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.

 

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

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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.

RSVP now for WSBA’s Open Section Night and meet lawyers working in your interest area

Jan. 6: Office of Program Research Info Session and Interviews

pubsitebanner2013full2xTime: 12:30 to 1:20 p.m.
Date: Friday, Jan. 6, 2017
Place: UW School of Law, Room 119

The Office of Program Research (OPR) provides nonpartisan legal, research, and support services to the standing committees of the Washington State House of Representatives. This Informational Session is required for all students interviewing with OPR on 1/6 and is open to everyone. RSVPs through Symplicity are required!

Jan. 6: Mixer with Poverty Law and Social Services

poverty-law-and-social-servicesTime: 4:00 to 7:30 p.m.
Date: Friday, Jan. 6, 2017
Place: Seattle Foundation, 1601 5th Ave., Suite 1900, Seattle, WA 98101

To help recruit new members, Poverty Law & Social Services (PLSS) is hosting a mixer on Friday, January 6th from 4:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Seattle Foundation in their Westlake Tower suite.

PLSS is a recently established registered student organization that focuses on social service disparities, unmet legal needs, and access to justice barriers for low-income residents of Washington. Notably, PLSS seeks to be a partnership among MSW, MPH, MPA, and JD candidates, permitting participation by undergraduates and all other interested students. To RSVP, please e-mail plss@uw.edu.

Jan. 11: Criminal Justice Connections Breakfast

UW Law LogoTime: 8:30 to 9:30 a.m.
Date: Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2017
Place: Room 115

Interested in a career in Criminal Law? Not sure if you want to be a Prosecutor or Defender? Want to learn about pathways to careers in criminal justice? Yes? Then look no further, this is the workshop for you!

Join us for a light breakfast and a panel discussion with local prosecutors and defenders. RSVP on Symplicity.

Jan. 19: WSBA Open Sections Night

WSBA LogoTime: 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.
Date: Thursday, Jan. 19, 2017
Place: WSBA Conference Center1325 Fourth Ave., suite 600, Seattle (View map)

Open Sections Night connects new and young lawyers and law students to WSBA sections, which offer a wealth of experience and resources to help new and young lawyers find their footing in the legal profession.

New and young lawyers attend Open Sections Night to learn more about WSBA’s 28 sections, enter for a chance to win a door prize, mingle with new and experienced attorneys, enjoy light appetizers sponsored by WSBA Sections and new lawyer programs. Complete this form by Jan. 17, 2017 to RSVP.

UW School of Law hiring Assistant Director

Dec. 13, paid: ABA Commission on Disability Rights and Traveler’s Insurance internship

travelersApplication Deadline: Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2016

The goal of the Summer Legal Internship Program is to hire and develop high potential candidates into attorney positions at Travelers. Summer legal interns have the opportunity to work directly with seasoned attorneys during the summer months and conduct research, draft briefs and motions, and observe proceedings in various courts.

Application Process: Please visit the website at  and if interested apply to one or both of the position IDs below: 9259BR – Legal Intern – Corporate and/or 9260BR – Legal Intern – Claim

Dec. 14, paid: Silbert Fellow internship in Wash., D.C. with the Council for Court Excellence

cceApplication Deadline: 5:00 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2016

The Silbert Fellowship is named for Earl J. Silbert, former president of the Council for Court Excellence, and is awarded to an individual studying at the graduate level who demonstrates a passion for improving the justice system as exemplified by Mr. Silbert throughout his career.

The Council for Court Excellence is a nonprofit, nonpartisan civic organization that works to improve the administration of justice in the local and federal courts and related agencies in the District of Columbia. CCE identifies lasting solutions that help fulfill the promise of liberty and justice for all.

Application Process: Find application instructions here.

Dec. 15: Washington Autism Alliance & Advocacy Staff Attorney

waaaApplication Deadline: Thursday, Dec. 15, 2016

Washington Autism Alliance & Advocacy (WAAA) is an exciting organization that does cutting edge work on behalf of individuals with ASD/DD and their families. You could be part of this amazing work!

The Staff Attorney will advocate for individuals with ASD/DD, specifically addressing the current lack of access to medically necessary treatments faced by individuals participating in Apple Health (Washington’s Medicaid program). Candidates must demonstrate an in-depth knowledge of systemic aspects of healthcare and health insurance disparity for individuals with disabilities, as well as an understanding of the issues related to individuals with ASD/DD, mental health and family services.

