Attentions Law Students! Limited Funding Available for Equal Justice Works Career Fair! Apply Now!

Equal Justice Works Career Fair Limited Funding Support for UW Law Students

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As noted in the CommonGoodUW.org blog, UW Law students can request up to $450 in reimbursement for the cost of attending the Equal Justice Works Conference and Career Fair October 23-24, 2015 in Arlington, VA.  Priority in selection will be given to students who have secured interviews and to 3Ls.

Application Procedure & Deadlines for UW Law:

To apply for funding please email Dean Storms at mestorms@uw.edu and provide a resume and a brief written statement describing why EJW career fair attendance will be useful for you. If you have applied for or secured an interview during the career fair please include this information.

Monday, October 5, 5:00 p.m.: deadline to apply for travel funding

Friday, October 9, noon: students to be notified of funding awards

Please note: the stipend will reimburse up to $450 of documented travel expenses.  Receipts are strictly required.

The Return of the Debtor’s Prison

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By Anthony D. Romero | Huffington Post | Photo Credit to Huffington Post

The debtors’ prison was supposed to be a thing of the past–a relic of the colonial era that was outlawed by the United States government nearly two centuries ago. More recently, the Supreme Court ruled that jailing people who lack the means to pay criminal justice fines or fees–a modern-day form of debtors’ prison–is unconstitutional. Ultimately, debtors’ prisons are not only illegal, they are counterproductive: incarceration strains limited public resources and can have devastating consequences on the lives of the poor.

Nonetheless, in the wake of the recent economic recession, cash-strapped state and local governments have aggressively targeted poor individuals who have already served their criminal sentences. The March 2015 U.S. Justice Department’s report on Ferguson, Missouri, provides a horrifying glimpse of what can happen when governments treat the poor as mere revenue sources.

Continue reading here.

Establishing the White House Legal Aid Interagency Roundtable

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By Director Lisa Foster of the Office for Access to Justice

“Providing meaningful access to justice is a national responsibility and a moral charge.  I am delighted by President Obama’s action to expand legal aid resources for Americans in need, and excited for all that the White House Legal Aid Interagency Roundtable will achieve as it works to advance opportunity, promote equality, and ensure justice for all.” – Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch

What do 20 federal agencies, the United Nations, and civil legal aid have in common?  Plenty, according to President Obama who recently issued a presidential memorandum formally establishing the White House Legal Aid Interagency Roundtable (LAIR).  The presidential memorandum was announced by Roy Austin Jr., Deputy Assistant to the President for Urban Affairs, Justice and Opportunity as well as Ambassador Samantha Power, U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations at an event held on the eve of the UN’s Sustainable Development Summit in New York.  The event highlighted the inclusion of Goal 16 in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.  Goal 16 calls for the promotion of peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, for access to justice for all and for the building of effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels.  With Goal 16, the international community has recognized that access to justice is essential to sustainable development and necessary to end poverty.

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Pro Bono Gives Solos Experience and Satisfaction

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By Kevin Davis | ABA Journal | Photo of Jill Metz; Photo by Wayne Slezak

When Chicago attorney Jill Metz started practicing as a solo attorney in the early 1980s, she decided she would always make time to do pro bono work.

Though she needed to get her practice off the ground and earn a living, Metz volunteered five to 10 hours a week for the People’s Law Office in the Uptown neighborhood, doing criminal defense work and housing law for the mostly poor clientele.

Recent news stories have exposed that major law firms donate only 0.1 percent of their proceeds to legal aid for low-income people, making the contributions by lawyers like Metz even more crucial for impoverished clients.

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Attention Spanish-Speaking 2Ls and 3Ls!  International Human Rights Pro Bono Opportunity! EarthRights International Seeks 2L or 3L for Remote Litigation Support

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EarthRights International seeks a 2L or 3L for remote litigation support.  The time commitment is 9-10 hours per week.  No prerequisites, but experience with U.S. litigation is a plus.  The position requires proficiency in Spanish.  The volunteer will work closely with one of the attorney’s at EarthRights International with regular weekly check ins.

The volunteer will be conducting factual and U.S. legal research to assist ERI in developing a transnational injunctive strategy against a mega development project in the Amazon that poses a high risk of environmental and human rights abuses.

To apply, send a cover letter, resume and writing sample to Maryum Jordan, maryum@earthrights.org.  The application deadline is rolling until the position is filled.

Want Direct Client Experience and Make a Difference? Applications Now Being Accepted for Bridging the Gap/Moderate Means Program- Due 10/19

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Bridging the Gap provides legal referrals for low and moderate income individuals as a part of the WSBA Moderate Means Program.

Bridging the Gap is a UW Law in-house pro bono program. The goal of the program is to increase access to civil legal services for people of moderate means who cannot afford an attorney but make too much money to qualify for traditional free legal aid services. The program is focused in the areas of Family, Housing and Consumer law.

Law students serving as Bridging the Gap volunteer interns interview potential clients by telephone to collect information and evaluate their cases. Qualifying cases will be referred by interns to participating attorneys who have agreed to represent clients for a reduced fee. After completing training, Bridging the Gap interns will be expected to commit to a minimum of five hours a week for the duration of fall and winter quarters (one hour is a weekly staff meeting).

