Upcoming Events: Non-profit Anti-Racism Coalition, WSBA Decoding the Law series, Solid Ground Mayoral Candidates Debate, Columbia Legal Services

Non-profit Anti-Racism Coalition: “Supporting Student Resistors”pro bono
Date: Thursday, August 10
Time: 3:00-5:00 pm
Location: Rainier Beach Public Library, 9125 Rainier Avenue South Seattle, WA

“As we look to the beginning of another school year, we wanted to bring the community together to brainstorm and reflect on how we can support student leaders. Student leaders confront racism in their institutions daily–in the classroom, in the administration, and in their peers. As students push back on racism, how are non-profits and the community supporting them? Join us on August 10th for a conversation about racism in education: Supporting Resilient Resistors.

Whether you are in education or supportive of student-resistors, we look forward to exploring the roles each of us play in student movements and resistance.”

Register here. 

WSBA Decoding the Law series: “Immigration: Personal Perspective”WSBA Logo

Date: Tuesday, Aug. 8, 2017
Time: Noon–1 p.m.
Location: WSBA office, 1325 Fourth Ave., suite 600, Seattle, and via live webcast

“Legal practitioners and law enforcement will address immigration rights, enforcement of immigration laws, and how to be an ally.

The public and members of the Bar are invited to attend and participate in these conversations at the WSBA Conference Center. Decoding the Law is also available via live webcast and recorded for viewing on this page after each event.”

More info here.

Solid Ground: Mayoral Candidates Debate on Growth, Affordable Housing & Homelessness

Date: Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Time: 7-8:30pm

Location: Pigott Auditorium, Seattle University

“Join Moderator Enrique Cerna of Crosscut and KCTS9 and the two Mayoral candidate finalists for a debate on how Seattle should address its most pressing issues: Growth, Affordable Housing & Homelessness.

Solid Ground, in partnership with Seattle University Project on Family Homelessness, the Housing Development Consortium, Housing Action Group and Seattle/King County Coalition on Homelessness (SKCCH) wanted to shine a light on how Seattle’s next mayor would address these critical issues.  Before the primary, we asked all the candidates seven questions to understand their positions.”

More info and register here.

Columbia Legal Services: “Imagine Justice.”
Date:  Wednesday, October 18, 2017
Time:  5:00 pm
Location:  Impact Hub, 220 Second Ave South, Seattle, WA

“As Columbia Legal Services celebrates fifty years of working for justice in Washington State, we invite you to join us in imagining a future in which all communities thrive.

Fifty years ago, Washington attorneys came together to form Seattle Legal Services, one of the first civil legal aid organizations in the state. Seattle Legal Services transformed into the statewide program Evergreen Legal Services, stepping forward to advocate for a more inclusive vision of justice in our state. Today, Columbia Legal Services and our allies in the justice and equity movement have continued our collective work representing individuals and entire communities who use the tools of the law to manifest justice.”

More info here.

What Barriers Do People With Criminal Records Face in Accessing Housing? Find Out in This Free Webinar

September 14: Free Webinar on Access to Affordable Housing for People with Criminal Records 

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Date: Monday, Sept. 14, 2015
Time: 2:00 – 3:00 PM ET / 1:00 – 2:30 PM CT
Location: Online

People with criminal records often face obstacles to obtaining affordable housing. They can be denied housing based on arrests without subsequent convictions, old and outdated convictions, or criminal records that have nothing to do with a person’s ability to be a good tenant. In this Advocacy in Action webinar, presenters will share their experiences using litigation and advocacy to eliminate such barriers to federally subsidized housing and housing in the private rental market.

Marie Claire Tran-Leung, a former Shriver Center attorney and author of When Discretion Means Denial: A National Perspective on Criminal Records Barriers to Federally Subsidized Housing, will open the webinar. Fred Fuchs of Texas RioGrande Legal Aid will discuss his success challenging unreasonably long lookback periods used by AIMCO, one of the largest owners and operators of apartments in the country. John Relman, managing attorney of Relman, Dane & Colfax PLLC, will discuss Fortune Society v. Sandcastle Towers Housing Development Fund Corporation, one of the first cases to challenge a private landlord’s blanket housing ban on applicants with criminal records as a civil rights violation under the Fair Housing Act. And Laura Tuggle, executive director of Southeast Louisiana Legal Services and former general counsel for the Housing Authority of New Orleans (HANO), will talk about the strides made, setbacks experienced, and lessons learned in the ongoing advocacy campaign to improve HANO’s criminal-records policies.

Register online here.

Immediate Deadlines! Fellowship Opportunity With Public Advocates Due Today!

Public Advocates Inc. Seeking Fellow for 2016-2018, Due Today!

