June Holistic Advocacy CLE and Innovation Against Global Poverty Talk

June 13-Innovative Efforts in the Fight Against Global Poverty: A Conversation with Helene Gayle & Steve Davis

globalwa-banner-2012Thursday, June 13, 5-6:30pm
Global Washington will host Helene Gayle, President & Chief Executive Officer of CARE and Steve Davis, President & Chief Executive Officer of PATH, for a timely conversation and update on innovations in global health and food aid reform. Free to attend but space is limted, so RSVP today! Register here.

June 21- Holistic Legal Practice:A Practical Approach Working with Low-Income Clients

WDAFriday, June 21, 9am-5pm, UW School of Law

Click here to register. Click here to download the flyer.

Holistic Legal practice combines aggressive legal advocacy with a broader recognition that for most poor people arrested and charged with a crime, or facing a civil legal aid issue, the presenting case, whether civil or criminal, is not the only issue with which they struggle. The key insight of holistic legal practice is that to be truly effective advocates for our clients, we must broaden the scope of our work to include the consequences of criminal justice involvement as well as the underlying issues, both legal and non-legal, that have played a part in driving our clients into legal problems in the first place. Read more here.

Get Ready for Next Academic Year: Save the Date- PALOOZA!

Equal Justice Works Conference & Career Fair: October 25-26, 2013, Arlington, VA

Screen shot 2013-04-03 at 1.49.27 PMThe Equal Justice Works annual Conference and Career Fair is the largest national public interest career fair in the country.  More than 1,200 students from 165 law schools attend for two days of interviews, workshops, networking and other career opportunities.  Public interest employers conduct interviews for internship and full-time positions and meet with students in informal “table talk” settings to discuss public interest legal opportunities.  The Conference and Career Fair also features workshops on various public interest careers and job search advice, resume and cover letter review, mock interviews, and more. For more about the upcoming conference click here.

US Human Rights Network’s National Conference – ADVANCING HUMAN RIGHTS 2013: December 6-8, 2013, Atlanta, Georgia

USHRNUSHRN’s bi-annual human rights conference is the primary national gathering for human rights and social justice activists, advocates, practitioners, and supporters dedicated to strengthening a human rights agenda and culture in the U.S. and demanding the United States government fulfill its human rights obligations in the U.S.  This will be their 5th bi-annual conference as they celebrate their 10th Anniversary! This year’s theme: Dignity. Justice. Action.

The conference agenda will allow participants to learn from presentations and discussions on four thematic tracks: 1) comprehensive immigration policy and enforcement; 2) the criminal system and mass incarceration; 3) economic policy and workers rights; and 4) climate justice.  Framing papers will be released prior to the conference to inform discussions on each track. Space will be provided for presentations and interactive workshops on these and other human rights issues.  Participants will leave with a deeper understanding on the gender, race and class impact on fulfillment of rights, and the inter-connectedness of rights. For more info click here.

 28th Annual Goldmark Award Luncheon: Friday, February 21, 2014 at the Seattle Sheraton Hotel 

LFWHosted by the the Legal Foundation of Washington, the Goldmark Award Luncheon is where the Alliance for Equal Justice, legal organizations, pro bono attorneys, judges and allies get together every year to honor our finest who work for the common good in our state. Nominations for the 2014 Charles A. Goldmark Distinguished Service Award accepted NOW through September 6, 2013. See nomination criteria at the Legal Foundation of Washington website at www.legalfoundation.org

2013 Pro Bono Honorees, Victory for Low-Income Litigants, WSBA Service Opportunities & Become a Mentor

Thank You and Congrats to the 2013 Pro Bono Honors Program Honorees

Award_ribbon_blue_1stCongratulations to Pro Bono Student of the Year Johanna Gusman! Johanna volunteered for the Seattle Women’s Commission, the UN Special Rapporteur, the UW International Human Rights Shadow Letter Writing Project and the UN High Commissioner for Refugees. In addition to her pro bono service hours, Johanna was recognized for her leadership of a pro bono student project. For a complete list of honorees please click here.

