Searching For A Career in Government? Career Fair This Tuesday at Mary Gates Hall!

October 24: Fair Housing Community Workshop

Seattle Office for Civil Rights

Date: Saturday, Oct. 24, 2015
Time: 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Location: New Holly Gathering Hall, 7054 32nd Ave. S., Seattle, WA 98118

In 2014 the Seattle Office for Civil Rights tested rental units across the city. In two thirds of tests, prospective renters were treated differently on the basis of race, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity and national origin.

Light refreshments and childcare will be provided.

To register, click here.

October 26: Global Mondays “Local Immigrant and Refugee Communities’ Political Participation and Collaboration with Seattle Police Department” by Habtamu Abdi (LL.M. 2010), Immigrants and Refugee Coordinator, Seattle Police Department

Date: Monday, Oct. 26, 2015
Time: 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
Location: William H. Gates Hall, RM 117

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We are pleased to welcome back to UW Law Mr. Habtamu Abdi (LL.M. 2010). Mr. Abdi graduated from Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia, with a B.A. in Sociology and Social Anthropology, and then worked as a social worker. Due to severe human rights violations in that part of the world, he decided to go into the legal field. He obtained an LL.M in Intercultural Human Rights Law from St. Thomas University in Florida in 2008 and an LL.M. in Sustainable International Development from UW Law in 2010. Having previously worked as a Commissioner with the City of Seattle Office of Immigrants and Refugee Affairs, and later with the Mayor’s Office, Mr. Abdi currently serves as Strategic Advisor to Chief of Police Kathleen O’Toole on relation building with Immigrants and Refugees.

Mr. Abdi will discuss immigrant and refugee participation in local politics. As an example, he will highlight the successes and challenges the East African Communities (mainly Ethiopians, Somalis and Eritreans) are experiencing in King County and in the Puget Sound.

Lunch will be served.

October 27: Social Justice Tuesday “D is for Disability: The ABC’s of Disability”

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Date: Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2015
Time: 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
Location: William H. Gates Hall, RM 127, unless otherwise noted

“Did you know that approximately one in five individuals in America has a disability? Although individuals with disabilities have faced a long history of widespread discrimination and exclusion they are becoming more involved in society every year. As a result it is crucial that current and future legal practitioners better understand individuals with disabilities in order to effectively serve their community. Would you like to obtain a better understanding of disability etiquette as well as how to better advocate for individuals with disabilities? If so then, please join us.

Speakers:

Emerson Sekins from Washington Access Fund
Nancy Boulet, National Disability Institution
Alumni Conrad Reynoldson

If you would like lunch please RSVP via Symplicity or gatespsl@uw.edu RSVP by 12:00 pm Monday, October 26, 2015.

October 27: 2015 Government Career Fair

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Date: Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2015
Time: 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Location: Mary Gates Hall, Commons

Dress: Business Casual

Open to All Majors, Class Levels, and Alumni from All Three UW Campuses!

Are you interested in gaining a career opportunity working in a government setting? Then you will definitely want to attend the Government Career Fair sponsored by the Career Center on October 27th. Registered government employers are looking to fill part-time, full time and internship opportunities for their agency and are looking to HIRE HUSKIES.Before attending the fair, please check out the list of attending agencies and to research those employers you’re interested in meeting by visiting their websites and learning more about them. Please bring your resumes and come join us!

For more information, click here.

October 28: Career Building Workshop – Cover Letters that Work

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Date: Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2015
Time: 12:30 – 1:20 PM
Location: William H. Gates Hall, RM 127

A cover letter is not a mere recitation of your resume in narrative form. It is an opportunity to articulate a connection between you and a prospective employer; to identity relevant skills and experiences that may benefit the employer; and to demonstrate your persuasive writing skills- all on one page!

Join us for a brown bag (bring your own) lunch career workshop to learn the basics of writing a winning cover letter for legal employers. All UW law students are welcome.

October 29: An Evening of Justice at Wing Luke for the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project

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Date: Thursday, Oct. 29, 2015
Time: 5:30 PM
Location: Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience, 719 South King St., Seattle, WA

You’re invited to attend NWIRP’s annual fall reception, An Evening of Justice at Wing Luke, next Thursday!

