UW CAYLAC Clinic Helps Open New Opportunities Through Juvenile Justice Law

Starting Today, Juvenile Justice Law Opens Up Opportunities for Tens of Thousands of Washingtonians 

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By Columbia Legal Services

Today, tens of thousands of Washingtonians, and thousands of youth every year, will have significantly more opportunities despite childhood mistakes. This historic change comes as a result of a major juvenile justice law – the Youth Equality and Reintegration Act (SB 5564) – which was passed by the Washington legislature this past legislative session. […]

The prime legislative sponsors were Sen. Steve O’Ban (R-University Place) and Rep. Ruth Kagi (D-Seattle) and the advocacy was also led by students from the University of Washington Children and Youth Legislative Advocacy Clinic. More information on the YEAR Act is available here.

Read the entire publication here.

Washington Journal of Environmental Law & Policy (WJELP) Hosting First Annual Symposium on Ocean Acidification and Coastal Health, Now Accepting Paper Submissions

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The Washington Journal of Environmental Law & Policy (WJELP) invites submissions for papers focused on ocean acidification. Partnering with the UW Law Environmental Law Program, WJELP will be hosting an Ocean Acidification Symposium on November 6, 2015. Accepted papers will be featured at the symposium and later printed in an edited volume. Submitted papers should relate to the growing need for law and policy addressing ocean acidification, strategies to manage ocean acidification at various scales (local, regional, national and global), and other related topics (using ocean acidification to target CO2 emissions, sustainable aquaculture, land-based sources of water pollution, etc.). We also welcome proposals for symposium speakers. Paper submissions due by October 16, 2015.

For more information, click here.

World Health Organization Releases New Publication on Sexual Health, Human Rights and the Law

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Sexual health today is widely understood as a state of physical, emotional, mental and social wellbeing in relation to sexuality. It encompasses not only certain aspects of reproductive health – such as being able to control one’s fertility through access to contraception and abortion, and being free from sexually transmitted infections (STIs), sexual dysfunction and sequelae related to sexual violence or female genital mutilation – but also, the possibility of having pleasurable and safe sexual experiences, free of coercion, discrimination and violence. Indeed, it has become clear that human sexuality includes many different forms of behaviour and expression, and that the recognition of the diversity of sexual behaviour and expression contributes to people’s overall sense of well-being and health.

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Judges Rebuke Limits on Wiping Out Student Loans

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By Tara Siegel Bernard | New York Times

[…] The judge, Jim D. Pappas, in his concurring opinion for the bankruptcy appellate panel decision in the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, said the analysis used “to determine the existence of an undue hardship is too narrow, no longer reflects reality and should be revised.”

He added: “It would seem that in this new, different environment, in determining whether repayment of a student loan constitutes an undue hardship, a bankruptcy court should be afforded flexibility to consider all relevant facts about the debtor and the subject loans.” But the current standard, he wrote, “does not allow it.”

Read the entire article here.  Photo courtesy of Nick Cote, New York Times.

EEOC Bans Discrimination Against Gays in Workplaces

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By Sue Reisinger | Corporate Counsel

In a historic decision, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has ruled that all job discrimination based on sexual orientation is a form of sex discrimination under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

The 3-2 decision, dated July 16, does what Congress and most courts so far have refused to do: ban discrimination against gays in the workplace. Until now only a handful of states and municipalities have done so.

The EEOC foreshadowed its decision in a field memo last February saying that workers are protected under Title VII from discrimination based on sexual orientation as well as gender identity.

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Attention New and Young Lawyers! Service Opportunity with the WSBA, Due 8/14

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The Washington Young Lawyers Committee encourages WSBA’s new and young lawyers to apply to serve as a young lawyer liaison to one of the following sections:

Apply now! Deadline is Friday, Aug. 14, at 5 p.m.

For more information about the volunteer position and application process, click here.

