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.

 

Need Tips on Your Resume, Blogging, Combatting LGBT Bias? Check Out These Resources!

Teaching law students to blog : Interview of Law Professor Dr. Silvia Hodges Silverstein

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Learn More About Human Trafficking and Debtor’s Prison in These Upcoming CLEs

August 21: Prosecuting Human Trafficking Crimes in South Asia

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3:30 – 4:00 PM Registration
4:00 – 5:00 PM CLE Seminar
Century Square, Alki Room, 1501 4th Ave., Seattle

The presentation will focus on Jennifer Oswald’s work with International Justice Mission, an anti-human trafficking organization in South Asia. She worked with local attorneys to combat commercial sexual exploitation of minors by prosecuting sex traffickers. She will discuss the scope of trafficking, vulnerabilities regarding trafficking, the rescue and aftercare of the survivors, and prosecution of the traffickers. Furthermore, she will discuss anti-trafficking laws as well as review specific case studies.

To register, click here.

August 27: Free Webinar – Drowning in Debt! What Law Students & Lawyers Need to Know about Managing Student Debt & Earning Loan Forgiveness

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Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014
3:00 – 4:00 PM EDT

On July 29, Rep. Mark Pocan (D-WI) and Rep. Frederica Wilson (D-FL) introduced the Relief for Underwater Student Borrowers Act (H.R. 5239). This bill would prevent borrowers who earn forgiveness after 20 or 25 years of consistent repayment in the Income-Based Repayment (IBR) and Pay as You Earn (PAYE) repayment plans from having to pay taxes on the amount forgiven. Millions of borrowers currently face the possibility of having to deal with this potentially devastating tax liability. We urge you to call your Congressperson and Senators to support this bill!

To learn more about IBR, PAYE and Public Service Loan Forgiveness (tax-free forgiveness you earn by working at a wide range of qualifying public service jobs for ten years!) please attend Equal Justice Works’ free webinar, Drowning in Debt! What Law Students & Lawyers Need to Know About Managing Student Debt & Earning Loan Forgiveness, on Wednesday, August 27 from 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM EDT. If you register but cannot attend, you will receive a recording of the webinar you can view anytime.

Click here to register online.

August 31: Thurston County Young Lawyers Division BBQ (and the WA Legal Community)

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Sunday, Aug. 31, 2014
12:00 – Night (Tugboat races begin at noon. Grill will be hot all day.)

The whole legal community is invited, from Bench to Bar, clerks and students, from Thurston to Snohomish!  It will be a great opportunity to network, drum up volunteers for your organization, or just relax and get to know some truly quality people!

September 9: Combating Debtors’ Prisons CLE

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Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014
12:00 – 1:00 PM
ACLU of Washington Offices, Seattle

In Washington and around the country, nearly every person convicted of a crime receives a bill for legal financial obligations (LFOs) at sentencing.  These include fees, fines, costs, and restitution imposed by a court on top of a criminal sentence.  This court-imposed debt presents a formidable barrier to successful re-entry to society, pushing people deeper into poverty and prolonging their involvement with the criminal justice system.  In some jurisdictions, people are being thrown in jail because they are too poor to pay LFOs.  The ACLU and allies around the country are fighting the rise of modern day debtors prisons through litigation and advocacy.

Please join the ACLU’s Vanessa Hernandez for a lunchtime, brown bag CLE on the issues raised by modern day debtors’ prisons. Vanessa Hernandez will be joined via teleconference by ACLU national staff attorney with the Racial Justice Program, Nusrat J. Choudhury and they will discuss the rise of problematic systems for imposing and collecting LFOs and the litigation and advocacy strategies being used nationwide to combat the growth of debtors’ prisons.

This CLE has been approved for 1 general CLE credit (WSBA Seminar #376761) and there is a $5 registration fee.

To register, please click here.

Human Rights Gaining New Advances Through Technology

Using Geospatial Technologies to Support Human Rights Research and Documentation

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Human rights organizations are increasingly using scientific evidence-gathering techniques to support and strengthen their work. In this workshop, experts in remote sensing and geographic technologies from the AAAS Geospatial Technologies and Human Rights Project will present the opportunities provided by these technologies  (e.g., remote sensing, geographic information systems (GIS), and GPS), and how they may be used in human rights research and documentation efforts. Workshop participants will develop an understanding of the technologies, how they can affordably incorporate them into their own work, ways the technologies have been used and may be exploited in the future, as well as competencies that will enable them to identify misuse of the technology.

To participate in the live-stream online on September 5, 2014 at 9:00 AM EST, register here.

Suit Claims Franklin County Inmates Face Barbaric Practices

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By: Tyler Richardson, Tri-City Herald reposted in the Seattle Times

Inmates at the Franklin County jail are routinely subjected to inhumane and barbaric practices, according to a lawsuit filed by a Seattle-based legal-aid organization.

Mentally ill inmates are chained to a fence for days, pepper-sprayed without reason, left unsupervised in restraint chairs and forced into isolation, the lawsuit claims.

