WSAJ Bar Review Scholarships; 2018 Northwest Public Service Career Fairs; PILA Brewfest

Due November 17: Washington State Association for Justice Bar Review ScholarshipsWSAJ Logo

Women of WSAJ (WOW) Bar Prep Scholarship Application In 1993, the Women of WSAJ (WOW) section was established to encourage female-identifying members to exchange ideas and create mentorship relationships with  other female attorneys to further the mission of WSAJ. To support aspiring female-identifying plantiff’s attorneys, WOW provides women law school graduates and APR 6 law clerk graduates with scholarships to help defray the costs of bar review courses.

Diversity Bar Prep Scholarship Application WSAJ is committed to implementing strategies that will result in significant and measurable progress towards increasing diversity in the plaintiff’s bar. To help achieve this endeavor, WSAJ has pledged scholarship monies to assist diverse individuals in covering the tuition cost of a Themis bar preparation course. Diversity refers to individuals who self-identify with those groups historically discriminated against and/or those groups that are historically under-represented in the legal profession based on disability, gender, race, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression.

LGBTQ Bar Prep Scholarship Application In December of 2016, WSAJ created its LGBTQ section, a group open to all WSAJ members to focus on LGBTQ issues in the law, as well as to provide a safe, open and honest environment for LGBTQ members to discuss and confront issues that arise in their day-to-day practices and legal communities. To support aspiring plaintiff’s attorneys from the LGBTQ community, the section raises funds from its membership to provide scholarships to help defray the costs of a Themis bar review course to law school graduates and APR 6 law clerk graduates who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or otherwise self-identify as a part of the queer community.

More info and apply here.

2018 Northwest Public Service Career Fairs: Student Registration Opens November 6

For twenty-eight years, the Northwest Public Service Career Fairs have introduced public service-minded law students to employers working to advance concepts of justice, fairness, and the well-being of the general public. Hosted at Seattle University School of Law and Lewis & Clark Law School, traditionally more than 50 non-profit employers and government offices engage with more than 500 students from the Northwest Consortium’s ten participating law schools.

Student Timeline

Friday, November 6, 2017
Student registration opens.

Tuesday, January 16, 2018 @ Noon
Student application deadline for interviewing employers.

Wednesday, January 24, 2018 @ Noon
Students are notified of interview schedules.

Friday, January 26, 2018 @ Noon
Student deadline for declining interviews

Friday, February 2, 2018
Seattle Career Fair at Seattle University.

Saturday, February 3, 2018
Portland Career Fair at Lewis & Clark.

More info here. 

Governor Inslee Makes the Case for Civil Legal Aid During Domestic Violence Awareness Month

“October is a time to raise awareness about the epidemic of domestic violence, which makes up 50 percent of all reported crimes committed against people in Washington.

Gov. Jay Inslee and legislators have been working on strategies to protect domestic violence and sexual assault survivors by addressing the underlying causes of these crimes and holding perpetrators accountable.”

Read the full announcement here.

UW Law’s Public Interest Law Association’s Brewfest

When:  Thursday, November 2, 2017

Time: 5:30-9:00 pm

Where: Floating Bridge Brewing – 722 NE 45th St, Seattle, WA.

Our friends at Floating Bridge will be donating $1 for each beer sold during the event – just let the bartender know you are there to support PILA.  Come for snacks provided by PILA, raffles, networking, and to support the ever-increasing importance of public interest law in Washington state and beyond.

More info here.

Law Students: Register for the NW Public Service Career Fair

Student registration now open for the NW Public Service Career Fair

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Student registration for the 2017 NW Public Service Career Fairs is now open.
Each year the Public Service Career Fairs, hosted in Seattle and Portland, draw local and national government and non-profit employers who are hiring students for summer and academic year internships/externships, and for post-graduate attorney positions. Employers began to register in October and will continue to register until January 10. This year Lewis & Clark has partnered with Seattle University to facilitate student registration and interview selections for a more streamlined process.

