Interested in Doing Pro Bono Work This Year? Join the UW Pro Bono Honors Society

UW Pro Bono Program

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Interested in volunteering, but don’t know where to begin?  Check out the list of volunteer opportunities below:

Volunteer Opportunities

  • Pre-approved law related
  • Create your own
  • Attend the pro bono & externship fair

What the Pro Bono Program offers you:

  • Leadership development support
  • Trainings
    • This Saturday, 10/11 trainings:
      • 8:30 registration and light breakfast
      • Pro Bono Core Competencies training 9am-3pm room 127 (IFAP training 3-5:30)
      • Advanced Pro Bono Legal Assistance Training 9am-12pm room 117
      • Leadership Development Fundamentals Workshop 1-5:30pm room 117
  • Next Tuesday 10/14 Pro Bono & Externship Fair, 12:30-1:20pm in the Galleria- this replaces the SJT

UW Pro Bono Honors Society

Step 1: Training- this Saturday, October 11

  • First timers (1Ls, LLMs, some 2Ls): Attend Pro Bono Core Competencies Training, 8:30-3,  room 127
  • 2Ls & 3Ls:
    • Attend Advanced Legal Assistance Training, 8:30-12pm, room 117
    • Leadership Development Fundamental’s Training (optional), 1-5:30pm, room 117

Step 2: Reflect & Report online (stay tuned for updates)

    • Keep track of your hours- which orgs & type of work
    • Every April Report Pro Bono Hours
      • pre-approved volunteer opportunities
        • Report 10 hours for 1Ls
        • 30 hours for 2Ls, 3Ls, LLMs & PhDs
      • Reflective Essay
        • First timers: together when reporting hours, upload reflective essay on pro bono experiences

Step 3: Get Recognized

      • One award goes to a 1L, 2L, LLM, and 3L Pro Bono Student of the Year Award
      • Special notation at graduation as member of Pro Bono Honors Society if reported the following pro bono hours
        • 70 for JD grads
        • 30 for LLMs and PhD grads

Questions?

Contact Aline Carton-Listfjeld

Attention 2Ls and 3Ls! Do You Volunteer in the Community? Come Get Advanced Skills Training on Pro Bono Legal Assistance 10/11!

October 6: Global Mondays – Megan McCloskey on Advancing Women Leaders and Women’s Rights around the World: Vietnam & Rwanda

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12:30 – 1:20 PM
Gates Hall, RM 117

Megan McCloskey is the founding director and CEO of Lotus Circle, a non-profit organization committed to making equal rights for women and girls real. Megan’s focus is on international program development and research assistance to promote better understanding of local conditions for women around the world, improve impact assessment of legal reforms intended to benefit women, and support evidence-based advocacy.  She will highlight the status of women’s rights and women’s political participation and leadership in Vietnam and in Rwanda.

For more information, click here.

October 7: SJT – UW Pro Bono Program: Get Trained, Do Pro Bono, Make A Difference

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Learn about pro bono service and training right here at UW Law! Get the nuts and bolts about the Pro Bono Program and learn from fellow students about their experiences volunteering with the following:

  • Street Youth Legal Advocates of WA
  • CHRJ’s Asylum Application Help Project
  • Immigrant Families Advocacy Project
  • Environmental Law Society
  • Bridging the Gap/Moderate Means Program
  • Incarcerated Mothers Advocacy Project

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

RSVP by 12:00 pm Monday, October 6, 2014.

October 8: The Puget Sound Lawyer Chapter of the American Constitution Society and Free Speech for People present Corporations Are Not People: Reclaiming Democracy From Big Money And Global Corporations

Jeffrey Clements
Wednesday, October 8, 2014 – 5:30 PM
Perkins Coie LLC
1201 Third Avenue Suite 4900
Seattle, WA

Featuring:
Jeffrey Clements
Author, Corporations Are Not Peoples
President, Free Speech for People
To RSVP, click here.

October 9: FREE CLE “WSBA Pro Bono 101: How to be an Effective Pro Bono Advocate”

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Thursday, October 9, 2014
12:00 pm – 2:30 pm
2.5 Total Credits (1.75 General, .75 Ethics)
Webcast Only
Seminar Cost:  FREE!

