It’s time to nominate young lawyers for WSBA’s Public Service and Leadership Award

Pro Bono Opportunity: Attorneys, Accredited Reps & Law Students Needed for Haitian Asylum-Seekers and Migrants

haitiHundreds of detained Haitian asylum-seekers and migrants, including women and children, are being deported weekly from detention centers across the United States in violation of their rights. They need your help urgently.

The Department of Homeland Security is currently holding about 4,000 detainees in facilities throughout the US. More than 2500 Haitian detainees have already been deported, and around 270 more are being deported each week. Lawyers, community activists and detainees’ relatives have reported a range of prejudicial procedural problems in their asylum processing, including no lawyers, weak or non-existent interpretation and the use of apparently fabricated statements. Most of the detainees are held in remote facilities far from family, community and legal support; and some would have viable asylum claims if they had effective representation. Find more details here.

The Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti is creating the Haiti Deportations Response Network (HDRN) to address the detainees’ legal needs and issues, fill in gaps where possible and coordinate advocacy for better policies and practices.

The HDRN will start as a Google Group list-serve. To join, please fill out this form. If any questions, please email steveforester@aol.com. And please forward this to others in your network who might be interested!

Due March 5: Scholarship opportunity for students working in Massachusetts

Application Deadline: 5 p.m., Sunday, March 5, 2017

mass-bar-foundationThe Massachusetts Bar Foundation is pleased to announce the availability of applications for its 2017 Legal Intern Fellowship Program. Founded in 1996, the Legal Intern Fellowship Program seeks to encourage careers in public interest law, while contributing valuable legal support to organizations serving the under-represented in Massachusetts.

Law students selected to be Legal Intern Fellows will receive a stipend of $6,000 to volunteer for ten (10) weeks during the summer months at a nonprofit organization that provides civil legal services to low-income clients in Massachusetts.

Apply and learn more here

Due May 5: Nominations for the Public Service and Leadership Award

washington-state-bar-association-logoNominations due by Friday, May 5, 2017

Do you know a new or young lawyer who deserves to be recognized for their long-term public service and extraordinary contribution to the community? Nominate them for the Washington Young Lawyers Committee’s (WYLC) Public Service and Leadership Award!

 This year the WYLC will recognize the achievements of five new or young lawyers. The committee considers the nominees’ leadership in their community and involvement in public service activities as described in RPC 6.1.

Nominate and learn more 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

Get involved in pro bono opportunities early!

Due Oct. 21: Transactional law and public service volunteer opportunities with the Wayfind Microenterprise Clinic

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Application Due: Friday, Oct. 21

Wayfind connects nonprofit organizations and low-income microenterprise entrepreneurs in Washington State with transactional lawyers who will assist them, pro bono, on business legal matters. Wayfind hosts two microenterprise legal clinics, in partnership with Ventures and Center for Inclusive Entrepreneurship, two nonprofit organizations that provide support to low-income microenterprise entrepreneurs.

Wayfind volunteer transactional lawyers meet with low-income microenterprise entrepreneurs to issue-spot and counsel them on legal issues and responsibilities with respect to their microenterprise business venture. The types of legal issue that clients typically present include: review of contracts operating agreements and leases, business entity selection, intellectual property including publishing and trade name, and adding people to a partnership. Law student clinic assistants are needed to assist the lawyers at the microenterprise clinic by taking interview notes and drafting the client “work plan” which summarizes the legal advice given by the attorney.

The City of Seattle’s Office Of immigrant and Refugee Affairs is recruiting volunteers to help with the upcoming citizenship workshop, a collaborative community effort to help residents of Seattle/King County complete their naturalization applications and become new citizens. Join your fellow law students and professors in this effort!

Attorneys: Consider joining one of WSBA’s committees, boards, & panels

Application deadline: March 1, 2016

Applications are now being accepted through myWSBA.org from members interested in serving on WSBA’s committees, boards and panels. Committee service gives you an opportunity to contribute to the legal community and your profession, a chance to get involved with issues you care about, and a way to connect with other lawyers around the state. There are openings on 23 different committees, boards, and panels, including the Court Rules and Procedures Committee, the Judicial Recommendation Committee, the Disciplinary Board and the Hearing Officer Panel. Most positions begin Oct. 1. A small number of positions are open to judicial, emeritus and/or inactive members.

The application deadline is Thursday, March 1, 2016. For more information, see the Committees application in myWSBA/My Profile, email barleaders@wsba.org, or call Pam Inglesby, WSBA communications services operations manager, at 206-727-8226 or 800-945-9722, ext. 8226.

