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October 13: Social Justice Tuesday – UW Pro Bono & Externship Fair Tips for Successful Table Talk

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Date: Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2015
Time: 12:30 PM – 1:30 PM
Location: Gates Hall Galleria

  1. Bring up-to-date copies of your résumé.
  2. Practice your personal “tweet” introduction. Prepare a quick sales pitch to let them know who you are, what experience, skills or contacts you can bring to the organization and why you are interested.
  1. Be brief. Organizations will appreciate your ability to be concise and direct. Do not take up more than two minutes of their time and don’t resist if the organizational representative wishes to speak with more than one student at a time – follow their cue to make a good first impression.
  1. Research employers. Come prepared with one or two specific questions you want to ask. Maximize your few minutes with the organization by ensuring the answers to your questions are not readily available on the organization’s web site.
  1. Dress for success. You only have one chance to make a first impression. Business attire is the way to go.
  1. Follow up is important. Collect business cards and/or contact information. A good way to keep track of items of note for particular organizations is to write something that was said during your conversation on the back of the organization’s business card and refer to it in your follow-up. Be sure to follow up with an email re-introducing yourself and expressing your interest. Be sure to attach your résumé, even if you already gave them a hard copy.

Participating Organizations & Agencies:

Civil Legal Aid

  • King County Bar Association Pro Bono Services
  • Legal Action Center, Catholic Community Services
  • Northwest Consumer Law Center
  • Northwest Immigrant Rights Project
  • Seattle Community Law Center
  • Snohomish County Legal Services
  • Tacoma-Pierce County Bar Association Volunteer Legal Services
  • UW Student Legal Services
  • UW Moderate Means Program/Bridging the Gap
  • UW/SYLAW Street Youth Legal Advocates of WA

Civil Rights/Civil Liberties

  • ACLU of Washington Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

Public Defense

  • Federal Public Defender
  • Pierce County Dept. of Assigned Counsel, Misdemeanor Division
  • Snohomish County Public Defender Association
  • Washington Appellate Project
  • Washington Defender Association

Prosecution

  • Seattle City Attorney Criminal Division
  • Snohomish County Prosecuting Attorney Criminal Division

Federal Government

  • U.S. Attorney’s Office Western District of Washington
  • U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
  • U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement
  • U.S. Internal Revenue Service
    • Small Business and Self Employed Division
    • Large Business and International Division

Local Government

  • Seattle City Attorney Torts Division
  • Seattle City Attorney, Employment Section
  • UW CoMotion
  • Washington Attorney General’s Office
  • Washington Department of Financial Institutions
  • Washington State House of Representatives Office of Program Research

Environmental

  • Earthjustice
  • Washington Forest Law Center

Policy and Legislative

  • Landesa
  • LegalVoice

October 15: Access to Justice for Women in Agricultural Livelihood

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Date: Thursday, Oct. 15, 2015
Time: 12:00 PM – 1:20 PM
Location: University of Washington Communications Building, RM 202

Join us for a panel presentation with Landesa visiting professionals who come from China, Kenya and India. These visitors are grassroots activists, government officials, NGO leaders, researchers, and academics strongly committed to strengthening women’s land rights. The presenters will be addressing the topic, “Access to Justice for Women in Agricultural Livelihoods.” The panel will be moderated by Jen Duncan, a lawyer and  land rights expert at Landesa.

Space is limited, so arrive early. Light refreshments will be provided.

For more information, click here.

October 16: Attention Attorneys! Help UW International LLM Students with Networking Skills – First Networking Reception

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Date: Friday, Oct. 16, 2015
Time: 6:30 PM
Location: William H. Gates Hall

The University of Washington School of Law will be holding two networking training sessions for our international LL.M. students in October.  The workshops, run by former Perkins Coie partners, Ping Kiang and Colleen Yamaguchi, will be followed by receptions with food and wine. We have over 100 LL.M. students this year.  Many are getting their masters in IP, Tax, and Global Business and will be able to sit for the Washington Bar.

