Interested in Pro Bono This Year? Come Attend the Pro Bono Core Competencies Training Tomorrow!

October 16: Columbia Legal Services and Social Justice Film Festival Present “Food Justice Film Festival”

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Date: Friday, Oct. 16, 2015
Time: 6:00 – 9:00 PM
Location: University Christian Church

Check out this powerful preview of our upcoming film festival about food justice – if you are what you eat, come see how we can all do better! Columbia Legal Services is teaming up with the Social Justice Film Festival to produce a Food Justice Film Festival October 16th. 

For more information, click here.

October 17: Pro Bono Legal Aid Core Competencies Training

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

2015 Pro Bono Core Competencies Training FlyerAll UW Law students are welcome! Lunch provided. Please bring your laptop for a brief online exercise. Learn more about the UW Pro Bono Honors Society here.

October 19: Immigration Application Assistance Project (“App Help”) Training

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Date: Monday, Oct. 19, 2015
Time: 5:30 – 7:30 PM
Location: William H. Gates Hall, RM 212

Are you interested in immigrant rights?  Want to learn more about the asylum process through direct interaction with detainees at the Northwest Detention Center?  This is your chance!

Come join the Center for Human Rights and Justice in this mandatory training for the “App Help” Project.  Food will be provided.

If you have questions, please contact Clive Pontusson at cponstuss@uw.edu.

October 20: Social Justice Tuesday – Rule of Law and Judicial Reforms: Perspectives from the Kenyan Experience with Judiciary Transformation

Date: Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2015
Time: 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
Location: William H. Gates Hall, RM 138

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October 27: Equal Justice Works – Free Upcoming Educational Debt Relief Webinar

Date: Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2015
Time: 3:00 PM EDT
Location: Online

EJW LogoA 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.

To register for “JDs in Debt: What Law Students & Lawyers Need to Know about Managing Student Debt & Earning Loan Forgiveness,” click here.

October 27: You’re Invited to a Webinar on Volunteer Legal Internships with the U.S. Department of Justice

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Date: Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2015
Time: 12:00 PM EST
Location: Webinar

Hosted by: Rena J. Cervoni, Deputy Director and Trisha A. Fillbach, Assistant Director Office of Attorney Recruitment and Management

In this brief 30 minute session, we will discuss our Volunteer Internship Program, application process, and answer your questions about opportunities.  You have two chances to attend the webinar.

Please RSVP to Rae.Alston@usdoj.gov for one session by Friday, October 23, 2015.  Please include your name, school, and the date you choose to attend.

Tuesday, October 27, 2015 at 12:00 PM EST or Thursday, October 29, 2015 at 3:00 PM EST

Extra! Extra! UW Law In-House Pro Bono Program Still Accepting Applications!

Want Direct Client Experience and Make a Difference? Applications Now Being Accepted for Bridging the Gap/Moderate Means Program- Due 10/19

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Bridging the Gap provides legal referrals for low and moderate income individuals as a part of the WSBA Moderate Means Program.

Bridging the Gap is a UW Law in-house pro bono program. The goal of the program is to increase access to civil legal services for people of moderate means who cannot afford an attorney but make too much money to qualify for traditional free legal aid services. The program is focused in the areas of Family, Housing and Consumer law.

Law students serving as Bridging the Gap volunteer interns interview potential clients by telephone to collect information and evaluate their cases. Qualifying cases will be referred by interns to participating attorneys who have agreed to represent clients for a reduced fee. After completing training, Bridging the Gap interns will be expected to commit to a minimum of five hours a week for the duration of fall and winter quarters (one hour is a weekly staff meeting).

Benefits to students:

  • Hands-on experience interviewing clients;
  • Training in substantive legal issues, issue-spotting, interviewing skills and ethics;
  • Instruction on how to use the Legal Server database, which is used by most of the civil legal aid organizations in Washington State, and many other states;
  • Supervision and mentoring by experienced attorneys;
  • The satisfaction of helping low and moderate income individuals who otherwise might not receive any legal help at all;
  • Time spent volunteering for Bridging the Gap counts for recognition with the Pro Bono Honors Society.

Upper level students (2L, 3L and LLM) may participate in training for the program now (fall quarter) and begin interviewing clients in November. 1Ls can train now and begin interviewing clients in January.

To apply for the program, submit a letter of interest and resume to Ann Spangler at spangler@uw.edu by October 19, 2015.

Study on Composition of International Bodies Shows that Women are Under-Represented

Want Direct Client Experience and Make a Difference? Applications Now Being Accepted for Bridging the Gap/Moderate Means Program- Due 10/19

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Bridging the Gap provides legal referrals for low and moderate income individuals as a part of the WSBA Moderate Means Program.

Bridging the Gap is a UW Law in-house pro bono program. The goal of the program is to increase access to civil legal services for people of moderate means who cannot afford an attorney but make too much money to qualify for traditional free legal aid services. The program is focused in the areas of Family, Housing and Consumer law.

Law students serving as Bridging the Gap volunteer interns interview potential clients by telephone to collect information and evaluate their cases. Qualifying cases will be referred by interns to participating attorneys who have agreed to represent clients for a reduced fee. After completing training, Bridging the Gap interns will be expected to commit to a minimum of five hours a week for the duration of fall and winter quarters (one hour is a weekly staff meeting).

Benefits to students:

  • Hands-on experience interviewing clients;
  • Training in substantive legal issues, issue-spotting, interviewing skills and ethics;
  • Instruction on how to use the Legal Server database, which is used by most of the civil legal aid organizations in Washington State, and many other states;
  • Supervision and mentoring by experienced attorneys;
  • The satisfaction of helping low and moderate income individuals who otherwise might not receive any legal help at all;
  • Time spent volunteering for Bridging the Gap counts for recognition with the Pro Bono Honors Society.

Upper level students (2L, 3L and LLM) may participate in training for the program now (fall quarter) and begin interviewing clients in November. 1Ls can train now and begin interviewing clients in January.

To apply for the program, submit a letter of interest and resume to Ann Spangler at spangler@uw.edu by October 19, 2015.

GQUAL Campaign to Increase Gender Parity on International Rights Bodies

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According to a study conducted by GQUAL, the lack of gender parity, specifically the underrepresentation of women, affects almost all international tribunals and monitoring bodies. They report that women hold only 17% of positions on international courts and 25% of positions on regional human rights bodies. The GQUAL Declaration notes that States are generally responsible for nominating and electing candidates to these international bodies, but often lack transparent guidelines and procedures for such processes. Additionally, most States do not have mechanisms to correct gender disparities. By not respecting the principle of non-discrimination, States Parties may be in violation of Article 8 of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW).

Continue reading here.