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Public Advocates Inc. seeks dynamic and dedicated advocates to apply for project funding with us through the Equal Justice Works and Skadden post-graduate fellowship programs. Fellows would work out of our offices in San Francisco or Sacramento.

We are a nonprofit law firm and advocacy organization that challenges the systemic causes of poverty and racial discrimination by strengthening community voices in public policy and achieving tangible legal victories advancing education, housing, and transit equity. We spur change through collaboration with grassroots groups representing low-income communities, people of color and immigrants, combined with strategic policy reform, media advocacy, and litigation, “making rights real” across California since 1971. We currently focus on education equity, affordable housing, transportation justice, climate justice, and regional equity.

For more information, click here.

Council Central Staff Seeking Strategic Analyst, Due Tomorrow at 4:00 PM PST!

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The Seattle City Council’s Central Staff Division is seeking a dynamic individual who enjoys working with a forward thinking team, is able to adapt quickly to shifting priorities, and is able to get things done on behalf of the City’s full-time, nine-member Council. The Strategic Analyst will perform high level, independent policy and fiscal analysis, including conducting research, evaluating policy initiatives, drafting legislation, and presenting recommendations on a wide range of issues, such as parks and recreation, transportation, human services, housing, utilities, public safety, and municipal finance.

For more information, click here.

Attention 2Ls & 3Ls! Upcoming Government Honors Deadlines

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Reprieve U.S. Seeking US Caseworker on Abuses in Counter-Terrorism, Due 7/17

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Located in New York, Reprieve US is the new sister non-profit to Reprieve UK, an NGO founded in 1999 by a dual US-UK citizen and lawyer, Clive Stafford Smith. We work closely with Reprieve UK and its network of Fellows operating around the world. We use investigation, litigation, press and diplomacy to challenge the death penalty and abuses committed in the name of the ‘War on Terror’. While the court of law is often our starting point, we also fight and win in the court of public opinion. Just one of Reprieve’s dozens of clients released from Guantánamo was freed by judicial order. Public advocacy is not just litigation window-dressing – it is central to what we do.

We’re looking for a keen strategic thinker, concise writer, and confident public speaker to help us develop our counter-terrorism work in the US. Working for us combines the excitement of a startup with the caseload of a larger and more established NGO (because of the link to Reprieve UK).  The US Caseworker will assist Reprieve US’ growing US strategy. S/he will help generate new projects and cases, while joining our existing ones, and will further Reprieve US’s mission through political and public engagement.

For more information, click here.

Metropolitan King County Council Seeking Director of Government Relations, Due 7/20

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The Metropolitan King County Council is seeking a visionary leader who will direct and accomplish the Council and County’s political and legislative objectives at the state and federal level. This is an exciting opportunity to join the King County Council and play a role in providing quality regional services to county residents and foster an effective partnership with the state and federal governments.

The Director of Government Relations is an appointed, managerial position and requires considerable skill and extensive experience at mobilizing and managing County efforts to support and advocate specific legislation. This position plays a key leadership role and is integral in coordinating with legislative and executive branch staff and elected officials to develop, implement and monitor work plans to achieve the Council and County’s legislative objectives.

United States Environmental Protection Agency Seeking Applicants for Fall 2015 Region 5 Honors Attorney Fellowship, Due 7/21

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The Office of Regional Counsel seeks applications for the Fall 2015 Region 5 Honors Attorney Fellowship. This is a temporary two-year position in the Chicago, Illinois office. The Honors Attorney Fellow is expected to commit to the full two-year term that will begin in the fall of 2015. The deadline to apply for the Fall 2015 Fellowship is July 21, 2015.

The EPA Region 5 Honors Attorney Fellowship is designed for a recent law school graduate with excellent academic credentials and a strong interest in an environmental law career and the public sector. It provides an opportunity for entry-level attorneys to practice law in a leading governmental environmental organization, and to receive extensive training in and exposure to environmental law and policy work in the public sector. Region 5 offers new attorneys significant responsibility, the opportunity to handle a varied caseload that includes enforcement and counseling work, and extensive training and mentoring from dedicated colleagues with recognized expertise. The Region offers a diverse and supportive work environment.

For more information, click here.

Advocate for Housing for the Homeless! Register Now for Advocacy Day!

December 19: Asian Bar Association of Washington (ABAW) Holiday Party and CLE

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Please join the ABAW for its final social event of the year on Friday, December 19th at the House of Hong, 409 – 8th Ave S, Seattle, WA 98104.   First, join us for a free CLE from 4:00 – 5:30 PM presented by our very own Serin Ngai (“Nuts and Bolts of Family Law – How Parenting Plans are Developed”).  Then stay for the festivities from 5:30 PMonward.  As always, we will be hosting a White Elephant style gift exchange ($20 or less please).  Members only!  Please RSVP to christopher.wong@kingcounty.gov by Monday, December 15, 2014 so we can have an accurate headcount.  Also, please let us know if you are intending to attend the CLE, the dinner, or both.

