Upcoming this week: Perspectives on Addressing Corruption in Kenya

April 26: Cutting the Gordian Knot: Perspectives on Addressing Corruption in Kenya

Time: 4:00 to 5:00 p.m.
Date: Wednesday, April 26, 2017
Place: MacFarlane Lounge, UW School of Law

Kenya has been one of the few countries in sub Saharan Africa to experience relative stability and security in the last 50 years. It has had a functioning government since independence and regular electoral cycles. It has often been the center of stability as conflict raged in neighboring countries such as Somalia, Sudan and South Sudan. However, even with continued stability, corruption has remained a major impediment to progress. Transparency International has ranked Kenya poorly on levels of corruption for a long time. This is despite the country having a new constitution, functional institutions and strong anticorruption laws. This presentation will explore the impact of corruption on ordinary citizens and discuss why corruption remains pervasive and entrenched in the country. It will also discuss some practical solutions from a practitioners’ perspective. Read more here.

Upcoming events with Student and Career Services 

Academic Advising Information Session – Health Law. Session led by Health Law Program Associate Director Terry Price

Time: 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.
Date: Monday, April 24, 2017
Place: UW School of Law, Room 115

 

2L Lunch with the Dean 

Time: 12:30 to 1:20 p.m.
Date: Tuesday, April 25, 2017
Place: UW School of Law, Room 133

How to Succeed in Your Summer Job. Session led by Career Coach Renee Ryan

Time: 12:30 to 1:20 p.m.
Date: Thursday, April 27, 2017
Place: UW School of Law, Room 212

Academic Advising Information Session – Public Service Law. Session led by Director of the Gates Public Service Law Program Huy Nguyen

Time: 12:30 to 1:20 p.m.
Date: Friday, April 28, 2017
Place: UW School of Law, Room 217

TeamChild hosting pro bono opportunity for UW Law students

Please Welcome Huy Nguyen: UW Law’s New Assistant Director for Public Service

UW Law LogoThe W. H. Gates Public Service Law Program and Student and Career Services is excited to announce that Huy C. Nguyen is joining the Gates PSL Program as our new Assistant Director. Huy has worked as a staff attorney with the Northwest Justice Project since 2000.  He has conducted trainings and presentations on a variety of issues to diverse local communities and has taught courses on Public Benefits and Introduction to Practice at SU School of Law and will teach Poverty Law at UW Law this Spring. He has served on the Board of Directors of the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project, and Peace for the Streets, for Kids from the Streets.  Huy is a proud double dawg and obtained his J.D. from UW Law in 2000.

In addition to having a wealth of experience supervising and mentoring law students, Huy has deep ties to the public service legal community as well as with pro bono partners in the private sector and a commitment to advancing the mission of the W.H. Gates Public Service Law Program. As Assistant Director, Huy will provide career coaching and academic advising to our Gates Scholars as well as other law students interested in pursuing careers in public interest and public service law. He will also lead trainings and workshops on a variety of public service law issues. Finally, he will be administering the Gates Scholarship and  Loan Repayment Assistance Programs.

Decoding the Law: The Death Penalty in Three Parts

WSBA LogoThe Washington State Bar Association invites you to Decoding the Law, a community justice forum to discuss timely and relevant legal topics.  Join for the series kickoff, “The Death Penalty in Three Parts,” featuring leading academics and legal practitioners who provide an overview of the death penalty, its financial implications, and the question of disproportionate impacts. This three-part series takes place at the WSBA Conference Center. The Decoding the Law series will be available via live webcast and recorded for viewing after each event.

Part One takes place from noon until 1 p.m., Thursday, March 2, 2017. Learn more here

Pro Bono Opportunity with TeamChild for UW Law students 

Team Child LogoApplication Deadline: 11:59 p.m., Wednesday, March 8, 2017

In partnership with the UW Chapter of Street Youth Legal Advocates of Washington (SYLAW), TeamChild seeks four law student volunteers to work directly with its staff attorneys on sex offender registration removal cases. The volunteers’ work will involve legal research, managing discovery and records, and drafting pleadings.

Apply and learn more here.

