Loans got you down? Scholarships applications for UW Alumni Association due May 12

Due May 12: Funding available through UW Alumni Association

Application Deadline: Friday, May 12, 2017

The University of Washington Alumni Association (UWAA) Multicultural Alumni Partnership (MAP) awards scholarships to deserving University of Washington students who need financial assistance to assist with their progress toward a degree at the UW. Funding for these scholarships comes from contribution from UW alumni and friends as well as proceeds from the Bridging the Gap Breakfast held annually on Homecoming Saturday.

Apply and learn more here.

Due May 14: Apply to be on the EJW National Advisory Committee

EJW LogoApplication Deadline: Sunday, May 14, 2017

The Equal Justice Works National Advisory Committee (NAC) provides leadership, advice and outreach assistance to support Equal Justice Works in mobilizing the next generation of public interest attorneys. The NAC convenes a diverse group of law students and law school professionals to act as Equal Justice Works ambassadors within the law school and legal services communities and assist with the implementation of initiatives.

Apply and learn more here.

TeamChild hosting pro bono opportunity for UW Law students

Please Welcome Huy Nguyen: UW Law’s New Assistant Director for Public Service

UW Law LogoThe W. H. Gates Public Service Law Program and Student and Career Services is excited to announce that Huy C. Nguyen is joining the Gates PSL Program as our new Assistant Director. Huy has worked as a staff attorney with the Northwest Justice Project since 2000.  He has conducted trainings and presentations on a variety of issues to diverse local communities and has taught courses on Public Benefits and Introduction to Practice at SU School of Law and will teach Poverty Law at UW Law this Spring. He has served on the Board of Directors of the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project, and Peace for the Streets, for Kids from the Streets.  Huy is a proud double dawg and obtained his J.D. from UW Law in 2000.

In addition to having a wealth of experience supervising and mentoring law students, Huy has deep ties to the public service legal community as well as with pro bono partners in the private sector and a commitment to advancing the mission of the W.H. Gates Public Service Law Program. As Assistant Director, Huy will provide career coaching and academic advising to our Gates Scholars as well as other law students interested in pursuing careers in public interest and public service law. He will also lead trainings and workshops on a variety of public service law issues. Finally, he will be administering the Gates Scholarship and  Loan Repayment Assistance Programs.

Decoding the Law: The Death Penalty in Three Parts

WSBA LogoThe Washington State Bar Association invites you to Decoding the Law, a community justice forum to discuss timely and relevant legal topics.  Join for the series kickoff, “The Death Penalty in Three Parts,” featuring leading academics and legal practitioners who provide an overview of the death penalty, its financial implications, and the question of disproportionate impacts. This three-part series takes place at the WSBA Conference Center. The Decoding the Law series will be available via live webcast and recorded for viewing after each event.

Part One takes place from noon until 1 p.m., Thursday, March 2, 2017. Learn more here

Pro Bono Opportunity with TeamChild for UW Law students 

Team Child LogoApplication Deadline: 11:59 p.m., Wednesday, March 8, 2017

In partnership with the UW Chapter of Street Youth Legal Advocates of Washington (SYLAW), TeamChild seeks four law student volunteers to work directly with its staff attorneys on sex offender registration removal cases. The volunteers’ work will involve legal research, managing discovery and records, and drafting pleadings.

Apply and learn more here.

Due March 10: Equal Justice Works Public Interest Awards 

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The annual Equal Justice Works Public Interest Awards application is open! Every year, we honor law students who have provided extraordinary service through clinics, volunteer work, internships, extracurricular projects, and more.

If you know a law student who has a demonstrated commitment to public interest law and pro bono work, direct them to our  Student Justice Center so they can find out more info and apply! Students can apply directly or be nominated by others. You can email us at students@equaljusticeworks.org with any questions.

Want some money and a trip to D.C.? Need tips for upcoming job fairs? Want to be a racial justice advocate? Check these out!

Going to the Public Service Career Fair on February 6? Not Sure How You Can Prepare?  Check Out These Table Talk Tips & Career Fair Interviewing Tips!

NW PS Career Fair logoAttention all students! Planning on attending the NW Public Service Career Fair? Whether you have an official interview or not, don’t miss your chance to do table talk (informational interviews) the morning of the fair. Remember, organizations and agencies participate in table talk because it is an effective prescreening tool to recruit interns. There have been many instances where students were successful in securing internships through table talk so don’t miss  out! Center for Public Service Law staff will be at the fair for support and advice

See employers registered for Seattle

When: Friday, February 6, 2015

10-10:30—Student & Employer Check-in

10:30-12 noon—Table Talk

12:40-5:00pm – Pre-scheduled Interviews

Where:  LeRoux in the Student Center at Seattle University

Whether you’ve got an official interview lined up or not NW Public Interest Career Fair, here are some helpful tips to guide you on being a savvy table talker or interviewee.

