research and analysis of international human rights laws, policies and guidance, specifically emphasizing parameters for service provision in the areas of sexual and reproductive health and gender-based violence for youth and women with disabilities.
  • Review of and incorporation of the findings from the forthcoming UNFPA Global Study on Youth and Disability.
  • Global consultation with key stakeholders and experts on women and youth with disabilities and sexual and reproductive health and gender-based violence, through both online consultations and a global convening.

Duties include:

  • Research and analyze international human rights laws, policies, and guidance;
  • Develop a Discussion Paper and draft outline, laying out the purpose, scope, and content of the Standards and Implementation tool, as well as a brief overview of the current landscape around human rights law and policy and rights-based service delivery;
  • Organize and co-facilitate a global convening to consult with key stakeholders and international experts, probably to be held in South America;
  • Organize and co-facilitate online consultations with these key stakeholders/experts;
  • Develop working draft of Standards and Implementation Tool, incorporating expert feedback from global convening; and
  • Supervise Project Coordinator and legal interns.

Qualifications:

  • A law degree.
  • At least two years of international human rights legal experience, including experience working with U.N. human rights mechanisms. Experience with women’s rights and/or disability rights, especially in the areas of sexual and reproductive health and gender-based violence strongly preferred.
  • Demonstrated experience in developing toolkits, manuals, or similar publications using key stakeholder and expert participatory consultation processes.
  • Outstanding legal writing and research skills.
  • Capable of complex legal and policy analysis.
  • Demonstrated commitment to women’s rights and/or disability rights.
  • Fluency in English is required. Familiarity with other U.N. languages, especially Spanish, is a plus.
  • Must have authorization to work in the U.S.

Location:

WEI is located in Washington, D.C. Applicants based in New York City may also be considered.

About Women Enabled International:

WEI works at the intersection of women’s rights and disability rights and advocates and educates for the rights of all women and girls and all persons with disabilities, with a focus on women and girls with disabilities, in collaboration with women’s rights organizations and women with disabilities rights organizations worldwide. Through such collaborations, WEI fosters cross-movement cooperation to bolster understanding, cross-cutting and intersectional advocacy, and the advancement of the rights of all women and girls.  Areas of focus include gender-based and sexual violence, sexual and reproductive health and rights, access to justice, conflict and post-conflict situations, and caregivers and caregiving, among other issues.

Compensation: 

$25,000 for the duration of the consulting contract (12 months, based on a 20-hour work week).

 To apply:

Applications should be sent to Personnel@WomenEnabled.org, and must include a cover letter; resume; brief, unedited writing sample; and contact information for three references. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis and should be received as soon as possible but no later than by June 20, 2016.  Please include ‘Legal Advisor—Standards and Implementation Tool’ in the email subject line.

 

Rolling Deadline: Human Rights Now Seeks Intern in Geneva Office

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Internship position in Geneva 

Internship positions at Human Rights Now (HRN) are unpaid but do not require any previous experience working for a human rights organization. Those who have strong legal backgrounds or competences which would meet our standard are highly encouraged to apply. Please see below for more information.

Tasks will include but are not strictly limited to: Attending meetings at the Human Rights Council and other relevant organizations; preparing talking points, reporting to the Tokyo office, contributing to lobbying efforts, drafting statements and assisting in their distribution. Other tasks include translation, research, data collection, responding to the media, and network building with other NGOs.

  • This is an unpaid internship and there will be no funds available to cover intern’s expenses including transportation fees.
  • Must be available to work at least 2 days per week from 10am to 5pm (If available for more than 18 hours per week, please let us know).
  • Must be available to work for a minimum period of 6 months.
  • *We also accept interns for less than 6 months as long as they are strongly committed to the required tasks. Especially we are looking for interns who can attend Human Rights Council sessions, monitor them, report to the Tokyo office, and provide oral interventions.
  • *Please note that unfortunately HRN cannot assist interns in obtaining visas.

