Interested in Working in the Bay Area? Join CPSL For Its Annual San Francisco Visit

Attention Law Students Interested in Working in Bay Area! Join the CPSL for our Annual San Francisco Public Service Employer Visit.  RSVP By December 8

SF

2015 SAN FRANCISCO PUBLIC SERVICE CITY VISIT: FRIDAY, JANUARY 16, 2015

The  Center for Public Service Law has planned our fourth annual San Francisco  Public Service Law City Visit for Friday, January 16, 2014.  On that day we will visit four public interest/public service agencies – two in Oakland  and two in San Francisco.  This year we will visit a variety of  organizations including the National Council on Crime and Delinquency, the Ella Baker Center, the US Citizen and Immigration Services (USCIS), and one more site awaiting final confirmation.  Over the last several years UW Law students have taken this trip and visited different public service and public interest sites, receiving excellent exposure to public service law in San Francisco.

Who may attend?  UW law students.

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

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

How to RSVP:  contact Aline Carton-Listfjeld at acarton@uw.edu if you are interested in attending or if you have additional questions.  Please do so by Monday, December 8 as  we will want to confirm a minimum number of participants in order to go forward with the trip.

Volunteer Opportunities with the WSBA Board of Governors, Due 12/30

wsba2

The WSBA Board of Governors (BOG) is accepting letters of interest and résumés from members interested in serving on the following council and committees. Notice of BOG action will follow its January 2015 meeting.

  • Council on Public Legal Education — The Council on Public Legal Education brings together lawyers, judges, educators, and community representatives to promote public understanding of the law and civic rights and responsibilities. The Council meets two to three times per year and works through its committees. This is a three-year term.
  • Office of Public Defense Advisory Committee — The Office of Public Defense Advisory Committee meets quarterly to recommend policies for the agency’s appellate indigent defense, trial public defense, and parents’ representation programs, advise the agency on oversight of its programs, make recommendations regarding legislative positions and proposed rules, review budgetary matters, and consider appeals of billing decisions. This is a three-year term.
  • Washington Pattern Forms Committee — The Washington Pattern Forms Committee develops and maintains standardized forms for use in Washington state courts. The mandatory pattern forms and pattern forms cover several subject areas, such as: domestic relations, protection orders, guardianship, garnishment, juvenile court, misdemeanor judgment and sentencing, and felony judgment and sentencing forms. This is a four-year term.

For more information on these opportunities, click here.

Please submit letters of interest and résumés on or before Tuesday, Dec. 30, 2014, to WSBA Communications Department, 1325 Fourth Avenue #600, Seattle, WA 98101-2539; or email barleaders@wsba.org.

President Obama Announces Sweeping Immigration Reform, Says His Plan Is Lawful

President Obama

By Reuters, Newsweek

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama imposed the most sweeping immigration reform in a generation on Thursday, easing the threat of deportation for about 4.7 million undocumented immigrants and setting up a clash with Republicans.

In a White House speech, Obama rejected Republican critics who say his decision to bypass Congress and take executive action is tantamount to amnesty for illegal immigrants and urged them to pass comprehensive immigration reform legislation that the Republican-controled House of Representatives has blocked.

“Today, our immigration system is broken, and everybody knows it,” Obama said. “It’s been this way for decades. And for decades we haven’t done much about it.”

Continue reading here. Photo credit: Kevin Lamarque/REUTERS

A Push for Legal Aid in Civil Cases Finds Its Advocates

German and Lorenza Artiga

By Erik Eckholm and Ian Lovett, The New York Times

LOS ANGELES — Lorenza and German Artiga raised six children in a rent-controlled bungalow here, their only home since they moved from El Salvador 29 years ago.

So they were stunned this past summer when their landlord served them with eviction papers, claiming that their 12-year-old granddaughter Carolyn, whose mother was killed in a car crash in 2007, was an illegal occupant.

Up against a seasoned lawyer and bewildering paperwork, the couple, who speak little English and could never afford a lawyer, would very likely have been forced out of their home and the landlord could have raised the rent for new tenants.

Continue reading here.  Photo credit: Monica Almeida/The New York Times

WSBA Pro Bono 101 Training: How To Be an Effective Pro Bono Advocate, Free CLE

WSBA Logo

As part of our goal to enhance a culture of service within the WSBA membership, we are pleased to offer free CLE courses to volunteer attorneys who participate in WSBA Public Service Programs and provide pro bono assistance in their communities.

