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September 29: Social Justice Tuesday – What I Did Last Summer in Public Service Law

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Date: Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2015
Time: 12:30 – 1:20 PM
Location: William H. Gates Hall RM 127

Student Panel:
• 2L Zoe Wong, California Department of Justice, Natural Resources Division
• 3L Wyatt Gjullin, Center for Constitutional Rights & Earth Rights International
• 2L Josh Pazderka, Seattle Community Law Center

Learn about public service “real world” experiences from students who have experienced it firsthand.
• How did they find their jobs?
• How did they fund their summers?
• What did they learn?

If you would like lunch please RSVP via Symplicity or gatespsl@uw.edu RSVP by 12:00 pm Monday, September 28, 2015.

October 2: On DC Careers, Politics and Being White House Advisor – A Conversation with UW Law Alumnus Gaurab Bansal

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Date: Friday, Oct. 2, 2015
Time: 12:30 – 1:20 PM
Location: William H. Gates Hall, RM 127

Gaurab Bansal serves as Deputy Assistant to the President and Deputy Cabinet Secretary. He helps lead the team that liaises with Cabinet departments and agencies on behalf of the President and the White House. Gaurab’s portfolio includes coordinating implementation of key initiatives across the Administration. Prior to joining the White House, he was deputy chief of staff at the Export-Import Bank of the United States Gaurab served as corporate counsel on President Obama’s 2012- re-election campaign in Chicago. Before that he practiced law with Perkins Coie LLP in both Seattle and Washington, D.C., where he focused on technology startups, venture capital, and business and political law. Gaurab started his career as a public elementary and middle school teacher in Houston. Gaurab is a native of Baltimore and continues to keep his permanent  home in Seattle.

Limited seating luncheon, please RSVP via Symplicity.

October 2: Free CLE on Representing the Pro Bono Client: Advocacy Skills for Administrative Hearings 2015

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Date: Friday, Oct. 2, 2015
Time: 9:00 AM PST
Location: Webcast

CLE Credits: 3.0

This training is designed to help mitigate the crisis faced by low-income families everywhere by providing attorneys with a basic understanding of common issues and strategies in providing pro bono assistance with administrative hearings.  The program will focus on California law, but will also cover many topics such as due process and other rights that apply nationwide; therefore, advocates from other forums would benefit from the information and attending the program.

What You Will Learn

  • An overview of administrative hearings low-income clients most frequently need, involving:
    • State public benefits, including Social Services claims andUnemployment Insurance claims;
    • Federal public benefits, including Supplemental Security Income;
    • Professional licensing, including nursing licenses and Department of Social Services clearance; and
    • Unpaid wages, and other wage and hour-related rights.
  • Best practices and common advocacy strategies and procedures for administrative hearings, including:
    • Obtaining evidence
    • Drafting position statements/hearing briefs
    • Presenting your case at hearing
  • Rehearings and further appeals
  • California law and practice specifics

To register, click here.

October 5: Conference: Access to Information as a Human Right – UW School of Law and Center for Human Rights

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Date: Monday, Oct. 5, 2015
Location: William H. Gates Hall

12:00 pm – 1:30 pm (LAW 115): Access to Information as a Human Right: a conversation with Kate Doyle of the Evidence Project at the National Security Archive. Moderated by Ricardo Gómez, UW Information School. Session full—please RSVP for wait list!

3:00 pm – 4:30 pm (LAW 115): Access to Information as a Tool for Human Rights in El Salvador: a conversation with Salvadoran human rights defenders Mirla Carbajal, lawyer with the Human Rights Institute of the Universidad Centroamericana, and Dina Cabrera, community activist and survivor of the Santa Cruz massacre; and Philippe Bourgois, Professor of Psychiatry and Anthropology at UCLA and survivor of the Santa Cruz massacre. Moderated by Tony Lucero, Chair of Latin America and Caribbean Studies at the UW Jackson School of International Studies.

