Pro Bono training; SJT and Global Mondays host founder of the Roots Project; Fair housing webinar

Oct. 24: Building Resilience: Using Art to Economically, Socially and Culturally Empower Communities

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Date: Monday, Oct. 24, 2016

Place: UW School of Law, Room 117

Speaker: Anyieth D’Awol, Founder the Roots Project. Roots of South Sudan is a 501c3 founded in 2011 to empower South Sudanese women and youth through the preservation of traditional Sudanese arts & crafts. Roots of South Sudan raises funds and facilitates grant applications on behalf of The Roots Project, a Sudanese NGO founded by Anyieth D’Awol. The funds are used to support its facility (located in Juba), the project’s craft activities, equipment and learning materials and provide members with job skills, literacy and math training; and a safe environment for mothers and their young children to work and learn. Read the flyer here.

Oct. 25 SJT: Navigating Times of Rapid Social Change

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Date: Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2016

Place: UW School of Law, Room 127

Join us for a conversation with Dr. Joy Williamson-Lott from the UW College of Education. Dr. Williamson-Lott’s primary research agenda examines the reciprocal relationship between social movements–particularly those of the middle twentieth century–and institutions of higher education. She will discuss her research and the current state of social movements across the country with an eye towards how they impact students on campuses like the UW.  Hosted by the UW Law Diversity Committee.

Oct. 25: Advocating for Workplace Justice

Peggy Browning FundTime: 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Date: Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2016

Place: UW School of Law, Room 127

Join the Peggy Browning Fund in hosting a panel, discussion, and reception discussing the rights and needs of workers. Learn about the Peggy Browning Fund’s paid Summer Fellowships ($6,000 & up); network with Labor and Employment Lawyers; free refreshments. Read the flyer here.

Oct. 26: Asylum Application Help (App Help) Training

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Date: Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2016

Place: UW School of Law, Room 127

Interested in human rights work, immigration law, or serving asylum-seekers in the Seattle area? App Help is a student-run project that partners with the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project (NWIRP) to serve asylum-seekers who lack legal representation. Most of the people App Help assists are detained in the Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma. We help asylum-seekers fill out their applications for asylum, write declarations about their experiences of persecution, and compile evidence packets in support of their claims. App Help is an excellent opportunity to work directly with clients and gain on-the-ground human rights experience. Interested? Attend the App Help training. Food provided!

Oct. 26: Ensuring Fair Housing for People with Criminal Records: A Conversation with HUD

Shriver CenterTime: 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Date: Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2016

Place: Webinar, register here.

Millions of Americans—a disproportionate number of whom are people of color—have criminal records that can be a barrier to housing. Earlier this year, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development issued groundbreaking guidance stating that admission denials, evictions, and other adverse housing decisions based on a person’s criminal record may constitute racial discrimination under the Fair Housing Act.

Join the Shriver Center and officials from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for a webinar on October 26th to learn answers to pressing questions. The webinar will feature an overview of the guidance, an interview with a HUD official, and a live Q&A session including questions from attendees. The Housing Authority of New Orleans will also discuss its innovative criminal background check policy and how the policy’s focus on individualized assessments will help to improve public safety. Read more here.

 

Oct. 28: Immigrant Family’s Advocacy Project’s annual CLE 

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Time: 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Date: Friday, Oct. 28, 2016

Place: Perkins Coie LLP, 1201 Third Ave., Room  4819/4820/4821

The Immigrant Families Advocacy Project is a partnership between Northwest Immigrant Rights Project and UW. Clients are survivors of qualifying crimes who’ve been helpful to police or prosecutors and are eligible for U-Visas. The CLE topics covered include: basic structure of the immigration system; working with immigrant survivors of domestic violence; introduction to U-Visa petitions and adjustment of status; confidentiality and ethics; supervising law students. Email theifap@uw.edu if you’re interested in attending and to learn more.

Exposing human rights violations, Sherman Alexie, and Afghanistan’s political transition

Oct. 10: Indigenous Peoples’ Day Celebration with Sherman Alexie

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Photo courtesy of The Seattle Office for Civil Rights

Time: 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Date: Monday, Oct. 10, 2016

Place: Bertha Knight Landes Room, Seattle City Hall  600 4th Avenue

To honor Seattle’s Indigenous Peoples’ Day on the 2nd Monday in October, you are invited to attend a lunchtime event at Seattle City Hall, featuring guest speaker, Native American novelist and poet Sherman Alexie.