We are excited to announce WSBA Pro Bono 101: How to be an Effective Pro Bono Advocate, a CLE that will provide participants interested in volunteering with the tools, knowledge and strategies needed to successfully engage in pro bono and public service. We had over 750 members join us on October 9th for the original webcast and we’re excited to provide this as an A/V CLE through our Public Service Trainings page.

Volunteers must be authenticated to view any Public Service Trainings. To be authenticated, volunteers will need to email publicservice@wsba.org and include their name, bar number, and the name of the Qualified Legal Service Provider they are currently working with.

Zeid urges restraint, and determined effort to root out institutionalized discrimination in wake of U.S. Ferguson verdict

UNHCHR

By: Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, UN High Commissioner For Human Rights in Geneva

“The Grand Jury’s decision not to charge a police officer who fatally shoot Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, has led to violent protests, including looting and arson. I urge all protestors to avoid violence and destruction in the wake of this decision, in accordance with the expressed wishes of Mr. Brown’s parents and with the law. People have the right to express their dismay and their disagreement with the Grand Jury’s verdict, but not to cause harm to others, or to their property, in the process.

Without knowing the details of the evidence laid before the Missouri Grand Jury – which in turn depends on the quality of the investigation into the killing of Michael Brown – I am not, at this point, able to comment on whether or not the verdict conforms with international human rights law.

Nevertheless, I am deeply concerned at the disproportionate number of young African Americans who die in encounters with police officers, as well as the disproportionate number of African Americans in U.S. prisons and the disproportionate number of African Americans on Death Row.

Continue reading here.

Attention 1Ls! 5 Public Service Career Planning Tips for the Holidays

Attention 1Ls!  Five Public Service Career Planning Tips for the Holidays

CPSL Logo

By Aline Carton-Listfjeld, Center for Public Service Law

Did you miss our recent public service career strategies presentation? Fret not. Here’s the cliff notes version. You can also watch the video podcast here. 

The holidays are a time to rest, spend time with loved ones, practice gratitude and engage in a thoughtful practice of reflection, research and action planning for your career in public service and/or social justice. Here are some career strategizing tips to make the best of the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday and winter break right around the corner.

  1. Get back to basics. Why law school? Why public service? What issues do you care about? Think about why you came to law school and why specifically you’re interested in public service and/or working for social justice. What personal, volunteer or professional experiences or events have shaped your world view? What causes are you passionate about or get you worked up? What areas of law are you interested in? Why?
    • Write these anecdotes down; this will help you with your cover letter writing.
    • Practice telling these stories at the Thanksgiving dinner table; this will help you when you’re networking and interviewing.
    • Learn more about why stories matter by Marshall Ganz.
  2. Identify lawyering skills. Think about what kinds of advocacy and other lawyering skills you’re drawn towards.
    • Direct Services. Providing direct services to individual clients including advice/counsel, brief services and/or representation in court or administrative proceedings.
    • Systemic Change through Litigation. Engaging in impact litigation/systemic advocacy such as class action law suits which may not involve quite as much direct client work.
    • Community Lawyering. Using the principles of community organizing, combining direct services, impact litigation, and transactional legal services to support community economic development and/or other community-driven social justice initiatives.
    • Public Policy & Politics. Engaging in policy and/or legislative advocacy or reform work either within our outside of a legislative body.
    • Alternative Dispute Resolution. Engaging in alternative means of achieving justice outside of the traditional adversarial system such as alternative dispute resolution, mediation, collaborative law, and restorative justice.
    • Leadership & Social Entrepreneurship. Exploring alternative public service law careers including non-profit leadership/management and social entrepreneurship
  3. Do your research. We want you to make informed, evidence-based decisions to help you carve your career path. Research organizations and agencies that work on the causes and substantive areas that you are passionate about, interested in and/or open to. Where do you start? Go out to coffee with your mentor or perhaps the growing list of contacts with whom you’ve been advised to connect. Check out all of the great resources on our public service career reference guide, the Gallagher Law Library research guide and PSJD. Also, learn about the employers participating in the upcoming NW Public Service Career Fair. Keep in mind that employers are registering on a rolling basis so be sure to check back regularly.
  4. Create a list of preferred employers. Get ready to start applying to summer opportunities. Many public service internships application deadlines are in January and February. Whether or not a non-profit organization or government agency has a posted internship announcement, plan on sending your application materials. This usually includes a resume, cover letter, sometimes a list of references, and maybe a writing sample (yes you can use that 1L memo!). If an employer asks for grades be sure to mention when you expect to receive your grades in your cover letter and send them your transcript when it becomes available.
  5. Get cover letter feedback from your career coach. Take a break from outlining! December is a great time to send cover letters to your career coach for feedback. Once you’ve created a list of employers, draft a cover letter using the tips found here.

