Don’t miss the next Gates Public Service Law Speaker Series on Palestine After Trump

April 19: The Question of Palestine After Trump

In early December 2018, President Trump announced that the United States will move it embassy in Israel to Jerusalem. The announcement caused a diplomatic maelstrom for signaling a departure from nearly five decades of US foreign policy in the region. But is that actually the case? This lecture will provide historical and legal context on the status of Jerusalem and scrutinize US Middle East policy to demonstrate that Trump’s announcement was more of a continuity than a rupture with the past five decades of policy making. President Trump’s announcement is a departure for ending the double-speak in US policy, which has been in integral in facilitating Israel’s settler-colonial expansion in East Jerusalem and throughout the West Bank since 1967. Read more about the event here.

Columbia Legal Services gets major win for hospital patients

Last month, CLS won a class action suit to enforce local hospital’s legal obligation to provide charity care for people living in poverty. This past session in Olympia, CLS successfully passed legislation ensuring access to essential hospital care. The legislation and class action suit has the potential to impact 900,000+ people living in Washington.

“When patients aren’t aware that help with medical bills is available, the charity care system fails,” said Ann LoGerfo, Directing Attorney at Columbia Legal Services. “Instead of receiving free or reduced cost care, patients are pursued by debt collectors for medical debt, sending them further into poverty. And hospitals are exposed to liability for trying to collect on debt patients do not owe. No one wins in this scenario.”

 

Don’t miss UW-NALSA’s Salmon Bingo Dinner

April 20: UW Native American Law Student Association is hosting annual Salmon Bingo Dinner

The UW Native American Law Student Association is hosting the annual Salmon Bingo Dinner, a family friendly evening of bingo games and good food. Enjoy playing bingo; build community with current students, alumni, and Indian law practitioners; and, celebrate students’ effort to advance Federal Indian legal issues this academic year.

Register here.

 

April 25: WSBA Community Networking Event 

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The Washington State Bar Association (WSBA) invites you to a community networking event in Bellevue. This event is a great opportunity to meet and mingle with members of the legal profession. The WSBA remains committed to achieving inclusion and supporting the efforts of our local, specialty, and minority bar associations. We are proud to partner with the Filipino Lawyers of Washingtonthe Latina/o Bar Association of Washingtonthe Loren Miller Bar Association,Washington Attorneys with Disabilities Association, and Washington Women Lawyers to bring you this opportunity to network and connect.
 
Please RSVP here by April 19.

Coming up: Wayfind’s nonprofit legal trainings

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UW Minority Law Student Association Community Dinner; Social Justice Tuesday: Lawyering in Support of Detained Immigrants; 2017 Qlaw Falltacular

UW Minority Law Student Association – Brown and Down Community Dinner: For those in the Community, Working for the Community

When: Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Time: 6:00-8:00 pm

Where: Perkins Coie, Room 115

MLSA invites minority lawyers, attorneys, and law students to talk about our experiences in the legal community. Come make connections, share space, and enjoy a night with community. Food and beverages served.

Who should attend: POC, Queer Folks and Allies

Special guests: Various judges and attorneys in the community

Why: To strengthen communities of color and representation in the legal field.

 Social Justice Tuesday – Lawyering in Support of Detained Immigrants

When: Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Time:  12:30-1:20 pm

Where: UW School of Law, Room 127

Please join Angelica Chazaro, UW Assistant Professor of Law and Marsha Chien, attorney with Washington State Attorney General’s Wing Luke Civil Rights Unit.

Marsha and Angelica will be discussing about lawyering in support of detained immigrants from their distinct perspectives.  There will be an 11 minute documentary featuring detained people talking about their own experiences.

Please join us for a very timely and informational Social Justice Tuesday.

The QLaw Foundation of Washington- Falltacular 2017 Come to the CabaretQLaw Logo

When: Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Time:  5:30-8:00 pm

Where: The Bullitt Cabaret in ACT Theatre, 700 Union Street, Seattle

Premiering in less than two weeks – Qlaw Foundation Falltacular! Now featuring generous sponsors Skellenger Bender and Bavariya Law!

