Free Webinar on PTSD; Beer and Justice; Register for the NW Minority Job Fair by August 1

Free Webinar: A Guide to Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) for Advocates: How to Effectively Address PTSD in Matters Involving Veterans and Others Affected by Trauma

Date: Wednesday, July 19, 2017
Time:  9:00 a.m.
Location: Webinar
Cost: Free

Although PTSD can cause symptoms that significantly affect cognition and behavior, the people who assist or make critical decisions affecting those who experience PTSD may not recognize or understand these symptoms well. This training provides advocates with an understanding of PTSD.

Led by a faculty that includes a VA psychologist with extensive clinical expertise in PTSD and lawyers specializing in mental health-related advocacy, this training will provide:

  • An understanding of how trauma and PTSD affect the brain;
  • A description of PTSD symptoms and how they affect people in their day-to-day lives;
  • Discussion of how PTSD symptoms can be relevant in legal proceedings;
  • Guidance for developing relevant information and evidence about PTSD;
  • Insight into mental health reports, evaluations, and other clinical evidence; and
  • Strategies for working effectively with mental health professionals to develop and present information about PTSD that supports advocacy for those affected by trauma

Register here.

Campaign for Equal Justice: Beer and Justice

Date:  Thursday, July 20, 2017
Time:  5:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Location: Chuckanut Brewery and Kitchen in Bellingham, Washington

Date:  Thursday, July 27, 2017
Time:  5:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Location:  Harmon Tap Room Beer Garden in Tacoma, Washington

Campaign for Equal Justice LogoJoin us for a happy hour event in your city to raise awareness and funds for legal aid! Through the Campaign for Equal Justice, your donations support nonprofit legal aid providers in Washington state. In partnership with the Legal Foundation of Washington, there is a strong return on your investment. For every $1 donated to the Campaign, anywhere from $3 – $9 goes to 23 non-profit legal aid providers in their annual grants from the Legal Foundation.

More information here.

Due August 1:  31st Annual Northwest Minority Job Fair on August 19
Registration Due:  Tuesday, August 1, 2017
Date: Saturday, August 19th, 2017
Location: Pacifica Law Group, 1191 Second Avenue, Suite 2000 Seattle, WA

Pacifica Law Group is honored to host the 31st Annual Northwest Minority Job Fair. We are committed to the Fair’s mission of fostering access to employment opportunities for historically underrepresented persons in the practice of law and to provide a networking forum for legal employers and minority law students.

The Northwest Minority Job Fair, sponsored and funded by a consortium of legal sector employers, has brought together private and public law firms committed to promoting diversity for over 30 years. It provides a unique opportunity for employers, law students, and lawyers to connect and match legal talent with law firm opportunities. Last year’s Northwest Minority Job Fair brought together approximately 150 students and 30 law firms/agencies.

This year’s Fair will be held Saturday, August 19, 2017, at Pacifica Law Group, 1191 Second Avenue, Suite 2000, in Seattle. Registration is free for students. Part of the registration fee provides scholarships for minority students.

Learn more and register here.

 

Are You a Pro Bono Project Leader? Registration for the Winter Pro Bono Leadership & Advocacy Course Now Open!

Attention 2L & 3L Pro Bono Project Leaders! Registration for Winter Pro Bono Leadership & Advocacy Course is Now Open!

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Attention leaders of student-initiated pro bono service learning projects including IFAP, IMAP, SYLAW, App Help, ELS, Ed Law and any other emerging pro bono legal assistance projects!  

Get academic credit for your pro bono legal aid leadership work AND  get concrete tools and skills to apply to your day-to-day organizational leadership and management.  You can now register for our 2 credit Pro Bono Leadership & Advocacy class taught by Dean Michele Storms and Aline Carton-Listfjeld from the Center for Public Service Law. The class will meet Tuesdays, 5:30-7:20pm.

Click here for the syllabus. Registration is by instructor permission only so please email Aline Carton-Listfjeld at acarton@uw.edu to register. Ideally we’d like at least two student leaders from each student-led pro bono service learning project.

UW Project Focuses on Fines and Fees that Create “Prisoners of Debt”

By: Deborah Bach | UW Today | Photo credit: DonkeyHotey / Flickr

Criminals are meant to pay their debts to society through sentencing, but a different type of court-imposed debt can tie them to the criminal justice system for life and impact their ability to move forward with their lives.

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Though debtors’ prisons were eliminated in the United States almost two centuries ago, a modern-day version exists in the dizzyingly complex system of fines and fees levied against people as they move through the court system.

Offenders are charged for everything from DNA samples to electronic monitoring devices, jury trials and even room and board while imprisoned. The fees can add up to thousands of dollars, and those who fail to pay are routinely jailed.

Continue reading here.

Attention 3Ls and Recent Grads! Interested in Working at the Office for Civil Rights (OCR)? Get Ahead by Submitting Your Resume Early in OCR’s Resume Bank!

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The U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights (OCR) may be hiring in the near future and you may qualify under the Excepted Hiring Authority for Attorneys.

OCR is looking for the best and brightest to ensure equal access to education and to promote educational excellence throughout the nation. If you are a highly motivated, creative individual who would like to be involved in enforcing federal civil rights laws, prohibiting discrimination and ensuring equal access to education, OCR is the place for you!

