Competency Training Tomorrow, Health Externships, and Important Info for Clerkships

TOMORROW! Working Towards Cultural & Cross Difference Competent Legal Assistance

YLDWednesday, February 20, 3:30-5:20pm, Room 138

A joint training provided by the Clinical Law Program and Pro Bono Honors Program.

The goals of this training are to:

  1. Raise awareness on how assumptions, prejudice and bias affects our ability to provide competent legal assistance; and
  2. develop greater sensitivity to a variety of social, economic, and cultural differences between ourselves and our clients.

This is a required training for students interested in participating in the Pro Bono Honors Program and select clinical courses. Please contact your clinical law professor to confirm whether you are required to attend. All are welcome. Live attendance strongly encouraged. Contact Aline Carton-Listfjeld for podcast information.

Attended last year’s training? We encourage you to attend again. We make changes to this training every year to make it more relevant and useful to all students. Attendance is still required to fulfill the Pro Bono Honors Program requirements.

To prepare for this training please:

  1. Complete: Harvard Implicit Bias Test (you do not have to discuss your results)
  2. Eead: Sue Bryant, The Five Habits:  Building Cross-Cultural Competence in Lawyers, 8 Clin. L. Rev. 33, 64-99 (2001) (Article aimed at clinical teachers; assigned pages describe a recommended methodology for students/lawyers to build cross-cultural competence.);
  3. Read: Nelson P. Miller, Beyond Bias—Cultural Competence as a Lawyer Skill, Mich. B. J., June 2008 at 38 (PDF here).

Externships in Health Law Available Throughout the Year

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Multicare Health System has opportunities for students to work year-round as externs or as work study/interns.  Applications are considered on a rolling basis.

There are a minimum of two (2) externship positions available each quarter / semester. MHS will consider applicants interested in an unpaid internship experience or work study. While the work varies, our externs/interns support six attorneys who provide guidance to the entire $1.3B system on matters ranging from General Health Law to topics such as Corporate Compliance, Employment and Immigration, Stark, Anti-Kickback, Fraud & Abuse, Human Subjects Research, Privacy & Confidentiality, Sarbanes-Oxley, etc.

MultiCare Health System is recognized as the 4th Best Integrated Healthcare Delivery Network in the United States and is the largest network in Western Washington. MultiCare Health System is a nonprofit corporation which operates four acute care hospitals (Tacoma General, Allenmore, Good Samaritan and Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital & Health Center), together with several dozen outpatient clinics, pharmacies, laboratories, and ancillary services such as employment screening, home health and home infusion. MultiCare employs approximately 8,500 individuals in Pierce and King Counties.

Students will be exposed to a variety of health law issues, research projects and committee functions and will have an opportunity to view health law activities from the perspective of in-house counsel. Students will perform research (primarily literature surveys, internet-based research, and some case-law research) on a variety of day-to-day matters that routinely involve one or more of MultiCare’s six in-house attorneys. Students will be assigned direct reporting to one attorney, with matrix reporting to others as needed. They will likely have some contact with outside attorneys on specific projects and there is the opportunity for extensive client contact.

To apply, submit a cover letter, unofficial transcript, and a 3-5 page writing sample.  The cover letters should describe your interest in health law and what you would expect to gain from an externship at Multicare and be addressed to:

Aimee D Brice
315 Martin Luther King, Jr. Way
MS: 222J-1-LEG
Tacoma, Washington 98415
United States

Summer Quarter

Applications due Friday, March 8, 2013.

The legal department of Providence Health & Services and Swedish Health Services is considering candidates for a summer intern in their Seattle offices.  All candidates must have completed at least their first year of law school.  A strong preference will be given for law students with a demonstrated interest in health law (for example completion of an introduction to health law course or relevant experience in the health care field).  This is an unpaid position and a strong preference will be given for a student who will be able to receive academic credit for the internship/externship.  Candidates should submit resume and cover letter by Friday, March 8, 2013 to the attention of Katherine Van Maren care of Terry Shahrivar at to be considered.  The successful candidate must pass a background check and drug screening.

Cover letters should be addressed to:

Katherine Van Maren
Department of Legal Affairs
Providence Health & Services and Swedish Health Services
747 Broadway
Seattle, WA 98122

Autumn and Winter Quarters

Applications due Friday, March 8, 2013.

Seattle Children’s has externship opportunities for students in the Autumn and Winter Quarters of the 2013-14 academic year.

Seattle Children’s is ranked as one of the top 10 children’s hospitals in the country by U.S. News and World Report.  Seattle Children’s consists of Seattle Children’s Hospital, Seattle Children’s Research Institute, and Seattle Children’s Hospital Foundation.  Together, we deliver superior patient care, advance new discoveries and treatments through pediatric research, and serve as the pediatric and adolescent academic medical referral center for Washington, Alaska, Montana and Idaho — the largest region of any children’s hospital in the country.

Students will be exposed to a variety of health law issues including health reform, intellectual property and patient care. Students will perform research and writing memoranda on a variety of day-to-day matters that routinely involve the legal department as well as drafting actual working documents when appropriate.  Students will be assigned direct reporting to the Senior Vice President or Associate General Counsel.  They will likely have some contact with outside attorneys on specific projects and there is the opportunity for extensive client contact.

To apply, please submit a resume and letter of interest to by Friday, March 8, 2013.

Cover letters should be addressed to:

Jeff Sconyers
Senior VP & General Counsel
Seattle Children’s Hospital
P.O. Box 5371
Seattle, WA 98145-5005

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