Seattle Career Fair: Friday, February 3, 2017 in the LeRoux Center, Student Center at Seattle University

Portland Career Fair: Saturday, February 4, 2017 in the Templeton Center at Lewis & Clark College
Cost is $15 for one fair, or $25 for both.

Registration Instructions
Step one: Go to 123Signup where you can submit your initial registration and payment to participate in the fair(s). The small registration fee covers your refreshments for the day, including lunch.
Step two:
1. Go to the SU School of Law Symplicity website.
2. Select the “Register” button, and sign up for an account. Required fields are name, email (law school email address only ), graduation date, year in school (select from the NW Consortium student list), practice area(s), work authorization, and privacy notifications. 3. Within 48 hours, you will receive confirmation that your registration has been accepted, and will be prompted to log in to the system. 4. To view participating employers and to submit applications for interviews, log in to Symplicity, select the OCI tab, and from the drop down menu select “NW Public Service Career Fair/Seattle” or NW Public Service Career Fair/Portland to review participating employers for each fair. Check Symplicity regularly for newly registered employers.
Full details about the registration and application process are available at NW Public Service
Career Fair and at the Interviews page.
If you have questions or would like assistance with registration, please contact Junsen Ohno at
ohnoj@seattleu.edu, or Josie Mitchell at mitchejo@seattleu.edu.

NW Consortium Law Schools:
• Arizona State University Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law
• Brigham Young University Law School
• Gonzaga University School of Law
• Lewis & Clark Law School
• Seattle University School of Law
• University of Idaho College of Law
• University of Oregon School of Law
• University of Utah School of Law
• University of Washington School of Law
• Willamette University College of Law

NW Public Service Career Fair registration open for students; where to go for support

What you need to know about immigration in a Trump administration

ilrcThe Immigrant Legal Resource Center has released information on immigration reform and status in light of the presidential election.

On DACA: President-elect Donald Trump pledged to end DACA when he becomes President. Trump will not be President until he is inaugurated on January 20, 2017. Until that time, DACA will remain in place and USCIS will continue to process both initial and renewal DACA requests.

On CIR: Based on Trump’s campaign rhetoric and the new composition of Congress, we do not expect a comprehensive immigration reform that includes legalization to be introduced in the coming years.

What immigrants can do now: People should go to a legal services provider to be screened for any possible immigration options other than DACA they for which they may already eligible.

Read more here. For a Spanish version, click here.

Support resources for students in the wake of Nov. 8

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On Tuesday night we witnessed a historic and unprecedented national election, the results of which have sent shock waves through the nation. However this historic time is affecting you, there are resources here to support you. Here are just a few:

Campus and Community Resources for Self-Care and Mental Health
What It Really Means to Hold Space for Someone, by Heather Plett
http://upliftconnect.com/hold-space/

4 Self-Care Resources for Days When the World is Terrible, by Miriam Zoila Perez
https://www.colorlines.com/articles/4-self-care-resources-days-when-world-terrible

3 Ways to Prioritize Self-Care While Resisting Dehumanization: Because #BlackWellnessMatters,
by Akilah S. Richards
http://everydayfeminism.com/2015/07/self-care-resisting-dehumanization/

Transforming Anger into Building Solidarity, by Beth Berila
http://www.contemplativepracticesforantioppressionpedagogy.com/blog/transforming-anger-into-building-solidarity-by-beth-berila-phd

5 Self-Care Tips for Activists – ‘Cause Being Woke Shouldn’t Mean Your Spirit’s Broke, by Kim Tran
http://everydayfeminism.com/2016/04/self-care-for-woke-folks/

What’s Missing When We Talk About Self-Care, by Carmenleah Ascencio
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4eX5Wjm4FrE

Engaging in Difficult Conversations
Calling In: A Quick Guide on When and How, by Sian Ferguson
http://everydayfeminism.com/2015/01/guide-to-calling-in/

Solidarity Building
30 Ways to Be a Better Ally, by Jamie Utt
http://everydayfeminism.com/2014/01/30-ways-to-be-a-better-ally-in-2014/