While you may know your subject area, this CLE will cover what you need to know to effectively serve your pro bono clients. This CLE will provide participants interested in volunteering with the tools, knowledge and strategies needed to successfully engage in pro bono and public service.

IMPORTANT NOTE: In partnership with KCBA and under MCLE Regulation 103(f), this pro bono training allows for attorneys who volunteer with a Qualified Legal Service Provider to convert a minimum of four hours of pro bono work into four pro bono service CLE credits.

AGENDA:

  • RPC 6.1 Overview and Additional Rules to Support Your Pro Bono Effort
  • Ethical Rules and Considerations in Rendering Pro Bono Legal Services
  • Cultural Competencies: What to be aware of when working with clients who face
    • Mental or physical health barriers
    • Limited English Proficient barriers
    • Post-traumatic stress disorder
    • Living in a constant state of poverty
  • Strategies, tools and a Road Map to Effectively Communicate with Pro Bono Clients

Space is limited: Register online here.

October 11: Attention 1Ls! Pro Bono Legal Aid Core Competencies Training

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Get Trained. Do Pro Bono. Make a Difference Now.

Saturday, October 11, 2014
Room 127, 8:30am-3:00pm*

Thinking about volunteering for…

  • Bridging the Gap/Moderate Means Program (MMP)
  • Immigrant Families Advocacy Project (IFAP)
  • Street Youth Legal Advocates of Washington (SYLAW)
  • Incarcerated Mothers Advocacy Project (IMAP)
  • CHRJ’s Asylum Application Help Project
  • 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.

Time Agenda
8:30-9:00 Registration & Light Breakfast
9:00-10:50 Working Across Difference with Clients in Poverty
10:50-11:00 BREAK
11:00-11:30 Professionalism & Student Pro Bono Assistance
11:30-12:15 Basic Client Interviewing Skills
12:15-1:15 Lunch on your own
1:15-2:15 Crisis and Trauma in Clients
2:15-3:00 Pair up, Hypos & discussion
3:00-3:15 BREAK
3:15-5:30 IFAP training*

October 11: Attention 2Ls and 3Ls! Advanced Pro Bono Legal Assistance Workshop

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Saturday, October 11, 2014,
Room 117, 8:30am-12:00pm

  • Did you attend the Pro Bono Core Competencies Training last year?
  • Did you have public interest internship/externship or pro bono experience this past summer?
  • Have you been volunteering for IMAP, IFAP, SYLAW, Bridging the Gap/MMP or out in the community providing pro bono legal assistance?

Attendance required for UW Pro Bono Honors Society membership at graduation.

If you answered YES! then this is a great opportunity to reflect and engage in a deeper analysis to improve skills when providing pro bono legal assistance.

Topics include: lessons from the front lines in managing bias, cultural and cross difference competence as well as secondary trauma and compassion fatigue.

October 11: Attention Student Leaders! Leadership Development Workshop

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Saturday, October 11, 2014
1:00– 5:30pm, Room 117

  • Are you a student organization leader or member?
  • Want to learn how to better plan and run your organization?
  • Need some basic tips on how to get funding and plan events at UW Law?

Join us for some nuts and bolts tips and strategies addressing leadership and management fundamentals at UW Law and beyond. All students are welcome.

Topics include: Leadership theory; developing your mission, vision, values; how to use an organizing/strategy chart; best practices for student-led pro bono projects; SBA 101; event planning and funding at UW Law; facilitating meetings and difficult conversations.

These trainings are brought to you by: the UW Law Center for Public Service Law, UW Law Pro Bono Program, Immigrant Families Advocacy Pro-ject, Incarcerated Mothers Advocacy Project, Street Youth Legal Advocates of Washington at UW, Out-Laws, Environmental Law Society, CHRJ’s App Help Project & SBA.

October 14: ACLU of Washington – LFO Speaker Training

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Wednesday, October 14, 2014 at 5:30 – 7:30 PM
ACLU of Washington Offices (901 5th Ave, Seattle)

Legal Financial Obligations (LFOs) – fines and fees imposed by the court system on top of criminal convictions – are punishing people for being poor in Washington.  Our state’s system for imposing and collecting LFOs keeps people tied to the criminal system for decades and can even result in people being locked up because they lack the money – creating modern-day debtors’ prisons.

