Pro Bono training; SJT and Global Mondays host founder of the Roots Project; Fair housing webinar

Oct. 24: Building Resilience: Using Art to Economically, Socially and Culturally Empower Communities

global1Time: 12:30 to 1:20 p.m.

Date: Monday, Oct. 24, 2016

Place: UW School of Law, Room 117

Speaker: Anyieth D’Awol, Founder the Roots Project. Roots of South Sudan is a 501c3 founded in 2011 to empower South Sudanese women and youth through the preservation of traditional Sudanese arts & crafts. Roots of South Sudan raises funds and facilitates grant applications on behalf of The Roots Project, a Sudanese NGO founded by Anyieth D’Awol. The funds are used to support its facility (located in Juba), the project’s craft activities, equipment and learning materials and provide members with job skills, literacy and math training; and a safe environment for mothers and their young children to work and learn. Read the flyer here.

Oct. 25 SJT: Navigating Times of Rapid Social Change

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

Date: Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2016

Place: UW School of Law, Room 127

Join us for a conversation with Dr. Joy Williamson-Lott from the UW College of Education. Dr. Williamson-Lott’s primary research agenda examines the reciprocal relationship between social movements–particularly those of the middle twentieth century–and institutions of higher education. She will discuss her research and the current state of social movements across the country with an eye towards how they impact students on campuses like the UW.  Hosted by the UW Law Diversity Committee.

Oct. 25: Advocating for Workplace Justice

Peggy Browning FundTime: 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Date: Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2016

Place: UW School of Law, Room 127

Join the Peggy Browning Fund in hosting a panel, discussion, and reception discussing the rights and needs of workers. Learn about the Peggy Browning Fund’s paid Summer Fellowships ($6,000 & up); network with Labor and Employment Lawyers; free refreshments. Read the flyer here.

Oct. 26: Asylum Application Help (App Help) Training

CHRJ LogoTime: 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Date: Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2016

Place: UW School of Law, Room 127

Interested in human rights work, immigration law, or serving asylum-seekers in the Seattle area? App Help is a student-run project that partners with the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project (NWIRP) to serve asylum-seekers who lack legal representation. Most of the people App Help assists are detained in the Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma. We help asylum-seekers fill out their applications for asylum, write declarations about their experiences of persecution, and compile evidence packets in support of their claims. App Help is an excellent opportunity to work directly with clients and gain on-the-ground human rights experience. Interested? Attend the App Help training. Food provided!

Oct. 26: Ensuring Fair Housing for People with Criminal Records: A Conversation with HUD

Shriver CenterTime: 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Date: Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2016

Place: Webinar, register here.

Millions of Americans—a disproportionate number of whom are people of color—have criminal records that can be a barrier to housing. Earlier this year, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development issued groundbreaking guidance stating that admission denials, evictions, and other adverse housing decisions based on a person’s criminal record may constitute racial discrimination under the Fair Housing Act.

Join the Shriver Center and officials from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for a webinar on October 26th to learn answers to pressing questions. The webinar will feature an overview of the guidance, an interview with a HUD official, and a live Q&A session including questions from attendees. The Housing Authority of New Orleans will also discuss its innovative criminal background check policy and how the policy’s focus on individualized assessments will help to improve public safety. Read more here.


Oct. 28: Immigrant Family’s Advocacy Project’s annual CLE 


Time: 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Date: Friday, Oct. 28, 2016

Place: Perkins Coie LLP, 1201 Third Ave., Room  4819/4820/4821

The Immigrant Families Advocacy Project is a partnership between Northwest Immigrant Rights Project and UW. Clients are survivors of qualifying crimes who’ve been helpful to police or prosecutors and are eligible for U-Visas. The CLE topics covered include: basic structure of the immigration system; working with immigrant survivors of domestic violence; introduction to U-Visa petitions and adjustment of status; confidentiality and ethics; supervising law students. Email if you’re interested in attending and to learn more.

