Join journalist Düzen Tekkal to discuss ISIS, genocide, and her new film

Jan. 24, SJT: Immigration Post-Inauguration: What does Trump mean for sanctuary cities and immigration policy?

UW Law LogoTime: 12:30 to 1:20 p.m.
Date: Tuesday, Jan 24, 2017
Place: UW School of Law, Room 127

Heard about sanctuary cities but not quite sure what they are. Interested in immigration law? Concerned or thoughtful about Donald Trump’s extreme statements and stance on immigration?
Please join CHRJ as we host a panel dedicated to immigration policy in a Trump administration the (Social Justice) Tuesday after inauguration.

Panelists include:
Professor Hugh Spitzer, expert in local government and municipal law
Cuc Vu, director of the Seattle Mayor’s Office of Immigrant and Refugee Affairs
Chris Strawn, UW Immigration Clinic Director and Northwest Immigrant Rights Project attorney
Moderated by Professor Angelica Chazaro, expert in Immigration Law

Jan. 25: Shriver Center’s Fighting Poverty and Advancing Racial Justice in a New Political Landscape

Shriver CenterTime: 10:00 to 10:30 a.m. PST
Date: Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2017
Place: Online

Given the signals from the incoming administration, what should be the focus of an antipoverty and racial justice agenda now? Eight years ago, as the Obama administration was taking shape, the Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law published a 12-point poverty-fighting agenda. Now, as President Obama is set to leave the White House as Donald Trump takes the oath of office on January 20, the Shriver Center has revisited that agenda. Read more and register here.

Jan. 30: Screening of “Hawar — My Journey to Genocide”

screenshot-48Time: 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.
Date: Monday, Jan. 30, 2017
Place: Kane Hall 120, University of Washington

In August 2014, ISIS swarmed over the Iraqi Sinjar region giving the Yazidis the choice to convert or die – leaving 5,000 dead, half a million displaced and more than 3,000 girls and women forced into sexual enslavement. “Hawar” is the story of Düzen Tekkal’s journey back to her Yazidi homeland and her arrival to an ISIS bloodbath. She is an award-winning German journalist and human rights activist of Kurdish-Yazidi origin.

Please join for a film screening and discussion with the renowned filmmaker. Read more here.

Feb. 24: RSVP to the PILA Benefit Auction 

PILA LogoTime: 5:30 p.m.
Date: Friday, Feb. 24, 2017. RSVP by Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2017.
Place: Husky Union Building, University of Washington

The Public Interest Law Association invites you to the 22nd Annual PILA Benefit Auction. This year’s theme is Masquerade Ball—formal attired encouraged.

Save the Date: Washington State Access to Justice Conference

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Date: Friday, June 2 to June 4, 2017
Place: Yakima Convention Center, Yakima, WA

The Access to Justice (ATJ) Conference is a bi-annual event, being held this year in Yakima on June 2-4. This year, we will feature more opportunities for big picture discussions across disciplines, while also providing space for networking and resource development.  No Conference would be complete without social activities and to that end we will enjoy a reception on Friday evening and libations at a local winery on Saturday evening.

Regardless of where you are in your legal career, and given the shifting sands upon which we all appear to be standing, attendance at this year’s ATJ Conference is more vital than ever. Indeed the Conference’s theme, “Racing to Justice: Community Lawyering to Bend the Arc,” affirms that this is not a time for despair, but for bold life-affirming action that will bring everyone to a place of equity and fairness. We look forward to your attendance at the Conference as together we build a movement where justice for all becomes a reality. Read more and register here.

Don’t miss the PILA Auction and these other events!

January 25: “Where Can Your Legal Education Take You?”

globalPlease join us on Monday, 1/25 at 12:30 in room 117 of William H. Gates Hall for an information session hosted by UW Law Global Affairs.

UW law students have many opportunities to study law in foreign countries during their studies, in preparation for a legal career in an increasingly globalized society.

