Check Out These Interesting Continuing Legal Education (CLE) Opportunities!

June 10: Screening of “American Winter” in Everett

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Tuesday, June 10, 2014
5:30 PM (doors open); 6:00 PM (screening begins)
Henry M. Jackson Conference Center, Everett Community College, 200 Tower Street, Everett, WA 98201 (parking is free)

FREE Tickets.  Register online here.

The foreclosure crisis is anything but ‘over’ for thousands of Washington families.  Though the number of foreclosures is gradually decreasing, data from Mortgage Bankers Association showed more than 25,000 homes in the foreclosure process at he end of 2013.  Those numbers represent real people, real families, who are struggling to make ends meet — some of whom are facing homelessness.  To encourage a community dialogue — including what community members can do about the matter of foreclosure and homelessness in Snohomish County – the Foreclosure Prevention & Housing Outreach Coalition has arranged a screening of American Winter in Everett.

Guests are invited to stay following the film for a brief panel Q & A discussion with experts and join local organizations for a resource fair.  Light refreshments will be served.

Register online here.

June 20: WDA CLE on Negotiating Justice: Advancing Racial Equity and Client Goals

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Friday, June 20, 2014
8:45 AM – 5:00 PM
University of Washington School of Law, Gates Hall, RM 138

One of the most challenging skills that an attorney can conquer is learning to humanize their client and translating that practice into a successful negotiation of their client’s case. This CLE will focus on how to improve your awareness of the obstacles that our clients face in their lives. You will learn how to negotiate your cases in a way that uses this understanding.

Speakers include:

  • John A Powell, Berkeley Law, an internationally recognized expert in civil rights, civil liberties and structural racism, ethnicity, housing, poverty and democracy.
  • Judge Robert S. Lasnik, U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington, who recently decided the landmark Wilbur v. Mount Vernon case concerning meaningful representation of indigent clients.
  • Lara Zarowsky, Innocence Project Northwest Policy Director, who will provide effective negotiation tools for use in your cases.

 For more information and how to register, click here.

July 15: WSBA Diversity Program Offers CLE on Achieving Inclusion: Providing Culturally Competent Representation to Undocumented Survivors of Trauma

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Tuesday, July 15, 2014
12:00 – 2:00 PM
WSBA Conference Center, 1501 4th Ave. Ste. 308, Seattle, WA 98101

CLE Credits Pending: Ethics 2.00; Open to Law Students

In addition to the many challenges faced by undocumented immigrants, many have also experienced torture and trauma prior to immigrating; some have experienced new trauma and victimization after immigrating. When these clients access legal services, legal professionals need to be aware of and sensitive to their life experiences in order to provide effective – and culturally competent – representation. Join our faculty from immigration practice, public policy, academia, and mental health counseling as they offer pragmatic guidance on how to:

  • Effectively interview undocumented survivors of trauma
  • Understand and address the unique obstacles undocumented survivors of trauma encounter in the legal system
  • Understand the psychological effects of immigration and of experiencing torture and trauma

Space is limited.  Register online here.

Do you care about Access To Justice? Want to meet ATJ leaders in WA? Volunteers needed!

 

May 13: OCI – Insider’s Guide to Government Recruiting

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Tuesday, May 13, 2014
12:30-1:20pm, William H. Gates Hall RM 133

Jump-start your preparation for On-Campus Interviews and your search for a job next summer or after graduation.  Get inside information from government employers on navigating their hiring processes, and what they look for in candidates.

Panelists:

  • Mafe Rajul, Senior Deputy Prosecutor, King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office
  • Kim Johnson, Staff Counsel, Senate Committee Services
  • Brialle Engelhart, Criminal Division Manager, Seattle City Attorney’s Office
  • Vikash Chhagen, Deputy Regional Chief Counsel, Social Security Administration

Remember to RSVP in “Symplicity” if you plan to attend.

May 14: Riding the Coffee Circuit: Practical Networking Tips for Summer & Beyond

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3:30-4:30 PM
Gates Hall, RM 133

  • How do I find out about networking opportunities?
  • How do I talk to people at an event or reception without feeling icky?
  • How do I reach out to complete strangers for an informational interview/coffee?
  • How should I follow up?

Get the answers to these probing questions and so much  more at our upcoming workshop. All law students are welcome!

Please RSVP via Symplicity or Email.

May 15: Demystifying the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation: JD Career Paths to the Foundationicon_small_bill_melinda_gates_foundation_logo

Thursday, May 15, 2014
12:30 – 1:20 PM, RM 117

Panel presentation regarding alternative JD pathways to a career at The Gates Foundation. Are you curious about what it would be like to work at BMGF? Find out what types of careers JDs have pursued at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Panelists:

  • Patricia Loera, Senior Program Officer, Education
  • Emma Zavala-Suarez, Officer, Grants and Contracts Management
  • Karen Halazon, Assistant General Counsel

RSVP through Symplicity by NOON on May 14, 2014.