Due March 10: Equal Justice Works Public Interest Awards 

equal_justice_works_logoApplication Deadline: Friday, March 10, 2017

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

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

Diversity Week coming up, including salmon dinner and bingo

Feb. 21 – 27: Diversity Week events

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Public service connections breakfast; How to apply for the Bar and Rule 9

Feb. 7, SJT: Independent Contractors: Issues and Rights

sjtTime: 12:30 to 1:20 p.m.
Date: Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2017
Place: UW School of Law, Room 138

Panel discussion on how independent contractors, like Uber drivers and exotic dancers, don’t enjoy the same protection as other employees do. The panel includes two lawyers who have litigated for independent contractors and an exotic dancer who advocates for greater legal protections so that similarly situated people don’t fall victim to sex work. RSVP through Symplicity for lunch.

Feb. 8: Public Service Law Connections Breakfast

Time: 8:30 to 9:30 a.m.
Date: Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2017
Place: UW School of Law, Room 115

Interested in pursing a career in public service? Want to hear from and meet attorneys from nonprofit advocacy organizations, low-bono firms and government agencies? Join for an informal panel discussion and light breakfast. RSVP via Symplicity.

Feb. 9: Bar Exam and Rule 9 Application Information Session

UW Law LogoTime: 12:30 to 1:20 p.m.
Date: Thursday, Feb. 9, 2017
Place: UW School of Law, Room 127

This session is designed specifically for 2Ls, 3Ls, and LL.M.s planning to apply for either Rule 9 status or the WA state bar exam this year. This session will cover application requirements for both and will allow you to ask all of the burning questions you’ve been wondering about.

Feb. 17: The Road Ahead: Strategizing for Justice in a New Political Landscape

WSBA LogoTime: 2:00 to 5:00 p.m.
Date: Friday, Feb. 17, 2017
Place: Washington State Convention Center

In this new political landscape, many policy changes are afoot which will impact communities such as immigrants, Muslims, people with disabilities, low wage workers, communities of color, and LGBTQ communities. As a community dedicated to equity and justice, it is as urgent as ever to join together to dialogue, coordinate and strategize to protect and stand for justice.

Following the Goldmark Luncheon, we invite all whose work intersects with the civil, criminal, and juvenile justice systems to gather, align, and strategize. While there are multiple issues and communities we want to mobilize around, we will start off with two issues which are front and center in our country’s dialogue – immigration and healthcare.

Policy experts will give us the lay of the land, what they are preparing for, and what strategies are being developed. Then we’ll break up into small groups based on those and other issues such as the targeting and criminalization of communities of color, fair housing and education to coordinate, plan for alignment and action, and identify how we can best use future convening opportunities like the Access to Justice Conference in June to further our collective efforts.

RSVP here

UW School of Law hiring Assistant Director

Dec. 13, paid: ABA Commission on Disability Rights and Traveler’s Insurance internship

travelersApplication Deadline: Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2016

The goal of the Summer Legal Internship Program is to hire and develop high potential candidates into attorney positions at Travelers. Summer legal interns have the opportunity to work directly with seasoned attorneys during the summer months and conduct research, draft briefs and motions, and observe proceedings in various courts.

Application Process: Please visit the website at  and if interested apply to one or both of the position IDs below: 9259BR – Legal Intern – Corporate and/or 9260BR – Legal Intern – Claim

Dec. 14, paid: Silbert Fellow internship in Wash., D.C. with the Council for Court Excellence

cceApplication Deadline: 5:00 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2016

The Silbert Fellowship is named for Earl J. Silbert, former president of the Council for Court Excellence, and is awarded to an individual studying at the graduate level who demonstrates a passion for improving the justice system as exemplified by Mr. Silbert throughout his career.

The Council for Court Excellence is a nonprofit, nonpartisan civic organization that works to improve the administration of justice in the local and federal courts and related agencies in the District of Columbia. CCE identifies lasting solutions that help fulfill the promise of liberty and justice for all.

Application Process: Find application instructions here.

Dec. 15: Washington Autism Alliance & Advocacy Staff Attorney

waaaApplication Deadline: Thursday, Dec. 15, 2016

Washington Autism Alliance & Advocacy (WAAA) is an exciting organization that does cutting edge work on behalf of individuals with ASD/DD and their families. You could be part of this amazing work!

The Staff Attorney will advocate for individuals with ASD/DD, specifically addressing the current lack of access to medically necessary treatments faced by individuals participating in Apple Health (Washington’s Medicaid program). Candidates must demonstrate an in-depth knowledge of systemic aspects of healthcare and health insurance disparity for individuals with disabilities, as well as an understanding of the issues related to individuals with ASD/DD, mental health and family services.

Application Process: Get application instructions here.