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, and many other states;
  • Supervision and mentoring by experienced attorneys;
  • The satisfaction of helping low and moderate income individuals who otherwise might not receive any legal help at all;
  • Time spent volunteering for Bridging the Gap counts for recognition with the Pro Bono Honors Society.

Upper level students (2L, 3L and LLM) may participate in training for the program now (fall quarter) and begin interviewing clients in November. 1Ls can train now and begin interviewing clients in January.

To apply for the program, submit a letter of interest and resume to Ann Spangler at spangler@uw.edu by October 19, 2015.

Wayfind Microenterprise Clinic and Nonprofit Law Clinic – UW Law Student Volunteers Needed- Application Due 10/20

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Assist pro bono transactional lawyers at either microenterprise clinics or nonprofit legal clinics by taking client interview notes and drafting the client “work plan” which summarizes the legal advice given by the attorney. 

Wayfind provides free business legal services for nonprofit organizations and low-income microentrepreneurs.  Wayfind pro bono attorneys assist non-profit organizations with a range of legal matters including real estate, tax, non-profit governance, and intellectual property.  Wayfind pro bono attorneys also help low-income microentrepreneurs at legal clinics on legal matters including review of contracts, operating agreements and leases, business entity selection, intellectual property matters including publishing and trade name, and adding people to a partnership.

Wayfind hosts different types of legal clinics for its two client populations: non-profit organizations and microentrepreneurs.

For more information, click here.

Attention Spanish Speakers Interested in Family Law & Equal Justice! Pro Bono Opportunity with the King County Bar Association Family Law Program

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The Family Law Programs of the King County Bar Association’s Pro Bono Services promote family safety and equal access to the legal system by assisting domestic violence survivors, children at risk of abuse or neglect, and clients facing barriers to accessing the courts due to language, disability, and other factors. The Kinship Care Solutions program provides pro bono representation in nonparental custody actions, and the Self-Help Plus program provides pro se assistance in uncontested dissolutions and parenting plan actions. The programs have expanded to help unaccompanied children from Central America who have been abused, neglected or abandoned by a parent and who may be eligible for protective immigration relief called Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS). Volunteer attorneys assist caregivers and family law members with family law actions in order to obtain court findings that may be used in the SIJS process.

This position will provide experience in practical legal skills such as client interviewing, legal issue spotting, case development, and working with immigrant clients. In addition, the intern will learn substantive and procedural aspects to family law practice and exposure to immigration law. This position is unpaid but can be sponsored for academic credit if available through the student’s school.

For more information, click here.

Attention 1Ls and 2Ls! International Human Rights Pro Bono Opportunity!

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An international corporate accountability and human rights NGO seeks a first- or second-year law student for a short-term unpaid legal internship to begin immediately.  Working closely with the NGO’s attorneys, the intern will conduct legal research and analysis to support litigation in U.S. federal court regarding environmental and human rights violations committed abroad.  The work will be completed remotely and on the intern’s own schedule as long as agreed-upon deadlines are met.  We estimate an initial commitment of 10-20 hours of work in the next month, with the possibility of additional assignments depending on how the matter proceeds.  Please submit a writing sample and a CV to Chris Benoit at chris@coylefirm.com. Applications accepted on a rolling basis.

Attention 3Ls, Recent Grads and Project Based Fellowship Applicants!

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Did you just submit an EJW or other project based fellowship application? Here’s another opportunity to get your innovative project up and running. Apply for the Berkeley Law Foundation Fellowship! Application due January 15. UW Law students have been past recipients!

For complete info, click here.

Pro Bono Opportunity – International Human Rights Remote Research Intern

Position: Volunteer Intern
Volunteers Needed: 1Ls and 2Ls
Time Commitment: 10-20 hours in October 2015
Location: Remote
Application: Writing Sample & CV
Application Deadline: Rolling
Contact: Chris Benoit at chris@coylefirm.com

An international corporate accountability and human rights NGO seeks a first- or second-year law student for a short-term unpaid legal internship to begin immediately.  Working closely with the NGO’s attorneys, the intern will conduct legal research and analysis to support litigation in U.S. federal court regarding environmental and human rights violations committed abroad.  The work will be completed remotely and on the intern’s own schedule as long as agreed-upon deadlines are met.  We estimate an initial commitment of 10-20 hours of work in the next month, with the possibility of additional assignments depending on how the matter proceeds.  Please submit a writing sample and a CV to Chris Benoit at chris@coylefirm.com. Applications accepted on a rolling basis.

Pro Bono Opportunity – Bridging the Gap/Moderate Means Program, Due 10/19

Position: Volunteer Intern
Volunteers Needed: 2Ls, 3Ls, and LLMs; 1Ls (training now; volunteer work in January)
Time Commitment: 5 hours per week for the Fall and Winter Quarters (1 hour weekly staff meeting)
Location: William H. Gates Hall
Training: Training is provided in the substantive legal areas relevant to the program.
Application Deadline: October 19, 2015
Contact: Ann Spangler at spangler@uw.edu

Bridging the Gap provides legal referrals for low and moderate income individuals as a part of the WSBA Moderate Means Program.

Bridging the Gap is a UW Law in-house pro bono program. The goal of the program is to increase access to civil legal services for people of moderate means who cannot afford an attorney but make too much money to qualify for traditional free legal aid services. The program is focused in the areas of Family, Housing and Consumer law.