Application Process: Get application instructions here.

Jan. 1: Criminal Defense internship with the Legal Aid Society

legal-aid-societyApplication Deadline: Jan. 1, 2017

The Legal Aid Society has an extensive internship program for law students interested in the Criminal Defense Practice. Intern positions are unpaid. Full time and part time internships are available. Many staff attorneys at the Society are former law school interns.

The Legal Aid Society’s Criminal Practice is the largest public defender program in the country and serves as the primary provider of indigent defense services in New York City. The Criminal Practice handles a total of more than 230,000 cases each year with a staff of 800, including approximately 550 staff attorneys, supervising attorneys and management attorneys and nearly 270 social workers, investigators, paralegals, and support and administrative staff.

Application Process: Click here to apply.

Rolling Deadline: Children’s Rights Project Staff Attorney in LA

Public Counsel LogoApplication Deadline: Open until filled

Public Counsel Law Center is proud to announce a full-time staff attorney position in the Transition Age Foster Youth Advocacy (TAFY) Unit of the Children’s Rights Project.

The Transition Age Foster Youth (TAFY) Unit works with current and former foster and probation youth, ages 13 to 24, to eliminate the barriers that keep youth from graduating high school and pursuing higher education and help the youth get on a stable path toward success.  Our interdisciplinary social work/legal team provides holistic and intensive services on a range of issues, including access to education, government benefits (including DCFS and DPSS benefits like ILP, bus passes, SILP, CalWORKS, Food Stamps, MediCal, etc), housing advocacy, tickets, sealing records/expungements, consumer/trade school debt, name changes, civil harassment and domestic violence restraining orders, and family law. We will also provide legal assistance on other issues on a case by case basis.

Application Process: Application instructions here.

Rolling Deadline: Team Child Staff Attorney

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Application Deadline: Open until filled, application review begins Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2016

TeamChild is seeking a full-time staff attorney based out of our Seattle/King County office to lead our Reentry and Post-Disposition team. Legal representation at the critical stages of reentry planning and release can prevent homelessness, ensure educational continuity, and maintain a youth’s health and well-being. Primary job duties include providing holistic civil legal representation to youth and young adults returning to the community after a period of incarceration. Advocacy will focus on reentry planning and breaking down legal barriers to a wide array of community based services and supports. Activities include legal advice and/or representation in administrative or judicial proceedings, negotiations or other dispute resolution processes, and collaboration with and referrals to community providers.

The Reentry and Post-Disposition staff attorney is also responsible for other advocacy activities, including offering training and consulting to community partners, and advancing policy solutions that will promote the long-term success of these young people. This job involves significant travel in order to meet with clients in their home communities or in institutions.

Application process: Application instructions here.

Rolling Deadline: UW School of Law hiring Gates PSL Assistant Director

UW Law LogoApplication Deadline: Open until filled

Under the direction of the Gates PSL Director, the Assistant Director will provide specialized public service career coaching and academic advising to Gates Scholars and other law students and graduates who wish to pursue public service law pathways. This includes providing individualized and group coaching/advising sessions; developing, organizing, facilitating, leading presentations, workshops, panels and trainings related to public service law pathways as well as other topics including equity and inclusion, professionalism and leadership development; engaging in strategic outreach and relationship building with public service legal employers locally and nationally; as well as fostering and supporting leadership opportunities for students and student organizations with regard to various public service activities and initiatives, and working in collaboration with other faculty and staff in the equity, justice and inclusion communities.

The University of Washington (UW) is proud to be one of the nation’s premier educational and research institutions. Our people are the most important asset in our pursuit of achieving excellence in education, research, and community service. Our staff not only enjoys outstanding benefits and professional growth opportunities, but also an environment noted for diversity, community involvement, intellectual excitement, artistic pursuits, and natural beauty.

Application Process: Learn more and apply here.

Civil justice attorney speed networking; WSBA meeting on ‘Race, Equity, and Access to Justice’

Nov. 23: Registration deadline for “Race, Equity, and Access to Justice” joint meeting

washington-state-bar-association-logoTime: 8:45 to 11:00 a.m.
Date: Friday, Dec. 2, 2016; register by Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2016
Place: WSBA Conference Center, 1325 Fourth Ave, Suite 600, Seattle, WA 98101

Register by Nov. 23rd for an opportunity to hear about the work of the Washington Access to Justice Board, Gender and Justice Commission, Interpreter Commission, and Minority and Justice Commission.  These four Supreme Court appointed entities will meet to share about their respective work in race, equity, and access to justice and identify ways for potential collaboration.  All are welcome to attend. Click here to learn more or register.

