EJW 2017 Conference with US Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg; Student Debt Relief Basics; Kids in Need of Defense (KIND): How to Prepare for Dependency Review Hearings; Volunteer for Citizenship Day!

Deadline September 13: Equal Justice Works 2017 Conference and Career Fair featuring U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader GinsbergEJW Logo

Application Deadline: Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Date:  Thursday and Friday, October 27 & 28, 2017

Location: Arlington, VA

Students and recent graduates can interview with 165+ public interest employers from across the country including non profits, public defender offices, government agencies and more! Click here for the latest list. The deadline to apply for prescheduled interviews is September 13.. Students may have their résumé reviewed by trained professionals and take part in inspiring conference workshop sessions including this year’s conversation with U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on Friday afternoon. We recognize that one of the biggest hurdles to attending the Conference & Career Fair is affording the trip to DC so this year we’re helping students connect for carpooling and hotel sharing and the first 500 registered students will qualify for a chance to receive one of ten $100 travel stipends.

More information and register here.

EJW Webinar: Student Debt Relief Basics.

Date:  Thursday, August 24, 2017

Time:  12:00 pm

Location: Webinar

“On August 24th at 3:00 pm EST, we will have our latest educational free webinar, “Student Debt Relief Basics.” This free webinar will teach you about the various repayment plans, loan cancellation provisions, how to earn Public Service Loan Forgiveness, what to do if you are behind on your payments, and how to lower your loan payments using loan repayment assistance programs. You can join live or watch later. If you register prior to the live event, you will receive a recording in the 48 hours following the live version. Register for a free webinar today!

Free Podcast:  FTCA and Other Civil Rights Claims – Immigration Enforcement & Damages Actions Supreme Court Courthouse (c) Stockvault

Date:  Thursday, August 24, 2017

Time:  9am – 12 pm

Location:  Podcast (free)

Increased immigration enforcement is likely to include enforcement practices that give rise to damages action.  Claims under the Federal Tort Claims Act, Bivens, and Section 1983 are important tools to combat abusive enforcement practices and ensuring that federal and local law enforcement abide by their constitutional obligations. This program will give a general overview of each of these claims. PLI will also discuss employing a media strategy, in addition to litigation, to highlight abusive enforcement practices, as an advocacy tool in its own right. PLI will cover the legal standards and procedures to bring an administrative claim and both individual and impact litigation under the Federal Tort Claims Act.  PLI will similarly cover Bivens and Section 1983, as well as the defenses government defendants commonly raise in these cases.  This will include the types of conduct that can be challenged and the life of a damages claim from fact-gathering to judgment.

Register here.

Kids in Need of Defense (KIND): Quick Topic Webinar [Live]: How to Prepare for Dependency Review Hearings

Date:  Wednesday, September 13, 2017 

Time: 12-1 pm

Location:  Webinar.

Zaida Rivera, KIND Seattle Pro Bono Coordinating Attorney -Microsoft Fellow, will be presenting a live webinar on how to prepare for your client’s Dependency Review Hearings. After a client has been ordered a dependent on the State of Washington, the court is responsible for the client’s well-being. To ensure that a client’s needs are met, periodic review hearings are scheduled with the court every 6 months. Attorneys must prepare ISSPs and review hearing orders in advance of the review hearing, and present orders on the date the hearing is scheduled. To learn more about this process and your obligations, please join us for this live webinar. There will be an opportunity to ask questions as well.

Please RSVP online here.

KIND (Kids in Need of Defense): 2nd Annual Back to School Campaign

The campaign aims to highlight attorneys who are heeding the call to help unaccompanied immigrant and refugee children by providing pro bono legal representation to these children as the new school year begins.

As unaccompanied children are getting ready to start school, over 50% of them have no one to represent them in immigration court. With the help of an attorney, they can focus on their education and fulfill their aspirations for their future.  These are children living in Washington State like Otto, who arrived in the U.S. when he was 10 years old, escaping severe child abuse and threats from MS-13.  Otto was granted asylum right before going on a school camping trip with his class.  He went from having a childhood dominated by violence and fear, to living with the fear of being sent back into danger, to the rest of his childhood before him.