Call for Submissions: American University Washington College of Law’s Human Rights Essay Award Competition, Deadline 2/1/2016

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Are you interested in attending an all-expense paid 3 week summer program on Human Rights and Humanitarian Law taught by over 40 world-renowned practitioners and academics at American University Washington College of Law? Well, now is your chance! Submit an essay to the Human Rights Essay Award Competition and you could be the lucky winner to receive a scholarship to attend the 2016 Program of Advanced Studies in Human Rights and Humanitarian Law from May 31 – June 17. This year’s topic is “Extractive Industries and Human Rights” and the deadline to submit is February 1, 2016. Participants have the flexibility to choose any subject related to the assigned topic. The best articles may be published in the American University International Law Review.

This annual competition sponsored by the Academy on Human Rights and Humanitarian Law seeks to stimulate the production of scholarly work in international human rights law. The Academy will grant two Awards, one for the best article in English and one for the best article in Spanish. The Award in each case will consist of: a scholarship to the Academy’s Program of Advanced Studies, travel expenses to Washington D.C., housing at the university dorms and a per diem for living expenses.

For more information, click here.

Jameson Crane III Disability and Law Writing Competition, Deadline 1/15/2016

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Thomas Jefferson School of Law is pleased to announce the second Jameson Crane III Disability and the Law Writing Competition. Made possible by the generous gift of Thomas Jefferson School of Law alumnus Jameson Crane III, this competition seeks to encourage outstanding student scholarship at the intersection of law and medicine, or law and the social sciences. The competition promotes an understanding of these topics, furthers the development of legal rights and protections, and improves the lives of those with disabilities. Submissions will be judged anonymously by an independent panel of experts.

If you win, you will get a $1,500 cash prize and Thomas Jefferson Law Review (TJLR) will consider the paper for publication under the TJLR’s editorial standards.  Two second place winners will each receive a $1,000 cash prize.  (Preference for these additional winners will be given to submissions from disciplines not represented by the grand prize winner.)

For more information, click here.

There is still time to register for the Equal Justice Works 2015 Conference and Career Fair!

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Friday, October 23 & Saturday, October 24
Crystal Gateway Marriott

While the period to apply for prescheduled interviews has closed, students and recent graduates may register through October 9 to speak with employers during table talk and to attend conferences sessions.

NETWORK with more than 150 public interest employers. We have heard from many employers and students that interviews and job offers have been secured from meetings during table talk!

LEARN during our conference sessions lead by experienced public interest attorneys on international and immigration careers, managing student debt, and how students can organize to fight injustice!

Learn more and register here! Registration deadline is October 9

National Juvenile Defender Center Publishes Juvenile Defense Policy and Practice Career Resource Guide

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The National Juvenile Defender Center prepared the Juvenile Defense Policy and Practice Career Resource Guide to provide students and others with valuable resources to jumpstart a juvenile defense career. It includes information on coursework and externships that will help strengthen a candidate’s application in the juvenile defense field; resources to guide in the search for juvenile defense jobs, fellowships, and funding opportunities; and a list of offices around the country that provide employment and internship opportunities specific to juvenile defense.

Click here for the resource guide.

Would you like access to free hands on legal training, CLE credits, and networking opportunities to help start your own law practice? If so, ELAP Family Law Fellowship is the Answer!

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Eastside Legal Assistance Program is now accepting applications this month for this November’s fellowship class.  The yearlong program is an opportunity for newly licensed attorneys pursuing a career in family law to gain direct experience in a supportive environment. Fellows volunteer half-time while receiving computer access, desks, phones, mentorship and training in Family Law, Domestic Violence, motions practice and pre-trial/trial preparation. ELAP will also provide law office management training to assist the attorneys in establishing their own offices. And Fellows are covered by ELAP’s malpractice insurance for all work done on ELAP cases.

For more information, click here.

Pro Bono Opportunity – Bridging the Gap/Moderate Means Program, Due 10/19

Position: Volunteer Intern
Volunteers Needed: 2Ls, 3Ls, and LLMs; 1Ls (training now; volunteer work in January)
Time Commitment: 5 hours per week for the Fall and Winter Quarters (1 hour weekly staff meeting)
Location: William H. Gates Hall
Training: Training is provided in the substantive legal areas relevant to the program.
Application Deadline: October 19, 2015
Contact: Ann Spangler at spangler@uw.edu

Bridging the Gap provides legal referrals for low and moderate income individuals as a part of the WSBA Moderate Means Program.

Bridging the Gap is a UW Law in-house pro bono program. The goal of the program is to increase access to civil legal services for people of moderate means who cannot afford an attorney but make too much money to qualify for traditional free legal aid services. The program is focused in the areas of Family, Housing and Consumer law.

Law students serving as Bridging the Gap volunteer interns interview potential clients by telephone to collect information and evaluate their cases. Qualifying cases will be referred by interns to participating attorneys who have agreed to represent clients for a reduced fee. After completing training, Bridging the Gap interns will be expected to commit to a minimum of five hours a week for the duration of fall and winter quarters (one hour is a weekly staff meeting).

Benefits to students:

  • Hands-on experience interviewing clients;
  • Training in substantive legal issues, issue-spotting, interviewing skills and ethics;
  • Instruction on how to use the Legal Server database, which is used by most of the civil legal aid organizations in Washington State, and many other states;
  • Supervision and mentoring by experienced attorneys;
  • The satisfaction of helping low and moderate income individuals who otherwise might not receive any legal help at all;
  • Time spent volunteering for Bridging the Gap counts for recognition with the Pro Bono Honors Society.

Upper level students (2L, 3L and LLM) may participate in training for the program now (fall quarter) and begin interviewing clients in November. 1Ls can train now and begin interviewing clients in January.

To apply for the program, submit a letter of interest and resume to Ann Spangler at spangler@uw.edu by October 19, 2015.

Awesome opportunities, from LGBTI work to research, headed your way!

LOOKING FOR THE CHANCE TO WORK WITH CLIENTS?The UW Bridging the Gap/Moderate Means Program is Recruiting Interns for Summer and Fall Quarters

  • Open to: All students
  • Time Commitment: Minimum of five hours a week up to full time
  • Application Process: Submit a letter of interest and resume to Ann Spangler
  • Application Deadline: Friday, May 15, 2015
  • Contact: spangler@uw.edu

The Bridging the Gap program is a UW Law in-house pro bono program that is a great way to get experience interviewing lots of clients without having to leave Gates Hall!  The goal of the program is to increase access to civil legal services by people of moderate means who cannot afford an attorney but make too much money to qualify for traditional legal aid services.  The program is focused on the areas of Family, Housing and Consumer law.

Law students serving as Bridging the Gap volunteer interns will interview potential clients by telephone to collect information and evaluate their cases.  Qualifying cases will be referred by the interns to participating attorneys who have agreed to represent Bridging the Gap clients for a reduced fee. Interns will be expected to commit to a minimum of five hours a week for the duration of the summer, but may also work more if they are able to.