Being An Ally/Building Solidarity, by Southerners On New Ground (S.O.N.G.)
http://southernersonnewground.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/SONG-Being-An-Ally-Building-Solidarity.pdf

Ways to Contribute to Community Organizing
26 Ways to Be in the Struggle Beyond the Streets,
by Anderson, Barett, Dixon, Garrido, Kane, Nancherla, Narichania, Narasimham, Rabiyah and Richart
https://issuu.com/nlc.sf.2014/docs/beyondthestreets_final

24-Hour Crisis Clinic
http://crisisclinic.org/find-help/crisis-line/
866-427-4747 or 206-461-3222

King County
Dial 211 (M–F, 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.)

Pierce County Crisis Line
800-576-7764

Snohomish County 24-Hour Crisis Line
800-584-5578 or 425-258-4357

Skagit County 24-Hour Crisis Line
800-584-3578

NW Network of Bi, Trans, Lesbian and Gay Survivors of Abuse
http://www.nwnetwork.org/
206–568-7777

Trans Lifeline
877-565-8860

UW Seattle Hall Health Center – Mental Health Clinic
http://depts.washington.edu/hhpccweb/project/mental-health-clinic/
206-543-5030

Due Feb. 1: Sustainable International Development L.L.M., M.J. applications

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Application Deadline: Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2016

The University of Washington School of Law is currently accepting applications for its Graduate Program in Sustainable International Development Law (LL.M. and M.J. degrees).

 The UW Law School is the first U.S. law school to provide a graduate degree in Sustainable International Development.  Students of the Program learn through a practical and innovative approach, with course offerings focused on five key areas: rule of law and governance, law as a tool of poverty alleviation, global environmental protection, corporate responsibility & sustainability, indigenous people’s rights.

Application process: Apply and learn more online. Click here for an L.L.M. and here for an M.J.

Student registration for the 2017 NW Public Service Career Fairs open

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Each year the Public Service Career Fairs, hosted in Seattle and Portland, draw local and national government and non-profit employers who are hiring students for summer and academic year internships/externships, and for post-graduate attorney positions. Employers began to register in October and will continue to register until January 10. This year Lewis & Clark has partnered with Seattle University to facilitate student registration and interview selections for a more streamlined process. Register and read more here.

1Ls’ Fall Career Workshop Series; Save the date for the NW Public Service Career Fair!

Oct. and Nov.: Attention 1Ls! Announcing the Fall Career Workshop Series

UW Law LogoTime: 12:30 to 1:20 p.m.

Date: Oct. 17 to Nov. 16, 2016.

Place: UW School of Law

You are cordially invited to participate in the 2016-2017 Workshop Series!

Session 1: Identifying and Articulating Your Dependable Strengths (10/17)

Session 2: Mastering Professional Communication (10/19, Rm 133): Take the fear and the mystery out of the dreaded word “networking.” Create a game plan for common networking situations and learn some tools to help you prepare. This session is being offered as part of a five-session series, designed to prepare students for the job search process.

Session 3: Cover Letters (11/2)

Session 4: Application Materials (Resumes, Reference/LOR’s, Writing Samples, and More!) (11/9)

Session 5: Interviewing  (11/16)

Learn more here.

Oct. 18 SJT: Pro Bono Fair

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Date: Tuesday, Oct. 18

Place: Brotman Galleria and Room 115

This week’s Social Justice Tuesday will be a Pro Bono Fair for table talk networking with pro bono organizations from around the region! There won’t be lunch at this SJT but stop by to meet some great organizations. Find the list of organizations here.

Oct. 18: Incarcerated Mothers Advocacy Project First Meeting

UW Law LogoTime: 12:30-1:20 p.m. 

Date: Tuesday, Oct. 18

Place: Room 207

Please join us for our first IMAP meeting of the year! Interested in working for reproductive justice? Prison abolition? Come find out more about IMAP and how to get involved!

Oct. 20: U Lead We Lead: For a Better Tomorrow

ulead_we_lead_photoTime: 6 to 8 p.m.

