Check out these upcoming judicial externships!

Judicial Externships Available in Summer 2016

 The Honorable Charles K. Wiggins of the Washington Supreme Court.

 justice_charles_wigginsTo apply, please submit a cover letter, resume, transcript, and legal writing sample. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis, so early applications are encouraged. Applications may be submitted by mail:

 The Honorable Charles K. Wiggins

Washington Supreme Court

P.O. Box 40929

Olympia, WA 98504-0929

 Or by email to Sylvia Campbell at

 The Honorable Ann Schindler of the Washington Court of Appeals, Division I.

116as To apply, please submit a cover letter, resume, transcript, self-edited writing sample, and list of references by email to or by regular mail.

 The Honorable Ann Schindler

Washington Court of Appeals, Division I

600 University Street

Seattle, WA 98101

 Judge Sharon L. Gleason of the U.S. District Court for the District Of Alaska.

judge_sharon_l-_gleason To apply, please submit a cover letter, resume, transcript, writing sample, and list of references by email to (PREFERRED) or by regular mail.

 The Honorable Sharon L. Gleason

U.S. District Court for the District of Alaska

222 West Seventh Avenue, No. 54

Anchorage, AK 99513-7545

 Opportunities with other judges in these and other courts are also available. If you are interested in a judicial externship, please complete the Externship Interest Form at

Externship Fair – Wednesday, March 2, 12:30-1:20p.m. in Room 115

taupc7ah_400x400 Now is the time to plan for externships in the 2016-2017 school year. Come meet representatives of various organizations to learn about what they do and opportunities available during the school year. Some organizations may also still have openings for the summer.

 Please go to Symplicity for details and to RSVP.

 Current list of participating organizations:

  • CoMotion (formerly UW Center for Commercialization)
  • Earthjustice
  • Legal Voice
  • MultiCare Health System Legal Department
  • New Beginnings Legal Advocacy Program
  • Northwest Immigrant Rights Project
  • Seattle City Attorney’s Office
  • Seattle Community Law Center
  • Solid Ground Family Assistance Program
  • Thurston County Prosecuting Attorney
  • U.S. Coast Guard 13th District Legal Office
  • U.S. Dept. of Labor, Office of the Solicitor
  • U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
  • U.S. Internal Revenue Service, Office of Chief Counsel
  • Unemployment Law Project
  • Washington Defender Association
  • Washington State Attorney General’s Office


logo1DPLF, a nonprofit, nongovernmental organization based in Washington, D.C., works to strengthen the rule of law and promote respect for human rights in Latin America through applied research, strategic alliances, advocacy and outreach.

Our vision is a Latin America in which civil society, using national and international legal instruments,participates fully in consolidation of the rule of law, and in which judicial institutions are independent,transparent, accessible, and able to fulfill their role in strengthening democracy. DPLF was founded by Professor Thomas Buergenthal, retired judge at the International Court of Justice (The Hague), and his former colleagues from the UN Truth Commission for El Salvador.

The legal intern’s responsibilities include, but are not limited to, following and researching various issues of interest to DPLF and keeping the project staff informed on relevant legal and factual developments.

Research issues include:

  • Corporate social responsibility
  • Impact of the mining industry on indigenous Peoples
  • Transitional justice
  • Inter-American Human Rights System
  • Pretrial detention
  • Selection of Judges in Central America

In addition to legal research, interns will have the opportunity to participate in activities surrounding DPLF’s thematic hearings before the Inter?American Commission on Human Rights where logistical support and attendance at events and meetings on behalf of the organization will be required.

Application Instructions: Interested applicants should send their resume, cover letter, 2 writing samples(English and Spanish) to, with “Legal Internship Application” in the subject line.

