Call for Writing Submissions! 2016 Law Student Legal Writing Competition

National Lawyers Guild  Adopts Resolution Supporting Prison Abolition

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By: National Lawyers Guild

Following the National Lawyers Guild (NLG) Law for the People Convention in October, NLG membership adopted a resolution calling for the dismantling and abolition of all prisons and of all aspects of systems and institutions that support, condone, create, fill, or protect prisons. The U.S. currently holds the world’s largest prison population at a cost of $80 billion per year, and spends six times more on prisons than education. “Calling for the abolition of this profit-motivated system that is designed to maintain racial and economic inequality while relying on individualized punishment as a primary response to social problems falls directly within our mission of protecting human rights over property interests,” said Sharlyn Grace, NLG Co-Executive Vice President.

Furthermore, the resolution identifies the damaging injustices perpetuated by the current prison system, including racism, classism, ableism, sexism, transphobia, homophobia, ageism, labor abuse, marginalization of non-Christians, and criminalization of political dissent. Prisons legitimize capitalism and feed corporate wealth directly at the expense of poor communities, and especially urban communities of color.

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New! Gendering Documentation: A Manual for and About Women Human Rights Defenders

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By: Women Human Rights Defenders International Coalition | Logo credit: Women Human Rights Defenders International Coalition

To mark International Women Human Rights Defender Day (29 November) and International Human Rights Day (10 December), the Women Human Rights Defenders International Coalition is introducing its new publication, “Gendering Documentation: A Manual For and About Women Human Rights Defenders”. The manual is now available for download.

Click here to access the manual.

Judge Rules Yakima-Area Hospitals Violated Charity Care Law and Breached Contracts with Indigent Patients

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By: Columbia Legal Services

Last week, a Yakima County Superior Court judge ruled in favor of a class of indigent patients against the parent company of Yakima Regional Medical Center (YRMC) and Toppenish Community Hospital. Judge Susan L. Hahn found that the hospitals had a practice of violating the Washington Charity Care Act by failing to screen patients for financial need before demanding payments from patients-many times in the form of up-front deposits as a condition of receiving care. She also found that this practice violated the hospital’s contract with its patients because it caused patients to pay money they did not owe under Washington law.

“All Hospitals have to provide their fair share of charity care, under Washington law,” said Eleanor Hamburger, of Sirianni Youtz Spoonemore Hamburger and one of the attorneys for the class. “By making their obligation to provide charity care a well-kept secret, the hospitals required some patients to pay more than legally allowed for treatment, forced others to go without the medical care they needed, and foisted its responsibility for providing charity care on its closest competitor. Now the Court has concluded that this practice is illegal and a breach of contract.”

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2016 Law Student Legal Writing Competition, Due March 4th

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The Forum on Affordable Housing and Community Development Law is now accepting writing submission for the 2016 Law Student Writing Competition.

Eligibility:  Open to all students currently enrolled in an ABA Accredited Law School who are members of the Forum on Affordable Housing and Community Development Law

Topic:  Papers should address any legal issue regarding affordable housing and/or community development law.

Submission Requirements: Entries must be original, unpublished work. Articles should be between 25-50 double-spaced pages and should include footnotes in Bluebook format. There is no entry form of any kind. Articles should be submitted in Word format. All author-identifying information should be removed from the article. A separate title page should be attached and must contain the articles title, the students name, and the students contact information including street address, phone number(s), and email address.

Award: Submissions will be blindly evaluated by a committee of Forum members. A single winning paper, as judged by the selection committee, will be awarded a prize of $1,000 and a trip to attend the Forums Annual Conference, May 25-27, 2016, in Washington, D.C. (airfare and lodging included)*. The winner is responsible for any taxes on Fair Market Value (FMV) of full award, including travel, registration and lodging. Winner will be required to submit a completed 1099 as a condition of receiving award.  The decision of the judges is final.

The winning essay may be published in the Journal of Affordable Housing and Community Development Law. If selected for publication, winner will be required to sign a standard publication agreement giving the ABA the right of first publication.

Date:  All entries must be postmarked or emailed by March 4, 2016.

