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Professor Joan M. Fitzpatrick was a much loved and universally respected professor of human rights and international law at University of Washington School of Law. She helped establish human rights law as a legitimate field of legal specialization, tackling issues such as protecting refugees, promoting women’s rights, campaigning for gay and lesbian rights, and enforcing human rights during states of emergency. After her untimely death, students of Professor Fitzpatrick, determined to honor their beloved professor and the ideals she stood for, established the Joan M. Fitzpatrick Fellowship in Human Rights as a permanent memorial in her name.
The Fellowship is for a UW School of Law student with a demonstrated commitment to international human rights and an interest in working in the field in the future. The Fellowship award is intended to enable the recipient to travel and work at a nongovernmental, governmental or intergovernmental organization working on human rights and make a significant contribution during the period of fellowship (typically during the summer). The Fellowship is not intended to support research at an academic institution.
Read more and get application here.
The Seattle Office for Civil Rights (SOCR) today announced a new hotline for people to report harassment in Seattle. The Hotline is part of the City of Seattle’s Bias Hurts Campaign for Seattle residents and business owners who are the targets of discriminatory harassment, including threats, slurs, intimidation and cyberbullying. Call 206.233.7100 or go online to report discriminatory harassment.
Originally published March 3, 2017 by Washington State Attorney General’s Office. Media contact Peter Lavellee.
“Late yesterday, Attorney General Bob Ferguson led a coalition of 18 states and the District of Columbia in urging the United States Supreme Court to uphold a lower court ruling recognizing the right of a transgender student in Virginia to use the school bathroom corresponding to his gender identity. The states, co-led by Ferguson and New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, filed an amicus, or “friend of the court,” brief in Gloucester County School Board v. G.G.
Gavin Grimm, a transgender student, filed a lawsuit after his school board changed district policy in reaction to some parents’ complaints, barring him from using the boys’ restroom. A federal district court dismissed his claim, but the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals reversed that ruling and ordered the district court to continue hearing the case. Grimm brought his suit under Title IX of the Civil Rights Act, which prohibits discrimination based on sex.”
Read the full press release here.
The ABA Standing Committee on Legal Aid and Indigent Defendants & The National Legal Aid and Defender Association invite nominations for the 2017 Harrison Tweed Award. The Harrison Tweed Award was created in 1956 to recognize the extraordinary achievements of state and local bar associations that develop or significantly expand projects or programs to increase access to civil legal services for persons living in poverty or criminal defense services for indigents. The award, given annually by the ABA Standing Committee on Legal Aid and Indigent Defendants and the National Legal Aid and Defender Association, is presented during the ABA Annual Meeting at a joint meeting of the National Conference of Bar Presidents, National Association of Bar Executives and National Conference of Bar Foundations.
Read more and nominate here.
The Fair Work Center empowers workers to achieve fair employment. We are a hub for workers to understand and exercise their legal rights, improve working conditions and connect with community resources. We envision a society in which workers are treated with dignity and respect, regardless of class, gender, or race. We will work to ensure that workers are informed of their rights under the law and that employers are held accountable to labor standards.
The Fair Work Center Legal Clinic, operated in partnership with Seattle University and the University of Washington schools of law advises and represents workers in accessing their rights under Seattle’s labor ordinances as well as under state and federal law. The Clinic meets community members where they are, with representation taking place in the community rather than waiting for workers to come to us.
Learn more and apply here.
Columbia Legal Services, through its leaders, has always been guided by a common vision: that everyone belongs within what Professor John A. Powell calls “The Circle of Human Concern”, and that the law must affirmatively promote equity and justice for communities that are marginalized, oppressed, differentially treated or delegitimized. CLS, its predecessors and strategic partners, have repeatedly morphed and restructured, shedding organizational identities whenever necessary to protect this vision and strengthen our ability to promote the interests of people and communities who are most vulnerable to exploitation, denial of individual and collective rights and differential treatment in our state through our capacity to provide full-range, multiforum advocacy. Never in the organization’s 50-year history has this equity and justice capacity been more important.
Read more about the position and apply here.
The National Employment Law Project (NELP), one of the nation’s leading workers’ rights organizations, is seeking a staff attorney to support campaigns at the federal, state and local levels to expand job opportunities for people with arrest and conviction records. The position is based in NELP’s Berkeley office.
Apply and learn more here.
The Fellowship is designed for a lawyer with a minimum of four years of relevant practice experience who is interested in preparing for a career in law school clinical teaching. The Fellow will work with the Ludwig Community and Economic Development Clinic (CED).
