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December 1: Global Monday Lecture by Professor Alejandra Gonza on International Human Rights and the Inter-American System

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Monday, Dec. 1, 2014
12:30 – 1:20 PM
William Gates Hall, RM 117

The states of the American continents have created a regional institution, the Organization of American States (OAS), which includes several structures for protecting human rights. The OAS Charter created substantive human rights norms and established two main institutions designed specifically for human rights protection and promotion: the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights and the Inter-American Court of Human Rights. Ms. Gonza will provide an overview of the Inter-American human rights system and share from her experience working with its main bodies including successfully petitioning on behalf of clients who have been tortured.

Alejandra Gonza is a Commissioner with the Seattle Human Rights Commission and a legal adviser to the Due Process of Law Foundation in Washington, DC. She will teach the International Human Rights Clinic at UW Law starting winter. Ms. Gonza has been representing victims of human rights violations before the Inter-American human rights system. She also served as a senior staff attorney at the Special Rapporteurship for Freedom of Expression at the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights and at the Inter-American Court of Human Rights (both of the Organization of American States). Ms. Gonza received her law degree from the National University of Tucumán in her native Argentina and her Masters in European Studies and Human Rights from the Pontific University of Salamanca, Spain.

December 2: A Celebration of Asian and Comparative Law Scholarship at UW Law, Presenting the Asian Law Center 50th Anniversary Publication and Honoring Our Distinguished Visiting Scholars

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Tuesday, Dec. 2, 2014
3:30 – 5:30 PM
William H. Gates Hall, RM 115

The University of Washington School of Law is distinguished by a long standing tradition of research and scholarship on Asian and comparative law and by a vibrant Visiting Scholars Program. We are honored to host many senior legal career professionals, policy makers and eminent academics from around the world and to serve as a leading research center contributing to exciting scholarship on Asia. Please join President Young, Dean Testy, faculty and friends for A Celebration of Asian and Comparative Law Scholarship at UW Law:

  • Introduction by Dean Testy and Welcome by President Young
  • Presenting the ALC 50th Anniversary Publication, Legal Innovations in Asia: Judicial Lawmaking and the Influence of Comparative Law
  • Honoring our distinguished Visiting Scholars, click here.

Please RSVP to asianlaw@uw.edu.

December 4: Transpacific Conversation on Comparative Constitutional Law in Asia

Asian Law Center

Thursday, Dec. 4, 2014
3:30 – 5:20 PM
William H. Gates Hall, RM 119

School of Law and the Asian Law Center are pleased to announce two special panels on Thursday, December 4th. These panels are presented by some of the leading scholars in Asian comparative law.

3:30 – 4:20: Constitutionalism in Hong Kong and Taiwan
Chaired by John O. Haley (Vanderbilt, UW Law)
Panelists:

  • Swati Jhaveri (National University of Singapore): Constitutional Implications of Hong Kong’s Occupy Central
  • Jimmy Chia-Shin Hsu (Academica Sinica, Taiwan): The Sunflower Student Movement and Democracy in Taiwan

4:30 – 5:20: Constitutional Law in Japan and Korea
Chaired by Daniel H. Foote (University of Tokyo, UW Law)
Panelists:

  • Jonathan Kang (Yonsei University, Seoul): Good for the Gander: The Appropriation of Law Rhetoric by Korean Conservatives
  • Larry Repeta (Meiji University, Tokyo): Freedom of Thought and Conscience: Compulsory Flag-and-Anthem Rituals, and the Supreme Court of Japan
  • Shigenori Matsui (University of British Columbia): Criminalization of Revenge Porn in Japan

RSVP by December 1st.  Register online here.

