Upcoming: Restorative justice forum on education

May 15: Furthering Social Justice: A Conversation with Law Grad and Political Activist, Nikkita Oliver

Time: 12:30 to 1:20 p.m.
Date: Monday, May 15, 2017
Place: UW School of Law, Room 115

Join us for a conversation with recent UW Law grad and political activist, Nikkita Oliver. Hear about the many ways you can further social justice with (or without) a law degree. Hosted by the UW Law Diversity Committee.

May 18: Landing a 2L Summer Job Part 2: Employer Panel and Reception

Time: 4:30 to 7:00 p.m.
Date: Thursday, May 18, 2017
Place: UW School of Law, Room 138 and Brotman Galleria

Join attorneys and recruiters who participate in On-Campus Interviews, Career Fairs and more before you apply for your 2L summer job! Get insider tips and learn how to put your best foot forward for your 2L Summer Job search.

 

June 1: Restorative Justice Forum #4

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Date: Thursday, June 1, 2017
Place: Tacoma Public Schools Professional Development Center, 6501 N 23rd St, Tacoma, WA 98406

In partnership the National Center for Restorative Justice, the Puget Sound Educational Service District, and Tacoma Public Schools we are excited to announce and invite you to the 4th Puget Sound Restorative Justice Forum. We anticipate this Forum with be the largest yet, as such we are offering exciting and varied workshops. All are welcome to attend, educators and those passionate about learning more are encouraged to attend.

Read more and register here.

 

Coming up: Presidential Power in 2017, Revolutionary Mothering and Queer Survival, and more

Jan. 31, SJT: Apply to a PILA Grant

sjtTime: 12:30 to 1:20 p.m.
Date: Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2017
Place: UW School of Law, Room 127

Are you working at an unpaid summer internship with a non-profit organization or government agency? Want to apply for a $2,500 or $5,000 grant to support your work?

Don’t miss out on your chance to learn about how to apply for a PILA grant! Come learn about the application, requirements, deadline, etc.!

Feb. 1: Presidential Power in 2017

presidential-powerTime: 7:30 p.m.
Date: Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2017
Place: Town Hall Seattle, The Great Hall, 1119 8th Ave., Seattle, WA 98101

Presidential transitions raise a host of important questions. Among them, how much power does a president have? In what ways will an incoming president exercise that power? And how, if at all, can individuals participate in the political process once the election is over? The University of Washington School of Law invites members of the public to join a panel of scholars to discuss the scope, and limits, of presidential power in modern politics. Topics include how President Trump plans to exercise power in his own administration and how members of the public can remain engaged, beyond the ballot box, in the political pro‍cess. Read about the event here.

Feb. 2: Launching Your Public Interest Law Career

hereTime: 12:30 to 1:20 p.m.
Date: Thursday, Feb. 2, 2017
Place: UW School of Law, Room 118

Equal Justice Works staff will provide expert advice on: postgraduate fellowship opportunities, law student internship opportunities, educational awards for public interest internships, managing your student debt.

 

 

 

Feb. 2: Alex Baron and Friends: a fundraising concert for AID NW

screenshot-50Time: 7:30 to 9:30 p.m.
Date: Thursday, Feb. 2, 2017
Place: Jewel Box Theater at the Rendezvous, 2322 Second Ave. Seattle, WA

AID NW is a non-profit organization dedicated to serving detained immigrants at the Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma, both during detention and post release. Tickets are $15 and may be purchased at the door or online. Read more here.

Feb. 3: What Exxon Knew – and What it Did Anyway

UW Law LogoTime: 12:30 to 1:20 p.m
Date: Friday, Feb. 3, 2017
Place: UW School of Law, Room 117

Join us for Matt Pawa’s presentation on the strategies that he is bringing to bear in litigating cases in the fight against global warming. More information can be found on the registration page. Lunch will be provided; please RSVP by February 1.

Feb 6: Revolutionary Mothering and Queer Survival

revolutionary-mothering-and-queer-survival-3Time: 4:30 p.m.
Date: Monday, Feb. 6., 2017
Place: UW School of Law, Room 138

Learn abut the legal system’s relationship to family through the lens of incarceration, race and queerness. Join activists working at the intersections locally and nationally for a discussion on critical strategies of reproductive injustice and community-generated strategies for survival, healing, justice and transformation.

Join journalist Düzen Tekkal to discuss ISIS, genocide, and her new film

Jan. 24, SJT: Immigration Post-Inauguration: What does Trump mean for sanctuary cities and immigration policy?