Read more about table talk tips here.
Read more about career fair interviewing tips here.

Forget to register for the NW Public Interest Career Fair?  You can still register here. View a sample list of participating employers this year here.

Don’t miss this opportunity! Make sure to register for new online Racial Justice Training Institute trainings 

With recent events in Ferguson, Staten Island, and elsewhere, our nation is at a pivotal moment in understanding and addressing issues of race, implicit bias, and the structural barriers that marginalize communities of color. It is more important than ever for equal justice advocates to refocus their efforts to affirmatively advance racial equity.

Following the success of the inaugural 2014 Racial Justice Training Institute, the Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law is pleased to announce the 2015 Racial Justice Training Institute. By placing the most up-to-date racial justice tools in the hands of front line advocates, the Institute provides real opportunities to address the impacts of structural racialization and ensure that race is front and center in our efforts to eradicate poverty in the communities we serve.

The Institute will cover a wide range of equity best practices ranging from traditional litigation and policy advocacy, to media and messaging, to the latest debiasing strategies. Working in teams, and with support from skilled faculty and facilitators, participants will use new racial justice knowledge and skills in their daily work and in the race-equity initiatives that teams will pursue throughout the Institute.

Taking place over six months (June—November 2015), the Institute includes three parts:

PART 1: Online (June 1—June 19, 2015)

PART 2: Onsite in Chicago (June 23-26, 2015)

PART 3: Online (July – November 2015)

Up to 35 advocates will be selected for the second Institute cohort based on a variety of factors, including experience, interest, goals, capacity, and racial and geographic diversity.

Learn more about the Racial Justice Training Institute

Application Deadline: February 27, 2015

Get your your materials ready for the 2015 Law Student Legal Writing Competition!

Eligibility:
Open to all students currently enrolled in an ABA Accredited Law School.

Topic:
Papers should address any legal issue regarding affordable housing and/or community development law.

Submission Requirements:

Entries must be original, unpublished work. Articles should be between 25-50 double-spaced pages and should include footnotes in Bluebook format. There is no entry form of any kind. Articles should be submitted in Word format. All author-identifying information should be removed from the article. A separate title page should be attached and must contain the article’s title, the student’s name, and the student’s contact information including street address, phone number(s), and email address.

Award:
Submissions will be blindly evaluated by a committee of Forum members. A single winning paper, as judged by the selection committee, will be awarded a prize of $1,000 and a trip to attend the Forum’s Annual Conference, May 20-22, 2015, in Washington, D.C., airfare and lodging included*. The winner is responsible for any taxes on fair market value of full award, including travel, registration and lodging. Winner will be required to submit a completed 1099 as a condition of receiving award.  The decision of the judges is final.

The winning essay may be published in the Journal of Affordable Housing and Community Development Law. If selected for publication, winner will be required to sign a standard publication agreement giving the ABA the right of first publication.

Date: All entries must be postmarked or emailed by March 6, 2015.

Send entries to the Journal’s Editor-in-Chief: 

James J. Kelly, Jr., Clinical Prof. of Law, Notre Dame Law School; J.Kelly@nd.edu. Please contact Dawn R. Holiday at dawn.holiday@americanbar.org, if you have any questions.

Upcoming scholarships and new racial justice resources

Due Feb. 1, 2015: Charles Z. Smith Scholarship

The Charles Z. Smith Scholarship honors WA state Supreme Court Justice Charles Z. Smith for his commitment to promoting diversity for all people of color in the legal profession. Establishment of this scholarship recognizes that people of color, particularly African-Americans, are underrepresented in the legal profession and recognizes the pivotal role that effective legal advocacy plays in protecting the rights of minorities both individually and collectively. The recipient(s) will receive $500 to be applied towards their next quarter’s tuition and fees.

