It’s Official: Choc Full o’ Winter Quarter Events in Our Community!

Tuesday, January 13: Social Justice Tuesday- Consumer Education & Training Services

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 Wednesday, January 14: Criminal Justice Connections Breakfast

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Wednesday, January 14: Free Webinar- Exploring Ethical Challenges of Legal Services Working on Elder Abuse Issues

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Hosted by the National Consumer Law Center

Join us for a webinar on Jan 14, 2015 at 2:00 PM EST.

Register now!

Increasing national focus on elder abuse and a push for greater legal services involvement, particularly in the area of financial exploitation, have led to a number of difficult ethical challenges. This webinar will examine: Ways in which ageist attitudes have shaped states’ elder abuse laws and how these attitudes – often unconscious – affect our approach to elder abuse, especially when clients are of questionable capacity; The critical need to establish and put in place, clear policies/protocols to guide involvement in abuse/exploitation cases and to ensure adherence to professional responsibilities, before legal programs get involved; and applying the policies/protocols and dealing with ethical challenges while working with elders and their families/third parties in the field.

Presenters: Penny Hommel, Co-Director, The Center for Social Gerontology, Jaye Martin, Executive Director, Maine Legal Services for the Elderly and Denis Culley, Staff Attorney, Maine Legal Services for the Elderly  Additional sponsorship for this Webinar is provided by a grant from the Administration on Aging/Administration for Community Living. This webinar is part of a series of National Elder Rights Training Project webinars for the National Legal Resource Center.  There is no charge for this webinar. All time listings are in Eastern Time. If you have any questions email trainings@nclc.org

Wednesday, January 14, 3:30-5:30pm, Room 138- Race, Immigration & Citizenship

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Friday, January 16: Meet & Greet-Sherrilyn Ifill

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Friday, January 16: The Architecture of Human Rights- Why Constitutional Government Requires Human Rights Law

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The CLASS Center, UW Center for Human Rights and the UW School of Law cordially invite you to

Professor Jamie Mayerfeld’s Book Manuscript Discussion

The Architecture of Human Rights:  Why Constitutional Government Requires International Human Rights Law

Friday, January 16th, 3:30-5:30pm
William Gates Hall 447

Light refreshments will be served

Please join us for a productive and intellectually stimulating discussion of Professor Mayerfeld’s book manuscript as he finalizes it for publication. The session will consist of feedback from four faculty discussants followed by a robust discussion by all in attendance.

The manuscript can be located via the following link. Likewise, acknowledging busy schedules, Professor Mayerfeld has also produced a Memo to guide your reading if you would like to focus on a portion of the manuscript.

Don’t Miss Out! February 6 & 7: NW Public Service Career Fair

NW PS Career Fair LogoFor twenty-five years, the NW Public Service Career Fair has linked law students and alumni with opportunities to make a difference.  We typically have more than 50 non-profits & government offices and more than 500 students & alumni from our 11 schools participating in the fairs. Help today’s clients and inspire tomorrow’s justice seekers.

When? Seattle- Friday, February 6. Portland- Saturday, February 7th.

10:00 to 10:30 Student & Employer Check-in
10:30 to Noon Table Talk
12:40 to 5:00 Pre-scheduled Interviews

Where?

In Seattle: LeRoux in the Student Center at Seattle University Seattle University Campus & Parking Map

In Portland: Templeton Center at Lewis & Clark CollegeLewis & Clark Campus & Parking MapPio Express free downtown shuttle bus

Registration costs? $15 for one fair or $25 for both.

Which employers will be there? Employers are registering on a rolling basis through January 12. Check out the employers registered at the Seattle fair here and the Portland fair here.

How do I get a pre-scheduled interview at the fair? Monday, January 19 is the deadline for submitting application materials.

Where can I get more info? Check out the career fair home page here!

Rock ’em Sock ’em Jobs and Internships to Apply For!

Attention Recent Grads! Equal Justice Works Announces AmeriCorps Veterans Legal Corps for 2014-15. Apply ASAP!

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An AmeriCorps Legal Fellowship is a great way to launch or re-launch a public interest career. Our fellows work with nonprofit legal aid organizations on cutting-edge projects, provide direct legal assistance, and strengthen communities by serving as a legal resource. For the 2014-2015 program year, there are open Veterans Legal Corps Fellowship positions located in California, Washington, Oklahoma, Kentucky, Illinois, Ohio, West Virginia, Florida, Delaware, and New York with a focus on veterans’ assistance and disaster response.

