EJW 2017 Conference with US Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg; Student Debt Relief Basics; Kids in Need of Defense (KIND): How to Prepare for Dependency Review Hearings; Volunteer for Citizenship Day!

Deadline September 13: Equal Justice Works 2017 Conference and Career Fair featuring U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader GinsbergEJW Logo

Application Deadline: Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Date:  Thursday and Friday, October 27 & 28, 2017

Location: Arlington, VA

Students and recent graduates can interview with 165+ public interest employers from across the country including non profits, public defender offices, government agencies and more! Click here for the latest list. The deadline to apply for prescheduled interviews is September 13.. Students may have their résumé reviewed by trained professionals and take part in inspiring conference workshop sessions including this year’s conversation with U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on Friday afternoon. We recognize that one of the biggest hurdles to attending the Conference & Career Fair is affording the trip to DC so this year we’re helping students connect for carpooling and hotel sharing and the first 500 registered students will qualify for a chance to receive one of ten $100 travel stipends.

More information and register here.

EJW Webinar: Student Debt Relief Basics.

Date:  Thursday, August 24, 2017

Time:  12:00 pm

Location: Webinar

“On August 24th at 3:00 pm EST, we will have our latest educational free webinar, “Student Debt Relief Basics.” This free webinar will teach you about the various repayment plans, loan cancellation provisions, how to earn Public Service Loan Forgiveness, what to do if you are behind on your payments, and how to lower your loan payments using loan repayment assistance programs. You can join live or watch later. If you register prior to the live event, you will receive a recording in the 48 hours following the live version. Register for a free webinar today!

Free Podcast:  FTCA and Other Civil Rights Claims – Immigration Enforcement & Damages Actions Supreme Court Courthouse (c) Stockvault

Date:  Thursday, August 24, 2017

Time:  9am – 12 pm

Location:  Podcast (free)

Increased immigration enforcement is likely to include enforcement practices that give rise to damages action.  Claims under the Federal Tort Claims Act, Bivens, and Section 1983 are important tools to combat abusive enforcement practices and ensuring that federal and local law enforcement abide by their constitutional obligations. This program will give a general overview of each of these claims. PLI will also discuss employing a media strategy, in addition to litigation, to highlight abusive enforcement practices, as an advocacy tool in its own right. PLI will cover the legal standards and procedures to bring an administrative claim and both individual and impact litigation under the Federal Tort Claims Act.  PLI will similarly cover Bivens and Section 1983, as well as the defenses government defendants commonly raise in these cases.  This will include the types of conduct that can be challenged and the life of a damages claim from fact-gathering to judgment.

Register here.

Kids in Need of Defense (KIND): Quick Topic Webinar [Live]: How to Prepare for Dependency Review Hearings

Date:  Wednesday, September 13, 2017 

Time: 12-1 pm

Location:  Webinar.

Zaida Rivera, KIND Seattle Pro Bono Coordinating Attorney -Microsoft Fellow, will be presenting a live webinar on how to prepare for your client’s Dependency Review Hearings. After a client has been ordered a dependent on the State of Washington, the court is responsible for the client’s well-being. To ensure that a client’s needs are met, periodic review hearings are scheduled with the court every 6 months. Attorneys must prepare ISSPs and review hearing orders in advance of the review hearing, and present orders on the date the hearing is scheduled. To learn more about this process and your obligations, please join us for this live webinar. There will be an opportunity to ask questions as well.

Please RSVP online here.

KIND (Kids in Need of Defense): 2nd Annual Back to School Campaign

The campaign aims to highlight attorneys who are heeding the call to help unaccompanied immigrant and refugee children by providing pro bono legal representation to these children as the new school year begins.

As unaccompanied children are getting ready to start school, over 50% of them have no one to represent them in immigration court. With the help of an attorney, they can focus on their education and fulfill their aspirations for their future.  These are children living in Washington State like Otto, who arrived in the U.S. when he was 10 years old, escaping severe child abuse and threats from MS-13.  Otto was granted asylum right before going on a school camping trip with his class.  He went from having a childhood dominated by violence and fear, to living with the fear of being sent back into danger, to the rest of his childhood before him.

More info here.