May 15: 2014 Innocence Project Northwest Benefit & Awards Dinner

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Thursday, May 15, 2014
6:00 PM
Herban Feast Sodo Park, Seattle, 3200 1st Ave. South, Seattle, WA 98134

Featuring Keynote Speaker:
Jason Baldwin of the West Memphis Three
Jason Baldwin served more than eighteen years in prison for crimes he did not commit. After being freed in 2011, Jason moved to Seattle where he has pursued his college education and is working on a memoir. Jason plans to attend law school in the future and is a tireless advocate for criminal justice reform in the United States and abroad.

Honoring:
Innocence Champion Award 
Representative Tina Orwall
Washington House of Representatives
Prime sponsor of the wrongful conviction compensation bill enacted into law in 2013

Innocence Advocate Award 
Duane Statler, Citizen Advocate
Parent, uncle, and friend of exonerees   

Purchase tickets online by May 8. 

May 15: Access to Justice Celebratory Reception: Volunteers needed! 

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Thursday, May 15, 2014
5:00 – 7:00 PM
Sheraton Hotel

Do you care about Access To Justice?  What to meet ATJ leaders in WA? Volunteers needed! 

The Access to Justice Board is turning 20!  In recognition of this milestone, the Washington Supreme Court and the Washington Bar Association is hosting a celebratory reception at the Sheraton Hotel on Thursday, May 15th from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.  We are looking for a few volunteers to serve in greeting and registration duties at this event.  Through an expansive network that includes the courts, the Bar, legal aid providers, funders, and hundreds of volunteers, the Access to Justice Board works to achieve equal access to the justice system for the most vulnerable in our state.  The 20thAnniversary Celebration will be a wonderful evening of networking and recounting stories from the ATJ Board’s rich history over the past 2 decades.  There will be a short speaking program that will feature Chief Justice Barbara Madsen, WSBA President Patrick Palace, and past and current ATJ Board Chairs.   Appetizers will be served, along with a no-host bar.  This will be a great opportunity to meet major players in Washington’s social justice movement.

For more information, please email Bina Ellefsen.  Please indicate your interest as soon as possible but no later than May 13.

May 15: Moderate Means Program Information Session

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Thursday, May 15, 2014
Gates Hall, RM 127
12:30-1:20PM

Please join Clay Wilson, Moderate Means Attorney as he answers “What is the Moderate Means Program?”  and how can you get involved.

  • The Moderate Means Program is a joint venture between the WSBA and the three law schools in Washington State.
  • The purpose of the program is to increase access to civil legal services for moderate means individuals (those between 200% and 400% of the federal poverty level), who cannot afford to hire private attorneys at prevailing rates but make too much money to qualify for traditional civil legal aid services.
  • The program will focus on the areas of Family, Housing, and Consumer law.

Please RSVP via Symplicity or Email by Wednesday, May 14.

May 21: Community Film Screening: Cola Road

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Wednesday, May 21, 2014
4:30 PM
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Visitor Center, 440 5th Ave. North, Seattle, WA 98109

In August 2012, Claire Ward spent 5 weeks shadowing the ColaLife team as they prepared to launch a project that would make an anti-diarrhea kit as ubiquitous as Coca-Cola in rural communities in Zambia. This is her story.

The film will be followed by a Q&A with the filmmaker, Claire Ward, ColaLife co-founder, Simon Berry and Rohit Ramchandani, ColaLife’s Public Health Adviser, designer and supervisor of the ColaLife Operational Trial in Zambia (COTZ).

Pre-registration is required and space is limited.
Please click HERE to confirm your attendance.

May 21: Panel Discussion of The Goldmark Case: 50 Years Later

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12:00 PM
800 Fifth Avenue, Suite 2000, Seattle, WA 98104

Hosted By the Attorney General of Washington – Seattle Office

This year marks the 50th anniversary of one of the most significant trials in Washington legal history.  In 1962, state Rep. John Goldmark was the victim of a “red-baiting” attack that labeled him and his wife Sally Goldmark as “communist tools.”  The attack destroyed Goldmark’s political career, but he responded by suing his accusers for libel.  The trial drew national attention, vindicated the Goldmarks, and resulted in one of the largest libel awards in Washington history.  Almost immediately, however, the verdict was indirectly overturned by the U.S. Supreme Court’s landmark decision inNew York Times v. Sullivan, limiting libel actions involving “political” speech.

This distinguished panel features Commissioner of Public Lands Peter Goldmark, son of plaintiff John Goldmark; former U.S. Senator Slade Gorton, who testified at the trial in support of John Goldmark; King County Superior Court Judge Judith Ramseyer, former law clerk to Judge William Dwyer, John Goldmark’s attorney at the trial; and Bob Ferguson, Attorney General of Washington.  Please join them to remember the Goldmark case and consider its legacy half a century later.

