First Amendment and Media Law Diversity Moot Court Competition, Washington Leadership Institute open for applications, and more!

Due September 11:  The Tenth Annual First Amendment and Media Law Diversity Moot Court Competition

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Application Due:  Monday, September 11, 2017

This annual First Amendment and Media Law Diversity Moot Court, now in its tenth year, is designed to introduce minority law students to the practice of media law and to many of the lawyers who are active in the media law bar.

The team with the highest score for the final round of oral arguments will be the winner of the Competition. Each member of the winning team will receive $750. The finalist with the highest score for the final round of oral argument will be deemed “Best Oralist” and will receive $1,500. All students who attend the Annual Conference will have the opportunity to network with practicing media law attorneys from across the country and attend engaging and informative panels.

The ABA Forum on Communications Law invites qualified law students to apply to participate in the Tenth Annual First Amendment and Media Law Diversity Moot Court Competition. Final deadline to apply is Midnight, EDT, Monday, September 11, 2017

Learn more and apply here.

Due September 15: Washington Leadership Institute (WLI) Is Now Accepting Applications

Applications Due: Friday, September 15, 2017

The mission of the Washington Leadership Institute (WLI) is to recruit, train, and develop minority and traditionally underrepresented attorneys for future leadership positions in the Washington State Bar Association and legal community. The WLI is accepting application for the 2018 institute. Applications are due by September 15, 2017.

Learn more and apply here.

The International Trademark Association’s (INTA) Pro Bono Clearinghouse has officially opened to potential clients facing trademark issues in the US and Germany.Networking Image

“The clearinghouse had a pilot soft start on 1 January. In its current form, the clearinghouse offers a host of practitioners in the US and Germany that can help with trademark issues. Eligible clients will be matched with an INTA attorney to help guide them. The intended clients are low-income individuals and directors of non-profit or charitable organizations with low operating budgets that have no other option or don’t have access to legal advice in trademarks.”

Read more here.

Match site launches for progressive lawyers and non-profits

“President Donald Trump has inspired a new online dating service-between lawyers seeking pro-bono work and opposition non-profits in need of help. We the Action,   launching Friday, will be an online portal to connect lawyers with legal work waiting to be done, from reviewing leases and contracts to filing Social Security claims to potentially heading to court in immigration cases. Non-profits will be able to post the services they need, and search through online profiles created by attorneys detailing expertise and availability.”

Read more here.

Education Department delivers a troubling message about its loan forgiveness programImg fr. Oregon Courts: Signature

“In court documents filed late Monday, the federal agency reaffirmed earlier statements that borrowers could not rely on FedLoan Servicing, the company overseeing the Public Service Loan Forgiveness program, to accurately say whether they qualify for debt relief. The department’s position signals that there are no guarantees of loan forgiveness for people who have received assurances from the servicing company, a troubling realization for the hundreds of thousands of people participating in the program.” “‘Though the department’s contractor has made occasional errors in individual notifications to borrowers, it has corrected those errors,’ Education Department attorneys wrote in Monday’s filing.’Moreover, it has provided borrowers … ample opportunities to seek reconsideration of its decisions.’ The attorneys said the final decision on forgiveness is, and has always been, in the hands of the Education Department. That means borrowers will know for sure that their loans will be forgiven only after they have completed the 10 years of payments.”

Read more here.

Want To Share About Your Summer Experience? Submit Photos to the Summer Experience Photo Contest!

UW Career Center Invites You to Participate in Its Student Photo Contest

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We are excited to announce our first-ever student photo contest!  We are encouraging any UW student to take a picture of their “Summer Experience,” which can pertain to their internship, part-time job, travel, volunteer, job shadow, etc.  Students will then post their pictures via their personal Twitter or Instagram accounts, write a short caption describing the context of the picture, and include the hashtag #UWCCPhoto.   The contest runs from August 22nd-September 24th.  Prizes will be awarded!

For full details of the contest and how students submit photos, click here.  We are also tracking photo submissions here.   