The ACLU of Washington will be training a group of speakers to help us educate impacted individuals and community members all across the state.  The group will learn about how LFOs impact individuals, from sentencing on, and identify the major problems with Washington’s LFO system.  Our goal is to shine light on a broken system and build momentum to enact a comprehensive overhaul of LFO laws that will end debtors prisons in Washington and make our criminal justice system more fair.

ACLU staff attorney Vanessa Hernandez will lead the presentation and provide supporting materials.  Following the training,  the ACLU will send out people to speaking engagements, depending on each person’s availability.

Dial-in access is available.  Dinner will be provided.

If you’re interested in participating, respond to jflodin@aclu-wa.org.

October 22: Columbia Legal Services Presents the 3rd Annual Pro Bono Celebration Honoring Partners for Justice

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Wednesday, October 22, 2014 at 5:00 PM
Impact Hub Seattle, 220 Second Ave South (Pioneer Square), Seattle WA 98104

Brief Program 5:30 PM – 6:00 PM
Drinks & Appetizers 5:00 PM – 6:30 PM

Catered by FareStart
Join us as we celebrate pro bono work and those who fight for justice in Washington.  This event is free to attend.

2014 PRO BONO HONOREES  

Lenell Nussbaum
Suzanne Lee Elliott
For their work on cases related to juvenile life without parole

Carey & Lillevik
For their representation of amici in appeals to establish a right to counsel for all children in foster care

Garvey Schubert Barer
For their longstanding partnership with Columbia Legal Services and commitment to justice for all

Kathleen Phair Barnard  of Schwerin Campbell Barnard Iglitzin & Lavitt LLP
For advancing the rights of farm worker families in northwest Washington

To RSVP, click here.  RSVP preferred by October 10, 2014.

January 23: Save the Date! Latino/a Bar Association of Washington (LBAW) 23rd Annual Awards Gala

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March 20-21: Register Now for the Citizen University National Conference – Pre-Sale Tickets Available

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In November we’ll announce the lineup of speakers and teachers at Citizen University’s annual conference and start early-bird registration. But today, we are offering friends like you a chance to buy “pre-sale” tickets at an even more discounted price.

Our annual national conference is like no other civic gathering in America. Hundreds of changemakers, activists, and catalysts show up to learn about power, build their networks, and recharge their sense of purpose. They come from across the country, the political spectrum, and a wide range of domains — from immigrant rights to national service, voting reform to veteran re-integration, civic education to Hollywood and tech. They are you.

This is a time when citizens are solving problems in new ways, bypassing broken institutions, stale ideologies, and polarized politics. We are part of a movement to rekindle citizenship in America. We hope you’ll join us!

The Center for Public Service law will coordinate a process to apply for the tickets.  Stay tuned for more info on this if you wish to attend.

To purchase your pre-sale tickets now, click here.

Rise Up! Restore the Dream on MLK Day, January 20th

January 20: Celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King’s Birthday

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January 21: Social Justice Tuesday- Global Health, Human Rights, and the Rights of the Child in Cambodia

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Hosted by:  Center for Public Service Law

·         Interested in legal and health issues in Cambodia?

·         Wondering how you could earn 10 credits while studying in Cambodia with the University of Washington?

·         Want to spend your summer developing research skills in human rights and international law, while creating an excellent writing sample?

Join us for a discussion on global health, human rights, and the rights of the child in Cambodia. Students will share about their research and experiences from last year, and information will be presented on the upcoming 2014 summer course!

 If you would like lunch please RSVP via Symplicity or gatespsl@uw.edu by 12:00 pm Monday, January 13th.  No RSVP for lunch accepted after 12:00 pm.

