Welcome 1Ls! WLI Application Deadline, DC Public Service City Visit, Legal Victory for Immigrants and Landmark Victory for Botswana Women

Welcome UW Law 1Ls!

CPSLlogo.The staff at the Center for Public Service Law (CPSL) are delighted to welcome you to the UW Law. We look forward to meeting you and helping you on your journey to building a successful career in public service; environmental justice; civil, human, workers, and immigrant rights; and everything in between. To get get late breaking updates on public service relating programming, events, announcements and jobs, click on the “follow” button on the right hand tool bar. To learn more about all of CPSL work click here.

Reminder! Washington Leadership Institute’s Application Deadline is September 20

WLI logo UWLAW WSBAThe Washington Leadership Insitute (WLI) is a collaborative leadership training program administered by the WSBA and the University of Washington School of Law.  The mission of the Washington Leadership Institute (WLI) is to recruit, train, and        develop minority and traditionally underrepresented attorneys for future leadership positions in the Washington State Bar Association and legal community. We strive to recruit fellows for each class who reflect the full diversity of our state, which includes race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, disability, and geographic location.Download the application packet for more information and to apply.

Get Ready! CPSL hosts Washington ,D.C. Public Service City Visit on November 8

DCmontage4The Center for Public Service Law is pleased to announce our first-ever public service/public interest city visit to the nation’s capital!  Many of you know or have participated in past public service city visits to San Francisco.  We’ll still go to San Francisco in January 2014 but due to student demand we are going to Washington, D.C. this fall.  On Friday November 8 we will visit four agencies: the White House Council on Environmental Quality, the Department of Justice – Civil Rights and the Senate Judiciary Committee are all confirmed and a fourth organization (it will be a nonprofit) will be confirmed shortly.

The trips are at student expense although the Center will be able to offer between $150-200 as reimbursement for actual travel costs to students who request it.  The Center will also host lunch on the 8th.

These visits are a great opportunity to learn more about places you might wish to apply for intern/externships or post graduate work.  At each visit you’ll have the chance to learn about the organization and ask questions of an employee.  We are excited that UW Law alums employed by these organizations will be present to greet you and share their experiences as well.

If you are interested in attending send an email to gatespsl@uw.edu addressed to Assistant Dean Storms by October 9.  Your email should include a copy of your resume and a short explanation of why you wish to attend.  Because we need a minimum of 5 people to confirm the trip early applications are welcome.  You should also be prepared to confirm your attendance as we will cap the number of students at 10. If there are any questions please direct them to Dean Storms.

NWIRP and ACLU Wins Important Legal Vicotory for Immigrant Rights in Washington State

NWIRPAn important legal victory for the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project , the ACLU of Washington and the Alliance for Equal Justice that became final this week. In a case described in more detail below, the state court made it clear that the Washington State Constitution “forbids local enforcement officers from prolonging a detention to investigate or engage in questioning about an individual’s immigration status, citizenship status and/or national origin.”  We hope this ruling will put other local law enforcement agencies on notice about the scope of their authority.

You can view the court’s order on NWRIP’s website  and scroll to the end of the press release.There’s also an article on the case appearing on the Seattle Times.

Botswana Women Win Landmark Right to Inherit Under Customary Law

Botswana womenSeptember 4–By Lisa Anderson, NEW YORK (Thomson Reuters Foundation)

A Botswana court made history Tuesday by upholding the right of women to inherit under customary law and rejecting the tradition of males as sole heirs, according to a report in The Maravi Post.

In a case heard by the appeals court in the capital city of Gaborone, the issue was whether daughters can inherit family property under customary law that long has held only males had the right of inheritance.

Edith Mmusi, 80 years old, argued that since she lived in the ancestral family home, and she and her sisters had invested in improving it, she and her three sisters should inherit it.

Her claim was challenged by a nephew’s assertion that, as the male heir, he should inherit the homestead, although he had never lived there, because his father had been given the home by a male relative.

The judges unanimously ruled in favour of the four sisters, rejecting a long history of customary law that favoured males in inheritance matters.

“The judgment today by the Court of Appeal made it clear that women are not second class citizens in Botswana,” said Priti Patel, deputy director of the Southern Africa Litigation Centre (SALC), which supported the sisters’ case. Continue reading here.