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

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.

Loans got you down? Scholarships applications for UW Alumni Association due May 12

Due May 12: Funding available through UW Alumni Association

Application Deadline: Friday, May 12, 2017

The University of Washington Alumni Association (UWAA) Multicultural Alumni Partnership (MAP) awards scholarships to deserving University of Washington students who need financial assistance to assist with their progress toward a degree at the UW. Funding for these scholarships comes from contribution from UW alumni and friends as well as proceeds from the Bridging the Gap Breakfast held annually on Homecoming Saturday.

Apply and learn more here.

Due May 14: Apply to be on the EJW National Advisory Committee

EJW LogoApplication Deadline: Sunday, May 14, 2017

The Equal Justice Works National Advisory Committee (NAC) provides leadership, advice and outreach assistance to support Equal Justice Works in mobilizing the next generation of public interest attorneys. The NAC convenes a diverse group of law students and law school professionals to act as Equal Justice Works ambassadors within the law school and legal services communities and assist with the implementation of initiatives.

Apply and learn more here.

Need summer funding? Apply to EJW by May 19

Pro Bono Opportunity: Children’s Trust Landmark Climate Case

Our Children’s Trust is seeking law students and lawyers interested in fighting climate change and assisting with the electronic discovery process for the landmark constitutional case Juliana, et al. v. U.S.  Our Children’s Trust (OCT) is a non-profit organization working to secure the legal right to a healthy atmosphere and stable climate for current and future generations. OCT has supported young people in filing legal actions in every U.S. state, against the federal government, and in different countries around the world.

Volunteer law students and attorneys will directly support the federal constitutional and public trust climate case filed by 21 youth and Dr. James Hansen. A licensed attorney will supervise volunteers with the vital task of analyzing and reviewing documents in preparation for trial. Through this pro bono opportunity, volunteers will learn about the constitutional and public trust legal claims of the case and gain skills in document review on an advanced e-discovery platform. OCT requests that law students volunteer at least 10 hours per week and that attorneys volunteer at least 5 hours per week. 

To apply: Please email a cover letter and resume to Allison Kole, allison@ourchildrenstrust.org. Please put “Pro Bono Opportunity” in the subject line.

Due May 19: Apply for summer funding from Equal Justice Works

Application Deadline: Friday, May 19, 2017

Equal Justice Works’ AmeriCorps JD program provides 1Ls and 2Ls with an opportunity to serve local communities this summer. Participants receive an educational award of $1,230 for three hundred hours of service and can work on issues of employment, veterans, disaster relief, immigration and/or elder abuse at nonprofit organizations and law school clinics. If students have already secured a position for this summer, students should review the application guidelines and apply! Nearly all law school clinics and nonprofit organizations working on the aforementioned issues qualify. Note that students cannot receive more than $4,422 in other funding for their internship to be eligible.

Apply and learn more here.

Pro Bono Opportunity: Volunteer lawyers needed April 30

Pro Bono Council announces new manager

The Pro Bono Council welcomed Catherine Brown in January 2017 as their newest Manager. Catherine has held multiple positions supporting legal aid and pro bono and brings a wealth of experience to the work of Washington’s volunteer lawyer programs. Catherine has also served on the ATJ Board’s Leadership Development Committee, most recently as one of its co-chairs. We believe Catherine will be a great asset to the work of the Pro Bono Council. We asked Catherine to share a little about her background and what motivates her. Read her responses here.

 

 

Due April 28: Stokes Lawrence tuition scholarships available for 1Ls

Application Deadline: Friday, April 28, 2017

Stokes Lawrence is pleased to offer three $1,500 tuition scholarships to first year students from diverse backgrounds; one at each of the three law schools in the State of Washington. Our goals is to promote opportunities within the profession and to encourage a dialogue around the issue of diversity in the work place. The Diversity Scholarships are open to all first year law students of diverse backgrounds who have demonstrated promise for a successful career in law and are committed to community involvement.

Read more and apply here.

Pro Bono Opportunity, April 30: Volunteer lawyers needed

MELAW in conjunction with the Muslim Community Resource Center (MCRC) and the Muslim Association of Puget Sound (MAPS) will be hosting a legal clinic on April 30. This clinic is open to all, but will be focused on reaching the Muslim and Middle Eastern community.

We are seeking volunteer attorneys to staff the clinic in the following practice areas:

  • Immigration Law (greatest demand);
  • School Law (to advise families with children facing discrimination or bullying in the school system);
  • Family Law;
  • Housing Discrimination;
  • Employment Law.
Additional clinic details:
  • Location: Muslim Association of Puget Sound (MAPS), Multi-purpose room, 17550 NE 67th Ct, Redmond, WA 98052;
  • Date: April 30, 2017 (quarterly thereafter);
  • Time: 2-5 PM;
  • 30 minute sessions per client;
  • Hosted as a King County Bar Association Neighborhood Clinic.
If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Kerem Levitas at kerem@melegal.org and include the following information:
  • Name, phone number, email, mailing address.
  • Practice areas;
  • Bar number;
  • Languages spoken.

Deadline extended, due May 3: Pro Bono Honors Society applications

Application Deadline: Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Do 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? Volunteer at a non-profit organization?

If you can answer YES to any of these questions you are likely eligible to participate in the UW Law Pro Bono Honors Society! Submit your online form so that you can be recognized with fellow students, faculty and staff with a Pro Bono Service Award at graduation!
Apply here.

 

3Ls: Don’t forget to apply for the Pro Bono Honors Society and the Loan Repayment Assistance Program

Due April 27: Pro Bono Honors Society applications

Application Deadline: Thursday, April 27, 2017

Do 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? Volunteer at a non-profit organization?

If you can answer YES to any of these questions you are likely eligible to participate in the UW Law Pro Bono Honors Society! Submit your online form so that you can be recognized with fellow students, faculty and staff with a Pro Bono Service Award at graduation!
Apply here.

Due May 3: Time to apply for the Loan Repayment Assistance Program

Application Deadline: Wednesday, May 3, 2017

LRAP constitutes a core component of the School of Law’s commitment to public service as a public law school by increasing the ability of its graduates to enter public service law.

Participants are required to commit to remain in public service employment for a three year period. Loans are given at the beginning of each of the three years. The first loan will be forgiven after two years of qualifying employment and the additional two loans will be forgiven after three years of qualifying employment.

The School of Law loans $5000 each to approximately three new applicants per year and will commit to awarding an additional $5000 a year for two more years for a total commitment of $15,000 per participant.

Read more and apply here.

Apply for the Pro Bono Honors Society before graduation

Due April 27: Pro Bono Honors Society applications

Application Deadline: Thursday, April 27, 2017

Do 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? Volunteer at a non-profit organization?

If you can answer YES to any of these questions you are likely eligible to participate in the UW Law Pro Bono Honors Society! Submit your online form so that you can be recognized with fellow students, faculty and staff with a Pro Bono Service Award at graduation!
Apply here.

Due May 12: WSBA Labor and Employment Summer Grant 

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Application Deadline: 3:00 p.m., Friday, May 12, 2017

The purpose of the grant is to give students the opportunity to have hands-on experience in the filed of labor and employment law where such experience would not otherwise be available because of limited funding. There is $6,000 available for the grant.

Apply and learn more here.