Events: Someday We’ll All Be Free: Patrisse Cullors and Luis Rodriguez; Webinar: Tent City, USA

Tonight: Someday We’ll All Be Free: Patrisse Cullors and Luis Rodriguez
 Date: Friday, Dec. 15, 2017
Time: 6:30 – 9 p.m.
Where:  Central Library, 1000 Fourth Ave. Seattle, WA 98104

What is the role that libraries can play in imagining a future without prisons? Join an interactive community dialog featuring local leaders and national advocates on criminal justice reform to close out our year-long meditation on criminal justice. Our presenters include:

• Luis Rodriguez (Los Angeles poet laureate, author, mentor)
• Michele Storms (ACLU of Washington)
• Jerrell Davis (Rainier Beach Action Coalition; Wa-BLOC)
• Wesley Roach (Breakdances With Wolves – Indigenous Pirate Radio)

We’ll have a video call-in with Patrisse Cullors (co-founder Black Lives Matter). The evening will include a panel, a live tweet up and Q&A.

More info here.

Webinar: Tent City, USA: The Growth of America’s Homeless Encampments and How Communities are Responding
Date:  Wednesday, December 20, 2017
Time: 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm

This webinar introduces the National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty’s new report on homeless encampments or “tent cities”. Confirming anecdotal evidence, the report documents a dramatic increase in the number of encampments reported across the country. It also addresses how communities are responding with both constructive and destructive policies, including multiple case studies of promising and innovative solutions.

Speakers include:

  • Mike O’Brien, Seattle City Councilor
  • Maurice Young, advocate currently experiencing homelessness
  • Don Sawyer, advocate and documentary producer, a Bigger Vision Productions
  • Nicole Martinez, Executive Director, Mesilla Valley Community of Hope
  • Carol Sobel, Civil Rights Attorney
  • Major Wendy Stiver, Central Patrol Operations Division, Dayton Police Department
  • Eric Tars, Senior Attorney, National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

Register here.

Latina/o Bar Association of Washington’s 26th Annual Awards Gala

Latina/o Bar Association of Washington’s 26th Annual Awards GalaLBAW

Date: Friday, February 2, 2017

Time:  5:30 PM–10:00 PM

Place:  Fairmont Olympic Hotel, Seattle, WA

The Latina/o Bar Association of Washington (LBAW) is proud to announce our annual banquet on February 2, 2018, at the Fairmont Olympic Hotel in Seattle.

LBAW seeks to make Washington more fair and equal by confronting inequities in our legal system which in turn affect our communities. For decades, LBAW has advocated for the well being of the Latino people of Washington State by bridging the divide between the legal profession and the community.

We hope you will be able to join us as we celebrate another year of LBAW’s contributions to the legal community.

More info here.

Events! AGO Open House; Race Relations, Policing, and the Law; Qlaw Holiday Party

Attorney General Bob Ferguson invites you to an Open House

Date:  Thursday, February 1, 2018

Time: 3:30 – 5:30 pm

Where:  800 5th Avenue, Suite 2000, Seattle, WA

Assistant Attorneys General from many of the AGO’s divisions will be in attendance to speak about opportunities that exist within their divisions and the AGO. Information about the Office’s volunteer law clerk recruitment program for first and second year law students will also be available.

More info here.

Race Relations, Policing, and the Law — What is the legal system’s response in this time of racial tension?WSBA Logo

Date: Monday, Dec. 4, 2017

Time: Noon to 1 p.m.

Where: Washington State Bar Association Conference Center

1325 Fourth Ave., 6th Floor

Seattle, WA 98101

Panelists
Norm Stamper – Former Chief of Police, Seattle Police Dept. (1994-2000)
Sue Rahr – Executive Director, Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission
Michele Storms – Deputy Director, ACLU Washington
Moderator: Bill Pickett – President-elect, Washington State Bar Association

The public and members of the Bar are invited to attend and participate in these conversations at the WSBA Conference Center. Decoding the Law is also available via live webcast and recorded for viewing after each event.

Registration for in-person attendance is not required. Access to the live webcast will be available on Dec. 4 here.

Qlaw Holiday PartyQLaw Logo

When: December 11, 2017

Time: 5:30 PM

Location: Aluel Cellars, 801a E Thomas St, Seattle, WA 98102

RSVP here.