January 21: Clients in Crisis & Secondary Trauma Issues for Advocates

Recommended Readings:

Abby Anna Batko-Taylor & Melissa L. Shearer, Representing the Traumatized Client: the Case, the Client, and You, Voice for the Defense Online (2012)

Marjorie A. Silver, Dr. Sanford Portnoy, & Jean Koh Peters, Stress, Burnout, Vicarious Trauma, and Other Emotional Realities in the Lawyer/Client Relationship- A Panel Discussion, 19 Touro L. Rev. 847 (2004)

Crisis Trauma Training

January 23: UW Grad Student Networking Event

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Networking Reception: Grad Students, Postdocs, & Alumni

5:30-7:00pm, Kane 225

Want to develop your network but don’t know how to get started?  This is a unique opportunity for grad students and postdocs to chat with interesting graduate-level alumni – both inside and outside their academic field – in a safe and semi-structured environment.  Attendees will have the chance to practice their “elevator speech” and create new connections with 12-15 friendly graduate-degree holders who’ve found meaningful work and are eager to help others do the same by sharing tips, contacts, and maybe even some job leads.  All grad students and postdocs are encouraged to attend because “you just never know” if you’ll meet the person who leads you on a path to professional success – sometimes the person you least suspect could be helpful to you has the best advice and most extensive network!  And, best of all, the event will include food, beer, and wine…for FREE!   No registration required.  Sponsored in conjunction with the 10th annual Career Symposium for Grad Students & Postdocs in collaboration with the Graduate School and the Alumni Association. More details available at http://grad.washington.edu/profdev/symposium/

Among the many professionals slated to attend, if you’re interested in learning more about the Gates Foundation, don’t miss your chance to meet with Kate Lawyer.

Kate Lawyer works as an embedded consultant for the Agricultural Development team at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Kate’s work focuses on developing policies, partnerships, and institutional support to governments in West Africa. Prior to joining the Third Sector Intelligence, Kate earned her MPA from the Daniel J. Evans School of Public Affairs, where her coursework focused on NGO-management and program evaluation in the developing world. Kate completed this master’s program concurrent with spending three years in West Africa as a United States Peace Corps Volunteer. During her tenure in the Peace Corps, Kate served as a Municipal and Community Development Volunteer in Niger, working with rural mayoral offices to help execute community development plans that had been drafted jointly by the community’s local government and traditional authorities. Following two years in Niger, Kate spent a year in Senegal as a Program Assistant for a Senegalese-run non-governmental organization, providing services and programs to vulnerable children and underage workers. Kate has also traveled extensively throughout Latin America, including living for six months in Argentina researching the land rights of indigenous peoples in Patagonia. Kate holds a BA from the University of Washington in Spanish and Political Science. In addition to her Spanish background, Kate speaks Zarma, French, and basic Wolof.

February 21-22: Rebellious Lawyering Conference

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Join us for RebLaw2014 on February 21-22, 2014, at the Yale Law School in New Haven, Connecticut. Registration is now open at www.rsvpbook.com/reblaw2014.

The Rebellious Lawyering Conference is an annual gathering of law students, activists, and legal practitioners dedicated to legal work in the service of communities and social change movements and to challenging hierarchies of race, wealth, gender, and expertise within legal practice and education. Grounded in the spirit of Gerald Lopez’s Rebellious Lawyering, the conference is in its twentieth year and the largest student-run public-interest law conference in the U.S.

This year, the conference will bring together activists and attorneys for more than twenty panelsdiscussing struggles in environmental, economic, racial, gender, immigration, and criminal justice. Topics include campaign finance reform, food sustainability, the rights of sex workers, mobilizing among communities of color, feminist responses to the drug war, and defending radical animal rights activists. Attendees are also invited to participate in workshops on movement lawyering, anti-oppression strategies when working with clients, legal observation of protests, law school classroom hierarchies, and coping with vicarious trauma. We are honored to have Robin Steinberg, founder and executive director of the Bronx Defenders and Cristina Tzintzun, executive director of the Workers Defense Project as our keynote and endnote speakers.

Registration is $30 and includes a happy hour on Friday and lunch on Saturday. (Registration is free for Yale, Quinnipiac, and UConn law students, and New Haven residents.) For law students wishing to attend who may otherwise find hotel costs prohibitive, we do our best to coordinate housing with Yale Law student volunteers. The deadline to register for housing eligibility is January 31.

Questions? Email rebellious.law.questions@gmail.com. Find us on Facebook and Twitter. Register here.

