Don’t Miss the EJW Career Fair Applications & Registration Deadline; New Report on Access to Justice for LEP Persons; Diverse Women Mentors Needed; New Legal Resource Guide for Vets and How Being Poor Makes for Bad Decisions

Attention 2Ls & 3Ls! Important Reminder: Registration & Application Deadline for Equal Justice Works Career Fair & Conference Extended to Monday 9/16

EJW conferenceThe deadline to register and apply to available positions for the Equal Justice Works 2013 Conference and Career Fair has been extended to Monday, September 16 at 5 p.m. EST. 

There are now more than 1,000 openings available for more than 180 job and internship positions posted on the Career Fair database.
While the deadline to apply has been extended, we recommend registering and submitting all applications as soon as possible to avoid last minute traffic which may slow down the system.
Review our guide for instructions on navigating our system.


Once again this fall UW Law through the Center for Public Service Law will be able to provide travel support for a limited number of UW Law students to attend the EJW Conference and Career Fair in October.

The time frame to apply for travel reimbursement is between September 23 and October 4 (at noon). You may request travel reimbursement (stipends will range from $400-$450 for reimbursement only) by sending your statement of interest and need along with your updated résumé to Assistant Dean Michele Storms at by noon Friday October 4.  Priority will be given to students who have been granted interviews at the career fair (students will be notified by October 3) but if you are serious about attending and do not have an interview you should still apply.  Please note that the deadline to apply for interviews at the career fair is September 16. Please do not apply for travel reimbursement until September 23.  Reimbursement award decisions will be made by noon October 8.

For students attending the fair, regardless of interview status we’re having a lunch time session on how to make the best use of the conference and career fair.  That session will take place Friday October 21 at 12:30 location TBA.


August 13- September 16: Student and recent graduate registration and application (App deadline has been extended!)

September 13- October 11: Student and recent graduate registration (for those not applying or seeking an interview)

September 19- October 3: Employer application review and interview selection

September 19- October 8: Student and recent graduate accept/decline interview invitations

New Report Released on Access to the Courts for Persons with Limited English Proficiency

NCSCThe National Center for State Courts just released a comprehensive report and action plan to improve court systems for people with limited Engligh proficiency. Here’s an excerpt:

In our state courts today, the extent of the need for language interpretation services is staggering. Between 1990 and 2010, the number of LEP individuals in the United States grew by 80%, which represents 25.2 million people or 9% of the total U.S. population.  Those numbers are expected to continue to grow. In light of this, dramatic and comprehensive action must be taken. For individuals to be afforded equal justice, and for courts to achieve their mission of providing equal justice accessible to all, court systems must develop viable systems to provide competent interpretation services to limited and non-English speakers.

Read the full report here.

The Seattle Girls School Seeking Diverse Women for Volunteer Mentoring

sgs_logoThe Seattle Girls School is looking for mentors for this school year! The goal of the Mentor Program is to make our students “strong from the inside out” by building a village around each girl. SGS has a student population of 85 girls and we are looking for a diverse group of women mentors to match with our girls.

We welcome mentors from any race, religion, sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin. In particular we are looking for women of color to match with girls of color. The unique experiences and insights that each student will gain by having a mentor will enhance her education at SGS and be a rewarding growth experience for each mentor as well.

We ask mentors to make a twice a month commitment of in person time with their mentee from November to June. There are many ways to be involved in a mentee’s life like coming to the school for lunch, attending a class culmination or bringing your mentee to work. SGS organizes and hosts once a month activities for all involved in the program like climbing, ice skating, volunteering and more.

Click here for the online application or email Betty Lundquist or call 206.709.2228 Ext. 1900 for more information.

Washington Attorney General Ferguson  Unveils New Legal Resource Guide for Veterans and Military Personnel

Bob Ferguson AGO logoWashington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson this week announced a new “Military and Veterans Legal Resource Guide” to help veterans, military personnel and their families understand their legal rights and protections.

“Coming from a family of veterans, I know how important it is to honor the service of our brave men and women in the Armed Forces by making sure they have the support and resources they need,” said Attorney General Bob Ferguson. “This new resource guide is an example of how the Attorney General’s Office can work with other organizations to help veterans and military personnel access the unique rights and protections available to them under the law.”

With approximately 640,000 veteran residents, Washington State has the 12th largest veteran population in the United States.  Washington is also home to a number of major military installations, such as Joint Base Lewis–McChord, Fairchild Air Force Base, Naval Base Kitsap, and Naval Air Station Whidbey Island. Between active duty military personnel and members of the National Guard and Reserve, there are about 62,000 service members in Washington. Taken together, veterans and military personnel account for more than 10 percent of Washington’s total population.

To access the free guide please click here.

Bad Decisions Don’t Make You Poor. Being Poor Makes for Bad Decisions.

clipping couponsNew research shows that worrying about money causes cognitive impairments.

By ,, Updated Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2013, at 2:04 PM

How much money do I waste in a given month by doing most of my grocery shopping at the Whole Foods that’s directly on my route home rather than taking the three-minute detour to Safeway? I have no idea. As a business writer, I’m aware that the Whole Foods markup is big on some items and small on others. I know that it sometimes reflects genuinely higher quality and sometimes doesn’t. But in my actual life as a person who shops, the main thing is that I prefer Safeway’s flour tortillas, so I go there if and only if I want to buy some flour tortillas. Otherwise, convenience is king. All I really need to know is that my grocery spending is within my budget, and even though I’m probably wasting money, it’s not worth the time and hassle to think about it too much.

Such are the privileges of affluence. It’s not just that you can afford nicer stuff than poor people or have a greater ability to spend money for the sake of convenience. You get to take advantage of what is, in some ways, the greatest convenience of all—the convenience that comes from not having to sweat the small stuff.

study published last week in the journal Science shows that the stress of worrying about finances can impair cognitive functions in a meaningful way. The authors gathered evidence from both low-income Americans (at a New Jersey shopping mall) and the global poor (looking at farmers in Tamil Nadu, India) and found that just contemplating a projected financial decision impacted performance on spatial and reasoning tests.

Among Americans, they found that low-income people asked to ponder an expensive car repair did worse on cognitive-function tests than low-income people asked to consider cheaper repairs or than higher-income people faced with either scenario. To study the global poor, the researchers looked at performance on cognitive tests before and after the harvest among sugarcane farmers. Since it’s a cash crop rather than a food one, the harvest signals a change in financial security but not a nutritional one. They found that the more secure postharvest farmers performed better than the more anxious preharvest ones. Continue reading here.