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.

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.

Fundraisers and webinars and fairs!

SABAW LogoSouth Asian Bar Association of Washington’s Annual Reception & Fundraiser

When: Friday, September 22

6:00-9:30 pm

Where: Washington Athletic Club-The Nobleroom

The reception will highlight numerous SABAW community programs including the nationally-recognized Free Community Legal Clinic, SABAW’s Scholarship Program for students and recent law graduates, and the Minority Legal Fellowship for solo/small firms and non-profit organizations.  SABAW will also be recognizing selected members of its community for their achievements and contribution to the legal profession in Washington State.

We hope that you will be able to join us for this fun and exciting event, where you can expect good food, inventive cocktails, lively music and of course, great company

Register here.

The Unemployment Law Project: Benefit for the Farmworker Outreach Project

When:  Thursday, September 22, 2017

Time: 6:00 – 8:00 pm

Where: E Quetzal Beacon Hill 3209 Beacon Ave. S Seattle, WA

With special guest Louisa Maran Director, National Farmworkers Program

Buy tickets here. 

Webinar:  Injustices Under the LawLiberty scales

When: Tuesday, Sept. 26, 2017

Time:  Noon – 1:35 p.m.

Where: 90 minute webcast

What happens when the law doesn’t equal justice? What can—or should—legal professionals do? This 90-minute webcast will begin with a look back at when and how legal professionals have responded to moments of social and cultural crisis. The faculty will then discuss effective strategies, and related ethics issues, for addressing legal injustices in a contemporary setting.

Faculty:
Rick Eichstaedt—Center for Justice, Spokane
Paul Lawrence—Pacifica Law Group, Seattle
Michele Storms—American Civil Liberties Union of Washington, Seattle
Camille Walsh—University of Washington, Seattle

Register here.

WSBA Webinar:  Are You Differentiating Your Practice Through Unbundling of Legal Services?Books

When: Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Time: 9:00-10:00 am

Where:  Webinar

Unbundled legal services-or limited scope representation-is allowed in Washington. It can be a great mechanism to bridge the access to justice gap and to attract clients. Yet many attorneys are not offering this type of representation to their clients. Why ?

Register here.

Vietnamese-American Bar Association of Washington Annual Banquet

When: Thursday, September 28, 2017

Time: 5:30-8:00 pm

Where:  The Triple Door.

Join the Vietnamese-American Bar Association of Washington for their 13th annual banquet! This event will be held at the Triple Door. 5:30-8:00 pm

RSVP here.

2017 Washington Women Lawyers Annual Event: I AM IN! Included. Invested. Involved.

When: Saturday October 14, 2017

Time:  6PM-9PM

Where: WWL’s Annual Event will be held on, at the Montvale Event Center in Spokane, Washington (1017 W 1st Ave, Spokane, WA 99201).

A CLE will be offered during the afternoon of October 14th. Washington Women Lawyers and Legal Voice present the “Third Annual Women’s Law Update.” This two-hour CLE will focus on recent legislation and litigation, as well as ongoing advocacy, that Legal Voice is engaged in to advance women’s and LGBTQ rights in Washington State. Presenters include Legal & Legislative Counsel for Legal Voice, Janet Chung and Lobbyist, Nancy Sapiro.

All attendees are also invited to the Welcome Reception at the Montvale Hotel on Friday, October 13, 2017 from 6-8pm to enjoy complimentary wine, small bites and networking. Other optional weekend activities and events will be announced in the coming weeks!

For further information and register here. 

Seattle Citywide Pro Bono Fair

When: Tuesday, October 11, 2017

Time:  4:00-6:00 pm

Where: Perkins Coie in Seattle

Interested in pro bono volunteerism and don’t know where to start? Come to the Pro Bono Fair to meet with representatives from local legal service organizations to find the opportunity right for you!  RSVP kherman@perkinscoie.com

Immigrant Families Advocacy Projects annual CLE which will prepare you to help undocumented immigrants apply for the U-Visa

When: Friday, October 13, 2017

Time:  9:00 am to 2:00 pm

Where: Davis, Wright, Tremaine LLP, 1201 Third Avenue, Suite 2200

Immigration Options for Immigrant Survivors of Domestic Violence

Join us for Immigrant Families Advocacy Project’s annual CLE which will prepare you to help undocumented immigrants apply for the U-Visa. U-Visas grant temporary legal status to survivors of certain qualifying crimes who have been helpful to law enforcement. The majority of applicants are people who have suffered physical and emotional intimate partner violence. Learn how attorneys can play a valuable part in helping immigrant communities

. The CLE will cover:
• The Basic Structure of the Immigration System
• Introduction to U-Visa Petitions and Adjustment of Status
• Working with Immigrant Survivors of Domestic Violence
• Confidentiality and Ethics
• Supervising Law Students with IFAP

For further information and to register on-line here.

