Pro Bono training; SJT and Global Mondays host founder of the Roots Project; Fair housing webinar

Oct. 24: Building Resilience: Using Art to Economically, Socially and Culturally Empower Communities

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Date: Monday, Oct. 24, 2016

Place: UW School of Law, Room 117

Speaker: Anyieth D’Awol, Founder the Roots Project. Roots of South Sudan is a 501c3 founded in 2011 to empower South Sudanese women and youth through the preservation of traditional Sudanese arts & crafts. Roots of South Sudan raises funds and facilitates grant applications on behalf of The Roots Project, a Sudanese NGO founded by Anyieth D’Awol. The funds are used to support its facility (located in Juba), the project’s craft activities, equipment and learning materials and provide members with job skills, literacy and math training; and a safe environment for mothers and their young children to work and learn. Read the flyer here.

Oct. 25 SJT: Navigating Times of Rapid Social Change

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Date: Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2016

Place: UW School of Law, Room 127

Join us for a conversation with Dr. Joy Williamson-Lott from the UW College of Education. Dr. Williamson-Lott’s primary research agenda examines the reciprocal relationship between social movements–particularly those of the middle twentieth century–and institutions of higher education. She will discuss her research and the current state of social movements across the country with an eye towards how they impact students on campuses like the UW.  Hosted by the UW Law Diversity Committee.

Oct. 25: Advocating for Workplace Justice

Peggy Browning FundTime: 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Date: Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2016

Place: UW School of Law, Room 127

Join the Peggy Browning Fund in hosting a panel, discussion, and reception discussing the rights and needs of workers. Learn about the Peggy Browning Fund’s paid Summer Fellowships ($6,000 & up); network with Labor and Employment Lawyers; free refreshments. Read the flyer here.

Oct. 26: Asylum Application Help (App Help) Training

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Date: Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2016

Place: UW School of Law, Room 127

Interested in human rights work, immigration law, or serving asylum-seekers in the Seattle area? App Help is a student-run project that partners with the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project (NWIRP) to serve asylum-seekers who lack legal representation. Most of the people App Help assists are detained in the Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma. We help asylum-seekers fill out their applications for asylum, write declarations about their experiences of persecution, and compile evidence packets in support of their claims. App Help is an excellent opportunity to work directly with clients and gain on-the-ground human rights experience. Interested? Attend the App Help training. Food provided!

Oct. 26: Ensuring Fair Housing for People with Criminal Records: A Conversation with HUD

Shriver CenterTime: 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Date: Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2016

Place: Webinar, register here.

Millions of Americans—a disproportionate number of whom are people of color—have criminal records that can be a barrier to housing. Earlier this year, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development issued groundbreaking guidance stating that admission denials, evictions, and other adverse housing decisions based on a person’s criminal record may constitute racial discrimination under the Fair Housing Act.

Join the Shriver Center and officials from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for a webinar on October 26th to learn answers to pressing questions. The webinar will feature an overview of the guidance, an interview with a HUD official, and a live Q&A session including questions from attendees. The Housing Authority of New Orleans will also discuss its innovative criminal background check policy and how the policy’s focus on individualized assessments will help to improve public safety. Read more here.

 

Oct. 28: Immigrant Family’s Advocacy Project’s annual CLE 

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Time: 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Date: Friday, Oct. 28, 2016

Place: Perkins Coie LLP, 1201 Third Ave., Room  4819/4820/4821

The Immigrant Families Advocacy Project is a partnership between Northwest Immigrant Rights Project and UW. Clients are survivors of qualifying crimes who’ve been helpful to police or prosecutors and are eligible for U-Visas. The CLE topics covered include: basic structure of the immigration system; working with immigrant survivors of domestic violence; introduction to U-Visa petitions and adjustment of status; confidentiality and ethics; supervising law students. Email theifap@uw.edu if you’re interested in attending and to learn more.

Stay Engaged! Check Out These Upcoming Conferences, CLEs and Pro Bono Opportunities!

September 28: KCBA Training on Family Law and Special Immigrant Juvenile Status Training

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Date: Monday, Sept. 28, 2015
Time: 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM
Location: King County Bar Association, 1200 Fifth Avenue, Suite 700, Seattle, WA 98101
CLE Credits: 1.5 General Credits (Approval #: 406732)

Over the past year, thousands of unaccompanied children and youth have arrived in the U.S. fleeing poverty, violence, persecution, trafficking or other danger. Many of these children and youth have been placed with caregivers in Washington State.

Come learn about how you can help these vulnerable children and youth through family law proceedings and how it can lead to Special Immigrant Juvenile Status, a form of humanitarian protection created by Congress. Topics to be covered in this training will include:

    • Overview of Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS)
    • Overview of Family law issues affecting immigrant youth
    • How to Obtain SIJS Findings in Family Law Proceedings including Nonparental Custody, Dissolution and Parenting Plan actions.
    • View From the Bench

Presenters:
The Honorable Lori K. Smith, King County Superior Court Chief UFC Judge.
Rebekah Fletcher and Merkys Gómez, Staff Attorneys, Kids in Need of Defense (KIND).
Lindsay Lennox, Staff Attorney, Northwest Immigrant Rights Project.
Lucia Ramirez Levias, Attorney, DuBois Cary Law Group, PLLC.
Susan Carroll, Attorney, Law Offices of Susan Carroll, PLLC.
Judy Lin, Sr. Managing Attorney, Family Law Pro Bono Programs, KCBA

To register, contact Judy Lin.

