October 6 at UW Law: Incarcerated Mothers Advocacy Project Orientation

Incarcerated Mothers Advocacy Project Orientation 

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When: Saturday, October 6
10:30 am – 2:30 pm
William H. Gates Hall, Room L201

IMAP is a coalition of law students, attorneys, social service providers, and formerly incarcerated parents who seek to change the rights afforded to incarcerated and previously incarcerated parents in Washington. We center reproductive justice and prison abolition in the work that we do.

We will be discussing prison abolition, reproductive justice (particularly for incarcerated parents), and family law 101. There will also be food! Please RSVP to Meredith Ruff (meredith.ruff11@gmail.com) by Thursday 10/4. We recognize that this is a large time commitment, but we ask that you attend the whole thing. If this time does not work for you but you are still interested in being a part of IMAP, please let us know.

Webinars on Estate Planning for Veterans, Immigration, & Student Debt Relief! Beer with Michele Storms! and Golf!

Legal Lunchbox™ Series: Estate Planning Basics, presented by the WA Veterans Will ClinicLegal Assistance Sign

Date: Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Time: 12:00 pm

Location:  Attend via webinar

Cost:  Free

In this 90-minute CLE, presented by the WA Veterans Wills clinic, presenters Katie Ludwick and Tony Ramsey will provide you with background and tips for drafting estate planning documents and they will discuss the unique aspects of working with veterans during the estate planning process.

Register here.

Flights & Rights #6 at KEXP featuring ACLU of WAMichele Storms of ACLU!

Date: Tuesday, July 25, 2017 Time: 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Location:  KEXP Studios Gathering Space, 472 1st Ave N, Seattle, WA 98109

 Flights & Rights is our monthly community series in the KEXP Studios Gathering Space! In July we’ll hear from Deputy Director Michele Storms will lead a discussion on police reform in Seattle and beyond. Police accountability has always been at the heart of the ACLU’s work, and the endemic killing of black people, including Charleena Lyles right here in Seattle, demands we push even harder and mobilize together to end the needless killing. Fremont Brewing will provide a beer tasting. Must be 21+ and RSVP to attend.

Register here:

Equal Justice Works: “Student Debt Relief Basics” webinar

Date: Thursday, July 27, 201

Time: 3:30 pm

Location: Attend via webinar

On July 27th at 3:30 pm, we will have our latest educational free webinar, “Student Debt Relief Basics.” This free webinar will teach you about the various repayment plans, loan cancellation provisions, how to earn Public Service Loan Forgiveness, what to do if you are behind on your payments, and how to lower your loan payments using loan repayment assistance programs. You can watch live or watch later. If you register prior to the live event, you will receive a recording in the 48 hours following the live version.

Register here

Clallam-Jefferson County Pro Bono Lawyers CLE: “Protecting Legal Rights: Immigration in an Age of Uncertainty.”

Date: Friday, July 28, 2017

Time: 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Location:  Peninsula College Campus (Little Theater) 1502 E. Lauridsen Ave, Port Angeles, WA 98362

Please join us on Friday, July 28th 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. for a CLE presentation – “Protecting Legal Rights: Immigration Law In An Age of Uncertainty”. Presenters include Noah Purcell, Washington State Solicitor General and Jorge Baron, Executive Director, Northwest Immigrant Rights Project.

2 general CLE credits are pending for attorneys. However, this event will be open to the general public, college students, and legal community.  Please help us to celebrate, protect, and promote access to justice in our community.

This is a special fundraiser on behalf of Clallam-Jefferson County Pro Bono Lawyers. Suggested donation is $20 ($10 for students). There will also be a Happy Hour Reception prior to the presentation from 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. in the P.U.B. Learn more and register here.

Latino/a Bar Association of Washington and KCBA Pro Bono Services: “Immigration 101 for Non-Immigration Practitioners.”

Date: Monday, July 31, 2017

Time: 8:30 am – Noon

Location: KCBA, 1200 Fifth Avenue, Suite 700, Seattle, WA 98101

Please join KCBA Pro Bono Services and the Latino/a Bar Association of WA for a training on the basics of immigration law for non-immigration practitioners. Many clients of Pro-Bono Services are part of the vibrant immigrant community in WA State. This training aims to help you become better equipped to make knowledgeable referrals and understand our clients’ general legal interactions more fully when seen in the context of their immigration status.

