Figure out your post-grad finances and how to make the most of your public service experience and more this week!

April 27: Financial Planning for Law Grads

Please join the Center for Public Service Law’s Aline Carton-Listfjeld and Dean Le from Admissions and Financial Aid on Monday, April 27 at 12:30 PM in Room 133. This presentation will discuss financial planning and loan repayment options for graduating law students. It will also be beneficial for 1Ls and 2Ls, in preparation for the not-too-distant future.

April 27: Breakfast with Mark Hodge

Mark Hodge, the Executive Director of the Global Business Leaders Initiative on Human Rights will be visiting the law school on Monday April 27 to speak during our Global Mondays series. Mark works with leading companies from around the world on business and human rights issues and has extensive experience working in public interest work in  India and elsewhere. He  has graciously offered to speak with students over breakfast about careers on Monday morning at 8:30 am – please let me know if you are interested by sending me an email to

April 28: Social Justice Tuesday – Making the Most of Your Public Service Experience This Summer


Please join us on Tuesday, April 28 at 12:30 PM in Room 127 for a panel discussion on making the most of your public service experience. Panelists will address several questions including addressing everything from getting good supervision to work attire to trouble shooting problem situations at work.

Our student panelists will share tips and strategies on how you can make the most from your upcoming summer in public service.

If you would like lunch RSVP via Symplicity or by 12:00 pm Monday, April 27, 2014

Student presenters include:

  • Janelle Chase, 2L
    • 1L summer:  Extern, Washington State Attorney General’s Office, WISHA team in the Labor and Industries Division
    • 2L summer:  Will serve as a summer Associate at Gordon Thomas Honeywell in the plaintiff civil rights and employment practice
  • Victoria Clark, 3L
    • 1L summer: The People’s Law Office Chicago, IL
    • 2L summer:  Bronx Defender Bronx, New York
  • Weston LeMay, 2L
    • 1L summer:  Earth Rights International, Lima, Peru
    • 2L summer: Will intern at Earth Justice, Seattle WA
  • Moderator, Bruna Estrada, 1L: Will work at Public Advocates in San Francisco, CA this summer

April 28: Asylum Claims for Children from Mexico and Central America

Please join us this upcoming Tuesday, April 28 from 12-1 p.m. PST for a free webinar training on Asylum Claims for Children from Mexico and Central America. 

This training will examine potential asylum claims for children from Mexico, El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras. We will provide a basic overview of substantive child asylum law followed by a discussion of key findings from CGRS’s recent report, Childhood and Migration in Central and North America. The report resulted from a two-year regional investigation into the root causes of child and family migration, as well as gaps in migrant protection. Many of its findings—particularly with respect to intrafamilial and gang violence in the region—are relevant to the claims of child asylum seekers from Mexico, El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras. The full study, a summary, and recommendations are available here.

April 29: Enrique’s Journey & America’s immigration dilemma – UW Tacoma

The face of Latino migration is often assumed to be that of an adult male. But the work of Pulitzer Prize winner Sonia Nazario tells a different story, one whose protagonists are increasingly women and children. In this lecture, Nazario revisits her three-month endeavor to document in photographs one migrant boy’s journey atop trains to the United States, and discusses how current proposed immigration legislation offers more shortcomings than solutions.The event will take place at 6:30 PM in William W. Phillip Hall. 

April 29:  Public Interest Private Firms 

Passionate about public interest work?  Curious about how private firm work can fit with your values? Join us on Wednesday, April 29 at 12:30 PM in Room 127 for an engaging panel discussion with attorneys working for plaintiff-side public interest firms. Hear about their career paths, prac- tice areas, commitment to social justice work and tips on how to pur- sue public interest opportunities in the private sector!
  • Linda Lillevik, Partner, Carey Lillevik, PLLC
  • Erin Pettigrew, Associate, Breskin Johnson & Townsend PLLC
  • Xana Moore-Wulsin, Partner, Strata Law Group
  • Manuel (Manny) Rios, Partner, Rios & Cruz, PS

May 1: The Washington International Law Journal’s symposium on The Post-2015 Development Agenda: From the Millennium Development Goals to the Sustainable Development Goals

The Washington International Law Journal’s Symposium on The Post-2015 Development Agenda: From the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) will bring together high-level officials, academics, and experts to discuss to debate the proposed SDGs and explore the prospects for a truly transformative post-2015 development agenda. This event will take place on Friday May 1, 2015 from 12:00 PM – 5:00 PM.

In 2000, the United Nations adopted the eight Millennium Development Goals, demonstrating its commitment to eradicate extreme poverty, achieve universal primary education, promote gender equality, reduce child mortality and improve maternal health, combat HIV/AIDS, malaria and ensure environmental sustainability by 2015. The UN has made significant progress in these efforts, but the MDGs have been criticized for their lack of attention to key issues.  In 2012, the UN set in motion the creation of the Sustainable Development Goals, to build off of the successes and failures of the MDGs. The UN General Assembly will consider these goals and adopt the SDGs in September of 2015.