Law students serving as Bridging the Gap volunteer interns interview potential clients by telephone to collect information and evaluate their cases. Qualifying cases will be referred by interns to participating attorneys who have agreed to represent clients for a reduced fee. After completing training, Bridging the Gap interns will be expected to commit to a minimum of five hours a week for the duration of fall and winter quarters (one hour is a weekly staff meeting).

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, and many other states;
  • Supervision and mentoring by experienced attorneys;
  • The satisfaction of helping low and moderate income individuals who otherwise might not receive any legal help at all;
  • Time spent volunteering for Bridging the Gap counts for recognition with the Pro Bono Honors Society.

Upper level students (2L, 3L and LLM) may participate in training for the program now (fall quarter) and begin interviewing clients in November. 1Ls can train now and begin interviewing clients in January.

To apply for the program, submit a letter of interest and resume to Ann Spangler at spangler@uw.edu by October 19, 2015.

Pro Bono Opportunity – King County Bar Association Family Law Programs

Position: Family Law Student Volunteer
Volunteers Needed: 2L’s, 3L’s, and recent graduates
Time Commitment: 6 hours per week through the school quarter
Location: Downtown Seattle
Recommended Skills/Prerequisites: Must be a bi-lingual Spanish speaker. Have a strong interest in family law and immigrant rights.
Type of Supervision and Training: Training is provided in the substantive legal areas relevant to the internship. Supervision is provided by the Managing Attorneys of the Family Law programs.
Application Process: Submit a cover letter, resume, and list of references
Application Deadline: Open until filled
Contact: Judy Lin, Senior Managing Attorney, Family Law Programs, JudyL@kcba.org , 206-267-7023

Program Description:
The Family Law Programs of the King County Bar Association’s Pro Bono Services promote family safety and equal access to the legal system by assisting domestic violence survivors, children at risk of abuse or neglect, and clients facing barriers to accessing the courts due to language, disability, and other factors. The Kinship Care Solutions program provides pro bono representation in nonparental custody actions, and the Self-Help Plus program provides pro se assistance in uncontested dissolutions and parenting plan actions. The programs have expanded to help unaccompanied children from Central America who have been abused, neglected or abandoned by a parent and who may be eligible for protective immigration relief called Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS). Volunteer attorneys assist caregivers and family law members with family law actions in order to obtain court findings that may be used in the SIJS process.

General Duties:
• Interview and screen clients for eligibility in Spanish.
• Gather factual information regarding a case and assemble relevant documents for potential family law representation or pro se assistance.
• Draft legal pleadings.
• Assist Spanish speaking clients with pro se filings and provide information about the family law process as needed.
• Maintain client records and files.

This position will provide experience in practical legal skills such as client interviewing, legal issue spotting, case development, and working with immigrant clients. In addition, the intern will learn substantive and procedural aspects to family law practice and exposure to immigration law. This position is unpaid but can be sponsored for academic credit if available through the student’s school.

Pro Bono Opportunity – Wayfind Microenterprise Clinic and Nonprofit Law Clinic, Due 10/20

Assist pro bono transactional lawyers at either microenterprise clinics or nonprofit legal clinics by taking client interview notes and drafting the client “work plan” which summarizes the legal advice given by the attorney. 

Position: Wayfind Law Student Volunteer
Open to: All Law Students
Time Commitment: Must commit to volunteering for a minimum of three 3-hour clinics during the academic year
Locations: Clinics locations include: Ventures (formerly Washington CASH) at 2100 24th Ave South in Seattle (off of Rainier Avenue), Center for Inclusive Entrepreneurship at 220 2nd Ave S in Pioneer Square, Edmonds Community College, and the Nonprofit Assistance Center, 1265 S. Main Street in Seattle (near Jackson and 14th)

Training:  Law student volunteers must have attended the 2014 or will attend the 2015 Pro Bono Core Competencies Training (including professionalism) on Saturday, October 17, 8:30am-3:30pm in room 138 at UW Law.   If you apply to volunteer at the Microenterprise Clinics, you must attend the Microenterprise 101 training on October 1st – 8:30 am – 12:30 pm, or watch the Microenterprise 101 CLE training video. If you apply to volunteer at the Nonprofit Legal Clinic, you must watch the video of the Wayfind Nuts and Bolts of Nonprofit Law CLE training video. You can volunteer for both the Microenterprise and Nonprofit Legal clinics.
Application Process:  Email a resume and cover letter addressed to Jodi Nishioka, Wayfind Executive Director, to the contact below.
Application Deadline: Tuesday, October 20, 2015.
Contact:  Aline Carton-Listfjeld, Director of Center for Public Service Law at acarton@uw.edu
Wayfind provides free business legal services for nonprofit organizations and low-income microentrepreneurs.  Wayfind pro bono attorneys assist non-profit organizations with a range of legal matters including real estate, tax, non-profit governance, and intellectual property.  Wayfind pro bono attorneys also help low-income microentrepreneurs at legal clinics on legal matters including review of contracts, operating agreements and leases, business entity selection, intellectual property matters including publishing and trade name, and adding people to a partnership.

Wayfind hosts different types of legal clinics for its two client populations: non-profit organizations and microentrepreneurs.

