Study on Composition of International Bodies Shows that Women are Under-Represented

Want Direct Client Experience and Make a Difference? Applications Now Being Accepted for Bridging the Gap/Moderate Means Program- Due 10/19

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Bridging the Gap provides legal referrals for low and moderate income individuals as a part of the WSBA Moderate Means Program.

Bridging the Gap is a UW Law in-house pro bono program. The goal of the program is to increase access to civil legal services for people of moderate means who cannot afford an attorney but make too much money to qualify for traditional free legal aid services. The program is focused in the areas of Family, Housing and Consumer law.

Law students serving as Bridging the Gap volunteer interns interview potential clients by telephone to collect information and evaluate their cases. Qualifying cases will be referred by interns to participating attorneys who have agreed to represent clients for a reduced fee. After completing training, Bridging the Gap interns will be expected to commit to a minimum of five hours a week for the duration of fall and winter quarters (one hour is a weekly staff meeting).

Benefits to students:

  • Hands-on experience interviewing clients;
  • Training in substantive legal issues, issue-spotting, interviewing skills and ethics;
  • Instruction on how to use the Legal Server database, which is used by most of the civil legal aid organizations in Washington State, and many other states;
  • Supervision and mentoring by experienced attorneys;
  • The satisfaction of helping low and moderate income individuals who otherwise might not receive any legal help at all;
  • Time spent volunteering for Bridging the Gap counts for recognition with the Pro Bono Honors Society.

Upper level students (2L, 3L and LLM) may participate in training for the program now (fall quarter) and begin interviewing clients in November. 1Ls can train now and begin interviewing clients in January.

To apply for the program, submit a letter of interest and resume to Ann Spangler at spangler@uw.edu by October 19, 2015.

GQUAL Campaign to Increase Gender Parity on International Rights Bodies

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According to a study conducted by GQUAL, the lack of gender parity, specifically the underrepresentation of women, affects almost all international tribunals and monitoring bodies. They report that women hold only 17% of positions on international courts and 25% of positions on regional human rights bodies. The GQUAL Declaration notes that States are generally responsible for nominating and electing candidates to these international bodies, but often lack transparent guidelines and procedures for such processes. Additionally, most States do not have mechanisms to correct gender disparities. By not respecting the principle of non-discrimination, States Parties may be in violation of Article 8 of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW).

Continue reading here.

Call for Submissions: American University Washington College of Law’s Human Rights Essay Award Competition, Deadline 2/1/2016

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Are you interested in attending an all-expense paid 3 week summer program on Human Rights and Humanitarian Law taught by over 40 world-renowned practitioners and academics at American University Washington College of Law? Well, now is your chance! Submit an essay to the Human Rights Essay Award Competition and you could be the lucky winner to receive a scholarship to attend the 2016 Program of Advanced Studies in Human Rights and Humanitarian Law from May 31 – June 17. This year’s topic is “Extractive Industries and Human Rights” and the deadline to submit is February 1, 2016. Participants have the flexibility to choose any subject related to the assigned topic. The best articles may be published in the American University International Law Review.

This annual competition sponsored by the Academy on Human Rights and Humanitarian Law seeks to stimulate the production of scholarly work in international human rights law. The Academy will grant two Awards, one for the best article in English and one for the best article in Spanish. The Award in each case will consist of: a scholarship to the Academy’s Program of Advanced Studies, travel expenses to Washington D.C., housing at the university dorms and a per diem for living expenses.

For more information, click here.

Jameson Crane III Disability and Law Writing Competition, Deadline 1/15/2016

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Thomas Jefferson School of Law is pleased to announce the second Jameson Crane III Disability and the Law Writing Competition. Made possible by the generous gift of Thomas Jefferson School of Law alumnus Jameson Crane III, this competition seeks to encourage outstanding student scholarship at the intersection of law and medicine, or law and the social sciences. The competition promotes an understanding of these topics, furthers the development of legal rights and protections, and improves the lives of those with disabilities. Submissions will be judged anonymously by an independent panel of experts.

If you win, you will get a $1,500 cash prize and Thomas Jefferson Law Review (TJLR) will consider the paper for publication under the TJLR’s editorial standards.  Two second place winners will each receive a $1,000 cash prize.  (Preference for these additional winners will be given to submissions from disciplines not represented by the grand prize winner.)

For more information, click here.

There is still time to register for the Equal Justice Works 2015 Conference and Career Fair!

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Friday, October 23 & Saturday, October 24
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While the period to apply for prescheduled interviews has closed, students and recent graduates may register through October 9 to speak with employers during table talk and to attend conferences sessions.

NETWORK with more than 150 public interest employers. We have heard from many employers and students that interviews and job offers have been secured from meetings during table talk!

LEARN during our conference sessions lead by experienced public interest attorneys on international and immigration careers, managing student debt, and how students can organize to fight injustice!

Learn more and register here! Registration deadline is October 9

National Juvenile Defender Center Publishes Juvenile Defense Policy and Practice Career Resource Guide

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The National Juvenile Defender Center prepared the Juvenile Defense Policy and Practice Career Resource Guide to provide students and others with valuable resources to jumpstart a juvenile defense career. It includes information on coursework and externships that will help strengthen a candidate’s application in the juvenile defense field; resources to guide in the search for juvenile defense jobs, fellowships, and funding opportunities; and a list of offices around the country that provide employment and internship opportunities specific to juvenile defense.

