Attention Pro Bono Project Leaders! Registration for Fall Pro Bono Leadership & Advocacy Course Now Open

Registration for Fall Pro Bono Leadership & Advocacy Course is Now Open!

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Attention leaders of student-initiated pro bono projects including IFAP, IMAP, SYLAW, App Help, ELS, Outlaws and any other emerging pro bono legal assistance projects!  Will you be on a pro bono project board or steering committee next year?

Get academic credit for your pro bono legal aid leadership work AND  get concrete tools and skills to apply to your day-to-day organizational leadership and management.  You can now register for our 2 credit Pro Bono Leadership & Advocacy class taught by Dean Michele Storms and Aline Carton-Listfjeld from the Center for Public Service Law. The class will meet Mondays, 5:30-7:30.

See the syllabus here. Registration is by instructor permission only so please email Aline Carton-Listfjeld at acarton@uw.edu to register. Ideally we’d like at least two student leaders from each student-led pro bono project.  Photo courtesy of StockVault.

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U.S. Department of Justice Announces New Mobile App

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Get the latest information about legal careers at Justice with our mobile app, DOJ Law Jobs. Users can quickly and easily create personalized job searches based on practice area, geographic preference, and hiring organization.  DOJ Law Jobs is available for free on iTunes for Apple iPhone and iPad, and the Play Store for Android devices.

Professionalism Tip of the Week! 10 Common Email Mistakes: Using Email Effectively 

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By Keith Jackson | Mind Tools

How many hours do you spend communicating by email every day?  Most of us would answer “Too many!”  According to a study by McKinsey® & Company, people spend 28 percent of their working week reading and replying to emails. However, despite the risk of becoming overloaded with messages, it remains one of the most powerful and efficient communication tools.

Using email is a quick and easy way to stay connected with your team members, customers and stakeholders, particularly those who are geographically dispersed. However, it can be very easy to send ineffective emails, create the wrong impression, or even damage your reputation with sloppy practices.  In this article, we’ll look at 10 common mistakes that people make when they send emails, and explore what you can do to avoid these.

Continue reading here.  Photo courtesy of iStockphoto, Biletskiy Evgeniy

Opportunity for Service: WSBA Council on Public Defense

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The WSBA Council on Public Defense (CPD) was established to implement the recommendations of the WSBA Blue Ribbon Panel on Criminal Defense, which was appointed by the Board of Governors in 2003 as a first step in addressing concerns about the quality of indigent defense services in Washington. Today, the CPD provides a unique and valuable forum for bringing together representatives of the Bar, prosecutors, private and public criminal defense counsel, the bench, elected officials and the public.

The WSBA is now recruiting volunteers to serve on the CPD. Except as noted, the members of the CPD are appointed for two-year terms, with the ability to renew their membership on the CPD for up to four years. All positions will begin Oct. 1, 2015. The open positions include:

  • Three current or former prosecutors/city attorneys. Two of the prosecutors/city attorneys will be appointed for two-year terms. One prosecutor/city attorney will be appointed for a one-year term.
  • One at-large member who will be appointed for a one-year term.

To apply, login to myWSBA, then use this link to access the committee application.

The application deadline is 6 p.m. on Aug. 14, 2015. Please do not apply for any committee other than the Council on Public Defense, as the deadline for other committees has passed.

Interested in Doing Pro Bono Work This Year? Join the UW Pro Bono Honors Society

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Interested in volunteering, but don’t know where to begin?  Check out the list of volunteer opportunities below:

Volunteer Opportunities

  • Pre-approved law related
  • Create your own
  • Attend the pro bono & externship fair

What the Pro Bono Program offers you:

  • Leadership development support
  • Trainings
    • This Saturday, 10/11 trainings:
      • 8:30 registration and light breakfast
      • Pro Bono Core Competencies training 9am-3pm room 127 (IFAP training 3-5:30)
      • Advanced Pro Bono Legal Assistance Training 9am-12pm room 117
      • Leadership Development Fundamentals Workshop 1-5:30pm room 117
  • Next Tuesday 10/14 Pro Bono & Externship Fair, 12:30-1:20pm in the Galleria- this replaces the SJT

UW Pro Bono Honors Society

Step 1: Training- this Saturday, October 11

  • First timers (1Ls, LLMs, some 2Ls): Attend Pro Bono Core Competencies Training, 8:30-3,  room 127
  • 2Ls & 3Ls:
    • Attend Advanced Legal Assistance Training, 8:30-12pm, room 117
    • Leadership Development Fundamental’s Training (optional), 1-5:30pm, room 117