Lunch will not be provided but you are welcome to bring your own.  There is no charge to attend this event but an RSVP is required.  To RSVP, please email to: RaelynnP@ATG.WA.GOV.

Application will be made for 1 hour of Washington CLE credit.

June 6-7: Penn State’s “Education and Civil Rights Conference” in State College, PA

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Friday-Saturday, June 6-7, 2014
Lewis Katz Building, Penn State University Park, State College, Pennsylvania

Penn State’s College of Education will host an interdisciplinary civil rights conference and related graduate student symposium in the summer of 2014. The primary goal of the conference is to address the inability of many students of color to access high-quality pre–K through higher education — still uneven for young people from historically marginalized groups and/or in many urban and increasingly in suburban settings. While many policy proposals have focused on access to education, there has been much less attention to racial inequality and segregation in access to P–20 education, even as the percentage of students of color is rapidly increasing. This conference seeks to explore what strategies have been effective in expanding educational opportunities for these students — and how we can implement additional best practices that will ensure equity in public education for the future.

The Conference will feature 30 new papers from leading social scientists, educators, and legal scholars. Lani Guinier will be the keynote speaker. 

More information and registration here

Do You Enjoy Free Film Screenings? Check Out These Amazing Films!

April 21: Special Free Screening of “Documented” in Seattle

Monday, Apr. 21, 2014
6:30 PM, Siff Uptown Cinema, 511 Queen Anne Avenue North, Seattle, WA
Q&A with Jose Antonio Vargas and Eric Liu after the film

Tickets are FREE, but please RSVP online here.

In 2011, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Jose Antonio Vargas outed himself as an undocumented immigrant in the New York Times Magazine. DOCUMENTED chronicles his journey to America from the Philippines as a child; his public struggle as an immigration reform activist/provocateur; and his journey inward as he reconnects with his mother, whom he hasn’t seen in 20 years. A broken immigration system leads to broken families and broken lives. 

Click here for more information.

April 22: Social Justice Tuesday- American Indian Children and Families:  Understanding the History and Experiences that Inform Native People’s Interactions with U.S. Legal Systems

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12:30-1:20, Room 133

Speaker:  Dian Million, Ph.D.  Associate Professor of American Indian Studies at the University of Washington.

Hosted by: The Incarcerated Mothers Advocacy Project

Description:  Dr. Million (Tanana Athabascan) is a poet, professor and scholar. Her research explores the politics of knowledge, colonialism, human rights and healing.  By placing community health in the context of race, class, gender and identity issues, Dr. Million shares perspectives on Native family life that will enhance cultural competency, challenge assumptions, and illuminate the connections among social and political conditions.  Her insights into the tensions between Native sovereignty and American governing practices are relevant to lawyers and law students working with tribes, government policy, family or criminal law, as well as anyone who is interested in a more complex and honest view of U.S. history.

Please RSVP to gatespsl@uw.edu by 12 noon on Monday, April 21 if you’d like lunch.

April 23: Webinar on Using Human Rights to Advance Racial Justice: An Introduction to the Race Treaty

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Wednesday, Apr. 23, 2014
2:00 – 3:30 PM EDT

Join the U.S. Human Rights Network’s CERD Taskforce for an introductory webinar on the “Race Treaty,” also known as the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (CERD), and the upcoming review of the U.S. Government by the U.N. CERD Committee (PRRAC is a member of the USHRN CERD Task Force).  The webinar is scheduled for Wednesday, April 23, 2014, 2:00-3:30 pm EDT.

Click here to register.

April 23: An Evening with Rwanda: “Finding Hillywood” Film Screening & More

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Wednesday, Apr. 23, 2014
6:30 – 9:00 PM
Ethnic Cultural Center Theater (3940 Brooklyn Ave NE)
Admission: Free

Join us for an inspiring and informative film event and discussion to explore Rwanda’s history of transitional justice and healing since the 1994 genocide.

The program includes:

Transitional Justice in Rwanda: A short film by Rwandan youth about transitional justice in Rwanda, and a few video clips from interviews with personnel from the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda. (www.tribunalvoices.org)

Finding Hillywood: A one-hour feature documentary about the beginning of Rwanda’s film industry, and a real life example of how art heals. (http://findinghillywood.com)

Discussion: A conversation with Leah Warshawski, Director of Finding Hillywood

For more information, click here.