Have you Already Secured a Summer Internship doing Social Justice Work? Don’t Miss Out on an Early Application for Funding

On Human Rights Day, UN Official Calls for Member States to ‘Stamp Out Torture’

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By: UN News Centre

10 December 2014 – Governments must ramp up their efforts in eradicating the practice of torture and compensate the victims of this “most vicious of crimes,” the top United Nations human rights official has urged, as he marked the 30th anniversary of the adoption of the Convention against Torture.

In a press statement issued today following the release of two “ground-breaking” reports – one from the United States and another from Brazil – on the use of torture by both Governments, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, called on all Member States “to act unequivocally” in stamping out the practice.

“Today is not only Human Rights Day,” Mr. Zeid said, as he recalled the UN-backed observance commemorating the date on which the General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, “it is also the 30th anniversary of the adoption of the Convention against Torture on 10 December 1984.”

“Yet, as yesterday’s US Senate Select Committee on Intelligence report shows, torture is still taking place in quite a few of the 156 countries that have ratified the Convention against Torture and have domestic legislation making it illegal.”

Continue reading here. Photo credit: UN Photo/Jean-Marc Ferré

2015 Haywood Burns Memorial Fellowship for Social and Economic Justice, Applications Due 1/12/15

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The Haywood Burns Fellowships are designed to encourage students to work in the National Lawyer’s Guild’s tradition of “people’s lawyering.” The program exists to help students apply their talents and skills to find creative ways to use the law to advance justice. Burns Fellowships provoke law students to question traditional notions of how one must practice law and to provide a summer experience that will enrich and challenge them.

Over the years, the Summer Projects program has expanded to place hundreds of students with public interest organizations working to protect and further the civil rights of oppressed people in the United States. Although providing legal work under the direction of their attorney-organizers is important, the primary mission of the summer projects is to strengthen each student’s long-term commitment to promote justice and equality. Fellows have worked with groups to provide legal, political, and educational support on a wide variety of issues, including voting rights; union democracy; workplace health and safety; the death penalty and prison reform; lesbian/gay/bisexual/trans rights; defense of protesters from police harassment and criminal sanctions; and international human rights.

For more information, click here.

Human Rights Essay Award: Call for Submissions, Due 2/1/15

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Are you interested in attending an all-expense paid 3 week summer program on Human Rights and Humanitarian Law taught by over 39 world-renowned practitioners and academics at American University Washington College of Law? Well, now is your chance! Submit an essay to the Human Rights Essay Award Competition and you could be the lucky winner to receive a scholarship to attend the 2015 Program of Advanced Studies in Human Rights and Humanitarian Law. This year’s topic is “Transitional Justice, International Human Rights and Humanitarian Law” and the deadline to submit is February 1, 2015. Participants have the flexibility to choose any subject related to the assigned topic. The best articles may be published in the American University International Law Review.

This annual competition sponsored by the Academy on Human Rights and Humanitarian Law seeks to stimulate the production of scholarly work in international human rights law. The Academy will grant two Awards, one for the best article in English and one for the best article in Spanish. The Award in each case will consist of: a scholarship to the Academy’s Program of Advanced Studies, travel expenses to Washington D.C., housing at the university dorms and a per diem for living expenses.

For detailed guidelines about the award, click here.

Attention US Citizens! David L. Boren Fellowship, Applications Due 1/27/15

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The David L. Boren Fellowship provides a unique funding opportunity for U.S. students to study in world regions critical to U.S. interests (Africa, Asia, Central & Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East).  Boren Fellows receive up to $24,000 for overseas study or up to $30,000 for a combination of overseas and domestic study.

Deadline: January 27, 2015 at 2:00 PM (PST)

For UW Information Session Webinars: December 9, 2014 and January 6, 2015.  Register online here.

For more information, click here.

 

Want to Get Plugged In To the Community? Volunteer Opportunities at ELAP

Volunteer Opportunities with Eastside Legal Assistance Program (ELAP)

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ELAP is in need of volunteers in several areas. Here are two great opportunities. Come help make equal access to justice in our community a reality by assisting ELAP in one of these areas.

