Echoing Green and Soros Justice Fellowships, Northwest Justice Project joins OPEIU 8, and October On Campus Interviews

Due October 24: 2018 Echoing Green Fellowship 3L Application Dates

“The search for the next class of Echoing Green Fellows will officially begin when the application opens on September 26. To support our 2018 applicants, we will be sharing a series of tips, resources, and opportunities over the next couple of months.

The application timeline:
• Application Opens: September 26, 2017
• Application Closes: October 24, 2017
• Second Round Application Opens: January 2018
• Finalists Interviews in New York: April 2018
• 2018 Fellows Announced: June 2018

To learn about eligibility requirements, Fellowship selection criteria, and to review frequently asked questions, please visit echoinggreen.org/apply. ”

Due December 7:  Soros Justice Fellowships.

The Soros Justice Fellowships fund outstanding individuals to undertake projects that advance reform, spur debate, and catalyze change on a range of issues facing the U.S. criminal justice system. The fellowships are part of a larger effort within the Open Society Foundations to reduce the destructive impact of current criminal justice policies on the lives of individuals, families, and communities in the United States by challenging the over reliance on incarceration and extreme punishment, and ensuring a fair and accountable system of justice.

More information here.

NW Justice Project staff joins together with OPEIU 8

“Northwest Justice Project (NJP) employees voted by an overwhelming margin to form a union with Office and Professional Employees (OPEIU) Local 8 on Tuesday, after a mail ballot election process conducted by the National Labor Relations Board. The group of 163 case attorneys, legal assistants, paralegals, receptionists, screeners and other employees join with thousands of OPEIU Local 8 members in social service and healthcare organizations to improve standards for all non-profit workers.

“Choosing this work and serving our clients have always given me a sense of kinship with my co-workers but never more so than now,” said Abby Goldy, attorney at NJP in Seattle. “Knowing that there was an overwhelming favorable response to the formation of our union has re-energized me for our work. With a union, I am confident we can work together towards a better organization and I look forward to our next steps.”

Northwest Justice Project is Washington’s statewide publicly funded legal aid program that provides critical civil legal assistance and representation to low-income people. These workers help keep families in their homes, advocate for children and adults with disabilities, ensure people get access to medical care, and much more. Each year, their services reach nearly 30,000 people around Washington state.”

More information here.

Due September 4 at noon:  OCTOBER OCI: Thinking about your next move professionally?

Application Deadline:  Monday, September 4, 2017 at noon.

If you haven’t submitted applications to the October OCI employers now is the time to do so. We had two new employers join the session at the end of last week so we have extended the application deadline to Monday, September 4 at noon to give all students a chance to apply for these new additions. You can view all of the October OCI postings, see the application materials requested, and apply for the positions in the OCI portal in Symplicity. The OCI application instructions are attached and can also be found in the Document Library in Symplicity.

Here is the current list of October OCI employers taking part in OCI Session 2 (October 5 & 6):

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Fikso Kretschmer Smith Dixon Ormseth PS (Seattle, WA) – interviewing 2Ls
Senate Committee Services (Olympia, Washington) – interviewing 2Ls
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Worldwide) – interviewing 3Ls
U.S. Army JAG Corps (Worldwide) – interviewing 2Ls, 3Ls, and LLMs

Friday, October 6, 2017

Klarquist Sparkman, LLP (Portland, OR) – interviewing 2Ls
*Lukins & Annis, P.S. (Spokane, WA) – interviewing 2Ls
Southern Poverty Law Center (Montgomery, AL) – interviewing 2Ls
*If you applied to Likins & Annis through the last OCI session, you should not need to resubmit applications again. Applications submitted before the July 18th deadline from Session 1 were moved to Session 2 at the request of the employer.  You can review your submission and make adjustments to it in the OCI portal under Session 2.

Here are the rest of the important dates you will need to know about for participating in this round of OCI.

OCI Interview Invitation (Preselect) Visible: Wednesday, September 20, 2017
OCI Interview Time Request Window: Wednesday, September 20, 2017 at 7:30 PM- Friday, September 22, 2017 at 9:00 AM
OCI Revised Interview Schedule Visible: Monday, September 25, 2017 at noon
If other employers wish to interview on campus in October, we will create a new session for them and share that information with you via email to make you aware of the application deadlines and interview dates related to that employer’s visit. If you have questions about this, email lawpath@uw.edu.

