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September 30: 2015 Seattle Pro Bono Fair

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Date: Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2015
Time: 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Location: Perkins Coie, 1201 Third Ave., Suite 4900, Seattle, WA 98101

What do pro bono, wine and chocolate all have in common?  They are good for you!  Please join us for the 2015 Pro Bono Fair where representatives from legal services organizations will be available to meet with lawyers and law students looking for pro bono opportunities.  Learn how you can put your skills to use (and develop new skills) helping immigrants, veterans, nonprofits, low income entrepreneurs, victims of domestic violence and much more while tasting a variety of wines and chocolates.  Retired Federal Public Defender, Tom Hillier is the featured speaker.

To RSVP, click here.

October 16-17: Columbia Legal Services & the Social Justice Film Festival Present Film. Art. Voices – Food Justice in Focus 

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Date: Friday, Oct. 16, 2015
Time: 6:00 – 9:00 PM
Tickets: $10.00
Film + Panel Discussion + Exhibit

Food Chain$

Join us for a community discussion and screening of FOOD CHAIN$, a documentary about the human costs of our food supply. From wages to threats and violence, FOOD CHAIN$ explores the food industry’s treatment of farm workers and the role large buyers play in keeping wages low. The film was executive-produced by Eva Longoria and Eric Schlosser, author of Fast Food Nation. Narrated by Forest Whitaker.

Be one of the first to see FRUITS OF JUSTICE,  a short film highlighting a true grassroots movement in Washington’s Skagit Valley. You’ll meet farm workers who formed their own union, Familias Unidas, to seek living-wages and fair treatment in the fields. When management sought to thwart their efforts, the workers responded with protests, boycotts, and social media campaigns and enlisted the help of dedicated public interest lawyers to fight for justice.

Immediately following the screening will be a panel discussion led by FOOD CHAIN$ director Sanjay Rawal, featuring national and local food justice activists and advocates dedicated to tackling issues related to fair production and access to healthy food for all.

Feed your mind during intermission with refreshments and the photo exhibition “Faces of Food Justice” by Audra Mulkern of the Female Farmer Project.

For tickets, click here. To read more, click here.

Date: Friday, Oct. 17
Time: 12:30 PM – 9:00 PM
Tickets: All films by suggested donation
Film Festival

More fresh voices on food! Browse food-justice exhibits and watch contemporary films that explore:

  • Waste in our food system
  • Animal poaching in Puget Sound and in Africa
  • International aid: Does it help?
  • Living wages for food workers
  • Farmworker resistance in Honduras
  • Fair-trade cocoa farming

Feature-length movies include: RESISTENCIA, THE HAND THAT FEEDS, and POVERTY, INC.

Read more about it here.

November 6: CLE on the Basics of Asylum Law and Procedure Hosted by Davis Wright Tremaine

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Date: Friday, Nov. 6, 2015
Time: 9:30 – 11:30 AM
Location: Davis Wright Tremaine, 1201 3rd Ave #2200, Seattle, WA 98101
CLE Credits: 2 (pending)

Want to learn about the basics of asylum law and procedure?  The Northwest Immigrant Rights Project is putting on a CLE training graciously hosted by Davis Wright Tremaine.  The training will cover asylum’s definitions, its elements, bars to asylum eligibility, alternatives to asylum, asylum procedure, procedural issues, and mock interview/questions.

To register, download the registration form here.  Send the information to Jordan Wasserman.

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.