Gearing up for 2015? Many Fellowships Now Accepting Applications!

Ella Summer Internship Program with the Center for Constitutional Rights Now Accepting Applications, Due 10/24 for 2Ls and 12/19 for 1Ls

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The Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) is a non-profit legal and educational organization dedicated to advancing and protecting the rights guaranteed by the United States Constitution and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

CCR created the Ella Baker Summer Internship Program in 1987 to honor the legacy of Ella Baker, a hero of the civil rights movement, and to train the next generation of social justice lawyers. Our program uses a combination of theory and practice to train talented and committed law students on how to work alongside social movements, community organizations, and impacted individuals. Through our program, interns gain practical litigation experience and sharpen their theoretical understanding of the relationship between social change, organizing and lawyering.

The Ella Baker Program is sponsored by the Bertha Foundation which hosts law students and emerging lawyers at legal organizations across the world. As a result, Ella Baker Interns are connected to a global community of social justice law students and lawyers through the Bertha Legal Network.

For a complete job description and application details, click here.

 

Attention 3Ls and Recent Grads! Roderick and Solange Macarthur Justice Center at New Orleans Seeking Attorney, Due 10/31

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The MacArthur Justice Center is seeking an attorney for its office located in New Orleans, Louisiana. The Center is a public interest law firm that brings high-impact cases targeted at reforming the criminal justice system.

The Center is looking for a talented, dedicated attorney to fill an attorney position. Applicants should have a minimum of two years of experience in criminal or civil litigation, high academic qualifications, exemplary writing and oral argument skills, ability to work in a team, and a demonstrated commitment to the rights of poor persons in the criminal justice system. Membership in the Louisiana Bar is preferred, but persons eligible to take the bar examination within 6 months of hiring may apply.

For a complete job description and application details, click here.

American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) Offering Fellowship Program Beginning September 2015, Due 11/17

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The Legal Department of the America Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (“AFL-CIO”) is offering a one-year fellowship beginning in September 2015.  The fellowship offers an excellent opportunity for recent law school graduates to work with experienced union-side lawyers on a wide variety of issues.

The AFL-CIO Fellow will work with lawyers in the AFL-CIO Legal Department and with other union lawyers around the country on a wide range of activities.  The Fellow will assist experienced lawyers working on cases and regulatory matters that affect the legal movement and the rights of workers.  The AFL-CIO’s litigation caseload includes cases in the U.S. Supreme Court, the U.S. Court of Appeals, the NLRB and a small number of state appellate suits.  In addition, the AFL-CIO Legal Department frequently presents the views of the labor movement on federal regulatory initiatives affecting workers.  Whenever possible, the Fellow will be given the opportunity to participate in meetings with union lawyers and to attend oral arguments. The AFL-CIO Fellow will also participate in Lawyers Coordinating Committee activities, including preparation for attorney conferences, outreach to new labor lawyers and law students, and regular opportunities to attend LCC meetings and conferences.

For a complete job description and application details, click here.

Kitsap County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office Offering Temporary Position

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The Kitsap County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office is soliciting applications for an extra help deputy prosecuting attorney in the Civil Division to perform work in the areas of land use, real estate, public contracting, and Washington general municipal law.

To apply, please submit a résumé, cover letter, and writing sample to Jacquelyn M. Aufderheide, Kitsap County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office, 614 Division Street, MS-35A, Port Orchard, WA  98366, or apply online here

Tom Steel Post-Graduate Fellowship, Due 1/15/15

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The Tom Steel Post-Graduate Fellowship provides funding for a new lawyer to work in the United States on an innovative, public interest law project that serves the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community.

The Fellowship will help ensure that unmet legal needs are recognized and prioritized on an on-going basis, and that the next generation of legal advocates for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community develops the critical skills necessary to secure civil rights into the future.

Pride Law Fund seeks to fund “cutting edge” projects with the potential to make a lasting impact. Persons are eligible to apply if they are law students eligible to graduate in the Spring semester, or are lawyers within three years of their graduation from law school. Additional requirements are set forth in the application materials.

For a complete description and application details, click here.

MENA Human Rights Advocacy Fellowship Seeking Applicants, Fluency in Arabic Required

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The Gender Law and Policy Project (GLPP) is seeking applicants for a one year Middle East and North Africa (MENA) Human Rights Advocacy Fellowship Position working on gender-based violence and LGBT violence and discrimination in the MENA region. The fellow will also work closely with MADRE, an international women’s human rights organization.

Our project works to promote the rights, protection and physical security of marginalized and at-risk populations. We integrate advocacy and capacity building, with documentation and reporting of LGBT and women’s human rights violations in order to bring accountability and redress for these crimes in transitional justice processes. We also aim to increase participation of women within national and international venues charged with upholding human rights and building peace.

For a complete description and application details, click here.

