UW CAYLAC Clinic Helps Open New Opportunities Through Juvenile Justice Law

Starting Today, Juvenile Justice Law Opens Up Opportunities for Tens of Thousands of Washingtonians 

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By Columbia Legal Services

Today, tens of thousands of Washingtonians, and thousands of youth every year, will have significantly more opportunities despite childhood mistakes. This historic change comes as a result of a major juvenile justice law – the Youth Equality and Reintegration Act (SB 5564) – which was passed by the Washington legislature this past legislative session. […]

The prime legislative sponsors were Sen. Steve O’Ban (R-University Place) and Rep. Ruth Kagi (D-Seattle) and the advocacy was also led by students from the University of Washington Children and Youth Legislative Advocacy Clinic. More information on the YEAR Act is available here.

Read the entire publication here.

Washington Journal of Environmental Law & Policy (WJELP) Hosting First Annual Symposium on Ocean Acidification and Coastal Health, Now Accepting Paper Submissions


The Washington Journal of Environmental Law & Policy (WJELP) invites submissions for papers focused on ocean acidification. Partnering with the UW Law Environmental Law Program, WJELP will be hosting an Ocean Acidification Symposium on November 6, 2015. Accepted papers will be featured at the symposium and later printed in an edited volume. Submitted papers should relate to the growing need for law and policy addressing ocean acidification, strategies to manage ocean acidification at various scales (local, regional, national and global), and other related topics (using ocean acidification to target CO2 emissions, sustainable aquaculture, land-based sources of water pollution, etc.). We also welcome proposals for symposium speakers. Paper submissions due by October 16, 2015.

For more information, click here.

World Health Organization Releases New Publication on Sexual Health, Human Rights and the Law


Sexual health today is widely understood as a state of physical, emotional, mental and social wellbeing in relation to sexuality. It encompasses not only certain aspects of reproductive health – such as being able to control one’s fertility through access to contraception and abortion, and being free from sexually transmitted infections (STIs), sexual dysfunction and sequelae related to sexual violence or female genital mutilation – but also, the possibility of having pleasurable and safe sexual experiences, free of coercion, discrimination and violence. Indeed, it has become clear that human sexuality includes many different forms of behaviour and expression, and that the recognition of the diversity of sexual behaviour and expression contributes to people’s overall sense of well-being and health.

Continue reading here.

Judges Rebuke Limits on Wiping Out Student Loans

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By Tara Siegel Bernard | New York Times

[…] The judge, Jim D. Pappas, in his concurring opinion for the bankruptcy appellate panel decision in the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, said the analysis used “to determine the existence of an undue hardship is too narrow, no longer reflects reality and should be revised.”

He added: “It would seem that in this new, different environment, in determining whether repayment of a student loan constitutes an undue hardship, a bankruptcy court should be afforded flexibility to consider all relevant facts about the debtor and the subject loans.” But the current standard, he wrote, “does not allow it.”

Read the entire article here.  Photo courtesy of Nick Cote, New York Times.

EEOC Bans Discrimination Against Gays in Workplaces


By Sue Reisinger | Corporate Counsel

In a historic decision, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has ruled that all job discrimination based on sexual orientation is a form of sex discrimination under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

The 3-2 decision, dated July 16, does what Congress and most courts so far have refused to do: ban discrimination against gays in the workplace. Until now only a handful of states and municipalities have done so.

The EEOC foreshadowed its decision in a field memo last February saying that workers are protected under Title VII from discrimination based on sexual orientation as well as gender identity.

Continue reading here.

Attention New and Young Lawyers! Service Opportunity with the WSBA, Due 8/14


The Washington Young Lawyers Committee encourages WSBA’s new and young lawyers to apply to serve as a young lawyer liaison to one of the following sections:

Apply now! Deadline is Friday, Aug. 14, at 5 p.m.

For more information about the volunteer position and application process, click here.

Get Informed About Debt Relief! Check Out EJW’s Free Webinar

September 24: Free Phone Seminar on ATJ Partnerships between the Courts, Legal Aid, and the Private Bar

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Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2014
1:00 – 2:00 PM, EST
This is a free program.

