Join journalist Düzen Tekkal to discuss ISIS, genocide, and her new film

Jan. 24, SJT: Immigration Post-Inauguration: What does Trump mean for sanctuary cities and immigration policy?

UW Law LogoTime: 12:30 to 1:20 p.m.
Date: Tuesday, Jan 24, 2017
Place: UW School of Law, Room 127

Heard about sanctuary cities but not quite sure what they are. Interested in immigration law? Concerned or thoughtful about Donald Trump’s extreme statements and stance on immigration?
Please join CHRJ as we host a panel dedicated to immigration policy in a Trump administration the (Social Justice) Tuesday after inauguration.

Panelists include:
Professor Hugh Spitzer, expert in local government and municipal law
Cuc Vu, director of the Seattle Mayor’s Office of Immigrant and Refugee Affairs
Chris Strawn, UW Immigration Clinic Director and Northwest Immigrant Rights Project attorney
Moderated by Professor Angelica Chazaro, expert in Immigration Law

Jan. 25: Shriver Center’s Fighting Poverty and Advancing Racial Justice in a New Political Landscape

Shriver CenterTime: 10:00 to 10:30 a.m. PST
Date: Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2017
Place: Online

Given the signals from the incoming administration, what should be the focus of an antipoverty and racial justice agenda now? Eight years ago, as the Obama administration was taking shape, the Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law published a 12-point poverty-fighting agenda. Now, as President Obama is set to leave the White House as Donald Trump takes the oath of office on January 20, the Shriver Center has revisited that agenda. Read more and register here.

Jan. 30: Screening of “Hawar — My Journey to Genocide”

screenshot-48Time: 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.
Date: Monday, Jan. 30, 2017
Place: Kane Hall 120, University of Washington

In August 2014, ISIS swarmed over the Iraqi Sinjar region giving the Yazidis the choice to convert or die – leaving 5,000 dead, half a million displaced and more than 3,000 girls and women forced into sexual enslavement. “Hawar” is the story of Düzen Tekkal’s journey back to her Yazidi homeland and her arrival to an ISIS bloodbath. She is an award-winning German journalist and human rights activist of Kurdish-Yazidi origin.

Please join for a film screening and discussion with the renowned filmmaker. Read more here.

Feb. 24: RSVP to the PILA Benefit Auction 

PILA LogoTime: 5:30 p.m.
Date: Friday, Feb. 24, 2017. RSVP by Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2017.
Place: Husky Union Building, University of Washington

The Public Interest Law Association invites you to the 22nd Annual PILA Benefit Auction. This year’s theme is Masquerade Ball—formal attired encouraged.

Save the Date: Washington State Access to Justice Conference

racing-to-justiceTime: All day
Date: Friday, June 2 to June 4, 2017
Place: Yakima Convention Center, Yakima, WA

The Access to Justice (ATJ) Conference is a bi-annual event, being held this year in Yakima on June 2-4. This year, we will feature more opportunities for big picture discussions across disciplines, while also providing space for networking and resource development.  No Conference would be complete without social activities and to that end we will enjoy a reception on Friday evening and libations at a local winery on Saturday evening.

Regardless of where you are in your legal career, and given the shifting sands upon which we all appear to be standing, attendance at this year’s ATJ Conference is more vital than ever. Indeed the Conference’s theme, “Racing to Justice: Community Lawyering to Bend the Arc,” affirms that this is not a time for despair, but for bold life-affirming action that will bring everyone to a place of equity and fairness. We look forward to your attendance at the Conference as together we build a movement where justice for all becomes a reality. Read more and register here.

Not sure how to deal with that one family member at the reunion? SPLC has a guide for responding to everyday bigotry

During a time of great change, civil legal aid may be threatened

screenshot-37Originally published as “Prepare To Dig In To Preserve Civil Legal Aid” by Lonnie A. Powers, executive director of the Massachusetts Legal Assistance Corporation, on the Huffington Post. Image courtesy of the Huffington Post.

“We don’t quite know what to expect from the federal government in the weeks and months ahead in terms of support for civil legal aid. For decades, support for the Legal Services Corporation (LSC), the nonprofit that administers federal funding to legal aid programs across the country, has been seen as a smart investment by members of both parties.” Read the full article here.

SPLC: “Speak Up: Responding to Everyday Bigotry”

SPLC LogoOriginally published by the Southern Poverty Law Center. This guide provides ideas and actions for responding to bigotry and ignorance in everyday life.

