Join UW Law Moderate Means Program; IMAP Orientation; NAWJ/WSAJ & FLOW scholarships; WA Journal of Environmental Law and Policy: Calls for Papers; Echoing Green 2018 Fellowship

Due October 18: UW Law Moderate Means Program: Looking for the chance to work with clients?

Application Deadline: Wednesday, October 18, 2017

The UW Law Moderate Means Program Is Recruiting Interns for Fall Quarter

Open to: All students (JD,MJ,LLLT,LLM)

Time Commitment: Three hours a week fall quarter and five hours a week winter quarter

Application Process: Submit a letter of interest and resume to Ann Spangler

Contact: spangler@uw.edu

Application Deadline: Open until filled, but no later than 10/18

The Moderate Means Program is the flag-ship pro bono program for students at the University of Washington School of Law. The UW MMP provides legal referrals for low and moderate income individuals as a part of the statewide WSBA Moderate Means Program.

RSVP by Friday, September 30: Incarcerated Mothers Advocacy Project New Student Orientation on Sunday, October 1

Where:  UW Law School Room 115

When:  Sunday, October 1, 2017

Time:  10 am – 2 pm.

Incarcerated Mothers Advocacy Project (IMAP) is hosting an orientation/training for new students and community members who are interested in getting involved! This Sunday, October 1st UW Law School Room 115 10am – 2pm Lunch Provided IMAP’s mission is to provide resources and support that heal the relationships harmed by incarceration. We envision a world where families can be together & thrive, free from the prison industrial complex. Come make new friends and learn about: IMAP’s monthly classes at local prisons, reproductive justice, prison abolition, an introduction to family law, and how to get involved!

Please RSVP by September 30th to danny726@uw.edu

Due September 29: Filipino Lawyers of Washington Foundation, 2017 Pangarap Scholarship Application

Application Due:  Friday, September 29, 2017 at 5 pm.

The Filipino Lawyers of Washington Foundation (“FLOWF”), in partnership with the Filipino Lawyers of Washington (“FLOW”) awards up to 3 scholarships annually ranging from $500 to $3000 to law students in the Pacific Northwest. The scholarships are intended to recognize law students who have a demonstrated significant commitment to community service, particularly service to the Filipino/Filipino American community. You need not be of Filipino ethnicity to apply. To learn more about FLOW,  and apply here.

Due November 1:  The Washington Journal of Environmental Law & Policy (WJELP): Call for Papers!WJELP Logo

The Washington Journal of Environmental Law & Policy (WJELP) invites submissions for papers and speakers for a symposium this winter, focused on environmental justice and the law. Submitted papers should center around how the law currently acts as a barrier to environmental justice and what the law can do to codify protections. Accepted papers will be featured at the symposium and later printed in a monograph book. Paper and speaker submissions are due by November of 2017. WJELP is also seeking papers with general environmental focuses for our regular editions.

Please submit articles via email to wjelp@uw.edu or via ExpressO.

More info here and here.

2018 Echoing Green Fellowship Application is now open!

The Echoing Green Fellowship application for our 2018 class is now open! This is the fellowship for innovators, instigators, pioneers, and rebels. We know that talent is equally distributed, but opportunity is not—which is why we invest in talent wherever it is. Start your application today to share your story and vision for change with us. Before you begin, review the materials below to ensure you have the tools and knowledge to submit a strong application:

• What Echoing Green Looks for in Social Entrepreneurs:  Review the criteria for applicants, which evaluators will use to base their scores here.
• Social Enterprise Criteria for Echoing Green’s Fellowships: Review the criteria for organizations and ideas, which evaluators will use to base their scores here.
• Who is Eligible for an Echoing Green Fellowship?:  Make sure you and your organization qualify for a Fellowship here.

More info here. 

Due October 18: National Association of Women Judges (NAWJ) and Washington State Association for Justice: $500 Scholarship – Two AvailableWSAJ Logo

Application Due: Wednesday, October 18, 2017

NAWJ, through the Access to Justice Scholarship Program, and WSAJ are each providing a $500.00 scholarship. Two deserving law students who have demonstrated a sustained commitment to diversity and equality in the system of justice will be selected. Scholarship recipients must be an enrolled send or third year law student in good standing.

Criteria for selection will include the applicant’s experience in addressing gender equity issues (e.g. equal access to justice and domestic violence advocacy), and their plan for use of the funds. Applicants will be notified by October 25, 2017.

Apply here and here

DACA recipients file suit over Trump’s move to end program

By Josh Gerstein, Politico

“A half dozen DACA recipients are suing President Donald Trump over his decision to end the program giving quasi-legal status and work permits to undocumented immigrants who were brought to the U.S. as children.

