Please Join Us: UW Law Will Host Trina Grillo Retreat Next Month

Please Join Us!

Screen shot 2013-02-28 at 9.37.19 AMThe Center for Public Service Law and UW School of Law will host Trina Grillo—the annual public interest law and social justice retreat—in March. This year’s not-to-miss retreat is fabulously innovative, exploring “Social Justice Lawyering: Innovation, Creativity, Entrepreneurship,” March 22-23, 2013. 

Whether you have a new idea to share with the world, started a new social justice venture recently (or not so recently), joined (or want to join) an existing social justice enterprise, or just want to learn how to encourage and support social justice efforts, please join law students, faculty, staff and public interest practitioners from WA, OR, CA, NV and CO for the annual Trina Grillo retreat at the University of Washington School of Law. (Photo: Sam Sheffield.)

The retreat begins Friday, March 22, 2013 at the Talaris Conference Center with an exploration of “whole person lawyering” with keynote speaker Judge Mary Yu of the King County Superior Court.  Judge Yu’s talk entitled “Bringing Your Whole Self to Your Social Justice Work” will set the stage for thinking holistically about ourselves as members of the social justice community.  Following Judge Yu, the renowned Jet City Improv will engage us in activities to stimulate creative thinking in preparation for Saturday’s workshops and panels.

The retreat continues on Saturday, March 23, 2013 at William H. Gates Hall with a series of panels and workshops designed to promote and support the development of new social justice ventures.  Through a combination of facilitated panel discussions and highly interactive small group sessions, participants will learn about foundational topics like formation of legal entities and funding as well as more advanced topics like marketing.  We will end the day with a Fire Starter session to motivate us for the work we have been inspired to do.

The event is FREE for students and members of Consortium Schools and only $25 for all others.

To register, please click here. Continuing Legal Education credits for lawyers are pending.

The Trina Grillo Social Justice Retreat is an annual event that is co-sponsored by a consortium of twelve west coast law schools, including the University of Washington School of Law, and the Society of American Law Teachers (SALT).  The Retreat provides a unique opportunity for public interest and social justice-oriented law students, faculty, and practitioners to exchange viewpoints, explore career opportunities, and formulate strategies for social justice. 

The Retreat honors the memory of Trina Grillo, who served as a source of inspiration to many law students, professors, and public interest and social justice lawyers.  Read more about Trina Grillo here.

Announcing Workshops, Scholarships, & Competitions

Did You Recently Attend the Cultural & Cross Difference Competent Legal Assistance Training?

Screen shot 2013-02-27 at 7.44.15 AMThe Pro Bono Honors and Clinic Law Programs Want Your Feedback!

Your feedback helps us improve this training. Please take a moment to respond to this very quick survey seriously, only four questions!

Thank you!

Gender Lens 3.0: An Evening with Social Change Leader Christine Grumm

Screen shot 2013-02-27 at 7.26.55 AMThursday, February 28th, 7 pm – 8:30 pm
Room 305, UW School of Social Work

The UW Student Activities Committee, Social Work Global Alliance and the School of Social Work Women’s Group present Christine Grumm, President and CEO of the Women’s Funding Network (WFN). Join this engaging discussion on women’s funding, leadership shifts and the next phase of the women’s movement through the Gender Lens 3.0.

Bring questions. Bring ideas. Bring your friends and family for a frank and forward-thinking talk, followed by a Q&A with Chris!

Speaker Bio: Christine Grumm has more than three decades of experience as a leader in affecting social change through civil society, especially through women’s philanthropy. Chris passionately believes in the power of women and girls’ solutions and is dedicated to helping unleash that potential to transform the world. During her 11 year tenure at WFN – one of the world’s largest collaborative philanthropic networks – Chris expanded the program from 75 to over 160 partners active over six continents, with assets of over $500,000,000.

Learn more about Christine and the event here.

Come learn, engage and discuss leadership, philanthropy, empowerment and social justice on local and global scales!

Funds for Summer: Announcing the KCBA Labor & Employment Section Summer Clerkship Competition

Screen shot 2013-02-27 at 7.34.39 AMDeadline: April 3, 2013 

Have you secured an unpaid internship with a non-profit organization or government agency working in labor and employment law in Washington State? (Photo: IRS EIN.)

Looking for summer funding?

The King County Bar Association Labor and Employment Law section is dedicated to educating future lawyers about the practice of labor and employment law. This summer clerkship helps give students the opportunity to have hands-on experience in the field of labor and employment law.

The $6,000 award is open to 1Ls and 2Ls.

Please find the application and guidelines here. For more information please contact Aline Carton-Listfjeld, Assistant Director, Center for Public Service Law, at acarton@uw.edu.

APPLY: Middle Eastern Legal Association of Washington Scholarship

Screen shot 2013-02-27 at 7.32.04 AMDeadline: All application materials must be received by April 30, 2013.

The Middle Eastern Legal Association of Washington (“MELAW”) will award one $1,000 public interest scholarship to a Washington state law student who has, is currently, or is planning on pursuing a public interest project that benefits the Middle Eastern community of Washington.

Applicants will be judged on their successful completion of the scholarship application, project description, and its connection to the Middle Eastern community of Washington.

To apply, see application here. Please e-mail completed applications to the MELAW Scholarship Committee at scholarship@melegal.org.

The recipient will be selected and notified by the MELAW Scholarship Committee and/or Board of Directors by June 1, 2013.