Date: Thursday, Oct. 20, 2016

Place: HUB Ballroom

U Lead We Lead is a cross-campus collaboration of faculty, staff and students that uses the art of storytelling to motivate leaders of today and tomorrow. As a community, we will dive into timely and relevant questions about leadership for a better tomorrow. No lectures here; this event is all about stories, experiences and learning from one another.

Three local luminaries will each share their story and perspectives and call you to action. At U Lead We Lead, you get to hear from inspiring people and meet other Huskies for enriching conversation. U Lead We Lead: For a Better Tomorrow will inspire you for what’s ahead. This event is free and includes dinner as well as fun opportunities such as a photo booth, a Dubs appearance, and special giveaways. Read more here.

Photo courtesy of UW Husky Leadership Initiative and Starbucks

Oct. 21: Academic Skills Series; Strategies for Successful Outlining–Best Practices and Examples to Get You Started

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Date: Friday, Oct. 21

Hear from fellow students about their approaches to outlining and see examples of different outlining styles. Anna Endter from the library will introduce you to library resources to help with outlining and give you tips about best practices. Dean Hotchkiss will be on hand to answer questions related to use of outlines during exams. A handout will also be circulated after the session.

Feb. 3 and 4: NW Public Service Career Fair

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Time: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Date: Friday, Feb. 3 and Feb. 4, 2017

Place: Seattle University and Lewis and Clark College

Save the date: NW Public Service Career Fair

For twenty-seven years, the NW Public Service Career Fairs have linked law students & alumni with opportunities to make a difference.  We typically have more than 50 non-profits & government offices and more than 500 students & alumni from our ten NW Consortium schools participating in the fairs. Employer registration open!

Photo courtesy of Lewis and Clark NW Public Service Career Fair

One Week Left to Apply for Positions and Interview at the NW Public Service Fair!

Hot Diggity! Columbia Legal Services Seeking Staff Attorney in Wenatchee Office, Deadline rolling through 3/11. Act Fast!

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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 that 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 large-scale litigation, policy reform, and innovative partnerships intended to make a lasting difference so that all people can be meaningful members of their communities. We share a deep commitment to serve and advocate alongside our clients as we seek justice together. The ideal candidate for any position at Columbia Legal Services will be able to articulate their role in the achievement of that vision.

Our advocacy is conducted by four project teams. This position will focus on cases assigned to our Basic Human Needs Project, which safeguards access to health care, safe housing, food, financial assistance, and other basic rights for low-income people, using a full range of advocacy including complex litigation and appeals, and policy advocacy. The attorney must:

  • Be available to travel occasionally around the state, and may spend some time in Olympia during the legislative session.
  • Work with teams of attorneys on complex litigation, including class actions.
  • Identify practices and laws that adversely affect the rights and diminish the benefits for low income populations.
  • Coordinate with other advocacy groups and legal service organizations and the private bar to identify opportunities and execute strategies to advance the law for low income populations.

For complete description and application instructions please click here.

Want an Interview at the NW Public Service Career Fair? Application Deadline is Monday, January 19. Don’t Miss Out!

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For twenty-five years, the NW Public Service Career Fair has linked law students & alumni with opportunities to make a difference.  We typically have more than 50 non-profits & government offices and more than 500 students & alumni from our 11 schools participating in the fairs. Help today’s clients and inspire tomorrow’s justice seekers.

Which employers will be there? Employers are registering on a rolling basis through January 12. Check out the employers registered at the Seattle fair here and the Portland fair here.

How do I get a pre-scheduled interview at the fair? Monday, January 19 is the deadline for submitting application materials.

Where can I get more info? Check out the career fair home page here!

Attention 1Ls & 2Ls! Peggy Browning Summer Fellowship for Labor & Employment Accepting Applications through Friday, 1/16!

