Diversity Week coming up, including salmon dinner and bingo

Feb. 21 – 27: Diversity Week events

UW Law LogoTime: Multiple events
Date: Tuesday, Feb. 21 to Monday, Feb. 27, 2017
Place: UW School of Law

  • NEGOTIATING IN THE WORKPLACE
    TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 21, 12:30 – 1:20 P.M. / ROOM 127
    Sponsored by the Women’s Law Caucus
  • FILM: “CARL MAXEY: A FIGHTING LIFE”
    TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 21, 3:30 – 5 P.M. / ROOM 115
    Sponsored by the Washington Association for Justice
  • SALMON DINNER AND BINGO
    TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 21, 6 P.M. / GALLERIA AND ROOM 115
    Sponsored by the Native American Law Students Association
  • MAKING THE COMMUNITY YOUR OWN
    WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 22, 12:30 – 1:20 P.M. / ROOM 127
    Sponsored by South Asian Law Students Association
  • BREAKING THE GLASS CEILING: A CONVERSATION WITH LAWMAKERS
    WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 22, 3:30 – 5 P.M. / ROOM 115
    Sponsored by the Latina/Latino Students Association
  • HAPPY HOUR
    WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 22 / BIG TIME BREWERY, 4133 UNIVERSITY WAY NE
    Sponsored by the South Asian Law Students Association
  • FEMALE LEGAL PRACTITIONERS WORLDWIDE
    THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 23, 12:30 – 1:20 P.M. / ROOM 127
    Sponsored by the International Law Society
  • HERE TO STAY: UNDOCUMENTED YOUTH, RESISTANCE AND THE COMING LUCHA
    THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 23, 4 – 5 P.M. / ROOM 115
    Sponsored by the Latina, Latino Students Association
  • A MULTICULTURAL TGIT
    THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 23, 5 P.M. / ROOM 115
    Sponsored by BLSA, LLSA and JLSA
  • CAREER OPPORTUNITIES IN CUTTING EDGE FIELDS: AN INTERVIEW WITH MR. STEVEN TAPIA
    FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 24, 12:30 – 1:20 P.M. / ROOM 127
    Sponsored by the Diversity Committee
  • PRESERVING CIVIL RIGHTS IN EDUCATION POLICY UNDER THE NEW ADMINISTRATION
    MONDAY, FEBRUARY 27, 12:30 – 1:20 P.M. / ROOM 127
  • FILM: “3 ½ MINUTES, TEN BULLETS” (PANEL DISCUSSION TO FOLLOW)
    MONDAY, FEBRUARY 27, 3:30 P.M. / ROOM 118
    Sponsored by the Black Law Students Association

Through Feb. 28: Law Students, Faculty & Staff Have Heart!

Time: 12:30 to 1:20 p.m.
Date: Through Tuesday, February 28. 2017
Place: UW School of Law, Brotman Galleria

UW Law LogoIf you had the chance to save someone’s life, would you? …what about 8 lives?

Each year, thousands of Americans die waiting for an organ. Desperately needed organs are buried with their owners rather than gifted to neighbors in need. Most Americans—over 95%—support organ donation. And yet, only 45% of eligible donors are registered.

Register or update your organ donor status today! We are registering students, faculty, and staff as organ and tissue donors. Sign up or verify your registration and show our community that you have heart by adding your heart to the wall! Each class, the LLMs, plus faculty and staff have different color hearts to show their support.

We will be tabling over lunch until the end of February. Come by and show us your heart and we’ll give you a heart for the wall. Together, we can save lives.

Feb. 28: Intersectionality & Difference: Working Together for Social Change

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Date: Tuesday, Feb. 28: 2017
Place: UW School of Law, Room 115

How can lawyers better meet the legal needs of grassroots communities organizing for change? How can lawyers support community-driven efforts from behind? How do we find balance in our own multiple and intersectional identities that affect our approach to problem solving and social change work? Should we redefine our ideas of lawyers as leaders? RSVP via Symplicity.

