Upcoming: Empowering women through legal rights and economic opportunity

Feb. 28, SJT: TeamChild Information Session

sjtTime: 12:30 to 1:20 p.m.
Date: Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2017
Place: UW School of Law, Room 127

Join Marcos Zuniga, an Investments and Partnership Officer at TeamChild, please join him in a discussion on the legal services that TeamChild provides, sharing his experiences in legal services, talking about potential student internships with the organization, and followed up by a Q&A. RSVP on Symplicity.

Feb. 28: Annual Public Service Law Community Dinner, Intersectinality & Difference: Working Together for Social Change

UW Law LogoTime: 5:30 to 7:00 p.m.
Date: Tuesday, Feb. 28. 2017
Place: UW School of Law, Room 115

How can lawyers better meet the legal needs of grassroots communities organizing for change?
How can lawyers support community-driven efforts from behind?
How do we find balance in our own multiple and intersectional identities that affect our approach to problem solving and social change work?

Please join us for a community dinner and inspiring discussion about movement building lawyering in the 21st century. RSVP on Symplicity.

March 1: Women Rise: Empowering Women through Legal Rights and Economic Opportunity

GlobalWATime: 3:00 to 4:00 p.m.
Date: Wednesday, March 1, 2017
Place: Westlake Tower, 1601 Fifth Ave, Suite 1900, Seattle, WA 98101

Global Washington, in celebration of International Women’s Day, is hosting a panel discussion regarding legal rights and economic opportunity for women in developing countries. Please join us! Panelists include Kelly McDonald, Director of Advancement, Agros International, Eileen Moncoeur, Executive Director, Partners Asia, Tzili Mor, Director, Landesa Center for Women’s Land Rights, Moderator: Katrin Wilde, Executive Director, Channel Foundation.

Read the issue statement here and register here

March 6: Alaska Supreme Court Justice Visit, Justice Dan Winfree

Alaska State SealTime: 2:30 to 4:00 p.m.
Date: Monday, March 6, 2017
Place: UW School of Law, MacFarlane Lounge

Come join Justice Dan Winfree of the Alaska Supreme Court for an informal, relaxed coffee-and-cookies session on Monday, March 6, from 3 to 4 pm in the McFarlane Lounge. If you’re applying for clerkships, it’s a great opportunity to chat about what judges look for and what impresses them. If you’re thinking about working in Alaska, it’s a great opportunity to find out about the legal community there. And even if you’re doing neither, judges tend to have fascinating perspectives on legal issues, law school, and careers. (And there’s cookies!) Please RSVP in Symplicity.

March 7: Why Consumer Protection?

abasTime: 12:00 to 1:00 p.m.
Date: Tuesday, March 7, 2017
Place: Tele-panel

Join current consumer protection attorneys for a telephonic panel discussion to hear tips on pursuing consumer protection law as a possible career.  Panelists will share their experiences as private practitioners and attorneys at government agencies including the Federal Trade Commission, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, and the Department of Justice.  The discussion will also include ways the Section of Antitrust Law can serve as a valuable resource for law students.

Register here

It’s time to nominate young lawyers for WSBA’s Public Service and Leadership Award

Pro Bono Opportunity: Attorneys, Accredited Reps & Law Students Needed for Haitian Asylum-Seekers and Migrants

haitiHundreds of detained Haitian asylum-seekers and migrants, including women and children, are being deported weekly from detention centers across the United States in violation of their rights. They need your help urgently.

The Department of Homeland Security is currently holding about 4,000 detainees in facilities throughout the US. More than 2500 Haitian detainees have already been deported, and around 270 more are being deported each week. Lawyers, community activists and detainees’ relatives have reported a range of prejudicial procedural problems in their asylum processing, including no lawyers, weak or non-existent interpretation and the use of apparently fabricated statements. Most of the detainees are held in remote facilities far from family, community and legal support; and some would have viable asylum claims if they had effective representation. Find more details here.

The Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti is creating the Haiti Deportations Response Network (HDRN) to address the detainees’ legal needs and issues, fill in gaps where possible and coordinate advocacy for better policies and practices.

The HDRN will start as a Google Group list-serve. To join, please fill out this form. If any questions, please email steveforester@aol.com. And please forward this to others in your network who might be interested!

Due March 5: Scholarship opportunity for students working in Massachusetts

Application Deadline: 5 p.m., Sunday, March 5, 2017

mass-bar-foundationThe Massachusetts Bar Foundation is pleased to announce the availability of applications for its 2017 Legal Intern Fellowship Program. Founded in 1996, the Legal Intern Fellowship Program seeks to encourage careers in public interest law, while contributing valuable legal support to organizations serving the under-represented in Massachusetts.