April 24: Webinar on Next Steps in Bringing Home the Human Right to Housing: Scholarship from the Symposium on the Human Right to Housing

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Webinar 12:00 – 1:00 PST

To celebrate the release of a special edition of the Columbia Law School Human Rights Law Review with articles curated for last April’s Bringing Economic & Social Rights Home: The Right to Adequate Housing in the U.S. symposium, the National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty, the Columbia Law School Human Rights Institute, the Columbia Law School Human Rights Law Review, and the Northeastern University School of Law Program on Human Rights and the Global Economy will be hosting a webinar on April 24, 2014, at 3pm Eastern, 2pm Central, 1 Mountain, 12 noon Pacific.  

The articles in this special issue of the Human Rights Law Review provide an important complement to, and expansion of, the last year’s symposium discussion, and the webinar will offer a chance to hear the authors summarize their contributions and answer questions. 

Speakers include: 

  • Maria Foscarinis, Executive Director, National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty, NLCHP
  • Eric Tars, Director of Human Rights & Children’s Rights Programs, NLCHP
  • Heather Maria Johnson, Staff Attorney, ACLU of Southern California
  • Tristia Bauman, Senior Counsel, NLCHP
  • Risa Kaufman, Executive Director, Human Rights Institute, Columbia Law School
  • Heidi Wegleitner Staff Attorney, Legal Aid of Wisconsin; District 2 Supervisor, Dane County Board of Supervisors
  • Lucy Williams, Professor of Law & Faculty Co-Director, Program on Human Rights and the Global Economy, Northeastern Law School
  • Brittany Scott, Campaign Coordinator, National Economic & Social Rights Initiative

Come and get a taste of the new thoughts, and ask questions of the authors!  Click here to register.

April 25: Washington State Society of Healthcare Attorneys Presents Its Annual Hospital & Health Seminar

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Friday, Apr. 25, 2014
Seattle University School of Law, Sullivan Hall

The Washington State Society of Healthcare Attorneys (“WSSHA”) was founded in 1973. It is operated exclusively for educational and charitable purposes, to provide an opportunity for legal advisors in the health field to meet and exchange information and ideas, to conduct legal seminars of interest to such attorneys, and to provide a central agency for the exchange of information of a legal nature in the health field.

This is a great networking and learning opportunity.  The registration fee for students is $115.  If you want to attend, you should send in your check as soon as possible along with the form that you can print off of the website. This seminar is well attended by the healthcare attorneys of Seattle and a few from Spokane and Oregon so it’s a great chance to connect with attorneys who practice in the health law field.

Click here to view the brochure.  The registration form is on the brochure itself.

April 28: National Commission on Voting Rights Event at the UW Law School

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Monday, Apr. 28, 2014
4:30 – 7:30 PM, RM 138

In 2005, the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, on behalf of the civil rights community, convened and staffed the National Commission on the Voting Rights Act (NCVRA), an eight-member blue ribbon panel which produced a fact-based report: Protecting Minority Voters: the Voting Rights Act at Work 1982 – 2005.

The Lawyers’ Committee, in close collaboration with state and local organizations, will organize the 2013-14 hearings.  The Commission will conduct fact finding hearings across the country that will look closely at the record of discrimination, election administration problems, voter registration procedures, and other challenges that voters are facing.

The Lawyers’ Committee will reach out to our partners in each of the states to work with the Commission in organizing the hearings. In addition to National Commissioners, we will invite local leaders to serve as guest commissioners. Voting attorneys, grassroots leaders, social scientists, and the public will be invited to testify. The hearing will be organized with Commissioners as questioners and panels of witnesses providing testimony. Each witness will be asked to submit a written statement (with the length at the discretion of each witness) in advance of the hearing.  During the hearing, witnesses will give oral testimony based on their written statement.  Commissioners sitting on the panel will ask questions on specific issues relating to each witnesses oral and written testimony. The hearings will also include periodic open sessions for audience members and voters to speak about their voting experience. Hearings will be held from November 2013 to spring 2014.

RSVP online here.

April 30: Dr. Bernard LaFayette “Sit-ins, Freedom Rides, and Selma: What the Civil Rights Movement and Nonviolence Tell Us Today

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Wednesday, Apr. 30, 2014
10:00 AM
School of Social Work Building, 4101 15th Ave. NE, RM 305

In 1958, 18-year-old Bernard LaFayette enrolled at American Baptist Theological Seminary in Nashville, Tennessee. LaFayette is an African American and had lived in Florida and Pennsylvania: in the former, he was raised with segregation, in the latter, he attended integrated public schools. When he arrived at seminary, he roomed with John Lewis, now the U.S. Representative for Georgia’s 5th congressional district. Within weeks, Lewis convinced LaFayette to dive into the practice of nonviolence, and they would go on to participate in some of the most crucial moments in the U.S. Civil Rights Movement.

In this talk, Dr. LaFayette, having earned his Ph.D. from Harvard University, will speak about his experiences in the Civil Rights Movement, the theory and practice of nonviolence, and our responsibilities today — all with a boundless optimism and perhaps a song or two.

