Social Justice Tuesday, UW Law JAG Panel and more!

Social Justice Tuesday – Fight to Win: Recent Social Justice Legal Victories

When:  Tuesday, October 2, 2018
12:30-1:20
W.H. Gates Hall Room 127
Speakers: Malou Chavez, with Northwest Immigrant Rights Project
Janet Chung with Columbia Legal Service
David Ward with Legal Voice
Impact litigation is generally focused on changing law or on the rights of specific groups of people. Panelists will address recent legal social justice victories and provide insight on the planning, preparing and filing or defending cases that affect more than one individual. What strategies worked? What were some challenges and barriers? Join us for lunch and prepare to be inspired by advocates working on issues in immigration, women’s rights, and civil legal aid.
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JAG Day-Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines

When: Thursday, October 4
12:30-1:20 pm
W.H. Gates Hall Room 127
Are you interested in a career with JAG?
How do I apply for a position with JAG?
Want to learn more about JAG and what it does?
Please join us for a panel discussion to have these questions answered and more.
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SABAW’s Annual Reception and FundraiserSABA Logo

When: Friday, September 28
6:30-9:30 PM
Noble Room at Washington Athletic Club
Join the South Asian Bar Association of Washington (SABAW) at its annual fundraiser reception.
For tickets and complete information here

Vietnamese American Bar Association of Washington-14th Annual Banquet

When: October 4, 2018
5:30-8:00 pm
Triple Door
Please join VABAW at the 14th annual. This event will consist of a fashion show Gustave Apiti’s designs, a keynote presentation by the Honorable John Chun, a raffle drawing and a scholarship fundraiser.
For tickets and complete information here

Washington Women Lawyer’s 4th Annual Event – Our Time is Now

When: Friday, October 12, 2018
6:00-9:00 pm
Fairmont Olympic – Spanish Ballroom
WWL’s Fourth Annual Event will feature a keynote panel moderated by the Hon. Faye Chess, recently appointed to Seattle Municipal Court Bench.
For tickets and complete information here

Filipino Lawyers of Washington Annual Banquet

When: Saturday, October 13
5:00-10:00 pm
Filipino Community Center

Our annual Barrio Fiesta brings together over 250 attorneys, judges and community leaders to celebrate the year’s achievements and to recognize individuals and organizations who have contributed significantly to our communities.  This is also the premier fundraising event for the FLOW Foundation, which provides monetary scholarships to local law students.

In keeping with our tradition, we will be transforming the Filipino Community Center into a magical venue for our Barrio Fiesta.  Of course, the evening will feature an authentic Filipino buffet, cultural presentations, dancing, and highlights from our last ten years.  This is the most unique, entertaining, and fun-filled minority bar event, bringing together attorneys, judges, and community leaders to have a good time and to celebrate FLOW’s achievements.

For tickets and complete information here

Mother Attorneys Mentoring Association Twelfth Annual Banquet

When:  Wednesday October 17
12:00 pm -1:30 pm
Four Seasons Hotel

MAMA Seattle’s Twelfth Annual Banquet will be held on Wednesday, October 17, 2018, at the Four Seasons Hotel in Seattle. MAMA Seattle is proud to present Kellye Testy and Annette Clark with the MAMA Seattle 2018 Betty Binns Fletcher Leadership and Justice Awards.  Washington State Supreme Court Justice Debra Stephens, friend and colleague of Kellye and Annette, will moderate a discussion with the honorees.

For tickets and complete information here

Washington State Coalition for Language Access

When:  Friday, October 19
8:30-5:00
Lacey Community Center
Lacey, WA

Registration is still open for the 2018 WASCLA Summit, and slots are filling up fast.
Register now and don’t miss out!