Sherman Alexie won the National Book Award for his young-adult novel, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian. Alexie grew up on the Spokane Indian Reservation in Washington, but it wasn’t until a college professor recognized his “intensity of language, passion, and energy” that he fully committed to writing. Shortly after, his first books of poetry were published, and he began developing into a gifted orator, telling tales of contemporary American Indian life with razor-sharp humor, unsettling candor, and biting wit. His novels, such as Reservation Blues, Indian Killer, and The Toughest Indian in the World, have won numerous awards and accolades, including Booklist’s Editor’s Choice Award, the PEN/Malamud Award, and Publishers Weekly’s Book of the Year.

Register and read more here.

Oct. 11 SJT: Closing the Access to Justice Gap in Washington- How You Can Make a Difference through Pro Bono 

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Time: 12:30 to 1:20 p.m.

Date: Tuesday, Oct. 11, 2016

Place: Room 127

Washington state recently underwent a comprehensive study to better understand the civil legal needs of low-income communities. The results are daunting. The good news is that we can all can do something to help close the access to justice gap. Learn about the community need and how law students can be part of the solution. This SJT will feature Jay Doran, Communications & Advocacy Director, Legal Foundation of Washington. If you would like lunch please RSVP via Symplicity.

Oct. 13: Women Pursuing Justice in an Age of Extremism: Afghanistan after Obama
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Time: 6:00 to 7:30 p.m.

Date: Thursday, Oct. 13, 2016

Place: Seattle University Law School, 901 12th Ave, Sullivan Hall, Room C-1, Seattle, WA 98122

Please join the World Affairs Council, Channel Foundation, Linksbridge SPC, and the Seattle University Law School Center for Global Justice in welcoming Afghan Judge Najla Ayubi for a moderated discussion with Center for Global Justice Director Dr. Tayyab Mahmud. In this conversation, Judge Ayubi will share her insights on the current social, economic, and security situation in Afghanistan, as well as her unique perspective on the political transition in Afghanistan, and the role of Pakistan and India in Afghanistan’s future.

This event is free to the community but registration is required. Register and read more here. 

Oct. 14: Human Rights Abuses: Expose the Cover-ups

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Date: Friday, Oct. 14, 2016

Place: UW School of Law

Seattle-area partners are hosting a conference on exposing human rights abuses. Keynotes by Vince Warren, Executive Director for the Center for Constitutional Rights, and Almudena Bernabeu, Director of the Center for Justice and Accountability. Register and read more here. 

Photo courtesy of http://exposecoverups.com/

This week: Rights-focused student orgs host first general membership meetings

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Student Animal Legal Defense Fund (SALDF) General Meeting

Time: 12:30 to 1:20 p.m.

Date: Tuesday, Oct. 11, 2016

Place: Room 116

Student Animal Legal Defense Fund, SALDF, first general meeting of 2016-2017. Food will be provided and animals other than humans will be discussed. In particular, we will talk about SALDF UW’s goals, as well as this year’s possible activities and pro bono projects. Contact Jennifer at jdcalkins2001@me.com with any questions.

Center for Human Rights and Justice (CHRJ) General Membership Meeting

Time: 12:30 to 1:20 p.m.

Date: Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2016

Place: Room 119

Mark your calendars, folks. Wednesday, October 12th in room 119 12:30-1:30pm (lunch) is the General Membership Meeting for the Center for Human Rights and Justice. There will be food, and we will discuss 1L board positions, as well as our fall quarter programming.

The Center for Human Rights and Justice (CHRJ) exists to train University of Washington School of Law students in human rights law and to educate the community in human rights issues. We realize this goal by hosting speakers, symposia, and events on a wide variety of human rights topics. We coordinate human rights projects with area practitioners, lobby for a strong human rights curriculum, and fund student work in human rights through a Public Interest Law Association (PILA) grant.

Black Law Student Association (BLSA) General Meeting

Time: 12:30 to 1:20 p.m.

Date: Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2016

Place: Room 118

Join the Black Law Students Association (BLSA) for the upcoming general meeting. Lunch will be provided.

 

Get involved in pro bono opportunities early!

Due Oct. 21: Transactional law and public service volunteer opportunities with the Wayfind Microenterprise Clinic

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Application Due: Friday, Oct. 21

Wayfind connects nonprofit organizations and low-income microenterprise entrepreneurs in Washington State with transactional lawyers who will assist them, pro bono, on business legal matters. Wayfind hosts two microenterprise legal clinics, in partnership with Ventures and Center for Inclusive Entrepreneurship, two nonprofit organizations that provide support to low-income microenterprise entrepreneurs.