Feb. 28: Equal Justice Works webinar on Student Debt Relief

equal_justice_works_logoTime: 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.
Date: Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2017
Place: Webinar

Learn about repayment plans, loan forgiveness options, loan cancellation options, what do if you’re behind on your loan payments and more! Register here! If you can’t attend live, register and you’ll receive the recording 24-48 hours after the presentation.

Washington’s suit over Trump’s EO; tips and tricks for the NW Public Service Career Fair

AG Ferguson seeks halt to Trump’s immigration Executive Order

washington-ago-color-sealOriginally published by the Washington State Attorney General’s Office on January 30, 2017.

“Attorney General Bob Ferguson announced that he is filing a lawsuit in federal court today against President Donald Trump, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and high-ranking Trump Administration officials. Ferguson’s complaint asks the United States District Court for the Western District of Washington to declare unconstitutional key provisions of President Donald Trump’s immigration Executive Order.” Read the full news release here.

Tips for the NW Public Service Career Fair

big-nw-public-service-career-fair-logoWhether you’ve got an interview lined up and/or just planning on doing table talk/informational interviews – come prepared!

Here are some great table talk tips from our friends at Equal Justice Works: http://files.equaljusticeworks.org/ccf/studenttabletalktips2012.pdf

Be sure to check out these great tips on how to avoid silly mistakes during a career fair interview: http://blog.psjd.org/2012/02/06/the-10-biggest-mistakes-you-can-make-while-interviewing-at-public-interest-law-career-fairs/

Also, worried about last minute jitters at the fair? The Gates Public Service Law Program will be on site to help with any last minute coaching tips and support. Finally, are you thinking about skipping out on table talk in the morning? Please don’t! Remember, there’s a reason employers invest their time in table talk. Many students have been able to grow their network and even sometimes get interviews simply by hitting it off with attorneys during table talk! Read more details here.

The Equal Justice Works Public Interest Awards is open

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

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

Best practices for fighting poverty in a Trump presidency

screenshot-51Originally published in Clearinghouse Community as “Now What? Poverty-Fighting Ideas for Another New Administration” written by John Bouman, Marie Claire Tran-Leung & Andrew Hammond.

“Pres. Donald Trump comes into office having made some history of his own, mostly for his unconventional campaign and the racially charged rhetoric that he used throughout. Given that he has no track record in government and that his cabinet nominees thus far have been openly hostile to the supports—affordable health care, a living wage, robust enforcement of civil rights—that low-income people need most to move out of poverty, our expectations for the federal government under the new administration are at best uncertain. President Trump’s job is to lead not some, but all people living in our country, and we and our colleagues at the Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law intend to make sure that everyone’s voice is heard on important issues affecting them and their communities, especially those who have historically had difficulty being heard.” Read the full article here.

Coming up: Presidential Power in 2017, Revolutionary Mothering and Queer Survival, and more

Jan. 31, SJT: Apply to a PILA Grant

sjtTime: 12:30 to 1:20 p.m.
Date: Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2017
Place: UW School of Law, Room 127

Are you working at an unpaid summer internship with a non-profit organization or government agency? Want to apply for a $2,500 or $5,000 grant to support your work?

Don’t miss out on your chance to learn about how to apply for a PILA grant! Come learn about the application, requirements, deadline, etc.!

Feb. 1: Presidential Power in 2017

presidential-powerTime: 7:30 p.m.
Date: Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2017
Place: Town Hall Seattle, The Great Hall, 1119 8th Ave., Seattle, WA 98101

Presidential transitions raise a host of important questions. Among them, how much power does a president have? In what ways will an incoming president exercise that power? And how, if at all, can individuals participate in the political process once the election is over? The University of Washington School of Law invites members of the public to join a panel of scholars to discuss the scope, and limits, of presidential power in modern politics. Topics include how President Trump plans to exercise power in his own administration and how members of the public can remain engaged, beyond the ballot box, in the political pro‍cess. Read about the event here.