Lambda Defense and Education Fund Offering Fair Courts Project Internship for Fall, Spring, and Summer

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Lambda Legal’s Education and Public Affairs Department seeks a law student for Fall, Spring and Summer semester internships.

Lambda Legal is the nation’s oldest and largest legal organization committed to achieving full equality for lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, transgender people and people with HIV through impact litigation, education and public policy work. Founded in 1973 and headquartered in New York City, Lambda Legal has regional offices in Los Angeles, Chicago, Atlanta and Dallas. Lambda Legal’s law reform, policy and education work encompasses a wide range of areas, including federal and state constitutional law issues, discrimination in employment, benefits, housing, insurance, schools and other areas, harassment and violence, antigay ballot initiatives, access to healthcare and HIV-related treatments, child custody, visitation and adoption, the freedom to marry and sodomy law reform.

For a complete job description and application details, click here.

Earthjustice’s Seattle Office Seeking Externs for Winter & Spring 2015

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The Northwest office of Earthjustice is currently accepting applications for externships for Winter and Spring 2015, with a preference for at least 20 hours per week.

Earthjustice is a nonprofit environmental law firm, representing—without charge—hundreds of public interest clients, large and small.  Earthjustice works through the courts to safeguard public lands, national forests, parks, and wilderness areas; to defend the right of all people to a healthy environment; to reduce air and water pollution; to prevent toxic contamination; and to preserve endangered species and wildlife habitat.  Founded in 1971 as Sierra Club Legal Defense Fund, Earthjustice has played a leading role in shaping the development of environmental law.

Externs will have an opportunity to work with several attorneys on case development and litigation.  Students may draft pleadings, briefs, and other legal documents; perform legal research and prepare legal memoranda; develop strategy and legal theories; and attend court proceedings, full-office argument moots, meetings with clients, and conferences with opposing counsel.

 For a complete job description and application details, click here.

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

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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

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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”

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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

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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.

LGBT Month, Minimum Wage, Chemical Warfare, Joy Rides, and Tiananmen – Get the Scoop!

President Barack Obama Releases Proclamation Declaring June LGBT Pride Month

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By James Nichols, Huffington Post

President Barack Obama has released a proclamation declaring June as lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) Pride Month. Check out the excerpt below.

As progress spreads from State to State, as justice is delivered in the courtroom, and as more of our fellow Americans are treated with dignity and respect — our Nation becomes not only more accepting, but more equal as well. During Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Pride Month, we celebrate victories that have affirmed freedom and fairness, and we recommit ourselves to completing the work that remains.

Last year, supporters of equality celebrated the Supreme Court’s decision to strike down a key provision of the Defense of Marriage Act, a ruling which, at long last, gave loving, committed families the respect and legal protections they deserve. In keeping with this decision, my Administration is extending family and spousal benefits — from immigration benefits to military family benefits — to legally married same-sex couples.

Continue reading here.  Photo credit courtesy of the Associated Press and Susan Walsh.

Seattle raises minimum wage to $15 an hour

By John Bacon, USA Today

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Martina Phelps says the Seattle City Council’s historic vote Monday to raise the minimum wage to $15 per hour could change her life.

Phelps, 22, earns $9.47 per hour working for a McDonald’s restaurant near downtown. She wants to move out of her mother’s South Seattle home, and she wants to go back to school. She says those things could happen now that the city will have the nation’s highest minimum wage.

“It’s hard right now,” she told USA TODAY hours before the midafternoon vote. “I have been trying to save up for school, but I just can’t do it. This would mean a lot.”

The council unanimously approved the measure before a packed house.

Continue reading here.  Photo of waiter Spencer Meline at Ivar’s courtesy of the Associated Press.

Woman Not Guilty of Chemical Warfare; Constitution Saved

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By Garrett Epps, The Atlantic

The Supreme Court Monday stepped back from the abyss.

By a vote of 6-3, it refused to invent limits on the federal government’s power to make and enforce treaties.

The case was Bond v. United StatesThis is the second installment of the soap opera of Carol Anne Bond. Bond’s husband and her best friend conceived a child. When she found out, Bond, a trained laboratory technician, turned to the hostile use of 10-chloro-10H-phenoxarsine and potassium dichromate, both deadly poisons. She smeared them on various doorknobs and car doors at Hayes’s house, on one occasion giving Hayes’s thumb a nasty burn. She also unwisely smeared them on Hayes’s mailbox, which is by law part of the U.S. Postal System. Postal inspectors posted security cameras and caught her on video.

Federal prosecutors proclaimed this “a very serious, scary case,” because Bond had stolen four pounds of potassium dichromate from her workplace. They charged her with theft of the mail—and violation of 18 U.S.C. § 229, the Chemical Weapons Convention Implementation Act of 1998.

