Peggy Browning Fellowships, LSC 2017 Justice Gap Report, 2017 UW Law Pro Bono Honors Society!

Two University of Washington Law Students Awarded Prestigious Peggy Browning FellowshipsPeggy Browning Fund

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

RSVP Deadline:  Friday, June 23, 2017

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.

Learn more here and here.

Legal Services Corporation’s 2017 Justice Gap Study finds 86 percent of low-income Americans’ civil legal issues get inadequate or no legal help.LSC Logo

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
    sexual assault.
  • 86% of the civil legal problems reported by low-income Americans in the past year received
    inadequate or no legal help.

    Read the full report here, and the Executive Summary here.

Congratulations to the 2017 Members of the UW Law Pro Bono Honors Society!

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

Alexander Maddisson
Armstrong-Hann Kelsey
Atchley James
Avila Lesly
Bortes Corneliu Nicolae
 Bramwell Lauren
Brodsky Lena
Brown Neil S.
Budinick Jennifer
Burden Hathaway
Burton Alexandra
Carter Erin Diann
Chopra Nyssa P.
Danch Siana
Daugherty Laura
de Silva Ada
Degner Barry
Diagana Ndiabou
Estrada Bruna
Faoro Ana
Flood Madeline
Foster Gabriel
Garcia Ester
Geyer Martha
Govindaraju Varsha
Hamann Serena
Harper Alison
Hayes Joseph
Howell Alexis
Hoy Miki
Huang Phoebe
Infeld Lucy
Ishida Yutaka
Jaccard Christina
Johnson Lillian
Kartman Martina
Kaufman Annika
Kelly Kaitlyn
Legens Brady
Louie Mikaela
Mann Travis
McDonnell Alicia
McDorman Camille
McKevett Steven
Mitchell Olivia
Moore Muriel
Muldowney Martha
Mullikin Cody
Mullins Baily
Musto Jeffrey
Nyden Katharine
Oborn Aaron P.
Page Ellie
Patlan Sandra
Peterson Derek Douglas
Phair Desiree
Pontusson Clive
Posnock Sophia Rose
Pryjmak Jane
Puckett Jessica D.
Raszler Emily
Reed Katy
Reese Roxanne
Robbins Ari
Ross Saranda
Ruiz Susana
Russell David
Salerno Leah
Sanchez Ava Elizabeth
Saperstein Michelle
Saucedo Michelle Alexandra
Shamrell-Harrington Kelsey
Shattuck Katherine
Sidles Alex
Smith Sarah
Soden Caitlin
Sperstein Michelle
Sweeney Rebecca
Topp Gina
Traves Peter
Vaudrey September Michelle
Velloso Tadeu
Walker Valerie
Wang Xiaoyang
Waxwing Danny
Weaver Logan Strathern
Willis Catherine
Wong Zoe Alexandria
Yoshimura Kiri
Zeer Sammy

Faculty/Staff Pro Bono & Community Service Recognition

Berry Melissa
Bunker Kaitlyn
Calandrillo Steve
Halasz Benjamin
Hom Lenny
Howard Maureen
Ortiz Olivia
Price Terry
Raigrodski Dana
Said Zhar
Spangler Ann

University of Pennsylvania Law Review taking submissions for Public Interest Essay Competition

Attention UW Law Students! UW Pro Bono Honors Society deadline is right around the corner: Monday, May 9!

taupc7ah_400x400It is that time again: at the Center for Public Service Law we know that many of you have put in significant volunteer hours in your community and for causes you believe in. 2016 marks the fifth year that the Pro Bono Honors Society recognizes the public service efforts by all members of our UW Law community. Few law schools recognize the pro bono work of their faculty and staff together with students and we are proud to be leaders in this effort.  

We know many of you are not in it for the “award”, and appropriately so.  However, what the UW Law Pro Bono Honors Society gives us the opportunity to tell the story of UW Law and what our commitment to public service really looks like.  We are also able to pull together resources to help future generations of students connect to the volunteer opportunities that resonate for them.  So please take the time to do this!  Your efforts are greatly appreciated.   