Feb. 2: Launching Your Public Interest Law Career

hereTime: 12:30 to 1:20 p.m.
Date: Thursday, Feb. 2, 2017
Place: UW School of Law, Room 118

Equal Justice Works staff will provide expert advice on: postgraduate fellowship opportunities, law student internship opportunities, educational awards for public interest internships, managing your student debt.

 

 

 

Feb. 2: Alex Baron and Friends: a fundraising concert for AID NW

screenshot-50Time: 7:30 to 9:30 p.m.
Date: Thursday, Feb. 2, 2017
Place: Jewel Box Theater at the Rendezvous, 2322 Second Ave. Seattle, WA

AID NW is a non-profit organization dedicated to serving detained immigrants at the Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma, both during detention and post release. Tickets are $15 and may be purchased at the door or online. Read more here.

Feb. 3: What Exxon Knew – and What it Did Anyway

UW Law LogoTime: 12:30 to 1:20 p.m
Date: Friday, Feb. 3, 2017
Place: UW School of Law, Room 117

Join us for Matt Pawa’s presentation on the strategies that he is bringing to bear in litigating cases in the fight against global warming. More information can be found on the registration page. Lunch will be provided; please RSVP by February 1.

Feb 6: Revolutionary Mothering and Queer Survival

revolutionary-mothering-and-queer-survival-3Time: 4:30 p.m.
Date: Monday, Feb. 6., 2017
Place: UW School of Law, Room 138

Learn abut the legal system’s relationship to family through the lens of incarceration, race and queerness. Join activists working at the intersections locally and nationally for a discussion on critical strategies of reproductive injustice and community-generated strategies for survival, healing, justice and transformation.

Choc Full O’ Important Training Opportunities!

June 14: Sin País (Without Country) Documentary Film Screening

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Tuesday, June 14th, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

Fenwick & West, 1191 2nd Ave, 10th Floor, Nisqually Room, Seattle, WA 98101

Please join us for on June 14 at noon at Fenwick and West’s Nisqually Room for lunch and a screening of Sin País (Without Country), a striking 20-minute film about a real family from Guatemala whose lives in Marin County are suddenly fractured by deportation. Following the screening there will be a Q&A with the filmmaker and one of the family members featured in the film, as well as a short presentation by nonprofit attorneys regarding how Fenwick volunteers can help out on pro bono cases for families in need representation in their immigration cases.

  • Melody Young, Pro Bono Attorney, Kids In Need of Defense (KIND)
  • Renée Schomp, Equal Justice Works Fellow Sponsored by Fenwick & West and Staff Attorney at OneJustice

RSVP by emailing probonoregistration@fenwick.com for Seattle screening. Add to your calendar

June 16: Free Webinar- Drowning in Debt! What Law Students & Lawyers Need to Know about Managing Student Debt & Earning Loan Forgiveness

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Thursday, Jun 16, 2016 12:00 PM – 1:05 PM PDT

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.

For further information on borrowing, repaying and earning forgiveness on student loans, download our free e-book, “Take Control of Your Future,” at EqualJusticeWorks.org/ed-debt/ebook.

Register here.

June 17: Attention Attorneys! Be a volunteer lawyer for a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA)

PRO BONO TRAINING DEPENDENCY CASA- 8:30 am – 12 noon. Room Still Available!

Perkins Coie LLP, 1201 Third Avenue Suite 4900, Seattle, WA 98101-3099

CLE credits pending

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June 15: Law & Liberty CLE- Transgender Rights & Public Accomodations

ACLU of WA 

Wednesday, June 15, Noon – 1pm

901 Fifth Avenue, Suite 630
Seattle, WA 98164

This ACLU-sponsored event will cover Washington State legal protections for transgender individuals, as well as the legal implications of the current political backlash. Jennifer Shaw, the ACLU of Washington’s Deputy Director; and Denise Diskin, an attorney with Teller & Associates, will present. This event will take place at the ACLU office in Seattle and is open to all attorneys .

$5 Registration Fee. Lunch provided. 1 General CLE credit. Space is limited. Register here to reserve your seat!

