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!