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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Limited seating luncheon, please RSVP via Symplicity.

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

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

CLE Credits: 3.0

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

What You Will Learn

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

To register, click here.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

To register, click here.

 

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

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

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

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

Panelists for the event are:

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

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

October 16: Free CLE on Prison Law 2015

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

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

What You Will Learn:

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

To register, click here.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

We look forward to an interesting and informative evening!

To reserve your tickets, click here.

Attention 2Ls, 3Ls, & LLMs! Check Out These Two New Development Courses this Fall!

New Development Course at UW Law: Women, Poverty, and Natural Resource Management

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Attention 2Ls, 3Ls, and graduate students: Please consider enrolling in LAW B 564, Women, Poverty, and Natural Resource Management (Autumn, 3 Credits).

Instructor: Renee Giovarelli
Senior Attorney and Advisor at Center for Gender and Resource Equity

This course uses an interdisciplinary approach to issues of development and environmental conservation, helping students to understand the complexities that face policy and law reform in developing countries. The course discusses gender mainstreaming as a prerequisite to development and conservation solutions.

Questions? Please contact Professor Giovarelli at reneeg3@uw.edu.

New Development Course at UW Law: Law & Development – History and Theories

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Attention 2Ls, 3Ls, and graduate students: Please consider enrolling in LAW B 579, Law and Development: History and Theories (Autumn, 4 Credits).

Instructors: Anita Ramasastry, Professor, UW School of Law
Professor Jeffrey Riedinger, Vice Provost, UW Office of Global Affairs

The field of law and development examines the role of law in fostering economic and social development in developing countries, emerging markets and nations in transition. This course provides a historical overview of the role of law in alleviating poverty and exposes students to key theoretical perspectives.

Questions? Please contact Professor Ramasastry at arama@uw.edu.

Don’t Forget to Volunteer! University of Washington School of Law Hosts Second Annual Washington Veterans Will Clinic

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Interested in giving back to the community and gaining some new legal experiences?

On Saturday, October 24, 2015, the University of Washington School of Law will host the second annual Washington Veterans Will Clinic from 9am to 4pm.

Volunteer attorneys staffing the one-day clinic will prepare estate planning documents for veterans of the US Armed Forces free of charge.

For more information, click here.

WDWA Federal Bar Association’s Pro Bono Committee Presents: “Doing Well by Doing Good: Why Pro Bono Matters Matter” 

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Date: October 9, 2015
Time: 8:30 AM – 1:30 PM
Location: Foster Pepper LLC

FREE BREAKFAST
FREE LUNCH
FREE CLE CREDITS (3 GENERAL 1 ETHICS)

Come learn about taking pro bono cases through the WDWA Pro Bono Program.

Whether you’re a seasoned litigator or someone who has never argued in front of a federal judge, join us to learn about how you can appear in federal court on behalf of a pro bono client and develop your skills while gaining the gratitude of the bench.

Subjects covered will include employment law fundamentals, civil rights in prisoner and non-prisoner context, cultural competency, and limited representation.

Federal Magistrate Judge Donohue and Chief Judge Pechman will also present on the importance of pro bono participation and provide practice tips.

Breakfast and lunch will be provided for free, as will CLE credits.

Space is limited so please RSVP to Brenda Bole at boleb@foster.com before October 1. For questions about the program please contact Joanna Boisen at boisj@foster.com.

Blacks Were More Likely to Lose Jobs During Recession, UW Study Finds

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By Amy Radil | KUOW.org | Photo Credit to AP Photo/Lynne Sladky

Blacks – especially black women – working in the public sector were disproportionately laid off during the recession, according to a new study by the University of Washington.

The study is being presented this week at a conference of the American Sociological Association. It found that white workers appear to have been better protected from financial shocks to government budgets.

Continue reading here.