The Veterans Legal Corps position descriptions can be found on our website: CURRENTLY AVAILABLE POSITIONS. Candidates will apply directly to the host sites and those hired will become 2014 AmeriCorps Legal Fellows.

Attention Recent Grads! Washington State House of Representatives’ Office of Program Research (OPR) Seeks Candidates Legislative Committee Policy Staff Positions. Deadline: 8/16

WAstatelegThe Washington State House of Representatives’ Office of Program Research (OPR) is seeking candidates for two legislative committee policy staff positions as Session Counsel. These positions are nonpartisan and exempt from civil service. These are temporary positions as specified below.

House Judiciary Committee – The person selected to fill this position will provide staff support to the House Judiciary Committee. This committee considers issues relating to commercial law, torts, probate, guardianships, civil commitment, firearms, eminent domain, landlord/tenant law, Consumer Protection Act remedies and processes, and courts and judicial administration. It also considers family law issues such as marriage, marriage dissolution, child support, and adoption. This is a temporary position through July 31, 2015.

House Public Safety Committee – The person selected to fill this position will provide staff support to the House Public Safety Committee. This committee considers issues relating to law enforcement agencies, crime prevention, criminal penalties and sentencing, impaired driving, registration and civil commitment of sex offenders, adult correctional programs and institutions, mentally ill offenders, and state and local government preparedness to respond to public emergencies, including the interoperability of emergency communications systems. This is a temporary position through April 30, 2015.

2014 Law grads are encouraged to apply. For complete description and application instructions please click here.

Attention 3Ls! Seattle City Attorney’s Office Criminal Division Seeks Fall, Winter & Spring Rule 9 Interns for Criminal Prosecution & Infraction Prosecution. Deadline 8/21

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The Criminal Division represents the city of Seattle in prosecuting traffic infractions, misdemeanors, and gross misdemeanors in Seattle Municipal Court. The types of cases prosecuted by the Criminal Division include driving under the influence, traffic infractions, domestic violence, theft, assault, and trespassing.

Criminal Prosecution Duties:
•Prepare and conduct trials before a judge and jury;
•Represent the City on pretrial, review and sentencing calendars;
•Conduct legal research and prepare response briefs; and
•Work closely with a supervising attorney and experienced prosecutors.

Infraction Prosecution Duties:
•Prepare and conduct trials for contested infraction cases and related motions;
•Handle pre-hearing matters, including discovery issues; and
•Prepare any necessary pleadings, motions, etc.

Openings:
There are a limited number of each criminal prosecution and infraction prosecution positions available for fall and winter 2014 and spring and summer 2015. All positions are unpaid. The ideal candidates will be available for court coverage three or four days per week.

For complete information and to apply, go to the Symplicity Job Postings/Resume Collection tab.  

Amnesty International Seeks Researcher/Advisor on Business and Human Rights for London Office. Deadline 8/20

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Please note that interviews for this role will take place on Friday 29th August

Amnesty International (AI) is at the forefront of eradicating human rights violations related to corporate activity. But in order to act, we need informed strategy based on thorough and irrefutable research. So as a Researcher, your contribution will be absolutely critical.

ABOUT THE ROLE

As a specialist researcher in this emerging area of human rights, you’ll carry out in-depth investigations which will bring corporations to account for involvement in human rights abuses. Focusing largely on extractive industries, that means researching key issues like the impact of mining practices on indigenous peoples and women in India and the impact of oil pollution on people’s right to water, livelihoods and a clean environment in the Niger delta. Whether you’re carrying out desk-based research or conducting in-country fact-finding, you will be contributing to advancing the debate on corporate accountability for human rights abuses by using an evidence based approach.

You will be able to analyse and document key findings in light with international standards on business and human rights and collate your research into comprehensive and influential reports recommending legal and political change relevant to this subject area from the London office. In fact, capitalising on your astute understanding and awareness of Business & Human Rights, you’ll advise people right across AI. More than that, providing expert guidance on research and methodology, you’ll promote the quality and consistency of our work. You’ll also be involved taking forward relevant lobbying and advocacy strategies, so you can expect to have a big impact on our strategic direction.

 

For complete description and application instructions please click here.

Attention Recent Grads! American Association for Justice Seeks Legal Content Editor. Rolling Deadline!AAJlogo

The American Association for Justice (AAJ), formerly the Association of Trial Lawyers of America (ATLA®), is seeking to fill a Legal Content Editor position in its Education Department. AAJ is the world’s largest trial bar and seeks to promote a fair and effective civil justice system—and to support the work of attorneys in their efforts to ensure that any person who is injured by the misconduct or negligence of others can obtain justice in America’s courtrooms, even when taking on the most powerful interests.

