Upcoming: Reproductive health events discussing FGM, Trump’s policies

Feb. 13, Global Mondays: Culture and Politics in Gambia – From Efforts to Stop Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) to the Current Political Turmoil

global1Time: 12:30 to 1:20 p.m.
Date: Monday, Feb. 13, 2017
Place: UW School of Law, Room 117

Isatou Jallow was born and raised in Gambia, West Africa. She moved to Seattle in 2012 as an asylee. She has a degree in Law and Political Science from Universite Mohamed V in Morocco, where she lived for five years. Isatou is an advocate for women’s rights and advocates for the complete eradication of the practice of female genital mutilation (FGM). She was able to save her sister and cousin from FGM, and today FGM is no longer practiced in her family. Isatou works to convince immigrants living in the U.S. not to send their daughters home for FGM. Isatou has taken a position as a Commissioner on the City of Seattle’s Immigrant and Refugee Commission and has volunteered with several organizations. She is often invited to present about FGM and refugee access to health care. Read more here.

Feb. 15: Reproductive Health and Access to Care

UW Law LogoTime: 4:30 to 6:00 p.m.
Date: Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2017
Place: UW School of Law, Room 133 (please note the flyer says Room 138, but 133 is the correct room)

The new Congress and Trump administration are committed to altering the federal government’s posture with respect to federal funding and policy relating to reproductive health and rights. This panel will consider the challenges and disparities that currently exist, the new threats on the horizon and the advocacy efforts at the state, national and global levels aimed at preserving and improving access to reproductive health services. Read the flyer here.

Feb. 24: The Money Barrier: 1st Annual Low Bono Law Conference

WSBA LogoTime: 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Date: Friday, Feb. 24, 2017
Place: Webcast and Seattle School of Law, Sullivan Hall, Room C5, 901 12th Ave., Seattle, WA 98122

Many people are “priced out” of the justice system, with incomes too high to qualify for legal aid, but too low to afford an attorney.  Join us to learn more about how lawyers are working to close the justice gap for this under-served population:http://law.seattleu.edu/continuing-legal-education/upcoming-programs/1st-annual-low-bono-conference

Lawyers from all practice areas and all firm sizes are welcome. LLLTs, law students, and non-lawyers are encouraged to join us as well. Read more and register here.

Save the Date, April 19: Brew Review, Unemployment Law Project benefit

brew-reviewTime: 5:00 to 8:00 p.m.
Date: Wednesday, April 19, 2017
Place: AXIS Pioneer Square, 308 1st Ave. S, Seattle, WA 98104

Join us for an evening of Northwest Brews! Sample local beers and ciders while enjoying appetizers. Listen to live music while you bid on silent auction items. Talk with great people about social justice! All this to benefit the Unemployment Law Project, a non profit law firm providing free legal counsel to help individuals gain unemployment benefits as they search for new jobs.

Tickets are $30 in advance and $35 at the door. Tickets include seven 4oz tastes, appetizers, and live music. You must be 21 to attend. Contact events@ulproject.org for more details. Buy tickets and learn more here.

Public service connections breakfast; How to apply for the Bar and Rule 9

Feb. 7, SJT: Independent Contractors: Issues and Rights

sjtTime: 12:30 to 1:20 p.m.
Date: Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2017
Place: UW School of Law, Room 138

Panel discussion on how independent contractors, like Uber drivers and exotic dancers, don’t enjoy the same protection as other employees do. The panel includes two lawyers who have litigated for independent contractors and an exotic dancer who advocates for greater legal protections so that similarly situated people don’t fall victim to sex work. RSVP through Symplicity for lunch.

Feb. 8: Public Service Law Connections Breakfast

Time: 8:30 to 9:30 a.m.
Date: Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2017
Place: UW School of Law, Room 115

Interested in pursing a career in public service? Want to hear from and meet attorneys from nonprofit advocacy organizations, low-bono firms and government agencies? Join for an informal panel discussion and light breakfast. RSVP via Symplicity.