The session will introduce various summer- and quarter-based options available through the Law School and UW, and some key considerations.

January 26: Social Justice Tuesday -Interested In A Career in International Law?

SJTInterested in international criminal law or working in the international courts? Wondering how to step from the local scene to the international stage? Come hear UW alum Kyle Wood speak about his last ten years prosecuting war criminals in the Hague. Mr. Wood recently moved back to Seattle after working in the Office of the Prosecutor at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia. Prior to that, he worked in the criminal division of the King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office.

If you would like lunch please RSVP via Symplicity or gatespsl@uw.edu RSVP by 12:00 pm Monday, January 25, 2016.

February 1: American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) hosts Rachel Pulda!

ailalogoLaw students are invited to join the Washington State Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) for a AILA meeting especially for law students and new attorneys with Rachel Pulda from AILA in Washington, DC. Please bring your lunch and come join local immigration attorneys for our monthly AILA meeting and training, followed by a session and Q&A especially for students and new attorneys. AILA attorneys look forward to meeting law students interested in immigration law!

Details:

February 1st at Davis Wright Tremaine (1201 3rd Ave #2200, Seattle, WA)

RSVP by January 29th: Brittany Lowe (AILA-WA Co-Chair for the New Member’s Division) brit@brittanylowelegal.com

February 5: 21st Annual PILA Benefit Auction: Off the Races! 

cardraise2At the Husky Union Building (HUB)
Doors open at 5:30 pm.

Register and Purchase tickets here.

Can’t attend this year? You can also donate directly to PILA here.

If you would like to donate items to be auctioned off at this year’s action, please fill out this form.

Why donate to PILA? 2015 Impact Statement

Where is the auction this year, anyway? Directions.

February 23:”Doing Race Better: Race and the Reform of Urban Schools” Featuring Charles M. Payne

payne_346x310How do racial dynamics shape urban schools and school systems? Why does the dominant discourse often define race as a problem? How can taking race more fully into account empower practice?

Please join the University of Washington School of Social Work for an important conversation about these issues with Dr. Charles M. Payne, author of So Much Reform, So Little Change and the forthcoming Schooling the Ghetto: Fifty Years of “Reforming” Urban Schools.

Prior to the lecture, School of Social Work Dean Eddie Uehara will host Dr. Payne and special guests for a reception with hors d’oeuvres and wine.

7:30 p.m., February 23 — Kane Hall
Reception at 6 p.m. in Kane Hall, Walker-Ames Room
Your nametag from the reception will guarantee your seat at the lecture!

RSVP by February 9 to Maya Trachtenberg at 206-543-3532 or mayadt@uw.edu.

Don’t miss the upcoming PILA auction & these other events!

January 21: WASHINGTON YOUNG LAWYERS COMMITTEE – OPEN SECTIONS NIGHT

washington-state-bar-association-logoFind your footing in a new practice area and make connections with legal professionals by attending the popular Open Sections Night sponsored jointly by the WSBA Sections and the Washington Young Lawyers Committee.

  • When: Thursday, January 21, 2016 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
  • Where: WSBA Conference Center 1325 Fourth Ave., Suite 600, Seattle
  • RSVP: By January 8, 2016 at http://goo.gl/forms/0okBh0RoFR

January 21: John Tirpak at UW Law

unemployment-law-projectJohn Tirpak, Executive Director of the Unemployment Law Project (ULP) is visiting UW Law on January 21, 2016 to speak about the invaluable work ULP does in Washington State. Unemployment Law Project is a non-profit legal service located in Seattle and Spokane that provides direct representation in administrative hearings to help individuals secure their unemployment insurance. For students, it is a unique opportunity to represent individuals in hearings over the phone with Administrative Law Judges, practicing skills of direct/cross examination and opening/closing statements early in their legal career. ULP is looking to recruit student volunteers and potential interns for the summer and this event is a great opportunity to meet John Tirpak, hear about ULP, and help the hundreds of people who go unrepresented in administrative hearings every year. Details are below:

 If you have any questions, please email Students for Labor and Employment Justice (SLEJ) at slejlaw@gmail.com.

