Want To Share About Your Summer Experience? Submit Photos to the Summer Experience Photo Contest!

UW Career Center Invites You to Participate in Its Student Photo Contest

UW Summer Experience Photo Contest

We are excited to announce our first-ever student photo contest!  We are encouraging any UW student to take a picture of their “Summer Experience,” which can pertain to their internship, part-time job, travel, volunteer, job shadow, etc.  Students will then post their pictures via their personal Twitter or Instagram accounts, write a short caption describing the context of the picture, and include the hashtag #UWCCPhoto.   The contest runs from August 22nd-September 24th.  Prizes will be awarded!

For full details of the contest and how students submit photos, click here.  We are also tracking photo submissions here.   

2014 King County Support for Solo and Small Firm Attorneys Grants Sponsored by Washington Women Lawyers, King County Chapter

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The King County Chapter of Washington Women Lawyers (KCWWL) is pleased to provide a grant opportunity of up to $1,500 each to two or more awardees to complement our traditional academic scholarships for University of Washington and Seattle University Law School students in 2014.  The Support for Solo and Small Firm Attorneys program is intended to recognize excellence in practice for new solo or small firm (2-3 attorneys) practitioners whose work benefits women directly or improves women’s access to justice in Seattle/King County.

KCWWL has recognized many factors impacting new attorneys as they attempt to enter the work force in the Seattle/King County area, and is continuing its efforts at retaining diversity in the field of law.  This grant is focused on: 1) reducing the numbers of women attorneys leaving the profession; and 2) lessening the impact of the recession on recent bar certified attorneys graduating with record levels of law school debt.

For more information, click here.

New Disability Rights Guide Released by the Washington Leadership Institute on Washington Law Help

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Knowing your rights as a person with a disability is an important part of being an effective self-advocate and making decisions about your own life. This guide is designed to provide young people with disabilities information and resources so that you can understand and exercise your legal rights.

Check out the new guide online here.

Welcome 1Ls! WLI Application Deadline, DC Public Service City Visit, Legal Victory for Immigrants and Landmark Victory for Botswana Women

Welcome UW Law 1Ls!

CPSLlogo.The staff at the Center for Public Service Law (CPSL) are delighted to welcome you to the UW Law. We look forward to meeting you and helping you on your journey to building a successful career in public service; environmental justice; civil, human, workers, and immigrant rights; and everything in between. To get get late breaking updates on public service relating programming, events, announcements and jobs, click on the “follow” button on the right hand tool bar. To learn more about all of CPSL work click here.

Reminder! Washington Leadership Institute’s Application Deadline is September 20

WLI logo UWLAW WSBAThe Washington Leadership Insitute (WLI) is a collaborative leadership training program administered by the WSBA and the University of Washington School of Law.  The mission of the Washington Leadership Institute (WLI) is to recruit, train, and        develop minority and traditionally underrepresented attorneys for future leadership positions in the Washington State Bar Association and legal community. We strive to recruit fellows for each class who reflect the full diversity of our state, which includes race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, disability, and geographic location.Download the application packet for more information and to apply.

Get Ready! CPSL hosts Washington ,D.C. Public Service City Visit on November 8

DCmontage4The Center for Public Service Law is pleased to announce our first-ever public service/public interest city visit to the nation’s capital!  Many of you know or have participated in past public service city visits to San Francisco.  We’ll still go to San Francisco in January 2014 but due to student demand we are going to Washington, D.C. this fall.  On Friday November 8 we will visit four agencies: the White House Council on Environmental Quality, the Department of Justice – Civil Rights and the Senate Judiciary Committee are all confirmed and a fourth organization (it will be a nonprofit) will be confirmed shortly.

The trips are at student expense although the Center will be able to offer between $150-200 as reimbursement for actual travel costs to students who request it.  The Center will also host lunch on the 8th.

These visits are a great opportunity to learn more about places you might wish to apply for intern/externships or post graduate work.  At each visit you’ll have the chance to learn about the organization and ask questions of an employee.  We are excited that UW Law alums employed by these organizations will be present to greet you and share their experiences as well.