Click here for the resource guide.

Would you like access to free hands on legal training, CLE credits, and networking opportunities to help start your own law practice? If so, ELAP Family Law Fellowship is the Answer!

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Eastside Legal Assistance Program is now accepting applications this month for this November’s fellowship class.  The yearlong program is an opportunity for newly licensed attorneys pursuing a career in family law to gain direct experience in a supportive environment. Fellows volunteer half-time while receiving computer access, desks, phones, mentorship and training in Family Law, Domestic Violence, motions practice and pre-trial/trial preparation. ELAP will also provide law office management training to assist the attorneys in establishing their own offices. And Fellows are covered by ELAP’s malpractice insurance for all work done on ELAP cases.

For more information, click here.

Attentions Law Students! Limited Funding Available for Equal Justice Works Career Fair! Apply Now!

Equal Justice Works Career Fair Limited Funding Support for UW Law Students

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As noted in the CommonGoodUW.org blog, UW Law students can request up to $450 in reimbursement for the cost of attending the Equal Justice Works Conference and Career Fair October 23-24, 2015 in Arlington, VA.  Priority in selection will be given to students who have secured interviews and to 3Ls.

Application Procedure & Deadlines for UW Law:

To apply for funding please email Dean Storms at mestorms@uw.edu and provide a resume and a brief written statement describing why EJW career fair attendance will be useful for you. If you have applied for or secured an interview during the career fair please include this information.

Monday, October 5, 5:00 p.m.: deadline to apply for travel funding

Friday, October 9, noon: students to be notified of funding awards

Please note: the stipend will reimburse up to $450 of documented travel expenses.  Receipts are strictly required.

The Return of the Debtor’s Prison

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By Anthony D. Romero | Huffington Post | Photo Credit to Huffington Post

The debtors’ prison was supposed to be a thing of the past–a relic of the colonial era that was outlawed by the United States government nearly two centuries ago. More recently, the Supreme Court ruled that jailing people who lack the means to pay criminal justice fines or fees–a modern-day form of debtors’ prison–is unconstitutional. Ultimately, debtors’ prisons are not only illegal, they are counterproductive: incarceration strains limited public resources and can have devastating consequences on the lives of the poor.

Nonetheless, in the wake of the recent economic recession, cash-strapped state and local governments have aggressively targeted poor individuals who have already served their criminal sentences. The March 2015 U.S. Justice Department’s report on Ferguson, Missouri, provides a horrifying glimpse of what can happen when governments treat the poor as mere revenue sources.

Continue reading here.

Establishing the White House Legal Aid Interagency Roundtable

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By Director Lisa Foster of the Office for Access to Justice

“Providing meaningful access to justice is a national responsibility and a moral charge.  I am delighted by President Obama’s action to expand legal aid resources for Americans in need, and excited for all that the White House Legal Aid Interagency Roundtable will achieve as it works to advance opportunity, promote equality, and ensure justice for all.” – Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch

What do 20 federal agencies, the United Nations, and civil legal aid have in common?  Plenty, according to President Obama who recently issued a presidential memorandum formally establishing the White House Legal Aid Interagency Roundtable (LAIR).  The presidential memorandum was announced by Roy Austin Jr., Deputy Assistant to the President for Urban Affairs, Justice and Opportunity as well as Ambassador Samantha Power, U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations at an event held on the eve of the UN’s Sustainable Development Summit in New York.  The event highlighted the inclusion of Goal 16 in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.  Goal 16 calls for the promotion of peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, for access to justice for all and for the building of effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels.  With Goal 16, the international community has recognized that access to justice is essential to sustainable development and necessary to end poverty.

Continue reading here.

Pro Bono Gives Solos Experience and Satisfaction

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By Kevin Davis | ABA Journal | Photo of Jill Metz; Photo by Wayne Slezak

When Chicago attorney Jill Metz started practicing as a solo attorney in the early 1980s, she decided she would always make time to do pro bono work.

Though she needed to get her practice off the ground and earn a living, Metz volunteered five to 10 hours a week for the People’s Law Office in the Uptown neighborhood, doing criminal defense work and housing law for the mostly poor clientele.

Recent news stories have exposed that major law firms donate only 0.1 percent of their proceeds to legal aid for low-income people, making the contributions by lawyers like Metz even more crucial for impoverished clients.

Continue reading here.

Attention Spanish-Speaking 2Ls and 3Ls!  International Human Rights Pro Bono Opportunity! EarthRights International Seeks 2L or 3L for Remote Litigation Support

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EarthRights International seeks a 2L or 3L for remote litigation support.  The time commitment is 9-10 hours per week.  No prerequisites, but experience with U.S. litigation is a plus.  The position requires proficiency in Spanish.  The volunteer will work closely with one of the attorney’s at EarthRights International with regular weekly check ins.

The volunteer will be conducting factual and U.S. legal research to assist ERI in developing a transnational injunctive strategy against a mega development project in the Amazon that poses a high risk of environmental and human rights abuses.

To apply, send a cover letter, resume and writing sample to Maryum Jordan, maryum@earthrights.org.  The application deadline is rolling until the position is filled.

