Summer Funding Special Announcement!

Do you have an unpaid internship with a non-profit organization or government agency this summer?

Need some funding to help you get through those warm summer months?

In addition to applying for PILA, be sure to check out all of these other important summer funding options! Applications are due as early as March 23!

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 UW Law/ Latina/o Bar Association of Washington (LBAW) Public Interest Summer Grant (New for 2015)

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The Latina/o Bar Association of Washington and the University of Washington School of Law Public Interest Summer Grant provides $5000 for one UW Law Latina/o student to intern with a public interest organization and/or any UW law student with a summer internship working with an organization providing access to justice/equal justice to Latina/o communities. The purpose of this grant is to support Latina/o UW Law students in pursuit of public interest careers and other UW law students committed to increasing access to justice to Latina/o communities.

  • Restrictions: 1Ls and 2Ls
  • Award: $5,000
  • Deadline: Friday, April 3, 2015, 3:00pm PST
  • Download application here.

UW Law/ WSBA & KCBA Labor & Employment Law Summer Grants 

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The King County Bar Association and Washington Bar Association Labor and Employment Law Sections are dedicated to education future lawyers about the practice of labor and employment law. These two grants give students the opportunity to have a hands-on experience in the field of labor and employment law.

  • Restrictions: 1Ls and 2Ls
  • Award: $6,000
  • Deadline: Friday, April 3, 2015, 3:00pm PST
  • Download application here.

UW Law/ QLaw Foundation Sher Kung Grant Summer Grant

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Are you a member of the LGBT community or an ally? Do you have a full-time summer internship that focuses on promoting the rights of LGBT persons or persons living with HIV/AIDS? Will you be working with a non-profit organization or government agency?

If so, you may be eligible for up to a $5000 grant to fund full-time work (at least 400 hours over the duration of the summer). The goal of the QLaw Foundation’s Sher Kung Grant is to ensure that unmet legal needs in the LGBT community are recognized and prioritized, and that the next generation of legal advocates for LGBT rights develop the skills necessary for careers in public interest law.

Applicants should have a demonstrated commitment to advancing LGBT rights and/or the rights of persons living with HIV/AIDS. Preference is given to applicants who are either a Washington State graduate student, a student working on projects within Washington State, or a student who has a demonstrated interest in working in Washington State after graduation.

All students working on behalf of LGBT rights or persons living with HIV/AIDS – including allies who do not personally identify as LGBT – are encouraged to apply.

Application is available here:  QLaw Foundation 2015 Grant Application.doc

For more information email Grant Coordinator, Nicholas Oakley at noakley@ccyj.org.

Completed applications are due by April 3, 2015.

UW Law Joan Fitzpatrick Fellowship

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Professor Joan M. Fitzpatrick was a much loved and universally respected professor of human rights and international law at University of Washington School of Law. She helped establish human rights law as a legitimate field of legal specialization, tackling issues such as protecting refugees, promoting women’s rights, campaigning for gay and lesbian rights, and enforcing human rights during states of emergency. After her untimely death, students of Professor Fitzpatrick, determined to honor their beloved professor and the ideals she stood for, established the Joan M. Fitzpatrick Fellowship in Human Rights as a permanent memorial in her name.

The Joan Fitzpatrick Fellowship in Human Rights (“Fellowship”) is awarded to a University of Washington School of Law student. The purpose of the fellowship is to provide financial assistance to a UW School of Law student who has demonstrated an interest in human rights law, and who is performing (or planning to perform) unpaid law-related work in human rights during the summer or the following academic year.

Eligibility: All continuing UW School of Law students are eligible to apply for the Fellowship. “Continuing” means students who will be enrolled as full time law students at UW School of Law for one or more quarters during the academic year following the Fellowship. In line with Prof. Fitzpatrick’s lifetime goal of encouraging J.D. students to pursue human rights as a legitimate field of study and career specialization, the Selection Committee will give preference to students who are 1Ls and 2Ls at the time of application.