To apply, applicants: (1) must be a student of color admitted to the UW School of Law;
(2) must submit 2 letters of recommendation reflecting the applicant’s demonstrated involvement with and commitment to servicing one or more of the ethnic specific communities. The letters of recommendation must disclose the applicant’s relationship to the recommending party and include an appraisal of the applicant’s commitment to the goal of the scholarship;
(3) must have financial need (determined through OSFA) and
(4) must submit a personal statement describing the applicant’s demonstrated commitment and ties to the minority community. This personal statement should not exceed 2 type-written double-spaced pages. All application materials must be sent via e-mail to: lawadm@uw.edu by February 1, 2015 at 5PM PST.

Due Feb. 1, 2015: McKinley Irvin Family Law Scholarship

The McKinley Irvin Family Law Scholarship will be awarded each year to a UW law student with an interest in the field of family law. McKinley Irvin is the largest law firm in the Pacific Northwest focusing exclusively on divorce and family law. McKinley Irvin has protected the rights and responsibilities of families since 1991—handling all family attorney practice areas, as well as complex cases including high asset divorce, child custody and international family law matters.

To apply, applicants must submit: (1) a cover letter explaining the applicant’s interest in the practice of family law and (2) their resume to William H. Gates Hall Room 231 (Office of Admissions & Financial Aid) or via email to: lawadm@uw.edu by February 1, 2015 at 5PM PST.

Due Feb. 1, 2015: Ralph W. Johnson American Indian Law Scholarship

The Law School’s Native American Law Center was founded to carry on and expand the work of Professor Ralph W. Johnson. For forty-four years, Professor Johnson taught thousands of students at the UW Law School and provided direct assistance to the tribes in Washington State and across the nation. Professor Johnson’s scholarly work in the field of Indian Law is nationally known, his writings have been cited more than 300 times by the United States Supreme Court as well as by lower federal and state court judges. He was the first professor in the United States to teach a class in federal Indian law. It was in honor for Professor Johnson that his wife, Anne Johnson, established this scholarship for students with a demonstrated interest in studying and practicing American Indian law.

To apply, applicants must submit the following: (1) Documentation of your tribal affiliation and/or descent; (2) A personal statement (no more than 700 words) describing your commitment and ties to the Native American community; and (3) One letter of recommendation describing and appraising your involvement in the Native American community and dedication to principles that further the interests of the community. The letter must be in a sealed envelope and can be delivered to the Office of Admissions & Financial, Room 231 by February 1, 2015 at 5PM PST.

Want to Access More Skills and Tools to Achieve Racial Equity? Check out this Extraordinary Resource!

Whether you are student, staff, faculty or UW law grad, you have an opportunity to learn about and take action to achieve racial equity and justice. RacialEquity Tools is designed to support individuals and groups working to achieve racial equity. This site offers tools, research, tips, curricula and ideas for people who want to increase their own understanding and to help those working toward justice at every level – in systems, organizations, communities and the culture at large. Check it out!

Have an Interest in Pursuing a Career in Elder Law? The UW Retirement Association Seeks Applicants for $4,000 Scholarship

Are a you a UW Law student? Have an Interest in Pursuing a Career in Elder Law? The UW Retirement Association Seeks Applicants for $4,000 Scholarship! Applications Due Feb. 3

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Each year, UWRA awards scholarships to UW undergraduate, graduate and professional students who are preparing for careers related to aging. Students from a wide variety of disciplines have received these scholarships, which are awarded in Spring quarter each year. UWRA has also endowed a Graduate Fellowship in Aging that is awarded each year by the Graduate School. Learn about the Graduate Fellowship here. Each year’s Scholarship and Fellowship recipients join with UWRA members for a scholarship celebration in the spring.

For more information, click here.

Want to Join the Fight to End the Criminalization of Homelessness?  National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty releases report on, Human Rights to Human Reality

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A 10 Step Guide to Strategic Human Rights Advocacy

Working consistently for the past two decades, the Law Center is achieving unprecedented success in getting federal agencies to address the criminalization of homelessness as a human rights violation. This guide presents ten steps as a case study of our experiences that we believe can help others achieve broader respect for, and implementation of, human rights.

Click here to access the report.

Interested in Exploring Global Health Law and Policy Issues? Join the Legal and Policy Solutions to Improve the Global Health of Women, Children & Adolescents Lecture Series

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If you are interested in exploring global health law and policy issues from a multidisciplinary perspective, please join us for Legal and Policy Solutions to Improve the Global Health of Women, Children & Adolescents, a lecture series and course that meets Tuesdays from 5:30 – 7 pm Winter Quarter.