Send entries to the Journal’s Editor-in-Chief:
Laurie Hauber
Community Economic Development Program
Legal Services of Eastern Missouri, Inc.
4232 Forest Park Ave. | St. Louis, MO 63108
hauberyang@gmail.com

Please contact Dawn R. Holiday at dawn.holiday@americanbar.org , if you have any questions.

*Coach airfare, 21-day advance purchase and lodging at the conference hotel for 2 nights.

Attention Spanish-Speakers! Paid Opportunity to Work with Farmworkers in the Summer!

Columbia Legal Services Offering Laurel Rubin Farmworker Paid Summer Internship, Due 2/15/2016

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Columbia Legal Services is seeking a 2016 summer intern to assist experienced attorneys in serving migrant and seasonal farm workers through farm labor camp outreach, community education and legal work. Law students will work with attorneys on ongoing cases and projects, and will play an essential role in assisting workers in their efforts to enforce their labor rights and obtain access to needed services.

Fellowship funding is available for one position, located in Yakima, WA through the Laurel Rubin farmworker Justice Fellowship in the amount of $5,500 for a ten-week internship.

CLS legal interns participate in systemic advocacy on behalf of low-income people by engaging in legal research and writing, policy advocacy, and community outreach and education to advance systemic change in Washington State.

For more information, click here.

Vera Institute of Justice Seeking Summer 2016 Law Student Intern in Legal Department, Due 2/19/2016

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The Vera Institute of Justice, founded in 1961, is an independent, non-partisan, nonprofit organization that combines expertise in research, technical assistance, and demonstration projects to assist leaders in government and civil society, examine justice policy and practice, and improve the systems people rely on for justice and safety.

Vera runs an annual summer internship program for undergraduate, graduate, and law school students. Interns typically work full time in one of Vera’s departments or centers and programs; some part-time positions may be available. In addition to working on individual assignments, all interns are welcome to participate in events organized by the internship coordinator. For example, past interns have visited Sing Sing Correctional Facility, lunched with executive-level management, and visited Vera demonstration projects.

For more information, click here.

New York Legal Assistance Group Seeking Summer 2016 Intern, Applications Considered on Rolling Basis, Due 3/1/2016

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The New York Legal Assistance Group (NYLAG) provides free civil legal services to low-income New Yorkers. To enhance the level of services available in New York, and to help train the next generation of public interest lawyers, NYLAG is recruiting a class of law student summer interns for the positions listed below.  Each position requires a full-time commitment of 10 weeks (generally, May 31st to August 5th) and is unpaid.  In addition to handling substantive work at NYLAG, interns will have the opportunity to participate in a comprehensive training service that covers the breadth of civil legal services practice in New York City, as well as a series of brown bag lunches on fellowships, clerkships and other topics of interest, and social events in and around NYLAG’s office in lower Manhattan.

Applicants (rising 2Ls and 3Ls) should have excellent research, writing, and analytical skills, and a strong commitment to public interest law. To apply, submit a cover letter and resume to volunteer@nylag.org. Applicants may be considered for more than one position, but should indicate in a cover letter which positions are of interest and describe relevant experience. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis, and recruiting is expected to be completed by March 31, 2016.

For more information, click here.

Baylegal Law Clerk Program Now Accepting Applications, Due 4/11/2016

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BayLegal is the largest staff based non-profit law firm providing free civil legal services to low-income individuals and families in the San Francisco Bay Area.

BayLegal selects approximately 20-30 law students to work in our offices during the school year and approximately 40 students during the summer. Under the supervision of BayLegal staff attorneys, interns will have the opportunity to build cases from the ground-up; including conducting: client interviews; initial case assessments; obtaining discovery andother evidence; preparing clients for trials; writing briefs and other legal memoranda; assisting self-represented litigants; community outreach and education; and representing clients at administrative hearings and state court hearings/trials. Interns also assist in drafting writs of mandamus to Superior Court and California appellate courts and participating in broader impact litigation. Interns often work on projects and cases that have a wide-ranging and lasting impact on our client communities. BayLegal encourages students who have completed evidence so to become certified by the CA State Bar to represent clients in court.

During the school year, students commonly work 10-15 hours per week. During the summer, Interns work on a full-time basis.

For more information, click here.

