Don’t miss UW-NALSA’s Salmon Bingo Dinner

April 20: UW Native American Law Student Association is hosting annual Salmon Bingo Dinner

The UW Native American Law Student Association is hosting the annual Salmon Bingo Dinner, a family friendly evening of bingo games and good food. Enjoy playing bingo; build community with current students, alumni, and Indian law practitioners; and, celebrate students’ effort to advance Federal Indian legal issues this academic year.

Register here.

 

April 25: WSBA Community Networking Event 

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The Washington State Bar Association (WSBA) invites you to a community networking event in Bellevue. This event is a great opportunity to meet and mingle with members of the legal profession. The WSBA remains committed to achieving inclusion and supporting the efforts of our local, specialty, and minority bar associations. We are proud to partner with the Filipino Lawyers of Washingtonthe Latina/o Bar Association of Washingtonthe Loren Miller Bar Association,Washington Attorneys with Disabilities Association, and Washington Women Lawyers to bring you this opportunity to network and connect.
 
Please RSVP here by April 19.

Coming up: Wayfind’s nonprofit legal trainings

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Innocence Project Northwest; UW Law Pro bono events; Wayfind, Washington Nonprofits, World Affairs Council webinars

Innocence Project Northwest:  Rock for Justice Innocence Project Logo

When: Monday, October 2, 2017

Time: 5:30 pm

Where:  Century Ballroom on Capitol Hill in Seattle

IPNW is commemorating Wrongful Conviction Day and celebrating our 20th Anniversary with an all ages concert by the Exoneree Band at Century Ballroom on Capitol Hill. All ticket sales benefit Innocence Project Northwest. No-host bar for guests who are 21+. Special guests will include Amanda Knox, IPNW freed clients and exonerees as well as representatives and death row exonerees from the death penalty abolition organization Witness to Innocence.

Playing for the first time in Seattle, the Exoneree Band is a touring group of prisoners-turned-musicians, each of whom was wrongfully convicted of another persons crime. They’ll play a combination of covers and original songs inspired by their remarkable stories. From rock, to country, to blues – there will be something for everyone. This is a rare show that you won’t want to miss!

Wrongful Conviction Day is observed internationally to raise awareness of the causes and remedies of wrongful conviction and to recognize the tremendous personal, social, and emotional costs of wrongful conviction for innocent people and their families. Nationally, 2075 people have been exonerated after serving over 18,000 years for crimes they did not commit. In Washington, 46 people have been exonerated after serving over 225 years in prison.

Purchase tickets here.

Innocence Project Northwest: Witness to Innocence Panel with Dr. Katherine Beckett & IPNWpro bono

When:  Thursday, October 5, 2017

Time: 7:00-8:30 pm

Where:  UW School of Law Room 138

IPNW will host a death penalty panel discussion with Witness to Innocence.  Panelists include death row exonerees Sabrina Butler-Smith and Randal Padgett; Professor of Sociology and Law, Societies & Justice, Dr. Katherine Beckett; and our IPNW Policy Director, Lara Zarowsky.  The event is free and open to the public.

UW School of Law Military JAG Panel

Where:  UW School of Law, Room 127

Date: Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Time:  12:30-1:20

Are you interested in a career with JAG?
How do I apply for a position with JAG?
Want to learn more about JAG and what it does?

Please join us for a panel discussion to have these questions answered and more.

RSVP via SCS Online formerly known as Symplicity

Washington Nonprofits Free Webinar: Dealing with Conflicts of Interest

When: Thursday, October 5, 2017

Time:  12:00 pm-1:00 pm

Location: Online via AdobeConnect

You’ve probably heard that “Conflicts of Interest” are bad and that nonprofit boards need to avoid conflicts of interest. But, what exactly is a “conflict of interest”, and what should you do if your nonprofit has a “conflict of interest”?

Register here. 

Gates Public Service Law Program presents: Pro Bono Core Competencies Training

Part I: Friday, Oct 6, 10am-12:30pm Room 138

Part II: Friday, Oct 13, 10:30-12:30pm Room 133

Thinking about volunteering for…

· Moderate Means Program (MMP)

· Immigrant Families Advocacy Project (IFAP)

· Street Youth Legal Advocates of Washington (SYLAW)

· Incarcerated Mothers Advocacy Project (IMAP)

· CHRJ’s Asylum Application Help Project (App Help)

· or any of the dozens of community legal aid programs in the Seattle area?