The Pro Bono Honors Program, a program of the Center for Public Service Law, encourages law students, faculty and staff to provide pro bono legal assistance to low-income communities; connects students to pro bono resources and opportunities; promotes leadership development; trains students on vital topics such as professionalism, cultural and cross-difference competency and secondary trauma/compassion fatigue; recognizes student pro bono work beyond the 60-hour public service graduation requirement; and promotes a culture of public service in the life of the law school and in the legal profession.

For more info on the Pro Bono Honors Program please click here.

State Supreme Court News: Victory for Low-Income Litigants

SupremeCourtJustices2013The State Supreme Court, in a unanimous decision, ruled that GR 34 requires that all fees and costs be waived for indigent litigants.  Congrats to our friends at Legal Voice and the Northwest Justice Project!

We hold GR 34 provides a uniform standard for determining whether an individual is indigent and further requires the court to waive all fees and costs for individuals who meet this standard. The rule was adopted to ensure that indigent litigants have equal access to justice. Any fees required of indigent litigants are invalid and must be waived under the rule.

Read the full decision here.

Community Representatives Sought for Law-Related Boards and Council

WSBA.jpegThe Washington State Bar Association seeks members of the public (including law students) to serve on four boards and one council for terms beginning October 1, 2013. Serving on a WSBA board or council is an excellent opportunity to get an insider’s view on how the practice of law is regulated in Washington State.

  • The Council on Public Defense addresses concerns about the quality of indigent defense services in Washington State.  Appointment is for a one-year term.
  • The Character and Fitness Board deals with matters of character and fitness bearing on qualifications of applicants for admission to practice law in Washington. The Board conducts hearings on the admission of any applicant referred to it for hearing, considers petitions for reinstatement after disbarment, and makes recommendations to the Board of Governors and Supreme Court regarding admission and reinstatement.  Appointment is for a three-year term. Hearings generally are held every month. Three of the 14-16 members of the Board are not lawyers.
  • The Disciplinary Board reviews lawyer discipline decisions. It is made up of four review committees; each committee has two lawyer members and one non-lawyer member. One committee meets each month to review requests for public hearing, admonitions, interim suspensions and other matters. The board meets six times a year as a full board.
  • The Lawyers’ Fund for Client Protection Board compensates clients who have suffered a direct financial loss caused by the dishonest conduct of a lawyer in connection with the practice of law. The Fund is funded by an annual assessment of members of the WSBA by order of the Washington State Supreme Court.
  • The Limited Practice Board oversees administration of, and compliance with, the Limited Practice Rule (APR 12) authorizing certain lay persons to select, prepare, and complete legal documents pertaining to the closing of real-estate and personal property transactions. The Board is responsible for the certification and regulation of limited practice officers (LPOs).

Applications are also being accepted for other boards which may have openings during the coming year.

Applications must be received at the WSBA offices by Friday, June 14, 2013. To apply, complete the application posted at http://bit.ly/rnvXKY and return it with your resume as directed on the form. Previous applicants should re-apply as applications expire after one year. Appointment letters for current openings will be sent in late summer. If you have questions, please email barleaders@wsba.org.

2L & 3L Volunteers Needed! Help Mentor 1Ls

Wise MentorMembers of the 3L class are teaming up with CPLD to launch a mentoring program for 1L students focused on career development.  The goal of this program is to provide 1L students with mentorship as they prepare to start their post-law school job search.  Additionally, the program allows upper class students to interact with 1L students, who they would not normally get the chance to know.

All 2L and 3L students are encouraged to apply to be a mentor.  We are especially in need of students who participated in OCI, and/or submitted applications for judicial clerkships and public service positions.  The time commitment is up to you.

To take part in the program, please respond to the questions in this catalyst survey: https://catalyst.uw.edu/webq/survey/josiem/202709

Attention 1L students: Look for an upcoming announcement about how you can sign up to be paired with a 2L or 3L mentor.

