Interested in Volunteering for the UN? Join the Discussion with UW Law Alumna, Johanna Gusman!

December 3: A Conversation with Johanna Gusman on UN Volunteer Work

Johanna Gusman

Date: Thursday, Dec. 3, 2015
Time: 8:30 AM
Location: TBA (Please contact Professor Anita Ramasastry)

Next Thursday Johanna Gusman, a UW Law School alumna and Gates Scholar, will visit us from Cairo via a Google hangout, to discuss how to work as a UN Volunteer (which is actually a quasi paid opportunity).  This is a great way for lawyers and others to get their “foot in the door” to work with the UN on longer term contracts.  We will connect with her online at 8:30 a.m. on 12/3 — Room TBA.  For those of you who are not in Seattle or who need to listen from home, please contact Professor Anita Ramasastry as soon as possible, and she will transmit instructions for how to join us via Google.

For more information, please contact Professor Ramasastry at arama@uw.edu.

December 4: Rahul Gairola Presentation on Migrations in Absentia: Digital Advertising & Manipulation of Partition Trauma

Rahul Gairola

Date: Friday, Dec. 4, 2015
Time: 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM
Location: Seattle University, Hunthausen Hall 100

This paper contributes to existing and new scholarship in Partition and affect studies, on the one hand, and cultural and digital humanities studies, on the other, as the 70th anniversary of the geo- political division of South Asia approaches in 2017. I begin by proposing a rationale for two digital advertisements by Google and Coca Cola that attempt to capitalize on the trauma of Partition by celebrating both products as facilitating harmony between India and Pakistan. Indeed, these advertisements market “happiness” as the ultimate horizon of neoliberal experience for the subjects that they depict.

While I do not here want to undermine the nostalgic value or the raw emotions behind the subjects and sentiments portrayed, I would argue that it is crucial to question the ethical dilemmas of marketing products that utopically represent the Partition’s communal bloodshed. In particular, these advertisements promise what I call “migrations in absentia,” or the promise of movement across borders without moving from one’s geo-political space. I conclude that despite the hege-monic pull of both ads, a number of resistant representations counter their influence in the digital public sphere

Rahul Krishna Gairola is an Assistant Professor of English & Comparative Liter-ature at the Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee, India. He is, with Amritjit Singh and Nalini Iyer, co-editor of a collection of essays titled Revisiting India’s Partition: Poli-tics, Memories, & Culture (Lexington Books/ Rowman & Littlefield, 2016). He is working on two additional book projects – Homelandings: Diasporic Genealogies of Belonging in Nation and Digital Homes: Electronic Agency in 21st Century South Asia. He is an Article Editor for Postcolonial Text, and Editor of salaam: the newslet-ter of the south asian literary association.

For more information, contact the English Department at 296-5420

December 10: RSJI Speaker Series Presents Kimberlé Crenshaw – Annual Human Rights Day Celebration – Black Lives Matter

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Date: Thursday, Dec. 10, 2015
Time: 7:00 PM
Location: Town Hall Seattle, 1119 8th Ave., Seattle, WA 98101

The event is free and open to the public. Tickets are not required.
Please join us for a reception starting at 6:00 pm. Light refreshments will be served.

Kimberlé Crenshaw teaches Civil Rights and other courses in critical race studies and constitutional law. Her primary scholarly interests center around race and the law, and she was a founder and has been a leader in the intellectual movement called Critical Race Theory. She was elected Professor of the Year by the 1991 and 1994 graduating classes. She now splits her time each year between UCLA and the Columbia School of Law.

At the University of Wisconsin Law School, where she received her LL.M., Professor Crenshaw was a William H. Hastie Fellow. She then clerked for Justice Shirley Abrahamson of the Wisconsin Supreme Court.

In 2007, Professor Crenshaw was awarded the Fulbright Chair for Latin America in Brazil. In 2008, she was nominated an Alphonse Fletcher Fellow. In the same year she joined the selective group of scholars awarded with an in-residence fellowship at the Center of Advanced Behavioral Studies at Stanford.

For more information, click here.

December 15: Conversations: Charlesworth and Chinkin Re-Examine the Boundaries of International Law

Hilary Charlesworth and Christine Chinkin

Date: Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2015
Time: 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
Location: LSE Centre for Women, Peace and Security, London, UK

In 2000 ‘The Boundaries of International Law: a feminist analysis’ shone a spotlight on the status of women in human rights and international law. The authors, Hilary Charlesworth and Christine Chinkin, took a critical look at the development of international law, arguing that the absence of women had produced a narrow and inadequate jurisprudence that legitimated the unequal position of women rather than confronted it. They called for the boundaries of international law to be redrawn to create more equitable status of women in society.