Scholarship recipients will be expected to provide a brief written report of the Project and may be asked to present on their experience at a MELAW event.

Unique Job Opportunities Available

Policy and Legislative Internship with Teachers United

teachers_unitedWho: Policy and legislative intern for Teachers United

When: Beginning of March through the end of spring quarter

What: Research and track education-related bills during this legislative session. Write informative, fact-based policy updates that inform staff and teacher-members about the status of key bills as well as actions that can be taken. In addition to reading bill descriptions, research may include reading legislators’ updates and Publicola as well as watching TVW recordings of hearings.

Where: The majority of the work can be done remotely. Please plan for one in-person training and periodic 1-hour check-ins in the office (located in Georgetown at 210 S. Hudson St.)

Details: This is unpaid and will take approximately 5 hours/week. Please contact Shelby (J.D. ’11) at shelby@teachersunitedwa.org if interested.

Paid Summer Fellowships at Jerome N. Frank Legal Services Organization, Yale Law School

YaleApplications due March 1, 2013 (early applications encouraged)

The Jerome N. Frank Legal Services Organization of Yale Law School (LSO) invites applications for its 2013 Summer Fellowship program.  LSO is the main organization at Yale Law School providing legal representation to individuals and organizations in need of legal assistance but unable to afford private attorneys.  During the academic year, law students work closely with clinical faculty members to represent clients in a wide range of litigation and non-litigation matters, helping to fill a critical need in legal services delivery for poor and marginalized communities in Connecticut.

LSO seeks to hire 20–25 Summer Fellows to work with clinical faculty in order to continue this client representation.  The Fellowship will run from May 28 to August 30, with some flexibility as to start and end dates. A stipend of $6,700 will be provided for 12 weeks of full-time work. Part-time work or full-time work for a portion of the Fellowship period may also be possible.

Summer Fellows can expect to have a range of challenging and rewarding lawyering experiences during the course of their time at LSO, including client interviewing and counseling; factual development of cases; researching and writing legal memoranda; drafting of contracts and other legal instruments; interacting with opposing counsel, government actors, and community stakeholders; and negotiation and alternative dispute resolution.  In several of our clinics, students will make court appearances to argue motions or present evidence.  Fellows will work under the direct supervision of clinical faculty members and supervising attorneys, and will have significant responsibility for each case or project on which they work.  In addition, faculty members will host a weekly series of presentations and discussions for the Fellows on the work of the clinics, public interest lawyering, and other topics of interest.

LSO clinics perform a wide range of exciting work, including litigation in state and federal court and before administrative agencies, transactional work on behalf of community organizations, and policy and legislative advocacy at the local, state, and federal levels.  For 2013, LSO seeks Summer Fellows for the following clinics:

·         Goldman Family Advocacy for Children & Youth Clinic
·         Ludwig Community and Economic Development Clinic
·         Criminal Justice Clinic
·         Immigration Legal Services
·         Landlord Tenant Legal Services
·         Legal Services for Immigrant Communities
·         Mortgage Foreclosure Litigation
·         Transnational Development Clinic
·         Veterans Legal Services Clinic
·         Worker and Immigrant Rights Advocacy Clinic

For more information on the work of each of these clinics, please visit www.law.yale.edu/lso.

Interested students should email a cover letter specifying the clinic(s) in which you are interested, a resume, writing sample, transcript, and two references to kathryn.jannke@yale.edu. Please submit your application materials by March 1; early applications are encouraged.

Summer Legal Intern Position at Mercy Corps Sponsored by Perkins Coie LLP

mercy_CorpDeadline for Applications is March 7, 2013.

Mercy Corps is a 501(c)(3) international relief and development organization (“INGO”) based in Portland, Oregon, with operations in over 40 countries. Our mission is to alleviate suffering, poverty and oppression by helping people build secure, productive and just communities.

Perkins Coie is sponsoring a Summer Legal Internship opportunity with Mercy Corps in its legal department ($2500 stipend). Learn more about the internship and how to apply.

Assistant Attorney Position for Recent Grads in Coos County, OR

bandon_ORDeadline to apply is March 18, 2013, at 5 PM.

Coos County is hiring an Assistant County Counsel I or II.

Coos County welcomes any recently graduated law clerks to apply.

It will consider applicants sitting for the February 2013 bar exam.

The job announcement is available online. (Photo: Pete, Fotopedia.)

South Asian Bar Association of Northern California Foundation 2013 Public Interest Fellowship Application

SABANCDeadline to apply is April 5, 2013, at 5 PM. 

Apply for this great fellowship opportunity to complete a public interest fellowship project in service of South Asian communities or Northern CA communities. For more information and details on how to apply, visit the fellowship webpage online.

Events Next Week: Entrepreneurship with a Social Purpose & SJT on Wage Theft

Next Tuesday’s SJT: Stealing from Workers’ Pockets

Screen shot 2013-02-22 at 4.58.17 PMFEBRUARY 26, 2013
12:30 – 1:20 p.m. – Room 133

Come hear Andrea Schmitt from Columbia Legal Services discuss wage theft workers and proposed legislative responses in Washington State. She will be joined by a representative from Casa Latina’s Worker Defense Committee who will speak about the reality of being a victim of wage theft as a worker in Washington. Both advocates will discuss proposed legislation and challenges to efforts to provide a solution. (Image: Pixabay.)

Presented by Students for Labor and Employment Justice.