Kids In Need of Defense (KIND) – Atlanta is looking for applicants for attorney fellowship position!

zuno-client-kindWe are recruiting for a justice Americorps attorney fellowship position in KIND’s Atlanta office.  We are seeking to fill this position immediately.  Here is the posting:

 Christina Iturralde, who is running KIND’s Atlanta office and is frankly, fantastic, will be overseeing the lucky attorney fellow.  Also, we were also funded for a justice Americorps paralegal in KIND’s Atlanta office, in addition to this attorney fellow position, which means the attorney fellow will have tremendous support for his or her case work.  The paralegal, Kevin Amaya, has already started in KIND’s Atlanta office and is looking forward to the attorney fellow coming on board.  In short, the justice Americorps attorney fellow will be able to hit the ground running with a great team in place, and working in a beautiful office at our generous Atlanta host, Troutman Sanders LLP, I might add! 

 Applicants should send cover letter, resume, legal writing sample, and references to: No phone calls please.


logo2 International Rights Advocates (IRAdvocates) seeks a full time associate to work on its international human rights cases, which employ legal strategies to hold multinational corporations accountable for human rights abuses. All cases are administered through Washington, D.C.

 The applicant must be a U.S. licensed attorney with at least three years substantive, civil litigation experience in U.S. courts and possess the ability to work independently under time constraints.*  The applicant should also possess excellent research and writing skills, as well as a demonstrated commitment to public interest law and/or human rights advocacy. Please also note that this position may require travel outside the U.S. (particularly to Colombia and Indonesia). Women and Persons of Color are strongly encouraged to apply. IRAdvocates is an equal opportunity employer.*

 *Please note that this is not an entry level position. We will not review any applications with less than the required minimum 3 years of substantive, civil litigation experience.

 **Only selected applicants will be contacted for interviews. Please do not call the office.

 Specific Qualifications:

  • Familiarity with legal issues that arise in transnational corporate accountability litigation, including case law under the ATS and TVPA, international human rights, and issues of corporate law (alter ego), choice of law and forum non conveniens.
  • Experience working with and relating to indigenous peoples in the Latin America, Africa, and Asia, especially concerning human rights.
  • Spanish-language ability strongly preferred.
  • Interest, enthusiasm, and affinity for using the law as a vehicle for social change.

 To Apply: Interested applicants should forward a cover letter and resume to Jianing Xie at Please address your materials to Terrence Collingsworth. Position open until filled.

2016 Diversity Week Events (2/22-2/29)

Monday, February 22 @ 12:30p-1:20p: Global Monday – Comparative Perspectives on Reproductive Rights in Room 117.

Monday, February 22 @ 5:30p-8:00p: Juvenile Justice in Washington State: The Impact of Washington’s Auto-Decline Law in Room 138

Tuesday, February 23 @12:30p-1:20p: Social Justice Tuesday – Overcoming Implicit Bias in Room 127

Tuesday, February 23 @ 3:30p-4:30pEncouraging Thought Diversity: Freedom of Expression on Academic Campuses in Room 115

Tuesday, February 23 @ 5:30p-7:30p: Documentary – 14: Dred Scott, Wong Kim, & Vanessa Lopez in Room 115

Wednesday, February 24 @12:30p-1:20pSexual Assault in Agricultural Communities in Room 127

Wednesday, February 24 @ 3:30p-5:30p: A Discussion of I-200 and Anti-Affirmative Action’s Impact on Diversity in Room 115

Wednesday, February 24 @ 6:00p-8:00pCultural and Professional Dimensions of Legal Careers Overseas in Room 113

Thursday, February 25 @ 11:00a-1:20p: Queering Immigration in Room 133

Thursday, February 25 @ 4:30p-5:30pCelebrating the Legacy of the Honorable Charles Z. Smith in Room 115

Friday, February 26 @ 12:30p-1:20p:Women and the Global Practice of Law in Room 127

Friday, February 26 @ 1:30p-4:30p: KEYNOTE EVENT – Forces of Change Mini-Conference – Recognizing Racial Barriers to Education in Room 138

Friday, February 26 @ 4:30p-5:30pOrigins of Disenrollment in Room 127

Friday, February 26 @ 5:30p-8:00p: Salmon Dinner

Monday, February 29 @ 12:30p-1:20pKeeping Faith and Practicing Law in Room 127

Don’t forget to save the date for the National Lawyers Guild NW Regional Conference (& these other great events)!

