Attention Advocates! Registration Now Open For 7th Annual Domestic Violence Symposium

July 28: WSBA Legal Lunchbox Series – Addressing Implicit Bias in the Law

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Date: Tuesday, July 28, 2015
Registration: Webcast registration closes at 5:00 PM on Monday, July 27, 2015
Time: 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM
Location: Webcast
Free 1.5 Ethics CLE Credits

What does the latest research in biology and psychology tell us about implicit bias? And how does implicit bias play out in the legal profession — in everyday interactions with clients, colleagues, and the judicial system? Join presenter Sevilla P. Rhoads for a look at the ethical implications of implicit bias under Washington’s Rules of Professional Conduct. You’ll leave the webcast with a better understanding of implicit bias – and with some practical approaches, based on behavioral and cognitive interventions, for addressing it as a legal professional.

Register online here.

July 28: You’re Invited to Lambda Legal and K&L Gates’ Evening in Celebration of Equality & Diversity

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Date: Tuesday, July 28, 2015
Time: 5:30 PM
Location: K&L Gates LLP, 925 Fourth Ave., Ste. 2900, Seattle, WA 98104

Lambda Legal and K&L Gates invite you to connect with your fellow law firm summer associates and corporate interns to learn about the great work of Lambda Legal. We will be celebrating the Supreme Court’s decision in Obergefell v. Hodges, and discussing the status of marriage equality across the country as well as the impact the decision will have on lived LGBT equality outside of the marriage context.  Come for drinks and light appetizers and enjoy some of the best views of Puget Sound and Mount Rainier from the 29th floor of K&L Gates in downtown Seattle.

To RSVP, please contact Jeannie Beth Asuncion.

September 10 – 11: Registration Now Open For 7th Annual Domestic Violence Symposium on Violence, Trauma, and Culture

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Date: Thursday, September 10 – Friday, September 11, 2015
Time: 8:15 AM (Thursday) – 4:30 PM (Friday)
Location: Seattle University, 901 12th Ave., Seattle, WA 98122

A collaborative symposium promoting critical and innovative thinking for prosecution, law enforcement, civil and family law attorneys, advocates, judges, law students, social workers, corrections, mental health/healthcare professionals and others responding to survivors of gender-based/domestic violence.

Featured Speakers:
Connie Burk – Executive Director, Northwest Network for LGBT Survivors of Abuse and Co-Author, Trauma Stewardship: An Everyday Guide to Caring for Self While Caring for Others
Olga Trujillo – Consultant, Attorney, Speaker, Survivor. Author of “The Sum of My Parts” Memoir and “A Survivor’s Story” documentary and training video. Co-author of “Representing Domestic Violence Survivors Who Are Also Experiencing Trauma and Mental Health Challenges”
Dr. Linda Chamberlain – Epidemiologist specializing in childhood exposure to violence and brain development. Founding director of the Alaska Family Violence Prevention Project.
Leslye Orloff – Director, National Immigrant Women’s Advocacy Project.
Russell Strand – Chief, Family Advocacy Law Enforcement Training Branch, U.S. Army Military Police School, Ft. Leonard, MO. Retired U.S. Army CID special agent, trainer of the Forensic Experiential Trauma Interview
Heather Hackman, Ph.D. – Founder, Hackman Consulting Group, addressing deep diversity, equity and social justice issues in education, law, government, non-profit, medicine and business

Register online here.

October 14: Save the Date for Columbia Legal Service’s 4th Annual Pro Bono Reception – Celebrating the Art of Advocacy 

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Date: Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2015
Time: 5:00 PM
Location: Axis Pioneer Square

Sponsored by: Sonata Capital, Sirianni Youtz Spoonemoore Hamburger.  Also sponsored by Barron Smith Daugert PLLC, Davis Wright Tremaine LLP, and SeaMar Community Health Centers.

Make Your Networks Count! Meet Attorneys from Federal Agencies in Seattle!

August 28: FANGS Networking Happy Hour

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WHAT?        FANGS Happy Hour!