Microenterprise Clinics:
Wayfind partners with three different non-profit organizations and the City of Seattle, Office of Economic Development, that support low-income microentrepreneurs.  They are Ventures (formerly Washington CASH), Center for Inclusive Entrepreneurship (formerly Start Zone NW at Bainbridge Graduate Institute) and Mercy Corps NW.  All Wayfind Microenterprise Clinic clients are clients of our partner organizations, who handle the initial client screening. Wayfind pro bono transactional lawyers meet with low-income microentrepreneurs to issue-spot and counsel them on legal issues and responsibilities with respect to their business venture.

These clinics meet at the following locations and dates/times:

  • Ventures Clinic is located at 2100 24th Ave South in Seattle (off of Rainier Avenue near the 1-90 overpass) and takes place from 4:30 to 7:00 p.m. on the 2nd Tuesday of every month.  The first fall clinic for students is October 13th.
  • Center for Inclusive Entrepreneurship offers its clinics in rotating locations which include the Impact HUB at 220 2nd Ave South in Pioneer Square and Edmonds Community College. The clinics are offered on the 4th Tuesday of a quarter from 5:00 to 7:30 p.m.  The specific dates are: January 26, 2016 at the Impact HUB and on April 26, 2016 at Edmonds Community College.
  • City of Seattle and Mercy Corps NW clients go to any of the locations listed above.

Non-Profit Assistance Legal Clinic:
Wayfind partners with the Nonprofit Assistance Center (NAC) which assists nonprofit organizations through capacity-building programs.  Nonprofit organizations are screened by NAC staff and volunteers.  The clinic meets on the 3rd Monday of every month from March through December between 6:00 and 8:00 pm.  The clinics take place at the Nonprofit Assistance Center which is located at 1265 S. Main Street which is located within blocks from the law school.

Volunteer Law Student Role:
Wayfind Law Student volunteers serve as legal clinic assistants.  They assist the lawyers at the clinics by taking interview notes and drafting the client “work plan” which summarizes the legal advice given by the attorney.  This plan is reviewed by the attorney and given to the client.

This volunteer opportunity is a great way to learn about legal issues facing nonprofit organizations and microentrepreneurs, work with a diverse population, learn about transactional practice, and network with pro bono attorneys.

Students can apply to volunteer at either or both of the different types of legal clinics – microenterprise and/or nonprofit.  Students must make a commitment to going to three different clinics throughout the academic year.  If a student is going to volunteer at both types of clinics, he/he must complete at least the ATJI Pro Bono Prep, Microenterprise 101 CLE on October 1st and watch the Nuts and Bolts of Nonprofit Law CLE and Fast & Easy 501c3 Tax-Exemption: The New Form 1023EZ CLE videos.

Pro Bono Opportunity – EarthRights International Seeks 2L or 3L for Remote Litigation Support

Volunteers Needed: 2Ls or 3Ls
Time Commitment: 9-10 hours per week
Location: Remote
Recommended Skills/Prerequisites: None but experience with U.S. litigation is a plus
Language skills needed: Proficiency in Spanish

Type of Supervision and Training: Will work closely with one of the attorney’s at EarthRights International with regular weekly check ins
Application Process: Cover letter, resume and writing sample
Application Deadline: Rolling until position is filled
Contact: Maryum Jordan, maryum@earthrights.org

Description of Activity: Will be conducting factual and U.S. legal research to assist ERI in developing a transnational injunctive strategy against a mega development project in the Amazon that poses a high risk of environmental and human rights abuses

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September 29: Social Justice Tuesday – What I Did Last Summer in Public Service Law

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Date: Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2015
Time: 12:30 – 1:20 PM
Location: William H. Gates Hall RM 127

Student Panel:
• 2L Zoe Wong, California Department of Justice, Natural Resources Division
• 3L Wyatt Gjullin, Center for Constitutional Rights & Earth Rights International
• 2L Josh Pazderka, Seattle Community Law Center

Learn about public service “real world” experiences from students who have experienced it firsthand.
• How did they find their jobs?
• How did they fund their summers?
• What did they learn?

If you would like lunch please RSVP via Symplicity or gatespsl@uw.edu RSVP by 12:00 pm Monday, September 28, 2015.

October 2: On DC Careers, Politics and Being White House Advisor – A Conversation with UW Law Alumnus Gaurab Bansal

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Date: Friday, Oct. 2, 2015
Time: 12:30 – 1:20 PM
Location: William H. Gates Hall, RM 127

Gaurab Bansal serves as Deputy Assistant to the President and Deputy Cabinet Secretary. He helps lead the team that liaises with Cabinet departments and agencies on behalf of the President and the White House. Gaurab’s portfolio includes coordinating implementation of key initiatives across the Administration. Prior to joining the White House, he was deputy chief of staff at the Export-Import Bank of the United States Gaurab served as corporate counsel on President Obama’s 2012- re-election campaign in Chicago. Before that he practiced law with Perkins Coie LLP in both Seattle and Washington, D.C., where he focused on technology startups, venture capital, and business and political law. Gaurab started his career as a public elementary and middle school teacher in Houston. Gaurab is a native of Baltimore and continues to keep his permanent  home in Seattle.

Limited seating luncheon, please RSVP via Symplicity.

October 2: Free CLE on Representing the Pro Bono Client: Advocacy Skills for Administrative Hearings 2015

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Date: Friday, Oct. 2, 2015
Time: 9:00 AM PST
Location: Webcast

CLE Credits: 3.0

This training is designed to help mitigate the crisis faced by low-income families everywhere by providing attorneys with a basic understanding of common issues and strategies in providing pro bono assistance with administrative hearings.  The program will focus on California law, but will also cover many topics such as due process and other rights that apply nationwide; therefore, advocates from other forums would benefit from the information and attending the program.