For more information, click here.

May 10: Presentation on Race & Jury Service: Is Jury Selection Fair?  Are All Communities Represented?

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Saturday, May 10, 2014
4:30 PM, Gates Hall RM 119

Co-sponsors: Northwest Justice Project, Whitman College, Center for Public Service Law-UW Law

Interested in the issue of minority jury representation?

On Saturday May 10th, at 4:30 pm at the University of Washington Law School, students from Whitman College’s State of the State of Latinos in Washington will be presenting their project analyzing the jury selection system in Eastern Washington. In addition, attorneys from Washington Appleseed and the Northwest Justice Project will present the work they are doing to better understand jury selection and the role that academic researchers, attorneys, and students can play in increasing minority jury participation. The location will be in Room 119 in Gates Hall, light snacks and refreshments will be provided. Please feel free to contact David Morales at the Northwest Justice Project, if you have any further questions.

Will You Support Students Doing Human Rights Work? Consider Donating a Day’s Pay!

April 15: Social Justice Tuesday: Working with Homeless Youth in Seattle

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Tuesday, Apr. 15, 2014
12:30 – 1:20 PM, RM 133

Presented by: Street Youth Legal Advocates of Washington

The panel will discuss the challenges of working with homeless youth in the Seattle area. Their experiences include running programs for homeless youth, the mental health aspects of homelessness, and legislative advocacy. They will speak about the legal and non-legal issues facing homeless youth in Seattle, the organizations they work with, and how we as students can help.

Panelists:

  • Katelyn Stickel, Program Manager, Teen Feed
  • Jenny Donovan, counseling student
  • Kate Phillips, Program Director at Street Youth Ministries
  • Kimberly Schertz – 3L at UW Law

If you would like lunch please RSVP via Symplicity or Email by 12:00 pm Monday, April 14, 2014. No RSVP for lunch accepted after 12:00 pm.

April 16: Public Service Entrepreneurial Workshop

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Wednesday, Apr. 16, 2014
3:30-5:20 PM, RM 133

Sponsored by the Center for Public Service Law

Interested in working for social justice?
Have an idea for starting up a social venture organization or business?
Want to create a different kind of law office providing legal services to underserved communities?

If you’ve answered yes to any of these questions, then this is the workshop for you!

Using a UW Law student’s project idea as a case study you’ll learn about the basics of business planning, corporate formation, funding through interactive exercises and lecture.

Presenters include:

  • Mary Whisner, Reference Librarian, Gallagher Law Library
  • Matt Souza, JD/MBA
  • Emily Nelson, 3L
  • Professor Jennifer Fan, Entrepreneurial Law Clinic

April 21: Come See Documented the Film at SIFF Cinema Uptown

Monday, Apr. 21, 2014 at 6:30 PM
SIFF Cinema Uptown, 511 Queen Anne Ave. N., Seattle
Tickets $12. Purchase Now

Please join us, along with our partners Define American, El Centro De La Raza and OneAmerica, on April 21 for a special one night only preview screening of DOCUMENTED, the new film by our friend Jose Antonio Vargas. Reserve your ticket today and help spread the word!

In 2011, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Jose Antonio Vargas outed himself as an undocumented immigrant in an essay published in the New York Times Magazine. DOCUMENTED chronicles his journey to America from the Philippines as a child; his journey through America as an immigration reform activist; and his journey inward as he re-connects with his mother, whom he hasn’t seen in person in over 20 years.

April 21: Cambodian Son Screening

Monday, Apr. 21, 2014
Gates Hall, RM 138
Doors open at 7:30 PM, Screening starts at 8:00 PM

“Cambodian Son” is a film chronicling the life of spoken word poet Kosal Khiev, who was born in a Thai refugee camp, came to U.S. as a child, was arrested at 16 for gang violence. He spent over a decade in California prisons before being deported to Cambodia and barred from re-entering the US. The documentary touches on the intersection of multiple social justice issues including refugee rights, immigration, juvenile justice, and the redemptive power of the arts. Director Masahiro Sugano will be speaking about Cambodian Son in a pre-screening lecture at lunch on (room 127).

If you are interested in coming, please sign up on here ASAP (ideally by Friday, April 11th, but we will accept persons who sign up later): https://docs.google.com/. The event will be made open to the public as the first screening in Seattle has already SOLD OUT. However, we will reserve a certain number of seats for law students and persons associated with the law school based on the interest you all show in coming! There are no tickets, but we ask that you consider making a donation at the door. All proceeds go to support Kosal Khiev’s art. Any questions, please email.

April 29: Reversing the Effects of Mass Incarceration: Implementing Criminal Justice Reforms

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Photo courtesy of PhotoVault & Val Lawless.