‘Tis the Season to Apply for Summer Internships at the NW Public Service Career Fair! Application Deadline for Interviews at the Fair is January 17!

‘Tis the Season to Apply for Summer Internships at the NW Public Service Career Fair! Application Deadline for Interviews at the Fair is January 17!

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Are you interested in an internship or externship with a public interest organization or government agency this summer in the Northwest? If yes, don’t miss your best shot at securing a position with an employer participating in the 2016 NW Public Service Career Fair. 50+ employers are registering on a rolling basis through January 11 but now is the time to work on your application materials and upload them to the career fair website. Students can do informational interviews (aka table talk) in the morning and have formal interviews in the afternoon. To get a chance at a pre-selected afternoon interview be sure to review UW Law public service career resources and tips and to submit your tailored application materials through the career fair website by January 17.

Seattle Location:

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

Portland Location:

When? Saturday, February 6, 2016, 10:00 – 10:30 AM Student/Employer Check-In
Where? Templeton Center at Lewis & Clark College

For complete details and registration information please click here.

Innocence Project Northwest Client Donovan Allen Freed After 15 Years in Prison

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By: Innocence Project NW

On December 2, 2015, Donovan Allen was freed from prison after spending nearly 16 years wrongly convicted of his mother’s murder. On December 1, the Cowlitz County Prosecutor’s Office formally charged Donovan’s cousin, Brian Kitts, with the February 2000 murder of Sharon Cox. Prosecutors then agreed to vacate Donovan’s conviction based on new DNA evidence obtained by Innocence Project Northwest (IPNW). Superior Court Judge Stephen Warning dismissed the charges and ordered Donovan Allen’s immediate release from prison.

Donovan was met at Clallam Bay Corrections Center by his attorneys, IPNW Director Anna Tolin, Legal Intern Richard Devenport and former Intern Lauren Connor. After a welcome cup of fresh coffee, Donovan took a walk on the beach while a pair of bald eagles landed nearby.  Richard Devenport had recently visited Donovan in prison and said: “Watching Donovan walk free and confront the sea, made even the Juan de Fuca look small in comparison.”

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Study: Reason, not disruption, rules when growing a social movement

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By: Peter Kelley

When campaigning for social change, disruptive protests may win a few battles but education is more likely to win the war, according to research by Abhinav Gupta, an assistant professor of strategic management at the University of Washington Foster School of Business.

Gupta and co-authors studied “Rein in Russell,” a 2009 campaign by United Students Against Sweatshops at Pennsylvania State University and other institutions designed to pressure the company Russell Athletic to change its anti-union business tactics and reopen a shuttered unionized plant in Honduras. Their campaign involved targeting Russell Athletics’ major business allies — other universities in the United States — and urging them to sever their licensing contracts with the company.

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Attention 2L & 3L Pro Bono Project Leaders! Registration for Winter Pro Bono Leadership & Advocacy Course is Now Open!

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Attention leaders of student-initiated pro bono service learning projects including IFAP, IMAP, SYLAW, App Help, ELS, Ed Law and any other emerging pro bono legal assistance projects!  

Get academic credit for your pro bono legal aid leadership work AND  get concrete tools and skills to apply to your day-to-day organizational leadership and management.  You can now register for our 2 credit Pro Bono Leadership & Advocacy class taught by Dean Michele Storms and Aline Carton-Listfjeld from the Center for Public Service Law. The class will meet Tuesdays, 5:30-7:20pm.

Click here for the syllabus. Registration is by instructor permission only so please email Aline Carton-Listfjeld at acarton@uw.edu to register. Ideally we’d like at least two student leaders from each student-led pro bono service learning project.

Attention 3Ls! Check Out the Fellowship Opportunity with U.S. PIRG

King County Bar Association Pro Bono Service Department Seeking Family Law Legal Intern/Extern

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The Family Law Programs of the King County Bar Association’s Pro Bono Services include the Family Law Mentor Program, the Self-Help Plus (SHP) Program, and the Kinship Care Solutions Project. These programs 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. This intern/extern position will work with the Family Law Mentor program which provides pro bono representation in contested dissolutions and parenting plan cases where children are at risk.

For more information, click here.