Benefits to students:

  • Hands-on experience interviewing clients;
  • Training in substantive legal issues, issue-spotting, interviewing skills and ethics;
  • Instruction on how to use the Legal Server database, which is used by most of the civil legal aid organizations in Washington State;
  • Supervision and mentoring by experienced attorneys;
  • The satisfaction of helping moderate income individuals who otherwise might not receive any legal help at all.

Questions?

Contact Clay Wilson, Affiliate Instructor of Law, at clayw2@uw.edu.

Due April 28: New attorney position with Assistant United States Attorney at USAO EASTERN DISTRICT OF WASHINGTON

The office currently has an Assistant United States Attorney position available in the Criminal Division, Spokane office. The attorney selected will be part of a dedicated team assisting in the enforcement and prosecution of federal criminal laws. The primary assignments for this attorney be the investigation and prosecution of white collar fraud and economic crimes, but will also include a wide-range of criminal matters involving firearms, drug trafficking, immigration, counterfeiting, child exploitation, explosives, and violent crimes. This is a full-time, permanent position.

The office is located in Spokane in eastern Washington. The Eastern District of Washington is comprised of 20 counties and is bordered by Canada to the north, Oregon to the south, Idaho to the east, and the summit of the Cascade Mountains to the west. This area is rich in rolling farm land, forested mountains, and arid desert. Because this area celebrates four distinct seasons, recreational opportunities are numerous and include, bicycling, hiking, snow skiing, water sports, fishing and hunting. More information on Spokane and its educational opportunities, medical facilities, arts, sports, etc., can be viewed on the internet at http://www.visitspokane.com[external link].

Interested applicants should send a cover letter and resume to: United States Attorneys Office, Attn: Kathy Devlin, Administrative Services Specialist, Post Office Box 1494, Spokane, Washington 99210-1494 (or 920 West Riverside Avenue, Suite 340, Spokane, WA 99201).

No telephone calls please. Applications must be received in the office or post-marked no later than April 28, 2015.

Due May 1: Legal intern position at UNITED STATES PUBLIC INTEREST RESEARCH GROUP (U.S. PIRG)

At The Public Interest Network, our interns have the opportunity to put their ideals into action.  Our network is comprised of some of the top public interest organizations in the country, including Environment America, U.S. PIRG, state environmental groups in 29 states, National Environmental Law Center, Environmental Action, Toxics Action Center, Pesticide Watch, Green Century Funds, Green Corps, Frontier Group, Community Voters Project, and Accelerate Change. Our mission is to build the power of citizens to move the world toward a greener, more fair, just and democratic future. 

 Together, the groups of The Public Interest Network employ more than 500 staff, who wield a full arsenal of time-tested strategies for change, including organizing, advocacy, research and policy analysis, litigation and socially responsible investing. Each group pursues its own strategy and agenda, with its own base of support. Yet all members of the network share a firm commitment to a model for success — one that emphasizes building stable, powerful organizations, embracing a tough-minded culture of accountability, and organizing to win measurable results. These results include hundreds of laws, policies and other changes that have protected consumers, preserved the environment, and otherwise made corporations and government more responsive to the public interest.

 Over the next year, our member groups will work to take on the fossil fuel industry to stop global warming and fracking and promote clean energy, advocate for stopping the overuse of antibiotics in farm animals, protect our rivers and streams, and help turn out thousands of young people to vote.

 Currently U.S. PIRG is looking for a summer intern to work in our Boston office on our Transportation Campaign. Application deadline for summer 2015-May 1st , 2015.

 Legal internships are unpaid and no future employment or preference for future employment will be promised by The Public Interest Network. We are happy to work with you to accommodate any requirements that may allow you to receive funding from your school or other entity. Work-study eligible students are encouraged to apply.

  Please email your cover letter and resume to jolivieri@pirg.org with the subject line “Summer Legal Internship App”.  If you have any questions, email jolivieri@pirg.org with the subject line “Summer Legal Internship Question”.

Attention bar-licensed recent grads: Fellowship on the Rights of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Persons (LGBTI)

  • Collaboration with the team of the Rapporteurship on the Rights of LGBTI Persons of the IACHR in the elaboration of thematic and country reports.
  • Collaboration with the Executive Secretariat of the IACHR in the processing of petitions, cases and requests for precautionary measures relating to the rights of LGBTI persons.
  • Preparation of draft reports on petitions and cases concerning the rights of LGBTI persons.
  • Research on the situation of the rights of LGBTI persons in specific countries and preparing specific reports based on the information collected.
  • Preparation of memos and other documents for hearings, working meetings and visits of the Commission related to the situation of the rights of LGBTI persons.
  • Collaboration in initiatives related to the promotion and dissemination of the human rights system and the Rapporteurship on the Rights of LGBTI persons.
  • Updating of the website of the Commission in relation to the work of the Rapporteurship on the Rights of LGBTI persons.

To complete the electronic application form, click here

The fellowship application must be completed via the automated digital system created by the IACHR for this purpose. The system is open from April 15 to April 29, 2015, inclusive. We will only accept applications received via the automated digital system using the above link.

National Health Law Project seeking new attorneys in Los Angeles and Washington D.C.

NHeLP is hiring in our LA and DC offices. We are looking for two stellar individuals to join our team.

 In Los Angeles, we are hiring an attorney or senior policy analyst to focus on reproductive health. In Washington DC, we are hiring an attorney to work at the intersection of reproductive health and health disparities, and to expand our health disparities work more broadly.

 Please circulate this widely. The two job descriptions are attached and linked below.

Nazdeek is hoping to place volunteers at one of their project sights in Deli!

Nazdeek is a legal capacity building organization committed to bringing access to justice closer to marginalized communities in India. Nazdeek’s mission is to advance social and economic rights, with a core focus on women and Dalits and Adivasi communities.

Nazdeek is currently engaged in two main projects in India, one concerning labor and health rights violations of tea garden workers in Assam’s tea gardens (North East India), and a second aimed at strengthening the housing and health rights of slum dwellers in Delhi.

Nazdeek offers volunteers placements for the following periods:
– January – March
– April – June
– July – September
– October – December

However, duration of the placement can be agreed upon depending on the ongoing work and the applicant’s availability.

Volunteers will assist in a range of activities, including legal research, conducting fact-finding visits, preparing and delivering trainings and workshops, drafting legal briefs and reports as well as undertaking communication and administrative tasks. Strong research, writing and communication skills are required. Cultural sensitivity a must. The position is open for applicants from Law, Social Science or Communications background. Candidates with strong communications skills or past campaign and/or communication experience are strongly encouraged to apply.

Placements will be based in Delhi, with possibility of travel to project areas. The position is unpaid, however we’re happy to support applications for external funding may you be aware of it. Interested applicants should send a resume and cover letter (pdf version), indicating period of availability, to:francescaferuglio@nazdeek.org

Deadline for applications for July- September: 15th May 2015.

Summer opportunity at UW CoMotion!