We’ll have live music, food and drinks, museum exploration (including the new Bruce Lee exhibit), and a short program celebrating our shared commitment to justice and honoring our community, including our 2015 Outstanding Community Partner, Puentes.

To purchase tickets, click here.

October 30: Attention Attorneys! Reception to Meet UW Law International LLM Students Practicing Their Networking Skills

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Date: Friday, Oct. 30, 2015
Time: 5:15 PM
Location: K&L Gates, 929 4th Ave., Ste. 2900, Seattle, WA

The University of Washington School of Law will be holding networking training sessions for its international LL.M. students on October 30th.  The workshops, run by former Perkins Coie partners, Ping Kiang and Colleen Yamaguchi, will be followed by a reception graciously hosted by K&L Gates.  Please come to get to know some of the 115 LL.M. students.  The school has students from 47 countries this year who are getting their LLMs in one of its seven LL.M. programs.

A reception will begin at 5:15 p.m. at the offices of K&L Gates, 929 4th Ave, # 2900.

The UW School of Law would greatly appreciate your participation in this endeavor to help its talented group of international LL.M. students practice their networking skills.  If you can attend, please email your name and the name of your firm ASAP to gradlaw@uw.edu so that K&L Gates can estimate the amount of food and drink for the reception.

November 5: Advice from Experts for Applying Lessons in Cultural Competency

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Date: Thursday, Nov. 5, 2015
Time: 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM EST
Location: Webinar

Learn from leading experts about navigating cultural competency. Gain insight about key cultural competency lessons, and on how to apply cultural competency and humility to international and domestic settings.

Webinar Panelists:​

  • Dean Cycon, Founder and CEO, Dean’s Beans Organic Coffee Co.
  • Paul Ellingstad, Director of Human Progress Initiatives, HP Corporate Affairs, Hewlett-Packard
  • Brian Heuser, Assistant Professor of the Practice of International Education Policy, Peabody College of Vanderbilt University; Affiliated Faculty, Vanderbilt Institute for Global Health
  • Natacha Poggio, Founder and Director, Design Global Change; Assistant Professor, Graphic Design, Lamar University
  • Jana Zindell, Chief Programs Officer, Ubuntu Education Fund

Moderated by Jennifer Staple-Clark, Founder and CEO, Unite For Sight

To register, click here.

November 8: Save the Date for LOL – A Comedy Event to Prevent and End Homelessness brought to you by Seattle Community Law Center, Featuring Brett Hamil

Date: Sunday, Nov. 8, 2015
Time: 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Location: Triple Door, 216 Union St., Seattle, 98101

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For more information, click here.

November 16: UW School of Law Invites You to a Special Discussion on Advancing Diversity in Law, Business, and Public Institutions

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Date: Monday, Nov. 16, 2015
Time: 6:00 PM Welcome & Conversation; 7:00 PM Reception
Location: Fairmont Olympic Hotel, 411 University Street, Seattle, WA

Join these leaders in discussing the next steps for making diversity and inclusion happen in legal practice, all the way up to the top levels of leadership. The gap between diversity in the legal profession and the nation’s population has widened in recent years. That gap is biggest at the top levels of management. Hear about the best practices of each of these leaders and their suggestions for how to address this challenge. Discover the success they have found in developing a diverse pipeline of new, inclusive leaders for tomorrow’s legal profession.

Panelists:

  • Ben Wilson, Managing Principal, Beveridge & Diamond
  • Justice Mary Yu, Associate Justice, Washington Supreme Court
  • Brad Smith, President and Chief Legal Officer, Microsoft

Moderator:

  • Kellye Testy, Toni Rembe Dean & Professor of Law

To register, click here.

December 10: Register Now for 7th Annual Global WA Conference on Disruptive Development

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Date: Thursday, Dec. 10, 2015
Time: 8:00 AM – 5:30 PM

Washington state has a powerful concentration of NGOs, for-profit businesses, academic institutions, and philanthropists working to improve the lives of people living in poor countries. Global Washington brings these stakeholders together at an annual conference to spotlight the most relevant and timely issues.

