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!

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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

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

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 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

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 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 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


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

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 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 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 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 ( before March 8th and save $5. Team Registration (register 4 get 1 free!)

Questions: Please contact Janielle at (206)267-7016 or