Come Join in Celebrating Achievements in Our Local Community

May 19: Afternoon Reception & Presentation with Department of Commerce Visiting Delegation from Arabian Peninsula

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Monday, May 19, 2014
3:30 PM Presentation in RM 115
4:30 PM Reception in RM 447

International Commercial Law Principles and Sharia

Muddassir Siddiqui, Senior Legal Advisor, CLDP & Haitham Osta, PhD Candidate, UW School of Law

Next week, UW Law, in conjunction with the U.S. Department of Commerce Commercial Law Development Program, will host a delegation of esteemed visitors from Baharain, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates for week-long presentations and meetings with senior legal advisors from the Department of Commerce, several faculty members, Boeing, Microsoft, the World Justice Project, Amazon, Costco, and DLA Piper. The overall focus is on how GCC countries can harmonize and improve their business law environment to facilitate greater trade and investment.

Please join us for an afternoon reception at 4:30 in Room 447, where you will have the opportunity to chat with Dept. of Commerce senior legal advisors and our esteemed guests:

  • Mohamed Essam, Legal Director, Gulf Holding Company, Bahrain
  • Abdulla Monsour, Advisor, Ministry of Industry and Commerce, Bahrain
  • Hatim Zu’bi, Partner, Zu’bi & Partners Attorneys & Legal Consultants, Bahrain/UAE
  • Tarek Hajjiri, Director Legal Policy, Dubai Economic Council, UAE
  • Mohamed Almarzouqi, Judge, Ministry of Justice, UAE
  • Hosaam Alyammahi, Judge, Ministry of Justice, UAE
  • Khaled Mohamed Matar Alkaabi, Director Legal Policies and Agreements, Department Economic Development, UAE
  • Shamlan Alsawalehi, Judge, Dubai International Financial Center Courts, UAE
  • Dr. Sherif Ghannam, Professor, Dubai Police Academy, UAE
  • Sultan Ayidh M Alqahtani, Attorney, Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Saudi Arabia
  • Maher Othman A Alsaeed, Attorney, Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Saudi Arabia
  • Saad Fahd Dileym, Attorney, Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Saudi Arabia
  • Badr Abdulmusen Haddab, Attorney, Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Saudi Arabia
  • Abdulaziz Saud Alduhaim, Attorney, Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Saudi Arabia

May 22: Equal Justice Works Webinar: “Drowning in Debt?  Learn How Government and Nonprofit Workers Can Earn Public Service Loan Forgiveness”

Thursday, May 22, 2014
3:00 – 4:10 PM, EDT

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A must attend for anyone with student debt, this free webinar explains how to reduce your monthly student loan payments and qualify for Public Service Loan Forgiveness. After the presentation (whether you are able to attend or not), you will be emailed a recording of the session that you can view at any time. Detailed information about the federal student debt relief programs covered in this webinar are available in our e-book, Take Control of Your Future, which is available in the Kindle Store.

Register online here.

May 22: Eastside Legal Assistance Project Celebrates 25 Years of Service

ELAP 25th Anniversary

Thursday, May 22, 2014
7:00 – 8:30 AM
Meydenbauer Center, 11100 NE 6th St., Bellevue, WA 98004

We are having a big party on May 22nd where we will celebrate ELAP’s 25 years of service to our community serving low-income families and individual on the Eastside and survivors of domestic violence from all of King County. It would be great if you could join us for this celebration. We will see a great video which will describe where ELAP has been, where we are now, and a little bit of what the future holds for ELAP and the clients we serve.

It’s only two weeks until the 4th Annual ELAP Breakfast for Justice, so it’s time to register now to reserve you place.

Click here to register.  Suggested minimum donation $150.

June 18: KCBA Awards Dinner

KCBA Awards Dinner

Wednesday, June 18, 2014
Sheraton Seattle Hotel
Reception – 5:30 PM
Dinner – 6:30 PM
Individual tickets are $100 each; $1,000 for reserved tables of ten.  Please register by June 11th.

You are cordially invited to join KCBA members, judges and community leaders of King County on Wednesday, June 18th at the Sheraton Seattle Hotel for the 2014 KCBA Annual Awards Dinner.  The evening celebrates a group of inspiring award recipients who have made a tremendous impact on the practice of law and administration of justice in our community.  The event includes a reception, gourmet dinner and the awards presentations.

