2016 Martin Luther King, Jr. Week @ UW!

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Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and his legacy of strength, resilience and compassion are a worldwide touchstone of civic responsibility and action. This January, honor his memory and the contributions of all people — past and present — who stand for justice, and join the University of Washington’s MLK Week!

Celebrate and carry on Dr. King’s legacy with your UW community by participating in these and other MLK Week events. Find more details here.

SIGNATURE EVENTS TO ADD TO YOUR CALENDAR:

  • 1/9/16 | Nonviolent Direct Action Training | 9:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m. | New Holly Gathering Hall
  • 1/13/16 | MLK Jr. Tribute | 11:30 a.m.-1:15 p.m. | Magnuson Health Sciences
  • 1/14/16 | Dr. Ralina Joseph, What’s the Difference with “Difference”? | 7:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m. | Kane Hall
  • 1/15/16 | MLK Birthday Party and Kickoff!| 11:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m. |HUB Street
  • 1/18/16 | MLK Day of Service | 9 a.m.–4 p.m. | Locations Vary
  • 1/20/16 | Race and the Legacy of Dr. King: The Sequel | 12–1:30 p.m. | Kelly Ethnic Cultural Center
  • 1/20/16 | Unconscious Bias Workshop | 4–6 p.m. | Kelly Ethnic Cultural Center
  • 1/21/16 | Ask Your Mama: 12 Moods for Jazz | 8–10 p.m. | Ethnic Cultural Theater
  • 1/22/16 | Black Lives Matter Teach-In | 9:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m. | Kelly Ethnic Cultural Center

Do You Enjoy Free Film Screenings? Check Out These Amazing Films!

April 21: Special Free Screening of “Documented” in Seattle

Monday, Apr. 21, 2014
6:30 PM, Siff Uptown Cinema, 511 Queen Anne Avenue North, Seattle, WA
Q&A with Jose Antonio Vargas and Eric Liu after the film

Tickets are FREE, but please RSVP online here.

In 2011, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Jose Antonio Vargas outed himself as an undocumented immigrant in the New York Times Magazine. DOCUMENTED chronicles his journey to America from the Philippines as a child; his public struggle as an immigration reform activist/provocateur; and his journey inward as he reconnects with his mother, whom he hasn’t seen in 20 years. A broken immigration system leads to broken families and broken lives. 

Click here for more information.

April 22: Social Justice Tuesday- American Indian Children and Families:  Understanding the History and Experiences that Inform Native People’s Interactions with U.S. Legal Systems

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12:30-1:20, Room 133

Speaker:  Dian Million, Ph.D.  Associate Professor of American Indian Studies at the University of Washington.

Hosted by: The Incarcerated Mothers Advocacy Project

Description:  Dr. Million (Tanana Athabascan) is a poet, professor and scholar. Her research explores the politics of knowledge, colonialism, human rights and healing.  By placing community health in the context of race, class, gender and identity issues, Dr. Million shares perspectives on Native family life that will enhance cultural competency, challenge assumptions, and illuminate the connections among social and political conditions.  Her insights into the tensions between Native sovereignty and American governing practices are relevant to lawyers and law students working with tribes, government policy, family or criminal law, as well as anyone who is interested in a more complex and honest view of U.S. history.

Please RSVP to gatespsl@uw.edu by 12 noon on Monday, April 21 if you’d like lunch.

April 23: Webinar on Using Human Rights to Advance Racial Justice: An Introduction to the Race Treaty

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Wednesday, Apr. 23, 2014
2:00 – 3:30 PM EDT

Join the U.S. Human Rights Network’s CERD Taskforce for an introductory webinar on the “Race Treaty,” also known as the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (CERD), and the upcoming review of the U.S. Government by the U.N. CERD Committee (PRRAC is a member of the USHRN CERD Task Force).  The webinar is scheduled for Wednesday, April 23, 2014, 2:00-3:30 pm EDT.

Click here to register.

April 23: An Evening with Rwanda: “Finding Hillywood” Film Screening & More

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Wednesday, Apr. 23, 2014
6:30 – 9:00 PM
Ethnic Cultural Center Theater (3940 Brooklyn Ave NE)
Admission: Free

Join us for an inspiring and informative film event and discussion to explore Rwanda’s history of transitional justice and healing since the 1994 genocide.