Feb. 9: Bar Exam and Rule 9 Application Information Session

UW Law LogoTime: 12:30 to 1:20 p.m.
Date: Thursday, Feb. 9, 2017
Place: UW School of Law, Room 127

This session is designed specifically for 2Ls, 3Ls, and LL.M.s planning to apply for either Rule 9 status or the WA state bar exam this year. This session will cover application requirements for both and will allow you to ask all of the burning questions you’ve been wondering about.

Feb. 17: The Road Ahead: Strategizing for Justice in a New Political Landscape

WSBA LogoTime: 2:00 to 5:00 p.m.
Date: Friday, Feb. 17, 2017
Place: Washington State Convention Center

In this new political landscape, many policy changes are afoot which will impact communities such as immigrants, Muslims, people with disabilities, low wage workers, communities of color, and LGBTQ communities. As a community dedicated to equity and justice, it is as urgent as ever to join together to dialogue, coordinate and strategize to protect and stand for justice.

Following the Goldmark Luncheon, we invite all whose work intersects with the civil, criminal, and juvenile justice systems to gather, align, and strategize. While there are multiple issues and communities we want to mobilize around, we will start off with two issues which are front and center in our country’s dialogue – immigration and healthcare.

Policy experts will give us the lay of the land, what they are preparing for, and what strategies are being developed. Then we’ll break up into small groups based on those and other issues such as the targeting and criminalization of communities of color, fair housing and education to coordinate, plan for alignment and action, and identify how we can best use future convening opportunities like the Access to Justice Conference in June to further our collective efforts.

RSVP here

Washington’s suit over Trump’s EO; tips and tricks for the NW Public Service Career Fair

AG Ferguson seeks halt to Trump’s immigration Executive Order

washington-ago-color-sealOriginally published by the Washington State Attorney General’s Office on January 30, 2017.

“Attorney General Bob Ferguson announced that he is filing a lawsuit in federal court today against President Donald Trump, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and high-ranking Trump Administration officials. Ferguson’s complaint asks the United States District Court for the Western District of Washington to declare unconstitutional key provisions of President Donald Trump’s immigration Executive Order.” Read the full news release here.

Tips for the NW Public Service Career Fair

big-nw-public-service-career-fair-logoWhether you’ve got an interview lined up and/or just planning on doing table talk/informational interviews – come prepared!

Here are some great table talk tips from our friends at Equal Justice Works: http://files.equaljusticeworks.org/ccf/studenttabletalktips2012.pdf

Be sure to check out these great tips on how to avoid silly mistakes during a career fair interview: http://blog.psjd.org/2012/02/06/the-10-biggest-mistakes-you-can-make-while-interviewing-at-public-interest-law-career-fairs/

Also, worried about last minute jitters at the fair? The Gates Public Service Law Program will be on site to help with any last minute coaching tips and support. Finally, are you thinking about skipping out on table talk in the morning? Please don’t! Remember, there’s a reason employers invest their time in table talk. Many students have been able to grow their network and even sometimes get interviews simply by hitting it off with attorneys during table talk! Read more details here.

The Equal Justice Works Public Interest Awards is open

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The annual Equal Justice Works Public Interest Awards application is now open! Every year, EJW honors 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 the Student Justice Center so they can find out more info and apply! You can email at students@equaljusticeworks.org with any questions.

Best practices for fighting poverty in a Trump presidency

screenshot-51Originally published in Clearinghouse Community as “Now What? Poverty-Fighting Ideas for Another New Administration” written by John Bouman, Marie Claire Tran-Leung & Andrew Hammond.

“Pres. Donald Trump comes into office having made some history of his own, mostly for his unconventional campaign and the racially charged rhetoric that he used throughout. Given that he has no track record in government and that his cabinet nominees thus far have been openly hostile to the supports—affordable health care, a living wage, robust enforcement of civil rights—that low-income people need most to move out of poverty, our expectations for the federal government under the new administration are at best uncertain. President Trump’s job is to lead not some, but all people living in our country, and we and our colleagues at the Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law intend to make sure that everyone’s voice is heard on important issues affecting them and their communities, especially those who have historically had difficulty being heard.” Read the full article here.

Coming up: First Amendment SJT, Judicial Clerkship interview primer, and more!

