Attention Pro Bono Project Leaders! Registration for Fall Pro Bono Leadership & Advocacy Course Now Open

Registration for Fall Pro Bono Leadership & Advocacy Course is Now Open!

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Attention leaders of student-initiated pro bono projects including IFAP, IMAP, SYLAW, App Help, ELS, Outlaws and any other emerging pro bono legal assistance projects!  Will you be on a pro bono project board or steering committee next year?

Get academic credit for your pro bono legal aid leadership work AND  get concrete tools and skills to apply to your day-to-day organizational leadership and management.  You can now register for our 2 credit Pro Bono Leadership & Advocacy class taught by Dean Michele Storms and Aline Carton-Listfjeld from the Center for Public Service Law. The class will meet Mondays, 5:30-7:30.

See the syllabus here. Registration is by instructor permission only so please email Aline Carton-Listfjeld at acarton@uw.edu to register. Ideally we’d like at least two student leaders from each student-led pro bono project.  Photo courtesy of StockVault.

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U.S. Department of Justice Announces New Mobile App

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Get the latest information about legal careers at Justice with our mobile app, DOJ Law Jobs. Users can quickly and easily create personalized job searches based on practice area, geographic preference, and hiring organization.  DOJ Law Jobs is available for free on iTunes for Apple iPhone and iPad, and the Play Store for Android devices.

Professionalism Tip of the Week! 10 Common Email Mistakes: Using Email Effectively 

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By Keith Jackson | Mind Tools

How many hours do you spend communicating by email every day?  Most of us would answer “Too many!”  According to a study by McKinsey® & Company, people spend 28 percent of their working week reading and replying to emails. However, despite the risk of becoming overloaded with messages, it remains one of the most powerful and efficient communication tools.

Using email is a quick and easy way to stay connected with your team members, customers and stakeholders, particularly those who are geographically dispersed. However, it can be very easy to send ineffective emails, create the wrong impression, or even damage your reputation with sloppy practices.  In this article, we’ll look at 10 common mistakes that people make when they send emails, and explore what you can do to avoid these.

Continue reading here.  Photo courtesy of iStockphoto, Biletskiy Evgeniy

Opportunity for Service: WSBA Council on Public Defense

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The WSBA Council on Public Defense (CPD) was established to implement the recommendations of the WSBA Blue Ribbon Panel on Criminal Defense, which was appointed by the Board of Governors in 2003 as a first step in addressing concerns about the quality of indigent defense services in Washington. Today, the CPD provides a unique and valuable forum for bringing together representatives of the Bar, prosecutors, private and public criminal defense counsel, the bench, elected officials and the public.

The WSBA is now recruiting volunteers to serve on the CPD. Except as noted, the members of the CPD are appointed for two-year terms, with the ability to renew their membership on the CPD for up to four years. All positions will begin Oct. 1, 2015. The open positions include:

  • Three current or former prosecutors/city attorneys. Two of the prosecutors/city attorneys will be appointed for two-year terms. One prosecutor/city attorney will be appointed for a one-year term.
  • One at-large member who will be appointed for a one-year term.

To apply, login to myWSBA, then use this link to access the committee application.

The application deadline is 6 p.m. on Aug. 14, 2015. Please do not apply for any committee other than the Council on Public Defense, as the deadline for other committees has passed.

Happy Halloween! Celebrate Dia de Los Muertos with El Centro de la Raza!

November 1: 10th Annual Dia De Los Muertos Event with El Centro de la Raza

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Saturday, Nov. 1, 2014
5:00 – 9:00 PM
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El Centro de la Raza will hold its 10th annual Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) event this Saturday, November 1st from 5pm to 9pm. A chicken mole dinner will be served from 5:30pm to 7pm.

This year we call attention to the humanitarian crisis of the refugee children of Central America, the children who have died from violence in their countries, and the moral obligation of the U.S. to respond humanely to this catastrophe.

