Glenn Greenwald in Seattle & Northwest Justice Forum in Ellensburg!

June 17: Glenn Greenwald Speaking in Seattle

Glenn Greenwald

Tuesday, June 17, 2014
7:00 PM
Town Hall Seattle, 1119 8th Avenue, Seattle, WA 98101

TICKETS only $6!

In May 2013, Glenn Greenwald set out for Hong Kong to meet a source who claimed to have astonishing evidence of pervasive government spying and insisted on communicating only through heavily encrypted channels. That source turned out to be the 29-year-old NSA contractor Edward Snowden, and his revelations about the agency’s widespread, systemic overreach proved to be some of the most explosive and consequential news in recent history, triggering a fierce debate over national security and information privacy. As the arguments rage on and the government considers various proposals for reform, it is clear that we have yet to see the full impact of Snowden’s disclosures.

In April 2014, Greenwald and his colleagues at The Guardian received the Pulitzer Prize for Public Service. Don’t miss Greenwald speak in-person as he fits all the pieces together, recounting his high-intensity eleven-day trip to Hong Kong, examining the broader implications of the surveillance detailed in his reporting for The Guardian, and revealing fresh information on the NSA’s unprecedented abuse of power with never-before-seen documents entrusted to him by Snowden himself.

Glenn Greenwald will be signing his new book, No Place to Hide: Edward Snowden, the NSA, and the U.S. Surveillance State (available from Elliott Bay Book Company). Coming at a landmark moment in American history, No Place to Hide is a fearless, incisive, and essential contribution to our understanding of the U.S. surveillance state.

Click here to reserve a spot.

June 18-19: Tenth Annual Northwest Justice Forum in Ellensburg, WA

NW Justice Forum

Wednesday-Thursday, June 18-19, 2014
Central Washington University, Ellensburg, WA

Bridging the Divide
Schools, Juvenile Justice, and Community

Featuring:

Keynote Speaker: Judge Steven C. Teske

Pre-Forum Trainers:

Christina Albo, Resolutions Northwest

Kellie Henderson, Clark County Juvenile Court

Click here for the forum brochure. Click here to register.

September 10-13: Hispanic National Bar Association’s Career Fair

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Friday, Sept. 12, 2014 HNBA Career Fair
9:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Wednesday-Saturday, Sept. 10-13, 2014 HNBA Convention
Renaissance Downtown Hotel in Washington, DC

Students and alumni are invited to participate in the HNBA Career Fair, the nation’s largest career fair for Hispanic law students and legal professionals, at the Hispanic National Bar Association (HNBA) Annual Convention on Friday, September 12 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  The 2014 HNBA Convention will be held September 10-13, 2014 at the Renaissance Downtown Hotel in Washington, DC.  The event will give you access to government agencies, law firms, and leaders of industry, as well as allow you to make contacts that may lead to employment or other post-graduation professional opportunities.

To register, click here.

Tips for Table Talk & New Summer Funding Fellowship

Feeling Lost on What to Do at a Career Fair?  Check Out These Table Talk Tips & Career Fair Interviewing Tips!

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Whether you plan to attend the NW Public Interest Career Fair or not, here are some helpful tips to guide you on being a savvy table talker or interviewee.

Read more about table talk tips here.
Read more about career fair interviewing tips here.

Forget to register for the NW Public Interest Career Fair?  You can still register here or register at the door.  View a sample list of participating employers this year here.

SABA North America Announces its First Annual Public Interest Fellowship

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SABA North America is excited to announce its first annual Public Interest Fellowship. The Public Interest Fellowship will provide a stipend of up to $3,000 to 2 law students who will be working in the public interest field during the summer of 2014.

All applications should be emailed here.

For more information about the fellowship, please visit their website here.

