WSBA MentorLink Mixer; Qlaw Mentorship Kick-Off Event; Soros Justice Advocacy Fellowship

MentorLink Mixer: Pro Bono and Public Service in King CountyWSBA Logo

When: Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Time:  Noon – 1:30 p.m.

Where: WSBA Offices (1325 Fourth Ave., Suite 600, Seattle)

Celebrate Pro Bono Week through this mentoring opportunity! WSBA Mentorship brings together a diverse mix of attorneys to support each other in the interest of advancing and thriving in the legal profession. This MentorLink Mixer is an opportunity for attorneys who are interested in pro bono and public service work, in King County, to gain insight from attorneys who have experience serving the public through pro bono and public service organizations.

RSVP here.

QLaw Mentorship Kick-Off Event: Participation Forms due Friday, October 27QLaw Logo

When: Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Time:  5:30-7:30 pm

Where: Aluel Cellars, 801a E Thomas Street, Seattle, WA

If you are a law student or new lawyer, the QLaw Mentorship Program is great opportunity to create a meaningful relationship with an experienced attorney to gain helpful insights into practice, and to make those important networking connections. Whether you would like to be a mentor or a mentee, or just would like to come learn more about the program,

To participate in the program, please complete the appropriate participation form here and email to Josh Treybig at treybig@gmail.com  by Friday, October 27, 2017.

National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health: Policy Analyst For Immigrant Women’s Health and Rights

Application Due:  Open until filled.

Founded in 1994, the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health (NLIRH) builds Latina power to guarantee the fundamental human right to reproductive health, dignity and justice. We elevate Latina leaders, mobilize our families and communities, transform the cultural narrative and catalyze policy change.

POSITION Description:  NLIRH seeks a Policy Analyst to help promote a national policy agenda designed to protect the reproductive health and rights of Latinas, while supporting the policy needs of the state-based Latina Advocacy Networks (LANs). The Policy Analyst will lead and be responsible for the immigrant women’s health and rights portfolio.  As such, the Policy Analyst must be able to evaluate complex public programs, projects and studies, proposed federal and state legislation and current law in order to promote NLIRH’s policy and advocacy work in the area of immigrant women’s health and rights. The Policy Analyst will be supervised and report to the Senior Director of Government Relations in our Washington, D.C. office. The person in this position will work as part of a dynamic team and in coalition with movement partners.

LOCATION: Washington, D.C.

Apply here.

Nisqually Indian Tribe:  General Tribal Attorney

Assist and advise the Nisqually Tribal Council, Legal Department Director, and tribal departments in the legal matters related to the management, affairs, and interests of the Tribe. Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Provide legal advice and services to Tribal Council.
  • Coordinate with Director to provide legal advice and assistance to tribal law enforcement; tribal court; the Indian child welfare department; the tribal health clinic; and other administrative departments (social services, education, personnel, accounting, planning, etc.)
  • Coordinate with Director in the negotiation of agreements with other state and local governments.
  • Advise Tribal Council regarding compliance with applicable federal, state, and tribal laws, grant and contractual obligations, internal policies.
  • Review, advise and coordinate execution of contracts entered into by Nisqually Tribe.
  • Collaborate with Tribal Council to create, modify, and facilitate enforcement of tribal laws, codes, and policy.
  • Provide legal advice to Tribal Council related to employment classification and dispute resolution.
  • Review contracts and draft ordinances, legal briefs, memorandums, policies, codes, resolutions, and other legal documents.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Apply here.

Rolling Application: All of Us or None National Organizer

Applications accepted on a rolling basis until position filled.

The National Organizer will assist in planning, coordinating, and organizing All of Us or None chapter activities nationwide. The person holding the position will work in close cooperation with staff organizers and volunteer leaders to promote the development of AOUON and support the establishment of chapters nationwide.

Full job description here.

Due December 6: Soros Justice Advocacy Fellowship

The Soros Justice Fellowship application is due on December 6, 2017.

Legal Services for Prisoners with Children (LSPC) seeks third year law students and recent law graduates to sponsor for a Soros Justice Advocacy Fellowship. Qualified law students and recent law graduates interested in applying for a fellowship with LSPC are invited to submit a brief project proposal and application as soon as possible. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis.

Advocacy Fellowships are 18 months in duration, and may begin anytime between July and October 2018.

Full Fellowship description here.

New Study Finds That LGBTQ Youths and Youths With Disabilities Suffer Most Under Solitary Confinement

By Angela Helm, The Root

“The report found that despite progress at the federal level and in a growing number of states, solitary confinement of youths remains widespread (two-thirds of the public defenders surveyed reported that their clients spent time in “punitive segregation”), with a disproportionate impact on youths of color, girls, LGBTQ youths and young people with disabilities (and any intersection thereof) because these populations are overrepresented in the criminal-justice system, and there are few to no resources for them.”

Read the full article here.

Innocence Project Northwest; UW Law Pro bono events; Wayfind, Washington Nonprofits, World Affairs Council webinars

Innocence Project Northwest:  Rock for Justice Innocence Project Logo

When: Monday, October 2, 2017

Time: 5:30 pm

Where:  Century Ballroom on Capitol Hill in Seattle

IPNW is commemorating Wrongful Conviction Day and celebrating our 20th Anniversary with an all ages concert by the Exoneree Band at Century Ballroom on Capitol Hill. All ticket sales benefit Innocence Project Northwest. No-host bar for guests who are 21+. Special guests will include Amanda Knox, IPNW freed clients and exonerees as well as representatives and death row exonerees from the death penalty abolition organization Witness to Innocence.