Tuesday, Apr. 29, 2014
6:00 – 7:30 PM
William H. Gates Hall, RM 138, RSVP Required

The incarceration rate in the United States is the highest in the world, which has led some to call our current criminal justice structure a system of mass incarceration. This system—which contains over 2 million people in American prisons and jails—has decimated communities, especially those of color, created two tiers of justice, one for the rich and the other for the poor, and, in some instances, has resulted in government spending more money on incarceration than education.

The University of Washington School of Law and the Gates Public Service Law Program invites you to a forum on how we as a community can reverse the effects of mass incarceration through implementing criminal justice reforms. The forum will cover sentencing reform, prison rehabilitation programs, and prison reentry.

The program will start promptly at 6pm.

Presenters:

Alexes Harris, Assistant Professor, University of Washington Department of Sociology: Addressing the Juvenile Justice Pipeline to Mass Incarceration

Michael Romano, Director and co-founder of the Three Strikes Project, Stanford Law School: Righting the Wrongs of “Three Strikes” Life Sentences

Michael Santos, prison reform activist, lecturer at San Francisco State University: Prisoner Re-entry: Triumphing over Imprisonment  

Panel Discussion:

Moderator:
The Honorable Steven C. González, Washington State Supreme Court

Ari Kohn, Director: Post-Prison Education Program

Jacqueline McMurtrie, Associate Professor & Director: Innocence Project Northwest, UW School of Law

Connie Smith, Chief US Probation and Pretrial Services Officer, Western District of Washington

To attend the event, register online here.

May 3: Center for Human Rights & Justice Annual Fundraiser: Donate a Day’s Pay

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Do you have a paying summer job?  Do you care about human rights?  Like hobnobbing with professors?

Help CHRJ fund a grant for a UW law student to do human rights work this summer by “donating a day’s pay” to CHRJ’s grant fund.

The first 40 students to donate or pledge $100 or more are invited to a party at Professor Bob Anderson’s home.  Enjoy food, drinks, and conversation with your professors and classmates!

Donate during lunch at the CHRJ ‘Donate a Day’s Pay’ Table today!  Party to be held on May 3, 2014.

Click here for more information.

Donate online here.

It’s ABA Celebrate Pro Bono Week! Don’t Miss Out on Some Fantastic Events

October 22: Pro Bono & Externship Fair. A Record 44 Organizations and Agencies are Participating. Find Out Which Ones Right Here

Celebrate Pro Bono 2013Friendly Reminder! The Pro Bono & Externship Fair will replace Social Justice Tuesday on October 22.

Don’t miss out on a once a year opportunity at UW Law to directly connect with pro bono and service learning opportunities.

When: Tuesday, October 22, 12:30-1:30pm

Where: UW Law Main Floor Galleria

Who Will Be There: See below

  1. ACLU of Washington
  2. Access to Justice Board
  3. Associated Counsel for the Accused
  4. Center for Children and Youth Justice Lawyers Fostering Education
  5. Center for Children and Youth Justice Lawyers Fostering Independence
  6. Columbia Legal Services
  7. Disability Rights Washington
  8. Earthjustice
  9. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission Seattle Field Office
  10. Federal Public Defender
  11. Federal Trade Commission
  12. GreenLaw- UW Law
  13. U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development/ Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity
  14. Immigrant Families Advocacy Project (IFAP)- UW Law
  15. Incarcerated Mothers Advocacy Project (IFAP)- UW Law
  16. International Treaty Monitoring Project (ITMP)- UW Law
  17. King County Department of Public Defense-SCRAP Division
  18. Kitsap County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office
  19. LegalVoice
  20. Moderate Means Program
  21. MultiCare Health System Legal Department
  22. Northwest Immigrants Rights Project
  23. Northwest Justice Project
  24. Olympia Quarter Fellows Program
  25. Q-Law Foundation
  26. Seattle Biomedical Research Institute
  27. Seattle City Attorney Civil Division
  28. Seattle City Attorney Land Use Section
  29. Seattle City Attorney Criminal Division
  30. Seattle Community Law Center
  31. Seattle Public Schools Office of General Counsel
  32. Snohomish County Prosecutor’s Office
  33. Snohomish County Prosecutor’s Office-Land Use Division
  34. Street Youth Legal Advocates of Washington (SYLAW)- UW Law
  35. Thurston County Prosecuting Attorney
  36. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region 11
  37. Unemployment Law Project
  38. United States Attorney’s Office U.S. Attorney’s Office Western District of Washington
  39. U.S. Department of Labor
  40. UW Center for Commercialization
  41. UW Student Legal Services
  42. Washington Appleseed
  43. Washington Attorney General’s Office
  44. Washington Defender Association

October 22: Volunteer Advocates for Immigrant Justice (VAIJ) Pro Bono Celebration Event

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Microsoft Corporation invites you to join us to celebrate VAIJ’s Past and Welcome our Future at the

Volunteer Advocates for Immigrant Justice (VAIJ) Pro Bono Celebration Event

When: 5:00-7:00pm

Where:  Microsoft Visitor Center, 15010 NE 36th Street, Redmond, WA 98052

Please RSVP asap: JBildhauer@supportkind.org

Special Guest Speakers include Brad Smith, Executive Vice President and General Counsel, Microsoft Corporation and Wendy Young, President, Kids In Need of Defense.