If you would like lunch please RSVP via Symplicity or gatespsl@u.washington.edu by 12:00 pm Monday, February 25. No RSVP for lunch accepted after 12:00 pm.

Entrepreneurship with a Social Purpose: More Options than 501(c)3

Wednesday, February 27th, Room 119, 3:00-5:00pm

 lightbulbs[1]Wondering how to take your social justice idea and make it a reality in a less than flourishing economy?

Looking for an overview on how you might get started on embarking a new project?

What are some of the mechanics and considerations around starting a new venture?

Join 3Ls Libby Ludlow and David Cromwell from the UW Law Entrepreneurial Clinic in a two-hour afternoon workshop where we will offer case studies and background information on various business entities and how they can be used for global common good.

RSVP: Symplicity or gatespsl@uw.edu

 

Volunteer for Youth Justice, Spring Quarter Arctic Law & Policy Courses, and Institute for Justice Conference Application Is Online

Volunteer with Partnership for Youth Justice

Screen shot 2013-02-20 at 7.38.34 PMVolunteer one evening a month and change a youth’s life.

The Partnership for Youth Justice program of King County Superior Court is a community response to a community problem. Concerned citizens just like you are reaching out within their neighborhoods to assist young offenders and their families, and they are making a difference. (Photo: Nadir Burney.)

Why Do Neighborhood Youth Need My Help? Each year thousands of boys and girls between the ages of 9-17 have a brush with the law. Typical offenses including shoplifting, vehicle prowling, fighting, or possession of drugs and alcohol.

These youth often lack the skills and insight to steer clear of trouble. Most need to be reminded that each person is responsible for his or her own acts.

What Would I Do As A Volunteer? Volunteers from your local community, with the help of a trained court advisor, make up a Community Accountability Board (CAB). The CAB interviews the offending youth and his or her parents, then determines a constructive accountability plan.

If you have an evening a month to invest in your neighborhood youth, please call 206-296-1131. Visit our website for more information.

Sign Up for Spring Quarter Arctic Studies Courses Taught by Visiting Scholars 

IMG_1776Visiting scholars in Arctic Studies, Law, Indigenous Rights, and Resource Development will teach two exciting courses in spring quarter:

1) Business in the Arctic—Working with Law and Policy in Resource Development (3 credits), Thursdays, 1:30–4:20 PM

Dr. Sari Graben, UW 2012–13, Canada–US Fulbright Chair

The course will provide an overview of the most recent legal and political developments in the Arctic, this course will emphasize challenges posed by environmental and global changes and developments in various areas of Arctic governance and will be organized around particular resource development activities. This will allow students to be exposed to the complex issues facing the Arctic from both an international and domestic perspective and to address legal/policy frameworks for dealing with them. (Photo: Jen Marlow.)

2) Indigenous Land Claim Treaties in North America and the Arctic (5 credits), Fridays, 9:30 AM–12:30 PM

Tony Penikett, JSIS 2012–13 Visiting Scholar; Senior Advisor Arctic Security Program, Munk Centre of Global Affairs and the Duncan Gordon Foundation; former premier of the Yukon

The course will address the precedents or foundations of 20th century land claims agreements in North America including the Mexican conquest, the Cherokee cases at the Marshall Court, and the 400-plus Canadian and U.S. treaties that followed. Treaty negotiations and settlements in Alaska and northern Canada will be compared to those in Greenland and Norway.

More information on the scholars:

  • Sari Graben, LL.B. LL.M. Ph.D., currently serves as an Arctic Policy Post-Doctoral Fellow at the Queen’s Institute for Energy and Environmental Policy, Queen’s University, Toronto. Graben’s primary research interests are in the field of administrative law, contract law, and comparative law with a special focus on issues raised by environmental contracting, privatization, and collaborative governance in the Arctic.
  • Tony Penikett, a Vancouver-based mediator, served in politics for 25 years including two years in Ottawa as Chief of Staff to federal New Democratic Party Leader Ed Broadbent MP; five terms in the Yukon Legislative Assembly; and two terms as Premier of Canada’s Yukon Territory (1985-92). His government negotiated final agreement for First Nation land claims in the territory and passed pioneering education, health, language legislation, as well as leading a much-admired bottom-up economic planning process.

Apply to Attend the Institute for Justice’s Annual Law Student Conference this July in D.C.

Screen shot 2013-02-20 at 7.21.14 PMMonday, April 1, 2013, is the deadline to apply.

Founded in 1991, the Institute for Justice engages in cutting-edge litigation and advocacy both in the court of law and in the court of public opinion on behalf of individuals whose denied their most basic rights by the government—such as the right to earn an honest living, private property rights, the right to free speech, and educational choice.

The Institute for Justice is now accepting applications for 2013 Law Student Conference.  IJ’s annual law student conference is open to first and second year law students and will be held July 26–July 28, 2013, at the George Washington University in downtown Washington, D.C..

Law students interested in applying for the annual law student conference can find the application online here. See the flyer for details. More information on the Institute for Justice, its cases, or student programs, is available online. Law students should direct questions about the conference to Krissy E. Keys, Special Projects Manager.

Competency Training Tomorrow, Health Externships, and Important Info for Clerkships

TOMORROW! Working Towards Cultural & Cross Difference Competent Legal Assistance

YLDWednesday, February 20, 3:30-5:20pm, Room 138

A joint training provided by the Clinical Law Program and Pro Bono Honors Program.