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The mission of the Peggy Browning Fund is to educate and inspire the next generation of advocates for workplace justice. Through fellowships, workers’ rights conferences, networking and other programs, we provide unique opportunities for law students to work for economic and social justice

Our core program is the Summer Fellowship Program, which is comprised of a 10-week fellowship during the summer months at pre-selected labor-related organizations around the country.  In 2015, we will support between 60 and 70 funded summer fellowships, plus one part-time funded School-Year Fellowship at the Chicago Newspaper Guild for 2015 – 2016.

The Summer Fellowship Program provides stipends to 1st and 2nd year law students who dedicate this time to advancing the cause of workers’ rights.  We routinely collaborate with 149 participating law schools and selected mentor organizations nationwide.

Summer Fellowship stipends will be a minimum of $5,000 per student for the ten-week employment period.  In many cases, mentor organizations will supplement the stipend.

For more information and application requirements please click here.

Attention Recent Grads! Alaska Legal Services Seeks Entry-Level Attorney at Dillingham Office, Rolling Deadline.

AK Legal ServicesAlaska Legal Services Corporation has an opening for a full-time attorney in Dillingham, to provide estate planning services to Bristol Bay Native Association tribal members with an interest in restricted property. Estate planning services may include advice, research, investigation, and drafting and execution of wills, advance health care directives, and powers of attorney, and other documents necessary to meet a member’s estate planning needs. The attorney will create and distribute educational materials addressing estate planning, fractionation and probate, and conduct outreach efforts including travel to Bristol Bay villages and hosting clinics to encourage restricted property owners to draft wills and address fractionation.

Qualifications: Applicants must be admitted to practice law in Alaska or admitted to practice in another state and eligible for an Alaska Bar Rule 43 waiver. Information on Rule 43 admission can be found at https://www.alaskabar.org/. Computer proficiency required, (Windows, Microsoft Office, Internet, e-mail and data entry).  Experience working or living in cross-cultural settings preferred.

Salary: Salary $53,592 — $76,320, annually, DOE.  Generous benefits and leave package, plus partial reimbursement of relocation expenses provided.

Application Instructions: To apply, submit cover letter, resume, writing sample, and references to the contact below. Preference in hiring given to Native American applicants.  Position open until filled.

Contact Information: Leigh Dickey, Rural Supervising Attorney ldickey@alsc-law.org

Seattle City Attorney Seeks Intern/Externs for Employment Law Section of Civil Division, Deadline 3/4

City of Seattle LogoThe Employment Section in the Civil Division of the Seattle City Attorney’s Office has externship opportunities available throughout the year for 2L and 3L law students, and also for 1L students during the summer after their first year. The Employment Section provides labor and employment advice to all City of Seattle departments (for example the Fire Department, Seattle City Light, and the Parks Department) and it also represents City departments in labor arbitrations, in administrative hearings and in federal and state court. The legal issues within the Employment Section’s area of expertise include: wage and hour issues, disability accommodation, anti-discrimination laws, employee discipline, and collective bargaining issues. Externs would work directly with Assistant City Attorneys in the Employment Section, to provide legal research assistance, to draft briefs, motions and witness declarations, and to perform other functions according to case needs and the extern’s interests. In addition, externs would be provided with opportunities for client contact and for observation of depositions, hearings and/or court proceedings. The externship provides the opportunity to work closely with an enthusiastic and experienced group of labor and employment attorneys in a public sector environment, and so would be a good fit for students interested in labor and employment law and/or public sector work.

Submit resume and cover letter to Assistant City Attorney Katrina Kelly katrina.kelly@seattle.gov. For more info about other volunteer internship opportunities with the Seattle City Attorney’s office please click here.

National Veterans Legal Services Seeks Litigation Attorney, Deadline 3/1.

NVLSPThe National Veterans Legal Services Program (NVLSP) is a national nonprofit public interest law firm dedicated to assisting veterans, service members, and their families receive the federal benefits to which they are entitled.  To this end, NVLSP represents veterans and surviving family members before the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims (CAVC) and other federal courts, the Board of Veterans’ Appeals, and VA regional offices.  NVLSP often serves as amicus or lead counsel in impact litigation throughout the United States.  In addition, NVLSP trains hundreds of other lawyer and non-lawyer advocates in veterans/military law and publishes advocacy materials to assist these advocates in their representation of veterans, service members, and their families.  Among NVLSP’s advocacy publications is The Veterans Benefits Manual, a 1,900-page veterans law treatise published by LexisNexis.

