Goldmark Internship, California DOJ Attorney General’s Honors Program, National Trans Bar Association Seeking Board Applicants

Goldmark Internship deadline extended to Monday, October 23, 2017Logo for the Legal Foundation of Washington

Legal Foundation of Washington Board of Trustees holds a competitive process each year to select a legal aid program in Washington State to host the Goldmark Intern during the following summer. The 2018 host program is the Disabled Homeless Advocacy Project (DHAP) http://seattlecommlaw.org/projects/disabled-homeless-advocacy-project/ a program of the Seattle Community Law Center .   Internship applicants should review the position description and qualifications here.

Due October 20:  The National Trans Bar Association is Seeking Applicants to Serve on Our Board of Directors!

Application Due:  Friday, October 20, 2017

As a new and growing organization, Board members have an exciting opportunity to shape the direction of NTBA and direct its mission and programs moving forward. NTBA has been many years in the making and was recently founded with the following core mission:

  • Recruit, support and develop the skills of trans and gender nonconforming (TGNC) legal professionals and law students;
  • Increase access to affordable, legally and culturally competent legal services for TGNC communities;
  • Work in partnership with existing organizations to foster bold, inclusive, and creative legal strategies to expand formal legal protections for TGNC people and meaningfully address issues of equity; and
  • Elevate intersectional work and cross movement collaborations

More info and apply here.

Due October 23: California Department of Justice, Attorney General’s Honors Program

Application Due:  Monday, October 23, 2017. 

***ATTENTION THIRD YEAR LAW STUDENTS AND RECENT LAW SCHOOL GRADUATES***DOJ & OAG Seal for California

The Office of the Attorney General is now accepting applications for the Attorney General’s Honors Program and Earl Warren Solicitor General Fellowship! Don’t miss this amazing opportunity to launch your legal career with the State of California’s top law agency!

Apply here.

Courts Sidestep the Law, and South Carolina’s Poor Go to Jail

By Timothy Williams, The New York Times.

“One homeless man has been arrested or cited 270 times on the same charge, trespassing. He has never been represented by a lawyer.”  In a profile focused on South Carolina, the New York Times called attention to how defendants facing misdemeanor charges often go without court-appointed representation. The ACLU is challenging the practice in South Carolina, and also in Florida.

Read full articles in the links above.

WSBA MentorLink Mixer; Qlaw Mentorship Kick-Off Event; Soros Justice Advocacy Fellowship

MentorLink Mixer: Pro Bono and Public Service in King CountyWSBA Logo

When: Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Time:  Noon – 1:30 p.m.

Where: WSBA Offices (1325 Fourth Ave., Suite 600, Seattle)

Celebrate Pro Bono Week through this mentoring opportunity! WSBA Mentorship brings together a diverse mix of attorneys to support each other in the interest of advancing and thriving in the legal profession. This MentorLink Mixer is an opportunity for attorneys who are interested in pro bono and public service work, in King County, to gain insight from attorneys who have experience serving the public through pro bono and public service organizations.

RSVP here.

QLaw Mentorship Kick-Off Event: Participation Forms due Friday, October 27QLaw Logo

When: Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Time:  5:30-7:30 pm

Where: Aluel Cellars, 801a E Thomas Street, Seattle, WA

If you are a law student or new lawyer, the QLaw Mentorship Program is great opportunity to create a meaningful relationship with an experienced attorney to gain helpful insights into practice, and to make those important networking connections. Whether you would like to be a mentor or a mentee, or just would like to come learn more about the program,

To participate in the program, please complete the appropriate participation form here and email to Josh Treybig at treybig@gmail.com  by Friday, October 27, 2017.

National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health: Policy Analyst For Immigrant Women’s Health and Rights

Application Due:  Open until filled.

Founded in 1994, the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health (NLIRH) builds Latina power to guarantee the fundamental human right to reproductive health, dignity and justice. We elevate Latina leaders, mobilize our families and communities, transform the cultural narrative and catalyze policy change.