“Your brother routinely makes anti-Semitic comments. Your neighbor uses the N-word in casual conversation. Your co-worker ribs you about your Italian surname, asking if you’re in the mafia. Your classmate insults something by saying, “That’s so gay.”

And you stand there, in silence, thinking, “What can I say in response to that?” Or you laugh along, uncomfortably. Or, frustrated or angry, you walk away without saying anything, thinking later, “I should have said something.” Learn how to deal with these types of situations with the Speak Up guide. Read the full guide here.

Shriver Center creates “Racial Justice Training Institute”

Shriver CenterIn the face of a coming transition in federal leadership and deep societal divisions, anti-poverty advocates must understand and address issues of race, implicit bias, and how to affirmatively advance racial equity. The Racial Justice Training Institute is a groundbreaking national leadership program that offers a transformative experience to build and fortify agents for change.

Working in teams, and with support from skilled faculty and coaches, you’ll learn how to use new racial justice knowledge and skills in your daily work and apply these to a racial equity initiative that your team will work on throughout the Institute. Learn more and apply to the institute here.

RSVP now for WSBA’s Open Section Night and meet lawyers working in your interest area

Jan. 6: Office of Program Research Info Session and Interviews

pubsitebanner2013full2xTime: 12:30 to 1:20 p.m.
Date: Friday, Jan. 6, 2017
Place: UW School of Law, Room 119

The Office of Program Research (OPR) provides nonpartisan legal, research, and support services to the standing committees of the Washington State House of Representatives. This Informational Session is required for all students interviewing with OPR on 1/6 and is open to everyone. RSVPs through Symplicity are required!

Jan. 6: Mixer with Poverty Law and Social Services

poverty-law-and-social-servicesTime: 4:00 to 7:30 p.m.
Date: Friday, Jan. 6, 2017
Place: Seattle Foundation, 1601 5th Ave., Suite 1900, Seattle, WA 98101

To help recruit new members, Poverty Law & Social Services (PLSS) is hosting a mixer on Friday, January 6th from 4:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Seattle Foundation in their Westlake Tower suite.

PLSS is a recently established registered student organization that focuses on social service disparities, unmet legal needs, and access to justice barriers for low-income residents of Washington. Notably, PLSS seeks to be a partnership among MSW, MPH, MPA, and JD candidates, permitting participation by undergraduates and all other interested students. To RSVP, please e-mail plss@uw.edu.

Jan. 11: Criminal Justice Connections Breakfast

UW Law LogoTime: 8:30 to 9:30 a.m.
Date: Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2017
Place: Room 115

Interested in a career in Criminal Law? Not sure if you want to be a Prosecutor or Defender? Want to learn about pathways to careers in criminal justice? Yes? Then look no further, this is the workshop for you!

Join us for a light breakfast and a panel discussion with local prosecutors and defenders. RSVP on Symplicity.

Jan. 19: WSBA Open Sections Night

WSBA LogoTime: 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.
Date: Thursday, Jan. 19, 2017
Place: WSBA Conference Center1325 Fourth Ave., suite 600, Seattle (View map)

Open Sections Night connects new and young lawyers and law students to WSBA sections, which offer a wealth of experience and resources to help new and young lawyers find their footing in the legal profession.

New and young lawyers attend Open Sections Night to learn more about WSBA’s 28 sections, enter for a chance to win a door prize, mingle with new and experienced attorneys, enjoy light appetizers sponsored by WSBA Sections and new lawyer programs. Complete this form by Jan. 17, 2017 to RSVP.

Love animals? New report explores career opportunities in animal law

Was your clothing made free from forced labor?

business-and-human-resource-center-logoKnowTheChain, which ranked the 20 of the largest global apparel & footwear companies on the steps they are taking to combat forced labor in their supply chain, finds most companies have systems in place to monitor and react to forced labor and human trafficking, but few address systemic causes.

The four highest performing companies (Adidas, Gap, H&M and Lululemon) achieve scores above 60/100. Among the lowest performing companies are Hong Kong-based Belle International Holdings (0/100), Chinese clothing manufacturer Shenzhou International Group Holdings (1/100), and the luxury Italian fashion house, Prada (9/100). Read the full report here.

Check out UNHCR’s career opportunities

unhcr-logoUNHCR employs some 9,000 staff from all over the world, mostly working in field locations where refugees and internally displaced people need our help most. They have a wide range of skills. Our staff provides live-saving aid and protection every day for millions of uprooted and stateless people around the world.