AAJ is looking for a Legal Content Editor to:

• Format, proofread, and edit speaker papers for publication; review speaker papers for AAJ Education seminars, colleges, and conventions for content, subject matter, appropriateness, and length.
• Coordinate production of course materials for seminars and colleges, including creating and maintaining production schedule; assist with production of convention reference materials.
• Research content for curriculum and product development.
• Make and review requests for reprint permission.
• Assist in developing AAJ Press, AAJ’s line of books and multimedia on advocacy and practice-specific topics; research possible titles and authors; draft and review marketing copy; communicate with publishers.
• Manage the AAJ Education resource library.

For full description and application instructions please click here.

Justice for Our Neighbors Seeks Rural Capacity Building Bilingual Staff Attorney in Nebraska

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Justice for Our Neighbors – Nebraska (JFON-NE) is a non-profit organization welcoming immigrants into our communities by providing high-quality legal services, education, and advocacy. JFON-NE is part of the national JFON network.

Responsibilities of the position: The JFON-NE Rural Capacity Building (RCB) Staff Attorney is responsible for the provision of direct legal services to immigrant families in and around Crete and South Sioux City. The RCB Staff attorney will also work on identifying collaborative community partners to help build capacity for the provision of long-term immigration legal services in these communities. The RCB Staff Attorney position will be located in Omaha and will work in coordination with established community partners to promote community education and advocacy of immigrants’ rights to the end of promoting inclusion of the immigrant community.

DUTIES: Provide legal counsel and advice to clients who attend JFON-NE immigration legal clinics and provide direct representation to clients before the Immigration Court, Board of Immigration Appeals, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services, and Immigration and Customs Enforcement Oversee JFON-NE’s caseload involving the legal needs of clients in the targeted geographic area under the supervision of the JFON-NE Legal Director Work in collaboration with Nebraska Appleseed, Heartland Workers Center, Hispanos Unidos, and the Center for Rural Affairs to build capacity and promote inclusion of the immigrant community Compile and analyze programmatic statistical information for reports Steer outreach and education programs.

For complete description and application instructions please click the PSJD announcement here.

Time to Roll Up Your Sleeves and Start Applying! Plenty of Entry-Level Attorney & Policy Positions Opening Up.

Attention Recent Grads! Grays Harbor County Seeking Entry-Level Prosecuting Attorney. Deadline: 8/1

GraysHarborCountylogoThe Grays Harbor County Prosecuting Attorneys Office is accepting applications for an entry level deputy prosecutor whose primary responsibility will be to prosecute cases in District Court.

Duties: The deputy prosecuting attorney prosecutes, on behalf of the State of Washington and Grays Harbor County, all felonies, gross misdemeanors, misdemeanors and probation violations in Superior Court and District Court, including infractions in Juvenile Court and traffic infractions through the District Courts, at the discretion of the duly elected or appointed Prosecuting Attorney. This includes evaluation, filing and preparation of the case through trial and sentencing, and the handling of all appeals concerning that case.

For complete job description and application instructions please click here.

Lambda Legal Defense & Education Fund in NYC Seeks Fall Legal Interns. Act Fast! Rolling Deadline.

lambda-legal-logoLambda Legal’s Education and Public Affairs Department seeks a law student for Fall semester internship.

Lambda Legal is the nation’s oldest and largest legal organization committed to achieving full equality for lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, transgender people and people with HIV through impact litigation, education and public policy work. Founded in 1973 and headquartered in New York City, Lambda Legal has regional offices in Los Angeles, Chicago, Atlanta and Dallas. Lambda Legal’s law reform, policy and education work encompasses a wide range of areas, including federal and state constitutional law issues, discrimination in employment, benefits, housing, insurance, schools and other areas, harassment and violence, antigay ballot initiatives, access to healthcare and HIV-related treatments, child custody, visitation and adoption, the freedom to marry and sodomy law reform.

Responsibilities The intern will assist primarily with Lambda Legal’s Fair Courts Project. This internship will not offer any opportunity to be directly involved with any aspects of litigation.

For complete job description and application instructions please click here.

