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December 1: Global Monday Lecture by Professor Alejandra Gonza on International Human Rights and the Inter-American System

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Monday, Dec. 1, 2014
12:30 – 1:20 PM
William Gates Hall, RM 117

The states of the American continents have created a regional institution, the Organization of American States (OAS), which includes several structures for protecting human rights. The OAS Charter created substantive human rights norms and established two main institutions designed specifically for human rights protection and promotion: the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights and the Inter-American Court of Human Rights. Ms. Gonza will provide an overview of the Inter-American human rights system and share from her experience working with its main bodies including successfully petitioning on behalf of clients who have been tortured.

Alejandra Gonza is a Commissioner with the Seattle Human Rights Commission and a legal adviser to the Due Process of Law Foundation in Washington, DC. She will teach the International Human Rights Clinic at UW Law starting winter. Ms. Gonza has been representing victims of human rights violations before the Inter-American human rights system. She also served as a senior staff attorney at the Special Rapporteurship for Freedom of Expression at the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights and at the Inter-American Court of Human Rights (both of the Organization of American States). Ms. Gonza received her law degree from the National University of Tucumán in her native Argentina and her Masters in European Studies and Human Rights from the Pontific University of Salamanca, Spain.

December 2: A Celebration of Asian and Comparative Law Scholarship at UW Law, Presenting the Asian Law Center 50th Anniversary Publication and Honoring Our Distinguished Visiting Scholars

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Tuesday, Dec. 2, 2014
3:30 – 5:30 PM
William H. Gates Hall, RM 115

The University of Washington School of Law is distinguished by a long standing tradition of research and scholarship on Asian and comparative law and by a vibrant Visiting Scholars Program. We are honored to host many senior legal career professionals, policy makers and eminent academics from around the world and to serve as a leading research center contributing to exciting scholarship on Asia. Please join President Young, Dean Testy, faculty and friends for A Celebration of Asian and Comparative Law Scholarship at UW Law:

  • Introduction by Dean Testy and Welcome by President Young
  • Presenting the ALC 50th Anniversary Publication, Legal Innovations in Asia: Judicial Lawmaking and the Influence of Comparative Law
  • Honoring our distinguished Visiting Scholars, click here.

Please RSVP to asianlaw@uw.edu.

December 4: Transpacific Conversation on Comparative Constitutional Law in Asia

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Thursday, Dec. 4, 2014
3:30 – 5:20 PM
William H. Gates Hall, RM 119

School of Law and the Asian Law Center are pleased to announce two special panels on Thursday, December 4th. These panels are presented by some of the leading scholars in Asian comparative law.

3:30 – 4:20: Constitutionalism in Hong Kong and Taiwan
Chaired by John O. Haley (Vanderbilt, UW Law)
Panelists:

  • Swati Jhaveri (National University of Singapore): Constitutional Implications of Hong Kong’s Occupy Central
  • Jimmy Chia-Shin Hsu (Academica Sinica, Taiwan): The Sunflower Student Movement and Democracy in Taiwan

4:30 – 5:20: Constitutional Law in Japan and Korea
Chaired by Daniel H. Foote (University of Tokyo, UW Law)
Panelists:

  • Jonathan Kang (Yonsei University, Seoul): Good for the Gander: The Appropriation of Law Rhetoric by Korean Conservatives
  • Larry Repeta (Meiji University, Tokyo): Freedom of Thought and Conscience: Compulsory Flag-and-Anthem Rituals, and the Supreme Court of Japan
  • Shigenori Matsui (University of British Columbia): Criminalization of Revenge Porn in Japan

RSVP by December 1st.  Register online here.

January 7: Register for the Washington Policy Center’s Statewide Policy Conference – 2015 Solutions Summit

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Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2014
7:30 AM – 1:30 PM
Western Washington Location: Hyatt Regency Bellevue, 900 Bellevue NE, Bellevue, WA 98004
Eastern Washington Location: 3 Rivers Convention Center, 7016 W Grandridge Blvd., Kennewick, WA 99336

The conference will be attended by policy makers, elected officials, and business leaders and consist of a breakfast speaker, then breakout sessions in the morning, featuring local and national experts, on the following policy topics:

  • Education Reform
  • Environment
  • Balancing the Budget without Raising Taxes
  • Health Care Reform
  • Improving the Small Business Climate
  • Transportation
More than 20 national and regional policy experts will be on hand for the conference. They include:
Congressman Doc Hastings
State Senator Michael Baumgartner, (R) – Spokane
State Senator Andy Hill, (R)-  Woodinville and chair of Senate Ways and Means Committee
State Senator Curtis King , (R) – Yakima and chair of the Senate Transportation Committee
State Representative Ross Hunter, (D) – Medina and chair of the House Appropriations Committee
State Representative Reuven Carlyle, (D) – Seattle and chair of the House Finance Committee
Rob McKenna, former Attorney General
Avik Roy, Forbes Columnist
Howard Behar, former COO of Starbucks
Emily Goff , Transportation Policy Analyst at the Heritage Foundation

Register online here.

