Attention 3Ls and Recent Grads! Associate Positions Available Across the Nation!

Attention 3Ls and Recent Grads! Murphy Anderson PLLC Seeking Litigation Associate in Washington, D.C., Due 4/20

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Murphy Anderson PLLC, a fast-paced and innovative public interest firm, is seeking a litigation associate with 0-5 years of experience for its Washington office.  The firm represents unions in all sectors of the economy, with a particular focus on finding creative ways to help workers organize.  The firm also represents employees concerning unpaid wages and whistleblowers fighting fraud in health care, military procurement and the construction industry using the False Claims Act and similar SEC and IRS programs.  The successful applicant will work in all areas of the firm’s practice.

Applicants should have excellent writing skills, strong academic credentials and a demonstrated commitment to workers’ rights and public service.  Federal judicial clerkship and law journal experience are favored, as is Spanish-language proficiency.

For a complete description and application information, click here. Photo of Washington, D.C. Capitol Building courtesy of Stockvault and Nicolas Raymond.

Attention 3Ls and Recent Grads! Hadsell Stormer Richardson & Renick LLP Seeking Associate Attorney to Work in Pasadena, California, Due 4/20

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Hadsell Stormer Richardson & Renick, LLP, a prominent civil rights and plaintiffs’ employment law firm located in Pasadena, California, announces an opening for the position of associate attorney with 0-5 years experience.  Excellent writing skills and a demonstrated commitment to public interest law are required.  Current admission to the California Bar preferred.  Judicial clerkships are a plus.  We value a diverse workplace and welcome applications from candidates with diverse backgrounds.

For a complete description and application details, click here.

Attention 3Ls and Recent Grads!  Northwest Office of Earthjustice Seeking Associate Attorney, Due 4/25

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Earthjustice is the premier nonprofit environmental law firm.  We take on the biggest, most precedent-setting cases across the country.  We wield the power of law and the strength of partnership to protect people’s health; to preserve magnificent places and wildlife; to advance clean energy; and to combat climate change.  We partner with thousands of groups, supporters and individuals to engage the critical environmental issues of our time, and bring about positive change.  We are here because the earth needs a good lawyer.

The associate attorney program comprises a two-year position with a possible extension for a third year.  Associate attorneys work closely with staff attorneys and clients to investigate, develop, and prosecute cases.  The associate attorney program is designed to help attorneys develop into thoughtful, professional, and effective advocates skilled in the various phases of public interest litigation.  Many associates have gone on to other positions within Earthjustice or with other public interest organizations.

For a complete description and application information, click here.

Killmer, Lane & Newman, LLP Seeking Associate Attorney in Denver, Colorado

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The lawyers of KILLMER, LANE & NEWMAN, LLP are concerned, above all else, with the protection of the civil rights and liberties of our clients. In our role as trial and appellate lawyers, we are the advocates of the underdog. Whether litigating on behalf of employees against the wrongful conduct of their employers, on behalf of people against oppressive governmental conduct, or on behalf of criminal defendants, our mission, first and foremost is to defend the Constitutional and statutory rights of our clients against illegal corporate or governmental conduct and criminal accusations.

We represent people, and our opponents are almost always institutional entities. We strongly believe in, and take pride in enforcing, our Constitution and the laws guaranteeing the rights and liberties of the clients we represent.  We seek an associate attorney to join our office.  Candidates must have at a minimum a Juris Doctorate.  Bilingual in English and Spanish is helpful.  For more information about the position, contact Darold Killmer.

For more about the firm, click here.

National Center for Law and Economic Justice Accepting Applications for Paul M. Dodyk Fellowship for Economic Justice, Due 4/30

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The Paul M. Dodyk Fellowship for Economic Justice has been established by generous donors to the National Center for Law and Economic Justice in honor of Paul M. Dodyk, past Chair of NCLEJ and a great champion of using the law to promote economic justice and fair and dignified treatment for everyone in our society, regardless of their means. The Fellowship is designed to foster the next generation of lawyers working for economic justice while enhancing NCLEJ’s capacity to serve those who have the least in our society.