CoMotion has an opening this summer for a student with an electrical engineering/computer science background. UW CoMotion accepts legal interns and externs (“interns”) who seek to learn about protecting and managing the University’s intellectual property. The IP legal interns assist Patent Agents/Attorneys and/or a Copyright/Trademark Manager in evaluating, protecting, and commercializing the University’s intellectual property. To apply, please send a resume, a short statement of interest in the body of the email (including interested position and terms), and an unofficial law school transcript (and undergraduate transcript for patent interns) to Scott Smith at ssmith73@uw.edu. – See more here.

 

Attention 2Ls and 3Ls! Do You Volunteer in the Community? Come Get Advanced Skills Training on Pro Bono Legal Assistance 10/11!

October 6: Global Mondays – Megan McCloskey on Advancing Women Leaders and Women’s Rights around the World: Vietnam & Rwanda

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12:30 – 1:20 PM
Gates Hall, RM 117

Megan McCloskey is the founding director and CEO of Lotus Circle, a non-profit organization committed to making equal rights for women and girls real. Megan’s focus is on international program development and research assistance to promote better understanding of local conditions for women around the world, improve impact assessment of legal reforms intended to benefit women, and support evidence-based advocacy.  She will highlight the status of women’s rights and women’s political participation and leadership in Vietnam and in Rwanda.

For more information, click here.

October 7: SJT – UW Pro Bono Program: Get Trained, Do Pro Bono, Make A Difference

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Learn about pro bono service and training right here at UW Law! Get the nuts and bolts about the Pro Bono Program and learn from fellow students about their experiences volunteering with the following:

  • Street Youth Legal Advocates of WA
  • CHRJ’s Asylum Application Help Project
  • Immigrant Families Advocacy Project
  • Environmental Law Society
  • Bridging the Gap/Moderate Means Program
  • Incarcerated Mothers Advocacy Project

If you would like lunch please RSVP via Symplicity or gatespsl@uw.edu

RSVP by 12:00 pm Monday, October 6, 2014.

October 8: The Puget Sound Lawyer Chapter of the American Constitution Society and Free Speech for People present Corporations Are Not People: Reclaiming Democracy From Big Money And Global Corporations

Jeffrey Clements
Wednesday, October 8, 2014 – 5:30 PM
Perkins Coie LLC
1201 Third Avenue Suite 4900
Seattle, WA

Featuring:
Jeffrey Clements
Author, Corporations Are Not Peoples
President, Free Speech for People
To RSVP, click here.

October 9: FREE CLE “WSBA Pro Bono 101: How to be an Effective Pro Bono Advocate”

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Thursday, October 9, 2014
12:00 pm – 2:30 pm
2.5 Total Credits (1.75 General, .75 Ethics)
Webcast Only
Seminar Cost:  FREE!

While you may know your subject area, this CLE will cover what you need to know to effectively serve your pro bono clients. This CLE will provide participants interested in volunteering with the tools, knowledge and strategies needed to successfully engage in pro bono and public service.

IMPORTANT NOTE: In partnership with KCBA and under MCLE Regulation 103(f), this pro bono training allows for attorneys who volunteer with a Qualified Legal Service Provider to convert a minimum of four hours of pro bono work into four pro bono service CLE credits.

AGENDA:

  • RPC 6.1 Overview and Additional Rules to Support Your Pro Bono Effort
  • Ethical Rules and Considerations in Rendering Pro Bono Legal Services
  • Cultural Competencies: What to be aware of when working with clients who face
    • Mental or physical health barriers
    • Limited English Proficient barriers
    • Post-traumatic stress disorder
    • Living in a constant state of poverty
  • Strategies, tools and a Road Map to Effectively Communicate with Pro Bono Clients

Space is limited: Register online here.

October 11: Attention 1Ls! Pro Bono Legal Aid Core Competencies Training

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Get Trained. Do Pro Bono. Make a Difference Now.

Saturday, October 11, 2014
Room 127, 8:30am-3:00pm*

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
  • 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 to get trained on the fundamentals of providing pro bono legal assistance!

Attendance required for UW Pro Bono Honors Society membership at graduation.

Time Agenda
8:30-9:00 Registration & Light Breakfast
9:00-10:50 Working Across Difference with Clients in Poverty
10:50-11:00 BREAK
11:00-11:30 Professionalism & Student Pro Bono Assistance
11:30-12:15 Basic Client Interviewing Skills
12:15-1:15 Lunch on your own
1:15-2:15 Crisis and Trauma in Clients
2:15-3:00 Pair up, Hypos & discussion
3:00-3:15 BREAK
3:15-5:30 IFAP training*

October 11: Attention 2Ls and 3Ls! Advanced Pro Bono Legal Assistance Workshop

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Saturday, October 11, 2014,
Room 117, 8:30am-12:00pm

  • Did you attend the Pro Bono Core Competencies Training last year?
  • Did you have public interest internship/externship or pro bono experience this past summer?
  • Have you been volunteering for IMAP, IFAP, SYLAW, Bridging the Gap/MMP or out in the community providing pro bono legal assistance?

Attendance required for UW Pro Bono Honors Society membership at graduation.

If you answered YES! then this is a great opportunity to reflect and engage in a deeper analysis to improve skills when providing pro bono legal assistance.

Topics include: lessons from the front lines in managing bias, cultural and cross difference competence as well as secondary trauma and compassion fatigue.

October 11: Attention Student Leaders! Leadership Development Workshop

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Saturday, October 11, 2014
1:00– 5:30pm, Room 117

  • Are you a student organization leader or member?
  • Want to learn how to better plan and run your organization?
  • Need some basic tips on how to get funding and plan events at UW Law?

Join us for some nuts and bolts tips and strategies addressing leadership and management fundamentals at UW Law and beyond. All students are welcome.

Topics include: Leadership theory; developing your mission, vision, values; how to use an organizing/strategy chart; best practices for student-led pro bono projects; SBA 101; event planning and funding at UW Law; facilitating meetings and difficult conversations.

These trainings are brought to you by: the UW Law Center for Public Service Law, UW Law Pro Bono Program, Immigrant Families Advocacy Pro-ject, Incarcerated Mothers Advocacy Project, Street Youth Legal Advocates of Washington at UW, Out-Laws, Environmental Law Society, CHRJ’s App Help Project & SBA.

October 14: ACLU of Washington – LFO Speaker Training

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Wednesday, October 14, 2014 at 5:30 – 7:30 PM
ACLU of Washington Offices (901 5th Ave, Seattle)

Legal Financial Obligations (LFOs) – fines and fees imposed by the court system on top of criminal convictions – are punishing people for being poor in Washington.  Our state’s system for imposing and collecting LFOs keeps people tied to the criminal system for decades and can even result in people being locked up because they lack the money – creating modern-day debtors’ prisons.