September 30: Early Bird Registration Deadline for GlobalWA 7th Annual Conference on Disruptive Development

GlobalWA 7th Annual Conference

Conference Date: Dec. 10, 2015
Time: 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Location: Bell Harbor International Conference Center, 2211 Alaskan Way, Seattle WA 98121
Cost: Members: $125; Non-Members: $175

GlobalWA’s 7th annual conference will be examining “Disruptive Development.” Early registration ends September 30th.

To register, click here.

October 9-11: Human Right to Family Planning Conference

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Date: Oct. 9-11, 2015
Time: Click here to view the program schedule.
Location: University of Washington School of Law, William H. Gates Hall

The UW School of Law in collaboration with UW Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology in the School of Medicine and the UW Department of Global Health in the Schools of Medicine and Public Health are partnering with PPGNHI (Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest and the Hawaiian Islands) to host the Human Right to Family Planning or ‘HR2FP’ Conference.  Click here for the conference website.

Millions of women die prematurely and suffer long-term health and social consequences because they experience unintended pregnancy due to lack of access to family planning information, services, and commodities. Many of these women do not have the freedom or opportunity to choose the timing and spacing of their pregnancies. These challenges are greatest for the most impoverished and socially disadvantaged women in countries, rich and poor, all over the world. Inadequate access to quality family planning services, including abortion, can lead to severe consequences.  In the U.S., where there is no legally enforceable right to health, certain populations of women are faced with disturbing parallels to women living in low and middle income countries. In some U.S. states, access to evidence-based health information and comprehensive family planning services are more and more limited to greater and greater numbers of women.

Our HR2FP conference is the first to be sponsored by a U.S. university in collaboration with civil society actors. It will explore the relationship between the right to family planning and its application to improving universal access– globally and locally.  The event will bring together academicians, practitioners, and students in public/global health, medicine and law, NGOs, donor institutions, international organizations and others from the Global North and South. The conference aims to educate and focus on action to improve family planning for women and adolescents.

To register, click here.

October 16: The STAR Project’s Legal Financial Obligations After Blazina – Best Practices CLE

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Date: Friday, Oct. 16, 2015
Time: 12:45 PM – 5:15 PM
Location: Chuck Fulton Community Room, Walla Walla Police Department, 54 E. Moore St. WAlla Walla, WA 99362

In State v. Blazina, the Washington State Supreme Court chronicled the burdens of legal financial obligations (LFOs) on defendants and those exiting incarceration, and emphasized the trial court’s obligation to consider a defendant’s current and future ability to pay LFOs. This training discusses the mandates of Blazina, and focuses on best practices for attorneys and judges when addressing the issue of LFOs during sentencing, and post-sentencing, including the appeal process. This CLE provides perspectives from both the bench and the defense bar in order to foster quality work that is well-organized and efficient.

If you have any questions, contact Ingrid Zerpa.

Presenters:
Washington State Supreme Court Justice Sheryl Gordon McCloud
King County Superior Court Judge Theresa Doyle
Appellate Criminal Defense Attorney, Jennifer Dobson
Attorney for the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Washington, Prachi Dave

Agenda:
12:00 – 12:45      Registration, Deli Style Lunch
12:45 – 1:00        Welcome and Introduction
1:00 – 1:45           Blazina and Progeny
1:45 – 2:45           Sentencing: Best Practices
2:45 – 3:00           Break
3:00 – 4:00           Post-Sentencing: Best Practices
4:00 – 5:00           Appeals Practice
5:00 – 5:15           Wrap up: Materials, pro-se pleadings, etc.

To register, click here. 

October 19: Kristin Miles Memorial Student Scholarship Deadline for WSSHA Annual Hospital & Health Law Mid-Year Seminar

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Seminar Date: Friday Nov. 6 – Friday, Nov. 7, 2015
Location: Vancouver, B.C.

The Kristin Miles Memorial Student Scholarship honors Kristin’s commitment to ensuring that law students had every opportunity to participate in Washington State Society of Healthcare Attorneys (WSSHA) programs. She was ever vigilant in reminding the Board of our obligations to advance the education of future members by making our programs accessible to the law student community. While we cannot replace Kristen’s passion, dedication and always present good humor, we honor her by providing this support to a law student each year.

The scholarship provides:

      • All seminar fees to the WSSHA Annual Hospital & Health Law Mid-Year Seminar November 6 & 7, 2015 in Vancouver, B.C.;
      • One night lodging at the conference hotel, the Pan Pacific Hotel; and
      • $50/per diem for a maximum of two days.

Eligibility:
Any second and third year law students enrolled in law school located in Washington State, including previous applicants not selected who are encouraged to re-apply.

Please note: The conference room rate at the Pan Pacific Hotel is available only until October 5th or until the reserved rooms have been taken. The winner of the Kristin Miles Memorial Student Scholarship will not be selected until after October 5th, so students planning to attend the seminar are encouraged to reserve rooms before October 5th. Room reservations may be cancelled up to 24 hours prior to arrival.

To apply, provide a resume and a brief statement (1 page or less) about why you are interested in healthcare law. Submit application materials electronically to Collin Foulds at collin.foulds@chpw.org.

