Put down the books & take note of these exciting events coming up soon

King v. Burwell: Obamacare in the Supreme Court (Again)

ObamacareOnce again, the Supreme Court is set to examine the Affordable Care Act. After surviving a constitutional attack, the statute now faces a challenge based on its own words. Challengers claim that the plain language of the statute makes subsidies (a critical part of the ACA) unavailable on federally facilitated insurance exchanges. A panel of professors will discuss the case from the perspective of health law, tax law, statutory interpretation, and administrative law.

Please RSVP if you would like to attend. Wednesday, March 11; Room 119; 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM

U.S. Human Rights Network: How to Advocate Effectively in Geneva and Stateside for the Universal Periodic Review

Do you know what you need to do between now and the U.S. in-person dialogue with the Human Rights Council in May?

 No? …then join USHRN Coordinating Center staff and the UPR Taskforce on March 11, 2015 (3:00 PM – 4:30 PM) for a free webinar on how to advocate effectively in Geneva and here in the U.S. for the upcoming Universal Periodic Review (UPR). The webinar will cover the broad strategy for maximizing your advocacy in March and May, provide an introduction to Geneva and what you will need to plan your travels, present opportunities to engage for those remaining in the U.S., and share successful examples of lobbying in Geneva and the U.S.  Their knowledgeable speakers will also discuss the most effective lobbying strategies with diplomats, share details of other opportunities to connect with UN officials while in Geneva, and present ways to get your one-pager to Geneva even if you will not be there.

 Yes! …then you still need to join this call. This is a not-to-be-missed opportunity for any advocate participating in the UPR process.

 Register now!

 Speakers include:

  • Ejim Dike, USHRN Executive Director
  • Bernadette Bellorin, USHRN UPR Coordinator
  • Thenjiwe McHarris, USHRN Human Rights at Home Campaign Director
  • Joshua Cooper, Four Freedoms Forum and UPR Task Force Co-chair

Sovereignty, Development and Human Security: A Colloquium on United States and Native American Relations

Please join us on Thursday, May 28-Friday, May 29 in person or via webinar for this extraordinary program focused on strengthening self-determination and quality of life in Tribal communities.

The United States and Native American nations have a treaty-based, government-to-government relationship with a unique political and legal dynamic of mutual sovereignty. This colloquium will feature recognized experts presenting in-depth information and current perspectives on U.S./Tribal relations, their evolving sovereignty balance, and innovative strategies and programs for enhancing Native American development and human security.

Featured Speakers Include:

  • The United States Special Trustee for American Indians
  • The President of the National Congress of American Indians
  • Leaders of Tribal Governments, Economic Enterprises, and Community Organizations
  • Tribal Court Judges, Law Professors, and Legal Advocates
  • National Experts in Indigenous Education, Health, and Cultural Heritage

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.

It’s March! Browse these jobs to start a new month and wind down the quarter

Northern California Innocence Project seeks Staff Attorney

The Northern California Innocence Project (NCIP), a clinical program of Santa Clara University School of Law, seeks an attorney to focus on investigation and litigation of post-conviction claims of innocence.

NCIP’s mission is to promote a fair, effective and compassionate criminal justice system and protect the rights of the innocent. Reporting to the Assistant Legal Director, the Staff Attorney is a full-time one year fixed term position, with the possibility of extension depending on funding. Responsibilities include investigating inmates’ claims of innocence, litigating those claims, representing inmates in court, and assisting in all aspects of NCIP’s law practice.

To apply, click this link.

Post-Grad Fellowship Opportunity for 3Ls with Neighborhood Defender Service of Harlem

THE NEIGHBORHOOD DEFENDER SERVICE OF HARLEM (NDS) is a community-based, holistic public defender office located in Harlem. NDS represents residents of Northern Manhattan who are charged with crimes who cannot afford to hire a lawyer. Clients are represented by teams composed of lawyers, investigators, social workers, and team administrators. NDS also provides pre-arrest representation to clients under threat of arrest. NDS adheres to a client-centered approach to representation that emphasizes a heightened responsiveness to clients’ needs prior to arrest, while a case is pending, and after the case concludes.

 NDS seeks to hire one or more recent law school graduates for the NDS Fellows Program. The positions will be available beginning Fall 2015 and will continue through Fall 2017. Applicants who have not yet graduated from law school will be considered and should apply if interested.

 NDS Fellows will assume the responsibilities of a Staff Attorney, representing clients on misdemeanor cases. This includes appearing in court at clients’ arraignments, regular court appearances, plea negotiations, hearings, and trials. NDS Fellows interview clients and their families in the office or the local jails, conduct legal research, and write pre-pleadings, motions and pre-sentencing memoranda on behalf of clients. NDS Fellows will also spearhead and coordinate work performed by team members (investigators, social workers, team administrators).