Access to Justice Commissions or similar partnerships in several states have produced concrete results in making our justice systems work for low-income and vulnerable client communities. Join us to discuss why and how it is critical to bring several stakeholders – like the judiciary and courts, legal aid, and the organized bar – together to address Access to Justice challenges. We will explore our experiences in very different states, and will concentrate on principles and practices that you use in your states.

Moderator: Steve Grumm, ABA Resource Center for Access to Justice Initiatives


Click here to register.

September 25: Equal Justice Works Debt Relief Free Webinar

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Thursday, Sept. 25, 2014
3:00 – 4:00 PM, EDT

JDs in Debt: What Law Students & Lawyers Need to Know about Managing Student Loans & Earning Public Service Loan Forgiveness

A must attend for anyone with student debt, this free webinar explains how to reduce your monthly student loan payments and qualify for Public Service Loan Forgiveness.

After the presentation (whether you are able to attend or not), you will be emailed a recording of the session that you can view at any time.

Click here to register online.

Come Join in Celebrating Achievements in Our Local Community

May 19: Afternoon Reception & Presentation with Department of Commerce Visiting Delegation from Arabian Peninsula

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Monday, May 19, 2014
3:30 PM Presentation in RM 115
4:30 PM Reception in RM 447

International Commercial Law Principles and Sharia

Muddassir Siddiqui, Senior Legal Advisor, CLDP & Haitham Osta, PhD Candidate, UW School of Law

Next week, UW Law, in conjunction with the U.S. Department of Commerce Commercial Law Development Program, will host a delegation of esteemed visitors from Baharain, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates for week-long presentations and meetings with senior legal advisors from the Department of Commerce, several faculty members, Boeing, Microsoft, the World Justice Project, Amazon, Costco, and DLA Piper. The overall focus is on how GCC countries can harmonize and improve their business law environment to facilitate greater trade and investment.

Please join us for an afternoon reception at 4:30 in Room 447, where you will have the opportunity to chat with Dept. of Commerce senior legal advisors and our esteemed guests:

  • Mohamed Essam, Legal Director, Gulf Holding Company, Bahrain
  • Abdulla Monsour, Advisor, Ministry of Industry and Commerce, Bahrain
  • Hatim Zu’bi, Partner, Zu’bi & Partners Attorneys & Legal Consultants, Bahrain/UAE
  • Tarek Hajjiri, Director Legal Policy, Dubai Economic Council, UAE
  • Mohamed Almarzouqi, Judge, Ministry of Justice, UAE
  • Hosaam Alyammahi, Judge, Ministry of Justice, UAE
  • Khaled Mohamed Matar Alkaabi, Director Legal Policies and Agreements, Department Economic Development, UAE
  • Shamlan Alsawalehi, Judge, Dubai International Financial Center Courts, UAE
  • Dr. Sherif Ghannam, Professor, Dubai Police Academy, UAE
  • Sultan Ayidh M Alqahtani, Attorney, Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Saudi Arabia
  • Maher Othman A Alsaeed, Attorney, Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Saudi Arabia
  • Saad Fahd Dileym, Attorney, Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Saudi Arabia
  • Badr Abdulmusen Haddab, Attorney, Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Saudi Arabia
  • Abdulaziz Saud Alduhaim, Attorney, Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Saudi Arabia

May 22: Equal Justice Works Webinar: “Drowning in Debt?  Learn How Government and Nonprofit Workers Can Earn Public Service Loan Forgiveness”

Thursday, May 22, 2014
3:00 – 4:10 PM, EDT

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A must attend for anyone with student debt, this free webinar explains how to reduce your monthly student loan payments and qualify for Public Service Loan Forgiveness. After the presentation (whether you are able to attend or not), you will be emailed a recording of the session that you can view at any time. Detailed information about the federal student debt relief programs covered in this webinar are available in our e-book, Take Control of Your Future, which is available in the Kindle Store.

Register online here.

May 22: Eastside Legal Assistance Project Celebrates 25 Years of Service

ELAP 25th Anniversary

Thursday, May 22, 2014
7:00 – 8:30 AM
Meydenbauer Center, 11100 NE 6th St., Bellevue, WA 98004

We are having a big party on May 22nd where we will celebrate ELAP’s 25 years of service to our community serving low-income families and individual on the Eastside and survivors of domestic violence from all of King County. It would be great if you could join us for this celebration. We will see a great video which will describe where ELAP has been, where we are now, and a little bit of what the future holds for ELAP and the clients we serve.