Law students selected to be Legal Intern Fellows will receive a stipend of $6,000 to volunteer for ten (10) weeks during the summer months at a nonprofit organization that provides civil legal services to low-income clients in Massachusetts.

Apply and learn more here

Due May 5: Nominations for the Public Service and Leadership Award

washington-state-bar-association-logoNominations due by Friday, May 5, 2017

Do you know a new or young lawyer who deserves to be recognized for their long-term public service and extraordinary contribution to the community? Nominate them for the Washington Young Lawyers Committee’s (WYLC) Public Service and Leadership Award!

 This year the WYLC will recognize the achievements of five new or young lawyers. The committee considers the nominees’ leadership in their community and involvement in public service activities as described in RPC 6.1.

Nominate and learn more here

Career opportunities with the Louisiana Capital Assistance Center

Rolling Deadline, paid: Work study position with Diversity and Public Service Programs

WSBA LogoApplication Deadline: Open until filled

 

This position coordinates and maintains daily administrative activities, website maintenance, data collection and analysis and additional projects assigned by the Diversity and Public Service Programs Manager. The Washington State Bar Association’s (WSBA) Diversity and Public Service Programs promotes inclusion and equity, public service and pro bono opportunities in the legal profession pursuant to the WSBA Diversity Plan and RPC 6.1. Beginning and end dates for the work study position varies depending on the student’s schedule.

Learn more and apply here

Rolling Deadline, paid: Legal/public policy summer intern with the Open Technology Institute, New America

open-technology-instituteApplication Deadline: Open until filled

New America’s Open Technology Institute seeks enthusiastic, motivated law students or individuals with equivalent experience for multiple full-time internships during summer 2017 in our Washington, DC office. We’re looking for people who are passionate about tech policy and eager to learn about complex issues in a rapidly-changing environment. Applicants should be currently enrolled in an accredited law school, have recently graduated law school, be doing graduate-level work in public policy and technology, or have recently done graduate-level work in public policy and technology. Internships are paid or for credit.

Learn more and apply here

Rolling Deadline: End of Life Liberty Project intern

cascadia-nowApplication Deadline: Open until filled

The End of Life Liberty Project (ELLP) is a nonprofit think tank and effective social change agent focused on protecting and expanding the rights of terminally ill patients. It conceives, develops, and implements bold, creative advocacy to promote changes in law and policy that lead to improvements in end of life care and expanding the autonomy of terminally ill patients, enabling each to make the journey through their illness in a manner most consistent with their preferences, values and beliefs.

Learn more and apply here

Rolling Deadline: Externship at the Los Angeles Superior Court

la-superior-courtApplication Deadline: Open until filled

The Los Angeles Superior Court is now accepting applications for 2017 summer externships. The Court offers full-time externships in the following areas: civil, criminal, probate, family, mental health and juvenile. Externs work directly with the Superior Court’s Judicial Officers, researching and writing legal memoranda for scheduled motions, as well as observing trials and daily law and motion hearings. Externs may also be assigned special court-related projects.

Learn more and apply here

Rolling Deadline: California Lawyers for the Arts internships and fellowship positions

california-lawyers-for-the-artsApplication deadline: Open until filled, positions available now

California Lawyers for the Arts seeks Interns and Fellows to assist with the administration of CLA’s Creative Arts & Innovation Lawyer Referral & Information Service [LRIS]. CLA’s LRIS is a statewide lawyer referral service licensed by the State Bar of California and has been operating for 40+ years. CLA’s LRIS annually refers over 1,200+ California creative artists and arts organizations to attorneys who assist them with a wide range of entertainment and arts legal matters. CLA is also the statewide Administrator of the California Inventors Assistance Program, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s regional patent pro bono program under Section 32 of the America Invents Act. This program helps independent inventors and small businesses with patent-related matters.

Apply and learn more here
 

Rolling Deadline: Attorney Fellow with the Louisiana Capital Assistance Center

louisian-capital-assistance-centerApplication Deadline: Open until filled

The Louisiana Capital Assistance Center (LCAC) is soliciting applications for a two year fellowship position designed for junior attorneys with less than three years experience in criminal work. The intent of the fellowship is to provide less experienced attorneys with an intense and in-depth introduction into all aspects of a capital defense practice. Fellows will participate in researching and drafting legal filings, factual and mitigation investigation, record gathering, client visitation, case team meetings, case management, court preparation and office-wide strategic discussions. Fellows should expect to work long hours and face high expectations.