2014 King County Support for Solo and Small Firm Attorneys Grants Sponsored by Washington Women Lawyers, King County Chapter

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The King County Chapter of Washington Women Lawyers (KCWWL) is pleased to provide a grant opportunity of up to $1,500 each to two or more awardees to complement our traditional academic scholarships for University of Washington and Seattle University Law School students in 2014.  The Support for Solo and Small Firm Attorneys program is intended to recognize excellence in practice for new solo or small firm (2-3 attorneys) practitioners whose work benefits women directly or improves women’s access to justice in Seattle/King County.

KCWWL has recognized many factors impacting new attorneys as they attempt to enter the work force in the Seattle/King County area, and is continuing its efforts at retaining diversity in the field of law.  This grant is focused on: 1) reducing the numbers of women attorneys leaving the profession; and 2) lessening the impact of the recession on recent bar certified attorneys graduating with record levels of law school debt.

For more information, click here.

New Disability Rights Guide Released by the Washington Leadership Institute on Washington Law Help

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Knowing your rights as a person with a disability is an important part of being an effective self-advocate and making decisions about your own life. This guide is designed to provide young people with disabilities information and resources so that you can understand and exercise your legal rights.

Check out the new guide online here.

Racial Disparities in the Criminal Justice System, Diversity on the Bench, IFAP Volunteer Attorney Training and More

October 28: Human Trafficking Speaker Series- Supporting Human Trafficking Survivors in the Philippines

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Where? Room 117

When? Monday, October 28, 12:30-1:20

Lunch will be served.

Speakers include:
Mr. Benjamin Aritao Jr., Barer Fellow; LL.M. Candidate in Sustainable International Development, UW Law; Founder of The Paper Project, Inc.
Mary Tal, iLeap Fellow; Founder and Project Director of Whole World Women Association 

Hosted by the Barer Institute for Law and Global Human Services, the International Law Society, and the Graduate Program in Sustainable International Development

October 29: Social Justice Tuesday- Addressing Racial Disparities in the Criminal Justice System

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Where? Room 133

When? Tuesday, October 29, 12:30-1:20pm.

Join Lisa Daugaard, Policy Director at The Defender Association, and UW alum Dan Satterberg, King County Prosecuting Attorney for a discussion of Racial Disparities in the Criminal System and local collaborative efforts to address the problem. 

If you would like lunch please RSVP via Symplicity or gatespsl@uw.edu. Please RSVP by 12:00 pm Monday, October 28, 2013.

October 30: Diversity in the Judiciary- Panel Discussion with Washington Supreme Court Justices & the Washington Leadership Institute

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Where? Room 133

When? Wednesday, October 30, room 133

The UW Law School Chapter of the American Constitution Society is hosting an informal panel discussion about the importance of diversity in the judiciary. The panel will include Justice Steve Gonzales as well as members of the Washington Leadership Institute who will discuss their own experiences as well as the broader importance of diversity in the judiciary. 

October 30: Externship Information Session

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Where? Room 133

When? Wednesday, October 30, 3:30-4:30pm

What is an externship? How do I apply for one? How do I register and earn credit?

In this session, we will answer your questions and many more as we explain the nuts and bolts of externships. We will also provide an overview of the objectives and requirements of our Externship Program, and outline the responsibilities of student, field supervisor and faculty supervisor.

RSVP via Symplicity or gatespsl@uw.edu

October 31: Litigation and Political Movements: Challenging Prolonged Solitary Confinement in American Prisons 

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Where? Allen Auditorium, Allen Library, room 181L, UW Campus

When? Thursday October 31, 3:30-5:00pm

Professor Jules Lobel is the Bessie McKee Wathour Endowed Chair at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. Lobel is the co-author with David Cole of Less Safe, Less Free: Why America is Losing the War on Terror (2007), which won the first Roy C. Palmer Civil Liberties Prize for exemplary scholar-ship exploring the tension between civil liberties and national security. He is also the author of Success without Victory: Lost Legal Battles and the Long Road to Justice in America (2003), and editor of several books on civil rights litigation as well as the U.S. Constitution. Lobel is president of the Center for Constitutional Rights, a national human and constitutional rights organization headquartered in New York City. He has litigated numerous cases involving constitutional and human rights issues in the United States courts, including several cases challenging presidential assertions of executive power to unilaterally initiate warfare and cases challenging US policy toward suspected terrorists. Professor Lobel involved his students in all these cases, giving them first hand exposure to the constitutional litigation of important and complex issues.