On Monday a six-justice majority, in an opinion by Chief Justice John Roberts, told the government it had misread the statute to “sweep in everything from the detergent under the kitchen sink to the stain remover in the laundry room,” and “make[] it a federal offense to poison goldfish.” Roberts was joined by Justices Anthony Kennedy, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Stephen Breyer, Sonia Sotomayor, and Elena Kagan. All nine justices agreed that the government had gone too far in prosecuting Bond. The majority said the indictment violated the statute; Justices Antonin Scalia, Clarence Thomas, and Samuel Alito would have held the prosecution unconstitutional.

Continue reading here.  Photo credit courtesy of Eric Thayer & Reuters.

Locked Up and Locked Out: How a three-minute joy ride cost one foster youth his AB 12 benefits

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By Brian Rinker, The Chronicle of Social Change

When Terrick Bakhit turned 18 while incarcerated in a juvenile correction facility, the foster care system that had watched over him for the previous five years abruptly cut him off.

On June 13, 2012, Bakhit emerged from San Diego County’s Camp Barrett homeless and broke.

“After being locked up for 11 months I felt free, but in the wrong way,” said Bakhit, who was left to fend for himself on the streets of downtown San Diego. “I slept in the rain. I slept on the street. No roof. No house. No nothing. I was stealing food.”

California state law ensures that youths who turn 18 in foster care are eligible for support up to the age of 21 if they choose, to help the transition into adulthood and self-sufficiency. But a small percentage of foster youth can become ineligible for extended benefits if they happen to turn 18 inside a correctional facility without a foster care placement order waiting for them on release.

“If you are incarcerated and don’t have a placement still intact on your 18th birthday, you can’t get benefits,” said Amy Lemley, policy director at the John Burton Foundation, referring to to the benefit foster youth can get after extended foster care benefits.

The problem seems to be rooted in the varying interpretations of state law among counties and the lack of inter-agency communication. Because of the confusion, kids like Bakhit struggle to make ends meet while eligible foster youth continue to receive benefits.

Continue reading here.  Photo of Terrick brothers, Terrick, left, Matthew, middle, Joseph, right; Photo credit courtesy of Terrick Bakhit.

Voices from Tiananmen

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By South China Morning Post

[Today] marks the 25th anniversary of a brutal military crackdown on pro-democracy protests led by students and residents in Beijing. Hundreds of people were killed and many more were wounded when People’s Liberation Army units rolled into Tiananmen Square, ending more than a month of peaceful protests seeking political reforms.

In the following pages, former government officials, student leaders and other eyewitnesses revisit the momentous events of spring, 1989. These personal accounts, gathered from recent video interviews, as well as memoirs, shed new light on the hope and despair left by those days, which continue to haunt China a quarter century later.

Click here to continue reading.  Photo credit courtesy of South China Morning Post.

 

Planning for Fellowships in 2015? Apply Now, Apply Early!

Attention All Law Students!  Washington State Supreme Court Seeking Survey Volunteer Interviewers, Due 6/1/14

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Under auspices of the Washington State Supreme Court CLNS Update Committee, work with the Washington State Office of Civil Legal Aid and Washington State University’s Social and Economic Sciences Research Center (WSU-SESRC) conducting face-to-face interviews to update our understanding of the unmet civil (non-criminal) legal problems faced by low-income residents of Washington State.

Time commitment: Completion of up to 3 hours of required training; up to 15 contact hours for completing 8 interviews and entering information.

Interviewer’s primary responsibility will be to conduct face-to-face interviews with low-income Washington State residents & enter the data into a secure data base following the interview. The project includes mandatory training in interviewing protocols.

For a complete description on the scope of the volunteer work and application instructions, click here.

Columbia Legal Services Seeking Institutions Project Staff Attorney, Due 6/25/14

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The Institutions Project (IP) is seeking a full-time attorney with a minimum of five years of litigation experience.  IP is an advocacy team consisting of five attorneys, a paralegal, and two legal assistants. IP engages in system systemic advocacy for individuals and groups, in collaboration with other programs and the private, on behalf of people in facilities for the developmentally disabled, psychiatric hospitals, and adult and juvenile state and local correctional facilities throughout Washington.  IP systemic advocacy has focused on cases that have a broad impact on solving the most critical issues of clients in institutions, including class actions, legislative representation and other policy advocacy on behalf of clients.

Under the supervision of the Project Coordinator, staff attorneys provide civil legal advice and representation in areas of importance to Columbia Legal Services low-income clients.  Staff attorneys are expected to be able to use the full range of potential forums appropriate to address relevant issues for our clients, including litigation, alternative dispute resolution, and administrative or legislative representation.  The changing needs of our clients require attorneys to engage in an ongoing effort to gain and share expertise and resources with their coworkers and others throughout the Alliance for Equal Justice.

For a complete job description and application instructions, click here.

