Attention 1Ls & 2Ls! Interested in Learning More About the AGO? You’re Invited to the Open House!

January 12: Washington State Attorney General’s Office Invites You to an Open House

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Date: Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2016
Time: 3:30 PM – 5:30 PM
Location: AGO, 800 Fifth Avenue, Suite 2000, Seattle, WA

The Attorney General’s Office (AGO) serves more than 230 state agencies, boards, commissions, colleges and universities, as well as the Legislature and the Governor. The mission of the Office is to deliver the highest quality professional legal services to officials, agencies and citizens of the state of Washington. The Office is comprised of over 500 attorneys and 600 professional staff.

Assistant Attorneys General from many of the AGO’s divisions will be in attendance to speak about opportunities that exist within their divisions and the AGO. Information about the Office’s volunteer law clerk recruitment program for first and second year law students will also be available.

January 14: Equity and Difference Lecture Series on “What’s the Difference with Difference?”

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Dates: January 14, January 21, February 4, February 10, February 23 2016
Time: 7:30 PM
Location: Kane Hall. RM 120, 4069 Spokane Ln., Seattle, WA 98105

A series that exposes and explains transgressions and struggles—both systematic and personal—experienced by too many in our communities today, featuring thought leaders who are working to open our eyes to the consequences of prejudice, and seeking solutions for change.

January 14th Speaker: Ralina L. Joseph, Director, CCDE, associate professor, department of communication, University of Washington

Today, we often employ the word “difference” as a catch-all word when we talk about race, gender, and sexuality. Difference replaces—or rather revises—‘diversity’, ‘multiculturalism’, or a long-connected string of descriptors such as race, gender, sexuality, class, nationality, and ability. But what does this shift in language mean and why is it significant for the ways in which we assess, inhabit, and perhaps even change our world? How does the Black Lives Matter movement illustrate our need to turn to difference, just as All Lives Matter illustrates the impossibility of indifference today? Can difference, instead of diversity, provide campus activists with a means to fight microaggression and structural racism?  Join Ralina Joseph as we discuss why words matter and how identity descriptions change over time.

For more information, click here.

January 19: New Lawyer Education: Mediation Basics

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Date: Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2016
Time: 8:25 AM – 3:30 PM
Location: WSBA, 1325 4th Ave Ste 600, Seattle, WA

CLE Credits: 0.50 Ethics Credits; 5.00 General Credits

Resolving matters before trial is viewed as best practice.  Mediation in particular is becoming a necessary step in many legal processes.  In Washington, Chapter 7.06 of the RCW makes it mandatory to arbitrate certain civil cases.  The Superior Court has mandatory arbitration rules.  In this seminar, our esteemed faculty will walk you through the world of Alternative Dispute Resolution, with a focus on Mediation.  They will cover the process of mediation, various mediation styles and models used in Washington, the considerations one must take before mediating a case, drafting settlements, and ethical considerations surrounding mediation.  This course is designed from the lens of an attorney representing a client in a Mediation proceeding.  It is not geared towards those who want to become mediators – although that is discussed briefly in the first session.

CO-CHAIRS
Vincent Humphrey – Humphrey & Associates PLLC, Bellevue, WA
Ada K. Wong – AKW Law PLLC, Seattle.
Brittany E. Dietz – Arthur J. Gallagher & Co., Spokane, WA
Erik L. Steinecker – U.S. Dept. Of Housing & Urban Development, Seattle.
Rebecca A.M. Bailey – Salt Lake City, UT
Jennifer Modak – Miller Law Office PS, Tumwater, WA
Sarah Zubair – Patterson Buchanan Fobes & Leitch, Seattle
David Tseng – Seatte
Traci McCall – Lincoln Hospital District # 3, Davenport, WA

FACULTY
Sasha Philip – Philip Mediation, Kenmore, WA.
Kris Bundy – Bundy Mediation and Legal Services, Seattle.
Paul McVicker – Seattle Law and Mediation, P.S., Seattle.
Ann McBroom – King Country Office of Alternative Dispute Resolution, Seattle.
Leslie Blankman – Blankman Law, Kirkland, WA

For more information, click here.

February 5: Latino/a Bar Association of Washington 24th Annual Awards Gala

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Date: Friday, Feb. 5, 2016
Time: 5:30 PM
Location: The Westin Hotel, Seattle, WA

Keynote Speaker: Nina Perales, VP of Litigation at MALDEF

Guest – $100.00 (USD) Registration for attendee to the 24th Annual Gala.

February 18: Korean Bar Association 25th Annual Banquet

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Date: Thursday, Feb. 18, 2016
Time: 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Location: TBA

Keynote Speaker: Susan Soon – Keum Cox, Vice President of Public Policy and External Affairs, Holt International

Celebrate Human Rights Day! Join the Seattle Human Rights Commission at Town Hall Seattle

Volunteer for the SGB/LBAW Legal Clinic at El Centro de la Raza on Wednesday, December 9th!

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We are in need of volunteers (attorneys, law students, interpreters) for next month’s SGB/LBAW Legal Clinic at El Centro de la Raza in Seattle coming up on Wednesday, December 9th. We expect that many people will show up for consultations and we need your help in all areas of law!!

PLEASE consider volunteering in December 2015.  The Clinic takes place the 2nd Wednesday of each month at El Centro.

Don’t speak Spanish??  No sweat!  We will provide you with an interpreter.

Just complete the Volunteer Application.

Attorneys needed in the following practice areas:

  • Family Law
  • Immigration Law
  • Criminal Law
  • Personal Injury
  • Consumer Law
  • Employment Law
  • Property/Landlord Tenant
  • Workers Comp

Law Students and interpreters needed for intakes and interpretation.  If you would like to help in another way, please let us know.

Op-Ed: The New Rent Control Wars

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By Randy Shaw | Beyond Chron

On November 4, a near riot broke out in the usually quiet city of Alameda, California The reason? A battle over rent control. Rising rents and evictions are causing tenant displacement and activists hoped that the November 4 City Council meeting would bring some relief. Instead, the meeting broke out in violence, with a city official assaulting  a tenant activist and the police arresting two tenants for the “crime” of advocating for rent control.

Alameda is the latest battleground in the new rent control wars. Earlier this year the city of Richmond, California enacted a rent control and just cause eviction law, only to have landlords get it suspended by qualifying a referendum. Instead of waiting for the election on the referendum Richmond activists are now gathering signatures to put their own measure on the November 2016 ballot.

Continue reading here.

Join the Seattle Human Rights Commission for Human Rights Day

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On behalf of the Seattle Human Rights Commission and our Human Rights Day planning partners, we would like to invite you to join us in celebrating Human Rights Day on Thursday, December 10th at 7:30 p.m. at Town Hall Seattle.

Every year at our Human Rights Day celebration we recognize our City’s exceptional human rights leaders.  Please help us identify those leaders in Seattle by nominating those that have advanced human rights locally, nationally or globally.

Award Categories:
1) Human rights leader (individual)
2) Rising human rights leaders (youth),
3) Human rights organization
4) Human rights business
5) Human rights artist
6) Human rights coalition

Please nominate those individuals and entitiestinyurl.com/2015humanrightsawards
Nomination deadline: November 15th, 2015.

Awardee selection will be based on the following criteria:

  • Demonstrates a strong commitment to advancing human rights
  • Works for racial and social justice
  • Provides courageous leadership
  • Develops innovative programs advancing human rights
  • Supports equal opportunities and workplaces free from discrimination
  • Business awardees: Provides a living wage, fosters a positive work environment, and has family friendly policies

Past award recipients have included The Colectivo de Detenidos, Matt Remle, Garfield High School’s Black Student Union, Yasmin Christopher, Legal Voice, Northwest Immigrant Rights Project, Casa Latina, Pride Foundation, Molly Moons and Tutta Bella, among others.

Thank you so much for your participation! If you have any questions, please call Marta Idowu at 206-684-0390 or email her at marta.idowu@seattle.gov.

UN Human Rights Experts Welcome Release of Egyptian Journalist and Rights Defender

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By UN News Centre

UN human rights experts today welcomed the release of Egyptian journalist Hossam Bahgat but expressed their “grave concern” over the “very difficult environment” for journalists and human rights defenders in Egypt that deters reporting and intimidates writers and activists of all kinds.

In a joint statement, the UN Special Rapporteur on freedom of expression, David Kaye, and the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders, Michel Forst, said “even after his release, his detention sends a signal of disrespect for the very principles of freedom of expression that [Egyptian] President [Abdel Fattah] Sisi only days ago claimed his Government upheld.”