Interested applications should email a cover letter, resume, and writing sample to Mary Clare Patterson at mcpatterson@ndsny.org with the subject line, “NDS Fellows Fall 2015.” Please send your application as one document, preferably PDF. For more information about NDS, please visit our website at www.ndsny.org.

Legal Aid Society of Orange County Seeks Attorney

Legal Aid Society of Orange County (LASOC) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that was founded in 1958 for the purpose of providing civil legal services to low income individuals and seniors.  It has two offices in Orange County and two offices in Southeast Los Angeles County, where it is known as Community Legal Services (CLS).  LASOC/CLS seeks an energetic, motivated and well-organized STAFF ATTORNEY to support its Norwalk & Compton Offices.  Under the supervision of the Directing Attorney, the Staff Attorney will support LASOC/CLS and assist clients with a variety of civil law matters such as housing, family law, dissolution of marriage, paternity, IEPs, administrative law hearings, request for orders, domestic violence restraining orders with emphasis on client representation. 

This position is available in the Compton office and requires that the attorney occasionally travel to the Norwalk office.  Candidate must have the ability to work in a fast-paced environment.  Key coordination and communication is necessary with the Director of Litigation, the Directing Attorneys, support staff, and various Program Managers/Directing Attorneys and outside agencies.   The attorney will occasionally serve on the Hotline to provide advice and supervision for Hotline intake. 

This position requires a dedicated, professional, highly organized, and detail-oriented attorney who has a strong academic background and some evidence of commitment to dealing with the problems of the poor.  Salary commensurate with experience. 

TO APPLY, SEND RESUME AND COVER LETTER TO IRIS MA AT IRISMA@LEGAL-AID.COM.  Position is open until filled.  EOE.

Due March 6: Summer 2015 Law Student Externship Program (Unpaid)

Interested in spending an exciting summer in one of our Regional Offices (Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, or San Francisco), while obtaining meaningful work experience?  The Federal Labor Relations Authority (FLRA) is seeking energetic, highly motivated students enrolled in an accredited law school to fill our summer law externship positions in one of our regional offices. This is an opportunity for you to gain professional legal experience and exposure to public service while enhancing your educational goals and shaping your career choices.

Summer 2015 externship positions are available with the FLRA with an anticipated start shortly after Memorial Day 2015, and not-to-exceed August 28, 2015. The selectees are expected to work a full-time schedule of 40 hours per week.You will be involved in a variety of assignments with attorneys in the respective regional office.  You will perform entry-level legal assignments in support of the mission of the agency.  You will conduct legal research and analysis on questions relating to federal labor relations law and other federal laws; write memoranda, response letters or other legal documents; summarize cases and relevant information; assist staff attorneys with the preparation of briefings and hearings; and perform other duties as assigned.

The mission of the FLRA is to promote stable, constructive labor-management relations in the federal government by resolving and assisting in the prevention of labor-management disputes in a manner that gives full effect to the rights of employees, unions, and agencies.  Externships will be available in the Office of the General Counsel Regional Offices.  For more information on each of these offices, please visit the FLRA’s website at www.flra.gov.

Due March 13: Center for Justice and International Law is seeking a Spanish/English Bilingual Attorney

The Center for Justice and International Law (CEJIL) seeks a bilingual (Spanish/English) Attorney to litigate human rights cases before the Inter-American System for the Protection of Human Rights.  This position will be based in Washington, D.C. Established in 1991 by a group of prominent Latin American human rights defenders, CEJIL is a non-governmental organization whose mission is the promotion and protection of human rights in the Americas through the use of the Inter-American Human Rights System and other international mechanisms of protection. 

No phone calls please – Interested candidates should send by e-mail a cover letter in English, resume and two (2) writing samples (one in English and one in Spanish) no later than March 13th, 2015 to: washington@cejil.org Subject: Position-2015-DC Attorney

Due March 16: Columbia Legal Services is seeking a Staff Attorney for their Basic Human Needs Project

Columbia Legal Services seeks a full-time Staff Attorney to work in our Basic Human Needs Project, which protects and defends the rights and benefits of all Washington residents living in poverty. Our Staff Attorney will provide systemic, multi-forum legal advocacy for low-income clients dealing with housing, health care, and financial support, and serve as the primary staff member supporting elderly clients in areas of: long-term care, federal and state public benefits, guardianship and substitute decision-making tools, bankruptcy and consumer fraud, elder abuse and exploitation, and general elder law matters.

Submit application materials by March 16, 2015 in Microsoft Word format with 14 point font. No phone calls. Please note that due to the volume of applications received, CLS is unable to respond to every application. CLS will contact you if we decide to pursue your application. If e-mailed, please make Staff Attorney – Basic Human Needs Project your subject line. Please send your letter of interest, resume, a short writing sample (3-5 pages) and references to: