Diversity Week coming up, including salmon dinner and bingo

Feb. 21 – 27: Diversity Week events

UW Law LogoTime: Multiple events
Date: Tuesday, Feb. 21 to Monday, Feb. 27, 2017
Place: UW School of Law

  • NEGOTIATING IN THE WORKPLACE
    TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 21, 12:30 – 1:20 P.M. / ROOM 127
    Sponsored by the Women’s Law Caucus
  • FILM: “CARL MAXEY: A FIGHTING LIFE”
    TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 21, 3:30 – 5 P.M. / ROOM 115
    Sponsored by the Washington Association for Justice
  • SALMON DINNER AND BINGO
    TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 21, 6 P.M. / GALLERIA AND ROOM 115
    Sponsored by the Native American Law Students Association
  • MAKING THE COMMUNITY YOUR OWN
    WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 22, 12:30 – 1:20 P.M. / ROOM 127
    Sponsored by South Asian Law Students Association
  • BREAKING THE GLASS CEILING: A CONVERSATION WITH LAWMAKERS
    WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 22, 3:30 – 5 P.M. / ROOM 115
    Sponsored by the Latina/Latino Students Association
  • HAPPY HOUR
    WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 22 / BIG TIME BREWERY, 4133 UNIVERSITY WAY NE
    Sponsored by the South Asian Law Students Association
  • FEMALE LEGAL PRACTITIONERS WORLDWIDE
    THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 23, 12:30 – 1:20 P.M. / ROOM 127
    Sponsored by the International Law Society
  • HERE TO STAY: UNDOCUMENTED YOUTH, RESISTANCE AND THE COMING LUCHA
    THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 23, 4 – 5 P.M. / ROOM 115
    Sponsored by the Latina, Latino Students Association
  • A MULTICULTURAL TGIT
    THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 23, 5 P.M. / ROOM 115
    Sponsored by BLSA, LLSA and JLSA
  • CAREER OPPORTUNITIES IN CUTTING EDGE FIELDS: AN INTERVIEW WITH MR. STEVEN TAPIA
    FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 24, 12:30 – 1:20 P.M. / ROOM 127
    Sponsored by the Diversity Committee
  • PRESERVING CIVIL RIGHTS IN EDUCATION POLICY UNDER THE NEW ADMINISTRATION
    MONDAY, FEBRUARY 27, 12:30 – 1:20 P.M. / ROOM 127
  • FILM: “3 ½ MINUTES, TEN BULLETS” (PANEL DISCUSSION TO FOLLOW)
    MONDAY, FEBRUARY 27, 3:30 P.M. / ROOM 118
    Sponsored by the Black Law Students Association

Through Feb. 28: Law Students, Faculty & Staff Have Heart!

Time: 12:30 to 1:20 p.m.
Date: Through Tuesday, February 28. 2017
Place: UW School of Law, Brotman Galleria

UW Law LogoIf you had the chance to save someone’s life, would you? …what about 8 lives?

Each year, thousands of Americans die waiting for an organ. Desperately needed organs are buried with their owners rather than gifted to neighbors in need. Most Americans—over 95%—support organ donation. And yet, only 45% of eligible donors are registered.

Register or update your organ donor status today! We are registering students, faculty, and staff as organ and tissue donors. Sign up or verify your registration and show our community that you have heart by adding your heart to the wall! Each class, the LLMs, plus faculty and staff have different color hearts to show their support.

We will be tabling over lunch until the end of February. Come by and show us your heart and we’ll give you a heart for the wall. Together, we can save lives.

Feb. 28: Intersectionality & Difference: Working Together for Social Change

intersectionalityTime: Dinner
Date: Tuesday, Feb. 28: 2017
Place: UW School of Law, Room 115

How can lawyers better meet the legal needs of grassroots communities organizing for change? How can lawyers support community-driven efforts from behind? How do we find balance in our own multiple and intersectional identities that affect our approach to problem solving and social change work? Should we redefine our ideas of lawyers as leaders? RSVP via Symplicity.

