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.