Questions? Contact Jeff DeGroot, degrootj@uw.edu, or Valerie Rickman, vrickman@uw.edu.

Cool Public Interest Post Grad Positions Now Open in Alaska, Florida, Boston and LA

Provide Estate Planning Legal Services for Alaskan Tribes: Bristol Bay Native Association Now Accepting Applications from Graduation 3Ls for Post Grad Fellowship

Alaska map for BBAThe Center for Indian Law & Policy at Seattle University School of Law and the Bristol Bay Native Association (BBNA) has developed a project to provide estate planning services to BBNA members. The members reside in 36 villages in a remote area around Bristol Bay, Alaska. We are seeking a full-time Fellow to reside in Dillingham, Alaska, where BBNA is headquartered, for 9 months, from September 2013 through May 2014. The Fellow will travel to villages with BBNA staff to meet with clients and provide estate planning services. The Fellow will be supervised by Center personnel and will have on-site contact with an Alaska Legal Services attorney.

Qualifications: This is a unique opportunity for a recent law school graduate to gain hands-on legal experience in a unique location! BBNA members have special estate planning needs, and the Fellow will undergo training on those special needs, as well as estate planning for native Alaskans.

Salary: expense stipend of $34,000

Application Instructions: We will begin accepting applications for this Fellowship on May 1, 2013, with the deadline for applications on August 25, 2013. If you are interested, please submit a cover letter, resume, transcript, and list of 3 references to Erica Wolf, Managing Attorney at wolfer@seattleu.edu.

Fair Food Standards Council in Florida Seeking Staff Attorney/Monitor Investigator

Fair Food standards councilThe Fair Food Standards Council is at the cutting edge of human rights in agriculture, serving as the monitoring and enforcement organization of the Fair Food Program. The FFSC is charged with monitoring and enforcing the agreements between the Coalition of Immokalee Workers, growers and buyers in Florida’s tomato industry.

The FFSC conducts audits at all Participating Growers, interviewing management and workers to determine whether the Fair Food Code of Conduct is properly implemented. Our staff also responds to a 24 hour, 7 day a week hotline, investigating and resolving worker complaints.

The position requires excellent interviewing skills, attention to detail, making findings of fact and applying the Code of Conduct to those facts, drafting comprehensive reports, negotiating corrective action plans, complaint intake, investigation and resolution through negotiation or formal decision drafting, legal research and memoranda of law on issues affecting farmworker rights and presentations to staff and director. Good speaking skills for public presentations concerning the Fair Food Program a plus. Applicant should be bilingual in Spanish and English. Applications accepted on a rolling basis. Please email resume and cover letter to Judge Laura Safer Espinoza at hon.s.espinoza@fairfoodstandards.org.

Staff Attorney Position Now Open at Center for Human Rights & Constitutional Law in Los Angeles

CHRCL photoThe Center for Human Rights and Constitutional Law is a Los Angeles non-profit organization that works for the civil and human rights of insular minorities, including immigrants, refugees, children, and indigenous peoples.

A partial list of the Center’s major litigation includes Plyler v. Doe, 457 U.S. 202 (1982) (challenge to state statute excluding undocumented children from public elementary schools); Reno v. Catholic Social Services, 509 U.S. 43 (1993) (national class action for persons unlawfully denied legalization under the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986); Reno v. Flores, 507 U.S. 292 (1993) (national class action on behalf of children denied release on bail pending the outcome of deportation proceedings); League of United Latin American Citizens v. Wilson, 131 F.3d 1297 (9th Cir. 1997) (state-wide class action challenging constitutionality of state proposition denying health care, social services and education to suspected undocumented immigrants); and Perez-Olano v. Gonzalez, 248 F.R.D. 248 (C.D. Cal. 2008) (nationwide class action enjoining policies and practices blocking abused, abandoned, and neglected immigrant children’s access to protective services and lawful permanent residence).