UW Law: Get Trained. Do Pro Bono. Make a difference now. Legal Aid Core Competencies Training

When: Friday, October 6 10-12:00  and Friday, October 13

Time:  10:30-12:00 (Two part series)

Where: University of Washington School of Law 10/6- Room 138 10/13 Room 133

UW Law students interested in volunteering for Law School Pro Bono Programs or dozens of community legal aid programs in the community.

UW Law Pro Bono and Externship Fair

When: Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Time:  12:30-1:20

Where: University of Washington School of Law

Students, please join us for Pro Bono and Externship Fair! There will be over 20 organizations there for you to meet and have a table talk with.

CLE:  Combating Bias: Turning Microaggression into Microinclusion

When: Thursday, October 19, 2017

Time:  1:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Where:  K&L Gates, 925 4th Ave #2900, Seattle, WA 98104

Join WWL for an invigorating and eye-opening training on combating implicit bias when faced with microaggression. WWL welcomes Dr. Caprice Hollins, co-founder of Cultures Connecting, to speak and facilitate. Pending 3.5 WA Ethics CLE. Light lunch and refreshments will be provided.

For further information and register here.

 

NWIRP: Options After DACA; ABAW Gala; MAMA banquet

Northwest Immigrant Rights Project: ‘Options After  DACA’ Free Community Forum

Dates:  September 11 through September 25, 2017

Locations:  Granger, Wenatchee, Seattle, Pasco, Tacoma

“In the wake of the Trump Administration’s announcement that the DACA program is being terminated, we and the WDC are hosting several community forums to help answer your questions. Please join us to get the latest information, talk to an immigration attorney, and learn about other resources for DACA recipients and their families.”

More info here.

Seattle Idealist Grad Fair

Date: Monday, October 9, 2017

Time:  5:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Location:  Seattle University, Campion Ballroom

“Learn about admissions requirements and application deadlines for graduate programs in social work, public policy, nonprofit management, international affairs, public interest law, social entrepreneurship, and many more

Speak with graduate admissions advisors from local, national and international universities

The fair is free and open to anyone considering graduate school. Watch these two short videos to see why you should attend the fair and what it looks like.”

More info here.

Asian Bar Association of Washington, Annual Gala
Date:  Friday, October 20, 2017ABAW Logo
Time: 5:30 pm
Location: The Renaissance Hotel Seattle

“We look forward to seeing you on Friday, October 20, 2017 at the Renaissance Seattle for the 2017 ABAW and ABAW Student Scholarship Foundation’s Annual Gala! The no-host reception begins at 5:30 p.m., with the formal program and dinner to begin at 6:30 p.m.

At the 2017 Gala, scholarship funds will be awarded to Washington law students to assist with their legal education. The cost of a law school education is steep and ABAW and the ABAW SSF are committed to ensuring the success of our future lawyers. Even if you were unable to attend the Gala, we encourage you to make a donation (click here to go to the ABAW Student Scholarship Foundation website and click “Donate”) to support student scholarships. At the 2016 Gala, $24,500 in scholarship funds were awarded to Washington law students to assist with their legal education from the ABAW Student Scholarship Foundation, and a $500 scholarship funded by the NW Minority Job Fair.”

More info here.

Mother Attorneys Mentoring Association, 2017 Eleventh Annual BanquetNCPOFFC Mother and Child Image

Date:  Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Time: 11:30 am to 1:30 pm

Location:  Four Seasons Hotel, Seattle

“MAMA Seattle’s Eleventh Annual Banquet will be held on Wednesday, November 1, 2017, at the Four Seasons Hotel in Seattle. MAMA Seattle is proud to announce that Justice Bobbe J. Bridge, ret. will be presented with our 2017 Betty Binns Fletcher Leadership and Justice Award. Justice Bridge’s friend and colleague, Justice Mary Yu, will provide introductory remarks.”

More info here.

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.’”

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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.”

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