Step 2: Reflect & Report online (stay tuned for updates)

    • Keep track of your hours- which orgs & type of work
    • Every April Report Pro Bono Hours
      • pre-approved volunteer opportunities
        • Report 10 hours for 1Ls
        • 30 hours for 2Ls, 3Ls, LLMs & PhDs
      • Reflective Essay
        • First timers: together when reporting hours, upload reflective essay on pro bono experiences

Step 3: Get Recognized

      • One award goes to a 1L, 2L, LLM, and 3L Pro Bono Student of the Year Award
      • Special notation at graduation as member of Pro Bono Honors Society if reported the following pro bono hours
        • 70 for JD grads
        • 30 for LLMs and PhD grads

Questions?

Contact Aline Carton-Listfjeld

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

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

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12:30 – 1:20 PM
Gates Hall, RM 117

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

For more information, click here.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

AGENDA:

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

Space is limited: Register online here.

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

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

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

Thinking about volunteering for…

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

October 11: Attention Student Leaders! Leadership Development Workshop

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

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

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

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

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

October 14: ACLU of Washington – LFO Speaker Training

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

2014 PRO BONO HONOREES  

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Blogging is Back in Full Swing- Great Opportunities Bubble Up

WA State Access to Justice Board and King County Bar Association Hiring Program Manager for New Statewide Pro Bono Council

kcba_logoSummary: A new Statewide Pro Bono Council will be formed as a committee of the Washington State Access To Justice Board beginning January 2014. On a pilot basis, the Council will be staffed by a full time employee, primarily based out of the King County Bar Association (Seattle, WA), with funding made available through Office of Civil Legal Aid (OCLA) and the Legal Foundation of Washington. A work plan will be developed that outlines goals and objectives, areas of focus and benchmarks to measure the success of this initiative.

This position will provide:

Pro Bono Council Support by:

  • Planning, preparing and organizing council meetings
  • Participating in the Access to Justice Board Delivery Systems Committee
  • Coordinating Council appointment process

A statewide focus by:

  • Supporting efforts to develop, strengthen, promote, and sustain partnerships between volunteer lawyer programs and Alliance for Equal Justice members
  • Providing technical assistance for implementation of State Plan initiatives focused on pro bono
  • Working to overcome challenges to integration, identifying successful models, documenting best practices, and developing technical assistance materials, resources and tools
  • Sharing appropriate resources with the volunteer legal services community: serving as an information clearinghouse, helping connect those who have experience, materials, program development strategies, etc. with those who need help.
  • Promoting effective integration of volunteer attorney programs into the work of other Alliance partners.
  • Assisting volunteer attorney programs implement the initiatives related to pro bono in the ATJ Board’s State Plan Implementation Report of August 20, 2008
  • Hosting a listserv for pro bono managers in the state
  • Developing recruitment, training, and publicity materials for pro bono programs to provide to volunteers
  • Developing a statewide directory of pro bono and legal services programs within the state

An individualized volunteer attorney program focus by:

  • Assessing issues/problems
  • Providing technical assistance
  • Training and mentoring individual staff members of volunteer programs

For complete job description and application instructions please click here. Applications will be reviewed starting on December 16th and will be accepted through December 30th.

W.K. Kellogg Foundation Announces WKKF Community Leadership Fellowship in Child Advocacy

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The W.K. Kellogg Foundation has a long history of supporting emerging and existing leaders. Fellowships have, over the years, been one of our most effective tools for realizing the belief that leadership is a critical tool for individual development, community-grounded leadership and broader societal change. It is with great pride that we announce the WKKF Community Leadership Network, a new program that constitutes a renewed commitment to leadership development.

This fellowship is rooted in WKKF’s mission of supporting vulnerable children and their families, with a focus on racial equity and community and civic engagement. In alignment with our grantmaking strategies, a total of 100 fellows will be equitably selected from our U.S. priority places—Michigan, Mississippi, New Mexico and New Orleans—and will do their work there. Another 20 fellows will be selected from outside the priority places and will function as a national cohort whose work will focus on racial healing and equity.

It is our hope that this fellowship program is able to nurture and inspire developing or established leaders, helping them to become transformative change agents in their communities, guiding vulnerable children and their families toward optimal health and well-being, access to good food, academic achievement and financial security.

