Washington New Americans Citizenship Days, 9/19 & Ongoing

Date: Saturday, September 19, 2015 and Ongoing
Time: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Location(s): September 19 sites include Renton, Pasco and Moses Lake

RENTON: Renton Technical College, Building C, 3000 NE 4th St, Renton, WA 98056
MOSES LAKE: Big Bend Community College, ATEC Building 1800, 7611 Bolling St NE, Moses Lake, WA 98837
PASCO: Columbia Basic College, Center for Career & Technical Education (corner of W. Argent Rd & Saraceno Way), Pasco, WA 99301

Registration: To volunteer, complete the Volunteer Application
Contact: wna@weareoneamerica.org;
http://www.wanewamericans.org/Citizenship_Day_Volunteers

Volunteers Needed: Attorney, Law Student, or Interpreter

Washington New Americans is a partnership of the state of Washington and OneAmerica, an organization that advocates for immigrants and refugees here in the state of Washington and nationally. Each year, Washington New Americans partners with the Washington State Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) to offer Citizenship Day events across Washington State.

Citizenship Day is a day-long workshop where volunteer immigration attorneys, paralegals, and interpreters come together to offer assistance with citizenship applications. All lawful permanent residents (“green card” holders) interested in applying for U.S. citizenship are welcome to participate. The assistance extended to the public on Citizenship Day is free.

The next Citizenship Day will be held on Saturday, September 19 at sites around the state. Additional “Mini Citizenship Days” are held throughout the year. For more information about upcoming events and how to volunteer, please email wna@weareoneamerica.org or visit http://www.wanewamericans.org/Citizenship_Day_Volunteers.

If you live in the Seattle area and would like to volunteer to help the program run smoothly, please email WA New Americans.  Tasks include helping prepare for Citizenship Days, handling client inquiries, and general program administration.

Possible Roles:

INTERPRETER: Interpret verbatim between clients and paralegals or attorneys and other volunteer staff. Insure clients and paralegals/attorneys understand each other and the contents of all forms and documents needed for naturalization. Interpreters may NOT provide legal advice except as direct translation of advice given by attorney.  Interpreters of all languages are welcome, particularly, those with Spanish, Russian, Somali, Chinese, Korean, and Vietnamese skills, among other languages.

GENERAL SUPPORT:  As directed by Site Coordinators, help with set up/take down at facility, signage, client intake, routing of clients through the facility, copying and assembling documents, answering non-legal questions, passing out information documents, and helping with food and drinks for volunteers.

Jobs, jobs, jobs! Exciting job opportunities on the horizon for students and graduates!

Due May 8: OneAmerica is seeking Special Projects Manager

OneAmerica is seeking a creative, strategic, and experienced Special Projects Manager to implement its nationally expanding English Innovations project. The ideal candidate is a confident program manager who has the commitment and ability to manage and implement a start-up project with multiple moving parts.

OneAmerica, in partnership with the Learning Games Network and the National Partnership for New Americans, is leading a national project utilizing technology to expand access to English language learning (ELL) and digital literacy opportunities for immigrants, particularly potential beneficiaries of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) policy. This effort is possible through support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

The program is centered on OneAmerica’s English Innovations model, which uses blended learning instruction – a combination of face-to-face learning in a classroom setting coupled with online game-based learning. The live instruction will incorporate academically rigorous best practices for ELL education and will be delivered in six sites around the country with over 74 hours of in-class instruction plus additional time learning outside of class.

Xenos, a game-based learning tool, will be the model’s online component. Developed by the Learning Games Network, Xenos combines a virtual world, games, activities, and community in a playful, social, language-learning application. Independent research found that 50% of participants in the pilot program made gains in their English language skills over 12 weeks that were equivalent to those of traditional methods over a year.

This national project will be the basis for the establishment of a new initiative, the English Innovations Institute, which will seek to support and advocate for innovative best practices in ELL strategies that advance immigrant integration and economic opportunity for immigrant and refugee populations in the United States.