Playing for the first time in Seattle, the Exoneree Band is a touring group of prisoners-turned-musicians, each of whom was wrongfully convicted of another persons crime. They’ll play a combination of covers and original songs inspired by their remarkable stories. From rock, to country, to blues – there will be something for everyone. This is a rare show that you won’t want to miss!

Wrongful Conviction Day is observed internationally to raise awareness of the causes and remedies of wrongful conviction and to recognize the tremendous personal, social, and emotional costs of wrongful conviction for innocent people and their families. Nationally, 2075 people have been exonerated after serving over 18,000 years for crimes they did not commit. In Washington, 46 people have been exonerated after serving over 225 years in prison.

Purchase tickets here.

Innocence Project Northwest: Witness to Innocence Panel with Dr. Katherine Beckett & IPNWpro bono

When:  Thursday, October 5, 2017

Time: 7:00-8:30 pm

Where:  UW School of Law Room 138

IPNW will host a death penalty panel discussion with Witness to Innocence.  Panelists include death row exonerees Sabrina Butler-Smith and Randal Padgett; Professor of Sociology and Law, Societies & Justice, Dr. Katherine Beckett; and our IPNW Policy Director, Lara Zarowsky.  The event is free and open to the public.

UW School of Law Military JAG Panel

Where:  UW School of Law, Room 127

Date: Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Time:  12:30-1:20

Are you interested in a career with JAG?
How do I apply for a position with JAG?
Want to learn more about JAG and what it does?

Please join us for a panel discussion to have these questions answered and more.

RSVP via SCS Online formerly known as Symplicity

Washington Nonprofits Free Webinar: Dealing with Conflicts of Interest

When: Thursday, October 5, 2017

Time:  12:00 pm-1:00 pm

Location: Online via AdobeConnect

You’ve probably heard that “Conflicts of Interest” are bad and that nonprofit boards need to avoid conflicts of interest. But, what exactly is a “conflict of interest”, and what should you do if your nonprofit has a “conflict of interest”?

Register here. 

Gates Public Service Law Program presents: Pro Bono Core Competencies Training

Part I: Friday, Oct 6, 10am-12:30pm Room 138

Part II: Friday, Oct 13, 10:30-12:30pm Room 133

Thinking about volunteering for…

· 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 (App Help)

· or any of the dozens of community legal aid programs in the Seattle area?

We’ll cover implicit bias, working with clients living in poverty, cultural and cross difference competency as well as professionalism and ethics for law student volunteers. Stay tuned for winter quarter topics such as working with trauma survivors, basic interviewing and secondary trauma for advocates

World Affairs Council: Human Rights and U.S. Foreign Policy

When: Monday, October 2 6:00 -7:30 PM

Where: 600 University St. One Union Square Floor 36 Seattle, WA

Join the World Affairs Council for a discussion of the challenge of advancing human rights in U.S. policy and what to expect from the Trump administration as a global human rights cries continue to unfold.

Register here.

Gates Public Service Law Program, Social Justice Tuesday: Pro Bono and Externship Information Session

When: Tuesday,  October 10, 2017

Time: 12:30-1:20

Location: Room 127

What is pro bono? What is an externship? How do I participate? Where can I get training? How do I learn of opportunities? Learn the answers to these compelling questions and so much more. Please join us for the first SJT of the year!

If you would like lunch please RSVP via SCS Oline/Symplicity or by 12:00 pm Monday, October 9, 2017. No RSVP for lunch accepted after 12:00 pm.

UW School of Law Pro Bono and Externship Fair

When: Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Time: 12:30-1:20

Location: Gates Hall Galleria

Please join us for a great exposure to over 20 different Public Service Organizations and Government Organizations.

Wayfind Free Webinar: When Immigration Officials Come Knocking at Work

When: Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Time: 10:00-11:00

Jackson Lewis P.C. and the National Network of Business Law Pro Bono Programs is offering a complimentary webinar for nonprofit employers. This free webinar is geared towards executive directors, human resources professionals and board members of nonprofit organizations.

In the current environment of heightened enforcement, many nonprofit employers are asking: What do we do if immigration comes knocking?

You will learn:

  • Steps to take now to have your organization’s policies and procedures ready
  • How to respond if your organization is inspected.
  • Register here.

J.E.D.I. Sister Volunteers Needed! Tech Law Summit for Girls

When: October 25, 2017

Time:  3:00-6:00 pm

Location: University of Washington School of Law

You can be a J.E.D.I. Sister! We need energetic volunteers to help inspire high school girls from all diverse backgrounds to consider pursuing a career in Tech Law. Help students learn about the intersection of la, technology and social justice as they participate in an interactive working and have the opportunity to meet female judges, attorneys, and law student’s at the networking reception. Please consider volunteering during the workshop where we help students break down a case and develop closing arguments or network during the reception! You can inspire future leaders by sharing a small part of your day!  If you cannot attend, consider sponsoring the event?  Questions? Contact Lisa at ecc93@uw.edu or 206-616-1793

Husky Leadership Initiative U Lead We Lead Leadership for Equity

When: Thursday, October 26, 2017

Where: HUB Ballroom

Time: 6-8 pm (dinner provided)

The Husky Leadership Initiative is proud to present its annual kick-off event U Lead We Lead: Leadership for Equity. On October 26, students and other members of the University community will dig into stories from local luminaries who will each share their story and perspective and call you to action.

Register here.

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.