Wayfind volunteer transactional lawyers meet with low-income microenterprise entrepreneurs to issue-spot and counsel them on legal issues and responsibilities with respect to their microenterprise business venture. The types of legal issue that clients typically present include: review of contracts operating agreements and leases, business entity selection, intellectual property including publishing and trade name, and adding people to a partnership. Law student clinic assistants are needed to assist the lawyers at the microenterprise clinic by taking interview notes and drafting the client “work plan” which summarizes the legal advice given by the attorney.

The City of Seattle’s Office Of immigrant and Refugee Affairs is recruiting volunteers to help with the upcoming citizenship workshop, a collaborative community effort to help residents of Seattle/King County complete their naturalization applications and become new citizens. Join your fellow law students and professors in this effort!

Want to Learn More about Prison Reform and Immigration Detention? Check Out the Lunch Events This Week!

November 2: End It, Don’t Mend It!: Abolition & the Mainstreaming of Prison and Police Reform

Date: Monday, Nov. 2, 2015
Time: 12:30 – 1:20 PM
Location: William H. Gates Hall, RM 127 unless otherwise noted

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November 3 & 10: Two-Part Social Justice Tuesday Presentations – Resistance to Immigration Detention: From the Local to the National

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Date: Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2015; Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2015
Time: 12:30 – 1:20 PM
Location: William H. Gates Hall, RM 127 unless otherwise noted

In the absence of effective immigration reform, the federal government’s use of detention as an immigration enforcement strategy has increased exponentially.  To keep up with the national quota that requires Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to maintain no less than 34,000 immigration detention beds at all times, immigrants, including lawful permanent residents and asylum seekers, are detained for months and sometimes years. Conditions of confinement in immigration detention facilities are deplorable and yet there are no enforceable regulations that govern management of the detention facilities.  Without access to affordable legal services, conditions of confinement often go unaddressed and immigrant detainees remain particularly vulnerable.  While detained individuals and their families suffer greatly, the private prison industry that contracts with the government to oversee immigration detention facilities are using “guaranteed minimum” contract provisions to maintain profits whether the beds are filled or not.  This contract scheme safeguards profits for private companies while incentivizing the incarceration of immigrants. Problematic partnerships between ICE and local law enforcement only exacerbate the problem, leading to the transfer of immigrants from jails and prisons to immigration detention centers.

Our two-part Social Justice Tuesday Presentations will address the proliferation of immigration detention and showcase stories and strategies of resistance and defiance both locally and nationally.

Tuesday, Nov. 3rd:  Panel 1:  The Problem and The Local Response:
The first panel will help frame our discussion and bring the problem to life. The panel will highlight immigrant activists who were on the front lines of the hunger strikes at the Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma.  Their experiences and insights will lay the foundation a legal advocate from the ACLU of Washington to examine the role of lawyers in the detention resistance efforts.  The panel will conclude with the perspective of a community organizer who is engaged in fighting against the privatization of prisons.

Maru Mora Villalpando, Latino Advocacy /Northwest Detention Center Resistance
Maru Mora Villalpando is a bilingual community organizer, consultant and political analyst with more than 10 years of experience working on immigrant rights and racial justice issues. She is the founder of Latino Advocacy Inc. which provides consulting for non-profits in the areas of policy and membership development, workshops and meetings facilitation.

Margaret Chen, ACLU of Washington
Margaret Chen is a Staff Attorney at the ACLU of Washington  She was one of the attorneys that sought a Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) to prohibit U.S. Immigration and Enforcement (ICE) from retaliating against immigration detainees who engage in First Amendment-protected activities by placing them in solitary confinement.  The lawsuit grew out of events at the Northwest Detention Center (NWDC) in Tacoma, Washington.  Several hundred detainees at (NWDC) initiated a hunger strike to express concerns with national immigration policy and to raise awareness about the conditions of their confinement.  In response, ICE began placing individuals in solitary confinement in retaliation for their support of the hunger strikes.

Andrea Lopez-Diaz, Community Organizer, Ending the Prison Industrial Complex/YUIR
Andrea Lopez-Diaz is a community organizer whose woks focuses on prison reform issues in Washington state.

If you would like lunch please RSVP via Symplicity or gatespsl@uw.edu RSVP by 12:00 pm Monday, November 2.

November 12: Fania Davis – Understanding the Intersection of Restorative and Racial Justice

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Date: Thursday, Nov. 12, 2015
Time: 6:30 PM
Location: Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute, 104 17th Ave. S., Seattle, WA 98144

FREE ENTRY.  Join us for a casual reception starting at 5:30 PM.  Light refreshments will be served.

