Upcoming: Symposium on Legal Financial Obligations

June 6: LFOs: Beyond Defining the Problem; Advancing Solutions

The Washington State Minority & Justice Commission is proud to share the final flyer and program agenda for its upcoming Symposium, Legal Financial Obligations (LFOs): Beyond Defining the Problem; Advancing Solutionson June 6, 2018, at Seattle University School of Law (901 12th Ave. Seattle, WA 98122). The Symposium will be held in conjunction with “Exploring Policy Implementation and Alternatives,” a conference organized by the University of Washington Department of Sociology that will take place immediately after the Symposium at Seattle University School of Law. Please see below and attached. Feel free to share this email with your networks. These events are FREE and open to the public. Please RSVP HERE by May 31. Space is limited.

Upcoming CLEs focus on Legal Financial Obligations and Attorney Client Relationship

May 8: CLE on Legal Financial Obligations

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WSBA Presents is putting on a short ½ day CLE program on Legal Financial Obligations next week (May 8, 8:25am-11:45am, 3.00 Credits, In Person and Webcast). Please see below for a little bit more information. Learn more here
 
Join us for a half-day program to learn about LFOs generally, including changes in the law that go into effect June 7, 2018, following the passage of under HB 1783, that address:
·       interest on LFOs;
·       imposition of costs at sentencing;
·       payment alternatives;
·       payment plans as an option for indigent offenders;
·       standards for determining willful failure to pay.

May 15: Creating a Culture of Racial Equity

Dismantling institutional racism and otherwise unlearning oppressive systems that are engrained in our culture is a winding path with endless stops and starts. This month we are looking inward to realize our values and how we can use them as guide posts on this journey. We’ll also discuss roadblocks like gatekeeping and understanding your role in a situation. Learn more here.

June 8: Second Annual Law Bono Conference — Unbundling: Reimagining the Attorney-Client Relationship

Unbundled legal services is a vital emerging market for lawyers. This CLE will provide you the information, resources and practical advice to help you improve your practice if you are currently using unbundled legal services or help you see how best to introduce it to your practice. Co-hosted by the WSBA Low Bono Section and Seattle University School of Law CLE, the 2nd Annual Low Bono Conference will provide practical advice on providing your clients with exactly the services they need, when they need them, without wasting time, money or resources.

Topics include: How unbundled services work and how it is currently being applied by lawyers; how to explain unbundled legal services to clients; the roles of drafting, negotiation, research and brief services. Register here.

June 15: Alliance for Equal Justice Legal Aid Summer Intern Orientation

What is the Alliance for Equal Justice? What should you know to get the most out of your summer internship? Join us on June 15 from 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  at the University of Washington School of Law Room 138 (or via livestream from Gonzaga in room 227) to learn about the Alliance, receive substantive training, and meet students interning at other organizations. Final agenda will be posted soon. Co-sponsored by Seattle University School of Law, Gonzaga University School of Law, and the University of Washington School of Law. Lunch generously sponsored in Seattle and Spokane by Foster Pepper PLLC. RSVP here

Are You Looking for a Career in Public Service? Register Now for the NW Public Service Career Fair!

Northwest Public Service Career Fair Registration Now Open

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Seattle
Date: Friday, February 5, 2016
Time: 10:00 – 10:30 AM Student/Employer Check-In
Location: LeRoux in the Student Center at Seattle University

Portland
Date: Saturday, February 6, 2016
Time: 10:00 – 10:30 AM Student/Employer Check-In
Location: Templeton Center at Lewis & Clark College

For twenty-six years, the NW Public Service Career Fairs have linked law students and alumni with opportunities to make a difference.  We typically have more than 50 non-profits and government offices and more than 500 students and alumni from our 11 NW Consortium schools participating in the fairs.

To register, click here.

AG Shines a Light with Updated Open Governmental Manual

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OLYMPIA — Today Attorney General Bob Ferguson announced that his office has updated its online Open Government Resource Manual summarizing Washington’s sunshine laws.

The 2015 publication modernizes the prior manual to reflect the past several years’ developments in the state’s Public Records Act and Open Public Meetings Act, and court decisions interpreting those laws. The manual was last revised in 2007.

“I am committed to enhancing transparency in government,” Ferguson said. “Open government is vital to a free and informed society, and this updated guide will help both public officials and the people they serve understand our state’s public disclosure laws.”

The manual includes summaries of and links to relevant statutes, court decisions, formal Attorney General Opinions, and Public Records Act Model Rules.

To access the manual, click here.

Attended the October 17th Pro Bono Core Competencies Training? We Want Your Feedback!

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Thank you for attending this year’s training. Our goal is to offer UW law students the opportunity to access some of the basic and fundamental tools and skills associated with providing direct law-related pro bono assistance to underserved and marginalized communities. We welcome you honest feedback and your participation in helping us plan next year’s training.

Please complete this very brief survey here.

