Check Out Upcoming Trainings, Service Opportunities, Calls for Papers, and Scholarships

Dangerous Topics Lecture TOMORROW!

dangerous_topicsChild-Citizen Subjects: From Dora the Explorer to Dream Activists

Thursday, February 7, 2013 4:00pm
Communications 120

Come hear Nicole Guidotti-Hernandez
, American Studies, University of Texas, Austin, tackle important immigration issues.

The Latino/a child citizen subject has become the focal point for all sorts of discourses about citizenship, be they the figure of the Anchor Baby, Dora the Explorer as a potential illegal immigrant, the Dream Activists of Freedom University, or a newly emerging unprotected group, unaccompanied migrant children facing deportation proceedings. In this talk, I demonstrate the ways in which race, immigration status, social mobility, skin color, social class and gender determine whether or not a child is in fact deemed worthy of citizenship, worthy of being saved, and worthy of being incorporated into the nation. Larger media trends have made such Latinas/o child-citizen subjects increasingly visible in the last fifteen years as the U.S.-Mexico border is more militarized than ever.

Students: Apply for the GO Health Fellowship

IMG_0075The deadline is no later than midnight on Wednesday, March 13, 2013. However, interested applicants must submit a letter of intent by February 15, 2013.

The purpose of the GO Health Fellowship is to provide financial assistance to a graduate student, professional student, or medical resident at the University of Washington so that they may gain valuable international fieldwork experience in global health.  The funds have been generously provided by donors committed to the education of global health professionals from diverse disciplinary backgrounds. (Photo: Jen Marlow.)

The Fellowship of up to $4,000 (USD) can be used to support travel costs, including room and board, travel health preparation, travel insurance and/or supplies for a particular global health project.   The GO Health Fellowship cannot be used to cover tuition costs, school supplies, conference attendance or other non-project related expenses.  Funds can be used for experiences taking place anytime from summer quarter 2013 up to, and including spring quarter 2014.

See here for information about the process and to apply.

Non-Profit Legal Trainings Coming Up

WAACO announces its 2013 Nonprofit Legal Training Schedule. Webinars, workshops, brownbag lunches all feature experts in non-profit law. See the schedule and sign up here. The first webinar is February 26 from 9–10 AM (free).

ATTENTION 3LS! 2014 RFK Donald Wilson Fellowship in Washington, D.C.

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The Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice & Human Rights seeks a legal fellow for a domestic and international human rights advocacy position.

In 2011, the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights established the Donald M. Wilson Fellowship program to provide a position at the RFK Center to one outstanding recent law school graduate each year. Donald Wilson and his family recognized the need for greater support for recent graduates who wish to devote their professional lives to public service and generously endowed the Fellowship program at the RFK Center.

The fellowship carries the name of the prominent magazine journalist who developed a close friendship with Robert Kennedy during John F. Kennedy’s presidential campaign.

The Donald Wilson Fellowship is currently a 9 month position beginning in January 2014. The annual salary is $45,000 + standard benefits package (prorated for nine months).

Learn more about the position here.

Recent Grads: Opportunity to Serve on the Practice of Law Board

IMG_1024Application deadline is February 28, 2013.

The Practice of Law Board has two openings on its Board effective immediately. We’re looking for thoughtful and hard-working people committed to the Board’s mission of serving the public. The Washington Supreme Court established the Board and described its purpose in General Rule 25(a):

  • Promote expanded access to affordable and reliable legal and law-related services;
  • Expand public confidence in the administration of justice;
  • Make recommendations regarding the circumstances under which nonlawyers may be involved in the delivery of certain types of legal and law-related services;
  • Enforce rules prohibiting individuals and organizations from engaging in unauthorized legal and law-related services that pose a threat to the general public; and
  • Ensure that those engaged in the delivery of legal services in the state of Washington have the requisite skills and competencies necessary to serve the public. (Photo: Jen Marlow.)

The Board has 13 members, at least four of whom must be non-lawyers. The Board represents the public interest in the delivery of legal and law-related services and should reflect the broad range of diversity of individuals who use or are part of the justice system in Washington State.

For details on responsibilities, term of service (3 years), and compensation (unpaid), see here.

How to Apply: Please send us a résumé and letter describing your background, qualifications, commitment, experience, and interest in service to:

Practice of Law Board
1325 Fourth Avenue, Suite 600
Seattle, WA 98101-2539

Questions: Contact Practice of Law Board Administrator Julie Shankland at or at (206) 727-8280.

Call for Papers on Information and Human Rights

Deadline: March 1st, 2013.

Conectas Human Rights (Brazil), Article 19 (UK/Brazil) and Fundar (México) invite scholars and practitioners to submit articles for SUR Journal’s Issue No. 18, to be published in July 2013, which shall focus on the theme Information and Human Rights. (Photo: Mauro Moroni.)

SUR—an International Journal on Human Rights—is published twice a year by Conectas, in partnership with and with the support of Fundação Carlos Chagas. It is edited in three languages (English, Portuguese and Spanish), distributed free of charge to approximately 2,400 readers in more than a hundred countries, and can be fully accessed online here.

In its 18th issue, SUR intends to promote a debate on the relationship between information and human rights. Some of the questions that SUR would like to see discussed in its number 18 include:

Does publicizing information about atrocities committed in the past, for example, contribute to avoid them in the present? Or does it only polarize society, contributing to new human rights violations? Does naming and shaming States, businesses and other groups that commit human rights violations help combat them? Does the way in which the media portrays human rights violations perpetuate the scenarios in which they occur or does it help mobilize people and organizations to combat them? Is there a right to communication? Can Internet tools help avoid human rights violations?

Learn more about how to submit a paper here.

3Ls: Apply for the American Association for Justice Women for Justice Education Fund’s 2013 Mike Eidson Scholarship

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The Women Trial Lawyers Caucus of the American Association for Justice (AAJ) announces the Women for Justice Education Fund’s 2013 Mike Eidson Scholarship.

The Mike Eidson Scholarship Fund was established by the AAJ Women Trial Lawyers Caucus in 2008, in honor of AAJ Past President Mike Eidson, whose vision and generosity inspired it.  The Scholarship, traditionally given in the amount of $5,000, is awarded annually to a rising 3L (or rising 4L in a night program) female student who has demonstrated a commitment to a career as a plaintiffs’ lawyer or criminal defense lawyer, along with dedication to upholding and defending the principles of the Constitution, and to the concept of a fair trial, the adversary system, and a just result for the injured, the accused, and those whose rights are jeopardized.

The Scholarship will be awarded at the AAJ Annual Convention, which will take place this year in July in San Francisco.

Find the application here.

4th Jacques Leroy International Business and Human Rights Prize

Screen shot 2013-02-06 at 7.06.09 PMEntries must be submitted by June 30, 2013.

This prize is awarded each year to a law student who, by his or her written submission, promotes the recognition of human rights in the business world.

Organized by The Union Internationale Des Avocats (International Association of Lawyers), an organization that brings together over 2, 000 individual member lawyers and 200 bar, federation and association members, from more than 110 countries.

The topic for the 2013 prize is: Fair Trade; how can we establish rules that are specific and realistic?

The rules for this competition are available online at See also here for additional information.