October 30: Immigrant Families Advocacy Project’s Annual CLE Training

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Date: Friday, Oct. 30, 2015
Time: 10:00 AM – 4:30 PM
Location: Perkins Coie LLP, 1201 Third Ave., Room 4907, Seattle, WA 98101
CLE Credits: 4.25, including .75 Ethics Credits
Cost: Only $35 for those who volunteer to serve as IFAP attorneys during the 2015-2016 school year; $150 for all others

The CLE, Immigration Options for Immigrant Survivors of Domestic Violence, is part of the pro bono project the Immigrant Families Advocacy Project (IFAP), a partnership of the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project (NWIRP) and the UW Law School. Each year, IFAP trains and matches law students with pro bono attorneys to provide legal aid to immigrant victims of domestic violence who self-petition for a U-Visa under the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA).  Students receive extensive training, enabling them to do the bulk of the work on a U-Visa petition. We currently have over 50 U-Visa applicants awaiting student-attorney teams for 2015-2016.

First time IFAP attorney volunteers must attend the CLE, which covers the basics of immigration law, U-Visa petitions and adjustment status, confidentiality and ethics, working with immigrant survivors of domestic violence, and supervising law students. This year’s CLE takes place Friday, October 30th, 2014 from 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. at Perkins Coie. Attorneys who agree to accept one IFAP case may attend the CLE for only $35. Attendees will receive 4.25 CLE credits, including .75 ethics credits.

To register, email theifap@uw.edu.

Attention 2Ls and 3Ls! Do You Volunteer in the Community? Come Get Advanced Skills Training on Pro Bono Legal Assistance 10/11!

October 6: Global Mondays – Megan McCloskey on Advancing Women Leaders and Women’s Rights around the World: Vietnam & Rwanda

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12:30 – 1:20 PM
Gates Hall, RM 117

Megan McCloskey is the founding director and CEO of Lotus Circle, a non-profit organization committed to making equal rights for women and girls real. Megan’s focus is on international program development and research assistance to promote better understanding of local conditions for women around the world, improve impact assessment of legal reforms intended to benefit women, and support evidence-based advocacy.  She will highlight the status of women’s rights and women’s political participation and leadership in Vietnam and in Rwanda.

For more information, click here.

October 7: SJT – UW Pro Bono Program: Get Trained, Do Pro Bono, Make A Difference

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Learn about pro bono service and training right here at UW Law! Get the nuts and bolts about the Pro Bono Program and learn from fellow students about their experiences volunteering with the following:

  • Street Youth Legal Advocates of WA
  • CHRJ’s Asylum Application Help Project
  • Immigrant Families Advocacy Project
  • Environmental Law Society
  • Bridging the Gap/Moderate Means Program
  • Incarcerated Mothers Advocacy Project

If you would like lunch please RSVP via Symplicity or gatespsl@uw.edu

RSVP by 12:00 pm Monday, October 6, 2014.

October 8: The Puget Sound Lawyer Chapter of the American Constitution Society and Free Speech for People present Corporations Are Not People: Reclaiming Democracy From Big Money And Global Corporations

Jeffrey Clements
Wednesday, October 8, 2014 – 5:30 PM
Perkins Coie LLC
1201 Third Avenue Suite 4900
Seattle, WA

Featuring:
Jeffrey Clements
Author, Corporations Are Not Peoples
President, Free Speech for People
To RSVP, click here.

October 9: FREE CLE “WSBA Pro Bono 101: How to be an Effective Pro Bono Advocate”

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Thursday, October 9, 2014
12:00 pm – 2:30 pm
2.5 Total Credits (1.75 General, .75 Ethics)
Webcast Only
Seminar Cost:  FREE!

While you may know your subject area, this CLE will cover what you need to know to effectively serve your pro bono clients. This CLE will provide participants interested in volunteering with the tools, knowledge and strategies needed to successfully engage in pro bono and public service.

IMPORTANT NOTE: In partnership with KCBA and under MCLE Regulation 103(f), this pro bono training allows for attorneys who volunteer with a Qualified Legal Service Provider to convert a minimum of four hours of pro bono work into four pro bono service CLE credits.

AGENDA:

  • RPC 6.1 Overview and Additional Rules to Support Your Pro Bono Effort
  • Ethical Rules and Considerations in Rendering Pro Bono Legal Services
  • Cultural Competencies: What to be aware of when working with clients who face
    • Mental or physical health barriers
    • Limited English Proficient barriers
    • Post-traumatic stress disorder
    • Living in a constant state of poverty
  • Strategies, tools and a Road Map to Effectively Communicate with Pro Bono Clients

Space is limited: Register online here.

October 11: Attention 1Ls! Pro Bono Legal Aid Core Competencies Training

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Get Trained. Do Pro Bono. Make a Difference Now.

Saturday, October 11, 2014
Room 127, 8:30am-3:00pm*

Thinking about volunteering for…

  • Bridging the Gap/Moderate Means Program (MMP)
  • Immigrant Families Advocacy Project (IFAP)
  • Street Youth Legal Advocates of Washington (SYLAW)
  • Incarcerated Mothers Advocacy Project (IMAP)
  • CHRJ’s Asylum Application Help Project
  • Environmental Law Society Pro Bono Research Project (ELS)
  • or any of the dozens of community legal aid programs in the Seattle area?

If the answer is YES! then you need to get trained on the fundamentals of providing pro bono legal assistance!

Attendance required for UW Pro Bono Honors Society membership at graduation.

