Panel TODAY on Being LGBTQ in the Legal Field

February 28: Being LGBTQ In the Legal Field: Are We There Yet? (Panel)

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March 3: The Dean’s Advisory Committee Presents Lunch Discussion on “Prosecution, Public Defense and Communities of Color”

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Monday, Mar. 3, 2014, RM 116
12:30 – 1:20 PM

What is the role of prosecution? What is the role of public defense? How are communities of color impacted by the criminal justice system?

On Monday, March 3rd, the Dean’s Advisory Committee on Diversity will host a presentation featuring prosecutors and public defenders who are members of minority groups; they will discuss the criminal justice system, their role and the impact on communities of color. We will meet in Room 116 from 12:30 to 1:20. All are welcome.

March 4: Social Justice Tuesday: Educational Debt Relief

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Tuesday, Mar. 4, 2014
12:30 – 1:20 PM, RM 133

  • Concerned about how you’re going to pay back all of your education loans?
  • Want to learn more about income-based repayment options, public service loan forgiveness and UW Law’s Loan Repayment Assistance Program?

This is the workshop for you! Hear the latest on various resources and programs that are out there to help you manage and reduce education debt.

Presented by: Aline Carton-Listfjeld, Center for Public Service Law

If you would like lunch please RSVP via Symplicity or email by 12:00 pm Monday, March 3. No RSVP for lunch accepted after 12:00 pm.

March 6: Environmental & Land Use Law Professional-Student Mixer

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Thursday, Mar. 6, 2014 at 5:30 PM
Arctic Club Hotel’s Polar Bar, 700 3rd Ave, Seattle WA

You are cordially invited to attend a happy hour with members of the WSBA Environmental and Land Use Law Section, KCBA Environmental and Land Use Section, and University of Washington and Seattle University law students interested in environmental and land use legal careers. Appetizers and a beverage will be complimentary, followed by a cash bar.

March 21: Citizen University Annual Conference on the Art of Powerful Citizenship, Funding Applications Due 3/3

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Friday, Mar. 21, 2014
1:00 – 9:00 PM

Citizen University’s annual national conference is the country’s most creative and vibrant gathering on the art of powerful citizenship.  Hundreds of activists, innovators and educators from across the United States meet for a day of skill-building and inspiration.  Learn the elements of civic power.  Practice social and political action. Connect with people from left and right so we can solve problems together.

Many UW Law students have attended in the past and gotten great ideas and energy.  There is a reduced student rate for registration but we can also cover registration for up to 5 students through the Center for Public Service Law. If you are interested in getting funding to attend and are prepared to commit that you will go, send your letter of interest and resume to Dean Michelle Storms by March 3.

Learn more about the conference and the speakers here

April 4: You Are Invited to Attend Solid Ground’s Building Community Luncheon, Featuring Keynote Speaker Spike Lee

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Friday, April 4, 2014
12:00 – 1:30 PM
Location: Westin Seattle, 1900 5th Avenue, Seattle, WA 98101

We’re honored to host Spike Lee as keynote speaker at our 40th Anniversary Luncheon. With a body of work that spans four decades, he has written, produced, directed and acted in countless films that illuminate the impacts of racism in our country. As one of the most outspoken African-American voices, he talks candidly, and with authority, about issues of race in mainstream media and Hollywood, using as a backdrop a rare behind-the-scenes look at his celebrated body of work. And as an organization working to undo racism and other oppressions that are root causes of poverty, Solid Ground is pleased to bring such an influential person in the conversations about race and social justice to our event.

For more information or to register for the event, click here.

Looking to Fund Your Summer Doing Public Service Work? Apply for the Labor & Employment Summer Grant Applications

Black Law Students Association Alumni Committee of the Public Defender for DC Announces 2014 Spring Break Criminal Defense Trial Practice Institute, Due TODAY

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The Black Law Students Association Alumni Committee of the Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia is pleased to present the 2014 Spring Break Criminal Defense Trial Practice Institute (Institute).  The Institute seeks to help students cultivate effective trial advocacy skills and explore indigent criminal defense work.  The program consists of a week of workshops on how to conduct opening statements, direct examinations, cross examinations, and closing arguments.  In addition, students will learn how to develop theories of defense, master the rules of evidence, and impeach witnesses at trial.  At the end of the program, students will participate in full-length mock trials presided over by Superior Court judges.

The Institute will be held March 10 – March 14, 2014.  The program is free of charge to students, although students are expected to provide their own transportation and lodging. To apply, students must be a member of the school’s Black Law Students Association and commit to the entire program.