For this cycle we are seeking applications from candidates who bring considerable experience in addressing issues confronting low wage workers, such as wage theft, equal pay for low-income women, and fair pay for low-income immigrant communities.

We seek energetic, motivated candidates with a record of commitment to social justice work with a strong component addressing issues confronting low wage workers, experience in developing and implementing projects, excellent writing, legal research and communication skills, and leadership potential.

Candidates for the Dodyk Fellowship should be at a relatively early stage of their legal careers – preferably those with up to four years of practice in the public or private sector, including law clerks and current or former Skadden, Equal Justice Works, or other Fellows. While preference will be given to candidates with one to four years of relevant experience after law school, third year students with extensive experience working with low wage worker issues or labor organizing may be considered. Applicants not yet admitted to the bar should be prepared to satisfy bar admission requirements.

For a complete description and application information, click here.

OCA Seeking Candidates for 2014-2015 Civil Rights Fellowship, Due 4/30

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OCA – Asian Pacific American Advocates, a national membership-driven organization of community advocates dedicated to advancing the political, social, and economic well-being of Asian Pacific Americans (APAs), is seeking qualified candidates for the 2014 – 2015 OCA Civil Rights Fellowship.

The OCA Civil Rights Fellowship is a national advocacy fellowship based at the OCA National Center in Washington DC which seeks to organize and mobilize the chapter networks across the country to support the building of individual and community capacity for greater civic engagement among Asian Pacific Americans.

The Fellow will work directly and collaborate with the OCA Chapters through a series of turn-key projects. The ultimate objective of this program is to create a movement of APAs that embrace the vision of robust civic engagement that fosters a strong democratic society for generations to come.

For a complete description of the fellowship and application instructions, click here.

Center for Reproductive Rights Seeking Advocacy Adviser in Geneva, Due 5/1

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The Advocacy Adviser will be joining the Center at a critical time for reproductive rights globally. As opponents of women’s rights are mounting a scorched-earth campaign to turn back decades of hard-won progress, the Center is fighting back with short-, medium-, and long-term strategies, to reverse the erosion of reproductive rights protections across the U.S. and establish the right to affordable reproductive healthcare in the U.S. A key component of our strategic plan is to restore heightened protections for abortion rights, as promised to American women in the landmark decision of Roe v. Wade (1973).

The Center seeks an Advocacy Adviser for Global Advocacy who will support the Global Advocacy Team in the Global Legal Program and will report to the Director of Global Advocacy.

The position will be based in Geneva, Switzerland.

For a complete job description and application instructions, click here.

Attention Post-Grads!  Partnership for Working Families Seeking Staff Attorney for Community Benefits Law Center, Due 5/9

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The Partnership for Working Families is a national network of leading regional advocacy organizations who find solutions to our nation’s economic and environmental problems. We are driving change in major cities across the country, bringing together community, labor, faith, and environmental partners to build coalitions and campaigns that create and sustain an economy that works for everyone. Our network does all of the kinds of work that is required to make real change. We research tough problems, develop new policy tools, give individuals a way to find power though organizing, and put together new coalitions. Most importantly, we build the long term governing power that it takes to implement our ideas and policy solutions.

The Partnership seeks a dynamic, resourceful, highly effective Staff Attorney to undertake major pieces of the core work of the Center. To be eligible, an applicant must have a J.D. and at least 2 years of work as an attorney in a field relevant to the Partnership’s work and, prior to starting work with the Center, be admitted to practice in a jurisdiction in which a Partnership affiliate is located.

For a complete job description and application information, click here.