Interested candidates should submit a resume and cover letter, along with three references, to Audrey Buehring, Director of Special Projects, at jobs@weareoneamerica.org with the subject line “Special Projects Manager.” In your cover letter, please describe how your personal and professional backgrounds align with your interest in working with OneAmerica. Deadline for applications is Friday, May 8, 2015. Applications will be reviewed and interviews scheduled on a rolling basis. Please, no phone inquiries.

Due May 15: CENTRO LEGAL DE LA RAZA (CENTRO LEGAL) – Worker’s Rights Attorney

centrologo cleaned up 2008Centro Legal de la Raza (Centro Legal), founded in 1969, is a comprehensive legal services agency focused on strengthening low-income and Latino individuals and families by providing free and low-cost, bilingual, and culturally competent legal representation, education, and advocacy.  The mission of Centro Legal is to protect and expand the rights of low-income people, particularly monolingual Spanish-speaking immigrants, throughout the East Bay region of Northern California.  

 Centro Legal de la Raza’s seeks to hire an attorney to join our Workers’ Rights Program. Centro Legal has secured funding for the position from June through November 2015, but it is likely there will be funding to extend the position.

Interested applicants should send a cover letter, resume, and list of three professional references to jobs@centrolegal.org, with the subject line, “Workers’ Rights Attorney Position.” Applications must be received by May 15 and will be considered on a rolling basis.

Due July 1: Attention 2Ls interested in project-based post grad fellowships! National Center for Youth Law Seeks 2016 Post Grad Fellow

The National Center for Youth Law is seeking to sponsor applicants for Skadden, Equal Justice Works, Soros, or other fellowships.  NCYL is interested in applicants with a demonstrated commitment to child advocacy and/or poverty law.  In particular, candidates for sponsorship should have a keen interest in advocacy for poor and vulnerable children.

Founded in 1970, NCYL is a non-profit organization whose mission is to create lasting change for children in need. NCYL uses the law to ensure that low-income children have the resources, support, and opportunities they need for a fair start in life. We work to ensure that public agencies created to protect and care for children do so effectively.

NCYL focuses its work in four areas:

  • Safety and protection of abused and neglected children
  • Health and mental health care
  • Juvenile Justice
  • Education for children in foster care
  • Commercially sexually exploited children

NCYL engages in class action litigation and other forms of advocacy intended to have a broad impact. The Center also provides assistance to other child advocates nationwide, conducts trainings, engages in legislative and administrative advocacy, and publishes a legal journal.

Candidates do not need to have a specific fellowship project in mind.  We will work with fellowship candidates to develop appropriate project ideas. NCYL has an excellent track record in receiving Skadden and Equal Justice Works Fellowships.    

Due August 1: Internship with SIERRA CLUB: ENVIRONMENTAL LAW PROGRAM

The Sierra Club Environmental Law Program in the Washington DC office is seeking law students interested in public interest, environmental litigation to assist with its strategic lawsuits. The DC office is largely focused on climate change related litigation, including litigation related to all parts of the lifecycle of the use of coal, oil, and natural gas for energy generation, as well as energy efficiency and renewable energy expansion. Semester externs work on all aspects of litigation, including undertaking legal research, preparing written memoranda, and conducting factual investigation. Students may also draft notice letters, briefs and other pleadings, attend court appearances, and work on discovery. During the course of the program, students work with several of the Club’s attorneys, thus gaining exposure to a wide range of litigation styles.

The Sierra Club is the nation’s oldest grassroots environmental organization as well as the nation’s leader in environmental litigation. The Environmental Law Program directs legal strategy for the Sierra Club’s climate recovery campaigns and chapters. The Program’s docket covers a diversity of environmental issues, from local pollution issues to cases of national significance on greenhouse gases, toxic pollution, clean air, clean water, and wilderness preservation.

– See more here.

SCOTUS blog is seeking a new intern!

SCOTUSblog is now accepting applications from current law students interested in interning with us.  Details about the position’s qualifications and responsibilities, as well as how to apply, are below the jump.

