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

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

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Saturday, Nov. 1, 2014
5:00 – 9:00 PM
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El Centro de la Raza will hold its 10th annual Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) event this Saturday, November 1st from 5pm to 9pm. A chicken mole dinner will be served from 5:30pm to 7pm.

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

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

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

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

Register now, tickets are limited.  

Click here to register online.

November 4: Ferguson – What’s Next?

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Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2014
1:30 – 3:00 PM
Discovery Hall-061

Join the First Year and Pre Major (CUSP) Office for a fireside chat on Ferguson, Missouri and the Aftermath of the shooting of Michael Brown.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

New City website for information on Minimum Wage Ordinance

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

November 5: Tacoma Joint Networking Event

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

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

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

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

November 6: Children’s Alliance Annual Meeting

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

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

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

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

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

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

PLEASE JOIN US in Seattle for this not to be
missed workshop offering a practical and holistic approach of sustaining ourselves individually and collectively. Whether you are a nurse, teacher, conservationist, journalist, doctor, police officer, firefighter, community organizer, biologist, or
caring for a loved one in need, this day is for you. 

Laura van Dernoot Lipsky will offer a compelling
mix of personal insight, cutting edge research,
personal stories, and countless New Yorker cartoons
to help us understand the cumulative toll of being exposed to suffering over time and gain concrete
skills to reconcile it.

Participants are welcome from all professional disciplines and life circumstances.

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

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

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

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

Register online here.

UW Law Celebrates the Success of Saturday’s Pro Bono & Leadership Training

Celebrating Pro Bono at UW Law- Annual Pro Bono & Leadership Training Day is a Success!

By: Aline Carton-Listfjeld, Assistant Director, Center for Public Service Law

CPSL Logo This past Saturday, October 11 from 8:30am-5:30pm Gates Hall was filled with over 100 students committed to fulfilling the promise of equal justice by attending our Pro Bono Core Competencies Training and Advanced Pro Bono Legal Assistance and Leadership Development Fundamentals Workshops! Training topics ranged from professionalism, addressing and managing bias, working with clients in poverty and crisis, secondary trauma, leadership theory, event planning, accountability, developing organizational mission, vision and core values and more!

These trainings and workshops are a joint initiative of the Center for Public Service Law and student leaders from the Immigrant Families Advocacy Project (IFAP), Center for Human Rights & Justice’s App Help Project (CHRJ’s App Help), Street Youth Law Advocates of Washington at UW (SYLAW), Environmental Law Society (ELS) and the Prison & Family Justice Project (formerly IMAP).

A special thanks goes to the following faculty who co-led trainings with student leaders including: Dean Michele Storms, Dean Mary Hotchkiss, Professor Kim Ambrose, Professor Lisa Kelly, Professor Tom Andrews, and Professor Angelica Chazaro. In addition, this training would not be possible without the participation of student leaders of pro bono projects most notably Melody Young, Erin Apte, Alex Revelas, Crys O’Grady, Claire Sullivan, Michael Gerbec, Michael Huggins and Katherine Chung. Another thanks goes to Thomas O’Ban who helped staff the registration table in the morning.

Another big thank you goes to our dedicated program assistant, Ann Spangler, who works behind the scenes graciously juggling multiple projects making our success possible.

Attention Pro Bono Students: Please Evaluate the Pro Bono Core Competencies Training!

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Pro Bono students, thank you for your interest in pro bono service and for attending our recent Pro Bono Core Competencies training.

Please help us continually improve this annual training. Kindly take a couple of minutes to  complete this brief survey:

https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/M3VYZZP.

We really value your feedback.

Event Tomorrow – Human Rights in Global Garment Factories: Meet Garment Workers Who Sew UW Clothes

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Thursday, October 16, 2014 at 6 PM
Savery 264, UW Campus Quad

https://www.facebook.com/events/1501149146820448
*free & open to the public*

Meet workers who sew Husky apparel! Hear how UW can support dignified working conditions and human rights in the global garment industry! The Alta Gracia Factory, located in the Dominican Republic Free Trade Zone, is the first college logo t-shirt project to pay its workers a living wage, respect their democratic voice on the job, and provide a safe and healthy work environment as regularly verified by the Worker Rights Consortium. The result of decades of collaboration between college students and garment workers worldwide, Alta Gracia offers a stark contrast to the often exploitative conditions in garment factories and is transforming the lives of workers, the community of Villa Altagracia, and the wider apparel industry.

WITH SUPPORT FROM: Harry Bridges Center for Labor Studies, UW Honors Program, UW United Students Against Sweatshops, Washington Fair Trade Coalition

CONTACT: UW United Students Against Sweatshops, uwusas@uw.edu, Solidarity Ignite, info@solidarityignite.org

Critical Language Scholarship Fellowship – Applications Now Open

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The U.S. Department of State is pleased to announce the opening of the scholarship competition for the 2015 Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program in thirteen critical foreign languages.