We’ll cover implicit bias, working with clients living in poverty, cultural and cross difference competency as well as professionalism and ethics for law student volunteers. Stay tuned for winter quarter topics such as working with trauma survivors, basic interviewing and secondary trauma for advocates

World Affairs Council: Human Rights and U.S. Foreign Policy

When: Monday, October 2 6:00 -7:30 PM

Where: 600 University St. One Union Square Floor 36 Seattle, WA

Join the World Affairs Council for a discussion of the challenge of advancing human rights in U.S. policy and what to expect from the Trump administration as a global human rights cries continue to unfold.

Register here.

Gates Public Service Law Program, Social Justice Tuesday: Pro Bono and Externship Information Session

When: Tuesday,  October 10, 2017

Time: 12:30-1:20

Location: Room 127

What is pro bono? What is an externship? How do I participate? Where can I get training? How do I learn of opportunities? Learn the answers to these compelling questions and so much more. Please join us for the first SJT of the year!

If you would like lunch please RSVP via SCS Oline/Symplicity or by 12:00 pm Monday, October 9, 2017. No RSVP for lunch accepted after 12:00 pm.

UW School of Law Pro Bono and Externship Fair

When: Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Time: 12:30-1:20

Location: Gates Hall Galleria

Please join us for a great exposure to over 20 different Public Service Organizations and Government Organizations.

Wayfind Free Webinar: When Immigration Officials Come Knocking at Work

When: Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Time: 10:00-11:00

Jackson Lewis P.C. and the National Network of Business Law Pro Bono Programs is offering a complimentary webinar for nonprofit employers. This free webinar is geared towards executive directors, human resources professionals and board members of nonprofit organizations.

In the current environment of heightened enforcement, many nonprofit employers are asking: What do we do if immigration comes knocking?

You will learn:

  • Steps to take now to have your organization’s policies and procedures ready
  • How to respond if your organization is inspected.
  • Register here.

J.E.D.I. Sister Volunteers Needed! Tech Law Summit for Girls

When: October 25, 2017

Time:  3:00-6:00 pm

Location: University of Washington School of Law

You can be a J.E.D.I. Sister! We need energetic volunteers to help inspire high school girls from all diverse backgrounds to consider pursuing a career in Tech Law. Help students learn about the intersection of la, technology and social justice as they participate in an interactive working and have the opportunity to meet female judges, attorneys, and law student’s at the networking reception. Please consider volunteering during the workshop where we help students break down a case and develop closing arguments or network during the reception! You can inspire future leaders by sharing a small part of your day!  If you cannot attend, consider sponsoring the event?  Questions? Contact Lisa at ecc93@uw.edu or 206-616-1793

Husky Leadership Initiative U Lead We Lead Leadership for Equity

When: Thursday, October 26, 2017

Where: HUB Ballroom

Time: 6-8 pm (dinner provided)

The Husky Leadership Initiative is proud to present its annual kick-off event U Lead We Lead: Leadership for Equity. On October 26, students and other members of the University community will dig into stories from local luminaries who will each share their story and perspective and call you to action.

Register here.

Nonprofit Board Membership 101, WSBA World Peace Through Law, SisterSong-Women of Color Reproductive Justice Collective Conference

July 11: Nonprofit Board Membership 101 
Date: Tuesday, July 11, 2017
Time: 4:00-8:00 pm
Location:  Green River Community College, Kent Campus

In this interactive workshop, participants will receive information about nonprofit board membership:

  • Legal duties of board members under Washington State law.
  • Role of nonprofit board as a group and board members individually
  • Relationship between the board and Executive Director and employees/volunteers.

We will be offering one-on-one appointments for 45 minutes with an attorney to talk about nonprofit legal questions from 4:00 – 6:00 pm.   Please email contact@wayfindlegal.org if you would like to schedule an appointment.