Interested in Learning More About Immigration? Register for the New Immigration Policy Seminar for the Winter Quarter

Associated Press Detention Center Holding Cell

B512 Legislation and the Formulation of Public Policy
By: Professor Angelica Chazaro

This course will examine immigration laws and policies related to how removal (deportation) laws and policies are established and implemented, and including the emergence and role of social change movements. Topics will include the intersection of immigration and criminal law, border security, state and local enforcement, the root causes of unauthorized migration, and the challenges of immigration law reform. The course will cover both legal doctrine and legislative issues concerning immigration detention and enforcement.

This course is mandatory for the immigration-related externships with the Washington Defender’s Association and NWIRP.  Externship applications are due Monday, November 24.  See Symplicity for more details.

Attention Attorneys! Free CLE on Domestic Violence Legal Team Training

Perkins Coie Logo

Thursday, December 4, 2014
8:30 AM – 3:00 PM
Perkins Coie (1201 Third Ave #4900, Seattle)
FREE (attendees must pledge to volunteer either for DVAP or DVIP)
Lunch Provided
CLE Credits: Pending (includes ethics credits)
RSVP to April Campbell by Monday, November 24, 2014

This is a FREE training and ideal for both litigators and transactional lawyers.
There are two volunteer options covered in this training: (1) going into court to litigate motions and (2) volunteering for the in-shelter legal clinic.

Litigators: Volunteer for the Domestic Violence Advocacy Project (DVAP). Learn how you can be an effective advocate for domestic violence survivors by litigating motions for revision and reconsideration, and increasing your chances of success at return hearings. Build your courtroom advocacy skills while making a meaningful difference in the life of a survivor and her children. Cases are for a short time frame with a discrete time commitment.

Transactional Lawyers: Volunteer at the Domestic Violence Impact Project’s (DVIP) monthly in-shelter legal clinic. You’ll have the opportunity to meet with a survivor and empower her through education and helping her draft a declaration that will be attached to her petition. No court required. Discrete time commitment.

If you have any questions about this CLE please email April Campbell.

Attorney General sends Notice of Endangerment and Intent to Sue to U.S. Dept. of Energy and its contractors to protect workers from hazardous Hanford tank vapors

WA AGO seal

By: Bob Ferguson, Washington State Office of the Attorney General

After 20 years and many reports and studies, federal government still not adequately protecting Hanford workers

Attorney General Bob Ferguson is sending the U.S. Dept. of Energy, and its contractor, Washington River Protection Solutions (WRPS), a Notice of Endangerment and Intent to Sue. Ferguson seeks to protect workers at the federal Hanford Nuclear Reservation from hazardous chemical vapors that continue to jeopardize worker health and safety.

On Oct. 30, 2014, an independent panel of experts issued the federally-funded Hanford Tank Vapor Assessment Report which determined that “ongoing emission of tank vapors, which contain a mixture of toxic chemicals, is inconsistent with the provisions of a safe and healthful workplace free from recognized hazards.”  They further found that the data “strongly suggests a causal link between chemical vapor release and subsequent adverse health effects experienced by tank farm workers.”

The report was the latest in a series of reports assessing the problem of tank workers falling sick after exposure to chemical vapors from on-site waste holding tanks.

Continue reading here.

Campaign for Equal Justice: Support Legal Aid on Giving Tuesday, December 2nd

Campaign for Equal Justice Logo

With Thanksgiving and Black Friday just around the corner, we are all looking forward to getting great deals on Christmas gifts and holiday treats. But don’t forget to set a little aside for people in need on Giving Tuesday!

As our November newsletter noted, the Campaign is still about $600,000 away from raising the funds clients like Zahul need to receive legal aid. Your generosity this holiday season will make the difference.