Feb. 28: Equal Justice Works webinar on Student Debt Relief

equal_justice_works_logoTime: 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.
Date: Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2017
Place: Webinar

Learn about repayment plans, loan forgiveness options, loan cancellation options, what do if you’re behind on your loan payments and more! Register here! If you can’t attend live, register and you’ll receive the recording 24-48 hours after the presentation.

Interested in Federal Public Defense? Positions open in Idaho and Oregon

Feb. 24: Full-time Civil Rights Attorney for Disability Rights Washington

Disability Rights WashingtonApplication Deadline: Friday, Feb. 24, 2017

The attorney will spend a significant amount of time educating individuals with disabilities about legal rights and self-advocacy strategies. The attorney will respond to calls and letters from individuals seeking assistance from DRW and will travel to facilities serving these individuals to provide in-person services.  The attorney will provide services that empower people with disabilities to advocate for themselves through concise interviews, focused research, provision of information, referrals and advocacy tips, and development of informational publications. The attorney also will monitor, investigate and advocate for individuals and groups who are abused, neglected, or have had their civil rights violated. This position requires frequent travel throughout Washington State to monitor facilities and provide in-person technical assistance services.  This position will not have a primary focus on litigation, but the attorney will from time to time work on systemic litigation brought by DRW.

Read more and apply here.

March 1: Federal Defender Services of Idaho internship

federal-defenders-idahoApplication Deadline: Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Federal Defender Services of Idaho is accepting applications from first- and second-year law students for a summer legal clerkship position with the Capital Habeas Unit for Summer 2017.  The Capital Habeas Unit, located in Boise, Idaho, represents individuals under a state sentence of death in Idaho, California and Nevada.

Read more and apply here.

Rolling Deadline, paid: Center for Reproductive Rights Global Legal Program internship

CRR LogoApplication Deadline: Open until filled

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

Rolling Deadline: ACLU of WA Legal Intake internship

aclu_picApplication Deadline: Open until filled

The ACLU of Washington is seeking engaged, committed volunteers to help serve as the “face of the ACLU” in assisting our legal department in working with the thousands of Washingtonians who contact us each year seeking information and assistance. The ACLU of Washington is a dynamic non-profit, public interest organization devoted to protecting civil liberties and civil rights. Its staff of 30+ employees and numerous volunteers work in a fast paced, friendly and professional office.

Legal Intake interns work within the ACLU of Washington’s Legal Department to assist with the organization, response, and analysis of intake complaints from around Washington State on a wide range of civil liberties and other issues such as free speech, student discipline, police practices, criminal law, and jail and prison conditions.

Read more and apply here

Rolling Deadline: Summer fellowship with the Collaboration for Research Integrity and Transparency at Yale Law School

Yale Law School LogoApplication Deadline: Open until filled

The Collaboration for Research Integrity and Transparency (CRIT) at Yale Law School (YLS) invites applications for a summer fellow position. The summer fellow will assist in all aspects of CRIT’s ongoing litigation and other activities.

The Collaboration for Research Integrity and Transparency (CRIT) is an inter-disciplinary initiative of YLS, Yale Medical School, and the Yale School of Public Health, launched in 2016. CRIT staff work in collaboration with the Media Freedom and Information Access Clinic (MFIA) at YLS to promote public health by ensuring open access to scientific data as well to improve the integrity of biomedical and clinical research.

Read more and apply here

Rolling Deadline: Criminal Defense Investigator with the Federal Public Defender 

federal-public-defender-district-of-oregonApplication Deadline: Open until filled

Investigators are part of the FPD team representing indigent defendants charged with federal crimes ranging from trespass to murder to complex fraud.  The work includes locating and interviewing witnesses, reviewing evidence, assessing legal claims (including habeas corpus claims), organizing documents in databases, and developing sentencing mitigation.  Some travel is required within the district, including occasional overnight or longer trips, as well as less frequent travel outside of the district.