April 4-6: Save the Date! 11th Annual Western Regional International Health Conference at UW

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The 2014 Western Regional International Health Conference is presented by: the WRIHC Student Committee, the UW chapter of GlobeMed, and the UW Department of Global Health

With generous support from: Child Family Health International; Global Good; Global WACh; International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission; OHSU Global Health Center; PNWU College of Osteopathic Medicine; PNWU Global Health Club; Seattle University College of Nursing; Simon Fraser University; University of Oregon African Studies Program; University of Oregon Department of Biology; University of Oregon Department of Human Physiology; University of Oregon Office of International Affairs Global Studies Institute;  UW Center for Global Studies; UW Department of Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies; UW Jackson School of International Studies, African Studies Program; UW Latin American and Caribbean Studies Program; UW Q Center; UW Women’s Center; and Washington Global Health Alliance

With additional co-sponsorship by: Greater Seattle Business Association; Health Alliance International; Pride Foundation; UC San Francisco; University of Colorado; UW Bothell; UW Center for Human Rights; UW Global Business Center, Foster School of Business; UW School of Nursing, International Programs; Washington State University

Register 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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Citizenship Day of Service Opportunity, Free Human Rights Webinar on Homelessness and ICCPR, plus much more

Volunteer Opportunity: Citizenship Day of Service

become a citizenLast year, there were an estimated 180,000 legal permanent residents living in Washington state who were eligible to apply for citizenship, but only about 17,000 naturalizations (less than 10%). Help expand access to citizenship by volunteering and spreading the word!

This is a great opportunity for law students to give back to their communities and practice their skills in the field.  Washington New Americans, a partnership of the State of Washington and OneAmerica, and the American Immigration Lawyers Association are hosting Citizenship Day on Saturday, October 26, 2013 at locations in Olympia, Des Moines, Wenatchee, and Pasco.

Citizenship Day is a day-long legal clinic where volunteer immigration attorneys, paralegals, law students and interpreters offer FREE assistance with citizenship applications.  This is one of the only free citizenship services left in Washington State and it is open to everyone.  Last year, over 375 volunteers helped more than 622 people become citizens!

Paralegal and law students assist immigration attorneys by meeting one on one with clients to help complete naturalization forms.  Students may NOT provide legal advice. Students will NOT be giving legal advice.  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 in Seattle on Thursday, October 10th.

This is a pre-approved volunteer opportunity eligible for the UW Law Pro Bono Honors Program. Student volunteers can sign up here.

Free Webinar- Cruel, Inhuman & Degrading: Homelessness in the U.S. Under the International Covenant on Civil & Political Rights

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Monday, October 7, 2-3pm EDT.

On September 3, the National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty released to the public a report, “Cruel, Inhuman, and Degrading: Criminalization of Homelessness in the U.S. under the International Covenant on Civil & Political Rights,” addressing concerns raised by the U.N. Human Rights Committee in its review of the U.S.

The report, co-authored with the Yale Law School Allard K. Lowenstein Human Rights Clinic, and endorsed by 23 other international, national, and local organizations, responds to a written question to the U.S. from the Human Rights Committee in March, as it prepares for its regular review of the U.S. for compliance with its human rights obligations, to take place on October 17-18 in Geneva, Switzerland.

The report clarifies that criminalization of homelessness, or penalizing homeless persons for basic life activities, such as sleeping, sitting, eating, or even going to the bathroom in public when they have no private alternatives, or targeting homeless persons for enforcement of other laws like jaywalking or littering, violates numerous rights under the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, a treaty ratified by the U.S. in 1992. It also discusses
violations of the right to vote, to family , and nondiscrimination.

Speakers include:

Eric Tars, National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty
Hope Metcalf, Yale Law School Allard K. Lowenstein Human Rights Clinic
Amy Sawyer & Liz Osborn, US Interagency Council on Homelessness

Come and learn about the rights involved, as well as the process of review by the U.N. Human Rights Committee and how you can make human rights real in your community.

FLOW Scholarship Applications Now Due

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The Filipino Lawyers of Washington will be awarding two $1,500 scholarships to law students attending a law school in Washington State. The Pangarap Scholarships are intended to recognize law students who have demonstrated significant commitment to community service, particularly service to the Filipino/Filipino American community.  The scholarship applicants do not have to be of Filipino descent.  Click here for the Scholarship Application Form which includes instructions and details about the scholarship, including key dates.

