Inaugural LGBT Division Public Interest Scholarship
In celebration of the 10th Anniversary of the establishment of the HNBA’s LGBT Section, the HNBA LGBT Division announced the launch of the LGBT Division Public Interest Scholarship Program at the 2018 Corporate Counsel Conference in San Francisco, CA. Applications are now open! This scholarship will provide up to $5000.00 in financial assistance to law students or recent law school graduates who are or will become members of the HNBA, and who will be performing public interest work (advocacy, policy, and/or direct legal services) with a direct impact on Latinx LGBTQ individuals during their 2018 Summer (current law students) or 2018 Summer/Fall (recent law grads). Read more here.
May 24: National Health Law Program offering training seminars
NHeLP is once again opening up our intern trainings to legal aid and other public interest organizations. NHeLP’s summer intern training webinar series provides an overview on key 2018 health policy issues, beginning with Medicaid 101. These webinars are more informal than other NHeLP trainings and are geared for law students working in health policy and legal services. Additional upcoming trainings include Medicaid and Health Law Research, Reproductive Health and Justice 101, and Medicaid § 1115 Demonstrations. Read more and register here.
May 15: How to avoid burnout while changing the world
Nip burnout in the bud by attending this interactive workshop with one of the leading thinkers on doing good while staying well. Beth Kanter is the author of many books about, and for, nonprofits and the social sector. In this workshop, she will lay out an action plan for doing high-impact work in a way that is healthy for organizations and individuals. Her holistic, down to-earth approach to leadership development will put you on the path to a happy, healthy career! Read more here.
May 17: Northwest Indian Bar Association Annual Dinner
It will be an evening of great food, fantastic auction items, and wonderful company on May 17th at Seattle University School of Law, Sullivan Hall. Register here.
May 18: CLE on Legal Aid and Domestic Violence
Please join for a one credit CLE (.5 ethics) about Legal Aid as a Tool to Stop Domestic Violence with King County Prosecutor David Martin and ELAP attorney Rochelle Krebs sharing information on the innovative Project Safety. For more information, see flyer below. Foster Pepper Lunch included with RSVP to Brendan@legalfoundation.org
May 18: The Philip L. Burton Memorial Scholarship Dinner
Join the Loren Miller Bar Association in celebrating their 50th anniversary! Justice Adrienne Nelson from the Oregon Supreme Court will be the keynote speaker. Register to attend or sponsor here.
Due May 9: UW Law Summer Internship Loan Program
Established through the University of Washington School of Law Day Karr Fund, UW Law is offering financial support to qualified first-year and second-year law students who have unpaid summer internships doing law-related work for a total of at least 200 hours. Priority will be given to students with public service (non-pirofit, government, judicial) internships. Each loan award will be a maximum of $2,000. Repayment will begin three (3) months after the date of disbursement. Interest will accrue at 0%, both during the 3-month grace period and during the repayment period. The borrower will have until March 31, 2019 to repay the award in full. Read more and apply here.
May 10: Q&A with Thomas A. Saenz MALDEF President & General Counsel
A group of women demonstrating on the U.S. Supreme Court steps prayed over Thomas Saenz, President and General Counsel of the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund the weekend before oral arguments on President Barack Obama’s immigration executive action.
Saenz argued for the first time before the High court focusing on the lives of millions of immigrants who would benefit from Obama’s executive action. RSVP here.
Due May 15: 2Ls, enter to win up to $40,000 for tuition
As things wrap up, we at AccessLex are celebrating the first year of the MAX program and the upcoming Grand Prize Scholarship Drawing on May 15 in which two lucky MAX-participating students will each receive up to $40,000 toward their 2L tuition.
We can’t wait to help make two students’ law school experience a whole lot easier with these scholarships. But more than that, we cannot thank you enough for your partnership in the program this year. We look forward to bringing you MAX for 1Ls AND 2Ls this coming academic year, and to releasing the program even earlier on June 1. Read more here.
Due May 29: Huneke Fellowship for international law
The Huneke Fellowship is an annual program administered by the Washington State Bar Association’s International Practice Section (IPS). The Fellowship is designed to provide real-world experience, networking opportunities, and modest financial assistance for a law student interested in the international practice of law. Each year the IPS awards one Huneke Fellowship, which includes a $1,000 stipend, to a current 1L or 2L student. Read more here.
May 8: CLE on Legal Financial Obligations
May 15: Creating a Culture of Racial Equity
Dismantling institutional racism and otherwise unlearning oppressive systems that are engrained in our culture is a winding path with endless stops and starts. This month we are looking inward to realize our values and how we can use them as guide posts on this journey. We’ll also discuss roadblocks like gatekeeping and understanding your role in a situation. Learn more here.
June 8: Second Annual Law Bono Conference — Unbundling: Reimagining the Attorney-Client Relationship
Unbundled legal services is a vital emerging market for lawyers. This CLE will provide you the information, resources and practical advice to help you improve your practice if you are currently using unbundled legal services or help you see how best to introduce it to your practice. Co-hosted by the WSBA Low Bono Section and Seattle University School of Law CLE, the 2nd Annual Low Bono Conference will provide practical advice on providing your clients with exactly the services they need, when they need them, without wasting time, money or resources.