January 7: Register for the Washington Policy Center’s Statewide Policy Conference – 2015 Solutions Summit

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Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2014
7:30 AM – 1:30 PM
Western Washington Location: Hyatt Regency Bellevue, 900 Bellevue NE, Bellevue, WA 98004
Eastern Washington Location: 3 Rivers Convention Center, 7016 W Grandridge Blvd., Kennewick, WA 99336

The conference will be attended by policy makers, elected officials, and business leaders and consist of a breakfast speaker, then breakout sessions in the morning, featuring local and national experts, on the following policy topics:

  • Education Reform
  • Environment
  • Balancing the Budget without Raising Taxes
  • Health Care Reform
  • Improving the Small Business Climate
  • Transportation
More than 20 national and regional policy experts will be on hand for the conference. They include:
Congressman Doc Hastings
State Senator Michael Baumgartner, (R) – Spokane
State Senator Andy Hill, (R)-  Woodinville and chair of Senate Ways and Means Committee
State Senator Curtis King , (R) – Yakima and chair of the Senate Transportation Committee
State Representative Ross Hunter, (D) – Medina and chair of the House Appropriations Committee
State Representative Reuven Carlyle, (D) – Seattle and chair of the House Finance Committee
Rob McKenna, former Attorney General
Avik Roy, Forbes Columnist
Howard Behar, former COO of Starbucks
Emily Goff , Transportation Policy Analyst at the Heritage Foundation

Register online here.

UW Law Celebrates the Success of Saturday’s Pro Bono & Leadership Training

Celebrating Pro Bono at UW Law- Annual Pro Bono & Leadership Training Day is a Success!

By: Aline Carton-Listfjeld, Assistant Director, Center for Public Service Law

CPSL Logo This past Saturday, October 11 from 8:30am-5:30pm Gates Hall was filled with over 100 students committed to fulfilling the promise of equal justice by attending our Pro Bono Core Competencies Training and Advanced Pro Bono Legal Assistance and Leadership Development Fundamentals Workshops! Training topics ranged from professionalism, addressing and managing bias, working with clients in poverty and crisis, secondary trauma, leadership theory, event planning, accountability, developing organizational mission, vision and core values and more!

These trainings and workshops are a joint initiative of the Center for Public Service Law and student leaders from the Immigrant Families Advocacy Project (IFAP), Center for Human Rights & Justice’s App Help Project (CHRJ’s App Help), Street Youth Law Advocates of Washington at UW (SYLAW), Environmental Law Society (ELS) and the Prison & Family Justice Project (formerly IMAP).

A special thanks goes to the following faculty who co-led trainings with student leaders including: Dean Michele Storms, Dean Mary Hotchkiss, Professor Kim Ambrose, Professor Lisa Kelly, Professor Tom Andrews, and Professor Angelica Chazaro. In addition, this training would not be possible without the participation of student leaders of pro bono projects most notably Melody Young, Erin Apte, Alex Revelas, Crys O’Grady, Claire Sullivan, Michael Gerbec, Michael Huggins and Katherine Chung. Another thanks goes to Thomas O’Ban who helped staff the registration table in the morning.

Another big thank you goes to our dedicated program assistant, Ann Spangler, who works behind the scenes graciously juggling multiple projects making our success possible.

Attention Pro Bono Students: Please Evaluate the Pro Bono Core Competencies Training!

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Pro Bono students, thank you for your interest in pro bono service and for attending our recent Pro Bono Core Competencies training.

Please help us continually improve this annual training. Kindly take a couple of minutes to  complete this brief survey:

https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/M3VYZZP.

We really value your feedback.

Event Tomorrow – Human Rights in Global Garment Factories: Meet Garment Workers Who Sew UW Clothes

Solidarity USAS

Thursday, October 16, 2014 at 6 PM
Savery 264, UW Campus Quad

https://www.facebook.com/events/1501149146820448
*free & open to the public*

Meet workers who sew Husky apparel! Hear how UW can support dignified working conditions and human rights in the global garment industry! The Alta Gracia Factory, located in the Dominican Republic Free Trade Zone, is the first college logo t-shirt project to pay its workers a living wage, respect their democratic voice on the job, and provide a safe and healthy work environment as regularly verified by the Worker Rights Consortium. The result of decades of collaboration between college students and garment workers worldwide, Alta Gracia offers a stark contrast to the often exploitative conditions in garment factories and is transforming the lives of workers, the community of Villa Altagracia, and the wider apparel industry.