What You Will Learn

  • An overview of administrative hearings low-income clients most frequently need, involving:
    • State public benefits, including Social Services claims andUnemployment Insurance claims;
    • Federal public benefits, including Supplemental Security Income;
    • Professional licensing, including nursing licenses and Department of Social Services clearance; and
    • Unpaid wages, and other wage and hour-related rights.
  • Best practices and common advocacy strategies and procedures for administrative hearings, including:
    • Obtaining evidence
    • Drafting position statements/hearing briefs
    • Presenting your case at hearing
  • Rehearings and further appeals
  • California law and practice specifics

To register, click here.

October 5: Conference: Access to Information as a Human Right – UW School of Law and Center for Human Rights

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Date: Monday, Oct. 5, 2015
Location: William H. Gates Hall

12:00 pm – 1:30 pm (LAW 115): Access to Information as a Human Right: a conversation with Kate Doyle of the Evidence Project at the National Security Archive. Moderated by Ricardo Gómez, UW Information School. Session full—please RSVP for wait list!

3:00 pm – 4:30 pm (LAW 115): Access to Information as a Tool for Human Rights in El Salvador: a conversation with Salvadoran human rights defenders Mirla Carbajal, lawyer with the Human Rights Institute of the Universidad Centroamericana, and Dina Cabrera, community activist and survivor of the Santa Cruz massacre; and Philippe Bourgois, Professor of Psychiatry and Anthropology at UCLA and survivor of the Santa Cruz massacre. Moderated by Tony Lucero, Chair of Latin America and Caribbean Studies at the UW Jackson School of International Studies.

5:30 pm – 6:30 pm (LAW 115 & Lobby): Evening reception

7:00 pm – 9:00 pm (LAW 138): Keynote address by Baltasar Garzón of the Fundación Internacional Baltasar Garzón, speaking on access to information in international human rights law. Baltasar Garzón is a Spanish jurist responsible for landmark cases which have advanced the principle of universal jurisdiction in international law, including the 1998 indictment of Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet.

The conference is free and open to the public, but space is limited, so please RSVP here to reserve your space.

October 6: Social Justice Tuesday: Pro Bono is for Everyone!

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Date: Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2015
Time: 12:30 – 1:20 PM
Location: William H. Gates Hall RM 127

Why do pro bono? What are the benefits? What are the community needs? How do you integrate pro bono into your busy law practice or even as a busy law student? What are some of the challenges of pro bono work and how do you overcome them? How do you find opportunities? Where can I get training?

Learn the answers to all these questions and so much more from the following distinguished guest speakers:

  • Joanna Plichta Boisen, Foster Pepper PLLC
  • Clay Wilson, Bridging the Gap/Moderate Means Program, UW Law
  • Jacob Witt, King County Pro Bono Services- Housing Justice Project
  • Phoebe Huang, UW Law Class of 2017

October 6: Race & Equity Initiative – Equity and Difference Speaker SeriesUW Logo

Date: Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2015
Time: 7:30 PM
Location: Meany Hall

The Graduate School, in partnership with the UW Alumni Association, is welcoming speakers to campus to share their unique perspectives on race, equity and social justice. The series is a way to pay tribute to and learn from the leaders of the past, and to celebrate the new generation carrying forward the torch of inclusion and activism.

  • Oct. 6, 2015, 7:30 p.m., Meany Hall – An Evening with Harry Belafonte, with Professor Valerie Curtis-Newton
  • Jan. 14, 2016, 7:30 p.m., Kane Hall – Ralina Joseph, associate professor, communications and public lecturer
  • April 5, 2016, 7:30 p.m., Kane Hall – Touré on “Microaggression: Power, Privilege & Everyday Life”

To register, click here.

 

October 6: Jackson School Gathers Experts to Discuss Syrian Humanitarian CrisisUW Logo

Date: Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2015
Time: 7:00 PM
Location: Thomson Hall RM 101

Syria’s drawn-out civil war has displaced more than 10 million people since 2011 and the flood of refugees from the area has drawn the concerned attention of the world.

The University of Washington Jackson School of International Studies will hold a free, public forum at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 6, in Room 101 of Thomson Hall. The forum is titled “Focus on Syria: A Humanitarian Crisis,” and will be moderated by Resat Kasaba, Stanley D. Golub Chair of International Studies and director of the Jackson School.

Panelists for the event are:

  • Jennifer Butte-Dahl, director of the Jackson School’s Master of Arts in Applied International Studies, who volunteered last month with the nonprofit organization Shelterbox on the Greek island of Lesbos (a destination for many refugees arriving by water).
  • Kathie Friedman, Jackson School associate professor whose research interests include forced migrations and refugees.
  • Neil McFarland, M.D., a family physician with UW Medicine who has volunteered in Greece, Jordan and other refugee camps.
  • Mark S.Ward, director of the Syrian Transition Assistance and Response Team at the U.S. Embassy in Ankara, Turkey, who will join the discussion via Skype.

For more information, contact Kristina Bowman, Jackson School communications specialist, at 206-221-1323 or kriscb@uw.edu.