Want Direct Client Experience and Make a Difference? Applications Now Being Accepted for Bridging the Gap/Moderate Means Program- Due 10/19

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Bridging the Gap provides legal referrals for low and moderate income individuals as a part of the WSBA Moderate Means Program.

Bridging the Gap is a UW Law in-house pro bono program. The goal of the program is to increase access to civil legal services for people of moderate means who cannot afford an attorney but make too much money to qualify for traditional free legal aid services. The program is focused in the areas of Family, Housing and Consumer law.

Law students serving as Bridging the Gap volunteer interns interview potential clients by telephone to collect information and evaluate their cases. Qualifying cases will be referred by interns to participating attorneys who have agreed to represent clients for a reduced fee. After completing training, Bridging the Gap interns will be expected to commit to a minimum of five hours a week for the duration of fall and winter quarters (one hour is a weekly staff meeting).

Benefits to students:

  • Hands-on experience interviewing clients;
  • Training in substantive legal issues, issue-spotting, interviewing skills and ethics;
  • Instruction on how to use the Legal Server database, which is used by most of the civil legal aid organizations in Washington State, and many other states;
  • Supervision and mentoring by experienced attorneys;
  • The satisfaction of helping low and moderate income individuals who otherwise might not receive any legal help at all;
  • Time spent volunteering for Bridging the Gap counts for recognition with the Pro Bono Honors Society.

Upper level students (2L, 3L and LLM) may participate in training for the program now (fall quarter) and begin interviewing clients in November. 1Ls can train now and begin interviewing clients in January.

To apply for the program, submit a letter of interest and resume to Ann Spangler at spangler@uw.edu by October 19, 2015.

Wayfind Microenterprise Clinic and Nonprofit Law Clinic – UW Law Student Volunteers Needed- Application Due 10/20

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Assist pro bono transactional lawyers at either microenterprise clinics or nonprofit legal clinics by taking client interview notes and drafting the client “work plan” which summarizes the legal advice given by the attorney. 

Wayfind provides free business legal services for nonprofit organizations and low-income microentrepreneurs.  Wayfind pro bono attorneys assist non-profit organizations with a range of legal matters including real estate, tax, non-profit governance, and intellectual property.  Wayfind pro bono attorneys also help low-income microentrepreneurs at legal clinics on legal matters including review of contracts, operating agreements and leases, business entity selection, intellectual property matters including publishing and trade name, and adding people to a partnership.

Wayfind hosts different types of legal clinics for its two client populations: non-profit organizations and microentrepreneurs.

For more information, click here.

Attention Spanish Speakers Interested in Family Law & Equal Justice! Pro Bono Opportunity with the King County Bar Association Family Law Program

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The Family Law Programs of the King County Bar Association’s Pro Bono Services promote family safety and equal access to the legal system by assisting domestic violence survivors, children at risk of abuse or neglect, and clients facing barriers to accessing the courts due to language, disability, and other factors. The Kinship Care Solutions program provides pro bono representation in nonparental custody actions, and the Self-Help Plus program provides pro se assistance in uncontested dissolutions and parenting plan actions. The programs have expanded to help unaccompanied children from Central America who have been abused, neglected or abandoned by a parent and who may be eligible for protective immigration relief called Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS). Volunteer attorneys assist caregivers and family law members with family law actions in order to obtain court findings that may be used in the SIJS process.

This position will provide experience in practical legal skills such as client interviewing, legal issue spotting, case development, and working with immigrant clients. In addition, the intern will learn substantive and procedural aspects to family law practice and exposure to immigration law. This position is unpaid but can be sponsored for academic credit if available through the student’s school.

For more information, click here.

Attention 1Ls and 2Ls! International Human Rights Pro Bono Opportunity!

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An international corporate accountability and human rights NGO seeks a first- or second-year law student for a short-term unpaid legal internship to begin immediately.  Working closely with the NGO’s attorneys, the intern will conduct legal research and analysis to support litigation in U.S. federal court regarding environmental and human rights violations committed abroad.  The work will be completed remotely and on the intern’s own schedule as long as agreed-upon deadlines are met.  We estimate an initial commitment of 10-20 hours of work in the next month, with the possibility of additional assignments depending on how the matter proceeds.  Please submit a writing sample and a CV to Chris Benoit at chris@coylefirm.com. Applications accepted on a rolling basis.

Attention 3Ls, Recent Grads and Project Based Fellowship Applicants!

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Did you just submit an EJW or other project based fellowship application? Here’s another opportunity to get your innovative project up and running. Apply for the Berkeley Law Foundation Fellowship! Application due January 15. UW Law students have been past recipients!

For complete info, click here.

Looking for Pro Bono Opportunities? Volunteer with the WA Vets Wills Clinic on October 24th!

Pro Bono Opportunity Eligible for Pro Bono Honors: Washington Vets Wills Clinic on Saturday, October 24

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The Washington Vets Wills Clinic (“Clinic”) has been providing pro bono legal advice and free estate planning documents to eligible Veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces, National Guard and Reserve members, and their spouses for three years.  Founded in 2012, the Clinic is a coalition of philanthropic, educational, civic, and veterans’ service organizations dedicated to giving back to former members of the military. The Clinic assists Veterans while providing pro bono opportunities to the legal community and experiential learning through service to law students.

