Upcoming: Reproductive health events discussing FGM, Trump’s policies

Feb. 13, Global Mondays: Culture and Politics in Gambia – From Efforts to Stop Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) to the Current Political Turmoil

global1Time: 12:30 to 1:20 p.m.
Date: Monday, Feb. 13, 2017
Place: UW School of Law, Room 117

Isatou Jallow was born and raised in Gambia, West Africa. She moved to Seattle in 2012 as an asylee. She has a degree in Law and Political Science from Universite Mohamed V in Morocco, where she lived for five years. Isatou is an advocate for women’s rights and advocates for the complete eradication of the practice of female genital mutilation (FGM). She was able to save her sister and cousin from FGM, and today FGM is no longer practiced in her family. Isatou works to convince immigrants living in the U.S. not to send their daughters home for FGM. Isatou has taken a position as a Commissioner on the City of Seattle’s Immigrant and Refugee Commission and has volunteered with several organizations. She is often invited to present about FGM and refugee access to health care. Read more here.

Feb. 15: Reproductive Health and Access to Care

UW Law LogoTime: 4:30 to 6:00 p.m.
Date: Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2017
Place: UW School of Law, Room 133 (please note the flyer says Room 138, but 133 is the correct room)

The new Congress and Trump administration are committed to altering the federal government’s posture with respect to federal funding and policy relating to reproductive health and rights. This panel will consider the challenges and disparities that currently exist, the new threats on the horizon and the advocacy efforts at the state, national and global levels aimed at preserving and improving access to reproductive health services. Read the flyer here.

Feb. 24: The Money Barrier: 1st Annual Low Bono Law Conference

WSBA LogoTime: 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Date: Friday, Feb. 24, 2017
Place: Webcast and Seattle School of Law, Sullivan Hall, Room C5, 901 12th Ave., Seattle, WA 98122

Many people are “priced out” of the justice system, with incomes too high to qualify for legal aid, but too low to afford an attorney.  Join us to learn more about how lawyers are working to close the justice gap for this under-served population:http://law.seattleu.edu/continuing-legal-education/upcoming-programs/1st-annual-low-bono-conference

Lawyers from all practice areas and all firm sizes are welcome. LLLTs, law students, and non-lawyers are encouraged to join us as well. Read more and register here.

Save the Date, April 19: Brew Review, Unemployment Law Project benefit

brew-reviewTime: 5:00 to 8:00 p.m.
Date: Wednesday, April 19, 2017
Place: AXIS Pioneer Square, 308 1st Ave. S, Seattle, WA 98104

Join us for an evening of Northwest Brews! Sample local beers and ciders while enjoying appetizers. Listen to live music while you bid on silent auction items. Talk with great people about social justice! All this to benefit the Unemployment Law Project, a non profit law firm providing free legal counsel to help individuals gain unemployment benefits as they search for new jobs.

Tickets are $30 in advance and $35 at the door. Tickets include seven 4oz tastes, appetizers, and live music. You must be 21 to attend. Contact events@ulproject.org for more details. Buy tickets and learn more here.

Scholarships for 3Ls applying to the California Bar; new reports on refugee crisis, gender equity

AG proposal to protect human trafficking victims passes Senate

washington-ago-color-sealOriginally published Feb. 8, 2017 as a Washington State Attorney General’s Office press release, media contact Peter Lavallee. Headline remained the same.

“An agency request bill from Attorney General Bob Ferguson aimed at extending the window of opportunity to prosecute human traffickers for their crimes today passed the Senate with unanimous bipartisan support. The bill extends the statute of limitations on human trafficking to match that of non-lethal arson and updates the definition of commercial sex to include “anything of value,” rather than simply a fee.” Read the full press release here.

Refugee crisis reaches new peak amid ongoing conflicts, Islamophobic policies 

refugeesOriginally posted Feb. 7, 2017 by the International Justice Resource Center. Photo courtesy of Ggia via Wikimedia Commons. Headline remained the same.

“In 2016, more than 65 million people were estimated to be refugees or internally displaced persons  – the highest number in history. [World Economic Forum] Many of the migrants who are fleeing their countries are unable to permanently resettle for a number of reasons, including the global underfunding of refugee support programs and national policies motivated by Islamophobia or isolationism. See Amnesty International, Refugees & Asylum. [Slate] Migrants face dangerous conditions and human rights abuses both during travel and once they reach host countries. Thousands of migrants have drowned while attempting to reach Europe by sea and the conditions of detention in more common refugee destinations may include overcrowding and a failure to provide basic necessities.” Read the full report here.

New report: Gender Equity Through Human Rights: Local Efforts to Advance the Status of Women and Girls in the United States

Columbia Law School LogoPrepared January 2017 by the Columbia Law School Human Rights Institute. Headline remained the same.