Each Tuesday, we invite three expert practitioners –one from medicine/public health/health science, one from law/policy, and one from a community organization/NGO –  to discuss health topics that impact women, children and adolescents in the US and around the world.  We have some amazing speakers lined up so far, ranging from a pediatrician from Kenya who works to prevent mother-child HIV transmission to a Seattle City Councilwoman who has led advocacy for a paid parental leave ordinance.

Feel free to attend any session.  The series is also open to all UW students and the public, so you can attend any session that is of interest without enrolling for course credit.

Enrollment/grading.  You can also enroll to receive one course credit for attending the speaker series (LAW H518 A/B) or two credits for attending both the speaker series and a small discussion group that meets beforehand from 4:20 – 5:20 pm (LAW H518 C/D, meeting in Room 115).  Both sections will be graded on a credit/no credit basis.  Students of the speaker series (LAW H518 A/B) receive credit for attending the lectures – readings are optional.  Students of the discussion group (LAW H518 C/D) receive credit for reading the assigned articles and participating in the discussion.

Course organizers:  Jennifer Lenga-Long, JD; Tanya Karwaki, JD, LLM; Brandi Shah MD, MPH; and Jennifer Slyker, PhD

Click here for the scheduled topics.

UW Law Celebrates the Success of Saturday’s Pro Bono & Leadership Training

Celebrating Pro Bono at UW Law- Annual Pro Bono & Leadership Training Day is a Success!

By: Aline Carton-Listfjeld, Assistant Director, Center for Public Service Law

CPSL Logo This past Saturday, October 11 from 8:30am-5:30pm Gates Hall was filled with over 100 students committed to fulfilling the promise of equal justice by attending our Pro Bono Core Competencies Training and Advanced Pro Bono Legal Assistance and Leadership Development Fundamentals Workshops! Training topics ranged from professionalism, addressing and managing bias, working with clients in poverty and crisis, secondary trauma, leadership theory, event planning, accountability, developing organizational mission, vision and core values and more!

These trainings and workshops are a joint initiative of the Center for Public Service Law and student leaders from the Immigrant Families Advocacy Project (IFAP), Center for Human Rights & Justice’s App Help Project (CHRJ’s App Help), Street Youth Law Advocates of Washington at UW (SYLAW), Environmental Law Society (ELS) and the Prison & Family Justice Project (formerly IMAP).

A special thanks goes to the following faculty who co-led trainings with student leaders including: Dean Michele Storms, Dean Mary Hotchkiss, Professor Kim Ambrose, Professor Lisa Kelly, Professor Tom Andrews, and Professor Angelica Chazaro. In addition, this training would not be possible without the participation of student leaders of pro bono projects most notably Melody Young, Erin Apte, Alex Revelas, Crys O’Grady, Claire Sullivan, Michael Gerbec, Michael Huggins and Katherine Chung. Another thanks goes to Thomas O’Ban who helped staff the registration table in the morning.

Another big thank you goes to our dedicated program assistant, Ann Spangler, who works behind the scenes graciously juggling multiple projects making our success possible.

Attention Pro Bono Students: Please Evaluate the Pro Bono Core Competencies Training!

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Pro Bono students, thank you for your interest in pro bono service and for attending our recent Pro Bono Core Competencies training.

Please help us continually improve this annual training. Kindly take a couple of minutes to  complete this brief survey:

https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/M3VYZZP.

We really value your feedback.

Event Tomorrow – Human Rights in Global Garment Factories: Meet Garment Workers Who Sew UW Clothes

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Thursday, October 16, 2014 at 6 PM
Savery 264, UW Campus Quad

https://www.facebook.com/events/1501149146820448
*free & open to the public*

Meet workers who sew Husky apparel! Hear how UW can support dignified working conditions and human rights in the global garment industry! The Alta Gracia Factory, located in the Dominican Republic Free Trade Zone, is the first college logo t-shirt project to pay its workers a living wage, respect their democratic voice on the job, and provide a safe and healthy work environment as regularly verified by the Worker Rights Consortium. The result of decades of collaboration between college students and garment workers worldwide, Alta Gracia offers a stark contrast to the often exploitative conditions in garment factories and is transforming the lives of workers, the community of Villa Altagracia, and the wider apparel industry.

WITH SUPPORT FROM: Harry Bridges Center for Labor Studies, UW Honors Program, UW United Students Against Sweatshops, Washington Fair Trade Coalition

CONTACT: UW United Students Against Sweatshops, uwusas@uw.edu, Solidarity Ignite, info@solidarityignite.org

Critical Language Scholarship Fellowship – Applications Now Open

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The U.S. Department of State is pleased to announce the opening of the scholarship competition for the 2015 Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program in thirteen critical foreign languages.