Happy Halloween! Celebrate Dia de Los Muertos with El Centro de la Raza!

November 1: 10th Annual Dia De Los Muertos Event with El Centro de la Raza

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Saturday, Nov. 1, 2014
5:00 – 9:00 PM
El Centro de la Raza

El Centro de la Raza will hold its 10th annual Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) event this Saturday, November 1st from 5pm to 9pm. A chicken mole dinner will be served from 5:30pm to 7pm.

This year we call attention to the humanitarian crisis of the refugee children of Central America, the children who have died from violence in their countries, and the moral obligation of the U.S. to respond humanely to this catastrophe.

November 3: Registration Now Open for “Beyond the Headlines: National Security in the 21st Century” with Assistant Secretary of State Puneet Talwar

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Monday, Nov. 3, 2014
6:00 PM
City University, 521 Wall St. Seattle, WA 98121

The World Affairs Council is hosting Puneet Talwar, Assistant Secretary for the Bureau of Political-Military Affairs. Assistant Secretary of State Talwar will give an overview of the crowded roster of international crises and ongoing threats to U.S. security and interests—from ISIL to Russia to emerging threats. Informed by his current position at the State Department and his previous experience at the White House and Capitol Hill, Talwar will discuss current policy direction and U.S. efforts, including security partnerships, to counter the threats the United States currently faces—including those that are not necessarily making headlines. Yet.

Register now, tickets are limited.  

Click here to register online.

November 4: Ferguson – What’s Next?

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Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2014
1:30 – 3:00 PM
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Join the First Year and Pre Major (CUSP) Office for a fireside chat on Ferguson, Missouri and the Aftermath of the shooting of Michael Brown.

We will be hosting Dr. Alexis Harris, Associate Professor of Sociology at UW Seattle, Dr. John Vinson, Chief of Police, UW Police Department, and Marcus Johnson, Graduate Student from the Masters of Cultural Studies Program at UW Bothel.

The conversation will be moderated and the audience will have the opportunity to interact with our guests and each other.

November 3, 5, 13: Three Public Meetings to Inform Rulemaking for the Minimum Wage Ordinance (MWO)

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Seattle’s new Minimum Wage Ordinance will take effect on April 1, 2015! The Seattle Office for Civil Rights is hosting 3 public meetings to gather information for the administrative rulemaking process:

Monday, Nov.3, 2014
2:00 – 4:00 PM
Bertha Landes Room at Seattle City Hall, 600 4th Ave., Seattle, WA
RSVP for 11/3 here.

Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2014
7:00 – 9:00 PM
NewHolly Gathering Hall, 7054 32nd Ave. S., Seattle, WA
RSVP for 11/5 here.

Thursday, Nov. 13, 2014
8:00 – 10:00 AM
Northgate Community Center, 10510 5th Ave. NE., Seattle, WA
RSVP for 11/13 here.

We want to hear from you! We know that employers and employees have many questions about how the Minimum Wage Ordinance will be implemented. Registration is not required, but it is helpful for planning. Reasonable accommodations and language interpretation for meetings are available on request. Call 206-684-4507 for more information. Childcare will be available for the evening meeting on Wednesday, November 5. Please note any other special requests on your registration form.

New City website for information on Minimum Wage Ordinance

Visit http://www.seattle.gov/civilrights/minimumwage.htm for up-to-date information about Seattle’s Minimum Wage Ordinance. The website features a new Frequently Asked Questions section, plus links to the ordinance and contact information for submitting questions and comments. The site also will list other public meetings and events as they are scheduled.

November 4: Social Justice Tuesday – Justified? Examining Police Brutality and Civil Rights Issues

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Join the Center for Public Service Law and the Dean’s Advisory Committee on Diversity for a conversation with:

  • David Whedbee (attorney, MacDonald Hoague & Bayless)
  • Fe Lopez (Executive Director, City of Seattle-Community Police Commission

If you would like lunch please RSVP via Symplicity or gatespsl@uw.edu RSVP by 12:00 pm, Monday, November 3, 2014.