Institute for Justice Now Accepting Applications for Summer 2016 Law Clerkship

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The Institute for Justice employs law clerks during the school year and throughout the summer. Clerks participate in the day-to-day activities that make up the Institute’s fast-paced, cutting-edge litigation docket. IJ’s legal staff relies on clerks for assistance with legal research, developing potential cases, brief writing, drafting affidavits and discovery requests, op-ed writing, and a host of other key litigation responsibilities. Summer clerks will participate in IJ’s annual Law Student Conference in Arlington, VA, at the beginning of the summer, and IJ’s summer-long speaker series through which they will get to connect with the leading minds and advocates of the liberty movement.

Summer clerkships are highly competitive and usually run from the beginning of June through mid-August.

For more information, click here.

American Bar Association Seeking Intern in Legal Services Division

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Approximately five student interns are sought to assist in conducting national research regarding the provision of indigent defense in the United States pursuant to Gideon v. Wainwright. Specifically, interns will conduct Westlaw, internet, and telephone research to determine how states and counties are meeting the mandate to provide counsel for indigent criminal defendants. The internship will provide students with exposure to criminal justice systems, opportunities to interact with government attorneys nationwide, and experience with major policy and program initiatives.

Open to all law students, including 1Ls. Candidates must have good research and writing skills, an interest in criminal or public interest law, and willingness to learn and work under supervision. Candidates in the Chicago area are preferred, but remote-work opportunities will also be considered.

For more information, click here.

Vera Institute of Justice Seeking Program Associate/Senior Program Associate in New York

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The Vera Institute of Justice (Vera), founded in 1961, is an independent, non-partisan, nonprofit organization that combines expertise in research, technical assistance, and demonstration projects to assist leaders in government and civil society examine justice policy and practice, and improve the systems people rely on for justice and safety.

CSC seeks an experienced professional to support CSC’s conditions of confinement work as Program Associate or Senior Program Associate, depending on the candidate’s breadth of skills, experience and qualifications. The (Senior) Program Associate would work on two of CSC’s projects: the Pathways from Prison to Postsecondary Education Project and the Segregation Reduction Project.

For more information, click here.

Attention 3Ls! U.S. PIRG Now Accepting Applications for its Fellowship Program

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We’re hiring Fellows to work on big problems: whether it’s stopping the overuse of antibiotics on factory farms, checking the influence of billionaires and Super PACs over our elections, giving consumers the right to know if GMOs are in their food, passing new recycling laws, or promoting smart transportation options for a 21st century economy.

At PIRG, we know that a smart policy solution, or real change won’t just happen. You need to organize, advocate and fight for it. By becoming a Fellow with U.S. PIRG, you will learn how to become an experienced organizer and advocate for the public interest.

For more information, click here.

Attention Recent Grads! Researcher Position Openings with Human Rights Watch

HRW Seeking Researcher on National Security, Surveillance, and Domestic Law Enforcement

HRWThe US Program of Human Rights Watch (“HRW”) is seeking a highly qualified Researcher on National Security, Surveillance, and Domestic Law Enforcement to investigate, analyze, and advocate against human rights abuses related to the rights abuses occurring at the intersection between national security policies, US mass surveillance, and domestic law enforcement policies and practices. The role of the Researcher may include documenting and assessing the rights implications of involving domestic law enforcement in national security operations, prosecutors’ use of information derived from US mass surveillance in preparing criminal cases, or the rights implications of the use of new tools of surveillance by local police or immigration enforcement agencies. The position reports to the Director of the US Program. The position will be preferably based in Washington DC, but other locations may be considered.

For more information, click here.

HRW Seeking Researcher on US Criminal Justice

The US Program of Human Rights Watch (“HRW”) is seeking a highly qualified Researcher on Criminal Justice to investigate, analyze, and advocate against human rights abuses experienced by persons in the US criminal justice system through the media and directly with policymakers. The role of the Researcher may include documenting and advocating against racial injustice in policing; abusive prosecutorial policies; excessively harsh sentencing and post-conviction collateral consequences; pre-conviction confinement including bail policies; drug policies that improperly emphasize criminalization; solitary confinement and other abusive or inhumane prison conditions; and criminal justice policies that have a particularly harsh impact on youth or low-income populations accused of or victimized by crime. The position reports to the Director of the US Program and may be based in one of HRW’s offices in New York, Washington, DC, Chicago, Los Angeles or San Francisco.