Qualifications

  • Basic understanding of law, international human rights law, and the UN system.
  • Proficiency in English, oral communication skills are especially important (a minimum score of 90 on TOEFL iBT exam)
  • Ability to discuss relevant topics using technical and specialist terms in English.

Application Instructions

To apply for any of these positions, please send us 1) a recent copy of your resume, 2) a cover letter, 3) a writing sample (the topic of the sample can be decided by the applicant). The above documents should be attached to and sent as documents via email to info@hrn.or.jp.

After initial screening, selected applicants will be contacted and interviewed via Skype.

 

Rolling Deadline: NAACP Legal Defense & Education Fund, Inc. Seeks Academic Year Interns/Externs

NAACP LDF LogoJob Description: The NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. (LDF)* is the nation’s first and foremost civil and human rights law organization.   Since its founding under the leadership of Thurgood Marshall in 1940, LDF has been committed to transforming this nation’s promise of racial equity and justice into reality for all Americans.

LDF uses litigation, public-policy advocacy, organizing and public-education programs to ensure the fundamental and basic human rights of all people to quality education, economic opportunity, the right to vote and fully participate in democracy, and the right to a fair criminal justice system.

LDF is currently accepting applications from law students for semester-long internships for the fall and spring semesters in the New York and Washington DC Offices. Interns will be responsible for legal research, memorandum writing, factual investigation, development of educational and outreach materials, discovery review, and a host of other needs that arise in LDF’s litigation and advocacy efforts in the areas of Education, Political Participation, Economic Justice and Criminal Justice.

Internships are unpaid and limited in number.  Students may seek outside funding and/or course credit.  Although LDF prefers to hire second or third-year law students, we will consider exceptional first-year law students.

Application Instructions: Intern applicants should send a cover letter, résumé, 5-10 pages writing sample, and a list of three references to either address below.  LDF will fill legal intern positions on a rolling basis.

New York Office: Director of Human Resources NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. 40 Rector Street, 5th Floor New York, NY 10006 email: interns@naacpldf.org website:  www.naacpldf.org or

Washington D.C. Office: Debra Finley, Administrative Assistant NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. 1444 I Street N.W. 10th Floor Washington D.C. 20005

As part of LDF’s long-standing commitment to training the next generation of civil rights attorneys, we rely on assistance from law students through our internship program to support our litigation and advocacy efforts.  If you plan to pursue a career in racial justice and civil rights law, we want to hear from you.

Due 1/6/15: Insight Collaborative Opens 2017 Application Process

insightcollborative2Job Description : Insight Collaborative, a non-profit organization focusing on conflict resolution, is taking applications for its 2017 – 2018 Insight Fellowship Program.  Developed to foster a community of global-minded individuals prepared to contribute more effectively to their local, national, and international communities, the Program awards one-year Fellowships to exceptional individuals to:

  • Study and promote effective conflict management
  • Make international humanitarian contributions
  • Pursue self-reflection and personal development

The fellowship includes a $25k expense allowance to support multiple placements totaling one year, typically in 3-4 month blocks. Each fellow is required to repay the amount of the $25k allowance used through individual fundraising efforts, regenerating the funds to ensure support for th next fellow. This “pay forward” approach instills the values of sustainability and non-profit entrepreneurship. This first three months take place at the Boston office of the Insight Collaborative, where fellows advance their understanding of the theory and practice of effective negotiation, communication and mediation. The remaining nine months of the fellowship are divided into foreign placements proposed by the fellow.

Click here for more Fellowship Guidelines

Salary: Stipend

Application Instructions: All completed applications submitted by the application deadline will be reviewed by Insight Collaborative. Finalists will be invited to participate in an online interview in March with members of the application review committee. The next application deadline is January 6, 2017. Click here for the application form. Application Deadline: 01/06/2017

 

Congrats to the 2016 Pro Bono Honors Society Members!

Congratulations to the 2016 Members of the UW Law Pro Bono Honors Society!

