UW to host Civil Rights attorney Jason Downs, lawyer on Freddie Gray and Flint, Mich. cases

Nov. 1 SJT: Public Defense’s Role in Advancing Social Justice

SJTTime: 12:30 to 1:20 p.m.

Date: Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2016.

Place: UW School of Law, Room 127.

This event will provide an introduction to the defenders; Seattle’s front-line soldiers in the battle for criminal justice reform. Besides providing legal representation to indigent clients in several practice areas, the King County Department of Public Defense also works to address racial disproportionality in the criminal justice system, the collateral consequences of justice involvement, and other structural issues that undermine the rights of the criminally accused. DPD representatives will speak to their own experience in criminal law, as well as their role in justice reform movements currently underway here in King County.

Panelists include: La Mer Kyle-Griffiths is the Training Director for the King County Department of Public Defense in Seattle, WA. Before that, she practiced for over 15 years as a public defender in both Kentucky and Massachusetts. She has tried juvenile, adult and a death penalty case as well as arguing two cases to the Kentucky Supreme court; Amy Parker has been serving as a public defense attorney in King County for more than a decade, and recently served as the interim supervisor for the Associated Counsel for the Accused at Seattle Municipal Court. She is a leader in the public defense community and a respected litigator who has brought multiple felony cases to trial; Sade Smith grew up in Pullman, Washington and graduated from the University of Illinois College of Law in 2011. Sade entered public defense shortly after graduation as a public defender in Burlington and Mount Vernon. Since 2014 she has been on case load with the Northwest Defenders Division of the King County Department of Public Defense.

Nov. 1: Panel on I-732: WA Carbon Tax Proposal

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Date: Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2016.

Place: UW School of Law, Room 117.

Please join the Environmental Law Society for a 4-person panel to discuss the proposed Carbon Tax initiative, I-732, on the ballots for this election. Dr. Todd Wildermuth will be moderating the panel, which will include two panelists discussing support for the initiative and two panelists discussing opposition against the initiative. Panelists in support of I-732 will include representatives from Carbon WA and Audobon. Panelists in opposition to I-732 will include representatives from the Washington State Labor Council and One America.

Please join the Environmental Law Society for this great panel to learn more about the controversial Carbon Tax proposal in Washington and gain more insight to make an informed vote this voting season. Food will be provided and a 15-minute open Q&A session will allow for interested parties to ask questions from the panelists.

Nov. 1: Rape on the Night Shift Film Showing

PILA LogoTime: 6 to 9 p.m.

Date: Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2016.

Place: UW School of Law, Room 127

The Public Interest Law Association (PILA) is hosting a showing of Rape on the Night Shift, a news investigation into the sexual abuse of immigrant women in the janitorial industry. Please join us for the film showing and a panel discussion that will follow the film. The panel will feature speakers from API Chaya, UNITE HERE! Local 8, and U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Food will be provided.

Nov. 4: Sexual Assault Trauma-Informed Victim Empowerment (STRIVE): Sexual Assault Protection Orders and Victim Rights

logo_ywcaTime: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Date: Friday, Nov. 4, 2016.

Place: Davis Wright Tremaine LLP, 1201 Third Ave., Suite 2200, Seattle, WA 98101

This CLE by the Sexual Violence Legal Services – YWCA will introduce participants to the unique legal needs of sexual assault survivors when seeking a civil protection order or protecting their privacy rights in criminal cases.  The program will provide an in-depth and interactive examination of Washington laws and statutes protecting survivors of sexual violence, along with ethical considerations when representing them.  Participants may earn up to an additional 24 CLE credits representing an SVLS-referred pro bono client.  Agenda and registration at here.

Nov. 7: Special Lunch with Civil Rights Attorney Jason Downs

UW Law LogoTime: 12:30 to 1:20 p.m.

Date: Monday, Nov. 7, 2016.

Place: UW School of Law, Room 115.

Join for an informal gathering preceding Mr. Downs’ evening presentation. Jason Downs is a trial attorney and partner at the Baltimore firm of Murphy, Falcon & Murphy. Mr. Downs focuses his practice on complex cases involving fraud, conspiracy, and police brutality. He was also a part of the litigation team that investigated and settled the Freddie Gray civil matter for $6.4 million. He is currently part of the litigation team handling a class action in the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals based on the Flint, Michigan water crisis. Also, he currently represents the family of Terrence Sterling in the police-involved shooting in Washington, DC. Read the flyer here.