Purpose of the Fellowship: The Fellowship is for a UW School of Law student with a demonstrated commitment to international human rights and an interest in working in the field in the future. The Fellowship award is intended to enable the recipient to travel and work at a nongovernmental, governmental or intergovernmental organization working on human rights and make a significant contribution during the period of fellowship (typically during the summer). The Fellowship is not intended to support research at an academic institution.

Funding Amount and Restrictions: The Fellowship amount is generally between $5000-$6000; the amount for this year will be updated soon. The recipient will be required to obtain the consent of the Joan Fitzpatrick Endowment Fund Committee (“Committee”) before receiving any additional funding. The recipient cannot simultaneously accept PILA funding.

How to Apply: Submit a cover letter, resume, unofficial transcripts, two letters of recommendation and no more than a 3 page proposal for your proposed work. The proposal should include a proposed financial budget that the applicant will implement and which demonstrates the financial feasibility of the project. Submit the application materials to Ann Spangler of the Center for Public Service Law either via email at spangler@uw.edu spangler@or to her third floor mailbox or to her office in room 346. The successful candidates must meet the criteria as articulated in the fellowship description and eligibility requirements set forth above.

Deadline: Applications are due April 3, 2015 at 5:00PM. For more information, contact mestorms@uw.edu

UW Center for Human Rights Fellowship: Abe Osheroff and Gunnel Clark Endowed Human Rights Fund for UW Students

osheroffThe Osheroff and Clark fund provides financial resources for undergraduate and graduate students to support human rights projects that promote social change through direct action. In 2015, we anticipate having approximately $4000 available to distribute; the entire amount may be issued in a single award or split between multiple awardees. The number of awards and amounts will vary depending on the number and quality of applications.

All undergraduate and graduate students at the University of Washington (Bothell, Seattle, Tacoma) are eligible to apply. All hands-on human rights projects aiming to achieve real-world impact — in other words, to improve human rights — are eligible, whether the work is to be carried out in the United States or elsewhere in the world. In keeping with Abe’s and Gunnel’s belief that accountability begins at home, priority will be given to projects that speak to the particular roles and responsibilities of our own institutions (including government, private sector entities, and the university itself) in human rights.

Application: For complete information please click here.

Deadline: Friday, April 3

Equal Justice America Summer Fellowship

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Equal Justice America is pleased to offer fellowships of up to $4,000 to students to UW Law students who work full-time during Summer 2015 for organizations providing direct civil legal assistance for the poor.

Application: For complete guidelines and application instructions please click here.

Deadline: Applications must be post marked by March 23.

 

 

 

 

January 16 is the Last Day to Get Your Discounted PILA Auction Tickets!

January 20: Social Justice Tuesday- Working for Workers: A Career in Labor and Employment Law

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Hosted by: Students for Labor and Employment Justice

The panel will offer insight into the various areas of Employment Law practice. Representing private plaintiff practice, federal agency, state agency and union practice, our diverse panel will discuss the many ways for attorneys to advocate on behalf of workers.

Panelists:

  • Marc Cote – Partner at Terrell Marshall Daudt & Willie, PLLC
  • Abigail Daquiz – Trial Attorney at the U.S. Department of Labor
  • Katy Dixon – Assist. Attorney General at the Washington Attorney General’s Office
  • Dmitri Iglitzen – Partner at Schwerin Campbell Barnard Iglitzin & Lavitt, LLP

January 21: Law and Leadership: The New Generation of Women General Counsel

Women LeadTime:    5:00 – 7:00 pm (reception 5-5:30pm; panel  presentation to follow)

Where: Law Offices of Stoel Rives, 600 University St., Suite 3600, Seattle 98101

Co-sponsored by UW Women’s Law Caucus and CPLD

Panel members:

Melanie Curtice (Moderator), partner at Stoel Rives LLP, Seattle office.