Jan. 17, SJT: The First Amendment: Free Speech, Hate Speech, and Protests  

sjtTime: 12:30 to 1:20 p.m.
Date: Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2017
Place: UW School of Law, Room 138

In the week leading up to the Inauguration, join the Women’s Law Caucus for a panel discussion on the First Amendment and free speech rights. What is hate speech? What is a legal protest? How can lawyers and law students balance civil rights with the freedom of speech on the federal and state levels? We’ll discuss that and more on 1/17. Lunch will be provided. Please RSVP in Symplicity. Hosted by the Women’s Law Caucus

Panelists include: La Rond Baker, ACLU; Prof. Ronald Collins, UW Law; and Lisa Herbold, Seattle City Council.

Jan. 18, Coffee Talk: WA State Legislature Joint Legislative Audit & Review Committee (JLARC)

WAstatelegTime: 7:30 to 8:30 a.m.
Date: Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2017
Place:
 UW School of Law, Room 115 

Info session with JLARC for students interested in the work of Joint Legislative Audit & Review Committee of the WA State Legislature. Refreshments will be served. Please RSVP on Symplicity.

Jan. 18: Judicial Clerkship Information Session

UW Law LogoTime: 12:30 to 1:20 p.m.
Date: Thursday, Jan. 18, 2017
Place:
UW School of Law, Room 127

How would you answer the judge? “Who is your favorite Supreme Court justice, and why? Name an opinion that illustrates your point.” “Describe a flaw in the justice system and how you would fix it.” “Which of my opinions have you read?” “If I made you an offer right now, would you accept it?”

Not sure? Want to run your answer by someone? Then come to Clerkships 102: Interviewing Workshop  Tips on what to expect and practice with tough questions from actual interviews. Led by Clerkship Director Ben Halasz

Jan. 26: MentorLink Mixer: Women in Leadership

WSBA LogoTime: Noon to 1:30 p.m.
Date: Thursday, Jan. 26th, 2017
Place: WSBA Offices (1325 Fourth Ave., Suite 600, Seattle)

MentorLink brings together a diverse mix of successful women leaders and new attorneys to learn about and discuss relevant topics and support each other in the interest of advancing and thriving in the legal profession. This MentorLink Mixer is hosted by WSBA Mentorship in partnership with Mother Attorneys Mentoring Association and Washington Women Lawyers. RSVP Here!

 To learn more or if you have any questions, check out MentorLink Mixers or email us at MentorLink@wsba.org.

Second Circuit seeking 2L for externship opportunity

Due Feb. 1: EEOC summer internship positions for 2Ls and 3Ls

EEOC SealApplication Deadline: Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2017

The Office of the Chair (OCH), headquartered in Washington, DC, assists the Chair in fulfilling her responsibilities as Chair of the Commission and administrative head of the agency. As one of five commissioners appointed by the President and confirmed by the Senate, the Chair votes on all matters that come before the Commission, including policy issues, litigation recommendations, federal sector appellate cases, amicus briefs, subpoena determinations and contracts; issues Commissioner’s charges of discrimination, where appropriate; and performs such other functions as may be authorized by law, regulation, or order. The Chair is the official spokesperson for the Commission and is responsible for the development and implementation of Commission policies, procedures, and programs. The Chair also handles all operational aspects of the Commission, including managing Executive and Legislative branch relationships, the budget, personnel, and EEOC’s headquarters and 53 field offices.

Interns conduct research and prepare memorandum on a range of issues under the federal civil rights statutes and other relevant federal statutes. Interns assist in reviewing, researching and making recommendations on the documents presented for approval by the Chair, such as policy guidance, litigation recommendations, federal sector appellate cases, amicus briefs, and subpoena determinations. Interns may also assist in the drafting of talking points and speeches for the Chair and OCH staff, as well as the preparation of Commission meetings.

Application Process: Apply here.

