Save the Date: Upcoming conference will discuss need for Inclusion and Equity Think Tank

Save the Date, May 11: WSBA Spring Inclusion and Equity Stakeholder’s Meeting

washington-state-bar-association-logoThe Washington State Bar Association (WSBA) in partnership with The Puget Sound Administration of Legal Administrators (PSALA) is pleased to host an important conversation exploring the need for an Inclusion and Equity Think Tank in Washington’s legal profession. We will discuss the ongoing issues of retention and segmentation of underrepresented attorneys within the state’s legal profession and the impact on lawyers and the public. We will share WSBA mapping of the state’s diversity and inclusion efforts and identify gaps and opportunities for collaboration. Our inclusion and Equity staff will be reaching out in preparation for the May meeting during the months of January, February and March 2017.

A webcast will be available. RSVP to diversity@wsba.org and indicate whether you will be attending in person or by webcast.

Upcoming conference on justice and advocacy soliciting workshop ideas

Trina Grillo Social Justice Retreat upcoming; funding available for UW Law students

trinagrilloThe upcoming Trina Grillo Social Justice Retreat is an unparalleled opportunity to recharge your social justice batteries at a day and a half long gathering with law students, faculty, staff and social justice advocates from the west coast.  This year’s event is March 4-5 at UC Berkeley School of Law. UW Law students can apply for up to $250 for documented travel reimbursement to attend this event. If you are interested send a note about why you would like to attend along with your resume to Aline Carton-Listfjeld at acarton@uw.edu Friday, Jan. 30 at 3pm. Read more about the event here.

New report on how human rights laws are interpreted in state courts 

screenshot-29The Opportunity Agenda and Northeastern University School of Law’s Program on Human Rights in the Global Economy have just issued “Human Rights in State Courts 2016,” a timely report that reviews state court decisions and Attorneys General opinions interpreting human rights treaties, laws, and standards.  This new report updates our 2014 report, which details the ways in which state courts have considered and interpreted human rights.

“Human Rights in State Courts 2016” is intended for public interest lawyers, state court litigators, and judges, and also for state and municipal policymakers interested in integrating compliance with international human rights law into their domestic policies.

Legal advocates and access for justice conference looking for workshop proposals

shoulder-to-shoulderDeadline for submissions: Friday, Feb. 3, 2017

Now is the time for bold life-affirming action that will bring everyone to a place of equity and fairness. In this spirit, you are invited to submit a workshop proposal for either the Statewide Legal Advocates Training (“Shoulder to Shoulder: Pursuing Equity and Justice”), or at the ATJ Conference (“Racing to Justice: Community Lawyering to Bend the Arc”), or both.  The Statewide Legal Advocates Training is May 31 & June 1 and is immediately followed by the ATJ Conference June 2-4, 2017. Both are being held at the Yakima Convention Center in Yakima, WA. Learn more here.

What Does Health Care Look Like Beyond Our Borders? Join PhD Candidate Tanya Karwaki in a Talk on Medical Tourism!

November 20: City Council Meeting on Housing Affordability, Human Services, and Economic Resiliency Committee

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Date: Friday, Nov. 20, 2015
Time: 11:30 AM – 1:30 PM
Location: Seattle City Hall, 600 Fourth Ave., Floor L2, Boards and Commissions Room, Seattle, WA 98124

The committee will handle issues concerning affordable housing, homelessness, child care, and disability services, local and regional public health, as well as policies relating to economic development and affordability, including the minimum wage.

November 21: UW EcoReps and Husky Neighborhood Partner for Neighborhood Street Sweep

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Date: Saturday, Nov. 21, 2015
Time: 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Location: 17th Ave NE Meridian

Husky Neighborhood is partnering with Eco Reps at UW for the first Neighborhood Street Sweep of this academic year!  Recruit a team with your neighbors and join us help sweep the streets and collect trash around the North of 45th neighborhood!

The event is Saturday 11/21 10:00 am-noon.

Support us as we help branch out to the community by creating a safer and cleaner neighborhood!  We will provide groups with maps and equipment at sign-in at the 17th Ave Median.

For more information, click here.

November 21: Microsoft Presents the National Association of Law Students with Disabilities 2015 Annual Conference

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Date: Saturday, Nov. 21, 2015
Time: 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Location: University of Maryland, Baltimore, SMC Campus Center, RM 208, 621 West Lombard Street, Baltimore, MD 21201

Come join disability rights experts, policy makers, career counselors, and attorneys with disabilities as we celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act! Featuring panels on topics such as bar exam & LSAT accommodations, employment and disability disclosure, disability barriers to the legal profession, mentorship & networking, and career opportunities in the private & public sectors. Breakfast and lunch provided!