Deirdre Runnette, General Counsel to Zulily

Denali Kemppel, General Counsel to Arctic Slope Regional Corp., Anchorage, Alaska

Lorena González, General Counsel to Seattle Mayor Ed Murray

Open to all students! Please RSVP in Symplicity.

January 21: UW Law Grad Sahar Fathi Speaking at Leadership Firesides: Storytelling and conversation with inspiring leaders

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Sahar Fathi
Policy Changer & Immigrant/Refugee Rights Activist

Sahar Fathi is an international lawyer turned policy analyst who is a powerhouse of social change on a mission to shakeup how city policy is made.  Fathi currently serves as a policy analyst for the Seattle Office of Immigrant and Refugee Affairs and was formerly a legislative aide to Councilmember Mike O’Brien on the Seattle City Council and a legal clerk for the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda.

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Register

The Husky Leadership Initiative and Starbucks present:

The popular Leadership Fireside series is an ongoing opportunity for students to engage in meaningful dialogue with a diverse range of civic, educational, corporate and campus leaders in an informal setting. These leaders will share their personal journeys and perspectives on leadership and become momentary mentors for students attending the event. The diversity of guest speakers means that each Fireside will be unique. Students who want to reflect and engage in a dialogue about leadership and further develop the skills and knowledge to be effective leaders on and off campus will want to be sure to attend. 

The winter 2015 Leadership Firesides feature diverse perspectives from an immigrant/refugee rights activist, sexual violence warrior, lieutenant general, poet, geologist, computer scientist and theologian. The setting is intimate and informal and space is limited for each program. Registration is strongly encouraged so you don’t miss out! Register for winter quarter Firesides here. You may enter the registration system as many times as necessary.

January 22: What You Need to Know About Loan Forgiveness- Free Education Debt Relief Webinar led by Equal Justice Works

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3:00 pm4:10 pm EST

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.

Register now here.

For further information on borrowing, repaying and earning forgiveness on student loans, download our free e-book, “Take Control of Your Future.”

 

February 20: Get Your Discounted PILA Auction Tickets Here! Deadline is Jan 16 for Discounted Tickets!

PILA 20th Auction Benefit

To celebrate 20 years of funding public interest, we’re

ROLLING OUT THE RED CARPET

Join us for a night of Old Hollywood Glamour!

Formal attire encouraged.

Friday, February 20, 2015 at 5:30pm.

In the Husky Union Building (HUB)

Reduced PILA auction ticket pricing has been extended to this Friday!

$105 per person ($130 after )

Discount extended through 1/16!

$70 for reduced admission* ($80 after Jan. 16) $790 per table of 8 ($940 after Jan. 16) $540 for reduced price table of 8* ($640 after Jan. 16)

*Available to students, nonprofit employees, government employees, and those otherwise unable to afford a regularly priced ticket. Students may buy 1 additional ticket.

RSVP by FEBRUARY 11TH, 2015 online at pila.ejoinme.org/tickets QUESTIONS? PILA@UW.EDU

 

New Summer Funding, Writing Competition, Attend Citizen University & Board Service News- Just for You!

UW Law & Latina/o Bar Association Announce New Public Interest Summer Grant, Deadline 4/3

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The Latina/o Bar Association of Washington and the University of Washington School of Law Public Interest Summer Grant provides $5000 for one UW Law Latina/o student to intern with a public interest organization and/or any UW law student with a summer internship working with an organization providing access to justice/equal justice to Latina/o communities. This summer grant is a jointly funded initiative by the Latina/o Bar Association of Washington and (LBAW) and the University of Washington School of Law (UW Law).

The purpose of this grant is to support Latina/o UW Law students in pursuit of public interest careers and other UW law students committed to increasing access to justice to Latina/o communities.

Students must first secure an offer of an unpaid summer internship with a public interest employer before applying. For complete information and application instructions please click here.

Funding for UW Law Students is Available for: Citizen University National Conference, Funding Deadline: 1/22!

