Apply today for the UW Summer Internship Loan Program

Due May 9: UW Law Summer Internship Loan Program

Established through the University of Washington School of Law Day Karr Fund, UW Law is offering financial support to qualified first-year and second-year law students who have unpaid summer internships doing law-related work for a total of at least 200 hours.  Priority will be given to students with public service (non-pirofit, government, judicial) internships. Each loan award will be a maximum of $2,000. Repayment will begin three (3) months after the date of disbursement.  Interest will accrue at 0%, both during the 3-month grace period and during the repayment period. The borrower will have until March 31, 2019 to repay the award in full. Read more and apply here

 

May 10: Q&A with Thomas A. Saenz MALDEF President & General Counsel

A group of women demonstrating on the U.S. Supreme Court steps prayed over Thomas Saenz,  President and General Counsel of the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund the weekend before oral arguments on President Barack Obama’s immigration executive action.

Saenz argued for the first time before the High court focusing on the lives of millions of immigrants who would benefit from Obama’s executive action. RSVP here.

Due May 15: 2Ls, enter to win up to $40,000 for tuition

As things wrap up, we at AccessLex are celebrating the first year of the MAX program and the upcoming Grand Prize Scholarship Drawing on May 15 in which two lucky MAX-participating students will each receive up to $40,000 toward their 2L tuition.

We can’t wait to help make two students’ law school experience a whole lot easier with these scholarships.  But more than that, we cannot thank you enough for your partnership in the program this year. We look forward to bringing you MAX for 1Ls AND 2Ls this coming academic year, and to releasing the program even earlier on June 1. Read more here.

Due May 29: Huneke Fellowship for international  law

The Huneke Fellowship is an annual program administered by the Washington State Bar Association’s International Practice Section (IPS).  The Fellowship is designed to provide real-world experience, networking opportunities, and modest financial assistance for a law student interested in the international practice of law. Each year the IPS awards one Huneke Fellowship, which includes a $1,000 stipend, to a current 1L or 2L student. Read more here

Funding available for public interest law students

Due April 30: WSBA Labor and Employment Grant Applications

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The purpose of the grant is to educate future lawyers about the practice of labor and employment law, give students the opportunity to have hands-on experience in the field of labor and employment law. Any law student who have completed at least one year of law school by the proposed project begin date is eligible.

If the idea of $6,000 for summer and Labor and Employment Law sound like a great pairing, please by Student and Career Services Ste. 346 and talk with Huy Nguyen for complete application instructions.

Due May 7: Apply to the Pro Bono Honors Society

Did you volunteer for IFAP, PFJP, SYLAW, CHRJ App Help, ELS research project? Do pro bono work for a community-based legal or public interest organization? Volunteer as a case manager or leader for a student-led pro bono project? Intern last summer for a public interest organization and didn’t get a summer grant, stipend or externship credit?

If you can answer YES to any of these questions you are likely eligible to participate in the UW Law Pro Bono Honors Society!

Learn more and apply here.

 

Due May 18: Joan Fitzpatrick Fellowship in Human Rights and Funding

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.

The Fellowship amount is generally up to $5500. 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.

Learn more and apply here.

 

Due May 18: Michigan Law seeking post-grad fellows for Entrepreneurship Clinic

The University of Michigan Law Clinical Fellows Program seeks applicants for a fellowship in its Entrepreneurship Clinic (EC). This is a two year appointment with the possibility of extension for a third year.

The Clinical Fellows Program is designed to fully support attorneys wishing to explore the possibility of a career in clinical teaching. Michigan Clinical Fellows gain valuable experience and mentoring in clinical pedagogy and in their substantive area of practice. Their duties include clinical teaching and student supervision in conjunction with a clinic director, and participation in the operation and development of the clinic in which they teach. Support is provided for personal and professional development and scholarship.

Learn more and apply here.

Like beer? PILA, Unemployment Law Project fundraisers are coming up!

April 17: Get ready for PILA’s Spring Brewfest!

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PILA’s Spring Brewfest is coming up. Stop by Floating Bridge Brewing at 6 p.m., on April 17 for networking, raffles, and refreshments. $1 of every drink purchased goes to PILA.

Read more here!

 

April 18: Unemployment Law Project hosting Brew Review

 Don’t miss the Unemployment Law Project’s Brew Review from 5 to 8 p.m., April 18 at Impact Hub. Buy tickets here. Each ticket gets you taster flights of local beer and cider.