January 29: Hang Your Own Shingle 2016

washington-state-bar-association-logoHanging your own shingle (establishing a successful solo practice) means laying a proper foundation! The Washington State Bar Association Low Bono Section and the Access to Justice Institute of the Seattle University School of Law present this day of “foundation building.” Think about it: Over half of WSBA members are solo practitioners, so you have lots of company! For many people attorneys are unaffordable. The resulting unmet civil legal need (and potential market for your services) is enormous. That is why we are determined to attract attorneys to help meet this legal services gap. Join us on January 29 and bring your questions and business cards!

February 5: 21st Annual PILA Benefit Auction – Off to the Races!

cardraise2Friday, February 5, 2016
At the Husky Union Building (HUB)
Doors open at 5:30 pm.

Register and Purchase tickets here.

Can’t attend this year? You can also donate directly to PILA here.

If you would like to donate items to be auctioned off at this year’s action, please fill out this form.

Why donate to PILA? 2015 Impact Statement

Where is the auction this year, anyway? Directions.

March 5-6: 18th Annual Trina Grillo Public Interest & Social Justice Law Retreat – BUILDING A BETTER COMMUNITY

santa-clara-law-badgeUW Law students: the upcoming Trina Grillo Public Interest Retreat is an unparalleled opportunity to recharge your social justice batteries at a day and a half long gathering with law students, faculty, staff and public interest advocates from the west coast.  This year’s event is March 5-6 in Las Vegas, NV.  Students can apply for up to $250 in travel funds to attend this event.  If you are interested send a note about why you would like to attend along with your resume to Dean Storms at mestorms@uw.edu by January 27.

Upcoming fellowship/grant deadlines to put on your calendar!

A New Way to Do Pro Bono in Washington State

From the Washington State Bar Association’s NWSidebar

hammer-719066_960_720If you’re like many of the attorneys I know, you want to do pro bono work, but it can be hard to find the time. Most lawyers are busy, with important responsibilities to current clients, families and friends. If this describes you, good news: a new way to serve low-income clients has arrived in Washington. It’s called Washington Web Lawyer (WaWL).

WaWL is a website where low-income clients can post civil legal questions and pro bono attorneys can log on from anywhere, day or night, and answer client questions. There is no expectation that the attorney will provide any other service other than answering the question. The idea for WaWL began with the WSBA Pro Bono and Public Service Committee (formerly the Pro Bono and Legal Aid Committee) and is modeled after Online Tennessee Justice.

Washington is one of a growing number of states launching this web-based tool. Here are five reasons you should get involved…

Continue reading here.

Photo: https://pixabay.com/static/uploads/photo/2015/04/12/16/33/hammer-719066_960_720.jpg

Attention 1Ls! Want to be Eligible for  PILA Grant to Fund Your Public Service Work this Summer?

 williamgateslaw-750x498If so, you need to volunteer for PILA to qualify! Don’t miss out. What’s the best thing you can do? Procure auction items for the upcoming PILA Auction on Friday, February 5! To learn more, connect with your class captain or email Sophia Posnock at sposnock@gmail.com.

 To learn more about the auction and register click here: http://students.washington.edu/pila/auction.html

Photo: William H. Gates Hall, home to the Law School, at sunset. Photo by Katherine B. Turner

Equal Justice Works’ National Advisory Committee presenting awards to public interest students!

c4ca2-6a00d8341bfae553ef01b8d1022e63970c-800wiThis year, Equal Justice Works’ National Advisory Committee is presenting awards to law students at Equal Justice Works member schools in eight regions who have a demonstrated commitment to public interest law and pro bono work. Your school is in the “Mountain Region,” and your National Advisory Committee representatives are Maura Cook and Jennifer Werdell.