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Let’s rekindle citizenship in America! March 20 & 21, 2015

Friday, March 20 at 6:30pm at Fisher Pavilion – Seattle Center

This annual national conference is like no other civic gathering in America. Hundreds of change-makers, activists, and catalysts show up to learn about power, build their networks, and recharge their sense of purpose. They come from across the country, the political spectrum, and a wide range of domains — from immigrant rights to national service, voting reform to veteran re-integration, civic education to Hollywood and tech. They are you.

This is a time when citizens are solving problems in new ways, bypassing broken institutions, stale ideologies, and polarized politics. We are part of a movement to rekindle citizenship in America. We hope you’ll join us

Bring a water bottle, wear comfortable clothing and shoes, and learn how to practice powerful citizenship! http://www.citizenuniversity.us/conference/

If you wish to attend send your request and resume to mestorms@uw.edu by January 22, 11:59 pm.

William L. Dwyer Jury Project Award Writing Competition, Deadline 4/20

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UW Law and the Federal Bar Association of the Western District of Washington are again sponsoring the William L. Dwyer Jury Project Award writing competition. Only UW Law Students (2L/3L/LLM) can enter. 

Judge Dwyer was a respected and beloved Seattle federal district judge who was passionate about protecting the role of juries in our legal system. He cared about this subject so much that wrote an incredible book during his last years of life, called “In the Hands of the People: The Trial Jury’s Origins, Triumphs, Troubles, and Future in American Democracy.” After his death in 2002, his former clerks and the attorneys who appeared before him created this writing competition to honor his legacy. 

To enter, write a paper on the American jury system (including the grand jury system! Papers about Ferguson, New York, and other recent events are welcome). Polish and submit a paper you are already writing for a class, or write a paper specifically for the competition. The paper can be a traditional law-review style scholarly article, an essay or magazine-style article, an empirical analysis (e.g., of jury composition or awards in one or more jurisdictions or types of cases), etc. You can view past winning papers here: http://www.law.washington.edu/Writing/competitions.aspx 

First prize this year is $2,500. A second prize of $500 may also be awarded. The winning paper may also be published in the Federal Bar News. 

Washington State Bar Foundation Seeks Law Student Trustee for Board of Trustees

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The Washington State Bar Association Board of Governors is currently seeking a law student to fill the position of Student Trustee on the Washington State Bar Foundation Board of Trustees.  The Bar Foundation is the fundraising arm of the WSBA.  Its mission is to provide financial support for WSBA programs that promote diversity within the legal profession and that enhance the public’s access to, and understanding of, the justice system. Bar Foundation funding helps to power vital programs like the WSBA Moderate Means Program, WSBA Call to Duty, and more. 

Candidates must have completed at least one academic year at one of Washington’s law schools.  The ideal candidate will be passionate about diversity and public service within the legal profession, and will have experience with nonprofit leadership and fundraising. 

This Student Trustee’s term will begin upon appointment, will last for the duration of the student’s time in law school, and may be renewed upon graduation. Trustees are stewards of the Bar Foundation, a nonprofit public charity, and are actively involved in all aspects of donor development.  The Student Trustee helps connect students from all three Washington law schools with the Bar Foundation and the WSBA programs it supports. 

To learn more about duties and time commitments, please contact Megan McNally, Director of Advancement, at meganm@wsba.org, or (206) 727-8272. To be considered, please submit a cover letter and résumé by email to foundation@wsba.org.

Newsflash! Millennials are More Likely to Volunteer!

December 29, 2014, The Associated Press

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Employees from Yahoo! at a volunteer day in 2011.

WASHINGTON — Tired of hearing people grouse about a tuned-out, apathetic younger generation?

Well, here’s a comeback: Today’s young Americans are more serious about giving back than their parents were.

In fact, those under age 30 now are more likely to say citizens have a “very important obligation” to volunteer, an Associated Press-GfK poll finds.

The embrace of volunteering is striking because young people’s commitment to other civic duties — such as voting, serving on a jury and staying informed — has dropped sharply from their parents’ generation and is lower than that of Americans overall.

