Is your calendar looking empty? Add these informative events to your schedule!

2/20: City Council Hearing on Tenant Relocation

Want to learn more about rising rents? Want to learn more about city government? Attend a Seattle City Council Meeting on Tenant Relocation.

Many of you have been hearing about the epidemic of displacement in Seattle through our emails, the news, or your friends. Or perhaps you have experienced displacement yourself. From the Lockhaven to the Theodora to buildings in Columbia City, the Tenants Union has been supporting tenants who resist development and displacement. We will continue to support tenants in their building fights, but we also need to organize for legislative change to slow the system down.

Please join us at our first mobilization and teach-in for the campaign. The event will take place on Friday, February 20th  at 2:00 PM at the City Hall Council Chambers 600 4th Avenue, Seattle, WA 98104.

2/22: Urban Poverty Forum (The New Debt)

This annual event sustains a local dialogue among diverse community voices around the systemic issues of urban poverty. This year’s program addresses debt–in particular, how debt impacts poor people (particularly people of color) in the Pacific Northwest. Speakers include Eddie Rye, host of the Urban Forum Northwest on 1150 AM Radio; Pamela Banks, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Urban League; Jonathan Grant, Executive Director of the Tenants Union; and tenants themselves, telling their own stories. The program also features a dramatic performance by The Mahogany Project. Learn from faith-based organizations, local nonprofits, and other concerned citizens about their efforts to help local citizens survive what’s been characterized as a “national epidemic” of consumer debt.

2/24: Social Justice Tuesday – “How to write a successful public interest grant application”

SJTPlease join us in Room 127 at 12:30 PM to learn more about the grant application process. Topics of discussion and questions answered: What to expect on a grant application? Where to find grant applications? Working with your organization/internship to prepare a grant application? Tips for writing applications?

 Please join:

  • Aline Carton-Listfjeld (Director Center for Public Service Law)
  • Tamara Gaffney-Curtin Fellowship  (PILA Grantee)
  • Anna Rae Goethe (Joan Fitzpatrick Fellowship)
  • Chris Pierce-Wright (PILA Grantee)
  • Emily Elijah (CHRJ/PILA Grantee)

2/26 & 3/31: Equal Justice Work Live Loan Repayment Webinars

Understanding loan repayment and public service loan forgiveness are key to a public service legal career. Equal Justice Works is offering free, live webinars on 2/26 and 3/31 to help. Sign up for a live webinar that works for your schedule – (2/26 3pm ET) http://ow.ly/JhPjo or (3/31 6pm ET) http://ow.ly/JhPug. Register even if you cannot attend. You will be sent a link to the recording of the webinar.

2/26: Diversity & Justice Fair (3:00 PM – 5:00 PM)

Featured Speaker: BERNARD KLEINA, Photographer & Civil Rights Activist

Join us for an open discussion on Diversity and Justice issues in our community! Celebrate the unveiling of the MLK Jr. photographs in­stalled at the UW School of Law & hear from the photographer, Ber­nard Kleina. Mr. Kleina is a founding member of the National Fair Housing Alliance and past President of the Chicago Area Fair Housing Alliance. Join us in welcoming Mr. Kleina and hear about his experi­ence documenting the historic civil rights movement through his photography.

First floor Galleria, UW School of Law, William H. Gates Hall, 4293 Memorial Way

2/27: 2015 Supreme Court Forum and Networking Reception

The Washington State Access to Justice Board will host a Supreme Court Forum and Networking Reception immediately following the Annual Goldmark Award Luncheon, a statewide convening of attorneys, judges, and students. During the Forum, Justices will participate in interactive discussions on topics pertinent to civil legal aid and access to justice, including leadership, race equity and the role of the justice system, and alternative structures for providing access to justice. The forum will conclude with a reception where individuals can continue the conversation and learn more about the exciting work of the Access to Justice Board.

 Forum & reception: To register for the forum and the reception, please email Ann Spangler, [spangler@uw.edu]spangler@uw.edu, by February 24, and indicate which programs (Forum from 2:00pm – 3:30pm and/or Reception from 3:30pm – 5:00pm) you plan on attending.

 3/4: What is social justice philanthropy?

Why does it mattter? How can YOU get involved? Join us on March 4 from 12:30 PM -2:00 PM at the Ethnic Cultural Center, Chicano Room to hear from our panelists about their experiences with social justice philanthropy. Panelists will include: Tammy Nguyen (Got Green), Christine Angtuaco (Evans School MPA Candidate), and Professor David Suarez (Evans School of Public Affairs). the vent will be moderated by our own Laurie Carlsson.

3/5-3/6: 8th Annual Feminist Legal Theory Conference

Hosted by the Center for Applied Feminism at the University of Baltimore School of Law, this two-day conference will highlight important issues in women’s rights and analyze how the Feminist Legal Theory lens can be applied in legal analysis. The event will take place at University of Baltimore School of Law (John and Frances Angelos Law Center) and will feature keynote speaker Chai Feldbaum (EEOC Commissioner).

Free Debt Relief Webinar, MLK Events and Save the Date for Mindfulness & the Practice of Law Retreat

December 18: Drowning in Debt? Learn How Gov’t & Non-Profit Workers Can Earn Public Service Loan Forgiveness- Free Webinar

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Wednesday, December 18, from 12-1p.m. PST.

Hosted by Equal Justice Works.

To register click here: Drowning in Debt? How Government and Nonprofit Workers Can Earn Public Service Loan Forgiveness. As always, we’ll cover how income-driven repayment plans and Public Service Loan Forgiveness in-depth can help you manage your student debt and control your career and financial future.

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.

January 20: MLK Celebration Seattle Events

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Don’t miss out on all of the fantastic opportunities to celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s birthday and promote social and economic justice! Learn about all of the day’s activities and how to get involved here.

March 29: Save the Date! Integrating Mindfulness & Legal Practice- Washington Contemplative Lawyers Retreat on Vashon Island

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Saturday, March 29, 10am-4:30pm

Cost: less than $20

Washington Contemplative Lawyers invites all lawyers, law students, law professors, and judges to join us for a day of basic mindfulness meditation instruction, guided practice, group discussion, and a potluck lunch in the beautiful Mann Studio at Ellisport beach on Vashon Island.

Appropriate for all levels of experience…beginners especially welcome! Instruction is secular and appropriate for persons of all backgrounds and beliefs.

For general information on mindfulness for legal professionals, a suggested resource is “The Meditative Perspective” located at the following link: http://www.spiritrock.org/document.doc?id=2153

For more information and registration please contact Sevilla Rhoads at SRhoads@gsblaw.com and take a look at our website: http://wacontemplativelaw.blogspot.com

Due to limited space at the retreat center, we need advance registration. Costs to be determined, but will be less than $20 per person.

Thank you and we look forward to seeing you in March!

“In this age of unprecedented distraction and information density, every professional needs tools to clear the mind, calm the body and reveal what matters most. It is both a practical, and a personal necessity. “

-Steven Keeva, Transforming Practices: Finding Joy and Satisfaction in the Legal Life