Brew Review is also looking for law student volunteers! If you are interested, reach out to John Tirpak at jtirpak@ulproject.org.

Don’t miss career fairs coming up this summer

 

June 20: Should I Help? What to do if you suspect Domestic Violence

Time: 6:00 to 7:30 p.m.
Date: Tuesday, June 20, 2017
Place: Queen Anne Christian Church

Have you ever been frightened by sounds of neighbors fighting and worried that someone was being harmed?  Do you ever witness interactions between couples that make you feel uncomfortable but you’re not sure how to respond? Are you concerned that someone you care about is in an unhealthy, maybe even abusive, relationship?

You can help stop the cycle of abuse! Attend this quick and easy workshop and walk away with. actions you can immediately put into place if you suspect domestic violence.

Read more and register here.

July 29: Bay Area Diversity Career Fair

Time: All day
Date:
Saturday, July 29, 2017, registration now open.
Place:
 Hilton San Francisco Financial District, 750 Kearny Street, San Francisco, CA

The Bay Area Diversity Career Fair attracts hiring representatives from the most prominent law firms, government legal departments, and nonprofit organizations. Only law students who have completed their first year of law school by the time of the interviews are eligible to participate. Openings are for 2018 2L summer associate positions. Please feel free to forward this invitation to your fellow 1Ls.

Read more and register here.

August 19: NW Minority Job Fair

Time: All day
Date: Saturday, August 19, 2017
Place: Pacifica Law Group, 1191 2nd Avenue, Suite 2000, Seattle, WA 98101-3404

Pacifica Law Group is honored to host the 31st Annual Northwest Minority Job Fair. We are committed to the Fair’s mission of fostering access to employment opportunities for historically underrepresented persons in the practice of law and to provide a networking forum for legal employers and minority law students.

The Northwest Minority Job Fair, sponsored and funded by a consortium of legal sector employers, has brought together private and public law firms committed to promoting diversity for over 30 years. It provides a unique opportunity for employers, law students, and lawyers to connect and match legal talent with law firm opportunities. Last year’s Northwest Minority Job Fair brought together approximately 150 students and 30 law firms/agencies.

Read more and register here.

It’s not too late to get summer funding

Due June 9: Interested in litigation? Apply for Dwyer Inn of Court

Application Deadline: Friday, June 9, 2017

Rising 3L students with an interest in litigation—particularly litigation in the Seattle-area state and federal courts—are encouraged to apply for membership in the 2017-2018 William L. Dwyer Inn of Court. The Inn is a cooperative venture between the King County Bar, Seattle University School of Law, and the University of Washington School of Law. On the second Tuesday of each month, members of the Inn meet in the evening to discuss litigation practice, have dinner together, and learn about a topic of general legal interest. The meetings generally run between 5:30pm to 8:00pm at Seattle University.

Read more and apply here.

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.

 

Pro Bono Opportunity: Volunteer lawyers needed April 30

Pro Bono Council announces new manager

The Pro Bono Council welcomed Catherine Brown in January 2017 as their newest Manager. Catherine has held multiple positions supporting legal aid and pro bono and brings a wealth of experience to the work of Washington’s volunteer lawyer programs. Catherine has also served on the ATJ Board’s Leadership Development Committee, most recently as one of its co-chairs. We believe Catherine will be a great asset to the work of the Pro Bono Council. We asked Catherine to share a little about her background and what motivates her. Read her responses here.

 

 

Due April 28: Stokes Lawrence tuition scholarships available for 1Ls

Application Deadline: Friday, April 28, 2017

Stokes Lawrence is pleased to offer three $1,500 tuition scholarships to first year students from diverse backgrounds; one at each of the three law schools in the State of Washington. Our goals is to promote opportunities within the profession and to encourage a dialogue around the issue of diversity in the work place. The Diversity Scholarships are open to all first year law students of diverse backgrounds who have demonstrated promise for a successful career in law and are committed to community involvement.

Read more and apply here.

Pro Bono Opportunity, April 30: Volunteer lawyers needed

MELAW in conjunction with the Muslim Community Resource Center (MCRC) and the Muslim Association of Puget Sound (MAPS) will be hosting a legal clinic on April 30. This clinic is open to all, but will be focused on reaching the Muslim and Middle Eastern community.