Our annual conference is well known and well respected for convening the international development community on the west coast, including NGO practitioners, CSR business executives, research experts, philanthropists, and others working on global issues. Conference sessions will highlight successful partnerships, groundbreaking innovations, and productive failures within global development.

To register, click here.

You’re Invited to Rethink School Discipline with the Oakland Unified School District Today at 11:30 AM!

July 17: Rethinking School Discipline with the Oakland Unified School District

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11:30 AM – 1:00 PM   Lunch and Learn Session – Bertha Knight Landes Room, Seattle City Hall, 600 4th Avenue    –   Bring your lunch and join Seattle City Councilmember Bruce Harrell, Chair of the Seattle City Council Public Safety, Civil Rights, and Technology Committee for a special presentation from OUSD representatives.  Everyone welcome. Water and juices will be provided.

5:30 PM – 7:30 PM Community Session – South Shore PK-8 School, 4800 S. Henderson, Seattle  –  Join fellow community members, parents, educators, and officials in an interactive learning session with OUSD representatives to learn about their efforts and their outcomes in reducing suspensions and eliminating racial disparity.  Everyone welcome.  Food will be provided at 5:30; program will begin at 6pm. 

Approach:  In 2010, OUSD began an integrated 4-pronged approach to reducing discipline and eliminating racial disproportionality.  They have achieved significant outcomes, including a 47% decrease in suspensions. The four evidence-based components of their approach are:

  • Restorative Justice
  • Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS)
  • Trauma-Informed Care (TIC)
  • Culturally Relevant Instruction

OUSD Representatives:

  • Theresa Clincy – Coordinator of Attendance and Discipline
  • Antonio Fregoso – Sergeant, Oakland School Police
  • Barbara McClung – Director, Behavioral Health Initiatives
  • Emilio Ortega – Manhood Development Instructor and Restorative Justice Coordinator

Sponsors: 

City of Seattle, King County, University of Washington School of Social Work – Communities in Action, Seattle Public Schools’ African American Male Scholar Think Tank, Rainier Beach Action Coalition, Community Center for Education Results-The Road Map Project

Background:  In 2010, OUSD began an integrated 4-pronged approach to reducing discipline and eliminating racial disproportionality.  They have achieved significant outcomes, including a 47% decrease in suspensions. The four evidence-based components of their approach are:

July 17: Early Bird Rate for the Tacoma Trauma Stewardship Institute

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Date: July 17, 2015
Time: 8:30 AM – 3:30 PM
Location: Landmark Convention Center, 47 St. Helens Ave., Tacoma, WA 98402

Do you feel like the work you’re doing or the life you’re living is taking a toll on you?  Are you noticing amongst your co-workers or community a collective fatigue, sense of hopelessness or helplessness, feeling like you can’t do enough, or spike in your cynicism? Are you grappling with how to keep on keeping on?  Please join us for a day of raising awareness individually, organizationally, institutionally, and systemically on how to live and work sustainably.

For more information and to register, click here.

July 23: Global Washington and Landesa Invite Students to Upcoming Panel Discussing “Charting a Career in International Development”

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Date: Thursday, July 23, 2015
Time: 3:30 PM – 5:00 PM
3:15 PM – 3:30 PM: Doors open
3:30 PM – 3:35 PM: Introduction by Melissa Merritt
3:35 PM – 4:15 PM: Program
4:15 PM – 4:30 PM : Q&A
4:30 PM – 5:00 PM: Reception
Location: PATH Seattle Headquarters, 2201 Westlake Avenue, Suite 200, Seattle, WA 98121 USA

Global Washington and Landesa invite students to an upcoming panel event featuring leaders from Landesa LogoPATH, World Justice Project, and Landesa discussing the topic: “Charting a Career in International Development.” Panelists will speak about their own career paths and impart tips for students interested in careers in international development.

To RSVP, click here.