More info here.

OneAmerica: Volunteer for Citizenship Day Saturday, September 23, 2017OneAmerica Logo

Date: Saturday, September 23, 2017

Time: 8:30am-5:30pm

Locations: Renton, Renton Technical College; Wenatchee, Wenatchee Valley College; Pasco, Columbia Basin College

Volunteers needed at three Citizenship Day events in Washington in Renton, Wenatchee and Pasco

Citizenship Day  is a free, one-day legal clinic to help legal permanent residents apply for citizenship, and it’s hosted by AILA-WA, OneAmerica, and committed community partners statewide. Demand for naturalization services is higher than ever – in fact, N-400 filings in Washington State have increased nearly 30% on average, compared to the same quarter of last year! For many immigrants, U.S. citizenship is the best defense in uncertain times. Please join us for the day, and help hundreds of legal permanent residents take the first step.

Click here to sign up to volunteer, and more info here.

Join AILA volunteers nationwide on CITIZENSHIP DAY

April 13: “Right to Unite” film screening

rtu20bannerPlease join TMLG and Alliance for Justice for a special screening of The Right to Unite, a poignant documentary about Supreme Court cases that threaten to undermine the rights of working Americans. Narrated by Emmy Award-winning actor Bradley Whitford, the film tells the stories of two home care providers, Lidia Rodriguez and Alantris Muhammad, who were harmed by the Supreme Court’s 2014 decision in Harris v. Quinn. In Harris v. Quinn, the Supreme Court decided to limit the collective bargaining rights of home care providers, making it more difficult for these workers to join together and have a voice in their workplace.

The corporate interests behind Harris v. Quinn are not stopping with home care workers. In a pending case,Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association, all public sector workers are at risk, including firefighters, teachers, emergency medical technicians, librarians, and more. This film explores how preserving the right to unite is vitally important for workers, their families, and all of us – and what we can do to fight back.

Following the film will be a discussion about the case and the threat to all workers’ rights. Justice Antonin Scalia’s passing means the Supreme Court will decide Friedrichs with only eight justices. The fight over filling the Supreme Court vacancy comes at a critical time in the history of the Court, the law, and our nation.

April 15: Diversity Committee General Meeting (12:30-1:20pm @ Room 447)

taupc7ah_400x400Join this bi-weekly meeting with the UW Law’s Diversity Committee to discuss issues of diversity, inclusivity and community at our school. All Students, Faculty and Staff are encouraged to attend. We advise the Dean on ways to promote diversity and create a welcoming school climate that is supportive of all students, faculty and staff, particularly those from underrepresented groups. Taking input from our fellow students, staff and faculty, we pursue multiple avenues to support UW Law’s Diversity Statement and Diversity Plan, as well as our own initiatives within the school.

April 19: SJT – Why Universities Need A Definition of Anti-Semitism

SJTKenneth L. Marcus, president of the Louis D. Brandeis Center for Human Rights Under Law and former Director of the United States Commission on Civil Rights

Marcus will speak on legal causes of action for students who are affected by religious bias and discrimination on college campuses, and how universities can promote the civil rights of all students by adopting definitions of antisemitism and other religious discrimination. 1CLE credit offered.

Sponsorship of this event by the University of Washington School of Law does not imply endorsement. Co-Sponsored by:

  • The Louis D. Brandeis Center
  • The Cardozo Society
  • Hillel UW
  • StandWithUsNorthwest

April 20: SU Law -“Economic Justice from the Trenches”

seattle_university_school_of_lawCome hear about how to become a warrior for economic justice! You’ll hear the good, the bad, and the ugly from private practitioners, legal aid, and government lawyers – what they do, how they came to this work, what you need to know about the practice.  This moderated panel discussion will include solo practitioners Antoinette “Tonie” Davis ’99 and SaraEllen Hutchison, Julia Kellison of Northwest Justice Project, Anthony Leahy of Consumer Education and Training Services, Kim Gunning of the WA Attorney General’s Office, and Laura Solis of the Federal Trade Commission.

