So. Many. Events!!!

30th Annual Indian Law Symposium

Date: Thursday and Friday, September 7-8, 2017

Place:  William H. Gates Hall, Room 138, University of Washington

Join us for the 30th Annual University of Washington Indian Law Symposium! As
in past years, the conference includes comprehensive litigation and legislation
updates and a number of topics of interest to a broad array of practitioners and
policy makers.

Further information and register here.

Washington Initiative for Diversity (WID) – Diversity Stakeholder Networking Reception

Date: Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Time:  4:00-5:30 pm

Place: Davis Wright Tremaine

Join the Washington Initiative for Diversity (WID) to learn about the new ways in which WID is helping legal employers build an inclusive work environment and diverse workforce. The event will feature keynote speaker Jason Barnwell, Assistant General Counsel—Law Firm Engagement Strategy at Microsoft.  Jason leads Microsoft’s engagement with outside counsel law firms, focusing among other things on improving the diversity of Microsoft’s outside counsel teams specifically, and improving the diversity of the legal profession more generally.

Register here.

Plugging the Leaky Pipeline: Implicit Bias in the Legal Profession

Date: Thursday, September 14, 2017

Time: 11:45 am Lunch (provided) 12-1:15 Program

Place:  Perkins Coie, 1201 3rd Avenue, Suite 4900 Seattle, WA 98101

Please join Washington Women Lawyers for the next panel discussion in Plugging the Leaky Pipeline series. The topic for this event is Implicit Bias in the Legal Profession:

Despite the diminishing prevalence of overt discrimination against women and minorities in the workplace, implicit biases continue to pervade the legal profession. Implicit gender bias is further complicated by intersections with other aspects of our identity, such as race, age, marital status, family status, and more. Join our panelists as they reflect on the significance of implicit biases in the legal profession, the challenges they face, and opportunities to identify and challenge these biases.

The program is free, and lunch will be provided for in-person attendees. Dial-in information for phone attendees will be provided. This is an informational program only; no CLE credit is offered.

Please register here  to attend in person or by phone.

Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month

Date:  Thursday, September 21, 2017

Time:  5:00 pm to 7:00 pm

Place:  Perkins Coie, 1201 Third Ave, Seattle, WA

Join Perkins Coie (1201 Third Ave.) on September 21 from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month.  Jorge Barón, Executive Director of the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project, will speak at 5:30 p.m.

Appetizers and beverages will be served.  Register here

South Asian Bar Association of Washington’s Annual Reception & Fundraiser

When: Friday, September 22, 2017

Time: 6:00-9:30 pm

Where: Washington Athletic Club-The Nobleroom

Join the South Asian Bar Association of Washington (SABAW) at its annual fundraiser reception. The reception will highlight numerous SABAW community programs including the nationally-recognized Free Community Legal Clinic, SABAW’s Scholarship Program for students and recent law graduates, and the Minority Legal Fellowship for solo/small firms and non-profit organizations.  SABAW will also be recognizing selected members of its community for their achievements and contribution to the legal profession in Washington State.

We hope that you will be able to join us for this fun and exciting event, where you can expect good food, inventive cocktails, lively music and of course, great company.

Register here.

The Unemployment Law Project-Benefit for the Farmworker Outreach Project

When:  Friday, September 22, 2017

Time:  6:00 – 8:00 pm

Where:  Quetzal Beacon Hill 3209 Beacon Ave. S, Seattle, WA

Join the Unemployment Law Project (ULP) for a benefit dinner for the Farmworker Outreach Program, on September 23 at El Quetzal. Special guest Louisa Mora, Director, National Farmworker Jobs Program, will speak.

Please email for tickets or more information.

Coalition on Homelessness: Lawn Bowling Party and Fundraiser

When: Saturday, September 23

Time:  5.00 p.m. – 8.00 p.m.

Where: Jefferson Park Lawn Bowling Club
4103 Beacon Ave S., Seattle, WA 98108

Please join the Seattle/King County Coalition on Homelessness for our annual Lawn Bowling Party & Fundraiser!