CLE Details: 

  • Date/Time: 4:00 -5:30 on December 19, 2014
  • Topic: Nuts and Bolts of Family Law-How Parenting Plans Are Developed
  • Speaker: Serin Ngai
  • CLE Credits: 1.0 for General and 0.5 for Ethics; pending approval
  • Description:  This CLE provides the general practitioner with basic knowledge of the practice of family law in King County beginning with the procedural nuts and bolts, such as how to file motions and the motions practice. The seminar will then primarily focus on parenting plans – how they are developed, what GALs review and consider when performing investigations and making recommendations to the court, and tips and suggestions on how to fine-tune and finesse a parenting plan that works for various relationships and unique situations. Finally, the seminar will touch upon the ethical obligations that may arise for a family law attorney.
  • Speaker’s Bio:  Serin Ngai is the Managing Member of Sound Family Solutions, PLLC. Ms. Ngai is a certified Title 26 Guardian ad Litem on the King County GAL Registry and is also certified in Collaborative Law. She has also served as an ABAW board member for the past 7 years in various positions, and is currently the Pro Bono Chair and manages the ABAW’s two legal clinics. She also volunteers in the Family Law Clinic with the King County Bar Association SW Legal Clinic in West Seattle. She was recently awarded one of the Top 10 Family Law Attorneys Under Age of 40 in Washington state by the National Academy of Family Law Attorneys.

January 30-31: Arctic Encounter Symposium 2015

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Charting a Path to US Leadership in the Far North

Friday-Saturday, Jan. 30-31, 2015
8:00 AM – 6:30 PM
University of Washington & Museum of History and Industry (MOHAI), Seattle, WA

The second annual Arctic Encounter Symposium will challenge participants to tackle the shared interests and concerns of the United States and the global community as we look north to the last emerging frontier – the Arctic. Leading experts, CEOs, and thought leaders from the science, technology, maritime, and energy sectors, will gather to challenge the status quo dialogue, critically address challenges to realizing the Arctic’s full potential and collaborate on solutions. Participants will include key industry leaders, policy makers, and regional stakeholders.

This year’s symposium will focus on the role of the U.S. as an arctic nation and the challenges it will confront in its upcoming chairmanship of the Arctic Council, including: climate change, natural resources, investment opportunities, and international relations. The goal of the 2015 Arctic Encounter is to facilitate a creative environment for the development of a proactive agenda, short and long-term domestic and international priorities, and a strategic execution plan.

The two-day program includes complimentary continental breakfast, coffee, and keynote luncheons on both Friday and Saturday. Participants will enjoy a networking reception and seated dinner at the Museum of History and Industry (MOHAI) at Lake Union on the evening of Friday, January 30. A closing reception will take place at the conclusion of the program on Saturday, January 31.

Register online here.  For more information, click here.

February 17: Registration for Housing and Homelessness Advocacy Day 2015 Now Open

Housing and Homelessness Advocacy Day

Tuesday, Feb. 17, 2014
8:00 AM – 4:00 PM
United Churches, 110 Eleventh Ave. SE, Olympia, WA

Join hundreds of fellow advocates from across Washington on Tuesday, February 17 for Advocacy Day. This is an important day for the statewide affordable housing and homelessness movement to come together, get energized, and learn more about the latest legislation and policies creating more opportunities for safe, healthy, affordable homes.

Last year, the 600+ voices at Advocacy Day set the stage to help pass homelessness legislation, in the 11th hour, that had been initially killed in a Senate committee.

This year, an immense $4.5 billion budget shortfall means we’re facing several mandates that have the potential to de-fund crucial safety net services and investments in affordable homes. But on the bright side, there are important advances to be made in tenants rights and supportive housing.

We have to make sure these issues are front-and-center in Olympia because everyone needs a home. And coming together during Housing and Homelessness Advocacy Day is a great way to start!

Register online here.  For more information, click here.

Volunteers Needed for LBAW Immigration Clinic, IACHR Expresses Concern over Solitary Confinement in US, New Report on Affordable Housing Strategies & Seattle Times Editorial and Frontline Documentary on Rape of Migrant Farmworker Women

Volunteers Still Needed for July 28 Immigration Legal Clinic at Hispanic SeaFair

LBAWlogoThe Latina/o Bar Association of Washington (LBAW)  is still in need of attorney and non-attorney (aka law students) volunteers to help out at the Immigration Legal Clinic to be held during Hispanic SeaFair THIS Sunday, July 28th.  Volunteers are asked to arrive 30 minutes early at 1:30 p.m.  Your help would be much appreciated!