Who should come to this workshop? Individuals, groups, and others that are on nonprofit boards, considering creating a nonprofit, or joining a nonprofit board.

Presenters: Sarah Tran, Nonprofit Assistance Center and Jodi Nishioka, Wayfind.

This training is part of our South King County Nonprofit Legal Training Series and is sponsored by The Seattle Foundation, The City of Kent, and Pacific Continental Bank for the South King County community, and is partnership of Wayfind and the Nonprofit Assistance Center.

4:00-6:00 pm Nonprofit Legal Clinic – One-on-one appointments with a lawyer.
5:30 pm Dinner will be served
6:00 – 8:00 pm Presentation

Register for “Nonprofit Board Membership 101” here.

July 12: Latina/o  Bar Association of Washington Legal Clinic
Date: Wednesday, July 12, 2017
Time: 6:00-8:00 pm
Location: El Centro de la Raza (2524 16th Ave. South, Third Floor, Seattle, WA LBAW

The Law Offices of SGB and The Latina/o Bar Association of Washington hold a free legal clinic on the second Wednesday of every month. Consultations are provided on the following areas of law: auto accidents, personal injury, medical negligence, birth injuries, worker’s rights/wage claims, family law, immigration, criminal law, property/landlord-tenant law.

To volunteer as an attorney, law student, or legal staff, or interpreter please email clinics@sgb-law.com or visit this webpage for more information.

July 19: WSBA World Peace Through Law Section Webinar:  Peace Accords Between the Government of Colombia and the FARC-EP
Date: Monday, July 19, 2017
Time: 12:00-1:00 pm
Location: WebinarWorld Globe Flags

Presented in partnership with WSBA World Peace Through Law Section
The speaker will discuss her recent participation (May 25-June 3) in an international delegation of the National Lawyers Guild to evaluate the Peace Accords between the Colombian government and the FARC, which were ratified in late 2016, after a war lasting more than half a century. She will discuss the history leading up to the agreements, the subjects addressed, and challenges of implementation, US-Colombian relations and roles for U.S. people, and practice pointers for lawyers participating in delegations to promote world peace through law.

FACULTY
Martha Schmidt – Attorney & Counselor, Seattle

Register here.

October 5-8: SisterSong-Women of Color Reproductive Justice Collective Conference: Let’s Talk About Sex
Date: October 5-8, 2017
Location: New Orleans, LA

SisterSong the National Women of Color Reproductive Justice Collective is celebrating 20 years of amplifying the voices of Indigenous women and women of color, and we are celebrating this milestone by hosting our third national Let’s Talk About Sex! conference October 5-8, 2017 at the Hyatt Regency in New Orleans, Louisiana. This year, our theme is “Resist. Reclaim. Redefine.” We must resist the systems of oppressions that plague our daily lives, reclaim our human right to bodily autonomy, and redefine our futures.

Let’s Talk About Sex! is the largest reproductive justice conference and will feature panelists, speakers, activists, entertainers, and leaders throughout various social justice movements and across sectors who are unapologetic about standing up for our reproductive and sexual freedom. We will also have pre-conference institutes and workshops that will inform, educate, tantalize, and inspire us to take action!

Register here.

Get involved in pro bono opportunities early!

Due Oct. 21: Transactional law and public service volunteer opportunities with the Wayfind Microenterprise Clinic

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Application Due: Friday, Oct. 21

Wayfind connects nonprofit organizations and low-income microenterprise entrepreneurs in Washington State with transactional lawyers who will assist them, pro bono, on business legal matters. Wayfind hosts two microenterprise legal clinics, in partnership with Ventures and Center for Inclusive Entrepreneurship, two nonprofit organizations that provide support to low-income microenterprise entrepreneurs.

Wayfind volunteer transactional lawyers meet with low-income microenterprise entrepreneurs to issue-spot and counsel them on legal issues and responsibilities with respect to their microenterprise business venture. The types of legal issue that clients typically present include: review of contracts operating agreements and leases, business entity selection, intellectual property including publishing and trade name, and adding people to a partnership. Law student clinic assistants are needed to assist the lawyers at the microenterprise clinic by taking interview notes and drafting the client “work plan” which summarizes the legal advice given by the attorney.