August 4: Washington Attorney General Open House in Olympia/Tumwater

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Date: August 4, 2015
Time: 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Location: 7141 Cleanwater Lane SW, Olympia, WA 98501

On August 4th from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., the Washington Attorney General’s Office will host its third annual Open House in the Olympia/Tumwater office for those who wish to learn more about the Office and how to apply for attorney or law clerk positions.  This event is open to all current and incoming second and third-year law students, judicial clerks and/or licensed attorneys.

For more information, click here. 

It’s a Summer Kick Off- Check Out these Sizzlin’ Opportunities!

Electronic Frontier Foundation Seeks Applications from UW Law Students for Fall Internship/Externship- Deadline 7/15

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Based in San Francisco, EFF is the leading nonprofit organization defending civil liberties in the digital world. Our lawyers and activists protect user privacy, free expression, and innovation through impact litigation, policy analysis, grassroots activism, and technology development. We work to ensure that rights and freedoms are enhanced and protected as our use of technology grows. Legal interns assist in all aspects of litigation, including legal research, factual investigation, and drafting of memoranda and briefs, while also helping with policy research, client counseling, and the development of public education materials. EFF’s docket ranges across the technological and legal landscape, from online fair use of copyrighted materials to electronic voting to the PATRIOT Act; take a look at http://www.eff.org/cases/ for details about our work preserving constitutional values in the digital world.

Law students of all levels are encouraged to apply. Applicants should have a demonstrated interest in and enthusiasm for civil liberties or technology-related legal issues, along with excellent research and writing skills and the initiative and energy to see projects to completion in a fast-moving environment. (Being a bit of a geek may help, but isn’t required!) For more details please click here.

California Rural Legal Assistance Seeks Staff Attorney- Deadline 7/18

CRLAReporting to the Directing Attorney or Project Director, the Staff Attorney provides comprehensive legal services to eligible clients in CRLA priority areas in accordance with CRLA program guidelines, the ABA Standards for Providers of Civil Legal Services and the Code of Professional Responsibility.

Responsibilities:

  • Provides legal service to low income clients and client groups including advice,negotiation, litigation and administrative advocacy in accordance with program prioritiesand case handling policies.
  • Undertakes significant statewide impact activity, including institutional and grouplitigation or community economic development beneficial to the low income community.
  • Develops leadership in working with community, client and other advocacy groups related to statewide impact issues.
  • Works to develop specialized knowledge in a substantive area of poverty law and acts asa resource for other staff through participation in at least one CRLA task force.
  • Coordinates advocacy in substantive areas through collaboration with other humanservices providers, non-profit organizations and community, client or other advocacy groups.

For complete description and application instructions please click here.

New Markets Lab Announces Fall Legal Internship in International Trade & Development- Deadline 7/15

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The New Markets Lab (NML) works to open up new market potential in developing countries through targeted, inclusive legal and regulatory interventions. Our innovative approach, which strengthens feedback loops between policymakers and the market, helps address concrete legal and regulatory challenges and facilitate broader systemic change.

NML is a non-profit organization founded in early 2013 by Katrin Kuhlmann, a lawyer and former trade negotiator with nearly twenty years of experience in trade, law, and development. We work in developing markets across sub-Saharan Africa. Our partners include the International Fund for Agricultural Development, the Global Harvest Initiative, and the Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs.

The New Markets Lab is seeking a passionate, motivated, and flexible individual to provide research and legal support to Katrin Kuhlmann, the President of the New Markets Lab (NML). The Legal Intern will: conduct research on trade, investment and related laws in African markets; update ongoing projects, including providing analysis for NML’s legal guides; and analyze agricultural supply chains with untapped economic potential, identifying the legal constraints to development.

The Legal Intern will gain experience researching concrete challenges facing businesses in developing countries. The position represents an ideal opportunity for the selected candidate to become involved in the early stages of an innovative and fast-paced initiative, influencing the scope and focus of its work. The intern will be granted considerable autonomy and encouraged to take significant ownership of his or her work. This is an unpaid position.

