Drowning in Debt? Learn More about Your Repayment Options at EJW’s Free Webinar!

November 16: Advocating for Criminal Defense – A Students Organizing For Advocacy (SOFA) Presentation

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Date: Monday, Nov. 16, 2015
Time: 3:30 PM
Location: William H. Gates Hall, RM 133

Moderated presentation and Q&A with representatives of the Department of Public Defense, Washington Defenders Association, and the Washington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. They will discuss their legislative agenda for 2016, internships within the organizations, and their own personal experience as lobbyists and members of the criminal defense community.

November 17: Social Justice Tuesday – Mental Illness: Civil Liberties vs. Public Safety

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Date: Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2015
Time: 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
Location: William H. Gates Hall, RM 127

Post Talk Discussion: 1:30 – 2:20 PM in RM 115 (Perkins Coie Room)

Moderator:
Judge Robert Lasnik, US District Court, Seattle
Panelists:

  • Erin Ehlert, Asst. Chief, Criminal Division, King Co. Prosecutor
  • Eric Pisconski, Crisis Response Unit, Seattle Police Department
  • Abe Bergman, MD, UW Professor Emeritus of Pediatrics (parent)
  • Robert Boruchowitz, Professor, SU Law School; former director, Defender Association.

Format: Panelists will make 5-7 minute introductory statements on how they view the present status of individuals with mental illness in relationship to the criminal justice system. The moderator will then pose questions to the panelists from himself and the audience.

Questions:
Is safety of the public, and of individuals with mental illness jeopardized by current civil liberties protections?

Currently treatment for individuals with serious mental illness can only be compelled if they are committed to mental hospitals. Should treatment be compelled in less restrictive settings, i.e. outpatient and/or supportive housing?

If you would like lunch please RSVP via Symplicity or gatespsl@uw.edu RSVP by 12:00 pm Monday, November 16

November 17: Center for Constitutional Rights Event at the UW Law School

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Date: Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2015
Time: 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM
Location: William H. Gates Hall, RM 115

Alexis Agathocleous, Deputy Legal Director of the Center for Constitutional Rights, is visiting the law school on Tuesday, November 17, from 3:30pm to 4:30pm in room 115, courtesy of the National Lawyers Guild. This is an informal opportunity to chat with Alexis and get the inside scoop about CCR’s work, including a few recent major wins for the organization:

  • A landmark settlement that effectively ends indeterminate long-term solitary confinement in California prisons, a policy that is tantamount to torture;
  • An historic decision stating that former Attorney General John Ashcroft can be held accountable for post-9/11 torture and abuse; and
  • The reinstatement of a case challenging the NYPD’s unlawful surveillance of Muslim communities in New Jersey.

November 17: Equal Justice Works Presents Free Webinar on Student Debt

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Date: Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2015
Time: 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM EDT
Location: Online

New REPAYE Plan to Launch in December for All Federal Borrowers

In December, REPAYE – or Revised Pay As You Earn – will become available as another repayment option for your federal student loans.

Like the other income-driven repayment plans, REPAYE ties your monthly payments to your earnings. Payments are capped at 10 percent of your discretionary income.

The big deal about the REPAYE plan is that it will be available to all undergraduate and graduate federal student loan borrowers regardless of when the money was borrowed, and there is no partial financial hardship required to qualify.

There are other key differences between this new plan and other income-driven repayment plans. If you want more information about REPAYE and the other debt relief options available, keep reading!

Want to Learn More about Your Debt Relief Options?

Equal Justice Works is here to help you understand the growing labryinth of student loans! We will be hosting our free webinar, “Drowning in Debt! What Law Students & Lawyers Need to Know about Managing Student Loans & Earning Public Service Loan Forgiveness,” on Tuesday, November 17, 2015 from 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm EDT.

For more information, click here.

November 17: Washington State Association for Justice Speed Networking Event

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Date: Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2015
Time: 6:00 PM – 8:30 PM
Location: William H. Gates Hall, RM 133

Not sure what kind of law you want to practice? Interested in helping the little guy? Come to this speed-networking event to get one on one time with civil litigators. At the event you will have 5-7 minutes with each attorney to ask any questions you have about school, the Bar, getting jobs, different areas of practice, etc. So come join us!

Room 133 – 6:00-Panel Presentation
Speed Networking Follows

Pizza and refreshments will be provided. Please RSVP in Symplicity.

November 18: Legal Voice Washington: Women’s Rights, Nothing Less

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Date: Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2015
Time: 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
Location: William H. Gates Hall, RM 118

Janet Chung, legal and legislative counsel for Legal Voice Washington, will highlight issues facing women and girls in the northwest, and present her legislative agenda for 2016. She will also discuss her experience as an advocate for women’s rights, and ways for students to get involved.

Learn More About Human Trafficking and Debtor’s Prison in These Upcoming CLEs

August 21: Prosecuting Human Trafficking Crimes in South Asia

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3:30 – 4:00 PM Registration
4:00 – 5:00 PM CLE Seminar
Century Square, Alki Room, 1501 4th Ave., Seattle

The presentation will focus on Jennifer Oswald’s work with International Justice Mission, an anti-human trafficking organization in South Asia. She worked with local attorneys to combat commercial sexual exploitation of minors by prosecuting sex traffickers. She will discuss the scope of trafficking, vulnerabilities regarding trafficking, the rescue and aftercare of the survivors, and prosecution of the traffickers. Furthermore, she will discuss anti-trafficking laws as well as review specific case studies.

