Opportunities to Serve Justice

Deadline for Completing Pro Bono Honors Award Law Student Checklist Extended until April 10

Screen shot 2013-04-03 at 1.41.11 PMAll forms and reflective essay are due no later than April 10, 2013.

    • If you didn’t get a chance to attend all three live trainings you can access them here:
      1. Professionalism & Direct Legal Services: Watch the training video.
      2. Secondary Trauma and Compassion Fatigue When Working with Clients in Crisis: Missed the training? Watch the training video
      3. Providing Cross-Difference Competent Legal Assistance: Missed the training? No podcast is available for this training session. Please complete the following assignment in lieu of training session attendance:
  • After watching the video please write a reflective essay (about 600 words) that discusses one or more of the following:
    1. What sort of assumptions (ie. “single stories”) have you made about a particular client or client population? These could be positive or negative singles stories. Describe an instance.
    2. Why do you think you made those assumptions?
    3. How do you think this may have affected communication and understanding between you and the client? How do you think this may have affected your ability to competently assist the client? How do you think this may have affected the outcome of the client’s legal problem?
    4. Looking back on this instance(s) now, how do you think you might approach those types of interactions differently?
    5. Please write-in on your Certification of Training attendance form that you are attaching this essay.
  • Fill out the log of completed pro bono hours.
    1. If you’ve managed or coordinated a pro bono project please fill out the leadership hours log.
    2. If you’ve provided direct legal assistance or conducted research and writing please fill out the legal assistance hours log.
    3. If you’ve done both types of pro bono please complete two different sets of logs.
  • Fill out the Pro Bono Project Work Completion Form for each type of pro bono project you’ve worked on and have your supervisor sign the form. If you are unable to get your supervisor’s signature, please have him/her confirm your hours and type of work via email to Aline Carton-Listfjeld atacarton@uw.edu
  • Write a 600-1000 word reflective essay* about your pro bono work experience, observations made about the clients you’ve served or the organization you worked for and/or reflections about your professional path in public service law.
    • *Please Note:* The Pro Bono Honors Program may use quotes from your reflective essay to help promote our program. If you do not wish to have any portion of your essay potentially shared with the public please email acarton@uw.edu.
  • By April 10: Send your essay and your completed forms to acarton@uw.eduor drop them in the mail box marked Aline Carton/ Pro Bono Honors located in the faculty/staff mail boxes on the 3rd floor of Gates Hall.

Serve on Equal Justice Works National Advisory Committee 

Screen shot 2013-04-03 at 1.49.27 PMApplication deadline is Monday, April 22.

The EJW National Advisory Committee (NAC) provides a great opportunity to become more involved with Equal Justice Works. The NAC serves in an advisory board capacity to Equal Justice Works, and by serving on the NAC, you can play an important role in providing feedback and guidance on select Equal Justice Works initiatives.

We are currently seeking law student members to fill positions that will begin service on June 1, 2013, for a two year commitment that will end on June 1, 2015.  As a member of the NAC, you are required to attend an annual meeting and participate in periodic conference calls throughout the year to work on projects designed to help Equal Justice Works improve existing programs and develop new initiatives.

More details on the NAC and the application will be available on our website here.

Apply to the Youth Justice Leadership Institute 

Screen shot 2013-04-03 at 2.04.21 PMApplications are due May 6, 2013.

The National Juvenile Justice Network’s Leadership Institute is looking for ten great reformers.

Picture somebody in your mind — someone you know — who wants to set the juvenile justice world on fire.  Someone who’s fed up with seeing kids get kicked out of school for minor misbehavior, locked up without due process, or any of a hundred other unjust, unfair things that can blight young people’s lives.

You can see this person in your mind’s eye, right?  You’re picturing someone who stands up, speaks out, and can work with others to reform what’s not working.  A person, in other words, who is ready to take the next step to grow as a leader.

Chances are this army-of-one you’re picturing in your mind is ready to apply to the Youth Justice Leadership Institute, a robust, year-long fellowship program run by the National Juvenile Justice Network that focuses on cultivating and supporting professionals of color. Our goal is to create the foundation for a more effective juvenile justice reform movement by developing a strong base of advocates and organizers who reflect the communities most affected by juvenile justice system practices and policies.

By the way, your force-of-nature will not need to quit his or her job. It does mean that he or she will join a hand-picked group of 10 fellows assembled from all over the country to learn about leadership, juvenile justice system policies and practices, theories of change, and develop their skills as advocates.  Plus, it’s free (or close to it). Travel and lodging is paid for; tuition is minimal when compared to other programs of this length and intensity.

Anyone who wants to apply for the Institute can:

  • Learn more about it here.
  • Watch our 1:30 video and download the application packet now
  • Contact the Institute’s coordinator, Diana Onley-Campbell, at diana@juvjustice.org.

This year, Diana Onley-Campbell will host two informational webinars for prospective applicants:

  • April 4, 2013, 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm EST. Click to register.
  • April 10, 2013, 1 pm – 2 pm EST. Click to register.

Report to the Washington Supreme Court on the Implementation of Standards for Indigent Defense Is Now Available

Screen shot 2013-04-01 at 6.33.24 PM Screen shot 2013-04-03 at 1.54.04 PMThe Washington State Office of Public Defense (OPD) has issued its Report to the Washington Supreme Court on the Implementation of Standards for Indigent Defense, which includes information on recent law changes, development of case weighting policies, an inventory of diversion programs, and an examination of the impacts of attorney experience on caseload capabilities. To gather this information, OPD conducted written surveys of public defense attorneys, court personnel, city and county administrators, and prosecutors, and interviewed 56 experienced public defense attorneys; reviewed national and state research; and accessed data from the Judicial Information System (JIS). The report provides a great overview of the issues affecting the implementation of the standards.