Students should submit their applications electronically by clicking here. For more information about PDS, click here.  The deadline to submit  applications is Friday, February 26, 2014.

2014 Labor & Employment Summer Grant Applications Now Available, Due 4/3

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Do you have an unpaid summer internship lined up with a government agency or non-profit organization working on labor and/or employment law issues? Wondering how you can fund your summer doing  this public service work?

The Labor and Employment Law sections of the King County Bar Association and Washington State Bar Association are dedicated to educating future lawyers about the practice of labor and employment law. They sponsor two $6000 summer grants to give students the opportunity to have hands-on experience in the field of labor and employment law in King County and Washington State respectively. Applications including letters of recommendation are due no later than Thursday, April 3. Download the KCBA application here. Download the WSBA application here. For more information please email Aline Carton-Listfjeld at the Center for Public Service Law.

Click here to download the WSBA Summer Grant Application information.

Click here to download the KCBA Summer Grant Application information.

Honoring Justice Tom Chambers in Special Edition of Trial News

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In honor of Justice Tom Chambers – Trial News published a special edition of Trial News this month.  It is on-line – below are instructions on how to access the paper.

The February issue of Trial News is now viewable online here.  If you would like to read Trial News offline you can use the Free App – FLIPEXPLORER – it can be used to download or transfer the publication into iPad/iPhone/iPod and Android for offline reading.

The Opportunity Agenda Publishes Report on Human Rights in State Courts 2014

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The Opportunity Agenda and the Program on Human Rights in the Global Economy of Northeastern University School of Law has released a new report, Human Rights in State Courts 2014. The report reviews state court decisions and Attorneys General opinions interpreting human rights treaties, laws, and standards.

Since the last version of this report was released in 2011, litigants have continued to use international human rights law in their arguments before state courts. In fact, the range of cases in which international law arguments are offered seems to have increased, now encompassing environmental claims, tort cases, and guardianship matters. Many of these arguments have been cursorily dismissed, with a few courts and individual judges staking out their opposition to the application of international human rights law. However, some state courts have considered and affirmatively used international law as persuasive authority for the interpretation of state constitutions, statutes, and common law. Further, individual judges regularly draw on human rights norms in concurring or dissenting opinions.

Read the complete report here.

Become a F.I.H.R.E. Starter! Apply to USHRN’s Human Rights Education Program, Due 3/14

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As the U.S. human rights movement grows, so does the need for accessible, strategically-focused human rights education to ignite change. The goal of the USHRN Fighting Injustice through Human Rights Education (F.I.H.R.E) Program is to do just that. A re-launch of our Summer Training Institute, FIHRE aims to place the tools of a people-centered human rights framework in the arsenal of human rights defenders to ensure coordinated, strategic, and holistic growth to the movement.

For complete application details, click here.

Center for Women & Democracy Offers Its Leadership Institute from June 24-28 This Year at SU, Applications Due 4/1

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Center for Women & Democracy’s signature program – our Leadership Institute – will take place this year from June 24th to 28th at Seattle University. This week-long program offers a format built for women, by women and for women, training them to lead wherever they land. From knowing how to handle money and negotiating for better wages, to listening & leading skills, to appreciating cultural diversity, to achieving balance in your life, this celebrated curriculum also features the best women: elected leaders, professional business women, non-profit geniuses, young entrepreneurs, and women succeeding in all aspects of life.

The Center underwrites all but $275 per person for this five-day experience, including all food, housing, trainings, events & materials. This program draws applicants from all over the world and has graduated more than 400 very impressive women who have gone on to become successful leaders, international scholars, elected officials, and innovative business entrepreneurs. Some of these accomplished young women return to the program year after year to mentor the new class.

For more information, click here.  To apply, click here.

Calling for Volunteers! UW Offering Its First Law Academy for Diverse High School Students

Friday, March 14, 2014
UW Law School, 10:30 AM – 4:00 PM
You are cordially invited to participate in our first UW Law Academy! 

With the help of the UW Office of Minority Affairs, Rise UP/GEAR UP! and DiscoverLaw.org, the UW School of Law is inviting diverse high school students from around the State to spend the day at the law school.  We hope to inspire students to really consider pursuing a legal education and career by introducing them to judges, attorneys, and law students.