It’s only two weeks until the 4th Annual ELAP Breakfast for Justice, so it’s time to register now to reserve you place.

Click here to register.  Suggested minimum donation $150.

June 18: KCBA Awards Dinner

KCBA Awards Dinner

Wednesday, June 18, 2014
Sheraton Seattle Hotel
Reception – 5:30 PM
Dinner – 6:30 PM
Individual tickets are $100 each; $1,000 for reserved tables of ten.  Please register by June 11th.

You are cordially invited to join KCBA members, judges and community leaders of King County on Wednesday, June 18th at the Sheraton Seattle Hotel for the 2014 KCBA Annual Awards Dinner.  The evening celebrates a group of inspiring award recipients who have made a tremendous impact on the practice of law and administration of justice in our community.  The event includes a reception, gourmet dinner and the awards presentations.

Once again we are offering the opportunity for friends and colleagues of the honorees and the bar to place congratulatory greeting messages in the keepsake program book.  This provides a special way to honor the awardees and recognize the accomplishments of the bar over the last year.

Click here to register online.

June 19-22: 2014 Minidoka Pilgrimage

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Thursday-Sunday, June 19-22, 2014

In 1942, close to 13,000 people of Japanese-ancestry, many of whom were American citizens, were removed from their homes in the Pacific Northwest and sent to a desolate “incarceration camp” near Twin Falls, Idaho.  This summer, the 11th pilgrimage will take place with former incarcerees, their families, and friends – from Seattle, Portland and across the nation – to the former Minidoka Camp in Idaho.  This is an opportunity to learn, share memories, and ask questions about the Minidoka experience.  Consider participating as a way to bring your family together and reconnect with friends.  Participation is limited.  Scholarships are available.  

Deadline is June 1.  Registration information online here.

Student Loan News, Student Funding for EJW Career Fair, WLI Applications Now Open, Global Justice Series and the Local Take on the ‘War on Drugs’

EJW Debt Relief News: The Future Looks Grim for Student Loans

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Here’s the latest on Education Debt Relief News from Equal Justice Works.

In case you hadn’t heard, Congress did retroactively fix the doubling of subsidized Direct Loan interest rates that took effect July 1. The deal reached in the Bipartisan Student Loan Certainty Act creates fixed rates each academic year that are based on the 10-year Treasury rate plus a set amount that varies depending on the type of loan. For example, the interest rate for loans to undergraduates will be the Treasury note rate plus an additional 2.05 percentage points. For graduate and professional students, interest rates will be calculated by adding 3.6 percentage points to their Direct Unsubsidized Loans and 4.6 percentage points to their PLUS Loans.

The legislation also raises the interest rate caps on all those loans. Undergraduates could find themselves paying up to 8.25 percent (compared to a current maximum of 6.8 percent). Graduate and professional students could be even harder hit: the interest rate cap for Direct Unsubsidized Loans is 9.5 percent (versus the current 6.8 percent max) and the cap for PLUS Loans is now a whopping 10.5 percent (far above the current 7.9 percent max).

The bottom line? While this legislation is good for current students who will benefit from today’s low interest rates, future students will pay far, far higher rates. In fact, if CBO estimates are correct, students will start paying higher rates by 2017.

Our recommendation? Set yourself up for success in managing your student debt by purchasing (and reading!) our comprehensive student debt e-book, viewing our weekly Student Loan Ranger blog, and attending one of our free webinars.

Skoll World Forum Launches Special Global Justice Series 

WJPThe World Justice Project is pleased to announce that the Skoll World Forum, in partnership with Thompson Reuters Foundation, has launched a special series on global justice featuring participants of our World Justice Forum IV (convened last month in The Hague, Netherlands). Speakers were asked to reflect on a wide range of issues including land rights, access to water, criminal justice, and more. Articles will be published every day throughout the week, and can be found here: Skoll World Forum: A Special Series on Global Justice. The pieces will also be syndicated through www.trust.org, the Thompson Reuters Foundation website. Featured writers so far have included Sakena Yacoobi (Afghan Institute of Learning), Faustina Pereira (BRAC), John Oldfield (WASH Advocates), and William H. Neukom (World Justice Project), with more to come in the following days.