February 23: Social Justice Tuesday – Overcoming Implicit Bias

SJTOnce we recognize that society repeatedly exposes us to unconsciously absorbable stereotypes, what can we do to counteract these biases?

Please join Joy Williams, Interim Co-Associate Director of the Washington State Bar Association Advancement Department, for an overview of strategies for groups and individuals seeking to move beyond the hidden assumptions, judgments and uncomfortable behaviors that flow from implicit bias.

If you would like lunch please RSVP via Symplicity or RSVP by 12:00 pm Monday, February 22, 2016.

February 29 & March 1: International Law Career Development and Skills Building Workshop

asilFor JD Students: Monday, February 29, 3:30-5:00 PM, Room 119

The market for legal jobs is difficult right now and specializing in a particular issue, like international law, can make your job search even more frustrating. Wes Rist is the director of education and research at the American Society of International Law (ASIL) and author of ASIL’s Careers in International Law, a practical guide to pursuing a profession in international law. He will discuss the steps that students can take while still in law school to help themselves stand out in the search for an international law position. Topics covered will include targeted job searching, resume drafting, managing one’s professional contacts, identifying appropriate international experiences, pursuing valuable volunteer and professional membership opportunities, and other practical issues that students can pursue while still in law school.

For LLM Students: Tuesday, March 1, 12:30-2:00 PM, Room 116

After obtaining an American LL.M. degree, the options for a career in international law for non-U.S. residents or citizens can be difficult to navigate. Especially since the market for legal jobs right now is difficult at best, making your job search even more frustrating. Wes Rist is the director of education and research at the American Society of International Law (ASIL) and author of ASIL’s Careers in International Law, a practical guide to pursuing a profession in international law. He will discuss the steps that LL.M. students can during their year of study to help themselves stand out in the search for an international law position, as well as what realistic job expectations are for foreign lawyers seeking to find work in the United States. Topics covered will include targeted job searching, resume drafting, managing one’s professional contacts, identifying appropriate international experiences, pursuing valuable volunteer and professional membership opportunities, and other practical issues relevant to foreign LL.M. students.

March 1: ASIL – International Law Career Panel and Speed Mentoring Event

asilThe American Society of International Law (ASIL), in co-sponsorship with University of Washington School of Law, will host a unique forum that will expose law students and new legal professionals to experienced international practitioners. The event will begin with a brief introduction of the panelists and several questions presented by D. Wes Rist, ASIL’s Director of Education and Research, designed to provide insight into professional development opportunities, as well as to illustrate the various avenues the panelists took into international legal practice. Following the group discussion, each panelist will “host” a table where a small group of students can spend 10-12 minutes asking more personal, directed questions of the participants. Students will then be able to rotate to a new table, gaining the chance to learn about several different avenues of international employment.

March 5: Imagining New Paths for U.S. /Cuba Relations

16714566515_9cc3856cc9_bKeynote speaker, Miguel Fraga (1st Secretary of the new Embassy of the Republic of Cuba in Washington, D.C.) will discuss the challenges and possibilities of imagining a new relationship between the U.S. and Cuba.

The event will be from 10:00am-4:00pm at Seattle University School of Law, Sullivan Hall C-6 (Corner of 12th and Columbia Ave.). There is no charge for entrance, but donations are welcome.

For more information, click here. Photo credit:

March 10: Seattle Premiere of The Right to Unite

rtu20bannerNow is an important time for the Supreme Court case Friedrichs v. CTA, which threatens workers’ rights to organize in effective unions. The Court heard oral arguments in Friedrichs on Monday, January 11. Join us for a special screening ofThe Right to Unite, our short film highlighting the importance of unions through the stories of two home healthcare workers. Following the film will be a discussion about the case and the threat to all workers’ rights posed by the conservative majority on the Supreme Court.