Several legal luminaries are backing the lawsuit filed Monday morning in federal court in San Francisco, including Harvard Law professor Larry Tribe and University of California at Berkeley law school dean Erwin Chemerinsky.”

Continue reading here.

Legal Rebels Profile, Loan Forgiveness lawsuit, National Association of Women Judges (NAWJ)/Washington State Association for Justice (WSAJ), $500 Scholarship, Asian Bar Association of Washington-2017 Scholarship

Legal Rebels Profile: Matthew Stubenberg, Creating tech solutions to increase justice

“Matthew Stubenberg’s legal career is shaped by the Great Recession. In 2010, he started law school at the University of Maryland, where he “fell in love with criminal defense.” However, upon graduation in 2013, the legal market was still recovering, and he was without a job. That was when Stubenberg learned how to code.

Inspired by his law school clerkship, Stubenberg, 29, wanted to help attorneys navigate Maryland’s courthouses.

In the Circuit Court for Anne Arundel County where he clerked, lawyers were expected to bring paper sheets with judges’ information, including phone and chamber room numbers. In response to this antiquated practice, he learned the programming language Java and created Not Guilty, a smartphone app that digitized the paper sheet and added biographical information.”

Read the full article here.

Dept. of Ed’s edits of forms call for judicial review in loan forgiveness case, ABA says in filingDept. of Education

“The U.S. Department of Education recently revised two online forms for its Public Service Loan Forgiveness program to say that it applies only to jobs with organizations whose ‘primary purpose’ is either public service or public education. The ABA says in a court filing that this is proof that the change was more than informal and should have been handled through administrative law.” “The Education Department had mentioned ‘primary purpose’ in the past-first in letters to those whose participation in the program was being revoked, then in a response last fall to ABA Executive Director Jack Rives, who questioned the revocations-but argued in a July motion for summary judgment (PDF) that its use of the term was ‘individual, informal, interim, nonprecedential adjudications.’ If the agency were changing its interpretation of its 2008 final rule on the statute, that would open the revocations of program participants to judicial review-a key issue in the litigation. The ABA argues in its lawsuit (PDF) that the agency failed to follow statutory procedures for modifying the regulation in violation of the Administrative Procedure Act and improperly applied the changes retroactively. A spokesman in the Education Department’s press office said Wednesday that the agency does not comment on pending litigation.”

Read the full article here. 

Due October 18: National Association of Women Judges (NAWJ)/Washington State Association for Justice (WSAJ), $500 Scholarship – Two AvailableWSAJ Logo

Application Due:  Wednesday, October 18, 2017

NAWJ, through its Access to Justice Scholarship Program, and WSAJ are each providing a $500 scholarship. Two deserving law students who have demonstrated a sustained commitment to diversity and equality in the system of justice will be selected.

Scholarship recipients must be an enrolled second- or third-year law student in good standing. Criteria for selection will include the applicant’s experience in addressing gender equity issues (e.g., equal access to justice and domestic violence advocacy), and their plan for use of the funds. Applicants will be notified by October 25, 2017.

More info here and here.

Due October 6: Asian Bar Association of Washington-2017 ScholarshipABAW Logo

Application Due: October 6, 2017

Apply for a 2017 scholarship from the Asian Bar Association of Washington (ABAW) and Student Scholarship Foundation (SSF).  Each year, ABAW and SSF award four (4) scholarships totaling $24,500 to APA/API law students attending school in Washington. Selection is competitive. Applications are due by October 6, 2017 at 5:00 pm PST.

Information and details on how to apply 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

Arctic Encounter Symposium

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.

Great News! Post Graduate Short Term Public Service Funding Deadline Extended!

Post Graduate Short Term Public Service Funding 2014 Deadline Extended

Summer Funding

The Post-Graduate Fellowship Program was initiated in 2013 and seeks to support new UW law graduates who are seeking employment, and who wish to provide legal services for underserved populations, by providing limited financial support while Fellows continue to search for permanent positions after the bar exam. This support will allow Fellows to continue to develop skills, contacts, and professional experience through short-term volunteer work, enabling them to better compete for permanent positions once they become available.

Each fellow must volunteer with an eligible sponsor organization, doing work that requires a JD or draws heavily on the Fellow’s legal education and training. Eligible work may include, for example, legal advocacy, direct legal services, impact litigation, or community education and organizing.

Fellowship awards will consist of a maximum of $1500 per Fellow, renewable on a monthly basis, for a maximum of four months (up to $6000 total). Fellowships must begin between August 1, 2014 and September 30, 2014, and may end no later than January 31, 2015.