Washington Leadership Institute (WLI) Now Accepting Applications: Deadline September 20, 2013

WLI logo UWLAW WSBAThe WLI is a collaborative leadership training program administered by the WSBA and the University of Washington School of Law.  The mission of the WLI is to recruit and train diverse and underrepresented lawyers for future leadership within the legal and bar community.  Download the application packet for more information and to apply.

Need funding to Attend the Equal Justice Works Conference and Career Fair?

EJW conferenceOnce again this fall UW Law through the Center for Public Service Law will be able to provide travel support for a limited number of UW Law students to attend the EJW Conference and Career Fair in October.

The time frame to apply for travel reimbursement is between September 23 and October 4 (at noon).  You may request travel reimbursement (stipends will range from $400-$450 for reimbursement only) by sending your statement of interest and need along with your updated résumé to Assistant Dean Michele Storms at mestorms@uw.edu by noon Friday October 4.  Priority will be given to students who have been granted interviews at the career fair (students will be notified by October 3) but if you are serious about attending and do not have an interview you should still apply.  Please note that the deadline to apply for interviews at the career fair is September 12.  Please do not apply for travel reimbursement until September 23.  Reimbursement award decisions will be made by noon October 8.

For students attending the fair, regardless of interview status we’re having a lunch time session on how to make the best use of the conference and career fair.  That session will take place Friday October 21 at 12:30 location TBA.

Reminder of EJW Important Dates:

August 13- September 12: Student and recent graduate registration and application

September 13- October 11: Student and recent graduate registration (for those not applying or seeking an interview)

September 19- October 3: Employer application review and interview selection

September 19- October 8: Student and recent graduate accept/decline interview invitations

Federal “De-Escalation” of War on Drugs Follows King County’s Five Year Plan

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THE PROSECUTOR’S POST, Vol. 6, Issue 4 August 14, 2013

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder announced a new “Smart on Crime” policy shift for federal law enforcement this week in the approach to illegal drug markets.  The AG said that his new approach is aimed at undoing laws that maintain “a vicious cycle of poverty, criminality and incarceration” that “traps too many Americans and weakens too many communities.”

Federal prosecutors generally have not handled low level drug cases, and the U.S. Attorney’s Office for our area accounts for only about 5% of all local prosecutions.  Nevertheless, Attorney General Holder should be commended for recognizing something that King County has acknowledged for years —  we cannot arrest and prosecute our way out of the social and criminal problems associated with low level drug markets.

The shift in King County began as leaders came to see more clearly that drug crimes are different than other crimes.  People addicted to cocaine, heroin, methamphetamine and/or prescription drugs present complex issues that are not solved through incarceration.  The costs of incarceration have been borne by all of us, the public, the addict, and many families and community members who watched a loved one spiral out of control through the grip of addiction and then lost that family member to prison.

Here in King County we began the journey envisioned by Attorney General Holder almost 20 years ago, when we started the nation’s 12th Drug Diversion Court – a court centered on treatment and a clean and sober life – not on jail and prison. There are now over 2,000 drug courts nationwide.  The State of Washington followed suit over ten years ago, when the State Legislature reduced sentences for drug crimes, reversing the trend started in 1989 of very long prison sentences for drug sales, regardless of the amount.  Continue reading here.

Free ID Fraud and Debt Relief Webinars, CLS Celebrates Farmerworker Justice & GlobalWA Hosts Foreign Investment and Food Security Talk

July 15- Free Webinar on Disaster Related Identity Theft Victimization and Fraud

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During the past year, a multitude of national disasters swept across the United States, from the man-made destruction caused by the Marathon bombings, the Sandy Hook shootings, and the Texas explosion, to the natural devastations of severe storms, flooding, Oklahoma tornadoes, Hurricane Sandy, and the still ongoing Colorado fires.

Unfortunately, in the wake of and even during these events, scammers and identity thieves are plying their trades, seizing on an opportunity to victimize Americans going through an already horrific time in their lives as well as scam those who try to offer aid.

What can we as professionals do to help prevent the crime and assist the victims in recovery from disaster related fraud and identity theft? The National Identity Theft Victims’ Assistance Network invites you to learn from experts at “Disaster Related Identity Theft Victimization & Fraud,” a free webinar on July 15, from 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm ET.

For more info and to register please click here.