5:30 pm – 6:30 pm (LAW 115 & Lobby): Evening reception

7:00 pm – 9:00 pm (LAW 138): Keynote address by Baltasar Garzón of the Fundación Internacional Baltasar Garzón, speaking on access to information in international human rights law. Baltasar Garzón is a Spanish jurist responsible for landmark cases which have advanced the principle of universal jurisdiction in international law, including the 1998 indictment of Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet.

The conference is free and open to the public, but space is limited, so please RSVP here to reserve your space.

October 6: Social Justice Tuesday: Pro Bono is for Everyone!

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Date: Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2015
Time: 12:30 – 1:20 PM
Location: William H. Gates Hall RM 127

Why do pro bono? What are the benefits? What are the community needs? How do you integrate pro bono into your busy law practice or even as a busy law student? What are some of the challenges of pro bono work and how do you overcome them? How do you find opportunities? Where can I get training?

Learn the answers to all these questions and so much more from the following distinguished guest speakers:

  • Joanna Plichta Boisen, Foster Pepper PLLC
  • Clay Wilson, Bridging the Gap/Moderate Means Program, UW Law
  • Jacob Witt, King County Pro Bono Services- Housing Justice Project
  • Phoebe Huang, UW Law Class of 2017

October 6: Race & Equity Initiative – Equity and Difference Speaker SeriesUW Logo

Date: Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2015
Time: 7:30 PM
Location: Meany Hall

The Graduate School, in partnership with the UW Alumni Association, is welcoming speakers to campus to share their unique perspectives on race, equity and social justice. The series is a way to pay tribute to and learn from the leaders of the past, and to celebrate the new generation carrying forward the torch of inclusion and activism.

  • Oct. 6, 2015, 7:30 p.m., Meany Hall – An Evening with Harry Belafonte, with Professor Valerie Curtis-Newton
  • Jan. 14, 2016, 7:30 p.m., Kane Hall – Ralina Joseph, associate professor, communications and public lecturer
  • April 5, 2016, 7:30 p.m., Kane Hall – Touré on “Microaggression: Power, Privilege & Everyday Life”

To register, click here.

 

October 6: Jackson School Gathers Experts to Discuss Syrian Humanitarian CrisisUW Logo

Date: Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2015
Time: 7:00 PM
Location: Thomson Hall RM 101

Syria’s drawn-out civil war has displaced more than 10 million people since 2011 and the flood of refugees from the area has drawn the concerned attention of the world.

The University of Washington Jackson School of International Studies will hold a free, public forum at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 6, in Room 101 of Thomson Hall. The forum is titled “Focus on Syria: A Humanitarian Crisis,” and will be moderated by Resat Kasaba, Stanley D. Golub Chair of International Studies and director of the Jackson School.

Panelists for the event are:

  • Jennifer Butte-Dahl, director of the Jackson School’s Master of Arts in Applied International Studies, who volunteered last month with the nonprofit organization Shelterbox on the Greek island of Lesbos (a destination for many refugees arriving by water).
  • Kathie Friedman, Jackson School associate professor whose research interests include forced migrations and refugees.
  • Neil McFarland, M.D., a family physician with UW Medicine who has volunteered in Greece, Jordan and other refugee camps.
  • Mark S.Ward, director of the Syrian Transition Assistance and Response Team at the U.S. Embassy in Ankara, Turkey, who will join the discussion via Skype.

For more information, contact Kristina Bowman, Jackson School communications specialist, at 206-221-1323 or kriscb@uw.edu.

October 16: Free CLE on Prison Law 2015

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Date: Friday, Oct. 16, 2015
Time: 9:00 AM EST
Location: Webcast

Prison conditions and prisoner treatment issues are getting unprecedented attention as the nation focuses on the magnitude of the national prison population.  With its sixth Prison Law program, PLI continues its examination of these important issues.  In an area where advocates face increasingly challenging legal issues whether they represent incarcerated people from a public interest practice, private practice or as a policy advocate, and where government lawyers also grapple with complex concerns, PLI’s Prison Law program offers a unique focus on evolving prison law issues.  Experienced faculty will discuss health care, solitary confinement, immigrants, juveniles, rights under the ADA, gender, and barriers to civil litigation filed on behalf of incarcerated people, as well as ethical issues that arise in prison actions.