Pro Bono Opportunity – WDWA Federal Bar Association’s CLE & Pro Bono Program

Registration Deadline: Wednesday, September 30, 2015
CLE Event Date: October 9, 2015
Time: 8:30 AM – 1:30 PM
Location: Foster Pepper LLC
Registration Details: To register, RSVP to Brenda Bole at boleb@foster.com before October 1, 2015. Space is limited.
Contact: Joanna Boisen at boleb@foster.com; Brenda Bole at boleb@foster.com

Free CLE Credits: 3.0 General; 1.0 Ethics

Volunteers Needed: Attorney

Come learn about taking pro bono cases through the WDWA Pro Bono Program.

Whether you’re a seasoned litigator or someone who has never argued in front of a federal judge, join us to learn about how you can appear in federal court on behalf of a pro bono client and develop your skills while gaining the gratitude of the bench.

Subjects covered will include employment law fundamentals, civil rights in prisoner and non-prisoner context, cultural competency, and limited representation.

Federal Magistrate Judge Donohue and Chief Judge Pechman will also present on the importance of pro bono participation and provide practice tips.

Breakfast and lunch will be provided for free, as will CLE credits.

Space is limited so please RSVP to Brenda Bole at boleb@foster.com before October 1.

For questions about the program please contact Joanna Boisen at boisj@foster.com.

Stay Engaged! Check Out These Upcoming Conferences, CLEs and Pro Bono Opportunities!

September 28: KCBA Training on Family Law and Special Immigrant Juvenile Status Training

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Date: Monday, Sept. 28, 2015
Time: 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM
Location: King County Bar Association, 1200 Fifth Avenue, Suite 700, Seattle, WA 98101
CLE Credits: 1.5 General Credits (Approval #: 406732)

Over the past year, thousands of unaccompanied children and youth have arrived in the U.S. fleeing poverty, violence, persecution, trafficking or other danger. Many of these children and youth have been placed with caregivers in Washington State.

Come learn about how you can help these vulnerable children and youth through family law proceedings and how it can lead to Special Immigrant Juvenile Status, a form of humanitarian protection created by Congress. Topics to be covered in this training will include:

    • Overview of Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS)
    • Overview of Family law issues affecting immigrant youth
    • How to Obtain SIJS Findings in Family Law Proceedings including Nonparental Custody, Dissolution and Parenting Plan actions.
    • View From the Bench

Presenters:
The Honorable Lori K. Smith, King County Superior Court Chief UFC Judge.
Rebekah Fletcher and Merkys Gómez, Staff Attorneys, Kids in Need of Defense (KIND).
Lindsay Lennox, Staff Attorney, Northwest Immigrant Rights Project.
Lucia Ramirez Levias, Attorney, DuBois Cary Law Group, PLLC.
Susan Carroll, Attorney, Law Offices of Susan Carroll, PLLC.
Judy Lin, Sr. Managing Attorney, Family Law Pro Bono Programs, KCBA

To register, contact Judy Lin.

September 30: Early Bird Registration Deadline for GlobalWA 7th Annual Conference on Disruptive Development

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Conference Date: Dec. 10, 2015
Time: 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Location: Bell Harbor International Conference Center, 2211 Alaskan Way, Seattle WA 98121
Cost: Members: $125; Non-Members: $175

GlobalWA’s 7th annual conference will be examining “Disruptive Development.” Early registration ends September 30th.

To register, click here.

October 9-11: Human Right to Family Planning Conference

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Date: Oct. 9-11, 2015
Time: Click here to view the program schedule.
Location: University of Washington School of Law, William H. Gates Hall

The UW School of Law in collaboration with UW Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology in the School of Medicine and the UW Department of Global Health in the Schools of Medicine and Public Health are partnering with PPGNHI (Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest and the Hawaiian Islands) to host the Human Right to Family Planning or ‘HR2FP’ Conference.  Click here for the conference website.

Millions of women die prematurely and suffer long-term health and social consequences because they experience unintended pregnancy due to lack of access to family planning information, services, and commodities. Many of these women do not have the freedom or opportunity to choose the timing and spacing of their pregnancies. These challenges are greatest for the most impoverished and socially disadvantaged women in countries, rich and poor, all over the world. Inadequate access to quality family planning services, including abortion, can lead to severe consequences.  In the U.S., where there is no legally enforceable right to health, certain populations of women are faced with disturbing parallels to women living in low and middle income countries. In some U.S. states, access to evidence-based health information and comprehensive family planning services are more and more limited to greater and greater numbers of women.