April 23: Join AILA volunteers nationwide on CITIZENSHIP DAY

sharethis_logoThe window is closing for eligible legal permanent residents to naturalize in time to vote in this year’s election: Help by volunteering at Citizenship Day on April 23, 2016. Citizenship Day is a free one-day legal clinic to help legal permanent residents apply for citizenship, and it’s hosted by AILA-WA, OneAmerica, and committed community partners statewide. It’s a great way to give pro-bono service without a long-term commitment, meet other attorneys and help your community. Signup now, and please forward the information below to your networks!

 WHEN: Saturday, April 23, 8:30am-5:30pm (approximately)

 YAKIMA – Yakima Valley Community College, Deccio Building (Parker Room), S 12th Ave and W Stewart St

 Reimbursements are available for AILA attorney volunteers and law students who travel more than 100 miles or 2 hours to volunteer. Please contact WNA Associate Mallori Thompson at mallori@weareoneamerica.org with any questions about volunteering. Volunteers who haven’t attended a Citizenship Day in the last year will be required to attend a 1-hour training prior to the day of the event. Training is available via recorded webinar you may watch on your own time.

 Attorneys & BIA Accredited Representative volunteers meet one on one with clients to determine eligibility for naturalization, answer questions, review applications for accuracy, provide further instructions for follow up or filing. Attorneys may also review the work of other attorneys during client checkout. You must be a licensed attorney or BIA Accredited Representative to fulfill this role. Attorney volunteers must have been in practice for at least 2 years, AND have completed at least five (5) N-400 applications over the course of those two years. If you would like to volunteer as an attorney but do not meet these requirements, please email WNA Manager Sarah Sumadi at sarah@WeAreOneAmerica.org.

April 27: From Standing in the Street to Having a Seat at the Table

jsternJoin CPSL and Jessica Stern, Executive Director of OutRight Action International for a discussion of OutRight’s work supporting LGBTQI individuals living in the Middle East. OutRight Action International is a leading international organization dedicated to human rights advocacy on behalf of people who experience discrimination or abuse on the basis of their actual or perceived sexual orientation, gender identity or expression. Jessica Stern specializes in gender, sexuality and human rights globally. As the first researcher on LGBT rights at Human Rights Watch and a Ralph Bunche Fellow at Amnesty International, she conducted fact-finding investigations and advocacy in relation to Iran, Kyrgyzstan, South Africa, and the United Arab Emirates. RSVP for this event through Symplicity. Campus location: William H. Gates Hall (LAW). Campus room: Room 138. Event types: Lectures/Seminars. Event sponsors: The Center for Public Service Law and OutRight Action International. Wednesday, April 27, 2016, 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM.

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (“CFPB”) Releases New Tool Called “Your Money Your Goals” For Financial Empowerment

Volunteer for Citizenship Day in Moses Lake, and Pasco on Saturday, September 19

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Date: Saturday, Sept. 19, 2015
Time: 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM
Location(s): Moses Lake – Big Bend Community College, ATEC Building 1800, 7611 Bolling St NE, Moses Lake, WA 98837; Pasco – Columbia Basic College, Center for Career & Technical Education (corner of W. Argent Rd & Saraceno Way), Pasco, WA 99301

Citizenship Day is a FREE one-day legal clinic to help legal permanent residents apply for citizenship and it is hosted by the WA State Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) and OneAmerica. Citizenship is a critical part of American Dream for many immigrant families, but the high cost of attorneys and fear of the process stop many eligible people from becoming citizens. We’ll have volunteer immigration lawyers, paralegals and interpreters on hand to help eligible permanent residents successfully fill out citizenship applications (N-400s).  It’s a great way to earn community service hours without a long-term commitment, meet other students, and help your community.