OCR maintains a resume bank from which candidates may be selected for consideration to fill vacancies for positions in OCR as they arise. OCR accepts resumes from individuals who are eligible for consideration for noncompetitive hiring via:  Schedule A Persons with Disabilities appointments (5 CFR 213.3102(u)); Veterans’ Recruitment Appointments; former Peace Corps and Americorps appointees (22 USC 2506); and Excepted Hiring Authority for Attorneys.

If you are interested in working at OCR and are eligible for consideration under any of these hiring authorities, please send your resume to OCRJobs@ed.gov.  In your email, please indicate the type of position as well as the regional office or offices for which you would like to be considered (Enforcement Offices in Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Cleveland, Dallas, Denver, Kansas City, New York, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Seattle, and/or Washington DC; the Program Legal Group in Washington DC, and/or the Resource Management Group in Washington DC). For more information about OCR and our work, please see our website and our Annual Report.

OCR will keep your resume on file for possible consideration for 365 days following the date of submission. Please note, however, that the OCRJobs@ed.gov account is not staffed to respond to questions. Should you be selected for consideration, you will be contacted by OCR to confirm your continued interest. Interested candidates are encouraged to check www.usajobs.gov for OCR positions as well.

Our Gift to You: Free Debt Relief Webinar 

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By: Equal Justice Works

It’s the holidays! For law students, ‘tis the season for intense study groups, first semester finals, and (hopefully) a much-needed chance to relax after it’s all over.

We know that the holiday season can be tough. That’s why we’re offering our free monthly webinar,  “Drowning in Debt! What Law Students & Lawyers Need to Know about Managing Student Loans & Earning Public Service Loan Forgiveness,” on Thursday, December 17, 2015 from 3:00 to 4:00 pm EDT to help student loan borrowers plan out their finances just in time for the new year! Whether you’re currently a law student, recent law graduate, or professional attorney, this webinar will provide you with the information you need to know about Public Service Loan Forgiveness, income-driven repayment plans, and more. Come check it out and learn how to manage your student debt!

New REPAYE Plan Almost Ready for Launch

The Department of Education recently announced the new income-driven REPAYE (Revised Pay As You Earn) plan will be available to borrowers in mid-December! This revamped option will cap your monthly payments at 10% of your discretionary income, and will be available to all undergraduate and graduate federal loan borrowers regardless of when the money was borrowed.

Sounds like a great plan, but there are some potential pitfalls that every savvy borrower should be aware of. We discuss some of these dangers in our latest Huffington Post blog article, “Love and Student Debt: How the New REPAYE Plan Could Affect Marriages,” and we’ll be talking in-depth about the REPAYE plan during our webinar.

We’ll be updating our free student debt e-book Take Control of Your Future to include all the in-depth information you need to know about REPAYE. Download it now to be notified of all updates!

Help Protect Public Service Loan Forgiveness

As always, we urge you to take action to preserve Public Service Loan Forgiveness before Congress moves forward with capping or eliminating this vital program for public service workers. In addition to coming to the December 17th webinar for the latest legislative updates, you can join  the ABA’s Save #Loan4Giveness campaign today by taking action via social media!

Washington Court Recognizes Constitutional and Public Trust Duty to Protect the Atmosphere for Present and Future Generations

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By: Our Children’s Trust

Late last night, eight Washington youth received a groundbreaking ruling from Judge Hollis Hill in their climate change lawsuit. In this landmark decision, Judge Hill declared “[the youths’] survival depends upon the will of their elders to act now, decisively and unequivocally, to stem the tide of global warming…before doing so becomes first too costly and then too late.

The court confirmed what the Washington petitioners and other young people we work with across the nation have been arguing in the courts, that “[t]he state has a constitutional obligation to protect the public’s interest in natural resources held in trust for the common benefit of the people.”

Continue reading here.

Drowning in Debt? Learn More about Your Repayment Options at EJW’s Free Webinar!

November 16: Advocating for Criminal Defense – A Students Organizing For Advocacy (SOFA) Presentation

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Date: Monday, Nov. 16, 2015
Time: 3:30 PM
Location: William H. Gates Hall, RM 133

Moderated presentation and Q&A with representatives of the Department of Public Defense, Washington Defenders Association, and the Washington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. They will discuss their legislative agenda for 2016, internships within the organizations, and their own personal experience as lobbyists and members of the criminal defense community.

November 17: Social Justice Tuesday – Mental Illness: Civil Liberties vs. Public Safety

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Date: Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2015
Time: 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
Location: William H. Gates Hall, RM 127

Post Talk Discussion: 1:30 – 2:20 PM in RM 115 (Perkins Coie Room)

Moderator:
Judge Robert Lasnik, US District Court, Seattle
Panelists:

  • Erin Ehlert, Asst. Chief, Criminal Division, King Co. Prosecutor
  • Eric Pisconski, Crisis Response Unit, Seattle Police Department
  • Abe Bergman, MD, UW Professor Emeritus of Pediatrics (parent)
  • Robert Boruchowitz, Professor, SU Law School; former director, Defender Association.

Format: Panelists will make 5-7 minute introductory statements on how they view the present status of individuals with mental illness in relationship to the criminal justice system. The moderator will then pose questions to the panelists from himself and the audience.

Questions:
Is safety of the public, and of individuals with mental illness jeopardized by current civil liberties protections?

