NW Public Service Career Fair registration open for students; where to go for support

What you need to know about immigration in a Trump administration

ilrcThe Immigrant Legal Resource Center has released information on immigration reform and status in light of the presidential election.

On DACA: President-elect Donald Trump pledged to end DACA when he becomes President. Trump will not be President until he is inaugurated on January 20, 2017. Until that time, DACA will remain in place and USCIS will continue to process both initial and renewal DACA requests.

On CIR: Based on Trump’s campaign rhetoric and the new composition of Congress, we do not expect a comprehensive immigration reform that includes legalization to be introduced in the coming years.

What immigrants can do now: People should go to a legal services provider to be screened for any possible immigration options other than DACA they for which they may already eligible.

Read more here. For a Spanish version, click here.

Support resources for students in the wake of Nov. 8

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On Tuesday night we witnessed a historic and unprecedented national election, the results of which have sent shock waves through the nation. However this historic time is affecting you, there are resources here to support you. Here are just a few:

Campus and Community Resources for Self-Care and Mental Health
What It Really Means to Hold Space for Someone, by Heather Plett
http://upliftconnect.com/hold-space/

4 Self-Care Resources for Days When the World is Terrible, by Miriam Zoila Perez
https://www.colorlines.com/articles/4-self-care-resources-days-when-world-terrible

3 Ways to Prioritize Self-Care While Resisting Dehumanization: Because #BlackWellnessMatters,
by Akilah S. Richards
http://everydayfeminism.com/2015/07/self-care-resisting-dehumanization/

Transforming Anger into Building Solidarity, by Beth Berila
http://www.contemplativepracticesforantioppressionpedagogy.com/blog/transforming-anger-into-building-solidarity-by-beth-berila-phd

5 Self-Care Tips for Activists – ‘Cause Being Woke Shouldn’t Mean Your Spirit’s Broke, by Kim Tran
http://everydayfeminism.com/2016/04/self-care-for-woke-folks/

What’s Missing When We Talk About Self-Care, by Carmenleah Ascencio
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4eX5Wjm4FrE

Engaging in Difficult Conversations
Calling In: A Quick Guide on When and How, by Sian Ferguson
http://everydayfeminism.com/2015/01/guide-to-calling-in/

Solidarity Building
30 Ways to Be a Better Ally, by Jamie Utt
http://everydayfeminism.com/2014/01/30-ways-to-be-a-better-ally-in-2014/

Being An Ally/Building Solidarity, by Southerners On New Ground (S.O.N.G.)
http://southernersonnewground.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/SONG-Being-An-Ally-Building-Solidarity.pdf

Ways to Contribute to Community Organizing
26 Ways to Be in the Struggle Beyond the Streets,
by Anderson, Barett, Dixon, Garrido, Kane, Nancherla, Narichania, Narasimham, Rabiyah and Richart
https://issuu.com/nlc.sf.2014/docs/beyondthestreets_final

24-Hour Crisis Clinic
http://crisisclinic.org/find-help/crisis-line/
866-427-4747 or 206-461-3222

King County
Dial 211 (M–F, 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.)

Pierce County Crisis Line
800-576-7764

Snohomish County 24-Hour Crisis Line
800-584-5578 or 425-258-4357

Skagit County 24-Hour Crisis Line
800-584-3578

NW Network of Bi, Trans, Lesbian and Gay Survivors of Abuse
http://www.nwnetwork.org/
206–568-7777

Trans Lifeline
877-565-8860

UW Seattle Hall Health Center – Mental Health Clinic
http://depts.washington.edu/hhpccweb/project/mental-health-clinic/
206-543-5030

Due Feb. 1: Sustainable International Development L.L.M., M.J. applications

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Application Deadline: Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2016

The University of Washington School of Law is currently accepting applications for its Graduate Program in Sustainable International Development Law (LL.M. and M.J. degrees).

 The UW Law School is the first U.S. law school to provide a graduate degree in Sustainable International Development.  Students of the Program learn through a practical and innovative approach, with course offerings focused on five key areas: rule of law and governance, law as a tool of poverty alleviation, global environmental protection, corporate responsibility & sustainability, indigenous people’s rights.