For more information, click here.

Attention Recent Grads and LLMs! Columbia Law School’s Human Rights Institute Seeks 2 Legal Experts to Direct Project on Counterterrorism, Armed Conflict, and Human Rights, Applications Accepted on Rolling Basis

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The Columbia Law School Human Rights Institute invites applications for 2 positions of Director and Legal Fellow for the Project on Counterterrorism, Armed Conflict, and Human Rights, who will be hired at the level of Research Scholar and Associate Research Scholar at Columbia Law School.

The Director and Legal Fellow will lead an innovative legal research and advocacy program to advance respect for international human rights law and humanitarian law in counterterrorism and armed conflict operations, particularly those undertaken by the United States and its allies.

Together with the Human Rights Institute’s Faculty Co-Directors, the Director and Legal Fellow will be responsible for collaborating in developing the Project’s programmatic work and strategic agenda, and providing vision, research, writing, and public engagement for the projects.

For more information, click here.

Washington State Association for Justice Seeking Executive Director

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Washington State Association for Justice (“WSAJ”), the only attorneys’ association in Washington committed exclusively to serving the needs of plaintiff’s attorneys, is seeking a new Executive Director in anticipation of the retirement of its long-term executive. Serving over 2,400 members throughout the state of Washington, WSAJ has a stellar reputation for providing high quality legal education as well as law practice resources , and it is the leading political force in the state protecting the rights of consumers, injured people and workers. Reporting to WSAJ’s 51-member Board comprised of successful trial attorneys, the ED holds a position of strategic leadership and management, serving as WSAJ’s Chief Executive Officer and executing on its strategic priorities. The ED will oversee a $4 million budget, lead and manage a dedicated staff of 18 professionals, and will represent WSAJ, locally, regionally and nationally. Carlson Beck has been retained by WSAJ to lead this search. For a detailed position specification, please contact Debra M. Vinikour, Principal, at debra@carlsonbeck.com or Sally A. Carlson, Managing Partner, at sally@carlsonbeck.com.

Meridian Institute Seeking Project Assistants within the Meridian Fellowship Program, Due 2/5/2016

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Meridian Institute is pleased to announce position openings for Project Assistants within the Meridian Fellowship Program – an opportunity for recent college graduates to work on varied and highly complex public policy issues, learn about the field of multi-party collaborative problem solving, and engage with leaders from a variety of sectors and interest groups. Meridian has two offices (Washington, D.C. and Dillon, CO) and Fellows are hired for both locations.

To apply, click here. The deadline to submit applications is 10 pm EST on February 5, 2016.

Compassion Over Killing Seeking Summer 2016 Litigation Intern, Due 2/12/2016

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Compassion Over Killing (COK) is seeking legal interns for Summer 2016 (unpaid). Compassion Over Killing is a national nonprofit 501(c)(3) animal advocacy organization. Working to end animal abuse since 1995, COK focuses on ending and preventing cruelty to animals in agriculture.

COK’s Legal Advocacy Program is offering Litigation Internships out of its West Coast office in Torrance, California. Litigation Interns will work on litigation projects aimed at protecting farmed animals; most of these projects are plaintiffs’ litigation. These projects will likely employ a variety of legal theories, relating to areas such as state criminal cruelty laws, false advertising and unfair competition laws, tort liability, environmental protection laws, administrative law, tax, and corporate law.

Interns will have opportunities to research new projects as well as assist heavily with ongoing projects. They will work closely with Compassion Over Killing’s attorneys.

For more information, click here.

Attention Law Students! Interested in Networking with the WSBA Sections? Join the WYLC and WSBA Sections in Light Appetizers and Beverages!

January 12: Social Justice Tuesday – Public Service Summer Funding

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Dates: Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2016
Time: 12:30 – 1:20 PM
Location: William H. Gates Hall, RM 127

Come and learn about all of the various funding sources for summer public service employment.

January 14: Equity & Difference: Keeping the Conversation Going – What’s the Difference with “Difference”?