The CLS Program is a program of the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. It is a fully-funded overseas language program for American undergraduate and graduate students. With the goal of broadening the base of Americans studying and mastering critical languages and to build relationships between the people of the United States and other countries, CLS provides study opportunities to a diverse range of students from across the United States at every level of language learning.

The thirteen CLS languages are: Arabic, Azerbaijani, Bangla, Chinese, Hindi, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean, Persian, Punjabi, Russian, Turkish, and Urdu.

The application is now live and available online here

Applications will be due November 12, 2014 by 8:00 pm EST.

New Advisory Opinion and Country Visit by the Inter-American Human Rights Bodies Clarify the Rights of Migrant Children

By: International Justice Resource Center

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Last month, the Inter-American Court of Human Rights released an Advisory Opinion defining the scope of States’ obligations to protect the rights of migrant children and families. See I/A Court H.R., Rights and Guarantees of Children in the Context of Migration and/or in Need of International Protection, Advisory Opinion OC-21/14, 19 August 2014. State Parties to the American Convention on Human Rights and the American Declaration of the Rights and Duties of Man must take this Advisory Opinion into consideration when “designing, adopting, implementing, and applying their immigration policies.” See id.at para. 50. Relatedly, from September 29 to October 2, the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights conducted a country visit to the United States, examining the treatment of unaccompanied migrant children who had crossed the southern border into the United States. [IACHR Press Release] The Inter-American bodies’ focus on migrants’ rights comes at a point in time when the United States and Mexico, in particular, are facing scrutiny for their treatment of undocumented migrants – including an influx of children – from Central America.

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Volunteer Opportunity with Wayfind – Volunteer Microenterprise Clinic, Applications Due 10/17

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Wayfind connects nonprofit organizations and low-income microenterprise entrepreneurs in Washington State with transactional lawyers who will assist them, pro bono, on business legal matters. Wayfind hosts two microenterprise legal clinics, in partnership with Washington CASH and Start Zone NW, two nonprofit organizations that provide support to low-income microenterprise entrepreneurs. Wayfind pro bono transactional lawyers meet with low-income microenterprise entrepreneurs to issue-spot and counsel them on legal issues and responsibilities with respect to their microenterprise business venture.

The types of legal issue that clients typically present include: review of contracts operating agreements and leases, business entity selection, intellectual property including publishing and trade name, and adding people to a partnership.

Law student volunteer clinic assistants are needed to assist the lawyers at the microenterprise clinic by taking interview notes and drafting the client “work plan” which summarizes the legal advice given by the attorney. The WA CASH clinic takes place from 4:30 to 7:00 p.m. on the 2nd Tuesday of every month; and the Start Zone NW clinic takes place from 5:00 to 7:30 quarterly (December 2nd and March 3rd). This opportunity is open to all law students.

  • Time Commitment: Must commit to volunteering at least one 3-hour clinic
  • Location: Clinics held at Washington CASH in Seattle and Start Zone NW at Edmonds Community College
  • Training: Must participate in the UW Law’s Pro Bono Core Competencies training on Saturday, October 11, 8:30am- 3:00pm and watch a video of the 10/2/12 Microenterprise 101 training.
  • Application Process: Email a resume and cover letter addressed to Jodi Nishioka, Wayfind Executive Director to the contact below.
  • Application Deadline: Friday, October 17, 2014
  • Contact: Aline Carton-Listfjeld, Center for Public Service Law

Calling for Submissions! Human Rights and Refugee Essay Competitions

Seattle Women’s Commission Seeking Candidates for Vacant Seats on the Commission, Due 9/22

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The Seattle Women’s Commission is seeking candidates for vacant seats on the Commission. The Commission advises the Mayor, City Council and city departments on issues that impact women in Seattle. The commission identifies areas of concern and recommends policy and legislation, provides feedback and opinion on issues of city and state budget, and acts as a liaison between Seattle women and city government.

As advisors to the Mayor, City Council and city departments, commissioners have the opportunity to address issues of concern for Seattle women and to work for positive change.

Terms are three, two-year terms and are subject to confirmation by the City Council. Applicants must live or work in Seattle and be available for monthly meetings from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on the 3rd Monday of the month at City Hall in downtown Seattle.

