Curious What Others Did This Summer? Come Join Us For the First SJT of the Year!

September 30: Social Justice Tuesday Presents What I Did Last Summer in Public Service Law

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Student Panel:

  • Jordan Taren: Columbia Legal Services
  • Amanda Dalmendray: U.S. Dept. of Labor
  • Crys R. O’Grady: Judicial Internship-Northern District of Alabama
  • AnnaRae Goethe: Open Society Foundation (Budapest)

Learn about public service “real world” experiences from students who have experienced it firsthand.

  • How did they find their jobs?
  • How did they fund their summers?
  • What did they learn?

If you would like lunch please RSVP via Symplicity or gatespsl@uw.edu RSVP by 12:00 pm Monday, September 29, 2014.

September 30: Presidential Management Fellows Applicant Information Session Webcast

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3:30 – 4:30 PM EST

A one-time Applicant Information Session that will focus on a general overview of the PMF Program, the 2015 PMF application, and a panel of current Fellows offering their advice and experiences.  There will also be an opportunity to ask questions throughout the presentation.

The webcast will be conducted on-line through Adobe Connect and will have dedicated PMF Program Office staff to answer questions.  Applicants can connect at http://opm.adobeconnect.com/pmfapplicantchat/ and select “Enter as a Guest.”  Please note, the audio from the webcasts will be provided through your computer/device audio output.

October 1: Mission Possible – Choose the Future of Your Practice

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Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014
12:00 – 4:00 PM
Online Only

Mission Possible: Choose the Future of Your Practice highlights the latest trends, tools, best practices and practical tips for you to adapt and thrive in the changing legal profession. This half-day online symposium offers inspiration and real world examples for retooling your practice, organized by 3 major themes: The New Legal Market & the New Practitioner, Smart Marketing and Emerging Business Models.

Click here to view the agenda.

To register, click here.

October 2: Latino Bar Association of Washington (LBAW) Law Student Welcome Potluck

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October 8: Presidential Management Fellowship Q&A Webcast Session on 2015 Applications

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1:30 – 3:30 PM EST

A question and answer session where applicants may submit questions regarding the 2015 PMF application cycle.

The webcast will be conducted on-line through Adobe Connect and will have dedicated PMF Program Office staff to answer questions.  Applicants can connect at http://opm.adobeconnect.com/pmfapplicantchat/ and select “Enter as a Guest.”  Please note, the audio from the webcasts will be provided through your computer/device audio output.

Adobe Connect computer capability can be tested beforehand by going to http://opm.adobeconnect.com/common/help/en/support/meeting_test.htm.  Adobe Connect is also supported on mobile devices.  For more information, please visit http://www.adobe.com/products/adobeconnect/mobile-meetings.html.

As a reminder, these webcasts are intended for applicants planning to apply to the 2015 PMF application.  General information about the PMF Program can be found on the PMF website at www.pmf.gov

October 17-18: Shaking the Foundations: The West Coast Progressive Lawyering Conference

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Friday-Saturday, Oct. 17-18, 2014
Stanford Law School

Stanford Law School’s 15th annual Shaking the Foundations: The West Coast Progressive Lawyering Conference will be held on October 17 and 18, 2014.  Shaking the Foundations brings the progressive community together to discuss issues within the movement, explore the role of young lawyers, and encourage attendees to work toward social and environmental justice.  We are excited to feature civil rights advocate Professor Michelle Alexander, author of The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness, as our keynote speaker at 7 p.m. on Friday, October 17.

Shaking the Foundations is a two-day conference that will feature a series of panels and workshops on a broad range of progressive topics.  Panel topics for this year include victim empowerment, environmental justice, immigration, reproductive rights, LGBTQ rights, disability rights, international human rights, and community organizing to reform the criminal justice system.

View the conference schedule here. Register online here.

Note: Early bird registration (from now until October 1st) is $8.  Housing is guaranteed for the first thirty registrants who request it, and we will do our best to accommodate more people if necessary.  