Pro-Bono Summer Opportunities on Long Island: Hurricane Sandy Legal Assistance Work

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Hurricane Sandy struck Long Island in October 2012 devastating the lives of thousands of residents.
Thanks to a generous grant by the Rausch Foundation, Touro Law Center was able to set up TLC-HEART
(Hurricane Emergency Assistance and Referral Team) which enabled the school to provide assistance in
the immediate aftermath of the storm. At that time pro-bono opportunities involved direct client contacts,
performing intakes, and advising on where to obtain immediate survival assistance relating to food and shelter.
Now the work has evolved to researching and preparing for litigating cases in federal court on flood insurance
claims and researching and preparing policy recommendations to advocate for better disaster management
policy and procedures in case of future natural or man-made disasters. Touro Law Center’s continued work
in the area of disaster related legal assistance is now made possible by a grant from Montana Legal Services
Association which sponsors a Volunteer Sandy Assistance at Touro Law Center for a period of one year

For more information about the clinic and how to participate, click here.

U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) Office of the Chair Internship Program Seeking Fall 2014, Winter/Spring 2015, and Summer 2015 Interns, Fall 2014 Applications Due 5/16

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The Office of Chair Jacqueline A. Berrien is currently seeking interns for Fall 2014, Winter/Spring 2015, and Summer 2015.

The Office of the Chair (OCH), headquartered in Washington, DC, assists the Chair in fulfilling her responsibilities as Chair of the Commission and administrative head of the agency.  As one of five commissioners appointed by the President and confirmed by the Senate, the Chair votes on all matters that come before the Commission, including policy issues, litigation recommendations, federal sector appellate cases, amicus briefs, subpoena determinations and contracts; issues Commissioner’s charges of discrimination, where appropriate; and performs such other functions as may be authorized by law, regulation, or order.  The Chair is the official spokesperson for the Commission and is responsible for the development and implementation of Commission policies, procedures, and programs.   The Chair also handles all operational aspects of the Commission, including managing Executive and Legislative branch relationships, the budget, personnel, and EEOC’s headquarters and 53 field offices.

OCH is currently looking for 2L, 3L or LLM law student interns for Fall 2014, Winter/Spring 2015, and Summer 2015.  Successful applicants will possess strong legal research, analysis and writing skills and have a demonstrated interest in civil rights issues, employment law, or public interest law.  Interns will be supervised by an attorney and will have opportunities to produce a legal writing work-product.

For a complete job description and application instructions, click here.

Will You Support Students Doing Human Rights Work? Consider Donating a Day’s Pay!

April 15: Social Justice Tuesday: Working with Homeless Youth in Seattle

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Tuesday, Apr. 15, 2014
12:30 – 1:20 PM, RM 133

Presented by: Street Youth Legal Advocates of Washington

The panel will discuss the challenges of working with homeless youth in the Seattle area. Their experiences include running programs for homeless youth, the mental health aspects of homelessness, and legislative advocacy. They will speak about the legal and non-legal issues facing homeless youth in Seattle, the organizations they work with, and how we as students can help.

Panelists:

  • Katelyn Stickel, Program Manager, Teen Feed
  • Jenny Donovan, counseling student
  • Kate Phillips, Program Director at Street Youth Ministries
  • Kimberly Schertz – 3L at UW Law

If you would like lunch please RSVP via Symplicity or Email by 12:00 pm Monday, April 14, 2014. No RSVP for lunch accepted after 12:00 pm.

April 16: Public Service Entrepreneurial Workshop

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Wednesday, Apr. 16, 2014
3:30-5:20 PM, RM 133

Sponsored by the Center for Public Service Law

Interested in working for social justice?
Have an idea for starting up a social venture organization or business?
Want to create a different kind of law office providing legal services to underserved communities?

If you’ve answered yes to any of these questions, then this is the workshop for you!

Using a UW Law student’s project idea as a case study you’ll learn about the basics of business planning, corporate formation, funding through interactive exercises and lecture.

Presenters include:

  • Mary Whisner, Reference Librarian, Gallagher Law Library
  • Matt Souza, JD/MBA
  • Emily Nelson, 3L
  • Professor Jennifer Fan, Entrepreneurial Law Clinic

April 21: Come See Documented the Film at SIFF Cinema Uptown

Monday, Apr. 21, 2014 at 6:30 PM
SIFF Cinema Uptown, 511 Queen Anne Ave. N., Seattle
Tickets $12. Purchase Now

Please join us, along with our partners Define American, El Centro De La Raza and OneAmerica, on April 21 for a special one night only preview screening of DOCUMENTED, the new film by our friend Jose Antonio Vargas. Reserve your ticket today and help spread the word!

