Diversity Week coming up, including salmon dinner and bingo

Feb. 21 – 27: Diversity Week events

UW Law LogoTime: Multiple events
Date: Tuesday, Feb. 21 to Monday, Feb. 27, 2017
Place: UW School of Law

  • NEGOTIATING IN THE WORKPLACE
    TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 21, 12:30 – 1:20 P.M. / ROOM 127
    Sponsored by the Women’s Law Caucus
  • FILM: “CARL MAXEY: A FIGHTING LIFE”
    TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 21, 3:30 – 5 P.M. / ROOM 115
    Sponsored by the Washington Association for Justice
  • SALMON DINNER AND BINGO
    TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 21, 6 P.M. / GALLERIA AND ROOM 115
    Sponsored by the Native American Law Students Association
  • MAKING THE COMMUNITY YOUR OWN
    WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 22, 12:30 – 1:20 P.M. / ROOM 127
    Sponsored by South Asian Law Students Association
  • BREAKING THE GLASS CEILING: A CONVERSATION WITH LAWMAKERS
    WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 22, 3:30 – 5 P.M. / ROOM 115
    Sponsored by the Latina/Latino Students Association
  • HAPPY HOUR
    WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 22 / BIG TIME BREWERY, 4133 UNIVERSITY WAY NE
    Sponsored by the South Asian Law Students Association
  • FEMALE LEGAL PRACTITIONERS WORLDWIDE
    THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 23, 12:30 – 1:20 P.M. / ROOM 127
    Sponsored by the International Law Society
  • HERE TO STAY: UNDOCUMENTED YOUTH, RESISTANCE AND THE COMING LUCHA
    THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 23, 4 – 5 P.M. / ROOM 115
    Sponsored by the Latina, Latino Students Association
  • A MULTICULTURAL TGIT
    THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 23, 5 P.M. / ROOM 115
    Sponsored by BLSA, LLSA and JLSA
  • CAREER OPPORTUNITIES IN CUTTING EDGE FIELDS: AN INTERVIEW WITH MR. STEVEN TAPIA
    FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 24, 12:30 – 1:20 P.M. / ROOM 127
    Sponsored by the Diversity Committee
  • PRESERVING CIVIL RIGHTS IN EDUCATION POLICY UNDER THE NEW ADMINISTRATION
    MONDAY, FEBRUARY 27, 12:30 – 1:20 P.M. / ROOM 127
  • FILM: “3 ½ MINUTES, TEN BULLETS” (PANEL DISCUSSION TO FOLLOW)
    MONDAY, FEBRUARY 27, 3:30 P.M. / ROOM 118
    Sponsored by the Black Law Students Association

Through Feb. 28: Law Students, Faculty & Staff Have Heart!

Time: 12:30 to 1:20 p.m.
Date: Through Tuesday, February 28. 2017
Place: UW School of Law, Brotman Galleria

UW Law LogoIf you had the chance to save someone’s life, would you? …what about 8 lives?

Each year, thousands of Americans die waiting for an organ. Desperately needed organs are buried with their owners rather than gifted to neighbors in need. Most Americans—over 95%—support organ donation. And yet, only 45% of eligible donors are registered.

Register or update your organ donor status today! We are registering students, faculty, and staff as organ and tissue donors. Sign up or verify your registration and show our community that you have heart by adding your heart to the wall! Each class, the LLMs, plus faculty and staff have different color hearts to show their support.

We will be tabling over lunch until the end of February. Come by and show us your heart and we’ll give you a heart for the wall. Together, we can save lives.

Feb. 28: Intersectionality & Difference: Working Together for Social Change

intersectionalityTime: Dinner
Date: Tuesday, Feb. 28: 2017
Place: UW School of Law, Room 115

How can lawyers better meet the legal needs of grassroots communities organizing for change? How can lawyers support community-driven efforts from behind? How do we find balance in our own multiple and intersectional identities that affect our approach to problem solving and social change work? Should we redefine our ideas of lawyers as leaders? RSVP via Symplicity.