Once again we are offering the opportunity for friends and colleagues of the honorees and the bar to place congratulatory greeting messages in the keepsake program book.  This provides a special way to honor the awardees and recognize the accomplishments of the bar over the last year.

Click here to register online.

June 19-22: 2014 Minidoka Pilgrimage

Minidoka Pilgrimage

Thursday-Sunday, June 19-22, 2014

In 1942, close to 13,000 people of Japanese-ancestry, many of whom were American citizens, were removed from their homes in the Pacific Northwest and sent to a desolate “incarceration camp” near Twin Falls, Idaho.  This summer, the 11th pilgrimage will take place with former incarcerees, their families, and friends – from Seattle, Portland and across the nation – to the former Minidoka Camp in Idaho.  This is an opportunity to learn, share memories, and ask questions about the Minidoka experience.  Consider participating as a way to bring your family together and reconnect with friends.  Participation is limited.  Scholarships are available.  

Deadline is June 1.  Registration information online here.

Do You Know What Community Lawyering Is? Learn More at This Week’s SJT!

March 8: Landesa Presents International Women’s Day Breakfast

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Saturday, Mar. 8, 2014
7:30 – 9:00 AM
Four Seasons Hotel, 99 Union Street, Seattle, WA

Enjoy a lively and inspirational conversation with Renée Giovarelli & Ruth Meinzen-Dick.

Renée and Ruth are two of the world’s premiere land rights practitioners and advocates for improving the lives of women around the world. They will share stories about how millions of women and their families are climbing out of poverty through the power of land – for today and for generations to come.

This event will raise funds to support Landesa’s work on securing land rights for women and their families throughout the world.  For more information, click here.

March 8: Seattle Oxfam Action Corps Celebrates International Women’s Day

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Saturday, Mar. 8, 2014
12:00 – 2:00 PM
Agua Verde, Northeast Boat Street, Seattle, WA

Seattle Oxfam Action Corps invites you to come celebrate International Women’s Day, Saturday March 8th! We will be hosting a light luncheon at Aqua Verde Cafe from 12pm-2pm.  This year, Seattle Oxfam Action Corps, would like to celebrate International Women’s Day by highlighting the efforts of women farmer’s all around the world while also reflecting on how local efforts are having a worldwide impact of women, farming, and food justice.

We will be hearing from four local women within our own community who are involved in farming and who have had a great influence on the Seattle area and beyond. Among are featured guests are Katie Pencke and Karla Faris with Seattle Tilth, local photographer Audra Mulkern, and Sister of the Planet Ambassador Ellen Southard.

Join us in celebrating the efforts of women farmer’s all around the world while enjoying some great food! We look forward to seeing you.  To register, click here.

March 11: Social Justice Tuesday- Community Lawyering: What does it mean and how can we do more of it?

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Tuesday, Mar. 11, 2014
12:30-1:20 PM, RM 133

Promoting an expansive view of a legal aid lawyer’s role, community lawyering stresses the importance of thinking beyond litigation (while retaining litigation as a vital tool) in addressing the kinds of structural problems low-income communities face.

Community lawyers often prioritize community economic development, to help increase a community’s economic resources, such as housing; do community organizing as a vehicle for mobilizing communities to work on short, winnable, issue-oriented campaigns against specific targets with the longer-term goal of creating self-sustaining, community-based organizations capable of even greater changes; as well as engage in community building  to help increase the “social capital” within a community— identifying community resources, building new relationships among community members, and nurturing new leaders.

Please join us for an engaging discussion on community lawyering; what it means and how we can do more of it.

Speakers:
Angélica Cházaro is a Visiting Assistant Professor at UW School of Law who teaches Poverty Law and Critical Race Theory. She is a former staff attorney at the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project.

La Rond Baker is a staff attorney at the ACLU of Washington.

If you would like lunch please RSVP via Symplicity or email by 12:00 pm Monday, March 10. No RSVP for lunch accepted after 12:00 pm.

April 1: Marten Environmental Leadership Series Student Dinner featuring Washington Department of Ecology Director Maia Bellon

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Tuesday, April 1, 2014
5:30 – 7:30 PM, RM 115

Send an email here to sign up! Only 20 Seats! 

The final dinner of this year’s series will be held on April 1st, 5:30-7:30pm, in Room 115.

The speaker at this dinner will be Maia Bellon, Director of the Washington State Department of Ecology.