June 17: Asylum for Unaccompanied Immigrant Children: Training by Kids in Need of Defense – Free 1.0 Law & Legal CLE Credit (Pending)

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Friday, June 17th, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

Fenwick & West, 1191 2nd Avenue, 10th Floor, Seattle, WA 98101

Please join us for a 60-minute presentation that teaches the essentials of working with children in their asylum claims.  Following the training, there will be an opportunity for volunteers to sign up for pro bono cases for children in need of representation in their immigration cases.  It’s a chance to make an immense difference for a child who would otherwise face complex proceedings pro se.  For more details, please see the attached flyer.

RSVP by COB on June 16 to Julie Park at jjpark@fenwick.com.

 

Service Opportunities, Journals, Education Debt Relief, Human Rights Institutes, Oh My!

Attention Attorneys! Upcoming WA State Board Service Opportunities

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The WSBA Board of Governors is currently accepting applications for three volunteer opportunities for WSBA members.

 

  • ABA House of Delegates – deadline is June 15, 2016
  • Washington Pattern Jury Instructions Committee – deadline is June 15, 2016
  • Northwest Justice Project Board of Directors – deadline September 9, 2016

Learn more about these volunteer opportunities and how to apply on the WSBA website

The ABA International Human Rights Committee Announces Inaugural Issue of The Clarion: The IHRC Journal of Human Rights

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The ABA’s Section for International Law International Human Rights Committee is pleased to announce its inaugural issue of The Clarion: The IHRC Journal of Human Rights. Please find it attached.  We welcome any comments, feedback or ideas for future discussions/themes/follow-on projects at ihrcpubs@gmail.com.

Many thanks to all of the authors and committee members who contributed to this project from its inception.  We hope that the journal provides an arena for committee members and other authors to discuss relevant issues and to make broader links between their work and Human Rights.

Our next topic is Human Rights and Children, for which we are currently accepting abstracts or expressions of interest (see The Clarion page 21).

Announcing CREA’s 5th Disability, Sexuality, and Rights Online Institute- 18 July – 29 August 2016

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(Completely online, 6 weeks, 6-10 hours per week)

CREA’s Disability, Sexuality, and Rights Online Institute is a six weeks long online course begun in 2010, which focuses on a conceptual study of disability and sexuality, and its inter-linkages with issues of feminism, public health, development, violence, media and representation, amongst others, using a rights-based approach. It is intended for practitioners and has a strong component on activists’ initiatives that integrate disability, sexuality, and rights.

Applications will be accepted up till 30 June 2016.

Click here to apply online. In case you are not able to apply online, you may download the form and email it to us. Click here to download the application form and e-mail it to us at crea@creaworld.org. In your subject line please write ‘DSROI’. Queries and clarifications can be sent to the same email id.

About the Course

The Disability, Sexuality, and Rights Online Institute provides a study of theory and practice for disabled and non-disabled people working in areas such as development, health, sexuality, media, and rights. The aim is to create awareness about the intersection of disability and sexuality, and build a political perspective on disabled people’s sexual rights. Participants develop their ability to work in inclusive and holistic ways that further human rights and social justice. CREA coordinated the first Disability, Sexuality, and Rights Online Institute in 2010.

Why take this course?

  • Disabled people are often excluded or discriminated against in relation to their sexuality by health, development, and rights organisations because they are not considered to be sexual or they are thought to be sexually vulnerable or uncontrolled.
  • Sexuality issues and rights of disabled people are often disregarded in favor of issues that are considered more pressing and appropriate like employment and physical access.
  • Sexuality is an important part of the life, identity, society, and culture of all people, including people with disabilities. It can be a source of pleasure and pain, empowerment and oppression.
  • This course will look at why sexual and disability justices matter to us all, with or without disabilities. It will look at evolving theories of sexuality, disability, and human rights, including embodiment, intersectionality, and phenomenology.
  • We will consider differing representations of disability and sexuality across the globe, and ask why and how representation is important.
  • We will discuss how to put rights into practice, from the local to the global level: UN Conventions and their limitations and use; national laws and their strengthening; and community actions in their application to different disabilities.
  • We will examine violence against disabled women, and consider barriers and potential in providing sexual and reproductive healthcare for women with disabilities.

