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

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

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

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

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

Approved for 3 general CLE credits for Washington attorneys

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October 2: Northwest Consumer Law Center Event Kick-Off

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

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

Registration Fee: $25 per student

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

For more information, click here.

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).

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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

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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.

Upcoming Fellowships, Full-Time Attorney Positions, and Volunteer Opportunities

U.S. Dept. of State Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration Seeking Associate RSD Officer, Due 3/14

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UNHCR Kenya currently comprises a Branch Office in Nairobi and 2 Sub-Offices in Dadaab and Kakuma. The Sub-offices are responsible for coordinating the activities of the refugee camps under their respective jurisdictions. Dadaab hosts mostly Somali refugees while Kakuma is populated by 13 different nationalities including Somalis (53%), Sudanese (34%), and refugees from the Great lakes region.

The Nairobi-based Country Representative is the overall manager of the Kenya program. He is assisted by a Deputy Representative (in charge of operations) and an Assistant Representative for Protection. The Protection Section in Nairobi includes an eligibility and registration center, a protection delivery unit, and a resettlement unit.

Sub-Office Kakuma is managed by the Head of Sub-Office. The Protection, Resettlement, Community Services, Registration, and Eligibility Units are supervised by the Senior Protection Officer (P-4) who is also the head of Protection Section. There are a number of national staff and some international staff working under these protection-related units. In Kakuma the RSD team currently has a staffing capacity of 6 Eligibility Assistants and one RSD Clerk and is faced with an increasing backlog of pending cases due to a steady flow of new arrivals into the camp.

For complete details on the Associate RSD position and application details, click herePhoto courtesy of UNHCR.

Center for Conflict Studies Offers Peacebuilders Fellowship, Due 3/15

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In keeping with the mission of the Center, the goal of the Peacebuilders Fellowship is to give a voice to the voiceless. Fellows will spend around two months in a conflict zone and collect stories of people who have experienced conflict. The hope is that the individual stories will give face to a “distant” conflict, providing empirical knowledge which in turn will empower people to act. Peacebuilder Fellows are therefore, storytellers for peace. Additionally, this supports the Center’s slogan “Knowledge as Action; Action as Change.”

For the year 2014, the Center will be focusing on water conflicts and the Peacebuilders Fellowship will emphasize the gathering of stories of individuals who are stakeholders in a water conflict.  The four regions of focus for the year 2014 are Asia, Latin America, Africa and Middle-East.

For more information and application details, click here.

Federal Trade Commission Office of International Affairs (Consumer Protection Group) Seeking Summer Intern, Due 3/16

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The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is tasked with the prevention of fraudulent, deceptive, and unfair business practices that adversely affect consumers or competition.  In recent years, the Commission’s consumer protection mission has taken on increased international focus as more and more FTC cases involve offshore defendants or assets.  For example, the FTC has sued overseas telemarketers responsible for scamming consumers out of tens of millions of dollars, the FTC has pursued foreign spammers responsible for deluging consumers’ in-boxes with unwanted email, and the FTC has gone after U.S. promoters of bogus weight-loss products who concealed their ill-gotten gains in a maze of offshore bank accounts.

The FTC’s Office of International Affairs (OIA) works to further both the competition and consumer protection missions of the FTC by promoting cooperation with foreign law enforcement and by serving as an internal resource to other Commission offices.  On the consumer protection side, OIA attorneys provide investigative assistance and share information with our consumer protection counterparts around the world, and we assist FTC litigators in other offices with cross-border aspects of their litigation.  OIA attorneys also play a significant role in promoting sound consumer protection policies internationally. Our attorneys have served as consumer protection experts on U.S. delegations to international organizations and foreign agencies, and we have worked with foreign colleagues to produce international guidelines on the identification and prevention of cross-border consumer fraud, on privacy and spam enforcement cooperation, and on consumer dispute resolution and redress.   We also work on international privacy, data security, and e-commerce policy issues that arise in the borderless realm of the Internet, and we share our technical expertise with developing countries seeking to develop and implement an effective consumer protection regime.

For complete details and application information, click here.

Attention 3Ls and Recent Grads! Farmworker Legal Services of Michigan Seeking Full Time Staff Attorney, Spanish Required, Due 3/31

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Farmworker Legal Services, (FLS), a statewide division of Legal Services of South Central Michigan (LSSCM), is seeking applicants for a Staff Attorney position in our Kalamazoo office.   Kalamazoo is a college town in southwestern Michigan, located 35 miles east of Lake Michigan, and two hours from Chicago and Detroit.