At the 2018 WASCLA Summit, we’ll delve into identifying the essential components needed to create high-quality language access services into our programs statewide. We invite you to become part of this effort to make language accessibility work for everyone. Together Everyone Achieves More –TEAM–is this year’s Summit theme. TEAM up with us to learn about what’s in place now, new efforts underway, and to work on action plans to move language access services in Washington forward

To register here

Asian Bar Association of Washington Annual Gala

When: Friday, October 19
5:30-8:00
The Sanctuary
Keynote Speaker:
Frank H. Wu
Distinguished Professor, University of California Hastings
For tickets and further information here

Washington Attorneys with DisabilitiesWSBA Logo

When:  Wednesday, October 24
4:00-6:00 pm
1325 Fourth Avenue, Suite 600, Seattle, WA 98101
Disability and Ableism in the Legal Profession

A panel of legal practitioners will discuss the experience of disability and ableism through a variety of lenses.  Panelists will share their personal experiences of entering and excelling in the legal profession. This program is for everyone who cares about achieving equity in the legal profession.
To register here

Free Training: What Advocates Need to Know about Representing Immigrant Survivors of Violence

When: December 4
9:00 am – noon
Seattle Central Library – Level 4 Room 1

Part I is now full and registration has been closed. Registration for Part II is still open. Part II, experienced NWIRP legal staff will provide training on: – Writing declarations for VAWA Self-Petitions, U visas, and T visas – Writing Advocate Letters of Support – How VAWA, U visa, and T visa applications are put together

Northwest Immigrant Rights Project is hosting a FREE training for advocates working with immigrant survivors of violence. The session is free to attend, and will be held at Seattle’s Central Library.

To register and complete information here

The Brookings Institute- Governance Studies Program Fellowship

Job Description
The Governance Studies program at The Brookings Institution (“Brookings”) is accepting applications for a two year Fellow appointment in support of Lawfare, a high-impact, rapidly-growing, nonpartisan website examining issues at the intersection of national security and the law, published in cooperation with Brookings. The successful candidate will have demonstrated expertise in in national security policy, a working knowledge of and strong interest in Congress and legislative politics, and experience reading and analyzing legislation.
For complete job description and to apply: Application Instructions:
Apply at here
Brookings requires that all applicants submit a cover letter and resume. Please attach your cover letter and resume as one document when you apply. Applicants must submit the following documents:
CV with a list of publications
Cover letter describing research interests
Writing sample
Starting date is negotiable; however, filling the position by November 1, 2018 is strongly preferred.

Mercy Corps – Spring 2019 Internship

Portland, OR
Job Description
Mercy Corps is a leading global organization powered by the belief that a better world is possible. In disaster, in hardship, in more than 40 countries around the world, we partner to put bold solutions into action — helping people triumph over adversity and build stronger communities from within.

Legal Services advances the mission of Mercy Corps by ensuring that it is carried out in compliance with ethical standards, laws and regulations, and by providing creative solutions. Recognizing that our work is done within the context of limited resources and fast-paced decision-making, Legal Services does not attempt to eliminate all risk or problems, but simply to make decision-makers aware of issues and minimize the risk as much as practicable.

For complete job description and to apply here

Immigration Counseling Services – Staff Attorney

Portland, OR
Job Description
The Staff Attorney provides legal services to individuals in a wide variety of immigration matters.
For complete job description and to apply here

Oregon Law Center – Staff Attorney Farmworker Program

Job Description
Position: Oregon Law Center (OLC) seeks a bilingual (Spanish/English) staff attorney to provide civil legal services to low-income farmworker clients on matters related to their status as farmworkers. The position is based in Hillsboro, Oregon and serves farmworkers statewide.
for complete job here

Legal Aid Services of Oregon-Statewide Pro Bono Program Manager

(LASO) is seeking a Statewide Pro Bono Program Manager to be based in its central administrative office in Portland.

For complete job description and to apply here

 

$5,000 scholarship opportunity for law students

Inaugural LGBT Division Public Interest Scholarship 

In celebration of the 10th Anniversary of the establishment of the HNBA’s LGBT Section, the HNBA LGBT Division announced the launch of the LGBT Division Public Interest Scholarship Program at the 2018 Corporate Counsel Conference in San Francisco, CA. Applications are now open! This scholarship will provide up to $5000.00 in financial assistance to law students or recent law school graduates who are or will become members of the HNBA, and who will be performing public interest work (advocacy, policy, and/or direct legal services) with a direct impact on Latinx LGBTQ individuals during their 2018 Summer (current law students) or 2018 Summer/Fall (recent law grads). Read more here.