Organiser 

CREA’s mission is to build feminist leadership, advance women’s human rights, and expand sexual and reproductive freedoms. CREA is a feminist human rights organisation, based in New Delhi, India. It is one of the few international women’s rights organisations based in the global South, led by Southern feminists, which work at the grassroots, national, regional, and international levels.

Participants

The Disability, Sexuality, and Rights Institute is an introductory level course on the intersections of these issues. Independent activists and practitioners in development, sexuality, health, media, and rights NGOs and GOs worldwide are encouraged to apply. Twenty-five participants will be selected based on demonstrated interest in disability and sexuality, and applicability to their work. Practitioners will be given preference over students, researchers, and academics.

Accessibility

People with disabilities are encouraged to apply for the Institute. The course has been designed and tested to be accessible to people with visual and hearing impairments.

Costs

Participants are required to pay a registration fee of USD 60 to contribute towards course expenses. Fee waiver is available on request for a very small percentage of participants on need basis (please refer to the application form).

Format and Workload

The course will be conducted entirely online, and entirely in English. No special technology is required, and information about all necessary applications and platforms such as Microsoft Word, Power Point, Drop Box, etc. will be provided to selected candidates at least two weeks before the course begins. The Institute will be conducted mostly in virtual time, with some discussions planned for real time. The Institute will use diverse methodology such as power points, videos (with subtitles), readings, chats/ discussions and web conferencing. Participants will also be required to submit a final project. Although the course is introductory, the work will be challenging, including reading and discussion of complex theory. We encourage active engagement so participants can learn from each other’s thoughts and experiences.

Course participation will require between 6-10 hours per week, depending on participants’ capacity. Each week’s requirements can be completed at the convenience of participants as long as it is within broader time parameters. Participants will be expected to participate in the entire course and complete all assignments, as far as possible.

Resource People

The Institute is designed and taught by an international group of academics and activists in the disability rights field, specialising in sexual and reproductive health and rights from a global South perspective. Additional input from activists working on HIV/AIDS, mental health, UN conventions, queer disability and more!

Applications will be accepted up till 30 June 2016. Applications received after this date will not be considered. Applicants will be informed about the selection decisions by 7 July 2016, and will have sufficient time to familiarise themselves with course material and software.

 

Understanding Taxable Forgiveness on Your Student Loans

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Huffington Post- by Ashley Matthews is a Program Manager for Law School Engagement & Advocacy at Equal Justice Works

Student loans can be a heavy burden on any borrower struggling to make monthly payments. Thankfully, the Department of Education offers some relief in the form of student loan forgiveness.

Most people know about Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF), which offers tax-free loan forgiveness for borrowers working full-time for government, nonprofit, or public service organizations, once they have made 120 payments. Many don’t know that there is another form of taxable loan forgiveness, available under any income-driven repayment plan. Everyone is eligible, regardless of the type of career you choose!

The four income-driven repayment plans—Pay As You Earn (PAYE), Revised Pay As You Earn (REPAYE), Income-Based Repayment (IBR), and Income Contingent Repayment (ICR)—all offer forgiveness of your student loan debt after 20 or 25 years of payments. In addition, these plans will cap your monthly payments at 10-15% of your income.

So what’s the catch? Continue reading here.

 

Congratulations! César Vargas Just Became New York’s First Undocumented Lawyer

Looking for Some Table Talk & Interview Tips for this Week’s NW Public Service Career Fair?

 25083_nwpifair-logoThat’s right, folks; The NW Public Service Career Fair is just a few short days away!

 First, breathe. Next, check out these great resources from our friends at Equal Justice Works. Taking just a few minutes to check out these great (and brief) articles on how best to prep for table talk and career fair interviews will give you the confidence you need to make the best impression and meet great attorneys in the process!

 For complete details on the fairs this Friday and Saturday please visit: http://law.lclark.edu/student_groups/public_service_career_fairs/

 Looking forward to seeing you there!