Looking for a Chance to Work with Clients? Join UW Law’s In-House Bridging the Gap Program!

Free Legal Lunch Webcast on Sept. 30: Working With Clients With Disabilities

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Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014
12:00 – 1:30 PM
Registration closes Monday, Sept. 29, 2014

Disability is the largest minority group in our society:

  • 27 percent of Washington households include a person with a disability.
  • 21 percent of adults in Washington have a mental illness.
  • 14 percent of people over 70 and 37 percent of people over 90 have dementia.

Given these statistics, no matter what kind of law you practice, you likely will have clients with disabilities. Disability can impact the attorney-client relationship in ways you may not have considered. Join the Director and Associate Director of Legal Advocacy for Disability Rights Washington to explore the ways in which we think and talk about disability and to apply those perspectives to real-life scenarios involving the Rules of Professional Conduct.

Who should attend? Anyone who wants to improve his or her representation of clients with intellectual disabilities, mental illness, dementia, brain injuries, or other disabilities.

WSBA webcasts are interactive. Bring your questions! Register online here.

In-House Pro Bono Opportunity at the UW! Check Out the Bridging the Gap/Moderate Means Program

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Bridging the Gap provides legal referrals for low and moderate income individuals as a part of the WSBA Moderate Means Program.  Bridging the Gap is a UW Law in-house pro bono program. The goal of the program is to increase access to civil legal services for people of moderate means who cannot afford an attorney but make too much money to qualify for traditional free legal aid services.

Law student interns interview clients by telephone to help connect them to attorneys who will take their cases for reduced rates. The program is focused in the areas of Family, Housing and Consumer law. After completing training, Bridging the Gap interns are expected to commit to a minimum of five hours a week for the duration of fall and winter quarters (one hour is a weekly staff meeting).

Benefits to students:

  • Hands-on experience interviewing clients;
  • Training in substantive legal issues, issue-spotting, interviewing skills and ethics;
  • Instruction on how to use the Legal Server database, which is used by most of the civil legal aid organizations in Washington State, and many other states;
  • Supervision and mentoring by experienced attorneys;
  • The satisfaction of helping low and moderate income individuals who otherwise might not receive any legal help at all;
  • Time spent volunteering for Bridging the Gap counts as credits for the Pro Bono Honors Program.

Upper level students (2L, 3L and LLM) may participate in training for the program now (fall quarter) and begin interviewing clients in November. 1Ls can train now and begin interviewing clients in January.

To apply for the program, submit a letter of interest and resume to Ann Spangler by October 3, 2014.

Pro Bono Opportunity with Eastside Legal Assistance Program: Volunteer as a Legal Assistant

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Do you have research and analytical skills, legal assistant skills or experience and want to use these skills to help quantify legal realities for survivors of domestic violence? Come make equal access to justice in our community a reality by assisting Eastside Legal Assistance Program (ELAP) staff attorneys with a targeted research project. Since 1998, ELAP has provided survivors of domestic violence and low-income residents of King County with a variety of civil case services enabling equal access to justice including, one-on-one legal clinics, unbundled legal services, brief services, full representation and community education seminars.

Your role as ELAP Legal Assistant volunteer will be to review DV and family law cases and quantify legal outcomes of those clients who worked with, and without, attorneys. This research will open up new ways to advocate for legal aid.

For a complete description of the volunteer opportunity, click here.

Free Webinar on Oct. 8 on Responsible Innovation and Social Entrepreneurship

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Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2014
4:00 – 5:00 PM EST

Learn from leading experts about responsible innovation and social entrepreneurship. The webinar will include guidance and advice from six panelists, as well as ample opportunity to ask the speakers questions about strategies and tools for responsible innovation and social entrepreneurship. Learn about the complexities of innovation, the critical importance of locally-responsible solutions, and how to develop and grow ideas into effective programs. This webinar is ideal for students, faculty, university advisors, and professionals interested in innovation, social entrepreneurship, and global health.