Read more and apply here.

Rolling Deadline: Summer Law Clerk for Immigration and Employment Law with Legal Aid Nonprofit in San Francisco

bayview-hunters-point-legal-aidApplication Deadline: Open until filled

Bayview/Hunters Point Community Legal in San Francisco, CA, is working to prove that the law can work for everyone by creating the country’s first system of universal access to civil representation. We serve community members in the highest-need neighborhoods of San Francisco located in District 10: Bayview, Hunters Point, Potrero, Sunnydale, Visitation Valley. Eventually, we hope to expand, serve more neighborhoods, and create a model for national replication.
We are seeking a summer law clerk to help us handle immigration and employment cases. Fluent or highly proficient Spanish is required. You will work under the supervision and mentorship of our Senior Staff Attorney. Day-to-day work includes negotiating with adverse counsel, meeting clients, drafting demand letters and pleadings, and researching relevant law. We are fast-paced, high-volume office. We guarantee that you will not ever be bored. We value students who are passionate about access to civil justice, self-motivated, and have strong client service and time management skills. We believe we offer extremely challenging and rewarding positions for students who want to learn how they can be a part of universal access.
To apply, email your resume and cover letter to adrian@bhpcommunitylegal.org

 

 

Paid public internship opportunities for 1Ls in California, New York, and more

Due Feb. 1: Bilingual Staff Attorney position with NWIRP

nwirplogo__square_background_for_twitter_-e1441317557331Application Deadline: Applicants received before by Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2017 are preferred, but other applications will be received on a rolling basis

The Northwest Immigrant Rights Project (NWIRP) seeks a bilingual attorney (with a preference for a Spanish-speaking attorney) to provide direct representation and other forms of legal assistance in immigration matters. The attorney will provide legal assistance to community members through: (1) direct representation; (2) individual consultations; (3) self-help assistance in the form of community workshops and legal clinics; and (4) community education. The attorney will provide legal representation in various immigration matters, but will focus on assisting individuals facing removal proceedings.

Learn more here

Due Feb. 9: NASA at Kennedy Space Center Office of Chief Counsel

nasaApplication Deadline: Thursday, Feb. 9, 2017

The Office of the Chief Counsel at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center is a dynamic, interesting, and spirited law practice comprising 20 legal professionals who, as a cohesive and collegial organization, provide the full range of legal advice and legal services for NASA’s programs and operations at Kennedy Space Center, Florida. We are an industrious team of public servants who are focused on results while embracing camaraderie, cooperation, mutual respect, diversity, sound perspective, a sense of humor, passion for the practice of law, and compassion for each other. As an added benefit, you would be joining an agency ranked as one of the best places to work in the federal government.

We are looking for talented and enthusiastic law school interns. If you want an internship in a dynamic environment that is both exceptionally challenging and rewarding, then come join the NASA legal team at Kennedy Space Center where you will have an opportunity to use your current skills, build new ones, and make valuable contributions to the Office of the Chief Counsel.

Learn more and get application instructions here

Due Feb. 16: Open Society Foundations needs legal research intern

OSF LogoApplication Deadline: Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017

The Open Society Justice Initiative uses the law to protect and empower people around the world. Through litigation, advocacy, research, and technical assistance, we strive to secure legal remedies for human rights abuses, and promote effective enforcement of the rule of law. Our efforts focus on accountability for international crimes, racial discrimination and statelessness, criminal justice reform, abuses related to national security and counterterrorism, the promotion of freedom of information and expression, and combating natural resource–related corruption.

The Open Society Justice Initiative invites current law school and other advanced degree graduate students to apply to join our team as Legal Research Interns in our New York, Washington, D.C. and Budapest offices. With close supervision by an assigned mentor, interns will learn about the various tools available for researching issues, engaging in oral and written persuasive techniques, and drafting reports and legal memoranda related to human rights related advocacy in the areas of focus of the Justice Initiative.

Apply here

Due Feb. 17, paid: Summer Associate position with the Alliance for Justice

alliance-for-justiceApplication Deadline: Friday, Feb. 17, 2017

The Alliance for Justice is seeking law school student applicants for paid and self-funded positions in the summer of 2017.  Summer Associates are expected to work full time (40 hours) over the course of a ten week period.
 
Alliance for Justice is a national association of more than 100 organizations dedicated to advancing justice and democracy.  For more than 30 years we have been leaders in the fight for a more equitable society on behalf of a broad constituency of environmental, consumer, civil and women’s rights, children’s, senior citizens’ and other groups. Alliance for Justice is premised on the belief that all Americans have the right to secure justice in the courts and to have our voice heard when government makes decisions that affect our lives.
 
Apply and learn more here. 

Due Feb. 28, paid: California Rural Legal Assistance, Inc. seeks summer law fellow

crlaApplication Deadline: Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2017

California Rural Legal Assistance, Inc. (CRLA) is seeking a law school fellow for a 10- week summer position with CRLA’s LGBT Program. The LGBT Program addresses the intersections of race, immigration status, and poverty within the framework of advancing rural LGBT rights. The program engages in direct legal representation and other innovative forms of legal advocacy that leverage collaborations with a range of rural stakeholders. The LGBT Program Summer Law fellow will work under the supervision of the LGBT Program Director to provide direct legal services and support litigation and other systemic advocacy. Priority types of legal cases include petitions for U, T, and VAWA non-immigrant status, employment discrimination cases, education rights cases, and legal name and gender petitions. The law clerk may request to be placed in any one of CRLA’s office locations, and the LGBT program will strive to accommodate the law clerk’s preferred location.

Learn more and apply here.  

Rolling Deadline: Summer internship position with Team Child

Team Child LogoApplication Deadline: Open until filled

Every day, thousands of youth face profound legal and social barriers that increase their chances of dropping out of school, being homeless or ending up in the juvenile justice system. TeamChild uses its legal expertise and community partnerships to break down barriers to community services in order to overcome the root causes of a youth’s involvement in the juvenile justice system.

TeamChild is a member of the Alliance for Equal Justice, Washington’s network of organizations providing civil legal aid to people in need. TeamChild is also a member of the Washington Defender Association (WDA), a statewide membership organization for public defenders, and of the National Juvenile Justice Network, which enhances the capacity of juvenile justice coalitions and organizations to promote practices that are fair, equitable and developmentally appropriate for all children, youth and families involved in, or at risk of becoming involved in, the justice system.

Apply and learn more here

Due March 3: Attention 3Ls! Apply for a Stoneleigh Fellowship

stoneleigh-logoApplication Deadline: Open until filled

The Stoneleigh Foundation provides a unique opportunity for leading practitioners, researchers, and policymakers to advance reforms in the systems that serve vulnerable young people – such as juvenile justice, child welfare, education, and health.  Over the past ten years, our Fellows have developed new approaches to program design and delivery, changed how systems work together to better meet the needs of youth, and generated new knowledge through action-oriented research.

Apply and learn more here

Rolling Deadline: Policy Manager position with the Black Alliance for Just Immigration

bajiApplication Deadline: Open until filled

The Black Alliance for Just Immigration (BAJI) is a racial justice and migrant rights organization which engages in education, advocacy, and cross-cultural alliance-building in order to strengthen a national movement to end racism, criminalization, and economic disenfranchisement in African American and Black immigrant communities. BAJI’s headquarters are in Brooklyn, NY and we have additional offices in Oakland, CA, Atlanta, GA, and Los Angeles, CA. Position Summary: The Policy Manager will engage elected officials, policy advocates, and other stakeholders in challenging mass criminalization and unjust enforcement of immigration laws as well as rules and regulations that undermine the welfare of immigrants.