Counting self-represented cases now possible

National Center for State Courts (NCSC) releases report that standardizes definitions and counting rules for SRLs

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Reports have long asserted that self-represented litigation, SRL, is on the rise. But validating those reports or accurately appropriating resources to support SRL cases has been nearly impossible for state courts—until now. NCSC has developed a set of standardized definitions, counting rules, and reporting guidelines for national reporting of cases with self-represented litigants. The definitions and counting rules are being incorporated into the latest edition of the State Court Guide to Statistical Reporting, published by the NCSC’s Court Statistics Project (CSP), and also will be included in updates to the court technology functional standards. For years, the lack of standardized definitions and counting rules has prevented state courts from comparing caseloads across jurisdictions and inhibited courts from accurately calculating judges’ and staffs’ workloads. Something as basic as whether to count cases involving self-represented litigants or the litigants themselves is not uniform.  “This represents an important first step toward the routine and systematic use of data to drive management decisions to improve the access to justice for self-represented litigants,” said Shauna Strickland, NCSC senior court research analyst. This project was funded by a grant from the State Justice Institute.

Continue reading here.

Guatemala’s Indigenous Communities Boosted by Landmark Reparations Bill

Portrait of Rio Negro's Massacre Victims in Guatemala

US expected to instruct World Bank [and Inter-American Development Bank] to address atrocities suffered by residents during Chixoy dam construction

By Mark Tran, The Guardian, Friday, January 17, 2014

President Barack Obama is poised to sign into law next week a landmark bill bringing closer the prospect of reparations for the indigenous Maya Achi community, more than 30 years after hundreds were massacred to clear the way for building the Chixoy dam in Guatemala.

The 2014 consolidated appropriations bill, involving more than $1tn, which funds discretionary government spending, instructs the US directors of the World Bank and Inter-American Development Bank (IADB) – which co-financed construction of the dam – to “report … on the steps being taken by such institutions to support implementation of a 2010 reparation plan (pdf) for damages suffered by the communities when the dam was built”.

Continue reading here.

The Hidden Crisis of the Syrian Civil War: An Undereducated Generation

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By Holly Koch, Global WA

In a conflict that has seen little reprieve since its start in March 2011, Syria’s Civil War has had a catastrophic impact on its citizens, approximately 4.5 million1 of whom have been internally displaced and an additional 2,358,180 2 who are now refugees in the surrounding region. Of the neighboring countries bearing the burden of this war, Lebanon and Jordan have seen the greatest number of refugees (approximately 862,000 and 576,000, respectively), with Turkey close behind.34  As with most humanitarian crises, the children of Syria have been disproportionately affected by the struggle between President Bashar Al-Assad and the Syrian rebels. With nearly 50 percent of Syrian refugees under age 18 and 37 percent under 12, the war-stricken country is in danger of developing a generation of children who fall through the cracks of the education system.

Continue reading here.

RSVP by December 10 for the Public Service City Visit to San Francisco on January 17 and Apps due January 13 for NW Public Service Career Fair

January 13 is the NW Public Service Career Fair Application/Request Interview Deadline 

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RSVP By December 10 ! San Francisco Public Service Employer Visit

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2014 SAN FRANCISCO PUBLIC SERVICE CITY VISIT: JANUARY 17, 2014

The  Center for Public Service Law has planned our third annual San Francisco  Public Interest Law City Visit for Friday, January 17, 2014.  On that day we will visit 4 public interest/public service agencies – two in Oakland  and two in San Francisco.  This year we will visit a variety of  organizations including the National Council on Crime and Delinquency, the US Citizen and Immigration Services (USCIS), the California Department of Justice (Attorney General’s Office) and one more site awaiting final confirmation.  Over the past two years 13 UW Law students have taken this trip and visited different public service and public interest sites, receiving excellent exposure to public service law in San Francisco.

Who may attend?  UW law students.

Why attend? If you are interested in seeking summer positions in the San Francisco Bay Area or if you think you might practice public interest law in the Bay Area after graduating then this is a great opportunity to get a sense of the lay of the land.  At each place we visit, the  organization will give us a brief presentation and then lawyers on staff will answer our questions.  Meeting the public interest lawyers in these offices will help you to begin building relationships — which is vital to “breaking in” to a new community.  None of the employers we visit can guarantee our jobs for students, but students have created important connections and at least one secured an externship.  Two other organizations we have visited have welcomed collaborative projects with students or hosted Equal Justice  Works fellowship applications, based on us establishing relationships with them through the city visits.