Our HR2FP conference is the first to be sponsored by a U.S. university in collaboration with civil society actors. It will explore the relationship between the right to family planning and its application to improving universal access– globally and locally.  The event will bring together academicians, practitioners, and students in public/global health, medicine and law, NGOs, donor institutions, international organizations and others from the Global North and South. The conference aims to educate and focus on action to improve family planning for women and adolescents.

To register, click here.

October 16: The STAR Project’s Legal Financial Obligations After Blazina – Best Practices CLE

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Date: Friday, Oct. 16, 2015
Time: 12:45 PM – 5:15 PM
Location: Chuck Fulton Community Room, Walla Walla Police Department, 54 E. Moore St. WAlla Walla, WA 99362

In State v. Blazina, the Washington State Supreme Court chronicled the burdens of legal financial obligations (LFOs) on defendants and those exiting incarceration, and emphasized the trial court’s obligation to consider a defendant’s current and future ability to pay LFOs. This training discusses the mandates of Blazina, and focuses on best practices for attorneys and judges when addressing the issue of LFOs during sentencing, and post-sentencing, including the appeal process. This CLE provides perspectives from both the bench and the defense bar in order to foster quality work that is well-organized and efficient.

If you have any questions, contact Ingrid Zerpa.

Presenters:
Washington State Supreme Court Justice Sheryl Gordon McCloud
King County Superior Court Judge Theresa Doyle
Appellate Criminal Defense Attorney, Jennifer Dobson
Attorney for the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Washington, Prachi Dave

Agenda:
12:00 – 12:45      Registration, Deli Style Lunch
12:45 – 1:00        Welcome and Introduction
1:00 – 1:45           Blazina and Progeny
1:45 – 2:45           Sentencing: Best Practices
2:45 – 3:00           Break
3:00 – 4:00           Post-Sentencing: Best Practices
4:00 – 5:00           Appeals Practice
5:00 – 5:15           Wrap up: Materials, pro-se pleadings, etc.

To register, click here. 

October 19: Kristin Miles Memorial Student Scholarship Deadline for WSSHA Annual Hospital & Health Law Mid-Year Seminar

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Seminar Date: Friday Nov. 6 – Friday, Nov. 7, 2015
Location: Vancouver, B.C.

The Kristin Miles Memorial Student Scholarship honors Kristin’s commitment to ensuring that law students had every opportunity to participate in Washington State Society of Healthcare Attorneys (WSSHA) programs. She was ever vigilant in reminding the Board of our obligations to advance the education of future members by making our programs accessible to the law student community. While we cannot replace Kristen’s passion, dedication and always present good humor, we honor her by providing this support to a law student each year.

The scholarship provides:

      • All seminar fees to the WSSHA Annual Hospital & Health Law Mid-Year Seminar November 6 & 7, 2015 in Vancouver, B.C.;
      • One night lodging at the conference hotel, the Pan Pacific Hotel; and
      • $50/per diem for a maximum of two days.

Eligibility:
Any second and third year law students enrolled in law school located in Washington State, including previous applicants not selected who are encouraged to re-apply.

Please note: The conference room rate at the Pan Pacific Hotel is available only until October 5th or until the reserved rooms have been taken. The winner of the Kristin Miles Memorial Student Scholarship will not be selected until after October 5th, so students planning to attend the seminar are encouraged to reserve rooms before October 5th. Room reservations may be cancelled up to 24 hours prior to arrival.

To apply, provide a resume and a brief statement (1 page or less) about why you are interested in healthcare law. Submit application materials electronically to Collin Foulds at collin.foulds@chpw.org.

