Fill your heart with these public service opportunities this Valentine’s day

2/17: Social Justice Tuesday – “Caught in the Middle: Accessing legal service when you aren’t low income enough”

SJTJoin us in Room 127 at 12:30pm for this presentation about legal services that are available to people of “moderate means.” People who are very low income may be eligible for free legal aid. But for people just above those free legal aid eligibility guidelines, the options are practically nonexistent and yet these people who do not have sufficient income to pay market rates for a lawyer. Come hear from lawyers and students who have a found a way to bridge this justice gap.

 Panelists include: Celeste Miller (WSBA low bono section), Vincent Humphries (Moderate Means Program), and Lauren Matzelle (Bridging the Gap – student intern). If you would like lunch please RSVP via Symplicity or gatespsl@uw.edu RSVP by 12:00 pm Monday, February 16, 2015.

2/19: The Joint Legislative Audit and Review Committee (JLARC) Information Session

Please join us to learn more about the Joint Legislative Audit and ReviewCommittee (JLARC) in Room 118 at 12:30PM.  JLARC is a bipartisan and bicameral committee of the Washington State Legislature.  Nonpartisan JLARC staff evaluate the performance of state agencies and programs to make government more effective, efficient, and accountable.  One of JLARC’s long-term assignments is to review Washington’s tax preferences (e.g., exemptions, deductions, and credits).

 JLARC is seeking a qualified legal intern or extern for the summer of 2013 to perform legal research for the tax preference reviews, under the supervision of JLARC’s research attorneys and analysts.

 The intern will have an opportunity to: Gain in-depth knowledge of Washington State tax laws, policies, and history; assist the Citizen Commission for Performance Review of Tax Preferences; and make valuable professional contacts in state government.

Please RSVP via Symplicity or gatespsl@uw.edu

 2/19 – Deadline: Funding for UW Law Students is Available for: Citizen University National Conference!

Let’s rekindle citizenship in America! March 20 & 21, 2015. The events Friday, March 20 at 6:30pm will take place at Fisher Pavilion – Seattle Center.

This annual national conference is like no other civic gathering in America. Hundreds of change-makers, 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

Bring a water bottle, wear comfortable clothing and shoes, and learn how to practice powerful citizenship! http://www.citizenuniversity.us/conference/If you wish to attend send your request and resume to mestorms@uw.edu by February 19, 11:59 pm.

2/25: Immigration 101 – Training for Social Service Providers

This training is designed especially for individuals who work with and serve the immigrant community and who want to learn more about the immigration system, immigration enforcement, and how immigration issues affect the community! 

Topics to be addressed include: an overview of our immigration system and immigration status, how does the President’s new actions on immigration affect the community?, what barriers prevent immigrants from accessing services?, what happens when people are detained by immigration authorities?, what protections are available to immigrant victims of crime and survivors of domestic violence?, what protections are available for immigrant youth?, what resources are available in the community to help?, and more!

Note: This training is NOT intended for attorneys and CLE credit is not available.  The training is intended for social service providers in non-legal fields who want general information and resources to refer community members to qualified legal service providers. Join us on February 25 from 1:00-5:00 PM at New Holly Gathering Hall (7054 32nd Ave S., Seattle, WA, 98118).

A registration fee ($25) is required for this training, but scholarships are available (see the Register Now link for more details). We hope to see you there!  

Need to Learn the Ins and Outs of Getting Funding? Look No Further!

Post Graduate Short Term Public Service Funding 2014

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The Post-Graduate Fellowship Program was initiated in 2013 and seeks to support new UW law graduates who are seeking employment, and who wish to provide legal services for underserved populations, by providing limited financial support while Fellows continue to search for permanent positions after the bar exam. This support will allow Fellows to continue to develop skills, contacts, and professional experience through short-term volunteer work, enabling them to better compete for permanent positions once they become available.

Each fellow must volunteer with an eligible sponsor organization, doing work that requires a JD or draws heavily on the Fellow’s legal education and training. Eligible work may include, for example, legal advocacy, direct legal services, impact litigation, or community education and organizing.

Fellowship awards will consist of a maximum of $1500 per Fellow, renewable on a monthly basis, for a maximum of four months (up to $6000 total). Fellowships must begin between August 1, 2014 and September 30, 2014, and may end no later than January 31, 2015. Fellowships will end when the Fellow finds a permanent position or at the end of the four-month fellowship period, whichever comes sooner. Recipients and sponsoring agencies will be required to certify that they will adhere to each of the goals and guidelines of the Fellowship program.

