2015 UW Law Grad Nikkita Oliver Wins Human Rights Award! Come Celebrate at the Annual Human Rights Day Event!

December 8: Free Screening of Dreamer Documentary 

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Date: Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2015
Time: 7:00 PM
Location: Seattle Central Library, 1000 4th Ave., Seattle, WA

On Tuesday, the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project and several of our partners will be hosting a free screening of “Underwater Dreams,” a documentary about undocumented students whose inspirational victory in an underwater robotics competition helped start a tradition of DREAMer advocacy at their high school.

The free screening will take place at the Seattle Central Library at 1000 4th Avenue in Seattle, WA at 7pm, and we would love to have you join us.   The film’s director and some of the students featured in the film will be in attendance and will speak after the screening.

Again, the screening is free but we’d appreciate if you could RSVP on Facebook at this link, or by emailing Ella Youtsey at ella@nwirp.org.

For more information about the film, click here.

December 9: Statesmanship in the Statehouse

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Date: Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2015
Time: 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM
Location: K&L Gates Law Firm, LLP, 925 4th Ave., Ste. 2900, Seattle, WA 98104

You are invited to attend a lunch conversation with four State Senators selected by Slade Gorton and Bill Ruckelshaus to discuss their views on leadership and bipartisan policy development in the Washington State Senate. Panelists will share their thoughts on the current legislative climate, along with prospects for increasing collaboration in the statehouse.

Tickets for the luncheon cost $35.00. Space is limited.

To register, click here.
(Admission is complimentary for Ruckelshaus Chairman’s Circle members)

December 9: An Evening with Exoneree Nate Fields and Musician Bradford Loomis

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Date: Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2015
Time: 7:00 PM
Location: Ballard Beer Company, 2050 NW Market St, Seattle, WA 98107

The Washington Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty and Witness to Innocence will be co-hosting a friendraiser/fundraiser on December 9th!There are no tickets for this event. We’ll have some light snacks to share, and you can show your love to Ballard Beer Company for donating their space to us by purchasing some of their great local beers (non-alcoholic beverages available too!). We’ll of course “pass the hat” for the fundraising part of the evening, and all donations will be equally shared between the two non-profit organizations.

We will be joined by exoneree Nate Fields, who became the country’s 129th death row exoneree after serving 20 years – 11 of those on death row – for a crime he did not commit. He will share with us the story of his journey to exoneration.

We will also be joined by the Executive Director of Witness to Innocence, Magdaleno Rose-Avila, and the WCADP President, Stefanie Anderson. More speakers will be added in the coming weeks!

Bradford Loomis, a wonderful local musician, will be there to share his music with us. There’s a rumor going around that WCADP’s Stefanie Anderson may have a musical surprise up her sleeve, so don’t miss it!

To RSVP, click here.

December 10: Kimberle Crenshaw: Annual Human Rights Day – Black Lives Matter

Date: Thursday, Dec. 10, 2015
Time: 7:00 PM
Location: Town Hall Seattle, 1119 8th Ave., Seattle, WA 98101

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December 17: Webinar on “Drowning in Debt! What Law Students & Lawyers Need to Know about Managing Student Loans & Earning Public Service Loan Forgiveness”

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Date: Thursday, Dec. 17, 2015
Time: 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM EDT
Location: Online

It’s the holidays! For law students, ‘tis the season for intense study groups, first semester finals, and (hopefully) a much-needed chance to relax after it’s all over.

We know that the holiday season can be tough. That’s why we’re offering our free monthly webinar,  “Drowning in Debt! What Law Students & Lawyers Need to Know about Managing Student Loans & Earning Public Service Loan Forgiveness,” on Thursday, December 17, 2015 from 3:00 to 4:00 pm EDT to help student loan borrowers plan out their finances just in time for the new year! Whether you’re currently a law student, recent law graduate, or professional attorney, this webinar will provide you with the information you need to know about Public Service Loan Forgiveness, income-driven repayment plans, and more. Come check it out and learn how to manage your student debt!

To register, click here.

December 22: Free CLE on Institutional Racism and Legal System Responsibilities – Race: The Power of Illusion

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Date: Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2015
Time: 8:15 AM – 4:30 PM
Location: Seattle City Hall, Bertha Knight Landes Room, Seattle, WA

6.5 WSBA Approved Ethics Credits

This CLE will involve a facilitated viewing & discussion of the PBS documentary “Race-The Power of an Illusion”, which seeks to shift the conversation from discussing diversity and respecting cultural difference to building a more just and equitable society. You won’t want to miss it!