This three-year program focuses on strengthening the skills and competencies of our fellows, as well as promoting the direct application of knowledge and skills to community-based projects. We are looking for fellows who, as passionate voices in their communities, feel a deep urge to balance personal growth with meaningful contributions to the community.

Applications for the first class of WKKF Community Leadership Network fellows are being accepted between Nov. 22, 2013 and Jan. 14, 2014. For complete info please click here.

Jerome N. Frank Legal Services Organization 2014 Summer Paid Internships at Yale Law School Yale law

The Jerome N. Frank Legal Services Organization of Yale Law School (LSO) invites applications for its 2014 Summer Fellowship program.  LSO is the main organization at Yale Law School providing legal representation to individuals and organizations in need of legal assistance but unable to afford private attorneys.  During the academic year, law students work closely with clinical faculty members to represent clients in a wide range of litigation and non-litigation matters, helping to fill a critical need in legal services delivery for poor and marginalized communities in Connecticut.  LSO seeks to hire 20-25 Summer Fellows to work with clinical faculty in order to continue this client representation.  The Fellowship will run from May 28 to August 30, with some flexibility as to start and end dates.  The Fellowship will pay $14.00/hour ($6,720 for 12 weeks of full-time work). Most students work for twelve weeks. Part-time work or full-time work for a portion of the  Fellowship period may also be possible.

Summer Fellows can expect to have a range of challenging and rewarding lawyering experiences during the course of their time at LSO, including client interviewing and counseling; factual development of cases; researching and writing legal memoranda; drafting of contracts and other legal instruments; interacting with opposing counsel, government actors, and community stakeholders; and negotiation and alternative dispute resolution.  In several of our clinics, students will make court appearances to argue motions or present evidence.  Fellows will work under the direct supervision of clinical faculty members and supervising attorneys, and will have significant responsibility for each case or project on which they work.  In addition, faculty members will host a weekly series of presentations and discussions for the Fellows on the work of the clinics, public interest lawyering, and other topics of interest.

For more info and application instructions please click here. Applications accepted on a rolling basis. This opportunity is open to non-Yale law students!

Public Health Law and Policy Internship for Winter/Spring 2014

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Public Health – Seattle & King County’s Assessment, Policy Development & Evaluation Unit is seeking a public health law and policy intern for spring, 2014, to serve as a student intern on a policy project related to marijuana legalization in Washington State.  This position will support creation of a policy surveillance system of local municipal and county ordinances that address marijuana legalization at the local level.  Through this project, the student will identify existing ordinances, learn about methods for and create a policy coding book with support of the team leads, and review and code ordinances for inclusion in Public Health – Seattle & King County’s new online policy surveillance system.  If time permits, the student may write a brief report analyzing the variation in local ordinances related to marijuana legalization in Washington state.

The outcomes of the project will include availability of an easily and publicly accessible online policy query and mapping tool that demonstrates change over time, a replicable policy codebook for researchers in other states, and increased knowledge of policy makers regarding the variation in local ordinances pertinent to marijuana legalization.

For more info please click here: Public Health Law and Policy Internship. Act fast– Applications due no later than December 6!

Summer Internship Opportunity  Center for Children’s Law and Policy in Washington, DC

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The Center for Children’s Law and Policy (CCLP) seeks first- and second-year law student applicants for its 2014 summer internship program. CCLP is a public interest law and policy organization focused on reform of juvenile justice and other systems that affect troubled and at-risk children, and protection of the rights of children in those systems. The Center’s work covers a range of activities including research, writing, public education, media advocacy, training, technical assistance, administrative and legislative advocacy, and litigation. Based in Washington, DC, the Center’s staff work with federal, state, and local officials throughout the country on a range of issues that include reducing the unnecessary incarceration of youth, promoting racial and ethnic fairness, and improving conditions of confinement for youth in secure facilities.

The Center’s summer internship program provides law students with valuable work experience in the areas of juvenile justice, systems reform, and racial and ethnic disparities reduction, as well as an opportunity to make substantive contributions to the Center’s projects. Interns will have the opportunity to attend legislative hearings, research substantive law and policy issues, and learn about the work of other organizations in Washington, DC that are working to improve the lives of at-risk youth.  CCLP generally hires two interns for its summer program.

Applications accepted on a rolling basis. For complete description and application instructions please click here.