Fania Davis is a founder and current Director of RJOY (Restorative Justice for Oakland Youth). She has been active for many decades in the civil rights, Black liberation, women’s, prisoners’, peace, anti-racial violence and anti-apartheid movements.

Founded in 2005, RJOY focuses on reducing racial disparities by promoting restorative approaches that engage families, communities, and systems. Beginning in 2007, RJOY’s West Oakland Middle School pilot project eliminated violence and expulsions, and reduced suspension rates by 87%.

For more information, click here.


December 10 – 13: Early Bird Rates Ends November 6! Register Now for Conference on Advancing Human Rights 2015 – Sharpening Our Vision, Reclaiming Our Dreams

 

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Date: Thursday, Dec. 10, 2015 – Sunday, Dec. 13, 2015
Time: 5:00 AM EST – 5:00 AM EST
Location: Hilton Austin, 500 E. 4th St., Austin, TX 78701

This year’s conference theme is Sharpening our Vision, Reclaiming our Dreams. This theme reflects the deep need to re-center an economic, social and cultural rights (ESCR) agenda as a key component of our movement work. Building off of Martin Luther King, Jr’s Poor People’s Campaign and his understanding that an end to racial oppression requires addressing poverty and all human rights, we seek to re-affirm and elevate the link between inequality, violence, and the criminalization of economically and politically marginalized groups. Effective human rights movement building demands an intersectional approach in which equal attention is given to the role and impact of race, gender and gender identity, economic and social class, sexuality, disability, age, immigration status and other dimensions of our lives.

For more information, click here.

January 15: Save the Date! King County Bar Association Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Annual Luncheon

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Date: Friday, Jan. 15, 2015
Time: 12:00 PM
Location: Seattle Sheraton Hotel, 1400 Sixth Ave., Seattle, WA

Keynote Speaker: 

C.T. Vivian

Additional Information about C.T. Vivian

  • Legendary Civil Rights Activist
  • Presidential Civil Rights Advisor
  • Founder, C.T. Vivian Leadership Institute

Please join us on January 15 to honor and celebrate Dr. King’s birthday and his legacy.

Questions, please call the KCBA CLE & Events Department at 206.267.7067.

Interested in Pro Bono This Year? Come Attend the Pro Bono Core Competencies Training Tomorrow!

October 16: Columbia Legal Services and Social Justice Film Festival Present “Food Justice Film Festival”

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Date: Friday, Oct. 16, 2015
Time: 6:00 – 9:00 PM
Location: University Christian Church

Check out this powerful preview of our upcoming film festival about food justice – if you are what you eat, come see how we can all do better! Columbia Legal Services is teaming up with the Social Justice Film Festival to produce a Food Justice Film Festival October 16th. 

For more information, click here.

October 17: Pro Bono Legal Aid Core Competencies Training

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

2015 Pro Bono Core Competencies Training FlyerAll UW Law students are welcome! Lunch provided. Please bring your laptop for a brief online exercise. Learn more about the UW Pro Bono Honors Society here.

October 19: Immigration Application Assistance Project (“App Help”) Training

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Date: Monday, Oct. 19, 2015
Time: 5:30 – 7:30 PM
Location: William H. Gates Hall, RM 212

Are you interested in immigrant rights?  Want to learn more about the asylum process through direct interaction with detainees at the Northwest Detention Center?  This is your chance!

Come join the Center for Human Rights and Justice in this mandatory training for the “App Help” Project.  Food will be provided.

If you have questions, please contact Clive Pontusson at cponstuss@uw.edu.

October 20: Social Justice Tuesday – Rule of Law and Judicial Reforms: Perspectives from the Kenyan Experience with Judiciary Transformation

Date: Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2015
Time: 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
Location: William H. Gates Hall, RM 138

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October 27: Equal Justice Works – Free Upcoming Educational Debt Relief Webinar

Date: Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2015
Time: 3:00 PM EDT
Location: Online

EJW LogoA 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.

To register for “JDs in Debt: What Law Students & Lawyers Need to Know about Managing Student Debt & Earning Loan Forgiveness,” click here.

October 27: You’re Invited to a Webinar on Volunteer Legal Internships with the U.S. Department of Justice

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Date: Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2015
Time: 12:00 PM EST
Location: Webinar

Hosted by: Rena J. Cervoni, Deputy Director and Trisha A. Fillbach, Assistant Director Office of Attorney Recruitment and Management

In this brief 30 minute session, we will discuss our Volunteer Internship Program, application process, and answer your questions about opportunities.  You have two chances to attend the webinar.

