Are You Looking for a Career in Public Service? Register Now for the NW Public Service Career Fair!

Northwest Public Service Career Fair Registration Now Open

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Seattle
Date: Friday, February 5, 2016
Time: 10:00 – 10:30 AM Student/Employer Check-In
Location: LeRoux in the Student Center at Seattle University

Portland
Date: Saturday, February 6, 2016
Time: 10:00 – 10:30 AM Student/Employer Check-In
Location: Templeton Center at Lewis & Clark College

For twenty-six years, the NW Public Service Career Fairs have linked law students and alumni with opportunities to make a difference.  We typically have more than 50 non-profits and government offices and more than 500 students and alumni from our 11 NW Consortium schools participating in the fairs.

To register, click here.

AG Shines a Light with Updated Open Governmental Manual

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OLYMPIA — Today Attorney General Bob Ferguson announced that his office has updated its online Open Government Resource Manual summarizing Washington’s sunshine laws.

The 2015 publication modernizes the prior manual to reflect the past several years’ developments in the state’s Public Records Act and Open Public Meetings Act, and court decisions interpreting those laws. The manual was last revised in 2007.

“I am committed to enhancing transparency in government,” Ferguson said. “Open government is vital to a free and informed society, and this updated guide will help both public officials and the people they serve understand our state’s public disclosure laws.”

The manual includes summaries of and links to relevant statutes, court decisions, formal Attorney General Opinions, and Public Records Act Model Rules.

To access the manual, click here.

Attended the October 17th Pro Bono Core Competencies Training? We Want Your Feedback!

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Thank you for attending this year’s training. Our goal is to offer UW law students the opportunity to access some of the basic and fundamental tools and skills associated with providing direct law-related pro bono assistance to underserved and marginalized communities. We welcome you honest feedback and your participation in helping us plan next year’s training.

Please complete this very brief survey here.

For Offenders Who Can’t Pay, It’s a Pint of Blood or Jail Time

Judge Marvin Wiggins

By Campbell Robertson | The New York Times | Photo credit Dave Martin/Associated Press

MARION, Ala. — Judge Marvin Wiggins’s courtroom was packed on a September morning. The docket listed hundreds of offenders who owed fines or fees for a wide variety of crimes — hunting after dark, assault, drug possession and passing bad checks among them.

“Good morning, ladies and gentlemen,” began Judge Wiggins, a circuit judge here in rural Alabama since 1999. “For your consideration, there’s a blood drive outside,” he continued, according to a recording of the hearing. “If you don’t have any money, go out there and give blood and bring in a receipt indicating you gave blood.”

For those who had no money or did not want to give blood, the judge concluded: “The sheriff has enough handcuffs.”

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