October 16: Free CLE on Prison Law 2015

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Date: Friday, Oct. 16, 2015
Time: 9:00 AM EST
Location: Webcast

Prison conditions and prisoner treatment issues are getting unprecedented attention as the nation focuses on the magnitude of the national prison population.  With its sixth Prison Law program, PLI continues its examination of these important issues.  In an area where advocates face increasingly challenging legal issues whether they represent incarcerated people from a public interest practice, private practice or as a policy advocate, and where government lawyers also grapple with complex concerns, PLI’s Prison Law program offers a unique focus on evolving prison law issues.  Experienced faculty will discuss health care, solitary confinement, immigrants, juveniles, rights under the ADA, gender, and barriers to civil litigation filed on behalf of incarcerated people, as well as ethical issues that arise in prison actions.

What You Will Learn:

  • Solitary confinement – legal landscape and analysis
  • Issues of gender
  • Barriers to lawsuits brought on behalf of incarcerated people against individual prison officials and correctional institutions
  • Ethical dilemmas that arise in the course of representing incarcerated people
  • Health issues including mental health issues in prison
  • Issues affecting select populations

To register, click here.

October 21: New Israel Fund presents Safeguarding Democracy and Civil Rights in Israel

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Date: Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2015
Time: 7:00 – 8:30 PM
Location: Hosted by Congregation Beth Shalom, 6800 35th Ave NE, Seattle

A conversation with Sharon Abraham-Weiss, Executive Director of the Association for Civil Rights in Israel, Israel’s oldest and largest civil rights organization

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During last summer’s war, already gaping societal divides in Israel were widened. The Association for Civil Rights in Israel (ACRI), the country’s equivalent of the ACLU, advocated for the protection of vulnerable populations near Gaza and the protection of civil liberties in wartime. ACRI has won legal landmarks before Israel’s Supreme Court such as recognition of same-sex marriages and non-Orthodox conversions from outside Israel, the right of women to become IDF pilots, and safeguarding Africans seeking refuge from genocide.

Sharon Abraham-Weiss, one of Israel’s foremost legal experts and litigators, comes to Seattle to share the vibrancy of Israel’s democratic values at a time when liberal Zionism and Jewish democracy is under question from inside Israel and out.

Sharon Abraham-Weiss is the executive director of the Association for Civil Rights in Israel (ACRI). Previously, she represented ACRI in such landmark cases dealing with family unification, social welfare, and state land distribution. She has also served on the Equal Employment Opportunities Commission of the Ministry of Economy. Ms. Abraham-Weiss is a founding member of Itach-Maaki: Women Lawyers for Social Justice and co-founder of The Hebrew University of Jerusalem’s Breira Center, which coordinates law students volunteering in the community. Ms. Abraham-Weiss holds LL.B. and B.Sc. degrees from The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and an LL.M from Tel Aviv University. She also holds an M.A. in public administration from Harvard Kennedy School, where she was a Wexner Fellow.

The Association for Civil Rights in Israel, established in 1972, is Israel’s oldest and largest human rights organization and the only one dealing with the entire spectrum of human rights and civil liberties issues in Israel. More about ACRI here.

The New Israel Fund is the leading organization committed to equality and democracy for all Israelis. Widely credited with building Israeli progressive civil society, we have provided millions of dollars to more than 850 organizations since our inception in 1979. More about NIF here.

October 21: KIND and Microsoft invite you to a Reception and Panel on the Child Migration Crisis

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Date: Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2015
Time: 6:30 – 8:30 PM
Location: Seattle Art Museum, 1300 First Ave., Seattle, WA 98101

On behalf of Kids in Need of Defense (KIND) and Microsoft Corporation, we invite you to join us on October 21st for a reception and a discussion focusing on the dramatic surge in unaccompanied immigrant and refugee children entering the U.S.  We will be joined by Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson as we discuss how KIND and its partners in Seattle are providing pro bono representation to growing numbers of vulnerable children.

During the program, we will present a clip from the documentary “La Prenda” (The Pawn) which highlights the pervasive sexual and gender-based violence in Guatemala, and the impunity that allows perpetrators to suffer few, if any, consequences. The film tells the stories of three victims, one of whom was matched by KIND with a pro bono attorney after she fled Guatemala and made her way to the U.S. Astrid was 14 years old when she was drugged, kidnapped, and raped. The film highlights the protection needs of girls escaping this violence and the reasons they must flee to survive.

We look forward to an interesting and informative evening!

To reserve your tickets, click here.

Attention 3Ls Taking the California Bar! 2015 Fall Recruitment Program in Northern California Now Accepting Applications

American Diabetes Association Seeking Legal Advocacy Staff Attorney

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Every year, our Legal Advocate Staff Attorneys provide phone and email assistance to hundreds of people facing diabetes discrimination in every part of the United States. Some are in crisis. They have lost their job, had a child removed from school, or have had a loved one die in detention.

Legal Advocates do not engage in litigation. Instead, they empower individuals to engage in self-advocacy. Legal Advocates identify communication issues and sources of conflict. They give people professional information on their legal rights. They identify practical options for resolving problems, and coach them through self-advocacy action steps. When needed, Legal Advocates provide additional empowerment resources, or connect people to a network of attorneys for direct representation.

For more information, click here.

SEIU 775 Seeks Deputy Director of Public Affairs / Legislative and Policy Director

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SEIU 775, Washington State’s and Montana’s long term care union, seeks a Deputy Director of Public Affairs / Legislative and Policy Director to help fulfill our mission to unite all long-term care workers, improve the lives of working families and lead the way to a more just and humane society.