The SWC is seeking candidates with a particular interest in the following areas, in accordance with the SWC’s annual work plan:

  • Economic opportunities for women, including pay equity, job opportunities, and women-owned businesses
  • Health disparities affecting women, including access to healthy food, reproductive rights, and the social determinants of health such as infant and maternal mortality
  • Housing and homelessness including affordable housing, tenant rights, institutional and informal housing and shelters, and vehicular residents and women living in encampments in the city
  • Violence prevention including training for police and other responders, sexual assault, domestic violence and preventing youth violence
  • The SWC aims to work closely with governmental and community-based organizations to make certain that women of color, women with disabilities, immigrants, refugees, returning female veterans, youth and members of the LGBTQI communities are being served appropriately by the Commission’s work.

To apply for appointment to the Seattle Women’s Commission, submit your resume and a letter of interest by September 22, 2014. Please reference your experience and interest in the previously mentioned issue areas in your cover letter. To reduce paper consumption, electronic submissions are preferred. Email your letter of interest and resume to: marta.idowu@seattle.gov.

PLI Offering Online Seminar on Effective Communication with the Legal Services Client

PLI SeminarAs states enact new pro bono requirements and ease some restrictions on pro bono representation, it is becoming more important than ever for lawyers to understand the unique challenges posed by pro bono clients. PLI’s first open interactive course is free to anyone who wants to learn more about how to meet the unique challenges posed by pro bono clients. This course will teach new attorneys and seasoned professionals how to work effectively and cooperatively with their pro bono client.

Click here to access more content.

Call for Submissions: The Washington College of Law Human Rights Essay Award 2015 English & Spanish, Due 2/1/15

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By: Cecilia Marcela Bailliet

Are you interested in attending an all-expense paid 3 week summer program on Human Rights and Humanitarian Law taught by over 40 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 please click here.

Volunteer Lawyer Programs Assist in Disaster Relief Efforts

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By: Eastside Legal Assistance Program

Oso Mudslide

After the mudslide that devastated Oso in May 2014, there was an emergent need for legal services in the area. Snohomish County Legal Services (SCLS) responded by partnering with the local bar association and with Northwest Justice Project (NJP).  NJP launched a toll free number for those affected by the 530 Slide and informational flyers were distributed by  SCLS and NJP. Additionally, the Snohomish County Bar Association (SCBA) sent out an email to member attorneys to gauge interest in assisting – over 100 attorneys signed up to volunteer their time and expertise to the victims of the disaster.  Additionally, Foster Pepper and Perkins Coie offered their assistance to SCLS in this effort and SCLS was able to secure emergency funding from Legal Foundation of Washington to hire a part time staff attorney, Dustin Hoegemeyer, to help coordinate volunteers and assist victims of the slide.

With all of this support and dedication from the local legal community and professional organizations,  SCLS has assisted more than 30 clients to date and referrals are still coming in.  SCLS Executive Director Anita Hale reports that “It has been humbling to be part of such an amazing effort and to see individuals receive the legal support they need to start moving forward with their lives.”

Okanogan County Fires

Chelan Douglas County Volunteer Attorney Services (VAS) developed a legal aid response to the wildfires in Chelan and Okanogan counties. The Wenatchee-based nonprofit opened its intake to include Okanogan County residents who were affected by the fires. VAS, in partnership with the Wenatchee law firm Jeffers, Danielson, Sonn & Aylward, began referring fire-related legal matters to local attorneys in July. The volunteer legal program will facilitate free legal advice through the end of 2014 and, in addition, plans to organize informational meetings and legal clinics in affected areas.

International Refugee Law Student Writing Competition: Call for Papers

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The American Society of International Law’s International Refugee Law Interest Group (IRLIG) announces an annual International Refugee Law Student Writing Competition, co-sponsored by the Global Migration Centre at the Graduate Institute of International
and Development Studies, Geneva; the International Law Students Association (ILSA); the International Journal of Refugee Law; Oxford University Press; and the American Society of International Law (ASIL).

IRLIG seeks submissions of academic papers on international law pertaining to refugees, internally displaced persons, and forced migrants. Participation is open to students enrolled at an accredited university at the time of submission.

Click here for more details.

 

 

 

 

Need Tips on Your Resume, Blogging, Combatting LGBT Bias? Check Out These Resources!

Teaching law students to blog : Interview of Law Professor Dr. Silvia Hodges Silverstein

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Do You Plan on a Career in Public Service? Apply Now 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.

Pro Bono Honors Program Deadline Extended to Monday, April 28!