UNHCR offers opportunities in a wide range of functional areas where you can achieve your professional goal to be a humanitarian.

Animals need lawyers, too: New report identifies career opportunities in animal law

screenshot-33The Animal Legal Defense Fund recently issued a report on opportunities and resources for people interested in working in animal law. Read the full report here.

Internship and fellow opportunities at Harvard Law School

Due Jan. 6, paid: Judicial Intern Opportunity Program with ABA seeking 1Ls and 2Ls

Application Deadline: Friday, Jan. 6, 2017

aba-judicial-intern-opportunity-programThe American Bar Association Section of Litigation is now accepting applications for its Summer 2017 Judicial Intern Opportunity Program from second-year law students. The program is a full-time (32 hours per week), six-week minimum, summer internship program open to all first- or second-year diverse law students.

The mission of the Judicial Intern Opportunity Program is to provide opportunities to students who are members of racial and ethnic groups that are traditionally underrepresented in the profession. The program also provides opportunities to students with disabilities, women, students who are economically disadvantaged and students who identify themselves as LGBT.

Application Process: Apply here.

Due Jan. 20, paid: EarthJustice seeks summer intern in Bozeman, MT

EarthJustice LogoApplication Deadline: Friday, Jan. 20, 2017

The Northern Rockies Regional Office of Earthjustice, located in Bozeman, Montana, is seeking students who share a passion for justice and a healthy environment for its 2017 summer law clerkship.

Summer law clerks work with attorneys on case development and litigation. Under the supervision of an attorney, a law clerk’s primary responsibilities are to perform legal and factual research, and to develop case strategy and legal theories. law clerks may also have the opportunity to assist attorneys with preparing briefs and motions, to meet with clients and experts, to participate in moots of oral arguments, and to attend court proceedings and conferences with opposing counsel. In addition to involvement in ongoing litigation, the summer program includes seminars with attorneys from across the organization on current environmental issues.

Application Process: Learn more here.

Due Jan. 22: DOJ summer position in Denver, CO

DOJApplication Deadline: Sunday, Jan. 22, 2017

The Department of Justice has a diverse and talented workforce of over 100,000 men and women. Justice leads the Nation in ensuring the protection of all Americans while preserving their constitutional freedoms. If selected, you will be part of a dedicated team helping to enforce Federal criminal and civil laws that protect life, liberty and the property of citizens.

Assignments include, but are not limited to, drafting responsive motions, dispositive motions, memoranda of law, and appellate briefs.  The interns become familiar with the Federal Rules of Civil and Criminal Procedure, the Federal Rules of Evidence, and the local rules of practice for the Colorado United States District Court, and the local and Federal Rules of Appellate Procedure.  In addition, interns may attend depositions, meetings with agents, and accompany the attorneys to observe court proceedings. Practice areas include appellate litigation, civil litigation, criminal litigation.

Application Process: Apply here

Due Jan. 27, paid: End-of-life nonprofit seeking student or recent grad intern

compassion-and-choicesApplication Deadline: Friday, Jan. 27, 2017

Compassion & Choices is the nation’s oldest, largest and most active nonprofit organization committed to improving care and expanding options for the end of life.

Compassion & Choices is pleased to offer a law student or recent law graduate a 10- to 12-week fulltime legal internship. Under the supervision of highly experienced staff, legal interns will serve as part of a nationwide advocacy effort to improve care and expand options for the end of life. Work will primarily consist of research and writing on issues related to end-of-life healthcare and is likely to involve civil, criminal, and federal and state constitutional law. Other duties may be assigned as needed.

Application Process: Get information here.

Due Jan. 31: Harvard Food Law and Policy Clinic internships

Harvard SealApplication Deadline: Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2017

Established in 2010, the Harvard Law School Food Law and Policy Clinic (FLPC) addresses the health, environmental, and economic consequences of the laws and policies that govern our food system. FLPC strives to increase access to healthy foods, support small-scale and sustainable farmers in breaking into new commercial markets, and reduce waste of healthy, wholesome food. As the oldest food law clinical program in the United States, the FLPC is a pioneer in the field of food law and policy, and serves as a model for lawyers and law schools entering this field. FLPC is also a leader in the laws and policies surrounding food waste, FLPC interns have the opportunity to work on a wide range of projects focused on reducing food waste at the national, state and local levels.

FLPC interns have the opportunity to practice a number of valuable skills, including legal research and writing, drafting legislation and regulations, commenting on agency actions, public speaking and trainings, and community organizing, among others. Interns also have the opportunity to travel to meet with clients; for example, FLPC travels to work in places like Mississippi, West Virginia, and Navajo Nation, among others.