The goals of this training are to:

  1. Raise awareness on how assumptions, prejudice and bias affects our ability to provide competent legal assistance; and
  2. develop greater sensitivity to a variety of social, economic, and cultural differences between ourselves and our clients.

This is a required training for students interested in participating in the Pro Bono Honors Program and select clinical courses. Please contact your clinical law professor to confirm whether you are required to attend. All are welcome. Live attendance strongly encouraged. Contact Aline Carton-Listfjeld for podcast information.

Attended last year’s training? We encourage you to attend again. We make changes to this training every year to make it more relevant and useful to all students. Attendance is still required to fulfill the Pro Bono Honors Program requirements.

To prepare for this training please:

  1. Complete: Harvard Implicit Bias Test (you do not have to discuss your results)
  2. Eead: Sue Bryant, The Five Habits:  Building Cross-Cultural Competence in Lawyers, 8 Clin. L. Rev. 33, 64-99 (2001) (Article aimed at clinical teachers; assigned pages describe a recommended methodology for students/lawyers to build cross-cultural competence.);
  3. Read: Nelson P. Miller, Beyond Bias—Cultural Competence as a Lawyer Skill, Mich. B. J., June 2008 at 38 (PDF here).

Externships in Health Law Available Throughout the Year

teamworkAll Quarters

Multicare Health System has opportunities for students to work year-round as externs or as work study/interns.  Applications are considered on a rolling basis.

There are a minimum of two (2) externship positions available each quarter / semester. MHS will consider applicants interested in an unpaid internship experience or work study. While the work varies, our externs/interns support six attorneys who provide guidance to the entire $1.3B system on matters ranging from General Health Law to topics such as Corporate Compliance, Employment and Immigration, Stark, Anti-Kickback, Fraud & Abuse, Human Subjects Research, Privacy & Confidentiality, Sarbanes-Oxley, etc.

MultiCare Health System is recognized as the 4th Best Integrated Healthcare Delivery Network in the United States and is the largest network in Western Washington. MultiCare Health System is a nonprofit corporation which operates four acute care hospitals (Tacoma General, Allenmore, Good Samaritan and Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital & Health Center), together with several dozen outpatient clinics, pharmacies, laboratories, and ancillary services such as employment screening, home health and home infusion. MultiCare employs approximately 8,500 individuals in Pierce and King Counties.

Students will be exposed to a variety of health law issues, research projects and committee functions and will have an opportunity to view health law activities from the perspective of in-house counsel. Students will perform research (primarily literature surveys, internet-based research, and some case-law research) on a variety of day-to-day matters that routinely involve one or more of MultiCare’s six in-house attorneys. Students will be assigned direct reporting to one attorney, with matrix reporting to others as needed. They will likely have some contact with outside attorneys on specific projects and there is the opportunity for extensive client contact.

To apply, submit a cover letter, unofficial transcript, and a 3-5 page writing sample.  The cover letters should describe your interest in health law and what you would expect to gain from an externship at Multicare and be addressed to:

Aimee D Brice
315 Martin Luther King, Jr. Way
MS: 222J-1-LEG
Tacoma, Washington 98415
United States
aimee.brice@multicare.org

Summer Quarter

Applications due Friday, March 8, 2013.

The legal department of Providence Health & Services and Swedish Health Services is considering candidates for a summer intern in their Seattle offices.  All candidates must have completed at least their first year of law school.  A strong preference will be given for law students with a demonstrated interest in health law (for example completion of an introduction to health law course or relevant experience in the health care field).  This is an unpaid position and a strong preference will be given for a student who will be able to receive academic credit for the internship/externship.  Candidates should submit resume and cover letter by Friday, March 8, 2013 to the attention of Katherine Van Maren care of Terry Shahrivar at terry.shahrivar@providence.org to be considered.  The successful candidate must pass a background check and drug screening.

Cover letters should be addressed to:

Katherine Van Maren
Department of Legal Affairs
Providence Health & Services and Swedish Health Services
747 Broadway
Seattle, WA 98122

Autumn and Winter Quarters

Applications due Friday, March 8, 2013.

Seattle Children’s has externship opportunities for students in the Autumn and Winter Quarters of the 2013-14 academic year.

Seattle Children’s is ranked as one of the top 10 children’s hospitals in the country by U.S. News and World Report.  Seattle Children’s consists of Seattle Children’s Hospital, Seattle Children’s Research Institute, and Seattle Children’s Hospital Foundation.  Together, we deliver superior patient care, advance new discoveries and treatments through pediatric research, and serve as the pediatric and adolescent academic medical referral center for Washington, Alaska, Montana and Idaho — the largest region of any children’s hospital in the country.

Students will be exposed to a variety of health law issues including health reform, intellectual property and patient care. Students will perform research and writing memoranda on a variety of day-to-day matters that routinely involve the legal department as well as drafting actual working documents when appropriate.  Students will be assigned direct reporting to the Senior Vice President or Associate General Counsel.  They will likely have some contact with outside attorneys on specific projects and there is the opportunity for extensive client contact.

To apply, please submit a resume and letter of interest to extern@uw.edu by Friday, March 8, 2013.

Cover letters should be addressed to:

Jeff Sconyers
Senior VP & General Counsel
Seattle Children’s Hospital
P.O. Box 5371
Seattle, WA 98145-5005

Applying for a Judicial Clerkship? Must-Read Information for 2Ls

Please read important information about guidelines, timelines, and upcoming deadlines for applying to judicial clerkships.

