Don’t Know What Legal Services Organizations are Available in Washington that Serve Youth? Take a Look at CYP’s Resource Guide

Columbia Legal Services Releases Resource on “Homeless Youth and Young Adults: Legal Services Organizations in Washington”

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Don’t know what legal services organizations are available in Washington that serve youth? Take a look at our resource “Homeless Youth and Young Adults: Legal Services Organizations in Washington.”

Click here to access the resource.

Attention Recent Grads!  Pro Bono Training Opportunity with Washington Medical Legal Partnership

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Want to help families of children with disabilities? Come learn about pro bono guardianship opportunities with the Washington Medical Legal Partnership.

The Washington Medical-Legal Partnership (MLP) is an innovative collaboration between medical providers, social workers and attorneys to address the unmet legal needs and improve the health of vulnerable patients and families by integrating legal care into comprehensive healthcare. MLP’s partnership includes Northwest Justice Project, Harborview Medical Center, Odessa Brown Children’s Clinic, Sea Mar Community Health Centers and Seattle Children’s Hospital.

MLP is currently in need of attorneys to advise and counsel families of children with disabilities about preparing for the transition to adulthood, including offering pro bono legal assistance for guardianships. A guardian, usually the parent, is a person appointed by a court to manage the affairs of a person who is incapacitated, often used to ensure continuity of care for a young adults suffering severe mental or physical disability. Once MLP has completed an initial assessment, the family is referred to our pro bono partner.

The pro bono attorney will meet with the family to help them to navigate the judicial process. Guardianships involve filings and a court appearance, but attorneys who do not regularly litigate should find this pro bono opportunity manageable, especially with the support of more experienced attorneys who have already completed guardianship proceedings. The time commitment for a guardianship case can vary depending on the experience of the attorney, case complexity and other factors, but should generally require about 15-20 hours over a 4-6 month period.

This process will be discussed in more detail at the Q&A, where you will hear from MLP and some of the pro bono attorneys about guardianship cases they have handled. Please join us!

PLEASE RSVP by sending a brief email to Amy Dahl.

Cultural Spanish Classes Offered at El Centro de La Raza

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Free Educational Debt EBook for Students by Equal Justice Works

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Our free e-book, Take Control of Your Future: A Guide to Managing Your Student Debt, is a comprehensive guide to making monthly student loan payments affordable and earning Public Service Loan Forgiveness in ten years.

Download your copy here.

Get Informed About Debt Relief! Check Out EJW’s Free Webinar

September 24: Free Phone Seminar on ATJ Partnerships between the Courts, Legal Aid, and the Private Bar

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Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2014
1:00 – 2:00 PM, EST
This is a free program.

Access to Justice Commissions or similar partnerships in several states have produced concrete results in making our justice systems work for low-income and vulnerable client communities. Join us to discuss why and how it is critical to bring several stakeholders – like the judiciary and courts, legal aid, and the organized bar – together to address Access to Justice challenges. We will explore our experiences in very different states, and will concentrate on principles and practices that you use in your states.

Moderator: Steve Grumm, ABA Resource Center for Access to Justice Initiatives

Speakers:

Click here to register.

September 25: Equal Justice Works Debt Relief Free Webinar

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Thursday, Sept. 25, 2014
3:00 – 4:00 PM, EDT

JDs in Debt: What Law Students & Lawyers Need to Know about Managing Student Loans & Earning Public Service Loan Forgiveness

A must attend for anyone with student debt, this free webinar explains how to reduce your monthly student loan payments and qualify for Public Service Loan Forgiveness.

After the presentation (whether you are able to attend or not), you will be emailed a recording of the session that you can view at any time.

Click here to register online.

Learn More About Human Trafficking and Debtor’s Prison in These Upcoming CLEs

August 21: Prosecuting Human Trafficking Crimes in South Asia

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3:30 – 4:00 PM Registration
4:00 – 5:00 PM CLE Seminar
Century Square, Alki Room, 1501 4th Ave., Seattle

The presentation will focus on Jennifer Oswald’s work with International Justice Mission, an anti-human trafficking organization in South Asia. She worked with local attorneys to combat commercial sexual exploitation of minors by prosecuting sex traffickers. She will discuss the scope of trafficking, vulnerabilities regarding trafficking, the rescue and aftercare of the survivors, and prosecution of the traffickers. Furthermore, she will discuss anti-trafficking laws as well as review specific case studies.

To register, click here.

August 27: Free Webinar – Drowning in Debt! What Law Students & Lawyers Need to Know about Managing Student Debt & Earning Loan Forgiveness

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Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014
3:00 – 4:00 PM EDT

On July 29, Rep. Mark Pocan (D-WI) and Rep. Frederica Wilson (D-FL) introduced the Relief for Underwater Student Borrowers Act (H.R. 5239). This bill would prevent borrowers who earn forgiveness after 20 or 25 years of consistent repayment in the Income-Based Repayment (IBR) and Pay as You Earn (PAYE) repayment plans from having to pay taxes on the amount forgiven. Millions of borrowers currently face the possibility of having to deal with this potentially devastating tax liability. We urge you to call your Congressperson and Senators to support this bill!

