New Legal Aid Pilot to Prevent Evictions; Gates Scholars Getting Things Done!; Federal Judge Orders Immediate Removal of Unconstitutional Immigration Hold

Launch of Legal Aid Pilot to Prevent Housing Evictions

Council member Lisa Herbold (District 1, West Seattle and South Park) celebrated news that a full complement of attorneys has been hired to implement a new City-sponsored legal aid pilot program created to prevent people from losing their housing when they are in the midst of a legal defense for an unrelated offense.  The creation of this pilot will allow new civic legal aid attorneys to partner with Public Defenders to advocate for the accused to keep their housing during the legal review and plea bargaining processes.

Read more here.

Gates Public Service Law Scholar Martina Kartman selected for 2017 Soros Justice Fellowship!

“The Open Society Foundations are pleased to announce the 2017 class of Soros Justice Fellows, a dynamic mix of attorneys, advocates, artists, writers, and scholars who bring fresh ideas and energy to the challenge of maintaining past gains and continuing to push for progress toward a more humane criminal justice system in the United States.

Working in 11 states across the country, the 23 fellows seek to address the country’s overly punitive approach to crime, develop effective responses to both interpersonal and police violence, and challenge the ways in which the effects of incarceration linger long after someone has been released from prison. Included in this group is the inaugural cohort of Soros Justice “Youth Activist” Fellows—seven people between the ages of 18 and 25 who are just beginning their careers and who show real promise to develop into social justice leaders and innovators.

Martina Kartman will support communities impacted by the criminal legal system, addressing the harms associated with interpersonal and state violence, and pushing for alternatives to punitive sentencing.”

Read more here.

New York Times, Letter to the Editor, “Criminal Justice Reform in Louisiana,” by Gates Public Service Law Scholar Theo Shaw!Scales of Justice

“The bill signed by the governor is a step in the right direction. But too many people are still suffering in this oppressive criminal system, mainly because of lack of quality legal representation.

People faced with a loss of liberty are entitled to more. Fifty years ago, the Supreme Court said the ideal that every person stands equal before the law cannot be realized if a poor person has to face his accusers without a lawyer to assist him.”

Read more here.

Federal Judge Orders Immediate Removal of Unconstitutional Immigration Hold

“A federal district court judge in eastern Washington ruled yesterday that Yakima County must immediately remove an immigration hold on an individual which prevents him from posting bail, thus violating his Fourth Amendment right to be free from unreasonable seizures. The Court found that the County had no authority to place an immigration hold against persons based on a civil immigration “warrant” — an administrative form issued by federal immigration officers. In an oral ruling after a lengthy hearing in Spokane, Judge Salvador Mendoza, Jr. emphasized that the Fourth Amendment requires that an arrest warrant must be approved by a neutral and detached judge – not by an employee of the executive branch.

The ruling has wide implications as similar policies are in effect across the nation.”

Read more here.

Opportunity to Serve on WSBA’s Civil Litigation Rules TaskforceWSBA Logo

The Washington State Bar Association is seeking a lawyer with experience litigating in Superior and/or District Court in Washington to serve on a rule-drafting Task Force, to replace a member who had to resign. The Task Force was created by Bar’s  Board of Governors in November 2016 to draft amendments to the Washington Civil Rules for eventual submission to the Supreme Court. The Board of Governors established the Task Force after considering and voting on some of the recommendations submitted by an earlier group, the Escalating Costs of Civil Litigation Task Force (ECCL).

If interested in serving, please send a resume and cover letter explaining why you are interested to Kevin Bank,WSBA Assistant General Counsel at kevinb@wsba.org. Applications must be submitted as soon as possible but no later than August 31, 2018.  More information on the Task Force can be found here.

Jobs: NWIRP, Garvey Schubert Barer Diversity Fellowship, Seattle City Attorney, Asian Pacific Institute on Gender-Based Violence

Due August 7: Northwest Immigrant Rights Project – Bilingual Staff Attorney, Tacoma, WA

Application deadline: Full consideration will be given to those who apply by August 7, 2017, but applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until position is filled.

The Northwest Immigrant Rights Project (NWIRP) seeks a Spanish-speaking attorney to work with individuals detained at the Northwest Detention Center, a regional immigration detention facility that houses up to 1575 detainees. The attorney will be providing legal representation to individuals in removal proceedings.

