Immediate clerkship opening with the King County Superior Court

Due April 1: Two-year fellowship opportunity with the Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti

Application Deadline: Saturday, April 1, 2017

The Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti (IJDH) has successfully helped Haitians enforce their human rights since 2004. IJDH partners with the Haiti-based Bureau des Avocats Internationaux (BAI) to support grassroots struggles for justice in Haiti and in the powerful countries abroad where decisions about Haitians’ rights are often made. IJDH and BAI combine traditional legal strategies with organizing, emerging technology and public advocacy to address the root causes of instability and poverty in Haiti.
Learn more and apply here. 

Due April 15: Innovation-Microsoft NextGen Fellowship for recent grads

Application Deadline: Saturday, April 15, 2017

The ABA Center for Innovation and Microsoft are excited to announce a unique new fellowship opportunity for recent law school graduates. The inaugural ABA Center for Innovation-Microsoft NextGen Fellow will gain invaluable experience while positively impacting the delivery of legal services to those most in need of assistance.

Among other exciting projects related to innovation in legal services, in 2016, Microsoft announced a partnership with the Legal Services Corporation (LSC) to create statewide online justice portals. The project’s aim is to direct low-income persons to appropriate legal aid resources in each state. It seeks to transform a system that is too often opaque, confusing, and inefficient into a single, simple, statewide access point for legal aid resources.

Read more and apply here

Rolling Deadline: Tribal Court Support Attorney in Bethel, AK

Application Deadline: Open until filled

Alaska Legal Services Corporation is hiring a full-time attorney in Bethel to work in partnership with the Association of Village Council Presidents to provide legal advice and representation to YK Delta tribal governments to enhance and develop tribal justice systems handling matters related to child protection and community and family safety.

Read more and get application instructions here

 

Rolling Deadline: Gender Justice Fellowship with Legal Momentum

Application Deadline: Open until filled

For nearly 50 years, Legal Momentum’s gender justice advocates have devised cutting-edge strategies and innovative tools to achieve gender equality. Legal Momentum’s mission is to transform our society into one where all women and girls are economically secure, empowered to make their own choices, and live and work free of discrimination and violence.

The Legal Momentum Gender Justice Fellowship Program recruits professionals from diverse disciplines including education, law, media, and technology. The 2017 incoming Fellow will work with grassroots organizations, media, government entities, labor unions, and advocacy organizations on behalf of Legal Momentum’s mission of gender equality, with a strategic focus on parity in the workplace. The Fellow will serve as an ambassador for our work, particularly among girls and younger women. She will be social media savvy and will reach new audiences to promote gender equality, and devise remedies to end inequality.

Apply and learn more here

Rolling Deadline: Clerkship opening with King County Superior Court Judge Beth Andrus

King County LogoApplication Deadline: Open until filled, begins immediately

Judge Beth Andrus, Chief Civil Judge, King County Superior Court, seeks bailiff/law clerk for a two year position beginning April 3, 2017. Duties include assisting the judge with legal research and writing, processing orders, managing the court’s calendar, trial management, and overseeing all functions of the courtroom. You may also supervise legal externs and interns working in chambers, including assisting them with research and writing projects. The position is an extremely rewarding experience for a young lawyer interested in litigation. You will learn a great deal about the trial court, the rules of procedure, and motion and trial practice. Washington State Bar membership is required.

Read more and apply here. 

What Does Health Care Look Like Beyond Our Borders? Join PhD Candidate Tanya Karwaki in a Talk on Medical Tourism!

November 20: City Council Meeting on Housing Affordability, Human Services, and Economic Resiliency Committee

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Date: Friday, Nov. 20, 2015
Time: 11:30 AM – 1:30 PM
Location: Seattle City Hall, 600 Fourth Ave., Floor L2, Boards and Commissions Room, Seattle, WA 98124

The committee will handle issues concerning affordable housing, homelessness, child care, and disability services, local and regional public health, as well as policies relating to economic development and affordability, including the minimum wage.

November 21: UW EcoReps and Husky Neighborhood Partner for Neighborhood Street Sweep

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Date: Saturday, Nov. 21, 2015
Time: 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Location: 17th Ave NE Meridian

Husky Neighborhood is partnering with Eco Reps at UW for the first Neighborhood Street Sweep of this academic year!  Recruit a team with your neighbors and join us help sweep the streets and collect trash around the North of 45th neighborhood!

The event is Saturday 11/21 10:00 am-noon.

Support us as we help branch out to the community by creating a safer and cleaner neighborhood!  We will provide groups with maps and equipment at sign-in at the 17th Ave Median.

For more information, click here.

November 21: Microsoft Presents the National Association of Law Students with Disabilities 2015 Annual Conference

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Date: Saturday, Nov. 21, 2015
Time: 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Location: University of Maryland, Baltimore, SMC Campus Center, RM 208, 621 West Lombard Street, Baltimore, MD 21201

Come join disability rights experts, policy makers, career counselors, and attorneys with disabilities as we celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act! Featuring panels on topics such as bar exam & LSAT accommodations, employment and disability disclosure, disability barriers to the legal profession, mentorship & networking, and career opportunities in the private & public sectors. Breakfast and lunch provided!

For more information and registration, click here.

November 23: Global Mondays – “Health Care Beyond Our Borders:  Medical Tourism” by Tanya Karwaki, Ph.D. Candidate, UW Law

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Date: Monday, Nov. 23, 2015
Time: 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
Location: William H. Gates Hall, RM 117

Patients are part of increased globalization. If domestic health care services are less attractive then foreign services, patients with passports may be willing to cross international borders and travel long distances to their health care providers. Such patients choosing to travel internationally for health care services are often called medical tourists in the medico-legal literature.  While reliable data on the numbers of medical tourists are not yet available, medical tourism appears to be an emerging phenomenon.  In the United States, some self-funded employers are incentivizing their employees to participate in international medical tourism.

This presentation provides an overview of outbound medical tourism and domestic state legislation.  It also presents questions about the future of medical tourism and the potential public policy challenges.

For more information, click here.

November 24: Immigrant Families Advocacy Project Presents “Solidarity with Syrian Refugees”

Date: Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2015
Time: 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
Location: William H. Gates Hall, RM 127, Reception afterwards in RM 115

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December 1: Tech Policy Lab Distinguished Lecture: How Technology Impacts Humans

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Date: Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2015
Time: 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM
Location: Kane Hall, RM 110

Technology designers are new policy makers. No one elected them and most people do not know their names, but the arbitrary decisions they make when producing the latest gadgets and online innovations dictate the code by which we conduct our daily lives and govern our country. As technology progresses, every democratic value and every law comes up for grabs and will likely be redefined by what technology enables or not. Privacy and security were just the first wave. In this talk, let’s see how it all fits together or falls apart.

As a professor at Harvard University, Latanya Sweeney creates and uses technology to assess and solve societal, political and governance problems, and teaches others how to do the same. One focus area is the scientific study of technology’s impact on humankind, and she is the Editor-in-Chief of the newly formed journal Technology Science. She was formerly the Chief Technology Officer at the Federal Trade Commission, an elected fellow of the American College of Medical Informatics, with almost 100 academic publications, 3 patents, explicit citations in 2 government regulations, and founded 3 company spin-offs. She has received numerous professional and academic awards, and testified before federal and international government bodies.  Professor Sweeney earned her PhD in computer science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, being the first black woman to do so. Her undergraduate degree in computer science was completed at Harvard University.

For more information, click here.

Want to Volunteer with Pro Bono This Year? Get Trained Saturday, October 17!

October 13: Social Justice Tuesday – UW Pro Bono & Externship Fair Tips for Successful Table Talk

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Date: Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2015
Time: 12:30 PM – 1:30 PM
Location: Gates Hall Galleria

  1. Bring up-to-date copies of your résumé.
  2. Practice your personal “tweet” introduction. Prepare a quick sales pitch to let them know who you are, what experience, skills or contacts you can bring to the organization and why you are interested.
  1. Be brief. Organizations will appreciate your ability to be concise and direct. Do not take up more than two minutes of their time and don’t resist if the organizational representative wishes to speak with more than one student at a time – follow their cue to make a good first impression.
  1. Research employers. Come prepared with one or two specific questions you want to ask. Maximize your few minutes with the organization by ensuring the answers to your questions are not readily available on the organization’s web site.
  1. Dress for success. You only have one chance to make a first impression. Business attire is the way to go.
  1. Follow up is important. Collect business cards and/or contact information. A good way to keep track of items of note for particular organizations is to write something that was said during your conversation on the back of the organization’s business card and refer to it in your follow-up. Be sure to follow up with an email re-introducing yourself and expressing your interest. Be sure to attach your résumé, even if you already gave them a hard copy.

Participating Organizations & Agencies:

Civil Legal Aid

  • King County Bar Association Pro Bono Services
  • Legal Action Center, Catholic Community Services
  • Northwest Consumer Law Center
  • Northwest Immigrant Rights Project
  • Seattle Community Law Center
  • Snohomish County Legal Services
  • Tacoma-Pierce County Bar Association Volunteer Legal Services
  • UW Student Legal Services
  • UW Moderate Means Program/Bridging the Gap
  • UW/SYLAW Street Youth Legal Advocates of WA

Civil Rights/Civil Liberties

  • ACLU of Washington Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

Public Defense

  • Federal Public Defender
  • Pierce County Dept. of Assigned Counsel, Misdemeanor Division
  • Snohomish County Public Defender Association
  • Washington Appellate Project
  • Washington Defender Association

Prosecution

  • Seattle City Attorney Criminal Division
  • Snohomish County Prosecuting Attorney Criminal Division

Federal Government

  • U.S. Attorney’s Office Western District of Washington
  • U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
  • U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement
  • U.S. Internal Revenue Service
    • Small Business and Self Employed Division
    • Large Business and International Division

Local Government

  • Seattle City Attorney Torts Division
  • Seattle City Attorney, Employment Section
  • UW CoMotion
  • Washington Attorney General’s Office
  • Washington Department of Financial Institutions
  • Washington State House of Representatives Office of Program Research

Environmental

  • Earthjustice
  • Washington Forest Law Center

Policy and Legislative

  • Landesa
  • LegalVoice

October 15: Access to Justice for Women in Agricultural Livelihood

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Date: Thursday, Oct. 15, 2015
Time: 12:00 PM – 1:20 PM
Location: University of Washington Communications Building, RM 202

Join us for a panel presentation with Landesa visiting professionals who come from China, Kenya and India. These visitors are grassroots activists, government officials, NGO leaders, researchers, and academics strongly committed to strengthening women’s land rights. The presenters will be addressing the topic, “Access to Justice for Women in Agricultural Livelihoods.” The panel will be moderated by Jen Duncan, a lawyer and  land rights expert at Landesa.

Space is limited, so arrive early. Light refreshments will be provided.

For more information, click here.

October 16: Attention Attorneys! Help UW International LLM Students with Networking Skills – First Networking Reception

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Date: Friday, Oct. 16, 2015
Time: 6:30 PM
Location: William H. Gates Hall

The University of Washington School of Law will be holding two networking training sessions for our international LL.M. students in October.  The workshops, run by former Perkins Coie partners, Ping Kiang and Colleen Yamaguchi, will be followed by receptions with food and wine. We have over 100 LL.M. students this year.  Many are getting their masters in IP, Tax, and Global Business and will be able to sit for the Washington Bar.

The first networking reception will be held on Friday, October 16th at 6:30 p.m. in Room 115 at the Law School, after the students have a two hour workshop and traffic has improved. We would greatly appreciate it if you would attend this lively event and let our students practice their networking skills by chatting with you.

K&L Gates has generously agreed to host the second workshop and reception on October 30th.  That reception will begin at 5:15 p.m. at the offices of K&L Gates, 929 4th Ave, # 2900. All members of the Bar are invited and encouraged to attend.

If you can attend either or both receptions, please email your name and the name of your firm to Kathleen Lemly at lemlyk@uw.edu as soon as possible.

October 17: Get Trained! Pro Bono Legal Aid Core Competencies Training

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Date: Saturday, Oct. 17, 2015
Time: 8:00 AM – 3:30 PM
Location: William H. Gates Hall, RM 138

Thinking about volunteering for…

  • Bridging the Gap/Moderate Means Program (MMP)
  • Immigrant Families Advocacy Project (IFAP)
  • Street Youth Legal Advocates of Washington (SYLAW)
  • Incarcerated Mothers Advocacy Project (IMAP)
  • CHRJ’s Asylum Application Help Project (App Help)
  • Environmental Law Society Pro Bono Research Project (ELS)
  • or any of the dozens of community legal aid programs in the Seattle area?

If the answer is YES! then you need basic training on the fundamentals of providing pro bono legal assistance! Attendance required for UW Pro Bono Honors Society membership at graduation.

Sponsored by: the UW Law Center for Public Service Law, student-led pro bono projects and the Student Bar Association.

