Advocate for Housing for the Homeless! Register Now for Advocacy Day!

December 19: Asian Bar Association of Washington (ABAW) Holiday Party and CLE


Please join the ABAW for its final social event of the year on Friday, December 19th at the House of Hong, 409 – 8th Ave S, Seattle, WA 98104.   First, join us for a free CLE from 4:00 – 5:30 PM presented by our very own Serin Ngai (“Nuts and Bolts of Family Law – How Parenting Plans are Developed”).  Then stay for the festivities from 5:30 PMonward.  As always, we will be hosting a White Elephant style gift exchange ($20 or less please).  Members only!  Please RSVP to by Monday, December 15, 2014 so we can have an accurate headcount.  Also, please let us know if you are intending to attend the CLE, the dinner, or both.

CLE Details: 

  • Date/Time: 4:00 -5:30 on December 19, 2014
  • Topic: Nuts and Bolts of Family Law-How Parenting Plans Are Developed
  • Speaker: Serin Ngai
  • CLE Credits: 1.0 for General and 0.5 for Ethics; pending approval
  • Description:  This CLE provides the general practitioner with basic knowledge of the practice of family law in King County beginning with the procedural nuts and bolts, such as how to file motions and the motions practice. The seminar will then primarily focus on parenting plans – how they are developed, what GALs review and consider when performing investigations and making recommendations to the court, and tips and suggestions on how to fine-tune and finesse a parenting plan that works for various relationships and unique situations. Finally, the seminar will touch upon the ethical obligations that may arise for a family law attorney.
  • Speaker’s Bio:  Serin Ngai is the Managing Member of Sound Family Solutions, PLLC. Ms. Ngai is a certified Title 26 Guardian ad Litem on the King County GAL Registry and is also certified in Collaborative Law. She has also served as an ABAW board member for the past 7 years in various positions, and is currently the Pro Bono Chair and manages the ABAW’s two legal clinics. She also volunteers in the Family Law Clinic with the King County Bar Association SW Legal Clinic in West Seattle. She was recently awarded one of the Top 10 Family Law Attorneys Under Age of 40 in Washington state by the National Academy of Family Law Attorneys.

January 30-31: Arctic Encounter Symposium 2015

Arctic Encounter Symposium

Charting a Path to US Leadership in the Far North

Friday-Saturday, Jan. 30-31, 2015
8:00 AM – 6:30 PM
University of Washington & Museum of History and Industry (MOHAI), Seattle, WA

The second annual Arctic Encounter Symposium will challenge participants to tackle the shared interests and concerns of the United States and the global community as we look north to the last emerging frontier – the Arctic. Leading experts, CEOs, and thought leaders from the science, technology, maritime, and energy sectors, will gather to challenge the status quo dialogue, critically address challenges to realizing the Arctic’s full potential and collaborate on solutions. Participants will include key industry leaders, policy makers, and regional stakeholders.

This year’s symposium will focus on the role of the U.S. as an arctic nation and the challenges it will confront in its upcoming chairmanship of the Arctic Council, including: climate change, natural resources, investment opportunities, and international relations. The goal of the 2015 Arctic Encounter is to facilitate a creative environment for the development of a proactive agenda, short and long-term domestic and international priorities, and a strategic execution plan.

The two-day program includes complimentary continental breakfast, coffee, and keynote luncheons on both Friday and Saturday. Participants will enjoy a networking reception and seated dinner at the Museum of History and Industry (MOHAI) at Lake Union on the evening of Friday, January 30. A closing reception will take place at the conclusion of the program on Saturday, January 31.

Register online here.  For more information, click here.

February 17: Registration for Housing and Homelessness Advocacy Day 2015 Now Open

Housing and Homelessness Advocacy Day

Tuesday, Feb. 17, 2014
8:00 AM – 4:00 PM
United Churches, 110 Eleventh Ave. SE, Olympia, WA

Join hundreds of fellow advocates from across Washington on Tuesday, February 17 for Advocacy Day. This is an important day for the statewide affordable housing and homelessness movement to come together, get energized, and learn more about the latest legislation and policies creating more opportunities for safe, healthy, affordable homes.

Last year, the 600+ voices at Advocacy Day set the stage to help pass homelessness legislation, in the 11th hour, that had been initially killed in a Senate committee.

This year, an immense $4.5 billion budget shortfall means we’re facing several mandates that have the potential to de-fund crucial safety net services and investments in affordable homes. But on the bright side, there are important advances to be made in tenants rights and supportive housing.

We have to make sure these issues are front-and-center in Olympia because everyone needs a home. And coming together during Housing and Homelessness Advocacy Day is a great way to start!

Register online here.  For more information, click here.