The program includes:

Transitional Justice in Rwanda: A short film by Rwandan youth about transitional justice in Rwanda, and a few video clips from interviews with personnel from the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda. (www.tribunalvoices.org)

Finding Hillywood: A one-hour feature documentary about the beginning of Rwanda’s film industry, and a real life example of how art heals. (http://findinghillywood.com)

Discussion: A conversation with Leah Warshawski, Director of Finding Hillywood

For more information, click here.

April 24: Webinar on Next Steps in Bringing Home the Human Right to Housing: Scholarship from the Symposium on the Human Right to Housing

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Webinar 12:00 – 1:00 PST

To celebrate the release of a special edition of the Columbia Law School Human Rights Law Review with articles curated for last April’s Bringing Economic & Social Rights Home: The Right to Adequate Housing in the U.S. symposium, the National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty, the Columbia Law School Human Rights Institute, the Columbia Law School Human Rights Law Review, and the Northeastern University School of Law Program on Human Rights and the Global Economy will be hosting a webinar on April 24, 2014, at 3pm Eastern, 2pm Central, 1 Mountain, 12 noon Pacific.  

The articles in this special issue of the Human Rights Law Review provide an important complement to, and expansion of, the last year’s symposium discussion, and the webinar will offer a chance to hear the authors summarize their contributions and answer questions. 

Speakers include: 

  • Maria Foscarinis, Executive Director, National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty, NLCHP
  • Eric Tars, Director of Human Rights & Children’s Rights Programs, NLCHP
  • Heather Maria Johnson, Staff Attorney, ACLU of Southern California
  • Tristia Bauman, Senior Counsel, NLCHP
  • Risa Kaufman, Executive Director, Human Rights Institute, Columbia Law School
  • Heidi Wegleitner Staff Attorney, Legal Aid of Wisconsin; District 2 Supervisor, Dane County Board of Supervisors
  • Lucy Williams, Professor of Law & Faculty Co-Director, Program on Human Rights and the Global Economy, Northeastern Law School
  • Brittany Scott, Campaign Coordinator, National Economic & Social Rights Initiative

Come and get a taste of the new thoughts, and ask questions of the authors!  Click here to register.

April 25: Washington State Society of Healthcare Attorneys Presents Its Annual Hospital & Health Seminar

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Friday, Apr. 25, 2014
Seattle University School of Law, Sullivan Hall

The Washington State Society of Healthcare Attorneys (“WSSHA”) was founded in 1973. It is operated exclusively for educational and charitable purposes, to provide an opportunity for legal advisors in the health field to meet and exchange information and ideas, to conduct legal seminars of interest to such attorneys, and to provide a central agency for the exchange of information of a legal nature in the health field.

This is a great networking and learning opportunity.  The registration fee for students is $115.  If you want to attend, you should send in your check as soon as possible along with the form that you can print off of the website. This seminar is well attended by the healthcare attorneys of Seattle and a few from Spokane and Oregon so it’s a great chance to connect with attorneys who practice in the health law field.

Click here to view the brochure.  The registration form is on the brochure itself.

April 28: National Commission on Voting Rights Event at the UW Law School

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Monday, Apr. 28, 2014
4:30 – 7:30 PM, RM 138

In 2005, the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, on behalf of the civil rights community, convened and staffed the National Commission on the Voting Rights Act (NCVRA), an eight-member blue ribbon panel which produced a fact-based report: Protecting Minority Voters: the Voting Rights Act at Work 1982 – 2005.

The Lawyers’ Committee, in close collaboration with state and local organizations, will organize the 2013-14 hearings.  The Commission will conduct fact finding hearings across the country that will look closely at the record of discrimination, election administration problems, voter registration procedures, and other challenges that voters are facing.

The Lawyers’ Committee will reach out to our partners in each of the states to work with the Commission in organizing the hearings. In addition to National Commissioners, we will invite local leaders to serve as guest commissioners. Voting attorneys, grassroots leaders, social scientists, and the public will be invited to testify. The hearing will be organized with Commissioners as questioners and panels of witnesses providing testimony. Each witness will be asked to submit a written statement (with the length at the discretion of each witness) in advance of the hearing.  During the hearing, witnesses will give oral testimony based on their written statement.  Commissioners sitting on the panel will ask questions on specific issues relating to each witnesses oral and written testimony. The hearings will also include periodic open sessions for audience members and voters to speak about their voting experience. Hearings will be held from November 2013 to spring 2014.