Continue reading here.

Pro Bono Opportunity – SGB/LBAW Legal Clinic at El Centro de la Raza, 12/9

Date: Wednesday, December 9, 2015
Time: 6:00 – 8:00 PM
Location: El Centro de la Raza, 2524 16th Ave South, Third Floor, Seattle, WA 98144
Registration: To volunteer, complete the Volunteer Application
Contact: Chach Duarte White, LBAW President

Volunteers Needed: Attorneys, Law Students, Interpreters

We are in need of volunteers (attorneys, law students, interpreters) for this month’s SGB/LBAW Legal Clinic at El Centro de la Raza in Seattle coming up Wednesday, December 9. We expect that many people will show up for consultations and we need your help!

PLEASE consider volunteering in December.  The Clinic takes place the 2nd Wednesday of each month at El Centro.

Don’t speak Spanish??  No sweat!  We will provide you with an interpreter.  Just complete the Volunteer Application.

Attorneys needed in the following practice areas:

  • Family Law
  • Immigration
  • Criminal Law
  • Personal Injury
  • Consumer Law *especially high need in this area this month*
  • Employment Law
  • Property/Landlord Tenant *especially high need in this area this month*

Law Students and interpreters needed for intakes and interpretation.  If you would like to help in another way, please let us know.

Want to Volunteer with Pro Bono This Year? Get Trained Saturday, October 17!

October 13: Social Justice Tuesday – UW Pro Bono & Externship Fair Tips for Successful Table Talk

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Date: Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2015
Time: 12:30 PM – 1:30 PM
Location: Gates Hall Galleria

  1. Bring up-to-date copies of your résumé.
  2. Practice your personal “tweet” introduction. Prepare a quick sales pitch to let them know who you are, what experience, skills or contacts you can bring to the organization and why you are interested.
  1. Be brief. Organizations will appreciate your ability to be concise and direct. Do not take up more than two minutes of their time and don’t resist if the organizational representative wishes to speak with more than one student at a time – follow their cue to make a good first impression.
  1. Research employers. Come prepared with one or two specific questions you want to ask. Maximize your few minutes with the organization by ensuring the answers to your questions are not readily available on the organization’s web site.
  1. Dress for success. You only have one chance to make a first impression. Business attire is the way to go.
  1. Follow up is important. Collect business cards and/or contact information. A good way to keep track of items of note for particular organizations is to write something that was said during your conversation on the back of the organization’s business card and refer to it in your follow-up. Be sure to follow up with an email re-introducing yourself and expressing your interest. Be sure to attach your résumé, even if you already gave them a hard copy.

Participating Organizations & Agencies:

Civil Legal Aid

  • King County Bar Association Pro Bono Services
  • Legal Action Center, Catholic Community Services
  • Northwest Consumer Law Center
  • Northwest Immigrant Rights Project
  • Seattle Community Law Center
  • Snohomish County Legal Services
  • Tacoma-Pierce County Bar Association Volunteer Legal Services
  • UW Student Legal Services
  • UW Moderate Means Program/Bridging the Gap
  • UW/SYLAW Street Youth Legal Advocates of WA

Civil Rights/Civil Liberties

  • ACLU of Washington Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

Public Defense

  • Federal Public Defender
  • Pierce County Dept. of Assigned Counsel, Misdemeanor Division
  • Snohomish County Public Defender Association
  • Washington Appellate Project
  • Washington Defender Association

Prosecution

  • Seattle City Attorney Criminal Division
  • Snohomish County Prosecuting Attorney Criminal Division

Federal Government

  • U.S. Attorney’s Office Western District of Washington
  • U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
  • U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement
  • U.S. Internal Revenue Service
    • Small Business and Self Employed Division
    • Large Business and International Division

Local Government

  • Seattle City Attorney Torts Division
  • Seattle City Attorney, Employment Section
  • UW CoMotion
  • Washington Attorney General’s Office
  • Washington Department of Financial Institutions
  • Washington State House of Representatives Office of Program Research

Environmental

  • Earthjustice
  • Washington Forest Law Center

Policy and Legislative

  • Landesa
  • LegalVoice

October 15: Access to Justice for Women in Agricultural Livelihood

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Date: Thursday, Oct. 15, 2015
Time: 12:00 PM – 1:20 PM
Location: University of Washington Communications Building, RM 202

Join us for a panel presentation with Landesa visiting professionals who come from China, Kenya and India. These visitors are grassroots activists, government officials, NGO leaders, researchers, and academics strongly committed to strengthening women’s land rights. The presenters will be addressing the topic, “Access to Justice for Women in Agricultural Livelihoods.” The panel will be moderated by Jen Duncan, a lawyer and  land rights expert at Landesa.