Time Agenda
8:30-9:00 Registration & Light Breakfast
9:00-10:50 Working Across Difference with Clients in Poverty
10:50-11:00 BREAK
11:00-11:30 Professionalism & Student Pro Bono Assistance
11:30-12:15 Basic Client Interviewing Skills
12:15-1:15 Lunch on your own
1:15-2:15 Crisis and Trauma in Clients
2:15-3:00 Pair up, Hypos & discussion
3:00-3:15 BREAK
3:15-5:30 IFAP training*

October 11: Attention 2Ls and 3Ls! Advanced Pro Bono Legal Assistance Workshop

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Saturday, October 11, 2014,
Room 117, 8:30am-12:00pm

  • Did you attend the Pro Bono Core Competencies Training last year?
  • Did you have public interest internship/externship or pro bono experience this past summer?
  • Have you been volunteering for IMAP, IFAP, SYLAW, Bridging the Gap/MMP or out in the community providing pro bono legal assistance?

Attendance required for UW Pro Bono Honors Society membership at graduation.

If you answered YES! then this is a great opportunity to reflect and engage in a deeper analysis to improve skills when providing pro bono legal assistance.

Topics include: lessons from the front lines in managing bias, cultural and cross difference competence as well as secondary trauma and compassion fatigue.

October 11: Attention Student Leaders! Leadership Development Workshop

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Saturday, October 11, 2014
1:00– 5:30pm, Room 117

  • Are you a student organization leader or member?
  • Want to learn how to better plan and run your organization?
  • Need some basic tips on how to get funding and plan events at UW Law?

Join us for some nuts and bolts tips and strategies addressing leadership and management fundamentals at UW Law and beyond. All students are welcome.

Topics include: Leadership theory; developing your mission, vision, values; how to use an organizing/strategy chart; best practices for student-led pro bono projects; SBA 101; event planning and funding at UW Law; facilitating meetings and difficult conversations.

These trainings are brought to you by: the UW Law Center for Public Service Law, UW Law Pro Bono Program, Immigrant Families Advocacy Pro-ject, Incarcerated Mothers Advocacy Project, Street Youth Legal Advocates of Washington at UW, Out-Laws, Environmental Law Society, CHRJ’s App Help Project & SBA.

October 14: ACLU of Washington – LFO Speaker Training

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Wednesday, October 14, 2014 at 5:30 – 7:30 PM
ACLU of Washington Offices (901 5th Ave, Seattle)

Legal Financial Obligations (LFOs) – fines and fees imposed by the court system on top of criminal convictions – are punishing people for being poor in Washington.  Our state’s system for imposing and collecting LFOs keeps people tied to the criminal system for decades and can even result in people being locked up because they lack the money – creating modern-day debtors’ prisons.

The ACLU of Washington will be training a group of speakers to help us educate impacted individuals and community members all across the state.  The group will learn about how LFOs impact individuals, from sentencing on, and identify the major problems with Washington’s LFO system.  Our goal is to shine light on a broken system and build momentum to enact a comprehensive overhaul of LFO laws that will end debtors prisons in Washington and make our criminal justice system more fair.

ACLU staff attorney Vanessa Hernandez will lead the presentation and provide supporting materials.  Following the training,  the ACLU will send out people to speaking engagements, depending on each person’s availability.

Dial-in access is available.  Dinner will be provided.

If you’re interested in participating, respond to jflodin@aclu-wa.org.

October 22: Columbia Legal Services Presents the 3rd Annual Pro Bono Celebration Honoring Partners for Justice

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Wednesday, October 22, 2014 at 5:00 PM
Impact Hub Seattle, 220 Second Ave South (Pioneer Square), Seattle WA 98104

Brief Program 5:30 PM – 6:00 PM
Drinks & Appetizers 5:00 PM – 6:30 PM

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

2014 PRO BONO HONOREES  

Lenell Nussbaum
Suzanne Lee Elliott
For their work on cases related to juvenile life without parole

Carey & Lillevik
For their representation of amici in appeals to establish a right to counsel for all children in foster care

Garvey Schubert Barer
For their longstanding partnership with Columbia Legal Services and commitment to justice for all

Kathleen Phair Barnard  of Schwerin Campbell Barnard Iglitzin & Lavitt LLP
For advancing the rights of farm worker families in northwest Washington

To RSVP, click here.  RSVP preferred by October 10, 2014.

January 23: Save the Date! Latino/a Bar Association of Washington (LBAW) 23rd Annual Awards Gala

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March 20-21: Register Now for the Citizen University National Conference – Pre-Sale Tickets Available

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In November we’ll announce the lineup of speakers and teachers at Citizen University’s annual conference and start early-bird registration. But today, we are offering friends like you a chance to buy “pre-sale” tickets at an even more discounted price.

Our annual national conference is like no other civic gathering in America. Hundreds of changemakers, activists, and catalysts show up to learn about power, build their networks, and recharge their sense of purpose. They come from across the country, the political spectrum, and a wide range of domains — from immigrant rights to national service, voting reform to veteran re-integration, civic education to Hollywood and tech. They are you.

This is a time when citizens are solving problems in new ways, bypassing broken institutions, stale ideologies, and polarized politics. We are part of a movement to rekindle citizenship in America. We hope you’ll join us!

The Center for Public Service law will coordinate a process to apply for the tickets.  Stay tuned for more info on this if you wish to attend.

To purchase your pre-sale tickets now, click here.

Conferences Galore! Learn More About These Upcoming Sessions

August 14-17: Join the 12th Anniversary of “Gender Odyssey,” an International Conference

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Gender Odyssey is an international conference focused on the needs and interests of transgender and gender-nonconforming people. Packed with thought-provoking workshops, discussion groups, social events and entertainment, this one-of-a-kind annual gathering attracts people from all over the world for an uplifting weekend of skill sharing and community in Seattle, USA.