Please RSVP to Rae.Alston@usdoj.gov for one session by Friday, October 23, 2015.  Please include your name, school, and the date you choose to attend.

Tuesday, October 27, 2015 at 12:00 PM EST or Thursday, October 29, 2015 at 3:00 PM EST

Don’t Forget to Attend Tomorrow’s Pro Bono Training!

October 11: Pro Bono Legal Aid Core Competencies Training

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Saturday, October 11, 2014
8:30am-3:00pm*
William H. Gates Hall, 127

Thinking about volunteering for…

  • Bridging the Gap/Moderate Means Program (MMP)
  • Immigrant Families Advocacy Project (IFAP)
  • Street Youth Legal Advocates of Washington (SYLAW)
  • Prison & Family Justice Project (formerly IMAP)
  • Immigrant Application Assistance Project (CHRJ)
  • 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 to get trained on the fundamentals of providing pro bono legal assistance! Attendance required for UW Pro Bono Honors Society membership at graduation.

1-      Pro Bono Core Competencies Training, 9am-5:30pm (which includes the IFAP training), room 127- this is ideal for 1Ls, LLMs and other law students new to Pro Bono. Attendance is also required for membership into the Pro Bono Honors Society at graduation.

2-      Advanced Pro Bono Legal Assistance Workshop, 9am-12pm in room 117- this is ideal for 2Ls, 3Ls and other law students with pro bono legal assistance experience who also attended last year’s Pro Bono Core Competencies Training. Attendance is also required for membership into the Pro Bono Honors Society at graduation.

3-      Leadership Development Workshop, 1-5:30 pm, room 127- this is ideal for 2L, 3Ls, LLMs and other law students who are active members or leaders of student-led pro bono projects and other student organizations.

October 12: The Global Struggle for Food Sovereignty: A Discussion with African Food Leaders & Farmers

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Town Hall Seattle, 1119 8th Ave
Sunday, October 12
5:00 PM Reception, 7:00 PM Panel
Hosted by Community Alliance for Global Justice/AGRA Watch
African farmers are fighting for “food sovereignty,” the right of all people everywhere to control their food systems. You are invited to hear first-hand from African food leaders and farmers about how corporate “philanthropists” like the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation are working to transform African small-holder agriculture into American-style industrial agri-business, with all its problems. Join us for a reception and a panel discussion to learn about the struggle for global food sovereignty and how we can work in solidarity to change these alarming trends.
For more information, click here.

October 13: “A Policy Lawyer on Foreign Soil” Jeffrey M. Riedinger, Vice Provost for Global Affairs, University of Washington

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Monday, Oct. 13, 2014
12:30-1:20 PM
William H. Gates Hall 117

A graduate of UW Law (JD ’80), Jeffrey Riedinger has been serving as the UW Vice Provost for Global Affairs since 2013. He holds master’s and doctoral degrees from Princeton University, and served as professor and dean of International Studies and Programs at Michigan State University prior to returning to UW.

As a law student, Riedinger worked closely with Professor Roy Prosterman, founder of the LL.M. Program in Sustainable International Development at UW Law. The two worked on issues of land tenure security and land reform, and in 1981 Riedinger helped Professor Prosterman establish the Rural Development Institute (now Landesa) and help extend land rights to the world’s poor.

Over the years, Vice Provost Riedinger has carried out research in Asia, sub-Saharan Africa, Central America and the Middle East, and is an expert on the political economy of land reform, sustainable agriculture and natural resource management. He has conducted briefings on foreign aid, land reform and other development issues for members of the White House staff, state department and USAID personnel, members of Congress, the World Bank, non-governmental organizations and private foundations. His publications include two books and more than 30 articles, chapters, reviews and monographs.

Hosted by UW Law Global Affairs and the Graduate Program in Sustainable International Development

October 14: Pro Bono & Externship Fair

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Tuesday, October 14, 2014
12:30-1:30 p.m.
Gates Hall Galleria