“With a focus on women’s rights, this resource provides an overview of core human rights principles and how they can strengthen local policy‐making in the United States.  It describes ways in which local governments around the country are incorporating human rights into efforts to advance gender equity.   This resource is also forward‐looking.  It offers concrete suggestions for ways that state and local agencies and officials throughout the United States can use human rights standards and strategies to improve outcomes and opportunities for women, building upon established and emerging human rights initiatives.” Read the full report here.

Due Feb. 14: California 3L Diversity Scholarship

forallcaliforniansCalifornia Bar Foundation 3L Diversity Scholarship Application is now open!  Any diverse 3L who has a commitment to social justice/public interest, plans to practice in California, and who plans to take the July 2017 California Bar Exam, is eligible.  Scholarship recipients receive a free BARBRI prep course along with a living stipend.

Learn more and apply here

Career opportunities with the Louisiana Capital Assistance Center

Rolling Deadline, paid: Work study position with Diversity and Public Service Programs

WSBA LogoApplication Deadline: Open until filled

 

This position coordinates and maintains daily administrative activities, website maintenance, data collection and analysis and additional projects assigned by the Diversity and Public Service Programs Manager. The Washington State Bar Association’s (WSBA) Diversity and Public Service Programs promotes inclusion and equity, public service and pro bono opportunities in the legal profession pursuant to the WSBA Diversity Plan and RPC 6.1. Beginning and end dates for the work study position varies depending on the student’s schedule.

Learn more and apply here

Rolling Deadline, paid: Legal/public policy summer intern with the Open Technology Institute, New America

open-technology-instituteApplication Deadline: Open until filled

New America’s Open Technology Institute seeks enthusiastic, motivated law students or individuals with equivalent experience for multiple full-time internships during summer 2017 in our Washington, DC office. We’re looking for people who are passionate about tech policy and eager to learn about complex issues in a rapidly-changing environment. Applicants should be currently enrolled in an accredited law school, have recently graduated law school, be doing graduate-level work in public policy and technology, or have recently done graduate-level work in public policy and technology. Internships are paid or for credit.

Learn more and apply here

Rolling Deadline: End of Life Liberty Project intern

cascadia-nowApplication Deadline: Open until filled

The End of Life Liberty Project (ELLP) is a nonprofit think tank and effective social change agent focused on protecting and expanding the rights of terminally ill patients. It conceives, develops, and implements bold, creative advocacy to promote changes in law and policy that lead to improvements in end of life care and expanding the autonomy of terminally ill patients, enabling each to make the journey through their illness in a manner most consistent with their preferences, values and beliefs.

Learn more and apply here

Rolling Deadline: Externship at the Los Angeles Superior Court

la-superior-courtApplication Deadline: Open until filled

The Los Angeles Superior Court is now accepting applications for 2017 summer externships. The Court offers full-time externships in the following areas: civil, criminal, probate, family, mental health and juvenile. Externs work directly with the Superior Court’s Judicial Officers, researching and writing legal memoranda for scheduled motions, as well as observing trials and daily law and motion hearings. Externs may also be assigned special court-related projects.

Learn more and apply here

Rolling Deadline: California Lawyers for the Arts internships and fellowship positions

california-lawyers-for-the-artsApplication deadline: Open until filled, positions available now

California Lawyers for the Arts seeks Interns and Fellows to assist with the administration of CLA’s Creative Arts & Innovation Lawyer Referral & Information Service [LRIS]. CLA’s LRIS is a statewide lawyer referral service licensed by the State Bar of California and has been operating for 40+ years. CLA’s LRIS annually refers over 1,200+ California creative artists and arts organizations to attorneys who assist them with a wide range of entertainment and arts legal matters. CLA is also the statewide Administrator of the California Inventors Assistance Program, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s regional patent pro bono program under Section 32 of the America Invents Act. This program helps independent inventors and small businesses with patent-related matters.

Apply and learn more here
 

Rolling Deadline: Attorney Fellow with the Louisiana Capital Assistance Center

louisian-capital-assistance-centerApplication Deadline: Open until filled

The Louisiana Capital Assistance Center (LCAC) is soliciting applications for a two year fellowship position designed for junior attorneys with less than three years experience in criminal work. The intent of the fellowship is to provide less experienced attorneys with an intense and in-depth introduction into all aspects of a capital defense practice. Fellows will participate in researching and drafting legal filings, factual and mitigation investigation, record gathering, client visitation, case team meetings, case management, court preparation and office-wide strategic discussions. Fellows should expect to work long hours and face high expectations.

The LCAC is a non-profit public interest law firm founded in New Orleans in 1993, with offices in New Orleans and Shreveport, Louisiana.    The LCAC represents indigent defendants in capital cases – primarily at trial, but also on direct appeal, in state post-conviction and in federal habeas proceedings.  We represent clients in Louisiana, Mississippi, Texas and in federal cases.

Learn more and apply here

 

Public service connections breakfast; How to apply for the Bar and Rule 9

Feb. 7, SJT: Independent Contractors: Issues and Rights

sjtTime: 12:30 to 1:20 p.m.
Date: Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2017
Place: UW School of Law, Room 138

Panel discussion on how independent contractors, like Uber drivers and exotic dancers, don’t enjoy the same protection as other employees do. The panel includes two lawyers who have litigated for independent contractors and an exotic dancer who advocates for greater legal protections so that similarly situated people don’t fall victim to sex work. RSVP through Symplicity for lunch.