The principal focus of the internship (which is a paid one) will be assisting Tom with the “Petition of the day” and “Petitions to watch” features on the blog and maintaining the case pages. This will require roughly ten to twenty hours of work a week  on a generally flexible work schedule, which can be accomplished remotely.  The position will begin in mid-May, and the expected commitment would be through May 2016.

To qualify for the position, you must:

  • Have a strong academic record
  • Be currently enrolled in a J.D. or LL.M program (undergraduates are not eligible)
  • Have a strong interest in learning about the U.S. Supreme Court and its workings
  • Have some experience working with (or at least interest in) blog or website technology
  • Have demonstrated excellent writing and editing skills
  • Have excellent organizational skills and attention to detail

To apply, please send us the following materials:

  • Cover letter
  • Resume
  • Contact information for two references \
  • A writing sample of no more than five double-spaced pages that has not been edited by anyone other than you
  • An official or unofficial law school transcript.

Application materials should be sent to Kali Borkoski at kborkoski@scotusblog.com and Andrew Hamm (ahamm@scotusblog.com). Materials must be received by April 21 for consideration.

Murphy Anderson PLLC Associate position

Murphy Anderson PLLC, a fast-paced and innovative public interest firm, is seeking an associate with 0-7 years of experience for its Washington office.  The firm represents unions in all sectors of the economy, with a particular focus on finding creative ways to help workers organize.  The firm also represents employees in wage-and-hour class actions and represents whistleblowers fighting fraud in health care, military procurement and the construction industry using the False Claims Act and similar SEC and IRS programs.  The successful applicant will work in all areas of the firm’s practice.  Applicants should have excellent writing skills, strong academic credentials and a demonstrated commitment to workers’ rights and public service.  Federal judicial clerkship and law journal experience are favored, as is Spanish-language proficiency.  Minority candidates are encouraged to apply. Applicants should send a cover letter, resume, brief legal writing sample, reference list and law school transcript to Mark Hanna (mhanna@murphypllc.com).

Still looking for a summer job? Look no further than the Seattle and King County Dept. of Public Health!

If you’re still looking for a summer job, Seattle and King County Department of Public Health is looking for a Healthy Housing Policy Analysis and Development legal intern for the summer. The position is described as that the law student will “assist in legal research, policy development, and, potentially, local government rule making to promote healthy housing for King County’s residents…The student will collaborate with the division’s Healthy Housing Team and the department’s Assessment, Policy Development and Evaluation staff, perform legal research and writing, assist in data gathering and analysis, and participate in policy development efforts.” The job begins at the earliest student time available and requires a minimum of 175 hours over ten weeks (we are flexible to accommodate student schedule and academic needs). There’s no financial stipend or compensation provided. You can contact Greg Wilson, Project/Program Manager for the Environmental Health Services Division at Greg.Wilson@KingCounty.gov or (206) 263-8449 with questions. 

Staff Attorney – Impact Litigation Unit at the Southern Center for Human Rights

The Southern Center for Human Rights (SCHR) invites applications for a Staff Attorney to join its Impact Litigation Unit (ILU). SCHR is a nonprofit, public interest law firm based in Atlanta that represents people facing the death penalty; brings class action challenges to cruel and inhumane conditions and practices in prisons and jails; and uses litigation, public education, and organizing to effect systemic change in the criminal justice system across the South. For more information about SCHR, see our website at www.schr.org.

SCHR’s ILU challenges unconstitutional practices of the criminal justice system through federal and state litigation in Alabama and Georgia.  The ILU’s work currently includes cases on behalf of people who are poor and are being denied attorneys for their criminal cases, people who have faced debtors’ prison practices, incarcerated people who are subject to unacceptably high levels of violence, people who have been mistreated by police, and people detained in jails in overcrowded and deplorable conditions.