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At UW Law, we believe that members of the legal community have an obligation to help reduce barriers to access to justice. Providing high quality pro bono legal services to low-income clients and other under-represented groups is paramount. To this end, the UW Law School’s Pro Bono Program and Honors Society recognizes members of our law school community (students, faculty and staff) who commit to providing high quality pro bono legal assistance and community service. We encourage law students to provide at least 70 hours of law-related pro bono assistance by graduation (30 hours for LLM and PhD students). By providing training, support, resources, opportunities and leadership development to our students, the program ensures that future lawyers are prepared and ready to fulfill the promise of equal justice.

Pro Bono Student of the Year: Mariah Ferraz

Pro Bono Faculty/Staff Member of the Year: Anita Ramasastry

Community Service Staff Member of the Year: Ann Spangler

2L Pro Bono Student of the Year: Baily Mullins

1L Pro Bono Student of the Year: Danny Waxwing

Student Pro Bono Honors Society Certificates of Recognition

  • Adam Haynie
  • Alexandra Burton
  • Alexis Howell
  • Alison Harper
  • Ari Robbins
  • Camille McDorman
  • Catherine Moore
  • Catherine Willis
  • Charles King
  • Christina Weidner
  • Claire Sullivan
  • Clive A. Pontusson
  • Courtney Blackburn
  • Crystal Rose O’Grady
  • David Russell
  • Devin Kesner
  • Ellie Page
  • Erin Diann Carter
  • Gabriel Foster
  • Gina Topp
  • Inwoo Lee
  • Jane Pryjmak
  • Jeffrey Musto
  • Jenna Gustafson
  • Jeremy Wood
  • Joseph Hayes
  • Kelsey Armstrong-Hann
  • Kendel Froese
  • Kyle Schroeder
  • Leah Salerno
  • Lena Brodsky
  • Leonel Omar Cojulun
  • Martha Muldowney
  • Martina Kartman
  • Meredith Conley
  • Michael Mohan
  • Michael Rebagliati
  • Minjung (Michelle) Hur
  • Nico Quintana
  • Phoebe Huang
  • Sophia Posnock
  • Steven McKevett
  • Sungyong Cheryl Lee
  • Susana Ruiz
  • Travis Mann
  • Weston LeMay
  • Zachary K. Parsons
  • Zoe Alexandria Wong

Faculty/Staff Pro Bono & Community Service Certificates of Recognition

  • Aline Carton-Listfjeld
  • Anna Van Pelt
  • Bob Anderson
  • Dorian Varga
  • Esther Park
  • Jacqueline McMurtrie
  • Kellye Testy
  • Lenny Hom
  • Maureen Howard
  • Michele Storms
  • Scott Schumacher
  • Terry Price
  • Zahr Said

The Summer is Starting to Heat Up with Some Powerful Events!

THS-logo-color-black-boxJune 8: Town Hall Seattle Forum- Protecting Yourself & Your Privacy in the Digital Age: A Call to Action

INCLUDING: Vulnerable, marginalized populations, youth, seniors, people of color, immigrants, LGBTQ, workers, small business

PANEL: (Click names for bios)

  • A.G. Bob Ferguson: Keynote: Consumer Privacy Protection, resources, stories, actions
  • Sen. Pramila Jayapal: New police body camera guidelines, community issues, actions
  • Scilla Andreen: Backstory to “Screenagers” documentary, actions for youth, families
  • Dr. Hilarie Cash: Clues to online addiction, interventions, stories, residential treatment
  • Trish Millines Dziko: “Data Branding” implications for students of color
  • Drew Atkins: Call for university “Transparency Reports” on Law Enforcement requests                    and releases of student, faculty and staff data
  • Tarek Dawoud: Surveillance, Privacy erosion, Challenges for cloud software providers
  • Beryl Fernandes, Ph.D., Moderator, Community Stories: Youth Privacy Matters; Small                  Business Reputations & Open Data Quality Control; Worker Data Releases

REGISTER EARLY: Tickets $5.00 FREE for students and others unable to pay: https://townhallseattle.org/event/protecting-privacy-in-the-digital-age/

