Join the Conversation with Award-Winning Honduran Activists on Indigenous Environmental Activism!

November 6: CLE on Transgender Health: Making Access to Care a Beauty

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Date: Friday, Nov. 6, 2015
Time: 12:30 PM – 5:00 PM
Location: K&L Gates (925 Fourth Ave, Suite 2900, Seattle)
CLE credits: 4.0 General Credits

Advocates have made great progress in ending discriminatory exclusions against transgender people in health plans issued in Washington State. But many transgender people continue to be denied coverage for medically necessary care by their health insurers and face difficulties navigating the process for appealing denials of coverage.  Please join the QLaw Foundation and community partners for training to learn how to assist transgender clients who are denied coverage by their health insurers. The training is open to attorneys, law students, health care providers, and other advocates who work with transgender clients.

Cost: 

  • Free for QLaw Foundation LGBTQ volunteer attorneys, as well as for attorneys, health care providers, and other advocates who agree to be on call to assist at least one transgender client with a health insurance issue before the end of 2016.
  • $40 for attorneys who are unable to commit to volunteering

To register, click here.

Questions? Contact transhealth@qlawfoundation.org.

November 10: Part Two of Social Justice Tuesday Presentations – Resistance to Immigration Detention: From the Local to the National

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Date: Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2015
Time: 12:30 – 1:20 PM
Location: William H. Gates Hall, RM 127 unless otherwise noted

In the absence of effective immigration reform, the federal government’s use of detention as an immigration enforcement strategy has increased exponentially.  To keep up with the national quota that requires Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to maintain no less than 34,000 immigration detention beds at all times, immigrants, including lawful permanent residents and asylum seekers, are detained for months and sometimes years. Conditions of confinement in immigration detention facilities are deplorable and yet there are no enforceable regulations that govern management of the detention facilities.  Without access to affordable legal services, conditions of confinement often go unaddressed and immigrant detainees remain particularly vulnerable.  While detained individuals and their families suffer greatly, the private prison industry that contracts with the government to oversee immigration detention facilities are using “guaranteed minimum” contract provisions to maintain profits whether the beds are filled or not.  This contract scheme safeguards profits for private companies while incentivizing the incarceration of immigrants. Problematic partnerships between ICE and local law enforcement only exacerbate the problem, leading to the transfer of immigrants from jails and prisons to immigration detention centers.

Our two-part Social Justice Tuesday Presentations will address the proliferation of immigration detention and showcase stories and strategies of resistance and defiance both locally and nationally.

If you would like lunch please RSVP via Symplicity or gatespsl@uw.edu RSVP by 12:00 pm Monday, November 9.

November 16: Increasing Diversity in Legal Leadership: A Managing Partner’s Perspective

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Date: Monday, Nov. 16, 2015
Time: 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
Location: William H. Gates Hall RM 217

Ben Wilson is the Managing Principal at Beveridge & Diamond, P.C., a Washington, DC-based law firm of 100 attorneys specializing in environmental law.   Mr. Wilson.  A native of Jackson, Mississippi, and a graduate of Dartmouth College and Harvard Law, Mr. Wilson has been with Beveridge & Diamond since 1986.  He has represented the environmental interests of major consumer product corporations, municipal government agencies in major cities, and financial bodies, as well negotiated player contracts on behalf of professional athletes.

Mr. Wilson received the Spirit of Excellence Award in 2014 from the American Bar Association (ABA) Commission on Racial and Ethnic Diversity in the Profession, the Commission’s highest honor. Earlier in 2013, Mr. Wilson received the ABA Section of Environment, Energy, and Natural Resources’ Dedication to Diversity and Justice Award.

Mr. Wilson will visit with students to talk about his experience as a managing partner at a law firm, and to discuss the skills and strategies he advocates widely to increase diversity and promote inclusion at the management levels of legal practice.

Space is limited.  RSVP accepted via Symplicity on a first-come, first-served basis.