Last year’s 12th year anniversary conference was the most well-attended ever! Don’t miss out on our 2014 gathering!

2014 Keynote Speakers

Elizabeth "Eli" VasquezGender Odyssey is honored to announce the first of our 2014 keynote speakers, Eli Vasquez, who will offer us an insider’s perspective on transgender issues and advocacy in Ecuador. We hope you are as excited as we are to hear Vasquez share how Ecuadorian trans culture is influenced by tradition, political changes, street families, and so many other factors that differ from and progress beyond our Western medical-centric trans culture.

For more information, click here.

August 20: Free Webinar on Engaging the Universal Periodic Review – Steps for Writing & Submitting a Stakeholder Report

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Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014
12:30 – 1:30 PM, EST
Join us for “Engaging the Universal Periodic Review: Steps for Writing and Submitting a Stakeholder Report,” Wednesday, August 20 from 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm EST.

This webinar will provide step-by-step guidance on how to write an effective stakeholder report for the Universal Periodic Review of the United States. If you have already submitted a shadow report to one of the treaty bodies, the webinar will offer suggestions for how to revise and re-frame your information and advocacy for the Universal Periodic Review. If you are just getting started, this webinar will get you up to speed so you can prepare and submit your own stakeholder report. Presenters will also provide an update on planning for the Review to take place in 2015.

Presenters:

  • Amy Bergquist, The Advocates for Human Rights
  • Kate D’Adamo, Sex Workers Outreach Project – NYC
  • Joshua Cooper, Four Freedoms Forum (UPR Taskforce co-chair)

Click here to register online.

September 4: Register Now for the International Labor Justice CLE

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Using Human Rights to Defend & Promote Income Security

Thursday, Sept. 4, 2014
3:30 – 5:30 PM
Chicago-Kent College of Law (IIT), 565 W. Adams Street (Click here for directions.)

Sponsors: International Labor Justice Working Group, International Committee, Labor & Employment Committee

Register now for the International Labor Justice Continuing Legal Education program, to be presented on September 4, 2014 at the NLG Convention in Chicago, featuring leading experts in labor law and international justice.

Reversing precarious work and building respect for an adequate standard of living (UDHR, Art. 25, ICESCR Art. 11) require increased attention to protecting and expanding income security. This CLE examines best practices and successes of human rights strategies, including litigation and legislation, in the US, Canada and Latin America.

For more information about the CLE, click here.

September 3-6: National Association for Rights Protection & Advocacy 2014 Annual Rights Conference

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Location: The Doubletree by Hilton Hotel, SeaTac Airport, Seattle, WA

Conference Keynotes

Paula J. Caplan
Clinical and Research Psychologist and Author, including
When Johnny and Jane Come Marching Home: How All of Us Can Help Veterans

Claudia Center, J.D.
Senior Staff Attorney, National ACLU Disability Rights Program
Adjunct Professor, UC Berkeley School of Law

Irit Shimrat
and Author of Call Me Crazy: Stories from the Mad Movement

David Cohen
Social Work Professor, University of California, Los Angeles
and CoAuthor of Mad Science: Psychiatric Coercion, Diagnosis & Drugs

Dennis Feld, J.D. & Arthur Baer, J.D.
NY Mental Hygiene Legal Service Special Litigation & Appeals Unit

Sam Bagenstos, J.D.
Significant Developments in Mental Health Law, 2013-14​
Professor, University of Michigan School of Law & former
Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General, U.S. Department of Justice

Click here for more information about the upcoming conference and to register online.

October 17: Attention Attorneys!!! Save the Date for the Immigrant Families Advocacy Project CLE

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Friday, Oct. 17, 2014
9:00 AM – 4:30 PM
Davis Wright Tremaine LLP, 1201 Third Ave. #2200, Seattle, WA 98101

Founded in 1996, the Immigrant Families Advocacy Project Project is a partnership between Northwest Immigrant Rights Project (NWIRP) and the University of Washington School of Law. Our clients are survivors of qualifying crimes who have been helpful to police or prosecutors. Because of this, they are eligible for U-Visas. The majority are women who have suffered physical and emotional intimate partner violence.

Students work in teams of two under the supervision of pro bono attorneys. The students interview the client, draft a declaration, gather exhibits, and assemble the application. The attorney oversees the student effort and serves as the attorney of record for the application.  Attorneys do not need experience in immigration law. Interested attorneys can attend a CLE on the applicable immigration law and how to supervise law students throughout the case process. Students also attend trainings on the substantive law and client advocacy skills. In addition, IFAP case managers and NWIRP provide assistance as needed.

October 24-25: Registration for the 2014 Equal Justice Works Conference & Career Fair Now Open

Location: Bethesda North Marriott Hotel & Conference Center
5701 Marinelli Road, Bethesda, MD 20852

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Law School Professional Registration

Law school professionals at our member schools may register free of charge through October 10. There is no limit on how many professionals may attend per school but each professional must register individually.

Learn more and register here!

Student and Recent Graduate Registration

Registration Fee: $25 per student

Students and recent graduates may register to attend the Conference and Career Fair from August 12 to October 10. All applications for interviews must be submitted by 6 p.m. EDT on September 16. A request must be sent to careerfair@equaljusticeworks.org by 5 p.m. EDT on October 10 to cancel registration and receive a full refund.

