Are You Looking for a Career in Public Service? Register Now for the NW Public Service Career Fair!

Northwest Public Service Career Fair Registration Now Open

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Seattle
Date: Friday, February 5, 2016
Time: 10:00 – 10:30 AM Student/Employer Check-In
Location: LeRoux in the Student Center at Seattle University

Portland
Date: Saturday, February 6, 2016
Time: 10:00 – 10:30 AM Student/Employer Check-In
Location: Templeton Center at Lewis & Clark College

For twenty-six years, the NW Public Service Career Fairs have linked law students and alumni with opportunities to make a difference.  We typically have more than 50 non-profits and government offices and more than 500 students and alumni from our 11 NW Consortium schools participating in the fairs.

To register, click here.

AG Shines a Light with Updated Open Governmental Manual

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OLYMPIA — Today Attorney General Bob Ferguson announced that his office has updated its online Open Government Resource Manual summarizing Washington’s sunshine laws.

The 2015 publication modernizes the prior manual to reflect the past several years’ developments in the state’s Public Records Act and Open Public Meetings Act, and court decisions interpreting those laws. The manual was last revised in 2007.

“I am committed to enhancing transparency in government,” Ferguson said. “Open government is vital to a free and informed society, and this updated guide will help both public officials and the people they serve understand our state’s public disclosure laws.”

The manual includes summaries of and links to relevant statutes, court decisions, formal Attorney General Opinions, and Public Records Act Model Rules.

To access the manual, click here.

Attended the October 17th Pro Bono Core Competencies Training? We Want Your Feedback!

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Thank you for attending this year’s training. Our goal is to offer UW law students the opportunity to access some of the basic and fundamental tools and skills associated with providing direct law-related pro bono assistance to underserved and marginalized communities. We welcome you honest feedback and your participation in helping us plan next year’s training.

Please complete this very brief survey here.

For Offenders Who Can’t Pay, It’s a Pint of Blood or Jail Time

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By Campbell Robertson | The New York Times | Photo credit Dave Martin/Associated Press

MARION, Ala. — Judge Marvin Wiggins’s courtroom was packed on a September morning. The docket listed hundreds of offenders who owed fines or fees for a wide variety of crimes — hunting after dark, assault, drug possession and passing bad checks among them.

“Good morning, ladies and gentlemen,” began Judge Wiggins, a circuit judge here in rural Alabama since 1999. “For your consideration, there’s a blood drive outside,” he continued, according to a recording of the hearing. “If you don’t have any money, go out there and give blood and bring in a receipt indicating you gave blood.”

For those who had no money or did not want to give blood, the judge concluded: “The sheriff has enough handcuffs.”

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Interested in Pro Bono This Year? Come Attend the Pro Bono Core Competencies Training Tomorrow!

October 16: Columbia Legal Services and Social Justice Film Festival Present “Food Justice Film Festival”

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Date: Friday, Oct. 16, 2015
Time: 6:00 – 9:00 PM
Location: University Christian Church

Check out this powerful preview of our upcoming film festival about food justice – if you are what you eat, come see how we can all do better! Columbia Legal Services is teaming up with the Social Justice Film Festival to produce a Food Justice Film Festival October 16th. 

For more information, click here.

October 17: Pro Bono Legal Aid Core Competencies Training

Date: Saturday, Oct. 17, 2015
Time: 8:00 AM – 3:30 PM
Location: William Gates Hall, RM 138

2015 Pro Bono Core Competencies Training FlyerAll UW Law students are welcome! Lunch provided. Please bring your laptop for a brief online exercise. Learn more about the UW Pro Bono Honors Society here.

October 19: Immigration Application Assistance Project (“App Help”) Training

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Date: Monday, Oct. 19, 2015
Time: 5:30 – 7:30 PM
Location: William H. Gates Hall, RM 212

Are you interested in immigrant rights?  Want to learn more about the asylum process through direct interaction with detainees at the Northwest Detention Center?  This is your chance!

Come join the Center for Human Rights and Justice in this mandatory training for the “App Help” Project.  Food will be provided.

If you have questions, please contact Clive Pontusson at cponstuss@uw.edu.

October 20: Social Justice Tuesday – Rule of Law and Judicial Reforms: Perspectives from the Kenyan Experience with Judiciary Transformation

Date: Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2015
Time: 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
Location: William H. Gates Hall, RM 138

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October 27: Equal Justice Works – Free Upcoming Educational Debt Relief Webinar

Date: Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2015
Time: 3:00 PM EDT
Location: Online

EJW LogoA 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.

To register for “JDs in Debt: What Law Students & Lawyers Need to Know about Managing Student Debt & Earning Loan Forgiveness,” click here.

October 27: You’re Invited to a Webinar on Volunteer Legal Internships with the U.S. Department of Justice

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Date: Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2015
Time: 12:00 PM EST
Location: Webinar

Hosted by: Rena J. Cervoni, Deputy Director and Trisha A. Fillbach, Assistant Director Office of Attorney Recruitment and Management

In this brief 30 minute session, we will discuss our Volunteer Internship Program, application process, and answer your questions about opportunities.  You have two chances to attend the webinar.

Please RSVP to Rae.Alston@usdoj.gov for one session by Friday, October 23, 2015.  Please include your name, school, and the date you choose to attend.

Tuesday, October 27, 2015 at 12:00 PM EST or Thursday, October 29, 2015 at 3:00 PM EST

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.

Don’t Miss Our First Annual Pro Bono Core Competencies Training on October 12 and Other Pro Bono Goodies

October 8: Social Justice Tuesday- Pro Bono Service & Pro Bono Honors Program Info Session

sjtlogoLearn about pro bono service and training right here at UW Law!

Get the nuts and bolts about the Pro Bono Honors Program and learn from fellow students about their experiences volunteering with the following:

  • Immigrant Families Advocacy Project (IFAP)
  • Incarcerated Mothers Advocacy Project (IMAP)
  • Street Youth Legal Advocates of WA (SYLAW)
  • International Treaty Monitoring Project (ITMP)
  • GreenLaw
  • And more!

 If you would like lunch please RSVP via Symplicity or gatespsl@uw.edu

RSVP by 12:00 pm Monday, October 7, 2013.

The University of Washington is committed to providing access, equal opportunity and reasonable accommodation in its services, programs, activities, education and employment for individuals with disabilities. To request disability accommodation, contact the Disability Services Office at least ten days in advance at: 206.543.6450/V, 206.543.6452/TTY, 206.685.7264/FAX, or by e-mail dso@u.washington.edu.

October 8: State Court System Under Funding

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Tuesday, October 8,  2-3pm EST

Voice America Internet Radio will present a show on the underfunding of our state court systems hosted by Pam Hill.  Chief Justice Christine Durham, former Chief Justice of Utah; Dan Hall, Vice President of the National Center for State courts; and Steve Puiszis, Chair of the Defense Research Institute’s Judicial Task Force, will be participating.  Panelists are expected to discuss the extent to which budget cuts have affected the ability of litigants to access the courts, the strategies courts have taken to deal with shortfalls, and the principles by which courts should operate and be funded.

October 11: PSL Career Building Workshop Series Kick Off

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October 11: International Treaty Monitoring Project Info Session & Training

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October 12: Pro Bono Core Competencies Training- Yes, It’s a Saturday!

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