Southern Poverty Law Center & King County Department of Public Defense summer internships, Washington Environmental Council

Immediate Hire: The International Institute on Race, Equality and Human Rights

The International Institute on Race, Equality and Human Rights is a human rights organization created in 2015 working in partnership with local activists in Latin America to build grass roots movements that promote and protect the rights of populations marginalized because of gender, ethnicity, race, socio-economic status, sexual orientation, gender identity or disability.

The Institute has a dynamic capacity-building approach to promote the rights of Afro-Latinos, LGBTI people, indigenous peoples, women and other marginalized communities. Using a combination of litigation, community mobilization, human rights reporting, research and advocacy methodology at the domestic and international level, we join our partners in developing and implementing strategies for change. Critical to this work is expanding the role of NGOs representing marginalized communities at the regional level. Hence our program includes building the capacity of our partners for advocating for the full incorporation of discrimination issues at the Organization of American States (OAS) and litigation within the Inter-American Human Rights System, in coordination with domestic litigation, policy advocacy and community mobilization. Using the Universal System is also crucial for the advancement of human rights, in particular the Special Procedures and Treaty Bodies, such as the UN CERD and CEDAW Committees. The Institute works extensively in the UN system.

Apply: No calls please. Send immediately cover letter, resume, and writing samples in English and Spanish by email here.

Due November 1: Federal Public Defender District of Oregon  – 8 Positions Intern Summer 2018

Application deadline:  Wednesday, November 1, 2017

The Federal Public Defender represents indigent people charged with federal crimes, including bank robbery, gun and drug crimes, immigration violations, and various frauds. Law clerks assist the defenders by researching legal issues and drafting trial memoranda, motions to suppress, jury instructions, appellate briefs, and other legal writing. Typical research topics involve search and seizure issues, the right to counsel, outrageous government misconduct, evidence questions, and constitutional issues in habeas cases.

We are currently recruiting for summer 2018, but will also consider externship applications for the 2017-2018 school year. We accept applications for both our Portland and Eugene offices. The position is full time during the summer months and can be part time (minimum 16 hours a week) during the school year.Students must have finished their first year of law school by the time they begin work. Students must have a GPA of 3.0 or higher.

To Apply: Send a cover letter, resume, 5 page max writing sample (excerpts okay) and transcript to Jessica Snyder’s e-mail here.  (please include the term FPDapplication (one word) in your subject line).

Due November 1:  Southern Poverty Law Center 2018 Summer Legal Internship Application

Application Deadline:  Wednesday, November 1, 2017

The Southern Poverty Law Center offers summer internships to exceptional second year law students who possess strong academic backgrounds, excellent research and writing skills, and a commitment to public interest law. The Center is a national non-profit organization dedicated to reducing bigotry and oppression through education and litigation. Our Legal Department focuses on cases involving the rights of children, prisoners, immigrants, the LGBTQ+ community, victims of hate crimes, and issues affecting economically disadvantaged communities.

Responsibilities: Each summer, the Southern Poverty Law Center will host law students to work on current and cutting edge legal issues in one of our five legal offices. Students receive supervision of their legal work by lawyers on our staff. We strive to create a work environment that is collaborative and intellectually rigorous. Summer interns assist Center attorneys, advocates, and paralegals with significant legal research and writing, field investigations, outreach, and public policy advocacy. Interns will be assigned to a practice group and office based on experience and the needs of the Center. Legal interns are compensated by the Center

Locations:

Atlanta, GA
Jackson, MS
Miami, FL
Montgomery, AL
New Orleans, LA
Tallahassee, FL

Start dates are somewhat flexible, but interns are expected to begin between late May and early June. A minimum commitment of ten consecutive weeks is expected.

Further information and apply here.

Rolling Deadline: Washington Environmental Council

The Government Affairs Manager is an exciting opportunity for a full-time position with WEC and WCV to help advance goals across our four programs: Acting for Climate and Clean Energy; Protecting and Restoring Puget Sound; Preventing New Fossil Fuel Infrastructure; and Sustaining Evergreen Forests. The position reports to the Government Affairs Director and is responsible for shaping and implementing lobbying and advocacy campaigns, fostering strong partnerships with elected leaders and issue experts, and galvanizing support for a healthy environment at local and state levels of government. As part of the Government Affairs team, this position will focus on local government advocacy and may also support state level lobbying and litigation strategies to meet the goals and objectives of a specific effort.