Sponsored by the Center for Human Rights; the Hilen Endowment for American Literature and Culture; the Law, Societies & Justice Program; the Program on Values in Society; the UW School of Law; and the Simpson Center for the Humanities.

November 1: Attention Seattle Area Attorneys! Don’t Miss this Fantastic Opportunity to Mentor Students & Assist Immigrant Survivors of Violence

Where? Davis Wright Tremaine, 1201 Third Ave., Suite 2200, Seattle

When? Friday, Nov. 1, 10am-4:30pm.

The Immigrant Families Advocacy Project (IFAP) seeks volunteer attorneys to take on U-Visa cases and supervise student teams in 2013-2014. IFAP, a project of the University of Washington School of Law and the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project, pairs pro bono attorneys with law student teams to help secure U-Visas for immigrant survivors of qualifying crimes. The majority of clients are women who have suffered physical and emotional intimate partner violence. Attorneys do not need any experience in immigration law. IFAP provides the necessary training.

Pro Bono attorneys who are new to IFAP must attend our annual CLE. This year’s CLE is hosted by Davis Wright Tremaine, 1201 Third Ave., Suite 2200, Seattle, on Friday, Nov. 1st from 10am-4:30pm. Registered attendees get 4.25 CLE credits, including 0.75 ethics credits. The cost is $35 for those who volunteer to supervise a student team and take on a U-Visa case, and $150 for attendees who do not volunteer.

Dont’ delay! Registration ends October 30. To register please click here

Attorneys who have previously attended the CLE needn’t attend this year in order to volunteer. To RSVP as a repeat volunteer, e-mail Shira Zucker.  IFAP CLE 2013 FLYER

Welcome 1Ls! WLI Application Deadline, DC Public Service City Visit, Legal Victory for Immigrants and Landmark Victory for Botswana Women

Welcome UW Law 1Ls!

CPSLlogo.The staff at the Center for Public Service Law (CPSL) are delighted to welcome you to the UW Law. We look forward to meeting you and helping you on your journey to building a successful career in public service; environmental justice; civil, human, workers, and immigrant rights; and everything in between. To get get late breaking updates on public service relating programming, events, announcements and jobs, click on the “follow” button on the right hand tool bar. To learn more about all of CPSL work click here.

Reminder! Washington Leadership Institute’s Application Deadline is September 20

WLI logo UWLAW WSBAThe Washington Leadership Insitute (WLI) is a collaborative leadership training program administered by the WSBA and the University of Washington School of Law.  The mission of the Washington Leadership Institute (WLI) is to recruit, train, and        develop minority and traditionally underrepresented attorneys for future leadership positions in the Washington State Bar Association and legal community. We strive to recruit fellows for each class who reflect the full diversity of our state, which includes race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, disability, and geographic location.Download the application packet for more information and to apply.

Get Ready! CPSL hosts Washington ,D.C. Public Service City Visit on November 8

DCmontage4The Center for Public Service Law is pleased to announce our first-ever public service/public interest city visit to the nation’s capital!  Many of you know or have participated in past public service city visits to San Francisco.  We’ll still go to San Francisco in January 2014 but due to student demand we are going to Washington, D.C. this fall.  On Friday November 8 we will visit four agencies: the White House Council on Environmental Quality, the Department of Justice – Civil Rights and the Senate Judiciary Committee are all confirmed and a fourth organization (it will be a nonprofit) will be confirmed shortly.

The trips are at student expense although the Center will be able to offer between $150-200 as reimbursement for actual travel costs to students who request it.  The Center will also host lunch on the 8th.