The Deputy Director of Public Affairs / Legislative and Policy Director is a senior management position responsible for overseeing all Washington state legislative efforts and leading innovative statewide legislative, political, and/or regulatory efforts to advance social justice and improve health and long-term care.

For more information, click here.

Attention 3Ls! Orleans Public Defenders Office Seeks Entry-Level Attorney, Due 11/6

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The primary role of the Staff Attorney is to zealously represent the client in criminal proceedings, including arraignment, pretrial hearings, trial preparation, plea negotiations, and trial and sentencing. In addition, the Staff Attorney (to the extent possible) is expected to maintain a continuing duty to the client. The Staff Attorney counsels and renders or assists in securing appropriate legal services for the client in matters arising from the original criminal proceedings and maintains contact to ensure the protection of the client’s rights so long as the client remains under court jurisdiction. The Staff Attorney is responsible for the investigation and preparation of assigned cases. The Staff Attorney assists OPD leadership and other staff, as directed, and complies with all legal standards and requirements.

Candidates must be third year law students or recent law school graduates. Additionally, candidates will have demonstrated interest in working with individuals charged with criminal offenses from diverse cultural backgrounds and will have the ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing. Demonstrated skill in legal research and writing as well as knowledge of and commitment to the national standards of criminal defense are essential.

For more information, click here.

University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine’s Department of Medical Ethics and Health Policy Now Accepting Applicants for Penn Fellowship in Advanced Biomedical Ethics, Due 12/14

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The Department of Medical Ethics and Health Policy at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine is now accepting applications for the Penn Fellowship in Advanced Biomedical Ethics. This two-year program seeks to train academic bioethicists who will be future leaders in the field. Fellows will pursue mentored research and a Master of Bioethics or Master of Science in Medical Ethics degree. In addition, they will obtain training and experience in clinical and research ethics.

Eligible applicants must have a doctoral degree (PhD, MD, JD) in hand by May 2016.  Previous work in bioethics is not required.  Applications will be accepted until December 14, 2015.

For more information, click here.

Equal Justice Society Seeking EJS Law Clerk for Summer of 2016, Due 12/15

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The Equal Justice Society (“EJS”) is transforming the nation’s consciousness on race through law, social science, and the arts. A national legal organization focused on restoring constitutional safeguards against discrimination, EJS’s goal is to help achieve a society where race is no longer a barrier to opportunity. Specifically, EJS is working to fully restore the constitutional protections of the Fourteenth Amendment and the Equal Protection Clause, which guarantees all citizens receive equal treatment under the law. We use a three-pronged approach to accomplish these goals, combining legal advocacy, outreach and coalition building, and education through effective messaging and communication strategies.

Our legal strategy aims to broaden conceptions of present-day discrimination to include unconscious and structural bias by using cognitive science, structural analysis, and real-life experience. Currently, EJS targets its advocacy efforts on school discipline, special education, the school-to-prison pipeline, and inequities in the criminal justice system.

EJS has law clerk positions available for Summer 2016 at our office in Oakland (1999 Harrison St. Suite 800, Oakland, CA 94612). EJS law clerks participate in legal research, writing, and analysis in the areas of civil rights and racial justice.

For more information, click here.

Attention 3Ls Taking the California Bar! Legal Services of Northern California Seeking Applicants for 2015 Fall Recruitment Program, Due 12/31

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Legal Services of Northern California (LSNC) is the legal aid provider for 23 counties in Northern California. LSNC’s mission is to “provide quality legal services to empower the poor and to identify and defeat the causes and effects of poverty within their community, by efficiently utilizing all available resources.”

In the Fall, LSNC begins its recruitment process for third-year law students preparing to take the California Bar Examination the following summer. For more than fifteen years, LSNC has hired at least one candidate, either through a fellowship or as a regular staff member, from among that year’s law school graduates. Depending upon staffing needs, LSNC may hire for any of its field offices or special projects, including its Auburn, Chico, Eureka, Redding, Sacramento, Vallejo, Woodland and Ukiah offices, through this process.

For more information, click here.

Center for Appellate Litigation Seeking Appellate Criminal Defense Summer 2016 Intern, Due 1/8/2016

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The Center for Appellate Litigation is seeking full-time volunteer interns for the summer of 2016.  The internship has three components:

(i) helping clients resolve the day-to-day problems they face during their incarceration;

(ii) working closely with experienced appellate attorneys on substantive writing projects, including briefs and motions; and

(iii) preparing clients for parole appearances and submitting materials on their behalf.

In addition, students may have the opportunity to assist with our other special projects.  Interns will have extensive hands-on contact with our clients and their family members and significant responsibilities in all aspects of case investigation and drafting legal documents.

For more information, click here.

U.S. Department of Labor – Office of the Solicitor’s New York Regional Office Seeking 2016 Summer Intern, Due 2/2/2016

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The Office of the Solicitor’s mission is to meet the legal service demands of the entire Department of Labor.  As the Secretary and other Department officials seek to accomplish the Department’s overall mission, the Office of the Solicitor (SOL) provides legal advice regarding how to achieve those goals.  In doing so, SOL ensures that the Nation’s labor laws are forcefully and fairly applied to protect the Nation’s workers.