No phone calls or mailed applications please. We are hoping to fill this position as soon as possible and will be reviewing applications on a rolling deadline.

To apply, please submit a cover letter and a resume to on our website here.

Due September 22: King County Department of Public Defense Summer 2018

Application deadline: Friday, 9/22/2017

The Department of Public Defense (DPD) is now actively recruiting 3rd year law students committed to working in public defense in King County to begin employment in late summer 2018. The successful applicant will have a passion for public defense and a demonstrated commitment to helping those who are less fortunate. He or she will also have a demonstrated ability to receive feedback and integrate that feedback into his or her practice. The scope of representation expected by an attorney is determined by the nature of the case assignment and in accordance with the Rules of Professional Conduct. Caseload standards established by the State Supreme Court and that foster excellence in legal representation are observed in accordance with Washington State Bar Association guidelines. Attorneys in the Department of Public Defense are expected to complete all required trainings and to actively advance their level of practice by seeking additional learning opportunities.

Who May Apply: This recruitment is open to 3rd year law student candidates and may be used to fill current and/or future full-time and part-time career service and term-limited temporary positions in any of the Department’s four divisions and/or office locations in King County. Applications with be screened on a weekly basis beginning August 7, 2017. The most competitive candidates may be invited to participate in interviews beginning mid September 2017.

Where to Apply: Interested individuals should submit an online King County application, cover letter, resume, and short writing sample. You can find the online application here.

Council of State Governments-Project Manager

The Council of State Governments (CSG) Justice Center is a national nonprofit organization that provides practical, nonpartisan, research-driven strategies and tools to increase public safety and strengthen communities. In general, the Justice Center works closely with legislative leaders, judges, prosecutors, defense attorneys, victim advocates, and others to develop consensus on various criminal justice issues and to translate this consensus into comprehensive reports, policy briefs, state and federal legislation, model policies, and innovative programs. The CSG Justice Center develops written and web-based materials, conducts complex data analysis, and provides on-the-ground technical assistance to policymakers and practitioners from multiple systems (corrections, behavioral health, law enforcement, etc.), in state and local jurisdictions.

For complete job description and apply here.

“Road Ahead for Social Justice,” Washington Appleseed Breakfast, Seattle Citywide Pro Bono Fair, Columbia Legal Services event

WSBA “Road Ahead for Social Justice” WebinarWSBA Logo

 Date:  Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Time:  10:00 am to noon.

Location: Webinar

Join us on Wednesday, Sept. 13th at 2pm EST, when we continue our Road Ahead for Social Justice series with a conversation about the portrayals of immigrants in popular television shows, and the potential that popular culture presents for transformative change.

In this webinar, we will discuss the need for more diverse stories and representation based on findings from our latest research, Power of POP. Guest speakers Bassem Kawar from Take on Hate and Carl Lipscombe from Black Alliance for Just Immigration will provide best practices and recommendations for engaging popular culture based on their own advocacy work.

Please join us for this important conversation!

Register here.

Campaign for Equal Justice- Beer & Justice, an event Campaign for Equal Justice Logosupporting legal aid for low-income families in King County. Proceeds support the Campaign for Equal Justice

Date:  Thursday, September 14, 2017

Time: 5:00-7:00 pm

Place: Alstadt BierHalle 209 First Avenue S. Seattle, WA

Special Guest Lucy Lee Helm, Exec VP & Chief Partner Officer, StarbucksProceeds support the Campaign for Equal Justice

RSVP here.

Washington Appleseed Breakfast with the BestWA Appleseed Logo

Date:  Thursday, September 28, 2017

Time: 7:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.

Location: The Hilton, 1301 6th Ave. Seattle

Please join Washington Appleseed for our annual Breakfast with the Best. This year’s Breakfast will celebrate the launch of the Washington Reentry Guide.

Further information and RSVP here.

Seattle Citywide Pro Bono FairPerkins Coie Logo

Date:  October 11, 2017

Time: 4:00 – 6:00 p.m.