SJT, Happy Hour, and Fun Run

Social Justice Tuesday: February 19—LSRJ Legislative Update
12:30–1:20 p.m. – Room 133

Screen shot 2013-02-15 at 6.37.22 PMWant lunch? RSVP via Symplicity or gatespsl@u.washington.edu by 12:00 pm Monday, February 18. No RSVP for lunch accepted after 12:00 pm. (Photo: W. McDonald.)

Please join the Law Students for Reproductive Justice for a legislative update. Janet Chung from Legal Voice will discuss regulations and issues currently in play, including:

  • Reproductive Parity Act
  • Children of Incarcerated Parents Act
  • Paid Sick and Leave Act
  • Family Medical Leave Act
  • Parental Notification Act
  • Declaring that the right to life begins at the moment the individual comes into being
  • Modifying the definition of rape in the third degree and indecent liberties concerning Sexual Assault Protection Orders
  • Modifying stalking and harassment protection order provisions
  • Requiring drug testing for recipients of benefits under the temporary assistance for needy families program

Happy Hour March 7: Minority Bar Associations

Screen shot 2013-02-15 at 6.27.48 PMRSVP by March 5, 2013.

Thursday, March 7, 2013
5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
O’Asian Kitchen + Lounge, Seattle (Directions)
Click here to RSVP

Connect with Other Minority Bar Associations at the ABAW+LMBA+QLaw Happy Hour!

QLaw is joining the Asian Bar Association of Washington and the Loren Miller Bar Association to facilitate networking among solo practitioners, small firm practitioners, and big firm lawyers at this upcoming happy hour event. Enjoy a cocktail and make connections with diversity-minded lawyers throughout the Puget Sound.

ABAW, LMBA, and QLaw will be providing plenty of appetizers. Parking will be validated by the restaurant.

Run for Justice: KCBA Fun Run Is March 9

Screen shot 2013-02-15 at 6.30.10 PMPlease join us for the 7th Annual King County Bar Association Fun Run, March 9 at 9:00 AM. Seward Park Lower Loop (5898 Lake Washington Blvd South Seattle, WA).

Registration begins 8:30 a.m. Race begins at 9:00 a.m.

$25 for all participants (ages 13+); $30 day of the event. T-Shirts included in the price.

The event proceeds support the King County Bar Association and the KCBA Pro Bono Services, including the 39 Neighborhood Legal Clinics located throughout King County.

Trophies for Largest Team and Best Team Uniform!

Register online or by email (Janielleh@kcba.org) before March 8th and save $5. Team Registration (register 4 get 1 free!)

Questions: Please contact Janielle at (206)267-7016 or Janielleh@kcba.org

Pro Bono Opportunities, Writing Prizes, & 14th Annual White Privilege Conference

Recent Grad in Seattle? Volunteer for the Urban Indian Legal Clinic!

Screen shot 2013-02-13 at 3.37.06 PMThe Urban Indian Legal Clinic is in urgent need of a volunteer attorney for its clinic. Volunteer attorneys are needed to support upcoming clinics, which are offered every 1st and 3rd Tuesday, including next week’s clinic on Tuesday the 19th from 6-8 p.m. (Illustration: KCBA.) For more information on the clinic, see the KCBA’s Neighborhood Legal Clinics website.

Common Good encourages recent grads to consider giving a few hours of time to help members of our Native community who are in need of legal advice. To volunteer, please contact Olive, Clinic Assistant at 206.292.6214, ext. 1286 or UrbanIndianLegalClinic@gmail.com.

Health Care Access Policy Advocates! Opportunity for Pro Bono Service

Screen shot 2013-02-13 at 3.30.49 PMNomination deadline is Tuesday, February 19, 2013.

The Technical Advisory Committee is seeking nominations to the Washington Health Benefits Exchange Board of Directors. The Affordable Care Act has already brought some great benefits to Washington’s kids. But much more remains to be done. Right now there is an opportunity for people who care about health equity to have a say in how federal Health Care Reform will impact children and families in Washington. (Photo: Leader Nancy Pelosi.)

The Affordable Care Act (also known as Obamacare) provides states with some flexibility about how to implement the law. There are opportunities within the Affordable Care Act to create a more equitable health care system. Decisions made now can help fix persistent health inequalities that are hurting children of color and their families.

Children’s Alliance is advocating to ensure that in Washington State we take advantage of every opportunity to improve access to affordable, high-quality care, and create better health for all Washingtonians.

The Washington Health Benefits Exchange is the agency that oversees implementation of some aspects of the Affordable Care Act. The Exchange is currently recruiting members to join a Health Equity Technical Advisory Committee that will advise the Washington Health Benefits Exchange Board of Directors.

Members of the Technical Advisory Committee will provide experience and/or professional perspectives related to health equity with a focus on:

  • Language access;
  • Health literacy;
  • Hard-to-reach populations;
  • Cultural sensitivity; and
  • Other general access to coverage issues.

You can read about the responsibilities of the committee online.

If you have experience with these issues, enjoy getting deep into details of policy decisions, and have time available to participate, please submit your nomination. If you are interested please contact Christina Peters, Health Policy Director at cpeters@childrensalliance.org or 1-800-854-5437 x22. She can provide more information on the responsibilities of serving on the Committee.