Community Legal Services in Philly Accepting 2015 Fellowship Applications, Due 7/7

CLSPhillyCommunity Legal Services, Inc. of Philadelphia (CLS) sponsors law students and lawyers for fellowships funded by the Independence Foundationthe Skadden Fellowship FoundationEqual Justice Works, the Open Society Foundations, theStoneleigh Foundation, the Borchard Fellowship in Law & Aging, and other fellowship programs (including fellowships offered directly by law schools).  Fellows work closely with our experienced staff attorneys and are directly supervised by a more senior attorney.  Fellows carry their own caseload and gain valuable experience in providing a wide range of services, from brief advice and counsel to representation at administrative hearings, judicial proceedings, and appeals.  Fellows are also deeply involved in our policy and systemic advocacy work.  Past fellows have provided crucial advocacy for our clients, contributed greatly to CLS’ development as a legal services organization, and many have become long-term members of our staff.

CLS invites law students beginning their third year, recent law school graduates, and those with judicial clerkships to apply for sponsorship for a fellowship.  For consideration for fellowships that begin in 2015, applications will be accepted until Monday, July 7, 2014. 

For a complete description and application instructions, click here. Please note this post has recently been corrected.

Eastside Legal Assistance Program Seeking Rule 9 Intern, Due 12/31

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The Eastside Legal Assistance Program (ELAP) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit agency that provides access to justice through free civil legal aid to low income residents of East and Northeast King County Washington and domestic violence legal aid throughout King County.

Your role as a Rule 9 Intern will be to assist ELAP DV Staff Attorneys in their representation of clients who are survivors of domestic violence.  This volunteer position requires a minimum of ten hours a week for a minimum of one semester.

For a complete job description and application instructions, click here.

Looking for a Career in Public Service or Simply More Direct Client Work? Check Out These Announcements

Are You Primarily Interested in a Career in Public Service Law? Has it Been a While Since you Last Met with Your Public Service Career Coach?

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Whether you’ve got summer plans lined up or not, now’s a great time to reconnect with your public service career coach. We can help you strategize and discuss internships, externships, fellowships, pro bono, clinics, post grad planning and beyond, not to mention interview and networking tips. Not sure who you should be meeting with? 1Ls and 2Ls should contact Assistant Director Aline Carton-Listfjeld or schedule directly in Symplicity. 3Ls should contact Assistant Dean Michele Storms.

Youth Opportunities Act Opens Doors to Thousands of Young Adults across Washington State

By Columbia Legal Services

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OLYMPIA – Governor Jay Inslee plans to sign the Youth Opportunities Act (HB 1651) into law tomorrow, after years of negotiations resulted in overwhelming, bipartisan support for the bill from the Washington State Legislature. The Act will result in the sealing of 6,000-10,000 young adults’ juvenile offense records each year, allowing them to receive greater opportunities in housing, education, and employment. Championed by Rep. Ruth Kagi (D-32), and negotiated by Sen. Jeannie Darneille (D-27) and Sen. Steve O’Ban (R-32), the bill received near unanimous support in the Legislature.

“The Youth Opportunities Act eliminates a major barrier for many rehabilitated youth who can now contribute fully to their communities,” said Casey Trupin, Attorney with the Children & Youth project at Columbia Legal Services (CLS). “By supporting one of the biggest juvenile justice reforms in decades, the Legislature has offered a path for young adults to pursue education, employment, and housing.” For four years, CLS has worked closely with partners such as Friends of YouthFaith Action NetworkMockingbird SocietyChildren’s Alliance, and many other strong advocates to ensure this bill passed.

Continue reading here.

Looking for a Chance to Work with Clients?  The Moderate Means Program is Recruiting Interns for Spring and Summer Quarters, Applications Due 4/11

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The Statewide Moderate Means Program (MMP) is a joint venture between the Washington State Bar Association and the Washington State law schools. The goal of the program is to increase access to civil legal services by people of moderate means who cannot afford an attorney but make too much money to qualify for traditional legal aid services. The program is focused on the areas of Family, Housing and Consumer law.

Law students serving as MMP volunteer interns will interview potential clients by telephone to collect information and evaluate their cases. Qualifying cases will be referred by the MMP interns to participating attorneys who have agreed to represent Moderate Means Program clients for a reduced fee. MMP interns will be expected to commit to a minimum of five hours a week for the duration of spring quarter and this summer (one hour is a weekly staff meeting).

Click here for more information.

