Trans Pride Seattle, Reproductive Justice Lawyering Webinars, Legal Voice, and St. Louis Diversity Job Fair

June 23: 5th Annual Trans Pride Seattle

Date: Friday, June 23, 2017
Time: 5:00 pm
Location: The Trans Pride March assembles at 5pm on the sidewalks adjacent to the Capitol Hill Light Rail Station, and steps off at 6pm onto East John Street.

Followed by a celebration in Cal Anderson Park meadow from 7pm to 10 pm featuring:
Ari Vera Morales and Ixaha Vázquez from Mexico City organization Almas Cautivas
Jennicet Eva Gutiérrez from Familia: Trans Queer Liberation Movement
Andrea Jenkins from Transgender Oral History Project at the University of Minnesota
– performances by Randy Ford (Au Collective) and Jade Vogelsang (The House of Luna)
– poets from Youth Speaks Seattle

More details here.

June 29:  Reproductive Justice Lawyering Webinar: Barriers to Reproductive Autonomy

Date: Thursday, June 29, 2017
Time: 11:00 AM- 12:00 PM
Location: Attend via webcast

In the first session, tune in to hear Priya Walia discuss how the religious right is using feminism and the 1st Amendment to keep 1,200+ fake reproductive health clinics open in “Crisis Pregnancy Centers: Combating Choice with Misinformation.”

In the second session, “Parenting… More from Prison: Abolition is Reproductive Justice,” Nnennaya Amuchie will discuss how to incorporate an abolitionist framework into reproductive justice, and how breaking down institutions that don’t serve us allows us to rebuild systems that affirm humanity and help us all to thrive.

Register here.

July 6: A Benefit for Legal VoiceLegal Voice Logo

Date: Thursday, July 6, 2017
Time: 8–11pm
Location: Conor Byrne Pub: 5140 Ballard Ave NW, Seattle 98107

Legal Voice is a progressive feminist organization using the power of the law to make change in the Northwest.  Seattle-based artists Tobias the Owl, Arthur James, and Sarah St. Albin are bringing together the Seattle community to benefit Legal Voice! All ticket sales and other donations will go to Legal Voice. $10 general admission; tickets available at the door. 21+ only.

More information here.

July 6:  Reproductive Justice Lawyering Webinar: When Sex and Bodies Are Criminal

Date: Thursday, July 6, 2017
Time: 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Location: Attend via webcast

In the first session, “HIV Criminalization in the US: A Reproductive Justice Analysis of Current Laws and Advocacy for Change,” tune to learn about the current landscape of laws and policies that criminalize the bodies and lives of people living with HIV, especially women, people of… More color, and trans and gender non-conforming folks. Learn why these laws run counter to reproductive justice principles and how they hinder efforts to curb the epidemic, especially among vulnerable communities, and hear about how people living with HIV are leading the movement for reform in the courtroom, legislatures, and public consciousness across the country.

The second presentation, A Miscarriage of Justice: Purvi Patel and Pregnancy Prosecution,” focuses on prosecutions of pregnant people for their actions while pregnant. By using the 2013 prosecution of Purvi Patel for feticide and neglect of a dependent after her miscarriage, this webinar will examine how criminal statutes were misinterpreted or misapplied to punish Ms. Patel.

Register here

August 2-6:  National Lawyers Guild #Law4thePeople 80th Anniversary Convention

Date: Wednesday, August 2 – Sunday, August 6, 2017
Location:  Washington, DC; UDC David A. Clarke School of Law

Join us in Washington, D.C. this summer as we celebrate 80 years of #Law4thePeople! We’re offering dozens of timely panels, workshops, CLEs and social events focused on movement law and effective resistance amidst the current political climate—and of course, parties and social events!  Act now: Early bird rates end June 30.

Register here.