To learn more about IBR, PAYE and Public Service Loan Forgiveness (tax-free forgiveness you earn by working at a wide range of qualifying public service jobs for ten years!) please attend Equal Justice Works’ free webinar, Drowning in Debt! What Law Students & Lawyers Need to Know About Managing Student Debt & Earning Loan Forgiveness, on Wednesday, August 27 from 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM EDT. If you register but cannot attend, you will receive a recording of the webinar you can view anytime.

Click here to register online.

August 31: Thurston County Young Lawyers Division BBQ (and the WA Legal Community)

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Sunday, Aug. 31, 2014
12:00 – Night (Tugboat races begin at noon. Grill will be hot all day.)

The whole legal community is invited, from Bench to Bar, clerks and students, from Thurston to Snohomish!  It will be a great opportunity to network, drum up volunteers for your organization, or just relax and get to know some truly quality people!

September 9: Combating Debtors’ Prisons CLE

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Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014
12:00 – 1:00 PM
ACLU of Washington Offices, Seattle

In Washington and around the country, nearly every person convicted of a crime receives a bill for legal financial obligations (LFOs) at sentencing.  These include fees, fines, costs, and restitution imposed by a court on top of a criminal sentence.  This court-imposed debt presents a formidable barrier to successful re-entry to society, pushing people deeper into poverty and prolonging their involvement with the criminal justice system.  In some jurisdictions, people are being thrown in jail because they are too poor to pay LFOs.  The ACLU and allies around the country are fighting the rise of modern day debtors prisons through litigation and advocacy.

Please join the ACLU’s Vanessa Hernandez for a lunchtime, brown bag CLE on the issues raised by modern day debtors’ prisons. Vanessa Hernandez will be joined via teleconference by ACLU national staff attorney with the Racial Justice Program, Nusrat J. Choudhury and they will discuss the rise of problematic systems for imposing and collecting LFOs and the litigation and advocacy strategies being used nationwide to combat the growth of debtors’ prisons.

This CLE has been approved for 1 general CLE credit (WSBA Seminar #376761) and there is a $5 registration fee.

To register, please click here.

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.

Public Interest Announcements

CHRJ’s Shadow Report Featured by the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights 

CHRJThe University of Washington’s Center for Human Rights and Justice (CHRJ) has been featured for its research on the United States’ review for Optional Protocol under the Committee on the Rights of the Child.

Congratulations to student researchers Priya Rai, Alex Paxton, Rachel Ryon and Charlene Choi for authoring such a successful shadow letter. Read the report here.

Apply for the American Constitution Society’s David Carliner Public Interest Award 

Application deadline is March 15, 2013.

ACSThe American Constitution Society’s David Carliner Public Interest Award was established in memory of one of the great public interest lawyers of the 20th Century, David Carliner (1918-2007), a champion of justice in his native Washington, D.C., and on the national stage. A pioneering immigration lawyer, an ardent foe of Jim Crow, and a leading champion of full political rights for citizens of the District of Columbia, he also was the founding chair of the American Civil Liberties Union-National Capital Area and the International Human Rights Law Group (now GlobalRights). For more information on David Carliner click here.

The Award recognizes outstanding public interest lawyers whose work best exemplifies its namesake’s legacy of fearless, uncompromising and creative advocacy on behalf of marginalized people.

The Award consists of:

  • Cash prize of $10,000 to one recipient each year
  • Transportation and lodging, in full, to the ACS National Convention in Washington in June to accept the Award

Click here to learn more and to apply.

Reminder to Apply to Equal Justice Works Summer Corps Program

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Equal Justice Works (EJW) reminds students that its Summer Corps application process is now under way! The Summer Corps Program provides law students with the chance to spend their summer working on a legal project at a qualifying nonprofit public interest organization of their choosing. Common Good encourages students to apply as early as possible. (Map: EJW.)

This year, the Summer Corps program is heavily emphasizing Veterans and Disaster Relief projects. Projects related to Foreclosure and Medical-Legal Partnerships are also encouraged. Applicants with projects in other fields of public interest law are still encouraged to apply, but top priority will be given to those whose projects are related to Veterans or Disaster Relief. For more information, please see the Eligibility section of website.

To hear more about the Summer Corps program and the application, sign up and let your students know about our free webinar on Wednesday, February 13, at 12 noon PST.

Please contact summercorps@equaljusticeworks.org if you have any questions about the Summer Corps program.

Got Debt? Get (More) Educated on Ways to Qualify for Reduced Payments and Loan Forgiveness

moenyEqual Justice Works (EJW) has posted a plethora of helpful information to help you wade through the morass of educational debt relief options. From print resources to blog posts to free webinars, EJW’s website is a go-to home base for the information you need to make good financial decisions. (Image: Freefoto.com.)