The Staff Attorney will join the eight-member ILU, consisting of five attorneys (two senior attorneys and three staff attorneys) and three paralegal/investigators. Responsibilities include: developing and extensively investigating cases for litigation; building relationships with clients and witnesses; working collaboratively with other SCHR attorneys, investigators, and volunteers on cases in all stages of federal and state litigation; and responding to requests for assistance from people in prisons and jails and their families. Frequent travel within Georgia and Alabama is required.

The candidate must have excellent writing and oral advocacy skills and a proven ability to think strategically and creatively about litigation. SCHR seeks an attorney who takes initiative, responds to rapidly changing demands with flexibility, has skill and comfort working collaboratively with a team, ably balances working on multiple cases and assignments at once, and has a demonstrated track record of grace under pressure. A positive demeanor and excellent interpersonal skills are desired.

The successful applicant will have a demonstrated commitment to working with the poor and communities of color and a keen awareness of the class and racial issues underlying the criminal justice system.

Salary is commensurate with experience, within SCHR’s salary range. SCHR offers an excellent, 100% premium paid benefit package including medical, dental, vision care, and life insurance. Additional benefits include modest stipends for transportation and wellness, access to a flexible spending account, and childcare assistance (if eligible). Minimum three year commitment required. Driver’s license is required.

TO APPLY

Submit letter of interest, resume, writing sample, and contact information for three references to Sara Totonchi, by email at stotonchi (at) schr.org. Deadline to apply is Friday, May 22, 2015. NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE.

Don’t Forget to Attend Tomorrow’s Pro Bono Training!

October 11: Pro Bono Legal Aid Core Competencies Training

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Saturday, October 11, 2014
8:30am-3:00pm*
William H. Gates Hall, 127

Thinking about volunteering for…

  • Bridging the Gap/Moderate Means Program (MMP)
  • Immigrant Families Advocacy Project (IFAP)
  • Street Youth Legal Advocates of Washington (SYLAW)
  • Prison & Family Justice Project (formerly IMAP)
  • Immigrant Application Assistance Project (CHRJ)
  • 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.

1-      Pro Bono Core Competencies Training, 9am-5:30pm (which includes the IFAP training), room 127- this is ideal for 1Ls, LLMs and other law students new to Pro Bono. Attendance is also required for membership into the Pro Bono Honors Society at graduation.

2-      Advanced Pro Bono Legal Assistance Workshop, 9am-12pm in room 117- this is ideal for 2Ls, 3Ls and other law students with pro bono legal assistance experience who also attended last year’s Pro Bono Core Competencies Training. Attendance is also required for membership into the Pro Bono Honors Society at graduation.

3-      Leadership Development Workshop, 1-5:30 pm, room 127- this is ideal for 2L, 3Ls, LLMs and other law students who are active members or leaders of student-led pro bono projects and other student organizations.

October 12: The Global Struggle for Food Sovereignty: A Discussion with African Food Leaders & Farmers

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Town Hall Seattle, 1119 8th Ave
Sunday, October 12
5:00 PM Reception, 7:00 PM Panel
Hosted by Community Alliance for Global Justice/AGRA Watch
African farmers are fighting for “food sovereignty,” the right of all people everywhere to control their food systems. You are invited to hear first-hand from African food leaders and farmers about how corporate “philanthropists” like the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation are working to transform African small-holder agriculture into American-style industrial agri-business, with all its problems. Join us for a reception and a panel discussion to learn about the struggle for global food sovereignty and how we can work in solidarity to change these alarming trends.
For more information, click here.

October 13: “A Policy Lawyer on Foreign Soil” Jeffrey M. Riedinger, Vice Provost for Global Affairs, University of Washington

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Monday, Oct. 13, 2014
12:30-1:20 PM
William H. Gates Hall 117

A graduate of UW Law (JD ’80), Jeffrey Riedinger has been serving as the UW Vice Provost for Global Affairs since 2013. He holds master’s and doctoral degrees from Princeton University, and served as professor and dean of International Studies and Programs at Michigan State University prior to returning to UW.