Optional: Bring a project or case you are working on and bring your team!

Presenters: 
Darby DuComb, Deputy City Attorney, Seattle City Attorney’s Office
Darlene Flynn RSJI Policy & Development Lead Seattle Office of Civil Rights

Space is limited! RSVP online here.

Lawyers: When you RSVP, please include your full name, Bar number, email address, and whether you will buy a paper copy of the materials.

Non-Lawyers: Please RSVP with your name, email address, and whether you will buy a paper copy of the materials at the event.

Paper copies of the materials cost $15 at the event (cash or checks made payable to the City of Seattle). You must order a paper copy if you want one.

Download the materials here.

Searching For A Career in Government? Career Fair This Tuesday at Mary Gates Hall!

October 24: Fair Housing Community Workshop

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Date: Saturday, Oct. 24, 2015
Time: 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Location: New Holly Gathering Hall, 7054 32nd Ave. S., Seattle, WA 98118

In 2014 the Seattle Office for Civil Rights tested rental units across the city. In two thirds of tests, prospective renters were treated differently on the basis of race, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity and national origin.

Light refreshments and childcare will be provided.

To register, click here.

October 26: Global Mondays “Local Immigrant and Refugee Communities’ Political Participation and Collaboration with Seattle Police Department” by Habtamu Abdi (LL.M. 2010), Immigrants and Refugee Coordinator, Seattle Police Department

Date: Monday, Oct. 26, 2015
Time: 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
Location: William H. Gates Hall, RM 117

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We are pleased to welcome back to UW Law Mr. Habtamu Abdi (LL.M. 2010). Mr. Abdi graduated from Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia, with a B.A. in Sociology and Social Anthropology, and then worked as a social worker. Due to severe human rights violations in that part of the world, he decided to go into the legal field. He obtained an LL.M in Intercultural Human Rights Law from St. Thomas University in Florida in 2008 and an LL.M. in Sustainable International Development from UW Law in 2010. Having previously worked as a Commissioner with the City of Seattle Office of Immigrants and Refugee Affairs, and later with the Mayor’s Office, Mr. Abdi currently serves as Strategic Advisor to Chief of Police Kathleen O’Toole on relation building with Immigrants and Refugees.

Mr. Abdi will discuss immigrant and refugee participation in local politics. As an example, he will highlight the successes and challenges the East African Communities (mainly Ethiopians, Somalis and Eritreans) are experiencing in King County and in the Puget Sound.

Lunch will be served.

October 27: Social Justice Tuesday “D is for Disability: The ABC’s of Disability”

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Date: Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2015
Time: 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
Location: William H. Gates Hall, RM 127, unless otherwise noted

“Did you know that approximately one in five individuals in America has a disability? Although individuals with disabilities have faced a long history of widespread discrimination and exclusion they are becoming more involved in society every year. As a result it is crucial that current and future legal practitioners better understand individuals with disabilities in order to effectively serve their community. Would you like to obtain a better understanding of disability etiquette as well as how to better advocate for individuals with disabilities? If so then, please join us.

Speakers:

Emerson Sekins from Washington Access Fund
Nancy Boulet, National Disability Institution
Alumni Conrad Reynoldson

If you would like lunch please RSVP via Symplicity or gatespsl@uw.edu RSVP by 12:00 pm Monday, October 26, 2015.

October 27: 2015 Government Career Fair

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Date: Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2015
Time: 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Location: Mary Gates Hall, Commons

Dress: Business Casual

Open to All Majors, Class Levels, and Alumni from All Three UW Campuses!

Are you interested in gaining a career opportunity working in a government setting? Then you will definitely want to attend the Government Career Fair sponsored by the Career Center on October 27th. Registered government employers are looking to fill part-time, full time and internship opportunities for their agency and are looking to HIRE HUSKIES.Before attending the fair, please check out the list of attending agencies and to research those employers you’re interested in meeting by visiting their websites and learning more about them. Please bring your resumes and come join us!

For more information, click here.

October 28: Career Building Workshop – Cover Letters that Work

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Date: Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2015
Time: 12:30 – 1:20 PM
Location: William H. Gates Hall, RM 127

A cover letter is not a mere recitation of your resume in narrative form. It is an opportunity to articulate a connection between you and a prospective employer; to identity relevant skills and experiences that may benefit the employer; and to demonstrate your persuasive writing skills- all on one page!