POSITION Description:  NLIRH seeks a Policy Analyst to help promote a national policy agenda designed to protect the reproductive health and rights of Latinas, while supporting the policy needs of the state-based Latina Advocacy Networks (LANs). The Policy Analyst will lead and be responsible for the immigrant women’s health and rights portfolio.  As such, the Policy Analyst must be able to evaluate complex public programs, projects and studies, proposed federal and state legislation and current law in order to promote NLIRH’s policy and advocacy work in the area of immigrant women’s health and rights. The Policy Analyst will be supervised and report to the Senior Director of Government Relations in our Washington, D.C. office. The person in this position will work as part of a dynamic team and in coalition with movement partners.

LOCATION: Washington, D.C.

Apply here.

Nisqually Indian Tribe:  General Tribal Attorney

Assist and advise the Nisqually Tribal Council, Legal Department Director, and tribal departments in the legal matters related to the management, affairs, and interests of the Tribe. Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Provide legal advice and services to Tribal Council.
  • Coordinate with Director to provide legal advice and assistance to tribal law enforcement; tribal court; the Indian child welfare department; the tribal health clinic; and other administrative departments (social services, education, personnel, accounting, planning, etc.)
  • Coordinate with Director in the negotiation of agreements with other state and local governments.
  • Advise Tribal Council regarding compliance with applicable federal, state, and tribal laws, grant and contractual obligations, internal policies.
  • Review, advise and coordinate execution of contracts entered into by Nisqually Tribe.
  • Collaborate with Tribal Council to create, modify, and facilitate enforcement of tribal laws, codes, and policy.
  • Provide legal advice to Tribal Council related to employment classification and dispute resolution.
  • Review contracts and draft ordinances, legal briefs, memorandums, policies, codes, resolutions, and other legal documents.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Apply here.

Rolling Application: All of Us or None National Organizer

Applications accepted on a rolling basis until position filled.

The National Organizer will assist in planning, coordinating, and organizing All of Us or None chapter activities nationwide. The person holding the position will work in close cooperation with staff organizers and volunteer leaders to promote the development of AOUON and support the establishment of chapters nationwide.

Full job description here.

Due December 6: Soros Justice Advocacy Fellowship

The Soros Justice Fellowship application is due on December 6, 2017.

Legal Services for Prisoners with Children (LSPC) seeks third year law students and recent law graduates to sponsor for a Soros Justice Advocacy Fellowship. Qualified law students and recent law graduates interested in applying for a fellowship with LSPC are invited to submit a brief project proposal and application as soon as possible. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis.

Advocacy Fellowships are 18 months in duration, and may begin anytime between July and October 2018.

Full Fellowship description here.

New Study Finds That LGBTQ Youths and Youths With Disabilities Suffer Most Under Solitary Confinement

By Angela Helm, The Root

“The report found that despite progress at the federal level and in a growing number of states, solitary confinement of youths remains widespread (two-thirds of the public defenders surveyed reported that their clients spent time in “punitive segregation”), with a disproportionate impact on youths of color, girls, LGBTQ youths and young people with disabilities (and any intersection thereof) because these populations are overrepresented in the criminal-justice system, and there are few to no resources for them.”

Read the full article here.

Seattle City Attorney’s Office Externship/Intership; Scrofana Law PC Aspiring Public Defender Scholarship; Seattle-King County Immigrant Legal Defense Network

Rolling Application: Seattle City Attorney’s Office, Civil Division: Torts Section Externship/Internship for Summer 2018, Fall 2018, and Spring 2019 City of Seattle Logo

Application Due: Rolling, but decisions will be made at the end of October.

Injuries, accidents and property damage happen every day in Seattle.  The Torts section engages in an extensive and wide-ranging advisory practice focused on preventing loss and avoiding litigation. The 12 attorneys in the Torts Section also defend tort lawsuits against the City.  These suits include personal injury, property damage, police action, civil rights and other claims. This externship/internship is for general tort cases that exclude police action cases.

More info and apply here.

Due June 1: The Scrofana Law PC Aspiring Public Defender $1,500 Scholarship

Application Deadline: June 1, 2018

Scrofano Law PC, has established a $1,5000.00 annual scholarship for law students interested in pursuing a career as a public defender.