Qualifications: Currently enrolled law student or recent graduate; A strong interest in the role of legal and regulatory issues in development; Enthusiastic self-starter; demonstrated ability to work independently; Excellent written communication abilities, including editing and formatting; Flexibility and the ability to multitask; Proficiency in Microsoft Word

Application Instructions: Interested applicants should send a resume and cover letter info@newmarketslab.org by July 15th, 2014. Please put the name of the position you are applying for in the subject line. Only applicants meeting the minimum qualifications will be contacted. Contact Information: Shannon Keating Phone: 202-263-3524 skeating@newmarketslab.org

California Immigrant Policy Center Seeks Policy Coordinator in LA Office. Apps Accepted on Rolling Basis!

CPICThe California Immigrant Policy Center (CIPC) is seeking a Policy Coordinator in its Los Angeles
or Oakland office to assist with advocacy efforts.

Background: The California Immigrant Policy Center was founded to respond to the 1996  passage of federal immigration and welfare laws that profoundly affected immigrants. CIPC
helps to develop and support pro-immigrant public policy that aims at improving the quality of life for all Californians. CIPC also provides technical assistance, training, and education on
immigrant issues. Asian Americans Advancing Justice – Los Angeles fiscally sponsors CIPC.

Position Summary: CIPC is seeking a policy coordinator to assist with advocacy efforts to end  unjust detentions and deportations, promote workers’ rights, and other civil rights issues. S/he  will analyze the impact of bills, legislation, and regulations on low-income immigrants and their  families in California. The Coordinator will also be responsible for supporting the implementation  of the TRUST Act and the Safe & Responsible Driver Act (AB 60).

The Coordinator position can be located in CIPC’s Los Angeles or Oakland office. The Policy Coordinator reports to the Policy Manager and will work within cross-department teams. For complete job description and application instructions please visit here.

Attention 3Ls & Recent Grads! Apply Early for the 2015-2016 Relman Civil Rights Fellowship. Deadline 10/17.

RelmanEach year, the Relman Civil Rights Fellowship offers one talented and committed new attorney the opportunity to litigate important civil rights cases with experienced practitioners at Relman, Dane & Colfax. We created this one-year fellowship to help us provide clients with legal services of the highest quality while promoting social justice through vigorous enforcement of our nation’s civil rights laws.

Relman Civil Rights Fellows work closely with the firm’s attorneys on cutting-edge cases in civil rights law. Fellows are deeply involved in all aspects and stages of litigation, from developing and investigating cases, interviewing clients, drafting pleadings, conducting discovery and appearing in court. Past fellows have gone on to pursue exciting and fulfilling careers as civil rights lawyers and public defenders.

Recent law graduates and judicial clerks whose clerkships are ending in 2015 are eligible to apply for the 2015-2016 Relman Civil Rights Fellowship. Applicants for the Fellowship should have a demonstrated commitment to civil rights issues; strong academic credentials; superior analytical, research, writing, and verbal skills; a desire to litigate; the ability to balance a varied case load; and Bar membership pending or obtained prior to the start date of the Fellowship.

Applications for the 2015-2016 Relman Civil Rights Fellowship must be received no later than October 17, 2014. To apply for the Civil Rights Fellowship position, please submit:  (1) a cover letter; (2) a resume; (3) a law school transcript; (4) letters of recommendation from (i) a law school professor and (ii) an employer; (5) a legal writing sample (reflecting the applicant’s own work without significant revision from others); and (6) a personal statement (of 300 words or less) describing a personal or professional experience that has shaped the applicant’s interest in civil rights litigation to Debbie Adoline, Recruitment Coordinator, Relman, Dane & Colfax, 312 Louisiana Avenue, Perrysburg, Ohio 43551 or by email to careers@relmanlaw.com. For all telephone inquiries, please contact Debbie at 419-873-1814. Note that while the mailing address is Ohio, the Fellowship position is located in Relman, Dane & Colfax’s Washington, D.C., office.

Attention Rising 2Ls: Interested in Paid Civil Rights Work? Relman, Dane & Colfax Seeks 2015 Summer Associates in DC Office. Deadline 9/1

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Summer associates provide important assistance in many of the firm’s cases, including drafting discovery and briefs, interviewing witnesses and drafting declarations, conducting research, and investigating the claims of individuals seeking representation from the firm. Summer associates have frequent opportunities to attend hearings, mediations, depositions, and press conferences.