Due Feb. 3: Externship opportunity for 2Ls in the 2nd Circuit

2nd-circuitApplication Deadline: Friday, Feb. 3, 2017

The Staff Attorney’s Office for the Second Circuit Court of Appeals is accepting applications from second-year law students for summer internships in 2017. The Staff Attorney’s Office handles the court’s immigration docket, which principally involves challenges to the denial of applications for asylum, withholding of removal, or relief under the Convention Against Torture, as well as issues relating to the immigration consequences of criminal convictions. The office also handles all pro se appeals and motions, counseled motions, and successive petitions for habeas corpus relief. The pro se appeals frequently raise issues of prisoners’ rights, civil procedure, constitutional law, employment discrimination and social security. Counseled motions include emergency requests for stays, injunctions and writs of mandamus, as well as motions for leave to appeal in class actions, securities actions, and agency cases. The office also handles Anders and other motions in criminal cases. All of the motions handled by the staff attorneys concern the merits of the appeals; many are dispositive. Read more about the position here

Application Process: Find application instructions here

Due Feb. 3: International Justice Mission Field Office Internship abroad

ijmApplication Deadline: Friday, Feb. 3, 2017

 

Summer Legal Internships are designed to give law students an opportunity to serve in one of our field offices. As a legal intern, you will gain skills and knowledge regarding international laws and policies which protect the rights of those subject to violent forms of human rights abuses. The program provides exposure to legal work and helps participants develop skills in legal research, writing briefs and preparing case documentation. 
Positions may be available in: Manila, Philippines; Cebu, Philippines; Phnom Penh, Cambodia; Chiang Mai, Thailand; Bangalore, India; Kolkata, India; Chennai, India; Delhi, India; Mumbai, India; Kampala, Uganda; Gulu, Uganda; Accra, Ghana; La Paz, Bolivia; Guatemala City, Guatemala; Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic; or Washington, D.C. Read more here.
Application Process: Get more information here.

Due Feb. 5: SEC hiring 1L through its Student Honors Program

SEC LogoApplication Deadline: Sunday, Feb. 5, 2017 

The SEC’s mission is to protect investors, maintain fair, orderly, and efficient markets, and facilitate capital formation. The agency seeks high-caliber students who share the values of integrity, fairness, accountability, resourcefulness, teamwork, and commitment to excellence.

The Securities and Exchange Commission is now hiring first-year (1L) law students for its 2017 Summer Honors Program in Washington, DC. Though these are volunteer positions, they offer students responsibilities and experiences that promote their careers. Students work with Commission staff on projects particular to the Division or Office to which they are assigned. Students participate in seminars/workshops on various aspects of the federal securities laws. We ask that our students commit 40-hours per week for at least 10 weeks. There are also opportunities in a number of regional offices. Read more here
Application Process: Find instructions here.

Rolling Deadline: 2L summer internships and externships with the Alaska Public Defender Agency

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Application Deadline: Open until filled, generally hiring is completed by the end of March

At the Alaska Public Defender Agency, student interns/externs go to court on a regular basis and represent clients on their own; they have a very hands-on practical experience and most end up loving it. Get more information about the Alaska Public Defender Agency here.

Application Process: Get information about the application process here.

Rolling Deadline: Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction seeks full-time attorney

ospiApplication Deadline: Open until filled

The Washington State Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) is seeking a visionary and dynamic leader to join the OSPI team as an Equity and Civil Rights Program Supervisor. This critical and innovative full-time position is based in Olympia, Washington. Interested candidates are encouraged to visit the OSPI website (www.k12.wa.us) to gain insight into the agency’s mission and strategic plan. Read more about the position here.

Application Process: Find instructions 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.

Save the Date: Upcoming conference will discuss need for Inclusion and Equity Think Tank

Save the Date, May 11: WSBA Spring Inclusion and Equity Stakeholder’s Meeting

washington-state-bar-association-logoThe Washington State Bar Association (WSBA) in partnership with The Puget Sound Administration of Legal Administrators (PSALA) is pleased to host an important conversation exploring the need for an Inclusion and Equity Think Tank in Washington’s legal profession. We will discuss the ongoing issues of retention and segmentation of underrepresented attorneys within the state’s legal profession and the impact on lawyers and the public. We will share WSBA mapping of the state’s diversity and inclusion efforts and identify gaps and opportunities for collaboration. Our inclusion and Equity staff will be reaching out in preparation for the May meeting during the months of January, February and March 2017.

A webcast will be available. RSVP to diversity@wsba.org and indicate whether you will be attending in person or by webcast.