Topics to be covered in brief include:

  • Introduction to Immigration Law, Removal Proceedings
  • Family Based Petitions
    U-Visas
    T-Visas
    Asylum
    Working with Youth and Unaccompanied Minors
    Updates in immigration

Registration is Required – In-person space is limited so be sure to register as soon as possible. You can also attend via video streaming. There is no cost associated with the CLE. It will be directed towards interested volunteer Attorneys and Clinic Assistants through the King County Bar Association, members of the Latino/a Bar Association of WA, and member of other Pro Bono programs across Washington State.

To RSVP for either in-person or video streaming attendance, please email ericat@kcba.org. If you have any questions please email clinics@lbaw.org

KCBA 2017 Golf Tournament and CLE KCBA Logo

Date: Thursday, August 31, 2017

Time: Pre-golf Ethics CLE 10:00-11:30am (early check in for golf and CLE open at 9:15am)

Location: Rainier Golf and Country Club

Please join us for the KCBA 2017 Golf Tournament & CLE, being held Thursday, August 31, 2017, at the Rainier Golf & Country Club, 11133 Des Moines Memorial Drive South, Seattle, WA.

Register here

Nonprofit Board Membership 101, WSBA World Peace Through Law, SisterSong-Women of Color Reproductive Justice Collective Conference

July 11: Nonprofit Board Membership 101 
Date: Tuesday, July 11, 2017
Time: 4:00-8:00 pm
Location:  Green River Community College, Kent Campus

In this interactive workshop, participants will receive information about nonprofit board membership:

  • Legal duties of board members under Washington State law.
  • Role of nonprofit board as a group and board members individually
  • Relationship between the board and Executive Director and employees/volunteers.

We will be offering one-on-one appointments for 45 minutes with an attorney to talk about nonprofit legal questions from 4:00 – 6:00 pm.   Please email contact@wayfindlegal.org if you would like to schedule an appointment.

Who should come to this workshop? Individuals, groups, and others that are on nonprofit boards, considering creating a nonprofit, or joining a nonprofit board.

Presenters: Sarah Tran, Nonprofit Assistance Center and Jodi Nishioka, Wayfind.

This training is part of our South King County Nonprofit Legal Training Series and is sponsored by The Seattle Foundation, The City of Kent, and Pacific Continental Bank for the South King County community, and is partnership of Wayfind and the Nonprofit Assistance Center.

4:00-6:00 pm Nonprofit Legal Clinic – One-on-one appointments with a lawyer.
5:30 pm Dinner will be served
6:00 – 8:00 pm Presentation

Register for “Nonprofit Board Membership 101” here.

July 12: Latina/o  Bar Association of Washington Legal Clinic
Date: Wednesday, July 12, 2017
Time: 6:00-8:00 pm
Location: El Centro de la Raza (2524 16th Ave. South, Third Floor, Seattle, WA LBAW

The Law Offices of SGB and The Latina/o Bar Association of Washington hold a free legal clinic on the second Wednesday of every month. Consultations are provided on the following areas of law: auto accidents, personal injury, medical negligence, birth injuries, worker’s rights/wage claims, family law, immigration, criminal law, property/landlord-tenant law.

To volunteer as an attorney, law student, or legal staff, or interpreter please email clinics@sgb-law.com or visit this webpage for more information.

July 19: WSBA World Peace Through Law Section Webinar:  Peace Accords Between the Government of Colombia and the FARC-EP
Date: Monday, July 19, 2017
Time: 12:00-1:00 pm
Location: WebinarWorld Globe Flags

Presented in partnership with WSBA World Peace Through Law Section
The speaker will discuss her recent participation (May 25-June 3) in an international delegation of the National Lawyers Guild to evaluate the Peace Accords between the Colombian government and the FARC, which were ratified in late 2016, after a war lasting more than half a century. She will discuss the history leading up to the agreements, the subjects addressed, and challenges of implementation, US-Colombian relations and roles for U.S. people, and practice pointers for lawyers participating in delegations to promote world peace through law.

FACULTY
Martha Schmidt – Attorney & Counselor, Seattle

Register here.