The attorney will provide direct representation to detained persons in removal proceedings, including representation at the Tacoma or Seattle Immigration Courts, the Board of Immigration Appeals and the Ninth Circuit court of appeals. Attorneys will be managing a high-volume workload with complex legal issues in immigration and criminal law.

Learn more and apply here.

Due August 11: Garvey Schubert Barer 2L 2018 Diversity Fellowship Program

Application Deadline:  Friday, August 11, 2017

We are committed to the full participation and inclusion of diverse professionals in our firm and the legal profession as part of our core values of diversity and inclusion. To that end, we seek diverse attorneys, whether persons of color, women, LGBTQ, or persons with physical limitations and whether they represent economic, geographic, social, ethnic, racial or religious diversity. With these core values in mind, we created the Kenneth L. Schubert Jr. Diversity Fellowship Program to honor one of our founders, Ken Schubert Jr., a champion of diversity in the profession.

Learn more and apply here.

Due September 13: New York State Supreme Court, Appellate Division, Third Judicial Department

Application Deadline:  Wednesday, September 13, 2017

They are accepting applications for one-year judicial clerkships in the Court’s Law Research Department beginning in August 2018.  For more than half a century, the Court’s Law Research Department has employed a rotating pool of Appellate Court Attorneys to assist the court in its work.

Learn more and apply here.

Due Date: Rolling, Seattle City Attorney, Torts Section Externship/InternshipCity of Seattle Logo

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.

Applications are accepted continuously for upcoming openings. Learn more and apply here.

Due Date: Rolling, Asian Pacific Institute on Gender-Based Violence, Immigration Project Assistant

The Asian Pacific Institute on Gender-Based Violence is a national resource center on domestic violence, sexual violence, trafficking, and other forms of gender-based violence in Asian and Pacific Islander communities.  We analyze critical issues affecting API victims/survivors; provide training, technical assistance, and policy analysis; and maintain a clearinghouse of information on gender violence, current research, and culturally-specific models of intervention and community engagement.  The Institute serves a national network of advocates, community-based service programs, federal agencies, national and state organizations, legal, health, and mental health professionals, researchers, policy advocates, and activists from social justice organizations working to eliminate violence against women. Our vision of gender democracy drives our goals to strengthen culturally-relevant advocacy, promote prevention and community engagement, and influence public policy and systems change.

API-GBV offers a rich working environment that includes connecting with powerful, inspiring advocates; being exposed to the cultural and linguistic diversity of Asian and Pacific Islander communities; learning about federal, national, state and local networks addressing gender-based violence; understanding the strengths and struggles of survivors; and how all these forces contribute to social change.

For more information, visit here.

Seattle Community Law Center Comedy Fundraiser; Language Access Conference; Peggy Browning Fund National Law Student Workers’ Rights Conference

Women’s Rights Day: Celebrate 50 years of Revolutionary Feminism

Date: Saturday, August 26, 2017

Time: Dinner at 6:00 pm for $10.00

Location: New Freeway Hall-5018 Rainier Ave. S. Seattle, WA

Join community activists at a working-class gala to commemorate Radical Women’s 50 years of organizing and to inspire for the battles ahead.

More info here.

Campaign for Equal Justice – Beer and JusticeCampaign for Equal Justice Logo

Date: Thursday, September 14, 2017

Time: 5:00 – 7:00 pm

Location: Alstadt BierHalle 209 1st Ave. S. Seattle, WA

Join us for Beer & Justice, an event supporting civil legal aid for low-income families in King County. Proceeds support the Campaign for Equal Justice. Drinks and appetizers provided. There will be a chance to donate at the event.

More info here.

Seattle Community Law Center –LOL! A Comedy Event for Economic JusticeSCLC

Date: September 30, 2017

Time: Doors Open 5:00 pm, Silent Auction Closes at 6:15 pm

Location: Renaissance Seattle Hotel

Join us at the Renaissance Seattle Hotel on September 30th, 2017 for LOL for SCLC, our annual comedy event for economic justice, hosted and auctioneered by Sasha Summer Cousineau. The evening features comedy by Monica Nevi, a plated dinner, and silent and live auctions.

Proceeds go toward legal advocacy for people living with disabilities who are homeless or low-income. Your donations bring security and hope to thousands of people across King County.

This event is for people ages 21 and over. Tickets are $100 until September 15th, after which they will be $125. Ticket sales end on Thursday, September 28th. A limited number of tickets will be available at the door on September 30th.

Purchase tickets here.