 -the Center for Public Service Law

Equal Justice Works has new summer funding opportunities!

c4ca2-6a00d8341bfae553ef01b8d1022e63970c-800wiEqual Justice Works is excited to announce the Rural Summer Legal Corps program which connects public interest law students with LSC-funded civil legal aid organizations to address pressing legal issues facing rural communities. 

Applications must be submitted by February 29 for the 31 positions open nationwide. Participants must complete 300 hours of service by August 31, 2016 to receive the $4,000 stipend.

More information can be found below and at www.rurallegalcorps.org. Please share this opportunity with any students who may be interested! Questions can be directed toruralcorps@equaljusticeworks.org.

SERVICE

The Rural Summer Legal Corps program will operate between May-August 2016. Participants will begin the summer with intensive training from poverty law experts on housing, domestic violence, public benefits, migrant farmworkers, Native American, and family law. After the training, the law students will travel directly to their host site to begin their 8-10 week placement.

Participants will build their legal skills in various areas, such as direct legal services, outreach and education, and capacity building.

OPEN POSITIONS

Position descriptions and more information on the Legal Aid Providers can be found on our website. Applications must be submitted here by February 29.

César Vargas Just Became New York’s First Undocumented Lawyer

05-cesar-vargas-w529-h352After a nearly three-year wait, a five-judge panel in New York ruled this week that César Vargas — a native of Mexico and longtime New Yorker — can be admitted to practice law in the state he’s called home since he was 5, even though he remains an undocumented immigrant. The unanimous decision can be read as a huge win for DREAMers, who have faced some tough opposition in Congress and the courts — just last week, a federal appeals court in Texas refused to block a February ruling that effectively halted President Obama’s plan to ease restrictions on millions of undocumented immigrants living in the U.S.

But Vargas’s case was chiefly a state matter. And boiled down to its basics, the judges faced a rather simple question: Does the fact of Vargas’s undocumented status reflect in any way on his “character and fitness” to practice law in New York? The court ruled conclusively:

We find that the undocumented status of an individual applicant does not, alone, suggest that the applicant is not possessed of the qualities that enable attorneys to vigorously defend their client’s interests within the bounds of the law, nor does it suggest that the applicant cannot protect, as an officer of the court, the rule of law and the administration of justice.

The judges reached this conclusion rather easily. They deferred to the bar committee’s “stellar” rating of Vargas, determined that he met all the statutory requirements to become an attorney, and found “no rational basis” that his immigration status “reflects adversely on his competence to practice law in the State of New York.”

Continue reading here. Photo credit: Donald Bowers/2013 Getty Images

Upcoming fellowship/grant deadlines to put on your calendar!

A New Way to Do Pro Bono in Washington State

From the Washington State Bar Association’s NWSidebar

hammer-719066_960_720If you’re like many of the attorneys I know, you want to do pro bono work, but it can be hard to find the time. Most lawyers are busy, with important responsibilities to current clients, families and friends. If this describes you, good news: a new way to serve low-income clients has arrived in Washington. It’s called Washington Web Lawyer (WaWL).

WaWL is a website where low-income clients can post civil legal questions and pro bono attorneys can log on from anywhere, day or night, and answer client questions. There is no expectation that the attorney will provide any other service other than answering the question. The idea for WaWL began with the WSBA Pro Bono and Public Service Committee (formerly the Pro Bono and Legal Aid Committee) and is modeled after Online Tennessee Justice.

Washington is one of a growing number of states launching this web-based tool. Here are five reasons you should get involved…

Continue reading here.

Photo: https://pixabay.com/static/uploads/photo/2015/04/12/16/33/hammer-719066_960_720.jpg

Attention 1Ls! Want to be Eligible for  PILA Grant to Fund Your Public Service Work this Summer?

 williamgateslaw-750x498If so, you need to volunteer for PILA to qualify! Don’t miss out. What’s the best thing you can do? Procure auction items for the upcoming PILA Auction on Friday, February 5! To learn more, connect with your class captain or email Sophia Posnock at sposnock@gmail.com.