November 5: General Externship Perspectives Seminar – Lawyer Mistakes: Lessons in Professionalism

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Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2014
5:30 PM
Gates Hall, RM 207

Join the General Externship Perspectives Seminar on Wednesday, November 5 at 5:30 p.m. in room 207 to hear guests David West and Travis Stearns discuss lawyer mistakes.  Mr. West handles risk management for the Garvey Schubert Barer firm.  Mr.  Stearns, a long time public defender, works with the Washington Defender Association.

November 5: Tacoma Joint Networking Event

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Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2014
5:00 – 6:30 PM
The Matador, 721 Pacific Ave., Tacoma, WA 98402

The Minority Bar Associations (MBAs), together with the Washington State Bar Association (WSBA), invite you to a joint networking event in Tacoma.  This is your opportunity to meet and mingle with fellow attorneys in and around the South Sound.  Join us!  Light appetizers will be served with no host bar.

RSVP by Monday, November 3 to: diversity @wsba.org.

Sponsoring MBAs: Mother Attorneys Mentoring Association of Seattle (MAMAS), Pierce County Minority Bar Association (PCMBA), South Asian Bar Association of Washington (SABAW), Vietnamese Bar Association of Washington (VABAW), and Washington Women Lawyers (WWL).

November 6: Children’s Alliance Annual Meeting

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Thursday, Nov. 6, 2014
Doors open at 8:30 AM
Program 9:00 AM – 10:30 AM
Northwest African American Museum, 2300 S. Massachusetts St., Seattle, WA 98144

Please join us at our Annual Meeting on Thursday, November 6th. RSVP today!

This free event features a light breakfast, a dialogue with legislators, and an opportunity hear what is at stake for kids in the 2015 legislative session.  The panel discussion with state legislators will focus on advocacy strategies to advance race equity and improve the lives of all Washington’s children.  Bring a friend, your questions for legislators, and your voice for kids!

Children are welcome and a space for children’s activities will be provided. You are invited to enjoy the exhibits of the NW African American Museum following the event. Please RSVP online or contact Emijah Smith at 206.342.0340 x25.

December 12: Save the Date & Register Early for the A Day of Transforming Trauma with Laura van Dernoot Lipsky

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Friday, Dec. 12, 2014
8:30 AM – 3:30 PM
Town Hall Seattle, 1119 8th Avenue, Seattle, WA 98101

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.

Participants are welcome from all professional disciplines and life circumstances.

CEUs: 5 hours are available for: Nurses, Psychologists, Professional Counselors,
Certified Counselors, Alcohol & Drug Abuse Counselors, Social Workers, Marriage & Family Therapists 

The cost for CEUs is $30 and must be paid for at the time of registration. 

Early bird rate through November 1st:
Per Day – Individual Rate:  $80
Per Day – Group Rate (5 or more):  $70

After November 1st:
Per Day – Individual Rate:  $90
Per Day – Group Rate:  $80 

Register online here.

Conferences Galore! Learn More About These Upcoming Sessions

August 14-17: Join the 12th Anniversary of “Gender Odyssey,” an International Conference

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Gender Odyssey is an international conference focused on the needs and interests of transgender and gender-nonconforming people. Packed with thought-provoking workshops, discussion groups, social events and entertainment, this one-of-a-kind annual gathering attracts people from all over the world for an uplifting weekend of skill sharing and community in Seattle, USA.

Last year’s 12th year anniversary conference was the most well-attended ever! Don’t miss out on our 2014 gathering!

2014 Keynote Speakers

Elizabeth "Eli" VasquezGender Odyssey is honored to announce the first of our 2014 keynote speakers, Eli Vasquez, who will offer us an insider’s perspective on transgender issues and advocacy in Ecuador. We hope you are as excited as we are to hear Vasquez share how Ecuadorian trans culture is influenced by tradition, political changes, street families, and so many other factors that differ from and progress beyond our Western medical-centric trans culture.

For more information, click here.

August 20: Free Webinar on Engaging the Universal Periodic Review – Steps for Writing & Submitting a Stakeholder Report

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Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014
12:30 – 1:30 PM, EST
Join us for “Engaging the Universal Periodic Review: Steps for Writing and Submitting a Stakeholder Report,” Wednesday, August 20 from 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm EST.

This webinar will provide step-by-step guidance on how to write an effective stakeholder report for the Universal Periodic Review of the United States. If you have already submitted a shadow report to one of the treaty bodies, the webinar will offer suggestions for how to revise and re-frame your information and advocacy for the Universal Periodic Review. If you are just getting started, this webinar will get you up to speed so you can prepare and submit your own stakeholder report. Presenters will also provide an update on planning for the Review to take place in 2015.