UW Law LogoTime: 12:30 to 1:20 p.m.
Date: Tuesday, Jan 24, 2017
Place: UW School of Law, Room 127

Heard about sanctuary cities but not quite sure what they are. Interested in immigration law? Concerned or thoughtful about Donald Trump’s extreme statements and stance on immigration?
Please join CHRJ as we host a panel dedicated to immigration policy in a Trump administration the (Social Justice) Tuesday after inauguration.

Panelists include:
Professor Hugh Spitzer, expert in local government and municipal law
Cuc Vu, director of the Seattle Mayor’s Office of Immigrant and Refugee Affairs
Chris Strawn, UW Immigration Clinic Director and Northwest Immigrant Rights Project attorney
Moderated by Professor Angelica Chazaro, expert in Immigration Law

Jan. 25: Shriver Center’s Fighting Poverty and Advancing Racial Justice in a New Political Landscape

Shriver CenterTime: 10:00 to 10:30 a.m. PST
Date: Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2017
Place: Online

Given the signals from the incoming administration, what should be the focus of an antipoverty and racial justice agenda now? Eight years ago, as the Obama administration was taking shape, the Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law published a 12-point poverty-fighting agenda. Now, as President Obama is set to leave the White House as Donald Trump takes the oath of office on January 20, the Shriver Center has revisited that agenda. Read more and register here.

Jan. 30: Screening of “Hawar — My Journey to Genocide”

screenshot-48Time: 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.
Date: Monday, Jan. 30, 2017
Place: Kane Hall 120, University of Washington

In August 2014, ISIS swarmed over the Iraqi Sinjar region giving the Yazidis the choice to convert or die – leaving 5,000 dead, half a million displaced and more than 3,000 girls and women forced into sexual enslavement. “Hawar” is the story of Düzen Tekkal’s journey back to her Yazidi homeland and her arrival to an ISIS bloodbath. She is an award-winning German journalist and human rights activist of Kurdish-Yazidi origin.

Please join for a film screening and discussion with the renowned filmmaker. Read more here.

Feb. 24: RSVP to the PILA Benefit Auction 

PILA LogoTime: 5:30 p.m.
Date: Friday, Feb. 24, 2017. RSVP by Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2017.
Place: Husky Union Building, University of Washington

The Public Interest Law Association invites you to the 22nd Annual PILA Benefit Auction. This year’s theme is Masquerade Ball—formal attired encouraged.

Save the Date: Washington State Access to Justice Conference

racing-to-justiceTime: All day
Date: Friday, June 2 to June 4, 2017
Place: Yakima Convention Center, Yakima, WA

The Access to Justice (ATJ) Conference is a bi-annual event, being held this year in Yakima on June 2-4. This year, we will feature more opportunities for big picture discussions across disciplines, while also providing space for networking and resource development.  No Conference would be complete without social activities and to that end we will enjoy a reception on Friday evening and libations at a local winery on Saturday evening.

Regardless of where you are in your legal career, and given the shifting sands upon which we all appear to be standing, attendance at this year’s ATJ Conference is more vital than ever. Indeed the Conference’s theme, “Racing to Justice: Community Lawyering to Bend the Arc,” affirms that this is not a time for despair, but for bold life-affirming action that will bring everyone to a place of equity and fairness. We look forward to your attendance at the Conference as together we build a movement where justice for all becomes a reality. Read more and register here.

Share your story of resilience at the UW Law Library

Restorative Justice Circle Facilitator training coming up

insight-prison-projectThe Restorative Justice Circle process is based on the curriculum and many years of experience of the Insight Prison Project (IPP).

This initial training will include: An overview of restorative justice and IPP philosophy; an introduction, explanation and demonstration of IPP facilitation techniques; an overview of the Restorative Justice Circle curriculum; opportunities to complete and process exercises in a group setting, as well as to facilitate a simulated Restorative Justice Circle group with an IPP Lead Facilitator; discussion with a survivor of severe and violent crime who will share their story and provide insight into working with survivors to support healing and transformation; participation at a half-day salon and training at Monroe Correctional Complex; specific training on facilitator and volunteer roles in prison-based settings. Read more here and apply here.

LSAC opens writing competition on pipeline programs

LSACWriting competition subject: Why pipeline programs targting students from underrepresented racial and ethnic backgrounds are essential to the future of the legal profession. Learn more here.