To register, click here.

August 27: Free Webinar – Drowning in Debt! What Law Students & Lawyers Need to Know about Managing Student Debt & Earning Loan Forgiveness

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Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014
3:00 – 4:00 PM EDT

On July 29, Rep. Mark Pocan (D-WI) and Rep. Frederica Wilson (D-FL) introduced the Relief for Underwater Student Borrowers Act (H.R. 5239). This bill would prevent borrowers who earn forgiveness after 20 or 25 years of consistent repayment in the Income-Based Repayment (IBR) and Pay as You Earn (PAYE) repayment plans from having to pay taxes on the amount forgiven. Millions of borrowers currently face the possibility of having to deal with this potentially devastating tax liability. We urge you to call your Congressperson and Senators to support this bill!

To learn more about IBR, PAYE and Public Service Loan Forgiveness (tax-free forgiveness you earn by working at a wide range of qualifying public service jobs for ten years!) please attend Equal Justice Works’ free webinar, Drowning in Debt! What Law Students & Lawyers Need to Know About Managing Student Debt & Earning Loan Forgiveness, on Wednesday, August 27 from 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM EDT. If you register but cannot attend, you will receive a recording of the webinar you can view anytime.

Click here to register online.

August 31: Thurston County Young Lawyers Division BBQ (and the WA Legal Community)

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Sunday, Aug. 31, 2014
12:00 – Night (Tugboat races begin at noon. Grill will be hot all day.)

The whole legal community is invited, from Bench to Bar, clerks and students, from Thurston to Snohomish!  It will be a great opportunity to network, drum up volunteers for your organization, or just relax and get to know some truly quality people!

September 9: Combating Debtors’ Prisons CLE

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Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014
12:00 – 1:00 PM
ACLU of Washington Offices, Seattle

In Washington and around the country, nearly every person convicted of a crime receives a bill for legal financial obligations (LFOs) at sentencing.  These include fees, fines, costs, and restitution imposed by a court on top of a criminal sentence.  This court-imposed debt presents a formidable barrier to successful re-entry to society, pushing people deeper into poverty and prolonging their involvement with the criminal justice system.  In some jurisdictions, people are being thrown in jail because they are too poor to pay LFOs.  The ACLU and allies around the country are fighting the rise of modern day debtors prisons through litigation and advocacy.

Please join the ACLU’s Vanessa Hernandez for a lunchtime, brown bag CLE on the issues raised by modern day debtors’ prisons. Vanessa Hernandez will be joined via teleconference by ACLU national staff attorney with the Racial Justice Program, Nusrat J. Choudhury and they will discuss the rise of problematic systems for imposing and collecting LFOs and the litigation and advocacy strategies being used nationwide to combat the growth of debtors’ prisons.

This CLE has been approved for 1 general CLE credit (WSBA Seminar #376761) and there is a $5 registration fee.

To register, please click here.

Student Borrower News & UW Global Social Entrepreneurship Competition

Student Borrower News from Equal Justice Works

Screen shot 2013-03-19 at 8.22.29 PMWhat Obama’s Budget Could Mean for Student Borrowers

Submitted by Miranda Selover on Thu, 04/25/2013 – 18:05

President Barack Obama submitted his budget proposal for the 2014 fiscal year to Congress recently and, once again, he suggests a number of reforms that would affect grants and student loans. While all aspects of the president’s proposal will remain just that – a proposal – unless and until Congress approves the budget, here’s a rundown of some of his major recommendations regarding student debt.

The president is focusing on college access, affordability and completion and the proposal fully funds Pell Grants through award year 2015-2016. Pell Grants are crucial to ensuring low-income students can access postsecondary education and the proposal would help an estimated 9.4 million students for 2014-2015 (and increase the maximum award by $140 to $5,785). Read full article here.

Announcing the 10thth annual Global Social Entrepreneurship Competition (GSEC)

GSECStudents: Do you have a world-changing idea?
The UW’s Global Social Entrepreneurship Competition (GSEC) is a social venture plan competition open to enrolled university students in any discipline around the world. Applicants submit an executive summary of a business idea that both addresses an issue related to global poverty and will be implemented in the developing world.

The deadline for this year’s competition is Tuesday November 12, 2013 at midnight Pacific Time. Semi-finalist teams (about 15-20) will be notified in early December, and will be invited to compete at the week-long competition held on UW campus February 24-28, 2014, where they will receive coaching, network with hundreds of local health, development and business professionals, attend an event with the Seattle Rotary, and finally, compete for cash and in-kind prizes, including a grand prize of $12,500, a $10,000 Global Health prize, a $10,000 ICT prize, and other prizes from the Rotary and NCIIA.

Applications will open in August, 2013. Learn more about GSEC at http://www.foster.washington.edu/gsec/

Photo Courtesy GSEC. 2012 Grand Prize Winners: Jorsey Ashbel Farms.