Hors d’oeuvres and drinks to be served

ABOUT VAIJ: Over the past ten years, thousands of immigrants and refugees in our community have been impacted by VAIJ’s attorneys, volunteers and supporters. Please join us to celebrate this work and to welcome the next chapter of our organization.

Launched in 2003, VAIJ is a joint initiative of Microsoft Corporation and the American Bar Association’s Commission on Immigration and the Seattle affiliate of Kids In Need of Defense. VAIJ provides access to pro bono counsel to immigrants and refugees, particularly unaccompanied children, in removal proceedings. Since its inception, VAIJ has provided training to more than 300 attorneys and volunteers, and provided legal orientations, intakes and representation to hundreds of immigrants in removal proceedings. As our work has come to focus on meeting the need for legal representation of unaccompanied alien children in federal custody before US immigration authorities in the Puget Sound area, we are moving into a new chapter and, on October 1, 2013, became the Seattle office of KIND. We hope you can join us to celebrate.

October 23: Eager to Get Real Client Experience? Want to Help Reduce Barriers to Justice? Attend the Moderate Means Program Info Session

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Where: Room 127

When: 12:30-1:20pm

Please RSVP: via Symplicity or gatespsl@uw.edu by Tuesday, October 22, 2013, no later than 12:00pm.

Please join Supervising Attorneys, Chach Duarte White and Clay Wilson and former student interns for an important information session about the Moderate Means Program. Learn about the program’s goals, how it works and how you can volunteer!

Here’s a sneak peak..

  • The Moderate Means Program is a joint venture between the WSBA and the three law schools in Washington State.
  • The purpose of the program is to increase access to civil legal services for moderate means individuals (those between 200% and 400% of the federal poverty level), who cannot afford to hire private attorneys at prevailing rates but make too much money to qualify for traditional civil legal aid services.
  • Interns have direct contact with clients and attorneys dealing with everyday legal issues in Family, Housing, and Consumer law.

October 23: Columbia Legal Services Pro Bono Celebration

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Columbia Legal Services will celebrate their pro bono partners, whose collaborative advocacy on behalf of thousands of low-income individuals and families work to achieve a vision of justice, and a more inclusive and equitable society.

When: 5:00-6:30 p.m.
Where: Center for Impact and Innovation/Hub, 20 Second Ave. S (Pioneer Square), Seattle

Please RSVP: RSVP preferred to sharon.nyland@columbialegal.org

Catered by Farestart

The Columbia Legal Services Pro Bono celebration is free to attend, but donations and your support of our work for justice will be gratefully accepted.

ABOUT CLS: 

Columbia Legal Services advocates for people who face injustice and poverty. We seek to achieve social and economic justice for all, using policy reform, litigation, and innovative partnerships to reveal and end actions that harm the communities we serve.

When people have the necessary tools and opportunity to achieve social and economic justice, a more inclusive and equitable society is possible.

October 24: Film Screening of “American Winter” Hosted by Pierce County Foreclosure Prevention Roundtable

Personal stories of NW families struggling to make ends meet & avoid foreclosure highlight the need for community involvement to help Pierce County families struggling to stay in their homes

Where: Grand Theatre in Tacoma

When: 6:30pm 

How do I reserve a free ticket? Reserve your seat – tickets are FREE – at: americanwintertacoma.eventbrite.com  or call (253) 572-5134 or e-mail vls@tacomaprobono.org for more information.

The Pierce County Foreclosure Prevention Roundtable is pleased to announce the screening of American Winter at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 24 at the Grand Theatre in Tacoma. The documentary, directed by Emmy Award-winning filmmakers Joe and Harry Gantz (Taxicab ConfessionsThe Defenders), follows the personal stories of eight families struggling in the wake of the economic downturn. Shot over the winter of 2011-12 in Portland, OR, this powerful film reveals the human impact of budget cuts to social services, rising poverty and economic inequality, and the fracturing of the American Dream.

American Winter premiered on HBO in March 2013 and won Best Documentary Award at the Portland International Film Festival. Most recently, American Winter won “Best of the Festival” at the Workers Unite!

Guests are invited to stay following the film for a reception at Corina Bakery next door to the Grand Cinema, as local experts and co-director Harry Gantz talk about how the themes of American Winter are relevant in our community, and learn more about the resources available in Pierce County to help prevent foreclosure and its consequences.