LSSCM is a non-profit law firm providing free legal services to very low income and senior persons in 13 counties in south central Michigan.  FLS is the division of LSSCM that provides legal advice, referrals, direct representation and systemic advocacy to Michigan’s migrant and seasonal agricultural workers, as further described at www.FarmworkerLaw.org.

The Staff Attorney will provide effective legal services to enforce farmworkers’ rights.  Advocacy tasks will include field investigation and camp outreach, legal research and writing, negotiation, community task force participation, training, document preparation, policy analysis, and direct representation in administrative hearings, as well as state and federal litigation and appeals.

For more information and application details, click here.

Attention Law Students! Tenants Union Seeking Volunteer Policy Researcher, Due 3/31

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The City of Seattle is facing the highest rent increases in the nation which is causing low-income tenants to be displaced at alarming rates, in addition to communities of color being disproportionately impacted. The TU is developing a grassroots response to the housing crisis and is developing an anti-displacement policy platform. This position would research effective policies in other states and cities that have been contemplated or implemented to counteract the growing wave of displacement and gentrification. Hours are flexible. Technical assistance and legal guidance will be provided on an as needed basis through our legal partners Columbia Legal Services and Northwest Justice Project, however they will not be providing direct supervision over the position.

For more information and application details, click here.

Kitsap Legal Services Seeking 2014 Intern, Applications Accepted on Rolling Basis

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Under the supervision of Kitsap Legal Services’ (KLS) Executive Director and highly experienced volunteer attorneys, interns will serve as part of a countywide team of legal services advocates who work cooperatively with other providers to bring high quality representation to Kitsap County’s vulnerable and low-income population. Substantive priorities may include family law, housing, consumer, bankruptcy, Social Security disability benefits application, and immigration. Interns will experience the realities of a small nonprofit legal services office as they interview clients, direct clients to appropriate community resources or free civil legal advice clinics, or observe and aid attorney in provision of legal services. Interns may also help develop self-help materials for pro-se litigants, training materials for staff and clients and work on other special projects depending on the needs of the office.

Interns will be expected to bring the maturity and commitment to their work necessary to participate as members of a comprehensive, countywide holistic delivery system. Intern skills must include the ability to treat community partners and all clients with compassion, dignity and respect.

For more details and application information, click here.

U.S. Department of Education Office of Civil Rights in Denver, CO Seeking Volunteer Interns, Applications Considered on a Rolling Basis

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The U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR) enforces civil rights laws, including those that protect people from discrimination in educational programs and activities on the basis of race, color, national origin, disability, sex, or age.  We primarily investigate civil rights complaints.  We do not litigate.  We have volunteer internship positions available every semester, especially in the summer months, for motivated students who share our dedication.  Our region handles issues arising in Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming.

Interns participate in all aspects of complaint investigations, including local on-site investigations.  Interns make legal determinations regarding OCR’s jurisdiction over complaints; interview witnesses, collect data; analyze data; draft evaluation and resolution letters; and conduct civil rights-related legal research and analysis.  Interns also perform other duties as assigned.

For more details and application information, click here.

Attention Recent Grads and 3Ls!  WA’s Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) Seeking Program Supervisor in Equity and Civil Rights, Open Until Filled

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The Washington State Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) is seeking a visionary and dynamic leader to join the OSPI team as the Program Supervisor for the Department of Equity and Civil Rights. This critical and innovative full-time position is based in Olympia, Washington. Interested candidates are encouraged to visit the OSPI website (www.k12.wa.us) to gain insight into the agency’s mission and strategic plan.

Under the direction of the Equity and Civil Rights Program Director, the Program Supervisor will work collaboratively with school district personnel to monitor and ensure compliance with state and federal civil rights laws. The Program Supervisor will provide technical assistance and training to school district personnel, and will respond to allegations of discrimination by students, parents, employees, and others. The position requires broad understanding of state and federal nondiscrimination laws and regulations that prohibit discrimination on the basis of sex, race, disability, religion, color, national origin, sexual orientation, gender expression or identity, and veteran or military status.

For more information and application details, click here.

