Service Opportunities, Journals, Education Debt Relief, Human Rights Institutes, Oh My!

Attention Attorneys! Upcoming WA State Board Service Opportunities


The WSBA Board of Governors is currently accepting applications for three volunteer opportunities for WSBA members.


  • ABA House of Delegates – deadline is June 15, 2016
  • Washington Pattern Jury Instructions Committee – deadline is June 15, 2016
  • Northwest Justice Project Board of Directors – deadline September 9, 2016

Learn more about these volunteer opportunities and how to apply on the WSBA website

The ABA International Human Rights Committee Announces Inaugural Issue of The Clarion: The IHRC Journal of Human Rights

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The ABA’s Section for International Law International Human Rights Committee is pleased to announce its inaugural issue of The Clarion: The IHRC Journal of Human Rights. Please find it attached.  We welcome any comments, feedback or ideas for future discussions/themes/follow-on projects at

Many thanks to all of the authors and committee members who contributed to this project from its inception.  We hope that the journal provides an arena for committee members and other authors to discuss relevant issues and to make broader links between their work and Human Rights.

Our next topic is Human Rights and Children, for which we are currently accepting abstracts or expressions of interest (see The Clarion page 21).

Announcing CREA’s 5th Disability, Sexuality, and Rights Online Institute- 18 July – 29 August 2016


(Completely online, 6 weeks, 6-10 hours per week)

CREA’s Disability, Sexuality, and Rights Online Institute is a six weeks long online course begun in 2010, which focuses on a conceptual study of disability and sexuality, and its inter-linkages with issues of feminism, public health, development, violence, media and representation, amongst others, using a rights-based approach. It is intended for practitioners and has a strong component on activists’ initiatives that integrate disability, sexuality, and rights.

Applications will be accepted up till 30 June 2016.

Click here to apply online. In case you are not able to apply online, you may download the form and email it to us. Click here to download the application form and e-mail it to us at In your subject line please write ‘DSROI’. Queries and clarifications can be sent to the same email id.

About the Course

The Disability, Sexuality, and Rights Online Institute provides a study of theory and practice for disabled and non-disabled people working in areas such as development, health, sexuality, media, and rights. The aim is to create awareness about the intersection of disability and sexuality, and build a political perspective on disabled people’s sexual rights. Participants develop their ability to work in inclusive and holistic ways that further human rights and social justice. CREA coordinated the first Disability, Sexuality, and Rights Online Institute in 2010.

Why take this course?

  • Disabled people are often excluded or discriminated against in relation to their sexuality by health, development, and rights organisations because they are not considered to be sexual or they are thought to be sexually vulnerable or uncontrolled.
  • Sexuality issues and rights of disabled people are often disregarded in favor of issues that are considered more pressing and appropriate like employment and physical access.
  • Sexuality is an important part of the life, identity, society, and culture of all people, including people with disabilities. It can be a source of pleasure and pain, empowerment and oppression.
  • This course will look at why sexual and disability justices matter to us all, with or without disabilities. It will look at evolving theories of sexuality, disability, and human rights, including embodiment, intersectionality, and phenomenology.
  • We will consider differing representations of disability and sexuality across the globe, and ask why and how representation is important.
  • We will discuss how to put rights into practice, from the local to the global level: UN Conventions and their limitations and use; national laws and their strengthening; and community actions in their application to different disabilities.
  • We will examine violence against disabled women, and consider barriers and potential in providing sexual and reproductive healthcare for women with disabilities.


CREA’s mission is to build feminist leadership, advance women’s human rights, and expand sexual and reproductive freedoms. CREA is a feminist human rights organisation, based in New Delhi, India. It is one of the few international women’s rights organisations based in the global South, led by Southern feminists, which work at the grassroots, national, regional, and international levels.


The Disability, Sexuality, and Rights Institute is an introductory level course on the intersections of these issues. Independent activists and practitioners in development, sexuality, health, media, and rights NGOs and GOs worldwide are encouraged to apply. Twenty-five participants will be selected based on demonstrated interest in disability and sexuality, and applicability to their work. Practitioners will be given preference over students, researchers, and academics.


People with disabilities are encouraged to apply for the Institute. The course has been designed and tested to be accessible to people with visual and hearing impairments.


Participants are required to pay a registration fee of USD 60 to contribute towards course expenses. Fee waiver is available on request for a very small percentage of participants on need basis (please refer to the application form).

Format and Workload

The course will be conducted entirely online, and entirely in English. No special technology is required, and information about all necessary applications and platforms such as Microsoft Word, Power Point, Drop Box, etc. will be provided to selected candidates at least two weeks before the course begins. The Institute will be conducted mostly in virtual time, with some discussions planned for real time. The Institute will use diverse methodology such as power points, videos (with subtitles), readings, chats/ discussions and web conferencing. Participants will also be required to submit a final project. Although the course is introductory, the work will be challenging, including reading and discussion of complex theory. We encourage active engagement so participants can learn from each other’s thoughts and experiences.

Course participation will require between 6-10 hours per week, depending on participants’ capacity. Each week’s requirements can be completed at the convenience of participants as long as it is within broader time parameters. Participants will be expected to participate in the entire course and complete all assignments, as far as possible.

Resource People

The Institute is designed and taught by an international group of academics and activists in the disability rights field, specialising in sexual and reproductive health and rights from a global South perspective. Additional input from activists working on HIV/AIDS, mental health, UN conventions, queer disability and more!

Applications will be accepted up till 30 June 2016. Applications received after this date will not be considered. Applicants will be informed about the selection decisions by 7 July 2016, and will have sufficient time to familiarise themselves with course material and software.


Understanding Taxable Forgiveness on Your Student Loans

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Huffington Post- by Ashley Matthews is a Program Manager for Law School Engagement & Advocacy at Equal Justice Works

Student loans can be a heavy burden on any borrower struggling to make monthly payments. Thankfully, the Department of Education offers some relief in the form of student loan forgiveness.

Most people know about Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF), which offers tax-free loan forgiveness for borrowers working full-time for government, nonprofit, or public service organizations, once they have made 120 payments. Many don’t know that there is another form of taxable loan forgiveness, available under any income-driven repayment plan. Everyone is eligible, regardless of the type of career you choose!

The four income-driven repayment plans—Pay As You Earn (PAYE), Revised Pay As You Earn (REPAYE), Income-Based Repayment (IBR), and Income Contingent Repayment (ICR)—all offer forgiveness of your student loan debt after 20 or 25 years of payments. In addition, these plans will cap your monthly payments at 10-15% of your income.

So what’s the catch? Continue reading here.