In 2011, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Jose Antonio Vargas outed himself as an undocumented immigrant in an essay published in the New York Times Magazine. DOCUMENTED chronicles his journey to America from the Philippines as a child; his journey through America as an immigration reform activist; and his journey inward as he re-connects with his mother, whom he hasn’t seen in person in over 20 years.

April 21: Cambodian Son Screening

Monday, Apr. 21, 2014
Gates Hall, RM 138
Doors open at 7:30 PM, Screening starts at 8:00 PM

“Cambodian Son” is a film chronicling the life of spoken word poet Kosal Khiev, who was born in a Thai refugee camp, came to U.S. as a child, was arrested at 16 for gang violence. He spent over a decade in California prisons before being deported to Cambodia and barred from re-entering the US. The documentary touches on the intersection of multiple social justice issues including refugee rights, immigration, juvenile justice, and the redemptive power of the arts. Director Masahiro Sugano will be speaking about Cambodian Son in a pre-screening lecture at lunch on (room 127).

If you are interested in coming, please sign up on here ASAP (ideally by Friday, April 11th, but we will accept persons who sign up later): https://docs.google.com/. The event will be made open to the public as the first screening in Seattle has already SOLD OUT. However, we will reserve a certain number of seats for law students and persons associated with the law school based on the interest you all show in coming! There are no tickets, but we ask that you consider making a donation at the door. All proceeds go to support Kosal Khiev’s art. Any questions, please email.

April 29: Reversing the Effects of Mass Incarceration: Implementing Criminal Justice Reforms

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Tuesday, Apr. 29, 2014
6:00 – 7:30 PM
William H. Gates Hall, RM 138, RSVP Required

The incarceration rate in the United States is the highest in the world, which has led some to call our current criminal justice structure a system of mass incarceration. This system—which contains over 2 million people in American prisons and jails—has decimated communities, especially those of color, created two tiers of justice, one for the rich and the other for the poor, and, in some instances, has resulted in government spending more money on incarceration than education.

The University of Washington School of Law and the Gates Public Service Law Program invites you to a forum on how we as a community can reverse the effects of mass incarceration through implementing criminal justice reforms. The forum will cover sentencing reform, prison rehabilitation programs, and prison reentry.

The program will start promptly at 6pm.

Presenters:

Alexes Harris, Assistant Professor, University of Washington Department of Sociology: Addressing the Juvenile Justice Pipeline to Mass Incarceration

Michael Romano, Director and co-founder of the Three Strikes Project, Stanford Law School: Righting the Wrongs of “Three Strikes” Life Sentences

Michael Santos, prison reform activist, lecturer at San Francisco State University: Prisoner Re-entry: Triumphing over Imprisonment  

Panel Discussion:

Moderator:
The Honorable Steven C. González, Washington State Supreme Court

Ari Kohn, Director: Post-Prison Education Program

Jacqueline McMurtrie, Associate Professor & Director: Innocence Project Northwest, UW School of Law

Connie Smith, Chief US Probation and Pretrial Services Officer, Western District of Washington

To attend the event, register online here.

May 3: Center for Human Rights & Justice Annual Fundraiser: Donate a Day’s Pay

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Do you have a paying summer job?  Do you care about human rights?  Like hobnobbing with professors?

Help CHRJ fund a grant for a UW law student to do human rights work this summer by “donating a day’s pay” to CHRJ’s grant fund.

The first 40 students to donate or pledge $100 or more are invited to a party at Professor Bob Anderson’s home.  Enjoy food, drinks, and conversation with your professors and classmates!

Donate during lunch at the CHRJ ‘Donate a Day’s Pay’ Table today!  Party to be held on May 3, 2014.