Currently treatment for individuals with serious mental illness can only be compelled if they are committed to mental hospitals. Should treatment be compelled in less restrictive settings, i.e. outpatient and/or supportive housing?

If you would like lunch please RSVP via Symplicity or gatespsl@uw.edu RSVP by 12:00 pm Monday, November 16

November 17: Center for Constitutional Rights Event at the UW Law School

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Date: Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2015
Time: 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM
Location: William H. Gates Hall, RM 115

Alexis Agathocleous, Deputy Legal Director of the Center for Constitutional Rights, is visiting the law school on Tuesday, November 17, from 3:30pm to 4:30pm in room 115, courtesy of the National Lawyers Guild. This is an informal opportunity to chat with Alexis and get the inside scoop about CCR’s work, including a few recent major wins for the organization:

  • A landmark settlement that effectively ends indeterminate long-term solitary confinement in California prisons, a policy that is tantamount to torture;
  • An historic decision stating that former Attorney General John Ashcroft can be held accountable for post-9/11 torture and abuse; and
  • The reinstatement of a case challenging the NYPD’s unlawful surveillance of Muslim communities in New Jersey.

November 17: Equal Justice Works Presents Free Webinar on Student Debt

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Date: Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2015
Time: 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM EDT
Location: Online

New REPAYE Plan to Launch in December for All Federal Borrowers

In December, REPAYE – or Revised Pay As You Earn – will become available as another repayment option for your federal student loans.

Like the other income-driven repayment plans, REPAYE ties your monthly payments to your earnings. Payments are capped at 10 percent of your discretionary income.

The big deal about the REPAYE plan is that it will be available to all undergraduate and graduate federal student loan borrowers regardless of when the money was borrowed, and there is no partial financial hardship required to qualify.

There are other key differences between this new plan and other income-driven repayment plans. If you want more information about REPAYE and the other debt relief options available, keep reading!

Want to Learn More about Your Debt Relief Options?

Equal Justice Works is here to help you understand the growing labryinth of student loans! We will be hosting our free webinar, “Drowning in Debt! What Law Students & Lawyers Need to Know about Managing Student Loans & Earning Public Service Loan Forgiveness,” on Tuesday, November 17, 2015 from 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm EDT.

For more information, click here.

November 17: Washington State Association for Justice Speed Networking Event

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Date: Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2015
Time: 6:00 PM – 8:30 PM
Location: William H. Gates Hall, RM 133

Not sure what kind of law you want to practice? Interested in helping the little guy? Come to this speed-networking event to get one on one time with civil litigators. At the event you will have 5-7 minutes with each attorney to ask any questions you have about school, the Bar, getting jobs, different areas of practice, etc. So come join us!

Room 133 – 6:00-Panel Presentation
Speed Networking Follows

Pizza and refreshments will be provided. Please RSVP in Symplicity.

November 18: Legal Voice Washington: Women’s Rights, Nothing Less

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Date: Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2015
Time: 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
Location: William H. Gates Hall, RM 118

Janet Chung, legal and legislative counsel for Legal Voice Washington, will highlight issues facing women and girls in the northwest, and present her legislative agenda for 2016. She will also discuss her experience as an advocate for women’s rights, and ways for students to get involved.

Searching For A Career in Government? Career Fair This Tuesday at Mary Gates Hall!

October 24: Fair Housing Community Workshop

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Date: Saturday, Oct. 24, 2015
Time: 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Location: New Holly Gathering Hall, 7054 32nd Ave. S., Seattle, WA 98118

In 2014 the Seattle Office for Civil Rights tested rental units across the city. In two thirds of tests, prospective renters were treated differently on the basis of race, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity and national origin.

Light refreshments and childcare will be provided.

To register, click here.

October 26: Global Mondays “Local Immigrant and Refugee Communities’ Political Participation and Collaboration with Seattle Police Department” by Habtamu Abdi (LL.M. 2010), Immigrants and Refugee Coordinator, Seattle Police Department

Date: Monday, Oct. 26, 2015
Time: 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
Location: William H. Gates Hall, RM 117

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We are pleased to welcome back to UW Law Mr. Habtamu Abdi (LL.M. 2010). Mr. Abdi graduated from Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia, with a B.A. in Sociology and Social Anthropology, and then worked as a social worker. Due to severe human rights violations in that part of the world, he decided to go into the legal field. He obtained an LL.M in Intercultural Human Rights Law from St. Thomas University in Florida in 2008 and an LL.M. in Sustainable International Development from UW Law in 2010. Having previously worked as a Commissioner with the City of Seattle Office of Immigrants and Refugee Affairs, and later with the Mayor’s Office, Mr. Abdi currently serves as Strategic Advisor to Chief of Police Kathleen O’Toole on relation building with Immigrants and Refugees.

Mr. Abdi will discuss immigrant and refugee participation in local politics. As an example, he will highlight the successes and challenges the East African Communities (mainly Ethiopians, Somalis and Eritreans) are experiencing in King County and in the Puget Sound.

Lunch will be served.

October 27: Social Justice Tuesday “D is for Disability: The ABC’s of Disability”

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Date: Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2015
Time: 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
Location: William H. Gates Hall, RM 127, unless otherwise noted

“Did you know that approximately one in five individuals in America has a disability? Although individuals with disabilities have faced a long history of widespread discrimination and exclusion they are becoming more involved in society every year. As a result it is crucial that current and future legal practitioners better understand individuals with disabilities in order to effectively serve their community. Would you like to obtain a better understanding of disability etiquette as well as how to better advocate for individuals with disabilities? If so then, please join us.

Speakers:

Emerson Sekins from Washington Access Fund
Nancy Boulet, National Disability Institution
Alumni Conrad Reynoldson

If you would like lunch please RSVP via Symplicity or gatespsl@uw.edu RSVP by 12:00 pm Monday, October 26, 2015.

October 27: 2015 Government Career Fair

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Date: Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2015
Time: 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Location: Mary Gates Hall, Commons

Dress: Business Casual

Open to All Majors, Class Levels, and Alumni from All Three UW Campuses!

Are you interested in gaining a career opportunity working in a government setting? Then you will definitely want to attend the Government Career Fair sponsored by the Career Center on October 27th. Registered government employers are looking to fill part-time, full time and internship opportunities for their agency and are looking to HIRE HUSKIES.Before attending the fair, please check out the list of attending agencies and to research those employers you’re interested in meeting by visiting their websites and learning more about them. Please bring your resumes and come join us!

For more information, click here.

October 28: Career Building Workshop – Cover Letters that Work

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Date: Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2015
Time: 12:30 – 1:20 PM
Location: William H. Gates Hall, RM 127

A cover letter is not a mere recitation of your resume in narrative form. It is an opportunity to articulate a connection between you and a prospective employer; to identity relevant skills and experiences that may benefit the employer; and to demonstrate your persuasive writing skills- all on one page!

Join us for a brown bag (bring your own) lunch career workshop to learn the basics of writing a winning cover letter for legal employers. All UW law students are welcome.

October 29: An Evening of Justice at Wing Luke for the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project

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Date: Thursday, Oct. 29, 2015
Time: 5:30 PM
Location: Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience, 719 South King St., Seattle, WA

You’re invited to attend NWIRP’s annual fall reception, An Evening of Justice at Wing Luke, next Thursday!

We’ll have live music, food and drinks, museum exploration (including the new Bruce Lee exhibit), and a short program celebrating our shared commitment to justice and honoring our community, including our 2015 Outstanding Community Partner, Puentes.

To purchase tickets, click here.

October 30: Attention Attorneys! Reception to Meet UW Law International LLM Students Practicing Their Networking Skills

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Date: Friday, Oct. 30, 2015
Time: 5:15 PM
Location: K&L Gates, 929 4th Ave., Ste. 2900, Seattle, WA

The University of Washington School of Law will be holding networking training sessions for its international LL.M. students on October 30th.  The workshops, run by former Perkins Coie partners, Ping Kiang and Colleen Yamaguchi, will be followed by a reception graciously hosted by K&L Gates.  Please come to get to know some of the 115 LL.M. students.  The school has students from 47 countries this year who are getting their LLMs in one of its seven LL.M. programs.

A reception will begin at 5:15 p.m. at the offices of K&L Gates, 929 4th Ave, # 2900.

The UW School of Law would greatly appreciate your participation in this endeavor to help its talented group of international LL.M. students practice their networking skills.  If you can attend, please email your name and the name of your firm ASAP to gradlaw@uw.edu so that K&L Gates can estimate the amount of food and drink for the reception.

November 5: Advice from Experts for Applying Lessons in Cultural Competency

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Date: Thursday, Nov. 5, 2015
Time: 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM EST
Location: Webinar

Learn from leading experts about navigating cultural competency. Gain insight about key cultural competency lessons, and on how to apply cultural competency and humility to international and domestic settings.

Webinar Panelists:​

  • Dean Cycon, Founder and CEO, Dean’s Beans Organic Coffee Co.
  • Paul Ellingstad, Director of Human Progress Initiatives, HP Corporate Affairs, Hewlett-Packard
  • Brian Heuser, Assistant Professor of the Practice of International Education Policy, Peabody College of Vanderbilt University; Affiliated Faculty, Vanderbilt Institute for Global Health
  • Natacha Poggio, Founder and Director, Design Global Change; Assistant Professor, Graphic Design, Lamar University
  • Jana Zindell, Chief Programs Officer, Ubuntu Education Fund

Moderated by Jennifer Staple-Clark, Founder and CEO, Unite For Sight

To register, click here.

November 8: Save the Date for LOL – A Comedy Event to Prevent and End Homelessness brought to you by Seattle Community Law Center, Featuring Brett Hamil

Date: Sunday, Nov. 8, 2015
Time: 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Location: Triple Door, 216 Union St., Seattle, 98101

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For more information, click here.

November 16: UW School of Law Invites You to a Special Discussion on Advancing Diversity in Law, Business, and Public Institutions

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Date: Monday, Nov. 16, 2015
Time: 6:00 PM Welcome & Conversation; 7:00 PM Reception
Location: Fairmont Olympic Hotel, 411 University Street, Seattle, WA

Join these leaders in discussing the next steps for making diversity and inclusion happen in legal practice, all the way up to the top levels of leadership. The gap between diversity in the legal profession and the nation’s population has widened in recent years. That gap is biggest at the top levels of management. Hear about the best practices of each of these leaders and their suggestions for how to address this challenge. Discover the success they have found in developing a diverse pipeline of new, inclusive leaders for tomorrow’s legal profession.

