Join the ABA’s new Section of Civil Rights and Social Justice Law Student Committee!

Coming Soon – Law Clinics Information Fair April 5,6 & 7

williamgateslaw-750x498First and Second Year Students are invited to attend UW LAW CLINICS INFORMATION FAIR, taking place April 5th through 7th. During the second week of Spring Quarter, the Clinics are hosting three days of interesting and informative events you won’t want to miss!

Information Tables will be in the Galleria, Tuesday, April 5th, and Wednesday, April 6th from 12:30 PM – 1:30 PMm, with Clinic faculty and Clinic students on hand to answer questions and offer assistance in deciding what clinic might be best for YOU! Please feel free to stop by in this casual and informal setting.

The Clinics Information Fair culminates with an Information Session on Thursday, April 7th, From 12:30 pm-1:20 pm in Room 133. This session takes you step by step through the registration process, and provides you with additional information on important topics like the planning packet process, pre-requisites, and enrollment stats. So stop by to learn about what could be the best decision of your law school career! Light refreshments will be served. Also, please visit our website for additional information about the Clinical Law Program at http://www.law.washington.edu/Clinics/.

Toolkit on the Inter-American human rights system for indigenous women

About this Toolkit

fppIn order for the Inter-American human rights system to adequately recognise, protect and fulfil the human rights of indigenous women, it is necessary for indigenous women to engage with the system, to make their voices heard and to tell their stories with all their complexities. This toolkit, which contains a series of information notes explaining different aspects of the Inter-American system, is designed to help indigenous women and their advocates to use the system effectively.

It is the result of a collective effort by indigenous women from Argentina, Costa Rica, Chile, Canada, Colombia, Guatemala, Guyana, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama and Paraguay, among other countries. They have worked together for many years to raise awareness about the opportunities offered by the Inter-American human rights system with regard to the rights of indigenous women.

http://www.forestpeoples.org/topics/inter-american-human-rights-system/publication/2015/toolkit-inter-american-human-rights-syste

Mayor signs Executive Order to protect transgender rights

socrlogoOn Thursday, March 10, Mayor Ed Murray signed an Executive Order instructing the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) to guide and train front-line City staff on how best to continue providing safe and inclusive spaces for residents, including transgender and gender-diverse people. The order also instructs the City to continue notifying businesses with places of public accommodation of Seattle’s all-gender restroom signage law. (See article below.)

The new Executive Order mandates culturally responsive training for all relevant front-line staff at City departments, such as Seattle Parks and Recreation, the Seattle Center, and the Seattle Public Library, to be developed with community partners. The order also directs OCR to work with the Seattle Department of Human Resources to develop transgender employment policies that are in-line with best practices, ensuring the City is providing a safe and inclusive workplace for its employees.

“City facilities must be safe and welcoming places for all residents, including transgender and gender non-conforming people,” said Mayor Ed Murray. “Front-line City staff will have the training they need to understand our ordinances and state laws that protect the rights of transgender people and protect them from harassment and violence. The law requires that we provide access to the facilities that correspond to a person’s gender identity, and everyone deserves to be treated with respect.”

In August of 2015, the Seattle City Council unanimously passed Mayor Murray’s proposal requiring all City-controlled and privately operated places of public accommodation to designate existing and future single-stall restrooms as all-gender facilities. Seattle’s Public Accommodations Ordinance (SMC14.06) now also clarifies existing law allowing individuals to use the restroom of their chosen gender identity or expression. The legislation was a recommendation from the Mayor’s LGBTQ Task Force and the City of Seattle’s LGBTQ Commission.

“The Mayor’s Executive Order affirms our City’s commitment to upholding the rights and dignity of all people,” said Patricia Lally, Director of the Office for Civil Rights. “My staff and I are eager to develop training for City staff on the rights of transgender and gender-diverse people that can serve as a model for how to create an inclusive environment.”