WHEN?       Thursday August 28, 2014 at 5 PM


WHERE?     Collins Pub (526 2nd Ave, Seattle, WA 98104)


WHY?          Good beer, great conversation, an opportunity to introduce your law student intern/extern to other federal attorneys, a pretty awesome bacon cheeseburger, it’s a short walk from most of our offices, to get excited about FY 2015 and planning more opportunities to get FANGS together…(some of you, I had at “good beer”)


WHO?         You! And bring your summer intern/extern to introduce them to other attorneys who were lucky enough to snag a gig in the federal government!


FANGS is the Federal Attorneys Networking Group of Seattle—attorneys from federal agencies right here in Seattle! (Labor, Education, Health and Human Services, the Federal Trade Commission, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Justice, Housing and Urban Development, Internal Revenue Service, Social Security Administration, Environmental Protection Agency, National Labor Relations Board, Air Force, Army Corps of Engineers…and the list grows!)

November 6-9: Save the Date! Annual Consumer Rights Litigation Conference in Tampa

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Scholarship application due by August 11. Don’t delay!



The most valuable consumer law conference of the year!
Over 50 cutting-edge breakout sessions
and Consumer Class Action Symposium Sunday

  • Build Powerful Connections
  • Earn CLE Credits
  • Learn New Skills
  • Meet accomplished lawyers and expertsNetwork with over 800 other attorneys

Without a doubt, this is the most important event of the year for attorneys who represent consumers. No matter your level of experience in consumer law, you will be certain to find tremendous value at the conference and you are certain to come away energized by the justice and fairness we all pursue in the work we do every day.

There will also be ample opportunity to meet, connect with, and learn from other attorneys who share your commitment to justice and consumer rights. We expect a tremendous turnout for this year’s conference, with more than 800 attorneys making their way to Tampa, FL.

Scholarship Application (Apply by Aug. 11)
Speaker Bios

For more info please click here.

Networking Opportunities and Gear Up for Fall Pro Bono Celebrations

August 6: Experience Happy Hour Like a Real Lawyer! 


Hosted Happy hour: 5-7 p.m. on Wednesday, August 6, 2014 at Tavern Law (Meet Stryder Wegener, Co-Founder of Emerald City Law Group); RSVP to:

Tavern Law 1406 12th Avenue,Seattle WA 98122 map; 206.322.9734

Criminal defense and personal injury firm, Emerald City Law Group,  is hosting a weekly happy hour through the end of the summer (and once a month in the school year too).

If you’re interested, the next happy hour will be from 5-7 p.m. on Wednesday, August 6, 2014 at Tavern Law. Wine and beer will be hosted up to the first $150. This week the co-founder of Emerald City Law Group, Stryder Wegener, will be joining us. He’s a Seattle native and has a ton of experiences to share with us. Make sure you are there by 5:30 p.m. because at that time he’s going take 5-10 minutes and give us his best tips and tricks for networking success.

But that’s not all. Each week they’ll recruit a practicing lawyer to attend and share a little bit of insight on how they network to make new connections and get new business. It’s an important skill we all need (and we can even use it to get jobs). If you are interested in coming, please email

October 1: Breakfast with the Best- A Decade of Legal Advocacy

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Washington Appleseed brings together the best legal minds to address important social justice issues, and together we are changing our community for the better!   For this momentous 10th anniversary year, we are excited to welcome special guest Washington State First Lady Trudi Inslee and keynote speaker Nancy Amidei, director of the University of Washington Civic Engagement Project and senior lecturer emeritus of the UW School of Social Work. A long-time advocate for social justice with a special emphasis on hunger prevention, Nancy Amidei is a recipient of the UW Outstanding Public Service Award, the UW Retirement Association Distinguished Retiree Excellence in Community Service Award, and is the author of the advocacy manual So You Want to Make a Difference: A Key to Advocacy.