The University of Washington School of Law is accepting applications from June 2014 graduates for a limited number of short-term, post-graduate Fellowships. Applications can be accessed on Symplicity and must be uploaded to Symplicity no later than Sunday, May 4, 2014 at 11:59 p.m.

Questions?  Contact Dean Storms.

Social Justice, Conflict Resolution, and Reconciliation: An Introductory Workshop to Kingian Nonviolence on May 1-2

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Hosted by: University of Washington and Bellevue College

Kingian Nonviolence is a framework for transforming and reconciling conflict that was developed out of the teachings of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the organizing strategies of the Civil Rights Movement. The goal is to prevent violence, yes, but its ambitions are even bigger: to pursue reconciliation by putting strength and agency in the hands of those who choose to act, talk, and think in healthy, humanly-connected ways that pursue a common higher ground. An approach of nonviolence, as a result, has wide applicability for how people set goals, declare values, and interact with others. In this workshop we will study the nature of human conflict, the roots of violence, the principles of nonviolence, and the “six steps of Kingian Nonviolence,” which will discuss the role of direct action, education, negotiation, and other steps critical in movement building. Specifically, we will address strategies and principles on how to respond to both interpersonal conflict as well as larger social conflicts.

Dates and Cost

We ask participants to commit to both days of the workshop.

May 1 @ Bellevue College: 4:00 – 4:30 PM sign-in, 4:30 – 8:30 PM
May 2 @ University of Washington, 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM

Cost is $25 per person, to be paid in cash or check at registration sign-in. An introductory manual is included in this fee. Specific room details will be provided after registration; sandwiches and snacks will be provided each day.

For more information, click here.

Working in Civil Legal Aid, Public Defense or Gov’t Agency this Summer? Still Looking for Summer Funding? Americorps JD May be Right for You! Deadline Extended to May 2

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The deadline for students to apply to our AmeriCorps JD program to receive a $1,175 Segal AmeriCorps Education Award has been extended through May 2.

We have more spots available for students working with various populations in any area of law in addition to funding for students providing legal services to veterans, including those serving at legal aid, public defender, other nonprofit organizations, or local, county or state government agencies.

These funds are currently underutilized, so please take advantage of this invaluable opportunity!  By completing a simple application and consenting to a background check, students have the opportunity to earn additional funds for the work they are already doing this summer and throughout the school year while still being able to receive outside funding up to $4,300.

For a step by step guide on the application process, click here.  Click here to apply online.

Show me the money! Resources and Tips for Grant writing from the Gallagher Law Library

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Want to start your own legal services or social justice organization? The Gallagher Law Library has compiled some fabulous resources for public service startups.

Check it out here.

 

 

Final Reminder! Report Pro Bono Hours by Monday, April 28!

Wouldn’t it be amazing if we could say 100% of UW Law students, faculty and staff give back to the community!?   

  • Did you volunteer for IFAP, IMAP, SYLAW, ITMP, ELS, research project  NW Detention Center Project or a community-based legal organization between April 2013 and March 2014?

 

    • Did you volunteer as a case manager or leader for one of these student-led pro bono projects?
  • Did you intern last summer for a public interest organization and didn’t get a summer grant, stipend or externship credit?

 

If you can answer YES to any of these questions you are likely eligible to participate in the Pro Bono Honors Program!

APRIL 28 IS FAST APPROACHING! And, it’s the last day to submit the online form so that you can be recognized with fellow students, faculty and staff with a Pro Bono Service Award! Don’t forget the program recognizes student leaders pro bono legal assistance projects as well as legal assistance hours. 2Ls, 3Ls and LLM students with 30 hours (10 hours for 1Ls) of qualifying pro bono service will be recognized.

Your efforts are greatly appreciated and you will be recognized at the May 8 PILA TGIT!

 Not in it for the award? We get it. The Pro Bono Honors Program though gives us the opportunity to tell the story of UW Law and what our commitment to public service really looks like.  We are also able to pull together resources to help future generations of students connect to the volunteer opportunities that resonate for them.  So please take the time to do this!

Law Student Checklist:

For First-Time Student Participants

  • Tie your UWNet ID to a GMail account if you haven’t already.
  • Make sure your pro bono work qualifies or contact acarton@uw.edu if you’re not sure.
  • Attend the Annual Core Competencies Training on October 12, 2013. Missed a training? Go to our training page for resources and podcasts.
  • Keep track of your hours (download optional tracking log):
    • We’ll need you to tell us if you you’re providing direct legal assistance and/or if you’ve been in a pro bono leadership role.
    • You’ll need a minimum of 30 hours performed between April 1, 2013 and March 31, 2014.
  • Draft Essay: Write a 600-1000 word reflective essay about your pro bono work experience, observations made about the clients you’ve served or the organization you worked for and/or reflections about your professional path in public service law.
  • Certify training attendance, report hours and submit essay by Monday, April 28: Complete the online web form.

