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May 13: LBAW Clinic in need of volunteers!

Saludos LBAW Members and Supporters-

We are in need of volunteers (attorneys, law students, interpreters) for this month’s LBAW/Schroeter Goldmark Legal Clinic coming up tomorrow, Wednesday, May 13th  at El Centro de la Raza in Seattle.  We expect that many people will show up for consultations and we need your help! 

PLEASE consider volunteering this month and throughout the rest of 2015.  The Clinic takes place the 2nd Wednesday of each month at El Centro.

Don’t speak Spanish??  No sweat!  We will provide you with an interpreter.

Just complete the Volunteer Application.  

Attorneys needed in the following practice areas:

  • Family Law 
  • Immigration
  • Criminal Law *especially high need in this area this month*
  • Personal Injury
  • Consumer Law 
  • Employment Law
  • Property/Landlord Tenant *especially high need in this area this month*

Law Students and interpreters needed for intakes and interpretation.  If you would like to help in another way, please let us know.

Please spread the word (Clinic Flier).  If you have any questions or hesitations, you’re welcome to contact me anytime!   

Summer Reading: “New Literature Tackles Big Questions on Mass Incarceration” by James Kilgore

  • The First Civil Right: How Liberals Built Prison America, Naomi Murakawa, Oxford University Press, 2014
  • Captive Nation: Black Prison Organizing in the Civil Rights Era, Dan Berger, University of North Carolina Press, 2014
  • Caught: The Prison State and the Lockdown of American Politics, Marie Gottschalk, Princeton University Press, 2014
  • A Costly American Hatred, Joe Dole, Midnight Express Books, 2015

Literature on mass incarceration comes in waves. Around the turn of the century, with the issue still largely off the radar, academics like David Garland, Christian Parenti and Marc Mauer led the way with books that aimed to put the expanding prison system into the public eye. Then came a second wave of important works, which highlighted the structural and racial dimensions of the “prison-industrial complex.” Among the most prominent of these were Angela Davis’Are Prisons Obsolete?, Ruth Wilson Gilmore’s Golden Gulag, various books by Loic Wacquant – and, of course, the most famous of them all, The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander…

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“Lawyers With Lowest Pay Report More Happiness”  By Douglas Quenqua

Of the many rewards associated with becoming a lawyer — wealth, status, stimulating work — day-to-day happiness has never been high on the list. Perhaps, a new study suggests, that is because lawyers and law students are focusing on the wrong rewards.

Researchers who surveyed 6,200 lawyers about their jobs and health found that the factors most frequently associated with success in the legal field, such as high income or a partner-track job at a prestigious firm, had almost zero correlation with happiness and well-being. However, lawyers in public-service jobs who made the least money, like public defenders or Legal Aid attorneys, were most likely to report being happy.

Lawyers in public-service jobs also drank less alcohol than their higher-income peers. And, despite the large gap in affluence, the two groups reported about equal overall satisfaction with their lives.

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