EJW 2017 Conference with US Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg; Student Debt Relief Basics; Kids in Need of Defense (KIND): How to Prepare for Dependency Review Hearings; Volunteer for Citizenship Day!

Deadline September 13: Equal Justice Works 2017 Conference and Career Fair featuring U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader GinsbergEJW Logo

Application Deadline: Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Date:  Thursday and Friday, October 27 & 28, 2017

Location: Arlington, VA

Students and recent graduates can interview with 165+ public interest employers from across the country including non profits, public defender offices, government agencies and more! Click here for the latest list. The deadline to apply for prescheduled interviews is September 13.. Students may have their résumé reviewed by trained professionals and take part in inspiring conference workshop sessions including this year’s conversation with U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on Friday afternoon. We recognize that one of the biggest hurdles to attending the Conference & Career Fair is affording the trip to DC so this year we’re helping students connect for carpooling and hotel sharing and the first 500 registered students will qualify for a chance to receive one of ten $100 travel stipends.

More information and register here.

EJW Webinar: Student Debt Relief Basics.

Date:  Thursday, August 24, 2017

Time:  12:00 pm

Location: Webinar

“On August 24th at 3:00 pm EST, we will have our latest educational free webinar, “Student Debt Relief Basics.” This free webinar will teach you about the various repayment plans, loan cancellation provisions, how to earn Public Service Loan Forgiveness, what to do if you are behind on your payments, and how to lower your loan payments using loan repayment assistance programs. You can join live or watch later. If you register prior to the live event, you will receive a recording in the 48 hours following the live version. Register for a free webinar today!

Free Podcast:  FTCA and Other Civil Rights Claims – Immigration Enforcement & Damages Actions Supreme Court Courthouse (c) Stockvault

Date:  Thursday, August 24, 2017

Time:  9am – 12 pm

Location:  Podcast (free)

Increased immigration enforcement is likely to include enforcement practices that give rise to damages action.  Claims under the Federal Tort Claims Act, Bivens, and Section 1983 are important tools to combat abusive enforcement practices and ensuring that federal and local law enforcement abide by their constitutional obligations. This program will give a general overview of each of these claims. PLI will also discuss employing a media strategy, in addition to litigation, to highlight abusive enforcement practices, as an advocacy tool in its own right. PLI will cover the legal standards and procedures to bring an administrative claim and both individual and impact litigation under the Federal Tort Claims Act.  PLI will similarly cover Bivens and Section 1983, as well as the defenses government defendants commonly raise in these cases.  This will include the types of conduct that can be challenged and the life of a damages claim from fact-gathering to judgment.

Register here.

Kids in Need of Defense (KIND): Quick Topic Webinar [Live]: How to Prepare for Dependency Review Hearings

Date:  Wednesday, September 13, 2017 

Time: 12-1 pm

Location:  Webinar.

Zaida Rivera, KIND Seattle Pro Bono Coordinating Attorney -Microsoft Fellow, will be presenting a live webinar on how to prepare for your client’s Dependency Review Hearings. After a client has been ordered a dependent on the State of Washington, the court is responsible for the client’s well-being. To ensure that a client’s needs are met, periodic review hearings are scheduled with the court every 6 months. Attorneys must prepare ISSPs and review hearing orders in advance of the review hearing, and present orders on the date the hearing is scheduled. To learn more about this process and your obligations, please join us for this live webinar. There will be an opportunity to ask questions as well.

Please RSVP online here.

KIND (Kids in Need of Defense): 2nd Annual Back to School Campaign

The campaign aims to highlight attorneys who are heeding the call to help unaccompanied immigrant and refugee children by providing pro bono legal representation to these children as the new school year begins.

As unaccompanied children are getting ready to start school, over 50% of them have no one to represent them in immigration court. With the help of an attorney, they can focus on their education and fulfill their aspirations for their future.  These are children living in Washington State like Otto, who arrived in the U.S. when he was 10 years old, escaping severe child abuse and threats from MS-13.  Otto was granted asylum right before going on a school camping trip with his class.  He went from having a childhood dominated by violence and fear, to living with the fear of being sent back into danger, to the rest of his childhood before him.