These visits are a great opportunity to learn more about places you might wish to apply for intern/externships or post graduate work.  At each visit you’ll have the chance to learn about the organization and ask questions of an employee.  We are excited that UW Law alums employed by these organizations will be present to greet you and share their experiences as well.

If you are interested in attending send an email to gatespsl@uw.edu addressed to Assistant Dean Storms by October 9.  Your email should include a copy of your resume and a short explanation of why you wish to attend.  Because we need a minimum of 5 people to confirm the trip early applications are welcome.  You should also be prepared to confirm your attendance as we will cap the number of students at 10. If there are any questions please direct them to Dean Storms.

NWIRP and ACLU Wins Important Legal Vicotory for Immigrant Rights in Washington State

NWIRPAn important legal victory for the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project , the ACLU of Washington and the Alliance for Equal Justice that became final this week. In a case described in more detail below, the state court made it clear that the Washington State Constitution “forbids local enforcement officers from prolonging a detention to investigate or engage in questioning about an individual’s immigration status, citizenship status and/or national origin.”  We hope this ruling will put other local law enforcement agencies on notice about the scope of their authority.

You can view the court’s order on NWRIP’s website  and scroll to the end of the press release.There’s also an article on the case appearing on the Seattle Times.

Botswana Women Win Landmark Right to Inherit Under Customary Law

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A Botswana court made history Tuesday by upholding the right of women to inherit under customary law and rejecting the tradition of males as sole heirs, according to a report in The Maravi Post.

In a case heard by the appeals court in the capital city of Gaborone, the issue was whether daughters can inherit family property under customary law that long has held only males had the right of inheritance.

Edith Mmusi, 80 years old, argued that since she lived in the ancestral family home, and she and her sisters had invested in improving it, she and her three sisters should inherit it.

Her claim was challenged by a nephew’s assertion that, as the male heir, he should inherit the homestead, although he had never lived there, because his father had been given the home by a male relative.

The judges unanimously ruled in favour of the four sisters, rejecting a long history of customary law that favoured males in inheritance matters.

“The judgment today by the Court of Appeal made it clear that women are not second class citizens in Botswana,” said Priti Patel, deputy director of the Southern Africa Litigation Centre (SALC), which supported the sisters’ case. Continue reading here.

Student Loan News, Student Funding for EJW Career Fair, WLI Applications Now Open, Global Justice Series and the Local Take on the ‘War on Drugs’

EJW Debt Relief News: The Future Looks Grim for Student Loans

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Here’s the latest on Education Debt Relief News from Equal Justice Works.

In case you hadn’t heard, Congress did retroactively fix the doubling of subsidized Direct Loan interest rates that took effect July 1. The deal reached in the Bipartisan Student Loan Certainty Act creates fixed rates each academic year that are based on the 10-year Treasury rate plus a set amount that varies depending on the type of loan. For example, the interest rate for loans to undergraduates will be the Treasury note rate plus an additional 2.05 percentage points. For graduate and professional students, interest rates will be calculated by adding 3.6 percentage points to their Direct Unsubsidized Loans and 4.6 percentage points to their PLUS Loans.

The legislation also raises the interest rate caps on all those loans. Undergraduates could find themselves paying up to 8.25 percent (compared to a current maximum of 6.8 percent). Graduate and professional students could be even harder hit: the interest rate cap for Direct Unsubsidized Loans is 9.5 percent (versus the current 6.8 percent max) and the cap for PLUS Loans is now a whopping 10.5 percent (far above the current 7.9 percent max).

The bottom line? While this legislation is good for current students who will benefit from today’s low interest rates, future students will pay far, far higher rates. In fact, if CBO estimates are correct, students will start paying higher rates by 2017.

Our recommendation? Set yourself up for success in managing your student debt by purchasing (and reading!) our comprehensive student debt e-book, viewing our weekly Student Loan Ranger blog, and attending one of our free webinars.