WITH SUPPORT FROM: Harry Bridges Center for Labor Studies, UW Honors Program, UW United Students Against Sweatshops, Washington Fair Trade Coalition

CONTACT: UW United Students Against Sweatshops, uwusas@uw.edu, Solidarity Ignite, info@solidarityignite.org

Critical Language Scholarship Fellowship – Applications Now Open

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The U.S. Department of State is pleased to announce the opening of the scholarship competition for the 2015 Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program in thirteen critical foreign languages.

The CLS Program is a program of the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. It is a fully-funded overseas language program for American undergraduate and graduate students. With the goal of broadening the base of Americans studying and mastering critical languages and to build relationships between the people of the United States and other countries, CLS provides study opportunities to a diverse range of students from across the United States at every level of language learning.

The thirteen CLS languages are: Arabic, Azerbaijani, Bangla, Chinese, Hindi, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean, Persian, Punjabi, Russian, Turkish, and Urdu.

The application is now live and available online here

Applications will be due November 12, 2014 by 8:00 pm EST.

New Advisory Opinion and Country Visit by the Inter-American Human Rights Bodies Clarify the Rights of Migrant Children

By: International Justice Resource Center

IACHR Border Visit

Last month, the Inter-American Court of Human Rights released an Advisory Opinion defining the scope of States’ obligations to protect the rights of migrant children and families. See I/A Court H.R., Rights and Guarantees of Children in the Context of Migration and/or in Need of International Protection, Advisory Opinion OC-21/14, 19 August 2014. State Parties to the American Convention on Human Rights and the American Declaration of the Rights and Duties of Man must take this Advisory Opinion into consideration when “designing, adopting, implementing, and applying their immigration policies.” See id.at para. 50. Relatedly, from September 29 to October 2, the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights conducted a country visit to the United States, examining the treatment of unaccompanied migrant children who had crossed the southern border into the United States. [IACHR Press Release] The Inter-American bodies’ focus on migrants’ rights comes at a point in time when the United States and Mexico, in particular, are facing scrutiny for their treatment of undocumented migrants – including an influx of children – from Central America.

Continue reading here. Photo credit: Daniel Cima

Volunteer Opportunity with Wayfind – Volunteer Microenterprise Clinic, Applications Due 10/17

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Wayfind connects nonprofit organizations and low-income microenterprise entrepreneurs in Washington State with transactional lawyers who will assist them, pro bono, on business legal matters. Wayfind hosts two microenterprise legal clinics, in partnership with Washington CASH and Start Zone NW, two nonprofit organizations that provide support to low-income microenterprise entrepreneurs. Wayfind pro bono transactional lawyers meet with low-income microenterprise entrepreneurs to issue-spot and counsel them on legal issues and responsibilities with respect to their microenterprise business venture.

The types of legal issue that clients typically present include: review of contracts operating agreements and leases, business entity selection, intellectual property including publishing and trade name, and adding people to a partnership.

Law student volunteer clinic assistants are needed to assist the lawyers at the microenterprise clinic by taking interview notes and drafting the client “work plan” which summarizes the legal advice given by the attorney. The WA CASH clinic takes place from 4:30 to 7:00 p.m. on the 2nd Tuesday of every month; and the Start Zone NW clinic takes place from 5:00 to 7:30 quarterly (December 2nd and March 3rd). This opportunity is open to all law students.

  • Time Commitment: Must commit to volunteering at least one 3-hour clinic
  • Location: Clinics held at Washington CASH in Seattle and Start Zone NW at Edmonds Community College
  • Training: Must participate in the UW Law’s Pro Bono Core Competencies training on Saturday, October 11, 8:30am- 3:00pm and watch a video of the 10/2/12 Microenterprise 101 training.
  • Application Process: Email a resume and cover letter addressed to Jodi Nishioka, Wayfind Executive Director to the contact below.
  • Application Deadline: Friday, October 17, 2014
  • Contact: Aline Carton-Listfjeld, Center for Public Service Law

Equal Justice Works, Skadden, Echoing Green, AmeriCorps… Oh My! Navigating Public Interest Fellowships

March 31: Global Mondays: Truth, Justice and Reparation in Northern Ireland

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Monday, Mar. 31, 2014
12:30-1:20 PM, Gates Hall RM 117 (unless noted)