Learn more and apply here. 

Rolling Deadline, paid: Internship opportunity with Knight First Amendment Institute at Columbia University

knight-foundationApplication Deadline: Open until filled

The newly established Knight First Amendment Institute at Columbia University is looking for its inaugural class of summer legal interns. We want creative, motivated, and committed law students to join us in the defense of the freedoms of speech and the press. You’ll get to do ground-breaking First Amendment litigation and to help us in the early stages of building an exciting new free-speech advocacy and research organization.

Your primary responsibility as a legal intern will be to support our litigation. You’ll work alongside the Institute’s attorneys on all aspects of our litigation, including the exploration of new lawsuits, the research and analysis of legal questions, the development of litigation strategy, and the drafting of factual and legal memoranda, affidavits, and briefs.

Apply 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

Alaska Legal Services Corp hiring students for paid summer internships

Due Feb. 4: DOJ, Environment and Natural Resources Division at NW Job Fair 

DOJApplication Deadline: Rolling, but interview slots available for Saturday, Feb. 4, 2017.

Patricia McKenna, of the U.S. Department of Justice, Environment and Natural Resources Division, will be at the NW Job Fair in Portland on February 4, 2017. She will be both participating in a brownbag and interviewing for both summer interns for the Environmental Enforcement and Environmental Crimes Sections, as well as interviewing for school year interns for all sections.

Generally, ENRD litigates in five key areas: pollution, lands and natural resources, wildlife, Indian resources, and land acquisition. Attorneys represent many federal agencies by preparing and arguing civil and criminal enforcement cases, appeals, and by defending challenged federal agency actions arising from well over 100 federal environmental laws. The Division handles cases covering a broad spectrum of issues including the listing of endangered species and civil and criminal enforcement of federal pollution control laws.  Cases are at the cutting edge of environmental and natural resources practice. The Division’s work protects our environment for future generations.  Assignments for our interns vary among the sections – but generally, interns assist the Division’s trial lawyers in preparing cases for filing and supporting the litigation effort post-filing, and assist the Division’s appellate lawyers in researching issues on appeal. Responsibilities typically include conducting legal research, drafting pleadings, discovery, and memoranda of law dealing with a variety of federal environmental and natural resource issues.

Read more here

Due Feb. 6, paid: QLaw, CCYJ summer fellowship opportunity

ccyj_logoThe QLaw Foundation Sher Kung Summer Fellow will be responsible for supporting the eQuality Project at the Center for Children & Youth Justice (CCYJ). The eQuality Project is a collaborative effort to ensure Washington’s child welfare and juvenile justice systems better serve lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning/queer youth in their care, collect meaningful data on the needs, experiences and outcomes of LGBTQ youth, and divert LGBTQ youth from homelessness.

Read more about the fellowship and apply here

Due Feb. 10: Summer openings with the Legal Studies Institute

usprograms_retinalogo5Application Deadline: Friday, Feb. 10, 2017

If you’re a first or second year law student looking to practice law in Washington, D.C. with an interest in issues of constitutional interpretation, limited government and free enterprise, please consider applying to the 2017 Legal Studies Institute (LSI).

LSI is an intensive 8-week academic intern program that gives law students first-hand exposure to the American legal system through legal clerkships, academic coursework, networking and career development sessions, and a law and policy lecture series with leading constitutional scholars such as Randy Barnett of Georgetown Law, Ilya Shapiro of the Cato Institute, and Former Attorney General Ed Meese.

Read more and apply here

Due Feb. 17, paid: Alaska Legal Services Corps hiring summer intern

revised_alaska_legal_logo-0120web20transp2010-13Application Deadline: Friday, Feb. 17, 2017

Interested in Providing Legal Services to Rural Communities? Interested in a Summer in Alaska? Would you like $5k to Support your Summer Public Interest Work? If yes, then look no further. Alaska Legal Services Corp is a host organization for the Rural Summer Legal Corps. UW Law student applicants get special preference. Yep, you read that right.