Nov. 7: Racial Justice in Modern America: From Baltimore to Flint & Beyond

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Date: Monday, Nov. 7, 2016.

Place: UW School of Law, Room 133

Jason Downs is a trial attorney and partner at the Baltimore firm of Murphy, Falcon & Murphy. Mr. Downs focuses his practice on complex cases involving fraud, conspiracy, and police brutality. He was also a part of the litigation team that investigated and settled the Freddie Gray civil matter for $6.4 million. He is currently part of the litigation team handling a class action in the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals based on the Flint, Michigan water crisis. Also, he currently represents the family of Terrence Sterling in the police-involved shooting in Washington, DC. Read the flyer here.

Interested in Defending the Earth? EarthJustice Position Openings

Attention Recent Grads! Snohomish Count Superior Court Seeking Law Clerk, Due 11/12

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Judge Thomas Wynne in Snohomish County Superior Court is hiring a law clerk/bailiff to begin at the end of November.  He will be accepting applications on a rolling basis until Wednesday, November 12th at 5:00PM and interviews will immediately follow.  The job description for the law clerk/bailiff position is attached.

For complete details, click here.

Oregon Law Center Seeking Full Time Staff Attorney, Due 11/14

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Oregon Law Center (OLC) seeks a full-time staff attorney to provide civil legal services to low-income clients. The position is based in Coos Bay along the rugged southern Oregon coast, and serves clients throughout Coos, Curry, and Western Douglas Counties. These counties have a high poverty rate and limited access to services.

OLC is a legal services program committed to achieving justice for the low-income communities of Oregon by providing a full range of the highest quality civil legal services. OLC does not receive funding from the federal Legal Services Corporation. OLC operates ten offices, a state support unit, legislative advocacy unit, and statewide farmworker program. OLC works closely with Legal Aid Services of Oregon and other partners in Oregon’s coordinated civil legal services delivery system.

For more information, click here.

City of Olympia Municipal Court Seeking Municipal Court Public Defender, Due 11/15

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The City of Olympia Municipal Court is accepting applications for contract public defender. The City is hiring four public defenders with the contract beginning January 1, 2015. Applicants must be a member in good standing with the WA State Bar Association with a minimum of two years criminal law experience, preferably in a Municipal or District Court with public defense experience. Contract period runs from January 1, 2015 thru December 31, 2015, with an option to renew. The monthly salary is $5,000. Public Defenders must be able to meet caseload standards and certifications. Public defenders work closely with the Public Defense Coordinator.

For more information, click here.

American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) Offering Fellowship Program, Due 11/15

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The Legal Department of the American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (“AFL‑CIO”) is offering a one‑year fellowship beginning in September 2015.  The fellowship offers an excellent opportunity for recent law school graduates to work with experienced union-side lawyers on a wide variety of issues.

The AFL‑CIO Fellow will work with lawyers in the AFL‑CIO Legal Department and with other union lawyers around the country on a wide range of activities.  The Fellow will assist experienced lawyers working on cases and regulatory matters that affect the labor movement and the rights of workers.  The AFL‑CIO’s litigation caseload includes cases in the U.S. Supreme Court, the U.S. Courts of Appeals, the NLRB and a small number of state appellate suits.  In addition, the AFL‑CIO Legal Department frequently presents the views of the labor movement on federal regulatory initiatives affecting workers.  Whenever possible, the Fellow will be given the opportunity to participate in meetings with union lawyers and to attend oral arguments.  The AFL‑CIO Fellow will also participate in Lawyers Coordinating Committee activities, including preparation for attorney conferences, outreach to new labor lawyers and law students, and regular opportunities to attend LCC meetings and conferences.

For more information, click here.

Social Justice Fund NW Seeking Program Director, Due 11/19

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Social Justice Fund is a member-funded foundation that supports the creation of a just society through fundraising, grantmaking, and member involvement.  The foundation provides essential resources to organizations in Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington, and Wyoming to strengthen grassroots efforts in the broad-based movement for progressive, systemic social change.

The Program Director is a full-time, exempt employee and reports to the Executive Director.  The Program Director is responsible for leading, coordinating, implementing and evaluating all aspects of Social Justice Fund’s programs, including our Giving Projects and all of our grantmaking.

For more information, click here.