Click here for more information.

Donate online here.

This Just In! Don’t Miss Out On These Awesome Opportunities! Apply Now

Northside Community Law Centre in Dublin Ireland Seeking Legal Fellow, Deadline Extended to 4/18

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The Northside Community Law Centre  in Dublin  Ireland is eager to have a UW law student this summer.  We are extending the deadline for the William Sampson Program to allow students the opportunity to apply.  Although there is no funding provided, this can be an externship or students can seek alternative funding to be able to take advantage of this excellent opportunity.

To apply follow the instructions here.  Deadline extended to April 18th.

Attentions 1Ls, 2Ls and 3Ls!  The Public Defender Service for DC Seeks a Summer Legal Intern, PAID Position, Apply Now!

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The mission of the Public Defender Service (PDS) for the District of Columbia is to provide and promote quality legal representation to indigent adults and children facing a loss of liberty in the District of Columbia and thereby protect society’s interest in the fair administration of justice.  The Criminal Law Internship Program (CLIP) is designed to provide undergraduate and graduate students with the fundamental investigative techniques and relevant criminal law knowledge needed to assist attorneys within the organization.  A the end of an intensive weeklong training session, the Intern Investigators are to either one or two attorneys in the Trial Division for whom they are to complete all investigative aspects of the assigned cases.  A small number of Intern Investigators may also be placed in our Civil Division, Parole Division, or other litigation divisions as needed.

The responsibilities of an Intern Investigator include locating and interviewing witnesses and clients, taking detailed witness statements, performing extensive criminal background checks, serving subpoenas, photographing and diagramming crime scenes, preparing courtroom exhibits, writing reports regarding investigative activities, assisting with case development, and generally assisting the assigned attorney(s) in and out of the courtroom.

For a complete description of CLIP and application instructions, click here.

Still Looking for Funding? Americorps JD Opportunities for Summer Funding, Due 4/15

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Students may apply through April 15 to our AmeriCorps JD program to receive a $1,175 Segal AmeriCorps Education Award for their summer public interest work.

This year, the focus of AmeriCorps JD is on providing legal service to veterans. AmeriCorps JD members must complete 300 hours of service by August 31 to a qualifying legal project with a legal aid organization, veterans’ law clinic, veterans treatment court, or a state or local government agency.

While we can list the benefits of being a member of AmeriCorps JD, our full-time Fellows are really the best people to testify about the importance of providing legal services to veterans.

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For more information and application instructions, click here.

April 9: HIV Criminalization – The Intersections of Law, Justice and Public Health

Wednesday, Apr. 9, 2014
12:30 – 1:20 PM, RM 119

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Hosted by Incarcerated Mother’s Advocacy Project

Is HIV criminalization in the public interest?  Does it further public health?  Does it simply discourage testing and thus help the virus spread?  Does incarcerating people with HIV increase disease transmission in prisons?  There is much to talk about when it comes to discussions of HIV criminalization.  Join us for a lively discussion on the current state of law, public health research, and global activism to end HIV criminalization.  Danielle Askini, Executive Director of Gender Justice League and Program Manager for the QLaw Foundation will join us to discuss HIV Criminalization in the United States and Europe.

Looking for a Career in Public Service or Simply More Direct Client Work? Check Out These Announcements

Are You Primarily Interested in a Career in Public Service Law? Has it Been a While Since you Last Met with Your Public Service Career Coach?

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Whether you’ve got summer plans lined up or not, now’s a great time to reconnect with your public service career coach. We can help you strategize and discuss internships, externships, fellowships, pro bono, clinics, post grad planning and beyond, not to mention interview and networking tips. Not sure who you should be meeting with? 1Ls and 2Ls should contact Assistant Director Aline Carton-Listfjeld or schedule directly in Symplicity. 3Ls should contact Assistant Dean Michele Storms.