For Offenders Who Can’t Pay, It’s a Pint of Blood or Jail Time

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By Campbell Robertson | The New York Times | Photo credit Dave Martin/Associated Press

MARION, Ala. — Judge Marvin Wiggins’s courtroom was packed on a September morning. The docket listed hundreds of offenders who owed fines or fees for a wide variety of crimes — hunting after dark, assault, drug possession and passing bad checks among them.

“Good morning, ladies and gentlemen,” began Judge Wiggins, a circuit judge here in rural Alabama since 1999. “For your consideration, there’s a blood drive outside,” he continued, according to a recording of the hearing. “If you don’t have any money, go out there and give blood and bring in a receipt indicating you gave blood.”

For those who had no money or did not want to give blood, the judge concluded: “The sheriff has enough handcuffs.”

Continue reading here.

Attentions Law Students! Limited Funding Available for Equal Justice Works Career Fair! Apply Now!

Equal Justice Works Career Fair Limited Funding Support for UW Law Students

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As noted in the CommonGoodUW.org blog, UW Law students can request up to $450 in reimbursement for the cost of attending the Equal Justice Works Conference and Career Fair October 23-24, 2015 in Arlington, VA.  Priority in selection will be given to students who have secured interviews and to 3Ls.

Application Procedure & Deadlines for UW Law:

To apply for funding please email Dean Storms at mestorms@uw.edu and provide a resume and a brief written statement describing why EJW career fair attendance will be useful for you. If you have applied for or secured an interview during the career fair please include this information.

Monday, October 5, 5:00 p.m.: deadline to apply for travel funding

Friday, October 9, noon: students to be notified of funding awards

Please note: the stipend will reimburse up to $450 of documented travel expenses.  Receipts are strictly required.

The Return of the Debtor’s Prison

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By Anthony D. Romero | Huffington Post | Photo Credit to Huffington Post

The debtors’ prison was supposed to be a thing of the past–a relic of the colonial era that was outlawed by the United States government nearly two centuries ago. More recently, the Supreme Court ruled that jailing people who lack the means to pay criminal justice fines or fees–a modern-day form of debtors’ prison–is unconstitutional. Ultimately, debtors’ prisons are not only illegal, they are counterproductive: incarceration strains limited public resources and can have devastating consequences on the lives of the poor.

Nonetheless, in the wake of the recent economic recession, cash-strapped state and local governments have aggressively targeted poor individuals who have already served their criminal sentences. The March 2015 U.S. Justice Department’s report on Ferguson, Missouri, provides a horrifying glimpse of what can happen when governments treat the poor as mere revenue sources.

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Establishing the White House Legal Aid Interagency Roundtable

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By Director Lisa Foster of the Office for Access to Justice

“Providing meaningful access to justice is a national responsibility and a moral charge.  I am delighted by President Obama’s action to expand legal aid resources for Americans in need, and excited for all that the White House Legal Aid Interagency Roundtable will achieve as it works to advance opportunity, promote equality, and ensure justice for all.” – Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch

What do 20 federal agencies, the United Nations, and civil legal aid have in common?  Plenty, according to President Obama who recently issued a presidential memorandum formally establishing the White House Legal Aid Interagency Roundtable (LAIR).  The presidential memorandum was announced by Roy Austin Jr., Deputy Assistant to the President for Urban Affairs, Justice and Opportunity as well as Ambassador Samantha Power, U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations at an event held on the eve of the UN’s Sustainable Development Summit in New York.  The event highlighted the inclusion of Goal 16 in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.  Goal 16 calls for the promotion of peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, for access to justice for all and for the building of effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels.  With Goal 16, the international community has recognized that access to justice is essential to sustainable development and necessary to end poverty.

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Pro Bono Gives Solos Experience and Satisfaction

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By Kevin Davis | ABA Journal | Photo of Jill Metz; Photo by Wayne Slezak

When Chicago attorney Jill Metz started practicing as a solo attorney in the early 1980s, she decided she would always make time to do pro bono work.

Though she needed to get her practice off the ground and earn a living, Metz volunteered five to 10 hours a week for the People’s Law Office in the Uptown neighborhood, doing criminal defense work and housing law for the mostly poor clientele.

Recent news stories have exposed that major law firms donate only 0.1 percent of their proceeds to legal aid for low-income people, making the contributions by lawyers like Metz even more crucial for impoverished clients.

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Attention Spanish-Speaking 2Ls and 3Ls!  International Human Rights Pro Bono Opportunity! EarthRights International Seeks 2L or 3L for Remote Litigation Support

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EarthRights International seeks a 2L or 3L for remote litigation support.  The time commitment is 9-10 hours per week.  No prerequisites, but experience with U.S. litigation is a plus.  The position requires proficiency in Spanish.  The volunteer will work closely with one of the attorney’s at EarthRights International with regular weekly check ins.