Get Ready for January Jobs and Internships

Seattle City Attorney’s Office Seeking Summer Law Externs for Employment Law Section of Civil Division

SeattlelogoThe Employment Section in the Civil Division of the Seattle City Attorney’s Office has externship opportunities available throughout the year for  2L and 3L law students, and also for 1L students during the summer after their  first year. The Employment Section provides labor and employment advice to all  City of Seattle departments (for example the Fire Department, Seattle City  Light, and the Parks Department) and it also represents City departments in  labor arbitrations, in administrative hearings and in federal and state court.
The legal issues within the Employment Section’s area of expertise include: wage  and hour issues, disability accommodation, anti-discrimination laws, employee  discipline, and collective bargaining issues. Externs would work directly with  Assistant City Attorneys in the Employment Section, to provide legal research assistance, to draft briefs, motions and witness declarations, and to perform
other functions according to case needs and the extern’s interests. In addition,  externs would be provided with opportunities for client contact and for  observation of depositions, hearings and/or court proceedings. The externship  provides the opportunity to work closely with an enthusiastic and experienced  group of labor and employment attorneys in a public sector environment, and so
would be a good fit for students interested in labor and employment law and/or public sector work.

Applications accepted through March 4. For complete description and application instructions please visit Symplicity.

Legal Intern Program 2014-2015, Washington State House of Representatives – Office of Program Research

WA State SealApply via Symplicity by Jan. 9th at noon; Interviews will be Jan. 10th on campus

Since 1974, the OPR’s legal intern program has provided law students with an opportunity to observe and participate in the legislative process. Interns work under the supervision of lawyers employed by the OPR and are expected to perform general legal research and to assist in drafting bills and bill amendments.

The program is divided into two parts: summer and legislative session. Interns are expected to serve full time during the summer of 2014 and during that portion of the 2015 legislative session coinciding with the first academic quarter of 2015. The summer portion is considered a paid training period, during which interns acquire the knowledge and skills that will enable them to perform well during the legislative session. Whereas the summer portion is compensated at $2730 per month, the intern is required to receive externship credits during the legislative session (winter quarter).  Financial assistance for housing and/or commuting during the legislative session is available.

WomensLaw is a project of the National Network to End Domestic Violence.  WomensLaw aims to provide easy-to-understand legal information and resources to women living with or escaping domestic violence and/or sexual assault. By reaching out through the Internet, we empower women and girls to lead independent and productive lives, free from abuse and assault. Our website ( publishes state-specific legal information about domestic violence and sexual assault and is visited by more than 1.1 million people per year. We also provide help through an Email Hotline  directly to victims and advocates throughout the U.S.

National Network to End Domestic Violence Seeks Summer Interns for WomensLaw Project

NNEDVLaw student interns at WomensLaw have the unique opportunity to produce information and materials that will be viewed by millions of survivors.  Currently, over 100,000 different people visit our site per month; we also answer over 250 emails from survivors monthly.

The intern will assist our organization by:

  • preparing and updating plain-language legal information for publication on the website;
  • interpreting statutes to be translated into plain language;
  • responding to some emails from survivors; and
  • other related tasks.

Topic areas include:

  • State-specific restraining order information,
  • State-specific custody information,
  • State-specific divorce information,
  • Federal immigration information,
  • Information on stalking and other crimes,
  • Other legal and non-legal areas affecting victims of domestic violence and sexual assault.

For complete description and application instructions please click here (must be registered with PSJD). Applications due no later than May 9.  

Center for Science in the Public Interest Announces One-Year Post Grad Litigation Fellowship


The Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) is a non-profit health-advocacy group based in Washington, D.C., that focuses on nutrition and food safety.  CSPI publishes Nutrition Action Healthletter, the nation’s largest circulation health newsletter.  CSPI provides valuable, objective information to the public, represents citizens’ interests before legislative, regulatory, and judicial bodies, and ensures that advances in science are used for the public’s good.  CSPI is supported largely by the 900,000 U.S. and Canadian subscribers to its Nutrition Action Healthletter and by foundation grants.

CSPI is offering a one-year fellowship in the Litigation Project.  The Litigation Project uses state and federal courts, as well as filings before federal agencies, to help correct corporate misbehavior.  The project brings its own advocacy lawsuits, working with private lawyers across the country.  CSPI’s legal filings have produced binding settlements resulting in more honest labeling of artificial ingredients and halting deceptive marketing.  In addition, the Litigation Project files a variety of complaints and rulemaking requests before the FDA and other federal agencies.

Act fast! Applications reviewed on a rolling basis. For complete description and application instructions please click here.

ACLU San Diego Seeks Summer Interns for Voting Rights Project

ACLU SDFull-time summer position working with the voting rights project to reduce barriers to voting and expand opportunities for broader participation in the electorate. Second or Third year law students with an interest in voting rights and election law may apply. Strong research, writing, organizing and project management skills. Spanish-speaking a plus!

Applications reviewed on a rolling basis. For complete description and application instructions please click here.