Application process: Apply and learn more online. Click here for an L.L.M. and here for an M.J.

Student registration for the 2017 NW Public Service Career Fairs open

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Each year the Public Service Career Fairs, hosted in Seattle and Portland, draw local and national government and non-profit employers who are hiring students for summer and academic year internships/externships, and for post-graduate attorney positions. Employers began to register in October and will continue to register until January 10. This year Lewis & Clark has partnered with Seattle University to facilitate student registration and interview selections for a more streamlined process. Register and read more here.

Want to Protect the Earth? Summer Internship Positions in Environmental Law!

Office of Management and Budget Recruiting Two Policy Analysts

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We are recruiting for two policy analysts for the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). We are seeking someone with experience relating to K-12 education and someone with experience in labor-related issues, including job training, pensions and unemployment insurance.  In both cases we are particularly interested in current students or recent or upcoming graduates of master’s degree programs in relevant fields.

Policy analyst positions at OMB are particularly exciting for people launching their careers in public policy.    In addition to developing the President’s Budget, OMB staff are responsible for providing the Executive Office of the President with policy and technical support on a wide range of issues. Analysts in these positions are responsible for reviewing the work and recommendations of agencies at many levels, and play a critical role in the policy and budget formulation processes.  OMB analysts interact with and provide policy analysis to numerous offices throughout the Executive Office of the President, including the Domestic Policy Council, National Economic Council, and Office of the Chief of Staff.  These career positions provide a great opportunity for individuals interested in public policy to see how Federal programs work at all levels.  We are looking for individuals who have strong analytical, communications, and interpersonal skills and can work effectively in a fast-paced environment.

For more information, click here.

University of Oregon School of Law Seeking Two Associate Directors for the Office of Career Planning and Professional Development in Eugene, Position Open Until Filled

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As the state’s only public law school, the University of Oregon School of Law is charged with providing an exemplary, accredited legal education in a cost-effective manner.

The Associate Director is one of three full-time professionals in the Center for Career Planning and Professional Development (Career Center) who report to the Assistant Dean for Career Planning and Professional Development.  We are currently seeking to fill two Associate Director positions.

The Associate Director’s work is shaped by key areas of substantive expertisesuch as: state trial court clerkships, private law firms, alternative JD career paths, and public interest and public service.  In addition to substantial career counseling responsibilities, including job search strategy, document review, and interview preparation, the Associate Director represents the Career Center and the University of Oregon School of Law to external audiences while engaging in marketing and outreach.  The Associate Director also collaborates with the Assistant Dean for Career Planning and Professional Development on the content and execution of the 1L Career Exploration and Professional Planning course.  Duties also include planning and facilitating Career Center programming, including workshops and panel presentations, and managing budgets related to these activities.

For more information, click here.

Environmental Law Alliance Worldwide Seeking Summer Environmental Law Intern

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ELAW is a network of public interest environmental lawyers and scientists who use the law to protect the environment. We provide legal and scientific resources to advocates in approximately 70 countries who are working to protect the environment and human rights. Legal interns assist the Staff Attorneys in responding to requests for assistance. These requests generate both short and long-term projects. Projects may include legal research (US and international); obtaining information about multinational companies planning to enter new countries; identifying model statutes and regulations; or evaluating legal doctrines and theories. Interns prepare memoranda to send to overseas advocates and communicate directly with these lawyers. ELAW Staff Attorneys work with interns and oversee all projects.

For more information, click here.

Earthjustice Seeking Law Externs in Northwest Office for 2016, Applications Accepted on a Rolling Basis

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The Northwest Regional Office of Earthjustice, located in Seattle, Washington, is seeking students who share a passion for justice and a healthy environment for externships in the spring or fall of 2016.

Externs work with attorneys on case development and litigation. Under the supervision of an attorney, an extern’s primary responsibilities are to perform legal and factual research, and to develop case strategy and legal theories. Externs may also have the opportunity to assist attorneys with preparing briefs and motions, to meet with clients and experts, to participate in moots of oral arguments, and to attend court proceedings and conferences with opposing counsel.

For more information, click here.