Attention Recent Grads! WSDOT’s and Intergovernmental &Tribal Relations Office  Seeks Two Legislative Analysts in Olympia

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Position Profile: Currently the Washington State Department of Transportation Intergovernmental and Tribal Relations office is seeking two Legislative Analysts (Management Analyst 4) to work closely with state, federal and tribal governments on a variety of transportation policy and funding issues. This work will not only include working with approximately 35 internally designative legislative coordinators, but also allow for exposure to policy analysis and research, interaction with executive level staff and a high degree of exposure to professional, high level, time sensitive work.
As a Legislative Analyst the future incumbents will be helping to coordinate the agency request legislation process and review, and respond to daily calls and emails from legislators and staff requesting information. These positions deal with ongoing, critical and time sensitive research, problem solving, reports, and white paper writing. The positions are also responsible for providing support to the Director and Tribal Liaison as the team works with state, federal and tribal governments on a variety of transportation policy and funding issues.
The ideal candidates will have a passion for both state and federal legislation, a high degree of initiative, and excellent writing skills. These positions act as a representative to our agency and will be working on building and maintaining collaborative relationships, so diplomacy and tactful communication skills are a must have. This role is unique in our Agency. It requires an attention to detail and dedication to getting the job done, within a fast-paced atmosphere. It may not always be your typical nine to five but the reward is high. Due to the nature of the legislative session extra hours may be required.   These positions are eligible for overtime and flexible work schedules will also be an option to provide work-life balance.
If you have the potential and drive for these positions, accept this challenge, the experience and exposure to government is well worth the effort put in. For full job description and application instructions please click here.

International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) Seeks Fall Intern for Delegation to UN in NYC. Deadline: 7/31

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Job Description: In partnership with 178 member organizations in over 100 countries, the FIDH New York office is responsible for advocacy initiatives targeted at the UN Security Council, the UN General Assembly, and the Secretariat of the United Nations, as well as the U.S. government in Washington, DC.

FIDH-New York’s activities include:

• Developing advocacy strategies to protect and promote human rights in crisis situations (for example: Mali, Myanmar/Burma, Syria, & Haiti) and on thematic issues (for example: the protection of human rights while countering terrorism, fighting impunity for international crimes and human rights violations

• Bringing local human rights defenders (from Indonesia, Belarus, Afghanistan, etc.) to New York and Washington for advocacy meetings with senior UN and government officials

• Analyzing UN policies and programs and developing and presenting recommendations to strengthen the work of the UN in upholding human rights

Intern’s responsibilities:

Based on your background and expertise, you will be assigned several thematic and country portfolios for which you will be the lead researcher in the FIDH-NY intern team. For each of your portfolios you will be asked to:

• closely follow and keep FIDH informed of international news developments, as well as relevant decisions and statements by UN member states, UN representatives, and government officials around the world;
• participate in related meetings with diplomatic missions and UN officials, and provide short internal reports to international FIDH offices;
• help organize visits and advocacy meetings for human rights defenders coming to New York and Washington, DC to meet with government and UN officials;
• contribute to the development of advocacy strategies and campaigns.

You will work as part of the FIDH-NY intern team, contributing to research and advocacy on a variety of topics beyond those assigned to you.

Depending on your skills and interest level, you will have the opportunity to contribute to the work of FIDH through a special project to be determined by you and your supervisor. Previous interns have developed media strategies for advocacy campaigns, or have written research reports on topics such as the protection of human rights in the global fight against terrorism.

Qualifications:

– Ideal candidate will possess a good working knowledge of current affairs, international human rights laws and conventions, and international relations (preferably working toward an advanced degree in any of these areas)
– Familiarity with UN mechanisms and international human rights instruments strongly preferred
– Written and oral fluency in English is necessary. Fluency in another UN language (Spanish, Arabic, Russian, Chinese, and preferably French) is an asset
– Attention to detail and good written and oral communication skills are highly valued

Salary:  As a non-profit organization, we cannot offer remuneration for this position. However, an FIDH internship provides a unique opportunity to gain first-hand exposure to advocacy and policy development at the United Nations, to collaborate with several renowned NGOs and human rights defenders, to attend meetings and events at the UN, and to contribute to the promotion of human rights around the world.

Application Instructions:

To apply for this internship, please send the following documents:

– A cover letter,
– A copy of your resume/CV, and
– A writing sample (maximum 5 pages), preferably on the topic of human rights or international affairs with the subject line: ‘FIDH-NY Internship Candidate’, to Ms. Stephanie David at: sdavid@fidh.org

Attention Recent Grads! Stanford Law School Center for Internet & Society Seeks Research Fellow. Deadline: Rolling

CISlogoNetwork Neutrality Fellow: The Stanford Law School Center for Internet & Society (CIS) seeks a full-time residential Research Fellow to conduct legal and policy analysis on network neutrality. The individual will work closely with CIS’s Director, Professor Barbara van Schewick, a leading expert on network neutrality.