For more information, click here.

December 3: Register Now For the GlobalWA’s Annual Conference

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Global Washington’s annual conference is well known and well respected for convening the international development community on the west coast. Participants include NGO practitioners, CSR business executives, research experts, philanthropists and others working on global issues. Conference sessions will include new financial models for NGOs, CSR and corporate giving, filling the talent gap, learning from failures, charting a clear path through corruption, and many more.

Register before September 15 to receive our early bird rate:

  • Members: $125 – enter member discount code at check out (Email Pratima Stanton,pratima@globalwa.org, to receive your member discount code.)
  • Non-Members and Individual Ambassadors: $175

Rates after September 15:

  • Members: $175
  • Non-Members and Individual Ambassadors: $250

Click here to register online.

Looking for an Internship Experience Abroad? Consider Working in Dublin with FLAC

Immigrant Families Advocacy Project (IFAP) Hiring Summer/Fall Quarter Fellow, Paid Position, Due TODAY

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The IFAP Fellow would have the opportunity to work with attorneys at NWIRP, connect with the greater legal community in the area, and gain some valuable project management experience.  The responsibilities of the Fellow will continue through the Fall 2014 quarter, and Fellows are encouraged to remain involved in IFAP on the Steering Committee even after all tasks have been completed.

Student will work with the IFAP Steering Committee, the Faculty Supervisor, the IFAP Advisory Council, and staff at the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project (NWIRP) to coordinate IFAP activities and provide general administrative support to the organization.  The position will correspond to Summer and Autumn Quarters 2014.

For a full description of the fellowship and application instructions, click here.

Attention 1Ls & 2Ls! The Northwest Justice Project in Bremerton Seeks Summer Legal Intern, Apply Now!

NJP LogoThe Northwest Justice Project (NJP) is a publicly funded legal aid program in Washington.  Each year NJP provides critical civil legal assistance and representation to thousands of low-income people in cases affecting basic human needs such as family safety and security, housing preservation, protection of income, access to health care, education and other basic needs.
NJP’s mission is to secure justice through high quality legal advocacy that promotes the long-term well-being of low-income individuals, families, and communities. As a dynamic statewide law firm, we pursue our mission through legal advice and representation, community partnerships, and education to empower clients and combat injustice in all its forms.

NJP’s satellite office in Bremerton is seeking a 1L or 2L law student to intern with the office this summer.  The legal intern will have the opportunity to work with the Tacoma office and gain exposure in the field of legal aid work.  If you are interested in learning more about the position, contact Jennifer Brugger (staff attorney for NJP) directly.  The office is flexible with the work schedule in light of the commute.

Attention Recent Grads & Post Grads! Perkins Coie Seeking Pro Bono Manager

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Perkins Coie LLP is looking for an experienced, detailed and self-motivated professional to join the team as a Pro Bono Manager.  This position will  help foster, plan and support the exciting pro bono legal work the firm provides across 19 offices.  The firm has a long, rich history of serving low-income individuals and nonprofit organizations in need, including veterans seeking disability compensation, domestic violence victims seeking protection from abuse, immigrants seeking various legal protections, tenants facing unlawful eviction, microentrepreneurs, and much more.  Last year a majority of our lawyers provided pro bono service and contributed more than 54,000 hours of time.

The ideal candidate will have a demonstrated superior ability to prioritize and manage multiple complex operations or projects simultaneously, with continual attention to detail and accuracy with numbers. An ability to work well under pressure in a deadline driven environment is crucial. 

For a complete job description and application instructions, click here.

William Sampson Fellowship Opportunity in Dublin with the Free Legal Advice Center, Position Eligible for Externship Credits

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The Free Legal Advice Center (FLAC) is an independent human rights organisation dedicated to the realization of equal access to justice for all. To this end it campaigns on a range of legal issues but also offers some basic, free legal services to the public.  FLAC currently concentrates its work on four main areas: Legal Aid, Social Welfare, Credit & Debt and Public Interest Law.

If you are still looking for an internship/externship, this would be a great opportunity. Students interested in receiving externship credits would be able to do so, as we have faculty available to conduct a site visit. You could potentially team this up with the KU/UW Law study abroad in Ireland. You may also seek financial aid for your travel costs to Ireland.

If you are interested in this opportunity, please contact Professor Anita Ramasastry for more information. 

Attention 1Ls & 2Ls! AGO’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit Seeking Summer Interns in Olympia

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The Medicaid Fraud Control Unit of the Washington Attorney General’s Office has an available summer law clerk (internship) position for a current 1L or 2L.  It is a volunteer position in Olympia.  The start date is negotiable. 

In order to be considered for the position, please forward a letter of interest, application, resume, and one letter of reference to the AGO recruitment office at:

Washington Attorney General’s Office
Attorney and Law Clerk Recruitment
800 Fifth Avenue, Suite 2000
Seattle, WA   98104

Further information is available at the general AGO recruitment page, click here

Interning/Externing in DC this Summer? Want to make a little extra cash? PSJD is Hiring a Summer Project Assistant

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If you answered yes, the good folks at PSJD.org want to hear from you! PSJD is looking to hire a summer PSJD Project Assistant. It is a great way to supplement unpaid or low-paying public interest work in DC. Students will learn the basics of website management and get the chance to do some social media marketing and blogging!

Click here for the full job description. (Log in required- free registration) Any questions? Email PSJD Fellow Ashley Matthews.