Reduce your financial burden! Scholarships available; ensure loan forgiveness eligibility

Due Jan. 13: Pride Foundation has $400,000 in scholarships available




The Pride Foundation 2017 scholarship application for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, (LGBTQ) and ally students is officially open!

Since 1990, Pride Foundation has awarded more than $4 million in scholarships to support LGBTQ and ally students. There are more than 50 different types of scholarships with awards up to $20,000—and only one application to complete. Read the flier here.

Set yourself up for Public Service Loan Forgiveness

usnewsloansstoryOct. 12, 2016 By Betsy Mayotte, Contributor, U.S. News Education. Photo courtesy of U.S. News Education, Clerkenwell/Getty Images.

U.S. News recently published a report on the best way to ensure eligibility for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness program. For example, to qualify there must be proof of employment for all 10 years.

“In less than a year – in September 2017 – the first borrowers will fulfill all the requirements for Public Service Loan Forgiveness, and could receive the remainder of their eligible federal student loans forgiven, tax-free, as soon as October. While these borrowers are counting down the days and the required loan payments with anticipation, other borrowers may soon realize that the loans they’ve assumed would go away after 10 years may not have qualified for PSLF.” Read the full article here.

The National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty Commends US DOJ for Supporting Seattle Anti-Criminalization of Homelessness Bill




Press release originally published Oct. 14, 2016 by the National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty.

“The National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty is gratified that the U.S. Department of Justice issued a letter late Thursday affirming that Seattle Council Bill 118794 is ‘without question’ consistent with important constitutional principles. The Seattle Bill creates protections for unsheltered homeless people who are forced to live in public spaces, while also carving our sections of the city where encampments are not permitted. These important protections would help preserve the constitutional rights of people who experience homelessness and who are, too often, deprived of their civil, human, and constitutional rights.” Read the full press release here.

1Ls’ Fall Career Workshop Series; Save the date for the NW Public Service Career Fair!

Oct. and Nov.: Attention 1Ls! Announcing the Fall Career Workshop Series

UW Law LogoTime: 12:30 to 1:20 p.m.

Date: Oct. 17 to Nov. 16, 2016.

Place: UW School of Law

You are cordially invited to participate in the 2016-2017 Workshop Series!

Session 1: Identifying and Articulating Your Dependable Strengths (10/17)

Session 2: Mastering Professional Communication (10/19, Rm 133): Take the fear and the mystery out of the dreaded word “networking.” Create a game plan for common networking situations and learn some tools to help you prepare. This session is being offered as part of a five-session series, designed to prepare students for the job search process.

Session 3: Cover Letters (11/2)

Session 4: Application Materials (Resumes, Reference/LOR’s, Writing Samples, and More!) (11/9)

Session 5: Interviewing  (11/16)

Learn more here.

Oct. 18 SJT: Pro Bono Fair

sjtTime: 12:30 PM to 1:20 PM

Date: Tuesday, Oct. 18

Place: Brotman Galleria and Room 115

This week’s Social Justice Tuesday will be a Pro Bono Fair for table talk networking with pro bono organizations from around the region! There won’t be lunch at this SJT but stop by to meet some great organizations. Find the list of organizations here.

Oct. 18: Incarcerated Mothers Advocacy Project First Meeting

UW Law LogoTime: 12:30-1:20 p.m. 

Date: Tuesday, Oct. 18

Place: Room 207

Please join us for our first IMAP meeting of the year! Interested in working for reproductive justice? Prison abolition? Come find out more about IMAP and how to get involved!

Oct. 20: U Lead We Lead: For a Better Tomorrow

ulead_we_lead_photoTime: 6 to 8 p.m.

Date: Thursday, Oct. 20, 2016

Place: HUB Ballroom

U Lead We Lead is a cross-campus collaboration of faculty, staff and students that uses the art of storytelling to motivate leaders of today and tomorrow. As a community, we will dive into timely and relevant questions about leadership for a better tomorrow. No lectures here; this event is all about stories, experiences and learning from one another.