5.00 – 6.30 p.m. Grilled salmon, drinks, and
lawn bowling lessons
6.30 – 6.45 p.m. Brief remarks from your hosts
6.45 – 8.00 p.m. Sunset bowling & dessert

Purchase your tickets here.

WSBA Legal Lunchbox Series: Injustices Under the LawWSBA Lunchbox Series Image

Date: Tuesday, Sept. 26, 2017

Time: Noon – 1:35 p.m.

Where: 90 minute webcast

What happens when the law doesn’t equal justice? What can—or should—legal professionals do? This 90-minute webcast will begin with a look back at when and how legal professionals have responded to moments of social and cultural crisis. The faculty will then discuss effective strategies, and related ethics issues, for addressing legal injustices in a contemporary setting.

Rick Eichstaedt—Center for Justice, Spokane
Paul Lawrence—Pacifica Law Group, Seattle
Michele Storms—American Civil Liberties Union of Washington, Seattle
Camille Walsh—University of Washington, Seattle

Register here.

Washington Appleseed Breakfast with the BestWA Appleseed Logo

When: Thursday, September 28

Time: 7:30 am – 9:00 am

Where: The Hilton 1301 6th Ave.  Seattle, WA

WA Appleseed mobilizes volunteer attorneys and collaborates with community partners to level the playing field for Washington State’s vulnerable and marginalized populations. Every year Washington Appleseed supporters come together to support Appleseed’s roster of public policy initiatives to help Washington residents better understand and fully exercise their rights.

THANK YOU to everyone who has registered so far for this year’s Breakfast With The Best!  We can’t wait to see you all and let you know what we’ve been doing for the past year. Breakfast With The Best is one month away, so there is still time to sign up and reserve your slot! Click the big blue button above to register, and read on to learn more about what you can look forward to at the event.
RSVP here.

Vietnamese American Bar Association of Washington 2017 Annual Banquet

When: Thursday, September 28, 2017

Time: 5:30 pm to 8:00 pm

Where: The Triple Door in Downtown Seattle

You are invited to join the Vietnamese American Bar Association of Washington for its 13th Annual Banquet.

Purchase tickets here.


When: Thursday, September 28, 2017
Time: 6:00-8:00 pm
Where: Sheraton Hotel, 1400 Sixth Ave. Seattle, WAWSBA Logo

Washington State Bar Association The APEX Awards go to those who have made noteworthy contributions and achievements in public service, government service, professionalism, pro bono work, diversity and other areas.

Register here.

Join us for Wine + Justice Eastside Legal Assistance Program and the Campaign for Equal Justice

When:  Thursday, October 5, 2017

Time:  5:30-7:30 pm

Where: W Bellevue Hotel 10455 NE 5th St. Bellevue, WA

Sip Wine and Support Legal Aid. Join us for Wine & Justice, an evening reception supporting legal aid low-income families in King County. Meet your colleagues for a glass of wine and hear from Eastside Legal Assistance Program and the Campaign for Equal Justice about the need for legal aid in your community and how you can help.

A drink and appetizers provided. There will be a chance to donate at the event

RSVP here.

Casa Latina: En Camino Annual Gala 2017

Date: Saturday, October 7, 2017

Time:  6:00 pm

Where:  The Westin Seattle

Join Casa Latina for a night of inspiration and solidarity to defend, empower, and celebrate Latino immigrant workers.

You’ll laugh, cry, dance, and cheer. You’ll enjoy fabulous food and great music. You’ll be moved by the courageous stories you’ll hear, the people you’ll meet, the images you’ll see. And you’ll show your commitment to walk proudly “en camino”—on the road—with the immigrant community in the face of increasing discrimination in our country.

Attending the En Camino Gala is a timely act of solidarity as we raise funds to empower Latino immigrant workers through Casa Latina’s employment, education, and community organizing programs.

Register HERE.

