TeamChild hosting pro bono opportunity for UW Law students

Please Welcome Huy Nguyen: UW Law’s New Assistant Director for Public Service

UW Law LogoThe W. H. Gates Public Service Law Program and Student and Career Services is excited to announce that Huy C. Nguyen is joining the Gates PSL Program as our new Assistant Director. Huy has worked as a staff attorney with the Northwest Justice Project since 2000.  He has conducted trainings and presentations on a variety of issues to diverse local communities and has taught courses on Public Benefits and Introduction to Practice at SU School of Law and will teach Poverty Law at UW Law this Spring. He has served on the Board of Directors of the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project, and Peace for the Streets, for Kids from the Streets.  Huy is a proud double dawg and obtained his J.D. from UW Law in 2000.

In addition to having a wealth of experience supervising and mentoring law students, Huy has deep ties to the public service legal community as well as with pro bono partners in the private sector and a commitment to advancing the mission of the W.H. Gates Public Service Law Program. As Assistant Director, Huy will provide career coaching and academic advising to our Gates Scholars as well as other law students interested in pursuing careers in public interest and public service law. He will also lead trainings and workshops on a variety of public service law issues. Finally, he will be administering the Gates Scholarship and  Loan Repayment Assistance Programs.

Decoding the Law: The Death Penalty in Three Parts

WSBA LogoThe Washington State Bar Association invites you to Decoding the Law, a community justice forum to discuss timely and relevant legal topics.  Join for the series kickoff, “The Death Penalty in Three Parts,” featuring leading academics and legal practitioners who provide an overview of the death penalty, its financial implications, and the question of disproportionate impacts. This three-part series takes place at the WSBA Conference Center. The Decoding the Law series will be available via live webcast and recorded for viewing after each event.

Part One takes place from noon until 1 p.m., Thursday, March 2, 2017. Learn more here

Pro Bono Opportunity with TeamChild for UW Law students 

Team Child LogoApplication Deadline: 11:59 p.m., Wednesday, March 8, 2017

In partnership with the UW Chapter of Street Youth Legal Advocates of Washington (SYLAW), TeamChild seeks four law student volunteers to work directly with its staff attorneys on sex offender registration removal cases. The volunteers’ work will involve legal research, managing discovery and records, and drafting pleadings.

Apply and learn more here.

Due March 10: Equal Justice Works Public Interest Awards 

equal_justice_works_logoApplication Deadline: Friday, March 10, 2017

The annual Equal Justice Works Public Interest Awards application is open! Every year, we honor law students who have provided extraordinary service through clinics, volunteer work, internships, extracurricular projects, and more.

If you know a law student who has a demonstrated commitment to public interest law and pro bono work, direct them to our  Student Justice Center so they can find out more info and apply! Students can apply directly or be nominated by others. You can email us at students@equaljusticeworks.org with any questions.

New Study Finds Prosecutors Exclude Blacks Because All-White Juries More Likely to Convict

Jury of Your Peers? Study Finds Prosecutors Exclude Blacks Because All-White Juries Are More Likely to Convict, Support Death Penalty

All White Jury Photo

By Manny Otiko | Atlanta Blackstar (Photo credit: Atlanta Blackstar)

According to The New York Times, a study of the Caddo Parish, Louisiana, court system has revealed prosecutors often exclude Blacks from jury trials so they can tip the scales of justice in their favor. The article, written by Adam Liptak, also said prosecutors preferred to have all-white juries because Black jurors reduced their conviction rate.

“No defendants were acquitted when two or fewer of the dozen jurors were black. When there were at least three black jurors, the acquittal rate was 12 percent,” Liptak said. “With five or more, the rate rose to 19 percent. Defendants in all three groups were overwhelmingly black.”

Continue reading here.