The second annual North Sound Clinic will be hosted in Seattle on 24 October 2015, at the University of Washington School of Law.  The Clinic’s goal is to ensure that every attending Veteran and spouse meets with a lawyer and leaves the Clinic with an executed and notarized will, power of attorney, and health care directive.

To participate in the Clinic, Veterans apply online and the information requested in the application is used to create unique estate planning documents for each Veteran client. Not all that apply are accepted, and the Clinic reserves the right to determine rules of use and participation.  Once the Veteran and spouse are accepted, Clinic staff assigns them an appointment time.  On the day of the Clinic, Veterans check in, enjoy refreshments, and visit with the clinic partners and other veterans until their appointment time.

At their appointment time, the assigned law clerk greets the Veteran and their spouse, and accompanies them to a room where they meet in confidence with an assigned lawyer.  The lawyer interviews, counsels, and advises the clients while the law clerks draft any changes to the packet of pre-filled estate planning documents.  The lawyer reviews these with the clients and, once final copies are printed, guides them through execution of the documents.  Volunteer notaries public assist with formally executing the documents.  Finally, the law clerk escorts the clients back to the lobby.

A free Continuing Legal Education training class precedes each Clinic event, to teach lawyers and supporting volunteers the estate planning process, and to acquaint them with the basic documents used at the Clinic.

As one second-year law student volunteer observed, “As I saw the Vets leave after their sessions, they left holding hands with their spouses, smiling and thanking volunteers.  It was apparent that the services we provided had both legal and emotional benefits for the clients.”  Those legal and emotional benefits extend to the students, who find it very gratifying to serve the Veterans population, while learning about estate planning from practicing attorneys.

Law students can volunteer in two ways. The first is to volunteer for the day of the clinic, for a morning shift, afternoon shift, or all day (both) shift. The day of shifts will involve a combination of observing attorneys advising veteran clients, as well as general all-around and administrative tasks. The Clinic will work diligently to provide a combination of exposure to legal work as well as general purpose work. The second way to volunteer is for making confirmation calls to the veteran clients of their appointments, which will occur on Sat Oct 17th. This option allows for an hour or two of service, though the confirmations are more administrative than legal work. Please volunteer through the online form at www.wavetswillclinic.com/volunteer and use the comments box to indicate what volunteer opportunity you are interested in.

ABA Announces Mini-Grants for Projects Expanding Pro Bono Attorneys Representation of Unaccompanied Minor Immigrants

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ABA Working Group on Unaccompanied Minor Immigrants is pleased to announce the availability of mini-grants to legal assistance providers engaging pro bono attorneys to represent unaccompanied minor immigrants. The mini-grants are intended to provide initial financial support for innovative and sustainable pro bono models of legal representation of unaccompanied minor immigrants.

Applications are due no later than September 30, 2015. Please click here to view and download the Request for Proposals and Grant Application.

Questions regarding the mini-grants should be directed to Juliet Gilbert.

Equal Justice Works Career Fair & Conference – Last week for interview applications!

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The Equal Justice Works annual Conference and Career Fair is the largest national public interest legal career fair in the country.  More than 1,200 students from 165 law schools attend for two days of interviews, workshops, networking and other career opportunities.  More than 140 public interest employers conduct interviews for internship and full-time positions and meet with students in informal “table talk” settings to discuss public interest legal opportunities.  The Conference and Career Fair also features workshops on various public interest careers and job search advice, resume and cover letter review, mock interviews, and more. Students and recent graduates can apply for interviews through September 14 and may register to attend informal table talk networking and workshop sessions through October 9. UW Law students who’ve secured interviews may be eligible for limited funding associated with travel costs to DC. Please email Aline Carton-Listfjeld at acarton@uw.edu for more details.

For more information, visit the Equal Justice Works website.

King County’s First Equity & Social Justice Strategic Plan: We Want to Hear from Local Organizations!

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King County is in the early stages of developing an actionable, countywide strategic plan to advance Equity and Social Justice in our region.  We need your input to ensure the plan is informed and grounded in the true needs and opportunities within communities, as well as how the county can act as a responsive and effective partner. 

We are asking organizations in all sectors to please go to our survey to share your ideas on how to increase equity in King County.  Let us know what issues we should collectively tackle, what’s working to increase equity, and what are emerging opportunities. We also want your ideas about how we can collectively partner to advance equity in our region.

We will continue to stay in touch about this process as we collectively shape priorities and strategies.

Attention Post Grad Students! AmeriCorps Fellowship Deadlines Fast Approaching!

Want to Host A Social Justice Tuesday This Year?

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Want to host a Social Justice Today this Year? Don’t miss out! Any UW Law student organization can team up with the Center for Public Service Law to host an SJT.

Learn more about how to sign up here. 

2015 AmeriCorps Legal Fellowships Still Available to Begin between August 15 and September 15

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There are several postgraduate fellowship positions available with organizations across the country through out Veterans Legal Corps and Employment Opportunity Legal Corps. The fellowships are one-year and will begin in August or September 2015.

Host organizations will post more information on positions over the next several weeks, so please continue to check back!

For more information click here.