Skoll World Forum Launches Special Global Justice Series 

WJPThe World Justice Project is pleased to announce that the Skoll World Forum, in partnership with Thompson Reuters Foundation, has launched a special series on global justice featuring participants of our World Justice Forum IV (convened last month in The Hague, Netherlands). Speakers were asked to reflect on a wide range of issues including land rights, access to water, criminal justice, and more. Articles will be published every day throughout the week, and can be found here: Skoll World Forum: A Special Series on Global Justice. The pieces will also be syndicated through www.trust.org, the Thompson Reuters Foundation website. Featured writers so far have included Sakena Yacoobi (Afghan Institute of Learning), Faustina Pereira (BRAC), John Oldfield (WASH Advocates), and William H. Neukom (World Justice Project), with more to come in the following days.

Washington Leadership Institute (WLI) Now Accepting Applications: Deadline September 20, 2013

WLI logo UWLAW WSBAThe WLI is a collaborative leadership training program administered by the WSBA and the University of Washington School of Law.  The mission of the WLI is to recruit and train diverse and underrepresented lawyers for future leadership within the legal and bar community.  Download the application packet for more information and to apply.

Need funding to Attend the Equal Justice Works Conference and Career Fair?

EJW conferenceOnce again this fall UW Law through the Center for Public Service Law will be able to provide travel support for a limited number of UW Law students to attend the EJW Conference and Career Fair in October.

The time frame to apply for travel reimbursement is between September 23 and October 4 (at noon).  You may request travel reimbursement (stipends will range from $400-$450 for reimbursement only) by sending your statement of interest and need along with your updated résumé to Assistant Dean Michele Storms at mestorms@uw.edu by noon Friday October 4.  Priority will be given to students who have been granted interviews at the career fair (students will be notified by October 3) but if you are serious about attending and do not have an interview you should still apply.  Please note that the deadline to apply for interviews at the career fair is September 12.  Please do not apply for travel reimbursement until September 23.  Reimbursement award decisions will be made by noon October 8.

For students attending the fair, regardless of interview status we’re having a lunch time session on how to make the best use of the conference and career fair.  That session will take place Friday October 21 at 12:30 location TBA.

Reminder of EJW Important Dates:

August 13- September 12: Student and recent graduate registration and application

September 13- October 11: Student and recent graduate registration (for those not applying or seeking an interview)

September 19- October 3: Employer application review and interview selection

September 19- October 8: Student and recent graduate accept/decline interview invitations

Federal “De-Escalation” of War on Drugs Follows King County’s Five Year Plan

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THE PROSECUTOR’S POST, Vol. 6, Issue 4 August 14, 2013

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder announced a new “Smart on Crime” policy shift for federal law enforcement this week in the approach to illegal drug markets.  The AG said that his new approach is aimed at undoing laws that maintain “a vicious cycle of poverty, criminality and incarceration” that “traps too many Americans and weakens too many communities.”

Federal prosecutors generally have not handled low level drug cases, and the U.S. Attorney’s Office for our area accounts for only about 5% of all local prosecutions.  Nevertheless, Attorney General Holder should be commended for recognizing something that King County has acknowledged for years —  we cannot arrest and prosecute our way out of the social and criminal problems associated with low level drug markets.

The shift in King County began as leaders came to see more clearly that drug crimes are different than other crimes.  People addicted to cocaine, heroin, methamphetamine and/or prescription drugs present complex issues that are not solved through incarceration.  The costs of incarceration have been borne by all of us, the public, the addict, and many families and community members who watched a loved one spiral out of control through the grip of addiction and then lost that family member to prison.

Here in King County we began the journey envisioned by Attorney General Holder almost 20 years ago, when we started the nation’s 12th Drug Diversion Court – a court centered on treatment and a clean and sober life – not on jail and prison. There are now over 2,000 drug courts nationwide.  The State of Washington followed suit over ten years ago, when the State Legislature reduced sentences for drug crimes, reversing the trend started in 1989 of very long prison sentences for drug sales, regardless of the amount.  Continue reading here.