Duties include: • Researching, writing and editing comments to the FCC, policy papers, reports, blog posts, and other pieces of publishable quality, individually and collaboratively; • Researching current legal and policy issues in network neutrality; • Preparing materials, including one-pagers and visuals, to help inform stakeholders about key issues; presenting ideas and conclusions in small and large meetings; • Organizing and contributing to meetings and events; • Opportunity to contribute to fundraising efforts; and • Engaging in the intellectual life of the Center and Stanford Law School.

For complete job description and application instructions please click here.

Center for Constitutional Rights in NYC Seeks Fall Legal Interns for Gov’t Misconduct/Racial Justice Project and International Human Rights Project. Deadline: Rolling through 7/25.

CCR logoThe Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) seeks experienced second or third-year law students or LLM students with a strong commitment to social justice to provide legal research and analysis as part of a semester-long unpaid internship opportunity. CCR is a national not-for-profit legal, educational, and advocacy organization dedicated to advancing and protecting the rights guaranteed by the United States Constitution and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Founded in 1966 by attorneys who represented civil rights movements in the South, CCR is committed to the creative use of law as a positive force for social change.  CCR’s legal internships are part of CCR’s Bertha Justice Institute (BJI), an innovative training institute for social justice law students and lawyers created in partnership with the Bertha Foundation.  The BJI supports existing and aspiring social justice lawyers through a range of programs including: post-graduate fellowships, the summer Ella Baker Program, fall/spring internships and externships, Continuing Legal Education (CLE) courses, regional conferences and national training institutes.

Interns will have the opportunity to work with CCR attorneys on a range of projects, particularly related to policing practices, prisoners’ rights, immigration, racial discrimination, and national security issues.  The intern will spend 10-20 hours per week between September and December 2014 assisting attorneys on projects. This position is also open to students seeking full-time semester-long externships.

For complete information and application instructions for the Gov’t Misconduct/Racial Justice Internship please click here.

For complete information and application instructions for the International Human Rights Internship please click here.

Attention Recent Grads! Statewide Poverty Action Network is Hiring! Deadline: Rolling through 7/18. Act Fast!

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Poverty Action is looking for passionate people who want to work for justice by helping people unlock their voice and their power!

We are looking to hire a Public Policy Campaign Manager & an Operations and Communications Specialist!

We’re hunting for folks who want to work with a stellar team dedicated to community organizing and innovative policy to end poverty. The position is based at our HQ in the Wallingford neighborhood of Seattle and will travel frequently to visit with our amazing members across Washington and to have some #realtalk with lawmakers in Olympia.

If you, or someone you know, is interested in joining the state’s largest anti-poverty organization, we hope to see your application! We are an organization committed to anti-oppression in all levels and aspects of our work and encourage people across all expressions of gender, sexuality, class, race, and music tastes to apply.

Poverty Action’s parent agency is Solid Ground and we use their HR policies. Click here for the Public Policy Campaign Manager job description, click here for the Operations and Communications Specialist job description.  Then, make sure to also complete the application for the Campaign Manager position or complete this application for the Operations and Communications Specialist. We’re hoping to hire quickly, please make sure to submit your application by Friday July, 18 at 5:00 pm.

Attention Recent Grads! CAIR Washington Seeks Civil Rights Manager. Act Fast: Rolling Deadline through 7/21!

CAIRThe Washington State chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-WA) is seeking an ambitious, goal-driven and highly organized professional for the key Civil Rights Manager full-time position. JDs are encouraged to apply! Our civil rights department responds to complaints from members of the Muslim community about civil rights violations, and develops response strategies to deliver positive societal changes with every case.  Learn about CAIR-WA’s work through our web site www.cairseattle.org our Facebook page www.facebook.com/cairwashington and national YouTube channel www.youtube.com/cairtv

For complete job description and application instructions please click here.

 

 

 

LGBT Month, Minimum Wage, Chemical Warfare, Joy Rides, and Tiananmen – Get the Scoop!

President Barack Obama Releases Proclamation Declaring June LGBT Pride Month

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By James Nichols, Huffington Post

President Barack Obama has released a proclamation declaring June as lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) Pride Month. Check out the excerpt below.

As progress spreads from State to State, as justice is delivered in the courtroom, and as more of our fellow Americans are treated with dignity and respect — our Nation becomes not only more accepting, but more equal as well. During Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Pride Month, we celebrate victories that have affirmed freedom and fairness, and we recommit ourselves to completing the work that remains.

Last year, supporters of equality celebrated the Supreme Court’s decision to strike down a key provision of the Defense of Marriage Act, a ruling which, at long last, gave loving, committed families the respect and legal protections they deserve. In keeping with this decision, my Administration is extending family and spousal benefits — from immigration benefits to military family benefits — to legally married same-sex couples.

