Calling for Submissions! Human Rights and Refugee Essay Competitions

Seattle Women’s Commission Seeking Candidates for Vacant Seats on the Commission, Due 9/22

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The Seattle Women’s Commission is seeking candidates for vacant seats on the Commission. The Commission advises the Mayor, City Council and city departments on issues that impact women in Seattle. The commission identifies areas of concern and recommends policy and legislation, provides feedback and opinion on issues of city and state budget, and acts as a liaison between Seattle women and city government.

As advisors to the Mayor, City Council and city departments, commissioners have the opportunity to address issues of concern for Seattle women and to work for positive change.

Terms are three, two-year terms and are subject to confirmation by the City Council. Applicants must live or work in Seattle and be available for monthly meetings from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on the 3rd Monday of the month at City Hall in downtown Seattle.

The SWC is seeking candidates with a particular interest in the following areas, in accordance with the SWC’s annual work plan:

  • Economic opportunities for women, including pay equity, job opportunities, and women-owned businesses
  • Health disparities affecting women, including access to healthy food, reproductive rights, and the social determinants of health such as infant and maternal mortality
  • Housing and homelessness including affordable housing, tenant rights, institutional and informal housing and shelters, and vehicular residents and women living in encampments in the city
  • Violence prevention including training for police and other responders, sexual assault, domestic violence and preventing youth violence
  • The SWC aims to work closely with governmental and community-based organizations to make certain that women of color, women with disabilities, immigrants, refugees, returning female veterans, youth and members of the LGBTQI communities are being served appropriately by the Commission’s work.

To apply for appointment to the Seattle Women’s Commission, submit your resume and a letter of interest by September 22, 2014. Please reference your experience and interest in the previously mentioned issue areas in your cover letter. To reduce paper consumption, electronic submissions are preferred. Email your letter of interest and resume to: marta.idowu@seattle.gov.

PLI Offering Online Seminar on Effective Communication with the Legal Services Client

PLI SeminarAs states enact new pro bono requirements and ease some restrictions on pro bono representation, it is becoming more important than ever for lawyers to understand the unique challenges posed by pro bono clients. PLI’s first open interactive course is free to anyone who wants to learn more about how to meet the unique challenges posed by pro bono clients. This course will teach new attorneys and seasoned professionals how to work effectively and cooperatively with their pro bono client.

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Call for Submissions: The Washington College of Law Human Rights Essay Award 2015 English & Spanish, Due 2/1/15

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By: Cecilia Marcela Bailliet

Are you interested in attending an all-expense paid 3 week summer program on Human Rights and Humanitarian Law taught by over 40 world-renowned practitioners and academics at American University Washington College of Law? Well, now is your chance! Submit an essay to the Human Rights Essay Award Competition and you could be the lucky winner to receive a scholarship to attend the 2015 Program of Advanced Studies in Human Rights and Humanitarian Law. This year’s topic is “Transitional Justice, International Human Rights and Humanitarian Law” and the deadline to submit is February 1, 2015. Participants have the flexibility to choose any subject related to the assigned topic. The best articles may be published in the American University International Law Review.

This annual competition sponsored by the Academy on Human Rights and Humanitarian Law seeks to stimulate the production of scholarly work in international human rights law. The Academy will grant two Awards, one for the best article in English and one for the best article in Spanish. The Award in each case will consist of: a scholarship to the Academy’s Program of Advanced Studies, travel expenses to Washington D.C., housing at the university dorms and a per diem for living expenses.

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Volunteer Lawyer Programs Assist in Disaster Relief Efforts

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By: Eastside Legal Assistance Program

Oso Mudslide

After the mudslide that devastated Oso in May 2014, there was an emergent need for legal services in the area. Snohomish County Legal Services (SCLS) responded by partnering with the local bar association and with Northwest Justice Project (NJP).  NJP launched a toll free number for those affected by the 530 Slide and informational flyers were distributed by  SCLS and NJP. Additionally, the Snohomish County Bar Association (SCBA) sent out an email to member attorneys to gauge interest in assisting – over 100 attorneys signed up to volunteer their time and expertise to the victims of the disaster.  Additionally, Foster Pepper and Perkins Coie offered their assistance to SCLS in this effort and SCLS was able to secure emergency funding from Legal Foundation of Washington to hire a part time staff attorney, Dustin Hoegemeyer, to help coordinate volunteers and assist victims of the slide.

With all of this support and dedication from the local legal community and professional organizations,  SCLS has assisted more than 30 clients to date and referrals are still coming in.  SCLS Executive Director Anita Hale reports that “It has been humbling to be part of such an amazing effort and to see individuals receive the legal support they need to start moving forward with their lives.”

Okanogan County Fires

Chelan Douglas County Volunteer Attorney Services (VAS) developed a legal aid response to the wildfires in Chelan and Okanogan counties. The Wenatchee-based nonprofit opened its intake to include Okanogan County residents who were affected by the fires. VAS, in partnership with the Wenatchee law firm Jeffers, Danielson, Sonn & Aylward, began referring fire-related legal matters to local attorneys in July. The volunteer legal program will facilitate free legal advice through the end of 2014 and, in addition, plans to organize informational meetings and legal clinics in affected areas.

International Refugee Law Student Writing Competition: Call for Papers

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The American Society of International Law’s International Refugee Law Interest Group (IRLIG) announces an annual International Refugee Law Student Writing Competition, co-sponsored by the Global Migration Centre at the Graduate Institute of International
and Development Studies, Geneva; the International Law Students Association (ILSA); the International Journal of Refugee Law; Oxford University Press; and the American Society of International Law (ASIL).

IRLIG seeks submissions of academic papers on international law pertaining to refugees, internally displaced persons, and forced migrants. Participation is open to students enrolled at an accredited university at the time of submission.

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