Location: Perkins Coie, 1201 Third Avenue, Suite 4900, Seattle, Washington 98101-3099

Interested in pro bono volunteerism and don’t know where to start? Come to the Pro Bono Fair to meet with representatives from local legal service organizations to find the opportunity right for you.

More info and RSVP here.

Imagine Justice – Columbia Legal Services

Date:  Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Time:  5:00 pm

Where: Impact Hub Seattle 220 Second Avenue South Seattle, WA 98104

An evening of hope and inspiration celebrating 50 years of advocacy Every day, it seems, we must respond to yet another outrageous statement or proposal attacking our communities coming from Washington D.C.  It can wear you down. But we’re up for the challenge – and have been for half a century. Columbia Legal Services-past, present and future-fights alongside our client community and allies to strengthen the justice and equity movement across Washington State. Join us in celebrating fifty years of working for justice in Washington and imagining a future together in which all communities thrive.

Purchase tickets here.

ACLU, Seattle Women’s Commission, Earthjustice, ABA Center for Innovation, Columbia Legal Services

ACLU: When Heritage = Hate: The Truth About the Confederacy in AmericaACLU of WA

When: Thursday August 24

Time: 5:00 pm

Where:  ACT Theatre, 700 Union St., Seattle, WA 98101

A presentation by Jeffery Robinson, ACLU Deputy Legal Director and Director of the Trone Center for Justice and Equality.

President Trump claims that removing Confederate symbols amounts to erasing history. False. This is about whether we as a nation choose to honor those who made their names fighting for white supremacy and slavery. Taking down these symbols from our public spaces is a critical step toward rooting out racial injustice and creating a more inclusive and just society.

We need to be informed for this fight. Jeffery Robinson will speak about the dark history of the Confederacy and the monuments built in public spaces around the country – what these symbols really mean and how they’ve been used by politicians to rewrite history and incite racial violence. Then we’ll roll up our sleeves and join the movement to take down every last one.

RSVP here.

The Seattle Women’s Commission will honor Riddhi Mukhopadhyay for the 2017 Jeanette Williams AwardCity of Seattle Logo

When:  Thursday, August 24, 2017

Time: 6-8 pm

Where: Columbia City Theater,  4916 Rainier Ave S, Seattle, WA

The Seattle Women’s Commission is proud to announce Riddhi Mukhopadhyay, Legal Director of the Sexual Violence Legal Services, as the winner of the 2017 Jeanette Williams Award.

The Sexual Violence Legal Services (SVLS) is a program of the YWCA Seattle|King|Snohomish, and provides trauma-informed direct representation to victims of sexual violence in a wide variety of legal matters, along with technical assistance to attorneys and advocates statewide. Mukhopadhyay has been in the field for over 15 years, previously volunteering and working as a sexual assault and domestic violence advocate with local domestic violence advocacy groups in North Carolina, Texas, and Washington. She is currently on the Board of Directors for Legal Voice, and the Coalition Ending Gender-Based Violence. She is also the current co-chair for Seattle’s Immigration and Refugee Commission.

The event is free and open to the public.

RSVP here.

Earthjustice Sues the EPA after a Former Industry Official Rewrites the Rules on Toxic ChemicalsEarthJustice Logo

“The EPA official tasked to head up the Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention office, Nancy Beck, came to the job after working as a former high-level official for a chemical industry association. She was charged with updating the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), which addresses the production, use and disposal of such chemicals as polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), asbestos, radon and lead-based paint.

Not surprisingly, Beck’s updated TSCA regulations significantly weaken government regulations over these chemicals in consumer products and building materials by removing the provision for regulating all uses of chemicals.

In response, Earthjustice filed two lawsuits against the EPA late last week for weakening these regulations. The suits were filed on behalf of organizations representing populations that are most at risk from weakened chemical regulations—low-income communities, parents and teachers of children with learning disabilities, workers and indigenous populations.

The lawsuits challenge two EPA regulations that set ground rules for how the EPA will prioritize chemicals for safety review and then evaluate the risks of those chemicals under TSCA.”

Read more here.

Due October 10 and 18: White House Office Of Science And Technology Policy – Legal Internship ProgramWhite House Fellowship Seal

Application Due:  See deadlines in the job description.