Feb. 28: Equal Justice Works webinar on Student Debt Relief

equal_justice_works_logoTime: 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.
Date: Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2017
Place: Webinar

Learn about repayment plans, loan forgiveness options, loan cancellation options, what do if you’re behind on your loan payments and more! Register here! If you can’t attend live, register and you’ll receive the recording 24-48 hours after the presentation.

Be sure to check out the play “Force Continuum” at UW!

April 26: RACE TALKS @ 12:30 p.m.- Room 447

taupc7ah_400x400The Dean’s Advisory Committee on Diversity urges you to “drop in” on an ongoing discussion about race, power and the law. This is an ongoing, open-ended conversation. Feel free to stop by anytime between 12:30 and 1:20 to listen and share your thoughts. Professor Brenda Williams will moderate

Lunch will be provided.

April 27: Financial Planning for Grads

taupc7ah_400x400Wednesday, April 27, 12:30-1:20 pm Room 127
Are you worried about repaying your student loans and other debt? Please join us for this informative 50 minute session.

Speakers:

  • Mathiew Le, UW, Assistant Dean Admissions and Financial Aid
  • Aline Carton-Listfjeld, UW, Director, Center for Public Service Law

It is important for law students to master the basics of personal financial management. Basic principles of personal finance are not difficult to learn and apply, but they may seem so because they are rarely explained in a simple, straightforward manner.

This presentation will provide an overview of the fundamentals of personal financial management for law students with little or no prior exposure to the subject. Topics covered will include strategies to track income and expenses, repayment loan options and establish budget priorities including common mistakes to avoid.

April 27-May 8: FORCE CONTINUUM

force820x400_2MFA director Malika Oyetimein will stage Kia Corthron’s explosive socio-political drama about three generations of African American police officers torn apart by the very organization to which they have dedicated their loyalty and working lives. Corthron tells an unflinching and deeply felt story of tragically flawed human beings trying to do the right thing in difficult circumstances and getting it very, very wrong.

As timely now as it was when first produced in 2001, Force Continuum stands as a potent theatrical criticism of modern day police brutality and the relationship between police and the black community.

To buy tickets, click here.

April 27: From Standing in the Street to Having a Seat at the Table

jsternJoin CPSL and Jessica Stern, Executive Director of OutRight Action International for a discussion of OutRight’s work supporting LGBTQI individuals living in the Middle East. OutRight Action International is a leading international organization dedicated to human rights advocacy on behalf of people who experience discrimination or abuse on the basis of their actual or perceived sexual orientation, gender identity or expression. Jessica Stern specializes in gender, sexuality and human rights globally. As the first researcher on LGBT rights at Human Rights Watch and a Ralph Bunche Fellow at Amnesty International, she conducted fact-finding investigations and advocacy in relation to Iran, Kyrgyzstan, South Africa, and the United Arab Emirates. RSVP for this event through Symplicity. Campus location: William H. Gates Hall (LAW). Campus room: Room 138. Event types: Lectures/Seminars.

Event sponsors: The Center for Public Service Law and OutRight Action International. Wednesday, April 27, 2016, 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM.

May 3: SJT – Multi-Parent Adoptions within Washington State

SJTOutlaws is hosting a panel presentation regarding multi-parent adoptions within Washington State. The panel will explain to the audience the fundamentals of how Washington handles adoptions involving more than two legal parents, as well as Washington’s take on custody decisions involving more than two adults when there is a separation or dissolution of one or more adult relationships.

Room 127 at 12:30pm.

May 4: The “Ins and Outs” of Applying for a 2L Summer Position: A Student Panel Discussion and Networking Reception for 1L Students

taupc7ah_400x400Please join LBA and ILS on Wednesday, May 4 for a student panel discussion followed by a networking reception.