OneAmerica: Volunteer for Citizenship Day Saturday, September 23, 2017OneAmerica Logo

Date: Saturday, September 23, 2017

Time: 8:30am-5:30pm

Locations: Renton, Renton Technical College; Wenatchee, Wenatchee Valley College; Pasco, Columbia Basin College

Volunteers needed at three Citizenship Day events in Washington in Renton, Wenatchee and Pasco

Citizenship Day  is a free, one-day legal clinic to help legal permanent residents apply for citizenship, and it’s hosted by AILA-WA, OneAmerica, and committed community partners statewide. Demand for naturalization services is higher than ever – in fact, N-400 filings in Washington State have increased nearly 30% on average, compared to the same quarter of last year! For many immigrants, U.S. citizenship is the best defense in uncertain times. Please join us for the day, and help hundreds of legal permanent residents take the first step.

Click here to sign up to volunteer, and more info here.

First Amendment and Media Law Diversity Moot Court Competition, Washington Leadership Institute open for applications, and more!

Due September 11:  The Tenth Annual First Amendment and Media Law Diversity Moot Court Competition

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Application Due:  Monday, September 11, 2017

This annual First Amendment and Media Law Diversity Moot Court, now in its tenth year, is designed to introduce minority law students to the practice of media law and to many of the lawyers who are active in the media law bar.

The team with the highest score for the final round of oral arguments will be the winner of the Competition. Each member of the winning team will receive $750. The finalist with the highest score for the final round of oral argument will be deemed “Best Oralist” and will receive $1,500. All students who attend the Annual Conference will have the opportunity to network with practicing media law attorneys from across the country and attend engaging and informative panels.

The ABA Forum on Communications Law invites qualified law students to apply to participate in the Tenth Annual First Amendment and Media Law Diversity Moot Court Competition. Final deadline to apply is Midnight, EDT, Monday, September 11, 2017

Learn more and apply here.

Due September 15: Washington Leadership Institute (WLI) Is Now Accepting Applications

Applications Due: Friday, September 15, 2017

The mission of the Washington Leadership Institute (WLI) is to recruit, train, and develop minority and traditionally underrepresented attorneys for future leadership positions in the Washington State Bar Association and legal community. The WLI is accepting application for the 2018 institute. Applications are due by September 15, 2017.

Learn more and apply here.

The International Trademark Association’s (INTA) Pro Bono Clearinghouse has officially opened to potential clients facing trademark issues in the US and Germany.Networking Image

“The clearinghouse had a pilot soft start on 1 January. In its current form, the clearinghouse offers a host of practitioners in the US and Germany that can help with trademark issues. Eligible clients will be matched with an INTA attorney to help guide them. The intended clients are low-income individuals and directors of non-profit or charitable organizations with low operating budgets that have no other option or don’t have access to legal advice in trademarks.”

Read more here.

Match site launches for progressive lawyers and non-profits

“President Donald Trump has inspired a new online dating service-between lawyers seeking pro-bono work and opposition non-profits in need of help. We the Action,   launching Friday, will be an online portal to connect lawyers with legal work waiting to be done, from reviewing leases and contracts to filing Social Security claims to potentially heading to court in immigration cases. Non-profits will be able to post the services they need, and search through online profiles created by attorneys detailing expertise and availability.”

Read more here.

Education Department delivers a troubling message about its loan forgiveness programImg fr. Oregon Courts: Signature

“In court documents filed late Monday, the federal agency reaffirmed earlier statements that borrowers could not rely on FedLoan Servicing, the company overseeing the Public Service Loan Forgiveness program, to accurately say whether they qualify for debt relief. The department’s position signals that there are no guarantees of loan forgiveness for people who have received assurances from the servicing company, a troubling realization for the hundreds of thousands of people participating in the program.” “‘Though the department’s contractor has made occasional errors in individual notifications to borrowers, it has corrected those errors,’ Education Department attorneys wrote in Monday’s filing.’Moreover, it has provided borrowers … ample opportunities to seek reconsideration of its decisions.’ The attorneys said the final decision on forgiveness is, and has always been, in the hands of the Education Department. That means borrowers will know for sure that their loans will be forgiven only after they have completed the 10 years of payments.”

Read more here.

Protecting At-Risk Children, KCBA Pro Bono Program, State Funding for Legal Aid Increased by $4.8M

Columbia Legal Services: Governor Signs Two Bills Protecting At-risk Children

“On July 6, 2017, Governor Jay Inslee signed two bills to better protect at-risk children in Washington. The first creates a pilot program allowing for abused and neglected children to better navigate the court system. The other creates a cabinet level agency to better coordinate services for children and families in the state.