For more information and application instructions, click here. 

Rolling deadline: Public service-oriented firm hiring associate

mallisonmartinezApplication Deadline: Open until filled

Progressive law firm Mallison & Martinez, located in Oakland, is searching for an associate with 1-2 years of experience. The attorney will represent low-wage workers in wage and hour, discrimination, harassment, worker safety, and workplace products liability cases. The attorney will have extensive client contact and the opportunity to work on cases in federal and state courts, mediation, arbitration, and administrative agencies (e.g. California Labor & Workforce Development Agency, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Department of Fair Employment and Housing, and Cal-OSHA). Responsibilities will include junior-level associate work such as: legal research, drafting motions and pleadings, discovery, court appearances, depositions, case management, and client communications.

For more information and application instructions, click here

Rolling deadline, paid: Yale Law School fellowship opportunity 

Yale Law School LogoApplication Deadline: Open until filled

The Jerome N. Frank Legal Services Organization of Yale Law School (LSO) invites applications for its 2017 Summer Fellowship program.  LSO is the main organization at Yale Law School providing legal representation to individuals and organizations in need of legal assistance but unable to afford private attorneys.  During the academic year, law students work closely with clinical faculty members to represent clients in a wide range of litigation and non-litigation matters, helping to fill a critical need in legal services delivery for poor and marginalized communities in Connecticut.  LSO seeks to hire 20-25 Summer Fellows to work with clinical faculty in order to continue this client representation. These are paid positions, with a salary of $6,720 for 12 weeks of full-time work ($14/hour). The Fellowship will run from May 23 to August 18, 2017, with some flexibility as to start and end dates.  Part-time work or full-time work for a portion of the Fellowship period may also be possible.

Read more here

Rolling deadline: Immigration Law & Policy fellowship opportunities

arizonaApplication Deadline: Open until filled

The University of Arizona’s Bacon Immigration Law & Policy Program is hiring for THREE positions: two fellowship positions previously circulated that are still receiving applications for at least a few more weeks, and one new fellowship ideally suited for an attorney with a few years of experience, to work primarily with immigrant workers in our Workers’ Rights Clinic.  This position will start in summer 2017.  Click on each position title to read more.

Join journalist Düzen Tekkal to discuss ISIS, genocide, and her new film

Jan. 24, SJT: Immigration Post-Inauguration: What does Trump mean for sanctuary cities and immigration policy?

UW Law LogoTime: 12:30 to 1:20 p.m.
Date: Tuesday, Jan 24, 2017
Place: UW School of Law, Room 127

Heard about sanctuary cities but not quite sure what they are. Interested in immigration law? Concerned or thoughtful about Donald Trump’s extreme statements and stance on immigration?
Please join CHRJ as we host a panel dedicated to immigration policy in a Trump administration the (Social Justice) Tuesday after inauguration.

Panelists include:
Professor Hugh Spitzer, expert in local government and municipal law
Cuc Vu, director of the Seattle Mayor’s Office of Immigrant and Refugee Affairs
Chris Strawn, UW Immigration Clinic Director and Northwest Immigrant Rights Project attorney
Moderated by Professor Angelica Chazaro, expert in Immigration Law

Jan. 25: Shriver Center’s Fighting Poverty and Advancing Racial Justice in a New Political Landscape

Shriver CenterTime: 10:00 to 10:30 a.m. PST
Date: Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2017
Place: Online

Given the signals from the incoming administration, what should be the focus of an antipoverty and racial justice agenda now? Eight years ago, as the Obama administration was taking shape, the Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law published a 12-point poverty-fighting agenda. Now, as President Obama is set to leave the White House as Donald Trump takes the oath of office on January 20, the Shriver Center has revisited that agenda. Read more and register here.