November 16: Indigenous Environmental Activism in Central America – A Conversation with Award-Winning Activists Miriam Miranda & Berta Caceres

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Date: Monday, Nov. 16, 2015
Time: 3:30 PM
Location: Thomson Hall 317

Two globally-renowned environmental justice activists will discuss their strategies and struggles to protect the land and natural resources of indigenous peoples in Honduras.  Berta Caceres, winner of the 2015 Goldman Prize, will share how she has rallied the indigenous Lenca people and waged a grassroots campaign that successfully pressured the world’s largest dam builder to pull out of the Agua Zarca Dam.  Miriam Miranda, winner of the 2015 Food Sovereignty Prize, will discuss a landmark legal case that brought Afro-indigenous Garifuna communities to defend their natural resources and land rights against corporate-led development projects.

For more information about the speakers, click here.

December 8: Free Screening with the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project of Underwater Dreams

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Date: Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2015
Time: 6:00 PM
Location: Central Library of the Seattle Public Library

Join NWIRP at the Central Library of the Seattle Public Library on Tuesday, December 8th at 6pm for a free screening of Underwater Dreams, a new documentary by award-winning filmmaker Mary Mazzio and narrated by Michael Peña. Underwater Dreams tells the story of four teenage boys, the sons of Mexican immigrants, who beat MIT in an underwater robotics competition.

For more information about the film, click here.

Want to Volunteer with Pro Bono This Year? Get Trained Saturday, October 17!

October 13: Social Justice Tuesday – UW Pro Bono & Externship Fair Tips for Successful Table Talk

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Date: Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2015
Time: 12:30 PM – 1:30 PM
Location: Gates Hall Galleria

  1. Bring up-to-date copies of your résumé.
  2. Practice your personal “tweet” introduction. Prepare a quick sales pitch to let them know who you are, what experience, skills or contacts you can bring to the organization and why you are interested.
  1. Be brief. Organizations will appreciate your ability to be concise and direct. Do not take up more than two minutes of their time and don’t resist if the organizational representative wishes to speak with more than one student at a time – follow their cue to make a good first impression.
  1. Research employers. Come prepared with one or two specific questions you want to ask. Maximize your few minutes with the organization by ensuring the answers to your questions are not readily available on the organization’s web site.
  1. Dress for success. You only have one chance to make a first impression. Business attire is the way to go.
  1. Follow up is important. Collect business cards and/or contact information. A good way to keep track of items of note for particular organizations is to write something that was said during your conversation on the back of the organization’s business card and refer to it in your follow-up. Be sure to follow up with an email re-introducing yourself and expressing your interest. Be sure to attach your résumé, even if you already gave them a hard copy.

Participating Organizations & Agencies:

Civil Legal Aid

  • King County Bar Association Pro Bono Services
  • Legal Action Center, Catholic Community Services
  • Northwest Consumer Law Center
  • Northwest Immigrant Rights Project
  • Seattle Community Law Center
  • Snohomish County Legal Services
  • Tacoma-Pierce County Bar Association Volunteer Legal Services
  • UW Student Legal Services
  • UW Moderate Means Program/Bridging the Gap
  • UW/SYLAW Street Youth Legal Advocates of WA

Civil Rights/Civil Liberties

  • ACLU of Washington Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

Public Defense

  • Federal Public Defender
  • Pierce County Dept. of Assigned Counsel, Misdemeanor Division
  • Snohomish County Public Defender Association
  • Washington Appellate Project
  • Washington Defender Association

Prosecution

  • Seattle City Attorney Criminal Division
  • Snohomish County Prosecuting Attorney Criminal Division

Federal Government

  • U.S. Attorney’s Office Western District of Washington
  • U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
  • U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement
  • U.S. Internal Revenue Service
    • Small Business and Self Employed Division
    • Large Business and International Division