October 5-8: SisterSong-Women of Color Reproductive Justice Collective Conference: Let’s Talk About Sex
Date: October 5-8, 2017
Location: New Orleans, LA

SisterSong the National Women of Color Reproductive Justice Collective is celebrating 20 years of amplifying the voices of Indigenous women and women of color, and we are celebrating this milestone by hosting our third national Let’s Talk About Sex! conference October 5-8, 2017 at the Hyatt Regency in New Orleans, Louisiana. This year, our theme is “Resist. Reclaim. Redefine.” We must resist the systems of oppressions that plague our daily lives, reclaim our human right to bodily autonomy, and redefine our futures.

Let’s Talk About Sex! is the largest reproductive justice conference and will feature panelists, speakers, activists, entertainers, and leaders throughout various social justice movements and across sectors who are unapologetic about standing up for our reproductive and sexual freedom. We will also have pre-conference institutes and workshops that will inform, educate, tantalize, and inspire us to take action!

Register here.

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).

 

Want some money and a trip to D.C.? Need tips for upcoming job fairs? Want to be a racial justice advocate? Check these out!

Going to the Public Service Career Fair on February 6? Not Sure How You Can Prepare?  Check Out These Table Talk Tips & Career Fair Interviewing Tips!

NW PS Career Fair logoAttention all students! Planning on attending the NW Public Service Career Fair? Whether you have an official interview or not, don’t miss your chance to do table talk (informational interviews) the morning of the fair. Remember, organizations and agencies participate in table talk because it is an effective prescreening tool to recruit interns. There have been many instances where students were successful in securing internships through table talk so don’t miss  out! Center for Public Service Law staff will be at the fair for support and advice

See employers registered for Seattle

When: Friday, February 6, 2015

10-10:30—Student & Employer Check-in

10:30-12 noon—Table Talk

12:40-5:00pm – Pre-scheduled Interviews

Where:  LeRoux in the Student Center at Seattle University

Whether you’ve got an official interview lined up or not NW Public Interest Career Fair, here are some helpful tips to guide you on being a savvy table talker or interviewee.

Read more about table talk tips here.
Read more about career fair interviewing tips here.

Forget to register for the NW Public Interest Career Fair?  You can still register here. View a sample list of participating employers this year here.

Don’t miss this opportunity! Make sure to register for new online Racial Justice Training Institute trainings 

With recent events in Ferguson, Staten Island, and elsewhere, our nation is at a pivotal moment in understanding and addressing issues of race, implicit bias, and the structural barriers that marginalize communities of color. It is more important than ever for equal justice advocates to refocus their efforts to affirmatively advance racial equity.

Following the success of the inaugural 2014 Racial Justice Training Institute, the Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law is pleased to announce the 2015 Racial Justice Training Institute. By placing the most up-to-date racial justice tools in the hands of front line advocates, the Institute provides real opportunities to address the impacts of structural racialization and ensure that race is front and center in our efforts to eradicate poverty in the communities we serve.

The Institute will cover a wide range of equity best practices ranging from traditional litigation and policy advocacy, to media and messaging, to the latest debiasing strategies. Working in teams, and with support from skilled faculty and facilitators, participants will use new racial justice knowledge and skills in their daily work and in the race-equity initiatives that teams will pursue throughout the Institute.

Taking place over six months (June—November 2015), the Institute includes three parts:

PART 1: Online (June 1—June 19, 2015)

PART 2: Onsite in Chicago (June 23-26, 2015)

PART 3: Online (July – November 2015)

Up to 35 advocates will be selected for the second Institute cohort based on a variety of factors, including experience, interest, goals, capacity, and racial and geographic diversity.

Learn more about the Racial Justice Training Institute

Application Deadline: February 27, 2015

Get your your materials ready for the 2015 Law Student Legal Writing Competition!

Eligibility:
Open to all students currently enrolled in an ABA Accredited Law School.

Topic:
Papers should address any legal issue regarding affordable housing and/or community development law.

Submission Requirements:

Entries must be original, unpublished work. Articles should be between 25-50 double-spaced pages and should include footnotes in Bluebook format. There is no entry form of any kind. Articles should be submitted in Word format. All author-identifying information should be removed from the article. A separate title page should be attached and must contain the article’s title, the student’s name, and the student’s contact information including street address, phone number(s), and email address.