Attention 3Ls and Recent Grads! 2016 Equal Justice Works Fellowships Application Deadline Closes September 18

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The 2016 application is open through September 18. Register for these 2016 Equal Justice Works Fellowships webinars for application tips and to learn about sponsorship opportunities in medical-legal partnerships with special guest, Ellen Lawton of the National Center for Medical-Legal Partnership at GWU’s Department of Health Policy.

Check out the following for helpful information about EJW Fellowships:

Filipino Lawyers of Washington Now Accepting Applications for 2015 Pangarap Scholarship

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Each year, the Filipino Lawyers of Washington (“FLOW”) awards up to 3 scholarships ranging from $500 to $3,000 to law students in the Pacific Northwest. The scholarships are intended to recognize law students who have demonstrated significant commitment to community service, particularly service to the Filipino/Filipino American community. You need not be of Filipino ethnicity to apply.

Applications must be e-mailed to students@filipinolawyers.org no later than Saturday September 25, 2015 at 5pm PST.

To download the application, click here.

U.S. Grassroots Groups File Request for Hearing on Right to Water and Sanitation at International Human Rights Commission

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By US Human Rights Network

Washington, DC – July 29, 2015 – Yesterday, on the 5th Anniversary of the UN General Assembly resolution on the human right to safe and clean drinking water and sanitation, the US Human Rights Network, along with more than twenty U.S. grassroots and national groups, individuals, and universities filed a request for a hearing with the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR), a regional human rights commission, regarding the human right to water in the United States.

The request is responding to the urgent situations nationwide involving a lack of access to clean and affordable water, and highlights several of those critical situations that represent key water challenges in urban, rural, and indigenous communities. The request includes information on African-American communities in Michigan, Maryland, and rural Alabama, Latino communities in rural California, and Indigenous communities in the Southwest that have been disproportionately affected.

Continue reading here.

Solitary Confinement: Punished for Life

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By Erica Goode | New York Times | Photo credit Max Whittaker for NYT (Photo of Joseph Harmon)

In 1993, Craig Haney, a social psychologist, interviewed a group of inmates in solitary confinement at Pelican Bay State Prison, California’s toughest penal institution.

He was studying the psychological effects of isolation on prisoners, and Pelican Bay was among the first of a new breed of super-maximum-security prisons that states around the country were beginning to build.

Twenty years later, he returned to Pelican Bay for another set of interviews. He was startled to find himself facing some of the same prisoners he had met before, inmates who now had spent more than two decades alone in windowless cells.

Continue reading here.  

Watch the video on the Effects of Solitary Confinement by Colin Archdeacon and Center for Constitutional Rights here.

New Study Raises Questions on Fairness in Harsh Prison Sentences

2016 Equal Justice Works Fellowship Applications Open!

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The application for the 2016 Equal Justice Works Fellowship is open until 5 p.m. EDT on September 18, 2015. Learn more about our fellowships and the application by:

Don’t forget to talk with Aline Carton-Listfjeld at the Center for Public Service Law before applying for an Equal Justice Works Fellowship.

Harsh Prison Sentences Swell Ranks of Lifers and Raise Questions About Fairness, Study Finds

By Deborah Bach | UW Today

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Stricter state sentencing laws in Washington have swelled the ranks of inmates serving life sentences to nearly one in five.

And some lifers who opted to go to trial are serving much longer sentences than others who committed the same crimes and plea-bargained — raising questions about equitable treatment of prisoners.

Those are among the findings in a new analysis by undergraduate honors students in the University of Washington’s Law, Societies & Justice program, who sought to determine the number of lifers in Washington prisons, the legal processes that lead to life sentences and the cost of housing those inmates, many of whom will die behind bars.

Continue reading here.

Photo courtesy of David McSpadden / Flickr

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.

Interested in Defending the Earth? EarthJustice Position Openings

Attention Recent Grads! Snohomish Count Superior Court Seeking Law Clerk, Due 11/12

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Judge Thomas Wynne in Snohomish County Superior Court is hiring a law clerk/bailiff to begin at the end of November.  He will be accepting applications on a rolling basis until Wednesday, November 12th at 5:00PM and interviews will immediately follow.  The job description for the law clerk/bailiff position is attached.

For complete details, click here.

Oregon Law Center Seeking Full Time Staff Attorney, Due 11/14

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Oregon Law Center (OLC) seeks a full-time staff attorney to provide civil legal services to low-income clients. The position is based in Coos Bay along the rugged southern Oregon coast, and serves clients throughout Coos, Curry, and Western Douglas Counties. These counties have a high poverty rate and limited access to services.

OLC is a legal services program committed to achieving justice for the low-income communities of Oregon by providing a full range of the highest quality civil legal services. OLC does not receive funding from the federal Legal Services Corporation. OLC operates ten offices, a state support unit, legislative advocacy unit, and statewide farmworker program. OLC works closely with Legal Aid Services of Oregon and other partners in Oregon’s coordinated civil legal services delivery system.

For more information, click here.

City of Olympia Municipal Court Seeking Municipal Court Public Defender, Due 11/15

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The City of Olympia Municipal Court is accepting applications for contract public defender. The City is hiring four public defenders with the contract beginning January 1, 2015. Applicants must be a member in good standing with the WA State Bar Association with a minimum of two years criminal law experience, preferably in a Municipal or District Court with public defense experience. Contract period runs from January 1, 2015 thru December 31, 2015, with an option to renew. The monthly salary is $5,000. Public Defenders must be able to meet caseload standards and certifications. Public defenders work closely with the Public Defense Coordinator.