The City of Seattle’s Office Of immigrant and Refugee Affairs is recruiting volunteers to help with the upcoming citizenship workshop, a collaborative community effort to help residents of Seattle/King County complete their naturalization applications and become new citizens. Join your fellow law students and professors in this effort!

Pro Bono Opportunity – Wayfind Microenterprise Clinic and Nonprofit Law Clinic, Due 10/20

Assist pro bono transactional lawyers at either microenterprise clinics or nonprofit legal clinics by taking client interview notes and drafting the client “work plan” which summarizes the legal advice given by the attorney. 

Position: Wayfind Law Student Volunteer
Open to: All Law Students
Time Commitment: Must commit to volunteering for a minimum of three 3-hour clinics during the academic year
Locations: Clinics locations include: Ventures (formerly Washington CASH) at 2100 24th Ave South in Seattle (off of Rainier Avenue), Center for Inclusive Entrepreneurship at 220 2nd Ave S in Pioneer Square, Edmonds Community College, and the Nonprofit Assistance Center, 1265 S. Main Street in Seattle (near Jackson and 14th)

Training:  Law student volunteers must have attended the 2014 or will attend the 2015 Pro Bono Core Competencies Training (including professionalism) on Saturday, October 17, 8:30am-3:30pm in room 138 at UW Law.   If you apply to volunteer at the Microenterprise Clinics, you must attend the Microenterprise 101 training on October 1st – 8:30 am – 12:30 pm, or watch the Microenterprise 101 CLE training video. If you apply to volunteer at the Nonprofit Legal Clinic, you must watch the video of the Wayfind Nuts and Bolts of Nonprofit Law CLE training video. You can volunteer for both the Microenterprise and Nonprofit Legal clinics.
Application Process:  Email a resume and cover letter addressed to Jodi Nishioka, Wayfind Executive Director, to the contact below.
Application Deadline: Tuesday, October 20, 2015.
Contact:  Aline Carton-Listfjeld, Director of Center for Public Service Law at acarton@uw.edu
Wayfind provides free business legal services for nonprofit organizations and low-income microentrepreneurs.  Wayfind pro bono attorneys assist non-profit organizations with a range of legal matters including real estate, tax, non-profit governance, and intellectual property.  Wayfind pro bono attorneys also help low-income microentrepreneurs at legal clinics on legal matters including review of contracts, operating agreements and leases, business entity selection, intellectual property matters including publishing and trade name, and adding people to a partnership.

Wayfind hosts different types of legal clinics for its two client populations: non-profit organizations and microentrepreneurs.

Microenterprise Clinics:
Wayfind partners with three different non-profit organizations and the City of Seattle, Office of Economic Development, that support low-income microentrepreneurs.  They are Ventures (formerly Washington CASH), Center for Inclusive Entrepreneurship (formerly Start Zone NW at Bainbridge Graduate Institute) and Mercy Corps NW.  All Wayfind Microenterprise Clinic clients are clients of our partner organizations, who handle the initial client screening. Wayfind pro bono transactional lawyers meet with low-income microentrepreneurs to issue-spot and counsel them on legal issues and responsibilities with respect to their business venture.

These clinics meet at the following locations and dates/times:

  • Ventures Clinic is located at 2100 24th Ave South in Seattle (off of Rainier Avenue near the 1-90 overpass) and takes place from 4:30 to 7:00 p.m. on the 2nd Tuesday of every month.  The first fall clinic for students is October 13th.
  • Center for Inclusive Entrepreneurship offers its clinics in rotating locations which include the Impact HUB at 220 2nd Ave South in Pioneer Square and Edmonds Community College. The clinics are offered on the 4th Tuesday of a quarter from 5:00 to 7:30 p.m.  The specific dates are: January 26, 2016 at the Impact HUB and on April 26, 2016 at Edmonds Community College.
  • City of Seattle and Mercy Corps NW clients go to any of the locations listed above.