What You Will Learn:

  • Solitary confinement – legal landscape and analysis
  • Issues of gender
  • Barriers to lawsuits brought on behalf of incarcerated people against individual prison officials and correctional institutions
  • Ethical dilemmas that arise in the course of representing incarcerated people
  • Health issues including mental health issues in prison
  • Issues affecting select populations

To register, click here.

October 21: New Israel Fund presents Safeguarding Democracy and Civil Rights in Israel

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Date: Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2015
Time: 7:00 – 8:30 PM
Location: Hosted by Congregation Beth Shalom, 6800 35th Ave NE, Seattle

A conversation with Sharon Abraham-Weiss, Executive Director of the Association for Civil Rights in Israel, Israel’s oldest and largest civil rights organization

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During last summer’s war, already gaping societal divides in Israel were widened. The Association for Civil Rights in Israel (ACRI), the country’s equivalent of the ACLU, advocated for the protection of vulnerable populations near Gaza and the protection of civil liberties in wartime. ACRI has won legal landmarks before Israel’s Supreme Court such as recognition of same-sex marriages and non-Orthodox conversions from outside Israel, the right of women to become IDF pilots, and safeguarding Africans seeking refuge from genocide.

Sharon Abraham-Weiss, one of Israel’s foremost legal experts and litigators, comes to Seattle to share the vibrancy of Israel’s democratic values at a time when liberal Zionism and Jewish democracy is under question from inside Israel and out.

Sharon Abraham-Weiss is the executive director of the Association for Civil Rights in Israel (ACRI). Previously, she represented ACRI in such landmark cases dealing with family unification, social welfare, and state land distribution. She has also served on the Equal Employment Opportunities Commission of the Ministry of Economy. Ms. Abraham-Weiss is a founding member of Itach-Maaki: Women Lawyers for Social Justice and co-founder of The Hebrew University of Jerusalem’s Breira Center, which coordinates law students volunteering in the community. Ms. Abraham-Weiss holds LL.B. and B.Sc. degrees from The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and an LL.M from Tel Aviv University. She also holds an M.A. in public administration from Harvard Kennedy School, where she was a Wexner Fellow.

The Association for Civil Rights in Israel, established in 1972, is Israel’s oldest and largest human rights organization and the only one dealing with the entire spectrum of human rights and civil liberties issues in Israel. More about ACRI here.

The New Israel Fund is the leading organization committed to equality and democracy for all Israelis. Widely credited with building Israeli progressive civil society, we have provided millions of dollars to more than 850 organizations since our inception in 1979. More about NIF here.

October 21: KIND and Microsoft invite you to a Reception and Panel on the Child Migration Crisis

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Date: Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2015
Time: 6:30 – 8:30 PM
Location: Seattle Art Museum, 1300 First Ave., Seattle, WA 98101

On behalf of Kids in Need of Defense (KIND) and Microsoft Corporation, we invite you to join us on October 21st for a reception and a discussion focusing on the dramatic surge in unaccompanied immigrant and refugee children entering the U.S.  We will be joined by Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson as we discuss how KIND and its partners in Seattle are providing pro bono representation to growing numbers of vulnerable children.

During the program, we will present a clip from the documentary “La Prenda” (The Pawn) which highlights the pervasive sexual and gender-based violence in Guatemala, and the impunity that allows perpetrators to suffer few, if any, consequences. The film tells the stories of three victims, one of whom was matched by KIND with a pro bono attorney after she fled Guatemala and made her way to the U.S. Astrid was 14 years old when she was drugged, kidnapped, and raped. The film highlights the protection needs of girls escaping this violence and the reasons they must flee to survive.

We look forward to an interesting and informative evening!

To reserve your tickets, click here.