For more information, click here.

American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) Offering Fellowship Program, Due 11/15

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The Legal Department of the American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (“AFL‑CIO”) is offering a one‑year fellowship beginning in September 2015.  The fellowship offers an excellent opportunity for recent law school graduates to work with experienced union-side lawyers on a wide variety of issues.

The AFL‑CIO Fellow will work with lawyers in the AFL‑CIO Legal Department and with other union lawyers around the country on a wide range of activities.  The Fellow will assist experienced lawyers working on cases and regulatory matters that affect the labor movement and the rights of workers.  The AFL‑CIO’s litigation caseload includes cases in the U.S. Supreme Court, the U.S. Courts of Appeals, the NLRB and a small number of state appellate suits.  In addition, the AFL‑CIO Legal Department frequently presents the views of the labor movement on federal regulatory initiatives affecting workers.  Whenever possible, the Fellow will be given the opportunity to participate in meetings with union lawyers and to attend oral arguments.  The AFL‑CIO Fellow will also participate in Lawyers Coordinating Committee activities, including preparation for attorney conferences, outreach to new labor lawyers and law students, and regular opportunities to attend LCC meetings and conferences.

For more information, click here.

Social Justice Fund NW Seeking Program Director, Due 11/19

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Social Justice Fund is a member-funded foundation that supports the creation of a just society through fundraising, grantmaking, and member involvement.  The foundation provides essential resources to organizations in Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington, and Wyoming to strengthen grassroots efforts in the broad-based movement for progressive, systemic social change.

The Program Director is a full-time, exempt employee and reports to the Executive Director.  The Program Director is responsible for leading, coordinating, implementing and evaluating all aspects of Social Justice Fund’s programs, including our Giving Projects and all of our grantmaking.

For more information, click here.

Attention 2Ls! Rule 9 Position with the Snohomish County Public Defenders, Due 11/21

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The Snohomish County Public Defenders Association is seeking 2L Summer interns for 2015 Rule 9 positions. The Snohomish County Public Defenders Association represents indigent individuals in the Superior and District Courts of Snohomish County. Currently the office has a Felony unit, Misdemeanor unit, Civil Commitment unit, and a Predator unit. The positions will be in the Misdemeanor unit at the office. Each intern will be paired up with a supervising attorney who will assign tasks as needed.

After an initial training period, which will last approximately two weeks, the position will require frequent court appearances, meeting with clients, possible interviews at various correctional facilitates, motions practice, and any other task assigned by a supervising attorney. The position will likely require a significant amount of time in court. Only those interested in working with indigent people and who are interested in trial work should apply. Positions are unpaid. Externship credit is possible but will require the student to coordinate with the school. The ideal start time would be shortly after the school year ends and go to just before the next school session. There can be some flexibility as to start and end dates.

Please submit cover letter, resume, and a writing sample. We are currently accepting these materials. Ideally material should be sent to Paul Thompson. Or, in the alternative, they can be mailed to the Snohomish County Public Defenders Assoc, Attn: Paul Thompson, 2722 Sute 200, Colby Ave, , Everett, WA. 98201. No phone calls accepted. Email questions to pthompson@snocopda.org. The above materials will be accepted until November 21st applicants will receive a response as to the status of their materials.

Attention Post Grads!  Columbia Legal Services Seeking Advocacy Director

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For many years, Columbia Legal Services and its predecessor organizations has represented some of the most marginalized people in Washington. We use every legal tool available on their behalf. Our role to serve people and use advocacy that might otherwise not be available makes our work an integral part of the Washington Alliance for Equal Justice.

Columbia Legal Services seeks a full-time Advocacy Director to oversee all statewide litigation and advocacy projects. This position is likely based in Seattle, with statewide responsibilities. Working closely with a dynamic advocacy team that spans five locations and four statewide project teams, the Advocacy Director will work collaboratively with an executive leadership team, and work in partnership with the Policy Director and five Coordinating Attorneys. This position reports to the Director.

For complete details, click here.

Washington House Democrats Hiring Legislative Aides

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Washington House Democrats is offering positions as legislative to the following Representatives in Washington’s Democratic House.  Click on the links below for a full job description.

Legislative Assistant to Rep. Morris — Job announcement
Legislative Assistant to Rep. Lytton — Job announcement
Legislative Assistant to Rep. Hunter — Job announcement
Legislative Assistant to Rep. Carlyle — Job announcement

Attention Recent Grads! EarthJustice in Bozeman, MT Seeking Associate Attorney

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The Northern Rockies office of Earthjustice, located in Bozeman, Montana, has an opening for an associate attorney to begin work in the fall of 2015.

In the Northern Rockies, we are engaged in a regional litigation program focused on protecting and preserving the iconic wildlife species and wild lands of this incomparable region. The Northern Rockies office has played a leading and long-standing role as the last line of defense for the ecosystems encompassing Yellowstone and Glacier national parks, as well as the grizzly bears, wolves, bison and other species that depend upon the ecological integrity of these spectacular areas.

Associate attorneys at Earthjustice perform a range of litigation-related tasks that can include: conducting legal research and preparing memoranda on issues relating to ongoing or potential litigation projects; drafting motions, briefs and other pleadings; preparing comments on proposed agency actions and environmental impact statements; developing oral advocacy and presentation skills.