Submit! Eighth annual Sarah Weddington Writing Prize for New Student Scholarship in Reproductive Rights

Screen shot 2013-02-13 at 3.25.14 PMDeadline for submissions is Monday, March 4, 2013, at 5 PM (PST).

Law Students for Reproductive Justice (LSRJ) and the Center for Reproductive Rights (CRR) invite submissions for the Sarah Weddington Writing Prize for New Student Scholarship in Reproductive Rights. The 1st place winning submission will have a presumption of publishability and will receive expedited review by New York University School of Law’s Review of Law and Social Change. Winning authors will also receive cash prizes: $750 (1st place), $500 (2nd place), or $250 (3rd place). (Photo: LSRJ.org.)

This year’s theme: “Economic (In)Justice of Reproductive Regulation.”

LSRJ & CRR seek student scholarship exploring the economic justice implications of laws and regulations that affect reproductive health and rights in the U.S. Papers may explore a range of issues, such as: tensions between affirmative state obligations and individual rights; consequences of health insurance regulation and the needs of individuals seeking preventative and/or “elective” reproductive care (e.g. should reproductive technologies and contraception be covered, and if so, how?); the impact of state support for specific practices (e.g. breastfeeding, vaccinations, birthing options) on the ability of women and families to make decisions about their care; and the role of the state in health care regulation and funding (e.g. how will Medicaid expansion affect reproductive health access? Who is most benefitted and/or who is left out of the Affordable Care Act?). These ideas are examples of topics that would fit the theme; however, many more issues could be fruitfully explored through the lens of economic justice.

For more information, see the call for submissions here.

To learn more about reproductive rights and justice, these online resources may be of interest:

Write for the Warren E. Burger Prize

Screen shot 2013-02-13 at 3.11.57 PMSubmissions due by July 15. 

The Warren E. Burger Prize is a writing competition designed to encourage outstanding scholarship that “promotes the ideals of excellence, civility, ethics and professionalism within the legal profession,” the core mission of the American Inns of Court.

The American Inns of Court invites judges, lawyers, professors, students, scholars, and other authors to participate in the competition. Please submit an original, unpublished essay of 10,000 to 25,000 words on a topic of your choice addressing issues of legal excellence, civility, ethics and professionalism. See here for more information.

Save the Date: 14th Annual White Privilege Conference

Screen shot 2013-02-13 at 3.15.14 PMThe Color of Money: Reclaiming Our Humanity
April 10-13, 2013
Seattle, WA

www.whiteprivilegeconference.com

Judicial Externships in Oregon, Opportunities to Assist Rural Farm Workers, Pro Bono Services

Are You a 3L Graduating in March or a Recent Grad? Check Out this Opportunity at Legal Foundation of Washington 

Screen shot 2013-02-11 at 4.16.08 PMDeadline to apply is February 22, 2013.

Law Fund is hiring a Development Coordinator. Primary responsibilities include:

  • Coordinating fundraising activities for regional efforts across Washington state, including event planning, volunteer recruitment, and donor relations;
  • producing donor acknowledgment letters and pledge reminders;
  • assisting with database management and development of annual fundraising and communications materials;
  • conducting background research on donor prospects, corporate giving and foundation grant opportunities;
  • providing support on other organizational functions, as requested.

Since its founding in 1991, LAW Fund has raised more than $20 million in charitable support for legal aid programs throughout the state so that no population falls through the gap in the justice system. LAW Fund raises private contributions from the legal community through its annual fundraising drive, the Campaign for Equal Justice, as well as the Endowment for Equal Justice and the Laurel Rubin Farm Worker Justice Project. The Campaign for Equal Justice is LAW Fund’s collaborative annual fundraising drive.

LAW Fund is housed in Seattle with the Legal Foundation of Washington (LFW) and LAW Fund staff are LFW employees. For more information about the position, please see the online job description.

To apply, please e-mail your résumé including three references, plus a letter of interest, to Dee Thierry at dtheories@legalfoundation.org by February 22, 2013.

Two Judicial Externships in Oregon

Screen shot 2013-02-11 at 4.30.07 PMApplication deadlines are February 28 and March 1.

1. U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon
Application Deadline: February 28, 2013.  

Please note that the court only accepts paper applications, so you should allow sufficient time for mailing. (Photo: Andi Fisher, Flickr.)

The Honorable Marco Hernandez is accepting applications for judicial externships.  To apply, submit a letter of interest, resume, writing sample, law school transcript (unofficial is fine), and names of three references to:

Honorable Marco Hernandez
U.S. District Court
1427 U.S. Courthouse
1000 SW Third Avenue
Portland, OR 97204

2. Summer Externship with Oregon Appellate Courts
Application Deadline March 1, 2013, by 5:00 p.m.

Judicial externships are available in the Oregon Supreme Court, the Oregon Court of Appeals, and the Appellate Commissioner’s Office. Details are available in the attached pdf or online.

To apply, candidates should submit a cover letter, resume, copies of law school and college transcripts, a writing sample (no more than five pages), and a list of references. Original transcripts are not necessary; copies are acceptable.

Only one set of application materials should be submitted. Candidates may specify which court or office in which they wish to work, or particular justices/judges for whom they wish to work; however, unless a preference is specifically stated, the application will be circulated to all justices/judges or court staff who are interviewing as part of this externship cycle.