UW Minority Law Student Association Community Dinner; Social Justice Tuesday: Lawyering in Support of Detained Immigrants; 2017 Qlaw Falltacular

UW Minority Law Student Association – Brown and Down Community Dinner: For those in the Community, Working for the Community

When: Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Time: 6:00-8:00 pm

Where: Perkins Coie, Room 115

MLSA invites minority lawyers, attorneys, and law students to talk about our experiences in the legal community. Come make connections, share space, and enjoy a night with community. Food and beverages served.

Who should attend: POC, Queer Folks and Allies

Special guests: Various judges and attorneys in the community

Why: To strengthen communities of color and representation in the legal field.

 Social Justice Tuesday – Lawyering in Support of Detained Immigrants

When: Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Time:  12:30-1:20 pm

Where: UW School of Law, Room 127

Please join Angelica Chazaro, UW Assistant Professor of Law and Marsha Chien, attorney with Washington State Attorney General’s Wing Luke Civil Rights Unit.

Marsha and Angelica will be discussing about lawyering in support of detained immigrants from their distinct perspectives.  There will be an 11 minute documentary featuring detained people talking about their own experiences.

Please join us for a very timely and informational Social Justice Tuesday.

The QLaw Foundation of Washington- Falltacular 2017 Come to the CabaretQLaw Logo

When: Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Time:  5:30-8:00 pm

Where: The Bullitt Cabaret in ACT Theatre, 700 Union Street, Seattle

Premiering in less than two weeks – Qlaw Foundation Falltacular! Now featuring generous sponsors Skellenger Bender and Bavariya Law!

Register here http://www.qlawfoundation.org/falltacular.html

National Legal Aid and Defenders Association Webinar: Partnerships in Federal Funding: Case studies in Community Economic Redevelopment

When: Thursday, November 9, 2017

Time: 12:00 pm

Where:  Webinar

This webinar will showcase successful Community Economic Redevelopment program partnerships that are supported with Federal funds. Presenters will discuss their experience in obtaining funding, challenges and successes of working together, and where their program is going in the future. The information provided will help attendees to understand how they might form their own unique partnerships to leverage resources and gain access to federal funding. This webinar is created as the fifth session in a 5-part series.

Register here.

Washington Courts Historical Society CLE open to law students: “Keeping the People Informed:  Open Government in Washington State.”Washington State Temple of Justice

When: Friday December 1, 2017

Time: 9 am-4:30 pm

Where:  Temple of Justice Courtroom, Washington State Supreme Court, Olympia, Washington

The program kicks off with a presentation by Assistant Attorney General Alan Copsey on the political and historic contexts of Washington’s Public Records and Open Public Meetings Acts.  Justice Mary Yu and Justice Steven Gonzalez will follow with a presentation on Open Courts in Washington. Seattle attorney Kathy George will present an overview of the Freedom of Information Act.  Seattle attorney Michele Earl-Hubbard will present on the Open Public Meetings Act.  Seattle attorneys Eric Stahl and Steve DiJulio will follow with detailed information about the Public Records Act. Peter Lavallee, Executive Director of the Washington State Public Disclosure Commission will begin the afternoon session.  Judge Marlin Appelwick will follow on Access to Administrative Court Records under GR 31.1.  Doug Ende of WSBA and Reiko Callner, Executive Director of the Commission on Judicial Conduct will present on confidentiality of disciplinary records.  Retired Supreme Court Chief Justice Gerry Alexander will moderate a panel discussion with Michele Earl-Hubbard, Ramsey Ramerman and Tacoma attorney James Beck on the Value of Openness and Emerging Issues.  The program concludes with an ethics presentation by Everett attorney Ramsey Ramerman on ethics in attorney-client issues.

Registration is limited to 115 persons and space will be allocated based upon date of payment.  The fee is $245, which includes coffee service and a box lunch, seminar materials, and a one year membership in the Washington Courts Historical Society.

Those who attended the fall 2015 Washington Court Historical Society CLE can register for $225.  Several places will be held for students at a $50 fee. However, if we have an overflow attendance, we will ask students to watch on a monitor in the foyer of the Temple.  No refunds after November 20, 2017.  Registration ends November 28, 2017.