Senate Bill (SB) 5890 improves the state’s foster system for both foster children and foster parents and funds a research project targeted at providing legal representation for children and youth in foster care.

“For children and youth in foster care, having an attorney means a greater chance to stay with family members, to spend less time in foster care, and to avoid homelessness,” said Hillary Madsen, staff attorney at Columbia Legal Services. “This study will provide critical information for lawmakers about the importance of attorneys.”

Read more here.

New Leadership for King County Bar Association’s pro bono programKCBA Logo

Anne Daly will be taking over leadership of the King County Bar Association’s pro bono programs. Anne has served as a past KCBA president (2013–14) who for the past 25 years has been with the Society of Counsel Representing Accused Persons, leading that public defense nonprofit since 1999. While her focus there has been on criminal defense for the indigent, her overall lifelong commitment to social justice and service to the marginalized in our community is inspiring.

A copy of a Bar Bulletin profile about Anne from 2013 is online here.

Legal Foundation of Washington: State Funding for Legal Aid Increased by $4.8MLogo for the Legal Foundation of Washington

“After a long six-month legislative session, the House and Senate finally agreed on a Fiscal Year 2017-2019 operating budget on Friday, June 30th. Late that night, Governor Inslee signed the budget to narrowly avoid a partial government shutdown. In a budget year when legislators struggled with issues such as education, mental health, and transportation, to receive a $4.8 million increase for legal aid (roughly a 20% increase in funding) is a gratifying result.

During FY 2017-2019, the new funding for legal aid will:

  • Create 15 new staffed civil legal aid attorneys;
  • Increase the capacity of pro bono programs across the state;
  • Invest in research and training for legal aid and pro bono attorneys; and,
  • Provide Northwest Justice Project attorneys with long overdue cost of living and salary adjustments.”

Read more here.

Former bank robber helped by Gates fund now professor at Georgetown Law School

“University of Washington law-school grad Shon Hopwood once served time in federal prison for robbing banks. Now he’s accepted a law professorship at Georgetown University.

Eighteen years ago, Nebraska native Shon Hopwood went to prison for breaking the law. This year, the University of Washington law-school graduate has been hired to teach it.

Hopwood has accepted a position as professor at Georgetown University School of Law. The 2014 graduate of the UW law school had gone to federal prison for 10 years in the late 1990s for robbing five banks in the Midwest.”

Read the full article here.

 

 

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

It’s not too late to get summer funding

Due June 9: Interested in litigation? Apply for Dwyer Inn of Court

Application Deadline: Friday, June 9, 2017

Rising 3L students with an interest in litigation—particularly litigation in the Seattle-area state and federal courts—are encouraged to apply for membership in the 2017-2018 William L. Dwyer Inn of Court. The Inn is a cooperative venture between the King County Bar, Seattle University School of Law, and the University of Washington School of Law. On the second Tuesday of each month, members of the Inn meet in the evening to discuss litigation practice, have dinner together, and learn about a topic of general legal interest. The meetings generally run between 5:30pm to 8:00pm at Seattle University.

Read more and apply here.

Loans got you down? Scholarships applications for UW Alumni Association due May 12

Due May 12: Funding available through UW Alumni Association

Application Deadline: Friday, May 12, 2017

The University of Washington Alumni Association (UWAA) Multicultural Alumni Partnership (MAP) awards scholarships to deserving University of Washington students who need financial assistance to assist with their progress toward a degree at the UW. Funding for these scholarships comes from contribution from UW alumni and friends as well as proceeds from the Bridging the Gap Breakfast held annually on Homecoming Saturday.

Apply and learn more here.

Due May 14: Apply to be on the EJW National Advisory Committee

EJW LogoApplication Deadline: Sunday, May 14, 2017

The Equal Justice Works National Advisory Committee (NAC) provides leadership, advice and outreach assistance to support Equal Justice Works in mobilizing the next generation of public interest attorneys. The NAC convenes a diverse group of law students and law school professionals to act as Equal Justice Works ambassadors within the law school and legal services communities and assist with the implementation of initiatives.

Apply and learn more here.