Inmates With Mental Illness Tell Their Stories Through the AVID Jail Project

By Kim Mosolf | Rooted in Rights (Video credit: AVID Jail Project)

The AVID Jail Project of Disability Rights Washington works on behalf of inmates with mental illness in several local jails. As Washington’s protection and advocacy agency, Disability Rights Washington is in a unique position to bring recording equipment into jails to capture and share the experiences of people with disabilities. Most members of the public will never enter a jail or have firsthand knowledge of how inmates with mental illness fare inside our jails. This video is a result of our ongoing efforts to give jail inmates with mental illness an opportunity to tell their own stories in their own words.

PIRGs Recruiting JDs, Gender Violence Post Grad Fellowship, Human Rights Internship at CCR & Fall Internships

PIRGs Recruiting JDs for Advocacy & Leadership Positions Nationwide

USPIRG

U.S. PIRG is a consumer group that stands up to powerful interests whenever they threaten our health and safety, our financial security, or our right to fully participate in our democratic society. For decades, they’ve stood up for consumers, countering the influence of big banks, insurers, chemical manufacturers and other powerful special interests. State-based PIRGs and the US PIRG are  soliciting applications from JDs with a passion for consumer and environmental justice and leadership and organizing skills. Postions are located in DCMontana , Florida, North Carolina, Texas, New Hampshire, and Pennsylvania.

Post Grad Fellowship Working with the Allied Criminal Justice System to Refine System Reponses to Gender-Based Violence

AEquitas: The Prosecutors’ Resource on Violence Against Women, a non-profit agency comprised of former prosecutors, is accepting applications from candidates for two post-graduate fellowship opportunities. The Fellows will begin in the fall of 2014.

AEquitas is comprised of legal experts whose mission is to improve the quality of justice in sexual assault, domestic violence, stalking, and human trafficking cases by developing, evaluating, and refining prosecution practices that increase victim safety and offender accountability. Their goal is to constantly develop innovative prosecutorial practices that directly affect the way that justice professionals and all of society respond to crimes involving violence against women. They also collaborate on special projects that support their mission of increasing victim safety. For complete application info visit here.

CCR Seeks International Human Rights Summer Intern

Center for Constitutional Rights

The Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) seeks a third or fourth year undergraduate student, recent graduate, or graduate student with a strong commitment to social justice to help with several legal and advocacy-related projects.

The intern will work 20-40 hours per week (unpaid) over the summer, assisting legal workers and attorneys in CCR’s IHR docket on several on-going projects and case development. Interns will have the opportunity to work on a range of issues and cases. Responsibilities would include: assisting in factual research, review, and writing; reviewing and indexing documents, especially those released by government agencies in FOIA requests; litigation; performing literature and press reviews, identifying vendors; experts, and gathering information as part of outreach strategy; and general administrative tasks. Application deadline is May 3. For complete info visit here.

ACLU Seeking Fall Legal Intern for Criminal Law Reform Project

The Criminal Law Reform Project seeks an end to excessively harsh crime policies that result in mass incarceration and stand in the way of a just and equal society. The Project focuses its work at the “front end” of the criminal justice system, from an individual’s first contact with law enforcement through to the sentencing phase, with an emphasis on ending drug prohibition, which has failed to achieve public safety while putting unprecedented numbers of people behind bars and eroding constitutional rights.

The Project fulfills its mission by litigating and conducting strategic and precedent-setting advocacy that promotes reform of the criminal justice system and drug laws in particular, reduces the number of people entering the system, and protects the constitutional rights of those in the system. Application deadline is August 15. For complete application info visit here.

ABA Death Penalty Representation Project Seeks Fall Legal Interns

DPRP Home

The ABA created the Project in 1986 in order to better inform the bar and public about the lack of representation available to death row inmates. They address this urgent need by recruiting competent, volunteer attorneys, offering counsel training and assistance, and working for systemic reform to ensure that individuals facing a sentence of death are represented at every stage of the proceedings by competent counsel.

Interns do legal and policy research, prepare case summaries, review inmate letters, maintains resources and website. Application deadline is August 15. For complete application info visit here.