AGENDA

5-5.50pm Town Hall Lobby: Networking, Resource Fair, Video Clips

6-7.30pm Town Hall Great Hall: Interactive Forum

7.30-8pm Town Hall Café: Post-Forum “Screenagers” trailer and discussion. Special Guest from California, Producers Delaney Ruston & Scilla Andreen

TOWN HALL SEATTLE – 1119 8th Ave, Seattle, WA 98101Contact: Beryl Fernandes, Project Organizer, beryl@fernandesandassociates.com

June 11: An Evening with Edwin Lindo of the Frisco 5

Edwin Lindo picEdwin Lindo, a 2012 graduate of the University of Washington School of Law, engages directly with the people of the community to fight inequity and injustice in San Francisco. Most recently, Edwin, along with four other community activists, engaged in a very public 17 day hunger strike seeking to raise the level of national dialogue regarding the moral boundaries of the use of lethal force by law enforcement in communities of color. Join us as Edwin shares the powerful impact one can have working directly with the community on systemic change.

Date/Time: Saturday, June 11, 2016 Lecture: 4:00 – 5:00 p.m. Reception: 5:00 – 6:00 p.m.

Location: The University of Washington Club, 4020 E Stevens Way Seattle, WA 98195

Parking: Padelford Lot Padelford lots (N16, N18, N20 and N21) and can be accessed from Pend Oreille Rd off Montlake Blvd NE.

RSVP: http://engage.washington.edu/site/Calendar?id=130596&view=Detail

Questions? Contact Brenda Williams brenda3@uw.edu 206.685.3917

June 23: Culturally Responsible Leadership: What Does it Mean to be Culturally Competent & a Responsible Leader in Today’s Legal Community?

Caprice HollinsWhen: Thursday June 23, 2016 from 7:30 AM to 11:30 AM PDT

Where: Perkins Coie – Seattle WA, 1201 3rd Ave Ste 4800, Seattle, WA 98101

CLE: Application Pending

Contact:  PSALA,  253-265-3042,  psala@aminc.org

How can it be that we are still talking about the need to make lasting progress in diversity and to make the legal community more inclusive? Many law firms and most legal departments have engaged in diversity efforts for years now and, more recently, have embraced the idea that creating an inclusive culture is key to reaching success. While we can all be well-meaning, lasting change will not take place until we have leadership that is technically competent and, more importantly, culturally responsible. Caprice D. Hollins, Psy. D., co-founder of Cultures Connecting, an organization dedicated to addressing race relations in the 21st century, will lead and facilitate a challenging hands-on workshop addressing cultural competence.

To register please click here.

June 13: Poverty Simulation Exercise Open to Law Students!

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Join us for an eye-opening opportunity to deepen your understanding of the challenges faced by those living in poverty and find out about ways to help. During the exercise, participants role-play the lives of low-income families, from single parents trying to care for their children to seniors trying to maintain their self-sufficiency on Social Security. The task of each family is to provide food, shelter and other basic necessities on a limited budget while interacting with community resources such as the bank, grocery store, school, and legal aid. After the training is over, there will be a debriefing discussion. “The Poverty Simulation Kit” was created by Missouri Association for Community Action to promote poverty awareness, increase understanding and inspire local change. The “Kit” has been used by over 1,000 organizations worldwide, including schools, nonprofits, and governmental agencies. If you would like a preview of the event, this short video was made by a former participant: Please click HERE.

Facilitated by Tiela Chalmers, Esq., CEO, Alameda County Bar Association

Monday, June 13th 3:30 pm to 6:00 pm Fenwick & West 1191 Second Avenue 10th Floor Seattle, WA 98101 Refreshments provided at end of program.

Click here for directions.

Please RSVP by June 6, 2016.

Click here to add to your calendar. 2.0 hours of CLE Ethics Credit will be provided.

Don’t Miss Out on Some Terrific Post Grad Opportunities and Fall Paid Internship!