“Table Talk” Networking and Fair
Participating Organizations/Agencies

  • ACLU of Washington
  • Associated Counsel for the Accused
  • CENTS Program
  • Center for Children and Youth Justice Lawyers Fostering Independence
  • Disability Rights Washington
  • Earthjustice
  • Eastside Legal Assistance Program
  • Equal Employment Opportunity Commission Seattle Field Office
  • Federal Public Defender
  • Heart of America Northwest
  • King County Bar Association Pro Bono Services
  • King County- CASA Program
  • King County Dept. of Public Defense-SCRAP
  • Landesa
  • MultiCare Health System Legal Services
  • Northwest Defenders Association
  • Northwest Immigrant Rights Project
  • Northwest Justice Project
  • Pierce County Dept. of Assigned Counsel Misdemeanor Division
  • Q-Law Foundation
  • Seattle City Attorney Torts Division
  • Seattle Community Law Center
  • Snohomish County Prosecutor’s Office
  • The Defender Association Misdemeanors
  • Thurston County Prosecuting Attorney
  • U.S. Dept. of Labor, Office of the Solicitor
  • U.S. Federal Trade Commission
  • U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement
  • U.S. Social Security Administration
  • U.S. Attorney’s Office Western District
  • UW Bridging the Gap/Moderate Means Program
  •  UW Center for Commercialization
  • UW Center for Human Rights and Justice
  • UW Environmental Law Society
  • UW Immigrant Families Advocacy Project
  • UW Prison and Family Justice Project
  • UW Street Youth Legal Advocates of Washington
  • UW Student Legal Services
  • Washington Appellate Project
  • Washington Attorney General’s Office
  • Washington Defender Association
  • Washington State House of Representatives – Office of Program Research
  • Washington State Joint Legislative Audit and Review Committee

October 15: CHRJ’s Immigrant Application Assistance Project (“App Help”) Volunteer Training (Mandatory)

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Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2014
5:30 – 7:30 PM
William H. Gates Hall, 127

Looking to build client interviewing, research, or advocacy skills?  Want to give back to the community in an impactful way, but are short on time?

Join the Center for Human Rights & Justice’s Immigrant Application Assistance Project!

CHRJ has partnered with the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project (NWIRP) to assist pro se immigrants in filing applications for legal relief. There is no right to counsel in deportation proceedings and most immigrants go unrepresented. Volunteers work directly with asylum-seeking unaccompanied children in Seattle and detainees at the Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma. Volunteer opportunities consist of application assistance, declaration drafting, and evidence gathering/legal research.

Time commitment: Generally, assignments can be completed in 4-6 hours.
**Bonus: Volunteer on an ad hoc basis per your own availability**

Training is MANDATORY for all volunteers. No background in immigration or asylum law required.

Questions or concerns? Contact Melody Young.

October 18: Volunteer Opportunity for One America

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Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014
8:00 AM to 5 PM
SITES: Renton, Pasco, Moses Lake, and Olympia

Washington New Americans, a program of OneAmerica, promotes successful integration by connecting Legal Permanent Residents to the information and services they need to successfully pursue citizenship and become active members of our community. Citizenship Days, held in partnership with AILA and community organizations across the state, offer assistance with citizenship applications in 8 cities in Washington State. Last year, we had over 375 volunteers supporting Citizenship Days and were able to serve 531 individuals at 13 sites across the state! Visit our website www.wanewamericans.org for more information.

We need YOU to make our Citizenship Days successful!

ALL volunteers will be required to attend trainings prior to the day of the event. Trainings will be held via conference call or in person on October 8th and 9th.  To sign up to volunteer, contact lilly@weareoneamerica.org.

October 20: GlobalWA Presents Ghana’s Oil for Food Initiative

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Monday, Oct. 20, 2014
Seattle University Student, Center Building, Room 160, Seattle, WA 98122
6:00 – 7:30 PM

Oxfam America, Global Washington and Seattle University’s Poverty Education Center invite you to a panel discussion in celebration of World Food Day 2014.

The Oil for Food initiative represents a major improvement over the previous distribution of oil revenues in Ghana.

Our panel will include the following guests:

  • Mohammed Amin Adam, Executive Director, Africa Center for Energy Policy
  • Victoria Adongo, Program Coordinator, Peasant Farmers Association of Ghana
  • Ian Gary, Senior Policy Advisor – Extractive Industries, Oxfam America
  • Moderator: Dr. Benjamin Curtis, PhD, Director of the Poverty Education Center and Assistant Professor, Matteo Ricci College, Seattle University

Register online here.

October 28: Peggy Browning Fund Summer Fellowships Info Session – Advocating for Workplace Justice

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Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014
4:00 pm – 6:00 pm (refreshments will be served)
William H. Gates Hall, Room 127

  • Learn about the Peggy Browning Fund’s Summer Fellowships
  • Hear what it’s like practicing law for a union, a law firm representing workers or a government agency regulating the workplace
  • Find out how to get a job promoting workplace justice

Free admission to Seattle law school students. Webcast available to students of Gonzaga University School of Law. Information on where to watch the webcast will be provided after you register.

Register by October 21 with the Peggy Browning Fund here.