November 3: Registration Now Open for “Beyond the Headlines: National Security in the 21st Century” with Assistant Secretary of State Puneet Talwar

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Monday, Nov. 3, 2014
6:00 PM
City University, 521 Wall St. Seattle, WA 98121

The World Affairs Council is hosting Puneet Talwar, Assistant Secretary for the Bureau of Political-Military Affairs. Assistant Secretary of State Talwar will give an overview of the crowded roster of international crises and ongoing threats to U.S. security and interests—from ISIL to Russia to emerging threats. Informed by his current position at the State Department and his previous experience at the White House and Capitol Hill, Talwar will discuss current policy direction and U.S. efforts, including security partnerships, to counter the threats the United States currently faces—including those that are not necessarily making headlines. Yet.

Register now, tickets are limited.  

Click here to register online.

November 4: Ferguson – What’s Next?

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Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2014
1:30 – 3:00 PM
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Join the First Year and Pre Major (CUSP) Office for a fireside chat on Ferguson, Missouri and the Aftermath of the shooting of Michael Brown.

We will be hosting Dr. Alexis Harris, Associate Professor of Sociology at UW Seattle, Dr. John Vinson, Chief of Police, UW Police Department, and Marcus Johnson, Graduate Student from the Masters of Cultural Studies Program at UW Bothel.

The conversation will be moderated and the audience will have the opportunity to interact with our guests and each other.

November 3, 5, 13: Three Public Meetings to Inform Rulemaking for the Minimum Wage Ordinance (MWO)

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Seattle’s new Minimum Wage Ordinance will take effect on April 1, 2015! The Seattle Office for Civil Rights is hosting 3 public meetings to gather information for the administrative rulemaking process:

Monday, Nov.3, 2014
2:00 – 4:00 PM
Bertha Landes Room at Seattle City Hall, 600 4th Ave., Seattle, WA
RSVP for 11/3 here.

Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2014
7:00 – 9:00 PM
NewHolly Gathering Hall, 7054 32nd Ave. S., Seattle, WA
RSVP for 11/5 here.

Thursday, Nov. 13, 2014
8:00 – 10:00 AM
Northgate Community Center, 10510 5th Ave. NE., Seattle, WA
RSVP for 11/13 here.

We want to hear from you! We know that employers and employees have many questions about how the Minimum Wage Ordinance will be implemented. Registration is not required, but it is helpful for planning. Reasonable accommodations and language interpretation for meetings are available on request. Call 206-684-4507 for more information. Childcare will be available for the evening meeting on Wednesday, November 5. Please note any other special requests on your registration form.

New City website for information on Minimum Wage Ordinance

Visit http://www.seattle.gov/civilrights/minimumwage.htm for up-to-date information about Seattle’s Minimum Wage Ordinance. The website features a new Frequently Asked Questions section, plus links to the ordinance and contact information for submitting questions and comments. The site also will list other public meetings and events as they are scheduled.

November 4: Social Justice Tuesday – Justified? Examining Police Brutality and Civil Rights Issues

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Join the Center for Public Service Law and the Dean’s Advisory Committee on Diversity for a conversation with:

  • David Whedbee (attorney, MacDonald Hoague & Bayless)
  • Fe Lopez (Executive Director, City of Seattle-Community Police Commission

If you would like lunch please RSVP via Symplicity or gatespsl@uw.edu RSVP by 12:00 pm, Monday, November 3, 2014.

November 5: General Externship Perspectives Seminar – Lawyer Mistakes: Lessons in Professionalism

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Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2014
5:30 PM
Gates Hall, RM 207

Join the General Externship Perspectives Seminar on Wednesday, November 5 at 5:30 p.m. in room 207 to hear guests David West and Travis Stearns discuss lawyer mistakes.  Mr. West handles risk management for the Garvey Schubert Barer firm.  Mr.  Stearns, a long time public defender, works with the Washington Defender Association.