The Law School Admission Council (LSAC) is committed to fostering diversity in law schools and the legal profession. Currently, through its Diversity Committee, LSAC sponsors and funds a number of initiatives aimed at increasing the diversity of the legal profession. These initiatives include organizing national and regional pipeline workshops that promote the development of outreach and early educational programs for students from diverse backgrounds; offering grants to support diversity initiatives at LSAC-member law schools; maintaining databases and websites such as DiscoverLaw.org with information, resources, and programs that encourage students of color, students living with a disability, and LGBTQ students to pursue a legal career and equip them with the tools for successful admission and graduation from law school; and engaging in ongoing collaborative programs and projects with prelaw advisors and students at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACUs), and Tribal Colleges and Universities (TCUs).

Public Service Law Program guide to a great interview

UW Law LogoNot quite sure how to prepare for your upcoming interview? Or just need a few quick reminders? Check out the interview guide here. Written by Aline Carton-ListfjeldDirector, Gates Public Service Law Program University of Washington School of Law. 

UW Stories of Resilience at the UW Law Gallagher Law Library: Share your story!

resilienceThe Failure Walls have traveled around campus collecting stories from our community.  The cathartic nature of sharing our short comings about career and academic failures – sometimes funny and sometimes tragic – have helped all of us who stop to read them feel a little less alone in our stumbles.  On behalf of the UW Resilience Lab and the UW School of Law Student and Career Services and Gates Public Service Law Program, UW Law Faculty, Staff and students are welcome and encouraged to come by and share your stories on the walls with the dry-erase markers provided for you.

You can post anonymously. The Failure Walls will be in the Gallagher Law  Library through Friday, January 20.  More information about the UW Resilience Lab and Failure Walls can be found here.

NW Public Service Career Fair registration open for students; where to go for support

What you need to know about immigration in a Trump administration

ilrcThe Immigrant Legal Resource Center has released information on immigration reform and status in light of the presidential election.

On DACA: President-elect Donald Trump pledged to end DACA when he becomes President. Trump will not be President until he is inaugurated on January 20, 2017. Until that time, DACA will remain in place and USCIS will continue to process both initial and renewal DACA requests.

On CIR: Based on Trump’s campaign rhetoric and the new composition of Congress, we do not expect a comprehensive immigration reform that includes legalization to be introduced in the coming years.

What immigrants can do now: People should go to a legal services provider to be screened for any possible immigration options other than DACA they for which they may already eligible.

Read more here. For a Spanish version, click here.

Support resources for students in the wake of Nov. 8

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On Tuesday night we witnessed a historic and unprecedented national election, the results of which have sent shock waves through the nation. However this historic time is affecting you, there are resources here to support you. Here are just a few:

Campus and Community Resources for Self-Care and Mental Health
What It Really Means to Hold Space for Someone, by Heather Plett
http://upliftconnect.com/hold-space/

4 Self-Care Resources for Days When the World is Terrible, by Miriam Zoila Perez
https://www.colorlines.com/articles/4-self-care-resources-days-when-world-terrible

3 Ways to Prioritize Self-Care While Resisting Dehumanization: Because #BlackWellnessMatters,
by Akilah S. Richards
http://everydayfeminism.com/2015/07/self-care-resisting-dehumanization/

Transforming Anger into Building Solidarity, by Beth Berila
http://www.contemplativepracticesforantioppressionpedagogy.com/blog/transforming-anger-into-building-solidarity-by-beth-berila-phd

5 Self-Care Tips for Activists – ‘Cause Being Woke Shouldn’t Mean Your Spirit’s Broke, by Kim Tran
http://everydayfeminism.com/2016/04/self-care-for-woke-folks/

What’s Missing When We Talk About Self-Care, by Carmenleah Ascencio
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4eX5Wjm4FrE

Engaging in Difficult Conversations
Calling In: A Quick Guide on When and How, by Sian Ferguson
http://everydayfeminism.com/2015/01/guide-to-calling-in/

Solidarity Building
30 Ways to Be a Better Ally, by Jamie Utt
http://everydayfeminism.com/2014/01/30-ways-to-be-a-better-ally-in-2014/

Being An Ally/Building Solidarity, by Southerners On New Ground (S.O.N.G.)
http://southernersonnewground.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/SONG-Being-An-Ally-Building-Solidarity.pdf

Ways to Contribute to Community Organizing
26 Ways to Be in the Struggle Beyond the Streets,
by Anderson, Barett, Dixon, Garrido, Kane, Nancherla, Narichania, Narasimham, Rabiyah and Richart
https://issuu.com/nlc.sf.2014/docs/beyondthestreets_final

24-Hour Crisis Clinic
http://crisisclinic.org/find-help/crisis-line/
866-427-4747 or 206-461-3222

King County
Dial 211 (M–F, 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.)

