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April 30: Attention Students! Pro Bono Honors Society Deadline Reminder!

  • Did you volunteer for IFAP, PFJP, SYLAW, CHRJ App Help, ELS research project between April 2014 and March 2015?
  • Did you do law-related pro bono work for a community-based legal or public interest organization between April 2014 and March 2015?
  • Did you volunteer as a case manager or leader for a student-led pro bono project between April 2014 and March 2015?
  • Did you intern last summer for a public interest organization and didn’t get a summer grant, stipend or externship credit?

If you can answer YES to any of these questions you are likely eligible to participate in the UW Law Pro Bono Honors Society!

Submit your online form so that you can be recognized with fellow students, faculty and staff with a Pro Bono Service Award at graduation! Don’t forget the program recognizes student leaders pro bono legal assistance projects as well as legal assistance hours.

For complete information please click here.

May 2: Cambodian Son film screening hosted by Post-Prison Education ‘program, Asian American Journalists Association, and Prison and Family Justice Project

Please join the Post-Prison Education Program, Asian American Journalists Association, and Prison and Family Justice Project for a showing of the film CAMBODIAN SON on Saturday, May 2nd at 7pm at AMC Pacific Place 11. The cost of admission is $7 (available in advance through Brown Paper Tickets)

 **Director Masahiro Sugano will be in attendance, and there will be a live video Q&A with Kosal Khiev after the screening**

Synopsis: “Cambodian Son” is a documentary film chronicling the life of spoken word poet Kosal Khiev, who was born in a Thai refugee camp, came to U.S. as a child, and was arrested at 16 for gang violence. He spent over a decade in California prisons before being deported to Cambodia and barred from re-entering the U.S. The documentary touches on the intersection of multiple social justice issues including refugee rights, immigration, juvenile justice, and the redemptive power of the arts.

Need Help Paying Off Student Loans? UW LRAP Applications Now Available for UW Law Grads in Public Service in WA State

image001The Loan Repayment Assistance Program constitutes a core component of the UW School of Law’s commitment to public service by increasing the ability of its graduates to enter public service law. The School awards $5000 to approximately three new applicants per year and will commit to awarding an additional $5000 a year for two more years for a total commitment of $15,000 per participant.

Applicants must be UW Law grads in full time public service legal employment in Washington State. For complete information on the program and to download application materials please visit hereApplications will be accepted on a rolling basis through Monday, June 1. Questions about LRAP? Email Aline Carton-Listfjeld.

The application deadline has been extended to MAY 31 to earn a $1,212 Segal AmeriCorps Education Award through our AmeriCorps JD Program! APPLICATION AND PROGRAM OVERVIEW

c4ca2-6a00d8341bfae553ef01b8d1022e63970c-800wiDid you find an unpaid summer service position at a nonprofit or government office? We are seeking more students working in our priority areas defined below. Find some organizations on our website that may have openings. Complete our quick application with a brief description of the service, a resume, and identification. Review our guide!

  • Complete and record 300 hours of service by August 31, 2015.
  • Earn a $1,212 education award!

PRIORITY AREAS: Priority will be given to applications from students who are spending at least 50 percent of their 300 hours serving veterans, military families or victims of disasters, or focusing on removing barriers to employment or housing. We also have many spots available for students working with other populations and in other areas of law.

  • Working with veterans and military families can include issues such as family law, housing, homelessness, health care, disability, and public benefits.
  • Removing barriers to employment or housing can include sealing, expunging, and/or correcting criminal records; correcting credit reports; helping clients to obtain occupational licenses; restoring driver’s licenses that are necessary for work; and/or other applicable services focusing on legal barriers to employment or housing.

