Judge Mary Yu Joins the Washington Supreme Court

Governor Jay Inslee Appoints Judge Mary Yu to Washington State Supreme CourtJustice Mary Yu

By Washington Courts

Gov. Jay Inslee today appointed King County Superior Court Judge Mary Yu to the Washington State Supreme Court. Yu will fill the seat of Justice Jim Johnson who retired from the court earlier this week due to health issues.

“Judge Yu has distinguished herself throughout her career as someone of great intellect, dedication and compassion,” Inslee said in announcing the appointment at the Temple of Justice. “She has brought to her work, and to her life, a never-wavering commitment to ensuring justice for everyone.

“Her appointment today is a moment all Washingtonians can be proud of.”

Appearing with current members of the Supreme Court, Yu committed herself to working collaboratively with her new colleagues “so the integrity of this institution is only strengthened by our work.”

“Trial court judges, at every level of court, are the workhorses of our system of justice,” she said. “I am proud to come from their ranks and will do all that I can to remember that the trial court remains the place where the law is actually applied to everyday life.”

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Big News! Department of Education Guidance Says Transgender Students Protected Under Federal LawTransgender Law Center

By Transgender Law Center

Transgender Law Center praised the U.S. Department of Education for releasing guidelines today that make it clear transgender and gender nonconforming students are protected from discrimination under Title IX, the federal law that prohibits discrimination based on sex in schools.

“We hear from hundreds of students each year who simply want to be themselves and learn at school,” said Masen Davis, Executive Director of Transgender Law Center. ”Sadly, many schools continue to exclude transgender students from being able to fully participate. Now, every school in the nation should know they are required to give all students, including transgender students, a fair chance at success.”

Increasingly, courts and federal agencies are making clear that transgender and gender nonconforming people–people who do not conform to stereotypical notions of masculinity or femininity–are covered under laws that protect people from discrimination based on sex.

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Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Releases Tools to Protect Foster Care Children From Credit Reporting ProblemsCFPB

By Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) today took action to better protect children in the foster care system from credit reporting problems that could compromise their future credit. The Bureau published action letters for child welfare caseworkers to send to credit bureaus if they find errors on the credit reports of the children in their care.

“The Bureau is very concerned about foster care children’s vulnerability to credit reporting problems that can wreak financial havoc for them,” said CFPB Director Richard Cordray. “We want to help ensure that youth leave foster care with clean credit so that they have a firm foundation for their financial future.”

Credit reporting touches the financial lives of nearly each and every American and can be of particular significance to youth in foster care as they are more susceptible to credit problems and identity theft. The nearly 400,000 children in the United States foster care system often lack a permanent address, and their personal information is frequently shared among numerous adults and agency databases.

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Landesa Pilots Women First Model in Uganda

By Landesa, Rural Development InstituteLandesa_Women First Uganda

The Landesa Center for Women’s Land Rights developed and piloted a model for working with women and their communities to strengthen women’s land tenure security in Northern Uganda. The project significantly improved women’s sense of security of their rights to land.

A total of 250 women participated in the pilot program. One year after the start of the pilot, those women reported an increase in the amount of land they could farm (on average a 3 acre increase) an increase in community recognition of their rights to land, an increased sense of long-term tenure security, and increased awareness of customary justice and dispute resolution mechanisms.  This tenure security can help the women feed themselves and their families, earn income, and helps women achieve direct financial benefits by allowing them to invest in their land to improve their harvests, rent out their land without fear that it will be usurped, sell their land when it is no longer needed, or use the land as collateral.

Click here for a final project report and a step-by-step toolkit that provides practitioners with the resources needed to replicate this model.

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