Continue reading here.  Photo credit courtesy of the Associated Press and Susan Walsh.

Seattle raises minimum wage to $15 an hour

By John Bacon, USA Today

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Martina Phelps says the Seattle City Council’s historic vote Monday to raise the minimum wage to $15 per hour could change her life.

Phelps, 22, earns $9.47 per hour working for a McDonald’s restaurant near downtown. She wants to move out of her mother’s South Seattle home, and she wants to go back to school. She says those things could happen now that the city will have the nation’s highest minimum wage.

“It’s hard right now,” she told USA TODAY hours before the midafternoon vote. “I have been trying to save up for school, but I just can’t do it. This would mean a lot.”

The council unanimously approved the measure before a packed house.

Continue reading here.  Photo of waiter Spencer Meline at Ivar’s courtesy of the Associated Press.

Woman Not Guilty of Chemical Warfare; Constitution Saved

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By Garrett Epps, The Atlantic

The Supreme Court Monday stepped back from the abyss.

By a vote of 6-3, it refused to invent limits on the federal government’s power to make and enforce treaties.

The case was Bond v. United StatesThis is the second installment of the soap opera of Carol Anne Bond. Bond’s husband and her best friend conceived a child. When she found out, Bond, a trained laboratory technician, turned to the hostile use of 10-chloro-10H-phenoxarsine and potassium dichromate, both deadly poisons. She smeared them on various doorknobs and car doors at Hayes’s house, on one occasion giving Hayes’s thumb a nasty burn. She also unwisely smeared them on Hayes’s mailbox, which is by law part of the U.S. Postal System. Postal inspectors posted security cameras and caught her on video.

Federal prosecutors proclaimed this “a very serious, scary case,” because Bond had stolen four pounds of potassium dichromate from her workplace. They charged her with theft of the mail—and violation of 18 U.S.C. § 229, the Chemical Weapons Convention Implementation Act of 1998.

On Monday a six-justice majority, in an opinion by Chief Justice John Roberts, told the government it had misread the statute to “sweep in everything from the detergent under the kitchen sink to the stain remover in the laundry room,” and “make[] it a federal offense to poison goldfish.” Roberts was joined by Justices Anthony Kennedy, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Stephen Breyer, Sonia Sotomayor, and Elena Kagan. All nine justices agreed that the government had gone too far in prosecuting Bond. The majority said the indictment violated the statute; Justices Antonin Scalia, Clarence Thomas, and Samuel Alito would have held the prosecution unconstitutional.

Continue reading here.  Photo credit courtesy of Eric Thayer & Reuters.

Locked Up and Locked Out: How a three-minute joy ride cost one foster youth his AB 12 benefits

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By Brian Rinker, The Chronicle of Social Change

When Terrick Bakhit turned 18 while incarcerated in a juvenile correction facility, the foster care system that had watched over him for the previous five years abruptly cut him off.

On June 13, 2012, Bakhit emerged from San Diego County’s Camp Barrett homeless and broke.

“After being locked up for 11 months I felt free, but in the wrong way,” said Bakhit, who was left to fend for himself on the streets of downtown San Diego. “I slept in the rain. I slept on the street. No roof. No house. No nothing. I was stealing food.”

California state law ensures that youths who turn 18 in foster care are eligible for support up to the age of 21 if they choose, to help the transition into adulthood and self-sufficiency. But a small percentage of foster youth can become ineligible for extended benefits if they happen to turn 18 inside a correctional facility without a foster care placement order waiting for them on release.

“If you are incarcerated and don’t have a placement still intact on your 18th birthday, you can’t get benefits,” said Amy Lemley, policy director at the John Burton Foundation, referring to to the benefit foster youth can get after extended foster care benefits.

The problem seems to be rooted in the varying interpretations of state law among counties and the lack of inter-agency communication. Because of the confusion, kids like Bakhit struggle to make ends meet while eligible foster youth continue to receive benefits.

Continue reading here.  Photo of Terrick brothers, Terrick, left, Matthew, middle, Joseph, right; Photo credit courtesy of Terrick Bakhit.

Voices from Tiananmen

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By South China Morning Post

[Today] marks the 25th anniversary of a brutal military crackdown on pro-democracy protests led by students and residents in Beijing. Hundreds of people were killed and many more were wounded when People’s Liberation Army units rolled into Tiananmen Square, ending more than a month of peaceful protests seeking political reforms.