Topics include: How unbundled services work and how it is currently being applied by lawyers; how to explain unbundled legal services to clients; the roles of drafting, negotiation, research and brief services. Register here.
June 15: Alliance for Equal Justice Legal Aid Summer Intern Orientation
What is the Alliance for Equal Justice? What should you know to get the most out of your summer internship? Join us on June 15 from 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the University of Washington School of Law Room 138 (or via livestream from Gonzaga in room 227) to learn about the Alliance, receive substantive training, and meet students interning at other organizations. Final agenda will be posted soon. Co-sponsored by Seattle University School of Law, Gonzaga University School of Law, and the University of Washington School of Law. Lunch generously sponsored in Seattle and Spokane by Foster Pepper PLLC. RSVP here.
Due May 13: Legal Aid Services of Oregon hiring full time staff attorney
LASO is a non-profit organization that represents low-income clients in civil cases. LASO’s eight regional offices serve the general low-income population throughout the state and two specialized statewide programs provide services to farmworkers and representation on Native American issues. LASO is an effective, high-quality legal services program committed to advocacy strategies that will have a demonstrable effect on community problems. Learn more and apply here.
Rolling Deadline: Western Environmental Law Center hiring post-grads
The Western Environmental Law Center (WELC) is a nonprofit public interest environmental law firm with a 25-year legacy of success using the power of the law to safeguard the public lands, wildlife, and communities of the American West in the face of a changing climate. We seek an attorney with 0-4 years of experience to join our team on a full-time basis beginning September 2018 for a two-year period with the prospect of an extension or permanent position contingent on funding and performance. Our preference is to locate this position in Eugene, Oregon but we will also entertain applicants interested in either our Taos, NM, Seattle, WA, or Helena, MT office locations. The position will defend and advocate for federal wildlife and public lands conservation protections across the Western U.S. Read more and apply here.
Rolling Deadline: King County Civil Rights Internship, Equity and Social Justice
The Civil Rights Legal Internship will provide a rich personal development opportunity and exposure to various aspects of investigation and enforcement in partnership with a Civil Rights Manager/Investigator. Some examples of what you will learn/be exposed to include: Basics in employment law as it relates to Title VII; Basics in administrative procedure; Case file management and mediation techniques; observation/liaison to Civil Rights Commission meetings; how to complete an intake, draft complaints and final determinations, jurisdictional civil rights protections and advanced interview skills.
Rolling Deadline: Swinomish Staff Attorney Position
Staff Attorney to provide legal advice and representation, document drafting and collaboration with a wide range of Swinomish Indian Tribal Community policy committees, departments and entities. Work may include contract preparation, drafting ordinances and policies, treaty hunting/fishing rights and management, environmental protection and habitat restoration, land management, Indian gaming and gaming regulation, housing and utilities, health care and/or social welfare programs, employment or taxation. Read more and apply here.
Check out these OCI events upcoming this week
Not sure what OCI is all about? Attend this overview of the OCI and Resume Collection process and hear from 2Ls and 3Ls who have been through the process. EarthJustice, King County Prosecutor’s Office, Seattle City Attorney’s Office, Social Security Administration, and Pierce County Prosecutor’s Office have currently signed up for OCI, with more public service employers expected.
4:00-5:30 p.m., May 2, 2018, Room 127: OCI: Insights from the Interviewers – Employer Panel
What do OCI interviewers look for in a candidate? This panel of public and private sector OCI interviewers will give unique insight into the OCI process. RSVP required.
5:30 p.m. & 7:00 p.m., May 2, 2018, Gallagher Law Library: Meet The Employers – OCI Reception
Following the interviewer panel, join additional public and private sector OCI employers for a reception. This is your opportunity to make a good first impression on the attorneys and recruiters participating in OCI. Refreshments will be served. RSVP required.
April 30: Radical Lawyering: Abolition: What the Work Looks Like, featuring Dean Spade
5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Room 133. Contemporary movements are challenging the fundamental arrangements that undergird a deeply unequal and violent society, and envisioning a world without prisons or borders. How can law students and lawyers relate with these movements? What do we have to offer and what are the pitfalls of legal tactics that we should be aware of?
May 1: Stand with Immigrants and March with us on May Day!
It has never been more important to stand with immigrants and demand our government respect the rights of all people. Join the ACLU contingent at Judkins Park to help distribute Know Your Rights guides and carry messages of solidarity and support for our immigrant family, friends and neighbors. We are joining with march organizers El Comité and the May 1st Action Coalition to call on all advocates to come out on Tuesday, May 1 for the 19th Annual May Day March for Immigrant and Workers Rights. Register here.