Due June 30:  2017 St. Louis Diversity Job Fair
Registration Deadline:  Friday, June 30, 2017

J.D. students in the classes of 2018 and 2019 are invited to participate in the 2017 St. Louis Diversity Job Fair (“SLDJF”) this summer. The Job Fair will kick-off with small group student attorney networking dinners on Friday, August 18, and interviews will be held Saturday, August 19, at the Husch Blackwell law offices. Specific details regarding both events will be posted on the St. Louis Diversity Job Fair web site at www.stldiversityjobfair.com and through Simplicity as they become available

The deadline for law student registration is Friday, June 30, 2017 at midnight (CST); absolutely no extensions will be allowed.  Law students can register by going to https://law-sldjf-csm.symplicity.com/. When registering, students should list Ann Spangler at spangler@uw.edu as the Career Services office representative.

Documentation needed to register for the Job Fair:

  1. Law student resume
  2. Law school transcript (unofficial is ok)
  3. One page cover letter
  4. Writing sample (may submit an abbreviated version, less than 10 pages preferred)

The St. Louis Diversity Job Fair offers full or partial financial stipends to students who would be unable to attend the Job Fair without the financial assistance. The number and amount of stipends awarded is contingent on requests received and funds available. Students who need financial assistance should contact Danielle Carr at daniellecarr@polsinelli.com. The deadline for submitting the financial stipend application is Friday, July 1, at midnight (CST).

 

Peggy Browning Fellowships, LSC 2017 Justice Gap Report, 2017 UW Law Pro Bono Honors Society!

Two University of Washington Law Students Awarded Prestigious Peggy Browning FellowshipsPeggy Browning Fund

The Peggy Browning Fund has awarded 10-week summer fellowships to Madison Brown and Kelly Skahan, both of whom are second-year students at the University of Washington School of Law. Peggy Browning Fellows are distinguished students who have not only excelled in law school but who have also demonstrated their commitment to workers’ rights through their previous educational, work, volunteer and personal experiences
Read the press release here.

Due June 23:  U.S. Department of Justice Career Information Fair

RSVP Deadline:  Friday, June 23, 2017

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) is hosting a Career Information Fair on Thursday, July 13, 2017.  From 3:00 – 4:00 p.m. the event is open to a limited number of law students who are working in DC this summer.

The Career Information Fair is an opportunity for students interested in volunteer internships, the Honors Program (HP), or Summer Law Intern Program (SLIP) to learn more about the many offices and components in DOJ.  There is no interviewing at the fair.  Attendees are encouraged to visit with representatives from various DOJ components, learn about the interesting and unique work of each office, and ask specific questions about volunteer, HP, and SLIP positions.  The HP and SLIP applications open on July 31 and close on September 5, 2017.

RSVP information can be found here.

Due July 14: Ropes and Gray, Roscoe Trimmier Jr. Diversity Scholarship

 Application Deadline:  Friday, July 14, 2017

Ropes & Gray has long been a proponent of law firm inclusion and diversity, dedicated to attracting and retaining outstanding lawyers of varied backgrounds.

The scholarship is designed to help offset law school costs for members of populations historically underrepresented in the legal profession. The scholarship provides $25,000 (less required income and payroll taxes) and a summer associate position to up to five 2Ls. Application deadline July 14.

Learn more here and here.

Legal Services Corporation’s 2017 Justice Gap Study finds 86 percent of low-income Americans’ civil legal issues get inadequate or no legal help.LSC Logo

The Legal Services Corporation (LSC) contracted with NORC at the University of Chicago to help measure the justice gap among low-income Americans in 2017.  NORC conducted a survey of approximately 2,000 adults living in households at or below 125% of the Federal Poverty Level (FPL).  This report presents findings based on this survey:

  • In the past year, 71% of low-income households experienced at least one civil legal
    problem, including problems with domestic violence, veterans’ benefits, disability
    access, housing conditions, and health care.
  • 1 in 4 low-income households has experienced 6+ civil legal problems in the
    past year, including 67% of households with survivors of domestic violence or
    sexual assault.
  • 86% of the civil legal problems reported by low-income Americans in the past year received
    inadequate or no legal help.

    Read the full report here, and the Executive Summary here.

Congratulations to the 2017 Members of the UW Law Pro Bono Honors Society!