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Dates: January 14, January 21, February 4, February 10, February 23 2016
Time: 7:30 PM
Location: Kane Hall. RM 120, 4069 Spokane Ln., Seattle, WA 98105

A series that exposes and explains transgressions and struggles—both systematic and personal—experienced by too many in our communities today, featuring thought leaders who are working to open our eyes to the consequences of prejudice, and seeking solutions for change.

January 14th Speaker: Ralina L. Joseph, Director, CCDE, associate professor, department of communication, University of Washington

Today, we often employ the word “difference” as a catch-all word when we talk about race, gender, and sexuality. Difference replaces—or rather revises—‘diversity’, ‘multiculturalism’, or a long-connected string of descriptors such as race, gender, sexuality, class, nationality, and ability. But what does this shift in language mean and why is it significant for the ways in which we assess, inhabit, and perhaps even change our world? How does the Black Lives Matter movement illustrate our need to turn to difference, just as All Lives Matter illustrates the impossibility of indifference today? Can difference, instead of diversity, provide campus activists with a means to fight microaggression and structural racism?  Join Ralina Joseph as we discuss why words matter and how identity descriptions change over time.

For more information, click here.

January 19: New Lawyer Education: Mediation Basics

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Date: Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2016
Time: 8:25 AM – 3:30 PM
Location: WSBA, 1325 Fourth Ave., Suite 600, Seattle, and via live webcast

CLE Credits: Ethics: 0.50, General: 5.00

Cost: $275

Resolving matters before trial is viewed as best practice. Mediation in particular is becoming a necessary step in many legal processes. In Washington, Chapter 7.06 of the RCW mandates arbitration for certain civil cases. Superior court has mandatory arbitration rules as well. In this seminar, our esteemed faculty will walk you through the world of alternative dispute resolution, with a focus on mediation. They will cover the process of mediation, various mediation styles and models used in Washington, considerations one must take before mediating a case, drafting settlements, and the ethics of mediation. This course is designed from the lens of an attorney representing a client in a mediation proceeding. It is not geared toward those who want to become mediators – although that is discussed briefly in the first session.

For more information, click here.

January 21: Open Sections Night in Seattle

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Date: Thursday, Jan. 21, 2016
Time: 5:00 – 7:00 PM
Location: WSBA Conference Center, 1325 Fourth Ave., Suite 600, Seattle, Washington

You’re invited to attend the Annual Winter Open Sections Night, sponsored by the Washington Young Lawyers Committee (WYLC) and the WSBA Sections. This popular event provides an excellent opportunity to network with young lawyers and experienced lawyers who serve as WSBA section leaders. The WSBA Sections offer a wealth of experience and resources to help new and young lawyers find their footing in a new practice area.

At this event you will:

  • Learn about the WYLC and WSBA sections
  • Have an opportunity to join a section and enter to win a drawing prize
  • Mingle with new and experienced attorneys in a fun, informal atmosphere

Light appetizers and beverages (including beer & wine) will be provided. WSBA Member funds were not used for the purchase of alcoholic beverages.

Register online here.

Looking to Fund Your Summer Internship in Civil Legal Aid? Check Out Funding Opportunities with the Curtin Justice Fund

Will You be Working with Low-Income Communities this Summer Providing Civil Legal Aid Assistance? Looking for Some Summer Funding?

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PILA is not the only game in town! The Curtin Justice Fund Legal Internship Program is seeking motivated law student interns to apply for stipends available for summer 2016. The Program will pay a $2,500 stipend to three law school students who spend the summer months working for a bar association or legal services program designed to prevent homelessness or assist homeless or indigent clients or their advocates. The ideal intern will have a demonstrated interest in public interest law and experience working with poor people or on issues affecting them. All law students are eligible, and first year law students are encouraged to apply. The application deadline for Summer 2016 is Monday, March 28, 2016.

For more information and the application package, click here. 

Updated Inter-American Commission Report Reviews Gender Equality, Women’s Rights Standards

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By: International Justice Resource Center

Containing references to relevant IACHR’s merits decisions and thematic and country reports, judgments of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights (IACtHR), and provisions of regional instruments such as the American Convention on Human Rights, American Declaration of the Rights and Duties of Man, and Convention of Belém do Pará, the report is a comprehensive examination of the standards of the Inter-American human rights system. SeeIACHR, Legal Standards: Gender Equality and Women’s Rights(2015), para. 10.