Jan. 30: Screening of “Hawar — My Journey to Genocide”

screenshot-48Time: 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.
Date: Monday, Jan. 30, 2017
Place: Kane Hall 120, University of Washington

In August 2014, ISIS swarmed over the Iraqi Sinjar region giving the Yazidis the choice to convert or die – leaving 5,000 dead, half a million displaced and more than 3,000 girls and women forced into sexual enslavement. “Hawar” is the story of Düzen Tekkal’s journey back to her Yazidi homeland and her arrival to an ISIS bloodbath. She is an award-winning German journalist and human rights activist of Kurdish-Yazidi origin.

Please join for a film screening and discussion with the renowned filmmaker. Read more here.

Feb. 24: RSVP to the PILA Benefit Auction 

PILA LogoTime: 5:30 p.m.
Date: Friday, Feb. 24, 2017. RSVP by Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2017.
Place: Husky Union Building, University of Washington

The Public Interest Law Association invites you to the 22nd Annual PILA Benefit Auction. This year’s theme is Masquerade Ball—formal attired encouraged.

Save the Date: Washington State Access to Justice Conference

racing-to-justiceTime: All day
Date: Friday, June 2 to June 4, 2017
Place: Yakima Convention Center, Yakima, WA

The Access to Justice (ATJ) Conference is a bi-annual event, being held this year in Yakima on June 2-4. This year, we will feature more opportunities for big picture discussions across disciplines, while also providing space for networking and resource development.  No Conference would be complete without social activities and to that end we will enjoy a reception on Friday evening and libations at a local winery on Saturday evening.

Regardless of where you are in your legal career, and given the shifting sands upon which we all appear to be standing, attendance at this year’s ATJ Conference is more vital than ever. Indeed the Conference’s theme, “Racing to Justice: Community Lawyering to Bend the Arc,” affirms that this is not a time for despair, but for bold life-affirming action that will bring everyone to a place of equity and fairness. We look forward to your attendance at the Conference as together we build a movement where justice for all becomes a reality. Read more and register here.

Not sure how to deal with that one family member at the reunion? SPLC has a guide for responding to everyday bigotry

During a time of great change, civil legal aid may be threatened

screenshot-37Originally published as “Prepare To Dig In To Preserve Civil Legal Aid” by Lonnie A. Powers, executive director of the Massachusetts Legal Assistance Corporation, on the Huffington Post. Image courtesy of the Huffington Post.

“We don’t quite know what to expect from the federal government in the weeks and months ahead in terms of support for civil legal aid. For decades, support for the Legal Services Corporation (LSC), the nonprofit that administers federal funding to legal aid programs across the country, has been seen as a smart investment by members of both parties.” Read the full article here.

SPLC: “Speak Up: Responding to Everyday Bigotry”

SPLC LogoOriginally published by the Southern Poverty Law Center. This guide provides ideas and actions for responding to bigotry and ignorance in everyday life.

“Your brother routinely makes anti-Semitic comments. Your neighbor uses the N-word in casual conversation. Your co-worker ribs you about your Italian surname, asking if you’re in the mafia. Your classmate insults something by saying, “That’s so gay.”

And you stand there, in silence, thinking, “What can I say in response to that?” Or you laugh along, uncomfortably. Or, frustrated or angry, you walk away without saying anything, thinking later, “I should have said something.” Learn how to deal with these types of situations with the Speak Up guide. Read the full guide here.

Shriver Center creates “Racial Justice Training Institute”

Shriver CenterIn the face of a coming transition in federal leadership and deep societal divisions, anti-poverty advocates must understand and address issues of race, implicit bias, and how to affirmatively advance racial equity. The Racial Justice Training Institute is a groundbreaking national leadership program that offers a transformative experience to build and fortify agents for change.

Working in teams, and with support from skilled faculty and coaches, you’ll learn how to use new racial justice knowledge and skills in your daily work and apply these to a racial equity initiative that your team will work on throughout the Institute. Learn more and apply to the institute here.