  • Thursday, March 10
  • Reception 6:00pm
  • Program 6:30pm

RSVP Today

SEIU 775, 215 Columbia St, Seattle, WA 98104. Watch the trailer here

April 9: Save the Date for the National Lawyers Guild’s NW Regional Conference

national_lawyers_guild_emblemPlease save the following date:

*  WHAT:    2016 NLG NW Regional Conference

*  WHEN:    Saturday, April 9, 2016 and Sunday, April 10, 2016

*  WHERE:  University of Washington School of Law

Please mark your calendars!  The 2016 NLG NW Regional Conference will be held on Saturday, April 9 and Sunday April 10, 2016 in Seattle, Washington at the University of Washington Law School.  It will be an all-day event on Saturday and a half-day event on Sunday.

Settlement Reached in Class Action Case Involving Detainee Abuse at Franklin County Correctional Center

The Flint Water Crisis is a Human Rights Crisis

flint_river_in_flint_michiganMEDIA ADVISORY FOR RELEASE: February 16, 2016


The US Human Rights Network’s National Human Rights to Water and Sanitation Coalition, comprised of over 100 organizations and individuals from across the United States, wishes to call attention to the Flint water crisis as a human rights crisis in-and-of itself, as well as connected to a larger national crisis for the human rights to water and sanitation. In response to the failing of federal, state, and local governments to ensure the human rights to water and sanitation for every resident, the National Human Rights to Water and Sanitation formed to center people and communities directly impacted, connect across region and issue, and push for comprehensive action to be taken to ensure that the human rights to water and sanitation are upheld for every person who resides in the US. The coalition consists of grassroots, local, national, and faith-based organizations as well as law clinics and educational institutions; with expertise from directly-impacted community members as well as lawyers and experts on water policy, utilities, legislation, and human rights.

In Flint, MI, a city that is more than 50 percent black, and 40 percent of the residents are living below the poverty line, over 99,000 people, including over 17,000 children, have been impacted by lead poisoning after the emergency manager appointed by Gov. Snyder switched the water source from Detroit to the notoriously polluted Flint River in April of 2014 under the guise of saving the city money. The State did not recognize there was water contamination until October of 2015, despite pleas and organizing on the part of Flint residents. During that time and through the present, Flint residents were paying expensive water bills with the threat of water shutoffs if bills were unpaid. First and foremost, the National Human Rights to Water and Sanitation Coalition wants to support the demands coming from Flint residents (see Flint Water Study; NAACP), including immediate accountability through the resignation of Gov. Snyder, among others.

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Democratic Lawmakers Want Kids In Immigration Proceedings To Get a Fair Shot

er after she turned themselves in to Border Patrol agents on DecemberWASHINGTON — It’s not what most people would picture when they think about courts: toddlers, children and teenagers arguing against government lawyers for deportation reprieve that could, according to advocates, save their lives.

But it happens all the time in immigration courts, where there’s no guarantee of legal counsel. And it has a huge effect. Minors without representation are more likely to lose and more likely to get deported.

Democratic senators — led by Minority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada, Bob Menendez of New Jersey, Patrick Leahy of Vermont, Patty Murray of Washington and Dick Durbin of Illinois — launched another effort on Thursday to change that.

Continue reading here. Photo credit: JOHN MOORE/GETTY IMAGES.


equal_justice_works_logoThis 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.

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. Recipients will be honored during an Award Ceremony with a commemorative plaque and $250.

Applications are currently open through March 1, 2016. Please find the application here as well as a list of our member schools divided into eight regions. If you have any questions, please email us at


bhfdt7pcuaabqslTuesday, February 16 at 2 p.m. ET

This webinar will introduce participants to AmeriCorps JD and the new Rural Summer Legal Corps program for law students with Equal Justice Works. Learn about the opportunity to earn up to $4,000 this summer working with legal aid organizations nationwide in underserved and rural communities. Topics discussed will include eligibility, program requirements, application process and timeline directly from Equal Justice Works staff.