 The Equal Justice Works Public Interest Awards seek to identify and honor law students who have provided extraordinary service through law school clinics, volunteer work, internships, and/or extracurricular projects. Applications will be accepted until March 1, 2016, and instructions and further details can be found here (2016 Equal Justice Works Public Interest Awards Application – Mountain).

 If you have any questions, please email us at ejw.mountainregion@gmail.com.

Seeking two JD students to join the International Human Rights Clinic.

icar-logoProf. Alejandra Gonza is seeking 1-2 JD Students, to join the International Human Rights Clinic (E556, Winter-Spring, 3-3 credits, scheduled W 10:30-12:20). The selected students will be working with the International Corporate Accountability Roundtable (ICAR), a coalition of human rights, environmental, labor, and development organizations that creates, promotes and defends legal frameworks to ensure corporations respect human rights in their global operations. See website: http://icar.ngo/ (Links to an external site.) If you are interested in taking this, submit a resume and a course request as soon as possible.

 For more information please contact: agonza@uw.edu

Arc of Justice Fellowship due soon!

  • public-advocates-logoPublic Advocates and the Charles Houston Bar Association (CHBA) are proud to announce a new summer 2016 fellowship opportunity for law students committed to advancing the legal and policy priorities of low-income African American communities in the Bay Area. The “Arc of Justice” is a collaboration between Public Advocates and CHBA to help increase the number of law students of color who pursue careers in public interest law. This first Arc fellow will spend the summer clerking at Public Advocates, with dedicated support from CHBA. This fellowship provides a deserving 2L student $3000 minimum stipend. The preferred deadline is January 31, 2016. 

Planning on Doing a Child Welfare Advocacy Internship this Summer? Don’t Miss Out on Your Chance to Get Top Notch Training!

ku34tu-8The Bergstrom Child Welfare Law Summer Fellowship is committed to inspiring the best and brightest law students to pursue careers in child welfare law. Through the fellowship, students gain experience and insight into the field and provide much needed services to various child welfare offices specializing in representing children, parents, and social service agencies. After attending a three-day training session at the end of May at Michigan Law, fellows spend at least 10 weeks at a child welfare law internship.

The 2016 Bergstrom Fellowship training dates are May 11, 12, and 13. The 2016 Application is now available (2016 Application Interactive.pdf )The deadline for the Bergstrom application is March 15, 2016. Please send application materials by email as directed on the application. For more information, contact Jackie Julien at 734.763.5000 or jmjulien@umich.edu.

For complete details please visit: http://www.law.umich.edu/clinical/calc/Bergstrom/Pages/summerfellowship.aspx

David Carliner Public Interest Award!

baddcdde7bba545931dbb0b258eb263f_400x400The American Constitution Society (ACS) is administering the David Carliner Public Interest Award, which recognizes outstanding mid-career public interest lawyers, and I hope that you can share information about this award with alumni from your public interest program.

The winner of the award receives a $10,000 cash prize, transportation and lodging, in full, to the ACS National Convention in Washington, D.C. to accept the Award in person, and an award of $2,500 to the recipient’s organization. Any public interest attorney who graduated between May 2004 and May 2009 and earns an annual salary of $110,000 or less is eligible. Applicants may nominate themselves or have someone apply on their behalf. For more information, please visit the award’s website.

January 16 is the Last Day to Get Your Discounted PILA Auction Tickets!

January 20: Social Justice Tuesday- Working for Workers: A Career in Labor and Employment Law

SJTlogo12:30 – 1:20 p.m. – Room 127

Hosted by: Students for Labor and Employment Justice

The panel will offer insight into the various areas of Employment Law practice. Representing private plaintiff practice, federal agency, state agency and union practice, our diverse panel will discuss the many ways for attorneys to advocate on behalf of workers.

