Travel Stipend for UW Law Student to EJW Career Fair, New Fall Course plus More!

October 24-25: Save the Date! Get Ready for the Equal Justice Works 2014 Conference & Career Fair! Limited Number of Travel Stipends Available to UW Law Students!

EJW conferenceEach year, the Equal Justice Works Conference and Career Fair brings together 1,200 law students with more than 125 public interest employers from around the country under one roof

The Equal Justice Works annual Conference and Career Fair is the largest national public interest legal career fair in the country.  More than 1,200 students from 165 law schools attend for two days of interviews, workshops, networking and other career opportunities.  Public interest employers conduct interviews for internship and full-time positions and meet with students in informal “table talk” settings to discuss public interest legal opportunities.  The Conference and Career Fair also features workshops on various public interest careers and job search advice, resume and cover letter review, mock interviews, and more.

The 2014 conference and fair will take place at the Bethesda North Marriott Hotel & Conference Center.

Attention Current UW Law Students! The Center for Public Service Law has a limited number of travel stipends (up to $450 in reimbursement) available to students attending the career fair. Priority will be given to students who’ve secured interviews. For more info and to make arrangements please contact Assistant Dean Michele Storms at

Important Dates:

August 12-September 16: Student and recent graduate registration and application

September 17-October 10: Student and recent graduate registration (without application for pre-scheduled interviews)

September 19-October 2: Employer application review and interview selection

October 3: Last day to reserve a hotel room at our discounted rate

October 8: Last day for students and recent graduates to accept/decline interview invitations

October 10: Last day for students and recent graduates to cancel registration and request a full refund

October 24-25: Equal Justice Works 2014 Conference and Career Fair


New & Exciting Course Offered at UW Law this Fall: Decision Making for Lawyers: Concepts, Duties And SkillsRandall Kiser

Law B511:  This course is designed to enhance law students’ legal judgment, problem-solving and prediction skills. It analyzes the psychology of decision making; describes the legal malpractice and disciplinary implications of deficient decision making; identifies the frequency, costs and predictors of adverse legal outcomes; and demonstrates methods to improve decision making.  Teaching methods include lectures, simulations, class discussions, breakout sessions, case studies and independent research.  The link to the course catalog description is here.

Instructor:  Randall Kiser is the Principal Analyst at DecisionSet®.  He is the author of two books on legal decision making, Beyond Right and Wrong: The Power of Effective Decision Making For Attorneys and Clients and How Leading Lawyers Think: Expert Insights Into Judgment and Advocacy.  In addition to his “Decision Making for Lawyers” course at the University of Washington School of Law, he teaches legal judgment and decision making at Pepperdine University School of Law’s Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution and U.C. Irvine School of Law’s Center for Corporate Legal Leadership.  Additional instructor information is available here.

Legal Services Corporation Celebrate 40 Years


Thursday, July 24, 2014

Washington, DC – The Legal Services Corporation (LSC), the single largest funder of civil legal aid in the country, marked its 40th anniversary on July 25.

LSC will commemorate this milestone beginning with a three-day event bringing together a wide range of legal, government, corporate, and philanthropic leaders to shine a light on the challenges and opportunities facing civil legal aid in America. The 40th Anniversary Kick-Off will be held Sept. 14-16 at the Omni Shoreham hotel in Washington, DC.

“Created in 1974 as one of the last acts of the Nixon administration, LSC’s mission is ‘to provide equal access to the system of justice in our nation’ and ‘to provide high quality legal assistance to those who would be otherwise unable to afford adequate legal counsel,’” said LSC Board Chairman John G. Levi. “We are grateful for four decades of bipartisan congressional support in pursuit of this mission. With the number of people now eligible for civil legal assistance at an all-time high—nearly 21% of Americans—we look forward to working with Congress to further expand its funding to help meet this unprecedented need.”

LSC provides federal funds through competitive grants to 134 independent nonprofit organizations with nearly 800 offices in every state, the District of Columbia and the territories of the United States. LSC is headed by an 11-member Board of Directors appointed by the President and confirmed by the Senate. The Board is bipartisan: no more than six members may be of the same political party.

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Harkin Applauds Committee Approval of CRPD, Urges Full Senate Consideration


Tuesday, July 22, 2014

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) released the following statement today applauding the approval of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CPRD) by the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and urging its consideration by the full Senate. Harkin is the Senate author of the 1990 Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and has helped lead the fight in the Senate to ratify the CRPD. He serves as Chairman of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee.

“Today’s Foreign Relations Committee vote is a critical step forward to ensure that people with disabilities across the globe have the same rights and opportunities as everyone else,” Harkin said. “Since the passage of the ADA, the doors of opportunity have been opened to millions of Americans with disabilities. For the U.S. to live up to its role as a global leader on disability rights, we must extend the promise of equality across the globe and bring the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities to a vote by the full Senate as soon as possible. Continue reading here.