Put down the books & take note of these exciting events coming up soon

King v. Burwell: Obamacare in the Supreme Court (Again)

ObamacareOnce again, the Supreme Court is set to examine the Affordable Care Act. After surviving a constitutional attack, the statute now faces a challenge based on its own words. Challengers claim that the plain language of the statute makes subsidies (a critical part of the ACA) unavailable on federally facilitated insurance exchanges. A panel of professors will discuss the case from the perspective of health law, tax law, statutory interpretation, and administrative law.

Please RSVP if you would like to attend. Wednesday, March 11; Room 119; 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM

U.S. Human Rights Network: How to Advocate Effectively in Geneva and Stateside for the Universal Periodic Review

Do you know what you need to do between now and the U.S. in-person dialogue with the Human Rights Council in May?

 No? …then join USHRN Coordinating Center staff and the UPR Taskforce on March 11, 2015 (3:00 PM – 4:30 PM) for a free webinar on how to advocate effectively in Geneva and here in the U.S. for the upcoming Universal Periodic Review (UPR). The webinar will cover the broad strategy for maximizing your advocacy in March and May, provide an introduction to Geneva and what you will need to plan your travels, present opportunities to engage for those remaining in the U.S., and share successful examples of lobbying in Geneva and the U.S.  Their knowledgeable speakers will also discuss the most effective lobbying strategies with diplomats, share details of other opportunities to connect with UN officials while in Geneva, and present ways to get your one-pager to Geneva even if you will not be there.

 Yes! …then you still need to join this call. This is a not-to-be-missed opportunity for any advocate participating in the UPR process.

 Register now!

 Speakers include:

  • Ejim Dike, USHRN Executive Director
  • Bernadette Bellorin, USHRN UPR Coordinator
  • Thenjiwe McHarris, USHRN Human Rights at Home Campaign Director
  • Joshua Cooper, Four Freedoms Forum and UPR Task Force Co-chair

Sovereignty, Development and Human Security: A Colloquium on United States and Native American Relations

Please join us on Thursday, May 28-Friday, May 29 in person or via webinar for this extraordinary program focused on strengthening self-determination and quality of life in Tribal communities.

The United States and Native American nations have a treaty-based, government-to-government relationship with a unique political and legal dynamic of mutual sovereignty. This colloquium will feature recognized experts presenting in-depth information and current perspectives on U.S./Tribal relations, their evolving sovereignty balance, and innovative strategies and programs for enhancing Native American development and human security.

Featured Speakers Include:

  • The United States Special Trustee for American Indians
  • The President of the National Congress of American Indians
  • Leaders of Tribal Governments, Economic Enterprises, and Community Organizations
  • Tribal Court Judges, Law Professors, and Legal Advocates
  • National Experts in Indigenous Education, Health, and Cultural Heritage

Needing Financial Support? SABAW & eWomen Network Foundation Offer Public Interest Grants

South Asian Bar Association of Washington Offering Public Interest Scholarships for Summer/Fall 2014


A $4,000 scholarship will be awarded by SABAW to a law student working on a discrete public interest project or doing a summer/fall 2014 public interest internship. Applicants must show either that they have contributed to the South Asian community, or that the project is connected to South Asia or the South Asian community in Washington. All applications will require an essay of no more than 500 words to show suitability to criterion, resume, and any other materials the applicant deems relevant. Applications should be sent electronically to Mudit Kakar and received by April 30, 2014.

The scholarship recipient will be expected to attend the annual SABAW reception, to be held in the fall. Scholarship recipients at the banquet will be a guest of SABAW. Additional banquet tickets can be purchased from SABAW directly.

Supreme Court Hears Case on Religious Freedom, Workers’ Rights and Contraceptives Yesterday

Washington Post Protestors at the SC

Yesterday, the Supreme Court heard oral argument for a case about religious freedom, workers’ rights and covering contraceptives under the Affordable Care Act.  The Washington Post describes the scene as “[w]ith both spring snow and demonstrators gathering on the sidewalk outside, the justices spent a spirited 90 minutes ­debating religious conviction, equal treatment for female workers and whether the court would be opening the door for religious challenges to all sorts of government regulation.”

While it is difficult to predict the outcome of the Court’s decision, the Guttmacher Institute released a new report in the interim, which synthesizes the most up-to-date family planning data and analyses to illustrate the current and future importance of family planning programs and the safety-net providers at the heart of this effort.

Click here to read the Moving Forward: Family Planning in the Era of Health Reform Report.  Photo courtesy of the Washington Post.

eWomenNetwork Foundation Offering Individual Grants to Nonprofits that Address Health, Wellness, and/or Safety of Underprivileged Women and/or Children

eWomen Foundation Grants_Photo of Woman and Kids

Do you know a small non-profit whose mission includes improving the emotional and financial well-being of women and children? Encourage them to apply for an eWomenNetwork Foundation Grant!  The eWomenNetwork Foundation is awarding individual grants of $6,000 to small entrepreneurial organizations that address the health, wellness, and/or safety of underprivileged women and/or children.

For more information on the application and eligibility guidelines, click here. Deadline to submit applications is March 31st.

National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty Provides Resources and Webinar for the Human Rights at Home Campaign


The National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty (NLCHP) has provided a resource pack in conjunction with a March 6th webinar highlighting their federal advocacy as part of the Human Rights at Home Campaign. The resource pack includes a recording of the webinar and the NLCHP report Welcome Home: Rise of Tent Cities in the United States.

WA Attorney General’s Office Open House, Special Screening of American Winter and the Berlin Patient Comes to Town

Save the Date! August 12 Washington Attorney General Olympia Office Open House


On August 12 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Attorney General Bob Ferguson will host an Open House in his Olympia/Tumwater office for those who wish to learn more about the Office and how to apply for attorneypositions. This event is open to all current and incoming third-year law students, judicial clerks and/or licensed attorneys.

Additional details will be sent to law schools and will be posted on our website as the event draws near. For questions in the meantime, please contact Linda Nakamura at (206) 464-6446 or linda.nakamura@atg.wa.gov.

June 18: Special Film Screening of American Winter

Join us Tuesday June 18th from 6:30 to 9 p.m. for a special film screening of the acclaimed HBO documentary American Winter at SIFF Cinema Uptown.

American Winter follows the personal stories of eight families struggling in the wake of the economic downturn. Shot in Portland, Oregon, this powerful film reveals the human impact of budget cuts to social services, of rising poverty and economic inequality, and the fracturing of the American Dream.

The screening is free and open to the public, but space is limited so please reserve your tickets today by clicking here.

Following the film there will be a brief panel discussion to examine how many of the issues raised in the film are impacting families in Washington state.

June 19: Timothy Ray Brown, aka “The Berlin Patient,” the First Person Cured of HIV Speaks at Seattle University

timothy ray brownLearn how he inspires Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center scientists’ quest to cure HIV

with cell-based therapies.

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Seattle University, Pigott Building

901 12th Ave., Seattle, WA 98122

6 p.m. – 7 p.m: Social Hour


Light Refreshments

Informational Community Tables

7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m: Moderated Panel Discussion and Open Q&A

Pigott Auditorium

Julie McElrath, director of Fred Hutch’s Vaccine and Infection Disease Division, kicks off a discussion moderated by King 5’s Margaret Larson with Timothy Ray Brown and Fred Hutch defeatHIV researchers Drs. Keith Jerome, Hans-Peter Kiem, and Michele Andrasik.


Questions? externalrel@fhcrc.org or 206-667-4211 or www.fhcrc.org/fromonetomany