Local Government

  • Seattle City Attorney Torts Division
  • Seattle City Attorney, Employment Section
  • UW CoMotion
  • Washington Attorney General’s Office
  • Washington Department of Financial Institutions
  • Washington State House of Representatives Office of Program Research

Environmental

  • Earthjustice
  • Washington Forest Law Center

Policy and Legislative

  • Landesa
  • LegalVoice

October 15: Access to Justice for Women in Agricultural Livelihood

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Date: Thursday, Oct. 15, 2015
Time: 12:00 PM – 1:20 PM
Location: University of Washington Communications Building, RM 202

Join us for a panel presentation with Landesa visiting professionals who come from China, Kenya and India. These visitors are grassroots activists, government officials, NGO leaders, researchers, and academics strongly committed to strengthening women’s land rights. The presenters will be addressing the topic, “Access to Justice for Women in Agricultural Livelihoods.” The panel will be moderated by Jen Duncan, a lawyer and  land rights expert at Landesa.

Space is limited, so arrive early. Light refreshments will be provided.

For more information, click here.

October 16: Attention Attorneys! Help UW International LLM Students with Networking Skills – First Networking Reception

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Date: Friday, Oct. 16, 2015
Time: 6:30 PM
Location: William H. Gates Hall

The University of Washington School of Law will be holding two networking training sessions for our international LL.M. students in October.  The workshops, run by former Perkins Coie partners, Ping Kiang and Colleen Yamaguchi, will be followed by receptions with food and wine. We have over 100 LL.M. students this year.  Many are getting their masters in IP, Tax, and Global Business and will be able to sit for the Washington Bar.

The first networking reception will be held on Friday, October 16th at 6:30 p.m. in Room 115 at the Law School, after the students have a two hour workshop and traffic has improved. We would greatly appreciate it if you would attend this lively event and let our students practice their networking skills by chatting with you.

K&L Gates has generously agreed to host the second workshop and reception on October 30th.  That reception will begin at 5:15 p.m. at the offices of K&L Gates, 929 4th Ave, # 2900. All members of the Bar are invited and encouraged to attend.

If you can attend either or both receptions, please email your name and the name of your firm to Kathleen Lemly at lemlyk@uw.edu as soon as possible.

October 17: Get Trained! Pro Bono Legal Aid Core Competencies Training

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Date: Saturday, Oct. 17, 2015
Time: 8:00 AM – 3:30 PM
Location: William H. Gates Hall, RM 138

Thinking about volunteering for…

  • Bridging the Gap/Moderate Means Program (MMP)
  • Immigrant Families Advocacy Project (IFAP)
  • Street Youth Legal Advocates of Washington (SYLAW)
  • Incarcerated Mothers Advocacy Project (IMAP)
  • CHRJ’s Asylum Application Help Project (App Help)
  • Environmental Law Society Pro Bono Research Project (ELS)
  • or any of the dozens of community legal aid programs in the Seattle area?

If the answer is YES! then you need basic training on the fundamentals of providing pro bono legal assistance! Attendance required for UW Pro Bono Honors Society membership at graduation.

Sponsored by: the UW Law Center for Public Service Law, student-led pro bono projects and the Student Bar Association.

8:00 AM – 8:30 AM Registration & Coffee/Tea
8:30 AM – 8:35 AM Welcome
8:35 AM – 10:00 AM Working Across Difference with Clients in Poverty
10:00 AM – 10:10 AM BREAK
10:10 AM – 11:10 AM Working with Clients in Crisis or with Trauma
11:10 AM – 12:10 PM Basic Client Interviewing Techniques
12:15 PM – 1:00 PM LUNCH
1:00 PM – 1:30 PM Practice Interviewing
1:30 PM – 2:15 PM Professionalism & Providing Pro Bono Legal Assistance
2:15 PM – 3:30 PM Pair up, Hypos and Discussion

October 21: QLaw Foundation’s FallTacular Fundraiser

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Date: Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2015
Time: 5:30 PM
Location: Farestart

This event raises money to support public interest internships for law students, free legal services through our award-winning LGBTQ Legal Clinic, and educational programs benefiting the gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender community. Attendees get to mingle, enjoy great food and entertainment, and learn a little about the work of the QLaw Foundation.

