The Supreme Court, Police Violence, Confronting Microagressions, and other upcoming events and trainings!

Social Justice Tuesday – Flint Taylor: Lawyer and Author of The Torture Machine: Racism and Police Violence in Chicago

When: March 12, 2019
Where: 12:30-1:20 Room 127
Hosted by Black Law Students Association

A lawyer for the people, Flint Taylor has spent nearly fifty years fighting for justice, from the courtrooms of Cook County to the US Supreme Court. With his colleagues at the People’s Law Office, Taylor has argued landmark civil rights cases that exposed corruption and cover-ups with the Chicago Police Department. The Torture Machine takes the reader from the 1969 murders of Black Panther Party chairman and the litigation that followed-through the dogged pursuit of commander John Burge, the leader of a torture ring in the CPD.

The Supreme Court in 2019 – A Shifting Court in Difficult Times (UW Law Toni Rembe Lecture)

Supreme Court Courthouse (c) StockvaultWhen: Thursday, April 18, 6:30-8pm
Where: Washington Athletic Club

Erwin Chemerinsky, Dean of Law at Berkeley Law School, joins UW Law as the 2019 Toni Rembe Lecturer. A Supreme Court advocate and prolific constitutional law scholar, Dean Chemerinsky is one of the most influential legal academics and lawyers in the country. Joining him in conversation is Mario Barnes, the Toni Rembe Dean and Professor of Law at UW Law, a frequent co-author of Dean Chemerinsky, and a nationally recognized scholar for his research on the legal and social implications of race and gender. This conversation will explore the work and future of the United States Supreme Court. The discussion comes at a significant turning point in the Court’s history: a moment when two new members on the Court may alter its trajectory, just as its docket is filled with contentious and consequential cases.

To register for this event visit here.

WSBA Legal Lunchbox Series — Microagressions: Experiences and Responses (free webcast)

WSBA Lunchbox Series ImageWhen: Tuesday, March 26, 2019, 12-1:35pm

Join a panel of legal professionals who will define and discuss microaggressions within the profession from their personal perspectives. They will help attendees to identify microaggressions and understand their impact, as well as sharing mitigation strategies for those most affected. To register visit here.

Protecting Speech Freedoms in a Climate of Hate (CLE Symposium)

When: Thursday, March 28, 1–5pm (doors open at 12:30pm)
Where: Davis Wright Tremaine, 920 5th Ave, Suite 3300, Seattle, WA 98104

Hate crimes in Washington State increased 42% in 2017. In this current climate of increased hate, it is more important than ever to understand the legal distinction between hate speech and free speech. The Cardozo Society and the Middle Eastern Legal Association of Washington (MELAW) are proud to present a CLE symposium – “Protecting Speech Freedoms in a Climate of Hate” – examining the line between hate and free speech from a variety of legal perspectives.

To resister click here. $25 general CLE; $18 for public service attorneys and law students.

Access to Justice Board Awards – Nomination deadline extended to April 4th!

The Access to Justice Board honors colleagues and partners who promote access to justice through leadership, courage, and innovation by presenting six access to justice awards at the Access to Justice Conference (June 14-16 in Spokane, WA). Review the awards criteria here, and submit your nominations online here.

WA State Association for Justice Presents: “Hot Coffee: Is Justice Being Served?”

When: Tuesday, April 9, 5-7:30pm
Where: Gates Hall, Room 127

Join the Washington State Association for Justice for a film screening and panel discussion with plaintiffs’ attorneys. RSVP to

NWIRP 35th Anniversary Gala!

NWIRP LogoWhen: Friday, May 16th, 7pm
Where: The Seattle Westin, 1900 5th Ave.

Featuring live music, delicious food and drinks, inspirational stories from our clients and the community, and the opportunity to give, NWIRP’s 35th Anniversary Gala celebrates our long-term commitment to keeping families together, protecting people from violence, and standing up against injustice. Tickets available here.

2019 Lavender Law Conference & Career Fair (August 7-9, Philadelphia, PA)

Here at the LGBT Bar we are counting down the days until the 2019 Lavender Law® Conference and Career Fair. In case you’re curious, there are only 153 days to go!

We know you are busy, so here are some important dates to keep in mind in the coming months. Mark your calendars and register today! Registration is free for law student members. 

You’re invited: Green Pathways Brunch

When: Wednesday, April 24th, 10-11:30am
Where: Seattle Aquarium, 1483 Alaskan Way, Seattle, WA

Got Green and Rainier Valley Corps would like invite you to our upcoming brunch fundraiser for the launch of Rainier Valley Corps’ Green Pathways Fellowship, which will place leaders of color in environmental justice jobs. Our aim with this brand new fellowship is to grow equity and further social justice by diversifying the industry.

Join us for a brunch and celebrate equity with Rainier Valley Corps’ Executive Director, Vu Le. Hear from our partners at Got Green about why we need more leaders of color in the environmental sector. Parking and admittance into the aquarium are included in the ticket cost. After our program and brunch, guests are welcome to explore the Aquarium for the rest of the day! Tickets and details available here.

Washington State YMCA Mock Trial – Volunteers needed!

Washington State YMCA is looking for attorney raters for the 2019 High School Mock Trial State Championship (March 22–23 at the Thurston County Courthouse in Olympia). This year’s case was written by the Honorable Judge Lewis from Clark County and is titled “Flyspecking”. This year’s case is a civil case that deals with livestock, neighborhoods, home owners associations and property lines. If you have any questions, please contact Erin Fitzgerald at To volunteer, sign up here.