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  • Did you volunteer for IFAP, IMAP, SYLAW, ITMP, ELS research project  or a community-based legal organization between April 2013 and March 2014?
  • Did you volunteer as a case manager or leader for one of these student-led pro bono projects?
  • Did you intern last summer for a public interest organization and didn’t get a summer grant, stipend or externship credit?

If you can answer YES to either of these questions you are likely eligible to participate in the Pro Bono Honors Program! APRIL 28 IS FAST APPROACHING! And, it’s the last day to submit the online form so that you can be recognized with fellow students, faculty and staff with a Pro Bono Service Award! Don’t forget the program recognizes student leaders pro bono legal assistance projects as well as legal assistance hours. 2Ls and 3Ls with 30 hours of qualifying pro bono service will be recognized. Your efforts are greatly appreciated and you will be recognized at the May 8 PILA TGIT! Not in it for the award? We get it. The Pro Bono Honors Program though gives us the opportunity to tell the story of UW Law and what our commitment to public service really looks like.  We are also able to pull together resources to help future generations of students connect to the volunteer opportunities that resonate for them.  So please take the time to do this! Pro Bono Honors Award Law Student Checklist:

For First-Time Student Participants

  • Tie your UWNet ID to a GMail account if you haven’t already.
  • Register your pledge to do pro bono
  • Make sure your pro bono work qualifies or contact acarton@uw.edu if you’re not sure.
  • Attend the Annual Core Competencies Training on October 12, 2013. Missed a training? Go to our training page for resources and podcasts.
  • Keep track of your hours (download tracking log):
    • We’ll need you to tell us if you you’re providing direct legal assistance and/or if you’ve been in a pro bono leadership role.
    • You’ll need a minimum of 30 hours performed between April 1, 2013 and March 31, 2014.
  • Draft Essay: Write a 600-1000 word reflective essay about your pro bono work experience, observations made about the clients you’ve served or the organization you worked for and/or reflections about your professional path in public service law.
  • Certify training attendance, report hours and submit essay by Monday, April 28: Complete the online web form.

For Returning Student Participants

  • Tie your UWNet ID to a GMail account if you haven’t already.
  • Make sure your pro bono work qualifies or contact acarton@uw.edu if you’re not sure.
  • Keep track of your hours (download tracking log):
    • We’ll need you to tell us if you you’re providing direct legal assistance and/or if you’ve been in a pro bono leadership role.
    • You’ll need a minimum of 30 hours performed between April 1, 2013 and March 31, 2014.
  • Report hours by Monday, April 28: Complete the online web form.

Ms. JD Accepting Applications for Public Interest Scholarships, Due 5/23

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Ms. JD is proud to announce its 2014 Summer Public Interest Scholarships!

Five winners will receive a $500 scholarship to support their continued commitment to public interest work this summer. Ms. JD is thrilled to continue our annual support of women pursuing public interest careers, as part of our ongoing efforts to support mentoring and career development at home and abroad. Winners will post on the blog each month this summer to start a discussion about the unique role of women public interest attorneys in the profession.

Women law students entering their second or third year at an accredited U.S. law school and working the summer of 2014 at least 35 hours per week for a minimum of 6 weeks at a government agency or nonprofit organization are eligible to apply. Unpaid judicial externs also qualify for these scholarships. Students need not have a placement at the time of their application, but must send an offer letter to Ms. JD by the beginning of the summer.

For more information, click here.

Citizenship Day of Service Opportunity, Free Human Rights Webinar on Homelessness and ICCPR, plus much more

Volunteer Opportunity: Citizenship Day of Service

become a citizenLast year, there were an estimated 180,000 legal permanent residents living in Washington state who were eligible to apply for citizenship, but only about 17,000 naturalizations (less than 10%). Help expand access to citizenship by volunteering and spreading the word!

This is a great opportunity for law students to give back to their communities and practice their skills in the field.  Washington New Americans, a partnership of the State of Washington and OneAmerica, and the American Immigration Lawyers Association are hosting Citizenship Day on Saturday, October 26, 2013 at locations in Olympia, Des Moines, Wenatchee, and Pasco.

Citizenship Day is a day-long legal clinic where volunteer immigration attorneys, paralegals, law students and interpreters offer FREE assistance with citizenship applications.  This is one of the only free citizenship services left in Washington State and it is open to everyone.  Last year, over 375 volunteers helped more than 622 people become citizens!

Paralegal and law students assist immigration attorneys by meeting one on one with clients to help complete naturalization forms.  Students may NOT provide legal advice. Students will NOT be giving legal advice.  ALL volunteers will be required to attend trainings prior to the day of the event. Trainings will be held via conference call or in person in Seattle on Thursday, October 10th.

