Reduce your financial burden! Scholarships available; ensure loan forgiveness eligibility

Due Jan. 13: Pride Foundation has $400,000 in scholarships available

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The Pride Foundation 2017 scholarship application for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, (LGBTQ) and ally students is officially open!

Since 1990, Pride Foundation has awarded more than $4 million in scholarships to support LGBTQ and ally students. There are more than 50 different types of scholarships with awards up to $20,000—and only one application to complete. Read the flier here.

Set yourself up for Public Service Loan Forgiveness

usnewsloansstoryOct. 12, 2016 By Betsy Mayotte, Contributor, U.S. News Education. Photo courtesy of U.S. News Education, Clerkenwell/Getty Images.

U.S. News recently published a report on the best way to ensure eligibility for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness program. For example, to qualify there must be proof of employment for all 10 years.

“In less than a year – in September 2017 – the first borrowers will fulfill all the requirements for Public Service Loan Forgiveness, and could receive the remainder of their eligible federal student loans forgiven, tax-free, as soon as October. While these borrowers are counting down the days and the required loan payments with anticipation, other borrowers may soon realize that the loans they’ve assumed would go away after 10 years may not have qualified for PSLF.” Read the full article here.

The National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty Commends US DOJ for Supporting Seattle Anti-Criminalization of Homelessness Bill

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Press release originally published Oct. 14, 2016 by the National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty.

“The National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty is gratified that the U.S. Department of Justice issued a letter late Thursday affirming that Seattle Council Bill 118794 is ‘without question’ consistent with important constitutional principles. The Seattle Bill creates protections for unsheltered homeless people who are forced to live in public spaces, while also carving our sections of the city where encampments are not permitted. These important protections would help preserve the constitutional rights of people who experience homelessness and who are, too often, deprived of their civil, human, and constitutional rights.” Read the full press release here.

Get Informed About Debt Relief! Check Out EJW’s Free Webinar

September 24: Free Phone Seminar on ATJ Partnerships between the Courts, Legal Aid, and the Private Bar

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Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2014
1:00 – 2:00 PM, EST
This is a free program.

Access to Justice Commissions or similar partnerships in several states have produced concrete results in making our justice systems work for low-income and vulnerable client communities. Join us to discuss why and how it is critical to bring several stakeholders – like the judiciary and courts, legal aid, and the organized bar – together to address Access to Justice challenges. We will explore our experiences in very different states, and will concentrate on principles and practices that you use in your states.

Moderator: Steve Grumm, ABA Resource Center for Access to Justice Initiatives

Speakers:

Click here to register.

September 25: Equal Justice Works Debt Relief Free Webinar

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Thursday, Sept. 25, 2014
3:00 – 4:00 PM, EDT

JDs in Debt: What Law Students & Lawyers Need to Know about Managing Student Loans & Earning Public Service Loan Forgiveness

A must attend for anyone with student debt, this free webinar explains how to reduce your monthly student loan payments and qualify for Public Service Loan Forgiveness.

After the presentation (whether you are able to attend or not), you will be emailed a recording of the session that you can view at any time.

Click here to register online.

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.

Come Join in Celebrating Achievements in Our Local Community

May 19: Afternoon Reception & Presentation with Department of Commerce Visiting Delegation from Arabian Peninsula

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Monday, May 19, 2014
3:30 PM Presentation in RM 115
4:30 PM Reception in RM 447

International Commercial Law Principles and Sharia

Muddassir Siddiqui, Senior Legal Advisor, CLDP & Haitham Osta, PhD Candidate, UW School of Law

Next week, UW Law, in conjunction with the U.S. Department of Commerce Commercial Law Development Program, will host a delegation of esteemed visitors from Baharain, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates for week-long presentations and meetings with senior legal advisors from the Department of Commerce, several faculty members, Boeing, Microsoft, the World Justice Project, Amazon, Costco, and DLA Piper. The overall focus is on how GCC countries can harmonize and improve their business law environment to facilitate greater trade and investment.

Please join us for an afternoon reception at 4:30 in Room 447, where you will have the opportunity to chat with Dept. of Commerce senior legal advisors and our esteemed guests:

  • Mohamed Essam, Legal Director, Gulf Holding Company, Bahrain
  • Abdulla Monsour, Advisor, Ministry of Industry and Commerce, Bahrain
  • Hatim Zu’bi, Partner, Zu’bi & Partners Attorneys & Legal Consultants, Bahrain/UAE
  • Tarek Hajjiri, Director Legal Policy, Dubai Economic Council, UAE
  • Mohamed Almarzouqi, Judge, Ministry of Justice, UAE
  • Hosaam Alyammahi, Judge, Ministry of Justice, UAE
  • Khaled Mohamed Matar Alkaabi, Director Legal Policies and Agreements, Department Economic Development, UAE
  • Shamlan Alsawalehi, Judge, Dubai International Financial Center Courts, UAE
  • Dr. Sherif Ghannam, Professor, Dubai Police Academy, UAE
  • Sultan Ayidh M Alqahtani, Attorney, Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Saudi Arabia
  • Maher Othman A Alsaeed, Attorney, Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Saudi Arabia
  • Saad Fahd Dileym, Attorney, Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Saudi Arabia
  • Badr Abdulmusen Haddab, Attorney, Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Saudi Arabia
  • Abdulaziz Saud Alduhaim, Attorney, Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Saudi Arabia

May 22: Equal Justice Works Webinar: “Drowning in Debt?  Learn How Government and Nonprofit Workers Can Earn Public Service Loan Forgiveness”

Thursday, May 22, 2014
3:00 – 4:10 PM, EDT

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A must attend for anyone with student debt, this free webinar explains how to reduce your monthly student loan payments and qualify for Public Service Loan Forgiveness. After the presentation (whether you are able to attend or not), you will be emailed a recording of the session that you can view at any time. Detailed information about the federal student debt relief programs covered in this webinar are available in our e-book, Take Control of Your Future, which is available in the Kindle Store.

Register online here.

May 22: Eastside Legal Assistance Project Celebrates 25 Years of Service

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Thursday, May 22, 2014
7:00 – 8:30 AM
Meydenbauer Center, 11100 NE 6th St., Bellevue, WA 98004

We are having a big party on May 22nd where we will celebrate ELAP’s 25 years of service to our community serving low-income families and individual on the Eastside and survivors of domestic violence from all of King County. It would be great if you could join us for this celebration. We will see a great video which will describe where ELAP has been, where we are now, and a little bit of what the future holds for ELAP and the clients we serve.

It’s only two weeks until the 4th Annual ELAP Breakfast for Justice, so it’s time to register now to reserve you place.

Click here to register.  Suggested minimum donation $150.

June 18: KCBA Awards Dinner

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Wednesday, June 18, 2014
Sheraton Seattle Hotel
Reception – 5:30 PM
Dinner – 6:30 PM
Individual tickets are $100 each; $1,000 for reserved tables of ten.  Please register by June 11th.

You are cordially invited to join KCBA members, judges and community leaders of King County on Wednesday, June 18th at the Sheraton Seattle Hotel for the 2014 KCBA Annual Awards Dinner.  The evening celebrates a group of inspiring award recipients who have made a tremendous impact on the practice of law and administration of justice in our community.  The event includes a reception, gourmet dinner and the awards presentations.

Once again we are offering the opportunity for friends and colleagues of the honorees and the bar to place congratulatory greeting messages in the keepsake program book.  This provides a special way to honor the awardees and recognize the accomplishments of the bar over the last year.

Click here to register online.

June 19-22: 2014 Minidoka Pilgrimage

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Thursday-Sunday, June 19-22, 2014

In 1942, close to 13,000 people of Japanese-ancestry, many of whom were American citizens, were removed from their homes in the Pacific Northwest and sent to a desolate “incarceration camp” near Twin Falls, Idaho.  This summer, the 11th pilgrimage will take place with former incarcerees, their families, and friends – from Seattle, Portland and across the nation – to the former Minidoka Camp in Idaho.  This is an opportunity to learn, share memories, and ask questions about the Minidoka experience.  Consider participating as a way to bring your family together and reconnect with friends.  Participation is limited.  Scholarships are available.  

Deadline is June 1.  Registration information online here.

Happy Thanksgiving from Common Good!

Greetings, with some Thanksgiving–worthy annoucements from Equal Justice Works. But first, the Center for Public Service Law would like to wish you a thanksgiving full of gratitude. Reach out to those in need over the holidays and speak for justice as you give thanks for life. Travel well and be safe. Stay tuned for CommonGood’s next post on Monday, November 26. (Photo from Seems Artless.)

Bringing your Kindle with You on Holiday Travel Adventures? New educational debt relief ebook is available in the Kindle Store! Equal Justice Works (EJW) strives to ensure that the burden of high educational debt does not stand in the way of a public interest career. Check out EJW’s recent book on the subject, written to help students and public interest workers navigate the educational debt maze and earn public service loan forgiveness. Take Control of Your Future: A Guide to Managing Your Student Debt offers detailed information and guidance, from borrowing through repayment and relief programs. Download it as a resource to help you make future plans. (And, proceeds from the sale support the Equal Justice Works Educational Debt Relief Program.)

Lend your voice to improving Access to Justice. Equal Justice Works is partnering with the National Center for Access to Justice, and is asking for student input on its survey on pro bono in law schools. If you’re interested in lending your voice, please complete the survey here.