The volunteer will be conducting factual and U.S. legal research to assist ERI in developing a transnational injunctive strategy against a mega development project in the Amazon that poses a high risk of environmental and human rights abuses.

To apply, send a cover letter, resume and writing sample to Maryum Jordan, maryum@earthrights.org.  The application deadline is rolling until the position is filled.

Want Direct Client Experience and Make a Difference? Applications Now Being Accepted for Bridging the Gap/Moderate Means Program- Due 10/19

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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. The program is focused in the areas of Family, Housing and Consumer law.

Law students serving as Bridging the Gap volunteer interns interview potential clients by telephone to collect information and evaluate their cases. Qualifying cases will be referred by interns to participating attorneys who have agreed to represent clients for a reduced fee. After completing training, Bridging the Gap interns will be 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 for recognition with the Pro Bono Honors Society.

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 at spangler@uw.edu by October 19, 2015.

Wayfind Microenterprise Clinic and Nonprofit Law Clinic – UW Law Student Volunteers Needed- Application Due 10/20

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Assist pro bono transactional lawyers at either microenterprise clinics or nonprofit legal clinics by taking client interview notes and drafting the client “work plan” which summarizes the legal advice given by the attorney. 

Wayfind provides free business legal services for nonprofit organizations and low-income microentrepreneurs.  Wayfind pro bono attorneys assist non-profit organizations with a range of legal matters including real estate, tax, non-profit governance, and intellectual property.  Wayfind pro bono attorneys also help low-income microentrepreneurs at legal clinics on legal matters including review of contracts, operating agreements and leases, business entity selection, intellectual property matters including publishing and trade name, and adding people to a partnership.

Wayfind hosts different types of legal clinics for its two client populations: non-profit organizations and microentrepreneurs.

For more information, click here.

Attention Spanish Speakers Interested in Family Law & Equal Justice! Pro Bono Opportunity with the King County Bar Association Family Law Program

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The Family Law Programs of the King County Bar Association’s Pro Bono Services promote family safety and equal access to the legal system by assisting domestic violence survivors, children at risk of abuse or neglect, and clients facing barriers to accessing the courts due to language, disability, and other factors. The Kinship Care Solutions program provides pro bono representation in nonparental custody actions, and the Self-Help Plus program provides pro se assistance in uncontested dissolutions and parenting plan actions. The programs have expanded to help unaccompanied children from Central America who have been abused, neglected or abandoned by a parent and who may be eligible for protective immigration relief called Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS). Volunteer attorneys assist caregivers and family law members with family law actions in order to obtain court findings that may be used in the SIJS process.

This position will provide experience in practical legal skills such as client interviewing, legal issue spotting, case development, and working with immigrant clients. In addition, the intern will learn substantive and procedural aspects to family law practice and exposure to immigration law. This position is unpaid but can be sponsored for academic credit if available through the student’s school.

For more information, click here.

Attention 1Ls and 2Ls! International Human Rights Pro Bono Opportunity!

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An international corporate accountability and human rights NGO seeks a first- or second-year law student for a short-term unpaid legal internship to begin immediately.  Working closely with the NGO’s attorneys, the intern will conduct legal research and analysis to support litigation in U.S. federal court regarding environmental and human rights violations committed abroad.  The work will be completed remotely and on the intern’s own schedule as long as agreed-upon deadlines are met.  We estimate an initial commitment of 10-20 hours of work in the next month, with the possibility of additional assignments depending on how the matter proceeds.  Please submit a writing sample and a CV to Chris Benoit at chris@coylefirm.com. Applications accepted on a rolling basis.

Attention 3Ls, Recent Grads and Project Based Fellowship Applicants!

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Did you just submit an EJW or other project based fellowship application? Here’s another opportunity to get your innovative project up and running. Apply for the Berkeley Law Foundation Fellowship! Application due January 15. UW Law students have been past recipients!

For complete info, click here.

Stay Engaged! Check Out These Upcoming Conferences, CLEs and Pro Bono Opportunities!

September 28: KCBA Training on Family Law and Special Immigrant Juvenile Status Training

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Date: Monday, Sept. 28, 2015
Time: 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM
Location: King County Bar Association, 1200 Fifth Avenue, Suite 700, Seattle, WA 98101
CLE Credits: 1.5 General Credits (Approval #: 406732)

Over the past year, thousands of unaccompanied children and youth have arrived in the U.S. fleeing poverty, violence, persecution, trafficking or other danger. Many of these children and youth have been placed with caregivers in Washington State.