We need attorney/professor/judge/law student volunteers to help make this a great experience for our high school guests.  Please RSVP at Lisa Castilleja  ASAP.  Let her know if you would like to attend the morning or afternoon session, either session +the luncheon, or stay with us for the entire day.  Please feel free to forward the invitation to your colleagues (Walk-ins Welcome!).

Proposed schedule:
10:00-10:20 am: Check in/Registration/
10:30 am: Keynote Speaker: Justice Steven C. Gonzalez, WA Supreme Court
11:00 am-1200 pm: Overview and Action Plan (from High School to Law School): Sehee Thomas, Associate Director of Admissions/Lisa Castilleja, Assistant Director, CPLD
12:00 pm-1:15 pm: Lunch & Learn;
1:15- 1:30 pm: Break
1:30pm-2:45 pm: Street Law Programming/Mock Trial
2:45pm-3pm: Closing  Remarks

Attention Law Students! This is a great networking opportunity!
Law student volunteers are especially needed to help with the mock trial portion of the program which includes the lunch & learn and then partnering with the volunteer attorneys on the mock trial.

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Interested in Poverty Law, Legal Aid, or Human Rights? New Summer Internships Just Right for You!

Environmental Protection Agency Accepting Fellowship Applications, Due TODAY!

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The EPA Region 10 Honors Attorney Fellowship is designed for a recent law school graduate with excellent academic credentials and strong interests in an environmental law career and public service. It provides an opportunity for entry-level attorneys to practice law in a leading governmental environmental organization, and to receive extensive training in and exposure to environmental law and policy work in the public sector. Region 10 offers new attorneys significant responsibility, the opportunity to handle a challenging caseload that includes enforcement and counseling work, and extensive training and mentoring from experienced colleagues with recognized expertise. EPA offers a diverse and supportive work environment.

For more information and application details, click here.

Attention Post Grads with 3-5 Years Experience! Western District of Washington DOJ Seeking Attorneys for Hire, Priority Consideration to Applications Submitted by 2/26

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Criminal Law Assistant United States Attorney Position Open in Seattle

The positions will be located in the Criminal Division of the Western District of Washington. AUSAs in the Criminal Division prosecute federal criminal cases in the Western District of Washington. AUSAs in the Criminal Division advise federal law enforcement agents on criminal investigations, present criminal cases to the grand jury, try criminal cases before the United States District Court, and represent the United States in criminal appeals before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.  For more information, click here.

Civil Law Assistant United States Attorney Position Open in Seattle

The anticipated positions will be located in the Civil Division of the Western District of Washington. AUSAs in the Civil Division are responsible for representing the federal government and its agencies and employees in civil litigation in the District. Two primary areas of practice are tort cases, including medical malpractice and a variety of personal injury cases, and Title VII cases alleging discrimination in hiring and employment practices by agencies of the United States. Other areas of practice include immigration, bankruptcy, debts owed the United States or its agencies, breach of contract, judicial review of administrative findings, and injunctive proceedings. AUSAs in the Civil Division are active at both the trial and appellate levels, taking depositions, preparing and answering interrogatories, negotiating for settlement, engaging in motions practice, trying cases, and writing and arguing appeals.  For more information, click here.

Criminal Law Assistant United States Attorney Position Open in Tacoma

The positions will be located in the Criminal Division of the Western District of Washington. AUSAs in the Criminal Division prosecute federal criminal cases in the Western District of Washington. AUSAs in the Criminal Division advise federal law enforcement agents on criminal investigations, present criminal cases to the grand jury, try criminal cases before the United States District Court, and represent the United States in criminal appeals before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.  For more information, click here.

The Hague Institute for Global Justice Seeks Summer Fellows, Due 2/28

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The Hague Institute for Global Justice offers genuine supervision of the internship, a dynamic and flexible work environment, and motivated and energetic staff. The Hague Institute will offer Summer Fellows housing for the duration of their tenure at the Institute. Additional costs, including travel, living expenses, visa arrangements and medical insurance connected with the program must be borne by Fellows.

For more information and application details, click here.

Attention 1Ls and 2Ls!  US Department of Health and Human Services Seeking Summer Interns in Besthesda, MD, Due 3/1

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The HHS Office of the General Counsel (OGC), Public Health Division, NIH Branch is now welcoming applications from law students interested in a summer internship with us.  The chosen intern will gain invaluable exposure to public health issues from the perspective of the Federal government.  Specifically, the summer intern will assist attorneys in the NIH Branch with a variety of legal matters that they handle for the 27 institutes and centers of the NIH, which could include clinical trials, grants, administrative procedure, privacy, animal welfare, intellectual property, and technology transfer issues.