We are seeking volunteer attorneys to staff the clinic in the following practice areas:

  • Immigration Law (greatest demand);
  • School Law (to advise families with children facing discrimination or bullying in the school system);
  • Family Law;
  • Housing Discrimination;
  • Employment Law.
Additional clinic details:
  • Location: Muslim Association of Puget Sound (MAPS), Multi-purpose room, 17550 NE 67th Ct, Redmond, WA 98052;
  • Date: April 30, 2017 (quarterly thereafter);
  • Time: 2-5 PM;
  • 30 minute sessions per client;
  • Hosted as a King County Bar Association Neighborhood Clinic.
If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Kerem Levitas at kerem@melegal.org and include the following information:
  • Name, phone number, email, mailing address.
  • Practice areas;
  • Bar number;
  • Languages spoken.

Deadline extended, due May 3: Pro Bono Honors Society applications

Application Deadline: Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Do you volunteer for IFAP, PFJP, SYLAW, CHRJ App Help, ELS research project? Do pro bono work for a community-based legal or public interest organization? Volunteer as a case manager or leader for a student-led pro bono project? Intern last summer for a public interest organization and didn’t get a summer grant, stipend or externship credit? Volunteer at a non-profit organization?

If you can answer YES to any of these questions you are likely eligible to participate in the UW Law Pro Bono Honors Society! Submit your online form so that you can be recognized with fellow students, faculty and staff with a Pro Bono Service Award at graduation!
Apply here.

 

TeamChild hosting pro bono opportunity for UW Law students

Please Welcome Huy Nguyen: UW Law’s New Assistant Director for Public Service

UW Law LogoThe W. H. Gates Public Service Law Program and Student and Career Services is excited to announce that Huy C. Nguyen is joining the Gates PSL Program as our new Assistant Director. Huy has worked as a staff attorney with the Northwest Justice Project since 2000.  He has conducted trainings and presentations on a variety of issues to diverse local communities and has taught courses on Public Benefits and Introduction to Practice at SU School of Law and will teach Poverty Law at UW Law this Spring. He has served on the Board of Directors of the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project, and Peace for the Streets, for Kids from the Streets.  Huy is a proud double dawg and obtained his J.D. from UW Law in 2000.

In addition to having a wealth of experience supervising and mentoring law students, Huy has deep ties to the public service legal community as well as with pro bono partners in the private sector and a commitment to advancing the mission of the W.H. Gates Public Service Law Program. As Assistant Director, Huy will provide career coaching and academic advising to our Gates Scholars as well as other law students interested in pursuing careers in public interest and public service law. He will also lead trainings and workshops on a variety of public service law issues. Finally, he will be administering the Gates Scholarship and  Loan Repayment Assistance Programs.

Decoding the Law: The Death Penalty in Three Parts

WSBA LogoThe Washington State Bar Association invites you to Decoding the Law, a community justice forum to discuss timely and relevant legal topics.  Join for the series kickoff, “The Death Penalty in Three Parts,” featuring leading academics and legal practitioners who provide an overview of the death penalty, its financial implications, and the question of disproportionate impacts. This three-part series takes place at the WSBA Conference Center. The Decoding the Law series will be available via live webcast and recorded for viewing after each event.

Part One takes place from noon until 1 p.m., Thursday, March 2, 2017. Learn more here

Pro Bono Opportunity with TeamChild for UW Law students 

Team Child LogoApplication Deadline: 11:59 p.m., Wednesday, March 8, 2017

In partnership with the UW Chapter of Street Youth Legal Advocates of Washington (SYLAW), TeamChild seeks four law student volunteers to work directly with its staff attorneys on sex offender registration removal cases. The volunteers’ work will involve legal research, managing discovery and records, and drafting pleadings.

Apply and learn more here.

Due March 10: Equal Justice Works Public Interest Awards 

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The annual Equal Justice Works Public Interest Awards application is open! Every year, we honor law students who have provided extraordinary service through clinics, volunteer work, internships, extracurricular projects, and more.

If you know a law student who has a demonstrated commitment to public interest law and pro bono work, direct them to our  Student Justice Center so they can find out more info and apply! Students can apply directly or be nominated by others. You can email us at students@equaljusticeworks.org with any questions.

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

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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.