Trans Pride Seattle, Reproductive Justice Lawyering Webinars, Legal Voice, and St. Louis Diversity Job Fair

June 23: 5th Annual Trans Pride Seattle

Date: Friday, June 23, 2017
Time: 5:00 pm
Location: The Trans Pride March assembles at 5pm on the sidewalks adjacent to the Capitol Hill Light Rail Station, and steps off at 6pm onto East John Street.

Followed by a celebration in Cal Anderson Park meadow from 7pm to 10 pm featuring:
Ari Vera Morales and Ixaha Vázquez from Mexico City organization Almas Cautivas
Jennicet Eva Gutiérrez from Familia: Trans Queer Liberation Movement
Andrea Jenkins from Transgender Oral History Project at the University of Minnesota
– performances by Randy Ford (Au Collective) and Jade Vogelsang (The House of Luna)
– poets from Youth Speaks Seattle

More details here.

June 29:  Reproductive Justice Lawyering Webinar: Barriers to Reproductive Autonomy

Date: Thursday, June 29, 2017
Time: 11:00 AM- 12:00 PM
Location: Attend via webcast

In the first session, tune in to hear Priya Walia discuss how the religious right is using feminism and the 1st Amendment to keep 1,200+ fake reproductive health clinics open in “Crisis Pregnancy Centers: Combating Choice with Misinformation.”

In the second session, “Parenting… More from Prison: Abolition is Reproductive Justice,” Nnennaya Amuchie will discuss how to incorporate an abolitionist framework into reproductive justice, and how breaking down institutions that don’t serve us allows us to rebuild systems that affirm humanity and help us all to thrive.

Register here.

July 6: A Benefit for Legal VoiceLegal Voice Logo

Date: Thursday, July 6, 2017
Time: 8–11pm
Location: Conor Byrne Pub: 5140 Ballard Ave NW, Seattle 98107

Legal Voice is a progressive feminist organization using the power of the law to make change in the Northwest.  Seattle-based artists Tobias the Owl, Arthur James, and Sarah St. Albin are bringing together the Seattle community to benefit Legal Voice! All ticket sales and other donations will go to Legal Voice. $10 general admission; tickets available at the door. 21+ only.

More information here.

July 6:  Reproductive Justice Lawyering Webinar: When Sex and Bodies Are Criminal

Date: Thursday, July 6, 2017
Time: 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Location: Attend via webcast

In the first session, “HIV Criminalization in the US: A Reproductive Justice Analysis of Current Laws and Advocacy for Change,” tune to learn about the current landscape of laws and policies that criminalize the bodies and lives of people living with HIV, especially women, people of… More color, and trans and gender non-conforming folks. Learn why these laws run counter to reproductive justice principles and how they hinder efforts to curb the epidemic, especially among vulnerable communities, and hear about how people living with HIV are leading the movement for reform in the courtroom, legislatures, and public consciousness across the country.

The second presentation, A Miscarriage of Justice: Purvi Patel and Pregnancy Prosecution,” focuses on prosecutions of pregnant people for their actions while pregnant. By using the 2013 prosecution of Purvi Patel for feticide and neglect of a dependent after her miscarriage, this webinar will examine how criminal statutes were misinterpreted or misapplied to punish Ms. Patel.

Register here

August 2-6:  National Lawyers Guild #Law4thePeople 80th Anniversary Convention

Date: Wednesday, August 2 – Sunday, August 6, 2017
Location:  Washington, DC; UDC David A. Clarke School of Law

Join us in Washington, D.C. this summer as we celebrate 80 years of #Law4thePeople! We’re offering dozens of timely panels, workshops, CLEs and social events focused on movement law and effective resistance amidst the current political climate—and of course, parties and social events!  Act now: Early bird rates end June 30.

Register here.