For more information and application details, click here.

Congressional Executive Commission on China Offering Paid Internship, Due 3/1

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The Congressional-Executive Commission on China (www.cecc.gov) is offering paid internships to qualified undergraduates, graduate students, or recent graduates this coming summer in Washington, D.C. Interns must be U.S. citizens. The application deadline is March 1, 2014 for the Summer 2014 internship that runs from June to August 2014. Summer internships are full-time; interns are expected to work from 32 to 40 hours per week. See application instructions below.

For complete details and application information, click here.

Attention 2Ls and 3Ls!  Southern Poverty Law Center Offers Paid Legal Internship on LGBT Rights in Montgomery, Alabama, Due ASAP

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The Center is a national non-profit organization dedicated to reducing bigotry and oppression through education and litigation. The internship position is located in the Montgomery office.

The Southern Poverty Law Center offers summer internships to exceptional second year law students who possess strong academic backgrounds, excellent research and writing skills, and a commitment to public interest law.  Interns receive $700.00 per week. Start dates are somewhat flexible, but interns are expected to begin sometime in early June 2014. A minimum commitment of ten weeks is expected.

For more details and application instructions, click here.

Interested in Human Rights?  Vance Center for International Justice Seeks Human Rights Intern, Reviewed on Rolling Basis

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The Vance Center advances global justice by engaging lawyers across borders to support civil society and an ethically active legal profession. The Vance Center is a unique collaboration of international lawyers catalyzing public interest innovation. A non-profit program of the New York City Bar Association, we bring together leading law firms and other partners worldwide to pioneer international justice initiatives and provide pro bono legal representation to social justice NGOs.

The Intern – who must be fluent in Spanish and/or Portuguese – will work with the the Human Rights and Access to Justice Program.

For more information and application details, click here.

Attention 3Ls and Recent Grads!  NWIRP’s Granger Office Seeking Spanish-Speaking Bilingual Staff Attorney, Full Consideration for Application Submitted by 3/7

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The Northwest Immigrant Rights Project (NWIRP) seeks a Spanish speaking bilingual attorney to provide direct representation, community outreach and education to individuals seeking legal assistance in a variety of immigration matters.

This position is based in NWIRP’s Granger Office, which is located in Granger, WA, a city of over 3,000 people located in a rural area 25 miles southeast of Yakima. From this location, the office serves clients from across Central and Eastern Washington. The office currently has a staff of seven and serves a client base consisting largely of farmworkers and their families.

For more information and application details, click here.

Community Lawyers, Inc. Seeking Legal Summer Intern in Los Angeles, CA, Due 3/15

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Community Lawyers, Inc. (“CLI”) seeks law students for its 10 week-summer internship program that focuses on providing legal assistance to low-income and moderate-income clients. The internship program is structured to strengthen the relationships between the private bar and legal aid organizations in Southern California to increase the options available to legal services consumers.

The CLI Summer Internship Program allows law students to obtain first-hand working experience in the community-based legal services arena. In addition, students will be given the unique opportunity to build relationships with judges, attorneys and community leaders to increase the delivery of affordable legal services while bolstering their abilities to navigate the legal profession. Interns will spend a portion of their summer at a small law firm and will spend a portion of their summer at a non-profit legal aid office. Placements will be determined by the student’s individual interests.

Application Deadline: March 15, 2014

For more information and application details, click here.

Attention Law Students!  New York’s Open Society Foundations Seeks Legal Research Intern this Summer, Due 3/15

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The Open Society Foundations work to build vibrant and tolerant societies whose governments are accountable and open to the participation of all people. We seek to strengthen the rule of law; respect for human rights, minorities, and a diversity of opinions; democratically elected governments; and a civil society that helps keep government power in check.

For this internship program, OSF is seeking individuals currently enrolled in a relevant law school program who are highly motivated and have demonstrated excellence in prior endeavors. The ideal candidates will have strong communication, interpersonal and computer skills, a demonstrated ability to write effectively and analyze and summarize complex information, and a desire to function in a team environment. They also must be able to multi-task while remaining attentive to detail.

For more information and application details, click here.

Upcoming Diversity Week Events & Events Supporting DV Survivors

February 25: Social Justice Tuesday: Public Interest Private Firms

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Passionate about public interest?  Curious about how private firm work can fit with your values?