America’s Growing Inequality: The Impact of Poverty and Race Publication Explores Poverty & Race

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America’s Growing Inequality: The Impact of Poverty and Race, edited by Chester Hartman is now available in hardcover – includes the best articles and essays from Poverty & Race; with a foreword by Congressman Luis Gutierrez. The book is a compilation of the best and still-most-relevant articles published in Poverty & Race, the bimonthly of The Poverty & Race Research Action Council from 2006 to the present. Authors are some of the leading figures in a range of activities around these themes. It is the fourth such book PRRAC has published over the years, each with a high-visibility foreword writer: Rep. John Lewis, Rep. Jesse Jackson, Jr. Bill Bradley, Julian Bond in previous books, Rep. Luis Gutierrez of Chicago for this book. The
chapters are organized into four sections: Race & Poverty: The Structural Underpinnings; Deconstructing Poverty and Racial Inequities; Re(emerging) Issues; Civil Rights History.

Order here at the PRRAC discounted rate; see the Table of Contents here.

Missed the Recent SJT on Public Interest Post Grad Fellowships? Don’t Fret. We’ve got all of the info right here!

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Download our presentation slides here and watch the podcast here. You’ll find all of the essentials on the nuts and bolts of organizational and project based public interest post grad fellowships, how to find them and some strategies for successful applications.

Kirwan Institute Releases Second State of the Science: Implicit Bias Review 2014

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With the results in the Zimmerman and Dunn trials, introducing people to Implicit Bias research seems more important than ever. The Kirwan Institute is excited to be able to continue to support the field with this new edition of State of the Science: Implicit Bias Review. Chapter 1 serves as a primer to introduce the topic, capturing some of the key ideas that were discussed at length in the 2013 edition. The next two chapters focus on the newest scholarly literature from 2013 (Chapter 2 reviews many of these recent publications, and Chapter 3 takes a step back to reflect on some of the larger trends occurring in the field). Chapters 4 and 5 delve into the concept of implicit racial bias as it operates within particular domains, specifically employment and housing (building on the sectors discussed in last year’s edition: Education, Health and Criminal Justice). The publication closes with materials in the appendices that we thought might be useful to those who are seeking to educate others regarding implicit racial bias, including “A Conversation with an Implicit Bias Skeptic.”

Click here to download the report.

Hunger Strikers Released from Solitary Confinement at the Northwest Detention Center

Activists rally outside the ICE Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma, Washington on March 11, 2014

Photo of activists rallying outside the ICE Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma, Washington on March 11, 2014, courtesy of Reuters and Jason Redmond.

By Columbia Legal Services & American Civil Liberties Union

Federal immigration authorities have released hunger strikers from solitary confinement at the Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma, Washington. The action came after the ACLU of Washington (ACLU-WA) and Columbia Legal Services (CLS) filed a lawsuit seeking a court order to prohibit U.S. Immigration and Enforcement (ICE) from retaliating against detainees who engage in First Amendment-protected activities by placing them in solitary confinement.

“Our clients are very grateful to be out of solitary confinement after 6 days in it. This is a victory for free speech and fair treatment,” said Melissa Lee, Attorney and Institutions Project Coordinator with CLS.

“We’re very pleased that ICE has stopped retaliating against detainees engaged in peaceful protest. Punishing hunger strikers by putting them in isolation cells was an unlawful attempt to chill free speech rights” said ACLU-WA Legal Director Sarah Dunne.

Continue reading here.

Mediation Training from a Social Justice Perspective Conducted by the Social Justice Mediation Institute, May 19-23

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Hosted by the City of Seattle Alternative Dispute Resolution Program.

$450 if registration completed before April 15.  $500 after April 15.  Some fee reductions available.

35.0 CLEs (5.0 ethics) approved.  (There will be a charge of $25 for members of the Washington State Bar Association asking for CLEs.)

For application and more information, please send an e-mail to Vivien.sharples@seattle.gov

This institute prepares trainees to mediate while applying a social justice lens to their own techniques.  We explore how mediation can routinely replicate inequalities despite our intensions to the contrary.  Trainees gain strategies to address these challenges while still facilitating a process with self-determination about the outcome for the disputing parties.   Concepts from narrative theory are applied to equip mediators with additional tools for effectively understanding the dispute and building agreements.

For more information about the training, click here.

Interested in Children & Youth Advocacy? Multiple Openings Available Now!

California Governor’s Office of Planning & Research Seeking Summer Law Clerk, Due TODAY

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The Governor’s Office of Planning and Research (OPR) has an open position for one law clerk this summer, and multiple open positions in the fall. The law clerk will work with closely with OPR staff on a variety of projects related to water law, drought, the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), land use and the environment. Law clerk will have a hands-on opportunity to learn more about State government and policy development. The law clerk will gain skills and experience in policy research, local government outreach, interagency coordination, land use planning, and more.

OPR is a part of the Governor’s Office. State planning law establishes OPR as the comprehensive state planning agency. OPR is responsible for formulating long-range goals and policies for land use, population growth and distribution, urban expansion, development and resource protection. OPR is also responsible for writing and updating the CEQA and the General Plan Guidelines.

For a complete description and application information, click here.