Non-Profit Assistance Legal Clinic:
Wayfind partners with the Nonprofit Assistance Center (NAC) which assists nonprofit organizations through capacity-building programs.  Nonprofit organizations are screened by NAC staff and volunteers.  The clinic meets on the 3rd Monday of every month from March through December between 6:00 and 8:00 pm.  The clinics take place at the Nonprofit Assistance Center which is located at 1265 S. Main Street which is located within blocks from the law school.

Volunteer Law Student Role:
Wayfind Law Student volunteers serve as legal clinic assistants.  They assist the lawyers at the clinics by taking interview notes and drafting the client “work plan” which summarizes the legal advice given by the attorney.  This plan is reviewed by the attorney and given to the client.

This volunteer opportunity is a great way to learn about legal issues facing nonprofit organizations and microentrepreneurs, work with a diverse population, learn about transactional practice, and network with pro bono attorneys.

Students can apply to volunteer at either or both of the different types of legal clinics – microenterprise and/or nonprofit.  Students must make a commitment to going to three different clinics throughout the academic year.  If a student is going to volunteer at both types of clinics, he/he must complete at least the ATJI Pro Bono Prep, Microenterprise 101 CLE on October 1st and watch the Nuts and Bolts of Nonprofit Law CLE and Fast & Easy 501c3 Tax-Exemption: The New Form 1023EZ CLE videos.

Attention 3Ls! Interested in Tax Law and Public Service? Here’s Your Chance To Do Both!

2016-2018 Christine A. Brunswick Public Service Fellowship Now Accepting Applications, Due 11/13

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The Section of Taxation is now accepting applications for the 2016-2018 Christine A. Brunswick Public Service Fellowship. Please click here to download the application form.

The Public Service Fellowship program was developed in 2008 to address the need for tax legal assistance, and to foster an interest in tax-related public service among those individuals who participate. In 2013, the Public Service Fellowship was re-named the Christine A. Brunswick Public Service Fellowship in honor of the late Christine A. Brunswick, the Section’s former Executive Director for over 20 years. Christine was a strong proponent of advancing public service efforts in tax law and fostering a fair and equitable tax system. Under her leadership, the Tax Section has devoted significant resources to further that goal.

For more information, click here.

Legal Aid Services of Oregon Seeking Part-Time Pro Bono Coordinator/Staff Attorney in Portland

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The Portland Regional Office of Legal Aid Services of Oregon (LASO-PRO) is seeking a part-time (.5 – .6 FTE) staff attorney with 3-10 years of experience to assist in the coordination of pro bono projects for the office.

The attorney in this position is responsible for creating and maintaining excellent relationships with the private bar and helping to operate the Volunteer Lawyers Project. The staff attorney/pro bono coordinator will be responsible for conducting client intake, recruiting and mentoring pro bono attorneys, coordinating the daily operation of the office’s pro bono projects and some contract management. The functions of this position will include advising clients on legal matters but will not generally include representing clients.

For more information, click here.

Job Opportunities at DNA-People’s Legal Services, Inc.

Medical-Legal Partnership Staff Attorney – Shiprock, New MexicoMonument Valley

DNA-People’s Legal Services is seeking to hire a Staff Attorney for Four Corners Legal Care, DNA’s medical-legal partnership (MLP) program. Four Corners Legal Care offers trainings for health providers and comprehensive legal assistance for low-income patients at two hospitals and four health centers on the Navajo Nation. By focusing on cases that promote income growth, housing stability, and personal safety, the MLP uses legal advocacy as a tool to address social determinants of health. The Staff Attorney opening is in Shiprock, New Mexico.

Staff Attorney – Tuba City, Arizona

DNA-People’s Legal Services is seeking applications for a Staff Attorney position in Tuba City, Arizona. DNA Staff Attorneys provide direct legal services to low-income individuals on a wide range of civil matters, including consumer law, family law, domestic violence, housing, public benefits, employment, education, health, disability, and elder law. Staff Attorneys represent clients in tribal, state, and federal courts, as well as administrative agencies. Staff Attorneys work closely with DNA’s tribal court advocates (tribal members who are licensed to practice in tribal courts) and regularly participate in outreach and community education projects. This is a fast-paced and dynamic position, appropriate for applicants who are committed to the ideals of legal services, able to live in a remote area, and willing to travel extensively throughout the Four Corners region.