If you are interested in attending send an email to gatespsl@uw.edu addressed to Assistant Dean Storms by October 9.  Your email should include a copy of your resume and a short explanation of why you wish to attend.  Because we need a minimum of 5 people to confirm the trip early applications are welcome.  You should also be prepared to confirm your attendance as we will cap the number of students at 10. If there are any questions please direct them to Dean Storms.

NWIRP and ACLU Wins Important Legal Vicotory for Immigrant Rights in Washington State

NWIRPAn important legal victory for the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project , the ACLU of Washington and the Alliance for Equal Justice that became final this week. In a case described in more detail below, the state court made it clear that the Washington State Constitution “forbids local enforcement officers from prolonging a detention to investigate or engage in questioning about an individual’s immigration status, citizenship status and/or national origin.”  We hope this ruling will put other local law enforcement agencies on notice about the scope of their authority.

You can view the court’s order on NWRIP’s website  and scroll to the end of the press release.There’s also an article on the case appearing on the Seattle Times.

Botswana Women Win Landmark Right to Inherit Under Customary Law

Botswana womenSeptember 4–By Lisa Anderson, NEW YORK (Thomson Reuters Foundation)

A Botswana court made history Tuesday by upholding the right of women to inherit under customary law and rejecting the tradition of males as sole heirs, according to a report in The Maravi Post.

In a case heard by the appeals court in the capital city of Gaborone, the issue was whether daughters can inherit family property under customary law that long has held only males had the right of inheritance.

Edith Mmusi, 80 years old, argued that since she lived in the ancestral family home, and she and her sisters had invested in improving it, she and her three sisters should inherit it.

Her claim was challenged by a nephew’s assertion that, as the male heir, he should inherit the homestead, although he had never lived there, because his father had been given the home by a male relative.

The judges unanimously ruled in favour of the four sisters, rejecting a long history of customary law that favoured males in inheritance matters.

“The judgment today by the Court of Appeal made it clear that women are not second class citizens in Botswana,” said Priti Patel, deputy director of the Southern Africa Litigation Centre (SALC), which supported the sisters’ case. Continue reading here.

Student Loan News, Student Funding for EJW Career Fair, WLI Applications Now Open, Global Justice Series and the Local Take on the ‘War on Drugs’

EJW Debt Relief News: The Future Looks Grim for Student Loans

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Here’s the latest on Education Debt Relief News from Equal Justice Works.

In case you hadn’t heard, Congress did retroactively fix the doubling of subsidized Direct Loan interest rates that took effect July 1. The deal reached in the Bipartisan Student Loan Certainty Act creates fixed rates each academic year that are based on the 10-year Treasury rate plus a set amount that varies depending on the type of loan. For example, the interest rate for loans to undergraduates will be the Treasury note rate plus an additional 2.05 percentage points. For graduate and professional students, interest rates will be calculated by adding 3.6 percentage points to their Direct Unsubsidized Loans and 4.6 percentage points to their PLUS Loans.

The legislation also raises the interest rate caps on all those loans. Undergraduates could find themselves paying up to 8.25 percent (compared to a current maximum of 6.8 percent). Graduate and professional students could be even harder hit: the interest rate cap for Direct Unsubsidized Loans is 9.5 percent (versus the current 6.8 percent max) and the cap for PLUS Loans is now a whopping 10.5 percent (far above the current 7.9 percent max).

The bottom line? While this legislation is good for current students who will benefit from today’s low interest rates, future students will pay far, far higher rates. In fact, if CBO estimates are correct, students will start paying higher rates by 2017.

Our recommendation? Set yourself up for success in managing your student debt by purchasing (and reading!) our comprehensive student debt e-book, viewing our weekly Student Loan Ranger blog, and attending one of our free webinars.