New government jobs, political opportunities, and more!

King County Office of Equity and Social Justice – Inclusion Officer

The Office of Equity and Social Justice, established in 2015, serves to: embed an equity lens in all decision-making processes and business and organizational practices; improve county community engagement and inclusion practices; lead and support regional efforts to advance equity and social justice; support equity and social justice capacity-building internally and externally through trainings and other efforts; promote accountability and organizational advancement towards equity.

The Inclusion Manager will lead the effective development of inclusive government practices, engagement with and among communities, strengthening of networks via communication and collaboration with internal and external partners to support both King County and community goals and priorities, improve interagency coordination and develop and implement tools county-wide. Particular focus is on residents who have historically lacked a strong voice and influence in local government, including communities of color, limited-English speaking populations and low-income residents. A major goal of this position will be to implement the next steps and recommendations advanced in the 2014 Limited-English Proficiency (LEP) Proviso Report. For additional information please visit our website: http://www.kingcounty.gov/equity. Success for this position will involve creating new and effective ways for King County to work with communities and advancing systems and policies to support historically under-served communities.

The Office of Equity and Social Justice values diverse perspectives and life experiences. The Office encourages people of all backgrounds to apply, including people of color, immigrants, refugees, women, LGBTQ, people with disabilities, and veterans.

APPLICATION PROCESS:  This opportunity is open to all qualified applicants. Please apply online at www.kingcounty.gov/jobs, or submit your resume with cover letter detailing your interest and qualifications to seth.watson@kingcounty.gov.  Call him at 206-477-5330 if you have additional questions regarding this opportunity.

BROOKYLN LEGAL SERVICES SEEKS DIRECTOR FOR HOUSING LAW UNIT

Brooklyn Legal Services seeks a Director for its Housing Law Unit. The Housing Law Unit preserves affordable housing for Brooklyn’s low-income communities by preventing evictions, collaborating with community based organizations, and commencing affirmative litigation to challenge abusive and discriminatory behaviors that displace low-income families and eliminate affordable housing. The Unit is expanding its anti-displacement advocacy, focused on supporting Brooklyn communities facing rapid gentrification. Recent affirmative cases and community projects include a Fair Housing case against a landlord with a record of harassing Black tenants, numerous cases that seek to maintain the affordability of buildings that received tax breaks, and a coordinated litigation campaign to protect rent regulated tenants in buildings in foreclosure.  Please see complete announcement attached.

Applicants should send a cover letter, resume, and two writing samples to bkhiring@sbls.org. Please write “Housing Director” in the subject line of the email. For more information, please contact Meghan Faux, Acting Project Director, at mfaux@sbls.org or (718) 246-3276

City of Seattle -Special Advisor on Homelessness (Strategic Advisor 3)

The City of Seattle Human Services Department (HSD) is seeking an experienced executive to serve as the Special Advisor on Homelessness with the Director’s Office. Reporting to the Director, this position will provide strategic leadership to the department and the city in efforts to align strategy and resources to address and end homelessness. This position will not directly provide operational management or oversight.

The Seattle Human Services Department is one of the largest contributors to Seattle’s safety net, investing $99 million annually through 522 contracts to nearly 200 agencies that support the most vulnerable residents in the region.The Department works closely with its community partners, including other public and non-profit funders and services providers, to understand current and emerging human service needs, and to create and invest in a comprehensive and integrated regional service delivery system.

The Department’s work is carried out through resource planning, grant making, and direct services to ensure that youth are prepared for school and life, our community is safe, stable and self-reliant, and our community promotes healthy aging and lifestyles. The Special Advisor on Homelessness will engage in professional work in the planning, analysis and coordination of strategy related to the department’s work to address and end homelessness.  He/she will serve as a key advisor to senior officials, and/or make recommendations which help shape significant City policies or programs, and/or represent the City in strategic arenas, without having full accountability for managing resources to achieve specific outcomes.