Human Rights First Seeking Legal Intern for Refugee Representation in Washington, D.C., Spring 2016 and Summer 2016 Opportunities Available

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Human Rights First welcomes law students to apply for its spring 2016 legal internship with the Refugee Representation team. We are looking for students who are currently enrolled in law school, have a strong interest in and commitment to human rights, are preferably fluent in a relevant second language, and want to work on behalf of indigent asylum-seekers.

We seek part-time interns (15 hours per week minimum) for the spring semester. Interns will be based in our Washington, D.C. office. All internships are unpaid.

The Refugee Representation program works to provide indigent asylum seekers with quality legal representation in their asylum cases. The program also advocates for legal reform and policy change on issues affecting asylum seekers in the United States.

For more information, click here.

Animal Legal Defense Fund Seeking Summer 2016 ALDF Litigation Program Clerk, Monthly Stipend Available, Due 12/1

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The clerkships are full-time, during summer 2016, for a period of 3 months (approximately 12 weeks) with a flexible starting date (dependent upon the student’s schedule).

The clerks will be closely supervised and trained by top experts in animal law. Clerks will complete legal research, work with ALDF’s litigation department in developing new cases, and learn how to prepare pleadings in cases currently handled by ALDF. The successful applicant must have a sincere interest in animal protection and be willing to accept a variety of assignments within the expanding field of animal law. The primary focus of this clerkship is on civil animal law issues, but there will be exposure to criminal anti-cruelty cases as well.

For more information, click here.

Attention 1Ls and 2Ls! Children’s Law Center in Washington, D.C. Seeking Summer Law Clerks, Due 12/2

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Children’s Law Center fights so every child in DC can grow up with a loving family, good health and a quality education.  Children’s Law Center invites applications for summer 2016 law clerk internships to begin Tuesday, May 31, 2016. Law clerks have a wide variety of responsibilities including conducting client intakes, completing court runs, researching and writing about legal issues, interviewing clients and witnesses, locating resources for clients, attending court hearings, and accompanying attorneys on home and school visits. Law students who wish to intern with the Children’s Law Center will receive one-on-one supervision from an attorney throughout the summer.

The following projects within Children’s Law Center are accepting summer law clerks: Guardian ad litem Project (GAL), GAL Special Education Project, Families First (FF), Heathy Together (HT), and Policy Team.

For more information, click here.

Paid Internship! District Department of the Environment Seeking Environmental Legal Intern, Due 12/4

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The Department of Energy & Environment (DOEE), Office of the General Counsel (OGC) seeks to hire a legal intern.  DOEE is the leading agency for energy and environmental issues affecting the District of Columbia.

DOEE’s OGC has a staff of nine attorneys and one operations specialist.  Legal interns are generally responsible for assisting OGC attorneys with the issues described above and various research projects as they arise. In addition, legal interns have the opportunity to interact with many of DOEE’s engineers, biologists, technicians, inspectors, environmental specialists, and other staff on a wide variety of District?related issues, including air and water quality, hazardous and toxic substances, underground and leaking underground storage tanks, lead?based paint matters, and energy and sustainability issues.

Legal interns are immersed in work of the office and have consistent communication with staff and supervising attorneys.  Interns participate in all office functions and are in consistent contact in person or via email.  Interns may work closely with a number of different attorneys who are all asked to comment, review, and evaluate the intern’s work.

For more information, click here.

Attention 3Ls! New York University School of Law’s Open Society Presidential Fellowship Now Accepting Applications, Due 12/10

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The Open Society Presidential Fellowship is awarded yearly to recent JD, LLM, MPA, MPP, and MBA graduates from accredited law, public policy, and business schools. Based in New York City, Fellows pursue work related to human rights, good governance, and justice through an 11-month residence within the Office of the President at the Open Society Foundations.

Fellows will work with staff, grantees, and other fellows on special initiatives that address the legal, business, policy, and organizational issues confronted by the Foundations’ various programs and projects. They will gain exposure and connections to the Open Society Foundations’ leadership and partner organizations, and cultivate knowledge about open society strategies.

For more information, click here.

Public Interest Network Seeks UW Grads!

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The Public Interest Network Seeks UW Grads! The Public Interest Network  is a family of organizations that use organizing, advocacy, research and policy analysis, and litigation to create change. They work on a variety of issues, including stopping global warming, protecting consumers, and getting money out of politics. They are actively recruiting UW law grads for JD advantage positions! For the right candidates they may delay start date for after the bar exam.