ACLU 2017 Bill of Rights DinnerACLU of WA

When: Saturday,  November 4, 2017

Time: 6:00-9:00 pm

Where:  Seattle Westin

On November 4 we will host our annual Bill of Rights Celebration Dinner at the Seattle Westin. This year’s dinner will again be a memorable occasion, with awards presented to civil liberties heroes in Washington and featuring Emmy-nominated actress and prominent equal rights advocate, Laverne Cox.

Purchase tickets here. 

It’s time to apply for the Loan Repayment Assistance Program

Due April 3: Nominate someone who inspires you for the WSBA APEX awards


The WSBA is seeking nominations for its 2017 WSBA Annual APEX Awards, which honor exemplary individuals from the legal community including legal professionals, judges, and members of the public. The awards will be presented at the Annual APEX Awards Dinner on Sept. 28, 2017, to those who have made noteworthy contributions and achievements in public service, government service, professionalism, pro bono work, diversity and other areas.

Read more and nominate here.

Due May 3: Time to apply for the Loan Repayment Assistance Program

Application Deadline: Wednesday, May 3, 2017

LRAP constitutes a core component of the School of Law’s commitment to public service as a public law school by increasing the ability of its graduates to enter public service law.

Participants are required to commit to remain in public service employment for a three year period. Loans are given at the beginning of each of the three years. The first loan will be forgiven after two years of qualifying employment and the additional two loans will be forgiven after three years of qualifying employment.

The School of Law loans $5000 each to approximately three new applicants per year and will commit to awarding an additional $5000 a year for two more years for a total commitment of $15,000 per participant.

Read more and apply here.

Washington State Bar Foundation seeks new member board of trustees

The Washington State Bar Foundation is a 501(c)(3) public charity, organized for the purpose of supporting the Washington State Bar Association programs that promote diversity within the legal profession and enhance the public’s access to, and understanding of, the justice system. Its volunteer Board of Trustees, like all nonprofit boards, has legal and fiduciary responsibility for the organization. The Foundation is a fundraising entity only, directed to support the Bar Association by raising awareness and support for Bar Association program. The Foundation does not establish Bar Association policy or programs.

Read more here.


Study on Composition of International Bodies Shows that Women are Under-Represented

Want Direct Client Experience and Make a Difference? Applications Now Being Accepted for Bridging the Gap/Moderate Means Program- Due 10/19

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Bridging the Gap provides legal referrals for low and moderate income individuals as a part of the WSBA Moderate Means Program.

Bridging the Gap is a UW Law in-house pro bono program. The goal of the program is to increase access to civil legal services for people of moderate means who cannot afford an attorney but make too much money to qualify for traditional free legal aid services. The program is focused in the areas of Family, Housing and Consumer law.

Law students serving as Bridging the Gap volunteer interns interview potential clients by telephone to collect information and evaluate their cases. Qualifying cases will be referred by interns to participating attorneys who have agreed to represent clients for a reduced fee. After completing training, Bridging the Gap interns will be expected to commit to a minimum of five hours a week for the duration of fall and winter quarters (one hour is a weekly staff meeting).

Benefits to students:

  • Hands-on experience interviewing clients;
  • Training in substantive legal issues, issue-spotting, interviewing skills and ethics;
  • Instruction on how to use the Legal Server database, which is used by most of the civil legal aid organizations in Washington State, and many other states;
  • Supervision and mentoring by experienced attorneys;
  • The satisfaction of helping low and moderate income individuals who otherwise might not receive any legal help at all;
  • Time spent volunteering for Bridging the Gap counts for recognition with the Pro Bono Honors Society.

Upper level students (2L, 3L and LLM) may participate in training for the program now (fall quarter) and begin interviewing clients in November. 1Ls can train now and begin interviewing clients in January.

To apply for the program, submit a letter of interest and resume to Ann Spangler at by October 19, 2015.