November 5: Tacoma Joint Networking Event

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Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2014
5:00 – 6:30 PM
The Matador, 721 Pacific Ave., Tacoma, WA 98402

The Minority Bar Associations (MBAs), together with the Washington State Bar Association (WSBA), invite you to a joint networking event in Tacoma.  This is your opportunity to meet and mingle with fellow attorneys in and around the South Sound.  Join us!  Light appetizers will be served with no host bar.

RSVP by Monday, November 3 to: diversity @wsba.org.

Sponsoring MBAs: Mother Attorneys Mentoring Association of Seattle (MAMAS), Pierce County Minority Bar Association (PCMBA), South Asian Bar Association of Washington (SABAW), Vietnamese Bar Association of Washington (VABAW), and Washington Women Lawyers (WWL).

November 6: Children’s Alliance Annual Meeting

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Thursday, Nov. 6, 2014
Doors open at 8:30 AM
Program 9:00 AM – 10:30 AM
Northwest African American Museum, 2300 S. Massachusetts St., Seattle, WA 98144

Please join us at our Annual Meeting on Thursday, November 6th. RSVP today!

This free event features a light breakfast, a dialogue with legislators, and an opportunity hear what is at stake for kids in the 2015 legislative session.  The panel discussion with state legislators will focus on advocacy strategies to advance race equity and improve the lives of all Washington’s children.  Bring a friend, your questions for legislators, and your voice for kids!

Children are welcome and a space for children’s activities will be provided. You are invited to enjoy the exhibits of the NW African American Museum following the event. Please RSVP online or contact Emijah Smith at 206.342.0340 x25.

December 12: Save the Date & Register Early for the A Day of Transforming Trauma with Laura van Dernoot Lipsky

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Friday, Dec. 12, 2014
8:30 AM – 3:30 PM
Town Hall Seattle, 1119 8th Avenue, Seattle, WA 98101

PLEASE JOIN US in Seattle for this not to be
missed workshop offering a practical and holistic approach of sustaining ourselves individually and collectively. Whether you are a nurse, teacher, conservationist, journalist, doctor, police officer, firefighter, community organizer, biologist, or
caring for a loved one in need, this day is for you. 

Laura van Dernoot Lipsky will offer a compelling
mix of personal insight, cutting edge research,
personal stories, and countless New Yorker cartoons
to help us understand the cumulative toll of being exposed to suffering over time and gain concrete
skills to reconcile it.

Participants are welcome from all professional disciplines and life circumstances.

CEUs: 5 hours are available for: Nurses, Psychologists, Professional Counselors,
Certified Counselors, Alcohol & Drug Abuse Counselors, Social Workers, Marriage & Family Therapists 

The cost for CEUs is $30 and must be paid for at the time of registration. 

Early bird rate through November 1st:
Per Day – Individual Rate:  $80
Per Day – Group Rate (5 or more):  $70

After November 1st:
Per Day – Individual Rate:  $90
Per Day – Group Rate:  $80 

Register online here.

Looking to Refine Your Resume? Check Out These Great Tips!

Looking for Resume & Cover Letter Tips for Public Service Jobs & Internships?

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Well, look no further! Check out all the great resources from our UW Public Service Law Careers Reference Guide and also the comprehensive tips on PSJD.org.

Inter-American Human Rights System Nuts & Bolts

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What to learn more about the Inter-American Human Rights System? Check the revised edition of the International Justice Resource Center’s manual on Advocacy before the Inter-American System.

Civil Legal Aid Organization Feature: Team Child

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Every day, thousands of youth face profound legal and social barriers that increase their chances of dropping out of school, being homeless or ending up in the juvenile justice system. TeamChild uses its legal expertise and community partnerships to break down barriers to community services in order to overcome the root causes of a youth’s involvement in the juvenile justice system.

TeamChild is a member of the Alliance for Equal Justice, Washington’s network of organizations providing civil legal aid to people in need. TeamChild is also a member of the Washington Defender Association (WDA), a statewide membership organization for public defenders, and of the National Juvenile Justice Network, which enhances the capacity of juvenile justice coalitions and organizations to promote practices that are fair, equitable and developmentally appropriate for all children, youth and families involved in, or at risk of becoming involved in, the justice system.