Law student volunteers are needed for help with intakes and interpretation.

When? 2-4pm, Sunday,  July 28

Where? Seattle Center, Next 50 Pavillion

Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) Expresses Concern over Excessive Use of Solitary Confinement in the United States

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July 18, 2013, Washington, D.C. – The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) expresses its concern as to the causes of a widespread hunger strike taking place in high number of prisons across the State of California, which allegedly originated as a form of protest against the exessive use of solitary confinement. The IACHR urges federal and state authorities to take the necessary measures to bring about the resolution of this situation and to restrict the use of solitary confinement of prisoners in accordinace with the international human rights standards. Continue reading full press release here.

New NY Appleseed Report: “Preserving Affordable Housing in  Gentrifying Neighborhoods: Strategies to Prevent Displacement

AppleseedThis is an exciting and comprehensive overview of federal, state and local housing program tools for advocates.

To address growing concerns with gentrification in NYC, this manual compiles known strategies for preserving affordable housing -tools currently available in NY and tools available only in other jurisdictions which community-based groups, legislators and policy makers may wish to consider.

Make no mistake, this manual will be immensely useful for affordable housing advocates across the country.

This manual outlines preservation tools that can apply to a wide range of properties, irrespective of whether they presently participate in an affordable housing program. In the “Practical Application” sections the authors note the specific issues that the programs at issue can address most effectively.

Specific affordable housing programs discussed include:
•Section 8 programs
•Rent regulation
•Section 236
•Section 202 fi nancing
•Mitchell-Lama
•Low Income Housing Tax Credits
•Other HUD funding

Read and download the full manual for free here.

Seattle Times Editorial: Stop sexual harassment in U.S. agriculture

Rape in the FieldsRape and sexual assault in U.S. agricultural settings across rural America, from fields to processing plants, is drawing overdue attention

July 18, 2013–The enduring legacy of a recent PBS “Frontline” documentary will be the light shed on a subject deep in the shadows: sexual assault in the U.S. agricultural industry.

From the nation’s largest apple-growing operation, northwest of Yakima, to the citrus groves of Florida, women have been assaulted for generations.

“Rape in the Fields” details the human, legal and economic issues at play and, most important, sends the message the behavior will no longer occur with anonymous impunity. Read more here.

Watch Rape in the Fields on PBS. See more from FRONTLINE.

Marriage Equality Explained & Save the Date for Fall Housing & Food Conferences

Historic Win for LGBT Equality! US Supreme Court Strikes Down DOMA & Restores Marriage Equality in CA: What Does this Mean? 

Legal VoiceWe know folks will have a lot of questions about the rulings and what they mean for LGBT couples in Washington. So please join Legal Voice next Tuesday, July 2 for a noontime discussion of the decisions.

The Marriage Rulings: Tuesday, July 2, 12:00 – 1:30 pm, Paramount Theatre Lobby, 901 Pine Street, Seattle

Please RSVP to Michelle

Panelists will include Legal Voice staff attorney David Ward and attorneys from the Skellenger Bender law firm.

Save the Date! National Housing Conference, September 16-18, Atlanta

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At Solutions 2013, our national conference on state and local housing policy, you’ll have access to a wealth of workshops that will help you increase your effectiveness as a housing practitioner and advocate. Register here.  

Our four workshop tracksRestoring NeighborhoodsSolutions for Inclusive CommunitiesHow Housing Matters, and Housing Communications–will provide answers to some of the most pressing questions for state and local housing policy and practice today:

  • How can we bring our neighborhoods back from the housing crisis?
  • How can communities create and sustain affordable living options in areas of opportunity for a wide range of households?
  • How does stable, affordable housing help support other important social goals?
  • How can small organizations communicate effectively and strategically about the need for and benefits of affordable housing?

Learn more and register.

Attention Food Law Folks: Save the Date! Provender Alliance Natural Foods Conference October 2-4, Hood River

Provender_logo_600pxProvender Alliance, which began in 1977, is a non-profit membership organization providing networking, outreach, and education to natural foods and related companies doing business in the Northwest.

The Annual Provender Conference provides a fun, cooperative atmosphere for members to teach and learn from each other and to network about the heart & soul and nuts & bolts of natural products business in a nontrade show setting.

“Cultivating Change Through Intentional Relationships”

October 2-4, 2013 Hood River, OR, Confirmed Keynote: Wenonah Hauter, Best Western Plus Hood River Inn

Scholarships and work exchanges available for interested studetents. For more info click here.