Come learn about how you can help these vulnerable children and youth through family law proceedings and how it can lead to Special Immigrant Juvenile Status, a form of humanitarian protection created by Congress. Topics to be covered in this training will include:

    • Overview of Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS)
    • Overview of Family law issues affecting immigrant youth
    • How to Obtain SIJS Findings in Family Law Proceedings including Nonparental Custody, Dissolution and Parenting Plan actions.
    • View From the Bench

Presenters:
The Honorable Lori K. Smith, King County Superior Court Chief UFC Judge.
Rebekah Fletcher and Merkys Gómez, Staff Attorneys, Kids in Need of Defense (KIND).
Lindsay Lennox, Staff Attorney, Northwest Immigrant Rights Project.
Lucia Ramirez Levias, Attorney, DuBois Cary Law Group, PLLC.
Susan Carroll, Attorney, Law Offices of Susan Carroll, PLLC.
Judy Lin, Sr. Managing Attorney, Family Law Pro Bono Programs, KCBA

To register, contact Judy Lin.

September 30: Early Bird Registration Deadline for GlobalWA 7th Annual Conference on Disruptive Development

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Conference Date: Dec. 10, 2015
Time: 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Location: Bell Harbor International Conference Center, 2211 Alaskan Way, Seattle WA 98121
Cost: Members: $125; Non-Members: $175

GlobalWA’s 7th annual conference will be examining “Disruptive Development.” Early registration ends September 30th.

To register, click here.

October 9-11: Human Right to Family Planning Conference

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Date: Oct. 9-11, 2015
Time: Click here to view the program schedule.
Location: University of Washington School of Law, William H. Gates Hall

The UW School of Law in collaboration with UW Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology in the School of Medicine and the UW Department of Global Health in the Schools of Medicine and Public Health are partnering with PPGNHI (Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest and the Hawaiian Islands) to host the Human Right to Family Planning or ‘HR2FP’ Conference.  Click here for the conference website.

Millions of women die prematurely and suffer long-term health and social consequences because they experience unintended pregnancy due to lack of access to family planning information, services, and commodities. Many of these women do not have the freedom or opportunity to choose the timing and spacing of their pregnancies. These challenges are greatest for the most impoverished and socially disadvantaged women in countries, rich and poor, all over the world. Inadequate access to quality family planning services, including abortion, can lead to severe consequences.  In the U.S., where there is no legally enforceable right to health, certain populations of women are faced with disturbing parallels to women living in low and middle income countries. In some U.S. states, access to evidence-based health information and comprehensive family planning services are more and more limited to greater and greater numbers of women.

Our HR2FP conference is the first to be sponsored by a U.S. university in collaboration with civil society actors. It will explore the relationship between the right to family planning and its application to improving universal access– globally and locally.  The event will bring together academicians, practitioners, and students in public/global health, medicine and law, NGOs, donor institutions, international organizations and others from the Global North and South. The conference aims to educate and focus on action to improve family planning for women and adolescents.

To register, click here.

October 16: The STAR Project’s Legal Financial Obligations After Blazina – Best Practices CLE

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Date: Friday, Oct. 16, 2015
Time: 12:45 PM – 5:15 PM
Location: Chuck Fulton Community Room, Walla Walla Police Department, 54 E. Moore St. WAlla Walla, WA 99362

In State v. Blazina, the Washington State Supreme Court chronicled the burdens of legal financial obligations (LFOs) on defendants and those exiting incarceration, and emphasized the trial court’s obligation to consider a defendant’s current and future ability to pay LFOs. This training discusses the mandates of Blazina, and focuses on best practices for attorneys and judges when addressing the issue of LFOs during sentencing, and post-sentencing, including the appeal process. This CLE provides perspectives from both the bench and the defense bar in order to foster quality work that is well-organized and efficient.

If you have any questions, contact Ingrid Zerpa.

Presenters:
Washington State Supreme Court Justice Sheryl Gordon McCloud
King County Superior Court Judge Theresa Doyle
Appellate Criminal Defense Attorney, Jennifer Dobson
Attorney for the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Washington, Prachi Dave

Agenda:
12:00 – 12:45      Registration, Deli Style Lunch
12:45 – 1:00        Welcome and Introduction
1:00 – 1:45           Blazina and Progeny
1:45 – 2:45           Sentencing: Best Practices
2:45 – 3:00           Break
3:00 – 4:00           Post-Sentencing: Best Practices
4:00 – 5:00           Appeals Practice
5:00 – 5:15           Wrap up: Materials, pro-se pleadings, etc.

To register, click here. 

October 19: Kristin Miles Memorial Student Scholarship Deadline for WSSHA Annual Hospital & Health Law Mid-Year Seminar

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Seminar Date: Friday Nov. 6 – Friday, Nov. 7, 2015
Location: Vancouver, B.C.

The Kristin Miles Memorial Student Scholarship honors Kristin’s commitment to ensuring that law students had every opportunity to participate in Washington State Society of Healthcare Attorneys (WSSHA) programs. She was ever vigilant in reminding the Board of our obligations to advance the education of future members by making our programs accessible to the law student community. While we cannot replace Kristen’s passion, dedication and always present good humor, we honor her by providing this support to a law student each year.