Three local luminaries will each share their story and perspectives and call you to action. At U Lead We Lead, you get to hear from inspiring people and meet other Huskies for enriching conversation. U Lead We Lead: For a Better Tomorrow will inspire you for what’s ahead. This event is free and includes dinner as well as fun opportunities such as a photo booth, a Dubs appearance, and special giveaways. Read more here.

Photo courtesy of UW Husky Leadership Initiative and Starbucks

Oct. 21: Academic Skills Series; Strategies for Successful Outlining–Best Practices and Examples to Get You Started

Time: 12:30-1:20 p.m.UW Law Logo

Date: Friday, Oct. 21

Hear from fellow students about their approaches to outlining and see examples of different outlining styles. Anna Endter from the library will introduce you to library resources to help with outlining and give you tips about best practices. Dean Hotchkiss will be on hand to answer questions related to use of outlines during exams. A handout will also be circulated after the session.

Feb. 3 and 4: NW Public Service Career Fair


Time: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Date: Friday, Feb. 3 and Feb. 4, 2017

Place: Seattle University and Lewis and Clark College

Save the date: NW Public Service Career Fair

For twenty-seven years, the NW Public Service Career Fairs have linked law students & alumni with opportunities to make a difference.  We typically have more than 50 non-profits & government offices and more than 500 students & alumni from our ten NW Consortium schools participating in the fairs. Employer registration open!

Photo courtesy of Lewis and Clark NW Public Service Career Fair

Seattle Times gets it right on indigent defendant rights, LSE identifyies legal protections for women

New website dedicated to examining how international and domestic law can combat violence against women


Tackling Violence against Women is a new website dedicated to explaining the international and regional human rights systems that can be used to tackle violence against women and girls.

In addition to explaining CEDAW (the UN treaty and monitoring body dedicated to the elimination of discrimination against women) the site highlights opportunities for interaction with other treaties and institutions in tackling gender-based violence. It introduces the other UN treaty bodies and explains how civil society can engage with their work and their potential to affect change. Sections on regional human rights treaties and organisations show how different bodies are simultaneously approaching the global problem. Read the full press release here.

Photo courtesy of the London School of Economics, Centre for Women, Peace and Security

Seattle Times editorial board applauds WA Supreme Court for protecting defendant’s rights

Washington State Temple of Justice

September, 29 2016
By Seattle Times Editorial Board
Photo courtesy: Common Good Blog library

In City of Richland v. Wakefield, the Washington State Supreme Court recently reaffirmed that judges must consider the financial standing of defendant’s when addressing what the defendant owes the court. The Seattle Times praised the ruling, and so do we!

“It was a good ruling because counties are tacking on discretionary court fines and fees to pay for their judicial systems, despite the fact that a vast majority of defendants are indigent,” wrote the editorial board.

Immigration organizations need you! DOJ, KIND, and more hiring interns and fellows

Due Nov. 15: Immigrant Justice Corps hiring 3Ls and recent grads for immigrant rights fellowship

IJC LogoApplication Deadline: 11:59 EST Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2016 

The IJC fellowship is a two year fellowship where recent law school graduates and new lawyers are placed with leading non-profit legal service providers in New York City and surrounding counties to provide to provide critically needed direct legal services to immigrants.

Application Process: Apply online and learn more here.

Due Dec. 16: KIND needs school-year and summer interns to work with unaccompanied and refugee children

kind-logoApplication Deadline: Friday, Dec. 16, 2016

Kids in Need of Defense (KIND) is an innovative partnership among the Microsoft Corporation, Angelina Jolie and other interested philanthropists, law firms and corporate supporters. KIND is dedicated to providing both pro bono representation and positive systemic changes in law and policy to benefit unaccompanied immigrant and refugee children.

Application Process: Please send a resume, cover letter, writing sample, and list of 3 references to Melody Young at Include “[Your Name] – Legal Internship” in the subject of the email. Read more about the internship here.