 

May 24: National Health Law Program offering training seminars

NHeLP is once again opening up our intern trainings to legal aid and other public interest organizations. NHeLP’s summer intern training webinar series provides an overview on key 2018 health policy issues, beginning with Medicaid 101. These webinars are more informal than other NHeLP trainings and are geared for law students working in health policy and legal services. Additional upcoming trainings include Medicaid and Health Law Research, Reproductive Health and Justice 101, and Medicaid § 1115 Demonstrations. Read more and register here

Apply today for the UW Summer Internship Loan Program

Due May 9: UW Law Summer Internship Loan Program

Established through the University of Washington School of Law Day Karr Fund, UW Law is offering financial support to qualified first-year and second-year law students who have unpaid summer internships doing law-related work for a total of at least 200 hours.  Priority will be given to students with public service (non-pirofit, government, judicial) internships. Each loan award will be a maximum of $2,000. Repayment will begin three (3) months after the date of disbursement.  Interest will accrue at 0%, both during the 3-month grace period and during the repayment period. The borrower will have until March 31, 2019 to repay the award in full. Read more and apply here

 

May 10: Q&A with Thomas A. Saenz MALDEF President & General Counsel

A group of women demonstrating on the U.S. Supreme Court steps prayed over Thomas Saenz,  President and General Counsel of the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund the weekend before oral arguments on President Barack Obama’s immigration executive action.

Saenz argued for the first time before the High court focusing on the lives of millions of immigrants who would benefit from Obama’s executive action. RSVP here.

Due May 15: 2Ls, enter to win up to $40,000 for tuition

As things wrap up, we at AccessLex are celebrating the first year of the MAX program and the upcoming Grand Prize Scholarship Drawing on May 15 in which two lucky MAX-participating students will each receive up to $40,000 toward their 2L tuition.

We can’t wait to help make two students’ law school experience a whole lot easier with these scholarships.  But more than that, we cannot thank you enough for your partnership in the program this year. We look forward to bringing you MAX for 1Ls AND 2Ls this coming academic year, and to releasing the program even earlier on June 1. Read more here.

Due May 29: Huneke Fellowship for international  law

The Huneke Fellowship is an annual program administered by the Washington State Bar Association’s International Practice Section (IPS).  The Fellowship is designed to provide real-world experience, networking opportunities, and modest financial assistance for a law student interested in the international practice of law. Each year the IPS awards one Huneke Fellowship, which includes a $1,000 stipend, to a current 1L or 2L student. Read more here

1Ls, Apply for the Baker Donelson Diversity Scholarship

May 16: Tenant Law Center Launch Celebration

Please join the Legal Action Center in celebrating exciting changes to our program. We deeply appreciate the support that LAC has received from the legal community over the years and we hope that you are able attend.

 

 

 

 

 

Due May 18: The Baker Donelson Diversity Scholarship

1L’s who complete first year of law school by June 2018 are eligible to apply for $10,000 scholarship (no funding or job during summer 2018). Includes: summer association position for the summer after second year of law school – Summer 2019. Receive the $10,000 scholarship just before 3L year – Autumn 2019. For complete eligibility criteria, instructions, and to apply for the Scholarship Program please visit this websitePlease direct all questions about 2019 Diversity Scholarship to Helen Beasley at hbeasley@bakerdonelson.com

Funding available for public interest law students

Due April 30: WSBA Labor and Employment Grant Applications

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The purpose of the grant is to educate future lawyers about the practice of labor and employment law, give students the opportunity to have hands-on experience in the field of labor and employment law. Any law student who have completed at least one year of law school by the proposed project begin date is eligible.

If the idea of $6,000 for summer and Labor and Employment Law sound like a great pairing, please by Student and Career Services Ste. 346 and talk with Huy Nguyen for complete application instructions.

Due May 7: Apply to the Pro Bono Honors Society

Did you volunteer for IFAP, PFJP, SYLAW, CHRJ App Help, ELS research project? Do pro bono work for a community-based legal or public interest organization? Volunteer as a case manager or leader for a student-led pro bono project? Intern last summer for a public interest organization and didn’t get a summer grant, stipend or externship credit?

If you can answer YES to any of these questions you are likely eligible to participate in the UW Law Pro Bono Honors Society!

Learn more and apply here.