Youth Opportunities Act Opens Doors to Thousands of Young Adults across Washington State

By Columbia Legal Services

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OLYMPIA – Governor Jay Inslee plans to sign the Youth Opportunities Act (HB 1651) into law tomorrow, after years of negotiations resulted in overwhelming, bipartisan support for the bill from the Washington State Legislature. The Act will result in the sealing of 6,000-10,000 young adults’ juvenile offense records each year, allowing them to receive greater opportunities in housing, education, and employment. Championed by Rep. Ruth Kagi (D-32), and negotiated by Sen. Jeannie Darneille (D-27) and Sen. Steve O’Ban (R-32), the bill received near unanimous support in the Legislature.

“The Youth Opportunities Act eliminates a major barrier for many rehabilitated youth who can now contribute fully to their communities,” said Casey Trupin, Attorney with the Children & Youth project at Columbia Legal Services (CLS). “By supporting one of the biggest juvenile justice reforms in decades, the Legislature has offered a path for young adults to pursue education, employment, and housing.” For four years, CLS has worked closely with partners such as Friends of YouthFaith Action NetworkMockingbird SocietyChildren’s Alliance, and many other strong advocates to ensure this bill passed.

Continue reading here.

Looking for a Chance to Work with Clients?  The Moderate Means Program is Recruiting Interns for Spring and Summer Quarters, Applications Due 4/11

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The Statewide Moderate Means Program (MMP) is a joint venture between the Washington State Bar Association and the Washington State law schools. The goal of the program is to increase access to civil legal services by people of moderate means who cannot afford an attorney but make too much money to qualify for traditional legal aid services. The program is focused on the areas of Family, Housing and Consumer law.

Law students serving as MMP volunteer interns will interview potential clients by telephone to collect information and evaluate their cases. Qualifying cases will be referred by the MMP interns to participating attorneys who have agreed to represent Moderate Means Program clients for a reduced fee. MMP interns will be expected to commit to a minimum of five hours a week for the duration of spring quarter and this summer (one hour is a weekly staff meeting).

Click here for more information.

America’s Growing Inequality: The Impact of Poverty and Race Publication Explores Poverty & Race

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America’s Growing Inequality: The Impact of Poverty and Race, edited by Chester Hartman is now available in hardcover – includes the best articles and essays from Poverty & Race; with a foreword by Congressman Luis Gutierrez. The book is a compilation of the best and still-most-relevant articles published in Poverty & Race, the bimonthly of The Poverty & Race Research Action Council from 2006 to the present. Authors are some of the leading figures in a range of activities around these themes. It is the fourth such book PRRAC has published over the years, each with a high-visibility foreword writer: Rep. John Lewis, Rep. Jesse Jackson, Jr. Bill Bradley, Julian Bond in previous books, Rep. Luis Gutierrez of Chicago for this book. The
chapters are organized into four sections: Race & Poverty: The Structural Underpinnings; Deconstructing Poverty and Racial Inequities; Re(emerging) Issues; Civil Rights History.

Order here at the PRRAC discounted rate; see the Table of Contents here.

Missed the Recent SJT on Public Interest Post Grad Fellowships? Don’t Fret. We’ve got all of the info right here!

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Download our presentation slides here and watch the podcast here. You’ll find all of the essentials on the nuts and bolts of organizational and project based public interest post grad fellowships, how to find them and some strategies for successful applications.

Kirwan Institute Releases Second State of the Science: Implicit Bias Review 2014

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With the results in the Zimmerman and Dunn trials, introducing people to Implicit Bias research seems more important than ever. The Kirwan Institute is excited to be able to continue to support the field with this new edition of State of the Science: Implicit Bias Review. Chapter 1 serves as a primer to introduce the topic, capturing some of the key ideas that were discussed at length in the 2013 edition. The next two chapters focus on the newest scholarly literature from 2013 (Chapter 2 reviews many of these recent publications, and Chapter 3 takes a step back to reflect on some of the larger trends occurring in the field). Chapters 4 and 5 delve into the concept of implicit racial bias as it operates within particular domains, specifically employment and housing (building on the sectors discussed in last year’s edition: Education, Health and Criminal Justice). The publication closes with materials in the appendices that we thought might be useful to those who are seeking to educate others regarding implicit racial bias, including “A Conversation with an Implicit Bias Skeptic.”