Panelists:

  • Ben Wilson, Managing Principal, Beveridge & Diamond
  • Justice Mary Yu, Associate Justice, Washington Supreme Court
  • Brad Smith, President and Chief Legal Officer, Microsoft

Moderator:

  • Kellye Testy, Toni Rembe Dean & Professor of Law

To register, click here.

December 10: Register Now for 7th Annual Global WA Conference on Disruptive Development

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Date: Thursday, Dec. 10, 2015
Time: 8:00 AM – 5:30 PM

Washington state has a powerful concentration of NGOs, for-profit businesses, academic institutions, and philanthropists working to improve the lives of people living in poor countries. Global Washington brings these stakeholders together at an annual conference to spotlight the most relevant and timely issues.

Our annual conference is well known and well respected for convening the international development community on the west coast, including NGO practitioners, CSR business executives, research experts, philanthropists, and others working on global issues. Conference sessions will highlight successful partnerships, groundbreaking innovations, and productive failures within global development.

To register, click here.

Interested in Pro Bono This Year? Come Attend the Pro Bono Core Competencies Training Tomorrow!

October 16: Columbia Legal Services and Social Justice Film Festival Present “Food Justice Film Festival”

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Date: Friday, Oct. 16, 2015
Time: 6:00 – 9:00 PM
Location: University Christian Church

Check out this powerful preview of our upcoming film festival about food justice – if you are what you eat, come see how we can all do better! Columbia Legal Services is teaming up with the Social Justice Film Festival to produce a Food Justice Film Festival October 16th. 

For more information, click here.

October 17: Pro Bono Legal Aid Core Competencies Training

Date: Saturday, Oct. 17, 2015
Time: 8:00 AM – 3:30 PM
Location: William Gates Hall, RM 138

2015 Pro Bono Core Competencies Training FlyerAll UW Law students are welcome! Lunch provided. Please bring your laptop for a brief online exercise. Learn more about the UW Pro Bono Honors Society here.

October 19: Immigration Application Assistance Project (“App Help”) Training

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Date: Monday, Oct. 19, 2015
Time: 5:30 – 7:30 PM
Location: William H. Gates Hall, RM 212

Are you interested in immigrant rights?  Want to learn more about the asylum process through direct interaction with detainees at the Northwest Detention Center?  This is your chance!

Come join the Center for Human Rights and Justice in this mandatory training for the “App Help” Project.  Food will be provided.

If you have questions, please contact Clive Pontusson at cponstuss@uw.edu.

October 20: Social Justice Tuesday – Rule of Law and Judicial Reforms: Perspectives from the Kenyan Experience with Judiciary Transformation

Date: Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2015
Time: 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
Location: William H. Gates Hall, RM 138

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October 27: Equal Justice Works – Free Upcoming Educational Debt Relief Webinar

Date: Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2015
Time: 3:00 PM EDT
Location: Online

EJW LogoA 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.

To register for “JDs in Debt: What Law Students & Lawyers Need to Know about Managing Student Debt & Earning Loan Forgiveness,” click here.

October 27: You’re Invited to a Webinar on Volunteer Legal Internships with the U.S. Department of Justice

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Date: Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2015
Time: 12:00 PM EST
Location: Webinar

Hosted by: Rena J. Cervoni, Deputy Director and Trisha A. Fillbach, Assistant Director Office of Attorney Recruitment and Management

In this brief 30 minute session, we will discuss our Volunteer Internship Program, application process, and answer your questions about opportunities.  You have two chances to attend the webinar.

Please RSVP to Rae.Alston@usdoj.gov for one session by Friday, October 23, 2015.  Please include your name, school, and the date you choose to attend.

Tuesday, October 27, 2015 at 12:00 PM EST or Thursday, October 29, 2015 at 3:00 PM EST

Celebrate Pro Bono with Columbia Legal Services and Celebrate NJP’s 20th Anniversary!

October 5: Access to Information as a Human Right Conference 

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Date: Monday, Oct. 5, 2015
Time & Location: 5:30 – 6:30 PM (William H. Gates Hall RM 115 and Lobby) Evening Reception
7:00 – 9:00 PM (William H. Gates Hall RM 138)

Keynote address by Baltasar Garzon of the Fundacion International Baltasar Garzon, speaking on access to information in international human rights law. Baltasar Garzon is a Spanish jurist responsible for landmark cases which have advanced the principle of universal jurisdiction in international law, including the 1998 indictment of Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet

To RSVP, click here.

October 12: Global Mondays Speaker Series on Human Rights in Cambodia with Professor Stephen Rosenbaum

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Date: Monday, Oct. 12, 2015
Time: 12:30 – 1:20 PM
Location: William H. Gates Hall RM 117, unless otherwise noted

The “Global Mondays” Speaker Series is a collaborative effort of the University of Washington School of Law and the Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies, dedicated to increasing awareness and exchange of information related to global issues.

The guest speaker this Monday will be Stephen Rosenbaum, Associate Professor, Golden Gate Law School; Lecturer, University of California Berkeley School of Law, who will be speaking on “Protecting Human Rights in a Constitutional Monarchy: The Case of Cambodia.”

Lunch will be served.

For a detailed event description, click here.