Their mental health is also ignored, said the suit filed in U.S. District Court.

In one case, a man with apparent mental-health issues allegedly bit off two of his fingers after he was repeatedly shackled to a fence inside the booking area. When he returned from the hospital after biting off the second finger, he was chained again to the fence.

Melissa Lee, an attorney for Columbia Legal Services, described conditions at the newly remodeled jail as some of the worst of more than 20 county jails the organization has examined statewide.

Continue reading here.

 

Don’t Miss It! Career Workshops, Advocacy Camp and Free Webinars

July 16: Summer Career Workshop Series- Strategic Resumes

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Are you around Gates Hall this summer? Join us for part four of our six part series where we cover the nuts and bolts of strategic career planning. On July 16th we’ll cover strategic resumes. We’ll also have lunch! So please RSVP in Symplicity!

July 17: Free Webinar on the Criminalization of Homelessness in US Cities

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On Thursday, July 17, the National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty will host a free webinar discussing findings from its forthcoming report, No Safe Place: The Criminalization of Homelessness in U.S. Cities.

Homelessness continues to be a national crisis, affecting millions of people each year, including a rising number of families. Despite a lack of affordable housing and shelter space, many communities have chosen to criminally punish people living on the street for doing what any person must do to survive, such as sitting down or sleeping.

No Safe Place provides an overview of criminalization measures in effect across the nation, and looks at trends in the criminalization of homelessness, based on an analysis of the laws in 187 cities. The prevalence of these criminalization laws is rising, including dramatic increases in the number of city-wide bans, which effectively make it illegal for homeless people to perform fundamental, life-sustaining human activities throughout entire cities.

Key conclusions and recommendations the report will address include: 

– Criminalization laws violate the civil and human rights of homeless people

– A growing body of research shows that criminalization is the most expensive and least effective way to address homelessness

– Communities and local governments should replace criminalization laws with constructive solutions to ending homelessness

– The federal government should play a leadership role in combating the criminalization of homelessness

The webinar will include highlights of key statistical data on criminalization, constructive alternatives that some cities are using to address homelessness, and the important role the federal government has in combating criminalization. Presenters will include Maria Foscarinis and Tristia Bauman of the Law Center, and others.

To register for the webinar, click here. 

This webinar is a free service, but if you find this information useful, please consider making a donation to ensure we can continue to provide this critical training.

July 21: Free Webinar on Human Right to Counsel

Please register today for our human rights webinar on a right to counsel, which will be held on Tuesday July 22 from 12:30-1:30pm ET. The new section of our Human Rights in the U.S. Handbook for Legal Aid Attorneys on a Right to Counsel will be published on our website  and will be sent to all registered participants for the webinar via email on Monday July 21st.

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Sept 17-19: Register Today! Children’s Alliance Announces 2014 Advocacy Camp

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Advocacy changes kids’ lives, and it’s takes all of us to win the change that Washington’s kids and communities are counting on. You are invited to power up your advocacy skills at Children’s Alliance 3-day Advocacy Camp. Whether you are already speaking up to your legislators or just wondering how to get started, whether you do policy advocacy at work or in your volunteer time, Advocacy Camp is hands-on, interactive, training you can use to make a bigger, lasting, difference. You’ll have a chance to learn from experts, connect with people who are speaking up for kids around the state, and talk directly with members of the media and state legislators. Advocacy Camp 2014 will be September 17-19th at the Dumas Bay Conference Center in Federal Way, Washington. Tuition is $425 per person (discounted to $325 for organizational members of the Children’s Alliance).

Please do not let cost keep you from applying. Scholarships are available for those who need it, along with financial assistance for child care and transportation.

Please apply early, as Camp fills up quickly. Visit our website to learn more. You can apply online or download and print a paper application.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact Emijah Smith at 206.324.0340 x25 or emijah@childrensalliance.org.

Upcoming Events on the Law, Race, Human Rights and Justice

May 28: Webinar: CCR, CRR & USHRN Present “Defending the Defenders”

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Wednesday, May 28, 2014
2:00 – 3:00 PM EST

The Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) and Center for Reproductive Rights (CRR), in collaboration with the US Human Rights Network (USHRN) are hosting a webinar this coming Wednesday, May 28th at 2 pm EST on human rights defenders in the United States. Please join us to learn about how we can use the human rights framework to protect ourselves and our work, hear from others who have successfully engaged in human rights defenders advocacy, and to get details on how you can join a new USHRN human rights defenders member-initiated action team!

Speakers:

  • Ejim Dike, Executive Director of the U.S. Human Rights Network
  • Sunita PatelStaff Attorney at Center for Constitutional Rights
  • Karla Torres, Human Rights Fellow at Center for Reproductive Rights
  • Ahmad Abuznaid, Legal and Policy Director at Dream Defenders
  • Reena Shah, Director of Human Rights Project at Maryland Legal Aid

Click here to register.