Jan. 1: Criminal Defense internship with the Legal Aid Society

legal-aid-societyApplication Deadline: Jan. 1, 2017

The Legal Aid Society has an extensive internship program for law students interested in the Criminal Defense Practice. Intern positions are unpaid. Full time and part time internships are available. Many staff attorneys at the Society are former law school interns.

The Legal Aid Society’s Criminal Practice is the largest public defender program in the country and serves as the primary provider of indigent defense services in New York City. The Criminal Practice handles a total of more than 230,000 cases each year with a staff of 800, including approximately 550 staff attorneys, supervising attorneys and management attorneys and nearly 270 social workers, investigators, paralegals, and support and administrative staff.

Application Process: Click here to apply.

Rolling Deadline: Children’s Rights Project Staff Attorney in LA

Public Counsel LogoApplication Deadline: Open until filled

Public Counsel Law Center is proud to announce a full-time staff attorney position in the Transition Age Foster Youth Advocacy (TAFY) Unit of the Children’s Rights Project.

The Transition Age Foster Youth (TAFY) Unit works with current and former foster and probation youth, ages 13 to 24, to eliminate the barriers that keep youth from graduating high school and pursuing higher education and help the youth get on a stable path toward success.  Our interdisciplinary social work/legal team provides holistic and intensive services on a range of issues, including access to education, government benefits (including DCFS and DPSS benefits like ILP, bus passes, SILP, CalWORKS, Food Stamps, MediCal, etc), housing advocacy, tickets, sealing records/expungements, consumer/trade school debt, name changes, civil harassment and domestic violence restraining orders, and family law. We will also provide legal assistance on other issues on a case by case basis.

Application Process: Application instructions here.

Rolling Deadline: Team Child Staff Attorney

Team Child Logo

Application Deadline: Open until filled, application review begins Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2016

TeamChild is seeking a full-time staff attorney based out of our Seattle/King County office to lead our Reentry and Post-Disposition team. Legal representation at the critical stages of reentry planning and release can prevent homelessness, ensure educational continuity, and maintain a youth’s health and well-being. Primary job duties include providing holistic civil legal representation to youth and young adults returning to the community after a period of incarceration. Advocacy will focus on reentry planning and breaking down legal barriers to a wide array of community based services and supports. Activities include legal advice and/or representation in administrative or judicial proceedings, negotiations or other dispute resolution processes, and collaboration with and referrals to community providers.

The Reentry and Post-Disposition staff attorney is also responsible for other advocacy activities, including offering training and consulting to community partners, and advancing policy solutions that will promote the long-term success of these young people. This job involves significant travel in order to meet with clients in their home communities or in institutions.

Application process: Application instructions here.

Rolling Deadline: UW School of Law hiring Gates PSL Assistant Director

UW Law LogoApplication Deadline: Open until filled

Under the direction of the Gates PSL Director, the Assistant Director will provide specialized public service career coaching and academic advising to Gates Scholars and other law students and graduates who wish to pursue public service law pathways. This includes providing individualized and group coaching/advising sessions; developing, organizing, facilitating, leading presentations, workshops, panels and trainings related to public service law pathways as well as other topics including equity and inclusion, professionalism and leadership development; engaging in strategic outreach and relationship building with public service legal employers locally and nationally; as well as fostering and supporting leadership opportunities for students and student organizations with regard to various public service activities and initiatives, and working in collaboration with other faculty and staff in the equity, justice and inclusion communities.

The University of Washington (UW) is proud to be one of the nation’s premier educational and research institutions. Our people are the most important asset in our pursuit of achieving excellence in education, research, and community service. Our staff not only enjoys outstanding benefits and professional growth opportunities, but also an environment noted for diversity, community involvement, intellectual excitement, artistic pursuits, and natural beauty.

Application Process: Learn more and apply here.

UW to host Civil Rights attorney Jason Downs, lawyer on Freddie Gray and Flint, Mich. cases

Nov. 1 SJT: Public Defense’s Role in Advancing Social Justice

SJTTime: 12:30 to 1:20 p.m.

Date: Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2016.

Place: UW School of Law, Room 127.

This event will provide an introduction to the defenders; Seattle’s front-line soldiers in the battle for criminal justice reform. Besides providing legal representation to indigent clients in several practice areas, the King County Department of Public Defense also works to address racial disproportionality in the criminal justice system, the collateral consequences of justice involvement, and other structural issues that undermine the rights of the criminally accused. DPD representatives will speak to their own experience in criminal law, as well as their role in justice reform movements currently underway here in King County.