July 25- A Harvest of Justice for the Farm Workers of Yakima Valley


Dolores HuertaPlease join Columbia Legal Services as we honor hundreds of farm worker clients whose labor of justice in the case of Perez-Farias v. Global Horizons will be recognized by national civil rights leader and beloved farm worker pioneer Dolores Huerta.

A Harvest of Justice for the Farm Workers of Yakima Valley with Dolores Huerta President of the Dolores Huerta Foundation & Co-Founder of the United Farm Workers

July 25, 2013, Thursday,  4:00 p.m.

Radio KDNA – Northwest Community Education Center

121 Sunnyside Ave, Granger, WA 98932

Light refreshments provided.

RSVP Preferred, cheli.bueno@columbialegal.org

July 25- Free Equal Justice Works Debt Relief Webinar

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Drowning in Debt? Learn How Government and Nonprofit Workers Can Earn Public Service Loan Forgiveness

Thursday, July 25, 3-4 p.m. EDT

A must attend for anyone with educational debt planning to work or currently working for the government or a nonprofit, this webinar explains how you can benefit from income driven repayment plans, including President Obama’s new Pay As You Earn program, and exactly how Public Service Loan Forgiveness works.

Learn more about EJW webinars here .

July 30- The Global Farms Race: Implications for Food Security, Poverty, and Foreign Investment

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Please join GlobalWA for a fireside chat with Dr.Gregory Myers, Chief Land Tenure & Property Rights Division, USAID,  and Tim Hanstand, President & CEO, Landesa  

When: Tuesday July 30, 4:30-6:30pm

Where: HUB Seattle // 220 2nd Ave S // Seattle, WA 98104

Cost: Member $10 // Non-Member $20

RSVP: Click here! 

“The Global Farms Race: Implications for Food Security, Poverty, and Foreign Investment” will explore the relationship between food security, local land tenure, and poverty.  For those not familiar, the global farms race is the practice of wealthy countries or investors leasing or buying outright huge swaths of arable land in low-income countries, often displacing local populations without consultation or compensation.

Using real world examples of land right acquisition from Benin to Tajikistan, Dr. Myers will demonstrate the importance of inclusive land use policy in ensuring proper nutrition, mitigating conflict, gender equality, environmental conservation, and ending the cycle of poverty in many low-income countries.

Dr. Myers will highlight how developing countries, investors, international organizations such as USAID and DFID, and non-profits like Landesa, are addressing the opportunities and challenges presented by the Global Farms Race. And will discuss how with strong land tenure policies and transparency, the Global Farms Race can benefit both investors and locals alike.”

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2014 EJW Fellowship Applications Now Open, Training Materials on Human Rights Framework & Student Loan Ranger News

2014 Equal Justice Works Fellowship Application is Now Open

Screen shot 2013-03-19 at 8.21.47 PMThe 2014 Equal Justice Works Fellowship application is now open and will close on September 17, 2013 at 5:00 p.m. EDT.

Each year the Equal Justice Works fellowship competition selects qualified and passionate lawyers who have developed new and innovative legal projects that can impact lives and serve communities in desperate need of legal assistance.

Depending on funding, they are able to provide between 45-55 two-year fellowships annually. Fellows receive a competitive salary, generous loan repayment assistance, connections to their prominent sponsors and leaders of the private and public interest bars, participation in trainings, and additional support during their two-year tenure.

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International Justice Resource Center Releases Materials from their International Human Rights Advocacy Training


IJRC held an international human rights advocacy training conference, The International Human Rights Framework: Opportunities for Social Justice & Civil Rights Advocates, at the University of California, Hastings College of the Law in San Francisco. More than 70 participants learned from some of the most knowledgeable and experienced human rights practitioners in the country on how to effectively engage with local, regional and international courts and monitoring bodies to advance human rights.

The training materials and background information are available for viewing and download at: http://bit.ly/humanrightsframework. These documents include IJRC’s newly revised and updated handbook on human rights advocacy for U.S. based advocates, as well as the relevant human rights treaties, decisions and reports.

The videos of each session are available on IJRC’s Vimeo and YouTube channels.