RSVP online here.

April 30: Dr. Bernard LaFayette “Sit-ins, Freedom Rides, and Selma: What the Civil Rights Movement and Nonviolence Tell Us Today

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Wednesday, Apr. 30, 2014
10:00 AM
School of Social Work Building, 4101 15th Ave. NE, RM 305

In 1958, 18-year-old Bernard LaFayette enrolled at American Baptist Theological Seminary in Nashville, Tennessee. LaFayette is an African American and had lived in Florida and Pennsylvania: in the former, he was raised with segregation, in the latter, he attended integrated public schools. When he arrived at seminary, he roomed with John Lewis, now the U.S. Representative for Georgia’s 5th congressional district. Within weeks, Lewis convinced LaFayette to dive into the practice of nonviolence, and they would go on to participate in some of the most crucial moments in the U.S. Civil Rights Movement.

In this talk, Dr. LaFayette, having earned his Ph.D. from Harvard University, will speak about his experiences in the Civil Rights Movement, the theory and practice of nonviolence, and our responsibilities today — all with a boundless optimism and perhaps a song or two.

For more information, click here.

May 10: Presentation on Race & Jury Service: Is Jury Selection Fair?  Are All Communities Represented?

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Saturday, May 10, 2014
4:30 PM, Gates Hall RM 119

Co-sponsors: Northwest Justice Project, Whitman College, Center for Public Service Law-UW Law

Interested in the issue of minority jury representation?

On Saturday May 10th, at 4:30 pm at the University of Washington Law School, students from Whitman College’s State of the State of Latinos in Washington will be presenting their project analyzing the jury selection system in Eastern Washington. In addition, attorneys from Washington Appleseed and the Northwest Justice Project will present the work they are doing to better understand jury selection and the role that academic researchers, attorneys, and students can play in increasing minority jury participation. The location will be in Room 119 in Gates Hall, light snacks and refreshments will be provided. Please feel free to contact David Morales at the Northwest Justice Project, if you have any further questions.

Rise Up! Restore the Dream on MLK Day, January 20th

January 20: Celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King’s Birthday

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January 21: Social Justice Tuesday- Global Health, Human Rights, and the Rights of the Child in Cambodia

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Hosted by:  Center for Public Service Law

·         Interested in legal and health issues in Cambodia?

·         Wondering how you could earn 10 credits while studying in Cambodia with the University of Washington?

·         Want to spend your summer developing research skills in human rights and international law, while creating an excellent writing sample?

Join us for a discussion on global health, human rights, and the rights of the child in Cambodia. Students will share about their research and experiences from last year, and information will be presented on the upcoming 2014 summer course!

 If you would like lunch please RSVP via Symplicity or gatespsl@uw.edu by 12:00 pm Monday, January 13th.  No RSVP for lunch accepted after 12:00 pm.

January 21: Clients in Crisis & Secondary Trauma Issues for Advocates

Recommended Readings:

Abby Anna Batko-Taylor & Melissa L. Shearer, Representing the Traumatized Client: the Case, the Client, and You, Voice for the Defense Online (2012)

Marjorie A. Silver, Dr. Sanford Portnoy, & Jean Koh Peters, Stress, Burnout, Vicarious Trauma, and Other Emotional Realities in the Lawyer/Client Relationship- A Panel Discussion, 19 Touro L. Rev. 847 (2004)

Crisis Trauma Training

January 23: UW Grad Student Networking Event

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Networking Reception: Grad Students, Postdocs, & Alumni

5:30-7:00pm, Kane 225

Want to develop your network but don’t know how to get started?  This is a unique opportunity for grad students and postdocs to chat with interesting graduate-level alumni – both inside and outside their academic field – in a safe and semi-structured environment.  Attendees will have the chance to practice their “elevator speech” and create new connections with 12-15 friendly graduate-degree holders who’ve found meaningful work and are eager to help others do the same by sharing tips, contacts, and maybe even some job leads.  All grad students and postdocs are encouraged to attend because “you just never know” if you’ll meet the person who leads you on a path to professional success – sometimes the person you least suspect could be helpful to you has the best advice and most extensive network!  And, best of all, the event will include food, beer, and wine…for FREE!   No registration required.  Sponsored in conjunction with the 10th annual Career Symposium for Grad Students & Postdocs in collaboration with the Graduate School and the Alumni Association. More details available at http://grad.washington.edu/profdev/symposium/

Among the many professionals slated to attend, if you’re interested in learning more about the Gates Foundation, don’t miss your chance to meet with Kate Lawyer.