October 30: Immigrant Families Advocacy Project’s Annual CLE Training

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Date: Friday, Oct. 30, 2015
Time: 10:00 AM – 4:30 PM
Location: Perkins Coie LLP, 1201 Third Ave., Room 4907, Seattle, WA 98101
CLE Credits: 4.25, including .75 Ethics Credits
Cost: Only $35 for those who volunteer to serve as IFAP attorneys during the 2015-2016 school year; $150 for all others

The CLE, Immigration Options for Immigrant Survivors of Domestic Violence, is part of the pro bono project the Immigrant Families Advocacy Project (IFAP), a partnership of the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project (NWIRP) and the UW Law School. Each year, IFAP trains and matches law students with pro bono attorneys to provide legal aid to immigrant victims of domestic violence who self-petition for a U-Visa under the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA).  Students receive extensive training, enabling them to do the bulk of the work on a U-Visa petition. We currently have over 50 U-Visa applicants awaiting student-attorney teams for 2015-2016.

First time IFAP attorney volunteers must attend the CLE, which covers the basics of immigration law, U-Visa petitions and adjustment status, confidentiality and ethics, working with immigrant survivors of domestic violence, and supervising law students. This year’s CLE takes place Friday, October 30th, 2014 from 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. at Perkins Coie. Attorneys who agree to accept one IFAP case may attend the CLE for only $35. Attendees will receive 4.25 CLE credits, including .75 ethics credits.

To register, email theifap@uw.edu.

Pro Bono Opportunity – Washington Vets Will Clinic, 10/24 (Seattle)

Date: Saturday, October 24, 2015
Time: Day-long, TBD
Location: University of Washington School of Law, 4293 Memorial Way Northeast, Seattle, WA 98195
Registration: To volunteer, complete the Volunteer Application
Contact: Click here

Volunteers Needed: Attorney, Notary Public, Law Student, or Community Member

The Washington Vets Wills Clinic (“Clinic”) has been providing pro bono legal advice and free estate planning documents to eligible Veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces, National Guard and Reserve members, and their spouses for three years. Founded in 2012, the Clinic is a coalition of philanthropic, educational, civic, and veterans’ service organizations dedicated to giving back to former members of the military. The Clinic assists Veterans while providing pro bono opportunities to the legal community and experiential learning through service to law students.

The first North Sound Clinic will be hosted in Seattle on October 24, 2015, by the University of Washington School of Law. The Clinic’s goal is to ensure that every attending Veteran and spouse meets with a lawyer and leaves the Clinic with an executed and notarized will, power of attorney, and health care directive.

To participate in the Clinic, Veterans apply online and the information requested in the application is used to create unique estate planning documents for each Veteran client. Not all that apply are accepted, and the Clinic reserves the right to determine rules of use and participation. Once the Veteran and spouse are accepted, Clinic staff assigns them an appointment time. On the day of the Clinic, Veterans register, enjoy refreshments, and visit with the partners and each other until their appointment time.

At their appointment time, the assigned law clerk greets the Veteran and their spouse, and accompanies them to a room where they meet in confidence with an assigned lawyer. The lawyer interviews, counsels, and advises the clients while the law clerks draft any changes to the packet of pre-filled estate planning documents. The lawyer reviews these with the clients and, once final copies are printed, guides them through execution of the documents. Volunteer notaries public assist with formally executing the documents. Finally, the law clerk escorts the clients back to the lobby.

A free Continuing Legal Education training class precedes each Clinic event, to teach lawyers and supporting volunteers the estate planning process, and to acquaint them with the basic documents used at the Clinic.

As one second-year law student volunteer observed, “As I saw the Vets leave after their sessions, they left holding hands with their spouses, smiling and thanking volunteers. It was apparent that the services we provided had both legal and emotional benefits for the clients.” Those legal and emotional benefits extend to the students, who find it very gratifying to serve the Veterans population, while learning about estate planning from practicing attorneys.

Law Student Role: Law students can volunteer in two ways. The first is to volunteer for the day of the clinic, for a morning shift, afternoon shift, or all day (both) shift. The day of shifts will involve a combination of observing attorneys advising veteran clients, as well as general all-around and administrative tasks. The Clinic will work diligently to provide a combination of exposure to legal work as well as general purpose work. The second way to volunteer is for making confirmation calls to the veteran clients of their appointments, which will be decided. This option allows for an hour or two of service, though the confirmations are more administrative than legal work. Please volunteer through the online volunteer form.

 

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

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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!