The Peggy Browning Fund has awarded 10-week summer fellowships to Madison Brown and Kelly Skahan, both of whom are second-year students at the University of Washington School of Law. Peggy Browning Fellows are distinguished students who have not only excelled in law school but who have also demonstrated their commitment to workers’ rights through their previous educational, work, volunteer and personal experiences
Read the press release here.
Due June 23: U.S. Department of Justice Career Information Fair
The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) is hosting a Career Information Fair on Thursday, July 13, 2017. From 3:00 – 4:00 p.m. the event is open to a limited number of law students who are working in DC this summer.
The Career Information Fair is an opportunity for students interested in volunteer internships, the Honors Program (HP), or Summer Law Intern Program (SLIP) to learn more about the many offices and components in DOJ. There is no interviewing at the fair. Attendees are encouraged to visit with representatives from various DOJ components, learn about the interesting and unique work of each office, and ask specific questions about volunteer, HP, and SLIP positions. The HP and SLIP applications open on July 31 and close on September 5, 2017.
RSVP information can be found here.
Due July 14: Ropes and Gray, Roscoe Trimmier Jr. Diversity Scholarship
Application Deadline: Friday, July 14, 2017
Ropes & Gray has long been a proponent of law firm inclusion and diversity, dedicated to attracting and retaining outstanding lawyers of varied backgrounds.
The scholarship is designed to help offset law school costs for members of populations historically underrepresented in the legal profession. The scholarship provides $25,000 (less required income and payroll taxes) and a summer associate position to up to five 2Ls. Application deadline July 14.
Legal Services Corporation’s 2017 Justice Gap Study finds 86 percent of low-income Americans’ civil legal issues get inadequate or no legal help.
The Legal Services Corporation (LSC) contracted with NORC at the University of Chicago to help measure the justice gap among low-income Americans in 2017. NORC conducted a survey of approximately 2,000 adults living in households at or below 125% of the Federal Poverty Level (FPL). This report presents findings based on this survey:
- In the past year, 71% of low-income households experienced at least one civil legal
problem, including problems with domestic violence, veterans’ benefits, disability
access, housing conditions, and health care.
- 1 in 4 low-income households has experienced 6+ civil legal problems in the
past year, including 67% of households with survivors of domestic violence or
86% of the civil legal problems reported by low-income Americans in the past year receivedinadequate or no legal help.
At UW Law, we believe that members of the legal community have an obligation to help reduce barriers to access to justice. Providing high quality pro bono legal services to low-income clients and other under-represented groups is paramount. To this end, the UW Law School’s Pro Bono Program and Honors Society recognizes members of our law school community (students, faculty and staff) who commit to providing high quality pro bono legal assistance and community service. We encourage law students to provide at least 70 hours of law-related pro bono assistance by graduation (30 hours for LLM and PhD students). By providing training, support, resources, opportunities and leadership development to our students, the program ensures that future lawyers are prepared and ready to fulfill the promise of equal justice.
Pro Bono Student of the Year: Baily Mullins
Pro Bono Faculty/Staff Member of the Year: Zhar Said
Community Service Staff Member of the Year: Kaitlyn Bunker
2L Pro Bono Student of the Year: Ari Robbins
1L Pro Bono Student of the Year: Ester Garcia
Student Pro Bono Honors Society Recognition
Faculty/Staff Pro Bono & Community Service Recognition