Join us on October 1, as we focus our attention on Appleseed’s “Breakfast after the Bell” initiative to increase economic and food security for Washington children and families by providing a nutritious breakfast for children as part of the school day. Hear about the impact of Appleseed’s work on this issue, learn how you can help make a difference, and celebrate the work of all of our pro bono and community partners on an array of important social justice issues.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014 7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. Downtown Seattle   Reserve your seat with the leaders of the legal community today!

October 22: Save the Date! Columbia Legal Services 2014 Celebration of Pro Bono

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Panel TODAY on Being LGBTQ in the Legal Field

February 28: Being LGBTQ In the Legal Field: Are We There Yet? (Panel)

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March 3: The Dean’s Advisory Committee Presents Lunch Discussion on “Prosecution, Public Defense and Communities of Color”

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Monday, Mar. 3, 2014, RM 116
12:30 – 1:20 PM

What is the role of prosecution? What is the role of public defense? How are communities of color impacted by the criminal justice system?

On Monday, March 3rd, the Dean’s Advisory Committee on Diversity will host a presentation featuring prosecutors and public defenders who are members of minority groups; they will discuss the criminal justice system, their role and the impact on communities of color. We will meet in Room 116 from 12:30 to 1:20. All are welcome.

March 4: Social Justice Tuesday: Educational Debt Relief

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Tuesday, Mar. 4, 2014
12:30 – 1:20 PM, RM 133

  • Concerned about how you’re going to pay back all of your education loans?
  • Want to learn more about income-based repayment options, public service loan forgiveness and UW Law’s Loan Repayment Assistance Program?

This is the workshop for you! Hear the latest on various resources and programs that are out there to help you manage and reduce education debt.

Presented by: Aline Carton-Listfjeld, Center for Public Service Law

If you would like lunch please RSVP via Symplicity or email by 12:00 pm Monday, March 3. No RSVP for lunch accepted after 12:00 pm.

March 6: Environmental & Land Use Law Professional-Student Mixer

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Thursday, Mar. 6, 2014 at 5:30 PM
Arctic Club Hotel’s Polar Bar, 700 3rd Ave, Seattle WA

You are cordially invited to attend a happy hour with members of the WSBA Environmental and Land Use Law Section, KCBA Environmental and Land Use Section, and University of Washington and Seattle University law students interested in environmental and land use legal careers. Appetizers and a beverage will be complimentary, followed by a cash bar.

March 21: Citizen University Annual Conference on the Art of Powerful Citizenship, Funding Applications Due 3/3

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Friday, Mar. 21, 2014
1:00 – 9:00 PM

Citizen University’s annual national conference is the country’s most creative and vibrant gathering on the art of powerful citizenship.  Hundreds of activists, innovators and educators from across the United States meet for a day of skill-building and inspiration.  Learn the elements of civic power.  Practice social and political action. Connect with people from left and right so we can solve problems together.

Many UW Law students have attended in the past and gotten great ideas and energy.  There is a reduced student rate for registration but we can also cover registration for up to 5 students through the Center for Public Service Law. If you are interested in getting funding to attend and are prepared to commit that you will go, send your letter of interest and resume to Dean Michelle Storms by March 3.

Learn more about the conference and the speakers here

April 4: You Are Invited to Attend Solid Ground’s Building Community Luncheon, Featuring Keynote Speaker Spike Lee

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Friday, April 4, 2014
12:00 – 1:30 PM
Location: Westin Seattle, 1900 5th Avenue, Seattle, WA 98101

We’re honored to host Spike Lee as keynote speaker at our 40th Anniversary Luncheon. With a body of work that spans four decades, he has written, produced, directed and acted in countless films that illuminate the impacts of racism in our country. As one of the most outspoken African-American voices, he talks candidly, and with authority, about issues of race in mainstream media and Hollywood, using as a backdrop a rare behind-the-scenes look at his celebrated body of work. And as an organization working to undo racism and other oppressions that are root causes of poverty, Solid Ground is pleased to bring such an influential person in the conversations about race and social justice to our event.

For more information or to register for the event, click here.