ELAP Intern Videographer – Do you like being behind the camera, capturing important moments?  Or creating videos that move people to action? Come help make equal access to justice in our community a reality by assisting Eastside Legal Assistance Program (ELAP) in producing a variety of content for powerful, thought provoking videos that tell our story and get people on board with our mission.   The Intern Videographer will work closely with our Lead Videographer on various multi-media projects.  The goal of this effort is to record video CLEs for our online CLE library, increase the visibility and awareness of ELAP services, and to encourage a greater understanding of ELAP’s mission.  Please click here for more details.

ELAP Family Law Legal Support – Do you have legal assistant skills or experience and want to use these skills to help survivors of domestic violence? Come make equal access to justice in our community a reality by assisting Eastside Legal Assistance Program (ELAP) staff attorneys.  Note: this position is based out of the Domestic Abuse Women’s Network (DAWN) offices in Tukwila,WA to support the ELAP DV Staff Attorney placed on-site at DAWN.  Please click here for more details.

To volunteer, fill out a volunteer applicationELAP also has other volunteer opportunities which are listed on the volunteer page on our website.

Federal Practice Manual for Legal Aid Attorneys

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The Shriver Center’s Federal Practice Manual for Legal Aid Attorneys covers all stages of federal litigation, from drafting and filing the complaint to trial practice and limitations on relief. This popular resource, available free of charge online, includes relevant recent caselaw and legal developments. Edited by Jeffrey S. Gutman, Professor of Clinical Law at George Washington University Law School, with the assistance of a group of experienced legal aid advocates, the manual includes links to federal statutes, Supreme Court case citations, and relevant regulations. Moreover, the full text of the manual is searchable by keyword.

Click here for more information.

PLI Offering Free Prison Law Webcast on 10/30

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Live Webcast – October 30, 2014

Co-Chairs:
Tamar Kraft-StolarDirector, Women in Prison Project, Correctional Association of
New York
Alexander A. ReinertProfessor of Law, Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law

Join PLI’s Webcast of Prison Law 2014 on October 30, 2014 and learn about the legal framework for civil litigation filed on behalf of incarcerated people across the country. Experienced faculty will discuss women in prison, including legal issues that arise for these women, the role of gender and gender identity in prisons, and client-based issues and non-litigation advocacy reforms. By watching this Webcast program, advocates will learn how to better navigate this frequently complex and challenging legal environment.

Click here for more information.

The Cork Online Law Review at University College Cork, Ireland Calling for Submissions, Due 1/16/15

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The Cork Online Law Review at University College Cork, Ireland is a non-profit Law Review which provides an opportunity for undergraduates and graduates alike, to have their work published. The Cork Online Law Review (more fondly known as COLR) was revolutionary when established by law students who had the vision of forming Ireland’s only online law review to be run solely by law students.  The Cork Online Law Review is internationally renowned, having been described by the New York University Law Faculty as ‘the leading online law review in Ireland,’ and can be viewed at http://corkonlinelawreview.com.

The Editorial Board of the Cork Online Law Review is currently seeking submissions for the 14th Edition which is due to be published online here and in hard copy on the 26th March 2015. All submissions should be on a legal topic, and be between three and nine thousand words in length. Submissions are also welcome in Irish, French and German. Book reviews and case notes will also be considered. We use the Oxford Style guide as our house style guide.

There is a medal for the overall best submission, with an accompanying cash prize of €300. There is also a medal for best non-English submission.

The closing date for submissions is 16th January 2015. All interested parties should submit their articles and enquiries to Kate Murphy: editor@corkonlinelawreview.com.

Register for PLI’s Free Seminar on Unaccompanied Immigrant Children – Effective Representation 2014

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Date: 11/25/14
Location: Online
Time: 9:00 AM EST / 6:00 AM PST
Attorneys interested in representing unaccompanied immigrant children will learn the framework for legal relief for these clients and effective strategies for working with children.
What you will learn:
  • How removal proceedings against children are conducted, and some of the key affirmative defenses available under US immigration law
  • Eligibility requirements and procedural steps in seeking special immigrant juvenile status, a remedy for certain children subjected to maltreatment by one or both parents
  • Eligibility requirements and procedural steps in seeking asylum as an unaccompanied child
  • Best practices in representing children

Register online here.