The ACLU of Washington will be training a group of speakers to help us educate impacted individuals and community members all across the state.  The group will learn about how LFOs impact individuals, from sentencing on, and identify the major problems with Washington’s LFO system.  Our goal is to shine light on a broken system and build momentum to enact a comprehensive overhaul of LFO laws that will end debtors prisons in Washington and make our criminal justice system more fair.

ACLU staff attorney Vanessa Hernandez will lead the presentation and provide supporting materials.  Following the training,  the ACLU will send out people to speaking engagements, depending on each person’s availability.

Dial-in access is available.  Dinner will be provided.

If you’re interested in participating, respond to jflodin@aclu-wa.org.

October 22: Columbia Legal Services Presents the 3rd Annual Pro Bono Celebration Honoring Partners for Justice

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Wednesday, October 22, 2014 at 5:00 PM
Impact Hub Seattle, 220 Second Ave South (Pioneer Square), Seattle WA 98104

Brief Program 5:30 PM – 6:00 PM
Drinks & Appetizers 5:00 PM – 6:30 PM

Catered by FareStart
Join us as we celebrate pro bono work and those who fight for justice in Washington.  This event is free to attend.

2014 PRO BONO HONOREES  

Lenell Nussbaum
Suzanne Lee Elliott
For their work on cases related to juvenile life without parole

Carey & Lillevik
For their representation of amici in appeals to establish a right to counsel for all children in foster care

Garvey Schubert Barer
For their longstanding partnership with Columbia Legal Services and commitment to justice for all

Kathleen Phair Barnard  of Schwerin Campbell Barnard Iglitzin & Lavitt LLP
For advancing the rights of farm worker families in northwest Washington

To RSVP, click here.  RSVP preferred by October 10, 2014.

January 23: Save the Date! Latino/a Bar Association of Washington (LBAW) 23rd Annual Awards Gala

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March 20-21: Register Now for the Citizen University National Conference – Pre-Sale Tickets Available

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In November we’ll announce the lineup of speakers and teachers at Citizen University’s annual conference and start early-bird registration. But today, we are offering friends like you a chance to buy “pre-sale” tickets at an even more discounted price.

Our annual national conference is like no other civic gathering in America. Hundreds of changemakers, activists, and catalysts show up to learn about power, build their networks, and recharge their sense of purpose. They come from across the country, the political spectrum, and a wide range of domains — from immigrant rights to national service, voting reform to veteran re-integration, civic education to Hollywood and tech. They are you.

This is a time when citizens are solving problems in new ways, bypassing broken institutions, stale ideologies, and polarized politics. We are part of a movement to rekindle citizenship in America. We hope you’ll join us!

The Center for Public Service law will coordinate a process to apply for the tickets.  Stay tuned for more info on this if you wish to attend.

To purchase your pre-sale tickets now, click here.

Looking for a Chance to Work with Clients? Join UW Law’s In-House Bridging the Gap Program!

Free Legal Lunch Webcast on Sept. 30: Working With Clients With Disabilities

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Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014
12:00 – 1:30 PM
Registration closes Monday, Sept. 29, 2014

Disability is the largest minority group in our society:

  • 27 percent of Washington households include a person with a disability.
  • 21 percent of adults in Washington have a mental illness.
  • 14 percent of people over 70 and 37 percent of people over 90 have dementia.

Given these statistics, no matter what kind of law you practice, you likely will have clients with disabilities. Disability can impact the attorney-client relationship in ways you may not have considered. Join the Director and Associate Director of Legal Advocacy for Disability Rights Washington to explore the ways in which we think and talk about disability and to apply those perspectives to real-life scenarios involving the Rules of Professional Conduct.

Who should attend? Anyone who wants to improve his or her representation of clients with intellectual disabilities, mental illness, dementia, brain injuries, or other disabilities.

WSBA webcasts are interactive. Bring your questions! Register online here.

In-House Pro Bono Opportunity at the UW! Check Out the Bridging the Gap/Moderate Means Program

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Bridging the Gap provides legal referrals for low and moderate income individuals as a part of the WSBA Moderate Means Program.  Bridging the Gap is a UW Law in-house pro bono program. The goal of the program is to increase access to civil legal services for people of moderate means who cannot afford an attorney but make too much money to qualify for traditional free legal aid services.

Law student interns interview clients by telephone to help connect them to attorneys who will take their cases for reduced rates. The program is focused in the areas of Family, Housing and Consumer law. After completing training, Bridging the Gap interns are expected to commit to a minimum of five hours a week for the duration of fall and winter quarters (one hour is a weekly staff meeting).

Benefits to students:

  • Hands-on experience interviewing clients;
  • Training in substantive legal issues, issue-spotting, interviewing skills and ethics;
  • Instruction on how to use the Legal Server database, which is used by most of the civil legal aid organizations in Washington State, and many other states;
  • Supervision and mentoring by experienced attorneys;
  • The satisfaction of helping low and moderate income individuals who otherwise might not receive any legal help at all;
  • Time spent volunteering for Bridging the Gap counts as credits for the Pro Bono Honors Program.

Upper level students (2L, 3L and LLM) may participate in training for the program now (fall quarter) and begin interviewing clients in November. 1Ls can train now and begin interviewing clients in January.

To apply for the program, submit a letter of interest and resume to Ann Spangler by October 3, 2014.

Pro Bono Opportunity with Eastside Legal Assistance Program: Volunteer as a Legal Assistant

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Do you have research and analytical skills, legal assistant skills or experience and want to use these skills to help quantify legal realities for survivors of domestic violence? Come make equal access to justice in our community a reality by assisting Eastside Legal Assistance Program (ELAP) staff attorneys with a targeted research project. Since 1998, ELAP has provided survivors of domestic violence and low-income residents of King County with a variety of civil case services enabling equal access to justice including, one-on-one legal clinics, unbundled legal services, brief services, full representation and community education seminars.

Your role as ELAP Legal Assistant volunteer will be to review DV and family law cases and quantify legal outcomes of those clients who worked with, and without, attorneys. This research will open up new ways to advocate for legal aid.

For a complete description of the volunteer opportunity, click here.

Free Webinar on Oct. 8 on Responsible Innovation and Social Entrepreneurship

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Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2014
4:00 – 5:00 PM EST

Learn from leading experts about responsible innovation and social entrepreneurship. The webinar will include guidance and advice from six panelists, as well as ample opportunity to ask the speakers questions about strategies and tools for responsible innovation and social entrepreneurship. Learn about the complexities of innovation, the critical importance of locally-responsible solutions, and how to develop and grow ideas into effective programs. This webinar is ideal for students, faculty, university advisors, and professionals interested in innovation, social entrepreneurship, and global health.

The webinar’s expert panelists are:

  • Andrew Bentley, Google Fiber, Digital Inclusion Program Manager; Co-Founder, Global Health Corps
  • Elizabeth Johansen, Director of Product Development, Design That Matters
  • Rich Leimsider, Vice President of Fellowship Programs, Echoing Green
  • Jordan Levy, Chief External Relations Officer, Ubuntu Education Fund
  • James Nardella, Executive Director, Lwala Community Alliance
  • Carter Powers, COO, Dimagi
  • ​Moderated by Jennifer Staple-Clark, Founder and CEO, Unite For Sight

Register for the webinar here.