Join us for an engaging panel discussion with attorneys working for plaintiff-side public interest firms working on issues such as labor and employment, environmental protection, consumer and civil rights.

Featuring:
Lorena Gonzalez, Schroeter Goldmark & Bender
Jennifer Robbins, Schwerin Campbell Barnard Iglitzin & Lavitt
David Leen, Leen & O’Sullivan
Marcus Pearson, Plauché & Carr

February 26: You’re Invited to Attend “Diversity on the Bench”

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Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014
UW School of Law, RM 115
4:00 – 5:00 PM

Come hear federal and state judges share their thoughts about the value of diversity on the bench. The panelists are Justice Susan Owens, Chief Judge J. Robert Leach and Judge Mariane Spearman.

RSVP via Symplicity or by email.

February 27: Free Student Debt Relief Webinar hosted by Equal Justice Works

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Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014
3:00 – 4:00 PM EST (12:00 – 1:00 PM PST)

Borrowers with federal loans should also understand their options for relief, including the opportunity to earn Public Service Loan Forgiveness. Our free webinar, Drowning in Debt? How Government and Nonprofit Workers Can Earn Public Service Loan Forgiveness, will be held on Thursday, February 27, 2014 from 3 – 4 p.m. EST.

March 6: API Chaya Invites You to Join Its 19th Annual Candelight Vigil: “Kapwa: Seeking Resiliency and Healing through Our Shared Survivorship”

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API Chaya’s 19th Annual Candlelight Vigil in honor of Susana Remarata Blackwell, Phoebe Dizon, and Veronica Laureta
Thursday, Mar. 6, 2014
3:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Please join API Chaya in honoring lives lost to domestic and sexual violence through personal narratives and cultural performances. “Kapwa” is derived from a Tagalog (Filipino) word meaning, “the shared interconnectedness among and between beings; seeing yourself in another person.” By seeing the self in a survivor, it is possible to gain a sense of communal resiliency and accountability. Please join us in ceremony, as we heal and support one another through our shared interconnection of survivorship.

For full details, visit the facebook event page here.

April 10-11: You’re Invited to Medical-Legal Partnership Summit in Seattle, Discounted Registration Rate 2/28

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Thursday, April 10 – Friday, April 11, 2014
Fairmont Olympic Hotel, Seattle, WA

The Washington Medical-Legal Partnership (MLP) is very pleased to be hosting the Medical-Legal Partnership Summit on April 10-11, 2014 at the Fairmont Olympic Hotel in downtown Seattle.  MLP?s mission is to build a better healthcare team that can identify, treat and prevent the health-harming legal needs of patients, clinics and populations.

MLP helps people who have lost income or benefits; families who are struggling to maintain housing; and parents who can?t get the services their children need at school.  MLP trains medical providers and social workers to identify legal needs and intervene and advocates on systemic issues to change policies.  We integrate legal assistance into patient care and take a patient-to-policy approach.

The National Center for Medical-Legal Partnership brings together hundreds of leaders in healthcare, law, public health and government to share ideas, insights and best practices about how to integrate health and legal care for vulnerable people.  The Summit will focus on medical-legal partnership in the era of health reform.  Themes will address medical-legal partnership as a mechanism for better healthcare delivery (related to prevention and outcomes), interprofessional education and population health change.

Click here to see the Summit agenda.

Click here to register.  Discount registration deadline is February 28, 2014.

May 22: Save the Date! 4th Annual Eastside Legal Assistance Project Breakfast for Justice

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Thursday, May 22, 2014
7:00 – 8:30 AM
Meydenbauer Center, 11100 NE 6th St, Bellevue, WA 98004

Please join our distinguished host committee for the 4th Annual ELAP Breakfast for Justice as we celebrate our 25th year of service to the community, and help support legal services for survivors of domestic violence and low income families.

Keynote Speaker: Kathy Lambert, King County Councilmember

In her keynote address, King County Councilmember Kathy Lambert will share details of the many difficult steps and treacherous leaps of her  journey from domestic violence victim to successful survivor. The former Washington State Legislator will also offer insight into the roles the judiciary and attorneys played in her experience–including the good, the bad, and the ugly.

Register online here.

Extra extra! Transitional Justice, International Human Rights, and Debtors Prison

American Association for Justice Opens Applications for its Women for Justice Education Fund’s 2014 Mike Eidson Scholarship, Due 5/1

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As the world’s largest trial bar, AAJ promotes justice and fairness for injured persons, safeguards victims’ rights—particularly the right to trial by jury—and strengthens the civil justice system through education and disclosure of information critical to public health and safety. AAJ fights daily to protect the civil justice system against corporations and powerful individuals.