Feb. 8: Public Service Law Connections Breakfast

Time: 8:30 to 9:30 a.m.
Date: Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2017
Place: UW School of Law, Room 115

Interested in pursing a career in public service? Want to hear from and meet attorneys from nonprofit advocacy organizations, low-bono firms and government agencies? Join for an informal panel discussion and light breakfast. RSVP via Symplicity.

Feb. 9: Bar Exam and Rule 9 Application Information Session

UW Law LogoTime: 12:30 to 1:20 p.m.
Date: Thursday, Feb. 9, 2017
Place: UW School of Law, Room 127

This session is designed specifically for 2Ls, 3Ls, and LL.M.s planning to apply for either Rule 9 status or the WA state bar exam this year. This session will cover application requirements for both and will allow you to ask all of the burning questions you’ve been wondering about.

Feb. 17: The Road Ahead: Strategizing for Justice in a New Political Landscape

WSBA LogoTime: 2:00 to 5:00 p.m.
Date: Friday, Feb. 17, 2017
Place: Washington State Convention Center

In this new political landscape, many policy changes are afoot which will impact communities such as immigrants, Muslims, people with disabilities, low wage workers, communities of color, and LGBTQ communities. As a community dedicated to equity and justice, it is as urgent as ever to join together to dialogue, coordinate and strategize to protect and stand for justice.

Following the Goldmark Luncheon, we invite all whose work intersects with the civil, criminal, and juvenile justice systems to gather, align, and strategize. While there are multiple issues and communities we want to mobilize around, we will start off with two issues which are front and center in our country’s dialogue – immigration and healthcare.

Policy experts will give us the lay of the land, what they are preparing for, and what strategies are being developed. Then we’ll break up into small groups based on those and other issues such as the targeting and criminalization of communities of color, fair housing and education to coordinate, plan for alignment and action, and identify how we can best use future convening opportunities like the Access to Justice Conference in June to further our collective efforts.

RSVP here

Washington’s suit over Trump’s EO; tips and tricks for the NW Public Service Career Fair

AG Ferguson seeks halt to Trump’s immigration Executive Order

washington-ago-color-sealOriginally published by the Washington State Attorney General’s Office on January 30, 2017.

“Attorney General Bob Ferguson announced that he is filing a lawsuit in federal court today against President Donald Trump, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and high-ranking Trump Administration officials. Ferguson’s complaint asks the United States District Court for the Western District of Washington to declare unconstitutional key provisions of President Donald Trump’s immigration Executive Order.” Read the full news release here.

Tips for the NW Public Service Career Fair

big-nw-public-service-career-fair-logoWhether you’ve got an interview lined up and/or just planning on doing table talk/informational interviews – come prepared!

Here are some great table talk tips from our friends at Equal Justice Works: http://files.equaljusticeworks.org/ccf/studenttabletalktips2012.pdf

Be sure to check out these great tips on how to avoid silly mistakes during a career fair interview: http://blog.psjd.org/2012/02/06/the-10-biggest-mistakes-you-can-make-while-interviewing-at-public-interest-law-career-fairs/

Also, worried about last minute jitters at the fair? The Gates Public Service Law Program will be on site to help with any last minute coaching tips and support. Finally, are you thinking about skipping out on table talk in the morning? Please don’t! Remember, there’s a reason employers invest their time in table talk. Many students have been able to grow their network and even sometimes get interviews simply by hitting it off with attorneys during table talk! Read more details here.

The Equal Justice Works Public Interest Awards is open

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The annual Equal Justice Works Public Interest Awards application is now open! Every year, EJW honors law students who have provided extraordinary service through clinics, volunteer work, internships, extracurricular projects, and more.

If you know a law student who has a demonstrated commitment to public interest law and pro bono work, direct them to the Student Justice Center so they can find out more info and apply! You can email at students@equaljusticeworks.org with any questions.

Best practices for fighting poverty in a Trump presidency

screenshot-51Originally published in Clearinghouse Community as “Now What? Poverty-Fighting Ideas for Another New Administration” written by John Bouman, Marie Claire Tran-Leung & Andrew Hammond.

“Pres. Donald Trump comes into office having made some history of his own, mostly for his unconventional campaign and the racially charged rhetoric that he used throughout. Given that he has no track record in government and that his cabinet nominees thus far have been openly hostile to the supports—affordable health care, a living wage, robust enforcement of civil rights—that low-income people need most to move out of poverty, our expectations for the federal government under the new administration are at best uncertain. President Trump’s job is to lead not some, but all people living in our country, and we and our colleagues at the Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law intend to make sure that everyone’s voice is heard on important issues affecting them and their communities, especially those who have historically had difficulty being heard.” Read the full article here.