For more information and registration, click here.

November 23: Global Mondays – “Health Care Beyond Our Borders:  Medical Tourism” by Tanya Karwaki, Ph.D. Candidate, UW Law

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Date: Monday, Nov. 23, 2015
Time: 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
Location: William H. Gates Hall, RM 117

Patients are part of increased globalization. If domestic health care services are less attractive then foreign services, patients with passports may be willing to cross international borders and travel long distances to their health care providers. Such patients choosing to travel internationally for health care services are often called medical tourists in the medico-legal literature.  While reliable data on the numbers of medical tourists are not yet available, medical tourism appears to be an emerging phenomenon.  In the United States, some self-funded employers are incentivizing their employees to participate in international medical tourism.

This presentation provides an overview of outbound medical tourism and domestic state legislation.  It also presents questions about the future of medical tourism and the potential public policy challenges.

For more information, click here.

November 24: Immigrant Families Advocacy Project Presents “Solidarity with Syrian Refugees”

Date: Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2015
Time: 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
Location: William H. Gates Hall, RM 127, Reception afterwards in RM 115

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December 1: Tech Policy Lab Distinguished Lecture: How Technology Impacts Humans

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Date: Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2015
Time: 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM
Location: Kane Hall, RM 110

Technology designers are new policy makers. No one elected them and most people do not know their names, but the arbitrary decisions they make when producing the latest gadgets and online innovations dictate the code by which we conduct our daily lives and govern our country. As technology progresses, every democratic value and every law comes up for grabs and will likely be redefined by what technology enables or not. Privacy and security were just the first wave. In this talk, let’s see how it all fits together or falls apart.

As a professor at Harvard University, Latanya Sweeney creates and uses technology to assess and solve societal, political and governance problems, and teaches others how to do the same. One focus area is the scientific study of technology’s impact on humankind, and she is the Editor-in-Chief of the newly formed journal Technology Science. She was formerly the Chief Technology Officer at the Federal Trade Commission, an elected fellow of the American College of Medical Informatics, with almost 100 academic publications, 3 patents, explicit citations in 2 government regulations, and founded 3 company spin-offs. She has received numerous professional and academic awards, and testified before federal and international government bodies.  Professor Sweeney earned her PhD in computer science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, being the first black woman to do so. Her undergraduate degree in computer science was completed at Harvard University.

For more information, click here.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

For more information, click here.


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

 

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

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

For more information, click here.

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

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

Keynote Speaker: 

C.T. Vivian

Additional Information about C.T. Vivian

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

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

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

Celebrate Pro Bono with Columbia Legal Services and Celebrate NJP’s 20th Anniversary!

October 5: Access to Information as a Human Right Conference 

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Date: Monday, Oct. 5, 2015
Time & Location: 5:30 – 6:30 PM (William H. Gates Hall RM 115 and Lobby) Evening Reception
7:00 – 9:00 PM (William H. Gates Hall RM 138)

Keynote address by Baltasar Garzon of the Fundacion International Baltasar Garzon, speaking on access to information in international human rights law. Baltasar Garzon 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

To RSVP, click here.

October 12: Global Mondays Speaker Series on Human Rights in Cambodia with Professor Stephen Rosenbaum

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Date: Monday, Oct. 12, 2015
Time: 12:30 – 1:20 PM
Location: William H. Gates Hall RM 117, unless otherwise noted

The “Global Mondays” Speaker Series is a collaborative effort of the University of Washington School of Law and the Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies, dedicated to increasing awareness and exchange of information related to global issues.

The guest speaker this Monday will be Stephen Rosenbaum, Associate Professor, Golden Gate Law School; Lecturer, University of California Berkeley School of Law, who will be speaking on “Protecting Human Rights in a Constitutional Monarchy: The Case of Cambodia.”

Lunch will be served.

For a detailed event description, click here.

October 14: Columbia Legal Services Presents Celebrating the Art of Advocacy – 4th Annual Pro Bono Reception

4th Annual Pro Bono Celebration

Date: Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2015
Time: 5:00 PM
Location: Axis Pioneer Square, 308 1st Avenue South, Seattle, WA 98104

Doors open 5:00 PM | Brief program 5:30 PM – 6:00 PM

Drinks & appetizers provided

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

To RSVP, click here.

October 23: Northwest Justice Project 20th Anniversary Celebration

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Date: Friday, Oct. 23, 2015
Time: 5:30 – 7:30 PM
Location: Bell Harbor International Conference Center, 2211 Alaskan Way, Seattle, WA 98121

The Northwest Justice Project is Celebrating Twenty Years of Working for Equal Justice! 