Get the Latest News on Student Loan Debt Relief from EJW’s Student Loan Ranger Blog

Student Loan Ranger - Education (usnewsAs usual, it’s been a busy month on Equal Justice Works Student Loan Ranger blog. They took a look at a recent bankruptcy case that offers hope for distressed borrowers, reviewed how the dueling House and Senate budget proposals would impact student loans and examined why the federal government is currently making a $50 billion profit on student loans.

LRAP applications Now Available, Checklist for 3Ls, Thin Ice Film Screening, Animal Law CLE & Opportunity to Serve

Need Help Paying Off Student Loans? LRAP Applications Now Available for UW Law Grads in Public Service in WA State

LRAPapplyThe Loan Repayment Assistance Program constitutes a core component of the School of Law’s commitment to public service by increasing the ability of its graduates to enter public service law. The School awards $5000 each to approximately three new applicants per year and will commit to awarding an additional $5000 a year for two more years for a total commitment of $15,000 per participant.

Applicants must be UW Law grads in full time public service legal employment in Washington State. For complete information on the program and to download application materials please visit here. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis through May 30. Questions about LRAP? Email Aline Carton-Listfjeld

Graduating this Quarter? Don’t Forget Your Checklist

Screen shot 2013-04-03 at 1.41.11 PM1. Determine whether you need to take a bar exam loan


2. Figure out what kind of federal loans you have and which loan servicer manages your loan


3. Discover and compare loan repayment options


4. Use the repayment calculator


5. Assess Pros/Cons of Federal Direct Consolidation Loans


6. If planning on working in public service, research:

Federal Public Service Loan Forgiveness

UW Law Loan Repayment Assistance Program

7. Around graduation time, complete exit counseling and select a loan repayment plan


Questions? Please contact Aline Carton-Listfjeld.

Free Film Screening! Thin Ice: The Inside Story of Climate Science

Thursday, April 25, 2013, 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm. Seattle Public Library, Northeast Branch (6801 35th Ave NE)

Climate science continues to be a divisive topic with the science under attack by a vocal minority, leading geologist Simon Lamb to investigate what is really going on from his climate science colleagues. Simon followed scientists at work in the Arctic, Antarctic, Southern Ocean, New Zealand, Europe and the USA. The climate scientists talk about their work, and their hopes and fears, with rare candor and directness. This creates an intimate portrait of the global community of researchers racing to understand our planet’s changing climate. The original intention of the film was to provide a realistic portrait of the diverse range of scientific endeavor required to understand climate change.

Celebrate Earth Week by checking out Thin Ice! This film has been featured on the popular climate science blog Real Climate and will be screened around the world as part of Earth Week. Discussion of climate science (with UW climate scientists) and reaction to Thin Ice, following the screening, represents a great opportunity to put this important topic into local perspective.

Animal Law CLE: Conceptualizing Our Relationships with Animals – The Six Ways We Interact: Food, Clothing, Wildlife, Science, Pets and Entertainment


Keynote Speaker: Carter Dillard, Director of Litigation, Animal Legal Defense Fund.

UW Law Student Animal Legal Defense Fund is hosting its annual Animal Law CLE program in Room 133 at William Gates Hall from 8:30am-4:30pm on May 10.

FREE for non-credit seeking attendees. $25 for those who would like the 6.25 CLE Credits, including 1.0 Ethics credit. If you cannot attend the entire day’s events, please still register, and attend individual presentations! For complete info and registration click here.

Program Highlights:

  • Ethics of Animals in Entertainment
  • Animal Rights in the Farming Industry
  • Obstacles for Companion Animal Protections
  • Marine Life Preservation
  • Issues in the Animal Shelter System
  • Discharging Firearms at Nonhuman Animals

SeattlelogoSeattle Councilmember Harrell Seeks Applications for the Seattle Commission for People with Disabilities

The Commission is a 16-member body that advises the Mayor, City Council and City departments on issues that affect people with disabilities. The Commission works to increase understanding within the disability community as well as between the disability community and the nondisabled community. The Commission monitors and provides expertise on issues that affect people with disabilities in Transportation, Housing, Employment and Public Accommodations.

Councilmember Harrell strongly encourages veterans with disabilities to apply. The most recent data shows that veterans make up 9.4% of the population for people with disabilities in the United States. As of May 2012, 45% of the 1.6 million veterans returning from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan were seeking compensation for service-related injuries with these numbers currently on the rise. This is more than double the estimate of 21% who filed claims after the Gulf War in the early 1990s.

