Tenant Rights, Immigrant Rights, and Real Change Make Promising Advances

New York Seeking Better Legal Help for Immigrants

Judge Katzmann & Nisha Agarwal Photo By Kirk Semple, The New York Times, published Jan. 28, 2014

In the next several days, the deans of the nation’s top law schools will be notified of a new job opportunity for their graduating students. Applicants must be high achievers who want to be part of a groundbreaking start-up, live in New York City, train with veteran lawyers and help create a new paradigm in immigration representation.

The call comes from the Immigrant Justice Corps, a new group that received a life-giving injection on Tuesday when the board of the Robin Hood Foundation, a poverty-fighting philanthropy, approved more than $1.3 million in funding.

The initiative is the long-nurtured idea of Robert A. Katzmann, the chief judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, who has for years campaigned to redress a grave problem: the shortage of competent legal representation for immigrants, particularly those of modest means facing deportation.

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Interested in Public Interest Post Graduate Fellowships? Wish there was a Comprehensive and User Friendly Deadline Calendar?

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Well look no further. PSJD has updated their fellowships calendar with an easy to use searchable database! This is the ultimate resource where you can find organization-based, project-based, clinical/teaching and entrepreneurial fellowships as well postings from host organizations (sponsors) seeking candidates for project-based fellowships (such as Skadden, Equal Justice Work, Berkeley Law Foundation).

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Not registered with PSJD? It’s pretty much mandatory if you want to build a career in public interest/ public service. It’s free and takes literally two minutes to set up. Register here

To learn more about the nuts and bolts of Public Interest Post Graduate Fellowships don’t miss our annual spring presentation on Tuesday, April 1, Room 133, 12:30 – 1:20 PM.

Real Change Offers Opportunity to Join its Board of Directors in May 2014

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The Real Change Board of Directors is actively seeking passionate, diverse, and experienced board members to help guide the organization as it grows.

Real Change board members have the privilege of working collaboratively to direct and support a well-established, first-rate organization. Board members are part of a truly cross-class team, which is a rare opportunity in a world usually segregated by income disparities. The board is made up of current and former vendors as well as community members and professionals who come together
to make policies and provide strategic direction and oversight.

For more information about Real Change and its board member application process, click here.

Chief Justice Madsen Presents the 2014 State of the Judiciary on Behalf of the Courts of Washington

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It has become a tradition for the Chief Justice to provide a written State of the Judiciary report at the start of the short session of the legislature and I do so now with appreciation for the opportunity to provide a brief look at how the courts of Washington fared in 2013, as well as the challenges coming in 2014.

What follows is a series of articles and interviews that highlight some activities and accomplishments of the judicial branch this past year. I believe this new approach to reporting on the state of our courts will be more informative and will put a human face on the issues affecting the courts and the people we serve.

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Housing as a Human Right Posts “Congressional Briefing on the Protecting Tenants at Foreclosure Act”

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Leah Tedesco, Program on Human Rights & the Global Economy Fellow, Housing as a Human Right

If not made permanent, on December 31, 2014 the Protecting Tenants at Foreclosure Act (PTFA) will expire, leaving renters living in foreclosed properties vulnerable. Without the protection of the PTFA, renters could have no idea their landlord has defaulted on their mortgage and could come home from work one day to find the locks changed and their belongings on the street.

At a Congressional briefing held last week, speakers praising the PTFA’s effectiveness in protecting innocent renters included Tristia Bauman and Jeremy Rosen from the National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty (NLCHP), Matt Hill from the Public Justice Center, and Sham Manglik from the National Low Income Housing Coalition. Representative Keith Ellison, who sponsored the bill, H.R. 3543, that would make the PTFA permanent and add a private right of action also spoke (Senator Richard Blumenthal who sponsored the Senate companion bill, S. 1761 was unable to attend).

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UW’s Innocence Project Northwest Ranks Fourth in Exonerations in 2013

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Due to the work of the UW’s Innocence Project Northwest, the state of Washington ranked fourth in the nation for exonerations in 2013. The ranking comes from the annual report of the National Registry of Exonerations, released Feb. 4.

In a record-breaking year of 87 exonerations, the state of Texas led with 13, followed by Illinois with nine, New York with eight and Washington with seven, five of which were gained through the Innocence Project Northwest. Following Washington were California with six and Michigan and Missouri with five each.

The report also indicated that DNA exonerations declined slowly in 2013, continuing a trend in recent years, and non-DNA exonerations rose sharply. DNA exonerations accounted for about one-fifth of the total for 2013.

Read the complete report here.