Award:
Submissions will be blindly evaluated by a committee of Forum members. A single winning paper, as judged by the selection committee, will be awarded a prize of $1,000 and a trip to attend the Forum’s Annual Conference, May 20-22, 2015, in Washington, D.C., airfare and lodging included*. The winner is responsible for any taxes on fair market value of full award, including travel, registration and lodging. Winner will be required to submit a completed 1099 as a condition of receiving award.  The decision of the judges is final.

The winning essay may be published in the Journal of Affordable Housing and Community Development Law. If selected for publication, winner will be required to sign a standard publication agreement giving the ABA the right of first publication.

Date: All entries must be postmarked or emailed by March 6, 2015.

Send entries to the Journal’s Editor-in-Chief: 

James J. Kelly, Jr., Clinical Prof. of Law, Notre Dame Law School; J.Kelly@nd.edu. Please contact Dawn R. Holiday at dawn.holiday@americanbar.org, if you have any questions.

It’s Official: Choc Full o’ Winter Quarter Events in Our Community!

Tuesday, January 13: Social Justice Tuesday- Consumer Education & Training Services

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 Wednesday, January 14: Criminal Justice Connections Breakfast

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Wednesday, January 14: Free Webinar- Exploring Ethical Challenges of Legal Services Working on Elder Abuse Issues

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Hosted by the National Consumer Law Center

Join us for a webinar on Jan 14, 2015 at 2:00 PM EST.

Register now!

Increasing national focus on elder abuse and a push for greater legal services involvement, particularly in the area of financial exploitation, have led to a number of difficult ethical challenges. This webinar will examine: Ways in which ageist attitudes have shaped states’ elder abuse laws and how these attitudes – often unconscious – affect our approach to elder abuse, especially when clients are of questionable capacity; The critical need to establish and put in place, clear policies/protocols to guide involvement in abuse/exploitation cases and to ensure adherence to professional responsibilities, before legal programs get involved; and applying the policies/protocols and dealing with ethical challenges while working with elders and their families/third parties in the field.

Presenters: Penny Hommel, Co-Director, The Center for Social Gerontology, Jaye Martin, Executive Director, Maine Legal Services for the Elderly and Denis Culley, Staff Attorney, Maine Legal Services for the Elderly  Additional sponsorship for this Webinar is provided by a grant from the Administration on Aging/Administration for Community Living. This webinar is part of a series of National Elder Rights Training Project webinars for the National Legal Resource Center.  There is no charge for this webinar. All time listings are in Eastern Time. If you have any questions email trainings@nclc.org

Wednesday, January 14, 3:30-5:30pm, Room 138- Race, Immigration & Citizenship

Race Immigration and Citizenship, January 14

Friday, January 16: Meet & Greet-Sherrilyn Ifill

Sherrilyn Ifill

Friday, January 16: The Architecture of Human Rights- Why Constitutional Government Requires Human Rights Law

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The CLASS Center, UW Center for Human Rights and the UW School of Law cordially invite you to

Professor Jamie Mayerfeld’s Book Manuscript Discussion

The Architecture of Human Rights:  Why Constitutional Government Requires International Human Rights Law

Friday, January 16th, 3:30-5:30pm
William Gates Hall 447

Light refreshments will be served

Please join us for a productive and intellectually stimulating discussion of Professor Mayerfeld’s book manuscript as he finalizes it for publication. The session will consist of feedback from four faculty discussants followed by a robust discussion by all in attendance.

The manuscript can be located via the following link. Likewise, acknowledging busy schedules, Professor Mayerfeld has also produced a Memo to guide your reading if you would like to focus on a portion of the manuscript.

Don’t Miss Out! February 6 & 7: NW Public Service Career Fair

NW PS Career Fair LogoFor twenty-five years, the NW Public Service Career Fair has linked law students and alumni with opportunities to make a difference.  We typically have more than 50 non-profits & government offices and more than 500 students & alumni from our 11 schools participating in the fairs. Help today’s clients and inspire tomorrow’s justice seekers.

When? Seattle- Friday, February 6. Portland- Saturday, February 7th.

10:00 to 10:30 Student & Employer Check-in
10:30 to Noon Table Talk
12:40 to 5:00 Pre-scheduled Interviews

Where?