WE ARE IN NEED OF INTERPRETERS: General volunteers and bilingual interpreters (Spanish and English) are needed at the Pasco and Moses Lake sites on September 19th. If you are interest in helping, please email Katelyn Chrisman at Katelyn@weareoneamerica.org, and SIGN UP HERE.

To sign up, click here. 

Latina/o Bar Association of Washington (LBAW) Offers 2015-2016 Mentorship Program, Sign Up Now!

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We are excited to reintroduce LBAW’s Mentorship Program.  We encourage you to sign up!

If you would like to be a part of LBAW’s 2015-2016 Mentorship Program, please complete the mentor form or mentee form and return it to membership@lbaw.org no later than Tuesday, September 22. 

LBAW’s Mentor/Mentee Welcome will be held Friday, September 25, at the home of LBAW’s President Chach Duarte White on Mercer Island at 5:30 p.m.—8:00 p.m.  Come eat, drink, and meet your mentor/mentee!  Details will be included in the next LBAW Announcement and on the LBAW website and Facebook page.  We look forward to seeing you!

Registration Now Open for Stanford Law School’s 16th Annual Shaking the Foundations Progressive Lawyering Conference on October 17

Shaking the Foundations 2015

Stanford Law School’s 16th annual Shaking the Foundations conference will be on Saturday, October 17, 2015. This year, we are excited to feature Bay Area workers’ rights advocate Saru Jayaraman, author of Behind the Kitchen Door, as our keynote speaker at 10 a.m.

Shaking the Foundations brings the progressive community together each year to discuss issues within the movement, explore the role of young lawyers, and encourage attendees to work toward social and environmental justice. This year’s conference will focus on West Coast issues. Panel and workshop topics include criminal justice, immigration, racial justice, LGBTQ rights, environmental justice, consumer protection, Native American law, labor, housing, and other progressive topics. Check out our website for the full schedule.

To register, click here.

Pro Bono For Financial Empowerment

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By William J. Woodward, Jr. | ABA Center for Pro Bono Exchange

“Holistic pro bono” is an idea whose time may have come. When used in the legal pro bono community, the term refers to supplying a needy client with help that may go beyond legal help to include help from other professionals such as housing counselors, addiction experts, accountants, technology specialists, and so on.

The idea may have just had a substantial boost from the work of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (the “CFPB”), the Federal agency created by the Dodd-Frank law and charged with protecting consumers of financial products and services. While the agency has regulatory and enforcement power, Congress also charged it broadly with educating consumers in financial matters.

Continue reading here.

Call for Submissions for the 11th Annual Sarah Weddington Writing Prize for New Student Scholarship in Reproductive Rights

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Law Students for Reproductive Justice, in collaboration with the Center for Reproductive Rights and the Center on Reproductive Rights and Justice at Berkeley Law School, is pleased to announce the Call for Submission for the eleventh annual Sarah Weddington Writing Prize for New Student Scholarship in Reproductive Rights.

This year, the Sarah Weddington Writing Prize’s suggested theme is “Restoring Public Insurance Coverage for Abortion,” with a focus on the Hyde Amendment and Harris v. McRae (1980). However, submissions on other topics will also be accepted.

The deadline for submission is Monday, January 18, 2016.  Winning authors will receive cash prizes: $750 (first place), $500 (second place), or $250 (third place).  Additionally, each winning author will receive a copy of the newly released casebook, Melissa Murray and Kristin Luker’s Cases on Reproductive Rights and Justice. The first place winner will also have a chance at publication with the NYU Review of Law and Social Change.

For more information, please download the 2015 Call for Submissions here.