Qualifications: Candidates are expected to demonstrate a commitment to civil rights, strong academic credentials, and an interest in litigation.

Salary: Paid position.

Application Instructions: Candidates interested in positions for Summer 2015 should send a cover letter, resume, transcript, list of three references, and writing sample to Debbie Adoline, Recruitment Coordinator, Relman, Dane & Colfax PLLC, 312 Louisiana Avenue, Perrysburg, Ohio 43551, or by email to careers@relmanlaw.com. Note that while the mailing address is in Ohio, the summer associate positions are located in Relman, Dane & Colfax’s Washington, D.C. office.

Contact Information: Debbie Adoline Phone: (419) 873-1814 careers@relmanlaw.com 213 Louisiana Avenue Perrysburg, OH 43551

 

Tips for Table Talk & New Summer Funding Fellowship

Feeling Lost on What to Do at a Career Fair?  Check Out These Table Talk Tips & Career Fair Interviewing Tips!

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Whether you plan to attend the NW Public Interest Career Fair or not, here are some helpful tips to guide you on being a savvy table talker or interviewee.

Read more about table talk tips here.
Read more about career fair interviewing tips here.

Forget to register for the NW Public Interest Career Fair?  You can still register here or register at the door.  View a sample list of participating employers this year here.

SABA North America Announces its First Annual Public Interest Fellowship

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SABA North America is excited to announce its first annual Public Interest Fellowship. The Public Interest Fellowship will provide a stipend of up to $3,000 to 2 law students who will be working in the public interest field during the summer of 2014.

All applications should be emailed here.

For more information about the fellowship, please visit their website here.

Counting self-represented cases now possible

National Center for State Courts (NCSC) releases report that standardizes definitions and counting rules for SRLs

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Reports have long asserted that self-represented litigation, SRL, is on the rise. But validating those reports or accurately appropriating resources to support SRL cases has been nearly impossible for state courts—until now. NCSC has developed a set of standardized definitions, counting rules, and reporting guidelines for national reporting of cases with self-represented litigants. The definitions and counting rules are being incorporated into the latest edition of the State Court Guide to Statistical Reporting, published by the NCSC’s Court Statistics Project (CSP), and also will be included in updates to the court technology functional standards. For years, the lack of standardized definitions and counting rules has prevented state courts from comparing caseloads across jurisdictions and inhibited courts from accurately calculating judges’ and staffs’ workloads. Something as basic as whether to count cases involving self-represented litigants or the litigants themselves is not uniform.  “This represents an important first step toward the routine and systematic use of data to drive management decisions to improve the access to justice for self-represented litigants,” said Shauna Strickland, NCSC senior court research analyst. This project was funded by a grant from the State Justice Institute.

Continue reading here.

Guatemala’s Indigenous Communities Boosted by Landmark Reparations Bill

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US expected to instruct World Bank [and Inter-American Development Bank] to address atrocities suffered by residents during Chixoy dam construction

By Mark Tran, The Guardian, Friday, January 17, 2014

President Barack Obama is poised to sign into law next week a landmark bill bringing closer the prospect of reparations for the indigenous Maya Achi community, more than 30 years after hundreds were massacred to clear the way for building the Chixoy dam in Guatemala.

The 2014 consolidated appropriations bill, involving more than $1tn, which funds discretionary government spending, instructs the US directors of the World Bank and Inter-American Development Bank (IADB) – which co-financed construction of the dam – to “report … on the steps being taken by such institutions to support implementation of a 2010 reparation plan (pdf) for damages suffered by the communities when the dam was built”.

Continue reading here.

The Hidden Crisis of the Syrian Civil War: An Undereducated Generation

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By Holly Koch, Global WA

In a conflict that has seen little reprieve since its start in March 2011, Syria’s Civil War has had a catastrophic impact on its citizens, approximately 4.5 million1 of whom have been internally displaced and an additional 2,358,180 2 who are now refugees in the surrounding region. Of the neighboring countries bearing the burden of this war, Lebanon and Jordan have seen the greatest number of refugees (approximately 862,000 and 576,000, respectively), with Turkey close behind.34  As with most humanitarian crises, the children of Syria have been disproportionately affected by the struggle between President Bashar Al-Assad and the Syrian rebels. With nearly 50 percent of Syrian refugees under age 18 and 37 percent under 12, the war-stricken country is in danger of developing a generation of children who fall through the cracks of the education system.