For more information, click here.

Main Street Alliance of Washington Seeking State Director

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The Main Street Alliance of Washington is a coalition of thousands of small business owners working strategically to provide small businesses a new voice on the most pressing public policy issues of our time.

The Main Street Alliance of Washington (a project of Washington CAN!) is seeking a State Director to help us mobilize our small business membership base, develop small business owners into dynamic, socially responsible small business leaders, and support local, state, and federal campaigns for economic justice, tax fairness, racial justice and immigrant rights, and other issues. We are seeking a Director who is energetic, willing to learn, and has a passion for justice.

For more information, click here.

Public Citizen Seeking Summer Public Interest Law Clerk

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Public Citizen Litigation Group, a public interest law firm in Washington, DC, is seeking two summer law clerks for the summer of 2016. The Litigation Group is a division of Public Citizen, a research, lobbying, and public advocacy organization founded in 1971. Our areas of practice include federal health and safety regulation, access-to-courts issues, consumer litigation, open government, and the First Amendment. We litigate cases at all levels of the federal and state judiciaries. Litigation Group lawyers have argued 63 cases in the U.S. Supreme Court.

Summer law clerks do research and write legal memoranda for use in current Litigation Group cases, under the supervision of the Group’s staff lawyers. When possible, we provide summer clerks with an opportunity to draft actual litigation documents (such as briefs or complaints). Law clerks are also encouraged to participate in moot courts, observe court and congressional hearings, and attend meetings with clients.

For more information, click here.

Seattle Public Schools Seeking Student Civil Rights Compliance Officer

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Seattle Public Schools (“District”) is committed to ensuring equitable access, closing the opportunity gaps, and ensuring excellence in education for every student in every classroom every day. Creating and maintaining a learning environment that is safe and that does not discriminate in any of its opportunities is imperative. The Student Civil Rights Compliance Officer plays a key role in helping the district achieve its vision of a safe learning environment that supports our respective 53,000+ student journeys. The Student Civil Rights Compliance Officer serves on the superintendent’s extended cabinet team and is tasked with reviewing, establishing and strengthening protocols to ensure the District is providing an environment that protects students’ Civil Rights.

For more information, click here.

Lambda Legal Defense & Education Fund National Headquarters Seeking Transgender Rights Project Law Student Internship for Fall and Spring Semester

Lambda Legal Logo Lambda Legal seeks a Law Student Intern for its Legal Department at its New York City Headquarters. The intern will assist the Transgender Rights Project Director with research, preparation of legal filings, and project organization to advance Lambda Legal’s cutting-edge impact litigation and advocacy.

Lambda Legal is a national organization committed to achieving full recognition of the civil rights of lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, and transgender (LGBT) people and those with HIV, through impact litigation, education, and public policy work. Founded in 1973 and headquartered in New York City, Lambda Legal has regional offices in Los Angeles, Chicago, Atlanta, and Dallas.

For more information, click here.

Earthjustice’s Northern Rockies Office Seeks Associate Attorney and Summer Law Clerks

EarthJustice Logo Earthjustice’s Northern Rockies Office in Bozeman, Montana, is currently accepting applications for an associate attorney to begin no later than Fall 2016, and law clerks for Summer 2016.

Earthjustice is the nation’s premier nonprofit environmental law organization, with eleven regional offices across the country.  In the Northern Rockies, we are engaged in litigation focused on protecting and preserving the iconic wildlife species and wild lands of this incomparable region and combating coal mining, coal-fired power, and natural gas development that threatens public health and drives climate change.  In recent years, our work has increasingly touched on Native American interests and issues of Indian law, including work to restore wild bison to tribal lands; to oppose oil and gas exploration on public national forest lands of extreme cultural and spiritual importance to the Blackfeet people; and to halt a state proposal to open a massive new coal mine on lands significant to the Northern Cheyenne in southeast Montana.  We regularly litigate federal and state court cases in an effort to defeat the major threats to the ecological integrity of the Northern Rockies region.

For more information, click here

SEIU 775 Seeks Research Analyst for Collective Bargaining and Employer Relations Team

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SEIU 775 is a fast-growing union committed to uniting the strength of long term care workers and improving the lives of working people.

