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

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 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:

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