In the following pages, former government officials, student leaders and other eyewitnesses revisit the momentous events of spring, 1989. These personal accounts, gathered from recent video interviews, as well as memoirs, shed new light on the hope and despair left by those days, which continue to haunt China a quarter century later.

Click here to continue reading.  Photo credit courtesy of South China Morning Post.

 

Planning to Have a Career in Public Service? Don’t Forget to Apply for LRAP!

Need Help Paying Off Student Loans? UW LRAP Applications Now Available for UW Law Grads in Public Service in WA State

LRAPapplyThe Loan Repayment Assistance Program constitutes a core component of the UW School of Law’s commitment to public service by increasing the ability of its graduates to enter public service law. The School awards $5000 to approximately three new applicants per year and will commit to awarding an additional $5000 a year for two more years for a total commitment of $15,000 per participant.

Applicants must be UW Law grads in full time public service legal employment in Washington State. For complete information on the program and to download application materials please visit hereApplications will be accepted on a rolling basis through June 3Questions about LRAP? Email Aline Carton-Listfjeld.

International Criminal Court Prosecutor to Examine Alleged British Crimes in Iraq War

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By: Mirjam Donath, Reuters

The International Criminal Court re-opened on Tuesday a preliminary examination of allegations of “systematic detainee abuse” by British troops in Iraq between 2003 and 2008 after receiving new information.

The Hague-based court had previously concluded an examination of similar accusations in 2006, but it did not launch a full investigation because the information did not meet the “required gravity threshold.”
“I received earlier this year substantial information, much more than what we had in 2006, on alleged crimes that were committed by the UK forces,” ICC prosecutor Fatou Bensouda told reporters at the United Nations after she had briefed the U.N. Security Council on the court’s cases in Libya.

In January, a Berlin-based human rights group and a British law firm submitted what they describe as 250 pages of analysis to Bensouda’s office. They said more than 400 Iraqi former detainees had made allegations of grave mistreatment, of which 85 had been chosen as “representative cases.

Bensouda’s office said in a statement earlier on Tuesday: “The communication alleges a higher number of cases of ill-treatment of detainees and provides further details on the factual circumstances and the geographical and temporal scope of the alleged crimes.”

Continue reading here.

Sexual Violence Soars in South Sudan

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By: IRIN

JUBA, 13 May 2014 (IRIN) – Sexual and gender-based violence might not be a new phenomenon in South Sudan, but the current crisis and the near absence of protection for civilians has exacerbated it, analysts say.

“We do know that it [sexual and gender-based violence] is a major issue. Even though many victims of sexual violence do not report their ordeal because of the stigma that it carries, wherever we went we met women and girls who told us that they had been raped by either government or opposition forces,” Donatella Rovera, senior crisis response adviser at Amnesty International, told IRIN.

On 8 May, Amnesty International released a report in which it documented atrocities committed against civilians, including rape and sexual violence, by the two warring parties in South Sudan’s five-month old conflict.

“The current militarized environment, where armed men are ubiquitous and civilian law enforcement is virtually absent, places women and girls at a heightened risk of sexual violence. Persistent reports of sexual violence perpetrated by both government and opposition forces strongly indicate that conflict-related sexual violence is widespread,” Amnesty International said in its report.

“We received testimonies from women and girls victims of sexual violence from all the main conflict-affected areas: Juba and areas in Unity, Jonglei and Upper Nile states,” Amnesty International’s Rovera, told IRIN.

In its report, also released on 8 May, the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) noted that the “conflict has exacerbated the vulnerability of women and children in South Sudan to sexual violence.”

In the report, UNMISS said: “All parties to the conflict have committed acts of rape and other forms of sexual violence against women of different ethnic groups. Credible information suggests that sexual violence took place in connection with the occurrence of human rights and humanitarian law violations before, during, and after heavy fighting, shelling, looting, and house searches.”

Continued reading here.  Photo courtesy of Hannah McNeish/IRIN.

Are you a member of the LGBTQ Community or an Ally?  Apply for the QLaw Foundation Fall Grant Program and Receive up to $5,000!

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Do you have a full-time fall internship that focuses on promoting the rights of LGBT persons or persons living with HIV/AIDS?

Will you be working with a non-profit organization or government agency?

If so, you may be eligible for up to a $5000 grant to fund full-time work (at least 400 hours over the duration of the quarter/semester). The goal of the QLaw Foundation grant program is to ensure that unmet legal needs in the LGBT community are recognized and prioritized, and that the next generation of legal advocates for LGBT rights develop the skills necessary for careers in public interest law.