At UW Law, we believe that members of the legal community have an obligation to help reduce barriers to access to justice. Providing high quality pro bono legal services to low-income clients and other under-represented groups is paramount. To this end, the UW Law School’s Pro Bono Program and Honors Society recognizes members of our law school community (students, faculty and staff) who commit to providing high quality pro bono legal assistance and community service. We encourage law students to provide at least 70 hours of law-related pro bono assistance by graduation (30 hours for LLM and PhD students). By providing training, support, resources, opportunities and leadership development to our students, the program ensures that future lawyers are prepared and ready to fulfill the promise of equal justice.

Pro Bono Student of the Year: Baily Mullins

Pro Bono Faculty/Staff Member of the Year: Zhar Said

 Community Service Staff Member of the Year: Kaitlyn Bunker

2L Pro Bono Student of the Year:  Ari Robbins

1L Pro Bono Student of the Year:  Ester Garcia

Student Pro Bono Honors Society Recognition

Alexander Maddisson
Armstrong-Hann Kelsey
Atchley James
Avila Lesly
Bortes Corneliu Nicolae
 Bramwell Lauren
Brodsky Lena
Brown Neil S.
Budinick Jennifer
Burden Hathaway
Burton Alexandra
Carter Erin Diann
Chopra Nyssa P.
Danch Siana
Daugherty Laura
de Silva Ada
Degner Barry
Diagana Ndiabou
Estrada Bruna
Faoro Ana
Flood Madeline
Foster Gabriel
Garcia Ester
Geyer Martha
Govindaraju Varsha
Hamann Serena
Harper Alison
Hayes Joseph
Howell Alexis
Hoy Miki
Huang Phoebe
Infeld Lucy
Ishida Yutaka
Jaccard Christina
Johnson Lillian
Kartman Martina
Kaufman Annika
Kelly Kaitlyn
Legens Brady
Louie Mikaela
Mann Travis
McDonnell Alicia
McDorman Camille
McKevett Steven
Mitchell Olivia
Moore Muriel
Muldowney Martha
Mullikin Cody
Mullins Baily
Musto Jeffrey
Nyden Katharine
Oborn Aaron P.
Page Ellie
Patlan Sandra
Peterson Derek Douglas
Phair Desiree
Pontusson Clive
Posnock Sophia Rose
Pryjmak Jane
Puckett Jessica D.
Raszler Emily
Reed Katy
Reese Roxanne
Robbins Ari
Ross Saranda
Ruiz Susana
Russell David
Salerno Leah
Sanchez Ava Elizabeth
Saperstein Michelle
Saucedo Michelle Alexandra
Shamrell-Harrington Kelsey
Shattuck Katherine
Sidles Alex
Smith Sarah
Soden Caitlin
Sperstein Michelle
Sweeney Rebecca
Topp Gina
Traves Peter
Vaudrey September Michelle
Velloso Tadeu
Walker Valerie
Wang Xiaoyang
Waxwing Danny
Weaver Logan Strathern
Willis Catherine
Wong Zoe Alexandria
Yoshimura Kiri
Zeer Sammy

Faculty/Staff Pro Bono & Community Service Recognition

Berry Melissa
Bunker Kaitlyn
Calandrillo Steve
Halasz Benjamin
Hom Lenny
Howard Maureen
Ortiz Olivia
Price Terry
Raigrodski Dana
Said Zhar
Spangler Ann

2018 Skadden Fellowship, Kids in Need of Defense (KIND) internship/externship, Washington State Attorney General’s Office, and more!

Due September 18: 2018 Skadden Foundation Fellowship

Application Deadline:  Monday, September 18, 2017

The foundation will award two-year Fellowships for 2018 law school graduates and outgoing judicial law clerks who want to work in the public interest. Grants are made to organizations only, not to individuals. Therefore, before the application date of September 18, all applicants must identify a sponsoring public interest organization. The sponsor must be a 501(c)(3) organization that provides civil legal services to the poor, including the working poor, the elderly, the disabled or those deprived of their civil or human rights.

Apply and learn more here.