The scholarship provides:

      • All seminar fees to the WSSHA Annual Hospital & Health Law Mid-Year Seminar November 6 & 7, 2015 in Vancouver, B.C.;
      • One night lodging at the conference hotel, the Pan Pacific Hotel; and
      • $50/per diem for a maximum of two days.

Eligibility:
Any second and third year law students enrolled in law school located in Washington State, including previous applicants not selected who are encouraged to re-apply.

Please note: The conference room rate at the Pan Pacific Hotel is available only until October 5th or until the reserved rooms have been taken. The winner of the Kristin Miles Memorial Student Scholarship will not be selected until after October 5th, so students planning to attend the seminar are encouraged to reserve rooms before October 5th. Room reservations may be cancelled up to 24 hours prior to arrival.

To apply, provide a resume and a brief statement (1 page or less) about why you are interested in healthcare law. Submit application materials electronically to Collin Foulds at collin.foulds@chpw.org.

October 30: Immigrant Families Advocacy Project’s Annual CLE Training

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Date: Friday, Oct. 30, 2015
Time: 10:00 AM – 4:30 PM
Location: Perkins Coie LLP, 1201 Third Ave., Room 4907, Seattle, WA 98101
CLE Credits: 4.25, including .75 Ethics Credits
Cost: Only $35 for those who volunteer to serve as IFAP attorneys during the 2015-2016 school year; $150 for all others

The CLE, Immigration Options for Immigrant Survivors of Domestic Violence, is part of the pro bono project the Immigrant Families Advocacy Project (IFAP), a partnership of the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project (NWIRP) and the UW Law School. Each year, IFAP trains and matches law students with pro bono attorneys to provide legal aid to immigrant victims of domestic violence who self-petition for a U-Visa under the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA).  Students receive extensive training, enabling them to do the bulk of the work on a U-Visa petition. We currently have over 50 U-Visa applicants awaiting student-attorney teams for 2015-2016.

First time IFAP attorney volunteers must attend the CLE, which covers the basics of immigration law, U-Visa petitions and adjustment status, confidentiality and ethics, working with immigrant survivors of domestic violence, and supervising law students. This year’s CLE takes place Friday, October 30th, 2014 from 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. at Perkins Coie. Attorneys who agree to accept one IFAP case may attend the CLE for only $35. Attendees will receive 4.25 CLE credits, including .75 ethics credits.

To register, email theifap@uw.edu.

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.

Learn More About Human Trafficking and Debtor’s Prison in These Upcoming CLEs

August 21: Prosecuting Human Trafficking Crimes in South Asia

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3:30 – 4:00 PM Registration
4:00 – 5:00 PM CLE Seminar
Century Square, Alki Room, 1501 4th Ave., Seattle

The presentation will focus on Jennifer Oswald’s work with International Justice Mission, an anti-human trafficking organization in South Asia. She worked with local attorneys to combat commercial sexual exploitation of minors by prosecuting sex traffickers. She will discuss the scope of trafficking, vulnerabilities regarding trafficking, the rescue and aftercare of the survivors, and prosecution of the traffickers. Furthermore, she will discuss anti-trafficking laws as well as review specific case studies.

To register, click here.

August 27: Free Webinar – Drowning in Debt! What Law Students & Lawyers Need to Know about Managing Student Debt & Earning Loan Forgiveness

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Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014
3:00 – 4:00 PM EDT

On July 29, Rep. Mark Pocan (D-WI) and Rep. Frederica Wilson (D-FL) introduced the Relief for Underwater Student Borrowers Act (H.R. 5239). This bill would prevent borrowers who earn forgiveness after 20 or 25 years of consistent repayment in the Income-Based Repayment (IBR) and Pay as You Earn (PAYE) repayment plans from having to pay taxes on the amount forgiven. Millions of borrowers currently face the possibility of having to deal with this potentially devastating tax liability. We urge you to call your Congressperson and Senators to support this bill!

To learn more about IBR, PAYE and Public Service Loan Forgiveness (tax-free forgiveness you earn by working at a wide range of qualifying public service jobs for ten years!) please attend Equal Justice Works’ free webinar, Drowning in Debt! What Law Students & Lawyers Need to Know About Managing Student Debt & Earning Loan Forgiveness, on Wednesday, August 27 from 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM EDT. If you register but cannot attend, you will receive a recording of the webinar you can view anytime.

Click here to register online.

August 31: Thurston County Young Lawyers Division BBQ (and the WA Legal Community)

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Sunday, Aug. 31, 2014
12:00 – Night (Tugboat races begin at noon. Grill will be hot all day.)

The whole legal community is invited, from Bench to Bar, clerks and students, from Thurston to Snohomish!  It will be a great opportunity to network, drum up volunteers for your organization, or just relax and get to know some truly quality people!