For complete details, click here.

National Security Agency at Fort Mead, MD Seeking Full-Time Attorney in Acquisition, Research & Technology

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The National Security Agency (NSA) Office of General Counsel is seekingan attorney with at least 3 years of experience in patent prosecution to joinits Acquisition, Research and Technology practice group. The attorney will have responsibility for providing a full range of Intellectual Property (IP) legal services.

To apply for this position, please visit http://www.NSA.gov/Careers and click the ‘Job Search/Apply Now’ button located at the top left of your screen.

Search the job posting, Attorney position, job # 1051588, and click the job to apply. After completing the application and clicking the ‘Submit Final’ button, you will receive a confirmation email.

Attention Recent Grads! Associate Attorney Opening at Earthjustice in Bozeman, MT

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The Northern Rockies office of Earthjustice, located in Bozeman, Montana, has an opening for an associate attorney to begin work in the fall of 2015.

In the Northern Rockies, we are engaged in a regional litigation program focused on protecting and preserving the iconic wildlife species and wild lands of this incomparable region. The Northern Rockies office has played a leading and long-standing role as the last line of defense for the ecosystems encompassing Yellowstone and Glacier national parks, as well as the grizzly bears, wolves, bison and other species that depend upon the ecological integrity of these spectacular areas.

We are equally engaged in the battle to combat global warming by challenging coal mining and coal-fired power plants, and we are responding to a rapid natural gas development boom that is spreading across the Northern Rockies region.

For complete details, click here.

Fellowships at Auschwitz for the Study of Professional Ethics (FASPE) Now Accepting Applications, Due 1/6/15

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FASPE is a set of innovative programs for students in professional schools designed to address contemporary ethical issues through a unique historical context. The Fellowships provide journalism, law, medical, seminary, and business students with a structured program of study that initially focuses on the role of their chosen professions in Nazi Germany and the Holocaust and uses that historic focus as a framework for the consideration of contemporary ethical issues. Through an all-expenses-paid two-week summer intensive course in New York, Germany, and  Poland, students will explore such topics as The Rule of Law vs. Lawlessness; The Role and Limits of Bioethics; The Goals of Morality in the Face of Evil; The Responsibility to Report; and Ethical Limitations on Profit-Seeking.

For complete details, click 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:

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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.

Interested in Health and the Law? Position Openings in Reproductive Health & Public Health (HIV/AIDS)

Worker’s Rights Attorney Position in Upstate New York Deadline Extended to 9/8, Due TODAY!

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Empire Justice is a statewide, multi‐issue, multi‐strategy non‐profit law firm focused on improving the “systems” within which poor and low-income families live. With a focus on poverty law, Empire Justice Center undertakes research and training, acts as an informational clearinghouse, and provides direct representation and support to local legal services programs and community based organizations. As an advocacy organization, we engage in legislative and administrative advocacy on behalf of those harmed by poverty and discrimination. As a nonprofit law firm, we provide legal assistance to those in need and undertake impact litigation in order to protect and defend the rights of disenfranchised New Yorkers.

The Workers’ Rights Attorney will represent individuals and groups of low-wage and immigrant workers in the Genesee Valley region in wage theft and related claims. The Attorney will work with community organizations and worker centers to develop effective strategies to address wage theft and other forms of workplace exploitation.

For a complete job description and application instructions, click here.

United Nations Assistance Mission for Afghanistan (UNAMA) Seeking Assistant Information Officer for Six Months in Tehran, Iran, Due 9/9

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Under direct supervision of the Head of Office and within the delegated authority, the incumbents will be responsible for the following duties: Provide general support to Tehran Liaison Office in all aspects of assistance (including office management, programming and coordination); Promote dialogue with representatives of the central authorities, institutions and civil society groups; Support international staff with regular updates; Ensure that related project monitoring and reporting activities are carried out; Prepare regular reports (daily, weekly, monthly and other reports as requested by the Head of Office); Liaise regularly with other UN Agencies and NGO partners to ensure greater interaction and cooperation; Participate in relevant UN working group meetings;
Support the translation of UN and other official documents; Arrange meetings; Participate in conferences and seminars; Assist Head of Office with briefing notes, background papers and talking points; Maintain up-to-date knowledge of diverse Afghan-related issues; Supervise national staff;
Under the direction of the HoO, represent UNAMA in official meetings with local authorities, communities and organizations; and Perform other duties as required.

For a complete job description and application instructions, click here.

Hagens Berman Sobol Shapiro, LLP in Phoenix, AZ Seeking Students for Temporary Paid Law Clerk Position, Position Starts Immediately

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We are currently seeking 10-20 or so preferred law students to put in a minimum of 15-20 hours a week at $12/hour for the next 2-3 weeks. We have compiled a team of approximately 90 law students from the Phoenix, Tempe, Tucson, Portland, St. Louis, Los Angeles, Chicago, and Boston areas. The position requires law clerks to conduct document coding and data entry into a main database used for class certification, export report comparisons, and class notice.  Students may complete the work remotely.  Candidates must be detail-oriented with the ability to learn and produce quickly.  While there is potential for additional work after the completion of this project, there is no guarantee of any amount of work assigned to any contracted candidate.

