First Amendment and Media Law Diversity Moot Court Competition, Washington Leadership Institute open for applications, and more!

Due September 11:  The Tenth Annual First Amendment and Media Law Diversity Moot Court Competition

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Application Due:  Monday, September 11, 2017

This annual First Amendment and Media Law Diversity Moot Court, now in its tenth year, is designed to introduce minority law students to the practice of media law and to many of the lawyers who are active in the media law bar.

The team with the highest score for the final round of oral arguments will be the winner of the Competition. Each member of the winning team will receive $750. The finalist with the highest score for the final round of oral argument will be deemed “Best Oralist” and will receive $1,500. All students who attend the Annual Conference will have the opportunity to network with practicing media law attorneys from across the country and attend engaging and informative panels.

The ABA Forum on Communications Law invites qualified law students to apply to participate in the Tenth Annual First Amendment and Media Law Diversity Moot Court Competition. Final deadline to apply is Midnight, EDT, Monday, September 11, 2017

Learn more and apply here.

Due September 15: Washington Leadership Institute (WLI) Is Now Accepting Applications

Applications Due: Friday, September 15, 2017

The mission of the Washington Leadership Institute (WLI) is to recruit, train, and develop minority and traditionally underrepresented attorneys for future leadership positions in the Washington State Bar Association and legal community. The WLI is accepting application for the 2018 institute. Applications are due by September 15, 2017.

Learn more and apply here.

The International Trademark Association’s (INTA) Pro Bono Clearinghouse has officially opened to potential clients facing trademark issues in the US and Germany.Networking Image

“The clearinghouse had a pilot soft start on 1 January. In its current form, the clearinghouse offers a host of practitioners in the US and Germany that can help with trademark issues. Eligible clients will be matched with an INTA attorney to help guide them. The intended clients are low-income individuals and directors of non-profit or charitable organizations with low operating budgets that have no other option or don’t have access to legal advice in trademarks.”

Read more here.

Match site launches for progressive lawyers and non-profits

“President Donald Trump has inspired a new online dating service-between lawyers seeking pro-bono work and opposition non-profits in need of help. We the Action,   launching Friday, will be an online portal to connect lawyers with legal work waiting to be done, from reviewing leases and contracts to filing Social Security claims to potentially heading to court in immigration cases. Non-profits will be able to post the services they need, and search through online profiles created by attorneys detailing expertise and availability.”

Read more here.

Education Department delivers a troubling message about its loan forgiveness programImg fr. Oregon Courts: Signature

“In court documents filed late Monday, the federal agency reaffirmed earlier statements that borrowers could not rely on FedLoan Servicing, the company overseeing the Public Service Loan Forgiveness program, to accurately say whether they qualify for debt relief. The department’s position signals that there are no guarantees of loan forgiveness for people who have received assurances from the servicing company, a troubling realization for the hundreds of thousands of people participating in the program.” “‘Though the department’s contractor has made occasional errors in individual notifications to borrowers, it has corrected those errors,’ Education Department attorneys wrote in Monday’s filing.’Moreover, it has provided borrowers … ample opportunities to seek reconsideration of its decisions.’ The attorneys said the final decision on forgiveness is, and has always been, in the hands of the Education Department. That means borrowers will know for sure that their loans will be forgiven only after they have completed the 10 years of payments.”

Read more here.

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.

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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.

Want some money and a trip to D.C.? Need tips for upcoming job fairs? Want to be a racial justice advocate? Check these out!

Going to the Public Service Career Fair on February 6? Not Sure How You Can Prepare?  Check Out These Table Talk Tips & Career Fair Interviewing Tips!

NW PS Career Fair logoAttention all students! Planning on attending the NW Public Service Career Fair? Whether you have an official interview or not, don’t miss your chance to do table talk (informational interviews) the morning of the fair. Remember, organizations and agencies participate in table talk because it is an effective prescreening tool to recruit interns. There have been many instances where students were successful in securing internships through table talk so don’t miss  out! Center for Public Service Law staff will be at the fair for support and advice

See employers registered for Seattle

When: Friday, February 6, 2015

10-10:30—Student & Employer Check-in

10:30-12 noon—Table Talk

12:40-5:00pm – Pre-scheduled Interviews

Where:  LeRoux in the Student Center at Seattle University

Whether you’ve got an official interview lined up or not NW Public Interest Career Fair, here are some helpful tips to guide you on being a savvy table talker or interviewee.

Read more about table talk tips here.
Read more about career fair interviewing tips here.

Forget to register for the NW Public Interest Career Fair?  You can still register here. View a sample list of participating employers this year here.

Don’t miss this opportunity! Make sure to register for new online Racial Justice Training Institute trainings 

With recent events in Ferguson, Staten Island, and elsewhere, our nation is at a pivotal moment in understanding and addressing issues of race, implicit bias, and the structural barriers that marginalize communities of color. It is more important than ever for equal justice advocates to refocus their efforts to affirmatively advance racial equity.

Following the success of the inaugural 2014 Racial Justice Training Institute, the Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law is pleased to announce the 2015 Racial Justice Training Institute. By placing the most up-to-date racial justice tools in the hands of front line advocates, the Institute provides real opportunities to address the impacts of structural racialization and ensure that race is front and center in our efforts to eradicate poverty in the communities we serve.

The Institute will cover a wide range of equity best practices ranging from traditional litigation and policy advocacy, to media and messaging, to the latest debiasing strategies. Working in teams, and with support from skilled faculty and facilitators, participants will use new racial justice knowledge and skills in their daily work and in the race-equity initiatives that teams will pursue throughout the Institute.

Taking place over six months (June—November 2015), the Institute includes three parts:

PART 1: Online (June 1—June 19, 2015)

PART 2: Onsite in Chicago (June 23-26, 2015)

PART 3: Online (July – November 2015)

Up to 35 advocates will be selected for the second Institute cohort based on a variety of factors, including experience, interest, goals, capacity, and racial and geographic diversity.

Learn more about the Racial Justice Training Institute

Application Deadline: February 27, 2015

Get your your materials ready for the 2015 Law Student Legal Writing Competition!

Eligibility:
Open to all students currently enrolled in an ABA Accredited Law School.

Topic:
Papers should address any legal issue regarding affordable housing and/or community development law.

Submission Requirements:

Entries must be original, unpublished work. Articles should be between 25-50 double-spaced pages and should include footnotes in Bluebook format. There is no entry form of any kind. Articles should be submitted in Word format. All author-identifying information should be removed from the article. A separate title page should be attached and must contain the article’s title, the student’s name, and the student’s contact information including street address, phone number(s), and email address.

Award:
Submissions will be blindly evaluated by a committee of Forum members. A single winning paper, as judged by the selection committee, will be awarded a prize of $1,000 and a trip to attend the Forum’s Annual Conference, May 20-22, 2015, in Washington, D.C., airfare and lodging included*. The winner is responsible for any taxes on fair market value of full award, including travel, registration and lodging. Winner will be required to submit a completed 1099 as a condition of receiving award.  The decision of the judges is final.

The winning essay may be published in the Journal of Affordable Housing and Community Development Law. If selected for publication, winner will be required to sign a standard publication agreement giving the ABA the right of first publication.

Date: All entries must be postmarked or emailed by March 6, 2015.

Send entries to the Journal’s Editor-in-Chief: 

James J. Kelly, Jr., Clinical Prof. of Law, Notre Dame Law School; J.Kelly@nd.edu. Please contact Dawn R. Holiday at dawn.holiday@americanbar.org, if you have any questions.