GQUAL Campaign to Increase Gender Parity on International Rights Bodies

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According to a study conducted by GQUAL, the lack of gender parity, specifically the underrepresentation of women, affects almost all international tribunals and monitoring bodies. They report that women hold only 17% of positions on international courts and 25% of positions on regional human rights bodies. The GQUAL Declaration notes that States are generally responsible for nominating and electing candidates to these international bodies, but often lack transparent guidelines and procedures for such processes. Additionally, most States do not have mechanisms to correct gender disparities. By not respecting the principle of non-discrimination, States Parties may be in violation of Article 8 of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW).

Continue reading here.

Call for Submissions: American University Washington College of Law’s Human Rights Essay Award Competition, Deadline 2/1/2016


Are you interested in attending an all-expense paid 3 week summer program on Human Rights and Humanitarian Law taught by over 40 world-renowned practitioners and academics at American University Washington College of Law? Well, now is your chance! Submit an essay to the Human Rights Essay Award Competition and you could be the lucky winner to receive a scholarship to attend the 2016 Program of Advanced Studies in Human Rights and Humanitarian Law from May 31 – June 17. This year’s topic is “Extractive Industries and Human Rights” and the deadline to submit is February 1, 2016. Participants have the flexibility to choose any subject related to the assigned topic. The best articles may be published in the American University International Law Review.

This annual competition sponsored by the Academy on Human Rights and Humanitarian Law seeks to stimulate the production of scholarly work in international human rights law. The Academy will grant two Awards, one for the best article in English and one for the best article in Spanish. The Award in each case will consist of: a scholarship to the Academy’s Program of Advanced Studies, travel expenses to Washington D.C., housing at the university dorms and a per diem for living expenses.

For more information, click here.

Jameson Crane III Disability and Law Writing Competition, Deadline 1/15/2016

James Crane Writing Competition

Thomas Jefferson School of Law is pleased to announce the second Jameson Crane III Disability and the Law Writing Competition. Made possible by the generous gift of Thomas Jefferson School of Law alumnus Jameson Crane III, this competition seeks to encourage outstanding student scholarship at the intersection of law and medicine, or law and the social sciences. The competition promotes an understanding of these topics, furthers the development of legal rights and protections, and improves the lives of those with disabilities. Submissions will be judged anonymously by an independent panel of experts.

If you win, you will get a $1,500 cash prize and Thomas Jefferson Law Review (TJLR) will consider the paper for publication under the TJLR’s editorial standards.  Two second place winners will each receive a $1,000 cash prize.  (Preference for these additional winners will be given to submissions from disciplines not represented by the grand prize winner.)

For more information, click here.

There is still time to register for the Equal Justice Works 2015 Conference and Career Fair!

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Friday, October 23 & Saturday, October 24
Crystal Gateway Marriott

While the period to apply for prescheduled interviews has closed, students and recent graduates may register through October 9 to speak with employers during table talk and to attend conferences sessions.

NETWORK with more than 150 public interest employers. We have heard from many employers and students that interviews and job offers have been secured from meetings during table talk!

LEARN during our conference sessions lead by experienced public interest attorneys on international and immigration careers, managing student debt, and how students can organize to fight injustice!

Learn more and register here! Registration deadline is October 9

National Juvenile Defender Center Publishes Juvenile Defense Policy and Practice Career Resource Guide


The National Juvenile Defender Center prepared the Juvenile Defense Policy and Practice Career Resource Guide to provide students and others with valuable resources to jumpstart a juvenile defense career. It includes information on coursework and externships that will help strengthen a candidate’s application in the juvenile defense field; resources to guide in the search for juvenile defense jobs, fellowships, and funding opportunities; and a list of offices around the country that provide employment and internship opportunities specific to juvenile defense.

Click here for the resource guide.

Would you like access to free hands on legal training, CLE credits, and networking opportunities to help start your own law practice? If so, ELAP Family Law Fellowship is the Answer!