September 9: Combating Debtors’ Prisons CLE

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Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014
12:00 – 1:00 PM
ACLU of Washington Offices, Seattle

In Washington and around the country, nearly every person convicted of a crime receives a bill for legal financial obligations (LFOs) at sentencing.  These include fees, fines, costs, and restitution imposed by a court on top of a criminal sentence.  This court-imposed debt presents a formidable barrier to successful re-entry to society, pushing people deeper into poverty and prolonging their involvement with the criminal justice system.  In some jurisdictions, people are being thrown in jail because they are too poor to pay LFOs.  The ACLU and allies around the country are fighting the rise of modern day debtors prisons through litigation and advocacy.

Please join the ACLU’s Vanessa Hernandez for a lunchtime, brown bag CLE on the issues raised by modern day debtors’ prisons. Vanessa Hernandez will be joined via teleconference by ACLU national staff attorney with the Racial Justice Program, Nusrat J. Choudhury and they will discuss the rise of problematic systems for imposing and collecting LFOs and the litigation and advocacy strategies being used nationwide to combat the growth of debtors’ prisons.

This CLE has been approved for 1 general CLE credit (WSBA Seminar #376761) and there is a $5 registration fee.

To register, please click here.

Extra extra! Transitional Justice, International Human Rights, and Debtors Prison

American Association for Justice Opens Applications for its Women for Justice Education Fund’s 2014 Mike Eidson Scholarship, Due 5/1

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As the world’s largest trial bar, AAJ promotes justice and fairness for injured persons, safeguards victims’ rights—particularly the right to trial by jury—and strengthens the civil justice system through education and disclosure of information critical to public health and safety. AAJ fights daily to protect the civil justice system against corporations and powerful individuals.

The Mike Eidson Scholarship Fund was established by the AAJ Women for Justice Education Fund in 2008, in honor of AAJ Past President Mike Eidson, whose vision and generosity inspired it. The scholarship, traditionally in the amount of $5,000, is awarded annually to a rising 3L (or rising 4L in a night program) female student who has demonstrated a commitment to a career as a plaintiffs’ lawyer or criminal defense lawyer, along with dedication to upholding and defending the principles of the Constitution, and to the concept of a fair trial, the adversary system, and a just result for the injured, the accused, and those whose rights are jeopardized.

Download the application details here.

The Venice Academy of Human Rights 2014 Presents Conference on the “Judicial Legitimacy and the Rule of Law”, Early Bird Registration 3/15

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The Venice Academy of Human Rights is an international programme of excellence for human rights education, research and debate. It forms part of the European Inter-University Centre for Human Rights and Democratisation (EIUC). The theme of this year’s academy is “Judicial Legitimacy and the Rule of Law.”  Online applications are accepted until 4 May 2014. The Academy offers an “early bird” registration with a reduced participation fee until March 15, 2014.

For more information on the upcoming conference, click here.

University of Ulster’s Transitional Justice Institute Now Accepting Applications for LLM Human Rights Law and Transitional Justice, Due 6/30

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We are currently accepting applications for the LLM Human Rights Law and Transitional Justice programme, for 2014-15 entry.  This exciting and innovative programme is offered by the Transitional Justice Institute and is the only one of its kind in the UK and Ireland.  It is delivered by active researchers at both the Jordanstown and Magee campuses, on a full-time (one year) or part-time (two +years) basis, providing excellent flexibility in location and duration of study.  The programme will enable you to develop skills highly relevant to legal practice, and to policy, research and advocacy roles.

For detailed information on the LLM Program and application details, click here.

Hot off the press!  ACLU and CLS Release Report on “Modern Day Prisoners”

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By: American Civil Liberties Union and Columbia Legal Services

The report describes a counterproductive debt system that punishes people for their poverty while bringing little benefit to government or the public. At its worst, it results in poor people being locked up because they lack the money to pay off debts imposed by the legal system – creating a modern version of the despised debtors’ prison. The report provides profiles of individuals and recommends a series of reforms to bring fairness to the system.

The report focuses on the state’s system of Legal Financial Obligations (LFOs) – fees, fines, costs and restitution imposed by courts on top of criminal sentences.  The debts accrue interest at an exorbitant rate of 12% a year and can amount to a lifetime sentence for someone without the means to pay them off.  In some instances, the expense of running the system costs a county more than the debts it collects.

Continue reading here.

ABA Resolution Endorses a Human Right to Adequate Food

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By: Debra Cassens Weiss, ABA Journal

The ABA House of Delegates has passed a resolution calling for increased funding and a reordering of priorities to fight hunger in the United States.

Resolution 107 urges governments to increase funding and implement strategies “to promote the human right to adequate food and nutrition for all.” The resolution also urges the U.S. government to make the realization of a human right to adequate food a principal objective of domestic policy.

Continue reading here.

The Institute for Justice Invites Law Students to the Public Interest Boot Camp

Attention Recent Grads & Post-Grads! Free CLE Pro Bono Training on Representing Parents in Muckleshoot Youth-in-Need-of-Care Cases

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Date: Friday, Feb. 14, 2014
Time: 10:00 AM – 2:30 PM
Location: Foster Pepper PLLC, 1111 3rd Ave., Ste. 3000
CLE Credits: General: 4.0, Ethics, 1.0

Are you interested in child welfare proceedings and practicing in tribal communities? Are you interested in developing direct representation and courtroom skills?  Are you looking for a meaningful pro bono opportunity?  If you answered yes to these questions, join us at this FREE CLE!