The major responsibility of the Veterans Law Litigation Attorney is representing veterans and their families before the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims, an Article I appellate court.  This responsibility will entail conducting legal research, drafting legal briefs, and possibly conducting oral argument.  Other duties involve training and mentoring of veterans’ advocates and writing legal advocacy materials.

Qualifications: J.D.; excellent research and writing skills; and strong academic background.  Litigation, public interest, administrative law, or law school clinical experience would be helpful.  Experience in veterans law, although not required, is preferred.

Application Instructions: A resume, writing sample, and a list of references should be e-mailed to Amy Odom, Director of Litigation, at amy@nvlsp.org.

Attention 1Ls & 2Ls! Law School Admission Council Diversity Initiative Seeks Summer Intern, Deadline 2/20

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Applications are being accepted for a paid summer internship with the Diversity Initiatives staff at the Law School Admission Council (LSAC). The summer intern works under the general supervision of the Executive Director for Diversity Initiatives. The intern will assist office staff with LSAC’s diversity initiatives, including but not limited to, the DiscoverLaw.org website, DiscoverLaw.org Prelaw Undergraduate Scholars Programs, and LSAC Law School Forums. The intern will be expected to prepare memos and written assignments, answer inquiries from prospective students, and assist with other projects as assigned. Some travel will be required. The duration of the position is 10 to 12 weeks.

Qualifications: The summer internship is restricted to currently enrolled law students in good academic standing. Preference will be given to candidates with advanced communication skills, including strong knowledge and understanding of various social media websites. We are seeking applicants who share LSAC’s commitment to promoting diversity in the legal profession.

Compensation: The intern will be expected to work a 37.5-hour week, and the compensation will be $22 per hour. The intern will work at the LSAC headquarters in Newtown, PA, and housing assistance will be provided, if needed.

How to Apply: Applicants are required to submit a letter of interest; a résumé; and the names, addresses, and contact information for two references. The letter of interest must explain why diversity, especially racial and ethnic diversity, is important to the legal profession, and must not exceed two pages in length. Applications must be submitted by email only to:

Diversity Initiatives Subject: 2015 LSAC Diversity Initiatives Intern DiversityOffice@LSAC.org

NOTE: We will not consider applications submitted other than by email or that lack the required documentation.

City of Bellevue Seeks Principal Policy Planner, Deadline 1/16

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The Principal Policy Planner serves as the City’s Land Use Policy and Code Development Program Manager.  This position reports directly to the Land Use Division Director, and is responsible for advancing the day-to-day implementation of the Land Use Code Amendment program for the City, while contributing to leadership and strategy development to advance the overall land use program.
Advancing the Land Use Policy and Code Development Program is a major citywide initiative of high priority, and as such involves extensive interaction with the City Council, Planning Commission, community and business stakeholders, and the general public, requiring extensive night meetings at times.  The Program Manager is the primary point of contact for public inquiries about the work program and is responsible to ensure that an appropriate public involvement effort is coordinated with the Council-prioritized work program.
For complete description and application instructions please click here.

Washington Appleseed Now Accepting Summer Intern Applications, Deadline 2/6

WA Appleseed LogoThis summer, Appleseed will be hiring a team of 2-4 Legal Fellows and 1-3 Research Fellows to work together with existing project teams to forge meaningful solutions to social justice problems in our state.

We will be accepting applications for both sets of positions through Friday, February 6 and will be interviewing and making offers by February 27. Please see below for information about each position. Interested candidates should submit cover letter and resume to Katie Mosehauer at Katie@WaAppleseed.org. Please note these are unpaid fellowships, though Appleseed can work with candidates to receive school credit or other compensation.