Please share this important message with your volunteers and peers!

Pro Bono Honors Society Deadline is Almost Here- Monday, May 9!

Between May 2015 and April  2016, did you:

  •  Volunteer for IFAP, IMAP, SYLAW, CHRJ App Help, or ELS research project?
  • Volunteer for an emerging student-led pro bono project such as Trans Health, Ed Law or Jail Rights Project?
  • Do law-related pro bono work for a community-based legal or public interest organization?
  • Volunteer as a case manager or leader for a student-led pro bono project?
  • Intern last summer for a public interest organization and didn’t get a summer grant, stipend or externship credit?
  • Volunteer for a community-based legal services organization working with underserved communities?

If you can answer YES to any of these questions you are likely eligible to participate in the UW Law Pro Bono Honors Society!

Submit your online form so that you can be recognized with fellow students, faculty and staff with a Pro Bono Service Award at graduation!

  • For complete information please click here.
  • First time participants should click here.
  •  Returning participants should click here.
  • Questions? Please email Aline Carton-Listfjeld at acarton@uw.edu.

University of Pennsylvania Law Review taking submissions for Public Interest Essay Competition.

footer_shield2xThe University of Pennsylvania Law Review is pleased to announce its second annual Public Interest Essay Competition. The Competition is a national writing competition for students’ and recent graduates’ articles on the topic of social justice and the public interest. The winner will be awarded a $5,000 grant to implement the public interest proposal advocated in the article.

For more information and complete rules, visit https://www.pennlawreview.com/PublicInterestEssayCompetition/

Period for submissions:
Submissions will be accepted from March 29, 2016 through June 20, 2016 at 5 PM.

Eligibility: The competition is open to current students (classes of 2016, 2017, or 2018) and recent graduates (classes of 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, or 2015) of ABA accredited American law schools.

Format: The essay must be an unpublished, original essay 6,000 words or less, including footnotes. It must be accompanied by a grant proposal of 800 words or less.

For complete contest rules and timeline, please visit https://www.pennlawreview.com/PublicInterestEssayCompetition/

Video as Evidence Field Guide is here!

vae_coverimage_text_700x340After in-depth research, field work, cross-sector collaboration, and (a whole lot of) writing, I’m excited to share with you the first Video as Evidence Field Guide.

At the core of WITNESS is our steadfast conviction that video is a uniquely powerful tool for human rights change. But citizen video doesn’t often reach a standard for it to be considered legal evidence; and simultaneously, legal systems around the world have been largely under-equipped to handle the influx of citizen footage made possible by today’s mobile technologies.

The goal of the Video as Evidence Field Guide to is bridge existing gaps so that citizens, activists, and lawyers can — together — use video more effectively for justice.

Leadership Academy Offers Innovative Curriculum to Equity and Justice Stakeholders

 By Joy Williams, Interim Co-Association Director, Advancement Department, Washington State Bar Association and Katharine Nyden, Pro Bono Coordinator, Blue Mountain Action Council

access_to_justice In early 2015 the Washington Equal Justice Community Leadership Academy (the Academy) welcomed its third cohort of legal aid providers and community partners from across the state to participate in a year-long training program. An initiative of the Access to Justice Board, the Academy offers an intentional and durable infrastructure that helps develop and sustain a broad, diverse, and deep network of leaders committed to equity and justices. Fellows are drawn from the Alliance for Equal Justice and community-based social justice organizations. The core curriculum is built on the Sargent Shriver National Poverty Law Center’s “Seven Leadership Competencies” model. Taught by Shriver Center consultants and alumni from previous cohorts, Fellows learn to apply these competencies at four levels of leadership: self, organization, the Alliance, and the equity and justice movement.

 Read Cohort III Fellows, Joy Williams and Katharine Nyden, share their personal experiences, greatest learning, and takeaways from the experience.

 For more information about the Academy and/or to be notified of the request for applications for Cohort IV (slated to begin in early 2017), please contact Jennifer Werdell at 206-914-9406 or wa.ejcla@gmail.com.