Hosted by UW Law Graduate Program in Sustainable International Development and the PhD Program, and the Comparative Law & Society Studies (CLASS) Center

“Dealing with the Past: Narrating Truth in Northern Ireland”

Dr. Kathleen Cavanaugh, Irish Center for Human Rights, National University of Ireland

In truth telling processes in transitional societies, such as Northern Ireland, mechanisms established to find the truth, such as truth commissions, endeavour to find a common narrative emerging about the causes of conflict. At the same time, there is now evidence that such processes also create silences; some narratives are not fully represented. This lecture will provide some background on the conflict in Northern Ireland and how such a meta-conflict situation has given rise to conflicts over memories of state.

Image courtesy of Stockvault and Nicolas Raymond.

April 1: Social Justice Tuesday: Public Interest Post Graduate Fellowships

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Tuesday, Apr. 1, 2014
12:30-1:20 PM, RM 133

Speaker: Aline Carton-Listfjeld, Center for Public Service Law

Equal Justice Works, Skadden, Echoing Green, AmeriCorps…Oh my!

Trying to make sense of the all the fellowships out there? Get vital resources and learn about the different types of fellowships for recent law grads with experience and passion for social justice and public interest law. 1Ls and 2Ls are strongly encouraged to attend.

If you would like lunch please RSVP via Symplicity or Email by 12:00 pm Monday, March 31.

April 2-3: Clinics Information Fair

2014 Clinic Info Week Schedule

April 7: Global Mondays, LGBT Rights Internationally: Russia, India, Uganda, Nigeria and Beyond

Monday, Apr. 7, 2014
12:30 – 1:20 PM, RM 127
Speakers from the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission:

Jessica Stern

Jessica Stern is the Executive Director of the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission. As the first researcher on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) human rights at Human Rights Watch, she conducted fact-finding investigations and advocacy around sexual orientation and gender identity in countries including Iran, Kyrgyzstan, South Africa, and the United Arab Emirates. She holds a masters degree in human rights from the London School of Economics. She is frequently quoted in the Mail & Guardian, Al Jazeera English, the Associated Press, Reuters, Agence France Presse, Deutsche Welle, Voice of America, The Guardian and The BBC.

Grace Poore

Grace Poore, from Malaysia, has been the Regional Program Coordinator for Asia and the Pacific Islands at the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (IGLHRC) since 2007.  She develops the work in Asia, oversees multi-country projects on human rights documentation and advocacy in Asia, and conducts trainings.  She co-wrote the video “Courage Unfolds” about LGBT activism in Asia and the Yogyakarta Principles.  Ms. Poore holds a Masters degree from Syracuse University, Newhouse School of Communications.  She is currently working on a report about violence against lesbians, bisexual women, and transgender people in five Asian countries.

May 5: Gates Public Service Law Speaker Series: Professor Thomas Buergenthal Speaking on “Becoming an International Judge via the Holocaust”

Thomas Buergenthal

Monday, May 5, 2014
4:30 – 5:30 PM, RM 133
Reception to follow at the Burke Museum

Thomas Buergenthal is the Lobingier Professor of Comparative Law and Jurisprudence at George Washington University. He came to the United States at the age of 17. He spent the first 11 years of his life in various German camps and is one of the youngest survivors of the Auschwitz and Sachsenhausen concentration camps. Considered one of the world’s leading international human rights experts, Professor Buergenthal was a Judge and President of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights as well as President of the Administrative Tribunal of the Inter-American Development. He was a member of the UN Human Rights Committee and UN Truth Commission for El Salvador. He is a member of the Ethics  Commission of the International Olympic Committee and the honorary president of the Inter-American Institute of Human Rights in San José.

Co-Sponsors: The Jackson School, the UW Center for Human Rights, Hillel, and the  Jewish Studies Department. 

Reception Sponsored by the Gates Public Service Law Program and the UW Center for Human Rights. (Sponsorship of this event by the University of Washington School of Law and the W.H. Gates Public Service law Program does not imply endorsement.)

RSVP via Symplicity or email.