Due June 30:  2017 St. Louis Diversity Job Fair
Registration Deadline:  Friday, June 30, 2017

J.D. students in the classes of 2018 and 2019 are invited to participate in the 2017 St. Louis Diversity Job Fair (“SLDJF”) this summer. The Job Fair will kick-off with small group student attorney networking dinners on Friday, August 18, and interviews will be held Saturday, August 19, at the Husch Blackwell law offices. Specific details regarding both events will be posted on the St. Louis Diversity Job Fair web site at www.stldiversityjobfair.com and through Simplicity as they become available

The deadline for law student registration is Friday, June 30, 2017 at midnight (CST); absolutely no extensions will be allowed.  Law students can register by going to https://law-sldjf-csm.symplicity.com/. When registering, students should list Ann Spangler at spangler@uw.edu as the Career Services office representative.

Documentation needed to register for the Job Fair:

  1. Law student resume
  2. Law school transcript (unofficial is ok)
  3. One page cover letter
  4. Writing sample (may submit an abbreviated version, less than 10 pages preferred)

The St. Louis Diversity Job Fair offers full or partial financial stipends to students who would be unable to attend the Job Fair without the financial assistance. The number and amount of stipends awarded is contingent on requests received and funds available. Students who need financial assistance should contact Danielle Carr at daniellecarr@polsinelli.com. The deadline for submitting the financial stipend application is Friday, July 1, at midnight (CST).

 

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

Upcoming: Islamophobia and Bias in the Legal Profession

June 27: WSBA June Legal Lunchbox: Islamophobia and Addressing Bias in the Legal Profession

Time: 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.WSBA Logo
Date: Tuesday, June 27, 2017
Place: Attend via webcast

This month’s Legal Lunchbox is in partnership with WSBA Diversity. Join us first for a presentation by Muslim Association of Puget Sound (MAPS) American Muslim Empowerment Network (AMEN) Executive Director on Combating Islamophobia. A panel discussion with practicing attorneys will follow, addressing issues of bias and inclusion in the legal profession.

Register Here

Don’t miss career fairs coming up this summer

 

June 20: Should I Help? What to do if you suspect Domestic Violence

Time: 6:00 to 7:30 p.m.
Date: Tuesday, June 20, 2017
Place: Queen Anne Christian Church

Have you ever been frightened by sounds of neighbors fighting and worried that someone was being harmed?  Do you ever witness interactions between couples that make you feel uncomfortable but you’re not sure how to respond? Are you concerned that someone you care about is in an unhealthy, maybe even abusive, relationship?

You can help stop the cycle of abuse! Attend this quick and easy workshop and walk away with. actions you can immediately put into place if you suspect domestic violence.

Read more and register here.

July 29: Bay Area Diversity Career Fair

Time: All day
Date:
Saturday, July 29, 2017, registration now open.
Place:
 Hilton San Francisco Financial District, 750 Kearny Street, San Francisco, CA

The Bay Area Diversity Career Fair attracts hiring representatives from the most prominent law firms, government legal departments, and nonprofit organizations. Only law students who have completed their first year of law school by the time of the interviews are eligible to participate. Openings are for 2018 2L summer associate positions. Please feel free to forward this invitation to your fellow 1Ls.

Read more and register here.

August 19: NW Minority Job Fair

Time: All day
Date: Saturday, August 19, 2017
Place: Pacifica Law Group, 1191 2nd Avenue, Suite 2000, Seattle, WA 98101-3404

Pacifica Law Group is honored to host the 31st Annual Northwest Minority Job Fair. We are committed to the Fair’s mission of fostering access to employment opportunities for historically underrepresented persons in the practice of law and to provide a networking forum for legal employers and minority law students.

The Northwest Minority Job Fair, sponsored and funded by a consortium of legal sector employers, has brought together private and public law firms committed to promoting diversity for over 30 years. It provides a unique opportunity for employers, law students, and lawyers to connect and match legal talent with law firm opportunities. Last year’s Northwest Minority Job Fair brought together approximately 150 students and 30 law firms/agencies.

Read more and register here.

