University of Pennsylvania Law Review taking submissions for Public Interest Essay Competition

Attention UW Law Students! UW Pro Bono Honors Society deadline is right around the corner: Monday, May 9!

taupc7ah_400x400It is that time again: at the Center for Public Service Law we know that many of you have put in significant volunteer hours in your community and for causes you believe in. 2016 marks the fifth year that the Pro Bono Honors Society recognizes the public service efforts by all members of our UW Law community. Few law schools recognize the pro bono work of their faculty and staff together with students and we are proud to be leaders in this effort.  

We know many of you are not in it for the “award”, and appropriately so.  However, what the UW Law Pro Bono Honors Society gives us the opportunity to tell the story of UW Law and what our commitment to public service really looks like.  We are also able to pull together resources to help future generations of students connect to the volunteer opportunities that resonate for them.  So please take the time to do this!  Your efforts are greatly appreciated.   

Please share this important message with your volunteers and peers!

Pro Bono Honors Society Deadline is Almost Here- Monday, May 9!

Between May 2015 and April  2016, did you:

  •  Volunteer for IFAP, IMAP, SYLAW, CHRJ App Help, or ELS research project?
  • Volunteer for an emerging student-led pro bono project such as Trans Health, Ed Law or Jail Rights Project?
  • Do law-related pro bono work for a community-based legal or public interest organization?
  • Volunteer as a case manager or leader for a student-led pro bono project?
  • Intern last summer for a public interest organization and didn’t get a summer grant, stipend or externship credit?
  • Volunteer for a community-based legal services organization working with underserved communities?

If you can answer YES to any of these questions you are likely eligible to participate in the UW Law Pro Bono Honors Society!

Submit your online form so that you can be recognized with fellow students, faculty and staff with a Pro Bono Service Award at graduation!

  • For complete information please click here.
  • First time participants should click here.
  •  Returning participants should click here.
  • Questions? Please email Aline Carton-Listfjeld at acarton@uw.edu.

University of Pennsylvania Law Review taking submissions for Public Interest Essay Competition.

footer_shield2xThe University of Pennsylvania Law Review is pleased to announce its second annual Public Interest Essay Competition. The Competition is a national writing competition for students’ and recent graduates’ articles on the topic of social justice and the public interest. The winner will be awarded a $5,000 grant to implement the public interest proposal advocated in the article.

For more information and complete rules, visit https://www.pennlawreview.com/PublicInterestEssayCompetition/

Period for submissions:
Submissions will be accepted from March 29, 2016 through June 20, 2016 at 5 PM.

Eligibility: The competition is open to current students (classes of 2016, 2017, or 2018) and recent graduates (classes of 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, or 2015) of ABA accredited American law schools.

Format: The essay must be an unpublished, original essay 6,000 words or less, including footnotes. It must be accompanied by a grant proposal of 800 words or less.

For complete contest rules and timeline, please visit https://www.pennlawreview.com/PublicInterestEssayCompetition/

Video as Evidence Field Guide is here!

vae_coverimage_text_700x340After in-depth research, field work, cross-sector collaboration, and (a whole lot of) writing, I’m excited to share with you the first Video as Evidence Field Guide.

At the core of WITNESS is our steadfast conviction that video is a uniquely powerful tool for human rights change. But citizen video doesn’t often reach a standard for it to be considered legal evidence; and simultaneously, legal systems around the world have been largely under-equipped to handle the influx of citizen footage made possible by today’s mobile technologies.

The goal of the Video as Evidence Field Guide to is bridge existing gaps so that citizens, activists, and lawyers can — together — use video more effectively for justice.

Leadership Academy Offers Innovative Curriculum to Equity and Justice Stakeholders

 By Joy Williams, Interim Co-Association Director, Advancement Department, Washington State Bar Association and Katharine Nyden, Pro Bono Coordinator, Blue Mountain Action Council

access_to_justice In early 2015 the Washington Equal Justice Community Leadership Academy (the Academy) welcomed its third cohort of legal aid providers and community partners from across the state to participate in a year-long training program. An initiative of the Access to Justice Board, the Academy offers an intentional and durable infrastructure that helps develop and sustain a broad, diverse, and deep network of leaders committed to equity and justices. Fellows are drawn from the Alliance for Equal Justice and community-based social justice organizations. The core curriculum is built on the Sargent Shriver National Poverty Law Center’s “Seven Leadership Competencies” model. Taught by Shriver Center consultants and alumni from previous cohorts, Fellows learn to apply these competencies at four levels of leadership: self, organization, the Alliance, and the equity and justice movement.

 Read Cohort III Fellows, Joy Williams and Katharine Nyden, share their personal experiences, greatest learning, and takeaways from the experience.

 For more information about the Academy and/or to be notified of the request for applications for Cohort IV (slated to begin in early 2017), please contact Jennifer Werdell at 206-914-9406 or wa.ejcla@gmail.com.