2017 WASCLA Summit, Taking Action: Making Inclusion a Reality

Date: Friday and Saturday, October 13-14, 2017

Time:  9:00 am to 5:00 pm

Location: Wenatchee Conference Center

Please join us for our two-day multidisciplinary language access conference. The Summit offers a unique opportunity to focus on critical issues impacting the ability of Washington’s residents to live and thrive in communities across the state.

More information here.

Peggy Browning Fund National Law Student Workers’ Rights ConferencePeggy Browning Fund

Date: Friday and Saturday, October 13-14, 2017

Location: Maritime Conference Center, Linthicum Heights, Maryland

Exciting opportunity for students interested in workers’ rights and social justice!

In memory of Margaret A. (Peggy) Browning, a prominent labor attorney and a vigorous supporter of workers’ rights who served as a Member of the National Labor Relations Board from 1994 until her death in February, 1997.

The mission of the Peggy Browning Fund is to educate and inspire the next generation of advocates for workplace justice. Through fellowships, workers’ rights conferences, regional workshops, networking and other programs, PBF provides unique opportunities for law students to work for economic and social justice.

More info here.

Public Service Loan Forgiveness, Disability Rights Washington report on abuse and neglect of people with developmental disabilities, and Iowa Supreme Court “Access to Justice Commission” Report

Equal Justice Works: “How Loan Servicers are Derailing Public Service Loan Forgiveness.”

“While Congress and the Trump Administration continue to work towards a budget that may eliminate the Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) program, many loan borrowers are facing issues with the loan servicers that are supposed to help them navigate a complex program.”

Read more here.

Disability Rights Washington-“No Excuses: Shining a light on abuse and neglect of people with developmental disabilities in Washington’s institutions.”

“No Excuses” sheds light on the pattern of unsafe conditions and lack of treatment in Washington’s Residential Habilitation Centers (RHCs), as identified in the State’s own surveys. While most of this information is publicly available, it is apparent that the ongoing problems are not widely known nor discussed. This report synthesizes a single year’s worth of information to call attention to the serious harm that continues to occur. These systemic failures endanger people with developmental disabilities in all of the RHCs and cannot continue, as there are no excuses for these failures.

Read more here.

The Iowa Supreme Court’s “Access to Justice Commission” ReportScales of Justice

“The Iowa Supreme Court’s ‘Access to Justice Commission’ has released a report that outlines steps to remove barriers to civil justice for low-income and disadvantaged Iowans.” “The report identifies dozens of recommendations and goals. They include recruiting more rural lawyers, creating a veterans legal clinic and developing an app to help people navigate legal issues and resources. The report also suggests ways to encourage the corporate community in volunteering and charitable giving around access-to-justice issues.”

Read more here.

JOBS: Columbia Law Human Rights Legal Fellow; NJP Part-time Attorney; ACLU fellowships and more

Due July 29: The Columbia Law School Human Rights Institute 2017-2018 Legal Fellow

Application deadline: Thursday, July 29, 2017Columbia Law School Logo

The Columbia Law School Human Rights Institute invites candidates for the position of Legal Fellow for the Institute’s human rights in the US work. This position will run from September 2017-May 2018, with the possibility of renewal.

The Legal Fellow will play an integral role in strengthening awareness and implementation of international human rights norms in the United States, with a particular focus on advancing racial and gender justice, equality, and accountability.

Learn more and apply here

Due August 4: Northwest Justice Project Part-time Staff Attorney Kent/Renton

Application deadline: Friday, August 4, 2017NJP Logo

The Northwest Justice Project (NJP) is a not-for-profit law firm whose mission is to combat injustice, strengthen communities and protect human dignity through provision of civil legal services to Washington’s low-income populations. NJP seeks applications from qualified attorneys to work within our King County office on the Family Advocacy Center (FAC) project, a partnership with the Center for Children & Youth Justice, to prevent the unnecessary placement and prolonged stay of children in foster care. FAC’s offices are located at the YWCA South King County Regional Center in Renton.

Learn more and apply here

Due August 15: ACLU of Washington Public Interest Fellowships

Application Deadline: Tuesday, August 15, 2017ACLU of WA

The ACLU of Washington welcomes applications from graduating third-year low students and recent law graduates to work with us under a public interest legal fellowship. As an integral part of ACLU-WA, the fellow will work closely with attorneys in the Legal Department and/or the Policy Advocacy Group to gain practical experience through defending and expanding civil liberties and constitutional rights. The position will provide recent graduates with a unique opportunity to participate in our cutting edge legal work, gaining practical hands-on experience in a supportive and mentoring environment.