Join us for a brown bag (bring your own) lunch career workshop to learn the basics of writing a winning cover letter for legal employers. All UW law students are welcome.

October 29: An Evening of Justice at Wing Luke for the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project

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Date: Thursday, Oct. 29, 2015
Time: 5:30 PM
Location: Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience, 719 South King St., Seattle, WA

You’re invited to attend NWIRP’s annual fall reception, An Evening of Justice at Wing Luke, next Thursday!

We’ll have live music, food and drinks, museum exploration (including the new Bruce Lee exhibit), and a short program celebrating our shared commitment to justice and honoring our community, including our 2015 Outstanding Community Partner, Puentes.

To purchase tickets, click here.

October 30: Attention Attorneys! Reception to Meet UW Law International LLM Students Practicing Their Networking Skills

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Date: Friday, Oct. 30, 2015
Time: 5:15 PM
Location: K&L Gates, 929 4th Ave., Ste. 2900, Seattle, WA

The University of Washington School of Law will be holding networking training sessions for its international LL.M. students on October 30th.  The workshops, run by former Perkins Coie partners, Ping Kiang and Colleen Yamaguchi, will be followed by a reception graciously hosted by K&L Gates.  Please come to get to know some of the 115 LL.M. students.  The school has students from 47 countries this year who are getting their LLMs in one of its seven LL.M. programs.

A reception will begin at 5:15 p.m. at the offices of K&L Gates, 929 4th Ave, # 2900.

The UW School of Law would greatly appreciate your participation in this endeavor to help its talented group of international LL.M. students practice their networking skills.  If you can attend, please email your name and the name of your firm ASAP to gradlaw@uw.edu so that K&L Gates can estimate the amount of food and drink for the reception.

November 5: Advice from Experts for Applying Lessons in Cultural Competency

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Date: Thursday, Nov. 5, 2015
Time: 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM EST
Location: Webinar

Learn from leading experts about navigating cultural competency. Gain insight about key cultural competency lessons, and on how to apply cultural competency and humility to international and domestic settings.

Webinar Panelists:​

  • Dean Cycon, Founder and CEO, Dean’s Beans Organic Coffee Co.
  • Paul Ellingstad, Director of Human Progress Initiatives, HP Corporate Affairs, Hewlett-Packard
  • Brian Heuser, Assistant Professor of the Practice of International Education Policy, Peabody College of Vanderbilt University; Affiliated Faculty, Vanderbilt Institute for Global Health
  • Natacha Poggio, Founder and Director, Design Global Change; Assistant Professor, Graphic Design, Lamar University
  • Jana Zindell, Chief Programs Officer, Ubuntu Education Fund

Moderated by Jennifer Staple-Clark, Founder and CEO, Unite For Sight

To register, click here.

November 8: Save the Date for LOL – A Comedy Event to Prevent and End Homelessness brought to you by Seattle Community Law Center, Featuring Brett Hamil

Date: Sunday, Nov. 8, 2015
Time: 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Location: Triple Door, 216 Union St., Seattle, 98101

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For more information, click here.

November 16: UW School of Law Invites You to a Special Discussion on Advancing Diversity in Law, Business, and Public Institutions

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Date: Monday, Nov. 16, 2015
Time: 6:00 PM Welcome & Conversation; 7:00 PM Reception
Location: Fairmont Olympic Hotel, 411 University Street, Seattle, WA

Join these leaders in discussing the next steps for making diversity and inclusion happen in legal practice, all the way up to the top levels of leadership. The gap between diversity in the legal profession and the nation’s population has widened in recent years. That gap is biggest at the top levels of management. Hear about the best practices of each of these leaders and their suggestions for how to address this challenge. Discover the success they have found in developing a diverse pipeline of new, inclusive leaders for tomorrow’s legal profession.

Panelists:

  • Ben Wilson, Managing Principal, Beveridge & Diamond
  • Justice Mary Yu, Associate Justice, Washington Supreme Court
  • Brad Smith, President and Chief Legal Officer, Microsoft

Moderator:

  • Kellye Testy, Toni Rembe Dean & Professor of Law

To register, click here.

December 10: Register Now for 7th Annual Global WA Conference on Disruptive Development

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Date: Thursday, Dec. 10, 2015
Time: 8:00 AM – 5:30 PM

Washington state has a powerful concentration of NGOs, for-profit businesses, academic institutions, and philanthropists working to improve the lives of people living in poor countries. Global Washington brings these stakeholders together at an annual conference to spotlight the most relevant and timely issues.