Interested candidates should submit a resumé and availability immediately to David Pierce Uffens at David@dpierceassociates.com.

PATH Seeking Project Administer, Reproductive Health

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Pilot Introduction and Evaluation of Sayana Press is a four-year project funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Sayana Press (SP) is an innovative subcutaneous injectable contraceptive. The project will facilitate the introduction of Sayana Press in four countries:  Senegal, Burkina Faso, Niger and Uganda. The project aims to make Sayana Press available through routine health service delivery channels and build the evidence base for global decision-making about whether and how to include Sayana Press in family planning programs in the future. Looking beyond the current introductions, the project also plans to work closely with ministries of health in Senegal and Uganda to build the evidence base on issues such as the operational feasibility and cost-effectiveness of Sayana Press self-injection among women.

PATH is currently recruiting a Program Administrator (PADM) for the Pilot Introduction and Evaluation of Sayana Press project.

For a complete job description and application instructions, click here.

USAID Seeking Public Health Specialist on HIV/AIDS in Zambia

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USAID/Zambia has an immediate opening for a Public Health Specialist (HIV/AIDS Strategic
Information) in the HIV/AIDS Multisectoral Office.

The incumbent serves as the Public Health Specialist (HIV/AIDS Strategic Information). S/he is a senior program specialist and key public health advisor responsible for HIV/AIDS Strategic Information (SI) activities within USAID/Zambia. S/he works at a project management level with government ministries, implementing partners, non-governmental organizations, contractors and grantees to coordinate the design and ensure appropriate, high quality implementation and strengthening of monitoring and evaluation (M&E) systems and evaluation projects as defined in the Country Operational Plan (COP). S/he also has duties and responsibilities in health management and information systems program management.

For a complete job description and application instructions, click here.

Equal Justice Works 2014-2015 AmeriCorps Legal Fellowships Now Open!

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Our AmeriCorps Legal Fellowship positions are filling up! This year, we have positions available for our Veterans Legal Corps, where Fellows will provide legal services in a variety of issue areas to veterans and military families, and Employment Opportunities Legal Corps, where Fellows will work to reduce legal barriers to employment for disadvantaged populations. Most fellows will have an option to renew for a second year, contingent upon continued funding.

Fellows begin their one-year term between August 1 and September 30. Host sites began posting positions in late June, and most available slots will be filled this month.

For a list of positions, click here and here.

For an updated list of sponsor preferences, click here.

Puget Sound Sage Seeking Executive Director, Due 10/2 at 5:00 PM PST

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Puget Sound Sage is seeking an Executive Director who is a values-driven, visionary and strategic leader committed to furthering economic, racial and social justice. Sage holds a central role in forging ground breaking change in the Northwest, reflected in recent victories to increase the minimum wage, ensure paid sick and safe time, and advance affordable housing, equitable development, environmental justice and community benefits agreements. Our success is measured through winning campaigns, but also long-term movement building, including the length and depth of true alliances between labor, immigrant rights, housing, and environmental- and faith-based partners. Sage’s board and community partners represent tens of thousands of constituents in the Puget Sound region, creating a unique capacity to create large-scale synergy for social change. And our staff team possesses a potent combination of research, organizing and racial justice analysis skills, deep union roots, broad community networks, and environmental leadership.

For a complete job description and application instructions, click here.

Campion Advocacy Fund Seeking Homelessness Program Director

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The Campion Advocacy Fund is seeking a politically savvy campaigner, with excellent communication skills and a well-honed understanding of Washington State’s progressive landscape, to serve as our Homelessness Program Director.

Ending homelessness and protecting wilderness—Campion Foundation’s keystone goals—require policy change and political action. We cannot buy enough housing to end homelessness, nor can we purchase the remaining public lands. Rather, we must use a variety of different vehicles to influence the public sector. By supporting a range of high-impact advocacy strategies, delivered through the creative collaborations among our experienced staff, risk-taking trustees and visionary nonprofit leaders, we can  do far more than any of us can accomplish working alone.

For a complete job description and application instructions, click here.

 

 

Need CLE Credits? Check Out the Upcoming CLE on Bullying in Schools

September 25: LGBT Law Section and WSBA Presents CLE on “Bullying: Legal Issues for Schools”

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Thursday, Sept. 25, 2014
Registration 1:00 – 1:30 PM, CLE Seminar 1:30 – 4:45 PM, Social 4:45 – 5:00 PM
WSBA, 1325 4th Ave., Ste. 600, Seattle

What can past bullying incidents teach us about the range and consequences of anti-LGBT and other bias-based bullying? At what point can school employees most successfully prevent such violence? What laws govern school districts’ policies on bullying, sexual orientation and gender identity and expression? What creative solutions have been used to reduce recurrence of harassment, discrimination, and violence in our schools?

LGBT Law Section members: $45 (Discount will be reflected at checkout)
Non-LGBT Law Section members: $75
Law students: $20 (After adding seminar to cart, enter promo code LSN55 and click Checkout)

Approved for 3 general CLE credits for Washington attorneys

Click here to register online.

October 2: Northwest Consumer Law Center Event Kick-Off

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

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We invite you to join us for the Equal Justice Works 2014 Conference and Career Fair on October 24 and 25 at the Bethesda North Marriott in Bethesda, MD.

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.