Plan a gift to help out low-income people in legal crisis on Giving Tuesday, December 2nd.

All you have to do is visit our secure online donation page on December 2nd to make your gift.  Thanks for remembering people in need!

UW Celebrates Veterans Appreciation Week November 3-11! Join in the Celebration!

November 3-11: Veterans Appreciation Week

Veterans Ceremony

The University of Washington is excited to celebrate Veterans Appreciation Week, November 3–11, 2014. To recognize the UW students, alumni, retirees, faculty and staff who have participated in the uniformed services and armed forces, the University will host a number of special events. During this week we will celebrate our shared values of respect, excellence and collaboration by coming together to exchange stories of veteran service, past and present.

For event details, click here.

November 8: Right in Front of Our Eyes – Symposium on How Undetected Vision Issues Impact Student Learning

vision

Saturday, Nov. 8, 2014
8:30 AM – 4:00 PM
Discovery Hall
University of Washington, Bothell

This symposium addresses the many critical issues facing children with vision problems – including access to assessment, vision therapy techniques, educational approaches, new technologies/vision games, and social justice. Keynote presentations, panel sessions and great discussions are sure to inspire all participants!

*6 clock Hours Are Available for Educators. Forms will be available at the conference.

The classroom is the place where a child’s vision first becomes essential. In American elementary schools, teachers and administrators rarely have the necessary information related to vision abilities of children that are so critical to reading. Currently, access to assessment and support depends on the size and quality of schools, educational programs, and intervention strategies and availability of support. Medical providers and others screening for vision problems often rely on the same eye chart that the school screenings use, which checks only for distance vision. New approaches to vision assessment and therapy – and the use of technologies to provide better access to data about these issues — are being developed. How do we ensure that ALL children have access to these advances? Methods and strategies to improve outcomes for students with vision problems will be a result of sharing knowledge and developing partnerships among the many stakeholders – which is the focus of this symposium.

Register online here.

November 8: Auburn’s 49th Annual Veterans Parade Day & Observance

Veterans Day Parade

Saturday, Nov. 8, 2014
11:00 AM
Auburn Main St. & East Main Street, Auburn, WA

Auburn, Washington is designated by the Veterans Day National Committee and the US Department of Veterans Affairs as a Regional Site for celebration of Veterans Day 2014. Auburn is proud to be a Vietnam War Commemorative Partner. Auburn has hosted the Veterans Day Parade since 1965. Now in its 49th year, the parade has grown into one of the largest Veteran’s Day parades in the United States of America. Auburn’s 2014 parade is paying special tribute to the Military Order of the Purple Heart.

The purpose of Auburn’s Veterans Day Parade is to positively focus on honoring our country’s veterans and active military personnel. Through our parade, we focus recognition on congressionally-recognized Veteran Service Organizations and their auxiliaries, the military and reserve military, National Guard and ROTC. The goals and purposes of Auburn’s Veterans Day Parade are to give honor to our country’s military personnel and veterans and to their military missions of defending freedom around the world.

For more information, click here.

November 12: Career Workshop Series #6 – Practical Networking Tips

CPSL Logo

Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2014
12:30 – 1:20 PM
William H. Gates Hall, RM 127

By now, you probably know that networking is a critical piece of your job search — but many students do not know HOW to network. In this session, we will dissect receptions and informational interviews, and discuss what to do before, during, and after each to ensure success in your job search.

December 3: GlobalWA 6th Annual Conference

GlobalWA

Dec. 3, 2014
8:30 AM – 5:30 PM
Bell Harbor Conference Center in Seattle, WA

Join us December 3, 2014 at the Bell Harbor Conference Center in Seattle, WA for GlobalWA’s 6th Annual Conference!

  • Members: $175 – enter member discount code at check out. (Email Pratima Stanton, pratima@globalwa.org, to receive your member discount code)
  • Non-Members and Individual Ambassadors: $250
  • Prices after November 24 – Members: $250 – Non-members: $325

Global Washington’s annual conference is well known and well respected for convening the international development community on the west coast. Participants include NGO practitioners, corporate sustainability executives, research experts, philanthropists and others working on global issues.

With dynamic speakers, plenary discussions and breakout panels that cover the issue areas of our time, we will highlight successful partnerships, groundbreaking innovations and productive failures within global development.