The LCAC is a non-profit public interest law firm founded in New Orleans in 1993, with offices in New Orleans and Shreveport, Louisiana.    The LCAC represents indigent defendants in capital cases – primarily at trial, but also on direct appeal, in state post-conviction and in federal habeas proceedings.  We represent clients in Louisiana, Mississippi, Texas and in federal cases.

Learn more and apply here

 

Public service connections breakfast; How to apply for the Bar and Rule 9

Feb. 7, SJT: Independent Contractors: Issues and Rights

sjtTime: 12:30 to 1:20 p.m.
Date: Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2017
Place: UW School of Law, Room 138

Panel discussion on how independent contractors, like Uber drivers and exotic dancers, don’t enjoy the same protection as other employees do. The panel includes two lawyers who have litigated for independent contractors and an exotic dancer who advocates for greater legal protections so that similarly situated people don’t fall victim to sex work. RSVP through Symplicity for lunch.

Feb. 8: Public Service Law Connections Breakfast

Time: 8:30 to 9:30 a.m.
Date: Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2017
Place: UW School of Law, Room 115

Interested in pursing a career in public service? Want to hear from and meet attorneys from nonprofit advocacy organizations, low-bono firms and government agencies? Join for an informal panel discussion and light breakfast. RSVP via Symplicity.

Feb. 9: Bar Exam and Rule 9 Application Information Session

UW Law LogoTime: 12:30 to 1:20 p.m.
Date: Thursday, Feb. 9, 2017
Place: UW School of Law, Room 127

This session is designed specifically for 2Ls, 3Ls, and LL.M.s planning to apply for either Rule 9 status or the WA state bar exam this year. This session will cover application requirements for both and will allow you to ask all of the burning questions you’ve been wondering about.

Feb. 17: The Road Ahead: Strategizing for Justice in a New Political Landscape

WSBA LogoTime: 2:00 to 5:00 p.m.
Date: Friday, Feb. 17, 2017
Place: Washington State Convention Center

In this new political landscape, many policy changes are afoot which will impact communities such as immigrants, Muslims, people with disabilities, low wage workers, communities of color, and LGBTQ communities. As a community dedicated to equity and justice, it is as urgent as ever to join together to dialogue, coordinate and strategize to protect and stand for justice.

Following the Goldmark Luncheon, we invite all whose work intersects with the civil, criminal, and juvenile justice systems to gather, align, and strategize. While there are multiple issues and communities we want to mobilize around, we will start off with two issues which are front and center in our country’s dialogue – immigration and healthcare.

Policy experts will give us the lay of the land, what they are preparing for, and what strategies are being developed. Then we’ll break up into small groups based on those and other issues such as the targeting and criminalization of communities of color, fair housing and education to coordinate, plan for alignment and action, and identify how we can best use future convening opportunities like the Access to Justice Conference in June to further our collective efforts.

RSVP here

Share your story of resilience at the UW Law Library

Restorative Justice Circle Facilitator training coming up

insight-prison-projectThe Restorative Justice Circle process is based on the curriculum and many years of experience of the Insight Prison Project (IPP).

This initial training will include: An overview of restorative justice and IPP philosophy; an introduction, explanation and demonstration of IPP facilitation techniques; an overview of the Restorative Justice Circle curriculum; opportunities to complete and process exercises in a group setting, as well as to facilitate a simulated Restorative Justice Circle group with an IPP Lead Facilitator; discussion with a survivor of severe and violent crime who will share their story and provide insight into working with survivors to support healing and transformation; participation at a half-day salon and training at Monroe Correctional Complex; specific training on facilitator and volunteer roles in prison-based settings. Read more here and apply here.

LSAC opens writing competition on pipeline programs

LSACWriting competition subject: Why pipeline programs targting students from underrepresented racial and ethnic backgrounds are essential to the future of the legal profession. Learn more here.

The Law School Admission Council (LSAC) is committed to fostering diversity in law schools and the legal profession. Currently, through its Diversity Committee, LSAC sponsors and funds a number of initiatives aimed at increasing the diversity of the legal profession. These initiatives include organizing national and regional pipeline workshops that promote the development of outreach and early educational programs for students from diverse backgrounds; offering grants to support diversity initiatives at LSAC-member law schools; maintaining databases and websites such as DiscoverLaw.org with information, resources, and programs that encourage students of color, students living with a disability, and LGBTQ students to pursue a legal career and equip them with the tools for successful admission and graduation from law school; and engaging in ongoing collaborative programs and projects with prelaw advisors and students at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACUs), and Tribal Colleges and Universities (TCUs).