NJP’s Board of Directors and Staff cordially invite our friends and colleagues to join us on Friday, October 23 from 5:30 to 7:30 P.M.  as we kick off NJP’s 20th Anniversary year.

Chief Justice Barbara Madsen will reflect on Washington’s equal justice journey and celebrate our Access to Justice community, and the many equal justice champions, whose support and dedication helped Northwest Justice Project blossom into a vibrant state-wide law firm that promotes the long-term well-being of low-income individuals, families, and communities.

Light Hors d’oeuvres, and hosted reception provided by NJP.

To RSVP, click here.

November 2: Free Webinar on Wrongful Conviction 2015: Litigating Claims of Innocence

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Date: Monday, Nov. 2, 2015
Time: 1:30 PM EST
Location: Webcast

The conviction of innocent individuals is among the issues getting increased attention as our nation looks more closely at our criminal justice system.  While there are a number of ways individuals can be wrongly convicted, successfully reversing a conviction is incredibly difficult. This is an area where competent legal representation can make a big difference and where there are myriad opportunities for lawyers interested in providing pro bono legal services.  Many of the recent DNA and non-DNA exonerations have occurred as a result of work from innocence organizations in collaboration with pro bono partners.   

To register, click here.

A Play at UW Law? Check Out Thurgood Marshall and Socrates Duking it Out!

October 2 & 3: “The Test Case” Play on Thurgood Marshall and Socrates Duking it Out – Is There Implicit Bias in Heaven?

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Date: Friday, Oct. 2, 2015; Saturday, Oct. 3, 2015
Time: 7:30 PM
Location: University of Washington School of Law

A new play by a Seattle lawyer gets a staged reading by lawyers, under the wing of the Hit and Run Theater Company, directed by Arne Zaslove.

It has often been observed that good courtroom lawyers are actors at heart. And there is a natural kinship between the courtroom and the theater: both are places where we gather to experience persuasive speech and the pursuit of truth.

“The Test Case,” a new play by longtime civil rights attorney Jim Lobsenz, is about to bring lawyers and theater together to examine the question: Is Heaven an egalitarian and inclusive place – or do the entrance requirements reflect implicit bias? A staged reading will be presented in the Mock Trial Courtroom at the University of Washington Law School at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, October 2 and Saturday, October 3.

Seattle civil rights pioneer Lem Howell will play Thurgood Marshall, with appellate lawyer Michael B. King (of Carney Bradley Spellman) as Socrates, Venkat Balasubramani (of Focal PLLC) as Gandhi, and prominent trial and appellate litigator for farm workers (and others) John Phillips as Daniel Webster. The cast also features Susan Roe, of the U.S. Attorney’s office, third year UW Law Student and Gates Public Service Law Scholar Thomas Miller, as well as arts and culture professionals Jennifer Lobsenz (Program Director at Path with Art) and Edward Wolcher (Curator of Community Programs at Town Hall).

For tickets, click here. Photo credit: Udaipur Times.

October 5: Access to Information as a Human Right Conference

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Date: Monday, Oct. 5, 2015
Time: 12:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Location: University of Washington School of Law, William H. Gates Hall RM 115 (Sessions) & 138 (Evening Keynote)

This fall, the University of Washington Center for Human Rights will host a one-day conference, “Access to Information as a Human Right,” on October 5, 2015, at the UW School of Law. Grounded in the UW CHR’s partnerships with organizations and communities struggling for truth and accountability in post-war El Salvador, the conference will explore the right to access to information as a frontline of transnational campaigns for justice. Preceding the conference, the UW CHR will announce exciting advances in the Freedom of Information Act program of its Unfinished Sentences project in a press availability at the UW School of Law.

For more information and to register online, click here.

You’re Invited to Join NCSD’s Third National Conference in DC!

September 24-25: National Coalition on School Diversity Third National Conference

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Opening Reception – September 24th, 2015
Mayflower Hotel (our conference hotel)
Washington, DC

Main Conference – September 25, 2015
Howard Law School
Washington, DC

Join us for NCSD’s Third National Conference!
21st Century School Integration: Building the Movement for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
Register today! (information about hotel accommodations is available on the registration page)

Who Attends and Why…?
NCSD’s conferences consistently engage a diverse group of 250-300 key stakeholders—advocates, researchers/scholars, educators, integration program directors, parents, students, and activists—in dialogue with policymakers and one another. For practitioners seeking support and training to be more effective in their integration efforts, NCSD’s conferences are one of few spaces where integration-specific professional development is available.

For more information, click here.