Learn more and apply here

Due August 18: 2018-2020 Christine A. Brunswick Public Service Fellowship, American Bar Association/Section of Taxation

Application Deadline: Friday, August 18, 2017

Legal Aid Service of Broward County (Legal Aid), located in South Florida, is interested in applying for a Christine A. Brunswick Public Service Fellow for the 2018-2020 Fellowship term with Legal Aid’s Low Income Taxpayer Clinic (LITC) located in both Broward and Collier County, Florida.

The American Bar Association Section of Taxation is the largest professional association of tax lawyers, with approximately 20,000 members nationwide. Its goals include helping taxpayers better understand their rights and obligations under the tax laws and working to achieve a simplified tax system that is equitable and efficient. The Public Service Fellowship program was developed in 2008 to address the unmet needs for tax legal assistance, and to foster an interest in tax-related public service among those individuals who participate.

Learn more and apply here and here

Rolling Deadline: The Center for Reproductive Rights

ART Human Rights Policy Counsel, USPA Center: The Center for Reproductive Rights (the Center) is the premier global legal organization dedicated to advancing women’s reproductive health, self-determination, and dignity.  Its mission is straightforward and ambitious: to advance reproductive health and rights as fundamental human rights that all governments around the world are legally obligated to protect, respect, and fulfill.  Headquartered in New York City, the Center has regional offices in Bogota, Geneva, Kathmandu, Nairobi, and Washington, DC and a staff of more than 130 diverse professionals.  Its annual operating budget is approximately $23 million, the result of an extraordinary growth trajectory; the Center is now poised for a new phase of significant expansion through its next Strategic Plan.

Learn more and apply here

Due October 18:  U.S. Department of Justice Executive Office for Immigration Review Legal Interns-Immigration Court Seattle Application Deadline: October 18, 2017

The Seattle Immigration Court has openings for Winter 2018 volunteer legal interns.

Projects assigned vary depending on the court’s docket but will include:

• Research and preparation of memoranda on complex legal issues;

• Drafting decisions on motions pending before the court; and

• Drafting decisions on applications for relief from removal, such as asylum, withholding of removal, and protection under Article 3 of the U.N. Convention Against Torture.

Eligibility & Qualifications:

Students who are entering their second or third year of law school are eligible and encouraged to apply. Applicants must be in current student status. Prior knowledge of immigration law is helpful but not necessary. Strong research and writing skills are required.

All applicants must be United States citizens and must successfully complete an FBI background check before beginning their internship.

Application Instructions:

Interested students must submit a cover letter detailing their interest in the internship, résumé, 5-10 page writing sample, law school transcript (unofficial acceptable), and contact information for three references by Wednesday, October 18, 2017.

Please submit all direct inquires and application materials to Anna Cleveland via email at Anna.Cleveland@usdoj.gov.

 

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

OCLA, Seattle City Attorney OCI, DOJ Honors Program, and much more!

Due August 31: Opportunity for Service: Civil Legal Aid Oversight CommitteeOCLA Logo

Application Deadline: Thursday, August 31, 2017

The Access to Justice Board seeks letters of interest from individuals interested in being considered for appointment by the Washington Supreme Court to the Civil Legal Aid Oversight Committee. The Oversight Committee is responsible for overseeing the activities of the Office of Civil Legal Aid (OCLA), reviewing the performance of the OCLA Director and making recommendations to the Legislature, the Supreme Court and the Access to Justice Board on matters relating to the delivery of state-funded civil legal aid services.  There are two open positions on the Civil Legal Aid Oversight Committee for which letters of interest are invited.  The application deadline has been extended and applications must be received no later than 5:00 p.m. on August 31, 2017.

Read more and apply here.

Due July 24 at noon:  OCI: Seattle City Attorney, Criminal Division InternshipsCity of Seattle Logo

Application Deadline:  Monday, July 24, 2017 at noon.

The Criminal Division represents the City in prosecuting traffic infractions, misdemeanors, and gross misdemeanors in Seattle Municipal Court. The types of cases prosecuted by the Criminal Division include driving under the influence, traffic infractions, domestic violence, theft, assault, and trespassing.

