Interested in Working in the Bay Area? Join CPSL For Its Annual San Francisco Visit

Attention Law Students Interested in Working in Bay Area! Join the CPSL for our Annual San Francisco Public Service Employer Visit.  RSVP By December 8

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2015 SAN FRANCISCO PUBLIC SERVICE CITY VISIT: FRIDAY, JANUARY 16, 2015

The  Center for Public Service Law has planned our fourth annual San Francisco  Public Service Law City Visit for Friday, January 16, 2014.  On that day we will visit four public interest/public service agencies – two in Oakland  and two in San Francisco.  This year we will visit a variety of  organizations including the National Council on Crime and Delinquency, the Ella Baker Center, the US Citizen and Immigration Services (USCIS), and one more site awaiting final confirmation.  Over the last several years UW Law students have taken this trip and visited different public service and public interest sites, receiving excellent exposure to public service law in San Francisco.

Who may attend?  UW law students.

Why attend? If you are interested in seeking summer positions in the San Francisco Bay Area or if you think you might practice public interest or public service law in the Bay Area after graduating then this is a great opportunity to get a sense of the lay of the land.  At each place we visit, the  organization will give us a brief presentation and then lawyers on staff will answer our questions.  Meeting the public service lawyers in these offices will help you to begin building relationships — which is vital to “breaking in” to a new community.  None of the employers we visit can guarantee our jobs for students, but students have created important connections and at least one secured an externship.  Two other organizations we have visited have welcomed collaborative projects with students or hosted Equal Justice  Works fellowship applications, based on us establishing relationships with them through the city visits.

What are the expenses? You must pay for your own airfare and lodging. On Friday we will provide lunch and public transportation fees.  Participants will be eligible for up to $150 reimbursement of documented travel expenses.

How to RSVP:  contact Aline Carton-Listfjeld at acarton@uw.edu if you are interested in attending or if you have additional questions.  Please do so by Monday, December 8 as  we will want to confirm a minimum number of participants in order to go forward with the trip.

Volunteer Opportunities with the WSBA Board of Governors, Due 12/30

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The WSBA Board of Governors (BOG) is accepting letters of interest and résumés from members interested in serving on the following council and committees. Notice of BOG action will follow its January 2015 meeting.

  • Council on Public Legal Education — The Council on Public Legal Education brings together lawyers, judges, educators, and community representatives to promote public understanding of the law and civic rights and responsibilities. The Council meets two to three times per year and works through its committees. This is a three-year term.
  • Office of Public Defense Advisory Committee — The Office of Public Defense Advisory Committee meets quarterly to recommend policies for the agency’s appellate indigent defense, trial public defense, and parents’ representation programs, advise the agency on oversight of its programs, make recommendations regarding legislative positions and proposed rules, review budgetary matters, and consider appeals of billing decisions. This is a three-year term.
  • Washington Pattern Forms Committee — The Washington Pattern Forms Committee develops and maintains standardized forms for use in Washington state courts. The mandatory pattern forms and pattern forms cover several subject areas, such as: domestic relations, protection orders, guardianship, garnishment, juvenile court, misdemeanor judgment and sentencing, and felony judgment and sentencing forms. This is a four-year term.

For more information on these opportunities, click here.

Please submit letters of interest and résumés on or before Tuesday, Dec. 30, 2014, to WSBA Communications Department, 1325 Fourth Avenue #600, Seattle, WA 98101-2539; or email barleaders@wsba.org.

President Obama Announces Sweeping Immigration Reform, Says His Plan Is Lawful

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By Reuters, Newsweek

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama imposed the most sweeping immigration reform in a generation on Thursday, easing the threat of deportation for about 4.7 million undocumented immigrants and setting up a clash with Republicans.

In a White House speech, Obama rejected Republican critics who say his decision to bypass Congress and take executive action is tantamount to amnesty for illegal immigrants and urged them to pass comprehensive immigration reform legislation that the Republican-controled House of Representatives has blocked.

“Today, our immigration system is broken, and everybody knows it,” Obama said. “It’s been this way for decades. And for decades we haven’t done much about it.”

Continue reading here. Photo credit: Kevin Lamarque/REUTERS

A Push for Legal Aid in Civil Cases Finds Its Advocates

German and Lorenza Artiga

By Erik Eckholm and Ian Lovett, The New York Times

LOS ANGELES — Lorenza and German Artiga raised six children in a rent-controlled bungalow here, their only home since they moved from El Salvador 29 years ago.

So they were stunned this past summer when their landlord served them with eviction papers, claiming that their 12-year-old granddaughter Carolyn, whose mother was killed in a car crash in 2007, was an illegal occupant.

Up against a seasoned lawyer and bewildering paperwork, the couple, who speak little English and could never afford a lawyer, would very likely have been forced out of their home and the landlord could have raised the rent for new tenants.

Continue reading here.  Photo credit: Monica Almeida/The New York Times

WSBA Pro Bono 101 Training: How To Be an Effective Pro Bono Advocate, Free CLE

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As part of our goal to enhance a culture of service within the WSBA membership, we are pleased to offer free CLE courses to volunteer attorneys who participate in WSBA Public Service Programs and provide pro bono assistance in their communities.

We are excited to announce WSBA Pro Bono 101: How to be an Effective Pro Bono Advocate, a CLE that will provide participants interested in volunteering with the tools, knowledge and strategies needed to successfully engage in pro bono and public service. We had over 750 members join us on October 9th for the original webcast and we’re excited to provide this as an A/V CLE through our Public Service Trainings page.

Volunteers must be authenticated to view any Public Service Trainings. To be authenticated, volunteers will need to email publicservice@wsba.org and include their name, bar number, and the name of the Qualified Legal Service Provider they are currently working with.

Zeid urges restraint, and determined effort to root out institutionalized discrimination in wake of U.S. Ferguson verdict

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By: Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, UN High Commissioner For Human Rights in Geneva

“The Grand Jury’s decision not to charge a police officer who fatally shoot Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, has led to violent protests, including looting and arson. I urge all protestors to avoid violence and destruction in the wake of this decision, in accordance with the expressed wishes of Mr. Brown’s parents and with the law. People have the right to express their dismay and their disagreement with the Grand Jury’s verdict, but not to cause harm to others, or to their property, in the process.

Without knowing the details of the evidence laid before the Missouri Grand Jury – which in turn depends on the quality of the investigation into the killing of Michael Brown – I am not, at this point, able to comment on whether or not the verdict conforms with international human rights law.

Nevertheless, I am deeply concerned at the disproportionate number of young African Americans who die in encounters with police officers, as well as the disproportionate number of African Americans in U.S. prisons and the disproportionate number of African Americans on Death Row.

Continue reading 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.