As a law student, Riedinger worked closely with Professor Roy Prosterman, founder of the LL.M. Program in Sustainable International Development at UW Law. The two worked on issues of land tenure security and land reform, and in 1981 Riedinger helped Professor Prosterman establish the Rural Development Institute (now Landesa) and help extend land rights to the world’s poor.

Over the years, Vice Provost Riedinger has carried out research in Asia, sub-Saharan Africa, Central America and the Middle East, and is an expert on the political economy of land reform, sustainable agriculture and natural resource management. He has conducted briefings on foreign aid, land reform and other development issues for members of the White House staff, state department and USAID personnel, members of Congress, the World Bank, non-governmental organizations and private foundations. His publications include two books and more than 30 articles, chapters, reviews and monographs.

Hosted by UW Law Global Affairs and the Graduate Program in Sustainable International Development

October 14: Pro Bono & Externship Fair

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Tuesday, October 14, 2014
12:30-1:30 p.m.
Gates Hall Galleria

“Table Talk” Networking and Fair
Participating Organizations/Agencies

  • ACLU of Washington
  • Associated Counsel for the Accused
  • CENTS Program
  • Center for Children and Youth Justice Lawyers Fostering Independence
  • Disability Rights Washington
  • Earthjustice
  • Eastside Legal Assistance Program
  • Equal Employment Opportunity Commission Seattle Field Office
  • Federal Public Defender
  • Heart of America Northwest
  • King County Bar Association Pro Bono Services
  • King County- CASA Program
  • King County Dept. of Public Defense-SCRAP
  • Landesa
  • MultiCare Health System Legal Services
  • Northwest Defenders Association
  • Northwest Immigrant Rights Project
  • Northwest Justice Project
  • Pierce County Dept. of Assigned Counsel Misdemeanor Division
  • Q-Law Foundation
  • Seattle City Attorney Torts Division
  • Seattle Community Law Center
  • Snohomish County Prosecutor’s Office
  • The Defender Association Misdemeanors
  • Thurston County Prosecuting Attorney
  • U.S. Dept. of Labor, Office of the Solicitor
  • U.S. Federal Trade Commission
  • U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement
  • U.S. Social Security Administration
  • U.S. Attorney’s Office Western District
  • UW Bridging the Gap/Moderate Means Program
  •  UW Center for Commercialization
  • UW Center for Human Rights and Justice
  • UW Environmental Law Society
  • UW Immigrant Families Advocacy Project
  • UW Prison and Family Justice Project
  • UW Street Youth Legal Advocates of Washington
  • UW Student Legal Services
  • Washington Appellate Project
  • Washington Attorney General’s Office
  • Washington Defender Association
  • Washington State House of Representatives – Office of Program Research
  • Washington State Joint Legislative Audit and Review Committee

October 15: CHRJ’s Immigrant Application Assistance Project (“App Help”) Volunteer Training (Mandatory)

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Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2014
5:30 – 7:30 PM
William H. Gates Hall, 127

Looking to build client interviewing, research, or advocacy skills?  Want to give back to the community in an impactful way, but are short on time?

Join the Center for Human Rights & Justice’s Immigrant Application Assistance Project!

CHRJ has partnered with the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project (NWIRP) to assist pro se immigrants in filing applications for legal relief. There is no right to counsel in deportation proceedings and most immigrants go unrepresented. Volunteers work directly with asylum-seeking unaccompanied children in Seattle and detainees at the Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma. Volunteer opportunities consist of application assistance, declaration drafting, and evidence gathering/legal research.

Time commitment: Generally, assignments can be completed in 4-6 hours.
**Bonus: Volunteer on an ad hoc basis per your own availability**

Training is MANDATORY for all volunteers. No background in immigration or asylum law required.

Questions or concerns? Contact Melody Young.

October 18: Volunteer Opportunity for One America

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Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014
8:00 AM to 5 PM
SITES: Renton, Pasco, Moses Lake, and Olympia

Washington New Americans, a program of OneAmerica, promotes successful integration by connecting Legal Permanent Residents to the information and services they need to successfully pursue citizenship and become active members of our community. Citizenship Days, held in partnership with AILA and community organizations across the state, offer assistance with citizenship applications in 8 cities in Washington State. Last year, we had over 375 volunteers supporting Citizenship Days and were able to serve 531 individuals at 13 sites across the state! Visit our website www.wanewamericans.org for more information.