More info here.

OneAmerica: Volunteer for Citizenship Day Saturday, September 23, 2017OneAmerica Logo

Date: Saturday, September 23, 2017

Time: 8:30am-5:30pm

Locations: Renton, Renton Technical College; Wenatchee, Wenatchee Valley College; Pasco, Columbia Basin College

Volunteers needed at three Citizenship Day events in Washington in Renton, Wenatchee and Pasco

Citizenship Day  is a free, one-day legal clinic to help legal permanent residents apply for citizenship, and it’s hosted by AILA-WA, OneAmerica, and committed community partners statewide. Demand for naturalization services is higher than ever – in fact, N-400 filings in Washington State have increased nearly 30% on average, compared to the same quarter of last year! For many immigrants, U.S. citizenship is the best defense in uncertain times. Please join us for the day, and help hundreds of legal permanent residents take the first step.

Click here to sign up to volunteer, and more info here.

Want to Catch a Game? Join the Unemployment Law Project for a Basketball Benefit Event

August 20: The Tumbleweed Zephyr Presents Benefit Performance for Unemployment Law Project

Tumbleweed Zephyr Poster

Date: Thursday, Aug. 20, 2015
Time: 8:00 PM
Location: MainStage of 12th Avenue Arts, 1640 12th Avenue, Seattle, WA!

The Old West scf-fi adventure, The Tumbleweed Zephyr, returns to the thrilling, steampunk-inspired universe of the 2013 production The Clockwork Professor. Two brothers, Atticus and Kai, climb aboard the Tumbleweed Zephyr, a transcontinental train headed out of New Providence for the wilds of the Western Territories. But what starts as a simple journey by rail soon takes an unexpected turn, with airship bandit raids, twists of fate, wayward sparks of romance, and the lonely call of a train whistle echoing across the clear desert sky. So grab your satchel and dust off your best traveling hat for this epic new summer adventure!
The Tumbleweed Zephyr is pulling into the station at the MainStage of 12th Avenue Arts, 1640 12th Avenue, Seattle, WA! The August 20th performance is a special benefit for ULP.

To purchase your ticket, click here.

August 27-28: Training on Naturalization and Citizenship 

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Date: Thursday, Aug. 27 – Friday, Aug. 28, 2015
Time: Thursday 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM; Friday 8:30 AM – 3:30 PM
Location: University of Washington School of Law, William H. Gates Hall RM 117
*Must attend both days to receive 8.5 CLE Credits

OneAmerica, Northwest Immigrant Rights Project, Asian Counseling Referral Service, Immigrant Legal Resource Center and New Americans Campaign are cosponsoring a training on naturalization and citizenship, August 27-28 at the University of Washington School of Law. The training is free for participating staff from non-profit organizations and committed volunteer attorneys working in naturalization and citizenship issues in the Seattle Area.

Participants must attend both days to receive 8.5 CLE credits – WSBA approved and sponsored by American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) – Washington Chapter.

Space, however, is limited.For questions about the training, please feel free to email Sarah Sumadi, Washington New Americans Program Manager at sarah@weareoneamerica.org.

For more information, click here.

Partial Agenda:
Naturalization Training – Open to large group of Seattle immigration providers
William H. Gates Hall Room 117
1:00 – 1:30      Registration
1:30 – 1:45      Welcome, Introduction to the Day and Agenda
1:45 – 3:45      Basic Legal Requirements for Naturalization, Erin Quinn, ILRC
3:45 – 4:00      Break
4:00 – 5:00      Basic Legal Requirements: Intro to Good Moral Character, Erin Quinn, ILRC

Friday, August 28, 8:30am-3:30pm
William H. Gates Hall Room 117
8:30 – 9:00      Registration
9:00 – 12:00    Good Moral Character, Crimes and Deportability
Robert Pauw, Gibson Houston Pauw
Quinn, ILRC
12:00 – 1:00    Lunch on your own
1:00 – 2:00      Review of the N-400, Erin Quinn, ILRC
2:00 – 3:00      Disability Waivers, Omar Haggag, Northwest Immigration Rights Project
3:00 – 3:30      Fee Waivers

September 13: Basketball Benefit Event for SU Frances Perkins Fellowship & Unemployment Law Project – Seattle Storm v. San Antonio Stars

ULP & Fellowship Fundraiser Poster

Join us for a great night of basketball with the Seattle Storm. Enjoy the game with ULP staff, board members, volunteers and friends.