To register for FallTacular 2015, click here.

October 21: KIND and Microsoft invite you to a Reception and Panel on the Child Migration Crisis

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Date: Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2015
Time: 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Location: 1300 First Ave., Seattle, WA 98101

On behalf of Kids in Need of Defense (KIND) and Microsoft Corporation, we invite you to join us on October 21st for a reception and a discussion focusing on the dramatic surge in unaccompanied immigrant and refugee children entering the U.S.  We will be joined by Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson as we discuss how KIND and its partners in Seattle are providing pro bono representation to growing numbers of vulnerable children.

During the program, we will present a clip from the documentary “La Prenda” (The Pawn) which highlights the pervasive sexual and gender-based violence in Guatemala, and the impunity that allows perpetrators to suffer few, if any, consequences. The film tells the stories of three victims, one of whom was matched by KIND with a pro bono attorney after she fled Guatemala and made her way to the U.S. Astrid was 14 years old when she was drugged, kidnapped, and raped. The film highlights the protection needs of girls escaping this violence and the reasons they must flee to survive.

We look forward to an interesting and informative evening!

To reserve your ticket, click here.

October 22: Tacoma Pro Bono Night

Date: Thursday, Oct. 22, 2015
Time: 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Location: Tacoma Art Museum

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February 5: Save the Date! 24th Annual Awards Gala for Latino/a Bar Association of Washington

Date: Friday, Feb. 5, 2016
Time: 5:30 PM
Location: The Westin Hotel, Seattle, WA

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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.

Exciting News in Fair Housing, Human Rights, and Innovative Social Enterprise Fellowship

Tent Cities, Homelessness & Human Rights Webinar TOMORROW

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Thursday, Mar. 6, 2014
11 AM PST / 2 PM EST

In March, the National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty will release to the public its long-awaited report, “Welcome Home: The Rise of Tent Cities in the United States,” addressing the human and civil rights implications of the growth of homeless encampments across the country. The report, co-authored with the Yale Law School Allard K. Lowenstein Human Rights Clinic, comes as the U.S. prepares for four reviews by international human rights monitors in the coming year, and follows new steps by the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness to address homelessness as a human rights issue. It also comes on the heels of the Law Center’s annual “Human Right to Housing Report Card.

Come and learn about the human and civil rights issues faced by homeless persons, the response from the federal government, as well as the process of review by the U.N. human rights monitors and how you can make human rights real in your community.

Register for the webinar tomorrow here.

Lessons Worth Sharing: Check out this video on “Rethinking Thinking” by Trevor Maber

Save the Date!  28th Annual Western Washington Fair Housing Conference on May 22, Registration Opens in March

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The conference will highlight how to take the lead, at all levels from community member to housing provider to government official, in promoting and ensuring fair housing for all.

The fair housing conference will provide interactive learning opportunities.  Plenary sessions are planned to share information about leadership and how to use it to achieve fair housing.  Workshops will cover topics including fair housing law overview, disabilities and reasonable accommodations, communicating with residents, how government officials can implement practices to promote fair housing, and much more!

Registration opens in March 2014.  For more information, click here.

Marking the 20th Anniversary of the Executive Order on Environmental Justice: Retrospective Report Issued

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This report is a compilation of several previous reports. In preparation for the four-day Second National People of Color Environmental Leadership Summit, held in Washington, DC in October 2002, the Environmental Justice Resource Center (EJRC) compiled the Environmental Justice Timeline/Milestones – 1964-2002 report, one of the first comprehensive documents to chronicle accomplishments of the Environmental Justice Movement. The milestones were later updated in the 2007 United Church of Christ Toxic Wastes and Race at Twenty – 1987-2007 report and in 2010 in Environmental Health and Racial Equity in the United States: Strategies for Building Environmentally Just, Sustainable, and Liveable Communities (American Public Health Association 2011).