For more information on the Human Services Department, please visit: www.seattle.gov/humanservices. Job offers are contingent on the verification of credentials and other information required by the application process including the completion of a background check which includes criminal history.

SERVICE EMPLOYEES INTERNATIONAL UNION – SEIU LAW STUDENT PROGRAM INTERNS AND EXTERNS

SEIU is a progressive, dynamic and growing labor organization representing over 2 million members in the United States, Puerto Rico and Canada, principally in the property service, public service, and health care fields. Attorneys in SEIU’s Legal Department engage in innovative lawyering to further the organization’s interests in organizing new workers, improving working conditions, engaging in political action, and achieving social justice. This includes representation of SEIU in litigation before courts and administrative agencies involving the National Labor Relations Act, the Fair Labor Standards Act, election campaign finance laws, and local and state labor relations statutes.

 Law clerks and externs in the SEIU Legal Department conduct legal research and draft legal memoranda, work with attorneys on pending litigation, attend hearings and conferences, and meet with union leaders.

 Generally, law clerks and externsare assigned towork in the Legal Department in Washington, D.C. However, a full-time law clerk may be assigned to work at a field location. One or more of the summer clerks will be selected through the Peggy Browning Fund (www.peggybrowningfund.org).

 Law clerks are paid $22/hour. Externs receive credit from their law schools. We are interested in candidates with a demonstrated commitment to workers’ rights and social change. The successful applicant will have a strong academic background with excellent writing and researching skills. Completion of the basic labor law course is not required, but applicants who have taken it should so note on the application.

 To apply for this opportunity include:

  • a cover letter that contains references
  • resume
  • short writing sample
  • law school grades

Submit all of the required materials at the same time.

ENVIRONMENTAL LAW FOUNDATION (OAKLAND, CA) – 2015 Fall Legal Internship

ELF is looking for one or more legal interns to work on a part- or full-time basis during the fall of 2015. We highly value interns’ contributions and we’re looking for someone who’s ready to produce legal work at a high level.

ELF’s legal interns will assist in all aspects of litigation on our docket. Generally, the interns will be conducting legal research and drafting memos, briefs, discovery and/or pleadings. To the extent feasible, the interns will also attend hearings and settlement meetings. The interns will work closely with a staff attorney who will supervise their work and provide feedback. Because of our small size and fast-paced environment, interns will be heavily involved in all aspects of our work, from strategy meetings to brief writing. We are proud that we can offer interns the opportunity to do real, substantive, important work. 

Applications should include a cover letter, resume, list of references, and a writing sample that is entirely your own work. Legal writing, such as a memo or a portion of a brief composed for an internship, is preferable to academic writing. To apply, please contact Nathaniel Kane at nkane@envirolaw.org. The position will be open until filled. No calls please.

 Due June 12: Political Director – Friends of Dow Constantine

Friends of Dow Constantine is the campaign organization for King County Executive Dow Constantine. In 2009, FODC prevailed in an 8-way, open-seat race for King County Executive, defeating Susan Hutchison in the general election, while raising $1.3 million. In 2013, FODC prevailed again, defeating Alan Lobdell by a margin of nearly 50 points, while raising nearly $1 million.

FODC is looking for a self-motivated, organized and focused full-time Political Director to manage FODC organizational responsibilities with the guidance of the candidate and senior advisors. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Manage and maintain a database of supporters. This includes donors as well as subscribers who receive emails from FODC;
  • With the guidance of senior advisors, and in cooperation with contracted fundraising firm, manage and coordinate fundraising activities, including scheduling events, email communications, adherence to monthly/quarterly goals;
  • Manage and coordinate outreach activities, including scheduling political events;
  • Draft communications to constituents and donors;
  • Staff Executive Constantine at certain events;
  • Represent Executive Constantine at events he cannot attend, but at which he wishes to have a FODC presence;
  • Other duties as assigned.

Interested applicants should submit a cover letter and resume to info@dowconstantine.com by 5pm on Friday, June 12th.