Fellowships will end when the Fellow finds a permanent position or at the end of the four-month fellowship period, whichever comes sooner. Recipients and sponsoring agencies will be required to certify that they will adhere to each of the goals and guidelines of the Fellowship program. The University of Washington School of Law is accepting applications from June 2014 graduates for a limited number of short-term, post-graduate Fellowships. Applications can be accessed on Symplicity and must be uploaded to Symplicity no later than Sunday, May 11, 2014 at 11:59 p.m.

Questions? Contact Dean Storms.

Today is the Last Day to Apply for Position Opening as Eastside Policy and Government Affairs Manager for Cascade Bicycle Club

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The Eastside Policy and Government Affairs Manager informs, develops and implements Cascade’s Eastside advocacy efforts. The Eastside Manager is expected to track and influence major, non­motorized policy and funding decisions at the regional and city level (including priority cities of Redmond, Kirkland, Bellevue).

The manager will serve as the main voice of Cascade members on the Eastside. The Manager will have expertise in community organizing, transportation or legislative policy and strategy, and use that expertise to mobilize others to support bicycle friendly policies, infrastructure, and funding decisions. The Eastside Policy and Government Affairs Manager will work directly with local, regional, and state elected officials and staff to collaboratively develop a better community through bicycling.

For a complete job description and application details, click here.

NLG Releases Report on Government Spying on Legal Profession, Launches FBI FOIA Project

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By Tasho Moro, Communications Coordinator, National Lawyers Guild

A new report by the National Lawyers Guild (NLG),Breach of Privilege: Spying on Lawyers in the United Statesbrings to light the government’s long history of covert surveillance of attorneys and their activist clients. The release also marks the launch of a new NLG Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) project that seeks to recover FBI files on individual Guild members as exposed by the 1977 case, National Lawyers Guild v. Attorney General of the United States.

From 1940-1975, the FBI, CIA and other government agencies spied on, infiltrated and disrupted the NLG and its members. Even though no alleged or suspected criminal wrongdoing existed to justify governmental intrusion, the FBI illegally recorded privileged conversations of members, led media smear campaigns against the NLG, and even inserted informants posing as NLG staff – all resulting in significant financial and organizational damage to the Guild.

Continue reading here.

Abu Ghraib’s Ghosts: Ten Years Later, the United States Still Hasn’t Come Clean on Its Torture Record

Demonstrators Protest Bush Administration's International Human Rights Reco

Photo courtesy of Politico Magazine. Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images.

By Juan E. Mendez, Politico Magazine

en years ago today, “60 Minutes II” broadcast infamous pictures of detainee abuse at Abu Ghraib, the Iraqi prison then controlled by the United States. The photographs were heartbreaking. Naked men stacked up on top of each other in human pyramids. Prisoners forcibly staged in humiliating positions to mimic sex acts. Bags placed over men’s heads, denying their humanity. The most memorable image — a hooded man standing on a box, contorted Crucifixion-like with wires protruding from his hands — remains an indelible reminder that a country that long abhorred torture practiced it after the Sept. 11 attacks.

Those pictures shattered my belief that well-established democracies do not torture. I am a survivor of torture who owes his release from the Argentine junta’s notorious Unit 9 prison in part to U.S. pressure in the 1970s. If U.S. citizens and certain members of Congress had not written letters to the Argentine government inquiring about my situation, I might have become one of the thousands of people “disappeared” by the Argentine military in its Dirty War against political activists like me. I owe my life to the solidarity those Americans showed and their principled opposition to the military’s machinery of death and torture.

Continue reading here.

Did You Know?  The Asian Bar Association of Washington Offers Free Membership to Law Students

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Law students may join the Asian Bar Association of Washington for free.  Membership in the Asian Bar Association could provide you with many benefits.  It has a great list serve that includes job announcements.  In fact, one of the job announcements I sent out today came from their list serve. It also holds events that will give you an opportunity to meet practicing lawyers. See highlighted section below re membership for students and check out their website.

Law students must email Sieu Che and indicate that they are students in lieu of sending payment.

Marriage Equality After DOMA, WSBA Town Hall, Minority Bar Assn’s Happy Hour, Annual DV Symposium & Criminal Law Soirée

August 12: QLaw Event- Marriage Equality After DOMA

What Happened After Marriage Equality Arrived in Washington State from Alex Liberato on Vimeo.

QLaw Event: Marriage Equality After DOMA

Monday, August 12th, 2013
6:00 – 8:00 PM
Seattle University – Pigott Auditorium (Directions)
Click to Send RSVP Email, or RSVP on Facebook

Now that part of the so-called Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) has been overturned by the U.S. Supreme Court, what does it mean for you and your relationship? And what are the next steps to achieve the freedom to marry in every state in the country?