Due Jan. 27: Legal Services of Northern California hiring 1L and 2L summer law clerks 


Application Deadline: January 27, 2017

At Legal Services of Northern California, law clerks are exposed to the major legal problems facing low-income families and learn the practice skills necessary to work in public interest law. Each law clerk will be assigned to a mentor attorney in his or her office. The mentor attorney will guide the law clerk throughout the summer and supervise his or her legal work. All law clerks will have opportunities to work with other staff over the course of the internship. Read more here.

Application Process: Recruitment for summer law clerks will begin in late fall 2016.  LSNC will interview candidates in January and February 2017. To apply, 1L and 2L students should send a resumé and cover letter, including your preferred office placement(s), by January 27, 2017 to: Summer Intern Program, Legal Services of Northern California, 515 12th Street, Sacramento, CA 95814

Rolling deadline: DOJ Civil Rights Division, Office of Special Counsel for Immigration hiring Spring interns


Application Deadline: Rolling

DOJ is looking to select law student interns for the spring 2017 semesters to work along side our attorneys and equal opportunity specialists. The position involves assisting our staff in litigation and investigating allegations of discrimination, such as conducting legal research, reviewing documents, compiling data, drafting letters, preparing legal memoranda, and sitting in on and/or conducting witness interviews, as well as policy-related work, such as preparing comments on proposed regulations and draft legislation, and attending interagency meetings. The position is unpaid and we prefer that the student work for a duration of at least 10 weeks. Our ideal candidate has strong research, writing and communication skills as well as an interest in learning. Demonstrated interest or experience in immigration or employment discrimination a plus but not required. Positions with the Department of Justice are open to U.S. citizens only. Learn more about the internship here.

Application Process: If interested, please send a cover letter, resume, references, transcript, and short writing sample to OSC’s internship opportunities email at Applications are considered on a rolling basis. For more information about the Office of Special Counsel for Immigration-Related Unfair Employment Practices, please see our webpage at

Exposing human rights violations, Sherman Alexie, and Afghanistan’s political transition

Oct. 10: Indigenous Peoples’ Day Celebration with Sherman Alexie


Photo courtesy of The Seattle Office for Civil Rights

Time: 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Date: Monday, Oct. 10, 2016

Place: Bertha Knight Landes Room, Seattle City Hall  600 4th Avenue

To honor Seattle’s Indigenous Peoples’ Day on the 2nd Monday in October, you are invited to attend a lunchtime event at Seattle City Hall, featuring guest speaker, Native American novelist and poet Sherman Alexie.

Sherman Alexie won the National Book Award for his young-adult novel, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian. Alexie grew up on the Spokane Indian Reservation in Washington, but it wasn’t until a college professor recognized his “intensity of language, passion, and energy” that he fully committed to writing. Shortly after, his first books of poetry were published, and he began developing into a gifted orator, telling tales of contemporary American Indian life with razor-sharp humor, unsettling candor, and biting wit. His novels, such as Reservation Blues, Indian Killer, and The Toughest Indian in the World, have won numerous awards and accolades, including Booklist’s Editor’s Choice Award, the PEN/Malamud Award, and Publishers Weekly’s Book of the Year.

Register and read more here.

Oct. 11 SJT: Closing the Access to Justice Gap in Washington- How You Can Make a Difference through Pro Bono 


Time: 12:30 to 1:20 p.m.

Date: Tuesday, Oct. 11, 2016

Place: Room 127

Washington state recently underwent a comprehensive study to better understand the civil legal needs of low-income communities. The results are daunting. The good news is that we can all can do something to help close the access to justice gap. Learn about the community need and how law students can be part of the solution. This SJT will feature Jay Doran, Communications & Advocacy Director, Legal Foundation of Washington. If you would like lunch please RSVP via Symplicity.

Oct. 13: Women Pursuing Justice in an Age of Extremism: Afghanistan after Obama

Photo courtesy of World Affairs Council

Time: 6:00 to 7:30 p.m.

