April Poverty Simulation Trainings
Staff from the Washington State Department of Commerce will be leading a Poverty Simulation Training for the DMCMA 2018 Regionals. This simulation is designed to help participants better understand the realities, complexities, and frustrations of living in poverty day to day. The experience will help those who frequently deal with low-income individuals and families. Trainings will take place all over Washington throughout the month of April. Click here for more information.
Register now for the 2018 LGBT Bar Annual Conference
The National LGBT Bar Association’s annual Lavender Law® Career Fair is designed to achieve a sense of community and inclusion for LGBT candidates within the legal profession’s recruiting efforts.
By participating in this career fair, candidates will talk directly to LGBT-friendly recruiters from law firms, government agencies, LGBT rights groups, and corporate legal departments. If your organization wishes to recruit at the Lavender Law® Career Fair, you must register as a sponsor.
FOR STUDENTS: Nearly 300 candidates and over 170 recruiters representing law firms, government agencies, and non-profit organizations interested in diversity were present at the 2016 career fair in Washington, DC. And individual career counseling designed to provide students with a safe, confidential space where they can ask questions about job search skills, being out on your resume, in interviews and in the workplace, and other related issues.
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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.”
April 20: UW Native American Law Student Association is hosting annual Salmon Bingo Dinner
The UW Native American Law Student Association is hosting the annual Salmon Bingo Dinner, a family friendly evening of bingo games and good food. Enjoy playing bingo; build community with current students, alumni, and Indian law practitioners; and, celebrate students’ effort to advance Federal Indian legal issues this academic year.
April 25: WSBA Community Networking Event
Coming up: Wayfind’s nonprofit legal trainings
Due April 16: Public Interest Law Association now accepting applications for summer funding
PILA grants are intended to fund projects that serve the public interest and provide a tangible benefit to the community. Each year, PILA awards full grants ($5,000) and partial grants ($2,500) to successful applicants. The number of grants awarded and the amount of each grant are determined by the success of PILA’s fundraising efforts each year.
The PILA Grant Selection Committee looks for projects that embody PILA’s mission and that advance the concepts of justice, equity, and the public good on behalf of underrepresented people and causes. Any University of Washington law student who has a job offer from a qualifying organization (see below) and who will have completed at least one year of law school by the time the proposed project begins is eligible to apply for a PILA grant. Students who are members of the Grant Selection Committee are ineligible. Read more here.
Due April 30: Labor and Employment Law summer grant
The Labor and Employment Law Summer Public Service Grant was implemented in Academic
Year 2004-2005, with funding provided by the Labor and Employment Section of the
Washington State Bar Association along with the University of Washington School of Law. The
WSBA Labor and Employment Section contributes $5000 towards the grant. For 2018, the
Gates Public Service Law Program (Gates PSL Program) at the UW School of Law contributes
$1000 towards the grant. Read more here.
April 12: Juvenile Justice panel hosted by UW Professor Kim Ambrose
Featuring a youth panel: A panel of local youth who are affiliated with Community Passageways, a Seattle-based organization dedicated to promoting restorative juvenile justice.
And, a practitioners panel: Judge J. Wesley Saint Clair, Jimmy Hung, Elizabeth Mustin, Dominique Davis
Due April 18: King County Dept. of Public Defense hiring attorneys
The Department is looking for talented, committed, hardworking advocates with excellent trial, research, and writing skills, and an ability to work in a fast-paced environment. The successful applicant will have a passion for public defense and a demonstrated commitment to helping those who are less fortunate. He or she will also have a demonstrated ability to receive feedback and integrate that feedback into his or her practice. Read more and apply here.
Rolling Deadline: Public Counsel hiring summer law clerks in LA
If you are seeking an opportunity to develop your interviewing and legal advocacy skills while also helping to address the growing homeless epidemic in Los Angeles, being a summer clerk with Public Counsel CARES is for you. Public Counsel CARES stands for “Connecting Angelenos to Resources and Essential Services.” As a summer law clerk, you will be able, with the supervision and support of our staff attorneys, to advocate on behalf of impoverished clients, helping them secure desperately needed shelter, food, healthcare, transportation and other social services and benefits and train others to do this work as well. Read more about Public Counsel here.
Due April 16: Borchard Foundation Center on Law & Aging now accepting 2018-19 post-graduate fellows
The Borchard Fellowship in Law & Aging offers the opportunity to carry out a substantial project related to law and aging in partnership with a host agency. Up to three fellowships are available to law school graduates interested in, and perhaps already in the early stages of pursuing, an academic and/or professional career in law and aging.
Click here for more information and to apply.
Juvenile Law Center launches new website
“We’re pleased to announce the launch of a new website for Juvenile Law Center! We partnered with Message Agency, a Philadelphia-based digital firm specializing in work with nonprofits, to build on our past website’s success and create a tool better able to reach the public and share our vital information for youth in the justice and child welfare systems.”
Volunteers needed for legal clinic from 2 to 5 p.m., Sunday, April 15
MELAW in conjunction with the Muslim Community Resource Center (MCRC) will be hosting a legal clinic this Sunday, April 15 from 2-5 PM in Redmond. This clinic is open to all who income qualify, but will be focused on reaching the Muslim and Middle Eastern community.
We are still in need of additional volunteers for this Sunday’s clinic. Based on previous clinics, the highest demand for services is in the following practice areas:
- Immigration (over 50% of clients)
- Family Law
Additional clinic details:
- Location: Muslim Association of Puget Sound (MAPS), 17550 NE 67th Ct, Redmond, WA 98052;
- Date: January 21;
- Time: 2-5 PM;
- 30 minute sessions per client;
- Hosted as a King County Bar Association Neighborhood Clinic.
If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Kerem Levitas at email@example.com and include the following information:
- Name, phone number, email, mailing address.
- Practice areas;
- Bar number;
- Languages spoken.
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” Report
“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.