Do You Know What Community Lawyering Is? Learn More at This Week’s SJT!

March 8: Landesa Presents International Women’s Day Breakfast

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Saturday, Mar. 8, 2014
7:30 – 9:00 AM
Four Seasons Hotel, 99 Union Street, Seattle, WA

Enjoy a lively and inspirational conversation with Renée Giovarelli & Ruth Meinzen-Dick.

Renée and Ruth are two of the world’s premiere land rights practitioners and advocates for improving the lives of women around the world. They will share stories about how millions of women and their families are climbing out of poverty through the power of land – for today and for generations to come.

This event will raise funds to support Landesa’s work on securing land rights for women and their families throughout the world.  For more information, click here.

March 8: Seattle Oxfam Action Corps Celebrates International Women’s Day

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Saturday, Mar. 8, 2014
12:00 – 2:00 PM
Agua Verde, Northeast Boat Street, Seattle, WA

Seattle Oxfam Action Corps invites you to come celebrate International Women’s Day, Saturday March 8th! We will be hosting a light luncheon at Aqua Verde Cafe from 12pm-2pm.  This year, Seattle Oxfam Action Corps, would like to celebrate International Women’s Day by highlighting the efforts of women farmer’s all around the world while also reflecting on how local efforts are having a worldwide impact of women, farming, and food justice.

We will be hearing from four local women within our own community who are involved in farming and who have had a great influence on the Seattle area and beyond. Among are featured guests are Katie Pencke and Karla Faris with Seattle Tilth, local photographer Audra Mulkern, and Sister of the Planet Ambassador Ellen Southard.

Join us in celebrating the efforts of women farmer’s all around the world while enjoying some great food! We look forward to seeing you.  To register, click here.

March 11: Social Justice Tuesday- Community Lawyering: What does it mean and how can we do more of it?

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Tuesday, Mar. 11, 2014
12:30-1:20 PM, RM 133

Promoting an expansive view of a legal aid lawyer’s role, community lawyering stresses the importance of thinking beyond litigation (while retaining litigation as a vital tool) in addressing the kinds of structural problems low-income communities face.

Community lawyers often prioritize community economic development, to help increase a community’s economic resources, such as housing; do community organizing as a vehicle for mobilizing communities to work on short, winnable, issue-oriented campaigns against specific targets with the longer-term goal of creating self-sustaining, community-based organizations capable of even greater changes; as well as engage in community building  to help increase the “social capital” within a community— identifying community resources, building new relationships among community members, and nurturing new leaders.

Please join us for an engaging discussion on community lawyering; what it means and how we can do more of it.

Speakers:
Angélica Cházaro is a Visiting Assistant Professor at UW School of Law who teaches Poverty Law and Critical Race Theory. She is a former staff attorney at the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project.

La Rond Baker is a staff attorney at the ACLU of Washington.

If you would like lunch please RSVP via Symplicity or email by 12:00 pm Monday, March 10. No RSVP for lunch accepted after 12:00 pm.

April 1: Marten Environmental Leadership Series Student Dinner featuring Washington Department of Ecology Director Maia Bellon

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Tuesday, April 1, 2014
5:30 – 7:30 PM, RM 115

Send an email here to sign up! Only 20 Seats! 

The final dinner of this year’s series will be held on April 1st, 5:30-7:30pm, in Room 115.

The speaker at this dinner will be Maia Bellon, Director of the Washington State Department of Ecology.

Maia previously served as program manager for Ecology’s Water Resources program, overseeing a staff of 130.  That program is charged with sustainably managing the state’s water resources, including the allocation of water and protection of water rights, instream flows and environmental functions.

Before joining Ecology, Maia served as an assistant attorney general with the Ecology Division of the Washington State Attorney General’s Office. She served as the lead attorney for the underground storage tank program and was Ecology’s lead advisor on mining and Model Toxics Control Act voluntary cleanup issues. She also served for two years as the lead attorney for Ecology’s Air Quality Program.

From 2000 to 2001, Maia served as the special assistant to the president for Civil Rights and Legal Affairs at The Evergreen State College. She is a graduate of The Evergreen State College and earned her law degree from Arizona State University.

April 10-11: Medical-Legal Partnership Summit

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Thursday, Apr. 10 – Friday, Apr. 11, 2014
Fairmont Olympic Hotel in downtown Seattle

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 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.

To review the full summit agenda, click here.  To register, click here.