February 11, 2014 marked the 20th anniversary of the historic Environmental Justice Executive Order 12898 “Federal Actions to Address Environmental Justice in Minority Populations and Low-Income Populations” signed by President Clinton. This retrospective report was prepared by Robert Bullard et al. and released as part of the 20-year commemoration.

To read full the report, click herePhoto of Plant Seedling Courtesy of Markuso and Free Digital Photos.

Mayors Sign On to Support International Human Rights, The US Coalition of Cities Against Racism and Discrimination

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Working with UNESCO and the U.S. Department of State, the U.S. Conference of Mayors has established the U.S. Coalition of Cities Against Racism and Discrimination.  Over 100 mayors have signed on to the initiative (not yet including New York City).

Click here to see a list of mayors who have signed on.
Click here to read more about the coalition’s 10-Point Plan of Action.

Civil Legal Corps Announces Innovative Social Enterprise Fellowship

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Civic Legal Corps (CLC) is an innovative legal social enterprise fellowship and training program that empowers young attorneys to restore justice and expand access to legal services for low- and moderate-income people. CLC supports young attorneys committed to bridging the justice gap, building healthy and sustaining communities, and improving the quality of life for everyone.

Our creed is simple: young attorneys should be able to make a living fighting for justice, and justice should be accessible for all Americans – regardless of their ability to afford it.

Continue reading here. (Photo courtesy of CLC.)

Reminder: QLaw Foundation Offers Summer Grant Program Up to $5,000, Due 3/14

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Are you a member of the LGBTQ community or an ally?  Do you plan on spending your summer internship 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 10 full-time, 40 hour weeks of work. 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.

Applications due by March 14, 2014.

For more information and application details, please click here.

The Institute for Justice Invites Law Students to the Public Interest Boot Camp

Attention Recent Grads & Post-Grads! Free CLE Pro Bono Training on Representing Parents in Muckleshoot Youth-in-Need-of-Care Cases

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Date: Friday, Feb. 14, 2014
Time: 10:00 AM – 2:30 PM
Location: Foster Pepper PLLC, 1111 3rd Ave., Ste. 3000
CLE Credits: General: 4.0, Ethics, 1.0

Are you interested in child welfare proceedings and practicing in tribal communities? Are you interested in developing direct representation and courtroom skills?  Are you looking for a meaningful pro bono opportunity?  If you answered yes to these questions, join us at this FREE CLE!

We are seeking pro bono attorneys to represent eligible parents engaged in child welfare cases in Muckleshoot Tribal Court. This CLE will cover the basics of child welfare advocacy at Muckleshoot, including cultural competency, best practices, and an ethics discussion. Participation in this free CLE confirms your willingness to serve as pro bono counsel.  Lunch provided courtesy of Foster Pepper PLLC.

For question or to RSVP, contact Stacey Lara.

QLaw Foundation Offers Summer Grant Program Up to $5,000, Due 3/14

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Are you a member of the LGBTQ community or an ally?  Do you plan on spending your summer internship 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 10 full-time, 40 hour weeks of work. 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.

Applications due by March 14, 2014.

For more information and application details, please click here.

Institute for Justice Invites Law Students to Its Public Interest Boot Camp, Applications Due 3/21

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The Institute for Justice, the national law firm for liberty, is excited to announce our Public Interest Boot Camp this summer, July 25-27, in Arlington, Virginia.  The law student conference brings together 40 top students from across the country.  Learn how to use the law as a force for freedom, meet like-minded students and discuss cases like Kelo v. City of New LondonMcComish v. Bennett, and Zelman v. Simmons-Harris with the attorneys who helped litigate them.  We’ll also hear a keynote from a distinguished jurist and lectures by noted Georgetown University Law School professor Randy Barnett, George Mason University School of Law professor Todd Zywicki and Cato Institute scholar Roger Pilon.

