Need to Learn How to De-Stress? Free Teleseminar on Self-Care

5 Steps to Productive Conversation about White Privilege 

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It IS possible — and necessary — for white people to engage others in authentic conversation about privilege. There are productive ways to go about it. These five steps we’ve shared before can be applied to the clip “Understanding White Privilege” from the World Trust film Mirrors of Privilege: Making Whiteness Visible.

Use this approach to start small and practice leading a group conversation using a short clip as a focal point.  No professional training in diversity activity facilitation is required, and these steps can be covered in less than an hour. Gather a few people together and give it a try. Let us know how it goes!

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The remarkable thing that happens to poor kids when you give their parents a little money

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By Roberto A. Ferdman | The Washington Post | Photo credit AP/John Bazemore

Twenty years ago, a group of researchers began tracking the personalities of 1,420 low income children in North Carolina. At the time, the goal was simple: to observe the mental conditions of kids living in rural America. But then a serendipitous thing happened.

Four years into The Great Smoky Mountains Study of Youth, the families of roughly a quarter of the children saw a dramatic and unexpected increase in annual income. They were members of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, and a casino had just been built on the reservation. From that point on every tribal citizen earned a share of the profits, meaning about an extra $4,000 a year per capita.

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5 Practices for Radical Self-Care In the Age of Chronic Overwhelm

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Free Teleseminar, Oct. 14, 12:00 – 1:00 PM (PST)

Welcome to the age of chronic overwhelm. You know how it goes. A thousand and two unread emails, a gazillion and a half *really important* phone calls to be made, and a to-do list that’s a mile long. This is the age of never-enough, go-go-go, always more to do, learn, fix, and improve upon. And right alongside, we have the age of never-enough-time-to-respond. As a result, so many of us feel beaten down by our busy lives, left to catch our breath in the margins of our lives, without hope for peace, sanity, or a break on the horizon.

Sound familiar? You’re so (so) not alone.

In this free teleclass, we’ll share 5 powerful practices from Nonviolent Communication, mindfulness, and meditation to help us break the cycle, and re-establish the breath, sanity, and self-kindness that we truly need to sustain our full and overflowing lives.

Come as you are, harried and overwhelmed, or cool and calm alike, and let’s together find ways to tap into radical self-care and inner calm. And it won’t be just talk; you’ll leave the class with your own radical self-care plan!

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Equal Justice Works AmeriCorps JD Program, Deadline 10/30

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The Equal Justice Works AmeriCorps JD program provides a $1,212 education award to law students who deliver critically needed legal assistance in low-income and underserved communities across the country.

Our fall application deadline is October 30. Learn more about the program and application by reviewing our guide.

Click here to view the guide.

Funding for Graduate Student Research

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Mellon Fellowships for Public Projects in the Humanities
Applications accepted Oct. 16–Nov. 13
We invite proposals from graduate students to undertake projects in public scholarship in summer 2016. Awards of $6,500 with an additional research budget of $2,000.

Digital Humanities Summer Institute
Oct. 16 deadline; courses June 6-10 
The Simpson Center invites proposals to attend the renowned Digital Humanities Summer Institute at the University of Victoria, British Columbia.

How to Apply for Simpson Center Funding
Tuesday, Oct. 20, 3–4:30 p.m.
Seattle campus, CMU 202
Learn about the application process, including insider tips on what makes for a strong application.

Graduate Funding Information Service
Tuesdays/Thursdays, 1:30–2:30 p.m.
Seattle campus, Research Commons Consultation Studio
Don’t let funding applications deadlines pass you by! Get help identifying and locating funding for grad school expenses including tuition, research, conference and research travel.

Support UW Gates Scholar Hilary Hammell’s Organization Bayview/Hunters Point Community Legal’s Campaign to Win $500,000 from Google! Help Support Legal Aid!

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Four out of five low-income Americans are unable to get legal aid when they face discrimination in the workplace, have their property destroyed or their savings stolen, or confront many other challenges. Bayview/Hunters Point Community Legal is working to ensure that everyone in the local community can get access to civil representation. Over the next 12 months, they will expand this first-ever model to more neighborhoods, protecting thousands of families’ rights.

Check out the video here.