Due July 1:  Pierce County VLS VOCA Staff Attorney & Puyallup/Urban Indian Staff Attorney

 Application Deadline:  Saturday, July 1, 2017Tacoma-Pierce County Bar Association VLS Logo

Pierce County Volunteer Legal Services is excited to announce two open staff attorney positions.

The VOCA Staff Attorney will provide civil legal assistance to victims and survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking, harassment and other crimes, including financial exploitation. Services will include advice and counsel, brief services at follow-up appointments, and extended representation and litigation. The VLS VOCA Staff Attorney will assist clients with protection orders, family law proceedings, as well as address legal issues surrounding collateral impacts of victimization. Click here for the full job description.

The Puyallup/Urban Indian Staff Attorney will work with staff and volunteers, the Puyallup Tribe of Indians, and other legal services providers to develop civil legal service programs that help meet the specific and unique needs of Puyallup Tribal Members, American Indians, Alaska Natives and First Nations People in our community.  Click here for the full job description.

To apply, please submit a letter of interest, resume, and 3 professional references to Laurie Davenport, Program Director, at vls@tacomaprobono.org.

Due June 29:  Washington State Attorney General’s Office, Consumer Protection Division

Application Deadline:  Thursday, June 29, 2017

The Consumer Protection (CP) Division of the Washington State Attorney General’s Office is seeking to hire two Team Leaders to supervise attorney teams, litigate consumer protection cases, and take on management and leadership projects within the Division.

The CP Division enforces the Consumer Protection Act and other state and federal laws prohibiting unfair or deceptive business practices.  The CP Division’s cases often involve cutting edge and challenging legal issues, as well as coordination with other state and federal enforcement authorities.

Apply and learn more here.

Due June 23:  Columbia Legal Services Advocacy Director.

Application Deadline:  Friday, June 23, 2017

Columbia Legal Services is hiring a dynamic Advocacy Director to coordinate our statewide and national litigation and advocacy projects, and play a key role in shaping the future of our organization. The Advocacy Director serves as a thought-partner for our Executive Director and Directing Attorneys. The ideal candidate must have a commitment and understanding of systemic and multi-forum advocacy, enthusiasm and commitment working on anti-poverty and race equity issues, and be comfortable managing change, s supervising advocacy leaders and teams, and providing a high-level of management and support.

Apply and learn more here.

Rolling Deadline:  Washington State Office of the Insurance Commissioner, Deputy Commissioner-Legal Affairs.OIC

Application Deadline: Open until filled

The OIC is seeking candidates to fill an exempt Deputy Insurance Commissioner position in our Legal Affairs Division. This position is an executive leader responsible for providing quality legal services to the other divisions by the Staff Attorneys in a timely, cost-effective way that supports the agency’s mission. The Deputy is also responsible for effective deployment of investigative resources to enforce compliance with the requirements of the Insurance Code including without limitation matters relating to insurers, insurance producers and other licensees; and unauthorized insurance transactions in Washington.

Apply and learn more here.  

Rolling Deadline:  Kids in Need of Defense (KIND) – Volunteer Legal Internship/Externship Fall, Winter, or Spring 2017-2018.

Application Deadline: Open until filled

KIND’s Seattle field office is seeking volunteer legal interns who want to develop their lawyering skills while assisting KIND’s Seattle office’s direct representation and pro bono programs, which matches volunteer lawyers with unaccompanied children needing representation in immigration court.

Apply and learn more here.

 

WSBA Administrative Law summer funding

Due June 30:  WSBA Administrative Law Section $5,000 summer grant

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Application Deadline: 3:00 p.m., Friday, June 30, 2017

The Administrative Law Section of the WSBA will award a $5,000 summer grant to one law student who is working in an unpaid public service capacity in the area of administrative law. Each applicant must submit a two-page or shorter, double-spaced essay describing the applicant’s summer work and any way that the work will promote diversity in administrative law. The board will review the essays, considering the extent to which each applicant’s internship relates to the practice of administrative law, whether the applicant demonstrates a continued interest in administrative law, and whether the internship will promote diversity in the practice. After completing the summer job, the recipient must be willing to write a short description about the experience for the Administrative Law Section’s newsletter and give a report about it at a future Administrative Law Section meeting. Applications are due by 3:00 p.m., Friday, June 30, 2017.