The event will begin at 3:30pm in room 138 with a moderated panel of 2L and 3L students who will share their experiences applying for a 2L summer position. Immediately following the panel, there will be reception held in the Gallagher Law Library with local recruiters and attorneys from law firms, government agencies, and public interest organizations. During the reception, students will have the opportunity to meet with attorneys and recruiters and learn more about their organizations. Additionally, students will have the opportunity to speak with current 2L and 3L students who can share lessons, experiences, and tips for researching and applying for a 2L summer position.

Room 138 and Gallagher Law Library at 3:30-6pm

What are some of the needs of low-income LGBT folks?

POVERTY IS AN LGBT ISSUE: AN ASSESSMENT OF THE LEGAL NEEDS OF LOW-INCOME LGBT PEOPLE

9178644107_da1654e3ed_oLike all of the people Legal Services NYC represents, our LGBT clients lack resources and power. But low-income LGBT people are too often also at the margins of efforts to provide help: at the margins of the legal services community because they are LGBT, and at the margins of the mainstream LGBT movement because they are poor. It is time to change the status quo. This document is part of that change—for all of us at Legal Services NYC and, we hope, for many others.

Our LGBT Low-Income Civil Legal Needs Assessment (the “Assessment”) gives low-income LGBT people a direct voice in identifying the legal challenges they face. It presents data and stories from hundreds of low-income LGBT New Yorkers and their advocates. And it offers a series of findings to enhance advocacy for all low-income LGBT clients—including both overarching conclusions and specific findings in key poverty law practice areas: anti-discrimination, public assistance, housing, health care, immigration, family, employment, education, and veterans.

But here is our most important and most fundamental conclusion: Poverty is an LGBT issue. It is incumbent on those who care about the fight for LGBT justice, and those who care about fighting poverty, to take action.

Continue reading here. Photo credit: https://www.flickr.com/photos/diversey/9178644107

UW Law Students: Consider attending Citizen University!

v7blijshUW Law Students have the opportunity to attend Citizen University again this year, March 18-19 here in Seattle.  Citizen University is the opportunity to Join hundreds of change-makers, activists, and catalysts in a cross disciplinary setting to learn about power, deepen your networks, and recharge your sense of purpose. In 2016 we’ll focus on race, identity, and the changing definition of what it means to be American.  This event is always invigorating.  If you would like to attend please email gatespsl@uw.edu by February 1 at 9:00 a.m. to let us know why you would like to attend.

http://www.citizenuniversity.us/programs/conference/

Photo credit: https://pbs.twimg.com/profile_images/677935859341983745/v7BlIjSH.jpg

Interested in a Volunteer Legal Internship at DOJ?  

2000px-seal_of_the_united_states_department_of_justice-svg1Every year, over 1,800 volunteer legal interns serve in Justice components and U.S. Attorneys’ Offices throughout the country.  Any law student enrolled at least half-time, and who has completed at least one semester of law school, is eligible to apply for a volunteer legal internship.

DOJ offices recruit for legal interns through vacancy announcements posted on the DOJ Legal Careers web page at http://www.justice.gov/legal-careers/volunteer-internship-opportunitiesEach announcement lists the applicable deadlines and requirements and students interested in volunteer internships at DOJ for spring and summer 2016 should apply now.  Students apply directly to each office in which they have an interest.  For more information, please watch our brief video with three tips for securing a legal internship at http://www.justice.gov/legal-careers/video/top-3-tips-secure-legal-internship-us-department-justice and visit our web page at http://www.justice.gov/legal-careers/volunteer-legal-internships.

Your Federal Student Loans Just Got Easier to REPAYE

repaye-blogBeginning today, Federal Direct Loan borrowers can take advantage of a new repayment plan: REPAYE (the Revised Pay As You Earn Plan).

Some of you may be familiar with the Pay As You Earn (PAYE) Repayment Plan, which caps payments at 10% of a borrower’s monthly income and forgives any remaining balance on your student loans after 20 years of qualifying repayment. But this plan is only for recent borrowers.