The deadline for submitting applications is Wed., Oct. 9. Please email abigail.daquiz@gmail.com with any questions.

Pangarap means to “dream and strive for a goal” in Tagalog, the language of the Philippines.

Farmworker Victory in Washington

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This past week, a Skagit County Superior Court judge issued the attached temporary restraining order requiring Sakuma Bros to remove security guards they had placed in worker housing, and to desist from conducting surveillance of workers in other ways. He found the presence of the guards “intimidating” and “chilling” to the workers’ rights to associate and organize under Washington labor law. The judge also scheduled a further hearing for October 8th. This is a big victory for the workers. The workers’ press release is also attached and some links are below.

Columbia Legal Services, along with Seattle firm Schwerin Campbell Barnard Iglitzin & Lavitt represented an individual worker and the workers’ group Familias Unidas por la Justicia. For more on this story click here and here.

Chiquita Seeks Dismissal in Columbian Case

By Curt Anderson, AP Legal Affairs Writer

BananaSeptember 21, 2013, Miami (AP) — Faced with potentially billions of dollars in legal liability, Chiquita Brands International is asking a federal appeals court to block lawsuits filed against it in the U.S. by thousands of Colombians whose relatives were killed in that country’s bloody, decades-long civil war.

The produce giant, which long had huge banana plantations in Colombia, has admitted paying a right-wing Colombian paramilitary group $1.7 million over a seven-year period. The Charlotte, N.C.-based company insists it was blackmailed into paying or risking violence against its own operations and employees, although in 2007 Chiquita pleaded guilty to U.S. criminal charges that it had supported terrorists. It paid a $25 million fine.

The Colombian lawsuits, consolidated for pretrial action before a federal judge in West Palm Beach, want Chiquita held liable for thousands of deaths at the hands of the AUC, the Spanish acronym for the right-wing United Self-Defense Forces of Colombia. The Colombian relatives have won several key pretrial rulings, but now Chiquita is taking its fight for dismissal to a new level.

In essence, Chiquita wants the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to dismiss the lawsuits because, the company claims, each murder cannot be tied specifically to the company. It’s not enough, Chiquita’s lawyers say in court papers, to assume the company’s payments to the AUC meant Chiquita knew about and supported those individual killings.

Read more here.

                       

2013 Pro Bono Honorees, Victory for Low-Income Litigants, WSBA Service Opportunities & Become a Mentor

Thank You and Congrats to the 2013 Pro Bono Honors Program Honorees

Award_ribbon_blue_1stCongratulations to Pro Bono Student of the Year Johanna Gusman! Johanna volunteered for the Seattle Women’s Commission, the UN Special Rapporteur, the UW International Human Rights Shadow Letter Writing Project and the UN High Commissioner for Refugees. In addition to her pro bono service hours, Johanna was recognized for her leadership of a pro bono student project. For a complete list of honorees please click here.

The Pro Bono Honors Program, a program of the Center for Public Service Law, encourages law students, faculty and staff to provide pro bono legal assistance to low-income communities; connects students to pro bono resources and opportunities; promotes leadership development; trains students on vital topics such as professionalism, cultural and cross-difference competency and secondary trauma/compassion fatigue; recognizes student pro bono work beyond the 60-hour public service graduation requirement; and promotes a culture of public service in the life of the law school and in the legal profession.

For more info on the Pro Bono Honors Program please click here.

State Supreme Court News: Victory for Low-Income Litigants

SupremeCourtJustices2013The State Supreme Court, in a unanimous decision, ruled that GR 34 requires that all fees and costs be waived for indigent litigants.  Congrats to our friends at Legal Voice and the Northwest Justice Project!

We hold GR 34 provides a uniform standard for determining whether an individual is indigent and further requires the court to waive all fees and costs for individuals who meet this standard. The rule was adopted to ensure that indigent litigants have equal access to justice. Any fees required of indigent litigants are invalid and must be waived under the rule.

Read the full decision here.

Community Representatives Sought for Law-Related Boards and Council

WSBA.jpegThe Washington State Bar Association seeks members of the public (including law students) to serve on four boards and one council for terms beginning October 1, 2013. Serving on a WSBA board or council is an excellent opportunity to get an insider’s view on how the practice of law is regulated in Washington State.