Continue reading here.

International Development and Human Rights Events Coming Your Way Plus More

January 13- Global Legal Advocacy: Promoting Human Rights in Zimbabwe

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Room 117, 12:30-1:20pm

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

“The Role of NGOs in the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights in Zimbabwe”

Charles Mutasa, Barer Fellow; LL.M. Candidate in Sustainable International Development, UW School of Law

In African countries such as Zimbabwe, NGOs are generally viewed as the bedrock of democracy as they play a watchdog role over government with the view of promoting good governance, human rights and sustainable development. This presentation is a critical appraisal of the role and effectiveness of the strategies used by local NGOs to promote human rights in Zimbabwe. Despite the difficulties associated with an unfavorable operating environment, which includes government’s defiance of court orders, politicization of state institutions and continuous harassment of human rights defenders, the NGOs have remained resilient and made significant achievements in promoting human rights in Zimbabwe. The presentation will also briefly looks at the interface between the local NGOs and the African human rights regional bodies in their attempts to address the human rights challenges Zimbabwe is facing. It concludes by looking at the successes and challenges faced by the NGOs and suggest a way forward.

Charles Mutasa is a Zimbabwean who has studied political science and development studies up to Masters level. He has over 16 years of experience working for international and national non-profit organizations in Africa in the area of governance, human rights, health, poverty and general development policy. Charles work in the fields of policy research, analysis, consultancy and advocacy focuses on the importance of linking human rights and the rule of law issues with other sustainable development issues especially economics and politics with the goal of contributing to Zimbabwe’s transitional justice issues.

The lecture is hosted by the Barer Institute for Law and Global Human Services and the Graduate Program in Sustainable International Development.

January 13- Conscience & Privacy: A Panel Discussion on Stormans v. Selecky. 

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Room 138, 12:30-1:20pm

Moderator: Dean Michele Storms

Panelists:

Tom Boeder, attorney with Perkins Coie and lead counsel for the Washington State Department of Health in Stormans v. Selecky

Kristen Waggoner, attorney with Ellis, Li, & McKinstry and lead counsel for Stormans Pharmacy in Stormans v. Selecky

Stormans v. Selecky is currently before the Ninth Circuit on appeal, and presents the issue of whether or not a pharmacy owner should be allowed to refuse to stock and dispense morning-after pill “Plan B” for conscience reasons. Current Washington Board of Pharmacy regulations do not permit a pharmacy owner or pharmacist to do so.Oral argument has been delayed pending the outcome of the Hobby Lobby case and other cases for which SCOTUS recently granted certiorari, and the attorneys representing for each side have graciously agreed to come and discuss the constitutional issues raised by this important case. Lunch will be provided.  Questions, please contact Thomas O’Ban, tcoban@uw.edu.

January 14- Don’t Forget! Social Justice Tuesday: Funding Your Summer in Public Service Law

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12:30-1:20 pm, Room 133

Hosted by: the Center for Public Service Law

  • Considering an unpaid internship with a non-profit or government agency domestically or abroad this summer?
  • Wondering how you’re going to support yourself?
  • Heard about PILA grants and plan to apply but want to learn more about othe sources of funding?

Join us for a discussion on strategies for funding your summer in public service law. Learn about Equal Justice America, UW Law International Summer Fellowships and more!

If you would like lunch please RSVP via Symplicity or gatespsl@uw.edu by 12pm Monday, January 13. No RSVP for lunch accepted after 12pm.

January 28- Experience Girls Rising

Wells Fargo Washington Women’s Roundtable presents Girl Rising.  Girl Rising tells the stories of 9 extraordinary girls from 9 countries, and showcases the strength of the human spirit and the power of education to change the world. Explore the film in detail at girlrising.com.
For more information about the Girl Rising series, go to: http://theglobalstate.globalwa.orgPlease join us for this FREE event. Space is limited.
 
