Pro Bono Opportunity – King County Bar Association Family Law Programs

Position: Family Law Student Volunteer
Volunteers Needed: 2L’s, 3L’s, and recent graduates
Time Commitment: 6 hours per week through the school quarter
Location: Downtown Seattle
Recommended Skills/Prerequisites: Must be a bi-lingual Spanish speaker. Have a strong interest in family law and immigrant rights.
Type of Supervision and Training: Training is provided in the substantive legal areas relevant to the internship. Supervision is provided by the Managing Attorneys of the Family Law programs.
Application Process: Submit a cover letter, resume, and list of references
Application Deadline: Open until filled
Contact: Judy Lin, Senior Managing Attorney, Family Law Programs, JudyL@kcba.org , 206-267-7023

Program Description:
The Family Law Programs of the King County Bar Association’s Pro Bono Services promote family safety and equal access to the legal system by assisting domestic violence survivors, children at risk of abuse or neglect, and clients facing barriers to accessing the courts due to language, disability, and other factors. The Kinship Care Solutions program provides pro bono representation in nonparental custody actions, and the Self-Help Plus program provides pro se assistance in uncontested dissolutions and parenting plan actions. The programs have expanded to help unaccompanied children from Central America who have been abused, neglected or abandoned by a parent and who may be eligible for protective immigration relief called Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS). Volunteer attorneys assist caregivers and family law members with family law actions in order to obtain court findings that may be used in the SIJS process.

General Duties:
• Interview and screen clients for eligibility in Spanish.
• Gather factual information regarding a case and assemble relevant documents for potential family law representation or pro se assistance.
• Draft legal pleadings.
• Assist Spanish speaking clients with pro se filings and provide information about the family law process as needed.
• Maintain client records and files.

This position will provide experience in practical legal skills such as client interviewing, legal issue spotting, case development, and working with immigrant clients. In addition, the intern will learn substantive and procedural aspects to family law practice and exposure to immigration law. This position is unpaid but can be sponsored for academic credit if available through the student’s school.

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June 10: Screening of “American Winter” in Everett

Cover: American Winter

Tuesday, June 10, 2014
5:30 PM (doors open); 6:00 PM (screening begins)
Henry M. Jackson Conference Center, Everett Community College, 200 Tower Street, Everett, WA 98201 (parking is free)

FREE Tickets.  Register online here.

The foreclosure crisis is anything but ‘over’ for thousands of Washington families.  Though the number of foreclosures is gradually decreasing, data from Mortgage Bankers Association showed more than 25,000 homes in the foreclosure process at he end of 2013.  Those numbers represent real people, real families, who are struggling to make ends meet — some of whom are facing homelessness.  To encourage a community dialogue — including what community members can do about the matter of foreclosure and homelessness in Snohomish County – the Foreclosure Prevention & Housing Outreach Coalition has arranged a screening of American Winter in Everett.

Guests are invited to stay following the film for a brief panel Q & A discussion with experts and join local organizations for a resource fair.  Light refreshments will be served.

Register online here.

June 20: WDA CLE on Negotiating Justice: Advancing Racial Equity and Client Goals

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Friday, June 20, 2014
8:45 AM – 5:00 PM
University of Washington School of Law, 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 Wilbur v. Mount Vernon case concerning meaningful representation of indigent clients.
  • Lara Zarowsky, Innocence Project Northwest Policy Director, who will provide effective negotiation tools for use in your cases.

 For more information and how to register, click here.

July 15: WSBA Diversity Program Offers CLE on Achieving Inclusion: Providing Culturally Competent Representation to Undocumented Survivors of Trauma

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Tuesday, July 15, 2014
12:00 – 2:00 PM
WSBA Conference Center, 1501 4th Ave. Ste. 308, Seattle, WA 98101

CLE Credits Pending: Ethics 2.00; Open to Law Students

In addition to the many challenges faced by undocumented immigrants, many have also experienced torture and trauma prior to immigrating; some have experienced new trauma and victimization after immigrating. When these clients access legal services, legal professionals need to be aware of and sensitive to their life experiences in order to provide effective – and culturally competent – representation. Join our faculty from immigration practice, public policy, academia, and mental health counseling as they offer pragmatic guidance on how to:

  • Effectively interview undocumented survivors of trauma
  • Understand and address the unique obstacles undocumented survivors of trauma encounter in the legal system
  • Understand the psychological effects of immigration and of experiencing torture and trauma

Space is limited.  Register online here.