Among six civic activities in the AP-GfK poll, volunteering is the only one that adults under 30 rated as highly as older people did.

“I want to make my city where I live a better place,” Morgan Gress, 24, of Washington said after sorting and hanging donated clothes with co-workers who chose to volunteer in lieu of an office holiday party. After you volunteer, she said, “You never walk away feeling you didn’t have a great time, or help someone out, or learn something new.”

Today’s young adults grew up amid nudges from a volunteering infrastructure that has grown exponentially since their parents’ day, when the message typically came through churches or scouting. Continue reading here.

 

 

 

Welcome to 2015 Events!

Tuesday, January 6, 12:00-1:30, Downtown- Police Militarization & Police Misconduct

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The WSAJ Civil Rights Section Brown Bag Meeting presents…

Police Militarization & Police Misconduct, Keynote Speaker Norm Stamper, Former Seattle Police Chief (1994-2000)

Norman Stamper began his career as a beat cop in San Diego in 1966. Norman is a long-time advocate for police reform, and the author of “Breaking Rank – A Top Cop’s Exposé of the Dark Side of American Policing.”

Plaza 600 Conference Room, 600 Stewart St. Room 205. RSVP: Jeanne@washingtonjustice.org

Wednesday, January 7, 12:30-1:20, Room 127- Career Building Wednesdays- Public Service Summer Funding

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Wednesday, January 14, 3:30-5:30pm, Room 138- Race, Immigration & Citizenship

Race Immigration and Citizenship, January 14

 

 

Looking to Fund Your Summer Doing Public Service Work? Apply for the Labor & Employment Summer Grant Applications

Black Law Students Association Alumni Committee of the Public Defender for DC Announces 2014 Spring Break Criminal Defense Trial Practice Institute, Due TODAY

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The Black Law Students Association Alumni Committee of the Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia is pleased to present the 2014 Spring Break Criminal Defense Trial Practice Institute (Institute).  The Institute seeks to help students cultivate effective trial advocacy skills and explore indigent criminal defense work.  The program consists of a week of workshops on how to conduct opening statements, direct examinations, cross examinations, and closing arguments.  In addition, students will learn how to develop theories of defense, master the rules of evidence, and impeach witnesses at trial.  At the end of the program, students will participate in full-length mock trials presided over by Superior Court judges.

The Institute will be held March 10 – March 14, 2014.  The program is free of charge to students, although students are expected to provide their own transportation and lodging. To apply, students must be a member of the school’s Black Law Students Association and commit to the entire program.

Students should submit their applications electronically by clicking here. For more information about PDS, click here.  The deadline to submit  applications is Friday, February 26, 2014.

2014 Labor & Employment Summer Grant Applications Now Available, Due 4/3

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Do you have an unpaid summer internship lined up with a government agency or non-profit organization working on labor and/or employment law issues? Wondering how you can fund your summer doing  this public service work?

The Labor and Employment Law sections of the King County Bar Association and Washington State Bar Association are dedicated to educating future lawyers about the practice of labor and employment law. They sponsor two $6000 summer grants to give students the opportunity to have hands-on experience in the field of labor and employment law in King County and Washington State respectively. Applications including letters of recommendation are due no later than Thursday, April 3. Download the KCBA application here. Download the WSBA application here. For more information please email Aline Carton-Listfjeld at the Center for Public Service Law.

Click here to download the WSBA Summer Grant Application information.

Click here to download the KCBA Summer Grant Application information.

Honoring Justice Tom Chambers in Special Edition of Trial News

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In honor of Justice Tom Chambers – Trial News published a special edition of Trial News this month.  It is on-line – below are instructions on how to access the paper.

The February issue of Trial News is now viewable online here.  If you would like to read Trial News offline you can use the Free App – FLIPEXPLORER – it can be used to download or transfer the publication into iPad/iPhone/iPod and Android for offline reading.