Rural Summer Legal Corps connects public interest law students with LSC-funded civil legal aid organizations to address pressing legal issues facing rural communities. Participants earn a $4,000 stipend for their summer service. Applications must be submitted by February 29 for the 31 positions open nationwide.

More information can be found at and questions can be directed to


AmeriCorps JD provides a $1,212 education award to law students who deliver critically needed legal assistance in underserved communities across the country. Our spring application deadline is April 15.

Learn more about the program and application by reviewing our website and guide. Questions can be directed to

Settlement Reached in Class Action Case Involving Detainee Abuse at Franklin County Correctional Center

columbia20legal20servicesA settlement has been reached in a federal class action lawsuit brought by detainees at the Franklin County Correctional Center (Jail) against Franklin County and the Jail’s administrators. The Franklin County Correctional Center is a county jail located in Pasco that houses roughly 185 people nightly who are either charged with crimes and awaiting trial or sitting out criminal sentences for low level offenses.

The Plaintiffs brought suit in July 2014 following an investigation that revealed that detainees were being abused on a regular basis. The Complaint alleges that suicidal people and people with severe mental illness were regularly chained to a fence in the Jail booking area and left there for days on end on mats on the floor. All detainees regardless of behavior were locked in their cells for 23 hours every day and were rarely allowed outside. Medical and mental health care were inadequate or non-existent and the Jail failed to follow basic procedures designed to protect the health and safety of the people under its charge.

Correctional officers lacked basic training on how to work with people with mental illness or those withdrawing from drugs or alcohol. With few alternative ways to manage the Jail, staff relied upon chemical spray and metal shackles to try and control detainees. One Jail practice involved chaining people by their hands and feet to walls and stretching them out on a concrete pad in one of the holding cells.

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Gideon’s Promise is looking for Summer 2016 Law Clerk!

National Academy of Social Insurance – Summer 2016: Paid Internships in Washington, DC

sicur8m_eh45hlmxThe National Academy of Social Insurance (NASI) is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization made up of the nation’s leading experts on social insurance. Its mission is to advance solutions to challenges facing the nation by increasing public understanding of how social insurance contributes to economic security.

Social insurance encompasses broad-based systems for insuring workers and their families against economic insecurity caused by loss of income from work and the cost of health care. NASI’s programmatic scope covers U.S. social insurance programs – primarily Social Security, workers’ compensation, unemployment insurance, private employee benefits, Medicare, other health coverage programs, long-term services and supports, and related public assistance.

NASI’s internship programs —The Washington Internship on Social Insurance, The Somers Aging and Long-Term Care Internship, The Nathan J. Stark Internship for Non-Profit Development, and The Eileen Sweeney Graduate Internship in Disability Policy – provide talented students with a substantive learning experience by equipping them with the skills necessary to become contributors and future leaders in the field of social insurance.

NASI seeks outstanding graduate and upper division undergraduate students to serve as interns on social insurance policy research and analysis projects in Washington, DC. Students studying economics, law, political science, public policy, health policy, social work, gerontology, communications/journalism, actuarial science, or related subjects are urged to apply.

For more information, click here (NASI_Summer_Internship_Programs_Flyer).


GP Logo CMYKThe Gideon’s Promise Summer Law Clerk Program introduces future public defenders to the rewards of practicing in an office that is on the front line of making the promise of the United States Supreme Court decision Gideon v. Wainwright a reality. It also introduces public defender offices leading this charge to a pool of highly qualified applicants.

The Summer Law Clerk Program is designed specifically for law students who are interested in indigent defense, display characteristics of promising future public defenders and have completed at least one year of law school. Since the program’s inception in 2010, the demand for it has increased steadily.

Applicants who display a strong public interest academic curriculum and exhibit involvement in law clinics and volunteer groups associated with public interest work are ideal candidates for this program. Up to 20 candidates may be selected to move forward into Round 2, which consists of a 30-minute interview. Typically, Gideon’s Promise will notify interviewees of its final decision within two weeks.