Featured Conference Speakers:

  • Sonia Nazario, Pulitzer Prize winning journalist, author of Enrique’s Journey 
  • Caryl Stern, President & CEO of U.S. Fund for UNICEF

Our draft agenda is now public. Click here to register.

December 5: Water Law & Public Trust – Center for Environmental Law & Policy 4th Annual Water Law CLE

7:45 AM – 4:30 PM
Location: 2100 Building, 2100 – 24th Ave. S., Seattle, WA

Water is an increasingly scarce resource in Washington State. The demands for water are numerous: domestic and municipal, irrigation, agricultural, and for instream flows to sustain water quality, and fish and wildlife. These demands are increasingly pitted against each other in these hard economic times especially where dynamic population growth is occurring. Economic growth depends upon water but fish, wildlife, and our very future also depend upon sufficient flows in our rivers and streams. So how can we return more water to instream uses, and can we do so while fostering growth?

Please join us for the Center for Environmental Law and Policy’s 4th conference on Washington Water Law & the Public Trust: a conference designed to examine recent efforts to restore instream flows, and new developments in water law and policy, with an engaging and expert faculty.

Tickets available at: http://www.celpcle.brownpapertickets.com (click on “dates” to register for the appropriate event)

Attorney/Professional  —  $150 ($125 each for 3 or more from same firm or agency)
Student/Nonprofit  —  $50
CELP has applied for 6.5 CLE credits (including 1.0 ethics credit) with the Washington State Bar Association for this program.

Click here to see the full agenda.

December 4: Tacoma Pro Bono Night with Special Guest Chief Justice Barbara Madsen

Tacoma Pro Bono Night

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

global mondays

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

sjtlogo

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
To RSVP, click here.

October 9: FREE CLE “WSBA Pro Bono 101: How to be an Effective Pro Bono Advocate”

WSBA Logo

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

pro bono

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

Legal Assistance Sign

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

'Leadereship' highlighted in green

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

ACLU Image of Hands Behind Bars

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

CLS Logo

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

LBAW Glala Save the Date

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

Citizen University National Conference

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.

Looking for a Chance to Work with Clients? Join UW Law’s In-House Bridging the Gap Program!

Free Legal Lunch Webcast on Sept. 30: Working With Clients With Disabilities

WSBA Lunchbox Series Image

Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014
12:00 – 1:30 PM
Registration closes Monday, Sept. 29, 2014

Disability is the largest minority group in our society:

  • 27 percent of Washington households include a person with a disability.
  • 21 percent of adults in Washington have a mental illness.
  • 14 percent of people over 70 and 37 percent of people over 90 have dementia.

Given these statistics, no matter what kind of law you practice, you likely will have clients with disabilities. Disability can impact the attorney-client relationship in ways you may not have considered. Join the Director and Associate Director of Legal Advocacy for Disability Rights Washington to explore the ways in which we think and talk about disability and to apply those perspectives to real-life scenarios involving the Rules of Professional Conduct.

Who should attend? Anyone who wants to improve his or her representation of clients with intellectual disabilities, mental illness, dementia, brain injuries, or other disabilities.

WSBA webcasts are interactive. Bring your questions! Register online here.

In-House Pro Bono Opportunity at the UW! Check Out the Bridging the Gap/Moderate Means Program

Bridging the Gap Logo

Bridging the Gap provides legal referrals for low and moderate income individuals as a part of the WSBA Moderate Means Program.  Bridging the Gap is a UW Law in-house pro bono program. The goal of the program is to increase access to civil legal services for people of moderate means who cannot afford an attorney but make too much money to qualify for traditional free legal aid services.

Law student interns interview clients by telephone to help connect them to attorneys who will take their cases for reduced rates. The program is focused in the areas of Family, Housing and Consumer law. After completing training, Bridging the Gap interns are expected to commit to a minimum of five hours a week for the duration of fall and winter quarters (one hour is a weekly staff meeting).

Benefits to students:

  • Hands-on experience interviewing clients;
  • Training in substantive legal issues, issue-spotting, interviewing skills and ethics;
  • Instruction on how to use the Legal Server database, which is used by most of the civil legal aid organizations in Washington State, and many other states;
  • Supervision and mentoring by experienced attorneys;
  • The satisfaction of helping low and moderate income individuals who otherwise might not receive any legal help at all;
  • Time spent volunteering for Bridging the Gap counts as credits for the Pro Bono Honors Program.

