UW CAYLAC Clinic Helps Open New Opportunities Through Juvenile Justice Law

Starting Today, Juvenile Justice Law Opens Up Opportunities for Tens of Thousands of Washingtonians 

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By Columbia Legal Services

Today, tens of thousands of Washingtonians, and thousands of youth every year, will have significantly more opportunities despite childhood mistakes. This historic change comes as a result of a major juvenile justice law – the Youth Equality and Reintegration Act (SB 5564) – which was passed by the Washington legislature this past legislative session. […]

The prime legislative sponsors were Sen. Steve O’Ban (R-University Place) and Rep. Ruth Kagi (D-Seattle) and the advocacy was also led by students from the University of Washington Children and Youth Legislative Advocacy Clinic. More information on the YEAR Act is available here.

Read the entire publication here.

Washington Journal of Environmental Law & Policy (WJELP) Hosting First Annual Symposium on Ocean Acidification and Coastal Health, Now Accepting Paper Submissions

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The Washington Journal of Environmental Law & Policy (WJELP) invites submissions for papers focused on ocean acidification. Partnering with the UW Law Environmental Law Program, WJELP will be hosting an Ocean Acidification Symposium on November 6, 2015. Accepted papers will be featured at the symposium and later printed in an edited volume. Submitted papers should relate to the growing need for law and policy addressing ocean acidification, strategies to manage ocean acidification at various scales (local, regional, national and global), and other related topics (using ocean acidification to target CO2 emissions, sustainable aquaculture, land-based sources of water pollution, etc.). We also welcome proposals for symposium speakers. Paper submissions due by October 16, 2015.

For more information, click here.

World Health Organization Releases New Publication on Sexual Health, Human Rights and the Law

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Sexual health today is widely understood as a state of physical, emotional, mental and social wellbeing in relation to sexuality. It encompasses not only certain aspects of reproductive health – such as being able to control one’s fertility through access to contraception and abortion, and being free from sexually transmitted infections (STIs), sexual dysfunction and sequelae related to sexual violence or female genital mutilation – but also, the possibility of having pleasurable and safe sexual experiences, free of coercion, discrimination and violence. Indeed, it has become clear that human sexuality includes many different forms of behaviour and expression, and that the recognition of the diversity of sexual behaviour and expression contributes to people’s overall sense of well-being and health.

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Judges Rebuke Limits on Wiping Out Student Loans

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By Tara Siegel Bernard | New York Times

[…] The judge, Jim D. Pappas, in his concurring opinion for the bankruptcy appellate panel decision in the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, said the analysis used “to determine the existence of an undue hardship is too narrow, no longer reflects reality and should be revised.”

He added: “It would seem that in this new, different environment, in determining whether repayment of a student loan constitutes an undue hardship, a bankruptcy court should be afforded flexibility to consider all relevant facts about the debtor and the subject loans.” But the current standard, he wrote, “does not allow it.”

Read the entire article here.  Photo courtesy of Nick Cote, New York Times.

EEOC Bans Discrimination Against Gays in Workplaces

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By Sue Reisinger | Corporate Counsel

In a historic decision, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has ruled that all job discrimination based on sexual orientation is a form of sex discrimination under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

The 3-2 decision, dated July 16, does what Congress and most courts so far have refused to do: ban discrimination against gays in the workplace. Until now only a handful of states and municipalities have done so.

The EEOC foreshadowed its decision in a field memo last February saying that workers are protected under Title VII from discrimination based on sexual orientation as well as gender identity.

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Attention New and Young Lawyers! Service Opportunity with the WSBA, Due 8/14

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The Washington Young Lawyers Committee encourages WSBA’s new and young lawyers to apply to serve as a young lawyer liaison to one of the following sections:

Apply now! Deadline is Friday, Aug. 14, at 5 p.m.

For more information about the volunteer position and application process, click here.

Upcoming Events on Land Rights, Access to Law, Climate Migration, Women’s Rights and More

Feb 3: Global Spotlight on Land Rights, Women’s Rights and Customary Justice in Africa

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Hosted by the International Law Society and the Graduate Program in Sustainable International Development
“Updates on Landesa’s Work in Africa: From Addressing Large-scale Land Investments to Enhancing Women’s Access to Customary Justice”

Darryl Vhugen, Senior Attorney & Director of Special Initiatives & Reem Gaafar, Research Associate, Landesa

Mr. Vhugen will discuss Landesa’s work on the important issue of large-scale land investments in Africa. A global land rush—sparked initially by a dramatic rise in global food prices and now driven by a variety of factors including increased demand for food and biofuels, carbon markets and speculation—is remaking the face of agriculture and land use in the developing world. Large swathes of land in Africa, Latin America and Asia are being purchased or leased. While land-based investments present an opportunity for economic development, they can lead to a loss of access and rights to land, water and other natural resources for local communities, especially women.