Accommodations and reasonable travel expenses are provided for accepted students, but attendance is limited!  Applications are due March 21. 

For details and more information on how to apply, click here

Columbia Legal Services’ Institutions Project Advocacy Expands Opportunities Through its Reentry Clinic

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By Sonja Demco, Columbia Legal Services
Photo courtesy of FareStart

Since 2011, IP has held free legal clinics to help low-income people who have been involved with the criminal justice system navigate legal issues surrounding their Legal Financial Obligations (LFOs are the fees, fines, and restitution resulting from a criminal conviction). With funding from the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation and Legal Foundation of Washington, IP is excited to expand these clinics to address access to employment and housing in addition to LFOs.

The support also allows IP to partner with FareStart, a culinary job training and placement program for homeless and disadvantaged individuals in Seattle. Through this partnership, we will offer training and special legal clinics for FareStart students. The FareStart clinic will be held on the fourth Tuesday of every month at 2:30 p.m. beginning January 28th, 2014, at the FareStart offices.

IP will continue to host reentry clinics for the community on the second Monday of each month at 2:45 p.m. at the Public Law Library of King County in the County Courthouse, 516 3rd Ave., Suite W621, Seattle, WA.

For more information or to volunteer, please contact Sonja Demco.

Legislature Seeks to Track Dropout Rate Among Homeless Students

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By Annaliese Davis, The News Tribune, published Jan. 27, 2014

More than 27,000 students in Washington are homeless, and without the proper support, many fall behind and fail to graduate high school.  According to the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction, 27,390 students were homeless during the 2011-12 school year, and that number continues to rise.  “It is far too often that these children are not properly identified and allowed to slip through the cracks,” said Miles Nowlin, the family support coordinator within the Shelton School District.

The federal McKinney-Vento Act requires school districts across the country to identify homeless students within their district and provide them with the necessary support to complete their schooling. In Washington, the information is collected, but the dropout rates of homeless students are not tracked or reported.  Legislation proposed by Republican Rep. Kevin Parker of Spokane would require OPSI to compile and record the dropout number among homeless students.

Continue reading here.

Moderate Means Program Seeks Fall Volunteers, CPSL Coaching Reminder, Olympia Quarter Fellows, QLaw FallTacular & Iranian Human Rights Lawyer Released from Prison

Looking for the Chance to Work with Real Clients? The Moderate Means Program is Recruiting Interns for Fall Quarter

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The Moderate Means Program is a joint venture between the WSBA and the three law schools in Washington State. The Program offers students the opportunity to interview potential clients and refer them to attorneys who will represent them for reduced fees.  Students in the Program will learn about family, consumer and housing law; will gain experience in client interviewing and the Legal Server database; and will have the opportunity to work with private attorneys.

Student interns commit to a minimum of five hours a week.  Those selected to participate in the program will be expected to attend approximately fifteen hours of training, some of which will be on weekends.  Client telephone intake will begin as soon as the initial training is completed.  Applicants are encouraged to commit to at least two quarters in the program.  

Application: You may apply to be an MMP intern by submitting a cover letter, resume and class schedule to Ann Spangler at gatespsl@uw.edu.  Please include “MMP” in the subject line of your e-mail.  Applications are due no later than 5:00 on Friday, October 4. This program is open to 2Ls and 3Ls in the fall.  1Ls can participate in the spring.

For program questions please email Chach Duarte White, Interim MMP Attorney.

Reminder to Public Service Focused 2Ls & 3Ls: It’s Coach Switch-a-roo Time!

CPSL_Logo3Ls: Now that you have survived two years of law school you can officially switch from working with Aline Carton-Listfjeld as your career coach and start working with Assistant Dean Michele Storms on public service career planning and professional development. Lucky you!