Eastside Legal Assistance Program is now accepting applications this month for this November’s fellowship class.  The yearlong program is an opportunity for newly licensed attorneys pursuing a career in family law to gain direct experience in a supportive environment. Fellows volunteer half-time while receiving computer access, desks, phones, mentorship and training in Family Law, Domestic Violence, motions practice and pre-trial/trial preparation. ELAP will also provide law office management training to assist the attorneys in establishing their own offices. And Fellows are covered by ELAP’s malpractice insurance for all work done on ELAP cases.

For more information, click here.

April 30 Deadline- It’s April Fools Day but this is No Joke! Report Your Pro Bono Hours & Pave Your Way Towards Membership in the UW Law Pro Bono Honors Society!

It’s April Fools Day but this is no Joke! Time to Report Pro Bono Hours for Membership into the Pro Bono Honors Society! Submission Deadline: April 30!

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  • Did you volunteer for IFAP, PFJP, SYLAW, CHRJ App Help, ELS research project between April 2014 and March 2015? ?
  • Did you do law-related pro bono work for a community-based legal or public interest organization between April 2014 and March 2015?
  • Did you volunteer as a case manager or leader for a student-led pro bono project between April 2014 and March 2015?
  • Did you 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! 

Submit your online form so that you can be recognized with fellow students, faculty and staff with a Pro Bono Service Award at graduation! Don’t forget the program recognizes student leaders pro bono legal assistance projects as well as legal assistance hours.

How does recognition work?

JD Program Students = 70 hours of pro bono by March 31 of your graduating year (10 1L year and 30 in both 2L & 3L years)

LLM & PhD Students= 30 hours of pro bono by March 31 of your graduating year

Not in it for the award? We get it. The Pro Bono Honors Society though gives us the opportunity to tell the story of UW Law and what our commitment to public service really looks like.  We are also able to pull together resources to help future generations of students connect to the volunteer opportunities that resonate for them.  So please take the time to do this!

For complete details please click here.

Calling for Submissions! Human Rights and Refugee Essay Competitions

Seattle Women’s Commission Seeking Candidates for Vacant Seats on the Commission, Due 9/22

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The Seattle Women’s Commission is seeking candidates for vacant seats on the Commission. The Commission advises the Mayor, City Council and city departments on issues that impact women in Seattle. The commission identifies areas of concern and recommends policy and legislation, provides feedback and opinion on issues of city and state budget, and acts as a liaison between Seattle women and city government.

As advisors to the Mayor, City Council and city departments, commissioners have the opportunity to address issues of concern for Seattle women and to work for positive change.

Terms are three, two-year terms and are subject to confirmation by the City Council. Applicants must live or work in Seattle and be available for monthly meetings from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on the 3rd Monday of the month at City Hall in downtown Seattle.

The SWC is seeking candidates with a particular interest in the following areas, in accordance with the SWC’s annual work plan:

  • Economic opportunities for women, including pay equity, job opportunities, and women-owned businesses
  • Health disparities affecting women, including access to healthy food, reproductive rights, and the social determinants of health such as infant and maternal mortality
  • Housing and homelessness including affordable housing, tenant rights, institutional and informal housing and shelters, and vehicular residents and women living in encampments in the city
  • Violence prevention including training for police and other responders, sexual assault, domestic violence and preventing youth violence
  • The SWC aims to work closely with governmental and community-based organizations to make certain that women of color, women with disabilities, immigrants, refugees, returning female veterans, youth and members of the LGBTQI communities are being served appropriately by the Commission’s work.

To apply for appointment to the Seattle Women’s Commission, submit your resume and a letter of interest by September 22, 2014. Please reference your experience and interest in the previously mentioned issue areas in your cover letter. To reduce paper consumption, electronic submissions are preferred. Email your letter of interest and resume to:

PLI Offering Online Seminar on Effective Communication with the Legal Services Client

PLI SeminarAs states enact new pro bono requirements and ease some restrictions on pro bono representation, it is becoming more important than ever for lawyers to understand the unique challenges posed by pro bono clients. PLI’s first open interactive course is free to anyone who wants to learn more about how to meet the unique challenges posed by pro bono clients. This course will teach new attorneys and seasoned professionals how to work effectively and cooperatively with their pro bono client.