Maia previously served as program manager for Ecology’s Water Resources program, overseeing a staff of 130.  That program is charged with sustainably managing the state’s water resources, including the allocation of water and protection of water rights, instream flows and environmental functions.

Before joining Ecology, Maia served as an assistant attorney general with the Ecology Division of the Washington State Attorney General’s Office. She served as the lead attorney for the underground storage tank program and was Ecology’s lead advisor on mining and Model Toxics Control Act voluntary cleanup issues. She also served for two years as the lead attorney for Ecology’s Air Quality Program.

From 2000 to 2001, Maia served as the special assistant to the president for Civil Rights and Legal Affairs at The Evergreen State College. She is a graduate of The Evergreen State College and earned her law degree from Arizona State University.

April 10-11: Medical-Legal Partnership Summit

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Thursday, Apr. 10 – Friday, Apr. 11, 2014
Fairmont Olympic Hotel in downtown Seattle

The Washington Medical-Legal Partnership (MLP) is very pleased to be hosting the Medical-Legal Partnership Summit on April 10-11, 2014 at the Fairmont Olympic Hotel in downtown Seattle.  MLP’s mission is to build a better healthcare team that can identify, treat and prevent the health-harming legal needs of patients, clinics and populations. MLP helps people who have lost income or benefits; families who are struggling to maintain housing; and parents who can’t get the services their children need at school.  MLP trains medical providers and social workers to identify legal needs and intervene and advocates on systemic issues to change policies.  We integrate legal assistance into patient care and take a patient-to-policy approach.

The Summit will focus on medical-legal partnership in the era of health reform.  Themes will address medical-legal partnership as a mechanism for better healthcare delivery (related to prevention and outcomes), interprofessional education and population health change.

To review the full summit agenda, click here.  To register, click here.

Upcoming Events on Land Rights, Access to Law, Climate Migration, Women’s Rights and More

Feb 3: Global Spotlight on Land Rights, Women’s Rights and Customary Justice in Africa

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Hosted by the International Law Society and the Graduate Program in Sustainable International Development
“Updates on Landesa’s Work in Africa: From Addressing Large-scale Land Investments to Enhancing Women’s Access to Customary Justice”

Darryl Vhugen, Senior Attorney & Director of Special Initiatives & Reem Gaafar, Research Associate, Landesa

Mr. Vhugen will discuss Landesa’s work on the important issue of large-scale land investments in Africa. A global land rush—sparked initially by a dramatic rise in global food prices and now driven by a variety of factors including increased demand for food and biofuels, carbon markets and speculation—is remaking the face of agriculture and land use in the developing world. Large swathes of land in Africa, Latin America and Asia are being purchased or leased. While land-based investments present an opportunity for economic development, they can lead to a loss of access and rights to land, water and other natural resources for local communities, especially women.

Mr. Gaafar will introduce Landesa’s “Justice” Project: Enhancing Customary Justice Systems in the Mau Forest, Kenya. In light of the recognition of women’s land rights and of “traditional dispute resolution mechanisms” in Kenya’s new Constitution, this project piloted a model for improving women’s access to customary justice related to land rights, including a short-term impact evaluation.

For details, click here.

Feb. 4: Come Attend Social Justice Tuesday on Youth, Poverty, and Access to Law

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Hosted by: Christian Law Society and the Center for Human Rights & Justice

William H. Gates Hall, RM 133
Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2014 at 12:30 – 1:20 PM

What kinds of obstacles commonly confront children and those of humble means?  A panel of three will discuss issues at the heart of youth, poverty, and access to law.  The panelists will be discussing issues they confront on a daily basis and the legal challenges of their clients.

  • David MaceUnion Gospel Mission’s Open Door Legal Services
  • Serena HoltheCenter for Children & Youth Justice
  • Andrew SchneidlerChildren’s Law Center of Washington

If you would like lunch, please RSVP via Symplicity or email by 12:00 p.m. Monday, February 3, 2014. No RSVP for lunch accepted after 12:00 p.m.

Feb. 5: You’re Invited to the Public Service Law Connections Breakfast!

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William H. Gates Hall, RM 115
Wed. Feb. 5, 2014 at 7:30 – 8:30 AM

Want to learn more about career paths and strategies in public service law? Come bright and early to hear and learn from local public service attorneys’ insights and tips!

