Public Interest Announcements

CHRJ’s Shadow Report Featured by the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights 

CHRJThe University of Washington’s Center for Human Rights and Justice (CHRJ) has been featured for its research on the United States’ review for Optional Protocol under the Committee on the Rights of the Child.

Congratulations to student researchers Priya Rai, Alex Paxton, Rachel Ryon and Charlene Choi for authoring such a successful shadow letter. Read the report here.

Apply for the American Constitution Society’s David Carliner Public Interest Award 

Application deadline is March 15, 2013.

ACSThe American Constitution Society’s David Carliner Public Interest Award was established in memory of one of the great public interest lawyers of the 20th Century, David Carliner (1918-2007), a champion of justice in his native Washington, D.C., and on the national stage. A pioneering immigration lawyer, an ardent foe of Jim Crow, and a leading champion of full political rights for citizens of the District of Columbia, he also was the founding chair of the American Civil Liberties Union-National Capital Area and the International Human Rights Law Group (now GlobalRights). For more information on David Carliner click here.

The Award recognizes outstanding public interest lawyers whose work best exemplifies its namesake’s legacy of fearless, uncompromising and creative advocacy on behalf of marginalized people.

The Award consists of:

  • Cash prize of $10,000 to one recipient each year
  • Transportation and lodging, in full, to the ACS National Convention in Washington in June to accept the Award

Click here to learn more and to apply.

Reminder to Apply to Equal Justice Works Summer Corps Program

EJW_MapRolling admission, final deadline is March 18, 2013.

Equal Justice Works (EJW) reminds students that its Summer Corps application process is now under way! The Summer Corps Program provides law students with the chance to spend their summer working on a legal project at a qualifying nonprofit public interest organization of their choosing. Common Good encourages students to apply as early as possible. (Map: EJW.)

This year, the Summer Corps program is heavily emphasizing Veterans and Disaster Relief projects. Projects related to Foreclosure and Medical-Legal Partnerships are also encouraged. Applicants with projects in other fields of public interest law are still encouraged to apply, but top priority will be given to those whose projects are related to Veterans or Disaster Relief. For more information, please see the Eligibility section of website.

To hear more about the Summer Corps program and the application, sign up and let your students know about our free webinar on Wednesday, February 13, at 12 noon PST.

Please contact if you have any questions about the Summer Corps program.

Got Debt? Get (More) Educated on Ways to Qualify for Reduced Payments and Loan Forgiveness

moenyEqual Justice Works (EJW) has posted a plethora of helpful information to help you wade through the morass of educational debt relief options. From print resources to blog posts to free webinars, EJW’s website is a go-to home base for the information you need to make good financial decisions. (Image: