Summer Funding Options, Opportunities for Service & Using Mindfulness to Mitigate Bias

How Will YOU  Fund your Public Service Internship this Summer?

piggybankBy Aline Carton-Listfjeld, Center for Public Service Law

At UW Law we are lucky to have a powerhouse student organization like PILA and a supportive administration which fundraises tons of money to help support summer public service internships. Unfortunately, there are always more deserving applicants than there is funding. So, are you going to put all of your eggs in your PILA basket or are you going to do some research and apply for many other funding sources that are out there? Hint: the latter.

Check out all the great summer funding resources on the Center for Public Service Law’s quick  reference guide (under summer funding towards the bottom of the page). These include labor and employment specific funding, LGBT rights funding, civil legal aid funding, human rights funding, international funding, and new for this year Latina/o advocacy  funding (just to name a few). Application deadlines tend to range between December through April with the bulk due in March/April giving you time to secure your summer internship. We highlight some of the most common sources of summer funding that UW Law students have applied for and obtained. But wait, there’s more! Also check out the great resources compiled by our friends at PSJD here and here. Investing a few hours in research and applications will pay huge dividends (literally). Don’t miss out!

If you missed our lunchtime presentation today don’t fret. Here are the slides to help you connect the dots.

New research finds implicit bias can be tamed through the use of time-honored meditation techniques.

trayvon-protestDecember 2, 2014 By Tom Jacobs, Pacific Standard- The Science of Society

A large crowd gathers to peacefully protest the Trayvon Martin murder case in Union Square in Manhattan on July 14, 2013. (Photo: Marie Havens/Shutterstock)

Racial bias has declined drastically in the United States over the past few decades. And yet, recent reaction to the tragic events in Ferguson, Missouri, suggests race continues to color our opinions, with both blacks and whites holding firm assumptions that their counterparts completely reject.

It’s something of a conundrum, until you consider implicit beliefs—the automatic thoughts and feelings that arise when one looks at an image of someone of another race. While these often operate below our level of consciousness, they shape our views of society and opinions on such policy issues as affirmative action, voter ID laws, and whether the justice system is genuinely just.

Fortunately, new research has documented a surprisingly simple way to short-circuit these knee-jerk negative associations. The key, according to Central Michigan University psychologists Adam Lueke and Bryan Gibson, is mindfulness.

Whites have “quicker response times for words that represent good things when paired with white faces than with black faces, and quicker response times for words that represent bad things when paired with black faces than white faces.” Continue reading here.

Attention Pro Bono Attorneys! Opportunity to Support Homeless Advocacy.


SHARE is a homeless shelter in Seattle served by the Homeless Experience Legal Protection program. Presently, two matters are of huge concern to its community, as to which it is seeking pro bono legal representation. One concerns Nickelsville, an independent encampment of homeless people that is following all the legal obligations put upon it by the City of Seattle & etc. They are not receiving the same police services as other encampments, shelters and transitional housing projects and it is jeopardizing their safety and future. SHARE needs to figure out a way to get SPD to provide its residents the same support they provide others. The second issue concerns the complete defunding of SHARE – the county’s largest shelter provider – by King County Government. SHARE is also by far the most cost effective shelter outfit per bed night. SHARE would like to challenge the County’s defunding on numerous grounds – procedural, legal, common sense and political. This defunding isn’t something we can just let sit – the County Council is going to have to reconsider the whole thing sometime. If a lawyer in your firm is interested in either project, please have him/her contact Scott Morrow at Share Shelters

Attention Lawyers & Community Members Committed to Social Justice! Washington State Access to Justice Board Seeks New Board Members. Application Due This Friday, January 9. Act Fast!

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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


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:

For more information and registration please contact Sevilla Rhoads at and take a look at our website:

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

Public Policy Career Panel, Earthjustice VP, Immigrant Detainee Pro Bono Project Info Session, Human Rights 101 Webinar and Ahhh, Mindfulness Workshop

November 18: Careers in Public Policy

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November 19: Social Justice Tuesday- Citizen Enforcement of Environmental Laws: Why it is Essential and How it is At Risk”

Tuesday, November 19, Room 133

Presented by:  Gates Public Service Law Program 

patti-goldmanPatti Goldman, Vice President for Litigation at Earthjustice, leads the organization’s ten regional offices in developing and implementing effective legal strategies to protect the environment for future generations. Patti works with Earthjustice’s managing attorneys to coordinate the legal program, knit together the work throughout the regions, and ensure that the organization achieves long-range goals. Patti Goldman, Vice President for Litigation, leads the organization’s ten regional offices in developing and implementing effective legal strategies to protect the environment for future generations. Patti works with Earthjustice’s managing attorneys to coordinate the legal program, knit together the work throughout the regions, and ensure that the organization achieves long-range goals.

As Vice President for Litigation, Patti works with Earthjustice regional offices to mount strategic campaigns that produce lasting and often groundbreaking environmental safeguards. Whether addressing global warming, toxic pollution, wildlife protection, or management of lands owned by the American people, Earthjustice chooses cases for maximum, far-reaching impact. Patti ensures that our actions will continue to catalyze broad environmental protection, prevent irretrievable losses, and ensure that the laws already on the books stay there and are put to work to protect a healthy environment for future generations. 

If you would like lunch please RSVP via Symplicity or by 12:00 pm Monday, November 18,  2013. No RSVP for lunch accepted after 12:00 pm.

November 20: Immigrant Detainee Pro Bono Project Info Session

Immigrant detaineeWednesday, November 20, 12:30-1:20pm, Room 217

Interested in working directly with detained immigrants?  The Center for Human Rights & Justice (CHRJ) is partnering with the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project (NWIRP) Tacoma office to provide application assistance for immigrant detainees at the Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma, WA during the Winter quarter.  In immigration proceedings, detainees have no right to free counsel.  By volunteering, you are assisting pro se detainees in filling out their applications and drafting declarations for immigration relief (i.e. asylum, withholding, cancellation, etc.).  Volunteers will receive training by a NWIRP staff attorney prior to visiting the detention center.  All final work will be reviewed by a NWIRP staff attorney prior to submission to the Immigration court (EOIR).  Transportation is available should you require it.  This is volunteer work is pre-approved for the Pro Bono Honors Program.

If you are interested in participating or have questions about this volunteer opportunity, please contact Melody Young at

November 21: Human Rights 101 for US Domestic Lawyering- Free Webinar, Registration Required

Thursday, November 21 at 12:30pm ET/9:30am PT

What are human rights and how can they be useful to me in my case strategy, litigation and overall work?

humanrightsJoin the Local Human Rights Lawyering Project on Thursday, November21 at 12:30pm ET/9:30am PT for a free online webinar, Human Rights 101. This webinar will focus on the basics of human rights law, the universal and regional human rights systems, and how human rights law can be used in U.S. courts and before U.S. policymakers. The one-hour free webinar will be led by Hadar Harris, Executive Director of the Center for Human Rights & Humanitarian Law at American University Washington College of Law.   To register for the webinar, click here.

December 14: Mindfulness Workshop Co-Led by Attorney Sevilla Rhoads, RSVP Required

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Serve on NJP Board of Directors, Connect with Students About Your Summer Internship, Tips to Avoid Burnout & Criminalization of the Poor

Apply to Serve on the Northwest Justice Project’s Board of Directors

NJP_LogoApplication Deadline: Sept. 5, 2013. That’s tomorrow folks!

The Northwest Justice Project has an opening on its Board of Directors for three attorneys, for three-year terms starting Jan. 1, 2014. NJP is a statewide not-for-profit law firm providing free legal services to low-income people from 13 offices.

For more information about the position and how to apply, see the Volunteer Opportunities area of the WSBA website.

Just Finished your Summer Internship, Externship or Volunteer Experience? Want Other Students to Benefit and Learn from Your Experience? Got 3 minutes?

networkingIf you answered YES to all of these questions then be sure to add your contact info to our public service student experiences database so that other students can connect with you to learn about your internship, externship or volunteer experience! Click here to access the database and add your contact info.  Be ready to enter your UW NetID to access the database. Please note that this database is only available for current UW law students.

From Fired up to Burnt Out: 7 tips to help you sustain a life committed to social justice

Stone CirclesBy Lindsey Mullen, Reprinted by, photo credit stone circles at The Stone House

When she was an organizer in the 1990s, Claudia Horwitz began to notice that many of the people she worked with were overworked, exhausted, and stressed out. Responding to the urgent need she saw in the activist community, Claudia founded stone circles, an organization that works to strengthen and sustain people committed to transformation and justice.

Since 2007, stone circles has been based in Mebane, North Carolina at The Stone House, a retreat and training center on 70 acres of land. One of stone circles’ primary goals is to address high rates of burnout among activists and organizers.

Burnout is more than just a busy week at work—it’s the long-term result of carrying continual stress, exhaustion, anxiety, or isolation.

Here are some tips from stone circles for addressing burnout:

1. Develop a personal practice.

A practice is simply a habit that gives us energy and reminds us of what matters most. Having a practice helps us pay concentrated attention to the inner voice—a presence that has the power to continually re-inform the activities of our daily lives. Mindful breathing, yoga, meditation, prayer, and journal writing are all examples of personal practice. Choose a practice that replenishes you and commit to doing it daily for a month. This can help make it a habit. Conitinue reading here.


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by Tim Harris, Real Change Executive Director, Alliance for Equal Justice September Newsletter
A Pioneer Square business owner angrily compares homeless people in a nearby park to pigeons and demands in a public meeting that they be cleared away immediately.  Yakima considers new anti-panhandling legislation, and sheriffs in Snohomish County are ticketing freeway on-ramp beggars for pedestrian interference.
While all of this is recent, none of it is new.  Over the past two decades, as the numbers of homeless people have steadily risen, visible poverty has been criminalized across the United States, with a battery of legislation to prohibit sitting or lying on public sidewalks, camping on public property, overnight parking, panhandling, feeding people in public, and even the possession of a shopping cart or a blanket.
While these laws have added to the troubles that poor people face with fines, jail time, and criminal records that makes it harder to find housing and work, homelessness itself has continued to rise.
Recent budget cuts at both the state and federal levels have not helped.  Over the past four years, more than $20 million has been slashed from Washington state programs offering mental health and addiction treatment services to the very poor.
Once proposed, these laws, driven by fear and prejudice, almost always pass.  Seattle has provided a few recent exceptions, but these stand as a fragile hedge against the greater trend. Continue reading here.

Don’t Miss These Upcoming Events!

Note to Our Readers: To serve you better, the Common Good blog is trying out a new blogging schedule. Center for Public Service Law staff will post at least three times per week: Jobs on Mondays, Announcements on Wednesdays, and Events on Fridays. Tuesdays and Thursdays will be reserved for time sensitive announcements and updates. Today’s theme is Events. 

1. Lunch with Lemon? Meet Lemon Andersen and Preview His Award-Winning Documentary

Lemon Andersen is a three-time felon turned Tony award winning playwright and poet. He will be at the UW School of Law School for a lunch time discussion and preview of his documentary on Wednesday, November 14, 12:30 – 1:20 p.m., Room 138.

Lemon Andersen was born and raised in Brooklyn, in a Puerto Rican community ravaged by drugs and disease. He served three prison sentences before he was 21 and lost his heroin addicted mother and stepfather to AIDS. “Lemon is an out-and-out celebration of life and liberty and inspiration and hope like I have never seen in my life.”  Ari Kohn

RSVP for lunch by Tuesday, Nov. 13 by 12:00:

Thanks to Sponsors: William H. Gates Public Service Law Program | UW Law, Societies & Justice Program

2. Lemon! See the Film, Meet the Man, Hang Out with the Filmmakers

After lunch, make evening plans to attend the Exclusive Seattle Screening of Lemon by the Post-Prison Education Program. November 14, 7 PM, AMC Pacific Place 11, Seattle. You won’t want to miss this!

Buy tickets!


3. Two Global Washington Events: Conference (Scholarship for Students Studying Development!) and Tibetan Talk 

Attend Global Washington’s Upcoming Conference, “Redefining Development,” December 6, 2012. The program features sessions that support future Washington leaders in global development.

Finishing school and wondering what to do next? Looking for your dream job in global development? This year’s conference will offer a variety of resources to job seekers, including small sessions like:

  •  The Anatomy of A Social Sector Leader – Insights From an Executive Search Consultant: Melissa Merritt, Vice President – Executive Search Practice, Waldron
  • Future Changemakers: Advice on Careers in Global Health: Molli Barnes, Global Staffing Manager, PATH
  • Future Changemakers: Advice on Careers in Global Development: Andre Truong, Senior Recruiter – Global Programs, The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
  • Register today!

Special scholarship for students whose studies relate to global development! Recipients will receive half-price registration to the conference. Learn more or apply.  

Check Out Other Upcoming Events from GlobalWALama Tenzin: Buddhist Monk and Children’s Advocate




When: Tuesday, November 13, 4:00pm to 6:00pm
Where: The Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience
719 South King Street  Seattle, WA 98104
Ticket price: $30

A reception with beverages and light hors doeuvres will follow the talk.

Register here

Mindfulness and Law Conference

Want to build a contemplative legal practice or meet lawyers interested in mindfulness themes? Seattle University School of Law and Washington Contemplative Lawyers invite you to participate in the Mindfulness and Law CLE program featuring Keynote Speaker Rhonda Magee on Friday, September 14, 2012, at Seattle University School of Law, 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (6 CLE credits pending). The Conference is free for law students (but space is limited, so register soon)!

Rhonda Magee is the author of the 2011 article, Educating Lawyers to Meditate?, 79 U.M.K.C. L. Rev. 535 (2011), examining the movement for contemplative practice in law and its promise as a response to long-standing and wide-ranging criticisms of contemporary legal education and law practice. For more than ten years, she has taught and written about law and legal education and race in America, with a focus in recent work on contemplative approaches to pedagogy and practice. She is Professor of Law and Dean Circle Research Scholar at the University of San Francisco.

Professor Magee is a long-time practitioner of a variety of contemplative practices, including centering prayer, mindfulness and insight meditation, contemplative writing and contemplative dialogue. She is associated with the Project for the Integration of Spirituality Law and Politics, and currently serves as President of the Board of the Center for Contemplative Mind in Society. She works with the Bay Area Working Group for Lawyers, a group of mindful lawyers, law professors and others, which has sat together for many years, and she has served on the executive board of the Humanizing Legal Education Section of the American Association of Law Schools. She is committed to the development of contemplative pedagogy, law practice, and leadership. Building on the insight that contemplation is essential to experiencing love-in-action through our work and relationships in the world, she aspires toward reforms in legal education, law practice and law, guided by the compassionate heart of contemplative practice.

Register here or call 206-398-4233.