May 29: Senator Elizabeth Warren Reading of A Fighting Chance: Elizabeth Warren by Henry Holt

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Thursday, May 29, 2014
7:00 PM
University Temple United Methodist Church Chapel, 1415 NE 43rd Street

In her first year as senior senator of Massachusetts, Senator Elizabeth Warren has become a liberal political hero and a lively, say-it-like-it-is star of what might otherwise be a dull Senate floor. This spring, you can hear Warren speak yourself as she presents her new memoir about her journey from small-town Oklahoma to the political chambers of Washington, D.C. that is as passionate, funny and rabble rousing as Warren herself. Join us for an evening with the Senator, and if rumors turn out to be true, you might even be able to say you met a future presidential frontrunner.

Tickets are $32.76 and available from Brown Paper Tickets. Each ticket admits one person and includes a copy of A Fighting Chance.

Click here for more information.

May 29: Tele-Conference – Combating Violence Against Women: What’s Working?

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Thursday, May 29, 2014
11:00 AM – 12:30 PM EDT
By Teleconference Only

A FREE non-CLE teleconference proudly presented by ABA Section of International Law International Human Rights Committee; Asia/Pacific Committee; India Committee; NGO & Not-For-Profit Organizations Committee; Women’s Interest Network (WIN) and IMPOWR

Recent horrific and highly publicized attacks against women, international advocacy to combat sex trafficking, and efforts to pass I-VAWA and other legislation have heightened awareness about the global epidemic of violence against women. Less well-know are the various innovative and practical strategies and approaches around the globe that have significantly increased prosecutions and convictions of offenders, empowered women to vindicate their right to be free from violence, and otherwise improved the safety and security of women. This teleconference will highlight best practices throughout the world to combat violence against women, including: mobile courts to enhance access to justice for victims in rural areas; coordinated response centers for victims of sexual violence; and, specialized units training of judges, police officers, prosecutors and local leaders/elders to educate them about gender violence and to ensure effective and timely investigations, prosecutions and convictions. Speakers will include representatives from advocacy groups operating in various regions of the world and judges/law enforcement personnel involved in developing/implementing these approaches.

Moderator: 

  • Elizabeth Brundige, Executive Director, Avon Global Center for Women and Justice at Cornell Law School

Speakers:

  • Justice Elena Highton de Nolasco, Vice President of the Supreme Court of Argentina and founder of the Supreme Court’s Domestic Violence Office
  • Maimbo Ziela,National Coordinator of WLSA-Zambia
  • Smriti Minocha, Senior Program Officer, Human Rights Law Network, New Delhi, India

Please RSVP to Jonathan Lewis at jonathan.lewis@americanbar.org.

Email questions to: inthumrights@gmail.com or tweet us @ABAIHRC or use the hashtag #ABAIHRC

June 9: Discussion on Perceptions of Justice

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Monday, June 9, 2014
8:45 AM – 12:00 PM
*Registration opens at 8:30 AM
OB2 Auditorium DSHS, 1115 Washington Street SE, Olympia, WA

Sponsored by: The Washington State Minority and Justice Commission

Prosecutors, police representatives, judges, defense counsel, and representatives of community organizations will be present for this discussion.  There will be an opportunity to ask questions during the presentations and for informal conversations during the lunch hour.

Speakers:

  • Don Stemen, Measures for Justice
  • Mark Peffley, John, Hurwitz, and Jeffrey Mondak, Researchers

No Cost to Register ~ Lunch provided.

Advance registration is recommended. Register by emailing: cynthia.delostrinos@courts.wa.gov with “Perceptions of Justice” in the subject line.

*3 general CLE credits approved.

June 20: Save the Date for Negotiating Justice: Advancing Racial Equity and Client Goals

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Friday, June 20, 2014
8:45 AM – 5:00 PM
Gates Hall, RM 138

One of the most challenging skills that an attorney can conquer is learning to humanize their client and translating that practice into a successful negotiation of their client’s case. This CLE will focus on how to improve your awareness of the obstacles that our clients face in their lives. You will learn how to negotiate your cases in a way that uses this understanding.

Speakers include:

  • John A. Powell, Berkeley Law, an internationally recognized expert in civil rights, civil liberties and structural racism, ethnicity, housing, poverty and democracy.
  • Judge Robert S. Lasnik , U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington, who recently decided the landmark Wilber v. Mount Vernon case concerning meaningful representation of indigent clients.

Sponsored by the University of Washington Law School, the Washington Defender Association, Columbia Legal Services, ACLU-WA, Northwest Justice Project, TeamChild and Center for Children & Youth Justice.

CLE credits pending. This program is free nad open to WDA members, civil legal service attorneys, attorneys in private practice who handle pro bono cases and law students.

Advance registration is required. Please email wda@defensenet.org or fax (206) 623-5420 with the following information:
-Name ______________
-Bar Number ______________
-Are You a WDA Member? Yes ______ No _______
-I may want to join WDA – please send info. ______
-Email: ______________________
-Employer/Organization: ____________________
-Phone: _________________________________