“OSTP supports and coordinates the Administration’s science and technology priorities. Students interested in working directly with policy advisors on the development of national policy should apply for a Policy internship. Ideal Policy intern candidates have a passion for science and technology, strong written and verbal communication skills, the ability to work well on short deadlines while handling several projects, and a willingness to support outreach events and communications. Policy internships are open to interested students from all majors and programs. Any student (including law students) may apply for a Policy internship.

Law students and LLM students who serve as legal interns with OSTP have a unique opportunity to gather insights into the practice of law at the highest levels of the U.S. Government. OSTP legal interns work under the supervision of OSTP’s General Counsel and other supervising attorneys.”

For more information, or to apply here.

American Bar Association Center for Innovation announces eight Inaugural Fellows, including UW Law alum Aurora Martin!

“One will work with the Legal Services Corporation to develop web portals to help low-income Americans find appropriate legal aid resources. Another will help innocence projects develop a tool to better communicate with each other. These will be two of the eight first-time Fellows announced Monday who will work under the umbrella of the American Bar Association Center for Innovation. The Center was established in September 2016 at the recommendation of the ABA Commission on the Future of Legal Services to encourage and accelerate innovations that improve the accessibility, affordability and effectiveness of legal services and to transform how the public accesses the law and legal information. The Fellows, who were selected by the ABA Center for Innovation Fellows Committee, will begin work later this summer. Each will spend between three months and one year at the Center, and the group includes five NextGen Fellows, who will spend a year on projects, and three Innovation Fellows, whose fellowships run up to four months. ‘We’re thrilled to welcome these Fellows to the Center for Innovation,’ ABA President Linda A. Klein said. ‘They’re not only helping lawyers and their clients in creative new ways, they’re also giving us a glimpse into what legal services could look like in the decades to come.’”

Read more here and here.

Columbia Legal Services: Seattle City Council Votes To Remove Criminal Records From Tenants Screening Process

“The Seattle City Council voted today to reduce barriers to rental housing for thousands of Seattle residents and recognized that criminal background check for housing are counterproductive and discriminatory. Council members voted unanimously to pass the Fair chance Housing Ordinance, which addresses some of the collateral consequences of mass incarceration, including racial discrimination and homelessness. The move is a long time coming for groups like Village of Hope and Sojourner Place (now Jubilee Women’s Center), who first raised the issue in 2006. Pending Seattle Mayor Ed Murray’s signature, the law reflects the most progressive housing policy for people with criminal records of any major city in the country.”

Read more here.

UCLA School of Law, NW Immigrant Rights Project

Due August 22:  Roddenberry Fellowship

Application Due: Tuesday, August 22, 2017

The Roddenberry Fellowship is a new 12-month program for activists from across the country who are working to protect the most vulnerable and to make the US a more inclusive and equitable place to live. Twenty Fellows will be selected to receive $50,000 each, as well as tailored support, to help implement a project or initiative in one of four areas: civil rights; Climate change and environmental justice; immigration and refugee rights; LGBTQIA and Women’s Rights.

More info and apply here.

Rolling Deadline: Executive Director-David Epstein Program in Public Interest Law and Policy, UCLA School of LawUCLA Law Logo

The UCLA School of Law is seeking a top public interest lawyer to become the Executive Director of the David J. Epstein Program in Public Interest Law and Policy (Epstein Program). The Epstein Program is the leading public interest curricular program in the United States. For two decades, the Epstein Program has trained and mentored future attorneys to become innovative leaders dedicated to public service and advancing justice. The hallmarks of the Epstein Program are its exceptional faculty, cutting-edge curriculum, vibrant community, and deep commitment to student success. The Epstein Program has specialized admissions, teaching, mentoring, and advising for Epstein Program students and alumni. This is a year-round, academic, non-tenure track position with an expected start date of January 1, 2018.

Minimum academic requirements include a J.D. or equivalent advanced degree from a U.S. school and an excellent academic record. The ideal candidate will have at least five years of practice experience, as well as significant leadership capacity and initiative. The salary and level of appointment will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

More information and apply here.

Rolling Basis: Northwest Immigrant Rights Project, Internship in the Granger Office.

Application Deadline: Rolling.