The Center seeks a full-time attorney to work on complex litigation, policy analysis and advocacy, and to assist in providing technical support, advocacy support, and training to lawyers and paralegals employed by California legal services programs. The position requires a creative, pro-active, and rigorously intellectual approach to the practice of law, as well as a strong desire to work in the public interest.

Qualifications:  J.D. degree from an ABA-accredited law school; Active membership in the California Bar; Exceptional legal research, writing, analytical, and oral advocacy skills; Demonstrated commitment to social justice and the practice of law in the public interest; Expertise in constitutional law, immigration law, and/or federal litigation preferred; Ability to assist in grant administration and reporting.

Salary: $50,000-70,000 per year depending on qualifications. Benefits include medical and dental insurance, sick leave and annual vacation, and the opportunity to learn or hone high-level litigation skills.

Applications accepted on a rolling basis. Please email a cover letter, resume, and list of three references to Peter Schey, Executive Director atpschey@centerforhumanrights.org AND Carlos Holguin, General Counsel at crholguin@centerforhumanrights.org.

Health Care for All in Boston Seeks Legal Fellow for Policy Team

healthcarehumanrightsHCFA is seeking a Legal Fellow to join their Policy Team for a period of 6 months to one year to work on payment and delivery system reform issues.  Chapter 224, the recently passed comprehensive health care cost control legislation, sets the stage for fundamental changes aimed at reducing health care cost growth while improving the quality of care.  The Legal Fellow will work as a member of the HCFA Policy Team to advance public engagement and policymaker education in the implementation of Chapter 224.  JDs with or without bar license will be considered. Applications accepted on a rolling basis. For complete application information please click here.

Empowering Women Exhibit at the Burke & Litigating the Right to Peace

Empowering Women_ Artisan Cooperatives That Transform Communities - Burke Mu

From Africa to Asia to the Americas, female artisans are creating grassroots cooperatives to reach new markets, raise living standards, and transform lives.

Empowering Women provides an intimate view of the work of ten such enterprises in ten countries. This exhibition illustrates the power of grassroots collaborations to transform women’s lives, through inspiring personal stories, stellar photographs and stunning examples of the cooperatives’ handmade traditional arts.

For more info please visit the Burke Museum website here.

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ATJ Law School Relations Committee Seeks UW Law Students for 2013-14, Carpooling Opportunities for Students Working in Olympia

Call for UW Law Student Volunteers for 2013-14: Access to Justice Board Law School Relations Committee Seeks Rising 2Ls and 3Ls

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About the Access to Justice Board: The Access to Justice (ATJ) Board was established by the Washington Supreme Court in 1994 at the request of the Washington State Bar Association Board of Governors in response to a growing need to coordinate access to justice efforts in Washington State to provide continuity and focus.

Recognizing that access to the civil justice system is a fundamental right, the Access to Justice Board works to achieve equal access for those facing economic and other significant barriers. Continue reading more about the ATJ Board here.

About the Committee: The ATJ Law School Relations Committee fosters collaboration among Alliance members and law schools to ensure that every law student in the state has an understanding of the importance of public interest law, familiarity with the Alliance for Equal Justice community, an opportunity to work with Alliance members in some capacity as a student, an appreciation for the work that is being done on behalf of low-income clients, and a commitment to support the Alliance’s work in some capacity after law school.

Benefits to Participation: This unique committee is comprised of GU, SU and UW law students, faculty and staff working alongside staff and volunteers from the Washington State Alliance for Equal Justice. This committee offers students an opportunity to work closely with their future colleagues in the Alliance for Equal Justice on important projects that ultimately benefit low income clients in our communities. The standing committee meets monthly.