In Seattle: LeRoux in the Student Center at Seattle University Seattle University Campus & Parking Map

In Portland: Templeton Center at Lewis & Clark CollegeLewis & Clark Campus & Parking MapPio Express free downtown shuttle bus

Registration costs? $15 for one fair or $25 for both.

Which employers will be there? Employers are registering on a rolling basis through January 12. Check out the employers registered at the Seattle fair here and the Portland fair here.

How do I get a pre-scheduled interview at the fair? Monday, January 19 is the deadline for submitting application materials.

Where can I get more info? Check out the career fair home page here!

Debt Relief, AGO Open House and Workers’ Rights Conference Save the Date!

July 31: Free Webinar- Drowning in Debt! What Law Students & Lawyers Need to Know about Managing Student Debt & Earning Loan Forgiveness

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A must attend for anyone with student debt, this free webinar explains how to reduce your monthly student loan payments and qualify for Public Service Loan Forgiveness.

After the presentation (whether you are able to attend or not), you will be emailed a recording of the session that you can view at any time.

Detailed information about the federal student debt relief programs covered in this webinar are also available in our e-book, Take Control of Your Future, which is available in the Kindle Store. It can be viewed on any of Amazon’s free reading apps. For more information click here.

August 4: WA Attorney General’s Office Open House

WA AGO 8-4-14 Open-House-Flyer 2014

October 17-18: Save the Date! National Law Students Workers’ Rights Conference

Peggy Browning Fund

Where: The Conference Center at the Maritime Institute, Linthicum Heights, MD  

Deadline:      August 28 if you’re asking the Peggy Browning Fund to pay for airfare;

October 2 for all others. Register early to ensure admission!

Check website soon for more details here: www.peggybrowningfund.org

 

 

Don’t Miss It! Career Workshops, Advocacy Camp and Free Webinars

July 16: Summer Career Workshop Series- Strategic Resumes

resume12:30-1:20pm in room 117

Are you around Gates Hall this summer? Join us for part four of our six part series where we cover the nuts and bolts of strategic career planning. On July 16th we’ll cover strategic resumes. We’ll also have lunch! So please RSVP in Symplicity!

July 17: Free Webinar on the Criminalization of Homelessness in US Cities

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Photo courtesy: Photo by Flickr user irodman (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0)

On Thursday, July 17, the National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty will host a free webinar discussing findings from its forthcoming report, No Safe Place: The Criminalization of Homelessness in U.S. Cities.

Homelessness continues to be a national crisis, affecting millions of people each year, including a rising number of families. Despite a lack of affordable housing and shelter space, many communities have chosen to criminally punish people living on the street for doing what any person must do to survive, such as sitting down or sleeping.

No Safe Place provides an overview of criminalization measures in effect across the nation, and looks at trends in the criminalization of homelessness, based on an analysis of the laws in 187 cities. The prevalence of these criminalization laws is rising, including dramatic increases in the number of city-wide bans, which effectively make it illegal for homeless people to perform fundamental, life-sustaining human activities throughout entire cities.

Key conclusions and recommendations the report will address include: 

– Criminalization laws violate the civil and human rights of homeless people

– A growing body of research shows that criminalization is the most expensive and least effective way to address homelessness

– Communities and local governments should replace criminalization laws with constructive solutions to ending homelessness

– The federal government should play a leadership role in combating the criminalization of homelessness

The webinar will include highlights of key statistical data on criminalization, constructive alternatives that some cities are using to address homelessness, and the important role the federal government has in combating criminalization. Presenters will include Maria Foscarinis and Tristia Bauman of the Law Center, and others.

To register for the webinar, click here. 

This webinar is a free service, but if you find this information useful, please consider making a donation to ensure we can continue to provide this critical training.

July 21: Free Webinar on Human Right to Counsel

Please register today for our human rights webinar on a right to counsel, which will be held on Tuesday July 22 from 12:30-1:30pm ET. The new section of our Human Rights in the U.S. Handbook for Legal Aid Attorneys on a Right to Counsel will be published on our website  and will be sent to all registered participants for the webinar via email on Monday July 21st.