Date: Thursday, Oct. 13, 2016

Place: Seattle University Law School, 901 12th Ave, Sullivan Hall, Room C-1, Seattle, WA 98122

Please join the World Affairs Council, Channel Foundation, Linksbridge SPC, and the Seattle University Law School Center for Global Justice in welcoming Afghan Judge Najla Ayubi for a moderated discussion with Center for Global Justice Director Dr. Tayyab Mahmud. In this conversation, Judge Ayubi will share her insights on the current social, economic, and security situation in Afghanistan, as well as her unique perspective on the political transition in Afghanistan, and the role of Pakistan and India in Afghanistan’s future.

This event is free to the community but registration is required. Register and read more here. 

Oct. 14: Human Rights Abuses: Expose the Cover-ups

cropped-humanrightsconf-final4_mayTime: 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Date: Friday, Oct. 14, 2016

Place: UW School of Law

Seattle-area partners are hosting a conference on exposing human rights abuses. Keynotes by Vince Warren, Executive Director for the Center for Constitutional Rights, and Almudena Bernabeu, Director of the Center for Justice and Accountability. Register and read more here. 

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This week: Rights-focused student orgs host first general membership meetings

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Student Animal Legal Defense Fund (SALDF) General Meeting

Time: 12:30 to 1:20 p.m.

Date: Tuesday, Oct. 11, 2016

Place: Room 116

Student Animal Legal Defense Fund, SALDF, first general meeting of 2016-2017. Food will be provided and animals other than humans will be discussed. In particular, we will talk about SALDF UW’s goals, as well as this year’s possible activities and pro bono projects. Contact Jennifer at with any questions.

Center for Human Rights and Justice (CHRJ) General Membership Meeting

Time: 12:30 to 1:20 p.m.

Date: Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2016

Place: Room 119

Mark your calendars, folks. Wednesday, October 12th in room 119 12:30-1:30pm (lunch) is the General Membership Meeting for the Center for Human Rights and Justice. There will be food, and we will discuss 1L board positions, as well as our fall quarter programming.

The Center for Human Rights and Justice (CHRJ) exists to train University of Washington School of Law students in human rights law and to educate the community in human rights issues. We realize this goal by hosting speakers, symposia, and events on a wide variety of human rights topics. We coordinate human rights projects with area practitioners, lobby for a strong human rights curriculum, and fund student work in human rights through a Public Interest Law Association (PILA) grant.

Black Law Student Association (BLSA) General Meeting

Time: 12:30 to 1:20 p.m.

Date: Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2016

Place: Room 118

Join the Black Law Students Association (BLSA) for the upcoming general meeting. Lunch will be provided.


Get involved in pro bono opportunities early!

Due Oct. 21: Transactional law and public service volunteer opportunities with the Wayfind Microenterprise Clinic


Application Due: Friday, Oct. 21

Wayfind connects nonprofit organizations and low-income microenterprise entrepreneurs in Washington State with transactional lawyers who will assist them, pro bono, on business legal matters. Wayfind hosts two microenterprise legal clinics, in partnership with Ventures and Center for Inclusive Entrepreneurship, two nonprofit organizations that provide support to low-income microenterprise entrepreneurs.

Wayfind volunteer transactional lawyers meet with low-income microenterprise entrepreneurs to issue-spot and counsel them on legal issues and responsibilities with respect to their microenterprise business venture. The types of legal issue that clients typically present include: review of contracts operating agreements and leases, business entity selection, intellectual property including publishing and trade name, and adding people to a partnership. Law student clinic assistants are needed to assist the lawyers at the microenterprise clinic by taking interview notes and drafting the client “work plan” which summarizes the legal advice given by the attorney.

The City of Seattle’s Office Of immigrant and Refugee Affairs is recruiting volunteers to help with the upcoming citizenship workshop, a collaborative community effort to help residents of Seattle/King County complete their naturalization applications and become new citizens. Join your fellow law students and professors in this effort!