The Opportunity Agenda Publishes Report on Human Rights in State Courts 2014

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The Opportunity Agenda and the Program on Human Rights in the Global Economy of Northeastern University School of Law has released a new report, Human Rights in State Courts 2014. The report reviews state court decisions and Attorneys General opinions interpreting human rights treaties, laws, and standards.

Since the last version of this report was released in 2011, litigants have continued to use international human rights law in their arguments before state courts. In fact, the range of cases in which international law arguments are offered seems to have increased, now encompassing environmental claims, tort cases, and guardianship matters. Many of these arguments have been cursorily dismissed, with a few courts and individual judges staking out their opposition to the application of international human rights law. However, some state courts have considered and affirmatively used international law as persuasive authority for the interpretation of state constitutions, statutes, and common law. Further, individual judges regularly draw on human rights norms in concurring or dissenting opinions.

Read the complete report here.

Become a F.I.H.R.E. Starter! Apply to USHRN’s Human Rights Education Program, Due 3/14

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As the U.S. human rights movement grows, so does the need for accessible, strategically-focused human rights education to ignite change. The goal of the USHRN Fighting Injustice through Human Rights Education (F.I.H.R.E) Program is to do just that. A re-launch of our Summer Training Institute, FIHRE aims to place the tools of a people-centered human rights framework in the arsenal of human rights defenders to ensure coordinated, strategic, and holistic growth to the movement.

For complete application details, click here.

Center for Women & Democracy Offers Its Leadership Institute from June 24-28 This Year at SU, Applications Due 4/1

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Center for Women & Democracy’s signature program – our Leadership Institute – will take place this year from June 24th to 28th at Seattle University. This week-long program offers a format built for women, by women and for women, training them to lead wherever they land. From knowing how to handle money and negotiating for better wages, to listening & leading skills, to appreciating cultural diversity, to achieving balance in your life, this celebrated curriculum also features the best women: elected leaders, professional business women, non-profit geniuses, young entrepreneurs, and women succeeding in all aspects of life.

The Center underwrites all but $275 per person for this five-day experience, including all food, housing, trainings, events & materials. This program draws applicants from all over the world and has graduated more than 400 very impressive women who have gone on to become successful leaders, international scholars, elected officials, and innovative business entrepreneurs. Some of these accomplished young women return to the program year after year to mentor the new class.

For more information, click here.  To apply, click here.

Calling for Volunteers! UW Offering Its First Law Academy for Diverse High School Students

Friday, March 14, 2014
UW Law School, 10:30 AM – 4:00 PM
You are cordially invited to participate in our first UW Law Academy! 

With the help of the UW Office of Minority Affairs, Rise UP/GEAR UP! and DiscoverLaw.org, the UW School of Law is inviting diverse high school students from around the State to spend the day at the law school.  We hope to inspire students to really consider pursuing a legal education and career by introducing them to judges, attorneys, and law students.

We need attorney/professor/judge/law student volunteers to help make this a great experience for our high school guests.  Please RSVP at Lisa Castilleja  ASAP.  Let her know if you would like to attend the morning or afternoon session, either session +the luncheon, or stay with us for the entire day.  Please feel free to forward the invitation to your colleagues (Walk-ins Welcome!).

Proposed schedule:
10:00-10:20 am: Check in/Registration/
10:30 am: Keynote Speaker: Justice Steven C. Gonzalez, WA Supreme Court
11:00 am-1200 pm: Overview and Action Plan (from High School to Law School): Sehee Thomas, Associate Director of Admissions/Lisa Castilleja, Assistant Director, CPLD
12:00 pm-1:15 pm: Lunch & Learn;
1:15- 1:30 pm: Break
1:30pm-2:45 pm: Street Law Programming/Mock Trial
2:45pm-3pm: Closing  Remarks

Attention Law Students! This is a great networking opportunity!
Law student volunteers are especially needed to help with the mock trial portion of the program which includes the lunch & learn and then partnering with the volunteer attorneys on the mock trial.

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