Panelists:

  • Marc Cote – Partner at Terrell Marshall Daudt & Willie, PLLC
  • Abigail Daquiz – Trial Attorney at the U.S. Department of Labor
  • Katy Dixon – Assist. Attorney General at the Washington Attorney General’s Office
  • Dmitri Iglitzen – Partner at Schwerin Campbell Barnard Iglitzin & Lavitt, LLP

January 21: Law and Leadership: The New Generation of Women General Counsel

Women LeadTime:    5:00 – 7:00 pm (reception 5-5:30pm; panel  presentation to follow)

Where: Law Offices of Stoel Rives, 600 University St., Suite 3600, Seattle 98101

Co-sponsored by UW Women’s Law Caucus and CPLD

Panel members:

Melanie Curtice (Moderator), partner at Stoel Rives LLP, Seattle office.

Deirdre Runnette, General Counsel to Zulily

Denali Kemppel, General Counsel to Arctic Slope Regional Corp., Anchorage, Alaska

Lorena González, General Counsel to Seattle Mayor Ed Murray

Open to all students! Please RSVP in Symplicity.

January 21: UW Law Grad Sahar Fathi Speaking at Leadership Firesides: Storytelling and conversation with inspiring leaders

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Sahar Fathi
Policy Changer & Immigrant/Refugee Rights Activist

Sahar Fathi is an international lawyer turned policy analyst who is a powerhouse of social change on a mission to shakeup how city policy is made.  Fathi currently serves as a policy analyst for the Seattle Office of Immigrant and Refugee Affairs and was formerly a legislative aide to Councilmember Mike O’Brien on the Seattle City Council and a legal clerk for the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda.

HUB Fireplace Lounge, 1st floor
Register

The Husky Leadership Initiative and Starbucks present:

The popular Leadership Fireside series is an ongoing opportunity for students to engage in meaningful dialogue with a diverse range of civic, educational, corporate and campus leaders in an informal setting. These leaders will share their personal journeys and perspectives on leadership and become momentary mentors for students attending the event. The diversity of guest speakers means that each Fireside will be unique. Students who want to reflect and engage in a dialogue about leadership and further develop the skills and knowledge to be effective leaders on and off campus will want to be sure to attend. 

The winter 2015 Leadership Firesides feature diverse perspectives from an immigrant/refugee rights activist, sexual violence warrior, lieutenant general, poet, geologist, computer scientist and theologian. The setting is intimate and informal and space is limited for each program. Registration is strongly encouraged so you don’t miss out! Register for winter quarter Firesides here. You may enter the registration system as many times as necessary.

January 22: What You Need to Know About Loan Forgiveness- Free Education Debt Relief Webinar led by Equal Justice Works

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3:00 pm4:10 pm EST

A must attend for anyone with student debt, this free webinar explains how to reduce your monthly student loan payments and qualify for Public Service Loan Forgiveness.

Register now here.

For further information on borrowing, repaying and earning forgiveness on student loans, download our free e-book, “Take Control of Your Future.”

 

February 20: Get Your Discounted PILA Auction Tickets Here! Deadline is Jan 16 for Discounted Tickets!

PILA 20th Auction Benefit

To celebrate 20 years of funding public interest, we’re

ROLLING OUT THE RED CARPET

Join us for a night of Old Hollywood Glamour!

Formal attire encouraged.

Friday, February 20, 2015 at 5:30pm.

In the Husky Union Building (HUB)

Reduced PILA auction ticket pricing has been extended to this Friday!

$105 per person ($130 after )

Discount extended through 1/16!

$70 for reduced admission* ($80 after Jan. 16) $790 per table of 8 ($940 after Jan. 16) $540 for reduced price table of 8* ($640 after Jan. 16)

*Available to students, nonprofit employees, government employees, and those otherwise unable to afford a regularly priced ticket. Students may buy 1 additional ticket.

RSVP by FEBRUARY 11TH, 2015 online at pila.ejoinme.org/tickets QUESTIONS? PILA@UW.EDU

 

Give Generously: Support PILA’s Public Service Summer Grant Program!