Pro Bono Service Opportunity with the Volunteer Tax & Loan Program in Alaska

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The Alaska Business Development Center, Inc. (ABDC), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization based in Anchorage, Alaska, has been providing a wide spectrum of business consulting services to rural Alaska since 1978. ABDC created the Volunteer Tax and Loan Program (VTLP) after recognizing the need for quality tax services in the isolated, rural communities of Alaska that are very often only accessible by small aircraft. Since 1996, VTLP has strived to provide quality tax preparation services and education on taxpayer rights and obligations to rural residents across the state.

VTLP is seeking volunteers from various professions and local universities to participate in the program. Volunteers will be trained as either a tax preparer or educator/team leader, or both.  Volunteers typically travel in teams of two to four volunteers, one educator/leader and up to three preparers based on the needs of the community.  The weekend trips are three to four days, depending upon flight schedules, while the week long trips are for a week and typically service multiple communities. Prior tax experience is helpful but not required.

To participate, submit a completed application and attend an interview.

For more information, please click here.  The application is accessible here.  Click here for the flyer.

The VTLP qualifies for recognition for the Pro Bono Honors Society.  Track your hours and submit them for recognition at graduation!

Looking for a Career in Public Service or Simply More Direct Client Work? Check Out These Announcements

Are You Primarily Interested in a Career in Public Service Law? Has it Been a While Since you Last Met with Your Public Service Career Coach?

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Whether you’ve got summer plans lined up or not, now’s a great time to reconnect with your public service career coach. We can help you strategize and discuss internships, externships, fellowships, pro bono, clinics, post grad planning and beyond, not to mention interview and networking tips. Not sure who you should be meeting with? 1Ls and 2Ls should contact Assistant Director Aline Carton-Listfjeld or schedule directly in Symplicity. 3Ls should contact Assistant Dean Michele Storms.

Youth Opportunities Act Opens Doors to Thousands of Young Adults across Washington State

By Columbia Legal Services

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OLYMPIA – Governor Jay Inslee plans to sign the Youth Opportunities Act (HB 1651) into law tomorrow, after years of negotiations resulted in overwhelming, bipartisan support for the bill from the Washington State Legislature. The Act will result in the sealing of 6,000-10,000 young adults’ juvenile offense records each year, allowing them to receive greater opportunities in housing, education, and employment. Championed by Rep. Ruth Kagi (D-32), and negotiated by Sen. Jeannie Darneille (D-27) and Sen. Steve O’Ban (R-32), the bill received near unanimous support in the Legislature.

“The Youth Opportunities Act eliminates a major barrier for many rehabilitated youth who can now contribute fully to their communities,” said Casey Trupin, Attorney with the Children & Youth project at Columbia Legal Services (CLS). “By supporting one of the biggest juvenile justice reforms in decades, the Legislature has offered a path for young adults to pursue education, employment, and housing.” For four years, CLS has worked closely with partners such as Friends of YouthFaith Action NetworkMockingbird SocietyChildren’s Alliance, and many other strong advocates to ensure this bill passed.

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Looking for a Chance to Work with Clients?  The Moderate Means Program is Recruiting Interns for Spring and Summer Quarters, Applications Due 4/11

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The Statewide Moderate Means Program (MMP) is a joint venture between the Washington State Bar Association and the Washington State law schools. The goal of the program is to increase access to civil legal services by people of moderate means who cannot afford an attorney but make too much money to qualify for traditional legal aid services. The program is focused on the areas of Family, Housing and Consumer law.

Law students serving as MMP volunteer interns will interview potential clients by telephone to collect information and evaluate their cases. Qualifying cases will be referred by the MMP interns to participating attorneys who have agreed to represent Moderate Means Program clients for a reduced fee. MMP interns will be expected to commit to a minimum of five hours a week for the duration of spring quarter and this summer (one hour is a weekly staff meeting).