The Scrofano Law PC Aspiring Public Defender Scholarship is available every year with a June 1 application deadline. The application requirements include a resume, transcript and written proof of intern or externship at a public defender’s office as well as an essay.

More info and apply here.

Seattle-King County Immigrant Legal Defense Network: Have you or has someone you know received a notice from immigration court or been detained by ICE? 

If you are in need of immigration legal services and cannot pay for them, call any one of the Seattle-King County Immigrant Legal Defense Network organizations listed below. To qualify for Legal Defense Network services, you must be low-income and work in the city of Seattle or live in King County.

To see if you are eligible for free legal services, call one of these community navigators:

• Filipino Community of Seattle: (206) 280-8406

• South Park Information and Resource Center: (206) 767-7445

• West African Community Council: (206) 349-0892

Legal services will be provided by:

• Northwest Immigrant Rights Project and Colectiva Legal del Pueblo (for adults and families): (206) 816-3870

• Kids in Need of Defense (for unaccompanied children): (206) 359-3266

Services begin in October 2017.

More info here.

Campaign for Equal Justice, Legal Foundation of Washington, Endowment for Equal Justice: Let’s Talk About Justice Doctors and Lawyers Working Together for GoodCampaign for Equal Justice Logo

When: October 25, 2017

Noon-1:00 pm

1201 Third Avenue #2200, Seattle

Lunch provided with RSVP Brendan@legafoundation.org

Join Us to learn about Washington’s Medical-Legal Partnership

Medical-legal Partnership is a healthcare delivery model that improves the health and well-being of vulnerable populations by removing legal barriers to better health. Partners include Seattle Children’s, Harborview, Odessa Brown Children’s Clinic, Sea Mar Community Health Center, the Northwest Justice Project and Davis Wright Tremaine Law Firm.

Featured Speaker Dr. Ben Danielson, Founder, Washington Medical Legal Partnership Medical Director, Odessa Brown Children’s Clinic.

More info here.

Legal Rebels Profile, Loan Forgiveness lawsuit, National Association of Women Judges (NAWJ)/Washington State Association for Justice (WSAJ), $500 Scholarship, Asian Bar Association of Washington-2017 Scholarship

Legal Rebels Profile: Matthew Stubenberg, Creating tech solutions to increase justice

“Matthew Stubenberg’s legal career is shaped by the Great Recession. In 2010, he started law school at the University of Maryland, where he “fell in love with criminal defense.” However, upon graduation in 2013, the legal market was still recovering, and he was without a job. That was when Stubenberg learned how to code.

Inspired by his law school clerkship, Stubenberg, 29, wanted to help attorneys navigate Maryland’s courthouses.

In the Circuit Court for Anne Arundel County where he clerked, lawyers were expected to bring paper sheets with judges’ information, including phone and chamber room numbers. In response to this antiquated practice, he learned the programming language Java and created Not Guilty, a smartphone app that digitized the paper sheet and added biographical information.”

Read the full article here.

Dept. of Ed’s edits of forms call for judicial review in loan forgiveness case, ABA says in filingDept. of Education

“The U.S. Department of Education recently revised two online forms for its Public Service Loan Forgiveness program to say that it applies only to jobs with organizations whose ‘primary purpose’ is either public service or public education. The ABA says in a court filing that this is proof that the change was more than informal and should have been handled through administrative law.” “The Education Department had mentioned ‘primary purpose’ in the past-first in letters to those whose participation in the program was being revoked, then in a response last fall to ABA Executive Director Jack Rives, who questioned the revocations-but argued in a July motion for summary judgment (PDF) that its use of the term was ‘individual, informal, interim, nonprecedential adjudications.’ If the agency were changing its interpretation of its 2008 final rule on the statute, that would open the revocations of program participants to judicial review-a key issue in the litigation. The ABA argues in its lawsuit (PDF) that the agency failed to follow statutory procedures for modifying the regulation in violation of the Administrative Procedure Act and improperly applied the changes retroactively. A spokesman in the Education Department’s press office said Wednesday that the agency does not comment on pending litigation.”

Read the full article here. 