Our annual conference is well known and well respected for convening the international development community on the west coast, including NGO practitioners, CSR business executives, research experts, philanthropists, and others working on global issues. Conference sessions will highlight successful partnerships, groundbreaking innovations, and productive failures within global development.

To register, click here.

Want to Learn More About Police-Civilian Conflict or the ACA? Check Out These Free Online Events!

August 19: Can We Break the Cycle of Police-Civilian Conflict? (Online Event)

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Date: Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2015
Time: 1:00 PM – 1:30 PM EST / 12:00 PM – 12:30 PM CT
Location: Google+ Hangout Air

The events of the past year in Baltimore and Ferguson have shown the rest of the country the fragile state of police-civilian relations in many low-income communities of color. Many advocates are eager for real solutions to break these patterns of conflict.

Join us in a Google+ Hangout on Air as we talk to Jamie Price of the Sargent Shriver Peace Institute and Megan Price of the School of Conflict Analysis and Resolution at George Mason University about how “insight policing” has worked in Memphis, Tennessee, and Lowell, Massachusetts. Be sure to check out their Clearinghouse Article, Insight Policing and the Role of the Civilian in Police Accountability, on the Clearinghouse Community.

Register online here.

August 27: Webinar on The Affordable Care Act and Its Impact on Family Law

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Date: Thursday, Aug. 27, 2015
Time: 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM EST / 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM CT
Location: Online Free Webinar

How does the Affordable Care Act (ACA) affect health care eligibility, coverage, and enrollment of parties and their dependents in family law cases? How do changes in household composition or mixed immigration status alter ACA coverage?

This webinar will educate family law, health care, and legal aid practitioners about the impact of the ACA on the practice of family law. Model decrees and settlement agreements that provide for health care coverage for the parties and dependents will be covered. The presenters will also discuss how to educate the court and judiciary about the issues involved in providing health care coverage through the ACA in dissolution cases.

Register online here.  Photo courtesy of Shriver Center.

New Study Raises Questions on Fairness in Harsh Prison Sentences

2016 Equal Justice Works Fellowship Applications Open!

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The application for the 2016 Equal Justice Works Fellowship is open until 5 p.m. EDT on September 18, 2015. Learn more about our fellowships and the application by:

Don’t forget to talk with Aline Carton-Listfjeld at the Center for Public Service Law before applying for an Equal Justice Works Fellowship.

Harsh Prison Sentences Swell Ranks of Lifers and Raise Questions About Fairness, Study Finds

By Deborah Bach | UW Today

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Stricter state sentencing laws in Washington have swelled the ranks of inmates serving life sentences to nearly one in five.

And some lifers who opted to go to trial are serving much longer sentences than others who committed the same crimes and plea-bargained — raising questions about equitable treatment of prisoners.

Those are among the findings in a new analysis by undergraduate honors students in the University of Washington’s Law, Societies & Justice program, who sought to determine the number of lifers in Washington prisons, the legal processes that lead to life sentences and the cost of housing those inmates, many of whom will die behind bars.

Continue reading here.

Photo courtesy of David McSpadden / Flickr

Celebrate Human Rights Day by Learning More about Homelessness Online!

December 10: How to Make Human & Civil Rights Real – Homelessness and Beyond Webinar

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Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2014
2:00 – 3:00 PM EST / 10:00 -11:00 AM PST

On Human Rights Day, Wednesday, December 10, the National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty will host a free webinar discussing the criminalization of homelessness as a violation of civil and human rights, and strategies advocates can use to work toward solutions.

The webinar will discuss three forthcoming reports from the Law Center, including:

The webinar will include updates on recent human rights advocacy to address the criminalization of homelessness, methods that individual advocates can employ in their work, and the important role the federal government has in combating criminalization.

To register for the webinar, click here.

January 13: A Panel Discussion on Compensated Surrogacy

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Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2014
6:00 PM
William H. Gates Hall, RM 138

Please join Washington Law Review on Tuesday, January 13, 2015 at 6:00 pm for a panel discussion on Compensated Surrogacy, the subject of our December 2014 symposium issue.

Compensated surrogacy is an arrangement in which a woman carries and gives birth to a child in exchange for money. Such an arrangement affects many parties—the child born, the surrogate, the parents who wish to raise the child, the donors of genetic material, and others. But in the United States, surrogacy remains a largely unregulated area. The December 2014 issue of Washington Law Review is dedicated to scholarship addressing compensated surrogacy and the legal and political implications for groups affected.