Check out some recent postings here:

Clean Water Advocate (Environment America) (DC)
Clean Energy Advocate (Environment America) (DC) 

Attention 3Ls and Recent Grads! Interested in Environmental Law? Gain Two Years’ Experience and Earn Your LLM with the Environmental and Natural Resources Law Clinic!

Center for Reproductive Rights Seeking Global Legal Program Summer 2016 Legal Intern, Applications Reviewed on Rolling Basis, 1L Applications Accepted After 12/1

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The Center for Reproductive Rights (the Center) is a nonprofit legal advocacy organization dedicated to advancing reproductive freedom as a fundamental right that all governments are legally obligated to respect, protect, 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.

The Center’s Global Legal Program (GLP) is looking for an enthusiastic, resourceful and highly organized law student intern with a commitment to reproductive rights issues to engage in a variety of legal research and writing projects related to GLP’s fact-finding, advocacy, and litigation in Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean, and at the United Nations. This internship, which will be based at our New York headquarters, will provide the successful candidate with experience using legal advocacy and international human rights law to advance reproductive rights around the world.

For more information, click here.

Attention 1Ls! Center for Constitutional Rights Seeking Summer Interns for 2016 Ella Baker Program, Due 12/18

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The Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) is a non-profit legal and educational organization dedicated to advancing and protecting the rights guaranteed by the United States Constitution and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

CCR created the Ella Baker Summer Internship Program in 1987 to honor the legacy of Ella Baker, a hero of the civil rights movement, and to train the next generation of social justice lawyers. Our program uses a combination of theory and practice to train talented and committed law students on how to work alongside social movements, community organizations, and impacted individuals. Through our program, interns gain practical litigation experience and sharpen their theoretical understanding of the relationship between social change, organizing and lawyering.

For more information, click here.

UnLocal, Inc. Seeking Summer Immigration Law Intern, Due 12/31

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UnLocal, Inc. is a vibrant, grassroots non-profit organization providing direct immigration legal services and immigration-related education to immigrant communities and our partner community-based organizations in and around New York City.

We are recruiting for an Immigration Law Intern to join our team for a Summer 2016 internship to work on our Immigrant Child Legal Services Project, Garifuna Assistance Project and our general deportation defense work. We are looking for someone who is dedicated, creative, and passionate and who thrives in a challenging and collaborative work environment.

For more information, click here.

Attention 3Ls and Recent Grads! Environmental and Natural Resources Law Clinic Now Accepting Applications, Due 1/15/2016

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The Environmental and Natural Resources Law Clinic (ENRLC) is pleased to invite eligible candidates to apply for a two-year Clinic Fellow position from June 1, 2016 through May 31, 2018. The fellowship combines the opportunity to obtain an LLM degree in Environmental Law from one of the leading environmental law programs in the nation with the opportunity to work with experienced environmental attorneys and students in a clinic focused on public interest cases. The fellowship includes a full tuition waiver and a stipend of approximately $35,000 to cover living expenses.

In addition to pursuing the LLM, the Clinic Fellow is expected to work at least 20 hours per week in the ENRLC. The Fellow will serve as a part-time staff attorney, with significant responsibility for one or more ENRLC cases or projects. The Clinic Fellow will work closely with the ENRLC Director and other faculty and staff to represent clients and supervise student clinicians.

For more information, click here.

Hadsell Stormer & Renick LLP Seeking Summer 2016 Law Clerk, Paid Position, Due 1/29/2016

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Hadsell Stormer & Renick LLP is currently accepting applications for law clerk positions in Summer 2016. Summer law clerks are expected to become integral members of a team of dedicated attorneys and staff that exclusively represent plaintiffs in civil rights and workers’ rights litigation.

Job duties will entail researching and drafting legal memoranda and briefs, participating in meetings with clients and attorneys, developing prospective cases, and attending depositions, hearings, and mediations.

For more information, click here.

Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law Seeking 2016 Summer Legal Intern in Washington DC, Due 2/16/2016

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The Brennan Center for Justice at New York University School of Law is a nonpartisan public policy and law institute that focuses on the fundamental issues of democracy and justice. Our work ranges from voting rights to campaign finance reform, from reducing mass incarceration to Constitutional protection in the fight against terrorism. A singular institution – part think tank, part public interest law firm, part advocacy group – the Brennan Center combines scholarship, legislative and legal advocacy, and communications to win meaningful, measurable change in the public sector.

We seek law students to work alongside staff in our New York and Washington offices on the Brennan Center’s policy advocacy, research, and litigation initiatives. Activities may include legal and policy analysis; legislative drafting at federal, state, and local levels; administrative and legislative advocacy; public education and scholarship; and litigation in trial and appellate courts. The Brennan Center’s interns are integral to all aspects of our work, including programmatic and strategic planning. We strive to offer a fun and intellectually-challenging legal intern experience that supports and supplements the vital advocacy offered by the Brennan Center. The internship starts on May 31, 2016 and lasts for 10 weeks. We may accommodate a limited number of split summers.

For more information, click here.

Attention Post-Grads with 5+ Years Experience! National Employment Lawyers Association Seeking Program Director, Position Open Until Filled

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The National Employment Lawyers Association (NELA) is seeking a full-time experienced Program Director. Headquartered in Oakland, California, NELA is the country’s largest professional association of lawyers who represent employees in employment matters. NELA advances employee rights and serves lawyers who advocate for equality and justice in the American workplace. Founded in 1985, NELA promotes and encourages the professional development of its members through networking, educational programs, publications, and technical support. NELA protects the workplace rights of individual employees through legislation, public policy, amicus curiae litigation, and other advocacy activities.

For more information, click here.

You’re Invited to Rethink School Discipline with the Oakland Unified School District Today at 11:30 AM!

July 17: Rethinking School Discipline with the Oakland Unified School District

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11:30 AM – 1:00 PM   Lunch and Learn Session – Bertha Knight Landes Room, Seattle City Hall, 600 4th Avenue    –   Bring your lunch and join Seattle City Councilmember Bruce Harrell, Chair of the Seattle City Council Public Safety, Civil Rights, and Technology Committee for a special presentation from OUSD representatives.  Everyone welcome. Water and juices will be provided.

5:30 PM – 7:30 PM Community Session – South Shore PK-8 School, 4800 S. Henderson, Seattle  –  Join fellow community members, parents, educators, and officials in an interactive learning session with OUSD representatives to learn about their efforts and their outcomes in reducing suspensions and eliminating racial disparity.  Everyone welcome.  Food will be provided at 5:30; program will begin at 6pm. 

Approach:  In 2010, OUSD began an integrated 4-pronged approach to reducing discipline and eliminating racial disproportionality.  They have achieved significant outcomes, including a 47% decrease in suspensions. The four evidence-based components of their approach are:

  • Restorative Justice
  • Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS)
  • Trauma-Informed Care (TIC)
  • Culturally Relevant Instruction

OUSD Representatives:

  • Theresa Clincy – Coordinator of Attendance and Discipline
  • Antonio Fregoso – Sergeant, Oakland School Police
  • Barbara McClung – Director, Behavioral Health Initiatives
  • Emilio Ortega – Manhood Development Instructor and Restorative Justice Coordinator

Sponsors: 

City of Seattle, King County, University of Washington School of Social Work – Communities in Action, Seattle Public Schools’ African American Male Scholar Think Tank, Rainier Beach Action Coalition, Community Center for Education Results-The Road Map Project

Background:  In 2010, OUSD began an integrated 4-pronged approach to reducing discipline and eliminating racial disproportionality.  They have achieved significant outcomes, including a 47% decrease in suspensions. The four evidence-based components of their approach are:

July 17: Early Bird Rate for the Tacoma Trauma Stewardship Institute

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Date: July 17, 2015
Time: 8:30 AM – 3:30 PM
Location: Landmark Convention Center, 47 St. Helens Ave., Tacoma, WA 98402

Do you feel like the work you’re doing or the life you’re living is taking a toll on you?  Are you noticing amongst your co-workers or community a collective fatigue, sense of hopelessness or helplessness, feeling like you can’t do enough, or spike in your cynicism? Are you grappling with how to keep on keeping on?  Please join us for a day of raising awareness individually, organizationally, institutionally, and systemically on how to live and work sustainably.