Click here to access more content.

Call for Submissions: The Washington College of Law Human Rights Essay Award 2015 English & Spanish, Due 2/1/15


By: Cecilia Marcela Bailliet

Are you interested in attending an all-expense paid 3 week summer program on Human Rights and Humanitarian Law taught by over 40 world-renowned practitioners and academics at American University Washington College of Law? Well, now is your chance! Submit an essay to the Human Rights Essay Award Competition and you could be the lucky winner to receive a scholarship to attend the 2015 Program of Advanced Studies in Human Rights and Humanitarian Law. This year’s topic is “Transitional Justice, International Human Rights and Humanitarian Law” and the deadline to submit is February 1, 2015. Participants have the flexibility to choose any subject related to the assigned topic. The best articles may be published in the American University International Law Review.

This annual competition sponsored by the Academy on Human Rights and Humanitarian Law seeks to stimulate the production of scholarly work in international human rights law. The Academy will grant two Awards, one for the best article in English and one for the best article in Spanish. The Award in each case will consist of: a scholarship to the Academy’s Program of Advanced Studies, travel expenses to Washington D.C., housing at the university dorms and a per diem for living expenses.

For detailed guidelines about the award please click here.

Volunteer Lawyer Programs Assist in Disaster Relief Efforts


By: Eastside Legal Assistance Program

Oso Mudslide

After the mudslide that devastated Oso in May 2014, there was an emergent need for legal services in the area. Snohomish County Legal Services (SCLS) responded by partnering with the local bar association and with Northwest Justice Project (NJP).  NJP launched a toll free number for those affected by the 530 Slide and informational flyers were distributed by  SCLS and NJP. Additionally, the Snohomish County Bar Association (SCBA) sent out an email to member attorneys to gauge interest in assisting – over 100 attorneys signed up to volunteer their time and expertise to the victims of the disaster.  Additionally, Foster Pepper and Perkins Coie offered their assistance to SCLS in this effort and SCLS was able to secure emergency funding from Legal Foundation of Washington to hire a part time staff attorney, Dustin Hoegemeyer, to help coordinate volunteers and assist victims of the slide.

With all of this support and dedication from the local legal community and professional organizations,  SCLS has assisted more than 30 clients to date and referrals are still coming in.  SCLS Executive Director Anita Hale reports that “It has been humbling to be part of such an amazing effort and to see individuals receive the legal support they need to start moving forward with their lives.”

Okanogan County Fires

Chelan Douglas County Volunteer Attorney Services (VAS) developed a legal aid response to the wildfires in Chelan and Okanogan counties. The Wenatchee-based nonprofit opened its intake to include Okanogan County residents who were affected by the fires. VAS, in partnership with the Wenatchee law firm Jeffers, Danielson, Sonn & Aylward, began referring fire-related legal matters to local attorneys in July. The volunteer legal program will facilitate free legal advice through the end of 2014 and, in addition, plans to organize informational meetings and legal clinics in affected areas.

International Refugee Law Student Writing Competition: Call for Papers

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The American Society of International Law’s International Refugee Law Interest Group (IRLIG) announces an annual International Refugee Law Student Writing Competition, co-sponsored by the Global Migration Centre at the Graduate Institute of International
and Development Studies, Geneva; the International Law Students Association (ILSA); the International Journal of Refugee Law; Oxford University Press; and the American Society of International Law (ASIL).

IRLIG seeks submissions of academic papers on international law pertaining to refugees, internally displaced persons, and forced migrants. Participation is open to students enrolled at an accredited university at the time of submission.

Click here for more details.





UW Law End-of-Year Celebration & Lunch, Sandy Relief Pro Bono Opportunities, New Human Rights Clinic & Tips on Skype Interviews

Law School End-of-Year Celebratory Lunch & Awards Ceremony

UWLawJoin Dean Testy for an ALL SCHOOL end-of-year celebratory lunch & program honoring student, staff and faculty awards achieved this year.