The first networking reception will be held on Friday, October 16th at 6:30 p.m. in Room 115 at the Law School, after the students have a two hour workshop and traffic has improved. We would greatly appreciate it if you would attend this lively event and let our students practice their networking skills by chatting with you.

K&L Gates has generously agreed to host the second workshop and reception on October 30th.  That reception will begin at 5:15 p.m. at the offices of K&L Gates, 929 4th Ave, # 2900. All members of the Bar are invited and encouraged to attend.

If you can attend either or both receptions, please email your name and the name of your firm to Kathleen Lemly at lemlyk@uw.edu as soon as possible.

October 17: Get Trained! Pro Bono Legal Aid Core Competencies Training

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Date: Saturday, Oct. 17, 2015
Time: 8:00 AM – 3:30 PM
Location: William H. Gates Hall, RM 138

Thinking about volunteering for…

  • Bridging the Gap/Moderate Means Program (MMP)
  • Immigrant Families Advocacy Project (IFAP)
  • Street Youth Legal Advocates of Washington (SYLAW)
  • Incarcerated Mothers Advocacy Project (IMAP)
  • CHRJ’s Asylum Application Help Project (App Help)
  • Environmental Law Society Pro Bono Research Project (ELS)
  • or any of the dozens of community legal aid programs in the Seattle area?

If the answer is YES! then you need basic training on the fundamentals of providing pro bono legal assistance! Attendance required for UW Pro Bono Honors Society membership at graduation.

Sponsored by: the UW Law Center for Public Service Law, student-led pro bono projects and the Student Bar Association.

8:00 AM – 8:30 AM Registration & Coffee/Tea
8:30 AM – 8:35 AM Welcome
8:35 AM – 10:00 AM Working Across Difference with Clients in Poverty
10:00 AM – 10:10 AM BREAK
10:10 AM – 11:10 AM Working with Clients in Crisis or with Trauma
11:10 AM – 12:10 PM Basic Client Interviewing Techniques
12:15 PM – 1:00 PM LUNCH
1:00 PM – 1:30 PM Practice Interviewing
1:30 PM – 2:15 PM Professionalism & Providing Pro Bono Legal Assistance
2:15 PM – 3:30 PM Pair up, Hypos and Discussion

October 21: QLaw Foundation’s FallTacular Fundraiser

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Date: Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2015
Time: 5:30 PM
Location: Farestart

This event raises money to support public interest internships for law students, free legal services through our award-winning LGBTQ Legal Clinic, and educational programs benefiting the gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender community. Attendees get to mingle, enjoy great food and entertainment, and learn a little about the work of the QLaw Foundation.

To register for FallTacular 2015, click here.

October 21: KIND and Microsoft invite you to a Reception and Panel on the Child Migration Crisis

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Date: Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2015
Time: 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Location: 1300 First Ave., Seattle, WA 98101

On behalf of Kids in Need of Defense (KIND) and Microsoft Corporation, we invite you to join us on October 21st for a reception and a discussion focusing on the dramatic surge in unaccompanied immigrant and refugee children entering the U.S.  We will be joined by Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson as we discuss how KIND and its partners in Seattle are providing pro bono representation to growing numbers of vulnerable children.

During the program, we will present a clip from the documentary “La Prenda” (The Pawn) which highlights the pervasive sexual and gender-based violence in Guatemala, and the impunity that allows perpetrators to suffer few, if any, consequences. The film tells the stories of three victims, one of whom was matched by KIND with a pro bono attorney after she fled Guatemala and made her way to the U.S. Astrid was 14 years old when she was drugged, kidnapped, and raped. The film highlights the protection needs of girls escaping this violence and the reasons they must flee to survive.

We look forward to an interesting and informative evening!

To reserve your ticket, click here.

October 22: Tacoma Pro Bono Night

Date: Thursday, Oct. 22, 2015
Time: 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Location: Tacoma Art Museum

Tacoma Pro Bono Night 2015

February 5: Save the Date! 24th Annual Awards Gala for Latino/a Bar Association of Washington

Date: Friday, Feb. 5, 2016
Time: 5:30 PM
Location: The Westin Hotel, Seattle, WA

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Check Out the Race & Equity Initiative Here at the UW!