Panelists include: La Mer Kyle-Griffiths is the Training Director for the King County Department of Public Defense in Seattle, WA. Before that, she practiced for over 15 years as a public defender in both Kentucky and Massachusetts. She has tried juvenile, adult and a death penalty case as well as arguing two cases to the Kentucky Supreme court; Amy Parker has been serving as a public defense attorney in King County for more than a decade, and recently served as the interim supervisor for the Associated Counsel for the Accused at Seattle Municipal Court. She is a leader in the public defense community and a respected litigator who has brought multiple felony cases to trial; Sade Smith grew up in Pullman, Washington and graduated from the University of Illinois College of Law in 2011. Sade entered public defense shortly after graduation as a public defender in Burlington and Mount Vernon. Since 2014 she has been on case load with the Northwest Defenders Division of the King County Department of Public Defense.

Nov. 1: Panel on I-732: WA Carbon Tax Proposal

elslogoTime: 12:30 to 1:20 p.m.

Date: Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2016.

Place: UW School of Law, Room 117.

Please join the Environmental Law Society for a 4-person panel to discuss the proposed Carbon Tax initiative, I-732, on the ballots for this election. Dr. Todd Wildermuth will be moderating the panel, which will include two panelists discussing support for the initiative and two panelists discussing opposition against the initiative. Panelists in support of I-732 will include representatives from Carbon WA and Audobon. Panelists in opposition to I-732 will include representatives from the Washington State Labor Council and One America.

Please join the Environmental Law Society for this great panel to learn more about the controversial Carbon Tax proposal in Washington and gain more insight to make an informed vote this voting season. Food will be provided and a 15-minute open Q&A session will allow for interested parties to ask questions from the panelists.

Nov. 1: Rape on the Night Shift Film Showing

PILA LogoTime: 6 to 9 p.m.

Date: Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2016.

Place: UW School of Law, Room 127

The Public Interest Law Association (PILA) is hosting a showing of Rape on the Night Shift, a news investigation into the sexual abuse of immigrant women in the janitorial industry. Please join us for the film showing and a panel discussion that will follow the film. The panel will feature speakers from API Chaya, UNITE HERE! Local 8, and U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Food will be provided.

Nov. 4: Sexual Assault Trauma-Informed Victim Empowerment (STRIVE): Sexual Assault Protection Orders and Victim Rights

logo_ywcaTime: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Date: Friday, Nov. 4, 2016.

Place: Davis Wright Tremaine LLP, 1201 Third Ave., Suite 2200, Seattle, WA 98101

This CLE by the Sexual Violence Legal Services – YWCA will introduce participants to the unique legal needs of sexual assault survivors when seeking a civil protection order or protecting their privacy rights in criminal cases.  The program will provide an in-depth and interactive examination of Washington laws and statutes protecting survivors of sexual violence, along with ethical considerations when representing them.  Participants may earn up to an additional 24 CLE credits representing an SVLS-referred pro bono client.  Agenda and registration at here.

Nov. 7: Special Lunch with Civil Rights Attorney Jason Downs

UW Law LogoTime: 12:30 to 1:20 p.m.

Date: Monday, Nov. 7, 2016.

Place: UW School of Law, Room 115.

Join for an informal gathering preceding Mr. Downs’ evening presentation. Jason Downs is a trial attorney and partner at the Baltimore firm of Murphy, Falcon & Murphy. Mr. Downs focuses his practice on complex cases involving fraud, conspiracy, and police brutality. He was also a part of the litigation team that investigated and settled the Freddie Gray civil matter for $6.4 million. He is currently part of the litigation team handling a class action in the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals based on the Flint, Michigan water crisis. Also, he currently represents the family of Terrence Sterling in the police-involved shooting in Washington, DC. Read the flyer here.

Nov. 7: Racial Justice in Modern America: From Baltimore to Flint & Beyond

screenshot-2Time: 4 to 5 p.m.

Date: Monday, Nov. 7, 2016.

Place: UW School of Law, Room 133

Jason Downs is a trial attorney and partner at the Baltimore firm of Murphy, Falcon & Murphy. Mr. Downs focuses his practice on complex cases involving fraud, conspiracy, and police brutality. He was also a part of the litigation team that investigated and settled the Freddie Gray civil matter for $6.4 million. He is currently part of the litigation team handling a class action in the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals based on the Flint, Michigan water crisis. Also, he currently represents the family of Terrence Sterling in the police-involved shooting in Washington, DC. Read the flyer here.