  • Leo Flor, Equal Justice Works Fellow, Veteran’s Project at Northwest Justice Project
  • Bruce Brown, Associate Regional Solicitor, U.S. Department of Labor
  • Janet Chung, Legal & Legislative Counsel, LegalVoice 
  • Jessica Creighton, Assistant Attorney General, Labor & Industries, WA Attorney General’s Office

If you would like breakfast please RSVP via Symplicity or by email.  RSVP by 12:00 pm Tuesday, February 4, 2014.

Feb. 6: Sustainable International Development Program Celebrates Its 20th Anniversary

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William H. Gates Hall
Thursday, Feb. 6, 2014 at 4:30 PM – 7:30 PM

Please join us for a celebration to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the Sustainable International Development Program at UW School of Law!

The SID LL.M. Program builds upon the groundbreaking work of founder Roy Prosterman who pioneered land reform as a means to secure prosperity for the rural poor. His legacy is an innovative program designed to provide students with the skills needed to face the international development challenges of the 21st century. The SID 20th Anniversary Event commemorates the past and celebrates the future.

A reception will begin at 4:30 pm with the lecture following at 6pm in Room 138.

More Information and RSVP here

Feb. 7-8: Climate Migration, Local Conditions and Law: Food Security, Land Tenure and Gender

Photo from Food & Agriculture Organization of the UN

William H. Gates Hall
Friday, Feb. 7, 2014 at 8:00 AM – 12:30 PM
Saturday, Feb. 8, 2014 at 8:00 AM – 12:30 PM

Please Join the University of Washington School of Law and Washington Journal of Environmental Law and Policy (WJELP) for a symposium discussing the nature of climate change and its migration affects and concerns. Topics range from agriculture and food security internationally to public international law to current government and research based action.

Speakers include national and international interdisciplinary scholars, judges, government practitioners and advocates.

Agenda and Registration Here

Feb. 10: Annual Public Service Law Dinner: Continuing Dr. King’s Fight for Fair Housing

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University of Washington School of Law, RM 115
Monday, Feb. 10, 2014
5:30 – 7:00 PM

Featuring: Bernard Kleina, Photographer & Civil Rights Activist

And Special Photo Exhibit: The Chicago Freedom Movement

Mr. Kleina has served as Executive Director of HOPE Fair Housing Center in Wheaton, IL for over four decades. One of its founding members, Mr. Kleina currently serves on the Board of Directors of the National Fair Housing Alliance (NFHA). He is past President of the Chicago Area Fair Housing Alliance. This evening will include historic and contemporary photographs by Mr. Kleina documenting the ongoing struggle for racial and social justice.

RSVP via Symplicity or by email by February 7.

Human Rights Webinar, NARPA Conference & Support OneAmerica and Real Change

September 17- OneAmerica Open House

OneAmericaThe Board and staff of OneAmerica are pleased to invite you to join us for complimentary beverages and hors d’oeuvres in OneAmerica’s office in Seattle’s International District for an Open House and special update on its work in the immigrant community this fall and beyond.

As we organize, advocate and build power in immigrant communities statewide, we want you and our other valued supporters to have an opportunity to hear about our achievements, plans and strategy.

We will also be featuring our Youth Program, which is a winner of the 2013 Colleen Willoughby Youth Civic Education Award from CityClub Seattle and has recently been highlighted in the Seattle Globalist.

When? Tuesday, September 17, 2013, 4:30 – 6:30 p.m.

Where? OneAmerica 1225 S. Weller Street, Suite 430 Seattle, WA 98144

To RSVP, please email becky@weareoneamerica.org or call 206-452-8411.

September 24- Come to the 19th Annual Real Change Breakfast

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Registration: 7:30 AM – 8:00 AM
Breakfast: 8:00 AM – 9:00 AM

Washington State Convention Center

Speakers: This year’s Breakfast will feature Senator Ed Murray and Mayor Mike McGinn, being interviewed by Q13 Political Analyst C.R. Douglas, as they stake out their positions on homelessness and housing affordability to help us decide who should be the next Mayor of Seattle. This should be an exciting and informative discussion, and we hope you’ll join us for it.
Join the Party!
• Interested in becoming a Sponsor?  Check out our Sponsor Packet for more information.
• Want to invite your friends and family?  Learn more about becoming a Table Captain andclick here to register.
• Just want to come and find out what we’re all about?  Click here to register as an individual.
Please register by Monday, 9/16/13.
If you have questions about this event or would like to be a Sponsor, Table Captain, or Volunteer, please call 206.441-3247 ext. 221 or email breakfast@realchangenews.org

