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