October 14: Columbia Legal Services Presents Celebrating the Art of Advocacy – 4th Annual Pro Bono Reception

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Date: Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2015
Time: 5:00 PM
Location: Axis Pioneer Square, 308 1st Avenue South, Seattle, WA 98104

Doors open 5:00 PM | Brief program 5:30 PM – 6:00 PM

Drinks & appetizers provided

Join us as we celebrate pro bono work and those who fight for justice
in Washington.  This event is free to attend.

To RSVP, click here.

October 23: Northwest Justice Project 20th Anniversary Celebration

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Date: Friday, Oct. 23, 2015
Time: 5:30 – 7:30 PM
Location: Bell Harbor International Conference Center, 2211 Alaskan Way, Seattle, WA 98121

The Northwest Justice Project is Celebrating Twenty Years of Working for Equal Justice! 

NJP’s Board of Directors and Staff cordially invite our friends and colleagues to join us on Friday, October 23 from 5:30 to 7:30 P.M.  as we kick off NJP’s 20th Anniversary year.

Chief Justice Barbara Madsen will reflect on Washington’s equal justice journey and celebrate our Access to Justice community, and the many equal justice champions, whose support and dedication helped Northwest Justice Project blossom into a vibrant state-wide law firm that promotes the long-term well-being of low-income individuals, families, and communities.

Light Hors d’oeuvres, and hosted reception provided by NJP.

To RSVP, click here.

November 2: Free Webinar on Wrongful Conviction 2015: Litigating Claims of Innocence

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Date: Monday, Nov. 2, 2015
Time: 1:30 PM EST
Location: Webcast

The conviction of innocent individuals is among the issues getting increased attention as our nation looks more closely at our criminal justice system.  While there are a number of ways individuals can be wrongly convicted, successfully reversing a conviction is incredibly difficult. This is an area where competent legal representation can make a big difference and where there are myriad opportunities for lawyers interested in providing pro bono legal services.  Many of the recent DNA and non-DNA exonerations have occurred as a result of work from innocence organizations in collaboration with pro bono partners.   

To register, click here.

What Barriers Do People With Criminal Records Face in Accessing Housing? Find Out in This Free Webinar

September 14: Free Webinar on Access to Affordable Housing for People with Criminal Records 

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Date: Monday, Sept. 14, 2015
Time: 2:00 – 3:00 PM ET / 1:00 – 2:30 PM CT
Location: Online

People with criminal records often face obstacles to obtaining affordable housing. They can be denied housing based on arrests without subsequent convictions, old and outdated convictions, or criminal records that have nothing to do with a person’s ability to be a good tenant. In this Advocacy in Action webinar, presenters will share their experiences using litigation and advocacy to eliminate such barriers to federally subsidized housing and housing in the private rental market.

Marie Claire Tran-Leung, a former Shriver Center attorney and author of When Discretion Means Denial: A National Perspective on Criminal Records Barriers to Federally Subsidized Housing, will open the webinar. Fred Fuchs of Texas RioGrande Legal Aid will discuss his success challenging unreasonably long lookback periods used by AIMCO, one of the largest owners and operators of apartments in the country. John Relman, managing attorney of Relman, Dane & Colfax PLLC, will discuss Fortune Society v. Sandcastle Towers Housing Development Fund Corporation, one of the first cases to challenge a private landlord’s blanket housing ban on applicants with criminal records as a civil rights violation under the Fair Housing Act. And Laura Tuggle, executive director of Southeast Louisiana Legal Services and former general counsel for the Housing Authority of New Orleans (HANO), will talk about the strides made, setbacks experienced, and lessons learned in the ongoing advocacy campaign to improve HANO’s criminal-records policies.

Register online here.

Celebrate Human Rights Day by Learning More about Homelessness Online!

December 10: How to Make Human & Civil Rights Real – Homelessness and Beyond Webinar

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Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2014
2:00 – 3:00 PM EST / 10:00 -11:00 AM PST

On Human Rights Day, Wednesday, December 10, the National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty will host a free webinar discussing the criminalization of homelessness as a violation of civil and human rights, and strategies advocates can use to work toward solutions.

The webinar will discuss three forthcoming reports from the Law Center, including:

The webinar will include updates on recent human rights advocacy to address the criminalization of homelessness, methods that individual advocates can employ in their work, and the important role the federal government has in combating criminalization.

To register for the webinar, click here.

January 13: A Panel Discussion on Compensated Surrogacy

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Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2014
6:00 PM
William H. Gates Hall, RM 138

Please join Washington Law Review on Tuesday, January 13, 2015 at 6:00 pm for a panel discussion on Compensated Surrogacy, the subject of our December 2014 symposium issue.

Compensated surrogacy is an arrangement in which a woman carries and gives birth to a child in exchange for money. Such an arrangement affects many parties—the child born, the surrogate, the parents who wish to raise the child, the donors of genetic material, and others. But in the United States, surrogacy remains a largely unregulated area. The December 2014 issue of Washington Law Review is dedicated to scholarship addressing compensated surrogacy and the legal and political implications for groups affected.

THE PANEL INCLUDES:

Peter Nicolas is the Jeffrey & Susan Brotman Endowed Professor of Law at the University of
Washington School of Law. His article, “Straddling the Columbia” discusses his own experiences  as an intended parent of a surrogacy arrangement, before ultimately concluding that surrogacy arrangements merit constitutional protection.

Terry Price is the Associate Director of the Center for Law in Science and Global Health at the
University of Washington School of Law. His article, “The Future of Compensated Surrogacy
in Washington State: Anytime Soon?” discusses the legislative history of attempts to regulate
compensated surrogacy in Washington State.

