Attention! Fellowships, grants, volunteering and more opportunities are waiting for you!

Deadline extension!: Apply for the QLaw Foundation’s Sher Kung Grant and Receive up to $5,000

Are you a member of the LGBT community or an ally? Do you have a full-time summer internship that focuses on promoting the rights of LGBT persons or persons living with HIV/AIDS? Will you be working with a non-profit organization or government agency?

If so, you may be eligible for up to a $5000 grant to fund full-time work (at least 400 hours over the duration of the summer). The goal of the QLaw Foundation’s Sher Kung Grant is to ensure that unmet legal needs in the LGBT community are recognized and prioritized, and that the next generation of legal advocates for LGBT rights develop the skills necessary for careers in public interest law.

 Applicants should have a demonstrated commitment to advancing LGBT rights and/or the rights of persons living with HIV/AIDS. Preference is given to applicants who are either a Washington State graduate student, a student working on projects within Washington State, or a student who has a demonstrated interest in working in Washington State after graduation.

All students working on behalf of LGBT rights or persons living with HIV/AIDS – including allies who do not personally identify as LGBT – are encouraged to apply.

Application is available here:  QLaw Foundation 2015 Grant Application.doc

For more information email Grant Coordinator, Nicholas Oakley at noakley@ccyj.org.

Completed applications are due by April 12, 2015.

IPS NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR THE HUNEKE FELLOWSHIP – OPPORTUNITY FOR CURRENT 1LS AND 2LS

 The WSBA International Practice Section is now accepting applications for the Huneke Fellowship.

 The Huneke Fellowship is an annual program administered by the Washington State Bar Association’s International Practice Section (IPS).  The Fellowship is designed to provide real-world experience, networking opportunities, and modest financial assistance for a law student interested in the international practice of law. Each year the IPS awards one Huneke Fellowship, which includes a $1,000 stipend, to a current 1L or 2L student.

 Each Huneke Fellow agrees to serve as the official student liaison of the IPS for the subsequent school year and is expected to:

  • act as the chief point of contact between the IPS and the law schools.
  • assist with the planning and execution of IPS initiatives such as the Foreign Lawyer and Law Student Reception, the Mentor-Mentee Program, and the Annual General Meeting.
  • attend monthly mini-CLEs and, in conjunction with the presenters, write a 2-4 paragraph summary to be published on the IPS website.
  • publicize each IPS event at all three Washington state law schools.
  • recruit interested law students to become IPS members and apply for the following year’s Fellowship.

Any current 1L or 2L attending law school in the state of Washington (i.e., at the University of Washington, Seattle University, or Gonzaga University) is eligible for the Huneke Fellowship.

 To apply for the Huneke Fellowship, please send (i) a brief statement of interest (300 word maximum), (ii) a resume, (iii) a transcript, and (iv) a short writing sample (3-5 pages) to Matthew Dresden (matthew.dresden@harrismoure.com) by May 1, 2015. After reviewing the applications, the IPS executive committee will interview the top two candidates.

For more information about the Huneke Fellowship, please visit the Global Gavel website.

Volunteer for CITIZENSHIP DAY in Vancouver, Mount Vernon, or Yakima on Saturday, April 25, 2015

As we continue to wait for Congress and/or the President to act to reform the immigration system, there’s something you can do now to impact the lives of immigrant families: Volunteer at Citizenship Day on April 25, 2015. With administrative relief delayed, it’s more important than ever to ensure that the thousands of immigrants who are already eligible for citizenship can start the process. Citizenship Day is a free one-day legal clinic to help legal permanent residents apply for citizenship and it is hosted by the WA State Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) and OneAmerica. It’s a great way to give pro-bono service without a long-term commitment, meet other attorneys and help your community. Signup now, and please forward the information below to your networks!

WHEN: Saturday, April 25, from 9:00 a.m. to 5 p.m.

WHERE:

  • VANCOUVER: Clark College, 1933 Fort Vancouver Way in Vancouver, WA 98663
  • MOUNT VERNON: KSVR-Skagit Valley College, Mount Vernon Campus, Laura Angst Hall, 2405 East College Way, Mount Vernon, WA 98273
  • YAKIMA: Central Lutheran Church, 1604 W Yakima Ave, Yakima, WA 98902

 PARALEGAL: Meet one on one with clients to help complete naturalization forms. Paralegals may NOT provide legal advice. This is a great role for certified paralegals as well as non-immigration attorneys and law students seeking to gain experience in immigration law.

Please contact WNA Manager Sarah Sumadi at sarah@weareoneamerica.org with any questions about volunteering. Volunteers who haven’t attended a Citizenship Day in the last year will be required to attend a 1.5 hour training prior to the day of the event. Trainings will be held via conference call or in person on Wednesday, April 15 from 12pm-1:30pm in Seattle. If you’re unable to make the call, a recording of the training will be circulated.

ABOUT: Washington New Americans, a program of OneAmerica, promotes successful integration by connecting Legal Permanent Residents to the information and services they need to successfully pursue citizenship and become active members of our community. Citizenship Days, held in partnership with AILA and community organizations across the state, offer assistance with citizenship applications in 8 cities in Washington State. Last year, we had over 375 volunteers supporting Citizenship Days and were able to serve 531 individuals at 13 sites across the state! Visit our website www.wanewamericans.org for more information.

Community Representatives Sought for Law-Related Boards and Council

The Washington State Bar Association seeks members of the public to serve on three boards and one council for terms beginning October 1, 2015. Serving on a WSBA board or council is an excellent opportunity to get an insider’s view on how the practice of law is regulated in Washington State. Applications are being accepted through May 1.

 This year the WSBA will appoint (or, in some cases, recommend to the state Supreme Court) Community Representatives to the following boards:

 The Character and Fitness Board deals with matters of character and fitness bearing on qualifications of applicants for admission to practice law in Washington. The Board conducts hearings on the admission of any applicant referred to it for hearing, considers petitions for reinstatement after disbarment, and makes recommendations to the Board of Governors and Supreme Court regarding admission and reinstatement. Hearings generally are held every month. Appointment is for a three-year term.

 The Council on Public Defense addresses concerns about the quality of indigent defense services in Washington State. Appointment is for a two-year term.

 The Lawyers’ Fund for Client Protection Board compensates clients who have suffered a direct financial loss caused by the dishonest conduct of a lawyer in connection with the practice of law. The Fund is funded by an annual assessment of members of the WSBA by order of the Washington State Supreme Court. Appointment is for a three-year term.

 The Limited License Legal Technician Board authorizes non-attorneys who meet certain educational requirements to advise and assist clients on specific areas of law. Licensing of LLLTs will begin soon. Appointment is for a three-year term.

 If you would like to be considered for any of these openings, please complete the application by following the instructions posted here: http://tinyurl.com/WSBACommMem. Previous applicants should re-apply as applications expire after one year.

 For further information about each board, contact the staff liaison listed on the web page linked to above. If you have questions about the application process, email barleaders@wsba.org or call Pam Inglesby at 206-727-8226.