We need YOU to make our Citizenship Days successful!

ALL volunteers will be required to attend trainings prior to the day of the event. Trainings will be held via conference call or in person on October 8th and 9th.  To sign up to volunteer, contact lilly@weareoneamerica.org.

October 20: GlobalWA Presents Ghana’s Oil for Food Initiative

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Monday, Oct. 20, 2014
Seattle University Student, Center Building, Room 160, Seattle, WA 98122
6:00 – 7:30 PM

Oxfam America, Global Washington and Seattle University’s Poverty Education Center invite you to a panel discussion in celebration of World Food Day 2014.

The Oil for Food initiative represents a major improvement over the previous distribution of oil revenues in Ghana.

Our panel will include the following guests:

  • Mohammed Amin Adam, Executive Director, Africa Center for Energy Policy
  • Victoria Adongo, Program Coordinator, Peasant Farmers Association of Ghana
  • Ian Gary, Senior Policy Advisor – Extractive Industries, Oxfam America
  • Moderator: Dr. Benjamin Curtis, PhD, Director of the Poverty Education Center and Assistant Professor, Matteo Ricci College, Seattle University

Register online here.

October 28: Peggy Browning Fund Summer Fellowships Info Session – Advocating for Workplace Justice

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Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014
4:00 pm – 6:00 pm (refreshments will be served)
William H. Gates Hall, Room 127

  • Learn about the Peggy Browning Fund’s Summer Fellowships
  • Hear what it’s like practicing law for a union, a law firm representing workers or a government agency regulating the workplace
  • Find out how to get a job promoting workplace justice

Free admission to Seattle law school students. Webcast available to students of Gonzaga University School of Law. Information on where to watch the webcast will be provided after you register.

Register by October 21 with the Peggy Browning Fund here.

Will You Support Students Doing Human Rights Work? Consider Donating a Day’s Pay!

April 15: Social Justice Tuesday: Working with Homeless Youth in Seattle

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Tuesday, Apr. 15, 2014
12:30 – 1:20 PM, RM 133

Presented by: Street Youth Legal Advocates of Washington

The panel will discuss the challenges of working with homeless youth in the Seattle area. Their experiences include running programs for homeless youth, the mental health aspects of homelessness, and legislative advocacy. They will speak about the legal and non-legal issues facing homeless youth in Seattle, the organizations they work with, and how we as students can help.

Panelists:

  • Katelyn Stickel, Program Manager, Teen Feed
  • Jenny Donovan, counseling student
  • Kate Phillips, Program Director at Street Youth Ministries
  • Kimberly Schertz – 3L at UW Law

If you would like lunch please RSVP via Symplicity or Email by 12:00 pm Monday, April 14, 2014. No RSVP for lunch accepted after 12:00 pm.

April 16: Public Service Entrepreneurial Workshop

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Wednesday, Apr. 16, 2014
3:30-5:20 PM, RM 133

Sponsored by the Center for Public Service Law

Interested in working for social justice?
Have an idea for starting up a social venture organization or business?
Want to create a different kind of law office providing legal services to underserved communities?

If you’ve answered yes to any of these questions, then this is the workshop for you!

Using a UW Law student’s project idea as a case study you’ll learn about the basics of business planning, corporate formation, funding through interactive exercises and lecture.

Presenters include:

  • Mary Whisner, Reference Librarian, Gallagher Law Library
  • Matt Souza, JD/MBA
  • Emily Nelson, 3L
  • Professor Jennifer Fan, Entrepreneurial Law Clinic

April 21: Come See Documented the Film at SIFF Cinema Uptown

Monday, Apr. 21, 2014 at 6:30 PM
SIFF Cinema Uptown, 511 Queen Anne Ave. N., Seattle
Tickets $12. Purchase Now

Please join us, along with our partners Define American, El Centro De La Raza and OneAmerica, on April 21 for a special one night only preview screening of DOCUMENTED, the new film by our friend Jose Antonio Vargas. Reserve your ticket today and help spread the word!