Washington New Americans Citizenship Days, 9/19 & Ongoing

Date: Saturday, September 19, 2015 and Ongoing
Time: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Location(s): September 19 sites include Renton, Pasco and Moses Lake

RENTON: Renton Technical College, Building C, 3000 NE 4th St, Renton, WA 98056
MOSES LAKE: Big Bend Community College, ATEC Building 1800, 7611 Bolling St NE, Moses Lake, WA 98837
PASCO: Columbia Basic College, Center for Career & Technical Education (corner of W. Argent Rd & Saraceno Way), Pasco, WA 99301

Registration: To volunteer, complete the Volunteer Application
Contact: wna@weareoneamerica.org;
http://www.wanewamericans.org/Citizenship_Day_Volunteers

Volunteers Needed: Attorney, Law Student, or Interpreter

Washington New Americans is a partnership of the state of Washington and OneAmerica, an organization that advocates for immigrants and refugees here in the state of Washington and nationally. Each year, Washington New Americans partners with the Washington State Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) to offer Citizenship Day events across Washington State.

Citizenship Day is a day-long workshop where volunteer immigration attorneys, paralegals, and interpreters come together to offer assistance with citizenship applications. All lawful permanent residents (“green card” holders) interested in applying for U.S. citizenship are welcome to participate. The assistance extended to the public on Citizenship Day is free.

The next Citizenship Day will be held on Saturday, September 19 at sites around the state. Additional “Mini Citizenship Days” are held throughout the year. For more information about upcoming events and how to volunteer, please email wna@weareoneamerica.org or visit http://www.wanewamericans.org/Citizenship_Day_Volunteers.

If you live in the Seattle area and would like to volunteer to help the program run smoothly, please email WA New Americans.  Tasks include helping prepare for Citizenship Days, handling client inquiries, and general program administration.

Possible Roles:

INTERPRETER: Interpret verbatim between clients and paralegals or attorneys and other volunteer staff. Insure clients and paralegals/attorneys understand each other and the contents of all forms and documents needed for naturalization. Interpreters may NOT provide legal advice except as direct translation of advice given by attorney.  Interpreters of all languages are welcome, particularly, those with Spanish, Russian, Somali, Chinese, Korean, and Vietnamese skills, among other languages.

GENERAL SUPPORT:  As directed by Site Coordinators, help with set up/take down at facility, signage, client intake, routing of clients through the facility, copying and assembling documents, answering non-legal questions, passing out information documents, and helping with food and drinks for volunteers.

Citizenship Day of Service Opportunity, Free Human Rights Webinar on Homelessness and ICCPR, plus much more

Volunteer Opportunity: Citizenship Day of Service

become a citizenLast year, there were an estimated 180,000 legal permanent residents living in Washington state who were eligible to apply for citizenship, but only about 17,000 naturalizations (less than 10%). Help expand access to citizenship by volunteering and spreading the word!

This is a great opportunity for law students to give back to their communities and practice their skills in the field.  Washington New Americans, a partnership of the State of Washington and OneAmerica, and the American Immigration Lawyers Association are hosting Citizenship Day on Saturday, October 26, 2013 at locations in Olympia, Des Moines, Wenatchee, and Pasco.

Citizenship Day is a day-long legal clinic where volunteer immigration attorneys, paralegals, law students and interpreters offer FREE assistance with citizenship applications.  This is one of the only free citizenship services left in Washington State and it is open to everyone.  Last year, over 375 volunteers helped more than 622 people become citizens!

Paralegal and law students assist immigration attorneys by meeting one on one with clients to help complete naturalization forms.  Students may NOT provide legal advice. Students will NOT be giving legal advice.  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 in Seattle on Thursday, October 10th.

This is a pre-approved volunteer opportunity eligible for the UW Law Pro Bono Honors Program. Student volunteers can sign up here.

Free Webinar- Cruel, Inhuman & Degrading: Homelessness in the U.S. Under the International Covenant on Civil & Political Rights

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Monday, October 7, 2-3pm EDT.