Attention Recent Grads! TeamChild Seeking Staff Attorney in Yakima Office, Open Until Filled

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TeamChild is a nonprofit civil legal services organization in Washington State with offices in King, Snohomish, Spokane, and Yakima Counties.  Valuing the potential in all young people, TeamChild is a voice for those facing tremendous obstacles due to poverty, racism, homelessness, neglect, abuse and other difficult circumstances.  TeamChild’s work focuses on helping youth involved in the juvenile justice system assert their right to education, mental and medical treatment, and safe living situations.  The program has been recognized nationally for its innovation and effective engagement of young people who might otherwise fall through the cracks.

TeamChild is seeking a full-time staff attorney in our Yakima office.  Primary job duties include providing holistic civil legal representation to youth who are at risk of or already involved in the juvenile system.  Advocacy involves breaking down legal barriers to a wide array of community based services and supports, including but not limited to education, housing, health care services, and other civil rights issues.  The staff attorney is also responsible for other advocacy activities including partnering with local public defenders on behalf of common clients, community training, outreach, and policy work on behalf of our client base.

For more information and application details, click here.

Attention Post Grads!  Equality Now Seeking Adolescent Girls’ Legal Defense Fund Program Manager in New York, Due 4/5

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Equality Now is seeking an experienced program manager to manage the work of the Adolescent Girls’ Legal Defense Fund (AGLDF). This is an exciting opportunity for a motivated and experienced individual to deliver a flagship global program for girls. Equality Now invites applications from exceptional candidates who have demonstrated an ability to manage international program networks and funds, deliver multi-country programs, and support an international team to drive innovative solutions and effect change for adolescent girls.

This is full-time position based in New York. The AGLDF Program Manager will work closely with, and report to, the Global Director (and in the future, the Program Director). The position requires close collaboration with program officers, communications and development staff across all offices. The Manager will provide both leadership and support to advance the goals and implement the strategic vision of AGLDF.

For complete information and application details, click here.

Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs Seeking Attorney-Advisor (Civil Rights), Due 4/9

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The Office for Civil Rights (OCR), Office of Justice Programs (OJP), U.S. Department of Justice is responsible for ensuring that recipients of federal financial assistance from OJP, the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS), and the Office on Violence Against Women (OVW) comply with civil rights laws that prohibit unlawful discrimination in the delivery of services or benefits, or in their employment practices.

For a complete description of the position and application details, click here.

U.S. Department of Health & Human Services Seeking Attorney Advisor, Priority Consideration Due 4/10

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The Office of the General Counsel of the United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is seeking to fill several advisory-attorney positions (GS 11/12/13/14) for its Ethics Division, which provides legal services involving federal criminal conflict of interest statutes, standards of ethical conduct regulations, financial disclosure requirements, procurement integrity provisions, lobbying rules, and Hatch Act political activity restrictions. Ethics Division attorneys work closely with the White House Counsel’s Office and the Office of Government Ethics (OGE) in clearing new Presidential appointees in the Senate confirmation process and also provide, in consultation with state bar authorities, guidance on legal ethics and professional responsibility issues. Although the positions will have generalist ethics responsibilities, depending upon staffing needs, the positions may be focused on providing these services to a principal client agency, such as the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) or the Administration for Children and Families (ACF). The duty station for the positions may be at the HHS headquarters in Washington, DC, or at an Ethics Division satellite office in Silver Spring, MD.

For complete information and application details, click here.

Washington State Office of Civil Legal Aid Seeking Children’s Representation Program Manager, Due 4/25

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The Washington State Office of Civil Legal Aid (OCLA) is an independent judicial branch agency that manages and oversees state appropriations for civil legal aid in Washington State. During the 2014 session, the Washington State Legislature enacted 2ESSB 6126 which provides for the appointment of attorneys to represent children in all dependency cases six months following termination of parental rights.

The Children’s Representation Program Manager will have primary responsibility to establish a program pursuant to which state funding will be made available to underwrite the appointment of attorneys to represent children in accordance with the practice, caseload and training standards outlined in 2ESSB 6126.

For complete information and application details, click here.

Attention 2Ls and 3Ls! ACLU Headquarters in New York Seeking Legal Intern for Voting Rights Project for Fall 2014, Due 5/12

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The Voting Rights Project of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) seeks interns to work on active litigation and other projects in its New York office for the Fall of 2014.

The Voting Rights Project of the ACLU has been an established and recognized national leader in the field of voting rights for more than 40 years. Its docket includes litigation in more than a dozen states and encompasses issues such as minority voting rights, redistricting, registration, election reform, felon disfranchisement, voter education, and ballot access. Most recently, the Project has been engaged in groundbreaking litigation challenging voter suppression efforts in North Carolina and onerous identification and proof of citizenship requirements for voting in various states including Arizona, Kansas, South Carolina, Texas, Wisconsin, and Pennsylvania. The Project also intervened on behalf of minority voters in Shelby County v. Holder, a case challenging the constitutionality of Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act; and conducted litigation to secure and protect the voting rights of Native Americans in Colorado, South Dakota, Wyoming, Nebraska, and Montana.