Join the ABA’s new Section of Civil Rights and Social Justice Law Student Committee!

americanbarassociationThe ABA Section of Civil Rights and Social Justice is enthused to announce the inaugural Civil Rights and Social Justice Law Student Committee. We are seeking law students who are passionate about civil rights and would like to get substantive experience in the field, even if civil rights is not going to be your career path after graduation.

Why You Should Join?

Being on the Law Student Committee will allow you to work with some of the top legal minds around the country on issues concerning civil rights and social justice that effect people in our society. You will work on projects that will have a substantial impact on society, which you will not be able to obtain in the classroom. There are a number of other opportunities for you to gain in this position, such as bringing attention to issues the Section should address and contributing to the Section’s magazines if desired. Upon graduation, students will have the opportunity to continue working with the Section of Civil Rights and Social Justice.

How Many Positions?

The Law Student Committee will consist of 20 law students from around the country and each student will be placed on one of the Civil Rights and Social Justice Committees listed below.

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  • Civil Rights and Equal Opportunity
  • Criminal Justice
  • Death Penalty
  • Disability Rights
  • Education
  • Elder Rights
  • Economic Justice
  • Environmental Justice
  • Fair and Impartial Courts
  • First Amendment Rights
  • Health Rights and Bioethics
  • International Human Rights
  • National Security and Civil Liberties
  • Native American Concerns
  • Privacy and Information Protection
  • Religious Freedom
  • Rights of Immigrants
  • Rights of Women

Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity
For more information on the committees visit: http://www.americanbar.org/groups/crsj/committees.html

How To Apply:

  1. )Select and rank the top 3 committees from the list above that you are passionate about and would like to be on.
  2. ) Submit a statement on the following (Max. of 500 words):
    1. Why you are interested in Civil Rights and Social Justice?
    2. Why you want to join the Law Student Committee?
    3. How you can contribute to the Section of Civil Rights & Social Justice
  3. ) Attach your current resume.
  4. Please send all information to the following email and include in the subject “CRSJ Law Student Committee”: AndrewRhodenABA@gmail.com
    1L’s, 2L’s, 3L’s, and 4L’s are encouraged to apply.

    We look forward to hearing from you!!!

WSBA seeking members of the public to serve on boards

washington-state-bar-association-logoThe Washington State Bar Association seeks members of the public to serve on six boards for terms beginning October 1, 2016. Board service provides an excellent opportunity to get an insider’s view on how the practice of law is regulated in Washington State. Applicants from outside the legal community are especially welcome; former or non-practicing attorneys are asked not to apply. Appointments are for three year terms, with the exception of the Council on Public Defense. Applications are being accepted through April 1.

This year the WSBA will appoint (or, in some cases, recommend to the state Supreme Court) public members to the following boards:
Character and Fitness Board: This board deals with matters of character and fitness related to the practice of law in Washington. It conducts hearings on the admission of applicants, considers petitions for reinstatement after disbarment, and makes recommendations to the WSBA and Supreme Court. Hearings generally are held every month.

  • Council on Public Defense: The Council on Public Defense addresses concerns about the quality of indigent defense services in Washington State. Appointment is for a two year term.
  • Disciplinary Board: The Disciplinary Board reviews recommendations for suspension or disbarment of attorneys. The full board meets three to six times a year, and each member serves on a review committee. Considerable reading and meeting preparation are required.
  • Limited License Legal Technician Board: The Limited License Legal Technician Board authorizes non-attorneys who meet certain educational requirements to advise and assist clients on specific areas of law.
  • Mandatory Continuing Legal Education Board: The MCLE Board oversees the administration of and compliance with rules established by the state Supreme Court regarding continuing education for attorneys.
  • Practice of Law Board: This board educates the public about how to receive competent legal assistance and considers new ways for non-lawyers to provide legal and law-related services.

If you would like to be considered for any of these openings, please complete the application by following the instructions posted here: http://tinyurl.com/WSBACommMem. Previous applicants should re-apply as applications expire after one year.

For further information about each board, contact the staff liaison listed on the web page linked to above. If you have questions about the application process, email barleaders@wsba.org or call Pam Inglesby at 206-727-8226.