Space is limited, so arrive early. Light refreshments will be provided.

For more information, click here.

October 16: Attention Attorneys! Help UW International LLM Students with Networking Skills – First Networking Reception

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Date: Friday, Oct. 16, 2015
Time: 6:30 PM
Location: William H. Gates Hall

The University of Washington School of Law will be holding two networking training sessions for our international LL.M. students in October.  The workshops, run by former Perkins Coie partners, Ping Kiang and Colleen Yamaguchi, will be followed by receptions with food and wine. We have over 100 LL.M. students this year.  Many are getting their masters in IP, Tax, and Global Business and will be able to sit for the Washington Bar.

The first networking reception will be held on Friday, October 16th at 6:30 p.m. in Room 115 at the Law School, after the students have a two hour workshop and traffic has improved. We would greatly appreciate it if you would attend this lively event and let our students practice their networking skills by chatting with you.

K&L Gates has generously agreed to host the second workshop and reception on October 30th.  That reception will begin at 5:15 p.m. at the offices of K&L Gates, 929 4th Ave, # 2900. All members of the Bar are invited and encouraged to attend.

If you can attend either or both receptions, please email your name and the name of your firm to Kathleen Lemly at lemlyk@uw.edu as soon as possible.

October 17: Get Trained! Pro Bono Legal Aid Core Competencies Training

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Date: Saturday, Oct. 17, 2015
Time: 8:00 AM – 3:30 PM
Location: William H. Gates Hall, RM 138

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 (App Help)
  • 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 basic training on the fundamentals of providing pro bono legal assistance! Attendance required for UW Pro Bono Honors Society membership at graduation.

Sponsored by: the UW Law Center for Public Service Law, student-led pro bono projects and the Student Bar Association.

8:00 AM – 8:30 AM Registration & Coffee/Tea
8:30 AM – 8:35 AM Welcome
8:35 AM – 10:00 AM Working Across Difference with Clients in Poverty
10:00 AM – 10:10 AM BREAK
10:10 AM – 11:10 AM Working with Clients in Crisis or with Trauma
11:10 AM – 12:10 PM Basic Client Interviewing Techniques
12:15 PM – 1:00 PM LUNCH
1:00 PM – 1:30 PM Practice Interviewing
1:30 PM – 2:15 PM Professionalism & Providing Pro Bono Legal Assistance
2:15 PM – 3:30 PM Pair up, Hypos and Discussion

October 21: QLaw Foundation’s FallTacular Fundraiser

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Date: Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2015
Time: 5:30 PM
Location: Farestart

This event raises money to support public interest internships for law students, free legal services through our award-winning LGBTQ Legal Clinic, and educational programs benefiting the gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender community. Attendees get to mingle, enjoy great food and entertainment, and learn a little about the work of the QLaw Foundation.

To register for FallTacular 2015, click here.

October 21: KIND and Microsoft invite you to a Reception and Panel on the Child Migration Crisis

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Date: Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2015
Time: 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Location: 1300 First Ave., Seattle, WA 98101

On behalf of Kids in Need of Defense (KIND) and Microsoft Corporation, we invite you to join us on October 21st for a reception and a discussion focusing on the dramatic surge in unaccompanied immigrant and refugee children entering the U.S.  We will be joined by Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson as we discuss how KIND and its partners in Seattle are providing pro bono representation to growing numbers of vulnerable children.

During the program, we will present a clip from the documentary “La Prenda” (The Pawn) which highlights the pervasive sexual and gender-based violence in Guatemala, and the impunity that allows perpetrators to suffer few, if any, consequences. The film tells the stories of three victims, one of whom was matched by KIND with a pro bono attorney after she fled Guatemala and made her way to the U.S. Astrid was 14 years old when she was drugged, kidnapped, and raped. The film highlights the protection needs of girls escaping this violence and the reasons they must flee to survive.

We look forward to an interesting and informative evening!