 To learn more about the auction and register click here: http://students.washington.edu/pila/auction.html

Photo: William H. Gates Hall, home to the Law School, at sunset. Photo by Katherine B. Turner

Equal Justice Works’ National Advisory Committee presenting awards to public interest students!

c4ca2-6a00d8341bfae553ef01b8d1022e63970c-800wiThis year, Equal Justice Works’ National Advisory Committee is presenting awards to law students at Equal Justice Works member schools in eight regions who have a demonstrated commitment to public interest law and pro bono work. Your school is in the “Mountain Region,” and your National Advisory Committee representatives are Maura Cook and Jennifer Werdell.

 The Equal Justice Works Public Interest Awards seek to identify and honor law students who have provided extraordinary service through law school clinics, volunteer work, internships, and/or extracurricular projects. Applications will be accepted until March 1, 2016, and instructions and further details can be found here (2016 Equal Justice Works Public Interest Awards Application – Mountain).

 If you have any questions, please email us at ejw.mountainregion@gmail.com.

Seeking two JD students to join the International Human Rights Clinic.

icar-logoProf. Alejandra Gonza is seeking 1-2 JD Students, to join the International Human Rights Clinic (E556, Winter-Spring, 3-3 credits, scheduled W 10:30-12:20). The selected students will be working with the International Corporate Accountability Roundtable (ICAR), a coalition of human rights, environmental, labor, and development organizations that creates, promotes and defends legal frameworks to ensure corporations respect human rights in their global operations. See website: http://icar.ngo/ (Links to an external site.) If you are interested in taking this, submit a resume and a course request as soon as possible.

 For more information please contact: agonza@uw.edu

Arc of Justice Fellowship due soon!

  • public-advocates-logoPublic Advocates and the Charles Houston Bar Association (CHBA) are proud to announce a new summer 2016 fellowship opportunity for law students committed to advancing the legal and policy priorities of low-income African American communities in the Bay Area. The “Arc of Justice” is a collaboration between Public Advocates and CHBA to help increase the number of law students of color who pursue careers in public interest law. This first Arc fellow will spend the summer clerking at Public Advocates, with dedicated support from CHBA. This fellowship provides a deserving 2L student $3000 minimum stipend. The preferred deadline is January 31, 2016. 

Planning on Doing a Child Welfare Advocacy Internship this Summer? Don’t Miss Out on Your Chance to Get Top Notch Training!

ku34tu-8The Bergstrom Child Welfare Law Summer Fellowship is committed to inspiring the best and brightest law students to pursue careers in child welfare law. Through the fellowship, students gain experience and insight into the field and provide much needed services to various child welfare offices specializing in representing children, parents, and social service agencies. After attending a three-day training session at the end of May at Michigan Law, fellows spend at least 10 weeks at a child welfare law internship.

The 2016 Bergstrom Fellowship training dates are May 11, 12, and 13. The 2016 Application is now available (2016 Application Interactive.pdf )The deadline for the Bergstrom application is March 15, 2016. Please send application materials by email as directed on the application. For more information, contact Jackie Julien at 734.763.5000 or jmjulien@umich.edu.

For complete details please visit: http://www.law.umich.edu/clinical/calc/Bergstrom/Pages/summerfellowship.aspx

David Carliner Public Interest Award!

baddcdde7bba545931dbb0b258eb263f_400x400The American Constitution Society (ACS) is administering the David Carliner Public Interest Award, which recognizes outstanding mid-career public interest lawyers, and I hope that you can share information about this award with alumni from your public interest program.

The winner of the award receives a $10,000 cash prize, transportation and lodging, in full, to the ACS National Convention in Washington, D.C. to accept the Award in person, and an award of $2,500 to the recipient’s organization. Any public interest attorney who graduated between May 2004 and May 2009 and earns an annual salary of $110,000 or less is eligible. Applicants may nominate themselves or have someone apply on their behalf. For more information, please visit the award’s website.