THE PANEL INCLUDES:

Peter Nicolas is the Jeffrey & Susan Brotman Endowed Professor of Law at the University of
Washington School of Law. His article, “Straddling the Columbia” discusses his own experiences  as an intended parent of a surrogacy arrangement, before ultimately concluding that surrogacy arrangements merit constitutional protection.

Terry Price is the Associate Director of the Center for Law in Science and Global Health at the
University of Washington School of Law. His article, “The Future of Compensated Surrogacy
in Washington State: Anytime Soon?” discusses the legislative history of attempts to regulate
compensated surrogacy in Washington State.

Sara Ainsworth is the Director of Legal Advocacy at the National Advocates for Pregnant Women. Her article, “Bearing Children, Bearing Risks” approaches the topic of compensated surrogacy from a feminist perspective, with the goal of drawing more feminist voices into this ongoing discussion.

This panel will be moderated by Kellye Testy, Dean of the University of Washington School of Law.

Click here to RSVP.

January 20: Attorney General 8th Annual Open House

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Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2014
3:30 – 5:30 PM
800 5th Ave., Suite 2000, Seattle, WA (Bank of America, Fifth Avenue Plaza Bldg.)

The Attorney General’s Office (AGO) serves more than 230 state agencies, boards, commissions, colleges and universities, as well as the Legislature and the Governor. The mission of the Office is to deliver the highest quality professional legal services to officials, agencies and citizens of the state of Washington. The Office is comprised of over 500 attorneys and 600 professional staff.

Assistant Attorneys General from many of the AGO’s divisions will be in attendance to speak about opportunities that exist within their divisions and the AGO. Information about the Office’s volunteer law clerk recruitment program for first and second year law students will also be available.

Thinking Ahead for the Summer of 2015? Check Out These Recent Postings and Apply Early

Attention 2Ls! Natural Resources Defense Council Offering 2015 Paid Legal Internship, Due 10/24/14

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Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) is a leading nonprofit membership organization that has been marshaling science and the law to protect the environment and public health since 1970. Our more than 1.3 million members and activists reside in each of the United States and in the District of Columbia. NRDC employs over 400 scientists, lawyers, economists, media specialists, policy analysts, and administrators in its six offices, including in China. Within each of the organization’s program areas – air, water, oceans, public health, climate change, energy, public land, smart growth, international, urban, environmental justice, and nuclear non-proliferation – NRDC’s experts pursue cutting-edge litigation, sophisticated lobbying, hard-hitting scientific research, and broad-reaching public education. For over 40 years, NRDC has played a central role in crafting, implementing, enforcing, and defending virtually all of the nation’s environmental laws.

NRDC’s summer legal interns may participate in writing briefs, drafting complaints, preparing legal analyses, obtaining affidavits, investigating violations of environmental laws, developing policy advocacy campaigns, and drafting white papers and comments for submission to Congressional committees and administrative agencies. NRDC hires passionate students who possess the intelligence, skill, self-confidence, and maturity to take on enormous responsibility. Our interns play an active role on the frontlines of the environmental movement. Over the course of a summer, an NRDC intern will typically work on a variety of projects and amass experience that he or she could not obtain anywhere else.

For a complete job description and application details, click here.

World Bank Seeking Extended Term Consultant – Health Specialist/Economist

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Established in 1944, the World Bank Group (WBG) is the one of the largest sources of funding and knowledge for development solutions. In fiscal year 2014, the WBG committed $61.0 billion in loans, grants, equity investments and guarantees to its members and private businesses, of which $22.2 mbillion was concessional financing to its poorest members. It is governed by 188 member countries and delivers services out of 120 offices with nearly 15,000 staff globally. The vision of the World Bank Group (WBG) is the eradication of extreme poverty by reducing the number of people living on less than $1.25 a day to 3 percent by 2030, and the promotion of shared prosperity by fostering income growth of the bottom 40 percent in each country.

ECA’s is recruiting an Extended term Consultant – ETC as a Health Specialist/Economist to be based in Kiev, Ukraine.  For this position, we are interested in candidates with a flexible range of skills, including strong analytical skills, experience in managing projects, and the ability to engage in constructive results-oriented policy dialogue.  The candidate will support the Health Sector Program in Ukraine, Moldova and Belarus, which will include lending and analytical work.

Click here for a complete job description and application instructions.