For Returning Student Participants

  • Tie your UWNet ID to a GMail account if you haven’t already.
  • Make sure your pro bono work qualifies or contact acarton@uw.edu if you’re not sure.
  • Keep track of your hours (download optional tracking log):
    • We’ll need you to tell us if you you’re providing direct legal assistance and/or if you’ve been in a pro bono leadership role.
    • You’ll need a minimum of 30 hours performed between April 1, 2013 and March 31, 2014.
  • Report hours by Monday, April 28: Complete the online web form.

Department of Justice Seeks Trial Attorney, Applications Due 2/14

Attention Recent Grads!  DOJ’s Office of Internal Affairs Seeks Trial Attorney, Due 2/14

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The Criminal Division of the U.S. Department of Justice is seeking Attorney(s) for permanent position(s) in the Office of International Affairs. Positions are based in Washington, DC. Upon accepting an offer of employment, applicants must make a three-year commitment to the Office of International Affairs.

The attorney(s) selected will likely be assigned to one of six geographical teams. Responsibilities will include extensive, high-volume casework (international extradition and mutual legal assistance), law enforcement treaty negotiations and implementation consultations, preparation of briefing materials for the Attorney General and Department principals, and other international criminal law matters. These responsibilities require regular contact regarding a wide range of complex law enforcement issues with U.S. federal, state, and local prosecutors and law enforcement personnel, other Department components, the State Department and various other federal agencies, as well as law enforcement counterparts abroad.

For more information and application details, click here.

Center for Reproductive Rights Offers Summer Internships

2014 Summer Internship in Africa Regional Office, Due 2/20

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The Center for Reproductive Rights is a non-profit legal advocacy organization dedicated to advancing reproductive freedom as a fundamental right that all governments are legally obligated to protect, respect, and fulfill.  The Center engages in cutting-edge impact litigation, policy analysis, advocacy, research and public education throughout the world, to achieve women’s equality in society and to ensure that all women have access to appropriate and freely chosen reproductive health services.

We seek to hire one skilled and highly-motivated legal intern to work with the Africa program between 2nd June and 8th August 2014. As an intern based in the Center’s Nairobi Office in Kenya, you will assist members of the regional  legal team in Nairobi and New York with a range of activities.

For a complete description and application details, click here.

2014 Summer Federal Advocacy Intern

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The Center for Reproductive Rights is a non-profit legal advocacy organization dedicated to advancing reproductive freedom as a fundamental right that all governments are legally obligated to protect, respect, and fulfill. The Center’s domestic and international programs engage in litigation, policy analysis and advocacy, legal research, and public education seeking to achieve women’s equality in society and ensure that all women have access to appropriate and freely chosen reproductive health services.

For a complete description and application details, click here.

Congressional Executive Commission on China Seeks Summer Intern for 2014, Due 3/1

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The Congressional-Executive Commission on China (www.cecc.gov) is offering paid internships to qualified undergraduates, graduate students, or recent graduates this coming summer in Washington, D.C. Interns must be U.S. citizens. The application deadline is March 1, 2014 for the Summer 2014 internship that runs from June to August 2014. Summer internships are full-time; interns are expected to work from 32 to 40 hours per week.

For application instructions, click here.

Attention 3Ls and Recent Grads! NALP Street Law Seeking Legal Diversity Pipeline Project Fellow for 2014-2016, Due 3/15

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This two-year fellowship provides a wonderful opportunity for a public interest-minded law graduate who also has an interest in education and diversity in the legal profession.  The NALP/Street Law Legal Diversity Pipeline Program, a joint initiative undertaken by both organizations in 2008, is designed to provide information about the law and the legal profession to high school students and encourage them to pursue legal careers.  In particular, the program targets students from minority groups that are underrepresented in the practice of law.

For more information and application details, click here.

KCBA Offers Pro Bono Council Internship for Summer 2014, Due 4/4

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The Pro Bono Council (PBC) was formed as a committee of the Washington State Access to Justice Board in January 2014. The PBC works on behalf of pro bono programs throughout Washington State that provide free legal services to low-income individuals through recruiting, training, and retaining volunteer attorneys.  The PBC will support pro bono programs through the development and implementation of both statewide and local projects.  The PBC intern will directly assist in the development and implementation of these projects and have the opportunity to take part in increasing access to effective and efficient pro bono legal services in Washington State.

For more information and application details, please click here.