The Commission welcomed reforms concerning gender equality and women’s rights in Member States and called on them to continue their efforts to improve the situation. However, it also stressed that in spite of these efforts, there are still numerous human rights problems women experience in the Americas, including various forms of violence against women, and discrimination across a wide range of rights and spheres. See id. at paras. 2-15.

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Department of Justice Issues New Guidance on Preventing Gender Bias in Law Enforcement

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By: American Civil Liberties Union

The guidance was announced today, Dec. 15, 2015, by Attorney General Loretta Lynch and was a joint effort by the following offices in the Department of Justice: the Office on Violence Against Women, the Civil Rights Division, and the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS).

Purpose of the Guidance: In partnership with law enforcement leaders and advocates for survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence, DOJ issued the guidance to explain how gender bias can undermine police response to sexual assault and domestic violence and provide a set of principles that, when integrated into police policies, trainings, and practices, will help ensure that police efforts to keep victims safe and perpetrators accountable are not undermined by gender bias.

Today, DOJ issued ground-breaking guidance to law enforcement, aimed at combating gender discrimination in how police address domestic violence and sexual assault. The guidance explains how gender-biased policing is a significant civil rights issue. By issuing the guidance, DOJ is broadening the discussion about policing practices to include a focus on how women and LGBT individuals, particularly survivors of domestic and sexual violence, can be impacted by discriminatory policing.

For the DOJ press release, click here.

For the Guidance, click here.

Join the King County Bar Association at the Annual Luncheon in January!

January 15: King County Bar Association’s Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Annual Luncheon

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Date: Friday, Jan. 15, 2016
Time: 12:00 PM – 1:15 PM
Location: Sheraton Seattle Hotel, 1400 Sixth Avenue, Seattle, WA

Tickets:
$50 General Admission;
$25 Students & Law Clerks

Featuring: C.T. Vivian
Legendary Civil Right Advisor
Presidential Civil Rights Advisor
Founder, C.T. Vivian Leadership Institute

In November 2013, Dr. Vivian was honored for his vision and leadership in the fight for justice when he was awarded this Nation’s highest civilian honor—The Presidential Medal of Freedom. Among his many leadership roles, he has served on the board of the Center for Democratic Renewal and the National Voting Rights Museum. He currently serves as a founding Board Member of Capital City Bank, a Blackowned bank in Atlanta, and is also Board Chair of BASIC Diversity, Inc., the Nation’s oldest diversity consulting firm. He has provided civil rights counsel to Presidents Johnson, Carter, Reagan, Clinton, and Obama, and he continues to lecture on racial justice and democracy throughout the world.

The New School for Social Research named Dr. C.T. Vivian “… spiritual leader, apostle of social justice, strategist of the civil rights movement … For decades he has been in the vanguard of the struggle for racial equality in America,” as they presented him with one of his many honorary doctorates.

Dr. Vivian, once known as a Christian journalist, is best known for his work with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. As National Director of Affiliates, and strategist for every Southern Christian Leadership Conference (S.C.L.C.) organization, he truly helped change the nation. In Birmingham, his work helped to enact the Civil Rights Bill, and in Selma, the Voting Rights Bill. Vivian was deeply involved in other civil rights movements in Nashville, TN; Danville, VA; St. Augustine, FL; and Chicago, IL. Dr. Vivian won his first non-violent direct action movement in 1947 by integrating restaurants in Peoria, IL. The summer following the Selma Movement, Dr. Vivian developed, organized, and launched Vision, an educational program that provided over 700 Alabama students with college scholarships. Vision would later be known as Upward Bound. In 1970 Vivian authored the first book written by a member of Dr. King’s staff entitled Black Power and the American Myth.

He is featured throughout PBS’s acclaimed documentary Eyes On The Prize (1987 & 2006). PBS later produced a full-length presentation, The Healing Ministry of the Rev. Dr. C.T. Vivian. He is also featured as both an activist and analyst in the series, The People’s Century (PBS/WGBH, 1998), and in the Tom Brokaw documentary King (History Channel, 2008).