Send Required Materials to:

Jennifer McQuain
Oregon Supreme Court
1163 State Street
Salem, OR 97301
Fax: (503) 986-5730

Or, send your applications via e-mail (as PDF attachments) to: Jennifer.L.McQuain@ojd.state.or.us

Application materials should be submitted directly to the courts.  Students who are considering enrolling in an externship through the school should also submit an Externship Application with resume and transcript to extern@uw.edu.

Laurel Rubin Rural Externship Advocacy Program (REAP)

Screen shot 2013-02-11 at 4.32.15 PMApplication deadline is March 15, 2013, but students are encouraged to apply as soon as possible. Externship is autumn quarter. (Photo: Farmworkers’ Safeway Boycott II, 1973.)

The REAP externship advocates for rural farmworkers in Washington. THe externship is a collaborative project of the Access to Justice Law School Relations Committee.

REAP is a collaborative externship program sponsored by the Washington Alliance for Equal Justice and all three Washington law schools – University of Washington, Seattle University, and Gonzaga University, now joined by the University of Idaho College of Law.

Through this unique public service opportunity, offered only once a year and designed to address the much needed legal education and assistance for farm workers at the end of the harvest season (August–November), students will help expand access to justice for migrant and seasonal farm workers, who are among the poorest and most vulnerable group of workers in the U.S. With approximately 289,000 farm workers and family members, Washington has the fourth largest population of migrant and seasonal farm workers in the country.

This externship honors Laurel Rubin, who was a young, talented legal aid lawyer and advocate for farm worker justice.  Laurel died tragically on her way to meet with clients in Southeastern Washington.  Laurel was passionately committed to advocating for farm worker justice and helping farm workers obtain some measure of fairness and respect. Despite working in a somewhat isolated and rural community, Laurel’s good will, intelligence, and tenacity quickly established her promise as a justice fighter and admired community asset. Her memory lives on in this statewide collaborative program through the training of law students advocating for farm worker justice.

Learn more here.

Law Clerk/Farmworker Internship Opportunity at Columbia Legal Service’s Olympia Office

Screen shot 2013-02-11 at 4.34.07 PMColumbia Legal Services has ongoing law clerk opportunities for the summer (full-time for 10-12 weeks) or during the school year (part-time for 20+ weeks).  Most positions are for school credit, are paid under work-study, are fellowship/public interest grant funded or are volunteer positions. (Photo: National Farmworker Ministry.)

Columbia Legal Services (CLS) is a statewide legal aid program in Washington State representing low-income people and vulnerable groups with critical civil legal needs for whom no alternative legal services are available.

The work for a student placed in Olympia would include visit to the underserved area of southwest Washington berry farms. Work may also include advocacy on behalf of the Mam-speaking Guatemalan communities on the Olympic peninsula, whose members primarily work in the “brush picking” industry (gathering floral greenery in the forest).

If you are interested in a law clerk opportunity with Columbia Legal Services please send a cover letter, resume, references and a 3-page writing sample to:

Sharon Nyland
Columbia Legal Services
101 Yesler Way, Suite 300
Seattle, WA  98104
jobs@columbialegal.org

Recent Law Grad? Looking for Pro Bono Experience? Seattle Community Law Center Wants You!

Screen shot 2013-02-11 at 4.35.30 PMSeattle Community Law Center (SCLC)’s mission is to provide accessible legal advocacy to people living with physical and mental disabilities so that they may obtain the resources necessary to overcome barriers to financial and medical stability.

SCLC is seeking recent JDs with an interest in public benefits or Social Security law for a part-time volunteer position at our organization. Volunteers at SCLC work on all aspects of our practice from the intake process through varying levels of involvement in direct representation of clients under the supervision of a staff attorney. Volunteers may engage in client interviews and counseling, problem solving, legal and factual research, discovery, and written and oral client centered advocacy. The time commitment is flexible and detailed training on Social Security law will be provided.

Potential projects include the Social Security Advocacy Project and the Disabled Homeless Advocacy Project:

The Social Security Advocacy Project (SSAP) provides legal advice, advocacy, referral and direct legal representation to low-income individuals facing disputes with the Social Security Administration regarding their eligibility for benefits. SSAP also hosts a weekly overpayment clinic at our office where we provide counsel and advice to those facing an overpayment of their Social Security benefits.

The Disabled Homeless Advocacy Project (DHAP) was created to proactively identify and assist homeless individuals who have “slipped through the cracks” of the state and federal safety net programs that provide cash and medical assistance to the disabled and to help them obtain benefits to which they are entitled. DHAP staff and volunteers hold clinics at local homeless shelters and day centers and provide information, advice, advocacy and direct legal representation to qualified individuals throughout Social Security’s application and appeals process.

If interested, please contact Alexandra Doolittle at Alex@seattlecommlaw.org or (206) 686-7252, x104.

Amazing Events Coming Up Soon: Not to Miss

1Ls and 2Ls Interested in a Summer Corps Position: Free Webinar THIS Wednesday 

Summer_CorpsSummer Corps is an AmeriCorps–funded program that will provide 1L and 2L students with the opportunity to earn a Segal AmeriCorps Education Award for dedicating their summer to a qualifying legal project at a nonprofit public interest organization.

The application for the 2013 Summer Corps program is now open.

Equal Justice Works will be accepting students into the program on a rolling basis until the application closes on Monday, March 18.

Sign up for the webinar on Wednesday, February 13, at 12 p.m. PST.