To reserve your ticket, click here.

October 22: Tacoma Pro Bono Night

Date: Thursday, Oct. 22, 2015
Time: 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Location: Tacoma Art Museum

Tacoma Pro Bono Night 2015

February 5: Save the Date! 24th Annual Awards Gala for Latino/a Bar Association of Washington

Date: Friday, Feb. 5, 2016
Time: 5:30 PM
Location: The Westin Hotel, Seattle, WA

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Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (“CFPB”) Releases New Tool Called “Your Money Your Goals” For Financial Empowerment

Volunteer for Citizenship Day in Moses Lake, and Pasco on Saturday, September 19

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Date: Saturday, Sept. 19, 2015
Time: 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM
Location(s): Moses Lake – Big Bend Community College, ATEC Building 1800, 7611 Bolling St NE, Moses Lake, WA 98837; Pasco – Columbia Basic College, Center for Career & Technical Education (corner of W. Argent Rd & Saraceno Way), Pasco, WA 99301

Citizenship Day is a FREE one-day legal clinic to help legal permanent residents apply for citizenship and it is hosted by the WA State Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) and OneAmerica. Citizenship is a critical part of American Dream for many immigrant families, but the high cost of attorneys and fear of the process stop many eligible people from becoming citizens. We’ll have volunteer immigration lawyers, paralegals and interpreters on hand to help eligible permanent residents successfully fill out citizenship applications (N-400s).  It’s a great way to earn community service hours without a long-term commitment, meet other students, and help your community.

WE ARE IN NEED OF INTERPRETERS: General volunteers and bilingual interpreters (Spanish and English) are needed at the Pasco and Moses Lake sites on September 19th. If you are interest in helping, please email Katelyn Chrisman at Katelyn@weareoneamerica.org, and SIGN UP HERE.

To sign up, click here. 

Latina/o Bar Association of Washington (LBAW) Offers 2015-2016 Mentorship Program, Sign Up Now!

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We are excited to reintroduce LBAW’s Mentorship Program.  We encourage you to sign up!

If you would like to be a part of LBAW’s 2015-2016 Mentorship Program, please complete the mentor form or mentee form and return it to membership@lbaw.org no later than Tuesday, September 22. 

LBAW’s Mentor/Mentee Welcome will be held Friday, September 25, at the home of LBAW’s President Chach Duarte White on Mercer Island at 5:30 p.m.—8:00 p.m.  Come eat, drink, and meet your mentor/mentee!  Details will be included in the next LBAW Announcement and on the LBAW website and Facebook page.  We look forward to seeing you!

Registration Now Open for Stanford Law School’s 16th Annual Shaking the Foundations Progressive Lawyering Conference on October 17

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Stanford Law School’s 16th annual Shaking the Foundations conference will be on Saturday, October 17, 2015. This year, we are excited to feature Bay Area workers’ rights advocate Saru Jayaraman, author of Behind the Kitchen Door, as our keynote speaker at 10 a.m.

Shaking the Foundations brings the progressive community together each year to discuss issues within the movement, explore the role of young lawyers, and encourage attendees to work toward social and environmental justice. This year’s conference will focus on West Coast issues. Panel and workshop topics include criminal justice, immigration, racial justice, LGBTQ rights, environmental justice, consumer protection, Native American law, labor, housing, and other progressive topics. Check out our website for the full schedule.

To register, click here.

Pro Bono For Financial Empowerment

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By William J. Woodward, Jr. | ABA Center for Pro Bono Exchange

“Holistic pro bono” is an idea whose time may have come. When used in the legal pro bono community, the term refers to supplying a needy client with help that may go beyond legal help to include help from other professionals such as housing counselors, addiction experts, accountants, technology specialists, and so on.

The idea may have just had a substantial boost from the work of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (the “CFPB”), the Federal agency created by the Dodd-Frank law and charged with protecting consumers of financial products and services. While the agency has regulatory and enforcement power, Congress also charged it broadly with educating consumers in financial matters.

Continue reading here.

Call for Submissions for the 11th Annual Sarah Weddington Writing Prize for New Student Scholarship in Reproductive Rights

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Law Students for Reproductive Justice, in collaboration with the Center for Reproductive Rights and the Center on Reproductive Rights and Justice at Berkeley Law School, is pleased to announce the Call for Submission for the eleventh annual Sarah Weddington Writing Prize for New Student Scholarship in Reproductive Rights.

