Scholarships for 3Ls applying to the California Bar; new reports on refugee crisis, gender equity

AG proposal to protect human trafficking victims passes Senate

washington-ago-color-sealOriginally published Feb. 8, 2017 as a Washington State Attorney General’s Office press release, media contact Peter Lavallee. Headline remained the same.

“An agency request bill from Attorney General Bob Ferguson aimed at extending the window of opportunity to prosecute human traffickers for their crimes today passed the Senate with unanimous bipartisan support. The bill extends the statute of limitations on human trafficking to match that of non-lethal arson and updates the definition of commercial sex to include “anything of value,” rather than simply a fee.” Read the full press release here.

Refugee crisis reaches new peak amid ongoing conflicts, Islamophobic policies 

refugeesOriginally posted Feb. 7, 2017 by the International Justice Resource Center. Photo courtesy of Ggia via Wikimedia Commons. Headline remained the same.

“In 2016, more than 65 million people were estimated to be refugees or internally displaced persons  – the highest number in history. [World Economic Forum] Many of the migrants who are fleeing their countries are unable to permanently resettle for a number of reasons, including the global underfunding of refugee support programs and national policies motivated by Islamophobia or isolationism. See Amnesty International, Refugees & Asylum. [Slate] Migrants face dangerous conditions and human rights abuses both during travel and once they reach host countries. Thousands of migrants have drowned while attempting to reach Europe by sea and the conditions of detention in more common refugee destinations may include overcrowding and a failure to provide basic necessities.” Read the full report here.

New report: Gender Equity Through Human Rights: Local Efforts to Advance the Status of Women and Girls in the United States

Columbia Law School LogoPrepared January 2017 by the Columbia Law School Human Rights Institute. Headline remained the same.

“With a focus on women’s rights, this resource provides an overview of core human rights principles and how they can strengthen local policy‐making in the United States.  It describes ways in which local governments around the country are incorporating human rights into efforts to advance gender equity.   This resource is also forward‐looking.  It offers concrete suggestions for ways that state and local agencies and officials throughout the United States can use human rights standards and strategies to improve outcomes and opportunities for women, building upon established and emerging human rights initiatives.” Read the full report here.

Due Feb. 14: California 3L Diversity Scholarship

forallcaliforniansCalifornia Bar Foundation 3L Diversity Scholarship Application is now open!  Any diverse 3L who has a commitment to social justice/public interest, plans to practice in California, and who plans to take the July 2017 California Bar Exam, is eligible.  Scholarship recipients receive a free BARBRI prep course along with a living stipend.

Learn more and apply here

Washington’s suit over Trump’s EO; tips and tricks for the NW Public Service Career Fair

AG Ferguson seeks halt to Trump’s immigration Executive Order

washington-ago-color-sealOriginally published by the Washington State Attorney General’s Office on January 30, 2017.

“Attorney General Bob Ferguson announced that he is filing a lawsuit in federal court today against President Donald Trump, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and high-ranking Trump Administration officials. Ferguson’s complaint asks the United States District Court for the Western District of Washington to declare unconstitutional key provisions of President Donald Trump’s immigration Executive Order.” Read the full news release here.

Tips for the NW Public Service Career Fair

big-nw-public-service-career-fair-logoWhether you’ve got an interview lined up and/or just planning on doing table talk/informational interviews – come prepared!

Here are some great table talk tips from our friends at Equal Justice Works: http://files.equaljusticeworks.org/ccf/studenttabletalktips2012.pdf

Be sure to check out these great tips on how to avoid silly mistakes during a career fair interview: http://blog.psjd.org/2012/02/06/the-10-biggest-mistakes-you-can-make-while-interviewing-at-public-interest-law-career-fairs/

Also, worried about last minute jitters at the fair? The Gates Public Service Law Program will be on site to help with any last minute coaching tips and support. Finally, are you thinking about skipping out on table talk in the morning? Please don’t! Remember, there’s a reason employers invest their time in table talk. Many students have been able to grow their network and even sometimes get interviews simply by hitting it off with attorneys during table talk! Read more details here.