15 years on, Charlesworth and Chinkin revisit their ground-breaking feminist analysis. What has been achieved, and what challenges remain?

To register, click here.

Attention 2Ls, 3Ls, & LLMs! Check Out These Two New Development Courses this Fall!

New Development Course at UW Law: Women, Poverty, and Natural Resource Management

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Attention 2Ls, 3Ls, and graduate students: Please consider enrolling in LAW B 564, Women, Poverty, and Natural Resource Management (Autumn, 3 Credits).

Instructor: Renee Giovarelli
Senior Attorney and Advisor at Center for Gender and Resource Equity

This course uses an interdisciplinary approach to issues of development and environmental conservation, helping students to understand the complexities that face policy and law reform in developing countries. The course discusses gender mainstreaming as a prerequisite to development and conservation solutions.

Questions? Please contact Professor Giovarelli at reneeg3@uw.edu.

New Development Course at UW Law: Law & Development – History and Theories

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Attention 2Ls, 3Ls, and graduate students: Please consider enrolling in LAW B 579, Law and Development: History and Theories (Autumn, 4 Credits).

Instructors: Anita Ramasastry, Professor, UW School of Law
Professor Jeffrey Riedinger, Vice Provost, UW Office of Global Affairs

The field of law and development examines the role of law in fostering economic and social development in developing countries, emerging markets and nations in transition. This course provides a historical overview of the role of law in alleviating poverty and exposes students to key theoretical perspectives.

Questions? Please contact Professor Ramasastry at arama@uw.edu.

Don’t Forget to Volunteer! University of Washington School of Law Hosts Second Annual Washington Veterans Will Clinic

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Interested in giving back to the community and gaining some new legal experiences?

On Saturday, October 24, 2015, the University of Washington School of Law will host the second annual Washington Veterans Will Clinic from 9am to 4pm.

Volunteer attorneys staffing the one-day clinic will prepare estate planning documents for veterans of the US Armed Forces free of charge.

For more information, click here.

WDWA Federal Bar Association’s Pro Bono Committee Presents: “Doing Well by Doing Good: Why Pro Bono Matters Matter” 

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Date: October 9, 2015
Time: 8:30 AM – 1:30 PM
Location: Foster Pepper LLC

FREE BREAKFAST
FREE LUNCH
FREE CLE CREDITS (3 GENERAL 1 ETHICS)

Come learn about taking pro bono cases through the WDWA Pro Bono Program.

Whether you’re a seasoned litigator or someone who has never argued in front of a federal judge, join us to learn about how you can appear in federal court on behalf of a pro bono client and develop your skills while gaining the gratitude of the bench.

Subjects covered will include employment law fundamentals, civil rights in prisoner and non-prisoner context, cultural competency, and limited representation.

Federal Magistrate Judge Donohue and Chief Judge Pechman will also present on the importance of pro bono participation and provide practice tips.

Breakfast and lunch will be provided for free, as will CLE credits.

Space is limited so please RSVP to Brenda Bole at boleb@foster.com before October 1. For questions about the program please contact Joanna Boisen at boisj@foster.com.

Blacks Were More Likely to Lose Jobs During Recession, UW Study Finds

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By Amy Radil | KUOW.org | Photo Credit to AP Photo/Lynne Sladky

Blacks – especially black women – working in the public sector were disproportionately laid off during the recession, according to a new study by the University of Washington.

The study is being presented this week at a conference of the American Sociological Association. It found that white workers appear to have been better protected from financial shocks to government budgets.

Continue reading here.

Equal Justice Works, Skadden, Echoing Green, AmeriCorps… Oh My! Navigating Public Interest Fellowships

March 31: Global Mondays: Truth, Justice and Reparation in Northern Ireland

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Monday, Mar. 31, 2014
12:30-1:20 PM, Gates Hall RM 117 (unless noted)

Hosted by UW Law Graduate Program in Sustainable International Development and the PhD Program, and the Comparative Law & Society Studies (CLASS) Center

“Dealing with the Past: Narrating Truth in Northern Ireland”

Dr. Kathleen Cavanaugh, Irish Center for Human Rights, National University of Ireland

In truth telling processes in transitional societies, such as Northern Ireland, mechanisms established to find the truth, such as truth commissions, endeavour to find a common narrative emerging about the causes of conflict. At the same time, there is now evidence that such processes also create silences; some narratives are not fully represented. This lecture will provide some background on the conflict in Northern Ireland and how such a meta-conflict situation has given rise to conflicts over memories of state.