Council of State Governments Justice Center Seeking Senior Policy Analyst, Due 11/7/14

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The Council of State Governments Justice Center (CSG Justice Center) is a national nonprofit organization that provides practical, nonpartisan advice and consensus-driven strategies, informed by available evidence, to increase public safety and strengthen communities.

The Senior Policy Analyst will be responsible for in-depth analysis of relevant administrative policy, programmatic design and implementation, research, and legislation; coordinating and sometimes leading teams of expert consultants conducting on-site, intensive technical assistance or data collection in state and local jurisdictions; developing legislative and administrative policy options; and coordinating and participating in politically sensitive meetings with high-ranking local, state, and federal officials, advocates and other experts across the country. The Senior Policy Analyst will also be expected to contribute to organizational development by refining office policies and procedures; developing strategic project plans and timelines; and identifying grant opportunities and drafting proposals. The Senior Policy Analyst works on multiple projects across the Justice Center, focused on an issue or set of issues in which he or she has advanced knowledge and can provide technical assistance. This position offers a significant level of responsibility and opportunity for an individual with an established career in either criminal justice policy or another social policy such as health or behavioral health with an interest in criminal justice issues.

For a complete job description and application instructions, click here.

Spiegel & McDiarmid LLP Offering Paid Summer Associate Position, Due 12/1/14

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The Spiegel Summer Program is designed to introduce law degree candidates or recipients to the firm’s practice areas (Electric, Gas, Environment and Energy, Hydro and Water, Telecommunications, Transportation, Utility Workforce, Public Policy and Lobbying, Litigation and Appeals, Compliance and Enforcement, and Contracts and Rate Negotiations), our approach to quality legal representation, and our culture. Summer associates are intricatetly involved with the firm’s cases and fully utilize their skills in our challenging work environment.

Summer associate projects are regular work assignments for Spiegel & McDiarmid clients. The majority of the work is billable. Summer associates receive work directly from lawyers or through the Spiegel summer assignment coordinator, who monitors the workload of all summer associates. We ask for practice area interests prior to the start of the program and make every effort to match available work with expressed interests. Specific substantive elements of the program include: 1) legal research, analysis and writing in a variety of subject areas, particularly energy regulation and deregulation, antitrust, transmission access, legislative representation, hydroelectric licensing, telecommunications and transportation; 2) drafting memos, briefs and other pleadings, including before federal and state administrative agencies and federal and state courts; 3) client contact and participation in case strategy discussions; 4) assisting with discovery and trial preparation; 5) monitoring legislation in the areas of energy, environment and transporation; and 6) assisting on pro bono matters. A number of educational and social events, generally involving all firm personnel (not just attorneys) round out the Spiegel Summer Program.

For a complete job description and application instructions, click here.

International Rights Advocates Seeking Spring 2015 Law Clerk, Due 12/31/14

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International Rights Advocates (IRAdvocates) builds and supports the capacity of women, human rights, labor, and legal organizations to develop and promote innovative legal strategies to hold multinational corporations accountable for labor, human rights, and environmental violations. IRAdvocates does so by supporting direct legal advocacy both in the U.S. and abroad, and by working with local partner organizations to develop and undertake precedent-setting legal actions in Latin America, Africa, and Asia. IRAdvocates believes that only when multinational corporate actors are subject to meaningful and enforceable legal mechanisms both in the country where the violation occurs and abroad can individual human rights be fully realized.

For a complete job description and application instructions, click here.

U.S. DOJ Civil Rights Division, Educational Opportunities Section Seeking Volunteer Legal Intern for Summer 2015, Due 3/1/15

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The U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division, Educational Opportunities Section, seeks full-time (40 hours/week) volunteer legal interns for summer 2015. Summer interns generally work for 10 weeks, but split summers (6 week minimum) may be considered on a case-by-case basis.  Students who will be second- or third-year law students, or enrolled in a graduate law program, in the 2015-2016 school year will be considered.

Interns work closely with Section attorneys in cases and investigations involving discrimination against students on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, and disability in public schools, colleges, and universities. Assignments typically include legal research and writing, assisting attorneys with investigations and compliance monitoring, assisting with fact development (including participating in witness interviews), and preparing for court appearances, depositions, and settlement negotiations. Interested interns may participate in one of the Division-wide working groups, including the LGBTI Working Group, Indian Working Group, and Status Verification Working Group, as well as inter-agency working groups such as the Supportive School Discipline Initiative and the Federal Partners in Bullying Prevention.

For a complete job description and application instructions, click here.