The Summer Legal Fellow position is an excellent opportunity for law students to gain hands on experience working with Seattle’s top law firms and learn more about important social justice issues. This summer, Legal Fellows will participate in one or more of the following social justice projects:

  • The Washington Reentry Guide.
  • Protecting the Rights of the Homeless.

  • Transforming School Discipline.

  • Fair Financial Access for Immigrant Communities.

For complete project descriptions please click here.

 Download the full position overview here. Interested candidates should submit cover letter and resume to Katie Mosehauer at Katie@WaAppleseed.org. Please note this is an unpaid internship though Appleseed can work with candidates to receive school credit.

 

 

 

 

It’s Official: Choc Full o’ Winter Quarter Events in Our Community!

Tuesday, January 13: Social Justice Tuesday- Consumer Education & Training Services

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 Wednesday, January 14: Criminal Justice Connections Breakfast

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Wednesday, January 14: Free Webinar- Exploring Ethical Challenges of Legal Services Working on Elder Abuse Issues

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Hosted by the National Consumer Law Center

Join us for a webinar on Jan 14, 2015 at 2:00 PM EST.

Register now!

Increasing national focus on elder abuse and a push for greater legal services involvement, particularly in the area of financial exploitation, have led to a number of difficult ethical challenges. This webinar will examine: Ways in which ageist attitudes have shaped states’ elder abuse laws and how these attitudes – often unconscious – affect our approach to elder abuse, especially when clients are of questionable capacity; The critical need to establish and put in place, clear policies/protocols to guide involvement in abuse/exploitation cases and to ensure adherence to professional responsibilities, before legal programs get involved; and applying the policies/protocols and dealing with ethical challenges while working with elders and their families/third parties in the field.

Presenters: Penny Hommel, Co-Director, The Center for Social Gerontology, Jaye Martin, Executive Director, Maine Legal Services for the Elderly and Denis Culley, Staff Attorney, Maine Legal Services for the Elderly  Additional sponsorship for this Webinar is provided by a grant from the Administration on Aging/Administration for Community Living. This webinar is part of a series of National Elder Rights Training Project webinars for the National Legal Resource Center.  There is no charge for this webinar. All time listings are in Eastern Time. If you have any questions email trainings@nclc.org

Wednesday, January 14, 3:30-5:30pm, Room 138- Race, Immigration & Citizenship

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Friday, January 16: Meet & Greet-Sherrilyn Ifill

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Friday, January 16: The Architecture of Human Rights- Why Constitutional Government Requires Human Rights Law

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The CLASS Center, UW Center for Human Rights and the UW School of Law cordially invite you to

Professor Jamie Mayerfeld’s Book Manuscript Discussion

The Architecture of Human Rights:  Why Constitutional Government Requires International Human Rights Law

Friday, January 16th, 3:30-5:30pm
William Gates Hall 447

Light refreshments will be served

Please join us for a productive and intellectually stimulating discussion of Professor Mayerfeld’s book manuscript as he finalizes it for publication. The session will consist of feedback from four faculty discussants followed by a robust discussion by all in attendance.

The manuscript can be located via the following link. Likewise, acknowledging busy schedules, Professor Mayerfeld has also produced a Memo to guide your reading if you would like to focus on a portion of the manuscript.

Don’t Miss Out! February 6 & 7: NW Public Service Career Fair

NW PS Career Fair LogoFor twenty-five years, the NW Public Service Career Fair has linked law students and alumni with opportunities to make a difference.  We typically have more than 50 non-profits & government offices and more than 500 students & alumni from our 11 schools participating in the fairs. Help today’s clients and inspire tomorrow’s justice seekers.

When? Seattle- Friday, February 6. Portland- Saturday, February 7th.

10:00 to 10:30 Student & Employer Check-in
10:30 to Noon Table Talk
12:40 to 5:00 Pre-scheduled Interviews

Where?

In Seattle: LeRoux in the Student Center at Seattle University Seattle University Campus & Parking Map

In Portland: Templeton Center at Lewis & Clark CollegeLewis & Clark Campus & Parking MapPio Express free downtown shuttle bus

Registration costs? $15 for one fair or $25 for both.