We are seeking pro bono attorneys to represent eligible parents engaged in child welfare cases in Muckleshoot Tribal Court. This CLE will cover the basics of child welfare advocacy at Muckleshoot, including cultural competency, best practices, and an ethics discussion. Participation in this free CLE confirms your willingness to serve as pro bono counsel.  Lunch provided courtesy of Foster Pepper PLLC.

For question or to RSVP, contact Stacey Lara.

QLaw Foundation Offers Summer Grant Program Up to $5,000, Due 3/14

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Are you a member of the LGBTQ community or an ally?  Do you plan on spending your summer internship 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 10 full-time, 40 hour weeks of work. The goal of the QLaw Foundation grant program 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.

Applications due by March 14, 2014.

For more information and application details, please click here.

Institute for Justice Invites Law Students to Its Public Interest Boot Camp, Applications Due 3/21

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The Institute for Justice, the national law firm for liberty, is excited to announce our Public Interest Boot Camp this summer, July 25-27, in Arlington, Virginia.  The law student conference brings together 40 top students from across the country.  Learn how to use the law as a force for freedom, meet like-minded students and discuss cases like Kelo v. City of New LondonMcComish v. Bennett, and Zelman v. Simmons-Harris with the attorneys who helped litigate them.  We’ll also hear a keynote from a distinguished jurist and lectures by noted Georgetown University Law School professor Randy Barnett, George Mason University School of Law professor Todd Zywicki and Cato Institute scholar Roger Pilon.

Accommodations and reasonable travel expenses are provided for accepted students, but attendance is limited!  Applications are due March 21. 

For details and more information on how to apply, click here

Columbia Legal Services’ Institutions Project Advocacy Expands Opportunities Through its Reentry Clinic

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By Sonja Demco, Columbia Legal Services
Photo courtesy of FareStart

Since 2011, IP has held free legal clinics to help low-income people who have been involved with the criminal justice system navigate legal issues surrounding their Legal Financial Obligations (LFOs are the fees, fines, and restitution resulting from a criminal conviction). With funding from the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation and Legal Foundation of Washington, IP is excited to expand these clinics to address access to employment and housing in addition to LFOs.

The support also allows IP to partner with FareStart, a culinary job training and placement program for homeless and disadvantaged individuals in Seattle. Through this partnership, we will offer training and special legal clinics for FareStart students. The FareStart clinic will be held on the fourth Tuesday of every month at 2:30 p.m. beginning January 28th, 2014, at the FareStart offices.

IP will continue to host reentry clinics for the community on the second Monday of each month at 2:45 p.m. at the Public Law Library of King County in the County Courthouse, 516 3rd Ave., Suite W621, Seattle, WA.

For more information or to volunteer, please contact Sonja Demco.

Legislature Seeks to Track Dropout Rate Among Homeless Students

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By Annaliese Davis, The News Tribune, published Jan. 27, 2014

More than 27,000 students in Washington are homeless, and without the proper support, many fall behind and fail to graduate high school.  According to the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction, 27,390 students were homeless during the 2011-12 school year, and that number continues to rise.  “It is far too often that these children are not properly identified and allowed to slip through the cracks,” said Miles Nowlin, the family support coordinator within the Shelton School District.

The federal McKinney-Vento Act requires school districts across the country to identify homeless students within their district and provide them with the necessary support to complete their schooling. In Washington, the information is collected, but the dropout rates of homeless students are not tracked or reported.  Legislation proposed by Republican Rep. Kevin Parker of Spokane would require OPSI to compile and record the dropout number among homeless students.

Continue reading here.

CLS Launches Re-Entry Legal Clinic, NJP Launches Veteran’s Legal Project, More Poverty Law News and Global Social Entrepreneurship Competition

Columbia Legal Services Launches Re-Entry Legal Clinic

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Pro bono attorneys and law students needed!

Re-entry Clinic: Addressing the legal needs of people turning their lives around after a criminal conviction.

What is the Re-Entry Clinic? It provides free legal services to low-income men and women with criminal records trying to reenter society, but facing barriers to a successful reentry.

What legal issues does the clinic address? Legal financial obligations (fees, fines and restitution) and access to employment and housing.

How does it work? Volunteer attorneys attend the clinic for about 2.5 hours to provide legal advice and counsel. Law students volunteer as legal assistants. Volunteers can assist at the clinic as often as s/he likes, but we ask for a minimum of four times per year. A staff attorney will be at the clinic to assist.

Where are the clinics held? There are two.  One is located at the Public Law Library of King County the second Monday of the month from 2:45-4:45pm. The other is at FareStart the fourth Tuesday of the month from 2:40-4:30pm.