Attention Recent Grads! Children’s Alliance Seeking Health Policy Associate

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The Health Policy Associate supports the Children’s Alliance’s goal to ensure that all children in Washington have access to the health coverage and care they need to grow and thrive. The Children’s Alliance is guided by a deep commitment to enhancing equity and erasing health disparities faced by children in low income families and children of color. Working with the Health Policy Director, this position will combine public policy analysis, research, and advocacy. Focus areas are maximizing the benefits of coverage through Apple Health for Kids, and effectively implementing the Affordable Care Act in a manner that will improve children’s health.

This 25-37.5 hour per week position is based in our Seattle office. Ability to travel and work a flexible schedule is required. Health, dental, and other benefits included. The position reports to the Health Policy Director and is a member of the Children’s Alliance policy staff. Salary is based on a full time salary of $42,000/yr. People of color and women are encouraged to apply. Desired starting date is June 1 or earlier if possible.

For a complete job description and application instructions, click here.

Attention Post Grads! Access to Justice Board Seeking Board Manager

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Established by the Washington Supreme Court in 1994, The Washington State Access to Justice (ATJ) Board, through its justice system partners and standing committees, works to achieve equal access to the civil justice system for those facing economic and other significant barriers. To assist in the fulfillment of this mission, the Washington State Bar Association (WSBA) is seeking an ATJ Board Manager who shares in the fundamental belief that, “Justice involves the determination and realization of legal needs, rights and responsibilities and the fair resolution of disputes.”   Functioning as a driving force in support of this effort, the ATJ Board Manager works to preserve and protect the integrity of the ATJ Board and its capacity to work effectively and independently in service of the mission and objectives that created the ATJ Board, and consistent with WSBA policies and the ATJ Board-WSBA Memorandum of Understanding.

For a complete job description and application instructions, click here.

Do You Plan on a Career in Public Service? Apply Now For LRAP!

Need Help Paying Off Student Loans? UW LRAP Applications Now Available for UW Law Grads in Public Service in WA State

LRAPapplyThe Loan Repayment Assistance Program constitutes a core component of the UW School of Law’s commitment to public service by increasing the ability of its graduates to enter public service law. The School awards $5000 to approximately three new applicants per year and will commit to awarding an additional $5000 a year for two more years for a total commitment of $15,000 per participant.

Applicants must be UW Law grads in full time public service legal employment in Washington State. For complete information on the program and to download application materials please visit hereApplications will be accepted on a rolling basis through June 3Questions about LRAP? Email Aline Carton-Listfjeld.

Pro Bono Honors Program Deadline Extended to Monday, April 28!

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  • Did you volunteer for IFAP, IMAP, SYLAW, ITMP, ELS research project  or a community-based legal organization between April 2013 and March 2014?
  • Did you volunteer as a case manager or leader for one of these student-led pro bono projects?
  • Did you intern last summer for a public interest organization and didn’t get a summer grant, stipend or externship credit?

If you can answer YES to either of these questions you are likely eligible to participate in the Pro Bono Honors Program! APRIL 28 IS FAST APPROACHING! And, it’s the last day to submit the online form so that you can be recognized with fellow students, faculty and staff with a Pro Bono Service Award! Don’t forget the program recognizes student leaders pro bono legal assistance projects as well as legal assistance hours. 2Ls and 3Ls with 30 hours of qualifying pro bono service will be recognized. Your efforts are greatly appreciated and you will be recognized at the May 8 PILA TGIT! Not in it for the award? We get it. The Pro Bono Honors Program though gives us the opportunity to tell the story of UW Law and what our commitment to public service really looks like.  We are also able to pull together resources to help future generations of students connect to the volunteer opportunities that resonate for them.  So please take the time to do this! Pro Bono Honors Award Law Student Checklist:

For First-Time Student Participants

  • Tie your UWNet ID to a GMail account if you haven’t already.
  • Register your pledge to do pro bono
  • Make sure your pro bono work qualifies or contact acarton@uw.edu if you’re not sure.
  • Attend the Annual Core Competencies Training on October 12, 2013. Missed a training? Go to our training page for resources and podcasts.
  • Keep track of your hours (download tracking log):
    • We’ll need you to tell us if you you’re providing direct legal assistance and/or if you’ve been in a pro bono leadership role.
    • You’ll need a minimum of 30 hours performed between April 1, 2013 and March 31, 2014.
  • Draft Essay: Write a 600-1000 word reflective essay about your pro bono work experience, observations made about the clients you’ve served or the organization you worked for and/or reflections about your professional path in public service law.
  • Certify training attendance, report hours and submit essay by Monday, April 28: Complete the online web form.

For Returning Student Participants

  • Tie your UWNet ID to a GMail account if you haven’t already.
  • Make sure your pro bono work qualifies or contact acarton@uw.edu if you’re not sure.
  • Keep track of your hours (download tracking log):
    • We’ll need you to tell us if you you’re providing direct legal assistance and/or if you’ve been in a pro bono leadership role.
    • You’ll need a minimum of 30 hours performed between April 1, 2013 and March 31, 2014.
  • Report hours by Monday, April 28: Complete the online web form.

Ms. JD Accepting Applications for Public Interest Scholarships, Due 5/23

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Ms. JD is proud to announce its 2014 Summer Public Interest Scholarships!