This year, the Sarah Weddington Writing Prize’s suggested theme is “Restoring Public Insurance Coverage for Abortion,” with a focus on the Hyde Amendment and Harris v. McRae (1980). However, submissions on other topics will also be accepted.

The deadline for submission is Monday, January 18, 2016.  Winning authors will receive cash prizes: $750 (first place), $500 (second place), or $250 (third place).  Additionally, each winning author will receive a copy of the newly released casebook, Melissa Murray and Kristin Luker’s Cases on Reproductive Rights and Justice. The first place winner will also have a chance at publication with the NYU Review of Law and Social Change.

For more information, please download the 2015 Call for Submissions here.

Pro Bono Opportunity – SGB/LBAW Legal Clinic at El Centro de la Raza, 9/9

Date: Wednesday, September 9, 2015
Time: 6:00 – 8:00 PM
Location: El Centro de la Raza, 2524 16th Ave South, Third Floor, Seattle, WA 98144
Registration: To volunteer, complete the Volunteer Application
Contact: Chach Duarte White, LBAW President

Volunteers Needed: Attorneys, Law Students, Interpreters

We are in need of volunteers (attorneys, law students, interpreters) for this month’s SGB/LBAW Legal Clinic at El Centro de la Raza in Seattle coming up Wednesday, September 9. We expect that many people will show up for consultations and we need your help!

PLEASE consider volunteering this month and throughout the rest of 2015.  The Clinic takes place the 2nd Wednesday of each month at El Centro.

Don’t speak Spanish??  No sweat!  We will provide you with an interpreter.  Just complete the Volunteer Application.

Attorneys needed in the following practice areas:

  • Family Law
  • Immigration
  • Criminal Law
  • Personal Injury
  • Consumer Law *especially high need in this area this month*
  • Employment Law
  • Property/Landlord Tenant *especially high need in this area this month*

Law Students and interpreters needed for intakes and interpretation.  If you would like to help in another way, please let us know.

Summer Funding Special Announcement!

Do you have an unpaid internship with a non-profit organization or government agency this summer?

Need some funding to help you get through those warm summer months?

In addition to applying for PILA, be sure to check out all of these other important summer funding options! Applications are due as early as March 23!

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 UW Law/ Latina/o Bar Association of Washington (LBAW) Public Interest Summer Grant (New for 2015)

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The Latina/o Bar Association of Washington and the University of Washington School of Law Public Interest Summer Grant provides $5000 for one UW Law Latina/o student to intern with a public interest organization and/or any UW law student with a summer internship working with an organization providing access to justice/equal justice to Latina/o communities. The purpose of this grant is to support Latina/o UW Law students in pursuit of public interest careers and other UW law students committed to increasing access to justice to Latina/o communities.

  • Restrictions: 1Ls and 2Ls
  • Award: $5,000
  • Deadline: Friday, April 3, 2015, 3:00pm PST
  • Download application here.

UW Law/ WSBA & KCBA Labor & Employment Law Summer Grants 

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Photo courtesy of Wikimedia: Signing of National Labor Relations Act

The King County Bar Association and Washington Bar Association Labor and Employment Law Sections are dedicated to education future lawyers about the practice of labor and employment law. These two grants give students the opportunity to have a hands-on experience in the field of labor and employment law.

  • Restrictions: 1Ls and 2Ls
  • Award: $6,000
  • Deadline: Friday, April 3, 2015, 3:00pm PST
  • Download application here.

UW Law/ QLaw Foundation Sher Kung Grant Summer Grant

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Are you a member of the LGBT community or an ally? Do you have a full-time summer internship that focuses on promoting the rights of LGBT persons or persons living with HIV/AIDS? Will you be working with a non-profit organization or government agency?

If so, you may be eligible for up to a $5000 grant to fund full-time work (at least 400 hours over the duration of the summer). The goal of the QLaw Foundation’s Sher Kung Grant is to ensure that unmet legal needs in the LGBT community are recognized and prioritized, and that the next generation of legal advocates for LGBT rights develop the skills necessary for careers in public interest law.

Applicants should have a demonstrated commitment to advancing LGBT rights and/or the rights of persons living with HIV/AIDS. Preference is given to applicants who are either a Washington State graduate student, a student working on projects within Washington State, or a student who has a demonstrated interest in working in Washington State after graduation.