U.S. Department of Justice Introduces New Job Search Mobile App for Law Students and Attorneys

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The U.S. Department of Justice unveiled a new mobile app, called DOJ Law Jobs, which will provide attorneys and law students with a quick and easy way to find an attorney position or law student internship with the Department. DOJ Law Jobs is available for free now on iTunes for Apple iPhone, and additional versions for iPad and Android devices will be available in the next few weeks. The mobile app was developed by the Office of Attorney Recruitment and Management and Office of the Chief Information Officer. Users of the app will be able to create personalized job searches based on practice area, geographic preference, and hiring organization.

Download the application here on iTunes.  Android versions to follow.

 

Full Time Staff Attorney Position Vacancies & Other Summer Opportunities!

UW Moderate Means Program is Recruiting Interns for Summer and Fall Quarters, Due 6/6

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The Moderate Means Program (MMP) is a UW Law in-house pro bono program that is a great way to get experience interviewing lots of clients without having to leave Gates Hall! The goal of the program is to increase access to civil legal services by people of moderate means who cannot afford an attorney but make too much money to qualify for traditional legal aid services. The program is focused on the areas of Family, Housing and Consumer law.

Law students serving as MMP volunteer interns will interview potential clients by telephone to collect information and evaluate their cases. Qualifying cases will be referred by the MMP interns to participating attorneys who have agreed to represent Moderate Means Program clients for a reduced fee. MMP interns will be expected to commit to a minimum of five hours a week for the duration of spring quarter and this summer (one hour is a weekly staff meeting).

For a complete job description and application instructions, click here.

Attention Recent Grads! Catholic Community Services of Western Washington Seeking Staff Attorney

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The Legal Action Center offers free legal assistance to qualifying low income persons in King County who are facing evictions and subsidy terminations, landlord/tenant issues, and debtor/creditor issues related to past tenancies.

In eviction and subsidy termination cases, clients first speak to our staff over the phone to have their case evaluated. Then they may be scheduled for an appointment. Attorneys and paralegals provide free legal assistance ranging from self-help information to representation in court.

This position is responsible for providing legal services to low income households facing eviction, housing subsidy terminations or other barriers to securing suitable housing.

For a full job description and application instructions, click here.

Attention Post Grads!  Northwest Justice Project Seeking Full Time Staff Attorney in Everett With 3+ Years Experience

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The Northwest Justice Project (NJP) is a not-for-profit statewide law firm that pursues its mission through legal representation, community partnerships, and education to combat injustice and promote the long-term well-being of low-income individuals, families, and communities throughout Washington.  NJP seeks applications from qualified attorneys committed to supporting our mission through the work of our Everett regional office.

Successful applicants for this position will have experience in all aspects of civil litigation, with a minimum of 3 years in family law, preferably in Washington State.  Experience preferred in one or more additional areas of law that particularly impact low income persons. Applicants should be culturally competent and have demonstrated experience working with low-income client communities. Washington State Bar Association membership in good standing, the ability to acquire membership through reciprocity, or ability to take the next Washington bar exam is required.  Significant civil legal aid and/or civil litigation experience is strongly preferred.

For a full job description and application instructions, click here.

Transgender Law Center Seeking 2014 Immigration Detention Law Clerk

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Transgender Law Center works to change law, policy, and attitudes so that all people can live safely, authentically, and free from discrimination regardless of their gender identity or expression. Through a Soros Justice Fellowship, Olga Tomchin has started an Immigration Detention project at Transgender Law Center to challenge the inhumane treatment of indigent transgender people in immigration detention and improve their access to quality deportation defense representation.

A clerkship with the Immigration Detention project at Transgender Law Center will provide selected law students with a unique opportunity to gain a first-hand education in the intersection of transgender law, immigrants’ rights, and anti-incarceration work. Clerks will receive close training and supervision by Transgender Law Center attorneys.

For a complete job description and application instructions, click here.

Transgender Law Center Seeking Fall 2014 Legal Intern

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Transgender Law Center works to change law, policy, and attitudes so that all people can live safely, authentically, and free from discrimination regardless of their gender identity or expression.

Transgender Law Center provides legal assistance and information to more than 2,200 transgender people and their families each year, and also engages in selective high-impact litigation to advance transgender rights, such as the recent groundbreaking EEOC decision in our case Macy v. Holder.

A clerkship with Transgender Law Center will provide selected law students with a unique opportunity to gain a first-hand education in transgender law through providing direct legal assistance to transgender community members and their families, assisting with litigation, conducting legal research and writing, and participating in creating new legal publications. Prior experience or knowledge of transgender law is preferred, but not required. Clerks will receive regular training and supervision by Transgender Law Center attorneys.

For a complete job description and application instructions, click here.

Attention Post Grads!  Columbia Legal Services Seeking Adjunct Attorney in Its Children & Youth  Project in Olympia, 2+ Years Experience Required

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For many years, Columbia Legal Services has represented some of the most marginalized people in our community. We use every legal tool available on their behalf. Our role to serve people and use advocacy that might otherwise not be available makes our work an integral part of the Washington Alliance for Equal Justice. As a proud member of the Alliance, our vision of justice is when people have the necessary tools and opportunity to achieve social and economic justice, a more equitable and inclusive society is possible. Every day, our legal teams engage in advocacy intended to make a lasting difference so that all people can be meaningful members of their communities. Through large-scale litigation, policy reform, and innovative partnerships, our lawyers and staff work in furtherance of our mission. We share a deep commitment to serve and advocate alongside our clients as we seek justice together.

Columbia Legal Services seeks an attorney with experience in child welfare, education, or juvenile justice cases. The position is full-time and will be based in our Olympia office. Applicant must be willing to travel to the Seattle office throughout the year. This is an adjunct, twelve-month position, with possible extension depending on funding. Job responsibilities include policy advocacy in the legislative and administrative forums, and litigation. Applicant must be a member of the Washington State Bar.

For a complete job description and application instructions, click here

Do you care about Access To Justice? Want to meet ATJ leaders in WA? Volunteers needed!

 

May 13: OCI – Insider’s Guide to Government Recruiting

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Tuesday, May 13, 2014
12:30-1:20pm, William H. Gates Hall RM 133

Jump-start your preparation for On-Campus Interviews and your search for a job next summer or after graduation.  Get inside information from government employers on navigating their hiring processes, and what they look for in candidates.

Panelists:

  • Mafe Rajul, Senior Deputy Prosecutor, King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office
  • Kim Johnson, Staff Counsel, Senate Committee Services
  • Brialle Engelhart, Criminal Division Manager, Seattle City Attorney’s Office
  • Vikash Chhagen, Deputy Regional Chief Counsel, Social Security Administration

Remember to RSVP in “Symplicity” if you plan to attend.