For more information and to register, click here.

July 23: Global Washington and Landesa Invite Students to Upcoming Panel Discussing “Charting a Career in International Development”

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Date: Thursday, July 23, 2015
Time: 3:30 PM – 5:00 PM
3:15 PM – 3:30 PM: Doors open
3:30 PM – 3:35 PM: Introduction by Melissa Merritt
3:35 PM – 4:15 PM: Program
4:15 PM – 4:30 PM : Q&A
4:30 PM – 5:00 PM: Reception
Location: PATH Seattle Headquarters, 2201 Westlake Avenue, Suite 200, Seattle, WA 98121 USA

Global Washington and Landesa invite students to an upcoming panel event featuring leaders from Landesa LogoPATH, World Justice Project, and Landesa discussing the topic: “Charting a Career in International Development.” Panelists will speak about their own career paths and impart tips for students interested in careers in international development.

To RSVP, click here.

August 4: Washington Attorney General Open House in Olympia/Tumwater

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Date: August 4, 2015
Time: 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Location: 7141 Cleanwater Lane SW, Olympia, WA 98501

On August 4th from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., the Washington Attorney General’s Office will host its third annual Open House in the Olympia/Tumwater office for those who wish to learn more about the Office and how to apply for attorney or law clerk positions.  This event is open to all current and incoming second and third-year law students, judicial clerks and/or licensed attorneys.

For more information, click here. 

Equal Justice Works, Skadden, Echoing Green, AmeriCorps… Oh My! Navigating Public Interest Fellowships

March 31: Global Mondays: Truth, Justice and Reparation in Northern Ireland

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Monday, Mar. 31, 2014
12:30-1:20 PM, Gates Hall RM 117 (unless noted)

Hosted by UW Law Graduate Program in Sustainable International Development and the PhD Program, and the Comparative Law & Society Studies (CLASS) Center

“Dealing with the Past: Narrating Truth in Northern Ireland”

Dr. Kathleen Cavanaugh, Irish Center for Human Rights, National University of Ireland

In truth telling processes in transitional societies, such as Northern Ireland, mechanisms established to find the truth, such as truth commissions, endeavour to find a common narrative emerging about the causes of conflict. At the same time, there is now evidence that such processes also create silences; some narratives are not fully represented. This lecture will provide some background on the conflict in Northern Ireland and how such a meta-conflict situation has given rise to conflicts over memories of state.

Image courtesy of Stockvault and Nicolas Raymond.

April 1: Social Justice Tuesday: Public Interest Post Graduate Fellowships

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Tuesday, Apr. 1, 2014
12:30-1:20 PM, RM 133

Speaker: Aline Carton-Listfjeld, Center for Public Service Law

Equal Justice Works, Skadden, Echoing Green, AmeriCorps…Oh my!

Trying to make sense of the all the fellowships out there? Get vital resources and learn about the different types of fellowships for recent law grads with experience and passion for social justice and public interest law. 1Ls and 2Ls are strongly encouraged to attend.

If you would like lunch please RSVP via Symplicity or Email by 12:00 pm Monday, March 31.

April 2-3: Clinics Information Fair

2014 Clinic Info Week Schedule

April 7: Global Mondays, LGBT Rights Internationally: Russia, India, Uganda, Nigeria and Beyond

Monday, Apr. 7, 2014
12:30 – 1:20 PM, RM 127
Speakers from the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission:

Jessica Stern

Jessica Stern is the Executive Director of the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission. As the first researcher on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) human rights at Human Rights Watch, she conducted fact-finding investigations and advocacy around sexual orientation and gender identity in countries including Iran, Kyrgyzstan, South Africa, and the United Arab Emirates. She holds a masters degree in human rights from the London School of Economics. She is frequently quoted in the Mail & Guardian, Al Jazeera English, the Associated Press, Reuters, Agence France Presse, Deutsche Welle, Voice of America, The Guardian and The BBC.