The Mike Eidson Scholarship Fund was established by the AAJ Women for Justice Education Fund in 2008, in honor of AAJ Past President Mike Eidson, whose vision and generosity inspired it. The scholarship, traditionally in the amount of $5,000, is awarded annually to a rising 3L (or rising 4L in a night program) female student who has demonstrated a commitment to a career as a plaintiffs’ lawyer or criminal defense lawyer, along with dedication to upholding and defending the principles of the Constitution, and to the concept of a fair trial, the adversary system, and a just result for the injured, the accused, and those whose rights are jeopardized.

Download the application details here.

The Venice Academy of Human Rights 2014 Presents Conference on the “Judicial Legitimacy and the Rule of Law”, Early Bird Registration 3/15

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The Venice Academy of Human Rights is an international programme of excellence for human rights education, research and debate. It forms part of the European Inter-University Centre for Human Rights and Democratisation (EIUC). The theme of this year’s academy is “Judicial Legitimacy and the Rule of Law.”  Online applications are accepted until 4 May 2014. The Academy offers an “early bird” registration with a reduced participation fee until March 15, 2014.

For more information on the upcoming conference, click here.

University of Ulster’s Transitional Justice Institute Now Accepting Applications for LLM Human Rights Law and Transitional Justice, Due 6/30

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We are currently accepting applications for the LLM Human Rights Law and Transitional Justice programme, for 2014-15 entry.  This exciting and innovative programme is offered by the Transitional Justice Institute and is the only one of its kind in the UK and Ireland.  It is delivered by active researchers at both the Jordanstown and Magee campuses, on a full-time (one year) or part-time (two +years) basis, providing excellent flexibility in location and duration of study.  The programme will enable you to develop skills highly relevant to legal practice, and to policy, research and advocacy roles.

For detailed information on the LLM Program and application details, click here.

Hot off the press!  ACLU and CLS Release Report on “Modern Day Prisoners”

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By: American Civil Liberties Union and Columbia Legal Services

The report describes a counterproductive debt system that punishes people for their poverty while bringing little benefit to government or the public. At its worst, it results in poor people being locked up because they lack the money to pay off debts imposed by the legal system – creating a modern version of the despised debtors’ prison. The report provides profiles of individuals and recommends a series of reforms to bring fairness to the system.

The report focuses on the state’s system of Legal Financial Obligations (LFOs) – fees, fines, costs and restitution imposed by courts on top of criminal sentences.  The debts accrue interest at an exorbitant rate of 12% a year and can amount to a lifetime sentence for someone without the means to pay them off.  In some instances, the expense of running the system costs a county more than the debts it collects.

Continue reading here.

ABA Resolution Endorses a Human Right to Adequate Food

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By: Debra Cassens Weiss, ABA Journal

The ABA House of Delegates has passed a resolution calling for increased funding and a reordering of priorities to fight hunger in the United States.

Resolution 107 urges governments to increase funding and implement strategies “to promote the human right to adequate food and nutrition for all.” The resolution also urges the U.S. government to make the realization of a human right to adequate food a principal objective of domestic policy.

Continue reading here.

Join UW in Celebrating Diversity Week!

(c) Jason Frizzel_DiversityCelebrate Diversity at the UW!  Check out these Events!

1. Tuesday, February 18th at 5:30, RM 138
A talk by Mr. Tim Wise (author of “White Like Me” and “Dear White America”) titled: “Colorblind: The Rise of Post Racial Politics and the Retreat from Racial Equality.”

2. Friday, February 21st at 6:00 PM, Samuel Kelly Ethnic Cultural Center, 3931 Brooklyn Ave. N.E.
Salmon Bingo Dinner sponsored by the Native American Law Students’ Association.

3. Monday, February 24th at 12:30 PM, RM 119
“The Scales of Justice,” Miriam Shames and Nathan Whitaker, duo cellists will present a short program of uplifting cello music.

4. Monday, February 24th at 4:30 PM, RM 133
A talk by Henry Aronson (attorney who has spent a career working on social justice issues) titled: “Questioning the Unquestionable-Public Service.” Reception to follow.

5. Monday, February 24th at 5:30 PM, RM 127
Transgender 101; Skylar Brett, recent UW Law grad presents on transgender issues.