The webinar’s expert panelists are:

  • Andrew Bentley, Google Fiber, Digital Inclusion Program Manager; Co-Founder, Global Health Corps
  • Elizabeth Johansen, Director of Product Development, Design That Matters
  • Rich Leimsider, Vice President of Fellowship Programs, Echoing Green
  • Jordan Levy, Chief External Relations Officer, Ubuntu Education Fund
  • James Nardella, Executive Director, Lwala Community Alliance
  • Carter Powers, COO, Dimagi
  • ​Moderated by Jennifer Staple-Clark, Founder and CEO, Unite For Sight

Register for the webinar here.

U.S. Department of Justice Introduces New Job Search Mobile App for Law Students and Attorneys

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The U.S. Department of Justice unveiled a new mobile app, called DOJ Law Jobs, which will provide attorneys and law students with a quick and easy way to find an attorney position or law student internship with the Department. DOJ Law Jobs is available for free now on iTunes for Apple iPhone, and additional versions for iPad and Android devices will be available in the next few weeks. The mobile app was developed by the Office of Attorney Recruitment and Management and Office of the Chief Information Officer. Users of the app will be able to create personalized job searches based on practice area, geographic preference, and hiring organization.

Download the application here on iTunes.  Android versions to follow.

 

Career Strategies for Public Service, Out of State Jobs, Plaintiff-Side Firms and More

November 12: Social Justice Tuesday- Public Service Law Career Strategies

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Tuesday, November 12, 12:30-1:20pm, Room 133

Featuring Mary Whisner, Reference Librarian with the Gallagher Law Library and Aline Carton-Listfjeld with the Center for Public Service Law.

Join us for a comprehensive presentation on the nuts and bolts of launching your career public service law.

Topics covered include:

  • •       How to research opportunities
  • •       Ways to use your law degree
  • •       Examples of public service
  • •       How to realize your public service goals
  • •       Upcoming opportunities
  • •       Resources

November 12: Prison Higher Education Volunteer Information Session

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Tuesday, November 12th, from 5-6pm. UW Communications Building, room 202

Did you know?

  • The US comprises less than five percent of the world population, but has almost a quarter of the world’s prisoners (New York Times, 2008)
  • Approximately 75% of state prison inmates did not graduate high school (Teachers College, 2005)
  • Prisoners who go to college while incarcerated are 45% less likely to return to prison than those who do not (Institute for Higher Education Policy, 2005)

Want to know more? On Tuesday, November 12th, from 5-6pm we will be holding a Prison Higher Education Volunteer Information Session in the Communications Building, room 202.

There are volunteer opportunities to teach credit and non-credit classes, tutor and present one-time seminars. We will discuss the steps to becoming a volunteer, hear from current volunteers about their experience teaching in prison and have time for Q&A. Refreshments provided.

This event is sponsored by: Transformative Education Behind Bars (TEBB): A UW Simpson Center sponsored collaboration of students, faculty and community partners who are involved in WA prison higher education.

Huskies for Opportunities in Prison Education (HOPE): A UW RSO motivated by a group of students who participated in a class with prisoners at Monroe Correctional Complex this summer.

November 13: Strategies for Out of State Jobs

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William O. Douglas Society Meeting

Wednesday, November 13, 12:30-1:20pm. Room 119

Interested in working in another state for the summer? Curious about how to find a summer position in another country? Come hear from students who worked out-of-state and out-of-country last summer in private, government and public service jobs. Discover tips for your own out-of-Washington job search!

Student panelists include:
Jeannie Gong (China)
Mo Johnston (Florida)
Tamara Gaffney (Colorado)
Kendra Rychlick (Ireland)

November 13: Speed Networking with Washington Association for Justice WSAJ (plaintiff-side and public interest private firms)

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Wednesday, November 13, 5:30-7:30pm. Room 115 A-B-C

Not sure what kind of law you want to practice? Interested in helping the little guy?