Public Service Law Program guide to a great interview

UW Law LogoNot quite sure how to prepare for your upcoming interview? Or just need a few quick reminders? Check out the interview guide here. Written by Aline Carton-ListfjeldDirector, Gates Public Service Law Program University of Washington School of Law. 

UW Stories of Resilience at the UW Law Gallagher Law Library: Share your story!

resilienceThe Failure Walls have traveled around campus collecting stories from our community.  The cathartic nature of sharing our short comings about career and academic failures – sometimes funny and sometimes tragic – have helped all of us who stop to read them feel a little less alone in our stumbles.  On behalf of the UW Resilience Lab and the UW School of Law Student and Career Services and Gates Public Service Law Program, UW Law Faculty, Staff and students are welcome and encouraged to come by and share your stories on the walls with the dry-erase markers provided for you.

You can post anonymously. The Failure Walls will be in the Gallagher Law  Library through Friday, January 20.  More information about the UW Resilience Lab and Failure Walls can be found here.

Coming up: First Amendment SJT, Judicial Clerkship interview primer, and more!

Jan. 17, SJT: The First Amendment: Free Speech, Hate Speech, and Protests  

sjtTime: 12:30 to 1:20 p.m.
Date: Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2017
Place: UW School of Law, Room 138

In the week leading up to the Inauguration, join the Women’s Law Caucus for a panel discussion on the First Amendment and free speech rights. What is hate speech? What is a legal protest? How can lawyers and law students balance civil rights with the freedom of speech on the federal and state levels? We’ll discuss that and more on 1/17. Lunch will be provided. Please RSVP in Symplicity. Hosted by the Women’s Law Caucus

Panelists include: La Rond Baker, ACLU; Prof. Ronald Collins, UW Law; and Lisa Herbold, Seattle City Council.

Jan. 18, Coffee Talk: WA State Legislature Joint Legislative Audit & Review Committee (JLARC)

WAstatelegTime: 7:30 to 8:30 a.m.
Date: Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2017
Place:
 UW School of Law, Room 115 

Info session with JLARC for students interested in the work of Joint Legislative Audit & Review Committee of the WA State Legislature. Refreshments will be served. Please RSVP on Symplicity.

Jan. 18: Judicial Clerkship Information Session

UW Law LogoTime: 12:30 to 1:20 p.m.
Date: Thursday, Jan. 18, 2017
Place:
UW School of Law, Room 127

How would you answer the judge? “Who is your favorite Supreme Court justice, and why? Name an opinion that illustrates your point.” “Describe a flaw in the justice system and how you would fix it.” “Which of my opinions have you read?” “If I made you an offer right now, would you accept it?”

Not sure? Want to run your answer by someone? Then come to Clerkships 102: Interviewing Workshop  Tips on what to expect and practice with tough questions from actual interviews. Led by Clerkship Director Ben Halasz

Jan. 26: MentorLink Mixer: Women in Leadership

WSBA LogoTime: Noon to 1:30 p.m.
Date: Thursday, Jan. 26th, 2017
Place: WSBA Offices (1325 Fourth Ave., Suite 600, Seattle)

MentorLink brings together a diverse mix of successful women leaders and new attorneys to learn about and discuss relevant topics and support each other in the interest of advancing and thriving in the legal profession. This MentorLink Mixer is hosted by WSBA Mentorship in partnership with Mother Attorneys Mentoring Association and Washington Women Lawyers. RSVP Here!

 To learn more or if you have any questions, check out MentorLink Mixers or email us at MentorLink@wsba.org.

UW to host Civil Rights attorney Jason Downs, lawyer on Freddie Gray and Flint, Mich. cases

Nov. 1 SJT: Public Defense’s Role in Advancing Social Justice

SJTTime: 12:30 to 1:20 p.m.

Date: Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2016.

Place: UW School of Law, Room 127.

This event will provide an introduction to the defenders; Seattle’s front-line soldiers in the battle for criminal justice reform. Besides providing legal representation to indigent clients in several practice areas, the King County Department of Public Defense also works to address racial disproportionality in the criminal justice system, the collateral consequences of justice involvement, and other structural issues that undermine the rights of the criminally accused. DPD representatives will speak to their own experience in criminal law, as well as their role in justice reform movements currently underway here in King County.