Our current partner offices serve as internship sites. These offices either have fulltime attorneys who have gone through our training program or public defender chiefs who have worked with our programs. Click here to view our Summer Law Clerk Partner Offices.

For more information, click here


atlanta-legal-aid-220x220Atlanta Legal Aid hosts 15?20 summer legal interns who have completed either their first or second year of law school. Interns have the opportunity to develop skills in a variety of civil law matters and may include legal research and writing, drafting of pleadings, investigation, document collection and organization, client interviewing, and client representation in administrative hearings. Each summer intern receives program orientation at the beginning of the summer, a primary supervisor (with ongoing responsibility for mentoring and on the job training), and opportunities to work with other staff in the work unit to which she/he is assigned. Additionally, our mentoring program includes advice and assistance in preparing for possible fellowships, clerkships, and public interest positions. Our summer class enjoys social gatherings with other interns and staff, as well as visits to the Carter Center and other Atlanta landmarks.

Students with funding or school credit are expected to work full time for at least 10 weeks.

Volunteers (work with no funding or school credit) are asked to commit at least 6 weeks of full time work or 10 weeks of at least 20 hours per week. Funding sources include:

Application Instructions:

A complete application packet must include a letter of application, a résumé, a legal writing sample that demonstrates your ability to research and analyze a legal issue, your most current law school transcript, and the names and telephone numbers (and e?mail addresses if available) of two legal references. Mail application packet to:

Cheri Tipton

Deputy Director, Atlanta Legal Aid Society 151 Spring Street NW, Atlanta, Georgia 30303-2097.

Or email to:


shurat_hadin_logo_above_hrShurat HaDin’s internship program provides law students with a unique opportunity to play a role in the fight against terrorist organizations and states or institutions sponsoring terror.Students will work in a dynamic environment with lawyers from around the world. Our program is one?of?a?kind, not found at other institutions or non?governmental organizations and the acquired experience is invaluable, providing you with an edge when competing for a post?graduation job. The summer and winter internship programs bring top law school students to serve as interns at Shurat HaDin’s Tel Aviv office. You will be making a difference by working on actual cases that assist innocent civilians injured in terrorist attacks along with other issues relevant to Israeli and Jewish security.Our program is the perfect way for you to expand your legal horizons, all while developing your career and strengthening your resume with an overseas experience. You will conduct hands?on research and writing involving the litigation activities of Shurat HaDin, evaluating topics such as anti?boycott activities, tort laws, free speech issues, sovereign immunity, evidentiary matters, and anti?terror laws. You will also attend fascinating lectures by leading attorneys, experts and security personnel in this field. Shurat HaDin’s internship programs will also take you to relevant and important sites in Israel so you can see first?hand what Shurat HaDin’s work is all about.  

For more information, click here

Law Clerk/Bailiff – Honorable Douglass A. North, King County Superior Court, Seattle, WA

920x920 Start Date: March 2016

Term: Unlimited

Qualifications:  Law Graduate

Materials requested:  Resume, cover letter, references (3), unofficial transcript, writing sample (5 pages)

Due by: March 4, 2016

 The law clerk/bailiff is generally responsible for ensuring efficient operations of the court. Responsibilities include assisting the judge in legal research and analysis; acting as a liaison between the court and attorneys, court staff, and the general public; maintaining the court’s calendar; maintaining the judge’s files; and aiding jurors during jury trials.

 Candidates must have graduated in the top 25% of their class and be in good standing with the one state bar. 


  • Cynthia Chu, Bailiff
  • 206-477-1507

 Mail application materials to:

  • Honorable Douglass A. North
  • King County Superior Court
  • 516 Third Avenue; KCC-SC-0203
  • Seattle, WA  98104-2381

Full-Time Temporary Assistant Federal Defender

federal-public-defender-seal-plaqueThe Federal Public Defender for the Western District of Washington is accepting applications for a full-time temporary (a year and a day) Assistant Federal Defender to work in our Seattle office. This position provides opportunities to work in a fast-paced, challenging, diverse and rewarding environment. As a temporary year and a day full-time employee you will enjoy generous benefits and work/life programs. The Federal Public Defender operates under authority of the Criminal Justice Act to provide defense services in federal criminal cases and related matters by appointment from the court.