May 14: Riding the Coffee Circuit: Practical Networking Tips for Summer & Beyond

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3:30-4:30 PM
Gates Hall, RM 133

  • How do I find out about networking opportunities?
  • How do I talk to people at an event or reception without feeling icky?
  • How do I reach out to complete strangers for an informational interview/coffee?
  • How should I follow up?

Get the answers to these probing questions and so much  more at our upcoming workshop. All law students are welcome!

Please RSVP via Symplicity or Email.

May 15: Demystifying the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation: JD Career Paths to the Foundationicon_small_bill_melinda_gates_foundation_logo

Thursday, May 15, 2014
12:30 – 1:20 PM, RM 117

Panel presentation regarding alternative JD pathways to a career at The Gates Foundation. Are you curious about what it would be like to work at BMGF? Find out what types of careers JDs have pursued at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Panelists:

  • Patricia Loera, Senior Program Officer, Education
  • Emma Zavala-Suarez, Officer, Grants and Contracts Management
  • Karen Halazon, Assistant General Counsel

RSVP through Symplicity by NOON on May 14, 2014.

May 15: 2014 Innocence Project Northwest Benefit & Awards Dinner

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Thursday, May 15, 2014
6:00 PM
Herban Feast Sodo Park, Seattle, 3200 1st Ave. South, Seattle, WA 98134

Featuring Keynote Speaker:
Jason Baldwin of the West Memphis Three
Jason Baldwin served more than eighteen years in prison for crimes he did not commit. After being freed in 2011, Jason moved to Seattle where he has pursued his college education and is working on a memoir. Jason plans to attend law school in the future and is a tireless advocate for criminal justice reform in the United States and abroad.

Honoring:
Innocence Champion Award 
Representative Tina Orwall
Washington House of Representatives
Prime sponsor of the wrongful conviction compensation bill enacted into law in 2013

Innocence Advocate Award 
Duane Statler, Citizen Advocate
Parent, uncle, and friend of exonerees   

Purchase tickets online by May 8. 

May 15: Access to Justice Celebratory Reception: Volunteers needed! 

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Thursday, May 15, 2014
5:00 – 7:00 PM
Sheraton Hotel

Do you care about Access To Justice?  What to meet ATJ leaders in WA? Volunteers needed! 

The Access to Justice Board is turning 20!  In recognition of this milestone, the Washington Supreme Court and the Washington Bar Association is hosting a celebratory reception at the Sheraton Hotel on Thursday, May 15th from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.  We are looking for a few volunteers to serve in greeting and registration duties at this event.  Through an expansive network that includes the courts, the Bar, legal aid providers, funders, and hundreds of volunteers, the Access to Justice Board works to achieve equal access to the justice system for the most vulnerable in our state.  The 20thAnniversary Celebration will be a wonderful evening of networking and recounting stories from the ATJ Board’s rich history over the past 2 decades.  There will be a short speaking program that will feature Chief Justice Barbara Madsen, WSBA President Patrick Palace, and past and current ATJ Board Chairs.   Appetizers will be served, along with a no-host bar.  This will be a great opportunity to meet major players in Washington’s social justice movement.

For more information, please email Bina Ellefsen.  Please indicate your interest as soon as possible but no later than May 13.

May 15: Moderate Means Program Information Session

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Thursday, May 15, 2014
Gates Hall, RM 127
12:30-1:20PM

Please join Clay Wilson, Moderate Means Attorney as he answers “What is the Moderate Means Program?”  and how can you get involved.

  • 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.
  • The program will focus on the areas of Family, Housing, and Consumer law.

Please RSVP via Symplicity or Email by Wednesday, May 14.

May 21: Community Film Screening: Cola Road

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Wednesday, May 21, 2014
4:30 PM
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Visitor Center, 440 5th Ave. North, Seattle, WA 98109

In August 2012, Claire Ward spent 5 weeks shadowing the ColaLife team as they prepared to launch a project that would make an anti-diarrhea kit as ubiquitous as Coca-Cola in rural communities in Zambia. This is her story.

The film will be followed by a Q&A with the filmmaker, Claire Ward, ColaLife co-founder, Simon Berry and Rohit Ramchandani, ColaLife’s Public Health Adviser, designer and supervisor of the ColaLife Operational Trial in Zambia (COTZ).

Pre-registration is required and space is limited.
Please click HERE to confirm your attendance.

May 21: Panel Discussion of The Goldmark Case: 50 Years Later

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12:00 PM
800 Fifth Avenue, Suite 2000, Seattle, WA 98104

Hosted By the Attorney General of Washington – Seattle Office

This year marks the 50th anniversary of one of the most significant trials in Washington legal history.  In 1962, state Rep. John Goldmark was the victim of a “red-baiting” attack that labeled him and his wife Sally Goldmark as “communist tools.”  The attack destroyed Goldmark’s political career, but he responded by suing his accusers for libel.  The trial drew national attention, vindicated the Goldmarks, and resulted in one of the largest libel awards in Washington history.  Almost immediately, however, the verdict was indirectly overturned by the U.S. Supreme Court’s landmark decision inNew York Times v. Sullivan, limiting libel actions involving “political” speech.

This distinguished panel features Commissioner of Public Lands Peter Goldmark, son of plaintiff John Goldmark; former U.S. Senator Slade Gorton, who testified at the trial in support of John Goldmark; King County Superior Court Judge Judith Ramseyer, former law clerk to Judge William Dwyer, John Goldmark’s attorney at the trial; and Bob Ferguson, Attorney General of Washington.  Please join them to remember the Goldmark case and consider its legacy half a century later.

Lunch will not be provided but you are welcome to bring your own.  There is no charge to attend this event but an RSVP is required.  To RSVP, please email to: RaelynnP@ATG.WA.GOV.

Application will be made for 1 hour of Washington CLE credit.

June 6-7: Penn State’s “Education and Civil Rights Conference” in State College, PA

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Friday-Saturday, June 6-7, 2014
Lewis Katz Building, Penn State University Park, State College, Pennsylvania

Penn State’s College of Education will host an interdisciplinary civil rights conference and related graduate student symposium in the summer of 2014. The primary goal of the conference is to address the inability of many students of color to access high-quality pre–K through higher education — still uneven for young people from historically marginalized groups and/or in many urban and increasingly in suburban settings. While many policy proposals have focused on access to education, there has been much less attention to racial inequality and segregation in access to P–20 education, even as the percentage of students of color is rapidly increasing. This conference seeks to explore what strategies have been effective in expanding educational opportunities for these students — and how we can implement additional best practices that will ensure equity in public education for the future.

The Conference will feature 30 new papers from leading social scientists, educators, and legal scholars. Lani Guinier will be the keynote speaker. 