Will there be training? Yes. Please join us on December 2, 9am-3:30pm at Perkins Coie for a CLE on reentry law. Topics include: fair credit reporting act, legal financial obligations, housing law and employment screening.

Where can I learn more info? Please email Nick Allen at Columbia Legal Services.

Northwest Justice Project Announces Expanded Legal Services for Veterans

NJP_LogoNJP’s Veterans Project provides free legal services for civil problems that are barriers to housing, employment, and self-sufficiency. The Veterans Project also focuses on women veterans who face greater barriers to accessing services and often require special outreach and services to deal with service-related sexual abuse trauma.

In addition to performing direct outreach to low-income and at-risk veterans, the Veterans Project team of attorneys coordinates with veterans’ social services, health and housing providers, and Veterans Treatment Courts. Veterans Project attorneys are located in Spokane, Olympia, Tacoma, Seattle and Everett and provide services statewide.

The Veterans Project provides legal advice, representation, and referrals on a variety of civil legal issues including:

  • Child Support (modification and arrears forgiveness)
  • Vacating Criminal Convictions / Records
  • Consumer Law
  • Housing Issues
  • Veteran’s benefits, and state public / health benefits
  • Discharge Upgrades (less than 15 years old)

Veterans can call NJP’s Veterans Project directly.  The toll free, statewide Veterans Project number is: 1-855-NJP-VETS (855-657-8387).

Veterans facing issues not listed above can apply online or call NJP’s CLEAR line to find out if they qualify for free legal aid.

Op Ed- A Dream Deferred: The Right to Food in America

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October 30, 2013–by Smita Narula and Rev. Jesse Jackson, Huffington Post

Last month, the USDA reported that 49 million Americans live in “food insecure” households, meaning they cannot afford adequate food for themselves or their families. In other words, nearly one in six individuals in the richest country in the world is struggling to put food on the table. Hunger in the United States is not the result of a shortage of food or resources — it is the direct result of poverty perpetuated through policies that fail to prioritize Americans’ fundamental needs.

On the heels of the USDA report, the House voted to cut $40 billion over the next ten years from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) — the nation’s largest anti-poverty program. Under the House version of the farm bill, 3.8 million individuals would lose their SNAP benefits in 2014 alone, and an estimated 210,000 children would be kicked off of free school lunch programs. On November 1, SNAP recipients will see an automatic decline in their benefits when a temporary boost to the program (voted in as part of the 2009 Recovery Act) ends.

The impact of these assaults on our nutrition assistance programs will be felt over a generation and possibly beyond. Children who do not receive adequate nutrition — including prenatally — are at risk of serious health and developmental problems. Hungry children struggle to learn in school and, according to a report by Feeding America, are far more likely to experience behavioral problems, increasing the chance that they will drop out of school and decreasing their lifetime earning potential. By failing to adequately feed our children, we are setting them up to fail.

This is a moral failing. It is also a violation of human rights.

For full article please click here. To learn more and to take action against SNAP cuts, please visit: http://hungercliff.org/ or http://frac.org/leg-act-center/

How Crummy, Run-Down Housing Harms the Children Who Live in It

October 24, 2013– By Emily Badger, TheAtlanticCities.com, photo courtesy- The Atlantic

housingThe housing crisis sounded all kinds of alarms for policymakers and the public about what happens when families can’t afford their homes, or when they lose the stability that a secure home provides. We’ve heard about the effects of foreclosures on neighborhoods, the weight ofhousing stress on human health, the impact of lost equity on household wealth for huge portions of the U.S. population.

But something has been absent in all this talk about how unstable housing in any form affects families.

“The attention raised by the mortgage crisis and the foreclosure crisis really missed a lot of central aspects of housing that are likely to be important for children,” says Rebekah Levine Coley, a professor in the Lynch School of Education at Boston College.

Notably, it’s the quality of housing – the presence of peeling paint or cockroaches, broken appliances or damaged walls – that most strongly predicts a child’s well-being and development.

Continue reading here.

World Justice Forum Announces the World Justice Challenge

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About
The World Justice Challenge is an open competition designed to inspire individuals to create initiatives that will strengthen the rule of law where they live and work. It provides an opportunity for individuals to test practical solutions on the ground supported by:
  • Modest seed grants—the typical size of a seed grant is $15,000 to $25,000
  • Connections to others in the WJP’s global network
  • Increased visibility through media and communications support
The WJP believes that everyone is a stakeholder in the rule of law, and that a multidisciplinary approach is essential to creating long-lasting change.

How to Apply

The World Justice Challenge is open to all individuals, organizations, and entities from any country. The competition will launch on November 5 and close January 15. Approximately 10 grantees will be selected by a Selection Panel using the criteria listed in the application. The typical size of a seed grant is $15,000 – $25,000.

For complete info please click here.