Online registration at: https://wchs2017cle.bpt.me

The full program and registration are available on the Washington Courts Historical Society website at: http://wacourthistory.org/events/2017/

WSAJ Bar Review Scholarships; 2018 Northwest Public Service Career Fairs; PILA Brewfest

Due November 17: Washington State Association for Justice Bar Review ScholarshipsWSAJ Logo

Women of WSAJ (WOW) Bar Prep Scholarship Application In 1993, the Women of WSAJ (WOW) section was established to encourage female-identifying members to exchange ideas and create mentorship relationships with  other female attorneys to further the mission of WSAJ. To support aspiring female-identifying plantiff’s attorneys, WOW provides women law school graduates and APR 6 law clerk graduates with scholarships to help defray the costs of bar review courses.

Diversity Bar Prep Scholarship Application WSAJ is committed to implementing strategies that will result in significant and measurable progress towards increasing diversity in the plaintiff’s bar. To help achieve this endeavor, WSAJ has pledged scholarship monies to assist diverse individuals in covering the tuition cost of a Themis bar preparation course. Diversity refers to individuals who self-identify with those groups historically discriminated against and/or those groups that are historically under-represented in the legal profession based on disability, gender, race, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression.

LGBTQ Bar Prep Scholarship Application In December of 2016, WSAJ created its LGBTQ section, a group open to all WSAJ members to focus on LGBTQ issues in the law, as well as to provide a safe, open and honest environment for LGBTQ members to discuss and confront issues that arise in their day-to-day practices and legal communities. To support aspiring plaintiff’s attorneys from the LGBTQ community, the section raises funds from its membership to provide scholarships to help defray the costs of a Themis bar review course to law school graduates and APR 6 law clerk graduates who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or otherwise self-identify as a part of the queer community.

More info and apply here.

2018 Northwest Public Service Career Fairs: Student Registration Opens November 6

For twenty-eight years, the Northwest Public Service Career Fairs have introduced public service-minded law students to employers working to advance concepts of justice, fairness, and the well-being of the general public. Hosted at Seattle University School of Law and Lewis & Clark Law School, traditionally more than 50 non-profit employers and government offices engage with more than 500 students from the Northwest Consortium’s ten participating law schools.

Student Timeline

Friday, November 6, 2017
Student registration opens.

Tuesday, January 16, 2018 @ Noon
Student application deadline for interviewing employers.

Wednesday, January 24, 2018 @ Noon
Students are notified of interview schedules.

Friday, January 26, 2018 @ Noon
Student deadline for declining interviews

Friday, February 2, 2018
Seattle Career Fair at Seattle University.

Saturday, February 3, 2018
Portland Career Fair at Lewis & Clark.

More info here. 

Governor Inslee Makes the Case for Civil Legal Aid During Domestic Violence Awareness Month

“October is a time to raise awareness about the epidemic of domestic violence, which makes up 50 percent of all reported crimes committed against people in Washington.

Gov. Jay Inslee and legislators have been working on strategies to protect domestic violence and sexual assault survivors by addressing the underlying causes of these crimes and holding perpetrators accountable.”

Read the full announcement here.

UW Law’s Public Interest Law Association’s Brewfest

When:  Thursday, November 2, 2017

Time: 5:30-9:00 pm

Where: Floating Bridge Brewing – 722 NE 45th St, Seattle, WA.

Our friends at Floating Bridge will be donating $1 for each beer sold during the event – just let the bartender know you are there to support PILA.  Come for snacks provided by PILA, raffles, networking, and to support the ever-increasing importance of public interest law in Washington state and beyond.

More info here.

Advocating for Workplace Justice; Legal Lunchbox Series; Nonprofit Law Institute; Homeless Advocacy 101 Workshops; Immigrants Under Fire: Policies and Practices Jeopardizing Health

Peggy Browning Fund:  Advocating for Workplace JusticePeggy Browning Fund

When: Wednesday, October 25, 2017
Time: 3:30-5:30 pm
Where: UW School of Law, Room 133

Network with Labor and Employment Lawyers.  Panel, discussion, reception.  Learn about PBF’s paid Summer Fellowships ($6,000 & up).  Free refreshments

Panelists include Liz Ford of Fair Work Center, Madison Brown, UW Law student, Liz DeVleming, National Labor Relations Board, Region 19, Danielle Franco-Malone of Schwerin Campell Barnard Iglitzin & Lavitt, Beau Haynes of Washington Wage Claim Project, and Kelly Skahan, UW Law student.