TeamChild’s work is grounded in our Core Values and commitment to making sure that we are all listening to young people’s perspectives and voices and including them in making decisions about their lives. The stakes for the youth we work with are high ‐without assistance to address their urgent needs, they may drop out of school, end up homeless, or incarcerated.  Legal services for youth are the core of our agency’s work and inform our outreach, trainings, and broader advocacy.

To learn more about Team Child click here.

Reports of Racism in US Justice System- News from ACLU Human Rights Program, NYC

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Earlier this week the ACLU, Lawyers’ Committee, NAACP, and the ABA participated in a hearing initiated by the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) on Reports of Racism in the Justice System of the United States. The video of the hearing is available here. The ACLU of Michigan presented a powerful video testimony of Jewel Hall, mother of Milton Hall, an African American homeless man with mental disabilities who was killed in July 2012 by 8 police officers in a firing squad-type shooting. At the hearing, the DOJ was pressed to reopen their criminal civil rights investigation and to hold police officers accountable.  You can read more about this this case in the written submission of the ACLU of Michigan. In conjunction with this hearing the ACLU submitted a written statement on racial disparities in sentencing.

Finally, the IACHR’s Rapporteurship on the Rights of Persons of African Descent and against Racial Discrimination is in the process of developing a thematic study on race and criminal justice in the US. This thematic study presents a great opportunity for US civil society groups to engage with the IACHR on race and justice issues; it could also be a useful instrument for the Network and the CERD Task Force to maintain momentum in holding the US accountable for failure to fully implement the Race Convention and the last CERD concluding observations.

Learn more about the ACLU’s Racial Justice and Human Rights Program here.

Upcoming Events on the Law, Race, Human Rights and Justice

May 28: Webinar: CCR, CRR & USHRN Present “Defending the Defenders”

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Wednesday, May 28, 2014
2:00 – 3:00 PM EST

The Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) and Center for Reproductive Rights (CRR), in collaboration with the US Human Rights Network (USHRN) are hosting a webinar this coming Wednesday, May 28th at 2 pm EST on human rights defenders in the United States. Please join us to learn about how we can use the human rights framework to protect ourselves and our work, hear from others who have successfully engaged in human rights defenders advocacy, and to get details on how you can join a new USHRN human rights defenders member-initiated action team!

Speakers:

  • Ejim Dike, Executive Director of the U.S. Human Rights Network
  • Sunita PatelStaff Attorney at Center for Constitutional Rights
  • Karla Torres, Human Rights Fellow at Center for Reproductive Rights
  • Ahmad Abuznaid, Legal and Policy Director at Dream Defenders
  • Reena Shah, Director of Human Rights Project at Maryland Legal Aid

Click here to register.

May 29: Senator Elizabeth Warren Reading of A Fighting Chance: Elizabeth Warren by Henry Holt

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Thursday, May 29, 2014
7:00 PM
University Temple United Methodist Church Chapel, 1415 NE 43rd Street

In her first year as senior senator of Massachusetts, Senator Elizabeth Warren has become a liberal political hero and a lively, say-it-like-it-is star of what might otherwise be a dull Senate floor. This spring, you can hear Warren speak yourself as she presents her new memoir about her journey from small-town Oklahoma to the political chambers of Washington, D.C. that is as passionate, funny and rabble rousing as Warren herself. Join us for an evening with the Senator, and if rumors turn out to be true, you might even be able to say you met a future presidential frontrunner.

Tickets are $32.76 and available from Brown Paper Tickets. Each ticket admits one person and includes a copy of A Fighting Chance.

Click here for more information.

May 29: Tele-Conference – Combating Violence Against Women: What’s Working?