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Sept 17-19: Register Today! Children’s Alliance Announces 2014 Advocacy Camp

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Advocacy changes kids’ lives, and it’s takes all of us to win the change that Washington’s kids and communities are counting on. You are invited to power up your advocacy skills at Children’s Alliance 3-day Advocacy Camp. Whether you are already speaking up to your legislators or just wondering how to get started, whether you do policy advocacy at work or in your volunteer time, Advocacy Camp is hands-on, interactive, training you can use to make a bigger, lasting, difference. You’ll have a chance to learn from experts, connect with people who are speaking up for kids around the state, and talk directly with members of the media and state legislators. Advocacy Camp 2014 will be September 17-19th at the Dumas Bay Conference Center in Federal Way, Washington. Tuition is $425 per person (discounted to $325 for organizational members of the Children’s Alliance).

Please do not let cost keep you from applying. Scholarships are available for those who need it, along with financial assistance for child care and transportation.

Please apply early, as Camp fills up quickly. Visit our website to learn more. You can apply online or download and print a paper application.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact Emijah Smith at 206.324.0340 x25 or emijah@childrensalliance.org.

July Events in Full Swing!

July 10: A Conversation with UN Under-Secretary-General Leila Zerrougui on Children as Combatants and Victims in Conflict   

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LIMITED TICKETS REMAINING! A Conversation with UN Under-Secretary-General Leila Zerrougui on Children as Combatants and Victims in Conflict    Thursday, 07/10 @ 7:30 A.M. – 9:00 A.M. 4th Floor, World Trade Center West

Join the World Affairs Council for a special conversation with Algerian legal expert on human rights and UN Under Secretary General, Ms. Leila Zerrougui. Ms. Zerrougui will discuss her work with children and gender-based violence in areas of armed conflicts, including South Sudan, Syria, Nigeria, and The Democratic Republic of the Congo. She will speak about her role establishing effective programs to address these critical issues and building awareness to give prominence to the rights and protection of boys and girls affected by armed conflict.  Space is limited Register Here! $25 Members,  $30 Non-Members

July 14-18: Global Health Law Summer Law Institute. Free for UW Law Alums!

Global Health Law Summer Institute

The UW Global Health Law Summer Institute brings together representatives from academia, national governments, foundations, NGOs and the private sector to discuss the role of law and legal solutions in enhancing the global health delivery infrastructure. This year’s theme is Access with different facets of “The Access Challenge” explored each day. CLE credits are available.

For full description and agenda click here.

UW Law Alums can get in for free by emailing ASAP to ghlaw14@uw.edu.   

July 17: Free Webinar- Human Implications of SCOTUS Decisions 2014

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July 21: Interested in Post Grad Public Interest Fellowships? Here’s Your Chance to Hear Directly from the Fellows

RSVP Here! RSVP by Wednesday, July 16th

4:00 pm—6:00 pm

Panel & Discussion Followed by Networking Reception

Seattle University School of Law, Sullivan Hall, Courtroom Level, Room C5, 901 12th Avenue, Seattle, WA

Come learn about the process of applying for post-graduate public interest law fellowships, including Equal Justice Works Fellowships, EJW AmeriCorps Legal Fellowships, Soros Open Society Institute Fellowships, and other opportunities. You will learn about how to research fellowships, hear directly from current and recent fellows about their experiences, and have an opportunity to address individual questions about opportunities and materials. Whether you are currently in the process of applying for a fellowship or just want to learn more about this unique and rewarding way to launch your public interest career, this panel and networking reception with current and former fellows is for you! Presented by the Access to Justice Board Leadership Development Committee.

Juvenile Justice News, Leadership Training & Cutting Edge Research Guides Now Available

Lives of Thousands of Washington Youth to  Change Overnight this Thursday

CLSJune 10, 2014–Columbia Legal Services

Law that seals most juvenile records goes into effect, offering path for successful reintegration

The Youth Opportunities Act (HB 1651) goes into effect on Thursday, June 12, opening up life-changing opportunities for young adults who have too often had to put their dreams on hold due to past mistakes. The Act will result in an automatic sealing of juvenile offense records for as many as 15,000 young adults each year, allowing them to pursue opportunities in housing, education, and employment.