How You Can Participate: Students from each of Washington’s law schools are needed to actively participate in committee and/or subcommittees: initiatives. Specifically, two students from each school are members of the standing committee and as such represent the interests of their student group in the overall direction and work of this committee. Members of the standing committee are asked to serve on at least one of the following two committees:

  • The Fellowships subcommittee is working to increase the number of post-graduate fellowships placed in Washington State. Specifically, the subcommittee works to help WA law students understand and access post-graduate fellowship programs, provide support and information to organizations that could host fellows, and strategize with funders on how to increase funding for most fellowships.
  • The Outreach subcommittee brings together law students and the civil legal aid providers in the Alliance for Equal Justice by coordinating events such as  job shadowing, student participation at Alliance events and conferences, hosting the annual Alliance Summer Intern Orientation and coordinating brown bag luncheons, which are informal gatherings of student legal aid interns and local practitioners. Participation at monthly meetings in person or by phone is required. As events are being considered, students play a central role in identifying issues that students are interested in learning about and helping develop conference agendas.

For more information please contact Aline Carton-Listfjeld with the Center for Public Service Law.

Working in Olympia this Summer? Interested in Carpooling?

carpoolIf you are working in Olympia this summer and would like to connect with other students to share commuting costs, lower your carbon footprint and ease the pain of the commute, please contact Josie Mitchell with the Center for Professional and Leadership Development.  Once she has a list of interested students, she will share it with everyone who responded.  Please send her the following: your name, employer, start and end dates, and schedule (eg. 8-5).

Innocence Project NW Successfully Advocates for Passage of Bill Compensating Wrongly Convicted & New Public Service Experiences Database Launches at UW Law

Congrats to the Innocence Project NW Legislative Advocacy Clinic!

IPNW_ESHB1341Washington’s wrongly convicted will now get an opportunity to rebuild their lives after Governor Jay Inslee signed the Bill to Compensate the Wrongly Convicted into law on Wednesday, May 8, 2013.

This new law, championed by Representative Tina Orwall and the Innocence Project Northwest Legislative Advocacy Clinic will provide the wrongly convicted with $50,000 for each year of wrongful incarceration in addition to other benefits. After a three-year legislative effort, the law passed through the House and Senate with bipartisan and nearly unanimous support.

This law remedies the opportunities lost due to wrongful conviction—the chance to raise a family, to buy a home, or to start a small business, among many others. When the wrongly convicted are released from prison their freedom is restored, but these opportunities are not. Read more here.

Need Help Deciding Where to do Public Service Work? Learn About Student Experiences with UW Law’s New  Database!

balloonsConnecting with and learning directly from your peers and colleagues about their work experiences is one of the best ways to not only figure out where to intern, extern or volunteer but also to help you potentially get a foot in the door with that employer!

The Public Intest Law Association (PILA), the Center for Public Service Law and the law school IT department teamed up to create a portal for current students to access information about other student experiences with a wide-range of public service employers. Password protected, this new database lists names of students and recent grads and their contact info, the organization or agency they worked for an when, and what type of work they did (volunteer, internship or externship).

Students finally have the ability to reach out to others who’ve agreed to share their experiences- helping UW law students make more informed decisions on where to do public service work and make a difference.

Check out the database here.

Have you volunteered, interned or externed and are open to having other students contact you about your experience? Sign up here.  It only takes two minutes!

Legal Aid Post Grad Fellowship Sponsors, CLS Summer Internship, ID Federal Public Defender Hiring Entry Level Attorney, Workers’ Rights Fellowship in Mexico

Summer Internship Now Available at Columbia Legal Services

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Columbia Legal Services (CLS) is a nonprofit law firm that protects and defends the legal and human rights of low-income people. CLS is looking for a Summer Intern to create a report documenting the current state of the law and practice in Washington State regarding legal representation for children and youth in dependency proceedings. This report will be disseminated to stakeholders, including legislators, to help improve Washington’s current status as one of the worst states in the nation on this issue.

The internship requires someone with excellent writing skills who can synthesize information from a number of different sources into a cohesive document. The applicant should know how to create high quality reports that use visuals. Some knowledge of the substantive issues involved would be helpful but not necessary.