Pro Bono Opportunity – WDWA Federal Bar Association’s CLE & Pro Bono Program

Registration Deadline: Wednesday, September 30, 2015
CLE Event Date: October 9, 2015
Time: 8:30 AM – 1:30 PM
Location: Foster Pepper LLC
Registration Details: To register, RSVP to Brenda Bole at boleb@foster.com before October 1, 2015. Space is limited.
Contact: Joanna Boisen at boleb@foster.com; Brenda Bole at boleb@foster.com

Free CLE Credits: 3.0 General; 1.0 Ethics

Volunteers Needed: Attorney

Come learn about taking pro bono cases through the WDWA Pro Bono Program.

Whether you’re a seasoned litigator or someone who has never argued in front of a federal judge, join us to learn about how you can appear in federal court on behalf of a pro bono client and develop your skills while gaining the gratitude of the bench.

Subjects covered will include employment law fundamentals, civil rights in prisoner and non-prisoner context, cultural competency, and limited representation.

Federal Magistrate Judge Donohue and Chief Judge Pechman will also present on the importance of pro bono participation and provide practice tips.

Breakfast and lunch will be provided for free, as will CLE credits.

Space is limited so please RSVP to Brenda Bole at boleb@foster.com before October 1.

For questions about the program please contact Joanna Boisen at boisj@foster.com.

Pro Bono Opportunity – Certified Professional Guardianship Board

Application Deadline: Friday, September 11, 2015
Position Commences: October 1, 2015
Time Commitment: 3-Year Term
Application Details: To apply, please submit letters of interest and résumés to: barleaders@wsba.org or by mail to WSBA – Communications Department, 1325 Fourth Ave., Suite 600, Seattle, WA 98101-2539.
Contact: Shirley Bondon, 360-705-5302; shirley.bondon@courts.wa.gov.

Volunteers Needed: Attorney

The WSBA Board of Governors is accepting letters of interest and résumés from members interested in serving on the Certified Professional Guardianship Board (CPG). The WSBA will nominate one member to be appointed by the Supreme Court to serve a three-year term on the board commencing Oct. 1, 2015.

The CPG Board is the regulatory authority for the practice of Certified Professional Guardians – individuals and agencies – in Washington state. The board is charged with establishing the standards and criteria for the certification of professional guardians, as defined by RCW 11.88.008. The board meets regularly to review applications for certification, adopt and implement regulations relating to standards and practice, ethics and training for professional guardians, and to review grievances. For further information about this board please see http://www.courts.wa.gov/programs_orgs/guardian/, or contact Shirley Bondon; 360-705-5302; shirley.bondon@courts.wa.gov.

Please submit letters of interest and résumés to: barleaders@wsba.org or by mail to WSBA – Communications Department, 1325 Fourth Ave., Suite 600, Seattle, WA 98101-2539.

Pro Bono Opportunity – Special Immigrant Juvenile Status Training for Attorneys

Date: Monday, September 28, 2015
Time: 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM
Location: King County Bar Association, 1200 Fifth Avenue, Suite 700, Seattle, WA 98101
Registration: To register, contact Judy Lin. (Attendance is in person or via streaming video. Streaming information will be emailed to registrants.)
Contact: Judy Lin at JudyL@kcba.org

CLE Credits: 1.5 General Credits (Approval #: Pending) (In exchange for this FREE training, attorneys agree to accept one pro bono case during the next year. Volunteer opportunities are available in several counties in WA. Volunteer attorneys should have some prior family law experience.)

Volunteers Needed: Attorney

Over the past year, thousands of unaccompanied children and youth have arrived in the U.S. fleeing poverty, violence, persecution, trafficking or other danger. Many of these children and youth have been placed with caregivers in Washington State.

Come learn about how you can help these vulnerable children and youth through family law proceedings and how it can lead to Special Immigrant Juvenile Status, a form of humanitarian protection created by Congress. Topics to be covered in this training will include:

  • Overview of Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS)
  • Overview of Family law issues affecting immigrant youth
  • How to Obtain SIJS Findings in Family Law Proceedings including Nonparental Custody, Dissolution and Parenting Plan actions.
  • View From the Bench

Presenters:

The Honorable Lori K. Smith, King County Superior Court Chief UFC Judge.

Rebekah Fletcher and Merkys Gómez, Staff Attorneys, Kids in Need of Defense (KIND).

Lindsay Lennox, Staff Attorney, Northwest Immigrant Rights Project.

Lucia Ramirez Levias, Attorney, DuBois Cary Law Group, PLLC.

Susan Carroll, Attorney, Law Offices of Susan Carroll, PLLC.

Judy Lin, Sr. Managing Attorney, Family Law Pro Bono Programs, KCBA.