What are the expenses? You must pay for your own airfare and lodging. On Friday we will provide lunch and public transportation fees.  Participants will be eligible for up to $150 reimbursement of documented travel expenses.

How to RSVP:  contact Dean Storms at mestorms@uw.edu if you are interested in attending or if you have additional questions.  Please do so by December 10 as  we will want to confirm a minimum number of participants in order to go forward with the trip.

Announcing EJW’s AmeriCorps JD Program

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While, in past years, our Summer Corps program has given AmeriCorps education awards to law students serving during the summer, law students will now be able to earn education awards throughout the year. Because of the expansion, we will now refer to our program as AmeriCorps JD.

Law student slots throughout the school year will be available for placements where students provide legal assistance to low-income and homeless veterans or victims of disasters. Students can serve in any U.S. nonprofit organization, but they must be supervised by a licensed attorney. Please note that students receiving school credit for their service must get permission from their school’s administration to also receive an AmeriCorps education award. Students who receive compensation in excess of $4,300 for their service are not eligible.

Learn more about AmeriCorps JD!

ABA Rule of Law Initiative Announces New Platform Consolidating Human Rights Resources for ASEAN Civil Society Organizations

The website consolidates information and advocacy materials on human rights institutions and issues in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations region.In October, the Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) and the ABA Rule of Law Initiative (ABA ROLI) launched the Human Rights in ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) Online Platform. The website (www.humanrightsinasean.info), which consolidates information and advocacy materials on human rights institutions and issues within the ASEAN, is funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development.

The website consolidates information and advocacy materials on human rights institutions and issues in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations region.

The website’s content—available in English with online translation options for seven Southeast Asian languages—includes information on the mandate, representatives and activities of three key ASEAN human rights bodies: the Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights, the Commission on the Rights of Women and Children and the Committee on Migrant Worker Rights. Prior to the platform’s launch, information on these human rights institutions was scattered across different websites, with activity-related information only able to be obtained via informal communications with the institutions’ members or representatives. The platform will make a broader range of information more easily accessible to the public, facilitating increased civil society engagement as well as increased transparency in the ASEAN region.

“FORUM-ASIA hopes to see the [website] used by civil society in [the] ASEAN region and beyond to build solidarity and sharing on their human rights advocacy,” said Atnike Sigiro, FORUM-ASIA’s ASEAN advocacy program manager.

In addition to providing a registry of human rights organizations in Southeast Asia and a forum where civil society organizations (CSOs) can access information about how to engage with different ASEAN bodies, the platform also allows CSOs to post documents, including information on upcoming events.

To learn more about our work in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, contact the ABA Rule of Law Initiative at rol@americanbar.org.

One-Pagers on Human Rights Issues

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Civil Society Section – Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights

We are pleased to share a series of one-pagers developed by OHCHR. One-pagers provide concise and practical information on complex human rights issues. We hope you find them useful in your human rights work.

Please find below one-pagers on:

Core human rights in the two Covenants

Death penalty

Free, prior and informed consent of indigenous peoples

Gender-related killings of women and girls

Maternal mortality and morbidity and human rights

National action plans against racial discrimination

Participation of minorities in policing

Trafficking in persons

Transitional justice

Xenophobia

AILA New Member Lunch for Law Students, Loren Miller Bar Summer of Success Dinner, ALCU Northwest Conference & $$ for UW Law Students for October EJW Conference & Career Fair

August 1- American Immigration Lawyers Association Lunch for Law Students

AILAThe American Immigration Lawyers Association New Members Division would like to invite Seattle area law students who are interested in immigration law to attend our upcoming lunch gathering on 8/1/13 at Fado (801 1st Ave Seattle).  We hope to hold monthly informal lunch gatherings throughout the year and welcome individuals who would like to learn about what practicing immigration law as a new lawyer is like.

