Don’t miss the last SJT of the quarter and other amazing events!

May 5: Social Justice Tuesday – The UW Bridging the Gap/Moderate Means Program is Recruiting Interns for Summer and Fall Quarters

SJTThe Bridging the Gap program is a UW Law in-house pro bono program that is a great way to get experience interviewing lots of clients without having to leave Gates Hall!  The goal of the program is to increase access to civil legal services by people of moderate means who cannot afford an attorney but make too much money to qualify for traditional legal aid services.  The program is focused on the areas of Family, Housing and Consumer law.

Law students serving as Bridging the Gap volunteer interns will interview potential clients by telephone to collect information and evaluate their cases.  Qualifying cases will be referred by the interns to participating attorneys who have agreed to represent Bridging the Gap clients for a reduced fee. Interns will be expected to commit to a minimum of five hours a week for the duration of the summer.

Please join us on Tuesday, May 5 at 12:30 PM in Room 127. 

Benefits to students:

  • Hands-on experience interviewing clients;
  • Training in substantive legal issues, issue-spotting, interviewing skills and ethics;
  • Instruction on how to use the Legal Server database, which is used by most of the civil legal aid organizations in Washington State;
  • Supervision and mentoring by experienced attorneys;
  • The satisfaction of helping moderate income individuals who otherwise might not receive any legal help at all.

If you would like lunch please RSVP via Symplicity or gatespsl@uw.eduRSVP by 12:00 pm Monday, May 4, 2015.

 May 5: Seattle Foundation’s GiveBIG Event

The Seattle Foundation’s GiveBIG is a one-day, online charitable giving event to inspire people to give generously to nonprofit organizations who make our region a healthier and more vital place to live. The people behind these organizations, those who work tirelessly to improve the lives of everyone in Greater Seattle, are champions. GiveBIG is a day to support their championship-worthy work.


Please join us on May 6, from 5:30-7:30 PM in UW School of Law Room 138 with a program/reception following the presentation in Room 115 (RSVP now in SYMPLICITY) for this wonderful event: Law and Leadership: Celebrating Women in the Law

Panel on “The Changing Face of the Court,” featuring: Justice Sheryl Gordon McCloud, Washington State Supreme Court And Dean’s Leadership Award Recipients: Judge Raquel Montoya-Lewis, Whatcom County Superior Court and Judge Veronica Alicea-Galván, King County Superior Court

 Reception to follow presentation of the UW Law Women Leaders Awards to: 

  • Judge Patricia H. Clark, Retired, King County Superior Court, Lifetime Achievement
  • RaShelle Davis, Policy Advisor to Governor Inslee, Outstanding Achievement by Young Lawyer (Public Sector)
  • Kara Morse, Stoel Rives LLP, Outstanding Achievement by Young Lawyer (Private Sector)
  • Patricia Lally, Director, Office for Civil Rights, City of Seattle, Outstanding Alumni
  • Judge Mary Becker, Washington Court of Appeals, Division I, Outstanding Elected Official

May 7-8: The work of white people and people of color in achieving racial equity

Please join the University of Washington’s Diversity Committee, Darlene Flynn, and Robin DiAngelo for a two-day workshop to explore how racism shapes American institutions and our role as law students in creating racial equity. The workshop will provide a foundation for recognizing and addressing institutional racism and a framework for developing more racially just policies and practices.

Thursday, 12:30 – 4:00 PM at Ethnic Cultural Center – Unity Room (lunch served!)

Friday, 10:30 AM – 12:30 PM at Gates Hall, Room 138

May 7-10: Seattle Transgender Film Festival

Translations: The Seattle Transgender Film Festival is a groundbreaking film festival that provides the Pacific Northwest with a venue for films by, for, and about transgender people and the issues facing the transgender community. Launched in 2006, Translations is one of only a few transgender film festivals in the world, and places emphasis on visibility and positive representations. – See more here.

May 12: Leadership in a Diverse World


Please join MLSA for the upcoming event “Leadership in a Diverse World,” co-hosted with the Foster School of Business and the Evans School of Public Affairs. If you are interested in attending, please RSVP here before May 11th. The event will take place on May 12 from 5:30-7:30 PM in Dempsey Hall Room 302. Refreshments and hors d’oeuvres will be served. See you all May 12th!

Speakers include:

  • UW VP/Vice Provost-OMA
  • CEO of Sea Mar; Nordstrom’s Director of Legal/Corporate Compliance
  • King County DOT Director
  • Plum Creek Timber Company Director)

May 12: Gorton Lecture Series: Allen Hayward

Join us, on May 12 from 6:00 PM-8:00 PM at Discovery Institute, 208 Columbia Street, Seattle, WA 98104 ($10 admission fee),  as Allen Hayward gives a behind-the-scenes look at Olympia and shares his deep understanding of the political process, drawing from his 3+ decades as legal counsel to the Washington House of Representatives. In this upcoming Gorton Lecture , Allen Hayward will reveal insider secrets and share wit and wisdom from his career in Olympia.

Allen Hayward worked at the Washington State Capitol for 34 years, serving primarily as Senior Legal Counsel to the Republican Caucus in the House of Representatives. A constitutional lawyer, parliamentarian, and entertaining storyteller, he recently published his memoirs of his decades as legal advisor to Speakers of the House and top legislative leaders.

Copies of Allen’s new book My Ride: The People, Procedures, and Politics of Lawmaking at our State Capitol, will be available for sale at the event. You can also purchase a copy online at

May 28: The Washington State Supreme Court’s Minority and Justice Commission’s Symposium on Reentry: Do We Really Care About People Succeeding After Prison?

In 2014 more than 7,600 people were released from prison into our communities. For many of these ex-offenders, the process of reentry to the community is extremely challenging with a myriad of barriers to overcome. This Symposium will explore some of these barriers as well as the specialized programs designed to empower and help ex-offenders successfully integrate back into our communities. Perspectives from scholars, legal advocates, service providers, and individuals who have themselves experienced the impacts of reentry will be shared. Issues to be addressed include: Policy and Systems Change, Recidivism, Financial Obligations, Housing, Family Reunification (parent/child), Employment, and more.

The Washington State Supreme Court’s Minority and Justice Commission invites you to our 2015 Symposium on Reentry: Do We Really Care About People Succeeding After Prison?

The Symposium will take place on Thursday, May 28, 2015, from 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., at the Temple of Justice in Olympia, Washington.  A reception will follow the presentations.  Seating at the Temple is limited, so please RSVP to Cynthia Delostrinos at<>, before May 25, 2015.  Please indicate in your RSVP if you need any special accommodations.