Attention 2Ls! Rule 9 Position with the Snohomish County Public Defenders, Due 11/21

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The Snohomish County Public Defenders Association is seeking 2L Summer interns for 2015 Rule 9 positions. The Snohomish County Public Defenders Association represents indigent individuals in the Superior and District Courts of Snohomish County. Currently the office has a Felony unit, Misdemeanor unit, Civil Commitment unit, and a Predator unit. The positions will be in the Misdemeanor unit at the office. Each intern will be paired up with a supervising attorney who will assign tasks as needed.

After an initial training period, which will last approximately two weeks, the position will require frequent court appearances, meeting with clients, possible interviews at various correctional facilitates, motions practice, and any other task assigned by a supervising attorney. The position will likely require a significant amount of time in court. Only those interested in working with indigent people and who are interested in trial work should apply. Positions are unpaid. Externship credit is possible but will require the student to coordinate with the school. The ideal start time would be shortly after the school year ends and go to just before the next school session. There can be some flexibility as to start and end dates.

Please submit cover letter, resume, and a writing sample. We are currently accepting these materials. Ideally material should be sent to Paul Thompson. Or, in the alternative, they can be mailed to the Snohomish County Public Defenders Assoc, Attn: Paul Thompson, 2722 Sute 200, Colby Ave, , Everett, WA. 98201. No phone calls accepted. Email questions to pthompson@snocopda.org. The above materials will be accepted until November 21st applicants will receive a response as to the status of their materials.

Attention Post Grads!  Columbia Legal Services Seeking Advocacy Director

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For many years, Columbia Legal Services and its predecessor organizations has represented some of the most marginalized people in Washington. We use every legal tool available on their behalf. Our role to serve people and use advocacy that might otherwise not be available makes our work an integral part of the Washington Alliance for Equal Justice.

Columbia Legal Services seeks a full-time Advocacy Director to oversee all statewide litigation and advocacy projects. This position is likely based in Seattle, with statewide responsibilities. Working closely with a dynamic advocacy team that spans five locations and four statewide project teams, the Advocacy Director will work collaboratively with an executive leadership team, and work in partnership with the Policy Director and five Coordinating Attorneys. This position reports to the Director.

For complete details, click here.

Washington House Democrats Hiring Legislative Aides

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Washington House Democrats is offering positions as legislative to the following Representatives in Washington’s Democratic House.  Click on the links below for a full job description.

Legislative Assistant to Rep. Morris — Job announcement
Legislative Assistant to Rep. Lytton — Job announcement
Legislative Assistant to Rep. Hunter — Job announcement
Legislative Assistant to Rep. Carlyle — Job announcement

Attention Recent Grads! EarthJustice in Bozeman, MT Seeking Associate Attorney

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The Northern Rockies office of Earthjustice, located in Bozeman, Montana, has an opening for an associate attorney to begin work in the fall of 2015.

In the Northern Rockies, we are engaged in a regional litigation program focused on protecting and preserving the iconic wildlife species and wild lands of this incomparable region. The Northern Rockies office has played a leading and long-standing role as the last line of defense for the ecosystems encompassing Yellowstone and Glacier national parks, as well as the grizzly bears, wolves, bison and other species that depend upon the ecological integrity of these spectacular areas.

Associate attorneys at Earthjustice perform a range of litigation-related tasks that can include: conducting legal research and preparing memoranda on issues relating to ongoing or potential litigation projects; drafting motions, briefs and other pleadings; preparing comments on proposed agency actions and environmental impact statements; developing oral advocacy and presentation skills.

For complete details, click here.

National Security Agency at Fort Mead, MD Seeking Full-Time Attorney in Acquisition, Research & Technology

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The National Security Agency (NSA) Office of General Counsel is seekingan attorney with at least 3 years of experience in patent prosecution to joinits Acquisition, Research and Technology practice group. The attorney will have responsibility for providing a full range of Intellectual Property (IP) legal services.

To apply for this position, please visit http://www.NSA.gov/Careers and click the ‘Job Search/Apply Now’ button located at the top left of your screen.

Search the job posting, Attorney position, job # 1051588, and click the job to apply. After completing the application and clicking the ‘Submit Final’ button, you will receive a confirmation email.

Attention Recent Grads! Associate Attorney Opening at Earthjustice in Bozeman, MT

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The Northern Rockies office of Earthjustice, located in Bozeman, Montana, has an opening for an associate attorney to begin work in the fall of 2015.