This is a pre-approved volunteer opportunity eligible for the UW Law Pro Bono Honors Program. Student volunteers can sign up here.

Free Webinar- Cruel, Inhuman & Degrading: Homelessness in the U.S. Under the International Covenant on Civil & Political Rights

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Monday, October 7, 2-3pm EDT.

On September 3, the National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty released to the public a report, “Cruel, Inhuman, and Degrading: Criminalization of Homelessness in the U.S. under the International Covenant on Civil & Political Rights,” addressing concerns raised by the U.N. Human Rights Committee in its review of the U.S.

The report, co-authored with the Yale Law School Allard K. Lowenstein Human Rights Clinic, and endorsed by 23 other international, national, and local organizations, responds to a written question to the U.S. from the Human Rights Committee in March, as it prepares for its regular review of the U.S. for compliance with its human rights obligations, to take place on October 17-18 in Geneva, Switzerland.

The report clarifies that criminalization of homelessness, or penalizing homeless persons for basic life activities, such as sleeping, sitting, eating, or even going to the bathroom in public when they have no private alternatives, or targeting homeless persons for enforcement of other laws like jaywalking or littering, violates numerous rights under the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, a treaty ratified by the U.S. in 1992. It also discusses
violations of the right to vote, to family , and nondiscrimination.

Speakers include:

Eric Tars, National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty
Hope Metcalf, Yale Law School Allard K. Lowenstein Human Rights Clinic
Amy Sawyer & Liz Osborn, US Interagency Council on Homelessness

Come and learn about the rights involved, as well as the process of review by the U.N. Human Rights Committee and how you can make human rights real in your community.

FLOW Scholarship Applications Now Due

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The Filipino Lawyers of Washington will be awarding two $1,500 scholarships to law students attending a law school in Washington State. The Pangarap Scholarships are intended to recognize law students who have demonstrated significant commitment to community service, particularly service to the Filipino/Filipino American community.  The scholarship applicants do not have to be of Filipino descent.  Click here for the Scholarship Application Form which includes instructions and details about the scholarship, including key dates.

The deadline for submitting applications is Wed., Oct. 9. Please email abigail.daquiz@gmail.com with any questions.

Pangarap means to “dream and strive for a goal” in Tagalog, the language of the Philippines.

Farmworker Victory in Washington

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This past week, a Skagit County Superior Court judge issued the attached temporary restraining order requiring Sakuma Bros to remove security guards they had placed in worker housing, and to desist from conducting surveillance of workers in other ways. He found the presence of the guards “intimidating” and “chilling” to the workers’ rights to associate and organize under Washington labor law. The judge also scheduled a further hearing for October 8th. This is a big victory for the workers. The workers’ press release is also attached and some links are below.

Columbia Legal Services, along with Seattle firm Schwerin Campbell Barnard Iglitzin & Lavitt represented an individual worker and the workers’ group Familias Unidas por la Justicia. For more on this story click here and here.

Chiquita Seeks Dismissal in Columbian Case

By Curt Anderson, AP Legal Affairs Writer

BananaSeptember 21, 2013, Miami (AP) — Faced with potentially billions of dollars in legal liability, Chiquita Brands International is asking a federal appeals court to block lawsuits filed against it in the U.S. by thousands of Colombians whose relatives were killed in that country’s bloody, decades-long civil war.

The produce giant, which long had huge banana plantations in Colombia, has admitted paying a right-wing Colombian paramilitary group $1.7 million over a seven-year period. The Charlotte, N.C.-based company insists it was blackmailed into paying or risking violence against its own operations and employees, although in 2007 Chiquita pleaded guilty to U.S. criminal charges that it had supported terrorists. It paid a $25 million fine.

The Colombian lawsuits, consolidated for pretrial action before a federal judge in West Palm Beach, want Chiquita held liable for thousands of deaths at the hands of the AUC, the Spanish acronym for the right-wing United Self-Defense Forces of Colombia. The Colombian relatives have won several key pretrial rulings, but now Chiquita is taking its fight for dismissal to a new level.

In essence, Chiquita wants the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to dismiss the lawsuits because, the company claims, each murder cannot be tied specifically to the company. It’s not enough, Chiquita’s lawyers say in court papers, to assume the company’s payments to the AUC meant Chiquita knew about and supported those individual killings.

Read more here.