“The representation of our veterans with disabilities on the Commission is absolutely essential to greater communication between the City and the communities we serve. Their representation will work to facilitate a greater understanding of the issues that affect veterans with disabilities and create a more inclusive Seattle while creating policy decisions,” said Councilmember Bruce Harrell, chair of the Public Safety, Civil Rights, and Technology committee.

Interested candidates should deliver a resume and cover letter by April 30th to Councilmember Bruce Harrell by email (bruce.harrell@seattle.gov), by fax (206-684-8587; provide cover memo with Attn: Bruce Harrell) or by mail to:

Councilmember Bruce Harrell

Seattle City Council

P.O. Box 34025

Seattle, WA 98124-4025

Appointment to the Commission is subject to confirmation by the City Council. Commissioners serve two-year terms, although may be appointed to fill the remainder of an existing term.

Lots of Early March Events to Be Excited About!

Social Justice Tuesday: Education Debt Relief

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12:30 – 1:20 p.m. – Room 133

Concerned about how you’re going to pay back all your education loans?

Want to learn more about income-based repayment options, public service loan forgiveness, and UW Law’s Loan Repayment Assistance Program? (Photo via Creative Commons.)

This is the workshop for you! Hear the latest on various resources and programs that are out there to help you manage and reduce education debt.

Presented by: Aline Carton-Listfjeld, Assistant Director, Center for Public Service Law.

Want lunch? RSVP by 12:00 pm Monday, March 4, via Symplicity or gatespsl@u.washington.edu. No RSVP for lunch accepted after 12:00 pm.

Landesa Women’s Day Breakfast

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Workshop on Police Brutality

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The ASUW Student Disability Commission, the D Center at the University of Washington, and the Q Center at the University of the Washington present, “Broken Bodies, Brainwash Ph.Ds., & PBP: Police Brutality Profiling.”

Activist and recent graduate student Gioioa von Disterlo and disabled activist/cultural worker, Leroy Moore, will team up to present a workshop that uses a mixture of multi-media, critical thinking, poetry, song, and exercises. Activities will focus on police brutality against people with disabilities. The workshop will examine the perception of disability in our communities, institutions of higher education, media, and non-profits. (Photo: Steve Rhodes.)

The event will be held at the Ethnic Cultural Center, 3931 Brooklyn Ave. NE, at Brooklyn Ave NE and NE 40th St. The event is FREE and open to the community.

Washington Medical Legal Partnership Foster Care Conference

Screen shot 2013-03-01 at 2.32.42 PMPlease join us Friday, March 8, for an upcoming conference, “Improving Legal Outcomes for Patients in Foster Care,” hosted by the Washington Medical Legal Partnership. The conference focuses on the intersection of health and legal needs for youth in the foster care system.

The morning conference will be held at Seattle Children’s, with an option for webcast attendance if preferred. Continuing education credits will be available. See here for details.

Students may attend for FREE.  

Friday, March 8, 2013
9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Seattle Children’s Hospital

CLE: King County Bar Association Young Lawyer Division Bridging the Gap

Screen shot 2013-03-01 at 2.24.04 PMLive and Webcast Program featuring low-cost practical skills to help prepare new lawyers for success in their legal career, regardless of practice area.

Networking reception immediately following the program.

Program highlights include:

  • U.S. District Court Judge and a Retired King County Superior Court Judge
  • Head of litigation from Microsoft
  • University of Washington School of Law Faculty
  • Subject-matter presenters from top area firms
  • Learn about KCBA Pro Bono Opportunities
  • Lunch provided
  • Drawing for an iPad Mini from LawPay – our program sponsor!

Location: Rainier Square Conference Center, 1301 Fifth Ave., 3rd Floor Atrium, Seattle WA 98101

Date: March 8, 2013, 8 AM–5 PM

6.00 General & 1.00 Ethics CLE Credits

Visit the web to register.

Announcing Clerkship with US Attorney’s Office, Q Law Summer Grants

MLKWhat Are You Doing for Others?

“Life’s most persistent and urgent question is: What are you doing for others?”   ~ Martin Luther King, Jr.

Each year on the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday, University of Washington students, faculty, staff, alumni, friends and family answer this persistent and urgent question through service. Together, we deepen and localize the 20-year national tradition and “make it a day on, not a day off.” (Image: Fotopedia.)