Aline primarily works with 1Ls and 2Ls whereas Dean Storms primarily works with 3Ls. Don’t fret, we always ensure the smoothest of transitions to make sure that Dean Storms is fully up to speed on everything going on for you! Keep in mind that Aline is available as a backup if you need immediate assistance and Dean Storms is unavailable.

To schedule an appointment with Dean Storms please email Ann Spangler at spangler@uw.edu. Please do not attempt to schedule an appointment with Dean Storms through Symplicity.

2Ls: Welcome back! Now’s a great time to start scheduling appointments with Aline. The best way to schedule is through Symplicity.

Reminder: If your career plans have shifted with more of a focus towards private sector opportunities, please let us know and we will help you connect with a career coach with Center for Professional and Leadership Development.

Wishing you all a great quarter!

Be an Olympia Quarter Fellow – Take an Externship in Olympia During Winter Quarter

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The Olympia Quarter Fellows Program provides a select group of students from the University of Washington Law School and the Evans School of Public Affairs the opportunity to discover how legislation, regulation, and judicial decisions work together to create Washington law and public policy. Program participants will develop practical legal and policy making skills through full-time externships in the judicial, legislative, and executive branches of state government. Placements are also available in local government offices and with non-profit organizations. Students will work in their externship placements during the University of Washington’s Winter Quarter, which coincides with the regular session of the Washington State Legislature.

Justice Gerry Alexander, who retired from the Washington State Supreme Court at the end of 2011, is expected to teach the required General Externship Perspectives for students doing externships in Olympia during Winter Quarter 2014.

Examples of available placements include the following: Washington Supreme Court, Office of the Governor’s General Counsel, Washington Attorney General’s Office, State Representative Gerry Pollet, Thurston County Office of Assigned Counsel, Thurston County Prosecuting Attorney and Columbia Legal Services, Olympia Office.

If you are interested in taking an externship in Olympia during Winter Quarter 2014, please contact Esther Park at ejp@uw.edu.

Volunteers needed for QLaw Foundation’s 8th Annual FallTacular!

Q_LawEvent Description: 8th Annual FallTacular to support and celebrate the QLaw Foundation’s endeavors—including public interest law grants, the GLBT Legal Clinic, and Project OUTReach: community education programming. As the QLaw Foundation’s only annual fundraiser, the FallTacular is vital to the continuation of these programs. The annual fundraising event and is attended by over 150 attorneys, judges, elected officials, and business professionals.

Event Details: FallTacular will be held on Tuesday, October 10 at the Bertha Knight Landes Room at City Hall, 600 Fourth Ave, Seattle.

Volunteer Details: We need 8 volunteers total: 4 to volunteer from 5pm to 7pm and 4 to volunteer from 7pm to 9pm. Volunteers will assist with registration and other tasks.

Volunteer Benefits: Volunteers are welcome to stay for the entire event (tickets are normally $40). This is an excellent opportunity for networking with the LGBTQ legal community.

For more information on QLaw Foundation or the event please visit click here  or email Nicholas Oakley .

To sign up: Please email Nicholas Oakley  with your name, email address, phone number, and the time slot in which you can volunteer.

Human Rights Award Winning Iranian Lawyer Released from Prison

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Nasrin Sotoudeh, a prominent human rights attorney and this year’s recipient of the ABA International Law Section’s International Human Rights Award, has been released from prison in Iran.  Ms. Sotoudeh was serving six years in prison for endangering national security and misusing her profession as a lawyer.  On the eve of a visit by Iran’s moderate president, Hassan Rouhani, to the United States, the Iranian authorities on Wednesday unexpectedly freed 11 of Iran’s most prominent political prisoners, including seven other women and three men.

The ABA Justice Defenders Program and Amnesty International along with the International Human Rights Committee this past year had been a supporter urging for her release. Learn more here.