Who: Everyone
Where: First Free Methodist Church / Seattle Pacific University //3200 3rd Ave W, Seattle, WA
Date: Tuesday, January 28 // 7pm – 9pm
Click HERE to RSVP

February thru June- Don’t Miss GlobalWA’s Regional Global Socials

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Global Washington is a broad-based membership association that promotes and supports the global development sector in the state of Washington.  Composed of non-profit organizations, foundations, businesses, government and academic institutions, our members work collectively to build a more equitable and prosperous world.  Global Washington convenes members to generate new opportunities for growth; strengthens member organizations to increase their impact; and advocates across key global development issues at the local, national, and global level.
Learn about GlobalWA member organizations working in specific regions of the world and connect with others who share your interest in that region.  Drinks and snacks will be provided.
Who: Everyone
Where: TBD
Cost: $10 GlobalWA members (use member code at checkout) // $20 for non-members
When: 
  • Central America //  February 6th, 2014 // 4:30pm-6:30pm // RSVP
  • East Asia // March 6th, 2014 // 4:30pm-6:30pm // RSVP
  • Middle East // April 3rd, 2014 // 4:30pm-6:30pm // RSVP
  • South Asia // May 1st, 2014 // 4:30pm-6:30pm // RSVP
  • Sub-Saharan Africa // June 5th, 2014 // 4:30pm-6:30pm // RSVP

March 21- Save the Date! Landesa’s 8th Annual Seed the Change Luncheon

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Please join Landesa for our 8th annual Seed the Change Luncheon, to raise awareness and support for women’s land rights – the most important asset to break the poverty cycle.

Four Seasons Hotel: 99 Union Street, Seattle, WA

REGISTRATION: 11:30 AM – 12:00 PM

PROGRAM: 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM

KEYNOTE ADDRESS:

Megan Mylan, Academy Award-winning documentary film maker 

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

Ed Debt Webinar, ‘Girls Rising’ Film Screening at Gates Foundation & Networking with Orgs Working in Sub-Saharan Africa

September 5: Drowning in Educational Debt? Attend a Free EJW Webinar

EJW Ed Debt Relief12:00 pm – 1:15 pm PST

A must attend for anyone with educational debt planning to work or currently working for the government or a nonprofit, this webinar explains how you can benefit from the College Cost Reduction and Access Act, the most significant law affecting public service in a generation. Useful for: public interest workers, graduate and professional students, undergraduate students, school advisors and administrators, and employers.

Click here to register. 

September 10: Don’d Miss the Screening of “Girls Rising” Hosted by the Gates Foundation

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation cordially invites you to the Community Film Club: Screening of Girl Rising on September 10th from 5:00 – 7:30pm at our Seattle campus.  

Directed by Academy Award nominee Richard Robbins, this movie is about nine girls from different parts of the world who face arranged marriages, child slavery, and other heartbreaking injustices. By getting an education, they’re able to break barriers and create change.  Watch the trailer here.

There will be an opportunity for Q&A with Bonnie Benjamin-Phariss, Director of Vulcan Productions (co-producer of the film) and Radha Rangarajan, Associate Program Officer, US Advocacy, from our US Program team.  Snacks and refreshments will be available.

Pre-registration is required. Please click here to confirm your attendance. We hope you will join us.

September 11: Global WA’s Global Social on Sub-Saharan Africa

Global WA bannerWondering what other organizations are doing in Sub-Saharan Africa? Running a small non-profit in Tanzania and want some local business support? Operating a corporate office out of Zambia and looking for ways to give back? Global Washington invites you to meet with people and organizations working in the same region as your organization. Happy hour drinks and food will be included!

Who: Businesses, government, and non-profits working in your global region

Where: HUB Seattle // 220 2nd Ave South // Seattle, WA

When: Wednesday, September 11 // 4:30- 6:30pm

Cost: $10 GlobalWA members (use member code at checkout) // $20 for non-members

What to Bring: Networking tools, brochures, newsletters, and business cards to share

RSVP: Click here!