Join QLaw for a free community meeting that will help answer those questions. Panelists will provide information and answer questions on issues including federal taxes, employee benefits, family law, Social Security, military benefits, immigration, and what’s being done currently to make the freedom to marry a reality in all 50 states.

The discussion will be moderated by Lacey All, chair of Washington United for Marriage. Panelists include:

  • Howard Bye-Torre, Stoel Rives
  • Shelbi Day, Lambda Legal
  • Wendy Goffe, Stoel Rives
  • Janet Helson, Skellenger Bender, P.S.

To reserve your spot, please RSVP to events@aclu-wa.org or visit our event page on Facebook.

August 12: WSBA Governance Structure Town Hall

wsba2It’s not too late to make plans and join us either via webcast or in-person next Monday for a discussion about WSBA’s governance structure. Over the last six months, a task force has explored a number of questions, like:

  • Should  Board members be elected, appointed,or a combination of elected and appointed? If elected, should the present system be modified?
  • Should the WSBA Board include representation from non-lawyers?
  • How many members should comprise the board? How long should a board term be?  Should a Board member be able to run for more than one term? Should there be a cap on the number of terms a Board member could serve?
  • What is the Board’s primary role, and what should it focus on?
  • Should board candidates have certain experience or qualifications in order to serve on the board? If so, what are they?
  • Should there be a different approach to diversity appointments to the board?
  • What should the role of the president of the WSBA be, and how should the president be selected?

As key stakeholders, the Governance Task Force is seeking your input as it deliberates the types of questions posed above. By late fall, the Task Force will submit a proposal to the Washington State Supreme Court and the Board of Governors, and that report will incorporate feedback and comments provided by the WSBA membership.

Please join two members of the task force, both former WSBA Board of Governors members — Nancy Isserlis and Doug Lawrence — who will lead a Town Hall discussion around WSBA Governance, on Monday, Aug. 12, from noon to 1:30 p.m. at the WSBA Conference Center, located at 1501 4th Ave. #308, Seattle. Or join via webcast from your desktop.

What: Town Hall Discussion on WSBA Governance

When: Monday, Aug. 12, noon–1:30 p.m.

Where: WSBA Conference Center, 1501 4th Avenue, #308, Seattle (or attend via webcast)

To join via webcast, you must register in advance. Please register here. If you plan on attending in person, please let us know, although registration is not required.

August 21: Minority Bar Associations’ August Happy Hour

diversity handsPlease join the Latina/o Bar Association of Washington (LBAW), Washington Women Lawyers (WWL), GLBT Bar Association of Washington (QLaw), Loren Miller Bar Association (LMBA), Vietnamese-American Bar Association of Washington (VABAW), Korean American Bar Association of Washington (KABA), and the Asian Bar Association of Washington (ABAW) for an upcoming networking event. Light appetizers will be served with a no-host bar. Come network with your Minority Bar Association colleagues!  Please RSVP by Friday, August 16, 2013 to Nilly Park at npark@AlturaLaw.com.

Date: Wednesday, August 21, 2013, 5:30 – 7:30 PM

Location: Triple Door, Musicquarium Lounge

Address: 216 Union St., Seattle, WA 98101

September 12-13: 5th Annual Domestic Violence Symposium: “Reality DV”

cycle of violenceSeattle University – Pigott Building 901 12th Ave Seattle, WA 98122
Phone: (206) 398-4281, Email: parkerr@seattleu.edu
Printable directions to Seattle University, Campion Tower and the Murphy Garage are available by clicking here.  If you wish to use Google Maps, please use 914 E. Jefferson St., Seattle, WA 98122 as the address. Email Us

September 26: King County Washington Women Lawyers’ Annual Criminal Law Soirée

wwllogoPlease join us for KCWWL’s Annual Criminal Law Soirée on Thursday, September 26th from 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.  Wine and hors d’oeuvres will be provided, and there is no cost of admission.  The Soirée will be held at the Chinese Room at the historic Smith Tower, 506 2nd Ave #1021, Seattle, WA 98104.

We are delighted to welcome the Honorable Chief Judge Marsha J. Pechman, of the United States District Court for the Western District of Washington, as our keynote speaker. Topic:  the effects of sequestration on access to justice.

The purpose of the event is to highlight the work of KCWWL’s Criminal Law Section and to foster communication and collaboration among women lawyers.  We encourage criminal, civil, defense and plaintiffs’ attorneys to attend.

Please RSVP through Eventbrite to save your spot! http://www.eventbrite.com/event/7696024015.