CPSL End-of-Year Message, Volunteers Needed for LBAW Clinic, Report on Right to Housing & CEDAW Lobby Day

End-of-Year Message from the Center for Public Service Law


We’ve all had a full, busy and productive school year.  It has been our pleasure to work with all of you this year and we hope the summer will be equally productive while also providing time for much needed recreation and relaxation!

Attention Rising 2Ls & 3Ls Pursuing Careers in Public Service Law!

Next academic year, rising 3Ls will have the opportunity to work directly with Michele Storms, Assistant Dean for Public Service Law! Michele will be able to pick up where you left off with Aline who primarily coaches 1Ls and 2Ls. Rising 2Ls will continue to work directly with Aline.

Congratulations to all of the Graduating Law Students!

It has been a real honor to work with so many of you who are deeply committed to working for the global common good.  You inspire and challenge us to be forward-thinking and creative in the ways we support and coach students in developing careers in social justice, human rights, pro bono and public service. Please remember that we continue to be available to support and coach you in your career development beyond graduation.   Indeed, if you are still looking for that right place to start your public service career please be in touch with Michele after the bar exam.  And for those of you taking the exam – best wishes.  Remember to keep exercise and good nutrition in the mix with your busy study schedule.  You can do it.

Wishing you all a restful and productive summer,

Michele & Aline

Volunteers Needed for Bi-Lingual Legal Clinic

LBAWlogoWHEN: Wednesday, June 12, 2013
TIME: 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
WHERE: El Centro de la Raza, Third Floor
2524 16th Ave. South, Seattle, WA 98144

Attorneys needed to provide consults in the following areas: Immigration, Family, Personal Injury, Landlord-Tenant, Criminal, Property and Consumer Finance.   Non-Attorneys (i.e., legal staff and law students) are also needed for intakes!

LBAW and Schroeter Goldmark & Bender invite you to be a volunteer at an upcoming Free Bilingual Legal Clinic. Spanish interpreters are available! If you are able to volunteer, please download and complete the attached Volunteer Application. The application and all questions should be directed to LBAW Community Service Committee Chairs, M. Lorena González and Fé Lopez, at clinics@sgb-law.com.

Report on the Right to Adequate Housing Symposium

national law center housingOn April 26, 2013, a packed room of close to 150 attorneys, advocates, and federal, state, and local government officials gathered in New York City for a national symposium on Bringing Economic & Social Rights Home: The Right to Adequate Housing in the U.S. Co-sponsored by the Columbia Law School Human Rights Institute (HRI), the National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty (NLCHP), and the Northeastern Law School Program on Human Rights and the Global Economy (PHRGE), and hosted at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, the symposium connected participants to advanced legal analysis and practice from the U.S. and abroad to aid the housing rights movements’ ability to advocate on behalf of homeless and poor Americans. Read more here.

CEDAW-Human Rights Lobby Day on Capitol Hill – June 14

IMPOWER logoIMPOWR is an innovative initiative to establish a global collaborative research database on women’s rights under law. It promises to play a unique role in supporting the worldwide implementation of the principles underlying the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW).

Please register now to join ABA Members on June 14, 2013 for the first ABA HUMAN RIGHTS DAY on Capitol Hill. ABA HUMAN RIGHTS DAY will convene lawyers and law students to lobby members of Congress to seek their support for U.S. ratification of the Convention to Eliminate All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) and for greater U.S. involvement in the International Criminal Court (ICC). They will also lobby House Representatives to ask them to become a member of the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission.

They can provide training and support for folks who can’t come to Washington and would like to participate by writing letters or visiting the local offices of their Congressional representatives. Visit the IHRC website for more information to to download the registration form.
Can’t Make It to Washington, D.C.? 
Lobby to your home district offices or make phone calls to support those lobbying on Capitol Hill.

• U.S. Capital Switchboard: 202-224-3121 (Use this # to reach the office of any U.S. Senator or Representative.)

• U.S. Senate – Find Your Senator: http://1.usa.gov/9V5s

• U.S. House of Representatives – Find Your District: http://www.house.gov/representatives/find