Upper level students (2L, 3L and LLM) may participate in training for the program now (fall quarter) and begin interviewing clients in November. 1Ls can train now and begin interviewing clients in January.

To apply for the program, submit a letter of interest and resume to Ann Spangler by October 3, 2014.

Pro Bono Opportunity with Eastside Legal Assistance Program: Volunteer as a Legal Assistant

ELAP Logo

Do you have research and analytical skills, legal assistant skills or experience and want to use these skills to help quantify legal realities for survivors of domestic violence? Come make equal access to justice in our community a reality by assisting Eastside Legal Assistance Program (ELAP) staff attorneys with a targeted research project. Since 1998, ELAP has provided survivors of domestic violence and low-income residents of King County with a variety of civil case services enabling equal access to justice including, one-on-one legal clinics, unbundled legal services, brief services, full representation and community education seminars.

Your role as ELAP Legal Assistant volunteer will be to review DV and family law cases and quantify legal outcomes of those clients who worked with, and without, attorneys. This research will open up new ways to advocate for legal aid.

For a complete description of the volunteer opportunity, click here.

Free Webinar on Oct. 8 on Responsible Innovation and Social Entrepreneurship

Unite for Sight Logo

Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2014
4:00 – 5:00 PM EST

Learn from leading experts about responsible innovation and social entrepreneurship. The webinar will include guidance and advice from six panelists, as well as ample opportunity to ask the speakers questions about strategies and tools for responsible innovation and social entrepreneurship. Learn about the complexities of innovation, the critical importance of locally-responsible solutions, and how to develop and grow ideas into effective programs. This webinar is ideal for students, faculty, university advisors, and professionals interested in innovation, social entrepreneurship, and global health.

The webinar’s expert panelists are:

  • Andrew Bentley, Google Fiber, Digital Inclusion Program Manager; Co-Founder, Global Health Corps
  • Elizabeth Johansen, Director of Product Development, Design That Matters
  • Rich Leimsider, Vice President of Fellowship Programs, Echoing Green
  • Jordan Levy, Chief External Relations Officer, Ubuntu Education Fund
  • James Nardella, Executive Director, Lwala Community Alliance
  • Carter Powers, COO, Dimagi
  • ​Moderated by Jennifer Staple-Clark, Founder and CEO, Unite For Sight

Register for the webinar here.

U.S. Department of Justice Introduces New Job Search Mobile App for Law Students and Attorneys

DOJ Law Jobs

The U.S. Department of Justice unveiled a new mobile app, called DOJ Law Jobs, which will provide attorneys and law students with a quick and easy way to find an attorney position or law student internship with the Department. DOJ Law Jobs is available for free now on iTunes for Apple iPhone, and additional versions for iPad and Android devices will be available in the next few weeks. The mobile app was developed by the Office of Attorney Recruitment and Management and Office of the Chief Information Officer. Users of the app will be able to create personalized job searches based on practice area, geographic preference, and hiring organization.

Download the application here on iTunes.  Android versions to follow.

 

Need CLE Credits? Check Out the Upcoming CLE on Bullying in Schools

September 25: LGBT Law Section and WSBA Presents CLE on “Bullying: Legal Issues for Schools”

wsba2

Thursday, Sept. 25, 2014
Registration 1:00 – 1:30 PM, CLE Seminar 1:30 – 4:45 PM, Social 4:45 – 5:00 PM
WSBA, 1325 4th Ave., Ste. 600, Seattle

What can past bullying incidents teach us about the range and consequences of anti-LGBT and other bias-based bullying? At what point can school employees most successfully prevent such violence? What laws govern school districts’ policies on bullying, sexual orientation and gender identity and expression? What creative solutions have been used to reduce recurrence of harassment, discrimination, and violence in our schools?

LGBT Law Section members: $45 (Discount will be reflected at checkout)
Non-LGBT Law Section members: $75
Law students: $20 (After adding seminar to cart, enter promo code LSN55 and click Checkout)

Approved for 3 general CLE credits for Washington attorneys

Click here to register online.

October 2: Northwest Consumer Law Center Event Kick-Off

NWCLC Event

 

Click here to register.