In the Northern Rockies, we are engaged in a regional litigation program focused on protecting and preserving the iconic wildlife species and wild lands of this incomparable region. The Northern Rockies office has played a leading and long-standing role as the last line of defense for the ecosystems encompassing Yellowstone and Glacier national parks, as well as the grizzly bears, wolves, bison and other species that depend upon the ecological integrity of these spectacular areas.

We are equally engaged in the battle to combat global warming by challenging coal mining and coal-fired power plants, and we are responding to a rapid natural gas development boom that is spreading across the Northern Rockies region.

For complete details, click here.

Fellowships at Auschwitz for the Study of Professional Ethics (FASPE) Now Accepting Applications, Due 1/6/15

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FASPE is a set of innovative programs for students in professional schools designed to address contemporary ethical issues through a unique historical context. The Fellowships provide journalism, law, medical, seminary, and business students with a structured program of study that initially focuses on the role of their chosen professions in Nazi Germany and the Holocaust and uses that historic focus as a framework for the consideration of contemporary ethical issues. Through an all-expenses-paid two-week summer intensive course in New York, Germany, and  Poland, students will explore such topics as The Rule of Law vs. Lawlessness; The Role and Limits of Bioethics; The Goals of Morality in the Face of Evil; The Responsibility to Report; and Ethical Limitations on Profit-Seeking.

For complete details, click here.

 

International Human Rights and the United States – Concluding Observations from the UN

Federal Judiciary Plans to Hire Staff, Public Defenders

By Todd Ruger, Legal Times

Judge Julia Gibbons

The federal courts plan to backfill many of the staff and public defender positions lost during last year’s steep budget cuts, top judiciary officials told House lawmakers today on Capitol Hill.

The spending bill that Congress passed for fiscal year 2014 will allow the courts to reverse most of the emergency measures put in place last year because of nearly $350 million in cuts to the courts as part of sequestration, said Judge Julia Gibbons, chairwoman of the budget committee of the U.S. Judicial Conference.

The courts will be able to fill some of the more than 3,200 staff lost in recent years in clerks’ offices and probation and pretrial services offices, Gibbons told members of the Financial Services and General Government appropriations subcommittee. The judiciary plans to fill 400 staff positions lost in defender organizations, said Gibbons, who sits on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.

Continue reading here.  Photo of Judge Julia Gibbons of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, courtesy of Legal Times, Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts.

Center for Reproductive Rights Issues Press Release on the Human Rights Committee’s Concluding Observations of the United States

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UN Human Rights Committee: U.S. Should Ensure Health Coverage for Immigrant Women

By: Center for Reproductive Rights, 3/27/14

The United Nations Human Rights Committee is urging the United States to address the critical health care coverage needs for immigrant women and families. The Committee stated that the exclusion of millions of undocumented immigrants from health insurance under the Affordable Care Act, as well as the five-year waiting period for lawfully present immigrants to access Medicaid and other public insurance programs, pose barriers to health care access—including reproductive health care—that violate the human rights of millions of immigrants and their families.

The UN committee’s action was issued today in its Concluding Observations on the United States following its periodic review of U.S. compliance with the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR).

The Committee called on the U.S. to review its policies that violate numerous rights under the Covenant, including the right to be free from torture and ill treatment, the right to liberty and security, the rights to privacy and protection of the family, and the right to equal protection of the laws. According to the Committee, the U.S. should “facilitate access of undocumented immigrants and immigrants residing lawfully in the U.S. for less than five years and their families to adequate health care, including reproductive health care services.”

Continue reading here.

Looking to Fund Your Summer Doing Public Service Work? Apply for the Labor & Employment Summer Grant Applications

Black Law Students Association Alumni Committee of the Public Defender for DC Announces 2014 Spring Break Criminal Defense Trial Practice Institute, Due TODAY

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The Black Law Students Association Alumni Committee of the Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia is pleased to present the 2014 Spring Break Criminal Defense Trial Practice Institute (Institute).  The Institute seeks to help students cultivate effective trial advocacy skills and explore indigent criminal defense work.  The program consists of a week of workshops on how to conduct opening statements, direct examinations, cross examinations, and closing arguments.  In addition, students will learn how to develop theories of defense, master the rules of evidence, and impeach witnesses at trial.  At the end of the program, students will participate in full-length mock trials presided over by Superior Court judges.

The Institute will be held March 10 – March 14, 2014.  The program is free of charge to students, although students are expected to provide their own transportation and lodging. To apply, students must be a member of the school’s Black Law Students Association and commit to the entire program.