 

The Northwest immigrant Rights Project’s Granger office provides free and low cost immigration legal services to residents in Eastern Washington. Granger is about 30 miles east of Yakima, and within the heart of the agricultural industry in Washington State. Our offices are housed within the Northwest Communities Education Center, which is home to numerous non-profit organizations providing services to farm workers, and Radio KDNA, which is the only public radio station in the state producing educational programming for the Spanish speaking community since 1979.

Learn more and apply here

Due December 11: Northwest Immigrant Rights Project, Internship Summer 2018 with the Tacoma Office.

Application Due:  December 11, 2017

The Northwest Immigrant Rights Project is seeking law student applications for spring and summer internship positions in its Tacoma office. These internships are unpaid, but NWIRP will work with applicants to secure outside funding or academic credit.

For summer, full consideration will be given to applications received by December 11, 2017. No applications will be accepted after March 1, 2018.

For more information here.

EJW 2017 Conference with US Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg; Student Debt Relief Basics; Kids in Need of Defense (KIND): How to Prepare for Dependency Review Hearings; Volunteer for Citizenship Day!

Deadline September 13: Equal Justice Works 2017 Conference and Career Fair featuring U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader GinsbergEJW Logo

Application Deadline: Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Date:  Thursday and Friday, October 27 & 28, 2017

Location: Arlington, VA

Students and recent graduates can interview with 165+ public interest employers from across the country including non profits, public defender offices, government agencies and more! Click here for the latest list. The deadline to apply for prescheduled interviews is September 13.. Students may have their résumé reviewed by trained professionals and take part in inspiring conference workshop sessions including this year’s conversation with U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on Friday afternoon. We recognize that one of the biggest hurdles to attending the Conference & Career Fair is affording the trip to DC so this year we’re helping students connect for carpooling and hotel sharing and the first 500 registered students will qualify for a chance to receive one of ten $100 travel stipends.

More information and register here.

EJW Webinar: Student Debt Relief Basics.

Date:  Thursday, August 24, 2017

Time:  12:00 pm

Location: Webinar

“On August 24th at 3:00 pm EST, we will have our latest educational free webinar, “Student Debt Relief Basics.” This free webinar will teach you about the various repayment plans, loan cancellation provisions, how to earn Public Service Loan Forgiveness, what to do if you are behind on your payments, and how to lower your loan payments using loan repayment assistance programs. You can join live or watch later. If you register prior to the live event, you will receive a recording in the 48 hours following the live version. Register for a free webinar today!

Free Podcast:  FTCA and Other Civil Rights Claims – Immigration Enforcement & Damages Actions Supreme Court Courthouse (c) Stockvault

Date:  Thursday, August 24, 2017

Time:  9am – 12 pm

Location:  Podcast (free)

Increased immigration enforcement is likely to include enforcement practices that give rise to damages action.  Claims under the Federal Tort Claims Act, Bivens, and Section 1983 are important tools to combat abusive enforcement practices and ensuring that federal and local law enforcement abide by their constitutional obligations. This program will give a general overview of each of these claims. PLI will also discuss employing a media strategy, in addition to litigation, to highlight abusive enforcement practices, as an advocacy tool in its own right. PLI will cover the legal standards and procedures to bring an administrative claim and both individual and impact litigation under the Federal Tort Claims Act.  PLI will similarly cover Bivens and Section 1983, as well as the defenses government defendants commonly raise in these cases.  This will include the types of conduct that can be challenged and the life of a damages claim from fact-gathering to judgment.

Register here.

Kids in Need of Defense (KIND): Quick Topic Webinar [Live]: How to Prepare for Dependency Review Hearings

Date:  Wednesday, September 13, 2017 

Time: 12-1 pm

Location:  Webinar.

Zaida Rivera, KIND Seattle Pro Bono Coordinating Attorney -Microsoft Fellow, will be presenting a live webinar on how to prepare for your client’s Dependency Review Hearings. After a client has been ordered a dependent on the State of Washington, the court is responsible for the client’s well-being. To ensure that a client’s needs are met, periodic review hearings are scheduled with the court every 6 months. Attorneys must prepare ISSPs and review hearing orders in advance of the review hearing, and present orders on the date the hearing is scheduled. To learn more about this process and your obligations, please join us for this live webinar. There will be an opportunity to ask questions as well.

Please RSVP online here.