Attention 3Ls!  PMF Applications Open for the Class of 2015 on Oct. 1-15

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The Presidential Management Fellows (PMF) Program is a flagship leadership development program at the entry level for advanced degree candidates. It was created more than three decades ago by Executive Order and has gone through many changes over the years. The Program attracts and selects the best candidates possible, but is really designed with a more narrow focus – developing a cadre of potential government leaders.  The PMF Program inculcates a lasting bond as well as a spirit of public service, ultimately encouraging and leading to a career in the government.

For more information about the PMF Program, click here.

The PMF Program Office invites interested applicants to join us for two upcoming webcasts, conducted through Adobe Connect, to provide information for the Class of 2015 PMF application.

The Class of 2015 PMF application will open from October 1-15, 2014, and the announcement can be found at www.USAJOBS.gov when it opens (simply search for “Presidential Management Fellows” during the open period).

To learn more about eligibility and how to apply, please review the “Become a PMF” section on the PMF website at www.pmf.gov  In addition, the 2015 PMF Assessment Preparation Guide has been published to the website.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014 from 3:00-4:30pm (Eastern Time):  A one-time Applicant Information Session that will focus on a general overview of the PMF Program, the 2015 PMF application, and a panel of current Fellows offering their advice and experiences.  There will also be an opportunity to ask questions throughout the presentation.

Wednesday, October 8 from 1:30-3:30pm (Eastern Time):  A question and answer session where applicants may submit questions regarding the 2015 PMF application cycle.

These webcasts will be conducted on-line through Adobe Connect and will have dedicated PMF Program Office staff to answer questions.  Applicants can connect at http://opm.adobeconnect.com/pmfapplicantchat/ and select “Enter as a Guest.”  Please note, the audio from the webcasts will be provided through your computer/device audio output.

WSBA Seeking Program Coordinators

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At the Washington State Bar Association (WSBA), our mission is to serve the public and the members of the Bar, ensure the integrity of the legal profession, and to champion justice. This mission focus brings us into contact with a wide variety of people – members, stakeholders and the public – accessing the WSBA and its services for everything from requests on accessing attorneys and the legal system, questions or complaints against lawyers, continuing legal education, attorney licensing and much more.

Justice Programs Coordinator

The objective of the Justice Programs Coordinator position is to facilitate efficient, effective and smooth operations of the Washington State Access to Justice Board, the WSBA Council on Public Defense, and their committees. This position reports to the ATJ Board Manager, receives input regarding the Council on Public Defense from the CPD’s staff liaison (currently the Director of Advancement) and works with other applicable staff members.

For a complete job description and application instructions, click here.

Justice & Diversity Programs Coordinator

The objective of this position is to facilitate efficient, effective and smooth operations of WSBA’s Public Service and Diversity Programs. Reporting to the Director of Advancement, this position works at the direction of the Public Service Program Manager and Diversity Program Manager and collaborates with other applicable staff members at the WSBA. The Coordinator’s key functions are:  (a) Meeting and Event Coordination, (b) Administrative & Project Support, and (c) Stakeholder Communications. In the performance of these duties, the Justice & Diversity Programs Coordinator has the following responsibilities: Coordinating and supporting meetings and events of the Pro Bono and Public Service Committee and the Diversity Committee by: scheduling and tracking RSVPs and attendance venue logistics, including help with set-up and clean-up; assigning and tracking use of conference call codes; agenda and materials preparation; Taking minutes and tracking action items; Preparing a year-end record; processing volunteer expense reimbursements; coordinating annual appointment processes; tracking volunteer registrations; Sending welcome messages; authenticating volunteers to access free educational programs; managing assigned webpages and list serves monitoring program in boxes and responding to inquiries and preparing diversity updates.

For a complete job description and application instructions, click here.

Looking for a Chance to Work with Clients? Join UW Law’s In-House Bridging the Gap Program!

Free Legal Lunch Webcast on Sept. 30: Working With Clients With Disabilities

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Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014
12:00 – 1:30 PM
Registration closes Monday, Sept. 29, 2014

Disability is the largest minority group in our society:

  • 27 percent of Washington households include a person with a disability.
  • 21 percent of adults in Washington have a mental illness.
  • 14 percent of people over 70 and 37 percent of people over 90 have dementia.

Given these statistics, no matter what kind of law you practice, you likely will have clients with disabilities. Disability can impact the attorney-client relationship in ways you may not have considered. Join the Director and Associate Director of Legal Advocacy for Disability Rights Washington to explore the ways in which we think and talk about disability and to apply those perspectives to real-life scenarios involving the Rules of Professional Conduct.