Pierce County Crisis Line
800-576-7764

Snohomish County 24-Hour Crisis Line
800-584-5578 or 425-258-4357

Skagit County 24-Hour Crisis Line
800-584-3578

NW Network of Bi, Trans, Lesbian and Gay Survivors of Abuse
http://www.nwnetwork.org/
206–568-7777

Trans Lifeline
877-565-8860

UW Seattle Hall Health Center – Mental Health Clinic
http://depts.washington.edu/hhpccweb/project/mental-health-clinic/
206-543-5030

Due Feb. 1: Sustainable International Development L.L.M., M.J. applications

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Application Deadline: Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2016

The University of Washington School of Law is currently accepting applications for its Graduate Program in Sustainable International Development Law (LL.M. and M.J. degrees).

 The UW Law School is the first U.S. law school to provide a graduate degree in Sustainable International Development.  Students of the Program learn through a practical and innovative approach, with course offerings focused on five key areas: rule of law and governance, law as a tool of poverty alleviation, global environmental protection, corporate responsibility & sustainability, indigenous people’s rights.

Application process: Apply and learn more online. Click here for an L.L.M. and here for an M.J.

Student registration for the 2017 NW Public Service Career Fairs open

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Each year the Public Service Career Fairs, hosted in Seattle and Portland, draw local and national government and non-profit employers who are hiring students for summer and academic year internships/externships, and for post-graduate attorney positions. Employers began to register in October and will continue to register until January 10. This year Lewis & Clark has partnered with Seattle University to facilitate student registration and interview selections for a more streamlined process. Register and read more here.

Got the law school blues? The Peer Support Program can help; op-ed on importance of restorative justice

Law school got you down? The Peer Support Program is here to help

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Due 1/9: National Lawyer’s Guild Fellowship

national-lawyers-guildApplication Deadline: Monday, Jan. 9 ,2016

The application for the NLG’s Haywood Burns Memorial Fellowship for Social and Economic Justice for Summer 2017 is now available! The Burns Fellowship is open to students and legal workers working on projects that find creative ways to use the law to advance justice.

The Haywood Burns Fellowships are designed to encourage students to work in the NLG’s tradition of “people’s lawyering.” The program exists to help students apply their talents and skills to find creative ways to use the law to advance justice. Burns Fellowships provoke law students to question traditional notions of how one must practice law and to provide a summer experience that will enrich and challenge them.

Due 1/15: Legal writing contest with cash prize and possible publication

james_crane_writing_competitionSubmission Deadline: 11:59 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 15, 2017

Thomas Jefferson School of Law’s Jameson Crane III Disability and the Law Writing Competition seeks to encourage outstanding student scholarship at the intersection of law and medicine, or law and the social sciences. The competition promotes an understanding of these topics, furthers the development of legal rights and protections, and improves the lives of those with disabilities. Read more here.

Any topic relating to disability law, including legal issues arising with respect to employment, government services and programs, public accommodations, education, higher education, housing, and health care. The winner of the competition will receive a $1,500 cash prize and the Thomas Jefferson Law Review (TJLR) will consider the paper for publication under the TJLR’s editorial standards. Two second place winners will each receive a $1,000 cash prize.  Preference for these additional winners will be given to submissions from disciplines not represented by the grand prize winner.

 Submission process: Email submissions to cranewritingcompetition@tjsl.edu. Winning submissions will be announced by April 15, 2017.

Seattle Times editorial discusses restorative justice, UW Law Race and Justice clinic

39776226-9d5a-11e6-aac3-ec08c086559c-780x483Restorative justice can lead to healthier communities” published October 28, 2016 by the Seattle Times, written by Chris West. Illustration courtesy of the Seattle Times/ William Brown.

A recent op-ed in the Seattle Times discusses the benefits of restorative justice. When pursuing restorative justice after being the victim of a crime, Chris West utilized UW’s Race and Justice Clinic.

“The concept of restorative justice is beginning to take hold in King County, as prosecutors try counseling and self-reflection for teens. This is a commendable step toward creating healthier communities. Our country’s incarceration rate is unprecedented.” Read the full article here.

UW to host Civil Rights attorney Jason Downs, lawyer on Freddie Gray and Flint, Mich. cases

Nov. 1 SJT: Public Defense’s Role in Advancing Social Justice

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

Date: Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2016.

Place: UW School of Law, Room 127.

This event will provide an introduction to the defenders; Seattle’s front-line soldiers in the battle for criminal justice reform. Besides providing legal representation to indigent clients in several practice areas, the King County Department of Public Defense also works to address racial disproportionality in the criminal justice system, the collateral consequences of justice involvement, and other structural issues that undermine the rights of the criminally accused. DPD representatives will speak to their own experience in criminal law, as well as their role in justice reform movements currently underway here in King County.

