Upcoming fellowship/grant deadlines to put on your calendar!

A New Way to Do Pro Bono in Washington State

From the Washington State Bar Association’s NWSidebar

hammer-719066_960_720If you’re like many of the attorneys I know, you want to do pro bono work, but it can be hard to find the time. Most lawyers are busy, with important responsibilities to current clients, families and friends. If this describes you, good news: a new way to serve low-income clients has arrived in Washington. It’s called Washington Web Lawyer (WaWL).

WaWL is a website where low-income clients can post civil legal questions and pro bono attorneys can log on from anywhere, day or night, and answer client questions. There is no expectation that the attorney will provide any other service other than answering the question. The idea for WaWL began with the WSBA Pro Bono and Public Service Committee (formerly the Pro Bono and Legal Aid Committee) and is modeled after Online Tennessee Justice.

Washington is one of a growing number of states launching this web-based tool. Here are five reasons you should get involved…

Continue reading here.

Photo: https://pixabay.com/static/uploads/photo/2015/04/12/16/33/hammer-719066_960_720.jpg

Attention 1Ls! Want to be Eligible for  PILA Grant to Fund Your Public Service Work this Summer?

 williamgateslaw-750x498If so, you need to volunteer for PILA to qualify! Don’t miss out. What’s the best thing you can do? Procure auction items for the upcoming PILA Auction on Friday, February 5! To learn more, connect with your class captain or email Sophia Posnock at sposnock@gmail.com.

 To learn more about the auction and register click here: http://students.washington.edu/pila/auction.html

Photo: William H. Gates Hall, home to the Law School, at sunset. Photo by Katherine B. Turner

Equal Justice Works’ National Advisory Committee presenting awards to public interest students!

c4ca2-6a00d8341bfae553ef01b8d1022e63970c-800wiThis year, Equal Justice Works’ National Advisory Committee is presenting awards to law students at Equal Justice Works member schools in eight regions who have a demonstrated commitment to public interest law and pro bono work. Your school is in the “Mountain Region,” and your National Advisory Committee representatives are Maura Cook and Jennifer Werdell.

 The Equal Justice Works Public Interest Awards seek to identify and honor law students who have provided extraordinary service through law school clinics, volunteer work, internships, and/or extracurricular projects. Applications will be accepted until March 1, 2016, and instructions and further details can be found here (2016 Equal Justice Works Public Interest Awards Application – Mountain).

 If you have any questions, please email us at ejw.mountainregion@gmail.com.

Seeking two JD students to join the International Human Rights Clinic.

icar-logoProf. Alejandra Gonza is seeking 1-2 JD Students, to join the International Human Rights Clinic (E556, Winter-Spring, 3-3 credits, scheduled W 10:30-12:20). The selected students will be working with the International Corporate Accountability Roundtable (ICAR), a coalition of human rights, environmental, labor, and development organizations that creates, promotes and defends legal frameworks to ensure corporations respect human rights in their global operations. See website: http://icar.ngo/ (Links to an external site.) If you are interested in taking this, submit a resume and a course request as soon as possible.

 For more information please contact: agonza@uw.edu

Arc of Justice Fellowship due soon!

  • public-advocates-logoPublic Advocates and the Charles Houston Bar Association (CHBA) are proud to announce a new summer 2016 fellowship opportunity for law students committed to advancing the legal and policy priorities of low-income African American communities in the Bay Area. The “Arc of Justice” is a collaboration between Public Advocates and CHBA to help increase the number of law students of color who pursue careers in public interest law. This first Arc fellow will spend the summer clerking at Public Advocates, with dedicated support from CHBA. This fellowship provides a deserving 2L student $3000 minimum stipend. The preferred deadline is January 31, 2016. 

Planning on Doing a Child Welfare Advocacy Internship this Summer? Don’t Miss Out on Your Chance to Get Top Notch Training!

ku34tu-8The Bergstrom Child Welfare Law Summer Fellowship is committed to inspiring the best and brightest law students to pursue careers in child welfare law. Through the fellowship, students gain experience and insight into the field and provide much needed services to various child welfare offices specializing in representing children, parents, and social service agencies. After attending a three-day training session at the end of May at Michigan Law, fellows spend at least 10 weeks at a child welfare law internship.

The 2016 Bergstrom Fellowship training dates are May 11, 12, and 13. The 2016 Application is now available (2016 Application Interactive.pdf )The deadline for the Bergstrom application is March 15, 2016. Please send application materials by email as directed on the application. For more information, contact Jackie Julien at 734.763.5000 or jmjulien@umich.edu.

For complete details please visit: http://www.law.umich.edu/clinical/calc/Bergstrom/Pages/summerfellowship.aspx

David Carliner Public Interest Award!

baddcdde7bba545931dbb0b258eb263f_400x400The American Constitution Society (ACS) is administering the David Carliner Public Interest Award, which recognizes outstanding mid-career public interest lawyers, and I hope that you can share information about this award with alumni from your public interest program.

The winner of the award receives a $10,000 cash prize, transportation and lodging, in full, to the ACS National Convention in Washington, D.C. to accept the Award in person, and an award of $2,500 to the recipient’s organization. Any public interest attorney who graduated between May 2004 and May 2009 and earns an annual salary of $110,000 or less is eligible. Applicants may nominate themselves or have someone apply on their behalf. For more information, please visit the award’s website.