8:00 AM – 8:30 AM Registration & Coffee/Tea
8:30 AM – 8:35 AM Welcome
8:35 AM – 10:00 AM Working Across Difference with Clients in Poverty
10:00 AM – 10:10 AM BREAK
10:10 AM – 11:10 AM Working with Clients in Crisis or with Trauma
11:10 AM – 12:10 PM Basic Client Interviewing Techniques
12:15 PM – 1:00 PM LUNCH
1:00 PM – 1:30 PM Practice Interviewing
1:30 PM – 2:15 PM Professionalism & Providing Pro Bono Legal Assistance
2:15 PM – 3:30 PM Pair up, Hypos and Discussion

October 21: QLaw Foundation’s FallTacular Fundraiser

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Date: Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2015
Time: 5:30 PM
Location: Farestart

This event raises money to support public interest internships for law students, free legal services through our award-winning LGBTQ Legal Clinic, and educational programs benefiting the gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender community. Attendees get to mingle, enjoy great food and entertainment, and learn a little about the work of the QLaw Foundation.

To register for FallTacular 2015, click here.

October 21: KIND and Microsoft invite you to a Reception and Panel on the Child Migration Crisis

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Date: Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2015
Time: 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Location: 1300 First Ave., Seattle, WA 98101

On behalf of Kids in Need of Defense (KIND) and Microsoft Corporation, we invite you to join us on October 21st for a reception and a discussion focusing on the dramatic surge in unaccompanied immigrant and refugee children entering the U.S.  We will be joined by Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson as we discuss how KIND and its partners in Seattle are providing pro bono representation to growing numbers of vulnerable children.

During the program, we will present a clip from the documentary “La Prenda” (The Pawn) which highlights the pervasive sexual and gender-based violence in Guatemala, and the impunity that allows perpetrators to suffer few, if any, consequences. The film tells the stories of three victims, one of whom was matched by KIND with a pro bono attorney after she fled Guatemala and made her way to the U.S. Astrid was 14 years old when she was drugged, kidnapped, and raped. The film highlights the protection needs of girls escaping this violence and the reasons they must flee to survive.

We look forward to an interesting and informative evening!

To reserve your ticket, click here.

October 22: Tacoma Pro Bono Night

Date: Thursday, Oct. 22, 2015
Time: 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Location: Tacoma Art Museum

Tacoma Pro Bono Night 2015

February 5: Save the Date! 24th Annual Awards Gala for Latino/a Bar Association of Washington

Date: Friday, Feb. 5, 2016
Time: 5:30 PM
Location: The Westin Hotel, Seattle, WA

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Check Out the Race & Equity Initiative Here at the UW!

September 29: Social Justice Tuesday – What I Did Last Summer in Public Service Law

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Date: Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2015
Time: 12:30 – 1:20 PM
Location: William H. Gates Hall RM 127

Student Panel:
• 2L Zoe Wong, California Department of Justice, Natural Resources Division
• 3L Wyatt Gjullin, Center for Constitutional Rights & Earth Rights International
• 2L Josh Pazderka, Seattle Community Law Center

Learn about public service “real world” experiences from students who have experienced it firsthand.
• How did they find their jobs?
• How did they fund their summers?
• What did they learn?

If you would like lunch please RSVP via Symplicity or gatespsl@uw.edu RSVP by 12:00 pm Monday, September 28, 2015.

October 2: On DC Careers, Politics and Being White House Advisor – A Conversation with UW Law Alumnus Gaurab Bansal

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Date: Friday, Oct. 2, 2015
Time: 12:30 – 1:20 PM
Location: William H. Gates Hall, RM 127

Gaurab Bansal serves as Deputy Assistant to the President and Deputy Cabinet Secretary. He helps lead the team that liaises with Cabinet departments and agencies on behalf of the President and the White House. Gaurab’s portfolio includes coordinating implementation of key initiatives across the Administration. Prior to joining the White House, he was deputy chief of staff at the Export-Import Bank of the United States Gaurab served as corporate counsel on President Obama’s 2012- re-election campaign in Chicago. Before that he practiced law with Perkins Coie LLP in both Seattle and Washington, D.C., where he focused on technology startups, venture capital, and business and political law. Gaurab started his career as a public elementary and middle school teacher in Houston. Gaurab is a native of Baltimore and continues to keep his permanent  home in Seattle.

Limited seating luncheon, please RSVP via Symplicity.

October 2: Free CLE on Representing the Pro Bono Client: Advocacy Skills for Administrative Hearings 2015

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Date: Friday, Oct. 2, 2015
Time: 9:00 AM PST
Location: Webcast

CLE Credits: 3.0

This training is designed to help mitigate the crisis faced by low-income families everywhere by providing attorneys with a basic understanding of common issues and strategies in providing pro bono assistance with administrative hearings.  The program will focus on California law, but will also cover many topics such as due process and other rights that apply nationwide; therefore, advocates from other forums would benefit from the information and attending the program.

What You Will Learn

  • An overview of administrative hearings low-income clients most frequently need, involving:
    • State public benefits, including Social Services claims andUnemployment Insurance claims;
    • Federal public benefits, including Supplemental Security Income;
    • Professional licensing, including nursing licenses and Department of Social Services clearance; and
    • Unpaid wages, and other wage and hour-related rights.
  • Best practices and common advocacy strategies and procedures for administrative hearings, including:
    • Obtaining evidence
    • Drafting position statements/hearing briefs
    • Presenting your case at hearing
  • Rehearings and further appeals
  • California law and practice specifics

To register, click here.

October 5: Conference: Access to Information as a Human Right – UW School of Law and Center for Human Rights

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Date: Monday, Oct. 5, 2015
Location: William H. Gates Hall

12:00 pm – 1:30 pm (LAW 115): Access to Information as a Human Right: a conversation with Kate Doyle of the Evidence Project at the National Security Archive. Moderated by Ricardo Gómez, UW Information School. Session full—please RSVP for wait list!

3:00 pm – 4:30 pm (LAW 115): Access to Information as a Tool for Human Rights in El Salvador: a conversation with Salvadoran human rights defenders Mirla Carbajal, lawyer with the Human Rights Institute of the Universidad Centroamericana, and Dina Cabrera, community activist and survivor of the Santa Cruz massacre; and Philippe Bourgois, Professor of Psychiatry and Anthropology at UCLA and survivor of the Santa Cruz massacre. Moderated by Tony Lucero, Chair of Latin America and Caribbean Studies at the UW Jackson School of International Studies.

5:30 pm – 6:30 pm (LAW 115 & Lobby): Evening reception

7:00 pm – 9:00 pm (LAW 138): Keynote address by Baltasar Garzón of the Fundación Internacional Baltasar Garzón, speaking on access to information in international human rights law. Baltasar Garzón is a Spanish jurist responsible for landmark cases which have advanced the principle of universal jurisdiction in international law, including the 1998 indictment of Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet.

The conference is free and open to the public, but space is limited, so please RSVP here to reserve your space.

October 6: Social Justice Tuesday: Pro Bono is for Everyone!

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Date: Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2015
Time: 12:30 – 1:20 PM
Location: William H. Gates Hall RM 127

Why do pro bono? What are the benefits? What are the community needs? How do you integrate pro bono into your busy law practice or even as a busy law student? What are some of the challenges of pro bono work and how do you overcome them? How do you find opportunities? Where can I get training?

Learn the answers to all these questions and so much more from the following distinguished guest speakers:

  • Joanna Plichta Boisen, Foster Pepper PLLC
  • Clay Wilson, Bridging the Gap/Moderate Means Program, UW Law
  • Jacob Witt, King County Pro Bono Services- Housing Justice Project
  • Phoebe Huang, UW Law Class of 2017

October 6: Race & Equity Initiative – Equity and Difference Speaker SeriesUW Logo

Date: Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2015
Time: 7:30 PM
Location: Meany Hall

The Graduate School, in partnership with the UW Alumni Association, is welcoming speakers to campus to share their unique perspectives on race, equity and social justice. The series is a way to pay tribute to and learn from the leaders of the past, and to celebrate the new generation carrying forward the torch of inclusion and activism.

  • Oct. 6, 2015, 7:30 p.m., Meany Hall – An Evening with Harry Belafonte, with Professor Valerie Curtis-Newton
  • Jan. 14, 2016, 7:30 p.m., Kane Hall – Ralina Joseph, associate professor, communications and public lecturer
  • April 5, 2016, 7:30 p.m., Kane Hall – Touré on “Microaggression: Power, Privilege & Everyday Life”

To register, click here.

 

October 6: Jackson School Gathers Experts to Discuss Syrian Humanitarian CrisisUW Logo

Date: Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2015
Time: 7:00 PM
Location: Thomson Hall RM 101

Syria’s drawn-out civil war has displaced more than 10 million people since 2011 and the flood of refugees from the area has drawn the concerned attention of the world.

The University of Washington Jackson School of International Studies will hold a free, public forum at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 6, in Room 101 of Thomson Hall. The forum is titled “Focus on Syria: A Humanitarian Crisis,” and will be moderated by Resat Kasaba, Stanley D. Golub Chair of International Studies and director of the Jackson School.

Panelists for the event are:

  • Jennifer Butte-Dahl, director of the Jackson School’s Master of Arts in Applied International Studies, who volunteered last month with the nonprofit organization Shelterbox on the Greek island of Lesbos (a destination for many refugees arriving by water).
  • Kathie Friedman, Jackson School associate professor whose research interests include forced migrations and refugees.
  • Neil McFarland, M.D., a family physician with UW Medicine who has volunteered in Greece, Jordan and other refugee camps.
  • Mark S.Ward, director of the Syrian Transition Assistance and Response Team at the U.S. Embassy in Ankara, Turkey, who will join the discussion via Skype.

For more information, contact Kristina Bowman, Jackson School communications specialist, at 206-221-1323 or kriscb@uw.edu.

October 16: Free CLE on Prison Law 2015

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Date: Friday, Oct. 16, 2015
Time: 9:00 AM EST
Location: Webcast

Prison conditions and prisoner treatment issues are getting unprecedented attention as the nation focuses on the magnitude of the national prison population.  With its sixth Prison Law program, PLI continues its examination of these important issues.  In an area where advocates face increasingly challenging legal issues whether they represent incarcerated people from a public interest practice, private practice or as a policy advocate, and where government lawyers also grapple with complex concerns, PLI’s Prison Law program offers a unique focus on evolving prison law issues.  Experienced faculty will discuss health care, solitary confinement, immigrants, juveniles, rights under the ADA, gender, and barriers to civil litigation filed on behalf of incarcerated people, as well as ethical issues that arise in prison actions.

What You Will Learn:

  • Solitary confinement – legal landscape and analysis
  • Issues of gender
  • Barriers to lawsuits brought on behalf of incarcerated people against individual prison officials and correctional institutions
  • Ethical dilemmas that arise in the course of representing incarcerated people
  • Health issues including mental health issues in prison
  • Issues affecting select populations

To register, click here.

October 21: New Israel Fund presents Safeguarding Democracy and Civil Rights in Israel

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Date: Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2015
Time: 7:00 – 8:30 PM
Location: Hosted by Congregation Beth Shalom, 6800 35th Ave NE, Seattle

A conversation with Sharon Abraham-Weiss, Executive Director of the Association for Civil Rights in Israel, Israel’s oldest and largest civil rights organization

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During last summer’s war, already gaping societal divides in Israel were widened. The Association for Civil Rights in Israel (ACRI), the country’s equivalent of the ACLU, advocated for the protection of vulnerable populations near Gaza and the protection of civil liberties in wartime. ACRI has won legal landmarks before Israel’s Supreme Court such as recognition of same-sex marriages and non-Orthodox conversions from outside Israel, the right of women to become IDF pilots, and safeguarding Africans seeking refuge from genocide.

Sharon Abraham-Weiss, one of Israel’s foremost legal experts and litigators, comes to Seattle to share the vibrancy of Israel’s democratic values at a time when liberal Zionism and Jewish democracy is under question from inside Israel and out.

Sharon Abraham-Weiss is the executive director of the Association for Civil Rights in Israel (ACRI). Previously, she represented ACRI in such landmark cases dealing with family unification, social welfare, and state land distribution. She has also served on the Equal Employment Opportunities Commission of the Ministry of Economy. Ms. Abraham-Weiss is a founding member of Itach-Maaki: Women Lawyers for Social Justice and co-founder of The Hebrew University of Jerusalem’s Breira Center, which coordinates law students volunteering in the community. Ms. Abraham-Weiss holds LL.B. and B.Sc. degrees from The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and an LL.M from Tel Aviv University. She also holds an M.A. in public administration from Harvard Kennedy School, where she was a Wexner Fellow.

The Association for Civil Rights in Israel, established in 1972, is Israel’s oldest and largest human rights organization and the only one dealing with the entire spectrum of human rights and civil liberties issues in Israel. More about ACRI here.

The New Israel Fund is the leading organization committed to equality and democracy for all Israelis. Widely credited with building Israeli progressive civil society, we have provided millions of dollars to more than 850 organizations since our inception in 1979. More about NIF here.

October 21: KIND and Microsoft invite you to a Reception and Panel on the Child Migration Crisis

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Date: Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2015
Time: 6:30 – 8:30 PM
Location: Seattle Art Museum, 1300 First Ave., Seattle, WA 98101

On behalf of Kids in Need of Defense (KIND) and Microsoft Corporation, we invite you to join us on October 21st for a reception and a discussion focusing on the dramatic surge in unaccompanied immigrant and refugee children entering the U.S.  We will be joined by Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson as we discuss how KIND and its partners in Seattle are providing pro bono representation to growing numbers of vulnerable children.