The research analyst will join an organization of researchers, specialists, field organizers and lobbyists who support innovative statewide, multi-state and national efforts, in the areas of collective bargaining, legislation and/or regulations, to improve the long-term care industry’s practices with regard to worker wages and benefits, contract negotiations, contract compliance, patient care and public accountability. Work will include developing, monitoring, researching and analyzing employment contracts, employer standards and practices, collective bargaining contract proposals; industry, company and individual research; analysis of health care, actuarial, and financial data; development of contract proposals and campaign materials; assisting and/or directing contract enforcement and compliance efforts as directed; and policy analysis.

For more information, click here.

Wayfind Seeking Part-Time Staff Attorney, Position Open Until Filled

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Wayfind seeks a part-time Staff Attorney to manage our legal services programs.  We are looking for someone who is self-motivated, community-minded, committed to social justice, and detail oriented.

The Staff Attorney will process intake of all new nonprofit legal requests: Review and approve applications for service; Manage case load for organization; Match attorneys to nonprofit; Follow up with attorneys after match to ensure matters continue to move from start to close; Answer phone and email inquiries; Carry small personal caseload (hard to match matters, and variety of matters); Outreach to nonprofit community to increase case load; Keep database of matters updated; Keep files of matters updated.

For more information, click here.

UW Law Celebrates the Success of Saturday’s Pro Bono & Leadership Training

Celebrating Pro Bono at UW Law- Annual Pro Bono & Leadership Training Day is a Success!

By: Aline Carton-Listfjeld, Assistant Director, Center for Public Service Law

CPSL Logo This past Saturday, October 11 from 8:30am-5:30pm Gates Hall was filled with over 100 students committed to fulfilling the promise of equal justice by attending our Pro Bono Core Competencies Training and Advanced Pro Bono Legal Assistance and Leadership Development Fundamentals Workshops! Training topics ranged from professionalism, addressing and managing bias, working with clients in poverty and crisis, secondary trauma, leadership theory, event planning, accountability, developing organizational mission, vision and core values and more!

These trainings and workshops are a joint initiative of the Center for Public Service Law and student leaders from the Immigrant Families Advocacy Project (IFAP), Center for Human Rights & Justice’s App Help Project (CHRJ’s App Help), Street Youth Law Advocates of Washington at UW (SYLAW), Environmental Law Society (ELS) and the Prison & Family Justice Project (formerly IMAP).

A special thanks goes to the following faculty who co-led trainings with student leaders including: Dean Michele Storms, Dean Mary Hotchkiss, Professor Kim Ambrose, Professor Lisa Kelly, Professor Tom Andrews, and Professor Angelica Chazaro. In addition, this training would not be possible without the participation of student leaders of pro bono projects most notably Melody Young, Erin Apte, Alex Revelas, Crys O’Grady, Claire Sullivan, Michael Gerbec, Michael Huggins and Katherine Chung. Another thanks goes to Thomas O’Ban who helped staff the registration table in the morning.

Another big thank you goes to our dedicated program assistant, Ann Spangler, who works behind the scenes graciously juggling multiple projects making our success possible.

Attention Pro Bono Students: Please Evaluate the Pro Bono Core Competencies Training!

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Pro Bono students, thank you for your interest in pro bono service and for attending our recent Pro Bono Core Competencies training.

Please help us continually improve this annual training. Kindly take a couple of minutes to  complete this brief survey:

https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/M3VYZZP.

We really value your feedback.

Event Tomorrow – Human Rights in Global Garment Factories: Meet Garment Workers Who Sew UW Clothes

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Thursday, October 16, 2014 at 6 PM
Savery 264, UW Campus Quad

https://www.facebook.com/events/1501149146820448
*free & open to the public*

Meet workers who sew Husky apparel! Hear how UW can support dignified working conditions and human rights in the global garment industry! The Alta Gracia Factory, located in the Dominican Republic Free Trade Zone, is the first college logo t-shirt project to pay its workers a living wage, respect their democratic voice on the job, and provide a safe and healthy work environment as regularly verified by the Worker Rights Consortium. The result of decades of collaboration between college students and garment workers worldwide, Alta Gracia offers a stark contrast to the often exploitative conditions in garment factories and is transforming the lives of workers, the community of Villa Altagracia, and the wider apparel industry.