September 25-Human Rights Webinar: Focus on International Child Abduction

universal-declaration-of-human-rightsWednesday, September 25,  3:30 PM – 4:30 PM PST

The Local Human Rights Lawyering Project holds regular webinars to introduce legal aid attorneys to the Human Rights in the U.S. Handbook for Legal Aid Attorneys. This webinar will focus on a new section of the Handbook on International Child Abduction and the Hague Convention. Pamela Brown, Director of the Bi-National Family Violence Project of Texas RioGrande Legal Aid, Inc., will lead the webinar and discuss how to formulate human rights arguments for U.S. courts and policymakers in international child abduction cases.

The online training is free and registration is open. Register here.

September 26-28- National Association for Rights Protection and Advocacy Annual Rights Conference

NARPA logoThe National Association for Rights Protection and Advocacy’s (NARPA) mission is to promote policies and pursue strategies that result in individuals with psychiatric diagnoses making their own choices regarding treatment. We educate and mentor those individuals to enable them to exercise their legal and human rights with a goal of abolition of all forced treatment.

For 31 years, NARPA has provided an educational conference with inspiring keynoters and outstanding workshops. We learn from each other and come together as a community committed to social justice for people with psychiatric labels.

The Hilton Hartford                          Register Here:   (PDF)   (DOC)
315 Trumbull Street
Hartford, Connecticut                      Full Schedule 

 
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Save the Date Events: Get Ready for Fall!

Octorber 15: Washington Appleseed’s Breakfast with the Best

Please join Washington Appleseed for breakfast on Tuesday, October 15th at 7:30am in celebration of a year of great social progress and the pro bono teams who helped to make it all happen! RSVP to Katie@WaAppleseed.org.

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November 13: Global Washington’s 5th Annual Conference

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Join Global WA on November 13th at the Bell Harbor Conference Center in Seattle for our 5th Annual Conference! This year’s conference will continue to use Collective Impact to highlight the best examples of partnerships, innovations, and collaborations in the global development community. We invite you to join us this November to connect, learn, and share with others in Washington State’s vibrant global development community!

Reserve your spot. Early bird pricing ends Friday, August 30th.

Early bird: Member: $100 Non-Member: $150

Registration after August 30: Member: $150 Non-Member: $225

RSVP today- click here!

Conference Speakers:

GlobalWA Deogratias NiyizonkizaDeogratias “Deo” Niyizonkiza is the founder and chief executive officer of Village Health Works, a grassroots non-profit organization providing compassionate, quality health care to the most vulnerable community members in rural Burundi, East Africa. Deo is the protagonist of The New York Times bestseller Strength In What Remains, which depicts Deo’s journey from medical student in Burundi, to struggling immigrant in New York City, to Ivy League-educated global health practitioner and doctor-in-training.

GlobalWA Sam Daley-HarrisSam Daley-Harris is founder of RESULTS, an international citizens’ lobby dedicated to creating the political will to end hunger and poverty. There are 100 RESULTS groups in the U.S. and 40 more in six other countries. In 2007, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Muhammad Yunus said: “…no other organization has been as critical a partner in seeing to it that microcredit is used as a tool to eradicate poverty and empower women than RESULTS and RESULTS Educational Fund’s Microcredit Summit Campaign.”

January 31- February 1, 2014: NW Public Service Career Fair

NW PS Career Fair logoGet Ready Law Students and Recent Grads! Don’t miss on this great opportunity to connect and interview with non-profit and government legal employers in Seattle on Friday, January 31 and/or in Portland on Saturday, February 1.

For complete info check out the career fair website here. Employers will be registering on a rolling basis throughout the fall check the website frequently for the latest updates!

IMPORTANT DATES FOR LAW STUDENTS & RECENT GRADS

November 4, 2013: Student registration opens

January 13, 2014: Student deadline for requesting interviews

January 24, 2014: Students are notified of interview schedules

January 26, 2014: Student pre-registration closes (you may still register at the door)

January 29, 2014: Student deadline for rejecting interviews

January 31, 2014: Seattle Career Fair at Seattle University

February 1, 2014: Portland Career Fair at Lewis & Clark College

October 23: Columbia Legal Services 2013 Annual Pro Bono Reception 

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