Which employers will be there? Employers are registering on a rolling basis through January 12. Check out the employers registered at the Seattle fair here and the Portland fair here.

How do I get a pre-scheduled interview at the fair? Monday, January 19 is the deadline for submitting application materials.

Where can I get more info? Check out the career fair home page here!

Tips for Table Talk & New Summer Funding Fellowship

Feeling Lost on What to Do at a Career Fair?  Check Out These Table Talk Tips & Career Fair Interviewing Tips!

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Whether you plan to attend the NW Public Interest Career Fair or not, here are some helpful tips to guide you on being a savvy table talker or interviewee.

Read more about table talk tips here.
Read more about career fair interviewing tips here.

Forget to register for the NW Public Interest Career Fair?  You can still register here or register at the door.  View a sample list of participating employers this year here.

SABA North America Announces its First Annual Public Interest Fellowship

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SABA North America is excited to announce its first annual Public Interest Fellowship. The Public Interest Fellowship will provide a stipend of up to $3,000 to 2 law students who will be working in the public interest field during the summer of 2014.

All applications should be emailed here.

For more information about the fellowship, please visit their website here.

Counting self-represented cases now possible

National Center for State Courts (NCSC) releases report that standardizes definitions and counting rules for SRLs

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Reports have long asserted that self-represented litigation, SRL, is on the rise. But validating those reports or accurately appropriating resources to support SRL cases has been nearly impossible for state courts—until now. NCSC has developed a set of standardized definitions, counting rules, and reporting guidelines for national reporting of cases with self-represented litigants. The definitions and counting rules are being incorporated into the latest edition of the State Court Guide to Statistical Reporting, published by the NCSC’s Court Statistics Project (CSP), and also will be included in updates to the court technology functional standards. For years, the lack of standardized definitions and counting rules has prevented state courts from comparing caseloads across jurisdictions and inhibited courts from accurately calculating judges’ and staffs’ workloads. Something as basic as whether to count cases involving self-represented litigants or the litigants themselves is not uniform.  “This represents an important first step toward the routine and systematic use of data to drive management decisions to improve the access to justice for self-represented litigants,” said Shauna Strickland, NCSC senior court research analyst. This project was funded by a grant from the State Justice Institute.

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Guatemala’s Indigenous Communities Boosted by Landmark Reparations Bill

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US expected to instruct World Bank [and Inter-American Development Bank] to address atrocities suffered by residents during Chixoy dam construction

By Mark Tran, The Guardian, Friday, January 17, 2014

President Barack Obama is poised to sign into law next week a landmark bill bringing closer the prospect of reparations for the indigenous Maya Achi community, more than 30 years after hundreds were massacred to clear the way for building the Chixoy dam in Guatemala.

The 2014 consolidated appropriations bill, involving more than $1tn, which funds discretionary government spending, instructs the US directors of the World Bank and Inter-American Development Bank (IADB) – which co-financed construction of the dam – to “report … on the steps being taken by such institutions to support implementation of a 2010 reparation plan (pdf) for damages suffered by the communities when the dam was built”.

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The Hidden Crisis of the Syrian Civil War: An Undereducated Generation

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By Holly Koch, Global WA

In a conflict that has seen little reprieve since its start in March 2011, Syria’s Civil War has had a catastrophic impact on its citizens, approximately 4.5 million1 of whom have been internally displaced and an additional 2,358,180 2 who are now refugees in the surrounding region. Of the neighboring countries bearing the burden of this war, Lebanon and Jordan have seen the greatest number of refugees (approximately 862,000 and 576,000, respectively), with Turkey close behind.34  As with most humanitarian crises, the children of Syria have been disproportionately affected by the struggle between President Bashar Al-Assad and the Syrian rebels. With nearly 50 percent of Syrian refugees under age 18 and 37 percent under 12, the war-stricken country is in danger of developing a generation of children who fall through the cracks of the education system.

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