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Thursday, May 29, 2014
11:00 AM – 12:30 PM EDT
By Teleconference Only

A FREE non-CLE teleconference proudly presented by ABA Section of International Law International Human Rights Committee; Asia/Pacific Committee; India Committee; NGO & Not-For-Profit Organizations Committee; Women’s Interest Network (WIN) and IMPOWR

Recent horrific and highly publicized attacks against women, international advocacy to combat sex trafficking, and efforts to pass I-VAWA and other legislation have heightened awareness about the global epidemic of violence against women. Less well-know are the various innovative and practical strategies and approaches around the globe that have significantly increased prosecutions and convictions of offenders, empowered women to vindicate their right to be free from violence, and otherwise improved the safety and security of women. This teleconference will highlight best practices throughout the world to combat violence against women, including: mobile courts to enhance access to justice for victims in rural areas; coordinated response centers for victims of sexual violence; and, specialized units training of judges, police officers, prosecutors and local leaders/elders to educate them about gender violence and to ensure effective and timely investigations, prosecutions and convictions. Speakers will include representatives from advocacy groups operating in various regions of the world and judges/law enforcement personnel involved in developing/implementing these approaches.

Moderator: 

  • Elizabeth Brundige, Executive Director, Avon Global Center for Women and Justice at Cornell Law School

Speakers:

  • Justice Elena Highton de Nolasco, Vice President of the Supreme Court of Argentina and founder of the Supreme Court’s Domestic Violence Office
  • Maimbo Ziela,National Coordinator of WLSA-Zambia
  • Smriti Minocha, Senior Program Officer, Human Rights Law Network, New Delhi, India

Please RSVP to Jonathan Lewis at jonathan.lewis@americanbar.org.

Email questions to: inthumrights@gmail.com or tweet us @ABAIHRC or use the hashtag #ABAIHRC

June 9: Discussion on Perceptions of Justice

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Monday, June 9, 2014
8:45 AM – 12:00 PM
*Registration opens at 8:30 AM
OB2 Auditorium DSHS, 1115 Washington Street SE, Olympia, WA

Sponsored by: The Washington State Minority and Justice Commission

Prosecutors, police representatives, judges, defense counsel, and representatives of community organizations will be present for this discussion.  There will be an opportunity to ask questions during the presentations and for informal conversations during the lunch hour.

Speakers:

  • Don Stemen, Measures for Justice
  • Mark Peffley, John, Hurwitz, and Jeffrey Mondak, Researchers

No Cost to Register ~ Lunch provided.

Advance registration is recommended. Register by emailing: cynthia.delostrinos@courts.wa.gov with “Perceptions of Justice” in the subject line.

*3 general CLE credits approved.

June 20: Save the Date for Negotiating Justice: Advancing Racial Equity and Client Goals

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Friday, June 20, 2014
8:45 AM – 5:00 PM
Gates Hall, RM 138

One of the most challenging skills that an attorney can conquer is learning to humanize their client and translating that practice into a successful negotiation of their client’s case. This CLE will focus on how to improve your awareness of the obstacles that our clients face in their lives. You will learn how to negotiate your cases in a way that uses this understanding.

Speakers include:

  • John A. Powell, Berkeley Law, an internationally recognized expert in civil rights, civil liberties and structural racism, ethnicity, housing, poverty and democracy.
  • Judge Robert S. Lasnik , U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington, who recently decided the landmark Wilber v. Mount Vernon case concerning meaningful representation of indigent clients.

Sponsored by the University of Washington Law School, the Washington Defender Association, Columbia Legal Services, ACLU-WA, Northwest Justice Project, TeamChild and Center for Children & Youth Justice.

CLE credits pending. This program is free nad open to WDA members, civil legal service attorneys, attorneys in private practice who handle pro bono cases and law students.

Advance registration is required. Please email wda@defensenet.org or fax (206) 623-5420 with the following information:
-Name ______________
-Bar Number ______________
-Are You a WDA Member? Yes ______ No _______
-I may want to join WDA – please send info. ______
-Email: ______________________
-Employer/Organization: ____________________
-Phone: _________________________________