The Equal Justice Works Public Interest Awards is open

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The annual Equal Justice Works Public Interest Awards application is now open! Every year, EJW honors law students who have provided extraordinary service through clinics, volunteer work, internships, extracurricular projects, and more.

If you know a law student who has a demonstrated commitment to public interest law and pro bono work, direct them to the Student Justice Center so they can find out more info and apply! You can email at students@equaljusticeworks.org with any questions.

Best practices for fighting poverty in a Trump presidency

screenshot-51Originally published in Clearinghouse Community as “Now What? Poverty-Fighting Ideas for Another New Administration” written by John Bouman, Marie Claire Tran-Leung & Andrew Hammond.

“Pres. Donald Trump comes into office having made some history of his own, mostly for his unconventional campaign and the racially charged rhetoric that he used throughout. Given that he has no track record in government and that his cabinet nominees thus far have been openly hostile to the supports—affordable health care, a living wage, robust enforcement of civil rights—that low-income people need most to move out of poverty, our expectations for the federal government under the new administration are at best uncertain. President Trump’s job is to lead not some, but all people living in our country, and we and our colleagues at the Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law intend to make sure that everyone’s voice is heard on important issues affecting them and their communities, especially those who have historically had difficulty being heard.” Read the full article here.

Pro Bono Opportunity with Disability Rights Washington

CDC launches website for fellowship and internship opportunities 

cdcThe Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently established a resource that streamlines information from approximately 65 CDC fellowship and internship opportunities from multiple centers across the agency into a single website. Prospective fellows and interns can now access a single site to search opportunities by length, education/degree requirements, and topic areas. The site also includes a Minority Health Snapshot– opportunities to encourage interest in public health among underrepresented individuals as well as opportunities for those that have an interest in promoting health equity and eliminating health disparities.

Check out the new website here.

Jan 25: Alternatives to Litigation: Careers in ADR & Mediation

UW Law LogoTime: 12:30 to 1:20 p.m.
Date: January 25, 2017
Place: UW School of Law, Room 127

Learn more about alternatives to litigation, such as ADR, meditation and negotiation. Join for a panel discussion with local attorneys. Read the flyer here.

Jan. 31: ABA Inaugural 2017 Fellows Program application now open

center-for-innovationThe ABA Center for Innovation is pleased to announce that applications are now being accepted for our inaugural 2017 Fellows Program.

This exciting new program will bring creative thinkers to the Center to develop and launch new projects to address critical needs in the legal sector. There are two categories of fellows—

  • NextGen Fellows are recent law school graduates who will spend one year in-residence at the ABA Headquarters in Chicago, IL. These fellows will receive a stipend of $45,000, plus benefits, during their time in the program. There are two (2) NextGen fellowships available with an August 2017 start date.
  • Innovation Fellows will rotate in and out of the Chicago office on a 9-12 week basis, beginning in April 2017. There is no stipend for this fellowship, but sponsorships might be available.

Detailed information about the programs, requirements, and application guidelines can be found here.

Pro Bono Opportunity: Disability Rights Washington looking for volunteers

Disability Rights WashingtonDisability Rights Washington (DRW) is a private non-profit organization that works on disability-rights issues across the state of Washington. Our mission is to advance the dignity, equality, and self-determination of people with disabilities. We pursue justice on matters related to human and legal rights.

Volunteers who serve on our Board and councils are critical to our work. We are reaching out to encourage people with disabilities, people of color, and people from every corner of Washington to serve on our Board of Directors, our Mental Health Advisory Council, and our Disabilities Advisory Council. Thank you for applying, and thank you for sharing this message with your network.