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America’s Growing Inequality: The Impact of Poverty and Race Publication Explores Poverty & Race

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America’s Growing Inequality: The Impact of Poverty and Race, edited by Chester Hartman is now available in hardcover – includes the best articles and essays from Poverty & Race; with a foreword by Congressman Luis Gutierrez. The book is a compilation of the best and still-most-relevant articles published in Poverty & Race, the bimonthly of The Poverty & Race Research Action Council from 2006 to the present. Authors are some of the leading figures in a range of activities around these themes. It is the fourth such book PRRAC has published over the years, each with a high-visibility foreword writer: Rep. John Lewis, Rep. Jesse Jackson, Jr. Bill Bradley, Julian Bond in previous books, Rep. Luis Gutierrez of Chicago for this book. The
chapters are organized into four sections: Race & Poverty: The Structural Underpinnings; Deconstructing Poverty and Racial Inequities; Re(emerging) Issues; Civil Rights History.

Order here at the PRRAC discounted rate; see the Table of Contents here.

Missed the Recent SJT on Public Interest Post Grad Fellowships? Don’t Fret. We’ve got all of the info right here!

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Download our presentation slides here and watch the podcast here. You’ll find all of the essentials on the nuts and bolts of organizational and project based public interest post grad fellowships, how to find them and some strategies for successful applications.

Kirwan Institute Releases Second State of the Science: Implicit Bias Review 2014

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With the results in the Zimmerman and Dunn trials, introducing people to Implicit Bias research seems more important than ever. The Kirwan Institute is excited to be able to continue to support the field with this new edition of State of the Science: Implicit Bias Review. Chapter 1 serves as a primer to introduce the topic, capturing some of the key ideas that were discussed at length in the 2013 edition. The next two chapters focus on the newest scholarly literature from 2013 (Chapter 2 reviews many of these recent publications, and Chapter 3 takes a step back to reflect on some of the larger trends occurring in the field). Chapters 4 and 5 delve into the concept of implicit racial bias as it operates within particular domains, specifically employment and housing (building on the sectors discussed in last year’s edition: Education, Health and Criminal Justice). The publication closes with materials in the appendices that we thought might be useful to those who are seeking to educate others regarding implicit racial bias, including “A Conversation with an Implicit Bias Skeptic.”

Click here to download the report.

Hunger Strikers Released from Solitary Confinement at the Northwest Detention Center

Activists rally outside the ICE Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma, Washington on March 11, 2014

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By Columbia Legal Services & American Civil Liberties Union

Federal immigration authorities have released hunger strikers from solitary confinement at the Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma, Washington. The action came after the ACLU of Washington (ACLU-WA) and Columbia Legal Services (CLS) filed a lawsuit seeking a court order to prohibit U.S. Immigration and Enforcement (ICE) from retaliating against detainees who engage in First Amendment-protected activities by placing them in solitary confinement.

“Our clients are very grateful to be out of solitary confinement after 6 days in it. This is a victory for free speech and fair treatment,” said Melissa Lee, Attorney and Institutions Project Coordinator with CLS.

“We’re very pleased that ICE has stopped retaliating against detainees engaged in peaceful protest. Punishing hunger strikers by putting them in isolation cells was an unlawful attempt to chill free speech rights” said ACLU-WA Legal Director Sarah Dunne.

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Mediation Training from a Social Justice Perspective Conducted by the Social Justice Mediation Institute, May 19-23

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Hosted by the City of Seattle Alternative Dispute Resolution Program.

$450 if registration completed before April 15.  $500 after April 15.  Some fee reductions available.

35.0 CLEs (5.0 ethics) approved.  (There will be a charge of $25 for members of the Washington State Bar Association asking for CLEs.)

For application and more information, please send an e-mail to Vivien.sharples@seattle.gov

This institute prepares trainees to mediate while applying a social justice lens to their own techniques.  We explore how mediation can routinely replicate inequalities despite our intensions to the contrary.  Trainees gain strategies to address these challenges while still facilitating a process with self-determination about the outcome for the disputing parties.   Concepts from narrative theory are applied to equip mediators with additional tools for effectively understanding the dispute and building agreements.

For more information about the training, click here.