Yakama nationDue 6/8: Yakama Nation Office of Public Defender Seeks Entry-Level Attorney

Employee serves as attorney for the Yakama Nation Public Defender Office and is responsible for providing professional legal representation and advice to Tribal member clients in Tribal, State and Federal Court systems or administrative agencies as assigned by the Lead Attorney Program Manager. Employee is responsible for providing a full range of legal services to Tribal members in areas of criminal, dependency, children’s court, fish and game, civil, family and Federal Indian Law matters, as assigned by the Lead Attorney Program Manager. Services include, legal research, evaluation of potential cases, analysis and preparation of accepted cases, motions, hearings, trials and appeals. The attorney may be appointed by the court(s) as a Guardian Ad Litem in custody matters. WSBA membership and 6 months experience required.

Download full announcement here. Download application here. Application due by: Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Due 7/15: Fall/Winter Part-Time Paid Legal Internship with API Chaya

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API Chaya supports Asian, South Asian, and Pacific Islander survivors and families impacted by domestic violence and sexual assault, as well as human trafficking survivors from all communities. API Chaya engages communities to change societal conditions that enable domestic and sexual violence, human trafficking and all forms of oppression, especially violence against women and the most vulnerable in our society.

Legal Intern Duties include:

  • Supporting Advocates to help survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault with legal matters (immigration law, family law, protection orders and criminal law)
  • Accompanying program participants to Protection Order hearings
  • Working with local legal aid organizations to better serve survivors
  • Working in partnership with pro-bono attorneys assisting program participants
  • Possibility of community organizing/engagement opportunities for interns working more hours
  • Other tasks as assigned

Desired qualifications:

  • Bilingual, particularly in Asian, South Asian, or Pacific Island languages
  • Experience or familiarity with the issues we address and communities we serve as well as previous legal experience
  • Have taken courses on family law and immigration law or will be taking it in the course of the internship

The intern will work approximately 10-20 hours/week and will be required to complete extensive training on domestic violence and sexual assault before working with survivors.

Time Frame: A minimum of six months commitment works best for our organization.

This internship runs between September 2016 to June 2017. An intern should be able to commit 10-20 hours a week, for a total of 250-500 hours. Compensation: A $2500 stipend is provided, funded by the South Asian Bar Association of WA. Applicants must be pursuing degrees or career paths in legal work or currently enrolled in law school. If students make a commitment of 2 quarters/semesters, they may independently explore the possibility of receiving a stipend for one quarter/semester and arrange for school credit for the other. To apply, send resume and cover letter to anita@apichaya.org by July 15, 2016.

Due 7/11: US DOJ Seeks RFPs for Anti-Trafficking Post Grad Fellowship

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The DOJ Office of Justice Programs, Office for Victims of Crime has just posted the 2016 Fellowship solicitation, applications are due July 11, 2016. This single solicitation includes nine purpose areas: Human Trafficking Task Forces, Human Trafficking Survivor-Informed Services, Mass Violence and Terrorism, Post-Conviction Victim Services, Underserved Victims of Sexual Assault, Victim Services in Law Enforcement and Prosecution, Services for Male Victims, Model Standards for Victim Assistance, and Child Sexual Exploitation. OVC intends to make one award in each purpose area of up to $150,000 each. Only individuals may apply, and they don’t have to be recent grads. For complete instructions and application information please see here: http://ojp.gov/ovc/grants/pdftxt/2016-Fellowship-Solicitation-508.pdf

 

Due 6/30: Superior Court of the Northern Mariana Islands Accepting Law Clerk Applications for August Start Date!

Northern_Mariana_Islands_sealPOSITION: Law Clerk to the Honorable Roberto C. Naraja

You will work under the general supervision of the Presiding or an Associate Judge of the Superior Court of the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, located on the island of Saipan.

LOCATION:

Saipan, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands.

JOB DESCRIPTION: Superior Court law clerks conduct legal research, as well as review, edit, and draft bench memoranda, judicial decisions, and orders. Law clerks also assist the Court in its community outreach programs and administrative functions.

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS: At the commencement of employment, applicants must be admitted to a bar in any U.S. jurisdiction, or awaiting bar results. Applicants must be able to work both independently as well as with others. Strong legal research and writing skills are essential.