October 24-25: Equal Justice Works 2014 Conference & Career Fair, Registration Now Open

EJW Logo

We invite you to join us for the Equal Justice Works 2014 Conference and Career Fair on October 24 and 25 at the Bethesda North Marriott in Bethesda, MD.

Registration Fee: $25 per student

Students and recent graduates may register to attend the Conference and Career Fair from August 12 to October 10. All applications for interviews must be submitted by 6 p.m. EDT on September 16. A request must be sent to careerfair@equaljusticeworks.org by 5 p.m. EDT on October 10 to cancel registration and receive a full refund.

For more information, click here.

Learn More About Human Trafficking and Debtor’s Prison in These Upcoming CLEs

August 21: Prosecuting Human Trafficking Crimes in South Asia

WPTL logo

3:30 – 4:00 PM Registration
4:00 – 5:00 PM CLE Seminar
Century Square, Alki Room, 1501 4th Ave., Seattle

The presentation will focus on Jennifer Oswald’s work with International Justice Mission, an anti-human trafficking organization in South Asia. She worked with local attorneys to combat commercial sexual exploitation of minors by prosecuting sex traffickers. She will discuss the scope of trafficking, vulnerabilities regarding trafficking, the rescue and aftercare of the survivors, and prosecution of the traffickers. Furthermore, she will discuss anti-trafficking laws as well as review specific case studies.

To register, click here.

August 27: Free Webinar – Drowning in Debt! What Law Students & Lawyers Need to Know about Managing Student Debt & Earning Loan Forgiveness

EJW Logo

Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014
3:00 – 4:00 PM EDT

On July 29, Rep. Mark Pocan (D-WI) and Rep. Frederica Wilson (D-FL) introduced the Relief for Underwater Student Borrowers Act (H.R. 5239). This bill would prevent borrowers who earn forgiveness after 20 or 25 years of consistent repayment in the Income-Based Repayment (IBR) and Pay as You Earn (PAYE) repayment plans from having to pay taxes on the amount forgiven. Millions of borrowers currently face the possibility of having to deal with this potentially devastating tax liability. We urge you to call your Congressperson and Senators to support this bill!

To learn more about IBR, PAYE and Public Service Loan Forgiveness (tax-free forgiveness you earn by working at a wide range of qualifying public service jobs for ten years!) please attend Equal Justice Works’ free webinar, Drowning in Debt! What Law Students & Lawyers Need to Know About Managing Student Debt & Earning Loan Forgiveness, on Wednesday, August 27 from 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM EDT. If you register but cannot attend, you will receive a recording of the webinar you can view anytime.

Click here to register online.

August 31: Thurston County Young Lawyers Division BBQ (and the WA Legal Community)

BBQ

Sunday, Aug. 31, 2014
12:00 – Night (Tugboat races begin at noon. Grill will be hot all day.)

The whole legal community is invited, from Bench to Bar, clerks and students, from Thurston to Snohomish!  It will be a great opportunity to network, drum up volunteers for your organization, or just relax and get to know some truly quality people!

September 9: Combating Debtors’ Prisons CLE

ACLU Logo

Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014
12:00 – 1:00 PM
ACLU of Washington Offices, Seattle

In Washington and around the country, nearly every person convicted of a crime receives a bill for legal financial obligations (LFOs) at sentencing.  These include fees, fines, costs, and restitution imposed by a court on top of a criminal sentence.  This court-imposed debt presents a formidable barrier to successful re-entry to society, pushing people deeper into poverty and prolonging their involvement with the criminal justice system.  In some jurisdictions, people are being thrown in jail because they are too poor to pay LFOs.  The ACLU and allies around the country are fighting the rise of modern day debtors prisons through litigation and advocacy.

Please join the ACLU’s Vanessa Hernandez for a lunchtime, brown bag CLE on the issues raised by modern day debtors’ prisons. Vanessa Hernandez will be joined via teleconference by ACLU national staff attorney with the Racial Justice Program, Nusrat J. Choudhury and they will discuss the rise of problematic systems for imposing and collecting LFOs and the litigation and advocacy strategies being used nationwide to combat the growth of debtors’ prisons.

This CLE has been approved for 1 general CLE credit (WSBA Seminar #376761) and there is a $5 registration fee.

To register, please click here.