The CLS Program is a program of the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. It is a fully-funded overseas language program for American undergraduate and graduate students. With the goal of broadening the base of Americans studying and mastering critical languages and to build relationships between the people of the United States and other countries, CLS provides study opportunities to a diverse range of students from across the United States at every level of language learning.

The thirteen CLS languages are: Arabic, Azerbaijani, Bangla, Chinese, Hindi, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean, Persian, Punjabi, Russian, Turkish, and Urdu.

The application is now live and available online here

Applications will be due November 12, 2014 by 8:00 pm EST.

New Advisory Opinion and Country Visit by the Inter-American Human Rights Bodies Clarify the Rights of Migrant Children

By: International Justice Resource Center

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Last month, the Inter-American Court of Human Rights released an Advisory Opinion defining the scope of States’ obligations to protect the rights of migrant children and families. See I/A Court H.R., Rights and Guarantees of Children in the Context of Migration and/or in Need of International Protection, Advisory Opinion OC-21/14, 19 August 2014. State Parties to the American Convention on Human Rights and the American Declaration of the Rights and Duties of Man must take this Advisory Opinion into consideration when “designing, adopting, implementing, and applying their immigration policies.” See id.at para. 50. Relatedly, from September 29 to October 2, the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights conducted a country visit to the United States, examining the treatment of unaccompanied migrant children who had crossed the southern border into the United States. [IACHR Press Release] The Inter-American bodies’ focus on migrants’ rights comes at a point in time when the United States and Mexico, in particular, are facing scrutiny for their treatment of undocumented migrants – including an influx of children – from Central America.

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Volunteer Opportunity with Wayfind – Volunteer Microenterprise Clinic, Applications Due 10/17

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Wayfind connects nonprofit organizations and low-income microenterprise entrepreneurs in Washington State with transactional lawyers who will assist them, pro bono, on business legal matters. Wayfind hosts two microenterprise legal clinics, in partnership with Washington CASH and Start Zone NW, two nonprofit organizations that provide support to low-income microenterprise entrepreneurs. Wayfind pro bono transactional lawyers meet with low-income microenterprise entrepreneurs to issue-spot and counsel them on legal issues and responsibilities with respect to their microenterprise business venture.

The types of legal issue that clients typically present include: review of contracts operating agreements and leases, business entity selection, intellectual property including publishing and trade name, and adding people to a partnership.

Law student volunteer clinic assistants are needed to assist the lawyers at the microenterprise clinic by taking interview notes and drafting the client “work plan” which summarizes the legal advice given by the attorney. The WA CASH clinic takes place from 4:30 to 7:00 p.m. on the 2nd Tuesday of every month; and the Start Zone NW clinic takes place from 5:00 to 7:30 quarterly (December 2nd and March 3rd). This opportunity is open to all law students.

  • Time Commitment: Must commit to volunteering at least one 3-hour clinic
  • Location: Clinics held at Washington CASH in Seattle and Start Zone NW at Edmonds Community College
  • Training: Must participate in the UW Law’s Pro Bono Core Competencies training on Saturday, October 11, 8:30am- 3:00pm and watch a video of the 10/2/12 Microenterprise 101 training.
  • Application Process: Email a resume and cover letter addressed to Jodi Nishioka, Wayfind Executive Director to the contact below.
  • Application Deadline: Friday, October 17, 2014
  • Contact: Aline Carton-Listfjeld, Center for Public Service Law

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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Click here to register.

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.

Human Rights Gaining New Advances Through Technology

Using Geospatial Technologies to Support Human Rights Research and Documentation

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Human rights organizations are increasingly using scientific evidence-gathering techniques to support and strengthen their work. In this workshop, experts in remote sensing and geographic technologies from the AAAS Geospatial Technologies and Human Rights Project will present the opportunities provided by these technologies  (e.g., remote sensing, geographic information systems (GIS), and GPS), and how they may be used in human rights research and documentation efforts. Workshop participants will develop an understanding of the technologies, how they can affordably incorporate them into their own work, ways the technologies have been used and may be exploited in the future, as well as competencies that will enable them to identify misuse of the technology.

To participate in the live-stream online on September 5, 2014 at 9:00 AM EST, register here.

Suit Claims Franklin County Inmates Face Barbaric Practices

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By: Tyler Richardson, Tri-City Herald reposted in the Seattle Times

Inmates at the Franklin County jail are routinely subjected to inhumane and barbaric practices, according to a lawsuit filed by a Seattle-based legal-aid organization.

Mentally ill inmates are chained to a fence for days, pepper-sprayed without reason, left unsupervised in restraint chairs and forced into isolation, the lawsuit claims.

Their mental health is also ignored, said the suit filed in U.S. District Court.

In one case, a man with apparent mental-health issues allegedly bit off two of his fingers after he was repeatedly shackled to a fence inside the booking area. When he returned from the hospital after biting off the second finger, he was chained again to the fence.

Melissa Lee, an attorney for Columbia Legal Services, described conditions at the newly remodeled jail as some of the worst of more than 20 county jails the organization has examined statewide.

Continue reading here.