Moderate Means Program Seeks Fall Volunteers, CPSL Coaching Reminder, Olympia Quarter Fellows, QLaw FallTacular & Iranian Human Rights Lawyer Released from Prison

Looking for the Chance to Work with Real Clients? The Moderate Means Program is Recruiting Interns for Fall Quarter

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The Moderate Means Program is a joint venture between the WSBA and the three law schools in Washington State. The Program offers students the opportunity to interview potential clients and refer them to attorneys who will represent them for reduced fees.  Students in the Program will learn about family, consumer and housing law; will gain experience in client interviewing and the Legal Server database; and will have the opportunity to work with private attorneys.

Student interns commit to a minimum of five hours a week.  Those selected to participate in the program will be expected to attend approximately fifteen hours of training, some of which will be on weekends.  Client telephone intake will begin as soon as the initial training is completed.  Applicants are encouraged to commit to at least two quarters in the program.  

Application: You may apply to be an MMP intern by submitting a cover letter, resume and class schedule to Ann Spangler at gatespsl@uw.edu.  Please include “MMP” in the subject line of your e-mail.  Applications are due no later than 5:00 on Friday, October 4. This program is open to 2Ls and 3Ls in the fall.  1Ls can participate in the spring.

For program questions please email Chach Duarte White, Interim MMP Attorney.

Reminder to Public Service Focused 2Ls & 3Ls: It’s Coach Switch-a-roo Time!

CPSL_Logo3Ls: Now that you have survived two years of law school you can officially switch from working with Aline Carton-Listfjeld as your career coach and start working with Assistant Dean Michele Storms on public service career planning and professional development. Lucky you!

Aline primarily works with 1Ls and 2Ls whereas Dean Storms primarily works with 3Ls. Don’t fret, we always ensure the smoothest of transitions to make sure that Dean Storms is fully up to speed on everything going on for you! Keep in mind that Aline is available as a backup if you need immediate assistance and Dean Storms is unavailable.

To schedule an appointment with Dean Storms please email Ann Spangler at spangler@uw.edu. Please do not attempt to schedule an appointment with Dean Storms through Symplicity.

2Ls: Welcome back! Now’s a great time to start scheduling appointments with Aline. The best way to schedule is through Symplicity.

Reminder: If your career plans have shifted with more of a focus towards private sector opportunities, please let us know and we will help you connect with a career coach with Center for Professional and Leadership Development.

Wishing you all a great quarter!

Be an Olympia Quarter Fellow – Take an Externship in Olympia During Winter Quarter

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The Olympia Quarter Fellows Program provides a select group of students from the University of Washington Law School and the Evans School of Public Affairs the opportunity to discover how legislation, regulation, and judicial decisions work together to create Washington law and public policy. Program participants will develop practical legal and policy making skills through full-time externships in the judicial, legislative, and executive branches of state government. Placements are also available in local government offices and with non-profit organizations. Students will work in their externship placements during the University of Washington’s Winter Quarter, which coincides with the regular session of the Washington State Legislature.

Justice Gerry Alexander, who retired from the Washington State Supreme Court at the end of 2011, is expected to teach the required General Externship Perspectives for students doing externships in Olympia during Winter Quarter 2014.

Examples of available placements include the following: Washington Supreme Court, Office of the Governor’s General Counsel, Washington Attorney General’s Office, State Representative Gerry Pollet, Thurston County Office of Assigned Counsel, Thurston County Prosecuting Attorney and Columbia Legal Services, Olympia Office.

If you are interested in taking an externship in Olympia during Winter Quarter 2014, please contact Esther Park at ejp@uw.edu.

Volunteers needed for QLaw Foundation’s 8th Annual FallTacular!

Q_LawEvent Description: 8th Annual FallTacular to support and celebrate the QLaw Foundation’s endeavors—including public interest law grants, the GLBT Legal Clinic, and Project OUTReach: community education programming. As the QLaw Foundation’s only annual fundraiser, the FallTacular is vital to the continuation of these programs. The annual fundraising event and is attended by over 150 attorneys, judges, elected officials, and business professionals.

Event Details: FallTacular will be held on Tuesday, October 10 at the Bertha Knight Landes Room at City Hall, 600 Fourth Ave, Seattle.

Volunteer Details: We need 8 volunteers total: 4 to volunteer from 5pm to 7pm and 4 to volunteer from 7pm to 9pm. Volunteers will assist with registration and other tasks.

Volunteer Benefits: Volunteers are welcome to stay for the entire event (tickets are normally $40). This is an excellent opportunity for networking with the LGBTQ legal community.

For more information on QLaw Foundation or the event please visit click here  or email Nicholas Oakley .

To sign up: Please email Nicholas Oakley  with your name, email address, phone number, and the time slot in which you can volunteer.

Human Rights Award Winning Iranian Lawyer Released from Prison

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Nasrin Sotoudeh, a prominent human rights attorney and this year’s recipient of the ABA International Law Section’s International Human Rights Award, has been released from prison in Iran.  Ms. Sotoudeh was serving six years in prison for endangering national security and misusing her profession as a lawyer.  On the eve of a visit by Iran’s moderate president, Hassan Rouhani, to the United States, the Iranian authorities on Wednesday unexpectedly freed 11 of Iran’s most prominent political prisoners, including seven other women and three men.

The ABA Justice Defenders Program and Amnesty International along with the International Human Rights Committee this past year had been a supporter urging for her release. Learn more here.