On Monday, January 21, the UW family will start this day of giving at an inspiring and community-building Kick-Off Event. Connect with fellow volunteers over refreshments, honor Dr. King’s legacy, and participate in meaningful conversations at this event. After the Kick-Off, join friends and colleagues to make a difference at a local nonprofit organization.

Who: You + 2,000 UW family, friends, and community members
What: MLK Day of Service Kick-Off Event and Service Projects
When: Monday, January 21, 2013. Kick-Off Event 8:00 a.m. sharp!
Where: Kick-Off at the newly remodeled UW HUB (North Ballroom). Service projects at various locations.
How: Sign up to lead or participate in a project here.

Hurry–service projects are filling up fast! Sign up.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact mlkjr@uw.edu. Sponsored by UW Carlson Leadership & Public Service Center and the United Way of King County.

Call for Participation/Delegates: 57th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women

CASINDeadline for applications: January 11, 2013

The Council for American Students in International Negotiations (CASIN) is seeking American students and/or young professionals to serve as delegates to the 57th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women at the United Nations (CSW57). The Commission’s 2013 priority theme is elimination and prevention of all forms of violence against women and girls. The Commission will also consider the equal sharing of responsibilities between women and men, including caregiving in the context of HIV/AIDS. Read more. (Image: CASIN.)

Apply for Summer Law Clerk Opportunities with the US Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Washington

DurkinApplication deadline: January 30 (but review is rolling)

The US Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Washington is accepting applications for its summer law clerk program, which allows up to six 1L and 2Ls to work at the offices in Seattle and Tacoma in both criminal and civil divisions.  The deadline for applications is January 30, 2013, but the Office is looking at applications on a rolling basis, so early applications are strongly encouraged. Students can find more information about the program online, or they can call the office at (206) 553-7970, and ask to speak to Ryan Hebert, the program coordinator. (Image: US Attorney Jenny Durkin.)

The US Attorney’s Office is an approved externship site for UW Law. Students who are interested in pursuing the clerkship as an externship should also submit an Externship Application, transcript, and resume to extern@uw.edu.

Learn about Q Law Summer Summer Grants for Law Students

Q_LawApplications due by end of February.

It is time to apply for Q Law’s summer grant program. Details about the program can be found here. Q Law is looking for law students from all years interested in working on projects that benefit the LGBT community and/or have a focus on HIV/AIDS legal issues. There is a preference for students from Washington schools or with a Washington connection, but the Summer Grant opportunity is open to all applicants.

Learn More about “Pay As You Earn” Loan Repayment Option

JarvisObama’s Pay As You Earn (PAYE) repayment option is now available as of December 21, 2012.

Only new borrowers qualify for PAYE, with the Income-Based Repayment plan still filling in the gap for borrowers who don’t qualify.

Learn more about who can benefit from Pay As You Earn from Heather Jarvis, Student Loan Expert.

Urban Indian Legal Clinic Seeks Attorney Volunteers

Give a few hours of your time every 1st and 3rd Tuesday. Attorney volunteers needed to help members of our Native community who are in need of legal advice. To sign up, contact Olive at 206.292.6214, ext. 1286, or e-mail UrbanIndianLegalClinic@gmail.com.

Need Debt Relief? A Place to Turn

Educational debt has become a crippling burden for far too many, especially for those who want to pursue careers in public service. Equal Justice Works provides in-depth information on loan repayment assistance programs and relief programs like Income-Based Repayment and Public Service Loan Forgiveness to help everyone pursue the career of their dreams.
As part of this continuing work, we’ve created a free manual that details how these programs work and covers the basics of student loans and repayment options. This month in our U.S. News blog the Student Loan Ranger, we covered the striking rise in six-figure student loan debtthe impact of student loan debt on the middle class and how Pell Grants might fare under Obama and Romney.
Every month, our free, live webinars also provide a comprehensive overview of the debt relief options available for students and graduates – including Public Service Loan Forgiveness and Income-Based Repayment – and provide viewers with the opportunity to ask questions.
Visit the educational debt relief section of the website to find detailed and timely information on educational debt relief programs.  Follow us on Twitter @EJW_org (#studentdebthelp) and Facebook to receive the latest news, updates and student debt tips.