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Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (“CFPB”) Releases New Tool Called “Your Money Your Goals” For Financial Empowerment

Volunteer for Citizenship Day in Moses Lake, and Pasco on Saturday, September 19

Citizenship Day

Date: Saturday, Sept. 19, 2015
Time: 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM
Location(s): Moses Lake – Big Bend Community College, ATEC Building 1800, 7611 Bolling St NE, Moses Lake, WA 98837; Pasco – Columbia Basic College, Center for Career & Technical Education (corner of W. Argent Rd & Saraceno Way), Pasco, WA 99301

Citizenship Day is a FREE one-day legal clinic to help legal permanent residents apply for citizenship and it is hosted by the WA State Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) and OneAmerica. Citizenship is a critical part of American Dream for many immigrant families, but the high cost of attorneys and fear of the process stop many eligible people from becoming citizens. We’ll have volunteer immigration lawyers, paralegals and interpreters on hand to help eligible permanent residents successfully fill out citizenship applications (N-400s).  It’s a great way to earn community service hours without a long-term commitment, meet other students, and help your community.

WE ARE IN NEED OF INTERPRETERS: General volunteers and bilingual interpreters (Spanish and English) are needed at the Pasco and Moses Lake sites on September 19th. If you are interest in helping, please email Katelyn Chrisman at Katelyn@weareoneamerica.org, and SIGN UP HERE.

To sign up, click here. 

Latina/o Bar Association of Washington (LBAW) Offers 2015-2016 Mentorship Program, Sign Up Now!

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We are excited to reintroduce LBAW’s Mentorship Program.  We encourage you to sign up!

If you would like to be a part of LBAW’s 2015-2016 Mentorship Program, please complete the mentor form or mentee form and return it to membership@lbaw.org no later than Tuesday, September 22. 

LBAW’s Mentor/Mentee Welcome will be held Friday, September 25, at the home of LBAW’s President Chach Duarte White on Mercer Island at 5:30 p.m.—8:00 p.m.  Come eat, drink, and meet your mentor/mentee!  Details will be included in the next LBAW Announcement and on the LBAW website and Facebook page.  We look forward to seeing you!

Registration Now Open for Stanford Law School’s 16th Annual Shaking the Foundations Progressive Lawyering Conference on October 17

Shaking the Foundations 2015

Stanford Law School’s 16th annual Shaking the Foundations conference will be on Saturday, October 17, 2015. This year, we are excited to feature Bay Area workers’ rights advocate Saru Jayaraman, author of Behind the Kitchen Door, as our keynote speaker at 10 a.m.

Shaking the Foundations brings the progressive community together each year to discuss issues within the movement, explore the role of young lawyers, and encourage attendees to work toward social and environmental justice. This year’s conference will focus on West Coast issues. Panel and workshop topics include criminal justice, immigration, racial justice, LGBTQ rights, environmental justice, consumer protection, Native American law, labor, housing, and other progressive topics. Check out our website for the full schedule.

To register, click here.

Pro Bono For Financial Empowerment

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By William J. Woodward, Jr. | ABA Center for Pro Bono Exchange

“Holistic pro bono” is an idea whose time may have come. When used in the legal pro bono community, the term refers to supplying a needy client with help that may go beyond legal help to include help from other professionals such as housing counselors, addiction experts, accountants, technology specialists, and so on.

The idea may have just had a substantial boost from the work of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (the “CFPB”), the Federal agency created by the Dodd-Frank law and charged with protecting consumers of financial products and services. While the agency has regulatory and enforcement power, Congress also charged it broadly with educating consumers in financial matters.

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Call for Submissions for the 11th Annual Sarah Weddington Writing Prize for New Student Scholarship in Reproductive Rights

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Law Students for Reproductive Justice, in collaboration with the Center for Reproductive Rights and the Center on Reproductive Rights and Justice at Berkeley Law School, is pleased to announce the Call for Submission for the eleventh annual Sarah Weddington Writing Prize for New Student Scholarship in Reproductive Rights.

This year, the Sarah Weddington Writing Prize’s suggested theme is “Restoring Public Insurance Coverage for Abortion,” with a focus on the Hyde Amendment and Harris v. McRae (1980). However, submissions on other topics will also be accepted.

The deadline for submission is Monday, January 18, 2016.  Winning authors will receive cash prizes: $750 (first place), $500 (second place), or $250 (third place).  Additionally, each winning author will receive a copy of the newly released casebook, Melissa Murray and Kristin Luker’s Cases on Reproductive Rights and Justice. The first place winner will also have a chance at publication with the NYU Review of Law and Social Change.

For more information, please download the 2015 Call for Submissions here.