Five winners will receive a $500 scholarship to support their continued commitment to public interest work this summer. Ms. JD is thrilled to continue our annual support of women pursuing public interest careers, as part of our ongoing efforts to support mentoring and career development at home and abroad. Winners will post on the blog each month this summer to start a discussion about the unique role of women public interest attorneys in the profession.

Women law students entering their second or third year at an accredited U.S. law school and working the summer of 2014 at least 35 hours per week for a minimum of 6 weeks at a government agency or nonprofit organization are eligible to apply. Unpaid judicial externs also qualify for these scholarships. Students need not have a placement at the time of their application, but must send an offer letter to Ms. JD by the beginning of the summer.

For more information, click here.

Racial Disparities in the Criminal Justice System, Diversity on the Bench, IFAP Volunteer Attorney Training and More

October 28: Human Trafficking Speaker Series- Supporting Human Trafficking Survivors in the Philippines

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Where? Room 117

When? Monday, October 28, 12:30-1:20

Lunch will be served.

Speakers include:
Mr. Benjamin Aritao Jr., Barer Fellow; LL.M. Candidate in Sustainable International Development, UW Law; Founder of The Paper Project, Inc.
Mary Tal, iLeap Fellow; Founder and Project Director of Whole World Women Association 

Hosted by the Barer Institute for Law and Global Human Services, the International Law Society, and the Graduate Program in Sustainable International Development

October 29: Social Justice Tuesday- Addressing Racial Disparities in the Criminal Justice System

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Where? Room 133

When? Tuesday, October 29, 12:30-1:20pm.

Join Lisa Daugaard, Policy Director at The Defender Association, and UW alum Dan Satterberg, King County Prosecuting Attorney for a discussion of Racial Disparities in the Criminal System and local collaborative efforts to address the problem. 

If you would like lunch please RSVP via Symplicity or gatespsl@uw.edu. Please RSVP by 12:00 pm Monday, October 28, 2013.

October 30: Diversity in the Judiciary- Panel Discussion with Washington Supreme Court Justices & the Washington Leadership Institute

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Where? Room 133

When? Wednesday, October 30, room 133

The UW Law School Chapter of the American Constitution Society is hosting an informal panel discussion about the importance of diversity in the judiciary. The panel will include Justice Steve Gonzales as well as members of the Washington Leadership Institute who will discuss their own experiences as well as the broader importance of diversity in the judiciary. 

October 30: Externship Information Session

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Where? Room 133

When? Wednesday, October 30, 3:30-4:30pm

What is an externship? How do I apply for one? How do I register and earn credit?

In this session, we will answer your questions and many more as we explain the nuts and bolts of externships. We will also provide an overview of the objectives and requirements of our Externship Program, and outline the responsibilities of student, field supervisor and faculty supervisor.

RSVP via Symplicity or gatespsl@uw.edu

October 31: Litigation and Political Movements: Challenging Prolonged Solitary Confinement in American Prisons 

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Where? Allen Auditorium, Allen Library, room 181L, UW Campus

When? Thursday October 31, 3:30-5:00pm

Professor Jules Lobel is the Bessie McKee Wathour Endowed Chair at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. Lobel is the co-author with David Cole of Less Safe, Less Free: Why America is Losing the War on Terror (2007), which won the first Roy C. Palmer Civil Liberties Prize for exemplary scholar-ship exploring the tension between civil liberties and national security. He is also the author of Success without Victory: Lost Legal Battles and the Long Road to Justice in America (2003), and editor of several books on civil rights litigation as well as the U.S. Constitution. Lobel is president of the Center for Constitutional Rights, a national human and constitutional rights organization headquartered in New York City. He has litigated numerous cases involving constitutional and human rights issues in the United States courts, including several cases challenging presidential assertions of executive power to unilaterally initiate warfare and cases challenging US policy toward suspected terrorists. Professor Lobel involved his students in all these cases, giving them first hand exposure to the constitutional litigation of important and complex issues.

Sponsored by the Center for Human Rights; the Hilen Endowment for American Literature and Culture; the Law, Societies & Justice Program; the Program on Values in Society; the UW School of Law; and the Simpson Center for the Humanities.

November 1: Attention Seattle Area Attorneys! Don’t Miss this Fantastic Opportunity to Mentor Students & Assist Immigrant Survivors of Violence

Where? Davis Wright Tremaine, 1201 Third Ave., Suite 2200, Seattle

When? Friday, Nov. 1, 10am-4:30pm.

The Immigrant Families Advocacy Project (IFAP) seeks volunteer attorneys to take on U-Visa cases and supervise student teams in 2013-2014. IFAP, a project of the University of Washington School of Law and the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project, pairs pro bono attorneys with law student teams to help secure U-Visas for immigrant survivors of qualifying crimes. The majority of clients are women who have suffered physical and emotional intimate partner violence. Attorneys do not need any experience in immigration law. IFAP provides the necessary training.

Pro Bono attorneys who are new to IFAP must attend our annual CLE. This year’s CLE is hosted by Davis Wright Tremaine, 1201 Third Ave., Suite 2200, Seattle, on Friday, Nov. 1st from 10am-4:30pm. Registered attendees get 4.25 CLE credits, including 0.75 ethics credits. The cost is $35 for those who volunteer to supervise a student team and take on a U-Visa case, and $150 for attendees who do not volunteer.

Dont’ delay! Registration ends October 30. To register please click here

Attorneys who have previously attended the CLE needn’t attend this year in order to volunteer. To RSVP as a repeat volunteer, e-mail Shira Zucker.  IFAP CLE 2013 FLYER