Qualified persons may apply by submitting a letter of interest, resume, and two work references (including their names, addresses and telephone numbers). This position will be open until filled. Applications may only be submitted by email to:

  • Michael Filipovic
  • Federal Public Defender
  • Attn: Human Resources

For more information, click here (Full-Time Temporary AFD Job Announcement)

Check out these upcoming social justice events!

February 16: Social Justice Tuesday -Introduction to Secondary Trauma & Compassion Fatigue for Advocates

  • SJTHow might working with a client in crisis impact the lawyer herself?
  • What is secondary trauma and compassion fatigue? What are the signs?
  • How to do you prevent it from happening?
  • What viable strategies can be used mitigate or reduce its effects?

 Who should attend?

  • Clinical law students
  • Bridging the Gap/Moderate Means Program (MMP) volunteers
  • App Help volunteers
  • Immigrant Families Advocacy Project (IFAP) volunteers
  • Street Youth Legal Advocates of Washington (SYLAW) volunteers
  • Incarcerated Mothers Advocacy Project (IMAP) volunteers
  • or anyone who provides direct legal services to low-income and marginalized communities

February 19-20: Poverty Law – Academic Activism

lutpp7j_400x400Seattle University is hosting the national Poverty Law conference on Friday, February 19-Saturday, February 20.  There will be a diverse and impressive group of 105 presenters speaking on fascinating and important topics, including a focus on LFOs.

If you are interested, please:

(1) Visit the event webpage, which contains important details about the conference, including registration information and a copy of the draft program.:  A current draft of the program is also attached to this email.

(2) Register for the conference if you would like to attend. Although there’s no fee for the conference, please do register so they have proper counts for name tags, programs, food, etc.  Ignore the request to register by Jan. 30- you can still register.  You can register through the event webpage above or by clicking on the link here<;utm_medium=email&amp;ref=eemailordconf&amp;utm_source=eb_email&amp;utm_term=eventname>.

February 25: Networking Happy Hour with Friends of GlobalWA, Humanosphere and World Affairs Council

globalwa-logo-transparentMeet others in the Seattle area who are engaged with or interested in international development. No registration required!

 FREE to attend.

 Who: Everyone

 When:Thursday, February 25, 2016 | 6:00pm – 8:00pm

 WhereThe Barrel Thief, Velvet Room
3417 Evanston Ave. N. #102
Seattle, WA 98103

March 4: Save the Date— Reception In Celebration of Women’s History Month

supremecourtjustices2014“Working to Form a More Perfect Union:Honoring Women in Public Service and Government”

Hosted by: Washington State Supreme Court Gender & Justice Commission

When: Friday, March 4, 2016
Where: Temple of Justice, Chief’s Reception Room

Olympia, Washington Time: 12:30 PM to 1:30 PM

RSVP By February 26, 2016

Nichole Kloepfer | (360) 705-5214 |

April 7-16: Domestic Violence 101 Comprehensive

image005New Beginnings’ Domestic Violence 101 Training will be held in North Seattle April 7th – 16th! Please find the schedule both below and attached. This training is great for those interested in volunteering at our agency, students, social workers, therapists, and anyone interested in learning more about abusive relationships and how to be helpful. To register, email for specifics.

Check out UW Law alum, Nikkita Oliver, on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert”

Columbia Legal Services: Student Homelessness Across Washington State Increases 9%: Approximately 1 in 30 students homeless

columbia20legal20servicesSEATTLE – This week, the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) reported that 35,511 students were homeless in the 2014-15 school year–a 9.1 % increase from the previous year. This alarming increase underscores the enormous scope of the challenges facing students who are experiencing homelessness. The data reveals that homelessness disproportionately impacts students of color.
African American, American Indian, and Latino students are 2 to 3 times more likely to be homeless. We estimate that between 2,600 and 4,400 of these students may be unaccompanied homeless youth who are not in the custody of a parent or guardian.