Due October 18: National Association of Women Judges (NAWJ)/Washington State Association for Justice (WSAJ), $500 Scholarship – Two AvailableWSAJ Logo

Application Due:  Wednesday, October 18, 2017

NAWJ, through its Access to Justice Scholarship Program, and WSAJ are each providing a $500 scholarship. Two deserving law students who have demonstrated a sustained commitment to diversity and equality in the system of justice will be selected.

Scholarship recipients must be an enrolled second- or third-year law student in good standing. Criteria for selection will include the applicant’s experience in addressing gender equity issues (e.g., equal access to justice and domestic violence advocacy), and their plan for use of the funds. Applicants will be notified by October 25, 2017.

More info here and here.

Due October 6: Asian Bar Association of Washington-2017 ScholarshipABAW Logo

Application Due: October 6, 2017

Apply for a 2017 scholarship from the Asian Bar Association of Washington (ABAW) and Student Scholarship Foundation (SSF).  Each year, ABAW and SSF award four (4) scholarships totaling $24,500 to APA/API law students attending school in Washington. Selection is competitive. Applications are due by October 6, 2017 at 5:00 pm PST.

Information and details on how to apply here.  

Columbia Legal Services: Charity Care Report; Washington Leadership Institute; WSAJ & ELAP fellowship deadlines.

Columbia Legal Services: Washington Hospitals Fall Short of Serving Patients Most in Need

“Hospitals across Washington State are falling far short of meeting their legal requirement to provide free or reduced cost of care to thousands of eligible patients, a new report reveals. The report, “Access Denied: Washington’s Charity Care System, its Shortfalls, and the Effect on Low-Income Patients,” includes original research and analysis by Columbia Legal Services (CLS) and provides recommendations for changes in law, policy, and practice aimed to ensure that charity care fulfills its original purpose – guaranteeing that those in greatest need are able to obtain critical health care services.”

More here.

Application Deadline for the Washington State Leadership Institute: September 15, 2017

The deadline for submitting applications is September 15, 2017 by 5:00 p.m.  The mission of the WLI is to develop and enhance the leadership skills of Washington State attorneys from underrepresented segments of our profession. We target attorneys who have practiced for three to ten years and those with diverse backgrounds (racial, ethnic, gender, sexual orientation, varying physical abilities, cultural and geographic diversity). In August 2017, the WLI has graduated over 150 Fellows from the Program who will serve in various leadership roles in WSBA related committees, sections, and organizations, as well as leadership roles in various community organizations.

More here.

National Center of Philanthropy and the Law: Open Society Presidential Fellowship

The Open Society Presidential Fellowship is awarded yearly to recent, JD, MPA, MPP and MBA graduates from accredited US law, public policy and business schools. Based in New York City, Fellows pursue work related to human rights good governance, and justice through a one-year residence within the Office of the President at the Open Society Foundation.

The term of the Open Society Presidential Fellowship is 11 month months. The 2018 Fellowship will commence in September 2018 with the term ending in July 2019. Fellows will receive a salary of $65,000.00 plus benefits.

For complete information and to apply here.

Due October 6:  Washington State Association for Justice: Trial Advocacy Summer Fellowship ProgramWSAJ Logo

The Washington State Association for Justice (“WSAJ”) has established a Fellowship Program to introduce a diverse group of law students to the plaintiffs’ bar generally and to WSAJ specifically.  The Fellowship Program (the “Program”) will allow selected students to observe the work of trial attorneys as part of a summer-long mentoring program.  Fellows will gain exposure to the work of trial attorneys by “shadowing” three mentor law firms, each for a four week period.  They will attend depositions, hearings, settlement proceedings, and possibly even trial with their mentors.  They will also have the opportunity to work on short-duration projects, including a writing assignment.

To apply by October 6, 2017 and further info here.

Due October 13: Eastside Legal Assistance Program: ELAP Family Law Fellowship

 Application Deadline October 13, 2017

The ELAP Family Law Fellowship is a year long program that focuses on training new attorneys on family law and law office management.

Fellows will receive hands-on courtroom experience securing Domestic Violence Protection Orders and family pre trial Family Law Orders. ELAP provides liability insurance, office space and supplies.

For additional information or to apply, contact: Juanita Cope Call 425-747-7274 x206 or Juanita@elap.org

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.

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.