Read more here and apply to be a volunteer here

Share your story of resilience at the UW Law Library

Restorative Justice Circle Facilitator training coming up

insight-prison-projectThe Restorative Justice Circle process is based on the curriculum and many years of experience of the Insight Prison Project (IPP).

This initial training will include: An overview of restorative justice and IPP philosophy; an introduction, explanation and demonstration of IPP facilitation techniques; an overview of the Restorative Justice Circle curriculum; opportunities to complete and process exercises in a group setting, as well as to facilitate a simulated Restorative Justice Circle group with an IPP Lead Facilitator; discussion with a survivor of severe and violent crime who will share their story and provide insight into working with survivors to support healing and transformation; participation at a half-day salon and training at Monroe Correctional Complex; specific training on facilitator and volunteer roles in prison-based settings. Read more here and apply here.

LSAC opens writing competition on pipeline programs

LSACWriting competition subject: Why pipeline programs targting students from underrepresented racial and ethnic backgrounds are essential to the future of the legal profession. Learn more here.

The Law School Admission Council (LSAC) is committed to fostering diversity in law schools and the legal profession. Currently, through its Diversity Committee, LSAC sponsors and funds a number of initiatives aimed at increasing the diversity of the legal profession. These initiatives include organizing national and regional pipeline workshops that promote the development of outreach and early educational programs for students from diverse backgrounds; offering grants to support diversity initiatives at LSAC-member law schools; maintaining databases and websites such as DiscoverLaw.org with information, resources, and programs that encourage students of color, students living with a disability, and LGBTQ students to pursue a legal career and equip them with the tools for successful admission and graduation from law school; and engaging in ongoing collaborative programs and projects with prelaw advisors and students at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACUs), and Tribal Colleges and Universities (TCUs).

Public Service Law Program guide to a great interview

UW Law LogoNot quite sure how to prepare for your upcoming interview? Or just need a few quick reminders? Check out the interview guide here. Written by Aline Carton-ListfjeldDirector, Gates Public Service Law Program University of Washington School of Law. 

UW Stories of Resilience at the UW Law Gallagher Law Library: Share your story!

resilienceThe Failure Walls have traveled around campus collecting stories from our community.  The cathartic nature of sharing our short comings about career and academic failures – sometimes funny and sometimes tragic – have helped all of us who stop to read them feel a little less alone in our stumbles.  On behalf of the UW Resilience Lab and the UW School of Law Student and Career Services and Gates Public Service Law Program, UW Law Faculty, Staff and students are welcome and encouraged to come by and share your stories on the walls with the dry-erase markers provided for you.

You can post anonymously. The Failure Walls will be in the Gallagher Law  Library through Friday, January 20.  More information about the UW Resilience Lab and Failure Walls can be found here.

Not sure how to deal with that one family member at the reunion? SPLC has a guide for responding to everyday bigotry

During a time of great change, civil legal aid may be threatened

screenshot-37Originally published as “Prepare To Dig In To Preserve Civil Legal Aid” by Lonnie A. Powers, executive director of the Massachusetts Legal Assistance Corporation, on the Huffington Post. Image courtesy of the Huffington Post.

“We don’t quite know what to expect from the federal government in the weeks and months ahead in terms of support for civil legal aid. For decades, support for the Legal Services Corporation (LSC), the nonprofit that administers federal funding to legal aid programs across the country, has been seen as a smart investment by members of both parties.” Read the full article here.

SPLC: “Speak Up: Responding to Everyday Bigotry”

SPLC LogoOriginally published by the Southern Poverty Law Center. This guide provides ideas and actions for responding to bigotry and ignorance in everyday life.

“Your brother routinely makes anti-Semitic comments. Your neighbor uses the N-word in casual conversation. Your co-worker ribs you about your Italian surname, asking if you’re in the mafia. Your classmate insults something by saying, “That’s so gay.”

And you stand there, in silence, thinking, “What can I say in response to that?” Or you laugh along, uncomfortably. Or, frustrated or angry, you walk away without saying anything, thinking later, “I should have said something.” Learn how to deal with these types of situations with the Speak Up guide. Read the full guide here.