Register here http://www.qlawfoundation.org/falltacular.html

National Legal Aid and Defenders Association Webinar: Partnerships in Federal Funding: Case studies in Community Economic Redevelopment

When: Thursday, November 9, 2017

Time: 12:00 pm

Where:  Webinar

This webinar will showcase successful Community Economic Redevelopment program partnerships that are supported with Federal funds. Presenters will discuss their experience in obtaining funding, challenges and successes of working together, and where their program is going in the future. The information provided will help attendees to understand how they might form their own unique partnerships to leverage resources and gain access to federal funding. This webinar is created as the fifth session in a 5-part series.

Register here.

Washington Courts Historical Society CLE open to law students: “Keeping the People Informed:  Open Government in Washington State.”Washington State Temple of Justice

When: Friday December 1, 2017

Time: 9 am-4:30 pm

Where:  Temple of Justice Courtroom, Washington State Supreme Court, Olympia, Washington

The program kicks off with a presentation by Assistant Attorney General Alan Copsey on the political and historic contexts of Washington’s Public Records and Open Public Meetings Acts.  Justice Mary Yu and Justice Steven Gonzalez will follow with a presentation on Open Courts in Washington. Seattle attorney Kathy George will present an overview of the Freedom of Information Act.  Seattle attorney Michele Earl-Hubbard will present on the Open Public Meetings Act.  Seattle attorneys Eric Stahl and Steve DiJulio will follow with detailed information about the Public Records Act. Peter Lavallee, Executive Director of the Washington State Public Disclosure Commission will begin the afternoon session.  Judge Marlin Appelwick will follow on Access to Administrative Court Records under GR 31.1.  Doug Ende of WSBA and Reiko Callner, Executive Director of the Commission on Judicial Conduct will present on confidentiality of disciplinary records.  Retired Supreme Court Chief Justice Gerry Alexander will moderate a panel discussion with Michele Earl-Hubbard, Ramsey Ramerman and Tacoma attorney James Beck on the Value of Openness and Emerging Issues.  The program concludes with an ethics presentation by Everett attorney Ramsey Ramerman on ethics in attorney-client issues.

Registration is limited to 115 persons and space will be allocated based upon date of payment.  The fee is $245, which includes coffee service and a box lunch, seminar materials, and a one year membership in the Washington Courts Historical Society.

Those who attended the fall 2015 Washington Court Historical Society CLE can register for $225.  Several places will be held for students at a $50 fee. However, if we have an overflow attendance, we will ask students to watch on a monitor in the foyer of the Temple.  No refunds after November 20, 2017.  Registration ends November 28, 2017.

Online registration at: https://wchs2017cle.bpt.me

The full program and registration are available on the Washington Courts Historical Society website at: http://wacourthistory.org/events/2017/

Upcoming: Mayoral candidate and UW law grad Nikkita Oliver discusses social justice

May 9: How Shifting Federal Priorities Impact the Poor

Time: 5:00 to 6:30 p.m.
Date: Tuesday, May 9, 2017
Place: Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute

Join the West Coast Poverty Center and the UW School of Social Work for a panel presentation with UW School of Social work faculty members Jennifer Romich and Gunnar Almgren and community leaders Nicole Keenan (Fair Work Center), Aiko Schaefer (communities of Color for Climate Justice), Ander Lofton (Seattle Housing Authority) and Gordon McHenry, Jr. (Solid Ground) –with opening remarks by School of Social Work Dean Eddie Uehara–spotlighting proposed changes in federal priorities and the impact those changes may have on the lives of Americans, especially the poor.

Register here.

May 15: Furthering Social Justice; A Conversation with Law Grad and Mayoral Candidate Nikkita Oliver

Time: 12:30 to 1:20 p.m.
Date: Monday, May 15, 2017
Place: UW School of Law, Room 115

Furthering Social Justice; A Conversation with Law Grad and Mayoral Candidate Nikkita Oliver.

 

 

May 30: Barriers and Best Practices for Legal Professionals 

Time: noon to 1:30 p.m.
Date: Tuesday, May 30, 2017
Place: Webcast

The May Legal Lunchbox is an examination of the unique barriers, opportunities, and strategies for legal professionals to act as allies to individuals and communities.
Join an outstanding faculty and get a basic understanding of allyship as a framework/tactic, including what it means to by an ally, what skills are needed, and what resources exist to support allyship.
You’ll hear from a panel that includes attorneys who have experience acting as allies to individuals and communities as well as members of community organizations who work with attorney allies.
Register here.

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

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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

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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

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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

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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