This screening is brought to Washington by the partners of the Pierce County Foreclosure Prevention Roundtable – including: Seattle University School of Law’s Foreclosure Mediation & Outreach Project, Tacoma-Pierce County Bar Association’s Volunteer Legal Services Program and Home Justice Project, Northwest Justice Project’s Foreclosure Prevention Unit, Washington Attorney General Consumer Protection Division, Washington State Housing Finance Commission, Columbia Legal Services, Associated Ministries, Washington Department of Financial Institutions, Washington Association of Justice, South Sound Outreach, Parkview Services, Pierce County Center for Dispute Resolution, Puget Sound Mediation, and others including housing counselors, mediators, paralegals and attorneys.

Ed Debt Webinar, ‘Girls Rising’ Film Screening at Gates Foundation & Networking with Orgs Working in Sub-Saharan Africa

September 5: Drowning in Educational Debt? Attend a Free EJW Webinar

EJW Ed Debt Relief12:00 pm – 1:15 pm PST

A must attend for anyone with educational debt planning to work or currently working for the government or a nonprofit, this webinar explains how you can benefit from the College Cost Reduction and Access Act, the most significant law affecting public service in a generation. Useful for: public interest workers, graduate and professional students, undergraduate students, school advisors and administrators, and employers.

Click here to register. 

September 10: Don’d Miss the Screening of “Girls Rising” Hosted by the Gates Foundation

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation cordially invites you to the Community Film Club: Screening of Girl Rising on September 10th from 5:00 – 7:30pm at our Seattle campus.  

Directed by Academy Award nominee Richard Robbins, this movie is about nine girls from different parts of the world who face arranged marriages, child slavery, and other heartbreaking injustices. By getting an education, they’re able to break barriers and create change.  Watch the trailer here.

There will be an opportunity for Q&A with Bonnie Benjamin-Phariss, Director of Vulcan Productions (co-producer of the film) and Radha Rangarajan, Associate Program Officer, US Advocacy, from our US Program team.  Snacks and refreshments will be available.

Pre-registration is required. Please click here to confirm your attendance. We hope you will join us.

September 11: Global WA’s Global Social on Sub-Saharan Africa

Global WA bannerWondering what other organizations are doing in Sub-Saharan Africa? Running a small non-profit in Tanzania and want some local business support? Operating a corporate office out of Zambia and looking for ways to give back? Global Washington invites you to meet with people and organizations working in the same region as your organization. Happy hour drinks and food will be included!

Who: Businesses, government, and non-profits working in your global region

Where: HUB Seattle // 220 2nd Ave South // Seattle, WA

When: Wednesday, September 11 // 4:30- 6:30pm

Cost: $10 GlobalWA members (use member code at checkout) // $20 for non-members

What to Bring: Networking tools, brochures, newsletters, and business cards to share

RSVP: Click here!

Social Justice Film Screenings Galore!

June 21- Occupy Love

You Can’t Evict an Idea Whose Time has Come

When? Friday, June  21, 2013, 7:00- 9:30pm

Where? Keystone Congregational Church, 5019 Keystone Place North, Seattle, 98103 (in Wallingford)

(0.4 miles west of the I-5 NE 50th St. Exit – Metro Bus Routes 16, 26 & 44)

Directions can be found at www.meaningfulmovies.org

Free and open to the public (donations accepted).

With Cecile Andrews, Author of the new book, “Living Room Revolution”
On a journey deep inside the revolution  of the heart that is erupting around the planet, acclaimed director Velcrow  Ripper (Scared Sacred, Fierce Light) explores the growing realization that the  dominant system of power is failing to provide us with health, happiness or  meaning.  The old paradigm that  concentrates wealth, founded on the greed of the few, is causing economic and  ecological collapse. The resulting crisis has become the catalyst for a  profound awakening:  millions of people  are deciding that enough is enough –  the  time has come to create a new world, a world that works for all life.

The film connects the dots in this era  of rapidly evolving social change, featuring captivating insider scenes from  the Egyptian Revolution, the Indignado uprising in Spain,  Occupy Wall Street in New York, Indigenous  activists at the Alberta Tar Sands, the climate justice movement, and beyond.

June 25- Free China: The Courage to Believe Special Screening Invite

“Free China shows the way where everybody wins instead of the Communist Party.” -Peter Navarro, Author/Director of Death by China

When? Tuesday, June 25, 7pm

Where? Guild 45th Theatre, 2115 N. 45th St, Seattle, WA 98103

Tickets available at the door or at www.landmarktheatres.com or Movie Line: 206-547-2127

For complete film info click here.

Save the Date! Seattle Social Justice Film Fest Focuses on Prisoner Justice October 10-13

For more info on the October film fest click here.

Seattle Social Justice film fest