Image courtesy of Stockvault and Nicolas Raymond.

April 1: Social Justice Tuesday: Public Interest Post Graduate Fellowships

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Tuesday, Apr. 1, 2014
12:30-1:20 PM, RM 133

Speaker: Aline Carton-Listfjeld, Center for Public Service Law

Equal Justice Works, Skadden, Echoing Green, AmeriCorps…Oh my!

Trying to make sense of the all the fellowships out there? Get vital resources and learn about the different types of fellowships for recent law grads with experience and passion for social justice and public interest law. 1Ls and 2Ls are strongly encouraged to attend.

If you would like lunch please RSVP via Symplicity or Email by 12:00 pm Monday, March 31.

April 2-3: Clinics Information Fair

2014 Clinic Info Week Schedule

April 7: Global Mondays, LGBT Rights Internationally: Russia, India, Uganda, Nigeria and Beyond

Monday, Apr. 7, 2014
12:30 – 1:20 PM, RM 127
Speakers from the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission:

Jessica Stern

Jessica Stern is the Executive Director of the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission. As the first researcher on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) human rights at Human Rights Watch, she conducted fact-finding investigations and advocacy around sexual orientation and gender identity in countries including Iran, Kyrgyzstan, South Africa, and the United Arab Emirates. She holds a masters degree in human rights from the London School of Economics. She is frequently quoted in the Mail & Guardian, Al Jazeera English, the Associated Press, Reuters, Agence France Presse, Deutsche Welle, Voice of America, The Guardian and The BBC.

Grace Poore

Grace Poore, from Malaysia, has been the Regional Program Coordinator for Asia and the Pacific Islands at the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (IGLHRC) since 2007.  She develops the work in Asia, oversees multi-country projects on human rights documentation and advocacy in Asia, and conducts trainings.  She co-wrote the video “Courage Unfolds” about LGBT activism in Asia and the Yogyakarta Principles.  Ms. Poore holds a Masters degree from Syracuse University, Newhouse School of Communications.  She is currently working on a report about violence against lesbians, bisexual women, and transgender people in five Asian countries.

May 5: Gates Public Service Law Speaker Series: Professor Thomas Buergenthal Speaking on “Becoming an International Judge via the Holocaust”

Thomas Buergenthal

Monday, May 5, 2014
4:30 – 5:30 PM, RM 133
Reception to follow at the Burke Museum

Thomas Buergenthal is the Lobingier Professor of Comparative Law and Jurisprudence at George Washington University. He came to the United States at the age of 17. He spent the first 11 years of his life in various German camps and is one of the youngest survivors of the Auschwitz and Sachsenhausen concentration camps. Considered one of the world’s leading international human rights experts, Professor Buergenthal was a Judge and President of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights as well as President of the Administrative Tribunal of the Inter-American Development. He was a member of the UN Human Rights Committee and UN Truth Commission for El Salvador. He is a member of the Ethics  Commission of the International Olympic Committee and the honorary president of the Inter-American Institute of Human Rights in San José.

Co-Sponsors: The Jackson School, the UW Center for Human Rights, Hillel, and the  Jewish Studies Department. 

Reception Sponsored by the Gates Public Service Law Program and the UW Center for Human Rights. (Sponsorship of this event by the University of Washington School of Law and the W.H. Gates Public Service law Program does not imply endorsement.)

RSVP via Symplicity or email.

Upcoming Events on Land Rights, Access to Law, Climate Migration, Women’s Rights and More

Feb 3: Global Spotlight on Land Rights, Women’s Rights and Customary Justice in Africa

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Hosted by the International Law Society and the Graduate Program in Sustainable International Development
“Updates on Landesa’s Work in Africa: From Addressing Large-scale Land Investments to Enhancing Women’s Access to Customary Justice”

Darryl Vhugen, Senior Attorney & Director of Special Initiatives & Reem Gaafar, Research Associate, Landesa

Mr. Vhugen will discuss Landesa’s work on the important issue of large-scale land investments in Africa. A global land rush—sparked initially by a dramatic rise in global food prices and now driven by a variety of factors including increased demand for food and biofuels, carbon markets and speculation—is remaking the face of agriculture and land use in the developing world. Large swathes of land in Africa, Latin America and Asia are being purchased or leased. While land-based investments present an opportunity for economic development, they can lead to a loss of access and rights to land, water and other natural resources for local communities, especially women.

