Give Generously: Support PILA’s Public Service Summer Grant Program!

The UW Moderate Means Program Seeks Volunteers for Winter & Spring

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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 per week and the scheduling of the hours is flexible around your schedule.  Those selected to participate in the program will be expected to attend approximately fifteen hours of training.  All client intakes and interviews will be done over the telephone at the law school. 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 and resume care to Ann Spangler at  Please include “MMP” in the subject line of your e-mail.  Applications are due no later than 5:00 on Friday, January 31. All law students are eligible (including LLMs).

Program questions: e-mail Chach Duarte White, Interim MMP Attorney, at

Attention Attorneys! Capital Qualifications Committee Seeking Applicants. Deadline February 28


The Washington Supreme Court is accepting letters of interest and résumés from members interested in serving on the Capital Qualifications Committee, which is a subcommittee of the Washington Supreme Court pursuant to SPRC 2. Four positions are available. The term of each position is three years with a maximum term of six consecutive years, at which time the individual member must have a break in service before seeking for reappointment. The three-year terms are from April 1, 2014, through April 1, 2017. 

The Capital Qualifications Committee was established by the Supreme Court by order on Dec. 7, 1997, for the development of attorneys qualified for appointment in death penalty cases. In February 2003, the Court expanded the committee to consist of one active or former superior court judge from the area of each division of the Court of Appeals, two federal public defenders, two attorneys, experienced in criminal defense law who have experience with capital litigation, and one alternate. No member of the panel may be currently serving as a prosecuting attorney. The committee meets an average of three times per year.

Letters of interest and résumés should be submitted to: Washington Supreme Court Clerk’s Office, Temple of Justice, PO Box 40929, Olympia, WA 98504-0929 or email no later than Feb. 28, 2014.

Supreme Court Throws Out Overseas Human Rights Case

US Supreme CourtJanuary 14, 2014, 8:42 a.m., By David G. Savage, Los Angeles Times

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court said again Tuesday that federal courts are not the world’s forum for dealing with human rights abuses, tossing out a lawsuit brought in California by Argentines who sued German automaker Mercedes-Benz over atrocities perpetrated during the South American country’s “dirty war” of the late 1970s.

In a 9-0 decision, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg faulted the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals for what she called “exorbitant exercises of all-purpose jurisdiction.”

“It was therefore error for the 9th Circuit to conclude that Daimler (the parent company of Mercedes-Benz) was at home in California, and hence subject to suits there on claims by foreign plaintiffs having nothing to do with anything that occurred or had its principal impact in California,” she said.

The decision is consistent with rulings in recent years in which the high court has said that suits over abuses that took place overseas are not to be tried in the U.S. courts simply because the plaintiffs target a multinational corporation that does business in the United States.

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Support Student Summer Public Service Work! Time to be Generous and Support PILA!


Whether you can make to this year’s PILA Auction on Saturday, February 1 or not, now’s a great time to make a special donation to ensure the sustainability of its summer grant program for law students working in public service!

When you give this year, remember two things:  (1) this year, your gift will have “triple effect” because of the Dean’s match and will support a permanent—rather than a single year—grant (with the dean’s match, the faculty/staff has already funded three grants for this summer!); (2) because of rising tuitions costs, a difficult legal job market, and dwindling budgets for legal aid and public defense, there has never been a time of greater need.
To learn more about PILA and make a donation online, please click here