Legal Lunchbox™ Series: Working with Clients with Intellectual Disabilities

Date:  October 31, 2017

Time:  12:00 pm to 1:35 pm

Where: Webinar

“In cooperation with WSBA Public Service and in honor of Disability Awareness Month, this month’s Legal Lunchbox will focus on the ethics and best practices of working with clients with intellectual disabilities. We will begin the seminar discussing ethics and the relevant RPCs in detail, as well as hearing some best practice tips. A panel will round out the seminar discussing the practical aspects of day to day life for persons living with intellectual disabilities and will provide more best practice tips for attorneys representing them.”

More info here.

Nonprofit Law Institute 2017

When: Thursday, Nov. 2, 2017

Time:  12-6 p.m.

Where: Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, 500 5th Ave. N., Seattle, WA 98109

CLE sponsored by the WSBA Corporate Counsel Section in partnership with Wayfind.

“Join us for the second annual Nonprofit Law Institute! The Nonprofit Law Institute is for attorneys who want to learn more about serving nonprofits, and for expert practitioners desiring a deeper dive into this fascinating area. Breakout sessions offer exciting choices. Come learn from leaders in the nonprofit legal field and share your interest and experience working with community organizations.

This CLE will also be available online as a live webinar. If you unable to join us in-person in Seattle, please join us from your desk at your computer. Make sure to indicate that you are joining us for the webinar in the registration process, so we can send you the webinar information.”

More info here.

Homelessness Advocacy 101 Workshops: Seattle Budget Advocacy

When:  Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Time: 5:45-8:00 p.m.

Where:  Ballard Library

“YOU can be a voice for real and positive investments to help, shelter, and house thousands of people. We hope you will join the Coalition for an engaging, fun, and inspiring Homelessness Advocacy 101 workshop!

We build on the energy of hundreds of community members across King County who care deeply about affordable housing, safety, shelter, and justice for people who are homeless. When people speak up clearly and loudly to our state representatives, asking them to prioritize smart programs and supports, good policies, and fair and robust budgets, we see big results for our community.”

More info here.

Free Webinar – Understanding Risk Management for Nonprofit Organizations

Date:  November 1, 2017

Time:  10:00 am

This session will focus on three areas: identifying and assessing organizational risk, financial risk management, and the Board’s role in risk management. In particular, the training will discuss how to identify and understand common areas of risk such as governance and oversight, contract, financial, regulatory compliance, physical and other injuries, reputational risks intellectual property, personnel management, and data security. It will also discuss what risks are transferable, through insurance or otherwise, and what risks are not, such as loss of funding. It will also explore how to mitigate risk by developing a mitigation and response plan, including prevention; training and emergency response; establishing reserves against loss; and the purchase of insurance. Finally, the session will delve into the Board of Director’s duties in ensuring a proper risk management plan is in place.”

More info here.

Northwest Health Law Advocates Presents Immigrants Under Fire: Policies and Practices Jeopardizing Health

Date:  November 7, 2017

Time:  7:30 am check in, 8:00 am Briefing.

Where: Centilia Cultural Center
1660 S. Roberto Maestas Festival Street, Seattle, WA 98144

“Join us for an insider briefing over light breakfast fare as prominent immigration law and health law experts discuss actions and threats at the federal level that are already affecting immigrants’ safety, health status, and access to needed care. Find out about current advocacy to protect Washington immigrants whose health is at risk.”

More info here.

2018 ABA/NLADA Equal Justice Conference

Dates: May 10-12, 2018

Where: San Diego, CA

“The Equal Justice Conference joins all components of the civil legal aid community to discuss and address issues related to the delivery of legal services to low-income individuals in need of legal assistance. Top 5 Reasons to attend:

  • Inspiring Keynote Speakers
  • Multiple Networking Opportunities
  • More than 85 sessions with CLE accredited programming
  • Breakfast and lunch included with registration
  • A wide selection of low or no cost pre-conference programs”

More info here.