WITH SUPPORT FROM: Harry Bridges Center for Labor Studies, UW Honors Program, UW United Students Against Sweatshops, Washington Fair Trade Coalition

CONTACT: UW United Students Against Sweatshops, uwusas@uw.edu, Solidarity Ignite, info@solidarityignite.org

Critical Language Scholarship Fellowship – Applications Now Open

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The U.S. Department of State is pleased to announce the opening of the scholarship competition for the 2015 Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program in thirteen critical foreign languages.

The CLS Program is a program of the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. It is a fully-funded overseas language program for American undergraduate and graduate students. With the goal of broadening the base of Americans studying and mastering critical languages and to build relationships between the people of the United States and other countries, CLS provides study opportunities to a diverse range of students from across the United States at every level of language learning.

The thirteen CLS languages are: Arabic, Azerbaijani, Bangla, Chinese, Hindi, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean, Persian, Punjabi, Russian, Turkish, and Urdu.

The application is now live and available online here

Applications will be due November 12, 2014 by 8:00 pm EST.

New Advisory Opinion and Country Visit by the Inter-American Human Rights Bodies Clarify the Rights of Migrant Children

By: International Justice Resource Center

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Last month, the Inter-American Court of Human Rights released an Advisory Opinion defining the scope of States’ obligations to protect the rights of migrant children and families. See I/A Court H.R., Rights and Guarantees of Children in the Context of Migration and/or in Need of International Protection, Advisory Opinion OC-21/14, 19 August 2014. State Parties to the American Convention on Human Rights and the American Declaration of the Rights and Duties of Man must take this Advisory Opinion into consideration when “designing, adopting, implementing, and applying their immigration policies.” See id.at para. 50. Relatedly, from September 29 to October 2, the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights conducted a country visit to the United States, examining the treatment of unaccompanied migrant children who had crossed the southern border into the United States. [IACHR Press Release] The Inter-American bodies’ focus on migrants’ rights comes at a point in time when the United States and Mexico, in particular, are facing scrutiny for their treatment of undocumented migrants – including an influx of children – from Central America.

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Volunteer Opportunity with Wayfind – Volunteer Microenterprise Clinic, Applications Due 10/17

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Wayfind connects nonprofit organizations and low-income microenterprise entrepreneurs in Washington State with transactional lawyers who will assist them, pro bono, on business legal matters. Wayfind hosts two microenterprise legal clinics, in partnership with Washington CASH and Start Zone NW, two nonprofit organizations that provide support to low-income microenterprise entrepreneurs. Wayfind pro bono transactional lawyers meet with low-income microenterprise entrepreneurs to issue-spot and counsel them on legal issues and responsibilities with respect to their microenterprise business venture.

The types of legal issue that clients typically present include: review of contracts operating agreements and leases, business entity selection, intellectual property including publishing and trade name, and adding people to a partnership.

Law student volunteer clinic assistants are needed to assist the lawyers at the microenterprise clinic by taking interview notes and drafting the client “work plan” which summarizes the legal advice given by the attorney. The WA CASH clinic takes place from 4:30 to 7:00 p.m. on the 2nd Tuesday of every month; and the Start Zone NW clinic takes place from 5:00 to 7:30 quarterly (December 2nd and March 3rd). This opportunity is open to all law students.

  • Time Commitment: Must commit to volunteering at least one 3-hour clinic
  • Location: Clinics held at Washington CASH in Seattle and Start Zone NW at Edmonds Community College
  • Training: Must participate in the UW Law’s Pro Bono Core Competencies training on Saturday, October 11, 8:30am- 3:00pm and watch a video of the 10/2/12 Microenterprise 101 training.
  • Application Process: Email a resume and cover letter addressed to Jodi Nishioka, Wayfind Executive Director to the contact below.
  • Application Deadline: Friday, October 17, 2014
  • Contact: Aline Carton-Listfjeld, Center for Public Service Law