Students should submit their applications electronically by clicking here. For more information about PDS, click here.  The deadline to submit  applications is Friday, February 26, 2014.

2014 Labor & Employment Summer Grant Applications Now Available, Due 4/3

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Do you have an unpaid summer internship lined up with a government agency or non-profit organization working on labor and/or employment law issues? Wondering how you can fund your summer doing  this public service work?

The Labor and Employment Law sections of the King County Bar Association and Washington State Bar Association are dedicated to educating future lawyers about the practice of labor and employment law. They sponsor two $6000 summer grants to give students the opportunity to have hands-on experience in the field of labor and employment law in King County and Washington State respectively. Applications including letters of recommendation are due no later than Thursday, April 3. Download the KCBA application here. Download the WSBA application here. For more information please email Aline Carton-Listfjeld at the Center for Public Service Law.

Click here to download the WSBA Summer Grant Application information.

Click here to download the KCBA Summer Grant Application information.

Honoring Justice Tom Chambers in Special Edition of Trial News

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In honor of Justice Tom Chambers – Trial News published a special edition of Trial News this month.  It is on-line – below are instructions on how to access the paper.

The February issue of Trial News is now viewable online here.  If you would like to read Trial News offline you can use the Free App – FLIPEXPLORER – it can be used to download or transfer the publication into iPad/iPhone/iPod and Android for offline reading.

The Opportunity Agenda Publishes Report on Human Rights in State Courts 2014

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The Opportunity Agenda and the Program on Human Rights in the Global Economy of Northeastern University School of Law has released a new report, Human Rights in State Courts 2014. The report reviews state court decisions and Attorneys General opinions interpreting human rights treaties, laws, and standards.

Since the last version of this report was released in 2011, litigants have continued to use international human rights law in their arguments before state courts. In fact, the range of cases in which international law arguments are offered seems to have increased, now encompassing environmental claims, tort cases, and guardianship matters. Many of these arguments have been cursorily dismissed, with a few courts and individual judges staking out their opposition to the application of international human rights law. However, some state courts have considered and affirmatively used international law as persuasive authority for the interpretation of state constitutions, statutes, and common law. Further, individual judges regularly draw on human rights norms in concurring or dissenting opinions.

Read the complete report here.

Become a F.I.H.R.E. Starter! Apply to USHRN’s Human Rights Education Program, Due 3/14

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As the U.S. human rights movement grows, so does the need for accessible, strategically-focused human rights education to ignite change. The goal of the USHRN Fighting Injustice through Human Rights Education (F.I.H.R.E) Program is to do just that. A re-launch of our Summer Training Institute, FIHRE aims to place the tools of a people-centered human rights framework in the arsenal of human rights defenders to ensure coordinated, strategic, and holistic growth to the movement.

For complete application details, click here.

Center for Women & Democracy Offers Its Leadership Institute from June 24-28 This Year at SU, Applications Due 4/1

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Center for Women & Democracy’s signature program – our Leadership Institute – will take place this year from June 24th to 28th at Seattle University. This week-long program offers a format built for women, by women and for women, training them to lead wherever they land. From knowing how to handle money and negotiating for better wages, to listening & leading skills, to appreciating cultural diversity, to achieving balance in your life, this celebrated curriculum also features the best women: elected leaders, professional business women, non-profit geniuses, young entrepreneurs, and women succeeding in all aspects of life.

The Center underwrites all but $275 per person for this five-day experience, including all food, housing, trainings, events & materials. This program draws applicants from all over the world and has graduated more than 400 very impressive women who have gone on to become successful leaders, international scholars, elected officials, and innovative business entrepreneurs. Some of these accomplished young women return to the program year after year to mentor the new class.

For more information, click here.  To apply, click here.

Calling for Volunteers! UW Offering Its First Law Academy for Diverse High School Students

Friday, March 14, 2014
UW Law School, 10:30 AM – 4:00 PM
You are cordially invited to participate in our first UW Law Academy! 

With the help of the UW Office of Minority Affairs, Rise UP/GEAR UP! and DiscoverLaw.org, the UW School of Law is inviting diverse high school students from around the State to spend the day at the law school.  We hope to inspire students to really consider pursuing a legal education and career by introducing them to judges, attorneys, and law students.