Presenters:

  • Amy Bergquist, The Advocates for Human Rights
  • Kate D’Adamo, Sex Workers Outreach Project – NYC
  • Joshua Cooper, Four Freedoms Forum (UPR Taskforce co-chair)

Click here to register online.

September 4: Register Now for the International Labor Justice CLE

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Using Human Rights to Defend & Promote Income Security

Thursday, Sept. 4, 2014
3:30 – 5:30 PM
Chicago-Kent College of Law (IIT), 565 W. Adams Street (Click here for directions.)

Sponsors: International Labor Justice Working Group, International Committee, Labor & Employment Committee

Register now for the International Labor Justice Continuing Legal Education program, to be presented on September 4, 2014 at the NLG Convention in Chicago, featuring leading experts in labor law and international justice.

Reversing precarious work and building respect for an adequate standard of living (UDHR, Art. 25, ICESCR Art. 11) require increased attention to protecting and expanding income security. This CLE examines best practices and successes of human rights strategies, including litigation and legislation, in the US, Canada and Latin America.

For more information about the CLE, click here.

September 3-6: National Association for Rights Protection & Advocacy 2014 Annual Rights Conference

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Location: The Doubletree by Hilton Hotel, SeaTac Airport, Seattle, WA

Conference Keynotes

Paula J. Caplan
Clinical and Research Psychologist and Author, including
When Johnny and Jane Come Marching Home: How All of Us Can Help Veterans

Claudia Center, J.D.
Senior Staff Attorney, National ACLU Disability Rights Program
Adjunct Professor, UC Berkeley School of Law

Irit Shimrat
and Author of Call Me Crazy: Stories from the Mad Movement

David Cohen
Social Work Professor, University of California, Los Angeles
and CoAuthor of Mad Science: Psychiatric Coercion, Diagnosis & Drugs

Dennis Feld, J.D. & Arthur Baer, J.D.
NY Mental Hygiene Legal Service Special Litigation & Appeals Unit

Sam Bagenstos, J.D.
Significant Developments in Mental Health Law, 2013-14​
Professor, University of Michigan School of Law & former
Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General, U.S. Department of Justice

Click here for more information about the upcoming conference and to register online.

October 17: Attention Attorneys!!! Save the Date for the Immigrant Families Advocacy Project CLE

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Friday, Oct. 17, 2014
9:00 AM – 4:30 PM
Davis Wright Tremaine LLP, 1201 Third Ave. #2200, Seattle, WA 98101

Founded in 1996, the Immigrant Families Advocacy Project Project is a partnership between Northwest Immigrant Rights Project (NWIRP) and the University of Washington School of Law. Our clients are survivors of qualifying crimes who have been helpful to police or prosecutors. Because of this, they are eligible for U-Visas. The majority are women who have suffered physical and emotional intimate partner violence.

Students work in teams of two under the supervision of pro bono attorneys. The students interview the client, draft a declaration, gather exhibits, and assemble the application. The attorney oversees the student effort and serves as the attorney of record for the application.  Attorneys do not need experience in immigration law. Interested attorneys can attend a CLE on the applicable immigration law and how to supervise law students throughout the case process. Students also attend trainings on the substantive law and client advocacy skills. In addition, IFAP case managers and NWIRP provide assistance as needed.

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

Location: Bethesda North Marriott Hotel & Conference Center
5701 Marinelli Road, Bethesda, MD 20852

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Law School Professional Registration

Law school professionals at our member schools may register free of charge through October 10. There is no limit on how many professionals may attend per school but each professional must register individually.

Learn more and register here!

Student and Recent Graduate Registration

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.

December 3: Register Now For the GlobalWA’s Annual Conference

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Global Washington’s annual conference is well known and well respected for convening the international development community on the west coast. Participants include NGO practitioners, CSR business executives, research experts, philanthropists and others working on global issues. Conference sessions will include new financial models for NGOs, CSR and corporate giving, filling the talent gap, learning from failures, charting a clear path through corruption, and many more.

Register before September 15 to receive our early bird rate:

  • Members: $125 – enter member discount code at check out (Email Pratima Stanton,pratima@globalwa.org, to receive your member discount code.)
  • Non-Members and Individual Ambassadors: $175

Rates after September 15:

  • Members: $175
  • Non-Members and Individual Ambassadors: $250

Click here to register online.