Please submit resume and essay to Huy Nguyen at cuu@uw.edu

FAQ:
· Is this opportunity is available to all law students in Washington? Yes we are reaching out to all three Washington law schools.

· Does the student’s internship need to be in Washington? Our only criteria are that the student be attending a Washington law school, that they are working in an unpaid public administrative position and that the position supports diversity.

· When might students expect to hear whether they’ve been selected for the grant? The preferred candidate should learn by mid July.

Upcoming: Islamophobia and Bias in the Legal Profession

June 27: WSBA June Legal Lunchbox: Islamophobia and Addressing Bias in the Legal Profession

Time: 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.WSBA Logo
Date: Tuesday, June 27, 2017
Place: Attend via webcast

This month’s Legal Lunchbox is in partnership with WSBA Diversity. Join us first for a presentation by Muslim Association of Puget Sound (MAPS) American Muslim Empowerment Network (AMEN) Executive Director on Combating Islamophobia. A panel discussion with practicing attorneys will follow, addressing issues of bias and inclusion in the legal profession.

Register Here

Don’t miss career fairs coming up this summer

 

June 20: Should I Help? What to do if you suspect Domestic Violence

Time: 6:00 to 7:30 p.m.
Date: Tuesday, June 20, 2017
Place: Queen Anne Christian Church

Have you ever been frightened by sounds of neighbors fighting and worried that someone was being harmed?  Do you ever witness interactions between couples that make you feel uncomfortable but you’re not sure how to respond? Are you concerned that someone you care about is in an unhealthy, maybe even abusive, relationship?

You can help stop the cycle of abuse! Attend this quick and easy workshop and walk away with. actions you can immediately put into place if you suspect domestic violence.

Read more and register here.

July 29: Bay Area Diversity Career Fair

Time: All day
Date:
Saturday, July 29, 2017, registration now open.
Place:
 Hilton San Francisco Financial District, 750 Kearny Street, San Francisco, CA

The Bay Area Diversity Career Fair attracts hiring representatives from the most prominent law firms, government legal departments, and nonprofit organizations. Only law students who have completed their first year of law school by the time of the interviews are eligible to participate. Openings are for 2018 2L summer associate positions. Please feel free to forward this invitation to your fellow 1Ls.

Read more and register here.

August 19: NW Minority Job Fair

Time: All day
Date: Saturday, August 19, 2017
Place: Pacifica Law Group, 1191 2nd Avenue, Suite 2000, Seattle, WA 98101-3404

Pacifica Law Group is honored to host the 31st Annual Northwest Minority Job Fair. We are committed to the Fair’s mission of fostering access to employment opportunities for historically underrepresented persons in the practice of law and to provide a networking forum for legal employers and minority law students.

The Northwest Minority Job Fair, sponsored and funded by a consortium of legal sector employers, has brought together private and public law firms committed to promoting diversity for over 30 years. It provides a unique opportunity for employers, law students, and lawyers to connect and match legal talent with law firm opportunities. Last year’s Northwest Minority Job Fair brought together approximately 150 students and 30 law firms/agencies.

Read more and register here.

It’s not too late to get summer funding

Due June 9: Interested in litigation? Apply for Dwyer Inn of Court

Application Deadline: Friday, June 9, 2017

Rising 3L students with an interest in litigation—particularly litigation in the Seattle-area state and federal courts—are encouraged to apply for membership in the 2017-2018 William L. Dwyer Inn of Court. The Inn is a cooperative venture between the King County Bar, Seattle University School of Law, and the University of Washington School of Law. On the second Tuesday of each month, members of the Inn meet in the evening to discuss litigation practice, have dinner together, and learn about a topic of general legal interest. The meetings generally run between 5:30pm to 8:00pm at Seattle University.

Read more and apply here.