September 29: Social Justice Tuesday – What I Did Last Summer in Public Service Law

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Date: Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2015
Time: 12:30 – 1:20 PM
Location: William H. Gates Hall RM 127

Student Panel:
• 2L Zoe Wong, California Department of Justice, Natural Resources Division
• 3L Wyatt Gjullin, Center for Constitutional Rights & Earth Rights International
• 2L Josh Pazderka, Seattle Community Law Center

Learn about public service “real world” experiences from students who have experienced it firsthand.
• How did they find their jobs?
• How did they fund their summers?
• What did they learn?

If you would like lunch please RSVP via Symplicity or gatespsl@uw.edu RSVP by 12:00 pm Monday, September 28, 2015.

October 2: On DC Careers, Politics and Being White House Advisor – A Conversation with UW Law Alumnus Gaurab Bansal

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Date: Friday, Oct. 2, 2015
Time: 12:30 – 1:20 PM
Location: William H. Gates Hall, RM 127

Gaurab Bansal serves as Deputy Assistant to the President and Deputy Cabinet Secretary. He helps lead the team that liaises with Cabinet departments and agencies on behalf of the President and the White House. Gaurab’s portfolio includes coordinating implementation of key initiatives across the Administration. Prior to joining the White House, he was deputy chief of staff at the Export-Import Bank of the United States Gaurab served as corporate counsel on President Obama’s 2012- re-election campaign in Chicago. Before that he practiced law with Perkins Coie LLP in both Seattle and Washington, D.C., where he focused on technology startups, venture capital, and business and political law. Gaurab started his career as a public elementary and middle school teacher in Houston. Gaurab is a native of Baltimore and continues to keep his permanent  home in Seattle.

Limited seating luncheon, please RSVP via Symplicity.

October 2: Free CLE on Representing the Pro Bono Client: Advocacy Skills for Administrative Hearings 2015

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Date: Friday, Oct. 2, 2015
Time: 9:00 AM PST
Location: Webcast

CLE Credits: 3.0

This training is designed to help mitigate the crisis faced by low-income families everywhere by providing attorneys with a basic understanding of common issues and strategies in providing pro bono assistance with administrative hearings.  The program will focus on California law, but will also cover many topics such as due process and other rights that apply nationwide; therefore, advocates from other forums would benefit from the information and attending the program.

What You Will Learn

  • An overview of administrative hearings low-income clients most frequently need, involving:
    • State public benefits, including Social Services claims andUnemployment Insurance claims;
    • Federal public benefits, including Supplemental Security Income;
    • Professional licensing, including nursing licenses and Department of Social Services clearance; and
    • Unpaid wages, and other wage and hour-related rights.
  • Best practices and common advocacy strategies and procedures for administrative hearings, including:
    • Obtaining evidence
    • Drafting position statements/hearing briefs
    • Presenting your case at hearing
  • Rehearings and further appeals
  • California law and practice specifics

To register, click here.

October 5: Conference: Access to Information as a Human Right – UW School of Law and Center for Human Rights

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Date: Monday, Oct. 5, 2015
Location: William H. Gates Hall

12:00 pm – 1:30 pm (LAW 115): Access to Information as a Human Right: a conversation with Kate Doyle of the Evidence Project at the National Security Archive. Moderated by Ricardo Gómez, UW Information School. Session full—please RSVP for wait list!

3:00 pm – 4:30 pm (LAW 115): Access to Information as a Tool for Human Rights in El Salvador: a conversation with Salvadoran human rights defenders Mirla Carbajal, lawyer with the Human Rights Institute of the Universidad Centroamericana, and Dina Cabrera, community activist and survivor of the Santa Cruz massacre; and Philippe Bourgois, Professor of Psychiatry and Anthropology at UCLA and survivor of the Santa Cruz massacre. Moderated by Tony Lucero, Chair of Latin America and Caribbean Studies at the UW Jackson School of International Studies.