There are a limited number of each criminal prosecution and infraction prosecution positions available for fall and winter 2017 and spring and summer 2018.  (Please note that offers will be extended for either criminal or infraction prosecution—not a combination.) All positions are unpaid. The ideal candidates will be available for court coverage three or four days per week

For complete job description go to Symplicity and apply here.

Attorney General’s Summer Law Intern Program at the U.S. Department of Justice. Honors Program (HP) and Summer Law Intern Program (SLIP) application opens on Monday, July 31, 2017.DOJ - Attorney's Office

You are invited to attend a webinar on:

THE ATTORNEY GENERAL’S HONORS PROGRAM AND SUMMER LAW INTERN PROGRAM AT THE U.S. DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE

Hosted by: Rena J. Cervoni, Deputy Director and Trisha A. Fillbach, Assistant Director of the Office of Attorney Recruitment and Management

During the webinars, participants will:
• Obtain a brief overview of this year’s programs;
• Receive answers to questions about the application; and
• Gain an understanding of the hiring timeline.

Please RSVP to OARMposition@usdoj.gov for one session (listed below) by Wednesday, July 19, 2017. Please include your name, law school, and the webinar date you choose to attend.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017, 3:00PM (EST)

Wednesday, July 26, 2017, 12:00PM (EST)

Thursday, July 27, 2017, 12:00PM (EST)

More information about both programs, including eligibility and offices participating, can be found at:

HP:   https://www.justice.gov/legal-careers/entry-level-attorneys

SLIP:  https://www.justice.gov/legal-careers/summer-law-intern-program

Center for Gender & Refugee Studies Launching Asylum Expert Witness Database

“The Center for Gender & Refugee Studies (CGRS) is launching a new project—a searchable database of qualified and pre-vetted country specialists and health professionals who serve as expert witnesses to support asylum seekers in the United States. This service will be offered to attorneys and experts alike, free of charge. In other areas of the law, the provision of expert witness referrals is highly developed and professionalized, but this will be the first project of its kind to do so in the asylum field.

The Asylum Expert Witness Database is scheduled to go live in late 2017 and will contain detailed profiles for hundreds of experts, as well as information, including outcomes, about cases for which they have provided testimony. When available, we will also include sample transcripts of the expert’s prior testimony and any government challenges to an expert’s qualifications. Experts will be able to update their own profiles to include information about current availability and fee requirements. In the meantime, we will continue to provide referrals when requested through our website http://cgrs.uchastings.edu/assistance.

We are currently seeking information from attorneys about recommended country specialists or health professionals for inclusion in the database. Please send information about any recommended experts, including contact information, areas of expertise, and CVs, to CGRS at CGRS-ExpertDB@uchastings.edu. We will follow up with attorneys and the experts themselves as we get closer to the go-live date.

For more information, please contact CGRS Staff Attorney Robyn Barnard at BarnardRobyn@uchastings.edu.”

New ABA Network Increases Legal Services for Homeless Youth

“In an effort to increase legal services to [homeless youth], the American Bar Association (ABA) recently launched the Homeless Youth Legal Network (HYLN). The initiative helps homeless youth ages 25 and younger, while also providing opportunities for legal professionals and service providers. ‘The Homeless Youth Legal Network is a fine example of how the American Bar Association can link youth experiencing homelessness with experts in the legal community who can help,’ ABA President Linda A. Klein. ‘This project, made possible with a grant from the ABA Enterprise Fund, shows how we can harness the power and reach of the ABA to improve access to justice by providing much-needed legal assistance to vulnerable populations.'”

Read more here.

Public-Defender Fees Waived for Those Found Innocent in California

“Californians accused of a crime but found not guilty will no longer have to pay for their public defenders after Gov. Jerry Brown on Monday signed a criminal justice-reform law striking the requirement. Under a bill authored by a pair of Los Angeles-area state senators, people using court-appointed counsel must only repay courts for legal costs if they are convicted. State Sen. Holly Mitchell, D-Los Angeles, said the current reimbursement laws are a detriment to low-income Californians and that Senate Bill 355 closes a damaging loophole which punishes individuals who are falsely arrested.”

Read more here.

Law schools are filled with Asian Americans. So why aren’t there more Asian judges?Supreme Court Courthouse (c) Stockvault

“While Asian Americans are the fastest growing minority group in law, and are overrepresented in the country’s top law schools as well as at major law firms, they lag behind all other racial groups when it comes to attaining leadership roles in the legal profession, according to a study released Tuesday by Yale Law School and the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association.”

Read more here.