Who should attend? Anyone who wants to improve his or her representation of clients with intellectual disabilities, mental illness, dementia, brain injuries, or other disabilities.

WSBA webcasts are interactive. Bring your questions! Register online here.

In-House Pro Bono Opportunity at the UW! Check Out the Bridging the Gap/Moderate Means Program

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Bridging the Gap provides legal referrals for low and moderate income individuals as a part of the WSBA Moderate Means Program.  Bridging the Gap is a UW Law in-house pro bono program. The goal of the program is to increase access to civil legal services for people of moderate means who cannot afford an attorney but make too much money to qualify for traditional free legal aid services.

Law student interns interview clients by telephone to help connect them to attorneys who will take their cases for reduced rates. The program is focused in the areas of Family, Housing and Consumer law. After completing training, Bridging the Gap interns are expected to commit to a minimum of five hours a week for the duration of fall and winter quarters (one hour is a weekly staff meeting).

Benefits to students:

  • Hands-on experience interviewing clients;
  • Training in substantive legal issues, issue-spotting, interviewing skills and ethics;
  • Instruction on how to use the Legal Server database, which is used by most of the civil legal aid organizations in Washington State, and many other states;
  • Supervision and mentoring by experienced attorneys;
  • The satisfaction of helping low and moderate income individuals who otherwise might not receive any legal help at all;
  • Time spent volunteering for Bridging the Gap counts as credits for the Pro Bono Honors Program.

Upper level students (2L, 3L and LLM) may participate in training for the program now (fall quarter) and begin interviewing clients in November. 1Ls can train now and begin interviewing clients in January.

To apply for the program, submit a letter of interest and resume to Ann Spangler by October 3, 2014.

Pro Bono Opportunity with Eastside Legal Assistance Program: Volunteer as a Legal Assistant

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Do you have research and analytical skills, legal assistant skills or experience and want to use these skills to help quantify legal realities for survivors of domestic violence? Come make equal access to justice in our community a reality by assisting Eastside Legal Assistance Program (ELAP) staff attorneys with a targeted research project. Since 1998, ELAP has provided survivors of domestic violence and low-income residents of King County with a variety of civil case services enabling equal access to justice including, one-on-one legal clinics, unbundled legal services, brief services, full representation and community education seminars.

Your role as ELAP Legal Assistant volunteer will be to review DV and family law cases and quantify legal outcomes of those clients who worked with, and without, attorneys. This research will open up new ways to advocate for legal aid.

For a complete description of the volunteer opportunity, click here.

Free Webinar on Oct. 8 on Responsible Innovation and Social Entrepreneurship

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Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2014
4:00 – 5:00 PM EST

Learn from leading experts about responsible innovation and social entrepreneurship. The webinar will include guidance and advice from six panelists, as well as ample opportunity to ask the speakers questions about strategies and tools for responsible innovation and social entrepreneurship. Learn about the complexities of innovation, the critical importance of locally-responsible solutions, and how to develop and grow ideas into effective programs. This webinar is ideal for students, faculty, university advisors, and professionals interested in innovation, social entrepreneurship, and global health.

The webinar’s expert panelists are:

  • Andrew Bentley, Google Fiber, Digital Inclusion Program Manager; Co-Founder, Global Health Corps
  • Elizabeth Johansen, Director of Product Development, Design That Matters
  • Rich Leimsider, Vice President of Fellowship Programs, Echoing Green
  • Jordan Levy, Chief External Relations Officer, Ubuntu Education Fund
  • James Nardella, Executive Director, Lwala Community Alliance
  • Carter Powers, COO, Dimagi
  • ​Moderated by Jennifer Staple-Clark, Founder and CEO, Unite For Sight

Register for the webinar here.

U.S. Department of Justice Introduces New Job Search Mobile App for Law Students and Attorneys

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The U.S. Department of Justice unveiled a new mobile app, called DOJ Law Jobs, which will provide attorneys and law students with a quick and easy way to find an attorney position or law student internship with the Department. DOJ Law Jobs is available for free now on iTunes for Apple iPhone, and additional versions for iPad and Android devices will be available in the next few weeks. The mobile app was developed by the Office of Attorney Recruitment and Management and Office of the Chief Information Officer. Users of the app will be able to create personalized job searches based on practice area, geographic preference, and hiring organization.

Download the application here on iTunes.  Android versions to follow.