Sara Ainsworth is the Director of Legal Advocacy at the National Advocates for Pregnant Women. Her article, “Bearing Children, Bearing Risks” approaches the topic of compensated surrogacy from a feminist perspective, with the goal of drawing more feminist voices into this ongoing discussion.

This panel will be moderated by Kellye Testy, Dean of the University of Washington School of Law.

Click here to RSVP.

January 20: Attorney General 8th Annual Open House

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Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2014
3:30 – 5:30 PM
800 5th Ave., Suite 2000, Seattle, WA (Bank of America, Fifth Avenue Plaza Bldg.)

The Attorney General’s Office (AGO) serves more than 230 state agencies, boards, commissions, colleges and universities, as well as the Legislature and the Governor. The mission of the Office is to deliver the highest quality professional legal services to officials, agencies and citizens of the state of Washington. The Office is comprised of over 500 attorneys and 600 professional staff.

Assistant Attorneys General from many of the AGO’s divisions will be in attendance to speak about opportunities that exist within their divisions and the AGO. Information about the Office’s volunteer law clerk recruitment program for first and second year law students will also be available.

Celebrate Human Rights Day by Learning How to Make Human & Civil Rights Real in the US

November 22: St. Jude Give Thanks Walk

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Saturday, Nov. 22, 2014
8:30 AM
Fisher Pavilion Rooftop, 305 Harrison St, Seattle, WA 98109

FREE Registration

Walkers from more than 65 communities nationwide, including The Pacific Northwest, are stepping out to support kids battling cancer and other deadly diseases at this year’s St. Jude Give thanks. Walk.™, benefiting St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital®.

The 5K walk begins at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 22, at The Seattle Center. The family friendly event will feature children’s activities, and fun for the whole family. Registration is free, as participants are encouraged to form teams and raise funds to help ensure families never pay St. Jude for anything.

In addition to supporting the lifesaving mission of St. Jude, participants can receive incentives at the $35, $100 and $250 levels to help make great strides in achieving their fundraising goals. Prizes include a St. Jude Give thanks. Walk. t-shirt, tumbler and tote bag.

For more information, click here.

November 24: Global Mondays – Study Abroad Opportunities

“Where Can Your Legal Education Take You?”

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Monday, Nov. 24, 2014
12:30 – 1:20 PM
William H. Gates Hall, RM 117
Lunch Served

UW law students have many opportunities to study law in foreign countries during their studies, in preparation for a legal career in an increasingly globalized society. A panel of faculty members will introduce various summer- and quarter-based options available through the Law School and UW, and some key considerations. Confirmed faculty include Dean Hotchkiss, Dean Hicks, Professor Takenaka and Professor Spitzer.

December 10: Free Human Rights Webinar – How to Make Human & Civil Rights Real: Homelessness and Beyond

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11:00 AM – 12:00 PM PST
Online

On Human Rights Day, Wednesday, December 10, the National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty will host a free webinar discussing the criminalization of homelessness as a violation of civil and human rights, and strategies advocates can use to work toward solutions. Discussion will also include updates on recent human rights advocacy to address criminalization, and the important role the federal government has in combating criminalization.

The webinar will also discuss three forthcoming reports from the Law Center, including:
No Safe Place: Advocacy Manual (available December 3)
2014 Human Right to Housing Report Card (Available December 10)
Human Rights Advocacy Guide (available December 10)

Your email will be added to our mailing list, and when new resources, reports, and webinars become available you will be the first to know. You can unsubscribe at any time.

Register online here.

January 16: Save the Date! KCBA Annual Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Luncheon

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Friday, Jan. 16, 2015
11:30 AM, Registration Opens
12:00 PM – 1:15 PM, Program
Seattle Sheraton Hotel, 1400 Sixth Avenue, Seattle

Tickets
$50.00 General Admission
$500.00 for a table of 10
Students & Law Clerks, $25.00.  To register at the $25.00 price point, please call the KCBA CLE & Events Department at: 206.267.7008.

Prefer to pay by check – easy as 1 2 3

  1. Register by clicking on this link:  MLK 2015 Luncheon
  2. Click on the tickets link, select the “register and be invoiced” option, and then follow the prompts
  3. You will receive an invoice via email

To register for the luncheon, click here.

Keynote Speaker:  Sherrilyn Ifill, President and Director-Counsel for NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc.

Sherrilyn Ifill is the seventh President and Director-Counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. Ms. Ifill is a long-time member of the LDF family. After graduating law school, Ifill served first as a fellow at the American Civil Liberties Union and then for five years as an assistant counsel in LDF’s New York office, where she litigated voting rights cases.  Among her successful litigation was the landmark Voting Rights Act case Houston Lawyers’ Association vs. Attorney General of Texas, in which the Supreme Court held that judicial elections are covered by the provisions of section 2 of the Voting Rights Act.

Want to Get Plugged In To the Community? Volunteer Opportunities at ELAP

Volunteer Opportunities with Eastside Legal Assistance Program (ELAP)

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ELAP is in need of volunteers in several areas. Here are two great opportunities. Come help make equal access to justice in our community a reality by assisting ELAP in one of these areas.