 

Due May 18: Joan Fitzpatrick Fellowship in Human Rights and Funding

The Joan Fitzpatrick Fellowship in Human Rights (“Fellowship”) is awarded to a University of Washington School of Law student. The purpose of the fellowship is to provide financial assistance to a UW School of Law student who has demonstrated an interest in human rights law, and who is performing (or planning to perform) unpaid law-related work in human rights during the summer or the following academic year.

The Fellowship amount is generally up to $5500. The recipient will be required to obtain the consent of the Joan Fitzpatrick Endowment Fund Committee (“Committee”) before receiving any additional funding. The recipient cannot simultaneously accept PILA funding.

Learn more and apply here.

 

Due May 18: Michigan Law seeking post-grad fellows for Entrepreneurship Clinic

The University of Michigan Law Clinical Fellows Program seeks applicants for a fellowship in its Entrepreneurship Clinic (EC). This is a two year appointment with the possibility of extension for a third year.

The Clinical Fellows Program is designed to fully support attorneys wishing to explore the possibility of a career in clinical teaching. Michigan Clinical Fellows gain valuable experience and mentoring in clinical pedagogy and in their substantive area of practice. Their duties include clinical teaching and student supervision in conjunction with a clinic director, and participation in the operation and development of the clinic in which they teach. Support is provided for personal and professional development and scholarship.

Learn more and apply here.

Don’t miss the next Gates Public Service Law Speaker Series on Palestine After Trump

April 19: The Question of Palestine After Trump

In early December 2018, President Trump announced that the United States will move it embassy in Israel to Jerusalem. The announcement caused a diplomatic maelstrom for signaling a departure from nearly five decades of US foreign policy in the region. But is that actually the case? This lecture will provide historical and legal context on the status of Jerusalem and scrutinize US Middle East policy to demonstrate that Trump’s announcement was more of a continuity than a rupture with the past five decades of policy making. President Trump’s announcement is a departure for ending the double-speak in US policy, which has been in integral in facilitating Israel’s settler-colonial expansion in East Jerusalem and throughout the West Bank since 1967. Read more about the event here.

Columbia Legal Services gets major win for hospital patients

Last month, CLS won a class action suit to enforce local hospital’s legal obligation to provide charity care for people living in poverty. This past session in Olympia, CLS successfully passed legislation ensuring access to essential hospital care. The legislation and class action suit has the potential to impact 900,000+ people living in Washington.

“When patients aren’t aware that help with medical bills is available, the charity care system fails,” said Ann LoGerfo, Directing Attorney at Columbia Legal Services. “Instead of receiving free or reduced cost care, patients are pursued by debt collectors for medical debt, sending them further into poverty. And hospitals are exposed to liability for trying to collect on debt patients do not owe. No one wins in this scenario.”

 

PILA applications due April 16

Due April 16: Public Interest Law Association now accepting applications for summer funding

PILA LogoPILA grants are intended to fund projects that serve the public interest and provide a tangible benefit to the community. Each year, PILA awards full grants ($5,000) and partial grants ($2,500) to successful applicants.  The number of grants awarded and the amount of each grant are determined by the success of PILA’s fundraising efforts each year. 

The PILA Grant Selection Committee looks for projects that embody PILA’s mission and that advance the concepts of justice, equity, and the public good on behalf of underrepresented people and causes.  Any University of Washington law student who has a job offer from a qualifying organization (see below) and who will have completed at least one year of law school by the time the proposed project begins is eligible to apply for a PILA grant.  Students who are members of the Grant Selection Committee are ineligible. Read more here.

Due April 30: Labor and Employment Law summer grant

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The Labor and Employment Law Summer Public Service Grant was implemented in Academic
Year 2004-2005, with funding provided by the Labor and Employment Section of the
Washington State Bar Association along with the University of Washington School of Law. The
WSBA Labor and Employment Section contributes $5000 towards the grant. For 2018, the
Gates Public Service Law Program (Gates PSL Program) at the UW School of Law contributes
$1000 towards the grant. Read more here

April 12: Juvenile Justice panel hosted by UW Professor Kim Ambrose

Featuring a youth panel: A panel of local youth who are affiliated with Community Passageways, a Seattle-based organization dedicated to promoting restorative juvenile justice.

And, a practitioners panel: Judge J. Wesley Saint Clair, Jimmy Hung, Elizabeth Mustin, Dominique Davis