During the program, we will present a clip from the documentary “La Prenda” (The Pawn) which highlights the pervasive sexual and gender-based violence in Guatemala, and the impunity that allows perpetrators to suffer few, if any, consequences. The film tells the stories of three victims, one of whom was matched by KIND with a pro bono attorney after she fled Guatemala and made her way to the U.S. Astrid was 14 years old when she was drugged, kidnapped, and raped. The film highlights the protection needs of girls escaping this violence and the reasons they must flee to survive.

We look forward to an interesting and informative evening!

To reserve your tickets, click here.

It’s ABA Celebrate Pro Bono Week! Don’t Miss Out on Some Fantastic Events

October 22: Pro Bono & Externship Fair. A Record 44 Organizations and Agencies are Participating. Find Out Which Ones Right Here

Celebrate Pro Bono 2013Friendly Reminder! The Pro Bono & Externship Fair will replace Social Justice Tuesday on October 22.

Don’t miss out on a once a year opportunity at UW Law to directly connect with pro bono and service learning opportunities.

When: Tuesday, October 22, 12:30-1:30pm

Where: UW Law Main Floor Galleria

Who Will Be There: See below

  1. ACLU of Washington
  2. Access to Justice Board
  3. Associated Counsel for the Accused
  4. Center for Children and Youth Justice Lawyers Fostering Education
  5. Center for Children and Youth Justice Lawyers Fostering Independence
  6. Columbia Legal Services
  7. Disability Rights Washington
  8. Earthjustice
  9. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission Seattle Field Office
  10. Federal Public Defender
  11. Federal Trade Commission
  12. GreenLaw- UW Law
  13. U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development/ Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity
  14. Immigrant Families Advocacy Project (IFAP)- UW Law
  15. Incarcerated Mothers Advocacy Project (IFAP)- UW Law
  16. International Treaty Monitoring Project (ITMP)- UW Law
  17. King County Department of Public Defense-SCRAP Division
  18. Kitsap County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office
  19. LegalVoice
  20. Moderate Means Program
  21. MultiCare Health System Legal Department
  22. Northwest Immigrants Rights Project
  23. Northwest Justice Project
  24. Olympia Quarter Fellows Program
  25. Q-Law Foundation
  26. Seattle Biomedical Research Institute
  27. Seattle City Attorney Civil Division
  28. Seattle City Attorney Land Use Section
  29. Seattle City Attorney Criminal Division
  30. Seattle Community Law Center
  31. Seattle Public Schools Office of General Counsel
  32. Snohomish County Prosecutor’s Office
  33. Snohomish County Prosecutor’s Office-Land Use Division
  34. Street Youth Legal Advocates of Washington (SYLAW)- UW Law
  35. Thurston County Prosecuting Attorney
  36. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region 11
  37. Unemployment Law Project
  38. United States Attorney’s Office U.S. Attorney’s Office Western District of Washington
  39. U.S. Department of Labor
  40. UW Center for Commercialization
  41. UW Student Legal Services
  42. Washington Appleseed
  43. Washington Attorney General’s Office
  44. Washington Defender Association

October 22: Volunteer Advocates for Immigrant Justice (VAIJ) Pro Bono Celebration Event

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Microsoft Corporation invites you to join us to celebrate VAIJ’s Past and Welcome our Future at the

Volunteer Advocates for Immigrant Justice (VAIJ) Pro Bono Celebration Event

When: 5:00-7:00pm

Where:  Microsoft Visitor Center, 15010 NE 36th Street, Redmond, WA 98052

Please RSVP asap: JBildhauer@supportkind.org

Special Guest Speakers include Brad Smith, Executive Vice President and General Counsel, Microsoft Corporation and Wendy Young, President, Kids In Need of Defense.

Hors d’oeuvres and drinks to be served

ABOUT VAIJ: Over the past ten years, thousands of immigrants and refugees in our community have been impacted by VAIJ’s attorneys, volunteers and supporters. Please join us to celebrate this work and to welcome the next chapter of our organization.