5:30 pm – 6:30 pm (LAW 115 & Lobby): Evening reception

7:00 pm – 9:00 pm (LAW 138): Keynote address by Baltasar Garzón of the Fundación Internacional Baltasar Garzón, speaking on access to information in international human rights law. Baltasar Garzón is a Spanish jurist responsible for landmark cases which have advanced the principle of universal jurisdiction in international law, including the 1998 indictment of Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet.

The conference is free and open to the public, but space is limited, so please RSVP here to reserve your space.

October 6: Social Justice Tuesday: Pro Bono is for Everyone!

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Date: Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2015
Time: 12:30 – 1:20 PM
Location: William H. Gates Hall RM 127

Why do pro bono? What are the benefits? What are the community needs? How do you integrate pro bono into your busy law practice or even as a busy law student? What are some of the challenges of pro bono work and how do you overcome them? How do you find opportunities? Where can I get training?

Learn the answers to all these questions and so much more from the following distinguished guest speakers:

  • Joanna Plichta Boisen, Foster Pepper PLLC
  • Clay Wilson, Bridging the Gap/Moderate Means Program, UW Law
  • Jacob Witt, King County Pro Bono Services- Housing Justice Project
  • Phoebe Huang, UW Law Class of 2017

October 6: Race & Equity Initiative – Equity and Difference Speaker SeriesUW Logo

Date: Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2015
Time: 7:30 PM
Location: Meany Hall

The Graduate School, in partnership with the UW Alumni Association, is welcoming speakers to campus to share their unique perspectives on race, equity and social justice. The series is a way to pay tribute to and learn from the leaders of the past, and to celebrate the new generation carrying forward the torch of inclusion and activism.

  • Oct. 6, 2015, 7:30 p.m., Meany Hall – An Evening with Harry Belafonte, with Professor Valerie Curtis-Newton
  • Jan. 14, 2016, 7:30 p.m., Kane Hall – Ralina Joseph, associate professor, communications and public lecturer
  • April 5, 2016, 7:30 p.m., Kane Hall – Touré on “Microaggression: Power, Privilege & Everyday Life”

To register, click here.

 

October 6: Jackson School Gathers Experts to Discuss Syrian Humanitarian CrisisUW Logo

Date: Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2015
Time: 7:00 PM
Location: Thomson Hall RM 101

Syria’s drawn-out civil war has displaced more than 10 million people since 2011 and the flood of refugees from the area has drawn the concerned attention of the world.

The University of Washington Jackson School of International Studies will hold a free, public forum at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 6, in Room 101 of Thomson Hall. The forum is titled “Focus on Syria: A Humanitarian Crisis,” and will be moderated by Resat Kasaba, Stanley D. Golub Chair of International Studies and director of the Jackson School.

Panelists for the event are:

  • Jennifer Butte-Dahl, director of the Jackson School’s Master of Arts in Applied International Studies, who volunteered last month with the nonprofit organization Shelterbox on the Greek island of Lesbos (a destination for many refugees arriving by water).
  • Kathie Friedman, Jackson School associate professor whose research interests include forced migrations and refugees.
  • Neil McFarland, M.D., a family physician with UW Medicine who has volunteered in Greece, Jordan and other refugee camps.
  • Mark S.Ward, director of the Syrian Transition Assistance and Response Team at the U.S. Embassy in Ankara, Turkey, who will join the discussion via Skype.

For more information, contact Kristina Bowman, Jackson School communications specialist, at 206-221-1323 or kriscb@uw.edu.

October 16: Free CLE on Prison Law 2015

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Date: Friday, Oct. 16, 2015
Time: 9:00 AM EST
Location: Webcast

Prison conditions and prisoner treatment issues are getting unprecedented attention as the nation focuses on the magnitude of the national prison population.  With its sixth Prison Law program, PLI continues its examination of these important issues.  In an area where advocates face increasingly challenging legal issues whether they represent incarcerated people from a public interest practice, private practice or as a policy advocate, and where government lawyers also grapple with complex concerns, PLI’s Prison Law program offers a unique focus on evolving prison law issues.  Experienced faculty will discuss health care, solitary confinement, immigrants, juveniles, rights under the ADA, gender, and barriers to civil litigation filed on behalf of incarcerated people, as well as ethical issues that arise in prison actions.