Upcoming: Restorative justice forum on education

May 15: Furthering Social Justice: A Conversation with Law Grad and Political Activist, Nikkita Oliver

Time: 12:30 to 1:20 p.m.
Date: Monday, May 15, 2017
Place: UW School of Law, Room 115

Join us for a conversation with recent UW Law grad and political activist, Nikkita Oliver. Hear about the many ways you can further social justice with (or without) a law degree. Hosted by the UW Law Diversity Committee.

May 18: Landing a 2L Summer Job Part 2: Employer Panel and Reception

Time: 4:30 to 7:00 p.m.
Date: Thursday, May 18, 2017
Place: UW School of Law, Room 138 and Brotman Galleria

Join attorneys and recruiters who participate in On-Campus Interviews, Career Fairs and more before you apply for your 2L summer job! Get insider tips and learn how to put your best foot forward for your 2L Summer Job search.

 

June 1: Restorative Justice Forum #4

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Date: Thursday, June 1, 2017
Place: Tacoma Public Schools Professional Development Center, 6501 N 23rd St, Tacoma, WA 98406

In partnership the National Center for Restorative Justice, the Puget Sound Educational Service District, and Tacoma Public Schools we are excited to announce and invite you to the 4th Puget Sound Restorative Justice Forum. We anticipate this Forum with be the largest yet, as such we are offering exciting and varied workshops. All are welcome to attend, educators and those passionate about learning more are encouraged to attend.

Read more and register here.

 

Upcoming: Mayoral candidate and UW law grad Nikkita Oliver discusses social justice

May 9: How Shifting Federal Priorities Impact the Poor

Time: 5:00 to 6:30 p.m.
Date: Tuesday, May 9, 2017
Place: Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute

Join the West Coast Poverty Center and the UW School of Social Work for a panel presentation with UW School of Social work faculty members Jennifer Romich and Gunnar Almgren and community leaders Nicole Keenan (Fair Work Center), Aiko Schaefer (communities of Color for Climate Justice), Ander Lofton (Seattle Housing Authority) and Gordon McHenry, Jr. (Solid Ground) –with opening remarks by School of Social Work Dean Eddie Uehara–spotlighting proposed changes in federal priorities and the impact those changes may have on the lives of Americans, especially the poor.

Register here.

May 15: Furthering Social Justice; A Conversation with Law Grad and Mayoral Candidate Nikkita Oliver

Time: 12:30 to 1:20 p.m.
Date: Monday, May 15, 2017
Place: UW School of Law, Room 115

Furthering Social Justice; A Conversation with Law Grad and Mayoral Candidate Nikkita Oliver.

 

 

May 30: Barriers and Best Practices for Legal Professionals 

Time: noon to 1:30 p.m.
Date: Tuesday, May 30, 2017
Place: Webcast

The May Legal Lunchbox is an examination of the unique barriers, opportunities, and strategies for legal professionals to act as allies to individuals and communities.
Join an outstanding faculty and get a basic understanding of allyship as a framework/tactic, including what it means to by an ally, what skills are needed, and what resources exist to support allyship.
You’ll hear from a panel that includes attorneys who have experience acting as allies to individuals and communities as well as members of community organizations who work with attorney allies.
Register here.

Coming up: Challenging Injustice Through the Courts with Bob Ferguson

May 1: Farshad M. Talebi, Assistant Attorney General, Washington State Attorney General’s Office

Time: 12:30 to 1:20 p.m.
Date: Monday, May 1, 2017
Place: UW School of Law, Room 133

“Fighting Human Trafficking — A Local Response to a Global Problem” ILO and the U.S. State Department estimate that there are at least 20.9 million adults and children who are victims of forced labor, bonded labor, and commercial sexual servitude at any given time. No state or country is free from human trafficking, including Washington. The commercial sexual exploitation of women, girls and boys throughout WA is extensive.  There are also known cases of labor trafficking in WA. Mr. Talebi will discuss key efforts in Washington State to fight international and domestic human trafficking.