ELAP Intern Videographer – Do you like being behind the camera, capturing important moments?  Or creating videos that move people to action? Come help make equal access to justice in our community a reality by assisting Eastside Legal Assistance Program (ELAP) in producing a variety of content for powerful, thought provoking videos that tell our story and get people on board with our mission.   The Intern Videographer will work closely with our Lead Videographer on various multi-media projects.  The goal of this effort is to record video CLEs for our online CLE library, increase the visibility and awareness of ELAP services, and to encourage a greater understanding of ELAP’s mission.  Please click here for more details.

ELAP Family Law Legal Support – Do you have legal assistant skills or experience and want to use these skills to help survivors of domestic violence? Come make equal access to justice in our community a reality by assisting Eastside Legal Assistance Program (ELAP) staff attorneys.  Note: this position is based out of the Domestic Abuse Women’s Network (DAWN) offices in Tukwila,WA to support the ELAP DV Staff Attorney placed on-site at DAWN.  Please click here for more details.

To volunteer, fill out a volunteer applicationELAP also has other volunteer opportunities which are listed on the volunteer page on our website.

Federal Practice Manual for Legal Aid Attorneys

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The Shriver Center’s Federal Practice Manual for Legal Aid Attorneys covers all stages of federal litigation, from drafting and filing the complaint to trial practice and limitations on relief. This popular resource, available free of charge online, includes relevant recent caselaw and legal developments. Edited by Jeffrey S. Gutman, Professor of Clinical Law at George Washington University Law School, with the assistance of a group of experienced legal aid advocates, the manual includes links to federal statutes, Supreme Court case citations, and relevant regulations. Moreover, the full text of the manual is searchable by keyword.

Click here for more information.

PLI Offering Free Prison Law Webcast on 10/30

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Live Webcast – October 30, 2014

Co-Chairs:
Tamar Kraft-StolarDirector, Women in Prison Project, Correctional Association of
New York
Alexander A. ReinertProfessor of Law, Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law

Join PLI’s Webcast of Prison Law 2014 on October 30, 2014 and learn about the legal framework for civil litigation filed on behalf of incarcerated people across the country. Experienced faculty will discuss women in prison, including legal issues that arise for these women, the role of gender and gender identity in prisons, and client-based issues and non-litigation advocacy reforms. By watching this Webcast program, advocates will learn how to better navigate this frequently complex and challenging legal environment.

Click here for more information.

The Cork Online Law Review at University College Cork, Ireland Calling for Submissions, Due 1/16/15

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The Cork Online Law Review at University College Cork, Ireland is a non-profit Law Review which provides an opportunity for undergraduates and graduates alike, to have their work published. The Cork Online Law Review (more fondly known as COLR) was revolutionary when established by law students who had the vision of forming Ireland’s only online law review to be run solely by law students.  The Cork Online Law Review is internationally renowned, having been described by the New York University Law Faculty as ‘the leading online law review in Ireland,’ and can be viewed at http://corkonlinelawreview.com.

The Editorial Board of the Cork Online Law Review is currently seeking submissions for the 14th Edition which is due to be published online here and in hard copy on the 26th March 2015. All submissions should be on a legal topic, and be between three and nine thousand words in length. Submissions are also welcome in Irish, French and German. Book reviews and case notes will also be considered. We use the Oxford Style guide as our house style guide.

There is a medal for the overall best submission, with an accompanying cash prize of €300. There is also a medal for best non-English submission.

The closing date for submissions is 16th January 2015. All interested parties should submit their articles and enquiries to Kate Murphy: editor@corkonlinelawreview.com.

Register for PLI’s Free Seminar on Unaccompanied Immigrant Children – Effective Representation 2014

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Date: 11/25/14
Location: Online
Time: 9:00 AM EST / 6:00 AM PST
Attorneys interested in representing unaccompanied immigrant children will learn the framework for legal relief for these clients and effective strategies for working with children.
What you will learn:
  • How removal proceedings against children are conducted, and some of the key affirmative defenses available under US immigration law
  • Eligibility requirements and procedural steps in seeking special immigrant juvenile status, a remedy for certain children subjected to maltreatment by one or both parents
  • Eligibility requirements and procedural steps in seeking asylum as an unaccompanied child
  • Best practices in representing children

Register online here.

Pro Bono Service Opportunity with the Volunteer Tax & Loan Program in Alaska

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The Alaska Business Development Center, Inc. (ABDC), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization based in Anchorage, Alaska, has been providing a wide spectrum of business consulting services to rural Alaska since 1978. ABDC created the Volunteer Tax and Loan Program (VTLP) after recognizing the need for quality tax services in the isolated, rural communities of Alaska that are very often only accessible by small aircraft. Since 1996, VTLP has strived to provide quality tax preparation services and education on taxpayer rights and obligations to rural residents across the state.

VTLP is seeking volunteers from various professions and local universities to participate in the program. Volunteers will be trained as either a tax preparer or educator/team leader, or both.  Volunteers typically travel in teams of two to four volunteers, one educator/leader and up to three preparers based on the needs of the community.  The weekend trips are three to four days, depending upon flight schedules, while the week long trips are for a week and typically service multiple communities. Prior tax experience is helpful but not required.

To participate, submit a completed application and attend an interview.

For more information, please click here.  The application is accessible here.  Click here for the flyer.

The VTLP qualifies for recognition for the Pro Bono Honors Society.  Track your hours and submit them for recognition at graduation!