Kate Lawyer works as an embedded consultant for the Agricultural Development team at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Kate’s work focuses on developing policies, partnerships, and institutional support to governments in West Africa. Prior to joining the Third Sector Intelligence, Kate earned her MPA from the Daniel J. Evans School of Public Affairs, where her coursework focused on NGO-management and program evaluation in the developing world. Kate completed this master’s program concurrent with spending three years in West Africa as a United States Peace Corps Volunteer. During her tenure in the Peace Corps, Kate served as a Municipal and Community Development Volunteer in Niger, working with rural mayoral offices to help execute community development plans that had been drafted jointly by the community’s local government and traditional authorities. Following two years in Niger, Kate spent a year in Senegal as a Program Assistant for a Senegalese-run non-governmental organization, providing services and programs to vulnerable children and underage workers. Kate has also traveled extensively throughout Latin America, including living for six months in Argentina researching the land rights of indigenous peoples in Patagonia. Kate holds a BA from the University of Washington in Spanish and Political Science. In addition to her Spanish background, Kate speaks Zarma, French, and basic Wolof.

February 21-22: Rebellious Lawyering Conference

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Join us for RebLaw2014 on February 21-22, 2014, at the Yale Law School in New Haven, Connecticut. Registration is now open at www.rsvpbook.com/reblaw2014.

The Rebellious Lawyering Conference is an annual gathering of law students, activists, and legal practitioners dedicated to legal work in the service of communities and social change movements and to challenging hierarchies of race, wealth, gender, and expertise within legal practice and education. Grounded in the spirit of Gerald Lopez’s Rebellious Lawyering, the conference is in its twentieth year and the largest student-run public-interest law conference in the U.S.

This year, the conference will bring together activists and attorneys for more than twenty panelsdiscussing struggles in environmental, economic, racial, gender, immigration, and criminal justice. Topics include campaign finance reform, food sustainability, the rights of sex workers, mobilizing among communities of color, feminist responses to the drug war, and defending radical animal rights activists. Attendees are also invited to participate in workshops on movement lawyering, anti-oppression strategies when working with clients, legal observation of protests, law school classroom hierarchies, and coping with vicarious trauma. We are honored to have Robin Steinberg, founder and executive director of the Bronx Defenders and Cristina Tzintzun, executive director of the Workers Defense Project as our keynote and endnote speakers.

Registration is $30 and includes a happy hour on Friday and lunch on Saturday. (Registration is free for Yale, Quinnipiac, and UConn law students, and New Haven residents.) For law students wishing to attend who may otherwise find hotel costs prohibitive, we do our best to coordinate housing with Yale Law student volunteers. The deadline to register for housing eligibility is January 31.

Questions? Email rebellious.law.questions@gmail.com. Find us on Facebook and Twitter. Register here.

April 4-6: Save the Date! 11th Annual Western Regional International Health Conference at UW

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University of Washington, Seattle | April 4-6, 2014

The 2014 Western Regional International Health Conference is presented by: the WRIHC Student Committee, the UW chapter of GlobeMed, and the UW Department of Global Health

With generous support from: Child Family Health International; Global Good; Global WACh; International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission; OHSU Global Health Center; PNWU College of Osteopathic Medicine; PNWU Global Health Club; Seattle University College of Nursing; Simon Fraser University; University of Oregon African Studies Program; University of Oregon Department of Biology; University of Oregon Department of Human Physiology; University of Oregon Office of International Affairs Global Studies Institute;  UW Center for Global Studies; UW Department of Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies; UW Jackson School of International Studies, African Studies Program; UW Latin American and Caribbean Studies Program; UW Q Center; UW Women’s Center; and Washington Global Health Alliance

With additional co-sponsorship by: Greater Seattle Business Association; Health Alliance International; Pride Foundation; UC San Francisco; University of Colorado; UW Bothell; UW Center for Human Rights; UW Global Business Center, Foster School of Business; UW School of Nursing, International Programs; Washington State University

Register here.

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