  • The Council on Public Defense addresses concerns about the quality of indigent defense services in Washington State.  Appointment is for a one-year term.
  • The Character and Fitness Board deals with matters of character and fitness bearing on qualifications of applicants for admission to practice law in Washington. The Board conducts hearings on the admission of any applicant referred to it for hearing, considers petitions for reinstatement after disbarment, and makes recommendations to the Board of Governors and Supreme Court regarding admission and reinstatement.  Appointment is for a three-year term. Hearings generally are held every month. Three of the 14-16 members of the Board are not lawyers.
  • The Disciplinary Board reviews lawyer discipline decisions. It is made up of four review committees; each committee has two lawyer members and one non-lawyer member. One committee meets each month to review requests for public hearing, admonitions, interim suspensions and other matters. The board meets six times a year as a full board.
  • The Lawyers’ Fund for Client Protection Board compensates clients who have suffered a direct financial loss caused by the dishonest conduct of a lawyer in connection with the practice of law. The Fund is funded by an annual assessment of members of the WSBA by order of the Washington State Supreme Court.
  • The Limited Practice Board oversees administration of, and compliance with, the Limited Practice Rule (APR 12) authorizing certain lay persons to select, prepare, and complete legal documents pertaining to the closing of real-estate and personal property transactions. The Board is responsible for the certification and regulation of limited practice officers (LPOs).

Applications are also being accepted for other boards which may have openings during the coming year.

Applications must be received at the WSBA offices by Friday, June 14, 2013. To apply, complete the application posted at http://bit.ly/rnvXKY and return it with your resume as directed on the form. Previous applicants should re-apply as applications expire after one year. Appointment letters for current openings will be sent in late summer. If you have questions, please email barleaders@wsba.org.

2L & 3L Volunteers Needed! Help Mentor 1Ls

Wise MentorMembers of the 3L class are teaming up with CPLD to launch a mentoring program for 1L students focused on career development.  The goal of this program is to provide 1L students with mentorship as they prepare to start their post-law school job search.  Additionally, the program allows upper class students to interact with 1L students, who they would not normally get the chance to know.

All 2L and 3L students are encouraged to apply to be a mentor.  We are especially in need of students who participated in OCI, and/or submitted applications for judicial clerkships and public service positions.  The time commitment is up to you.

To take part in the program, please respond to the questions in this catalyst survey: https://catalyst.uw.edu/webq/survey/josiem/202709

Attention 1L students: Look for an upcoming announcement about how you can sign up to be paired with a 2L or 3L mentor.

Questions? Contact Jeff DeGroot, degrootj@uw.edu, or Valerie Rickman, vrickman@uw.edu.

UW Law End-of-Year Celebration & Lunch, Sandy Relief Pro Bono Opportunities, New Human Rights Clinic & Tips on Skype Interviews

Law School End-of-Year Celebratory Lunch & Awards Ceremony

UWLawJoin Dean Testy for an ALL SCHOOL end-of-year celebratory lunch & program honoring student, staff and faculty awards achieved this year.

Awards presented at the program include the Dean’s Medals, SCALE Awards, Faculty Service Awards, Pro Bono Honors Awards, Olympia Quarter Fellows, SBA Awards, and more! 

Tuesday, May 14

Program: 12:30 – 1:20 p.m.

Gates Hall Terrace (weather permitting)

Lunch will be available before/after the program and include

  • Famous Dave’s BBQ (with vegetarian options)
  • Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream
  • Giveaways!

Hope to see you then to celebrate our success!

Hurricane Sandy Relief: Summer Pro Bono Opportunities for Law Students

TAG_Hurricane_Sandy_Spirit_NYNew Pro Bono Program at Touro Law Center on Long Island, New York

TLC currently developing pro bono placements for students from around the country who wish to participate in the urgent work of our ongoing hurricane relief efforts.

As a consequence of Hurricane Sandy last October, Long Islanders have been besieged by numerous legal problems: environmental, zoning and permit issues, FEMA appeals, insurance appeals, foreclosure matters, contractor fraud, consumer complaints, landlord tenant problems, unemployment and homelessness, just to name a few.