UW Law Pro Bono & Externship Fair; Washington State Association for Justice Panel; Washington Attorneys With Disabilities Association Annual Reception

UW Law Pro Bono and Externship Fair

When: Tuesday, October 17, 2017
Time:  12:30-1:20 pm
Where: Galleria W.H. Gates Hall

Join over 30 organizations for the Pro Bono and Externship Fair. Learn about different organizations and what they do and the possibility of doing an externship or Pro Bono with them.   Organizations include:

ACLU of Washington
Federal Public Defender
Kids in Need of Defense
King County Prosecutor’s Office
Legal Action Center
LegalVoice
Northwest Immigrant Rights Project
US Attorney’s Office
US Department of Labor

Washington State Association for Justice Panel at UW LawWSAJ Logo

When: Thursday, October 19, 2017
Time: 12:30-1:20
Where: Room 127, William H. Gates Hall

Panel discussion with members of Washington Association for Justice.  Join us for a panel with civil attorney’s who stand up in courts for real people. Learn about the plaintiff’s practice from trial lawyers who are on the front lines every day, holding corporate and other powerful interest accountable Interested ? Please RSVP to raphaela@Washingtonjustice.org

Seattle Community Law Center Happy HourSCLC

When: Thursday, October 19, 2017
Time:  5:30-7:30 pm
Where: The Point in Burien

Join me for happy hour October 19th at 5:30-7:30 at The Point in Burien.  We are growing our services in South King County with our new Mobile Legal Unit and we thought we would go ahead and plan a few gatherings in the South End to celebrate and grow the awareness of our work there.  This happy hour is strictly for socializing and learning more about SCLC’s work (not a fundraiser). The Point has generously extended happy hour pricing on drinks for anyone attending the event.

WSBA Disability and Ableism in the Legal Profession panelWSBA Logo

When: Thursday, October 19, 2017
Time: 3:30 – 5:30 pm
Where:  WSBA, 1325 Fourth Avenue, Suite 600, Seattle, WA 98101

This panel of legal practitioners will discuss the experience of disability and ableism through a variety of lenses.  Practitioners will share their personal experiences of existing obstacles for legal professionals with disabilities as well as solutions, best practices and knowledge important to making the legal profession inclusive for people of all abilities to enter, thrive, and lead. This panel will be held at the WSBA Offices from 3:30 – 5:30 p.m. with the WADA reception following Register here.         

Washington Attorneys with Disabilities Association Annual Reception

When: Thursday, October 19, 2017
Time: 5:30 – 7:30 pm
Where:  WSBA, 1325 Fourth Avenue, Suite 600, Seattle, WA 98101

You are cordially invited to join the Washington Attorneys with Disabilities Association (WADA) for the Annual Reception.  We want you, your staff, networks and people served to be part of this celebration of WADA and its achievements. We also want to meet you to discuss ideas of how we can work together to bring opportunity for true equity to all.   This reception will be held at the WSBA Offices from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. RSVP here.

Peggy Browning Fund: Interested in Advocating for Workplace Justice? Join us! Register by October 20. Peggy Browning Fund

When: Wednesday, October 25, 2017
Time: 3:30-5:30 pm
Where: UW School of Law, Room 133

Network with Labor and Employment Lawyers.  Panel, discussion, reception.  Learn about PBF’s paid Summer Fellowships ($6,000 & up).  Free refreshments

Panelists include Liz Ford of Fair Work Center, Madison Brown, UW Law student, Liz DeVleming, National Labor Relations Board, Region 19, Danielle Franco-Malone of Schwerin Campell Barnard Iglitzin & Lavitt, Beau Haynes of Washington Wage Claim Project, and Kelly Skahan, UW Law student.

Register by Friday, October 20 (for food count) at http://tinyurl.com/y71817fw

Campaign for Equal Justice – Washington’s Medical-Legal Partnership

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When: Wednesday, October 25, 2017
Time: Noon-1:00 pm
Where: 1201 Third Avenue #2200, Seattle

Doctors and Lawyers Working Together for Good. Join us to learn about Washington’s Medical-Legal Partnership.  Featured Speaker: Dr. Ben Danielson, Founder, Washington Medical-Legal Partnership, Medical Director, Odessa Brown Children’s Clinic.

Lunch provided with RSVP.