Applicants should have a demonstrated commitment to advancing LGBT rights and/or the rights of persons living with HIV/AIDS and be a Washington State law student, a student working on projects within Washington State, or a student who has a demonstrated interest in working in Washington State after law school.

All students working on behalf of LGBT rights or persons living with HIV/AIDS—including allies who do not personally identify as LGBT—are encouraged to apply.

For more information on applicant and sponsor eligibility criteria, selection criteria, and the application process timeline, please visit the QLaw Foundation website and view the 2014 Fall Grant Application. You may also email the Grant Coordinator, Gabe Verdugo.

Equal Justice Works’ Veterans Legal Corps Postgraduate Fellowship Positions to be Announced Soon

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In addition to the Employment Opportunity Legal Corps positions, we will be announcing, on a rolling basis, several possible new positions for the 2014 Veterans Legal Corps for recent graduates.

Please check our website from June to August as all positions are posted, and please share with your recent alumni.

Completed applications are due by Friday, June 20, 2014. Final selection of grant recipient(s) will take place by June 30, 2014.

Panel TODAY on Being LGBTQ in the Legal Field

February 28: Being LGBTQ In the Legal Field: Are We There Yet? (Panel)

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March 3: The Dean’s Advisory Committee Presents Lunch Discussion on “Prosecution, Public Defense and Communities of Color”

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Monday, Mar. 3, 2014, RM 116
12:30 – 1:20 PM

What is the role of prosecution? What is the role of public defense? How are communities of color impacted by the criminal justice system?

On Monday, March 3rd, the Dean’s Advisory Committee on Diversity will host a presentation featuring prosecutors and public defenders who are members of minority groups; they will discuss the criminal justice system, their role and the impact on communities of color. We will meet in Room 116 from 12:30 to 1:20. All are welcome.

March 4: Social Justice Tuesday: Educational Debt Relief

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Tuesday, Mar. 4, 2014
12:30 – 1:20 PM, RM 133

  • Concerned about how you’re going to pay back all of your education loans?
  • Want to learn more about income-based repayment options, public service loan forgiveness and UW Law’s Loan Repayment Assistance Program?

This is the workshop for you! Hear the latest on various resources and programs that are out there to help you manage and reduce education debt.

Presented by: Aline Carton-Listfjeld, Center for Public Service Law

If you would like lunch please RSVP via Symplicity or email by 12:00 pm Monday, March 3. No RSVP for lunch accepted after 12:00 pm.

March 6: Environmental & Land Use Law Professional-Student Mixer

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Thursday, Mar. 6, 2014 at 5:30 PM
Arctic Club Hotel’s Polar Bar, 700 3rd Ave, Seattle WA

You are cordially invited to attend a happy hour with members of the WSBA Environmental and Land Use Law Section, KCBA Environmental and Land Use Section, and University of Washington and Seattle University law students interested in environmental and land use legal careers. Appetizers and a beverage will be complimentary, followed by a cash bar.

March 21: Citizen University Annual Conference on the Art of Powerful Citizenship, Funding Applications Due 3/3

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Friday, Mar. 21, 2014
1:00 – 9:00 PM

Citizen University’s annual national conference is the country’s most creative and vibrant gathering on the art of powerful citizenship.  Hundreds of activists, innovators and educators from across the United States meet for a day of skill-building and inspiration.  Learn the elements of civic power.  Practice social and political action. Connect with people from left and right so we can solve problems together.

Many UW Law students have attended in the past and gotten great ideas and energy.  There is a reduced student rate for registration but we can also cover registration for up to 5 students through the Center for Public Service Law. If you are interested in getting funding to attend and are prepared to commit that you will go, send your letter of interest and resume to Dean Michelle Storms by March 3.

Learn more about the conference and the speakers here

April 4: You Are Invited to Attend Solid Ground’s Building Community Luncheon, Featuring Keynote Speaker Spike Lee

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Friday, April 4, 2014
12:00 – 1:30 PM
Location: Westin Seattle, 1900 5th Avenue, Seattle, WA 98101

We’re honored to host Spike Lee as keynote speaker at our 40th Anniversary Luncheon. With a body of work that spans four decades, he has written, produced, directed and acted in countless films that illuminate the impacts of racism in our country. As one of the most outspoken African-American voices, he talks candidly, and with authority, about issues of race in mainstream media and Hollywood, using as a backdrop a rare behind-the-scenes look at his celebrated body of work. And as an organization working to undo racism and other oppressions that are root causes of poverty, Solid Ground is pleased to bring such an influential person in the conversations about race and social justice to our event.

For more information or to register for the event, click here.