For complete details and application instructions please click here.

Rolling Deadline: Public International Law & Policy Group Seeks Assistant Counsel

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Public International Law & Policy Group Overview The Public International Law & Policy Group, a 2005 Nobel Peace Prize nominee, is a non-profit organization that operates as a global, pro bono law firm providing free legal assistance to governments, sub-state entities and civil society groups engaged in negotiating and implementing peace agreements, drafting post-conflict constitutions, and establishing and operating transitional justice mechanisms.  To facilitate the utilization of this legal assistance, PILPG also provides policy formulation advice and training on matters related to conflict resolution.   PILPG has advised over 20 governments, sub-state entities, and civil society organizations involved in the negotiation and implementation of peace agreements, post-conflict constitutions, and transitional justice mechanisms, including in Bosnia-Herzegovina, Burma, Egypt, Darfur, Georgia, Kenya, Kosovo, Iraq, Libya, Montenegro, Nepal, South Sudan, Sri Lanka, Syria, Tanzania, Uganda, and Yemen.  PILPG has also provided legal assistance to every international criminal tribunal.

Position Overview:   PILPG’s Washington, D.C. office is currently hiring for Assistant Counsel, who will support PILPG’s work from PILPG’s headquarters in D.C.  Assistant Counsel will be responsible for working closely with Senior Counsel and Counsel to provide legal advice to PILPG’s clients, and help to manage the implementation of programs.  Depending on the nature of the work to which the Assistant Counsel is assigned, travel to PILPG’s field offices and other client locations may be required.

Role & Responsibilities:   The primary duties as Assistant Counsel will include, but shall not be limited to, the following:

  • Researching, drafting, and editing legal memoranda, training materials, policy proposals, and other resources on substantive topics relating to public international law and PILPG clients;
  • Participating in and organizing workshops, trainings, and other PILPG events;
  • Working closely with PILPG’s D.C. office on program design and development;
  • In coordination with PILPG’s Vice President of Strategic Partnerships, collaborating with PILPG’s strategic partners, including private law firms and pro bono staff;
  • Assisting with management of client and key partner relationships, including government officials and members of civil society;
  • Reviewing, editing, and managing the production of legal work produced by PILPG legal research and drafting teams;
  • Providing support to field staff and senior members of program teams with program management tasks, including tracking monitoring and evaluation indicators, establishing and reviewing work plans, and maintaining relationship with donors;
  • Assisting in the drafting and review of periodic reports on program progress for submission to PILPG’s funders; monitoring and reporting requirements for PILPG overseas programs, including the drafting and review of periodic reports;
  • Based on program needs, traveling to work with clients in the field and supporting PILPG programming overseas; and
  • Other duties as assigned.

Qualifications for PILPG Assistant Counsel include:

  • A law degree;
  • A current bar membership;
  • One to three years previous professional experience, preferably in international law or a related field;
  • Previous program management experience preferred, does not necessarily need to be post-law school;
  • Ability to work independently, while also collaborate with a team;
  • Ability to effectively prioritize and manage multiple assignments;
  • Knowledge of public international law;
  • Strong legal drafting, editing, and research skills;
  • Fluency in English; and
  • Fluency in another language, particularly French or Arabic, would be an asset.

Salary: DOE. Applicant should state salary expectations in their cover letter.

Application Instructions: To submit an application for the Assistant Counsel position, submit a resume, cover letter, three references, and writing sample online at http://publicinternationallawandpolicygroup.org/work-for-us/.  The cover letter should outline the candidate’s interest in PILPG and salary expectations.     After receiving completed application materials, PILPG will follow up only if the candidate is selected for an interview. Act Fast! Applications accepted on a rolling basis until position filled.

