Attention Student Pro Bono Project Leaders!

Are you a 2 or 3L? Do want to get academic credit for your pro bono project leadership work? Do you want to be part of a structured cohort with guidance and support to strengthen your student-led pro bono project? 

You’ve heard the rumors… and they are true! Introducing our Pro Bono Advocacy course for student pro bono project leaders!

I’m happy to report that we finally have our inaugural pro bono leadership course entitled, “Pro Bono Advocacy” for this spring quarter. It is currently listed  as a special topics course. Next year, we plan to have it offered as a year-round course for 2L and 3L pro bono project leaders.

Here’s the basic information for this spring:

Course # B-599 Special Topics: Pro Bono Advocacy

Instructors: Michele Storms and Aline Carton-Listfjeld

2 credits

Mondays, 5:30-7:20 pm, room 207

4 in-class meetings: 3/30, 4/20, 5/4 & 5/18

Registration: Because this course is specifically designed for student pro bono project leaders it requires instructor approval.  In order to register, go to My Law and email Aline Carton-Listfjeld directly to confirm your intent to register. We will confirm the list of registrants with Academic Services. Please register ASAP.

Syllabus: Attached, please find the syllabus here. Please keep in mind that the syllabus reflects the year-long course. We will have a modified version for our spring quarter course where you will have an opportunity as a cohort to identify priority areas for us to focus on.

How do we define student leader for purposes of this course? Any student who is taking an active role in creating, developing and supporting an existing or emerging student-led law-related pro bono project based here at UW Law. This can include students who have formal positional leadership roles (i.e. board members, steering committee members etc..) as well as students who don’t have formal leadership roles but are part of a team of students who manage an existing or emerging student project. If you are unsure if you meet the criteria please email Aline Carton-Listfjeld explaining your role in a student pro bono project and you will be notified of whether this course will be a good fit.

Please help spread the word! 

Questions? Please email Aline Carton-Listfjeld.

 RSVP to be a volunteer at the UW Law Academy!

image004You decide your time commitment and we guarantee your volunteer service will be fun! The UW Law Academy will take place on March 13, 2015 at the William H. Gates Hall. The schedule for the day includes:

  • 11am-Extreme Advocacy: How to develop an Effective Closing Argument
  • Noon hour-Lunch & Learn (Student/Professionals Mixer—speed networking)
  • 1:00 pm– Small Group Workshops (coach students for oral arguments)

In celebration of the 25th Anniversary of the MLK FAME Community Youth & Law Forum, the UW Law Academy invites volunteer attorneys, judges, and law students to share their stories during lunch with our invited high school students from diverse backgrounds, help coach students during the afternoon small group sessions, and/or join us for the day to share in the fun! Consider setting up a table display during lunch and be a coach for oral arguments! (High school students will be at the law school from 10:30 am-3:00 pm).

RSVP to Lisa Castilleja: ecc93@uw.edu (Please include full name and estimated time of arrival)

If you are unable to attend (or even if you are attending!), consider being a sponsor to help defray the cost of the students’ attendance.  Make checks payable to UW School of Law and list UW Law Academy donation in the memo line of your check.  Please send to Lisa Castilleja at UW School of Law-CPLD, Box 353020 Seattle, WA 98195 (tax credit applies).

  • Purple & Gold Level (“Most awesome!”):  $201-$300 or more!
  • Silver Level (“Awesome like the ‘80s!”): $101-$200
  • Bronze Level (“We Rock!”): up to $100

 Green Building Law & Risk Mitigation Course (Spring, 2015) – RE 598/URBDP 598

environment-303693_640This multidisciplinary course will focus on the intersection of green, high performing buildings and the law. Students will learn to identify and understand the risks and challenges presented by high-performing buildings, and analyze frameworks and strategies to manage and overcome these challenges. This practical course is designed to prepare future sustainability leaders for the issues they will encounter as this area continues to evolve and become increasingly regulated. Students will be empowered to take an active role in mitigating climate change through the built environment.

This course was developed and is instructed by Nicole DeNamur, an attorney and LEED Green Associate. Nicole received her Bachelor of Science from the University of Michigan’s School of Natural Resources and Environment, studied at Columbia University’s Biosphere 2 campus, and graduated Magna Cum Laude from Seattle University School of Law. She has experience litigating construction and insurance matters.

Nicole has a passion for the intersection of green building, sustainability, and the law. Her background in environmental topics and experience as an attorney give her a unique perspective on these issues.

Questions? Please email Nicole at ndenamur@uw.edu.