Mr. Gaafar will introduce Landesa’s “Justice” Project: Enhancing Customary Justice Systems in the Mau Forest, Kenya. In light of the recognition of women’s land rights and of “traditional dispute resolution mechanisms” in Kenya’s new Constitution, this project piloted a model for improving women’s access to customary justice related to land rights, including a short-term impact evaluation.

For details, click here.

Feb. 4: Come Attend Social Justice Tuesday on Youth, Poverty, and Access to Law

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Hosted by: Christian Law Society and the Center for Human Rights & Justice

William H. Gates Hall, RM 133
Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2014 at 12:30 – 1:20 PM

What kinds of obstacles commonly confront children and those of humble means?  A panel of three will discuss issues at the heart of youth, poverty, and access to law.  The panelists will be discussing issues they confront on a daily basis and the legal challenges of their clients.

  • David MaceUnion Gospel Mission’s Open Door Legal Services
  • Serena HoltheCenter for Children & Youth Justice
  • Andrew SchneidlerChildren’s Law Center of Washington

If you would like lunch, please RSVP via Symplicity or email by 12:00 p.m. Monday, February 3, 2014. No RSVP for lunch accepted after 12:00 p.m.

Feb. 5: You’re Invited to the Public Service Law Connections Breakfast!

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William H. Gates Hall, RM 115
Wed. Feb. 5, 2014 at 7:30 – 8:30 AM

Want to learn more about career paths and strategies in public service law? Come bright and early to hear and learn from local public service attorneys’ insights and tips!

  • Leo Flor, Equal Justice Works Fellow, Veteran’s Project at Northwest Justice Project
  • Bruce Brown, Associate Regional Solicitor, U.S. Department of Labor
  • Janet Chung, Legal & Legislative Counsel, LegalVoice 
  • Jessica Creighton, Assistant Attorney General, Labor & Industries, WA Attorney General’s Office

If you would like breakfast please RSVP via Symplicity or by email.  RSVP by 12:00 pm Tuesday, February 4, 2014.

Feb. 6: Sustainable International Development Program Celebrates Its 20th Anniversary

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William H. Gates Hall
Thursday, Feb. 6, 2014 at 4:30 PM – 7:30 PM

Please join us for a celebration to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the Sustainable International Development Program at UW School of Law!

The SID LL.M. Program builds upon the groundbreaking work of founder Roy Prosterman who pioneered land reform as a means to secure prosperity for the rural poor. His legacy is an innovative program designed to provide students with the skills needed to face the international development challenges of the 21st century. The SID 20th Anniversary Event commemorates the past and celebrates the future.

A reception will begin at 4:30 pm with the lecture following at 6pm in Room 138.

More Information and RSVP here

Feb. 7-8: Climate Migration, Local Conditions and Law: Food Security, Land Tenure and Gender

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William H. Gates Hall
Friday, Feb. 7, 2014 at 8:00 AM – 12:30 PM
Saturday, Feb. 8, 2014 at 8:00 AM – 12:30 PM

Please Join the University of Washington School of Law and Washington Journal of Environmental Law and Policy (WJELP) for a symposium discussing the nature of climate change and its migration affects and concerns. Topics range from agriculture and food security internationally to public international law to current government and research based action.

Speakers include national and international interdisciplinary scholars, judges, government practitioners and advocates.

Agenda and Registration Here

Feb. 10: Annual Public Service Law Dinner: Continuing Dr. King’s Fight for Fair Housing

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University of Washington School of Law, RM 115
Monday, Feb. 10, 2014
5:30 – 7:00 PM

Featuring: Bernard Kleina, Photographer & Civil Rights Activist

And Special Photo Exhibit: The Chicago Freedom Movement

Mr. Kleina has served as Executive Director of HOPE Fair Housing Center in Wheaton, IL for over four decades. One of its founding members, Mr. Kleina currently serves on the Board of Directors of the National Fair Housing Alliance (NFHA). He is past President of the Chicago Area Fair Housing Alliance. This evening will include historic and contemporary photographs by Mr. Kleina documenting the ongoing struggle for racial and social justice.

RSVP via Symplicity or by email by February 7.