Homelessness has a significant impact on a student’s ability to learn. OSPI noted that homeless students have a graduation rate of 51.9%, compared to 78.1% in the general population. It is estimated that every time a student changes schools they lose 4-6 months of educational progress. Schools receive little support to address the needs of homeless students. Only 34 of Washington’s 300 school districts receive modest federal grants under the federal McKinney-Vento Act to help support homeless students, leaving many districts to tackle this crisis alone.

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SUBMIT YOUR PAPER to the 15th Annual National Native American Law Students Association Writing Competition

cropped-cropped-nnalsa_logoThe NNALSA Writing Competition aims to recognize excellence in legal research/writing related to Indian law; encourage the development of writing skills among NNALSA members; and enhance substantive knowledge in Federal Indian Law, Tribal Law, and traditional forms of government.

Eligible Topics Include:

  • Federal Indian Law and Policy
  • Tribal Law and Policy
  • International Law and Policy Concerning Indigenous Peoples
  • Comparative Law (i.e. Inter-Tribal or Gov.-to-Gov. Studies)
  • Other Related Topics


  • First Prize: $1,000Publication in the Columbia Journal of Race and Law, sponsored by Sonosky
  • Second Prize: $500, sponsored by Dentons
  • Third Prize: $250, sponsored by Akin Gump

Awardees will be recognized at the National NALSA annual meeting (part of the 41st Annual Federal Bar Association Indian Law Conference on April 7–8, 2016).

Submit To:

  • Please remove identifying information such as name and school.
  • No need to supply any registration form or identification number.
  • All competitors must be current NNALSA members.
  • To become a member, visit

Deadline: 5:00 p.m. (EST), Monday, February 8, 2016.

For more information, visit or contact

UW Law Alum Nikkita Oliver on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert”!

Here is a bit that Nikkita wrote explaining her involvement with “White Privilege II”:

24_oliver_wideIn the winter of 2014, after the non-indictment of Darren Wilson, Hollis Wong-Wear hit me up saying, “Macklemore (Ben) would like to meet with you (and other BLM activists/organizers) about the Black Lives Matter movement in Seattle.” My initial reaction was, “Why?” Like many black members of the hip-hop community I have a rather critical analysis of Macklemore and white supremacy in hip-hop—an art form and culture birthed out of the struggles and ingenuity of black people. Yet, I knew if I truly value the principle “each one teach one,” then I would sit down and have, in the least, a dialogue with Ben.

 Hollis, Ben and I talked for nearly three hours about BLM, Seattle, hip-hop, intersectionality, and ending white supremacy. It was clear to me from that conversation that Ben’s desire to be a part of the movement in an accountable manner was genuine.

 A month later Ben asked if he could spit some bars for me. Sitting in his Cadillac on Broadway I listened to the first iteration of the song. For nearly two hours we talked; thinking through different elements of the writing, the movement, and what it looks like to stand in accountable solidarity with BLM as a wealthy white cis-gender male with a wide music platform.

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UW Law Student Researches Industry Gender Inequity, Calls for Reforms by Peter Kelley, UW Today

Women routinely outperform men in university classrooms across the United States and are invited more often than men to join student honors societies — yet women continue to be paid far less than similarly qualified male colleagues. Photo of Harlan Mechling, a graduate student in the UW School of Law

Adding to that inequity, women also fare poorly when suing to recover damages for workplace sex and gender discrimination in the courts, with only 6 percent of such cases going to trial and then only one-third of even those cases being successful.

These are among the points underscored by Harlan Mechling, a graduate student in the UW School of Law and holder of this year’sHazelton Research Fellowship, in a research paper on gender inequity in the American workplace.

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