Wed. Night: Student Social with WSBA Environmental and Land Use Law Section

Screen shot 2013-02-08 at 6.15.07 PMThe WSBA Environmental and Land Use Law Section is hosting a “professional social” with the University of Washington and Seattle University law school students who are involved and interested in environmental and land use legal careers. (Photo: kewlwallpapers.com)

When: Wednesday, Feb. 13; 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Where: Arctic Club Hotel’s Polar Bar; 700 3rd Ave. Seattle

Rise Up Seattle: This V-Day

Screen shot 2013-02-08 at 4.16.04 PMJoin the Global Campaign – ONE BILLION RISING  – To Stop Violence Against Women And Girls.

Women’s Network for a Sustainable Future (WNSF), Businesses Ending Slavery and Trafficking (BEST), and Bainbridge Graduate Institute (BGI) Present Rise Up Seattle.

February 14, 5:30-7:30+
HUB Seattle 220 2nd Ave South, Seattle, (map)
More information and tickets here
$15/person or $25/2 people (All are Welcome)

ONE BILLION RISING began as a call to action based on the staggering statistic that 1 in 3 women on the planet will be beaten or raped during her lifetime.  With the world population at 7 billion, this adds up to more than ONE BILLION WOMEN AND GIRLS.  On February 14, 2013, V-Day’s 15th anniversary, we will join activists, writers, thinkers, celebrities, and women and men across the world as we demand change, strike, dance, and RISE UP in defiance of the injustices women suffer, demanding an end at last to violence against women.

Access to Justice Forum and Goldmark Luncheon 

Screen shot 2013-02-08 at 5.15.05 PMFriday, February 15, 10am–5pm (can select some or all events)
Westin Seattle Hotel, 1900 Fifth Avenue, Seattle WA

The Washington State Access to Justice Board invites you to join attorneys from across the state for special sessions and a social hour in conjunction with Legal Foundation of Washington’s annual Goldmark Award Luncheon. This “ATJ Forum” is being offered in lieu of prior year’s summer Access to Justice Conferences and Goldmark Student Mini-Conferences. The following sessions will include:

    • The Role of Lawyers in Social Justice Movements (10 –11:30 am): Throughout history, lawyers have played critical roles in social justice movements. We’ll talk with local attorneys, each using their law practice in a different way to make justice equal. With moderator Michele Storms, we’ll come away inspired by the stories and insights of Lisa Daugaard, The Defender Association; Jeff Robinson, Schroeter Goldmark & Bender; Lisa Stone, Legal Voice; and others to be announced.
    • Goldmark Luncheon Honoring Anne Ellington (12-1:30pm)
    • A Conversation with the Washington Supreme Court (2-3:30 pm)
    • Networking/Social Hour (3:30 – 5 pm)

Reserve your seat today! The Access to Justice Forum and Goldmark Luncheon are open to all law students and attorneys. ATJ Forum events are free; the luncheon costs $50. Please RSVP here. Luncheon registration can be found separately here.

Please contact Jennifer Werdell, werdellj@seattleu.edu, regarding student participation.

Webinar for Recent Grads or Students Interested in Serving on a Non-Profit Board

An upcoming webinar, “Serving on a Non-Profit Board: What Lawyers Need to Know,” might be of interest to our Common Good audience. The webinar will be held via video webcast on February 15 from 10:30–12 noon. The cost is $169. See the American Law Institute’s website for more information or to register.

Free Webinar on Renters and Foreclosures

Screen shot 2013-02-08 at 4.57.28 PMInterested in fair housing law? On Wednesday, February 20, from 10–11 PST, the National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty will be hosting a free webinar discussing findings from its report, “Eviction (Without) Notice: Renters and the Foreclosure Crisis.” (Photo: Sarah Ji, Flickr.)

The report shows how, for many low-income renters, the Protecting Tenants at Foreclosure Act (PTFA) is all that stands between housing and homelessness. It also includes a nationwide survey of tenants’ rights advocates and renters themselves and offers recommendations to better protect renters under the law. Register here.

Defending Dissent: A CLE on Civil and Criminal Legal Issues Relating to Protest Activities & Film Screening

Screen shot 2013-02-08 at 4.24.08 PMFebruary 22, 2013    8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
University of Washington HUB, North Ballroom

Since the 1999 WTO demonstrations in Seattle, government entities across the country have increasingly tried to limit access to public space for free speech activities and sought to criminalize political expression.  This seminar will provide nuts and bolts litigation training for unique issues arising when representing protesters in both the civil and criminal contexts.  The CLE speakers have recent experience in representing people and movements, both as civil plaintiffs and as criminal defendants, in a variety of contexts ranging from the Occupy movement to labor union struggles.  The emphasis will be on skill building, so that more practitioners feel comfortable with litigating these types of cases.

Also, on the evening of February 22, the Grand Illusion theatre, also in the U District, will be showing the film Mumia: Long Distance Revolutionary.

For more information, including the CLE schedule, see here.

The Pursuit of Justice Conference April 18–20, 2013

Screen shot 2013-02-08 at 4.33.31 PMThe Pursuit of Justice Conference will bring together the foremost interdisciplinary institute for hate studies, the social justice leadership of Gonzaga University School of Law, and the Washington Task Force on Race and the Criminal Justice System. It provides compelling opportunities to align interests in understanding and addressing fear and ignorance of the “other,” with interests in how these conditions manifest in hatred, intolerance, and inequality.

The Conference will be held at Gonzaga University School of Law, in Spokane, Washington, April 18–20, 2013.

To register and to learn more see the conference flyer here.