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

ICC

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

Hannah McNeish - IRIN - South Sudan Sexual Violence

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!

QLaw Foundation Logo

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

EJW Logo

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.

Don’t Miss Our First Annual Pro Bono Core Competencies Training on October 12 and Other Pro Bono Goodies

October 8: Social Justice Tuesday- Pro Bono Service & Pro Bono Honors Program Info Session

sjtlogoLearn about pro bono service and training right here at UW Law!

Get the nuts and bolts about the Pro Bono Honors Program and learn from fellow students about their experiences volunteering with the following:

  • Immigrant Families Advocacy Project (IFAP)
  • Incarcerated Mothers Advocacy Project (IMAP)
  • Street Youth Legal Advocates of WA (SYLAW)
  • International Treaty Monitoring Project (ITMP)
  • GreenLaw
  • And more!

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

RSVP by 12:00 pm Monday, October 7, 2013.

The University of Washington is committed to providing access, equal opportunity and reasonable accommodation in its services, programs, activities, education and employment for individuals with disabilities. To request disability accommodation, contact the Disability Services Office at least ten days in advance at: 206.543.6450/V, 206.543.6452/TTY, 206.685.7264/FAX, or by e-mail dso@u.washington.edu.

October 8: State Court System Under Funding

Courtroom

Tuesday, October 8,  2-3pm EST

Voice America Internet Radio will present a show on the underfunding of our state court systems hosted by Pam Hill.  Chief Justice Christine Durham, former Chief Justice of Utah; Dan Hall, Vice President of the National Center for State courts; and Steve Puiszis, Chair of the Defense Research Institute’s Judicial Task Force, will be participating.  Panelists are expected to discuss the extent to which budget cuts have affected the ability of litigants to access the courts, the strategies courts have taken to deal with shortfalls, and the principles by which courts should operate and be funded.

October 11: PSL Career Building Workshop Series Kick Off

Fall PSL Career Bldg Workshop Series

October 11: International Treaty Monitoring Project Info Session & Training

ITMP Training Flyer

October 12: Pro Bono Core Competencies Training- Yes, It’s a Saturday!

PBH Core Training

First Global Monday and Social Justice Tuesday of the Year Plus Much More

September 30:  A Tale of Three Countries, Spain, France and New Zealand: Travails over the International Law Concerning Oil Pollution Damages

global mondays

It’s the first Global Monday Speaker Series of the academic year!

12:30-1:20 pm, Room 117, lunch provided

Thomas J. Schoenbaum, JD, PhD; Research Professor of Law, George Washington University Law School; Visiting Professor, UW Law

Professor Schoenbaum will focus on the two International Maritime Organization treaties that establish liability for oil pollution damages and create an international fund to pay claims. 107 countries—but not the United States—are parties to these treaties. He will discuss three recent ship disasters that have focused attention on the deficiencies of these treaties: the wreck of the ship Erika off the coast of France; the wreck of the ship Prestige off the coast of Spain; and the grounding of the ship Rena off the coast of New Zealand. 

Dr. Thomas J.Schoenbaum is a Research Professor of Law at George Washington University Law School and a Visiting Professor at UW Law for the Fall 2013 quarter, teaching International Environmental Law. He is a graduate of the University of Michigan Law School (JD) as well as Gonville and Caius College of the University of Cambridge (PhD). Professor Schoenbaum has practiced law extensively, including serving as maritime counsel to the State of Alaska after the Exxon Valdez grounding and oil spill in 1989 and representing several Japanese clients in connection with the BP Deepwater Horizon litigation in the Eastern Distrct of Louisiana. He has served as Professor of Law at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; Associate Dean of the Tulane University Law School, the holder of the Dean Rusk Chair of International Law at the University of Georgia; and Professor of Graduate Studies at International Christian University in Tokyo, Japan. Dr. Schoenbaum is the author of many articles and books, including The World Trade Organization: Law, Policy and Practice (2003), Admiralty and Maritime Law (3d ed. 2001), and Environmental Policy Law (2002). He is currently working on new books in the areas of international environmental law and international business transactions.

October 1: First Social Justice Tuesday of the Year! What I did Last Summer in Public Service Law

sjtlogo

12:30-1:20pm, Room 133

Featuring a panel of fabulous law students who will discuss what kind of public service work they did in government, civil legal aid and human rights  at home and abroad.

Student Panel:     

  • Blake Koerner: Northwest Justice Project
  • Jessica Erickson: Washington Defender Assn
  • Elysia Ruvinsky: Iraqi Refugee Assistance Project
  • Ashley Paintner: Human Rights Course in Cambodia
  • Liz Allen: Office for Civil Rights, US Dept. of Education

Learn about public service “real world” experiences from students who have experienced it firsthand. 

  • How did they find their jobs?
  • How did they fund their summers?
  • What did they learn?

If you would like lunch please RSVP via Symplicity or gatespsl@uw.edu. RSVP by 12:00 pm Monday, September 30, 2013.

October 1: Live Webcast, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights

HRtreaty

Live Webcast from American University College of Law, 1-3pm EST

Navi Pillay, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights will discuss the role of the international treaty system in the protection and promotion of human rights, its interaction with other mechanisms, and its relevance as a preventive early warning system. She will also address the impact of the work of treaty bodies on the ground, where it matters most.

October 3: Interested in Working for the Federal Government? Attend Important Info Session on the Presidential Management Fellows Program

PMF Logo1

Are you interested in public service or a career with the Federal Government? One of the best ways to get fast-tracked into the system is the Presidential Management Fellows (PMF) program.

Applications are only open once a year for a short window, but those who are selected for the PMF program receive a high level 2-year appointment with salary and benefits, the prestige of being selected for an elite federal program, and the opportunity to work at the agency of your dreams.

If you want to learn more about the PMF program, the Jackson School of International Studies will be hosting an open info session on October 3rd. RSVPs are not required to attend.

Date & Time: Thursday, October 3rd 2013, 4:30pm. 

Venue: Thomson Hall, room 101

Eligibility: Any graduate student (Masters or above) who will be completing their degree between 9/1/13 and 8/31/14. Alternatively, any recent graduate who obtained their advanced degree no more than 2 years before 10/1/13 is also eligible for the 2014 PMF program.

This year’s PMF program application is slated to be open though USAjobs.gov only between 10/1/13 and 10/15/13 – the more you do now, the better your chances of being selected as a finalist! Alternatively, this info session is perfect for those who want to start building their application for next year.

October 11: Last Chance! Register for Forces of Change Conference

forcesofchange2013

Register here.

Join the University of Washington School of Law and the Education Law & Policy Society for a day of lively discussions, debate, and learning about school reform in Washington State. Come learn how law and policy shape equity for Washington’s students.

Engage with policy makers, educators, public education lawyers, and scholars through panel discussions, lightning talks, two inspirational keynote addresses and Q&A sessions. Click here for more information, including registration and the schedule.

Be a part of the solution! Clock hours and CLEs pending.

Questions? Contact Taylor David Richman or Liz Allen.