Attention 2Ls and 3Ls! Do You Volunteer in the Community? Come Get Advanced Skills Training on Pro Bono Legal Assistance 10/11!

October 6: Global Mondays – Megan McCloskey on Advancing Women Leaders and Women’s Rights around the World: Vietnam & Rwanda

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12:30 – 1:20 PM
Gates Hall, RM 117

Megan McCloskey is the founding director and CEO of Lotus Circle, a non-profit organization committed to making equal rights for women and girls real. Megan’s focus is on international program development and research assistance to promote better understanding of local conditions for women around the world, improve impact assessment of legal reforms intended to benefit women, and support evidence-based advocacy.  She will highlight the status of women’s rights and women’s political participation and leadership in Vietnam and in Rwanda.

For more information, click here.

October 7: SJT – UW Pro Bono Program: Get Trained, Do Pro Bono, Make A Difference

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Learn about pro bono service and training right here at UW Law! Get the nuts and bolts about the Pro Bono Program and learn from fellow students about their experiences volunteering with the following:

  • Street Youth Legal Advocates of WA
  • CHRJ’s Asylum Application Help Project
  • Immigrant Families Advocacy Project
  • Environmental Law Society
  • Bridging the Gap/Moderate Means Program
  • Incarcerated Mothers Advocacy Project

If you would like lunch please RSVP via Symplicity or gatespsl@uw.edu

RSVP by 12:00 pm Monday, October 6, 2014.

October 8: The Puget Sound Lawyer Chapter of the American Constitution Society and Free Speech for People present Corporations Are Not People: Reclaiming Democracy From Big Money And Global Corporations

Jeffrey Clements
Wednesday, October 8, 2014 – 5:30 PM
Perkins Coie LLC
1201 Third Avenue Suite 4900
Seattle, WA

Featuring:
Jeffrey Clements
Author, Corporations Are Not Peoples
President, Free Speech for People
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October 9: FREE CLE “WSBA Pro Bono 101: How to be an Effective Pro Bono Advocate”

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Thursday, October 9, 2014
12:00 pm – 2:30 pm
2.5 Total Credits (1.75 General, .75 Ethics)
Webcast Only
Seminar Cost:  FREE!

While you may know your subject area, this CLE will cover what you need to know to effectively serve your pro bono clients. This CLE will provide participants interested in volunteering with the tools, knowledge and strategies needed to successfully engage in pro bono and public service.

IMPORTANT NOTE: In partnership with KCBA and under MCLE Regulation 103(f), this pro bono training allows for attorneys who volunteer with a Qualified Legal Service Provider to convert a minimum of four hours of pro bono work into four pro bono service CLE credits.

AGENDA:

  • RPC 6.1 Overview and Additional Rules to Support Your Pro Bono Effort
  • Ethical Rules and Considerations in Rendering Pro Bono Legal Services
  • Cultural Competencies: What to be aware of when working with clients who face
    • Mental or physical health barriers
    • Limited English Proficient barriers
    • Post-traumatic stress disorder
    • Living in a constant state of poverty
  • Strategies, tools and a Road Map to Effectively Communicate with Pro Bono Clients

Space is limited: Register online here.

October 11: Attention 1Ls! Pro Bono Legal Aid Core Competencies Training

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Get Trained. Do Pro Bono. Make a Difference Now.

Saturday, October 11, 2014
Room 127, 8:30am-3:00pm*

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
  • 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 to get trained on the fundamentals of providing pro bono legal assistance!

Attendance required for UW Pro Bono Honors Society membership at graduation.

Time Agenda
8:30-9:00 Registration & Light Breakfast
9:00-10:50 Working Across Difference with Clients in Poverty
10:50-11:00 BREAK
11:00-11:30 Professionalism & Student Pro Bono Assistance
11:30-12:15 Basic Client Interviewing Skills
12:15-1:15 Lunch on your own
1:15-2:15 Crisis and Trauma in Clients
2:15-3:00 Pair up, Hypos & discussion
3:00-3:15 BREAK
3:15-5:30 IFAP training*

October 11: Attention 2Ls and 3Ls! Advanced Pro Bono Legal Assistance Workshop

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Saturday, October 11, 2014,
Room 117, 8:30am-12:00pm

  • Did you attend the Pro Bono Core Competencies Training last year?
  • Did you have public interest internship/externship or pro bono experience this past summer?
  • Have you been volunteering for IMAP, IFAP, SYLAW, Bridging the Gap/MMP or out in the community providing pro bono legal assistance?

Attendance required for UW Pro Bono Honors Society membership at graduation.