On April 2, 2014, Governor Jay Inslee signed the Act into law, after years of negotiations resulted in overwhelming, bipartisan support for the bill from the Washington State Legislature. Championed by Rep. Ruth Kagi (D-32), and negotiated by Sen. Jeannie Darneille (D-27) and Sen. Steve O’Ban (R-32), the bill received near unanimous support in the Legislature.

“A youthful mistake can create barriers for adults long after they’ve paid their debts and prevent them from fully contributing to their communities,” said Casey Trupin, Attorney with the Children & Youth project at Columbia Legal Services (CLS). “The first day the Youth Opportunities Act goes into effect marks one of the biggest juvenile justice reforms in decades and offers a path forward for young adults to pursue education, employment, and housing.”

For four years, CLS worked closely with partners such as Friends of Youth, Faith Action Network, YouthCare, the University of Washington Children and Youth Advocacy Clinic, and many other strong advocates to ensure this bill passed. The compromise bill ultimately drew support from the Allied Daily Newspapers of Washington, who had opposed previous versions, and was supported by the superior and juvenile court judges’ associations.

The Youth Opportunities Act strikes a balance between rehabilitation and public safety by sealing the great majority of juvenile court records after completion of the sentence and payment of fines and fees, with some exceptions. Under the new law, courts would hold regular hearings to seal records of minors once they turn 18 years of age and have completed their sentence, unless the offense is one of the “most serious offenses,” sex offense, or felony drug offense or there is a compelling reason not to seal. Importantly, the courts will now immediately seal records upon acquittal or dismissal of charges.

Human Rights Institute at Columbia Law School Releases New Desk Manual on Challenging Juvenile Life Without Parole

columibia law schoolThe Human Rights Institute at Columbia Law School recently published Challenging Juvenile Life Without Parole: How Has Human Rights Made A Difference? a case study on how human rights frameworks and strategies advance domestic social justice advocacy work. The case study looks at efforts to end juvenile life without parole (JLWOP) and explores how advocates have used a wide range of human rights strategies to advance those efforts. The Institute hopes that this case study will be useful in your work and in conversations with colleagues and funders about how human rights can make an impact.

Looking forward, they are interested in exploring other issue areas that may serve as helpful case studies as well. If you have been working on domestic social justice issues where a range of human rights efforts have been useful, please do not hesitate to send them your suggestions.

 

Open Leadership Institute Announces 2015 Applications Now Open

Institute for Open LeadershipCreative Commons is developing an Institute for Open Leadership (IOL) to train new leaders in education, science, and public policy fields on the values and implementation of openness in licensing, policies, and practices. By training new leaders, connecting them to each other and helping them complete their first capstone open project in their institution, we will prepare them to guide emerging movements in open science, open education, open government, and open culture. These movements are using Creative Commons licenses to broaden public access to knowledge, data, culture, and research around the world, creating new opportunities for education, innovation, and creativity.

The first Institute for Open Leadership cohort will attend the institute during one of these two weeks (which week to be based on conference facility availability): 12-16 January or 19-23 January, 2015. The web site will be updated and applicants notified as soon as the week is selected. Applications are due June 30. For more info and application instruction click here.

Center for International Environmental  Law Launches New Research & Advocacy Tools

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When you work on international environmental law and policy issues as we do, it can be challenging to feel optimistic.  As the global community watches the UN climate discussions underway in Bonn, Germany, however, we are writing to share a couple pieces of hopeful news. First, CIEL has developed two tools to enable all of us to push for stronger international policies that protect forests and related rights. Last February, we announced the launch of ForestDefender, an interactive online legal database that is easily accessible to and usable by lawyers and those familiar with legal systems. As a complementary tool, last week we published My Guide,” A Community Resource Guide to REDD+ Rights, available in both English and Spanish. My Guide simplifies key human rights relevant to REDD+ that are found in the international treaties, declarations, and decisions included in ForestDefender. It also suggests options for what to do if these rights are violated. These two complementary tools are geared towards safeguarding forests and sustainable livelihoods. They were developed to enable advocates to evaluate if and ensure that the required REDD+ safeguards and rights protections are enforced. They can also be used for other forest governance and climate initiatives. We created these tools in response to specific requests from partners, local community members, indigenous peoples, and supporters like you. They translate relevant international law to the national level and empower lawyers, activists, and community leaders to defend their rights and their forests. Please use ForestDefender and My Guide and share them with others!