For more information and application details, click here.

Attention 3Ls and Recent Grads! John Hopkins Health Systems Seeking Legal Fellow in Baltimore, MD, Due 4/7

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Johns Hopkins employs more than 20,000 people annually across our health system.  Upon joining Johns Hopkins, you become part of a diverse organization dedicated to its patients, their families, and the community we serve, as well as to our employees.  Career opportunities are available in academic and community hospital settings, home care services, physician practices, international affiliate locations and in the health insurance industry.  If you share in our vision, mission and values and also have exceptional customer service and technical skills, we invite you to join an employer that is a leader and innovator in the healthcare field.

The Legal Department of the Johns Hopkins Health System and Johns Hopkins Medicine is committed to recruiting, developing, retaining, and promoting competent and dedicated lawyers from diverse cultures and backgrounds. We believe that a diverse group of talented legal professionals is critically important to the success of our department, our clients, and the community. We define diversity broadly to encompass, without limitation, race, color, ethnicity, national origin, gender, age, sexual orientation, religion, veteran and military status, marital and parental status, and disability. With greater diversity, we will be more creative, effective and inclusive, bringing more varied perspectives, experiences, and interests to the practice of law in a corporate setting.

In support of our commitment to provide opportunities to talented lawyers of diverse backgrounds, we offer a one-year legal fellowship. The fellowship is primarily based in the Employment and Labor Affairs practice group, but also provides opportunities to work with other practice groups within the Legal Department.

For a complete job description and application instructions, click here.

Attention 3Ls! U.S. Department of Labor Seeking Employee Benefits Law Specialist (Pathways Intern), Due 4/9

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DOL seeks to attract and retain a high performing and diverse workforce in which employees’ differences are respected and valued to better meet the varying needs of the diverse customers we serve.  DOL fosters a diverse and inclusive work environment that promotes collaboration, flexibility and fairness so that all individuals are able to participate and contribute to their full potential.

This position is located in the Department of Labor, Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA), Office of Health Plan Standards and Compliance Assistance (OHPSCA).  EBSA is responsible for administering and securing compliance with Title I of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA). OHPSCA’s mission is to plan, direct, and carry out a program to provide policy and technical guidance regarding the provisions of ERISA, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and other laws affecting group health plans.

For a complete job description and application instructions, click here.

United Nations PeaceKeeping Operations Seeking Judicial Affairs Officer in New York, Due 4/9

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The Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO) is dedicated to assisting the Member States and the Secretary-General in their efforts to maintain international peace and security.  DPKO provides political and executive direction to UN Peacekeeping operations around the world and maintains contact with the Security Council, troop and financial contributors, and parties to the conflict in the implementation of Security Council mandates. The Department works to integrate the efforts of UN, governmental and non-governmental entities in the context of peacekeeping operations.  DPKO also provides guidance and support on military, police, mine action and other relevant issues to other UN political and peacebuilding missions.

This position is located in the Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO), Criminal Law and Judicial Advisory Service (CLJAS). The incumbent reports to the Chief of Service or his/her delegate and will be responsible for the following duties:  Assist the Chief of CLJAS or his/her delegate in the administration of the Service, including the development of workplans and budgetary documents; Contribute to the development of technical guidance materials and training tools, including by collecting lessons learned and best practices from missions for inclusion in new and updating guidance materials and training tools; Work with the Department of Field Support to develop vacancy announcements; screen candidates; and support interview panels for judicial affairs officers for field missions; Liaise with partners within and outside the Department of Peacekeeping Operations, including other United Nations entities engaged in the rule of law through the Global Focal Point arrangement and the Rule of Law Coordination and Resource Group; Draft project proposals for donor funding; Organize briefings, conferences and training events; Prepare, review and edit talking points, memoranda, meeting notes and other documents produced by CLJAS.

 

For a complete job description and application instructions, click here.

Last Day to Register at Noon Today for an Evening with Tim Wise, Author of ColorBlind

February 18: Social Justice Tuesday: Black Law Students Association Screening of Gideon’s Army

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Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014
12:30 – 1:20 PM, in RM 133

Interested in the criminal justice system? Want to learn more about what it’s like to serve clients zealously? Please join BLSA as we screen segments of the HBO documentary Gideon’s Army, a powerful film about indigent defense in this country. Following the screening, there will be a brief discussion period for reactions, thoughts, and questions about the issues discussed in the film.