Farshad Talebi leads the newly created Human Trafficking and Child Exploitation Unit in the Washington State Attorney General’s Office, which is a multidisciplinary team dedicated to prosecuting and preventing sex and labor trafficking through law enforcement and policy development. His experience includes drafting human trafficking legislation and legislative reports and developing policy work through the coordination of Washington State anti-trafficking efforts between law enforcement, prosecutors, state and federal agencies, and community based organization. He serves as the Convening Chair of the Commercially Sexually Exploited Children (CSEC) Statewide Coordinating Committee, as Chair of the Coordination Committee, Washington State Task Force Against the Trafficking of Persons, and as AGO Representative to the Washington Advisory Committee on Trafficking (WashACT).

May 3: Celebrating Women in Law

Time: 5:30 p.m
Date: Wednesday, May 3, 2017
Place: UW School of Law, Room 138

We’d love to have you at Celebrating Women, an annual event honoring women in Seattle’s legal community hosted by the UW School of Law Women’s Law Caucus. This year we’ll host former Governor Christine Gregoire for a conversation with Dean Testy on using the law in the community. We hope you can join us! We’ll also honor three attorneys, and we’d love your nominations. We’d like to honor women in the legal community in three categories: Career Excellence in the Private Sector, Career Excellence in the Public Sector, and Outstanding Achievement by a Young Lawyer. Please let us know below if there’s someone you would like to nominate. Thank you, and please feel free to invite anyone else in the community who you think would enjoy the event!

Register here.

May 5: Challenging Injustice Through the Courts with Bob Ferguson

Time: 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Date: Friday,  May 5, 2017
Place: Kane Hall, Room 210

Each spring, UWCHR organizes an event to celebrate human rights in our community. This year, we hope that you can join us to honor Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson. We will present the AG with the inaugural University of Washington Center for Human Rights Justice Award for his contributions to the protection of human rights. In February, a lawsuit by Ferguson’s office successfully blocked the Trump administration’s executive order banning travel to the U.S. by Syrian refugees and citizens from seven majority-Muslim countries. Attorney General Ferguson will deliver a speech on “Challenging Injustice Through the Courts.”

Read more and apply here.

June 2 to 4: Register now for the Access to Justice Conference

Time: All day
Date: Friday, June 2 to Sunday, June 4, 2017
Place: Yakima Convention Center, Yakima, WA

“This is go time for the civil legal aid community. The time has come to register and get your hotel rooms,” said conference co-chair Ishbel Dickens. “The planning committee has worked really hard over the last couple of months, taking over thirty proposals and blending them into opportunities to share, learn and interact toward a common purpose.”

Break-out sessions will give you tools and knowledge to take on race equity issues, breakdown institutional silos, and create partnerships.

Read more and register here.

Upcoming events with Student and Career Services

Garvey Schubert Barer 2L Summer Diversity Fellowship Info Session: Session led by Attorneys and Recruiters from Garvey Schubert Barer

Time: 9:30 to 10:30 a.m
Date: Monday, May 1, 2017
Place: UW School of Law, Room 115

Landing a 2L Summer Job Part 1: Student Panel. Session led by 2L and 3L students and the SCS Team

Time: 12:30 to 1:20 p.m.
Date: Tuesday, May 2, 2017
Place: UW School of Law, Room 138

Coffee Talk with Owen Martikan from Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. Join CFPB Enforcement Attorney Owen Martikan for a discussion about his work and employment opportunities with the CFPB.

Time: 3:15 to 4:15 p.m.
Date: Wednesday, May 3, 2017
Place: UW School of Law, Room 447

Academic Advising Information Session – International and Comparative Law. Session led by International, Transnational and Comparative Law Program Director Anita Ramasastry

Time: 12:30 to 1:20 p.m.
Date: Thursday, May 4, 2017
Place: UW School of Law, Room 116

Academic Advising Information Session – Intellectual Property Law. Session led by CASRIP Director Zahr Said and IP LLM Director Robert Gomulkiewicz

Time: 12:30 to 1:20 p.m.
Date: Friday, May 5, 2017
Place: UW School of Law, Room 116