Due April 30: WSBA Labor and Employment Grant Applications
The purpose of the grant is to educate future lawyers about the practice of labor and employment law, give students the opportunity to have hands-on experience in the field of labor and employment law. Any law student who have completed at least one year of law school by the proposed project begin date is eligible.
If the idea of $6,000 for summer and Labor and Employment Law sound like a great pairing, please by Student and Career Services Ste. 346 and talk with Huy Nguyen for complete application instructions.
Due May 7: Apply to the Pro Bono Honors Society
Did you volunteer for IFAP, PFJP, SYLAW, CHRJ App Help, ELS research project? Do pro bono work for a community-based legal or public interest organization? Volunteer as a case manager or leader for a student-led pro bono project? Intern last summer for a public interest organization and didn’t get a summer grant, stipend or externship credit?
If you can answer YES to any of these questions you are likely eligible to participate in the UW Law Pro Bono Honors Society!
Learn more and apply here.
Due May 18: Joan Fitzpatrick Fellowship in Human Rights and Funding
The Joan Fitzpatrick Fellowship in Human Rights (“Fellowship”) is awarded to a University of Washington School of Law student. The purpose of the fellowship is to provide financial assistance to a UW School of Law student who has demonstrated an interest in human rights law, and who is performing (or planning to perform) unpaid law-related work in human rights during the summer or the following academic year.
The Fellowship amount is generally up to $5500. The recipient will be required to obtain the consent of the Joan Fitzpatrick Endowment Fund Committee (“Committee”) before receiving any additional funding. The recipient cannot simultaneously accept PILA funding.
Learn more and apply here.
Due May 18: Michigan Law seeking post-grad fellows for Entrepreneurship Clinic
The University of Michigan Law Clinical Fellows Program seeks applicants for a fellowship in its Entrepreneurship Clinic (EC). This is a two year appointment with the possibility of extension for a third year.
The Clinical Fellows Program is designed to fully support attorneys wishing to explore the possibility of a career in clinical teaching. Michigan Clinical Fellows gain valuable experience and mentoring in clinical pedagogy and in their substantive area of practice. Their duties include clinical teaching and student supervision in conjunction with a clinic director, and participation in the operation and development of the clinic in which they teach. Support is provided for personal and professional development and scholarship.
Learn more and apply here.
NWIRP hiring for two-year Equal Justice Works Crime Victims Fellowship beginning in June
Northwest Immigrant Rights Project (NWIRP) will host a fellow over two years as part of the Equal Justice Works Crime Victims Justice Corps. The fellowship will begin on or about June 1, 2018 and end on May 31, 2020. The Equal Justice Works Crime Victims Justice Corps is a legal fellowship program designed to increase capacity and access to civil legal help for crime survivors. A cohort of approximately sixty fellows are placed at nonprofit organizations across the country to provide direct representation to survivors of crimes, including human trafficking, fraud/identity theft, campus sexual assault, and hate crime, and immigrant survivors of crime with meritorious claims for immigration relief, and outreach and education to community partners. All fellows will incorporate crime survivors’ rights enforcement into their practice and will receive training from the National Crime Victim Law Institute and other training and technical providers.
Learn more and apply for the fellowship here.
NWIRP hiring full-time staff attorney for the Family Services Unit
Northwest Immigrant Rights Project (NWIRP) seeks a full-time bilingual staff attorney to work in
our Family Services Unit (FSU) in Seattle, Washington. The attorney will provide legal assistance to community members through: direct representation; individual consultations; self-help assistance in the form of community workshops and legal clinics; and community education. The attorney will focus on providing legal representation in various matters, but focusing on 1) defending individuals in removal proceedings, and 2) representing community members seeking immigration status through family visa petitions. The attorney may also be assigned work relating to other immigration matters.
Learn more and apply for the staff attorney position here.
April 19: The Question of Palestine After Trump
In early December 2018, President Trump announced that the United States will move it embassy in Israel to Jerusalem. The announcement caused a diplomatic maelstrom for signaling a departure from nearly five decades of US foreign policy in the region. But is that actually the case? This lecture will provide historical and legal context on the status of Jerusalem and scrutinize US Middle East policy to demonstrate that Trump’s announcement was more of a continuity than a rupture with the past five decades of policy making. President Trump’s announcement is a departure for ending the double-speak in US policy, which has been in integral in facilitating Israel’s settler-colonial expansion in East Jerusalem and throughout the West Bank since 1967. Read more about the event here.
Columbia Legal Services gets major win for hospital patients
Last month, CLS won a class action suit to enforce local hospital’s legal obligation to provide charity care for people living in poverty. This past session in Olympia, CLS successfully passed legislation ensuring access to essential hospital care. The legislation and class action suit has the potential to impact 900,000+ people living in Washington.
“When patients aren’t aware that help with medical bills is available, the charity care system fails,” said Ann LoGerfo, Directing Attorney at Columbia Legal Services. “Instead of receiving free or reduced cost care, patients are pursued by debt collectors for medical debt, sending them further into poverty. And hospitals are exposed to liability for trying to collect on debt patients do not owe. No one wins in this scenario.”