Gideon’s Army follows the personal stories of Travis Williams, Brandy Alexander, and June Hardwick, three young public defenders who are part of a small group of idealistic lawyers in the Deep South challenging the assumptions that drive a criminal justice system strained to the breaking point. They struggle against long hours, low pay and staggering caseloads so common that even the most committed often give up in their first year. Nearly 50 years since the landmark Supreme Court ruling Gideon v. Wainright, can these courageous lawyers revolutionize the way America thinks about indigent defense and make “justice for all” a reality?

If you would like lunch please RSVP via Symplicity or by email by 12:00 pm Monday, January 17, 2014. No RSVP for lunch accepted after 12:00 pm.

February 18: UW and DWT Invite You to Attend an Evening with Tim Wise, Author of ColorBlind: the Rise of Post-Racial Politics and the Retreat from Racial Equality, Last Day to Register is TODAY at NOON

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Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014, RM 138
Speaker: 5:30–6:30 PM
Book signing: 6:30–7:00 PM
Reception in RM 115: 6:30–7:30 PM

The University of Washington School of Law, Perkins Coie and Davis Wright Tremaine cordially invite you to attend an evening with special guest, Tim Wise.

Mr. Wise is an author and speaker on racial equity issues in the U.S. He has spoken across the country at over 400 college campuses, Fortune 500 companies, and civic and community organizations. Mr. Wise argues liberals have advocated a retreat from color-conscious public policies such as affirmative action, and even from open discussion of racism as a key factor in the perpetuation of racial inequity in the United States. In discussing the pitfalls of “colorblindness” in the Obama era, Mr. Wise argues against colorblindness and for deeper color-consciousness in both public and private practice.

Mr. Wise has authored several books, including: White Like Me: Reflections on Race >From a Privileged SonDear White America: Letter To A New MinorityColorblind: The Rise of Post-Racial Politics And The Retreat From Racial Equity. He will be available for book signing after his talk and Q & A.

The event is free and open to the public; however, space is limited. Please RSVP by noon on Friday, February 14 here. CLE credit (1 ethics) pending approval.

February 21: Attention Public Service and Pro Bono Students, Faculty & Staff!  Don’t Miss the Annual Access to Justice Forum

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Friday, Feb. 21, 2014
Sheraton Seattle Hotel

The Washington State Access to Justice Board invites you to join them for a special session and a social hour in conjunction with Legal Foundation of Washington’s annual Goldmark Award Luncheon.

Are you a law student? Would you like to connect with a legal aid or pro bono attorney buddy who can hang out with you during the afternoon’s events? Please RSVP here by Monday, February 17 and we’ll try to pair you up with an attorney with similar interests.

A Conversation with the Washington Supreme Court (2-3:30 pm)
Members of the Washington Supreme Court will participate in a discussion around issues relevant to lawyers, judges, and other supporters of the Alliance for Equal Justice.

Celebration of Leadership Reception (3:30–5 pm)
Join us in celebrating leadership in the Alliance for Equal Justice at a reception featuring a brief presentation by the inaugural class of the Washington State Equal Justice Community Leadership Academy and the presentation of the Campaign for Equal Justice’s Rainier Cup!

The Access to Justice Board Forum is free! Space is limited. Reserve your seat for the afternoon session today! Register online here.

February 24: Gates Public Service Law Speaker Series Presents “Questioning the Unquestionable – Public Service,” by Henry Aronson

Monday, Feb. 24, 2014
4:30 – 5:30 PM, in RM 133
Reception to follow in RM 115

Henry Aronson admits to having a knee jerk cynical response to conventional wisdom and to being obsessed with the importance of defining success and quantifying outcomes. We assume “public service” is a good thing. But what is public service? Do we know if current responses to problems, issues, challenges related to “public service” are effective, worthwhile, justifiable?

Aronson has spent the better part of his career involved with public issues. Highlights include working in Mississippi in the mid-60’s representing civil rights workers, and leaders (including Dr. King, Robert Moses and Stokely Carmichael); directing the Vera Institute of Justice Manhattan Court Employment Project; directing a law office in Saigon Vietnam in the early 1970’s and creating and leading the successful opposition to the Seattle monorail. Henry Aronson is currently focused on issues related to poverty and education.

RSVP via Symplicity or by email.

April 2: Save the Date! Early Bird Registration for The Trauma Stewardship Institute’s Transforming Trauma Workshop in Seattle

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Wednesday, April 2, 2014
9:00 – 4:00 PM, check-in at 8:00 AM

Please join us in Seattle for this not to be missed workshop offering a practical and holistic approach of sustaining ourselves individually and collectively. Whether you are a nurse, teacher, conservationist, journalist, doctor, police officer, firefighter, community organizer, biologist, or caring for a loved one in need, this day is for you.

Laura van Dernoot Lipsky will offer a compelling mix of personal insight, cutting edge research, personal stories, and countless New Yorker cartoons to help us understand the cumulative toll of being exposed to suffering over time and gain concrete skills to reconcile it.

Register here.