6. Tuesday, February 25th at 12:30 PM, RM 119
A talk by Barbara Madsen, Chief Justice of the Washington State Supreme Court covering the challenges facing women in the legal system and the importance of diversity.

7. Tuesday, February 25th at 3:30 PM, RM 115
A discussion of Aaron Dixon’s book “My People Are Rising.” Mr. Dixon was a founding member of the Seattle Black Panther Party.

8. Tuesday, February 25th at 5:30 PM, RM 127
A film about immigration, rights and justice titled: “Unified Struggle.” Following this 25 minute film the filmmaker and protagonist shall be available for a discussion and Q and A.

9. Wednesday, February 26th at 12:30 PM, RM 119
“Transformative Justice” speaker to be named.

10. Wednesday, February 26th at 4:00 PM, RM 115
“Diversity on the Bench,” a panel discussion by a group of judges to be named.  Reception to follow.

11. Thursday, February 27th at 12:30 PM, RM 127
Professors Michael Hatfield, Shannon McCormack and Scott Schumacher to speak on tax policy and social outcomes.

12. Thursday, February 27th at 2:00 PM, RM 118
Professor Faith Stevelman to speak on “Corporations, Power and Diversity.”

13. Thursday, February 27th at 3:00 PM, RM 133
Washington Attorneys with Disabilities Association presents “Cripple, Gimp, Lame & Krazy LLP:  The Story of Attorneys with Disabilities.”

14. Thursday, February 27th at 5:30 PM, RM 115
A BLSA TGIT featuring “super yummy” southern desserts.

15. Friday, February 28th at 12:30 PM, RM 116
Admissions director Mathiew Le will speak on admission policy.

Check Out These International Internships and Legislative Counsel Positions! Also, Federal Public Defender Position Due Today!

Attention 3Ls and Recent Grads!  Western District of Washington Seeks Full Time Federal Public Defender, Due TODAY

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The Federal Public Defender Office for the Western District of Washington, operating under authority of the Criminal Justice Act, 18 U.S.C. 3006A to provide defense services in federal criminal matters in the federal courts, is seeking a Research and Writing Specialist. Applicants must be law school graduates, who have been admitted to and are in good standing with their state bars. A minimum of two years of legal experience and knowledge of criminal law is required. Experience in habeas law and handling federal criminal cases is strongly preferred. This position is dependent on federal funding.

Deadline February 17, 2014.

For more information, click here.  For application details, click here.

Interested in Practicing in Illinois?  Attention 3Ls and Recent Grads! Prairie State Legal Services, Inc. Seeking Full Time Staff Attorney, Due 2/19

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Prairie State Legal Services, Inc., a 75-lawyer legal services organization, serving 36 counties in northern and central ILLINOIS outside of Cook County, is seeking applicants for a STAFF ATTORNEY position in our office in McHENRY.  This office, located approximately 60 miles northwest of downtown Chicago, is staffed by two attorneys and serves McHenry County.  The successful applicant will participate in a full range of legal activities including the preparation and conduct of administrative hearings and trials of cases for low-income persons.  The work will be concentrated exclusively in housing law, including eviction and foreclosure defense.  Staff attorneys are involved in the communities served by the office, and the successful applicant will be involved with extensive outreach and collaboration with other organizations serving low-income persons in McHenry County.  A commitment to legal aid work is essential for this position.  Applicants should be aware that this position is funded for one year, although we anticipate that continued funding is possible.

Deadline: February 19, 2014

For more details and application information, click here.

Attention Post Grad!  City of Seattle Legislative Department Seeking City Council Central Staff Director, Due 2/25

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The City of Seattle is looking for an intelligent, motivated, civic-minded leader who is passionate about helping shape public policy issues in a fast-paced environment. This is an outstanding opportunity to be part of a progressive city government that values civic discourse and inclusion of the City’s many diverse communities while constantly striving to make Seattle a great city to live, learn, work, and play.

We are currently recruiting for the City Council Central Staff Director. The Director manages the 18 member policy unit, which provides policy analysis for all nine Council members and their legislative aides, develops legislative initiatives for individual Council member offices and the Council as a whole, and reviews legislative proposals from the Mayor, City Attorney, and Municipal Court. The Director also oversees the finance function for the Legislative Department, which involves managing an additional staff of two and an annual budget of more than $2.9 million.

Visit www.seattle.gov/jobs by 4:00pm on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 to complete an online application.  Job Number 2014-00127.