REPAYE solves this problem. Like the name implies, REPAYE has some similarities to PAYE. First and foremost, REPAYE, like PAYE, sets payments at no more than 10% of income. However, REPAYE—unlike PAYE— is available to Direct Loan borrowers regardless of when they took out their loans.

Continue reading here. Photo credit: http://blog.ed.gov/files/2015/12/REPAYE-Blog.png

KIND: New Refugee Resettlement Program Important, but Limited Tool; U.S. Must Still Engage Robust Asylum Response


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KIND welcomes the Obama Administration’s decision to engage with the United Nation Refugee Agency (UNHCR) to screen those fleeing extreme and growing violence in Central America to determine if they are eligible for U.S. protection as an important step toward recognition that the region is experiencing a refugee crisis. However, refugee resettlement is a limited response that must be accompanied by full and fair access to the U.S. asylum system for those Central American families and children who reach our borders, as well as more robust asylum responses from other countries in the region, such as Mexico.

A key to protection will be ensuring that claims are heard in a timely way so that a long term solution can be reached—whether it is resettlement in the U.S. or in another country in the region—as quickly as possible. This is particularly important for children as an uncertain fate is damaging to their development and well-being. Child protection officers and best interests determinations must also be built into the process for cases involving children.

Claims for refugee status must be analyzed with an acknowledgment of the many different types of claims involving threats or harm by gangs, narco-traffickers, and other organized criminal syndicates—including sexual and gender-based violence targeting both girls and boys. Additionally, children’s claims for protection must be examined with a child-sensitive lens that takes into account their development and particular vulnerability.

Continue reading here

Planning to Have a Career in Public Service? Don’t Forget to Apply for LRAP!

Need Help Paying Off Student Loans? UW LRAP Applications Now Available for UW Law Grads in Public Service in WA State

LRAPapplyThe Loan Repayment Assistance Program constitutes a core component of the UW School of Law’s commitment to public service by increasing the ability of its graduates to enter public service law. The School awards $5000 to approximately three new applicants per year and will commit to awarding an additional $5000 a year for two more years for a total commitment of $15,000 per participant.

Applicants must be UW Law grads in full time public service legal employment in Washington State. For complete information on the program and to download application materials please visit hereApplications will be accepted on a rolling basis through June 3Questions about LRAP? Email Aline Carton-Listfjeld.

International Criminal Court Prosecutor to Examine Alleged British Crimes in Iraq War

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By: Mirjam Donath, Reuters

The International Criminal Court re-opened on Tuesday a preliminary examination of allegations of “systematic detainee abuse” by British troops in Iraq between 2003 and 2008 after receiving new information.

The Hague-based court had previously concluded an examination of similar accusations in 2006, but it did not launch a full investigation because the information did not meet the “required gravity threshold.”
“I received earlier this year substantial information, much more than what we had in 2006, on alleged crimes that were committed by the UK forces,” ICC prosecutor Fatou Bensouda told reporters at the United Nations after she had briefed the U.N. Security Council on the court’s cases in Libya.

In January, a Berlin-based human rights group and a British law firm submitted what they describe as 250 pages of analysis to Bensouda’s office. They said more than 400 Iraqi former detainees had made allegations of grave mistreatment, of which 85 had been chosen as “representative cases.

Bensouda’s office said in a statement earlier on Tuesday: “The communication alleges a higher number of cases of ill-treatment of detainees and provides further details on the factual circumstances and the geographical and temporal scope of the alleged crimes.”

Continue reading here.

Sexual Violence Soars in South Sudan

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By: IRIN

JUBA, 13 May 2014 (IRIN) – Sexual and gender-based violence might not be a new phenomenon in South Sudan, but the current crisis and the near absence of protection for civilians has exacerbated it, analysts say.

“We do know that it [sexual and gender-based violence] is a major issue. Even though many victims of sexual violence do not report their ordeal because of the stigma that it carries, wherever we went we met women and girls who told us that they had been raped by either government or opposition forces,” Donatella Rovera, senior crisis response adviser at Amnesty International, told IRIN.