Panelists include: La Mer Kyle-Griffiths is the Training Director for the King County Department of Public Defense in Seattle, WA. Before that, she practiced for over 15 years as a public defender in both Kentucky and Massachusetts. She has tried juvenile, adult and a death penalty case as well as arguing two cases to the Kentucky Supreme court; Amy Parker has been serving as a public defense attorney in King County for more than a decade, and recently served as the interim supervisor for the Associated Counsel for the Accused at Seattle Municipal Court. She is a leader in the public defense community and a respected litigator who has brought multiple felony cases to trial; Sade Smith grew up in Pullman, Washington and graduated from the University of Illinois College of Law in 2011. Sade entered public defense shortly after graduation as a public defender in Burlington and Mount Vernon. Since 2014 she has been on case load with the Northwest Defenders Division of the King County Department of Public Defense.

Nov. 1: Panel on I-732: WA Carbon Tax Proposal

elslogoTime: 12:30 to 1:20 p.m.

Date: Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2016.

Place: UW School of Law, Room 117.

Please join the Environmental Law Society for a 4-person panel to discuss the proposed Carbon Tax initiative, I-732, on the ballots for this election. Dr. Todd Wildermuth will be moderating the panel, which will include two panelists discussing support for the initiative and two panelists discussing opposition against the initiative. Panelists in support of I-732 will include representatives from Carbon WA and Audobon. Panelists in opposition to I-732 will include representatives from the Washington State Labor Council and One America.

Please join the Environmental Law Society for this great panel to learn more about the controversial Carbon Tax proposal in Washington and gain more insight to make an informed vote this voting season. Food will be provided and a 15-minute open Q&A session will allow for interested parties to ask questions from the panelists.

Nov. 1: Rape on the Night Shift Film Showing

PILA LogoTime: 6 to 9 p.m.

Date: Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2016.

Place: UW School of Law, Room 127

The Public Interest Law Association (PILA) is hosting a showing of Rape on the Night Shift, a news investigation into the sexual abuse of immigrant women in the janitorial industry. Please join us for the film showing and a panel discussion that will follow the film. The panel will feature speakers from API Chaya, UNITE HERE! Local 8, and U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Food will be provided.

Nov. 4: Sexual Assault Trauma-Informed Victim Empowerment (STRIVE): Sexual Assault Protection Orders and Victim Rights

logo_ywcaTime: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Date: Friday, Nov. 4, 2016.

Place: Davis Wright Tremaine LLP, 1201 Third Ave., Suite 2200, Seattle, WA 98101

This CLE by the Sexual Violence Legal Services – YWCA will introduce participants to the unique legal needs of sexual assault survivors when seeking a civil protection order or protecting their privacy rights in criminal cases.  The program will provide an in-depth and interactive examination of Washington laws and statutes protecting survivors of sexual violence, along with ethical considerations when representing them.  Participants may earn up to an additional 24 CLE credits representing an SVLS-referred pro bono client.  Agenda and registration at here.

Nov. 7: Special Lunch with Civil Rights Attorney Jason Downs

UW Law LogoTime: 12:30 to 1:20 p.m.

Date: Monday, Nov. 7, 2016.

Place: UW School of Law, Room 115.

Join for an informal gathering preceding Mr. Downs’ evening presentation. Jason Downs is a trial attorney and partner at the Baltimore firm of Murphy, Falcon & Murphy. Mr. Downs focuses his practice on complex cases involving fraud, conspiracy, and police brutality. He was also a part of the litigation team that investigated and settled the Freddie Gray civil matter for $6.4 million. He is currently part of the litigation team handling a class action in the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals based on the Flint, Michigan water crisis. Also, he currently represents the family of Terrence Sterling in the police-involved shooting in Washington, DC. Read the flyer here.

Nov. 7: Racial Justice in Modern America: From Baltimore to Flint & Beyond

screenshot-2Time: 4 to 5 p.m.

Date: Monday, Nov. 7, 2016.

Place: UW School of Law, Room 133

Jason Downs is a trial attorney and partner at the Baltimore firm of Murphy, Falcon & Murphy. Mr. Downs focuses his practice on complex cases involving fraud, conspiracy, and police brutality. He was also a part of the litigation team that investigated and settled the Freddie Gray civil matter for $6.4 million. He is currently part of the litigation team handling a class action in the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals based on the Flint, Michigan water crisis. Also, he currently represents the family of Terrence Sterling in the police-involved shooting in Washington, DC. Read the flyer here.