All students working on behalf of LGBT rights or persons living with HIV/AIDS – including allies who do not personally identify as LGBT – are encouraged to apply.

Application is available here:  QLaw Foundation 2015 Grant Application.doc

For more information email Grant Coordinator, Nicholas Oakley at noakley@ccyj.org.

Completed applications are due by April 3, 2015.

UW Law Joan Fitzpatrick Fellowship

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Professor Joan M. Fitzpatrick was a much loved and universally respected professor of human rights and international law at University of Washington School of Law. She helped establish human rights law as a legitimate field of legal specialization, tackling issues such as protecting refugees, promoting women’s rights, campaigning for gay and lesbian rights, and enforcing human rights during states of emergency. After her untimely death, students of Professor Fitzpatrick, determined to honor their beloved professor and the ideals she stood for, established the Joan M. Fitzpatrick Fellowship in Human Rights as a permanent memorial in her name.

The Joan Fitzpatrick Fellowship in Human Rights (“Fellowship”) is awarded to a University of Washington School of Law student. The purpose of the fellowship is to provide financial assistance to a UW School of Law student who has demonstrated an interest in human rights law, and who is performing (or planning to perform) unpaid law-related work in human rights during the summer or the following academic year.

Eligibility: All continuing UW School of Law students are eligible to apply for the Fellowship. “Continuing” means students who will be enrolled as full time law students at UW School of Law for one or more quarters during the academic year following the Fellowship. In line with Prof. Fitzpatrick’s lifetime goal of encouraging J.D. students to pursue human rights as a legitimate field of study and career specialization, the Selection Committee will give preference to students who are 1Ls and 2Ls at the time of application.

Purpose of the Fellowship: The Fellowship is for a UW School of Law student with a demonstrated commitment to international human rights and an interest in working in the field in the future. The Fellowship award is intended to enable the recipient to travel and work at a nongovernmental, governmental or intergovernmental organization working on human rights and make a significant contribution during the period of fellowship (typically during the summer). The Fellowship is not intended to support research at an academic institution.

Funding Amount and Restrictions: The Fellowship amount is generally between $5000-$6000; the amount for this year will be updated soon. The recipient will be required to obtain the consent of the Joan Fitzpatrick Endowment Fund Committee (“Committee”) before receiving any additional funding. The recipient cannot simultaneously accept PILA funding.

How to Apply: Submit a cover letter, resume, unofficial transcripts, two letters of recommendation and no more than a 3 page proposal for your proposed work. The proposal should include a proposed financial budget that the applicant will implement and which demonstrates the financial feasibility of the project. Submit the application materials to Ann Spangler of the Center for Public Service Law either via email at spangler@uw.edu spangler@or to her third floor mailbox or to her office in room 346. The successful candidates must meet the criteria as articulated in the fellowship description and eligibility requirements set forth above.

Deadline: Applications are due April 3, 2015 at 5:00PM. For more information, contact mestorms@uw.edu

UW Center for Human Rights Fellowship: Abe Osheroff and Gunnel Clark Endowed Human Rights Fund for UW Students

osheroffThe Osheroff and Clark fund provides financial resources for undergraduate and graduate students to support human rights projects that promote social change through direct action. In 2015, we anticipate having approximately $4000 available to distribute; the entire amount may be issued in a single award or split between multiple awardees. The number of awards and amounts will vary depending on the number and quality of applications.

All undergraduate and graduate students at the University of Washington (Bothell, Seattle, Tacoma) are eligible to apply. All hands-on human rights projects aiming to achieve real-world impact — in other words, to improve human rights — are eligible, whether the work is to be carried out in the United States or elsewhere in the world. In keeping with Abe’s and Gunnel’s belief that accountability begins at home, priority will be given to projects that speak to the particular roles and responsibilities of our own institutions (including government, private sector entities, and the university itself) in human rights.

Application: For complete information please click here.

Deadline: Friday, April 3

Equal Justice America Summer Fellowship

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Equal Justice America is pleased to offer fellowships of up to $4,000 to students to UW Law students who work full-time during Summer 2015 for organizations providing direct civil legal assistance for the poor.

Application: For complete guidelines and application instructions please click here.

Deadline: Applications must be post marked by March 23.