Click here to download the report.

Hunger Strikers Released from Solitary Confinement at the Northwest Detention Center

Activists rally outside the ICE Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma, Washington on March 11, 2014

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By Columbia Legal Services & American Civil Liberties Union

Federal immigration authorities have released hunger strikers from solitary confinement at the Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma, Washington. The action came after the ACLU of Washington (ACLU-WA) and Columbia Legal Services (CLS) filed a lawsuit seeking a court order to prohibit U.S. Immigration and Enforcement (ICE) from retaliating against detainees who engage in First Amendment-protected activities by placing them in solitary confinement.

“Our clients are very grateful to be out of solitary confinement after 6 days in it. This is a victory for free speech and fair treatment,” said Melissa Lee, Attorney and Institutions Project Coordinator with CLS.

“We’re very pleased that ICE has stopped retaliating against detainees engaged in peaceful protest. Punishing hunger strikers by putting them in isolation cells was an unlawful attempt to chill free speech rights” said ACLU-WA Legal Director Sarah Dunne.

Continue reading here.

Mediation Training from a Social Justice Perspective Conducted by the Social Justice Mediation Institute, May 19-23

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Hosted by the City of Seattle Alternative Dispute Resolution Program.

$450 if registration completed before April 15.  $500 after April 15.  Some fee reductions available.

35.0 CLEs (5.0 ethics) approved.  (There will be a charge of $25 for members of the Washington State Bar Association asking for CLEs.)

For application and more information, please send an e-mail to Vivien.sharples@seattle.gov

This institute prepares trainees to mediate while applying a social justice lens to their own techniques.  We explore how mediation can routinely replicate inequalities despite our intensions to the contrary.  Trainees gain strategies to address these challenges while still facilitating a process with self-determination about the outcome for the disputing parties.   Concepts from narrative theory are applied to equip mediators with additional tools for effectively understanding the dispute and building agreements.

For more information about the training, click here.

Are You Interested in the Environment and Indian Law? Guest Speakers at the UW Speak on the Subject Next Week!

April 8: Social Justice Tuesday – Indian Law & Alaska Native Fishing Rights

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Tuesday, Apr. 8, 2014
12:30-1:20 PM, RM 133

Speaker Professor Anderson

Hosted by the Public Interest Law Association

Professor Anderson will discuss long-running litigation (29 years) against the State of Alaska to secure some measure of protection for Alaska Native fishing rights.  Anderson was lead counsel for the Native community in the recent successful effort to persuade the U.S. Supreme Court to reject the State of Alaska’s petition for review of a Ninth Circuit decision favorable to Alaska Natives.

If you would like lunch please RSVP via Symplicity or Email by 12:00 pm Monday, April 7.

April 10: Katherine O’Brien to Speak on Environmental and Indian Law

Katherine O’Brien — UW Law alum, former Gates Scholar, and current Associate Attorney with Earthjustice’s Northern Rockies office — will be on campus.  She has agreed to speak with a small group of interested students about environmental and Indian law opportunities over the lunch hour.  The environmental program will provide lunch, but students need to send RSVPs to Todd Wildermuth by noon on Wednesday, April 9. Please specify any dietary restrictions.

April 15 & 16: Graduating Checklist for 3Ls

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Tuesday, Apr. 15, 2014 – Part 1: Financial Aid/CPLD
Wednesday, Apr. 16, 2014 – Part 2: Student Loan Repayment Options for Graduating 3Ls
12:30 – 1:20 PM, RM 217

The Office of Admissions & Financial Aid, Center for Public Service Law, and the Center for Professional & Leadership Development are co-hosting an importation presentation series for graduating 3Ls.  Please join us for both presentations discuss all things financial aid, bar loans, student loan repayment options, and important CPLD information. The first part will focus on administrative and logistic matters in preparing to graduate and the second part will focus on different student loan repayment options.  All times are at 12:30PM-1:20PM in room 217.  Both presentations will be podcasted and made available for students who will not be able to attend.