The Ludwig Center for Community & Economic Development (CED) provides transactional legal services to clients seeking to promote economic opportunity and mobility. CED’s clients include affordable housing developers, community development financial institutions, farms and farmer’s markets, fair housing advocates, and neighborhood associations. CED’s legal services help our clients to expand access to financial services, bring arts institutions and grocery stores to chronically under-resourced communities, break down barriers to affordable housing development in high-opportunity communities, promote access to healthy foods, and facilitate entrepreneurship among low-income people.
Apply and learn more here.
The Office of Comptroller of the Currency’s (OCC) Enforcement & Compliance (E&C), Bank Activities and Structure (BAS) and Community and Consumer Law (CCL) Divisions in Washington, DC are soliciting applications for law clerks for Summer 2017.
The Air Force Judge Advocate General‘s Corps is seeking applications for our PAID 2017 summer internship program. As an intern, you will gain hands-on experience in diverse areas of legal practice while learning more about the Air Force JAG Corps. Positions are available for full-time work for 8-10 weeks during the summer of 2017.
Learn more and apply here.
The ACLU of Washington is a leader among state affiliates of the American Civil Liberties Union, the country’s premier guardian of liberty. We work in courts, legislatures, and communities to protect and extend American rights to freedom, fairness and equality. The ACLU is both nonprofit and nonpartisan.
The staff attorney will be responsible for investigating, filing, and litigating civil liberties and civil rights cases in both federal and state courts. This includes legal research, investigative work, identifying and signing up named plaintiffs, complaint drafting, discovery and motion practice, and handling trials and appeals.
Read more and apply here.
Come join Justice Dan Winfree of the Alaska Supreme Court for an informal, relaxed coffee-and-cookies session on Monday, March 6, from 3 to 4 pm in the McFarlane Lounge. If you’re applying for clerkships, it’s a great opportunity to chat about what judges look for and what impresses them. If you’re thinking about working in Alaska, it’s a great opportunity to find out about the legal community there. And even if you’re doing neither, judges tend to have fascinating perspectives on legal issues, law school, and careers. (And there’s cookies!) Please RSVP in Symplicity.
Join for a webcast discussion with attorney Sarah Carver from Alaska Legal Services Corporation. Learn about the unique legal needs of low-income, rural communities in AK and internship opportunities for UW Law students. RSVP in Symplicity.
Whether you love singing for your friends or fear it, we hope you will join us for a fun night to support Fair Work Center. We’ll have a “not so silent” auction, where you can bid to see our special guest singers perform a song for the crowd, as well as other entertaining ways to have some fun and raise some money in support of Fair Work Center. Think you’ve got what it takes to play “karaoke hero” and lead the room in your best rendition of Sweet Caroline!? We hope so and can’t wait to see you at The Royal Room on Thursday, March 23.
Buy tickets here.
The W. H. Gates Public Service Law Program and Student and Career Services is excited to announce that Huy C. Nguyen is joining the Gates PSL Program as our new Assistant Director. Huy has worked as a staff attorney with the Northwest Justice Project since 2000. He has conducted trainings and presentations on a variety of issues to diverse local communities and has taught courses on Public Benefits and Introduction to Practice at SU School of Law and will teach Poverty Law at UW Law this Spring. He has served on the Board of Directors of the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project, and Peace for the Streets, for Kids from the Streets. Huy is a proud double dawg and obtained his J.D. from UW Law in 2000.
In addition to having a wealth of experience supervising and mentoring law students, Huy has deep ties to the public service legal community as well as with pro bono partners in the private sector and a commitment to advancing the mission of the W.H. Gates Public Service Law Program. As Assistant Director, Huy will provide career coaching and academic advising to our Gates Scholars as well as other law students interested in pursuing careers in public interest and public service law. He will also lead trainings and workshops on a variety of public service law issues. Finally, he will be administering the Gates Scholarship and Loan Repayment Assistance Programs.
The Washington State Bar Association invites you to Decoding the Law, a community justice forum to discuss timely and relevant legal topics. Join for the series kickoff, “The Death Penalty in Three Parts,” featuring leading academics and legal practitioners who provide an overview of the death penalty, its financial implications, and the question of disproportionate impacts. This three-part series takes place at the WSBA Conference Center. The Decoding the Law series will be available via live webcast and recorded for viewing after each event.
Part One takes place from noon until 1 p.m., Thursday, March 2, 2017. Learn more here
In partnership with the UW Chapter of Street Youth Legal Advocates of Washington (SYLAW), TeamChild seeks four law student volunteers to work directly with its staff attorneys on sex offender registration removal cases. The volunteers’ work will involve legal research, managing discovery and records, and drafting pleadings.
Apply and learn more here.
The annual Equal Justice Works Public Interest Awards application is open! Every year, we honor 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 our Student Justice Center so they can find out more info and apply! Students can apply directly or be nominated by others. You can email us at email@example.com with any questions.