If you answered YES! then this is a great opportunity to reflect and engage in a deeper analysis to improve skills when providing pro bono legal assistance.

Topics include: lessons from the front lines in managing bias, cultural and cross difference competence as well as secondary trauma and compassion fatigue.

October 11: Attention Student Leaders! Leadership Development Workshop

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Saturday, October 11, 2014
1:00– 5:30pm, Room 117

  • Are you a student organization leader or member?
  • Want to learn how to better plan and run your organization?
  • Need some basic tips on how to get funding and plan events at UW Law?

Join us for some nuts and bolts tips and strategies addressing leadership and management fundamentals at UW Law and beyond. All students are welcome.

Topics include: Leadership theory; developing your mission, vision, values; how to use an organizing/strategy chart; best practices for student-led pro bono projects; SBA 101; event planning and funding at UW Law; facilitating meetings and difficult conversations.

These trainings are brought to you by: the UW Law Center for Public Service Law, UW Law Pro Bono Program, Immigrant Families Advocacy Pro-ject, Incarcerated Mothers Advocacy Project, Street Youth Legal Advocates of Washington at UW, Out-Laws, Environmental Law Society, CHRJ’s App Help Project & SBA.

October 14: ACLU of Washington – LFO Speaker Training

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Wednesday, October 14, 2014 at 5:30 – 7:30 PM
ACLU of Washington Offices (901 5th Ave, Seattle)

Legal Financial Obligations (LFOs) – fines and fees imposed by the court system on top of criminal convictions – are punishing people for being poor in Washington.  Our state’s system for imposing and collecting LFOs keeps people tied to the criminal system for decades and can even result in people being locked up because they lack the money – creating modern-day debtors’ prisons.

The ACLU of Washington will be training a group of speakers to help us educate impacted individuals and community members all across the state.  The group will learn about how LFOs impact individuals, from sentencing on, and identify the major problems with Washington’s LFO system.  Our goal is to shine light on a broken system and build momentum to enact a comprehensive overhaul of LFO laws that will end debtors prisons in Washington and make our criminal justice system more fair.

ACLU staff attorney Vanessa Hernandez will lead the presentation and provide supporting materials.  Following the training,  the ACLU will send out people to speaking engagements, depending on each person’s availability.

Dial-in access is available.  Dinner will be provided.

If you’re interested in participating, respond to jflodin@aclu-wa.org.

October 22: Columbia Legal Services Presents the 3rd Annual Pro Bono Celebration Honoring Partners for Justice

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Wednesday, October 22, 2014 at 5:00 PM
Impact Hub Seattle, 220 Second Ave South (Pioneer Square), Seattle WA 98104

Brief Program 5:30 PM – 6:00 PM
Drinks & Appetizers 5:00 PM – 6:30 PM

Catered by FareStart
Join us as we celebrate pro bono work and those who fight for justice in Washington.  This event is free to attend.

2014 PRO BONO HONOREES  

Lenell Nussbaum
Suzanne Lee Elliott
For their work on cases related to juvenile life without parole

Carey & Lillevik
For their representation of amici in appeals to establish a right to counsel for all children in foster care

Garvey Schubert Barer
For their longstanding partnership with Columbia Legal Services and commitment to justice for all

Kathleen Phair Barnard  of Schwerin Campbell Barnard Iglitzin & Lavitt LLP
For advancing the rights of farm worker families in northwest Washington

To RSVP, click here.  RSVP preferred by October 10, 2014.

January 23: Save the Date! Latino/a Bar Association of Washington (LBAW) 23rd Annual Awards Gala

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March 20-21: Register Now for the Citizen University National Conference – Pre-Sale Tickets Available

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In November we’ll announce the lineup of speakers and teachers at Citizen University’s annual conference and start early-bird registration. But today, we are offering friends like you a chance to buy “pre-sale” tickets at an even more discounted price.

Our annual national conference is like no other civic gathering in America. Hundreds of changemakers, activists, and catalysts show up to learn about power, build their networks, and recharge their sense of purpose. They come from across the country, the political spectrum, and a wide range of domains — from immigrant rights to national service, voting reform to veteran re-integration, civic education to Hollywood and tech. They are you.

This is a time when citizens are solving problems in new ways, bypassing broken institutions, stale ideologies, and polarized politics. We are part of a movement to rekindle citizenship in America. We hope you’ll join us!

The Center for Public Service law will coordinate a process to apply for the tickets.  Stay tuned for more info on this if you wish to attend.

To purchase your pre-sale tickets now, click here.