Grace Poore

Grace Poore, from Malaysia, has been the Regional Program Coordinator for Asia and the Pacific Islands at the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (IGLHRC) since 2007.  She develops the work in Asia, oversees multi-country projects on human rights documentation and advocacy in Asia, and conducts trainings.  She co-wrote the video “Courage Unfolds” about LGBT activism in Asia and the Yogyakarta Principles.  Ms. Poore holds a Masters degree from Syracuse University, Newhouse School of Communications.  She is currently working on a report about violence against lesbians, bisexual women, and transgender people in five Asian countries.

May 5: Gates Public Service Law Speaker Series: Professor Thomas Buergenthal Speaking on “Becoming an International Judge via the Holocaust”

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Monday, May 5, 2014
4:30 – 5:30 PM, RM 133
Reception to follow at the Burke Museum

Thomas Buergenthal is the Lobingier Professor of Comparative Law and Jurisprudence at George Washington University. He came to the United States at the age of 17. He spent the first 11 years of his life in various German camps and is one of the youngest survivors of the Auschwitz and Sachsenhausen concentration camps. Considered one of the world’s leading international human rights experts, Professor Buergenthal was a Judge and President of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights as well as President of the Administrative Tribunal of the Inter-American Development. He was a member of the UN Human Rights Committee and UN Truth Commission for El Salvador. He is a member of the Ethics  Commission of the International Olympic Committee and the honorary president of the Inter-American Institute of Human Rights in San José.

Co-Sponsors: The Jackson School, the UW Center for Human Rights, Hillel, and the  Jewish Studies Department. 

Reception Sponsored by the Gates Public Service Law Program and the UW Center for Human Rights. (Sponsorship of this event by the University of Washington School of Law and the W.H. Gates Public Service law Program does not imply endorsement.)

RSVP via Symplicity or email.

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.

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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.

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Spring in Events in Full Swing

Challenges Facing Diverse Attorneys

SJTlogoTuesday, April 30, 12:30-1:20pm,  Room 133, Gates Hall

The Minority Law Students Association invites you to join Chach Duarte White, Consultant for TrueBearing, and formerly Diversity Program Manager at the Washington State Bar Association. She will be discussing the WSBA Membership study which was in the spring of 2011 in order to achieve four interlocking goals:

1) Gather reliable demographic and career-related data about the WSBA membership overall;

2) Initiate an exploration of the characteristics and work experiences of diverse segments of the membership;

3) Explore patterns of professional transitions among the WSBA membership, identifying causal factors where possible, and

4) Establish a statistically reliable database that can serve as:

• a practical benchmark for understanding membership trends,

• a guide to policy and program planning, and

• a clear baseline for use in future program evaluation.

If you would like lunch please RSVP via Symplicity or gatespsl@uw.edu by 12:00 pm Monday, April 29, 2013. No RSVP for lunch accepted after 12:00 pm.

Need to Rethink Your Job Search Strategy? Recently Changed Your Career Goals? Interested in Public Service/ Public Interest? Attend the Four Job Search Essentials Workshop

Job SearchThursday, May 2, 12:30-1:20pm, Room 212

It’s never too late to take a step back and evaluate your professional development, career goals and strategies. In fact, job seekers who regularly spend some quality time examining their values, passions, skills, interests and experiences write better cover letters, perform better in interviews and feel more comfortable networking.

Join Aline Carton-Listfjeld from the Center for Public Service Law and Amy Kosterlitz, Professional Development Consultant, for an interactive small group workshop where you’ll get to take a step back and assess where you are and where you want to go in your professional development. 1Ls, 2Ls, 3Ls and LLM students are all welcome.

Please RSVP in Symplicity or via gatespsl@uw.edu.

burma051313Please join the Asian Law Center, on the occasion of its 50th Anniversary and the Sustainable International Development Law Graduate Program’s 20th Anniversary, for a roundtable discussion honoring Professor Roy Prosterman Founder of Landesa and the Sustainable International Development Law LL.M. Program at UW School of Law.

After more than 50 years of internal repression, civil wars and estrangement from the international community, Myanmar (Burma) has embarked on a process of reform. The country looks set once again to engage with the global economy.

What role can law play in alleviating poverty and in promoting responsible investment in Myanmar? Join a panel discussion that will discuss emerging legal challenges to inclusive development in Myanmar.

For complete program info and to RSVP please click here.