Nov. 29: Washington State Association for Justice Speed Networking with Civil Justice Attorneys

UW Law LogoTime: 5:30 to 7:30 pm
Date: Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2016
Place: UW School of Law, Room 127
Do you want to pursue a career that is rooted in social justice? Are you an advocate for real people against powerful corporations and special interests? Learn from real trial lawyers who stand up in the courtroom every day for the powerless, poor and unpopular against injustice. Pizza and refreshments will be provided. Please RSVP via Symplicity to ensure we have enough for food.
 

Nov. 30: Pierce County Prosecutors Office Information Session

Pierce County Prosecuting Attorney SealTime: 12:30 to 1:20 p.m.
Date: Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2016
Place: UW School of Law, Room 118
Mark Lindquist, Prosecuting Attorney for the Pierce County Prosecutor’s Office, will join us for a brown bag Q&A session discussing the work of his office and some of the opportunities available to students. Learn more on Symplicity.

ACLU invites you to watch arguments for landmark discrimination case before WA Supreme Court

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

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We are no longer collecting RSVPs. This event is now full. Please join us for the talk at 4pm.

Time: 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.

November 8: Election Day. Do Your Part-Don’t Forget to Vote!

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November 8: Social Justice Tuesday- Student-Led Pro Bono Projects: Rewards, Challenges & Opportunities

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Time: 12:30-1:20pm

Date: Tuesday, Nov. 8

Place: W.H. Gates Hall room 127

Interested in student-led law-related pro bono projects?  

Curious about what it takes to lead a mini-non-profit organization trying to increasing access to justice to underserved communities?  

Come hear from a panel of your colleagues who are taking on leadership roles with student-led pro bono projects here at UW Law. You’ll learn about the work of these projects and get an opportunity to speak to the students leading the charge. They are eager to share with you the project missions, goals and why there is a need for these kinds of projects here in Washington State. RSVP in Symplicity for lunch.

Nov. 14: Let’s Talk About Justice Speaker Series: “Criminal Justice Reform: National & Local Efforts”

seattle_university_school_of_lawTime: 6:30 to 8 p.m.

Date: Monday, Nov. 14, 2016

Place: Seattle University School of Law, Sullivan Hall

The Let’s Talk About Justice Speaker Series is the first in what we hope will be provocative gatherings featuring change agents, policy makers, and civil legal aid providers discussing issues facing the growing number of low-income families in America. These events will shed light on the important role of civil legal aid in alleviating the effects of poverty and we’ll hear first-hand from our grantees providing legal aid around the state. Featuring Alison Holcomb, ACLU Campaign for Smart Justice, Director and Rhona Taylor, Columbia Legal Services Institutions Project, Director.

Nov. 15: Join the ACLU support the Arlene’s Flowers plaintiffs

ACLU of WATime: 7: 30 a.m.

Date: Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2016

Place: Bellevue College, Carlson Theatre

Curt Freed and Robert Ingersoll wanted flowers for their wedding, but a flower shop in Tri-Cities turned them away because they are gay.  The case is now before the state’s highest court and the ACLU is representing the couple.

Join us on November 15 at 7:30 am at Carlson Theatre on the campus of Bellevue College to support Curt and Rob at oral argument of their case, Ingersoll v. Arlene’s Flowers, before the Washington Supreme Court. We anticipate a large showing of people in support of the florist.  Please join us to show Curt and Rob we support their courageous effort to fight discrimination in Washington state. Discrimination hurts. No one should be turned away from a public business just for being who they are. Businesses open to the general public may not violate anti-discrimination laws, even on the basis of sincerely held religious beliefs.

Please let the ACLU-WA know if you can join us so we have an accurate count.  Here’s to equality!

Nov. 16: Live Broadcast: Making the Case for Community Lawyering

Shriver CenterTime: 10 to 10:30 a.m.

Date: Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2016

Place: Online, register here.

Legal aid lawyers and community organizers may work with the same client groups, but their strategies and perspectives may not always align. Can lawyers and organizers ever work together? Can such a community lawyering practice benefit clients?

Join our next Advocacy Exchange, our live monthly video broadcast with advocates advancing change. We’ll talk with Taylor Healy—a Bread for the City attorney—and Aja Taylor—a Bread for the City organizer—about their community lawyering practice.

 

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.