The United States Department of Labor seeks summer law interns in the New York Regional Office of the Solicitor (NY-RSOL).  The NY-RSOL provides litigation and legal advisory services to Department of Labor agencies located in New York, New Jersey, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands.  This office handles cases arising under the Fair Labor Standards Act, Mine Safety and Health Act, Occupational Safety and Health Act, Employee Retirement Income Security Act, among other statutes, and enforces numerous whistleblower protection laws.  The NY-RSOL is responsible for litigating in federal district courts and administrative tribunals; trial attorneys in our office regularly take depositions, conduct discovery, draft and argue pre-trial motions, and litigate cases at trial.  Applicants are encouraged to review SOL’s webpage at http://www.dol.gov/sol/.

For more information, click here.

Attention 2Ls, 3Ls, & LLMs! Check Out These Two New Development Courses this Fall!

New Development Course at UW Law: Women, Poverty, and Natural Resource Management

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Attention 2Ls, 3Ls, and graduate students: Please consider enrolling in LAW B 564, Women, Poverty, and Natural Resource Management (Autumn, 3 Credits).

Instructor: Renee Giovarelli
Senior Attorney and Advisor at Center for Gender and Resource Equity

This course uses an interdisciplinary approach to issues of development and environmental conservation, helping students to understand the complexities that face policy and law reform in developing countries. The course discusses gender mainstreaming as a prerequisite to development and conservation solutions.

Questions? Please contact Professor Giovarelli at reneeg3@uw.edu.

New Development Course at UW Law: Law & Development – History and Theories

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Attention 2Ls, 3Ls, and graduate students: Please consider enrolling in LAW B 579, Law and Development: History and Theories (Autumn, 4 Credits).

Instructors: Anita Ramasastry, Professor, UW School of Law
Professor Jeffrey Riedinger, Vice Provost, UW Office of Global Affairs

The field of law and development examines the role of law in fostering economic and social development in developing countries, emerging markets and nations in transition. This course provides a historical overview of the role of law in alleviating poverty and exposes students to key theoretical perspectives.

Questions? Please contact Professor Ramasastry at arama@uw.edu.

Don’t Forget to Volunteer! University of Washington School of Law Hosts Second Annual Washington Veterans Will Clinic

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Interested in giving back to the community and gaining some new legal experiences?

On Saturday, October 24, 2015, the University of Washington School of Law will host the second annual Washington Veterans Will Clinic from 9am to 4pm.

Volunteer attorneys staffing the one-day clinic will prepare estate planning documents for veterans of the US Armed Forces free of charge.

For more information, click here.

WDWA Federal Bar Association’s Pro Bono Committee Presents: “Doing Well by Doing Good: Why Pro Bono Matters Matter” 

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Date: October 9, 2015
Time: 8:30 AM – 1:30 PM
Location: Foster Pepper LLC

FREE BREAKFAST
FREE LUNCH
FREE CLE CREDITS (3 GENERAL 1 ETHICS)

Come learn about taking pro bono cases through the WDWA Pro Bono Program.

Whether you’re a seasoned litigator or someone who has never argued in front of a federal judge, join us to learn about how you can appear in federal court on behalf of a pro bono client and develop your skills while gaining the gratitude of the bench.

Subjects covered will include employment law fundamentals, civil rights in prisoner and non-prisoner context, cultural competency, and limited representation.

Federal Magistrate Judge Donohue and Chief Judge Pechman will also present on the importance of pro bono participation and provide practice tips.

Breakfast and lunch will be provided for free, as will CLE credits.

Space is limited so please RSVP to Brenda Bole at boleb@foster.com before October 1. For questions about the program please contact Joanna Boisen at boisj@foster.com.

Blacks Were More Likely to Lose Jobs During Recession, UW Study Finds

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By Amy Radil | KUOW.org | Photo Credit to AP Photo/Lynne Sladky

Blacks – especially black women – working in the public sector were disproportionately laid off during the recession, according to a new study by the University of Washington.

The study is being presented this week at a conference of the American Sociological Association. It found that white workers appear to have been better protected from financial shocks to government budgets.

Continue reading here.

Pro Bono Opportunity – WDWA Federal Bar Association’s CLE & Pro Bono Program

Registration Deadline: Wednesday, September 30, 2015
CLE Event Date: October 9, 2015
Time: 8:30 AM – 1:30 PM
Location: Foster Pepper LLC
Registration Details: To register, RSVP to Brenda Bole at boleb@foster.com before October 1, 2015. Space is limited.
Contact: Joanna Boisen at boleb@foster.com; Brenda Bole at boleb@foster.com

Free CLE Credits: 3.0 General; 1.0 Ethics

Volunteers Needed: Attorney

Come learn about taking pro bono cases through the WDWA Pro Bono Program.

Whether you’re a seasoned litigator or someone who has never argued in front of a federal judge, join us to learn about how you can appear in federal court on behalf of a pro bono client and develop your skills while gaining the gratitude of the bench.

Subjects covered will include employment law fundamentals, civil rights in prisoner and non-prisoner context, cultural competency, and limited representation.

Federal Magistrate Judge Donohue and Chief Judge Pechman will also present on the importance of pro bono participation and provide practice tips.

Breakfast and lunch will be provided for free, as will CLE credits.

Space is limited so please RSVP to Brenda Bole at boleb@foster.com before October 1.

For questions about the program please contact Joanna Boisen at boisj@foster.com.