What You Will Learn:

  • Solitary confinement – legal landscape and analysis
  • Issues of gender
  • Barriers to lawsuits brought on behalf of incarcerated people against individual prison officials and correctional institutions
  • Ethical dilemmas that arise in the course of representing incarcerated people
  • Health issues including mental health issues in prison
  • Issues affecting select populations

To register, click here.

October 21: New Israel Fund presents Safeguarding Democracy and Civil Rights in Israel

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Date: Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2015
Time: 7:00 – 8:30 PM
Location: Hosted by Congregation Beth Shalom, 6800 35th Ave NE, Seattle

A conversation with Sharon Abraham-Weiss, Executive Director of the Association for Civil Rights in Israel, Israel’s oldest and largest civil rights organization

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During last summer’s war, already gaping societal divides in Israel were widened. The Association for Civil Rights in Israel (ACRI), the country’s equivalent of the ACLU, advocated for the protection of vulnerable populations near Gaza and the protection of civil liberties in wartime. ACRI has won legal landmarks before Israel’s Supreme Court such as recognition of same-sex marriages and non-Orthodox conversions from outside Israel, the right of women to become IDF pilots, and safeguarding Africans seeking refuge from genocide.

Sharon Abraham-Weiss, one of Israel’s foremost legal experts and litigators, comes to Seattle to share the vibrancy of Israel’s democratic values at a time when liberal Zionism and Jewish democracy is under question from inside Israel and out.

Sharon Abraham-Weiss is the executive director of the Association for Civil Rights in Israel (ACRI). Previously, she represented ACRI in such landmark cases dealing with family unification, social welfare, and state land distribution. She has also served on the Equal Employment Opportunities Commission of the Ministry of Economy. Ms. Abraham-Weiss is a founding member of Itach-Maaki: Women Lawyers for Social Justice and co-founder of The Hebrew University of Jerusalem’s Breira Center, which coordinates law students volunteering in the community. Ms. Abraham-Weiss holds LL.B. and B.Sc. degrees from The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and an LL.M from Tel Aviv University. She also holds an M.A. in public administration from Harvard Kennedy School, where she was a Wexner Fellow.

The Association for Civil Rights in Israel, established in 1972, is Israel’s oldest and largest human rights organization and the only one dealing with the entire spectrum of human rights and civil liberties issues in Israel. More about ACRI here.

The New Israel Fund is the leading organization committed to equality and democracy for all Israelis. Widely credited with building Israeli progressive civil society, we have provided millions of dollars to more than 850 organizations since our inception in 1979. More about NIF here.

October 21: KIND and Microsoft invite you to a Reception and Panel on the Child Migration Crisis

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Date: Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2015
Time: 6:30 – 8:30 PM
Location: Seattle Art Museum, 1300 First Ave., Seattle, WA 98101

On behalf of Kids in Need of Defense (KIND) and Microsoft Corporation, we invite you to join us on October 21st for a reception and a discussion focusing on the dramatic surge in unaccompanied immigrant and refugee children entering the U.S.  We will be joined by Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson as we discuss how KIND and its partners in Seattle are providing pro bono representation to growing numbers of vulnerable children.

During the program, we will present a clip from the documentary “La Prenda” (The Pawn) which highlights the pervasive sexual and gender-based violence in Guatemala, and the impunity that allows perpetrators to suffer few, if any, consequences. The film tells the stories of three victims, one of whom was matched by KIND with a pro bono attorney after she fled Guatemala and made her way to the U.S. Astrid was 14 years old when she was drugged, kidnapped, and raped. The film highlights the protection needs of girls escaping this violence and the reasons they must flee to survive.

We look forward to an interesting and informative evening!

To reserve your tickets, click here.