Attention Post Grads Interested in Practicing in Montana!  Office of the State Public Defender of Montana Seeks to Hire Full Time Attorney, Due 6/30

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Assistant Public Defenders represent indigent clients in cases including: felony and misdemeanor criminal charges; delinquent youth proceedings; involuntary mental health or developmental disability commitments; abuse and neglect proceedings; dependent/neglect matters; and guardianship or conservatorship proceedings, as described in the Montana Public Defender Act.

Assistant Public Defenders are expected to exercise their own professional judgment and provide competent indigent defense casework pursuant to the Public Defender Commission standards. Case assignments are determined by the Regional Deputy Public Defender. Assistant Public Defenders duties include but are not limited to case investigation and strategy, discovery review, motion work, plea negotiations, trial preparation and completion, and sentencing.

For a complete description and application details, click here.  Application Deadline: 6/30/2014.

Panel TODAY on Being LGBTQ in the Legal Field

February 28: Being LGBTQ In the Legal Field: Are We There Yet? (Panel)

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March 3: The Dean’s Advisory Committee Presents Lunch Discussion on “Prosecution, Public Defense and Communities of Color”

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Monday, Mar. 3, 2014, RM 116
12:30 – 1:20 PM

What is the role of prosecution? What is the role of public defense? How are communities of color impacted by the criminal justice system?

On Monday, March 3rd, the Dean’s Advisory Committee on Diversity will host a presentation featuring prosecutors and public defenders who are members of minority groups; they will discuss the criminal justice system, their role and the impact on communities of color. We will meet in Room 116 from 12:30 to 1:20. All are welcome.

March 4: Social Justice Tuesday: Educational Debt Relief

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Tuesday, Mar. 4, 2014
12:30 – 1:20 PM, RM 133

  • Concerned about how you’re going to pay back all of your education loans?
  • Want to learn more about income-based repayment options, public service loan forgiveness and UW Law’s Loan Repayment Assistance Program?

This is the workshop for you! Hear the latest on various resources and programs that are out there to help you manage and reduce education debt.

Presented by: Aline Carton-Listfjeld, Center for Public Service Law

If you would like lunch please RSVP via Symplicity or email by 12:00 pm Monday, March 3. No RSVP for lunch accepted after 12:00 pm.

March 6: Environmental & Land Use Law Professional-Student Mixer

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Thursday, Mar. 6, 2014 at 5:30 PM
Arctic Club Hotel’s Polar Bar, 700 3rd Ave, Seattle WA

You are cordially invited to attend a happy hour with members of the WSBA Environmental and Land Use Law Section, KCBA Environmental and Land Use Section, and University of Washington and Seattle University law students interested in environmental and land use legal careers. Appetizers and a beverage will be complimentary, followed by a cash bar.

March 21: Citizen University Annual Conference on the Art of Powerful Citizenship, Funding Applications Due 3/3

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Friday, Mar. 21, 2014
1:00 – 9:00 PM

Citizen University’s annual national conference is the country’s most creative and vibrant gathering on the art of powerful citizenship.  Hundreds of activists, innovators and educators from across the United States meet for a day of skill-building and inspiration.  Learn the elements of civic power.  Practice social and political action. Connect with people from left and right so we can solve problems together.

Many UW Law students have attended in the past and gotten great ideas and energy.  There is a reduced student rate for registration but we can also cover registration for up to 5 students through the Center for Public Service Law. If you are interested in getting funding to attend and are prepared to commit that you will go, send your letter of interest and resume to Dean Michelle Storms by March 3.

Learn more about the conference and the speakers here

April 4: You Are Invited to Attend Solid Ground’s Building Community Luncheon, Featuring Keynote Speaker Spike Lee

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Friday, April 4, 2014
12:00 – 1:30 PM
Location: Westin Seattle, 1900 5th Avenue, Seattle, WA 98101

We’re honored to host Spike Lee as keynote speaker at our 40th Anniversary Luncheon. With a body of work that spans four decades, he has written, produced, directed and acted in countless films that illuminate the impacts of racism in our country. As one of the most outspoken African-American voices, he talks candidly, and with authority, about issues of race in mainstream media and Hollywood, using as a backdrop a rare behind-the-scenes look at his celebrated body of work. And as an organization working to undo racism and other oppressions that are root causes of poverty, Solid Ground is pleased to bring such an influential person in the conversations about race and social justice to our event.

For more information or to register for the event, click here.