Panelists include: La Mer Kyle-Griffiths is the Training Director for the King County Department of Public Defense in Seattle, WA. Before that, she practiced for over 15 years as a public defender in both Kentucky and Massachusetts. She has tried juvenile, adult and a death penalty case as well as arguing two cases to the Kentucky Supreme court; Amy Parker has been serving as a public defense attorney in King County for more than a decade, and recently served as the interim supervisor for the Associated Counsel for the Accused at Seattle Municipal Court. She is a leader in the public defense community and a respected litigator who has brought multiple felony cases to trial; Sade Smith grew up in Pullman, Washington and graduated from the University of Illinois College of Law in 2011. Sade entered public defense shortly after graduation as a public defender in Burlington and Mount Vernon. Since 2014 she has been on case load with the Northwest Defenders Division of the King County Department of Public Defense.

Nov. 1: Panel on I-732: WA Carbon Tax Proposal

elslogoTime: 12:30 to 1:20 p.m.

Date: Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2016.

Place: UW School of Law, Room 117.

Please join the Environmental Law Society for a 4-person panel to discuss the proposed Carbon Tax initiative, I-732, on the ballots for this election. Dr. Todd Wildermuth will be moderating the panel, which will include two panelists discussing support for the initiative and two panelists discussing opposition against the initiative. Panelists in support of I-732 will include representatives from Carbon WA and Audobon. Panelists in opposition to I-732 will include representatives from the Washington State Labor Council and One America.

Please join the Environmental Law Society for this great panel to learn more about the controversial Carbon Tax proposal in Washington and gain more insight to make an informed vote this voting season. Food will be provided and a 15-minute open Q&A session will allow for interested parties to ask questions from the panelists.

Nov. 1: Rape on the Night Shift Film Showing

PILA LogoTime: 6 to 9 p.m.

Date: Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2016.

Place: UW School of Law, Room 127

The Public Interest Law Association (PILA) is hosting a showing of Rape on the Night Shift, a news investigation into the sexual abuse of immigrant women in the janitorial industry. Please join us for the film showing and a panel discussion that will follow the film. The panel will feature speakers from API Chaya, UNITE HERE! Local 8, and U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Food will be provided.

Nov. 4: Sexual Assault Trauma-Informed Victim Empowerment (STRIVE): Sexual Assault Protection Orders and Victim Rights

logo_ywcaTime: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Date: Friday, Nov. 4, 2016.

Place: Davis Wright Tremaine LLP, 1201 Third Ave., Suite 2200, Seattle, WA 98101

This CLE by the Sexual Violence Legal Services – YWCA will introduce participants to the unique legal needs of sexual assault survivors when seeking a civil protection order or protecting their privacy rights in criminal cases.  The program will provide an in-depth and interactive examination of Washington laws and statutes protecting survivors of sexual violence, along with ethical considerations when representing them.  Participants may earn up to an additional 24 CLE credits representing an SVLS-referred pro bono client.  Agenda and registration at here.

Nov. 7: Special Lunch with Civil Rights Attorney Jason Downs

UW Law LogoTime: 12:30 to 1:20 p.m.

Date: Monday, Nov. 7, 2016.

Place: UW School of Law, Room 115.

Join for an informal gathering preceding Mr. Downs’ evening presentation. Jason Downs is a trial attorney and partner at the Baltimore firm of Murphy, Falcon & Murphy. Mr. Downs focuses his practice on complex cases involving fraud, conspiracy, and police brutality. He was also a part of the litigation team that investigated and settled the Freddie Gray civil matter for $6.4 million. He is currently part of the litigation team handling a class action in the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals based on the Flint, Michigan water crisis. Also, he currently represents the family of Terrence Sterling in the police-involved shooting in Washington, DC. Read the flyer here.

Nov. 7: Racial Justice in Modern America: From Baltimore to Flint & Beyond

screenshot-2Time: 4 to 5 p.m.

Date: Monday, Nov. 7, 2016.

Place: UW School of Law, Room 133

Jason Downs is a trial attorney and partner at the Baltimore firm of Murphy, Falcon & Murphy. Mr. Downs focuses his practice on complex cases involving fraud, conspiracy, and police brutality. He was also a part of the litigation team that investigated and settled the Freddie Gray civil matter for $6.4 million. He is currently part of the litigation team handling a class action in the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals based on the Flint, Michigan water crisis. Also, he currently represents the family of Terrence Sterling in the police-involved shooting in Washington, DC. Read the flyer here.