Skoll World Forum Launches Special Global Justice Series 

WJPThe World Justice Project is pleased to announce that the Skoll World Forum, in partnership with Thompson Reuters Foundation, has launched a special series on global justice featuring participants of our World Justice Forum IV (convened last month in The Hague, Netherlands). Speakers were asked to reflect on a wide range of issues including land rights, access to water, criminal justice, and more. Articles will be published every day throughout the week, and can be found here: Skoll World Forum: A Special Series on Global Justice. The pieces will also be syndicated through www.trust.org, the Thompson Reuters Foundation website. Featured writers so far have included Sakena Yacoobi (Afghan Institute of Learning), Faustina Pereira (BRAC), John Oldfield (WASH Advocates), and William H. Neukom (World Justice Project), with more to come in the following days.

Washington Leadership Institute (WLI) Now Accepting Applications: Deadline September 20, 2013

WLI logo UWLAW WSBAThe WLI is a collaborative leadership training program administered by the WSBA and the University of Washington School of Law.  The mission of the WLI is to recruit and train diverse and underrepresented lawyers for future leadership within the legal and bar community.  Download the application packet for more information and to apply.

Need funding to Attend the Equal Justice Works Conference and Career Fair?

EJW conferenceOnce again this fall UW Law through the Center for Public Service Law will be able to provide travel support for a limited number of UW Law students to attend the EJW Conference and Career Fair in October.

The time frame to apply for travel reimbursement is between September 23 and October 4 (at noon).  You may request travel reimbursement (stipends will range from $400-$450 for reimbursement only) by sending your statement of interest and need along with your updated résumé to Assistant Dean Michele Storms at mestorms@uw.edu by noon Friday October 4.  Priority will be given to students who have been granted interviews at the career fair (students will be notified by October 3) but if you are serious about attending and do not have an interview you should still apply.  Please note that the deadline to apply for interviews at the career fair is September 12.  Please do not apply for travel reimbursement until September 23.  Reimbursement award decisions will be made by noon October 8.

For students attending the fair, regardless of interview status we’re having a lunch time session on how to make the best use of the conference and career fair.  That session will take place Friday October 21 at 12:30 location TBA.

Reminder of EJW Important Dates:

August 13- September 12: Student and recent graduate registration and application

September 13- October 11: Student and recent graduate registration (for those not applying or seeking an interview)

September 19- October 3: Employer application review and interview selection

September 19- October 8: Student and recent graduate accept/decline interview invitations

Federal “De-Escalation” of War on Drugs Follows King County’s Five Year Plan

KCPA Dan Satterberg

THE PROSECUTOR’S POST, Vol. 6, Issue 4 August 14, 2013

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder announced a new “Smart on Crime” policy shift for federal law enforcement this week in the approach to illegal drug markets.  The AG said that his new approach is aimed at undoing laws that maintain “a vicious cycle of poverty, criminality and incarceration” that “traps too many Americans and weakens too many communities.”

Federal prosecutors generally have not handled low level drug cases, and the U.S. Attorney’s Office for our area accounts for only about 5% of all local prosecutions.  Nevertheless, Attorney General Holder should be commended for recognizing something that King County has acknowledged for years —  we cannot arrest and prosecute our way out of the social and criminal problems associated with low level drug markets.

The shift in King County began as leaders came to see more clearly that drug crimes are different than other crimes.  People addicted to cocaine, heroin, methamphetamine and/or prescription drugs present complex issues that are not solved through incarceration.  The costs of incarceration have been borne by all of us, the public, the addict, and many families and community members who watched a loved one spiral out of control through the grip of addiction and then lost that family member to prison.

Here in King County we began the journey envisioned by Attorney General Holder almost 20 years ago, when we started the nation’s 12th Drug Diversion Court – a court centered on treatment and a clean and sober life – not on jail and prison. There are now over 2,000 drug courts nationwide.  The State of Washington followed suit over ten years ago, when the State Legislature reduced sentences for drug crimes, reversing the trend started in 1989 of very long prison sentences for drug sales, regardless of the amount.  Continue reading here.