Come to this speed-networking event to get one on one time with civil litigators. At the event you will have 5-7 minutes with each attorney to ask any questions you have about school, the bar, getting jobs, different areas of practice, etc.

Refreshments & appetizers provided. Please RSVP in Symplicity.

November 13: South End Minority Bar Association Networking Event

south end networkingNovember 20: TeamChild’s “Second Chances” Event & Fundraiser

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Wednesday, November 20, 5:30pm. FareStart in Seattle.

Every day, thousands of youth face profound legal and social barriers that increase their chances of dropping out of school, being homeless or ending up in the juvenile justice system.

TeamChild uses its legal expertise and community partnerships to break down barriers to community services in order to overcome the root causes of a youth’s involvement in the juvenile justice system.

TeamChild wants to invite all of you to our upcoming “Second Chances” event and fundraiser on November 20th at 5:30pm at FareStart in Seattle.  As advocates and leaders in social justice all of you know just how important a second chance can be for a child or youth who is struggling in their life.  Please join us for an evening of music, conversation and great food and be a part of making sure that every child in Washington has a chance to succeed.

If you RSVP before Friday 11/8/13 you will receive a free drink of your choice at the bar.

Labor Rights Mean Immigrant Rights, Confident Communications Workshop, 1L Job Search Strategies and More

November 5: Social Justice Tuesday- When Labor Rights Mean Immigrant Rights: Union, Immigrant Works, and Immigration Reform

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Labor rights and immigration rights are increasingly intertwined.  Join us to hear Dan Hutzenbiler and Professor Angélica Cházaro discuss the growth of alliances and strategies for representation and reform that bring these actors and their legal issues together and the resulting benefits and compromises.

Dan Hutzenbiler, a partner at Robblee, Detwiler, & Black, is a union-side labor law attorney who advises unions and represents building and construction workers.  He will speak to the ways in which immigration law and rights come up in a legal practice dedicated to protecting unions and workers.  Professor Angélica Cházaro is a former immigration attorney at the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project and now a Visiting Assistant Professor at UW Law teaching Poverty Law.  She will discuss the growing coalescence of unions, worker organizing, and immigration reform movements in national immigration reform and in the local Sakuma Berry Farms strike of immigrant farmworkers in Washington.

If you would like lunch please RSVP via Symplicity or gatespsl@uw.edu  RSVP by 12:00 pm Monday, November 4, 2013.

November 6: 1L Job Search Strategies

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12:30-1:20pm, Room 119

How do you get started? Where are the resources? Where are the opportunities? What are employers looking for? Who can you talk to for support, advice and feedback?

Join Lisa Castilleja from the Center for Professional & Leadership Development and Aline Carton-Listfjeld from the Center for Public Service Law for a discussion on the nuts and bolts of job search strategizing for 1Ls.

November 6: Confident Communications Workshop with Professor Judith Shahn of the UW School of Drama

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November 7: Successful Careers of Past Judicial Clerks

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November 7: Seattle Community Law Center Comedy Friendraiser

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7:30pm at the Comedy Underground

Bill Cosby said “you can turn painful situations around through laughter.  If you can find humor in anything, even poverty, you can survive it.”  SCLC uses the tools of legal advocacy to help people with disabilities facing the risks and realities of homelessness overcome barriers to economic and medical stability. For the third year, we will be merging Cosby’s approach with ours in one great event.  Come celebrate with us, and listen to Joe Vespasiani and Drew Barth at the Comedy Underground, Thursday November 7th at 7:30pm. 

December 10:  Get the Early Bird Rate for Transforming Trauma  with Laura van Dernoot Lipsky

December 10, 9am-4pm, Seattle University, Campion Ballroom

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▪  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 a 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 systematically on how to live and work sustainably.
 

Laura van Dernoot Lipsky, Founder and Director of the Trauma Stewardship Institute and author of Trauma Stewardship: An Everyday Guide to Caring for Self While Caring for Others, has worked directly with trauma survivors for 26 years.