Launched in 2003, VAIJ is a joint initiative of Microsoft Corporation and the American Bar Association’s Commission on Immigration and the Seattle affiliate of Kids In Need of Defense. VAIJ provides access to pro bono counsel to immigrants and refugees, particularly unaccompanied children, in removal proceedings. Since its inception, VAIJ has provided training to more than 300 attorneys and volunteers, and provided legal orientations, intakes and representation to hundreds of immigrants in removal proceedings. As our work has come to focus on meeting the need for legal representation of unaccompanied alien children in federal custody before US immigration authorities in the Puget Sound area, we are moving into a new chapter and, on October 1, 2013, became the Seattle office of KIND. We hope you can join us to celebrate.

October 23: Eager to Get Real Client Experience? Want to Help Reduce Barriers to Justice? Attend the Moderate Means Program Info Session

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Where: Room 127

When: 12:30-1:20pm

Please RSVP: via Symplicity or gatespsl@uw.edu by Tuesday, October 22, 2013, no later than 12:00pm.

Please join Supervising Attorneys, Chach Duarte White and Clay Wilson and former student interns for an important information session about the Moderate Means Program. Learn about the program’s goals, how it works and how you can volunteer!

Here’s a sneak peak..

  • The Moderate Means Program is a joint venture between the WSBA and the three law schools in Washington State.
  • The purpose of the program is to increase access to civil legal services for moderate means individuals (those between 200% and 400% of the federal poverty level), who cannot afford to hire private attorneys at prevailing rates but make too much money to qualify for traditional civil legal aid services.
  • Interns have direct contact with clients and attorneys dealing with everyday legal issues in Family, Housing, and Consumer law.

October 23: Columbia Legal Services Pro Bono Celebration

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Columbia Legal Services will celebrate their pro bono partners, whose collaborative advocacy on behalf of thousands of low-income individuals and families work to achieve a vision of justice, and a more inclusive and equitable society.

When: 5:00-6:30 p.m.
Where: Center for Impact and Innovation/Hub, 20 Second Ave. S (Pioneer Square), Seattle

Please RSVP: RSVP preferred to sharon.nyland@columbialegal.org

Catered by Farestart

The Columbia Legal Services Pro Bono celebration is free to attend, but donations and your support of our work for justice will be gratefully accepted.

ABOUT CLS: 

Columbia Legal Services advocates for people who face injustice and poverty. We seek to achieve social and economic justice for all, using policy reform, litigation, and innovative partnerships to reveal and end actions that harm the communities we serve.

When people have the necessary tools and opportunity to achieve social and economic justice, a more inclusive and equitable society is possible.

October 24: Film Screening of “American Winter” Hosted by Pierce County Foreclosure Prevention Roundtable

Personal stories of NW families struggling to make ends meet & avoid foreclosure highlight the need for community involvement to help Pierce County families struggling to stay in their homes

Where: Grand Theatre in Tacoma

When: 6:30pm 

How do I reserve a free ticket? Reserve your seat – tickets are FREE – at: americanwintertacoma.eventbrite.com  or call (253) 572-5134 or e-mail vls@tacomaprobono.org for more information.

The Pierce County Foreclosure Prevention Roundtable is pleased to announce the screening of American Winter at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 24 at the Grand Theatre in Tacoma. The documentary, directed by Emmy Award-winning filmmakers Joe and Harry Gantz (Taxicab ConfessionsThe Defenders), follows the personal stories of eight families struggling in the wake of the economic downturn. Shot over the winter of 2011-12 in Portland, OR, this powerful film reveals the human impact of budget cuts to social services, rising poverty and economic inequality, and the fracturing of the American Dream.

American Winter premiered on HBO in March 2013 and won Best Documentary Award at the Portland International Film Festival. Most recently, American Winter won “Best of the Festival” at the Workers Unite!

Guests are invited to stay following the film for a reception at Corina Bakery next door to the Grand Cinema, as local experts and co-director Harry Gantz talk about how the themes of American Winter are relevant in our community, and learn more about the resources available in Pierce County to help prevent foreclosure and its consequences.

This screening is brought to Washington by the partners of the Pierce County Foreclosure Prevention Roundtable – including: Seattle University School of Law’s Foreclosure Mediation & Outreach Project, Tacoma-Pierce County Bar Association’s Volunteer Legal Services Program and Home Justice Project, Northwest Justice Project’s Foreclosure Prevention Unit, Washington Attorney General Consumer Protection Division, Washington State Housing Finance Commission, Columbia Legal Services, Associated Ministries, Washington Department of Financial Institutions, Washington Association of Justice, South Sound Outreach, Parkview Services, Pierce County Center for Dispute Resolution, Puget Sound Mediation, and others including housing counselors, mediators, paralegals and attorneys.