The internship is unpaid, and would run for 8-12 weeks between June 15 and September 15. The intern would work out of the Seattle offices of Columbia Legal Services in Pioneer Square. Please send resume and writing sample to Jill Malat at Jill.malat@columbialegal.org. Applications accepted on a rolling basis. 

Entry Level Research & Writing Attorney for Federal Defender Services of Idaho

FDS IdahoMembers of the Federal Defenders team share a commitment to excellence and a passion for justice in representing indigent people accused of a myriad of federal criminal offenses. That team is comprised of attorneys, investigators, administrative personnel, support staff and interns.  All of them together combine hard work, constant training and intense dedication in providing service to each of our clients. In addition to direct representation of clients in the federal trial and appellate courts, the organization serves a training and resource function for the local bar and appointed counsel, and in law schools for the education of young men and women who wish to pursue this noble endeavor.

Federal Defender Services of Idaho is now accepting applications for a Research and Writing Attorney in the  Capital Habeas Unit in Boise, Idaho. The attorney position will be responsible for impact area research and writing projects as well as drafting pleadings, interacting with clients and witnesses, and assisting with development of the record.

The Capital Habeas Unit’s caseload is limited to federal habeas corpus cases and collateral proceedings in capital cases. The Capital Habeas Unit provides representation primarily in federal district court, as well as the Ninth Circuit and U.S. Supreme Court. Applications accepted on a rolling basis through June 10. For complete application instructions please click here.

Solidarity Center Seeking Post Grad Short Term Fellow in Mexico

Solidarity Centerworkerrights_poster2005This a two-three month legal fellowship position, which needs to be completed by December 2013. The fellowship will focus on legal research and writing, on issues of labor law and international human rights law. The position is based in the Mexico City Office of the Solidarity Center. Prerequisite: fluent Spanish speaker. JD’s, LLMs or graduates welcome. Salary includes monthly stipend and airfare to Mexico. Please send resume and cover letter to Ziona Tanzer ztanzer@solidaritycenter.org. Applications accepted on a rolling basis. 

National Center for Youth Law Seeking to Sponsor Applicants for Skadden, Equal Justice Works, Soros, and other Fellowships

NCYLThe National Center for Youth Law is interested in applicants with a demonstrated commitment to child advocacy and/or poverty law.  In particular, candidates for sponsorship should have a keen interest in advocacy for poor and vulnerable children.

Founded in 1970, the National Center for Youth Law is a non-profit organization whose mission is to use the law to improve the lives of children and adolescents affected by poverty.

NCYL focuses its work in four areas: Safety and protection of abused and neglected children; Health and mental health care; Juvenile Justice; Education for children in foster care.

NCYL engages in class action litigation and other forms of advocacy intended to have a broad impact. The Center also provides assistance to other child advocates nationwide, conducts trainings, engages in legislative and administrative advocacy, and publishes a legal journal.

Candidates do not need to have a specific fellowship project in mind.  We will work with fellowship candidates to develop appropriate project ideas. NCYL has an excellent track record in receiving Skadden and Equal Justice Works Fellowships. For complete application info click here. Applications accepted on a rolling basis through July 5. 

Bay Area Legal Aid Seeking to Sponsor 2014 Post Grad Fellows

BayLegalBay Area Legal Aid provides free civil legal assistance to low-income families of the San Francisco Bay Area.  Its mission is to provide high-quality legal service regardless of a client’s disability, language or Bay-Area location.  Since 2000, BayLegal has successfully sponsored one Shartsis Friese, one Borchard, seven Equal Justice Works and three Skadden fellowship applications.

BayLegal invites law students beginning their third year and recent law school graduates to propose innovative fellowship projects for 2014 for submission to the Skadden Fellowship Foundation, Equal Justice Works, Soros Justice Fellowship Program and/or similar programs.  Project ideas should relate to one or more of BayLegal’s substantive practice areas: Domestic Violence Prevention and Immigration Relief, Housing Preservation, Health Care Access, Economic Security, Consumer Assistance. For complete application instructions click here. Applications due on a rolling basis through June 15.