Starting this summer and going through the fall we are sponsoring a “boots on the ground” effort to survey the legal needs of hurricane survivors across Long Island.  In a two pronged approach we will be placing law students in community centers as well as having students going door to door, to try to learn how well government and other agencies have been able to meet the legal needs of individuals and families in the wake of Hurricane Sandy.  In addition to gaining an understanding of how legal services have been provided to date, the survey will seek out those who, whether because of age, disability or for other reasons are unable or afraid to access the help they may need.

While this is an enormous undertaking, it will also provide a valuable opportunity for students to see, in a very dramatic way, the importance of providing access to legal services for all segments of society.

For students who wish to be admitted in New York, a summer’s worth of pro bono would meet the 50 hour rule of the Office of Court Administration for admission to the bar.  For more info email Deidre Byrne.

Want a Hands-On Course in International Human Rights? Apply for the UW Law Human Rights Clinic/Practice Seminar

Eleanor_Roosevelt_and_Human_Rights_DeclarationHuman Rights Clinical/Practice Opportunity for 2013-2014

2 Credits Winter/2 Credits Spring

Professors Ramasastry and Rosenbaum

Note:  Students must enroll in Human rights Advocacy in the Autumn Quarter, unless excused by one of the professors, for good cause.

Description: The course will provide students with hands on experience in addressing problems in international human rights.   Students will engage in research and potential case work focused on human rights projects in fields relating to business and human rights, on topics such as information technology and human rights, human trafficking in global supply chains and indigenous people’s rights in relation to mining and other industrial development in Latin and Central America. Students will test, develop and enhance their skills training in the context of real-world human rights practice. This work will involve partnerships with attorneys, human rights organizations, community-based organizations in the U.S. and abroad, international NGOs and solidarity networks, and human rights experts from the U.S. and abroad.

Please submit an electronic version of your application to Professor Ramasastry (arama@uw.edu) by Friday May 10 at   5 p.m.

Interview Tips: How to Handle Phone and Skype Interviews

Skype-iconHere’s the lastest from the National Jurist Blog.

By Hillary Mantis

If you have been searching for a job out of state, chances are you have been offered a phone or Skype interview. But how do you impress the interviewers, when you are not even in the same room? Without eye contact and a firm handshake, how do you establish rapport? Here are some thoughts on how to handle a phone or Skype interview without stressing out.

Set up your interview space:
It is important to have a quiet, calm space from which to conduct the interview. Obviously, you should not attempt to conduct the interview walking down the street, or outside. A former student of mine actually had her first interview with a firm while walking through Central Park in New York. Guess what? Their conversation got cut off. Fortunately for her, it all worked out, and in the end she got the job. But it was unnecessary stress that she could have avoided by calling from a room with good reception. I would strongly recommend using a landline if possible, to avoid any cell phone problems that might crop up. Read on here.

Celebrate Pro Bono at UW Law! October 17, 2012

UW Law students, faculty and staff take note:

Pro Bono & Externship Fair

 Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Kickoff Session Panel Presentation:

“Why Pro Bono?”

12:30-1:20 p.m. Room 133

 Featuring Professor Kimberly Ambrose, David Donnan, Washington Appellate Project

and 3Ls Courtney Skiles and Jesse Woo

 “Table Talk” networking and fair: 1:30 – 3:30 p.m.

Gates Hall Galleria & Room 115

 Participating Agencies include:

ACLU of Washington * Associated Counsel for the Accused * Center for Children & Youth Justice * Disability Rights Washington * Eartjustice * Eastside Legal Assistance Program * Heart of America Northwest * Legal Voice * King County Pro Bono Services * Moderate Means Program * Multi-Care Health System * Northwest Defenders * Northwest Health Law Advocates * Northweset Immigrant Rights Project * Pierce County Dept. of Assigned Counsel * Pierce County Prosecuting Attorney * Pierce County Superior Court * UW Student Led Pro Bono Projects * Seattle City Attorney Criminal Division * Seattle Art Museum * Seattle Symphony * Seattle Community Law Center * Snohomish County Public Defender Association * US Federal Trade Commission * US Dept of Housing & Urban Development * AND MANY MORE!!!