The American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) is the national association of over 11,000 attorneys and law professors who practice and teach immigration law. AILA Member attorneys represent U.S. families seeking permanent residence for close family members, as well as U.S. businesses seeking talent from the global marketplace. AILA Members also represent foreign students, entertainers, athletes, and asylum seekers, often on a pro bono basis. Founded in 1946, AILA is a nonpartisan, not-for-profit organization that provides continuing legal education, information, professional services, and expertise through its 38 chapters and over 50 national committees.

Visit the AILA Washington Chapter here.

August 8- Loren Miller Bar Association Summer of Success Dinner

LMBAOriginally formed in Seattle in 1968 as the Loren Miller Bar Club, and officially renamed as the Loren Miller Bar Association in 1997, LMBA is at its core a civil rights organization, focused on addressing the issues of race, and social and economic disparities that affect the African-American community. LMBA was named after Loren Miller, the famed civil rights attorney who successfully argued Shelley v. Kramer, 334 U.S. 1 (1948). Read more about history of the LMBA here.

Date and Time:
Thursday, August 8, 2013 from 5:30pm to 7:30pm

Location:
Island Soul Restaurant
4869 Rainier Ave S. Seattle, WA 98118

Cost: Attorneys – $60 & Free for students

Please RSVP by August 1st to amenajefferson@gmail.com

September 26-27- Save the Date! ACLU Northewest Conference

ACLU_NWCONF_webLocation: Lewis & Clark Law School, 10015 S.W. Terwilliger Boulevard, Portland

Presented by the ACLU of Oregon, the Lewis & Clark Law School ACLU Student Group, and the Oregon Justice Resource Center.

The fourth annual conference brings together law students, legal  professionals and civil libertarians from around the region to explore  current civil liberty issues.

REGISTER HERE!

General Information:   The keynote address will be on Thursday, September 26 from 6:30 to 7:30 pm. Three panels will take place between 10 am and 5 pm on Friday, September 27, 2013. All events will take place on the Lewis & Clark Law School campus. Lunch will be provided on Friday, and a reception with appetizers and refreshments will follow the panels. Click here for general conference information.

Keynote:   Vanita Gupta, Deputy Legal Director of the ACLU and Director of the ACLU’s Center for Justice, will deliver this year’s keynote address on the topic of Mass Incarceration: Race, Justice and Jim Crow. Ms. Gupta’s work is very impressive, and we are honored to host her. Read more by and about Ms. Gupta here.

Panels:

Friday will feature three panel discussions followed by a reception where light appetizers and refreshments will be served. The topics up for discussion are:

  • Marijuana Reform and the War on Drugs;
  • Fourth Amendment and Privacy: Big Brother is Watching; and
  • Can We Have Police Accountability 

Click here for more information

Cost:   $45 for attorneys and $10 for students. 

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER. 

October 25-26- Equal Justice Works Conference & Career Fair Update

EJW logoWe hope you will join us for the 2013 Conference and Career Fair!

Friday, October 25 and Saturday, October 26

Crystal Gateway Marriott
1700 Jefferson Davis Highway
Arlington, VA 22202

Event Overview      Travel and Accommodations       Employer List

The event schedule, including workshop sessions, and more details will be forthcoming on the EJW website.

Attention UW Law Students!

As usual, the Center for Public Service Law will be able to provide travel stipends of up to $450 for a limited number of UW Law students wishing to attend the conference and career fair.  Stay tuned for a future announcement with information about how to apply for a stipend, including deadlines and priorities for granting stipends.  

EJW conferenceImportant Dates

August 13- September 12: Student and recent graduate registration and application

September 13- October 11: Student and recent graduate registration (for those not applying or seeking an interview)

September 19- October 3: Employer application review and interview selection

September 19- October 8: Student and recent graduate accept/decline interview invitations