April 17: You’re Invited To View the West Coast Premiere of “Soldiers’ Sanctuary” Documentary

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Thursday, Apr. 17, 2014
Seattle Public Library, Microsoft Auditorium
1000 Fourth Avenue, Seattle, WA 98101

Doors open at 6:00 PM; Film will begin at 7:00 PM

Filmed on location in Vietnam, “Soldiers’ Sanctuary” follows a group of U.S. veterans as they travel with PeaceTrees Vietnam to the infamous Khe Sanh battlefield in Quang Tri Province in hopes of finding reconciliation by meeting face to face with former enemies of war. Captured on film by cinematographer Luke Hansen of Albany, N.Y., the outcome of the meeting includes a historic event of profound and lasting significance.

Following the screening, audience members will have the unique opportunity to hear from the filmmaker and subjects of the film in a panel discussion moderated by Kevin Espirito, Sr. Manager of Community Engagement for Microsoft Citizenship and Public Affairs.

Find more information about “Soldiers’ Sanctuary” here. View the film trailer here.  Reserve your complimentary ticket here.

May 22: Annual Fair Housing Conference at the Tacoma Convention Center

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Thursday, May 22, 2014
Greater Tacoma Convention and Trade Center

This year’s theme is “Taking the Lead: Creating Partnerships for Inclusive Communities.” The 2014 conference is organized by the City of Tacoma and King County Office of Civil Rights with in partnership with the Fair Housing Partners of Washington (Washington State Human Rights Commission, Seattle Office for Civil Rights, King County Office of Civil Rights, City of Tacoma Human Rights, Fair Housing Center of Washington, and Northwest Fair Housing Alliance).

The conference draws over 350 housing industry personnel from maintenance staff to real estate brokers, attorneys, government staff, and community based social service agencies from throughout western Washington.

For more information, click here.

 

International Human Rights and the United States – Concluding Observations from the UN

Federal Judiciary Plans to Hire Staff, Public Defenders

By Todd Ruger, Legal Times

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The federal courts plan to backfill many of the staff and public defender positions lost during last year’s steep budget cuts, top judiciary officials told House lawmakers today on Capitol Hill.

The spending bill that Congress passed for fiscal year 2014 will allow the courts to reverse most of the emergency measures put in place last year because of nearly $350 million in cuts to the courts as part of sequestration, said Judge Julia Gibbons, chairwoman of the budget committee of the U.S. Judicial Conference.

The courts will be able to fill some of the more than 3,200 staff lost in recent years in clerks’ offices and probation and pretrial services offices, Gibbons told members of the Financial Services and General Government appropriations subcommittee. The judiciary plans to fill 400 staff positions lost in defender organizations, said Gibbons, who sits on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.

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Center for Reproductive Rights Issues Press Release on the Human Rights Committee’s Concluding Observations of the United States

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UN Human Rights Committee: U.S. Should Ensure Health Coverage for Immigrant Women

By: Center for Reproductive Rights, 3/27/14

The United Nations Human Rights Committee is urging the United States to address the critical health care coverage needs for immigrant women and families. The Committee stated that the exclusion of millions of undocumented immigrants from health insurance under the Affordable Care Act, as well as the five-year waiting period for lawfully present immigrants to access Medicaid and other public insurance programs, pose barriers to health care access—including reproductive health care—that violate the human rights of millions of immigrants and their families.

The UN committee’s action was issued today in its Concluding Observations on the United States following its periodic review of U.S. compliance with the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR).

The Committee called on the U.S. to review its policies that violate numerous rights under the Covenant, including the right to be free from torture and ill treatment, the right to liberty and security, the rights to privacy and protection of the family, and the right to equal protection of the laws. According to the Committee, the U.S. should “facilitate access of undocumented immigrants and immigrants residing lawfully in the U.S. for less than five years and their families to adequate health care, including reproductive health care services.”

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