Mr. Gaafar will introduce Landesa’s “Justice” Project: Enhancing Customary Justice Systems in the Mau Forest, Kenya. In light of the recognition of women’s land rights and of “traditional dispute resolution mechanisms” in Kenya’s new Constitution, this project piloted a model for improving women’s access to customary justice related to land rights, including a short-term impact evaluation.

For details, click here.

Feb. 4: Come Attend Social Justice Tuesday on Youth, Poverty, and Access to Law

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Hosted by: Christian Law Society and the Center for Human Rights & Justice

William H. Gates Hall, RM 133
Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2014 at 12:30 – 1:20 PM

What kinds of obstacles commonly confront children and those of humble means?  A panel of three will discuss issues at the heart of youth, poverty, and access to law.  The panelists will be discussing issues they confront on a daily basis and the legal challenges of their clients.

  • David MaceUnion Gospel Mission’s Open Door Legal Services
  • Serena HoltheCenter for Children & Youth Justice
  • Andrew SchneidlerChildren’s Law Center of Washington

If you would like lunch, please RSVP via Symplicity or email by 12:00 p.m. Monday, February 3, 2014. No RSVP for lunch accepted after 12:00 p.m.

Feb. 5: You’re Invited to the Public Service Law Connections Breakfast!

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William H. Gates Hall, RM 115
Wed. Feb. 5, 2014 at 7:30 – 8:30 AM

Want to learn more about career paths and strategies in public service law? Come bright and early to hear and learn from local public service attorneys’ insights and tips!

  • Leo Flor, Equal Justice Works Fellow, Veteran’s Project at Northwest Justice Project
  • Bruce Brown, Associate Regional Solicitor, U.S. Department of Labor
  • Janet Chung, Legal & Legislative Counsel, LegalVoice 
  • Jessica Creighton, Assistant Attorney General, Labor & Industries, WA Attorney General’s Office

If you would like breakfast please RSVP via Symplicity or by email.  RSVP by 12:00 pm Tuesday, February 4, 2014.

Feb. 6: Sustainable International Development Program Celebrates Its 20th Anniversary

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William H. Gates Hall
Thursday, Feb. 6, 2014 at 4:30 PM – 7:30 PM

Please join us for a celebration to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the Sustainable International Development Program at UW School of Law!

The SID LL.M. Program builds upon the groundbreaking work of founder Roy Prosterman who pioneered land reform as a means to secure prosperity for the rural poor. His legacy is an innovative program designed to provide students with the skills needed to face the international development challenges of the 21st century. The SID 20th Anniversary Event commemorates the past and celebrates the future.

A reception will begin at 4:30 pm with the lecture following at 6pm in Room 138.

More Information and RSVP here

Feb. 7-8: Climate Migration, Local Conditions and Law: Food Security, Land Tenure and Gender

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Friday, Feb. 7, 2014 at 8:00 AM – 12:30 PM
Saturday, Feb. 8, 2014 at 8:00 AM – 12:30 PM

Please Join the University of Washington School of Law and Washington Journal of Environmental Law and Policy (WJELP) for a symposium discussing the nature of climate change and its migration affects and concerns. Topics range from agriculture and food security internationally to public international law to current government and research based action.

Speakers include national and international interdisciplinary scholars, judges, government practitioners and advocates.

Agenda and Registration Here

Feb. 10: Annual Public Service Law Dinner: Continuing Dr. King’s Fight for Fair Housing

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University of Washington School of Law, RM 115
Monday, Feb. 10, 2014
5:30 – 7:00 PM

Featuring: Bernard Kleina, Photographer & Civil Rights Activist

And Special Photo Exhibit: The Chicago Freedom Movement

Mr. Kleina has served as Executive Director of HOPE Fair Housing Center in Wheaton, IL for over four decades. One of its founding members, Mr. Kleina currently serves on the Board of Directors of the National Fair Housing Alliance (NFHA). He is past President of the Chicago Area Fair Housing Alliance. This evening will include historic and contemporary photographs by Mr. Kleina documenting the ongoing struggle for racial and social justice.

RSVP via Symplicity or by email by February 7.