In 2011, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Jose Antonio Vargas outed himself as an undocumented immigrant in an essay published in the New York Times Magazine. DOCUMENTED chronicles his journey to America from the Philippines as a child; his journey through America as an immigration reform activist; and his journey inward as he re-connects with his mother, whom he hasn’t seen in person in over 20 years.

April 21: Cambodian Son Screening

Monday, Apr. 21, 2014
Gates Hall, RM 138
Doors open at 7:30 PM, Screening starts at 8:00 PM

“Cambodian Son” is a film chronicling the life of spoken word poet Kosal Khiev, who was born in a Thai refugee camp, came to U.S. as a child, was arrested at 16 for gang violence. He spent over a decade in California prisons before being deported to Cambodia and barred from re-entering the US. The documentary touches on the intersection of multiple social justice issues including refugee rights, immigration, juvenile justice, and the redemptive power of the arts. Director Masahiro Sugano will be speaking about Cambodian Son in a pre-screening lecture at lunch on (room 127).

If you are interested in coming, please sign up on here ASAP (ideally by Friday, April 11th, but we will accept persons who sign up later): https://docs.google.com/. The event will be made open to the public as the first screening in Seattle has already SOLD OUT. However, we will reserve a certain number of seats for law students and persons associated with the law school based on the interest you all show in coming! There are no tickets, but we ask that you consider making a donation at the door. All proceeds go to support Kosal Khiev’s art. Any questions, please email.

April 29: Reversing the Effects of Mass Incarceration: Implementing Criminal Justice Reforms

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Photo courtesy of PhotoVault & Val Lawless.

Tuesday, Apr. 29, 2014
6:00 – 7:30 PM
William H. Gates Hall, RM 138, RSVP Required

The incarceration rate in the United States is the highest in the world, which has led some to call our current criminal justice structure a system of mass incarceration. This system—which contains over 2 million people in American prisons and jails—has decimated communities, especially those of color, created two tiers of justice, one for the rich and the other for the poor, and, in some instances, has resulted in government spending more money on incarceration than education.

The University of Washington School of Law and the Gates Public Service Law Program invites you to a forum on how we as a community can reverse the effects of mass incarceration through implementing criminal justice reforms. The forum will cover sentencing reform, prison rehabilitation programs, and prison reentry.

The program will start promptly at 6pm.

Presenters:

Alexes Harris, Assistant Professor, University of Washington Department of Sociology: Addressing the Juvenile Justice Pipeline to Mass Incarceration

Michael Romano, Director and co-founder of the Three Strikes Project, Stanford Law School: Righting the Wrongs of “Three Strikes” Life Sentences

Michael Santos, prison reform activist, lecturer at San Francisco State University: Prisoner Re-entry: Triumphing over Imprisonment  

Panel Discussion:

Moderator:
The Honorable Steven C. González, Washington State Supreme Court

Ari Kohn, Director: Post-Prison Education Program

Jacqueline McMurtrie, Associate Professor & Director: Innocence Project Northwest, UW School of Law

Connie Smith, Chief US Probation and Pretrial Services Officer, Western District of Washington

To attend the event, register online here.

May 3: Center for Human Rights & Justice Annual Fundraiser: Donate a Day’s Pay

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Do you have a paying summer job?  Do you care about human rights?  Like hobnobbing with professors?

Help CHRJ fund a grant for a UW law student to do human rights work this summer by “donating a day’s pay” to CHRJ’s grant fund.

The first 40 students to donate or pledge $100 or more are invited to a party at Professor Bob Anderson’s home.  Enjoy food, drinks, and conversation with your professors and classmates!

Donate during lunch at the CHRJ ‘Donate a Day’s Pay’ Table today!  Party to be held on May 3, 2014.

Click here for more information.

Donate online here.