Application Process: Application instructions here

Due Feb. 1: Harvard Law Human Rights Program Visiting Fellowships for 2017-2018

Harvard SealApplication Deadline: Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2017

Harvard Law School’s Human Rights Program invites applications for its Visiting Fellows Program in the 2017-2018 academic year. The Visiting Fellows Program gives individuals with a demonstrated commitment to human rights an opportunity to step back and conduct a serious inquiry in the human rights field. Visiting Fellows are usually scholars with a substantial background in human rights, experienced activists, or members of the judiciary or other branches of government. Learn more here.

Application Process: Apply here.

Rolling Deadline: NY nonprofit seeks immigration staff attorney

PLSNY LogoApplication Deadline: Open until filled

Prisoners’ Legal Services of New York (PLS) is a statewide program providing civil legal services to people incarcerated in New York State prisons with regional offices in Albany, Buffalo, Ithaca and Plattsburgh.

PLS is seeking to hire a staff attorney with some immigration experience to provide representation to immigrants facing removal while in the custody of NYS’ Department of Corrections and Community Supervision. The staff attorney will provide a full range of legal services throughout the course of representation, including meeting with incarcerated clients, appearing at master calendar and merits hearings, appealing to the Bureau of Immigration Appeals (BIA), and providing other services related to incarceration. The successful applicant will also assist in preparing materials to help immigrants appear pro se, supervise law students, and conduct trainings for pro bono attorneys working with PLS.

 

Application Process: Get instructions here.

Save the Date: Upcoming conference will discuss need for Inclusion and Equity Think Tank

Save the Date, May 11: WSBA Spring Inclusion and Equity Stakeholder’s Meeting

washington-state-bar-association-logoThe Washington State Bar Association (WSBA) in partnership with The Puget Sound Administration of Legal Administrators (PSALA) is pleased to host an important conversation exploring the need for an Inclusion and Equity Think Tank in Washington’s legal profession. We will discuss the ongoing issues of retention and segmentation of underrepresented attorneys within the state’s legal profession and the impact on lawyers and the public. We will share WSBA mapping of the state’s diversity and inclusion efforts and identify gaps and opportunities for collaboration. Our inclusion and Equity staff will be reaching out in preparation for the May meeting during the months of January, February and March 2017.

A webcast will be available. RSVP to diversity@wsba.org and indicate whether you will be attending in person or by webcast.

Upcoming conference on justice and advocacy soliciting workshop ideas

Trina Grillo Social Justice Retreat upcoming; funding available for UW Law students

trinagrilloThe upcoming Trina Grillo Social Justice Retreat is an unparalleled opportunity to recharge your social justice batteries at a day and a half long gathering with law students, faculty, staff and social justice advocates from the west coast.  This year’s event is March 4-5 at UC Berkeley School of Law. UW Law students can apply for up to $250 for documented travel reimbursement to attend this event. If you are interested send a note about why you would like to attend along with your resume to Aline Carton-Listfjeld at acarton@uw.edu Friday, Jan. 30 at 3pm. Read more about the event here.

New report on how human rights laws are interpreted in state courts 

screenshot-29The Opportunity Agenda and Northeastern University School of Law’s Program on Human Rights in the Global Economy have just issued “Human Rights in State Courts 2016,” a timely report that reviews state court decisions and Attorneys General opinions interpreting human rights treaties, laws, and standards.  This new report updates our 2014 report, which details the ways in which state courts have considered and interpreted human rights.

“Human Rights in State Courts 2016” is intended for public interest lawyers, state court litigators, and judges, and also for state and municipal policymakers interested in integrating compliance with international human rights law into their domestic policies.

Legal advocates and access for justice conference looking for workshop proposals

shoulder-to-shoulderDeadline for submissions: Friday, Feb. 3, 2017

Now is the time for bold life-affirming action that will bring everyone to a place of equity and fairness. In this spirit, you are invited to submit a workshop proposal for either the Statewide Legal Advocates Training (“Shoulder to Shoulder: Pursuing Equity and Justice”), or at the ATJ Conference (“Racing to Justice: Community Lawyering to Bend the Arc”), or both.  The Statewide Legal Advocates Training is May 31 & June 1 and is immediately followed by the ATJ Conference June 2-4, 2017. Both are being held at the Yakima Convention Center in Yakima, WA. Learn more here.