Upcoming Events on Land Rights, Access to Law, Climate Migration, Women’s Rights and More

Feb 3: Global Spotlight on Land Rights, Women’s Rights and Customary Justice in Africa

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Hosted by the International Law Society and the Graduate Program in Sustainable International Development
“Updates on Landesa’s Work in Africa: From Addressing Large-scale Land Investments to Enhancing Women’s Access to Customary Justice”

Darryl Vhugen, Senior Attorney & Director of Special Initiatives & Reem Gaafar, Research Associate, Landesa

Mr. Vhugen will discuss Landesa’s work on the important issue of large-scale land investments in Africa. A global land rush—sparked initially by a dramatic rise in global food prices and now driven by a variety of factors including increased demand for food and biofuels, carbon markets and speculation—is remaking the face of agriculture and land use in the developing world. Large swathes of land in Africa, Latin America and Asia are being purchased or leased. While land-based investments present an opportunity for economic development, they can lead to a loss of access and rights to land, water and other natural resources for local communities, especially women.

Mr. Gaafar will introduce Landesa’s “Justice” Project: Enhancing Customary Justice Systems in the Mau Forest, Kenya. In light of the recognition of women’s land rights and of “traditional dispute resolution mechanisms” in Kenya’s new Constitution, this project piloted a model for improving women’s access to customary justice related to land rights, including a short-term impact evaluation.

For details, click here.

Feb. 4: Come Attend Social Justice Tuesday on Youth, Poverty, and Access to Law

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Hosted by: Christian Law Society and the Center for Human Rights & Justice

William H. Gates Hall, RM 133
Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2014 at 12:30 – 1:20 PM

What kinds of obstacles commonly confront children and those of humble means?  A panel of three will discuss issues at the heart of youth, poverty, and access to law.  The panelists will be discussing issues they confront on a daily basis and the legal challenges of their clients.

  • David MaceUnion Gospel Mission’s Open Door Legal Services
  • Serena HoltheCenter for Children & Youth Justice
  • Andrew SchneidlerChildren’s Law Center of Washington

If you would like lunch, please RSVP via Symplicity or email by 12:00 p.m. Monday, February 3, 2014. No RSVP for lunch accepted after 12:00 p.m.

Feb. 5: You’re Invited to the Public Service Law Connections Breakfast!

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William H. Gates Hall, RM 115
Wed. Feb. 5, 2014 at 7:30 – 8:30 AM

Want to learn more about career paths and strategies in public service law? Come bright and early to hear and learn from local public service attorneys’ insights and tips!

  • Leo Flor, Equal Justice Works Fellow, Veteran’s Project at Northwest Justice Project
  • Bruce Brown, Associate Regional Solicitor, U.S. Department of Labor
  • Janet Chung, Legal & Legislative Counsel, LegalVoice 
  • Jessica Creighton, Assistant Attorney General, Labor & Industries, WA Attorney General’s Office

If you would like breakfast please RSVP via Symplicity or by email.  RSVP by 12:00 pm Tuesday, February 4, 2014.

Feb. 6: Sustainable International Development Program Celebrates Its 20th Anniversary

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William H. Gates Hall
Thursday, Feb. 6, 2014 at 4:30 PM – 7:30 PM

Please join us for a celebration to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the Sustainable International Development Program at UW School of Law!

The SID LL.M. Program builds upon the groundbreaking work of founder Roy Prosterman who pioneered land reform as a means to secure prosperity for the rural poor. His legacy is an innovative program designed to provide students with the skills needed to face the international development challenges of the 21st century. The SID 20th Anniversary Event commemorates the past and celebrates the future.

A reception will begin at 4:30 pm with the lecture following at 6pm in Room 138.

More Information and RSVP here

Feb. 7-8: Climate Migration, Local Conditions and Law: Food Security, Land Tenure and Gender

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William H. Gates Hall
Friday, Feb. 7, 2014 at 8:00 AM – 12:30 PM
Saturday, Feb. 8, 2014 at 8:00 AM – 12:30 PM

Please Join the University of Washington School of Law and Washington Journal of Environmental Law and Policy (WJELP) for a symposium discussing the nature of climate change and its migration affects and concerns. Topics range from agriculture and food security internationally to public international law to current government and research based action.

Speakers include national and international interdisciplinary scholars, judges, government practitioners and advocates.

Agenda and Registration Here

Feb. 10: Annual Public Service Law Dinner: Continuing Dr. King’s Fight for Fair Housing

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University of Washington School of Law, RM 115
Monday, Feb. 10, 2014
5:30 – 7:00 PM

Featuring: Bernard Kleina, Photographer & Civil Rights Activist

And Special Photo Exhibit: The Chicago Freedom Movement

Mr. Kleina has served as Executive Director of HOPE Fair Housing Center in Wheaton, IL for over four decades. One of its founding members, Mr. Kleina currently serves on the Board of Directors of the National Fair Housing Alliance (NFHA). He is past President of the Chicago Area Fair Housing Alliance. This evening will include historic and contemporary photographs by Mr. Kleina documenting the ongoing struggle for racial and social justice.

RSVP via Symplicity or by email by February 7.