Due 7/11: Center for Children & Youth Justice Seeks to Sponsor an Applicant for a Two-Year Post Grad Fellowship with Equal Justice Works, Skadden or other Fellowship. Start Fall 2017

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FELLOWSHIP SPONSORSHIP – CENTER FOR CHILDREN & YOUTH JUSTICE

The Center for Children & Youth Justice (CCYJ) is seeking to sponsor an applicant for a two-year Equal Justice Works (EJW) Fellowship, Skadden Fellowship, or other post-graduate legal fellowship focused on the replication/expansion of CCYJ’s Lawyers Fostering Independence program (LFI) from its current location in Seattle, WA to areas in need outside of King County. The fellowship would begin in the fall of 2017, is based in Seattle, WA, and will require travel.

Background

The Center for Children & Youth Justice was founded in 2006 with one mission: reform the foster care and juvenile justice systems to improve the lives of generations of children and youth. Our focus is large-scale, lasting systemic change. We carry out the research, pilot projects, policy advocacy, and grassroots engagements that make that change possible. No one else is doing this critical work. Our work is effective because we collaborate with all systems stakeholders including families and youth impacted by systems involvement.

LFI is a one-of-a-kind program that CCYJ began in 2008 with the aim of improving outcomes for current and former foster youth by providing civil legal aid to remove barriers that stand in the way of successful, independent adulthood. Every year in Washington over 500 young people age out of foster care and experience elevated rates of poverty, homelessness, and unemployment as compared to their peers from intact families. Current and former foster youth also struggle to overcome legal impediments, such as juvenile records, bad credit due to identity theft, domestic violence, and housing justice issues. Through the coordinated efforts of volunteer attorneys and partner service providers, LFI is able to help current and former foster youth reach for their future without being blocked by their past. Doing so enables LFI clients to secure stable housing, good employment, and desired education, i.e., the necessary pillars of a successful life. LFI currently operates in King County with the goal of replicating/expanding statewide on a county-by-county basis.

Job Description

CCYJ is eager to sponsor a law student graduating in 2017 or recent law school graduate (including judicial law clerks) who are interested in partnering with CCYJ to apply for an Equal Justice Works Fellowship to start in Fall 2017. The sponsored candidate would work with CCYJ to submit a project proposal to research, design, implement, and evaluate the sustainable replication/expansion of LFI into other Washington counties in collaboration with community partners. If selected, under the supervision of LFI’s Managing Attorney, the fellow will:

  • Provide direct service and representation to clients to further develop context for general legal issues faced by LFI clients and for a deep understanding of how LFI operates now and how it can best be replicated/expanded elsewhere
  • Research and identify county-based need/demand and existing support structures for LFI services in selected areas in Washington
  • Develop a manual to be used in aid of the replication/expansion of LFI
  • Coordinate and lead an advisory group in counties identified for replication/expansion
  • Build local partnerships with law firms, service providers, and community stakeholders to learn about local issues and ensure success of services implemented
  • Recruit, train, and provide support to volunteer attorneys
  • Provide educational workshops to service providers and community stakeholders to increase engagement and support for the services implemented
  • Lead and evaluate data collection and program evaluation
  • Provide advocacy and support for legislative efforts on laws supportive of LFI clients
  • Provide other support, as needed, to LFI’s Managing Attorney

Requirements

  • Graduate from an accredited law school by the time the fellowship begins
  • Apply for bar membership in Washington state within the first year of the fellowship, or before
  • Demonstrate commitment to serving the underserved
  • Be a motivated, ambitious, self-starter
  • Possess skills in oral and written communication
  • Fluent in English 

Preferred Requirements

  • Graduate from an EJW member law school
  • Have skills needed to effectively conduct community meetings and educational workshops
  • Possess ability and interest in community engagement
  • Have experience working in civil legal aid, volunteer coordination, and/or social services
  • Fluent in Spanish

Salary

DOE, competitive with other Seattle-based nonprofit organizations focused on legal services

Application Instructions

Interested candidates for fellowship sponsorship should send a one-page cover letter, resume, writing sample, and unofficial law school transcript to Hickory Gateless at hgateless@ccyj.org with the subject line, “CCYJ Fellowship 2017”. The Application Deadline is July 11, 2016.