The UW Moderate Means Program Seeks Volunteers for Winter & Spring

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The Moderate Means Program is a joint venture between the WSBA and the three law schools in Washington State. The Program offers students the opportunity to interview potential clients and refer them to attorneys who will represent them for reduced fees.  Students in the Program will learn about family, consumer and housing law; will gain experience in client interviewing and the Legal Server database; and will have the opportunity to work with private attorneys.

Student interns commit to a minimum of five hours per week and the scheduling of the hours is flexible around your schedule.  Those selected to participate in the program will be expected to attend approximately fifteen hours of training.  All client intakes and interviews will be done over the telephone at the law school. Applicants are encouraged to commit to at least two quarters in the program.

Application: You may apply to be an MMP intern by submitting a cover letter and resume care to Ann Spangler at gatespsl@uw.edu.  Please include “MMP” in the subject line of your e-mail.  Applications are due no later than 5:00 on Friday, January 31. All law students are eligible (including LLMs).

Program questions: e-mail Chach Duarte White, Interim MMP Attorney, at chachdw@uw.edu.

Attention Attorneys! Capital Qualifications Committee Seeking Applicants. Deadline February 28

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The Washington Supreme Court is accepting letters of interest and résumés from members interested in serving on the Capital Qualifications Committee, which is a subcommittee of the Washington Supreme Court pursuant to SPRC 2. Four positions are available. The term of each position is three years with a maximum term of six consecutive years, at which time the individual member must have a break in service before seeking for reappointment. The three-year terms are from April 1, 2014, through April 1, 2017. 

The Capital Qualifications Committee was established by the Supreme Court by order on Dec. 7, 1997, for the development of attorneys qualified for appointment in death penalty cases. In February 2003, the Court expanded the committee to consist of one active or former superior court judge from the area of each division of the Court of Appeals, two federal public defenders, two attorneys, experienced in criminal defense law who have experience with capital litigation, and one alternate. No member of the panel may be currently serving as a prosecuting attorney. The committee meets an average of three times per year.

Letters of interest and résumés should be submitted to: Washington Supreme Court Clerk’s Office, Temple of Justice, PO Box 40929, Olympia, WA 98504-0929 or email no later than Feb. 28, 2014.

Supreme Court Throws Out Overseas Human Rights Case

US Supreme CourtJanuary 14, 2014, 8:42 a.m., By David G. Savage, Los Angeles Times

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court said again Tuesday that federal courts are not the world’s forum for dealing with human rights abuses, tossing out a lawsuit brought in California by Argentines who sued German automaker Mercedes-Benz over atrocities perpetrated during the South American country’s “dirty war” of the late 1970s.

In a 9-0 decision, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg faulted the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals for what she called “exorbitant exercises of all-purpose jurisdiction.”

“It was therefore error for the 9th Circuit to conclude that Daimler (the parent company of Mercedes-Benz) was at home in California, and hence subject to suits there on claims by foreign plaintiffs having nothing to do with anything that occurred or had its principal impact in California,” she said.

The decision is consistent with rulings in recent years in which the high court has said that suits over abuses that took place overseas are not to be tried in the U.S. courts simply because the plaintiffs target a multinational corporation that does business in the United States.

Continue reading here.

Support Student Summer Public Service Work! Time to be Generous and Support PILA!

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Whether you can make to this year’s PILA Auction on Saturday, February 1 or not, now’s a great time to make a special donation to ensure the sustainability of its summer grant program for law students working in public service!

When you give this year, remember two things:  (1) this year, your gift will have “triple effect” because of the Dean’s match and will support a permanent—rather than a single year—grant (with the dean’s match, the faculty/staff has already funded three grants for this summer!); (2) because of rising tuitions costs, a difficult legal job market, and dwindling budgets for legal aid and public defense, there has never been a time of greater need.
To learn more about PILA and make a donation online, please click here