After leaving Dr. King’s Executive Staff, Dr. Vivian trained ministers and developed the urban curriculum for seminaries throughout the nation at the Urban Training Center in Chicago. He returned to the realm of seminary education as the Dean of Divinity at Shaw University Seminary. There he originated and acquired funding for an unprecedented national-wide program, the basis of his doctoral work, Seminary Without Walls. In 2008, Dr. Vivian founded the C.T. Vivian Leadership Institute, Inc., based in Atlanta, Georgia, to create a model leadership culture for the purpose of training and educating the new generation of grass-roots leaders. More recently, Dr. Vivian received an Honorary Doctorate from Morehouse College (2010), served as National President of S.C.L.C. (2012), and currently serves as Dean of The Urban Institute at The Interdenominational Theological Center in Atlanta, Georgia.

To register, click here.

January 21: Washington Young Lawyers Committee Invites Law Students to the WSBA Open Sections Night

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Date: Thursday, Jan. 15, 2016
Time: 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Location: WSBA Conference Center, 1325 Fourth Ave., Ste. 600, Seattle, WA 98101

RSVP: By January 8, 2016

The Washington Young Lawyers Committee (WYLC) is pleased to invite law students from the University of Washington and Seattle University to attend the popular Washington State Bar Association (WSBA) Open Sections Night to be held in Seattle, Washington on January 21. Open Sections Night connects new and young lawyers to WSBA Sections, which offer a wealth of experience and resources to help new and young lawyers find their footing in the legal profession. Please help us spread the word by sharing this event and our attached flier with faculty and law students at your respective university.

Law students attend Open Sections Night to:

  • Learn more about the WYLC WSBA’s 28 sections
  • Join a section on site and enter for a chance to win a door prize
  • Mingle with new and experienced attorneys
  • Enjoy light appetizers and beverages

To RSVP, click here.

March 5-6: Save the Date for the 18th Annual Trina Grillo Public Interest and Social Justice Retreat

UNLV School of Law

Date: Saturday, Mar. 5 – Sunday, Mar. 6, 2016
Location: 4505 S. Maryland Parkway, Las Vegas, NV 89011

The Trina Grillo Retreat provides a unique opportunity for public interest and social justice-oriented law students, faculty, and practitioners to forge an alliance by exchanging viewpoints, exploring career opportunities, and formulating strategies for social justice.

Hotel Accommodations for Retreat

For your convenience, we have reserved a block of rooms at the following hotel:

Silver Sevens Hotel & Casino
4100 Paradise Rd.
Las Vegas, NV 89169
(702) 733-7000
Group Code: Trina 2016
Reservations: (800) 640-9777

Room rates are set at $92.94 (tax & fees included) for March 5th only. Rate available through February 1, 2016 (depending on room availability). 2016 NASCAR Weekend and Rugby 7s are the same weekend as the Retreat, so be sure to book your room early.

CONFIRMED CONSORTIUM CO-SPONSORS

Santa Clara University School of Law
Society of American Law Teachers
Southwestern Law School
Stanford Law School
UNLV William S. Boyd School of Law
University of Washington School of Law
University of San Francisco School of Law
UC Berkeley School of Law

For more information, click here.

May 19: Save the Date for Eastside Legal Assistance Program’s Breakfast for Justice

ELAP Save the Date 2016

Date: Thursday, May 19, 2016
Time: 7:00 PM (Registration); 7:30 PM – 8:30 PM (Program)
Location: Meydenbauer Center, 11100 NE 6th St., Bellevue, WA 98004

Suggested minimum donation: $150

We invite you to join our distinguished host committee on Thursday, May 19, 2016, for the 6th Annual ELAP Breakfast for Justice and help support legal services for low-income families and survivors of domestic violence.

Keynote: James Bamberger, the Director of Washington’s Office of Civil Legal Aid

In his keynote address, James Bamberger, will present the recent findings about the increased “Justice Gap” impacting low-income residents of Washington State. The updated Civil Legal Needs Study reveals that the need for securing equal access to justice is greater than ever. You won’t want to miss this compelling speech.