More information and registration here

Looking for a Career in Public Service or Simply More Direct Client Work? Check Out These Announcements

Are You Primarily Interested in a Career in Public Service Law? Has it Been a While Since you Last Met with Your Public Service Career Coach?

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Whether you’ve got summer plans lined up or not, now’s a great time to reconnect with your public service career coach. We can help you strategize and discuss internships, externships, fellowships, pro bono, clinics, post grad planning and beyond, not to mention interview and networking tips. Not sure who you should be meeting with? 1Ls and 2Ls should contact Assistant Director Aline Carton-Listfjeld or schedule directly in Symplicity. 3Ls should contact Assistant Dean Michele Storms.

Youth Opportunities Act Opens Doors to Thousands of Young Adults across Washington State

By Columbia Legal Services

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OLYMPIA – Governor Jay Inslee plans to sign the Youth Opportunities Act (HB 1651) into law tomorrow, after years of negotiations resulted in overwhelming, bipartisan support for the bill from the Washington State Legislature. The Act will result in the sealing of 6,000-10,000 young adults’ juvenile offense records each year, allowing them to receive greater opportunities in housing, education, and employment. Championed by Rep. Ruth Kagi (D-32), and negotiated by Sen. Jeannie Darneille (D-27) and Sen. Steve O’Ban (R-32), the bill received near unanimous support in the Legislature.

“The Youth Opportunities Act eliminates a major barrier for many rehabilitated youth who can now contribute fully to their communities,” said Casey Trupin, Attorney with the Children & Youth project at Columbia Legal Services (CLS). “By supporting one of the biggest juvenile justice reforms in decades, the Legislature has offered a path for young adults to pursue education, employment, and housing.” For four years, CLS has worked closely with partners such as Friends of YouthFaith Action NetworkMockingbird SocietyChildren’s Alliance, and many other strong advocates to ensure this bill passed.

Continue reading here.

Looking for a Chance to Work with Clients?  The Moderate Means Program is Recruiting Interns for Spring and Summer Quarters, Applications Due 4/11

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The Statewide Moderate Means Program (MMP) is a joint venture between the Washington State Bar Association and the Washington State law schools. The goal of the program is to increase access to civil legal services by people of moderate means who cannot afford an attorney but make too much money to qualify for traditional legal aid services. The program is focused on the areas of Family, Housing and Consumer law.

Law students serving as MMP volunteer interns will interview potential clients by telephone to collect information and evaluate their cases. Qualifying cases will be referred by the MMP interns to participating attorneys who have agreed to represent Moderate Means Program clients for a reduced fee. MMP interns will be expected to commit to a minimum of five hours a week for the duration of spring quarter and this summer (one hour is a weekly staff meeting).

Click here for more information.

America’s Growing Inequality: The Impact of Poverty and Race Publication Explores Poverty & Race

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America’s Growing Inequality: The Impact of Poverty and Race, edited by Chester Hartman is now available in hardcover – includes the best articles and essays from Poverty & Race; with a foreword by Congressman Luis Gutierrez. The book is a compilation of the best and still-most-relevant articles published in Poverty & Race, the bimonthly of The Poverty & Race Research Action Council from 2006 to the present. Authors are some of the leading figures in a range of activities around these themes. It is the fourth such book PRRAC has published over the years, each with a high-visibility foreword writer: Rep. John Lewis, Rep. Jesse Jackson, Jr. Bill Bradley, Julian Bond in previous books, Rep. Luis Gutierrez of Chicago for this book. The
chapters are organized into four sections: Race & Poverty: The Structural Underpinnings; Deconstructing Poverty and Racial Inequities; Re(emerging) Issues; Civil Rights History.

Order here at the PRRAC discounted rate; see the Table of Contents here.

Missed the Recent SJT on Public Interest Post Grad Fellowships? Don’t Fret. We’ve got all of the info right here!

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Download our presentation slides here and watch the podcast here. You’ll find all of the essentials on the nuts and bolts of organizational and project based public interest post grad fellowships, how to find them and some strategies for successful applications.

Kirwan Institute Releases Second State of the Science: Implicit Bias Review 2014

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With the results in the Zimmerman and Dunn trials, introducing people to Implicit Bias research seems more important than ever. The Kirwan Institute is excited to be able to continue to support the field with this new edition of State of the Science: Implicit Bias Review. Chapter 1 serves as a primer to introduce the topic, capturing some of the key ideas that were discussed at length in the 2013 edition. The next two chapters focus on the newest scholarly literature from 2013 (Chapter 2 reviews many of these recent publications, and Chapter 3 takes a step back to reflect on some of the larger trends occurring in the field). Chapters 4 and 5 delve into the concept of implicit racial bias as it operates within particular domains, specifically employment and housing (building on the sectors discussed in last year’s edition: Education, Health and Criminal Justice). The publication closes with materials in the appendices that we thought might be useful to those who are seeking to educate others regarding implicit racial bias, including “A Conversation with an Implicit Bias Skeptic.”

Click here to download the report.

Hunger Strikers Released from Solitary Confinement at the Northwest Detention Center

Activists rally outside the ICE Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma, Washington on March 11, 2014

Photo of activists rallying outside the ICE Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma, Washington on March 11, 2014, courtesy of Reuters and Jason Redmond.

By Columbia Legal Services & American Civil Liberties Union

Federal immigration authorities have released hunger strikers from solitary confinement at the Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma, Washington. The action came after the ACLU of Washington (ACLU-WA) and Columbia Legal Services (CLS) filed a lawsuit seeking a court order to prohibit U.S. Immigration and Enforcement (ICE) from retaliating against detainees who engage in First Amendment-protected activities by placing them in solitary confinement.

“Our clients are very grateful to be out of solitary confinement after 6 days in it. This is a victory for free speech and fair treatment,” said Melissa Lee, Attorney and Institutions Project Coordinator with CLS.

“We’re very pleased that ICE has stopped retaliating against detainees engaged in peaceful protest. Punishing hunger strikers by putting them in isolation cells was an unlawful attempt to chill free speech rights” said ACLU-WA Legal Director Sarah Dunne.

Continue reading here.

Mediation Training from a Social Justice Perspective Conducted by the Social Justice Mediation Institute, May 19-23

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Hosted by the City of Seattle Alternative Dispute Resolution Program.

$450 if registration completed before April 15.  $500 after April 15.  Some fee reductions available.

35.0 CLEs (5.0 ethics) approved.  (There will be a charge of $25 for members of the Washington State Bar Association asking for CLEs.)

For application and more information, please send an e-mail to Vivien.sharples@seattle.gov

This institute prepares trainees to mediate while applying a social justice lens to their own techniques.  We explore how mediation can routinely replicate inequalities despite our intensions to the contrary.  Trainees gain strategies to address these challenges while still facilitating a process with self-determination about the outcome for the disputing parties.   Concepts from narrative theory are applied to equip mediators with additional tools for effectively understanding the dispute and building agreements.

For more information about the training, click here.