On 8 May, Amnesty International released a report in which it documented atrocities committed against civilians, including rape and sexual violence, by the two warring parties in South Sudan’s five-month old conflict.

“The current militarized environment, where armed men are ubiquitous and civilian law enforcement is virtually absent, places women and girls at a heightened risk of sexual violence. Persistent reports of sexual violence perpetrated by both government and opposition forces strongly indicate that conflict-related sexual violence is widespread,” Amnesty International said in its report.

“We received testimonies from women and girls victims of sexual violence from all the main conflict-affected areas: Juba and areas in Unity, Jonglei and Upper Nile states,” Amnesty International’s Rovera, told IRIN.

In its report, also released on 8 May, the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) noted that the “conflict has exacerbated the vulnerability of women and children in South Sudan to sexual violence.”

In the report, UNMISS said: “All parties to the conflict have committed acts of rape and other forms of sexual violence against women of different ethnic groups. Credible information suggests that sexual violence took place in connection with the occurrence of human rights and humanitarian law violations before, during, and after heavy fighting, shelling, looting, and house searches.”

Continued reading here.  Photo courtesy of Hannah McNeish/IRIN.

Are you a member of the LGBTQ Community or an Ally?  Apply for the QLaw Foundation Fall Grant Program and Receive up to $5,000!

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Do you have a full-time fall internship that focuses on 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 full-time work (at least 400 hours over the duration of the quarter/semester). 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.

Applicants should have a demonstrated commitment to advancing LGBT rights and/or the rights of persons living with HIV/AIDS and be a Washington State law student, a student working on projects within Washington State, or a student who has a demonstrated interest in working in Washington State after law school.

All students working on behalf of LGBT rights or persons living with HIV/AIDS—including allies who do not personally identify as LGBT—are encouraged to apply.

For more information on applicant and sponsor eligibility criteria, selection criteria, and the application process timeline, please visit the QLaw Foundation website and view the 2014 Fall Grant Application. You may also email the Grant Coordinator, Gabe Verdugo.

Equal Justice Works’ Veterans Legal Corps Postgraduate Fellowship Positions to be Announced Soon

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In addition to the Employment Opportunity Legal Corps positions, we will be announcing, on a rolling basis, several possible new positions for the 2014 Veterans Legal Corps for recent graduates.

Please check our website from June to August as all positions are posted, and please share with your recent alumni.

Completed applications are due by Friday, June 20, 2014. Final selection of grant recipient(s) will take place by June 30, 2014.

LRAP applications Now Available, Checklist for 3Ls, Thin Ice Film Screening, Animal Law CLE & Opportunity to Serve

Need Help Paying Off Student Loans? LRAP Applications Now Available for UW Law Grads in Public Service in WA State

LRAPapplyThe Loan Repayment Assistance Program constitutes a core component of the School of Law’s commitment to public service by increasing the ability of its graduates to enter public service law. The School awards $5000 each to approximately three new applicants per year and will commit to awarding an additional $5000 a year for two more years for a total commitment of $15,000 per participant.

Applicants must be UW Law grads in full time public service legal employment in Washington State. For complete information on the program and to download application materials please visit here. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis through May 30. Questions about LRAP? Email Aline Carton-Listfjeld

Graduating this Quarter? Don’t Forget Your Checklist

Screen shot 2013-04-03 at 1.41.11 PM1. Determine whether you need to take a bar exam loan

http://www.law.washington.edu/FinAid/default.aspx?vw=Exam

2. Figure out what kind of federal loans you have and which loan servicer manages your loan

http://nslds.ed.gov

3. Discover and compare loan repayment options

http://studentaid.ed.gov/repay-loans/understand/plans

4. Use the repayment calculator

http://studentaid.ed.gov/repay-loans/understand/plans/standard/comparison-calculator

5. Assess Pros/Cons of Federal Direct Consolidation Loans

http://www.loanconsolidation.ed.gov/

6. If planning on working in public service, research:

Federal Public Service Loan Forgiveness

UW Law Loan Repayment Assistance Program

7. Around graduation time, complete exit counseling and select a loan repayment plan

https://studentloans.gov/myDirectLoan/index.action

Questions? Please contact Aline Carton-Listfjeld.

