Tips for Table Talk & New Summer Funding Fellowship

Feeling Lost on What to Do at a Career Fair?  Check Out These Table Talk Tips & Career Fair Interviewing Tips!

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Whether you plan to attend the NW Public Interest Career Fair or not, here are some helpful tips to guide you on being a savvy table talker or interviewee.

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Read more about career fair interviewing tips here.

Forget to register for the NW Public Interest Career Fair?  You can still register here or register at the door.  View a sample list of participating employers this year here.

SABA North America Announces its First Annual Public Interest Fellowship

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SABA North America is excited to announce its first annual Public Interest Fellowship. The Public Interest Fellowship will provide a stipend of up to $3,000 to 2 law students who will be working in the public interest field during the summer of 2014.

All applications should be emailed here.

For more information about the fellowship, please visit their website here.

Counting self-represented cases now possible

National Center for State Courts (NCSC) releases report that standardizes definitions and counting rules for SRLs

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Reports have long asserted that self-represented litigation, SRL, is on the rise. But validating those reports or accurately appropriating resources to support SRL cases has been nearly impossible for state courts—until now. NCSC has developed a set of standardized definitions, counting rules, and reporting guidelines for national reporting of cases with self-represented litigants. The definitions and counting rules are being incorporated into the latest edition of the State Court Guide to Statistical Reporting, published by the NCSC’s Court Statistics Project (CSP), and also will be included in updates to the court technology functional standards. For years, the lack of standardized definitions and counting rules has prevented state courts from comparing caseloads across jurisdictions and inhibited courts from accurately calculating judges’ and staffs’ workloads. Something as basic as whether to count cases involving self-represented litigants or the litigants themselves is not uniform.  “This represents an important first step toward the routine and systematic use of data to drive management decisions to improve the access to justice for self-represented litigants,” said Shauna Strickland, NCSC senior court research analyst. This project was funded by a grant from the State Justice Institute.

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Guatemala’s Indigenous Communities Boosted by Landmark Reparations Bill

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US expected to instruct World Bank [and Inter-American Development Bank] to address atrocities suffered by residents during Chixoy dam construction

By Mark Tran, The Guardian, Friday, January 17, 2014

President Barack Obama is poised to sign into law next week a landmark bill bringing closer the prospect of reparations for the indigenous Maya Achi community, more than 30 years after hundreds were massacred to clear the way for building the Chixoy dam in Guatemala.

The 2014 consolidated appropriations bill, involving more than $1tn, which funds discretionary government spending, instructs the US directors of the World Bank and Inter-American Development Bank (IADB) – which co-financed construction of the dam – to “report … on the steps being taken by such institutions to support implementation of a 2010 reparation plan (pdf) for damages suffered by the communities when the dam was built”.

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The Hidden Crisis of the Syrian Civil War: An Undereducated Generation

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By Holly Koch, Global WA

In a conflict that has seen little reprieve since its start in March 2011, Syria’s Civil War has had a catastrophic impact on its citizens, approximately 4.5 million1 of whom have been internally displaced and an additional 2,358,180 2 who are now refugees in the surrounding region. Of the neighboring countries bearing the burden of this war, Lebanon and Jordan have seen the greatest number of refugees (approximately 862,000 and 576,000, respectively), with Turkey close behind.34  As with most humanitarian crises, the children of Syria have been disproportionately affected by the struggle between President Bashar Al-Assad and the Syrian rebels. With nearly 50 percent of Syrian refugees under age 18 and 37 percent under 12, the war-stricken country is in danger of developing a generation of children who fall through the cracks of the education system.

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