Funds raised from ticket sales by ULP will fund the SU Frances Perkins Fellowship. Andres Munoz, the first Perkins Fellow, will start at ULP in September. The fellowship will provide outreach and advice in immigrant communities in our region.

Buy your tickets today by emailing events@ulproject.org.

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.

Human Rights Webinar, NARPA Conference & Support OneAmerica and Real Change

September 17- OneAmerica Open House

OneAmericaThe Board and staff of OneAmerica are pleased to invite you to join us for complimentary beverages and hors d’oeuvres in OneAmerica’s office in Seattle’s International District for an Open House and special update on its work in the immigrant community this fall and beyond.

As we organize, advocate and build power in immigrant communities statewide, we want you and our other valued supporters to have an opportunity to hear about our achievements, plans and strategy.

We will also be featuring our Youth Program, which is a winner of the 2013 Colleen Willoughby Youth Civic Education Award from CityClub Seattle and has recently been highlighted in the Seattle Globalist.

When? Tuesday, September 17, 2013, 4:30 – 6:30 p.m.

Where? OneAmerica 1225 S. Weller Street, Suite 430 Seattle, WA 98144

To RSVP, please email becky@weareoneamerica.org or call 206-452-8411.

September 24- Come to the 19th Annual Real Change Breakfast

real change breakfast

Registration: 7:30 AM – 8:00 AM
Breakfast: 8:00 AM – 9:00 AM

Washington State Convention Center

Speakers: This year’s Breakfast will feature Senator Ed Murray and Mayor Mike McGinn, being interviewed by Q13 Political Analyst C.R. Douglas, as they stake out their positions on homelessness and housing affordability to help us decide who should be the next Mayor of Seattle. This should be an exciting and informative discussion, and we hope you’ll join us for it.
Join the Party!
• Interested in becoming a Sponsor?  Check out our Sponsor Packet for more information.
• Want to invite your friends and family?  Learn more about becoming a Table Captain andclick here to register.
• Just want to come and find out what we’re all about?  Click here to register as an individual.
Please register by Monday, 9/16/13.
If you have questions about this event or would like to be a Sponsor, Table Captain, or Volunteer, please call 206.441-3247 ext. 221 or email breakfast@realchangenews.org

September 25-Human Rights Webinar: Focus on International Child Abduction

universal-declaration-of-human-rightsWednesday, September 25,  3:30 PM – 4:30 PM PST

The Local Human Rights Lawyering Project holds regular webinars to introduce legal aid attorneys to the Human Rights in the U.S. Handbook for Legal Aid Attorneys. This webinar will focus on a new section of the Handbook on International Child Abduction and the Hague Convention. Pamela Brown, Director of the Bi-National Family Violence Project of Texas RioGrande Legal Aid, Inc., will lead the webinar and discuss how to formulate human rights arguments for U.S. courts and policymakers in international child abduction cases.

The online training is free and registration is open. Register here.

September 26-28- National Association for Rights Protection and Advocacy Annual Rights Conference

NARPA logoThe National Association for Rights Protection and Advocacy’s (NARPA) mission is to promote policies and pursue strategies that result in individuals with psychiatric diagnoses making their own choices regarding treatment. We educate and mentor those individuals to enable them to exercise their legal and human rights with a goal of abolition of all forced treatment.

For 31 years, NARPA has provided an educational conference with inspiring keynoters and outstanding workshops. We learn from each other and come together as a community committed to social justice for people with psychiatric labels.

The Hilton Hartford                          Register Here:   (PDF)   (DOC)
315 Trumbull Street
Hartford, Connecticut                      Full Schedule 

 
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