Free Film Screening! Thin Ice: The Inside Story of Climate Science

Thursday, April 25, 2013, 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm. Seattle Public Library, Northeast Branch (6801 35th Ave NE)

Climate science continues to be a divisive topic with the science under attack by a vocal minority, leading geologist Simon Lamb to investigate what is really going on from his climate science colleagues. Simon followed scientists at work in the Arctic, Antarctic, Southern Ocean, New Zealand, Europe and the USA. The climate scientists talk about their work, and their hopes and fears, with rare candor and directness. This creates an intimate portrait of the global community of researchers racing to understand our planet’s changing climate. The original intention of the film was to provide a realistic portrait of the diverse range of scientific endeavor required to understand climate change.

Celebrate Earth Week by checking out Thin Ice! This film has been featured on the popular climate science blog Real Climate and will be screened around the world as part of Earth Week. Discussion of climate science (with UW climate scientists) and reaction to Thin Ice, following the screening, represents a great opportunity to put this important topic into local perspective.

Animal Law CLE: Conceptualizing Our Relationships with Animals – The Six Ways We Interact: Food, Clothing, Wildlife, Science, Pets and Entertainment

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Keynote Speaker: Carter Dillard, Director of Litigation, Animal Legal Defense Fund.

UW Law Student Animal Legal Defense Fund is hosting its annual Animal Law CLE program in Room 133 at William Gates Hall from 8:30am-4:30pm on May 10.

FREE for non-credit seeking attendees. $25 for those who would like the 6.25 CLE Credits, including 1.0 Ethics credit. If you cannot attend the entire day’s events, please still register, and attend individual presentations! For complete info and registration click here.

Program Highlights:

  • Ethics of Animals in Entertainment
  • Animal Rights in the Farming Industry
  • Obstacles for Companion Animal Protections
  • Marine Life Preservation
  • Issues in the Animal Shelter System
  • Discharging Firearms at Nonhuman Animals

SeattlelogoSeattle Councilmember Harrell Seeks Applications for the Seattle Commission for People with Disabilities

The Commission is a 16-member body that advises the Mayor, City Council and City departments on issues that affect people with disabilities. The Commission works to increase understanding within the disability community as well as between the disability community and the nondisabled community. The Commission monitors and provides expertise on issues that affect people with disabilities in Transportation, Housing, Employment and Public Accommodations.

Councilmember Harrell strongly encourages veterans with disabilities to apply. The most recent data shows that veterans make up 9.4% of the population for people with disabilities in the United States. As of May 2012, 45% of the 1.6 million veterans returning from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan were seeking compensation for service-related injuries with these numbers currently on the rise. This is more than double the estimate of 21% who filed claims after the Gulf War in the early 1990s.

“The representation of our veterans with disabilities on the Commission is absolutely essential to greater communication between the City and the communities we serve. Their representation will work to facilitate a greater understanding of the issues that affect veterans with disabilities and create a more inclusive Seattle while creating policy decisions,” said Councilmember Bruce Harrell, chair of the Public Safety, Civil Rights, and Technology committee.

Interested candidates should deliver a resume and cover letter by April 30th to Councilmember Bruce Harrell by email (bruce.harrell@seattle.gov), by fax (206-684-8587; provide cover memo with Attn: Bruce Harrell) or by mail to:

Councilmember Bruce Harrell

Seattle City Council

P.O. Box 34025

Seattle, WA 98124-4025

Appointment to the Commission is subject to confirmation by the City Council. Commissioners serve two-year terms, although may be appointed to fill the remainder of an existing term.