On September 3, the National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty released to the public a report, “Cruel, Inhuman, and Degrading: Criminalization of Homelessness in the U.S. under the International Covenant on Civil & Political Rights,” addressing concerns raised by the U.N. Human Rights Committee in its review of the U.S.

The report, co-authored with the Yale Law School Allard K. Lowenstein Human Rights Clinic, and endorsed by 23 other international, national, and local organizations, responds to a written question to the U.S. from the Human Rights Committee in March, as it prepares for its regular review of the U.S. for compliance with its human rights obligations, to take place on October 17-18 in Geneva, Switzerland.

The report clarifies that criminalization of homelessness, or penalizing homeless persons for basic life activities, such as sleeping, sitting, eating, or even going to the bathroom in public when they have no private alternatives, or targeting homeless persons for enforcement of other laws like jaywalking or littering, violates numerous rights under the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, a treaty ratified by the U.S. in 1992. It also discusses
violations of the right to vote, to family , and nondiscrimination.

Speakers include:

Eric Tars, National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty
Hope Metcalf, Yale Law School Allard K. Lowenstein Human Rights Clinic
Amy Sawyer & Liz Osborn, US Interagency Council on Homelessness

Come and learn about the rights involved, as well as the process of review by the U.N. Human Rights Committee and how you can make human rights real in your community.

FLOW Scholarship Applications Now Due

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The Filipino Lawyers of Washington will be awarding two $1,500 scholarships to law students attending a law school in Washington State. The Pangarap Scholarships are intended to recognize law students who have demonstrated significant commitment to community service, particularly service to the Filipino/Filipino American community.  The scholarship applicants do not have to be of Filipino descent.  Click here for the Scholarship Application Form which includes instructions and details about the scholarship, including key dates.

The deadline for submitting applications is Wed., Oct. 9. Please email abigail.daquiz@gmail.com with any questions.

Pangarap means to “dream and strive for a goal” in Tagalog, the language of the Philippines.

Farmworker Victory in Washington

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This past week, a Skagit County Superior Court judge issued the attached temporary restraining order requiring Sakuma Bros to remove security guards they had placed in worker housing, and to desist from conducting surveillance of workers in other ways. He found the presence of the guards “intimidating” and “chilling” to the workers’ rights to associate and organize under Washington labor law. The judge also scheduled a further hearing for October 8th. This is a big victory for the workers. The workers’ press release is also attached and some links are below.

Columbia Legal Services, along with Seattle firm Schwerin Campbell Barnard Iglitzin & Lavitt represented an individual worker and the workers’ group Familias Unidas por la Justicia. For more on this story click here and here.

Chiquita Seeks Dismissal in Columbian Case

By Curt Anderson, AP Legal Affairs Writer

BananaSeptember 21, 2013, Miami (AP) — Faced with potentially billions of dollars in legal liability, Chiquita Brands International is asking a federal appeals court to block lawsuits filed against it in the U.S. by thousands of Colombians whose relatives were killed in that country’s bloody, decades-long civil war.

The produce giant, which long had huge banana plantations in Colombia, has admitted paying a right-wing Colombian paramilitary group $1.7 million over a seven-year period. The Charlotte, N.C.-based company insists it was blackmailed into paying or risking violence against its own operations and employees, although in 2007 Chiquita pleaded guilty to U.S. criminal charges that it had supported terrorists. It paid a $25 million fine.

The Colombian lawsuits, consolidated for pretrial action before a federal judge in West Palm Beach, want Chiquita held liable for thousands of deaths at the hands of the AUC, the Spanish acronym for the right-wing United Self-Defense Forces of Colombia. The Colombian relatives have won several key pretrial rulings, but now Chiquita is taking its fight for dismissal to a new level.

In essence, Chiquita wants the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to dismiss the lawsuits because, the company claims, each murder cannot be tied specifically to the company. It’s not enough, Chiquita’s lawyers say in court papers, to assume the company’s payments to the AUC meant Chiquita knew about and supported those individual killings.

Read more here.