Some more examples of the type of work students can do within priority and other areas include:

  • Direct legal services: intake, legal form preparation, performing client and witness interviews, advocating for clients by telephone and in person, attending hearings, assisting attorneys in legal representation, carrying out legal research and writing
  • Outreach and education: developing and distributing fact sheets, developing and delivering training on legal topics or on how to access legal services, ensuring potential clients are aware of their rights and available services
  • Capacity building: activities which build the capacity of your host organization or other organizations to provide services in the previously specified priority areas, such as an organizational assessment, compiling best practices, organizing focus groups, leading planning committees

The AmeriCorps program, under the Corporation for National and Community Service, has a list of prohibited activities that cannot be included in the hours of service completed to earn the Segal AmeriCorps Education Award. A list of these activities can be found here.

APPLY: Students serving in the priority areas or other issue areas may apply now through 5 p.m. EDT on MAY 31, 2015. Questions may be directed to AmeriCorpsJD@equaljusticeworks.org.

AMERICORPS JD PROGRAM RESOURCES: Check out more details and our free resources on this program below, and please share with others who may be interested.

  • Organizations looking for students in our priority and other issue areas
  • Hear from an AmeriCorps JD member in our new video
  • Graphics that can be linked on a website or printed and posted around your campus:

Fighting Injustice through Human Rights Education (FIHRE) Program

campfire_with_vickie_sharing2Our FIHRE program aims to share and equip movement leaders with strategies, standards, and tools to build a people-centered human rights movement. The Program will cover:

  • core human rights principles with emphasis on developing and applying analyses inclusive of economic, social, cultural rights and the intersections of race, class, gender, gender identity, and sexuality;
  • human rights strategies for advancing domestic accountability; and
  • strategic campaign development for a human rights agenda.

Sessions will be led by experienced educators, organizers, and facilitators. Fellows will work individually and in groups to apply the skills and knowledge shared during the program, and draw from their own experience, to develop and present a final action plan for implementation in their work.

The two and a half day intensive program will accept 8-12 participants on a range of criteria: including experience, issue focus, race/ethnicity, gender, and geographic diversity, and goals. Participation costs, including flight, lodging, and meals, will be covered by the USHRN. Any additional costs, including local transportation in home and host cities and other incidentals, will be covered by the participant.

Additional support will be provided to the fellows in the year following the two and a half day program, including advice on implementation of human rights strategies, educational webinars, and opportunities for fellows to share their work with USHRN members and partners.

Last year’s cohort included a dynamic team of leaders in different movements. We encourage women of color and youth to apply.

Application Deadline: April 26, 2015, 11:59pm Eastern. Apply Today!

Attention soon-to-be 3Ls with an interest in litigation!

Rising 3L students with an interest in litigation—particularly litigation in the Seattle state and federal courts—are encouraged to apply for membership in the 2015-2016 William L. Dwyer Inn of Court. The Inn is a cooperative venture between the King County Bar, Seattle University School of Law, and the University of Washington School of Law. On the second Tuesday of each month, members of the Inn meet in the evening to discuss litigation practice, have dinner together, and learn about a topic of general legal interest.

 Members of the Inn are assigned to small groups, each of which comprises local judges, attorneys with at least ten years of experience, accomplished young attorneys, and third-year law students, including both civil and criminal practitioners. This mixture of people advances one of the Inn’s primary goals: mentoring young lawyers and law students who are dedicated to high-quality and ethical lawyering. The Inn provides a unique experience for students to meet leaders of the Seattle legal community, benefit from their experience, and collaborate on a topical presentation.

 Students selected for the Inn must commit to attending monthly dinner meetings on the second Tuesday of each month from October to May. At one such meeting, your assigned group (with judges and lawyers) will be responsible for the monthly presentation. Students with Tuesday evening conflicts are therefore ineligible for membership. The student membership fee for the year is $100, which covers the cost of the monthly food and drink. In the past the School of Law has covered the membership fee, and I anticipate the same for the coming year.

The deadline for applications to the Inn is June 1, 2015. Your application should include a current resume and a cover letter demonstrating a commitment to litigation and explaining your interest in the Inn. Please submit your materials to Amelia Vassar at advassar@uw.edu or in person in Room 422.

If you have any additional questions about the Inn, please contact David Ziff, the School of Law’s representative to the Inn, at dziff@uw.edu or stop by his office in Room 312.