API Chaya, Equal Justice Works partner organizations hiring student interns

Due May 12, paid: API Chaya hiring legal intern for fall and winter 

API Chaya LogoApplication Deadline: Friday, May 12, 2017
API Chaya hiring legal intern. The Legal Intern’s duties will include: Supporting advocates to help survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, and/or human trafficking with legal matters (immigration law, family law, protection orders and criminal law); accompanying program participants to Protection Order hearings; working with local legal aid organizations to better serve survivors; working in partnership with pro-bono attorneys assisting program participants; possibility of community organizing/engagement opportunities for interns working more hours; other tasks as assigned.
The Intern will work approximately 10-20 hours/week and will be required to complete extensive training on domestic violence and sexual assault before working with survivors. Time Frame: A minimum of six months commitment works best for our organization. This internship runs between September 2017 and June 2018. An intern should be able to commit 10-20 hours a week, for a total of 250-500 hours. Compensation: A $2500 stipend is provided, funded by the South Asian Bar Association of WA. Applicants must be pursuing degrees or career paths in legal work or currently enrolled in law school. If students make a commitment of 2 quarters/semesters, they may independently explore the possibility of receiving a stipend for one quarter/semester and arrange for school credit for the other.
To apply, please send resume and cover letter to arpan@apichaya.org by May 12, 2017.

Due May 19: Legal Aid Society New York hiring for staff attorney for civil practice

Application Deadlines: Friday, May 19, 2017

The Legal Aid Society’s Civil Practice has an opening for a DV/Immigration staff attorney position in the Family/DV Project of the Brooklyn Neighborhood Office. The attorney must have at least three years’ experience in immigration law. The Family/DV Project provides comprehensive direct legal assistance to survivors of domestic violence in a broad range of civil matters, including orders of protection, divorces, custody, visitation, child support, spousal support, property rights, disability, housing, public benefits, health, employment, and immigration. The DV/Immigration staff attorney is expected to represent clients in all five boroughs primarily in immigration matters, including VAWA self-petitions, battered spouse waivers, asylum applications, and T and U-visas, as well as represent clients in multiple venues, including Immigration, Supreme, Family, and the Integrated Domestic Violence Courts. The attorney is required to work with Family/DV Project partners and community-based organizations in a city-wide collaboration to provide reciprocal referrals, training, case consultation, clinics, outreach and joint community education on various issues affecting survivors of domestic violence. The attorney will also be required to provide outreach at various off-site locations. The attorney will also actively participate in Citywide and Statewide committees and task forces on immigration and DV issues.

Apply and learn more here. 

Due May 24: KCBA Housing Justice Project hiring managing attorney

KCBA LogoApplication Deadline: Applications sent in before Wednesday, May 24, 2017 will be given priority

Under the supervision of the Director of Pro Bono Services (PBS), the Housing Justice Project (HJP) Managing Attorney is responsible for Housing Justice Project operations in Seattle and Kent, Washington. HJP is a court-based homelessness prevention program providing accessible, volunteer-based legal services to low-income tenants facing eviction in King County. The HJP program is a vital part of the Pro Bono Services programs, the largest provider of volunteer legal services in Washington State. The HJP Managing Attorney’s office is in Seattle, but frequent travel to Kent is necessary. This is a full time, 40 hour per week, exempt position.

The HJP Managing Attorney is responsible for program management which includes planning, organizing, operation, and evaluation of HJP.  The individual in this position works closely with Director of PBS on the development of HJP programs and establishment of program priorities. As a member of the PBS Leadership Team and a senior staff member of the King County Bar Association, the HJP Managing Attorney actively participates in departmental and organization planning and represents HJP, PBS and KCBA in the wider legal and social services community.

Read more and apply here

Rolling Deadline: Equal Justice Works organizations still hiring

EJW LogoApplication Deadline: Open until filled

If students are still looking for positions this summer, they should check out our list of over 100 organizations currently seeking candidates. There, we’ve prepared sample emails for the students to send to the organizations to inquire about the program and to get the details on each site’s enrollment process.

Apply and learn more here.

Rolling Deadline: Brooklyn Bar Association Volunteer Lawyers Project hiring for Foreclosure Prevention Unit

Application Deadline: Open until filled

The Brooklyn Bar Association Volunteer Lawyers Project (“VLP”) has an exciting opportunity for an attorney admitted to practice in New York State to serve as a Staff Attorney in its Foreclosure Prevention Unit. Litigation experience and/or experience representing litigants in foreclosure matters is preferred but not required. Experience with low-income clients, and familiarity with public benefits, bankruptcy, consumer debt, and housing law is helpful but not required. We value strong organizational, interpersonal, communication, writing and computer skills. Fluency in another language besides English is helpful, but not required.

Apply and learn more here.