KIND (Kids in Need of Defense): 2nd Annual Back to School Campaign

The campaign aims to highlight attorneys who are heeding the call to help unaccompanied immigrant and refugee children by providing pro bono legal representation to these children as the new school year begins.

As unaccompanied children are getting ready to start school, over 50% of them have no one to represent them in immigration court. With the help of an attorney, they can focus on their education and fulfill their aspirations for their future.  These are children living in Washington State like Otto, who arrived in the U.S. when he was 10 years old, escaping severe child abuse and threats from MS-13.  Otto was granted asylum right before going on a school camping trip with his class.  He went from having a childhood dominated by violence and fear, to living with the fear of being sent back into danger, to the rest of his childhood before him.

More info here.

OneAmerica: Volunteer for Citizenship Day Saturday, September 23, 2017OneAmerica Logo

Date: Saturday, September 23, 2017

Time: 8:30am-5:30pm

Locations: Renton, Renton Technical College; Wenatchee, Wenatchee Valley College; Pasco, Columbia Basin College

Volunteers needed at three Citizenship Day events in Washington in Renton, Wenatchee and Pasco

Citizenship Day  is a free, one-day legal clinic to help legal permanent residents apply for citizenship, and it’s hosted by AILA-WA, OneAmerica, and committed community partners statewide. Demand for naturalization services is higher than ever – in fact, N-400 filings in Washington State have increased nearly 30% on average, compared to the same quarter of last year! For many immigrants, U.S. citizenship is the best defense in uncertain times. Please join us for the day, and help hundreds of legal permanent residents take the first step.

Click here to sign up to volunteer, and more info here.

Civil Rights Lawyers, Radical Movements of the 1960s Podcast, Juvenile Law Center Report, QLaw Judge’s Bench Guide

Civil rights lawyers from the 1960s have lessons for today’s social activistsHong Kong Protests

“When Stephen Bingham and Timothy Jenkins remember traveling to Mississippi in 1964 to take part in the Freedom Summer, with the stated goal of registering African-Americans to vote, they recall being exhilarated. It was an exciting time for the civil rights movement and the two—along with thousands of other volunteers from the NAACP, Southern Christian Leadership Conference, Congress of Racial Equality, Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee and the rest of the rich alphabet soup that is part of historical lore—felt energized and inspired by the hurly-burly of protests, marches, demonstrations and organized political activities that made them feel as if they were helping to bring about important social change.

They also remembered being terrified.”

Read more here.

Podcast: How the radical movements of the 1960s changed the law and challenged the status quoSolidarity USAS

“In this episode of Asked and Answered, the ABA Journal’s Victor Li speaks with attorney and activist Paul Harris about his work stretching back to the 1960s. Harris, one of the radical “movement lawyers” featured in the cover story for the August issue of the ABA Journal, talks about his work defending high-profile clients like Huey Newton, Leonard McNeil and others.

Harris also discusses the current political landscape and what today’s generation of aspiring movement lawyers can learn from their predecessors.”

More information here.

Juvenile Law Center Report:  Making a Truly Healthy Transition to Adulthood Relies on a Strong Medicaid Program and Our Commitment to Enhance Access to Quality Care

“Unlocking Potential: The Strength of Our Stories as the Key to Child Welfare Reform was released in July 2017. It is the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute 2017 Foster Youth Internship Program Report and contains 12 recommendations for reforming the child welfare system. The Chronicle of Social Change has been spotlighting each of the 12 recommendations and providing commentary. The 12 recommendations are excellent and present policy responses that reflect the insight and experiences of youth who have been in foster care. Because of the continued activity around the federal health care law—and its importance to the health and well-being of current and former youth in foster care—we wanted to provide a special highlight on Justin Abbasi’s recommendation related to access to behavioral health services and the Chronicle’s commentary.”

Read more here.

The LGBT Bar Association of Washington: QLaw is happy to share the news that the Judges’ Bench Guide is here!

QLaw LogoThe Judges’ Bench Guide on the LGBTQ Community and the Law is a resource of judges, lawyers, the legal community, and anyone else who would like to learn more about some of the legal issues affecting the LGBTQ community.  The guide was prepared to QLaw Fioundation and QLaw Association for the Washington State Supreme Courts Gender and Justice Commission.

More information here.