We need attorney/professor/judge/law student volunteers to help make this a great experience for our high school guests.  Please RSVP at Lisa Castilleja  ASAP.  Let her know if you would like to attend the morning or afternoon session, either session +the luncheon, or stay with us for the entire day.  Please feel free to forward the invitation to your colleagues (Walk-ins Welcome!).

Proposed schedule:
10:00-10:20 am: Check in/Registration/
10:30 am: Keynote Speaker: Justice Steven C. Gonzalez, WA Supreme Court
11:00 am-1200 pm: Overview and Action Plan (from High School to Law School): Sehee Thomas, Associate Director of Admissions/Lisa Castilleja, Assistant Director, CPLD
12:00 pm-1:15 pm: Lunch & Learn;
1:15- 1:30 pm: Break
1:30pm-2:45 pm: Street Law Programming/Mock Trial
2:45pm-3pm: Closing  Remarks

Attention Law Students! This is a great networking opportunity!
Law student volunteers are especially needed to help with the mock trial portion of the program which includes the lunch & learn and then partnering with the volunteer attorneys on the mock trial.

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June Holistic Advocacy CLE and Innovation Against Global Poverty Talk

June 13-Innovative Efforts in the Fight Against Global Poverty: A Conversation with Helene Gayle & Steve Davis

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Global Washington will host Helene Gayle, President & Chief Executive Officer of CARE and Steve Davis, President & Chief Executive Officer of PATH, for a timely conversation and update on innovations in global health and food aid reform. Free to attend but space is limted, so RSVP today! Register here.

June 21- Holistic Legal Practice:A Practical Approach Working with Low-Income Clients

WDAFriday, June 21, 9am-5pm, UW School of Law

Click here to register. Click here to download the flyer.

Holistic Legal practice combines aggressive legal advocacy with a broader recognition that for most poor people arrested and charged with a crime, or facing a civil legal aid issue, the presenting case, whether civil or criminal, is not the only issue with which they struggle. The key insight of holistic legal practice is that to be truly effective advocates for our clients, we must broaden the scope of our work to include the consequences of criminal justice involvement as well as the underlying issues, both legal and non-legal, that have played a part in driving our clients into legal problems in the first place. Read more here.

Get Ready for Next Academic Year: Save the Date- PALOOZA!

Equal Justice Works Conference & Career Fair: October 25-26, 2013, Arlington, VA

Screen shot 2013-04-03 at 1.49.27 PMThe Equal Justice Works annual Conference and Career Fair is the largest national public interest career fair in the country.  More than 1,200 students from 165 law schools attend for two days of interviews, workshops, networking and other career opportunities.  Public interest employers conduct interviews for internship and full-time positions and meet with students in informal “table talk” settings to discuss public interest legal opportunities.  The Conference and Career Fair also features workshops on various public interest careers and job search advice, resume and cover letter review, mock interviews, and more. For more about the upcoming conference click here.

US Human Rights Network’s National Conference – ADVANCING HUMAN RIGHTS 2013: December 6-8, 2013, Atlanta, Georgia

USHRNUSHRN’s bi-annual human rights conference is the primary national gathering for human rights and social justice activists, advocates, practitioners, and supporters dedicated to strengthening a human rights agenda and culture in the U.S. and demanding the United States government fulfill its human rights obligations in the U.S.  This will be their 5th bi-annual conference as they celebrate their 10th Anniversary! This year’s theme: Dignity. Justice. Action.

The conference agenda will allow participants to learn from presentations and discussions on four thematic tracks: 1) comprehensive immigration policy and enforcement; 2) the criminal system and mass incarceration; 3) economic policy and workers rights; and 4) climate justice.  Framing papers will be released prior to the conference to inform discussions on each track. Space will be provided for presentations and interactive workshops on these and other human rights issues.  Participants will leave with a deeper understanding on the gender, race and class impact on fulfillment of rights, and the inter-connectedness of rights. For more info click here.

 28th Annual Goldmark Award Luncheon: Friday, February 21, 2014 at the Seattle Sheraton Hotel 

LFWHosted by the the Legal Foundation of Washington, the Goldmark Award Luncheon is where the Alliance for Equal Justice, legal organizations, pro bono attorneys, judges and allies get together every year to honor our finest who work for the common good in our state. Nominations for the 2014 Charles A. Goldmark Distinguished Service Award accepted NOW through September 6, 2013. See nomination criteria at the Legal Foundation of Washington website at www.legalfoundation.org