Awards presented at the program include the Dean’s Medals, SCALE Awards, Faculty Service Awards, Pro Bono Honors Awards, Olympia Quarter Fellows, SBA Awards, and more! 

Tuesday, May 14

Program: 12:30 – 1:20 p.m.

Gates Hall Terrace (weather permitting)

Lunch will be available before/after the program and include

  • Famous Dave’s BBQ (with vegetarian options)
  • Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream
  • Giveaways!

Hope to see you then to celebrate our success!

Hurricane Sandy Relief: Summer Pro Bono Opportunities for Law Students

TAG_Hurricane_Sandy_Spirit_NYNew Pro Bono Program at Touro Law Center on Long Island, New York

TLC currently developing pro bono placements for students from around the country who wish to participate in the urgent work of our ongoing hurricane relief efforts.

As a consequence of Hurricane Sandy last October, Long Islanders have been besieged by numerous legal problems: environmental, zoning and permit issues, FEMA appeals, insurance appeals, foreclosure matters, contractor fraud, consumer complaints, landlord tenant problems, unemployment and homelessness, just to name a few.

Starting this summer and going through the fall we are sponsoring a “boots on the ground” effort to survey the legal needs of hurricane survivors across Long Island.  In a two pronged approach we will be placing law students in community centers as well as having students going door to door, to try to learn how well government and other agencies have been able to meet the legal needs of individuals and families in the wake of Hurricane Sandy.  In addition to gaining an understanding of how legal services have been provided to date, the survey will seek out those who, whether because of age, disability or for other reasons are unable or afraid to access the help they may need.

While this is an enormous undertaking, it will also provide a valuable opportunity for students to see, in a very dramatic way, the importance of providing access to legal services for all segments of society.

For students who wish to be admitted in New York, a summer’s worth of pro bono would meet the 50 hour rule of the Office of Court Administration for admission to the bar.  For more info email Deidre Byrne.

Want a Hands-On Course in International Human Rights? Apply for the UW Law Human Rights Clinic/Practice Seminar

Eleanor_Roosevelt_and_Human_Rights_DeclarationHuman Rights Clinical/Practice Opportunity for 2013-2014

2 Credits Winter/2 Credits Spring

Professors Ramasastry and Rosenbaum

Note:  Students must enroll in Human rights Advocacy in the Autumn Quarter, unless excused by one of the professors, for good cause.

Description: The course will provide students with hands on experience in addressing problems in international human rights.   Students will engage in research and potential case work focused on human rights projects in fields relating to business and human rights, on topics such as information technology and human rights, human trafficking in global supply chains and indigenous people’s rights in relation to mining and other industrial development in Latin and Central America. Students will test, develop and enhance their skills training in the context of real-world human rights practice. This work will involve partnerships with attorneys, human rights organizations, community-based organizations in the U.S. and abroad, international NGOs and solidarity networks, and human rights experts from the U.S. and abroad.

Please submit an electronic version of your application to Professor Ramasastry ( by Friday May 10 at   5 p.m.

Interview Tips: How to Handle Phone and Skype Interviews

Skype-iconHere’s the lastest from the National Jurist Blog.

By Hillary Mantis

If you have been searching for a job out of state, chances are you have been offered a phone or Skype interview. But how do you impress the interviewers, when you are not even in the same room? Without eye contact and a firm handshake, how do you establish rapport? Here are some thoughts on how to handle a phone or Skype interview without stressing out.

Set up your interview space:
It is important to have a quiet, calm space from which to conduct the interview. Obviously, you should not attempt to conduct the interview walking down the street, or outside. A former student of mine actually had her first interview with a firm while walking through Central Park in New York. Guess what? Their conversation got cut off. Fortunately for her, it all worked out, and in the end she got the job. But it was unnecessary stress that she could have avoided by calling from a room with good reception. I would strongly recommend using a landline if possible, to avoid any cell phone problems that might crop up. Read on here.