Shriver Center creates “Racial Justice Training Institute”

Shriver CenterIn the face of a coming transition in federal leadership and deep societal divisions, anti-poverty advocates must understand and address issues of race, implicit bias, and how to affirmatively advance racial equity. The Racial Justice Training Institute is a groundbreaking national leadership program that offers a transformative experience to build and fortify agents for change.

Working in teams, and with support from skilled faculty and coaches, you’ll learn how to use new racial justice knowledge and skills in your daily work and apply these to a racial equity initiative that your team will work on throughout the Institute. Learn more and apply to the institute here.

Love animals? New report explores career opportunities in animal law

Was your clothing made free from forced labor?

business-and-human-resource-center-logoKnowTheChain, which ranked the 20 of the largest global apparel & footwear companies on the steps they are taking to combat forced labor in their supply chain, finds most companies have systems in place to monitor and react to forced labor and human trafficking, but few address systemic causes.

The four highest performing companies (Adidas, Gap, H&M and Lululemon) achieve scores above 60/100. Among the lowest performing companies are Hong Kong-based Belle International Holdings (0/100), Chinese clothing manufacturer Shenzhou International Group Holdings (1/100), and the luxury Italian fashion house, Prada (9/100). Read the full report here.

Check out UNHCR’s career opportunities

unhcr-logoUNHCR employs some 9,000 staff from all over the world, mostly working in field locations where refugees and internally displaced people need our help most. They have a wide range of skills. Our staff provides live-saving aid and protection every day for millions of uprooted and stateless people around the world.

UNHCR offers opportunities in a wide range of functional areas where you can achieve your professional goal to be a humanitarian.

Animals need lawyers, too: New report identifies career opportunities in animal law

screenshot-33The Animal Legal Defense Fund recently issued a report on opportunities and resources for people interested in working in animal law. Read the full report here.

Upcoming conference on justice and advocacy soliciting workshop ideas

Trina Grillo Social Justice Retreat upcoming; funding available for UW Law students

trinagrilloThe upcoming Trina Grillo Social Justice Retreat is an unparalleled opportunity to recharge your social justice batteries at a day and a half long gathering with law students, faculty, staff and social justice advocates from the west coast.  This year’s event is March 4-5 at UC Berkeley School of Law. UW Law students can apply for up to $250 for documented travel reimbursement to attend this event. If you are interested send a note about why you would like to attend along with your resume to Aline Carton-Listfjeld at acarton@uw.edu Friday, Jan. 30 at 3pm. Read more about the event here.

New report on how human rights laws are interpreted in state courts 

screenshot-29The Opportunity Agenda and Northeastern University School of Law’s Program on Human Rights in the Global Economy have just issued “Human Rights in State Courts 2016,” a timely report that reviews state court decisions and Attorneys General opinions interpreting human rights treaties, laws, and standards.  This new report updates our 2014 report, which details the ways in which state courts have considered and interpreted human rights.

“Human Rights in State Courts 2016” is intended for public interest lawyers, state court litigators, and judges, and also for state and municipal policymakers interested in integrating compliance with international human rights law into their domestic policies.

Legal advocates and access for justice conference looking for workshop proposals

shoulder-to-shoulderDeadline for submissions: Friday, Feb. 3, 2017

Now is the time for bold life-affirming action that will bring everyone to a place of equity and fairness. In this spirit, you are invited to submit a workshop proposal for either the Statewide Legal Advocates Training (“Shoulder to Shoulder: Pursuing Equity and Justice”), or at the ATJ Conference (“Racing to Justice: Community Lawyering to Bend the Arc”), or both.  The Statewide Legal Advocates Training is May 31 & June 1 and is immediately followed by the ATJ Conference June 2-4, 2017. Both are being held at the Yakima Convention Center in Yakima, WA. Learn more here.