Interested in Working in Guatemala?  The Rabinal Legal Clinic Seeks Volunteer to Join Its Team

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The Rabinal Community Legal Clinic is an organization that is working to bring to justice perpetrators of violence related to Guatemala’s internal armed conflict. This is an excellent opportunity to gain knowledge and understanding working with a team of primarily indigenous Maya Achi lawyers. They are currently looking for someone to volunteer.

For a complete description of qualifications and application details, click here.

Looking to Work in Cambodia this Summer? Vishnu Law Group Offers International Internship

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Vishnu Law Group is the leading public interest law firm in Cambodia, well known for its public interest work and pro bono services.  Projects include high profile legal advocacy to defend human rights, defense of poor communities in land dispute cases, and legal cooperation projects to develop environmental legislation and provide tenure security for poor communities.  Vishnu also handles a range of private legal matters.

The selected students will participate and assist in all aspects of the firm’s work, including: research on legal and technical issues relevant to the firm’s work; meetings with civil society and international stakeholders; development of innovative legal strategies; assisting in the capacity development of the firm’s team, and donor relations, including drafting proposals and reports.

For a complete description and application details, click here. (Note: Malware warning on Vishnu Law Group website, approach with caution.)  Image courtesy of pakorn/FreeDigitalPhotos.net.

Attention Recent Grads with Political Democratic Experience! Senator Hirono Seeking Legislative Counsel to Join Judiciary Committee

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Senator Hirono’s Office is seeking Legislative Counsel to join its staff in handling Judiciary Committee work, including immigration and intellectual property. The senator has a strong interest in consumer protection issues. Other issues in the portfolio could include privacy, nominations, and more. Responsibilities include developing a proactive legislative agenda, keeping the senator up to date, staffing the Senator during committee meetings, and writing statements and speeches. Qualified candidates should have a J.D., be strong writers, and have prior Capitol Hill experience.

Senator Hirono’s office is an equal opportunity employer.  To apply, e-mail a cover letter, resume, and writing sample here. Please make sure to note which position you are applying for in the subject line of your email (Judiciary Position).

For more information about Senator Hirono, click here.

Interested in Policy Work in Olympia this Summer?  Take Advantage of the Governor’s Leadership Academy, Due 3/31

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Take advantage of a unique internship program through the Governor’s Leadership Academy. Great opportunities to work in legislative affairs and policy for law students. Applications reviewed on a rolling basis through March 31.

The Governor’s Leadership Academy is a unique internship program for college and graduate students to gain a hands-on learning experience in the Governor’s office.  The Inslee Administration is looking for innovative, forward-thinking individuals who are committed to public service and who want to develop their leadership and public policy skills in a dynamic environment.

For more information and application details, click here.

Attention 1Ls and 2Ls! Externship Opportunity for Animal Rights Activists

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Friends of Animals is pleased to announce summer (2014) externship opportunities in its Wildlife Law Program (WLP), located in Denver, Colorado. Established in 2013, the WLP fills a niche between animal and environmental activism.  Animal activists often fail to fully utilize the array of local, state, federal and international environmental laws as a means to protect the rights of animals to live free from human interference.  Environmental activists often utilize these laws, but do so to achieve broad environmental objectives that may not always protect the rights of free-living animals. The mission of the WLP is to utilize the law for a singular purpose: to ensure the right of all wildlife to live in an ecosystem free from human manipulation, exploitation, or abuse.

Externs will have the opportunity to get hands-on experience by working closely with WLP attorneys to litigate matters in federal and state court, as well as engage in non-litigation advocacy projects. Typically extern projects include drafting legal documents (60-day notice letters, complaints, discovery documents, briefs, administrative comments), legal research and writing, interviewing and working directly with the client, engaging government decision-makers, and advocating at the policy level. The WLP attorneys also make an effort to expose students to a wide variety of career opportunities, including opportunities in public interest environmental law and animal rights law.

Check out Symplicity for full description and application information.

Looking for a Spring Externship? Department of Labor Seeking Spring Extern for OSHA Discrimination Case

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The Department of Labor (DOL) recently filed an Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) discrimination case in federal court.  The DOL Office seeks an extern available in the Spring Quarter who can assist in trial preparation.  If you are interested in anti-discrimination issues, this is a rare opportunity to gain experience in discrimination law under OSHA and Title VII as such cases rarely go to trial.  Externs must be available for at least 16 hours per week, though more hours are available upon request.  If you are interested in the position, please contact Bruce Brown directly by email.  Mr. Brown is the Associate Regional Solicitor for the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of the Solicitor.