Due July 17: THE KURLAND GROUP – Fall Internships 2015

The Kurland Group, a boutique LGBTQ civil rights law firm, is accepting applications for 2015 Fall Semester legal interns at its office in Manhattan.

Qualifications

Requirements include  (1) at least one year of law school completed, (2) excellent legal research and writing skills, and (3) dedication to providing legal services to the LGBTQ community.

Application Instructions:

Please send resume and cover letter by email to kagan@kurlandassociates.com with subject of email: “Fall Internship 2015.”

Contact Information:

Erica T. Kagan
kagan@kurlandassociates.com
160 Broadway
East Building – 11th Floor
New York, NY 10038

Application Deadline: 07/17/2015 – See more at: https://www.psjd.org/opportunitydetails?OppID=59626&SearchTypeID=2&Keyword=fall 2015&sortBy=PostDate&Search=Y#sthash.bed8QEk5.dpuf

ORAM Publishes Report Amidst Debates on Uganda’s Possible Re-Introduction of the Anti-Homosexuality Bill

Disability Rights Washington Seeks Mental Health Advisory Council Members

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Disability Rights Washington (DRW) is a private non-profit organization that protects the rights of people with disabilities statewide. Our mission is to advance the dignity, equality, and self-determination of people with disabilities. We work to pursue justice on matters related to human and legal rights.

Volunteers who serve on our Board and councils are critical to our work. We are reaching out to encourage people to serve on our Mental Health Advisory Council.

For more about the role of the MHAC, click here. 

Missed the Careers in Public Policy Panel on October 29th? Podcast Link Available Now!

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Did you miss the panel on October 29th about Careers in Public Policy?  Here’s your chance to watch the podcast.

Click here to download the materials.

Maryland Poor Deserve Free Attorneys in Family Law Cases, Panel Finds

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By: Madeleine List, Southern Maryland Online

“[A] state task force this month recommended assigning free lawyers in certain family-law cases, and spending nearly $8 million over four years to help the poorest Marylanders work through the complex court system.” “The Task Force to Study Implementing a Civil Right to Counsel in Maryland is a group of judges, attorneys, delegates and state senators that has been meeting since December to discuss the benefits of providing legal representation to low-income people involved in civil disputes.” “A bill, sponsored by Del. Sandy Rosenberg, D-Baltimore, outlining the task force’s recommendations, will be introduced to the legislature at the start of the next session, which begins on Jan. 14, said Dumais, who plans to co-sponsor the bill.”

Continue reading here.

As Uganda Debates the Re-Introduction of an Anti-Homosexuality Bill, ORAM Publishes a Comprehensive Country of Origin Report on the Conditions of LGBTI Individuals in the Country

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By: ORAM International

ORAM has published an extensive report titled “Country of Origin Report: Sexual and Gender Minorities – Uganda.” The unique report includes an extensive case law section, analyzing key asylum decisions in Ugandan LGBTI asylum cases from six jurisdictions worldwide.

This report is particularly timely. Ugandan LGBTI individuals and activists recount growing hostility and fear as Uganda debates re-introducing an “Anti-Homosexuality Bill,” while homosexuality remains criminalized under existing law. The Anti-Homosexuality Act, initially dubbed the ” Kill the Gays Bill,” was annulled by Uganda’s Constitutional Court in August 2014 on a parliamentary technicality. The Act imposed up to life imprisonment for same-sex sexual acts, and punished those who advocate for sexual minority rights or provide services to LGBTI people. Violence toward LGBTI individuals in Uganda has escalated, and many are fleeing the country.

Country of Origin reports are a critical tool for adjudicators and protection experts assessing risk of persecution, credibility, and availability of state protection in asylum and refugee claims. Building on its expertise and its deep understanding of the refugee field, ORAM demonstrates through this report that a nuanced and culturally-informed approach to sexual orientation and gender identity (SOGI) in Country of Origin Information (COI) will lead to more accurate adjudication of LGBTI asylum and refugee claims.

Download the full report here.