WSBA MentorLink Mixer; Qlaw Mentorship Kick-Off Event; Soros Justice Advocacy Fellowship

MentorLink Mixer: Pro Bono and Public Service in King CountyWSBA Logo

When: Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Time:  Noon – 1:30 p.m.

Where: WSBA Offices (1325 Fourth Ave., Suite 600, Seattle)

Celebrate Pro Bono Week through this mentoring opportunity! WSBA Mentorship brings together a diverse mix of attorneys to support each other in the interest of advancing and thriving in the legal profession. This MentorLink Mixer is an opportunity for attorneys who are interested in pro bono and public service work, in King County, to gain insight from attorneys who have experience serving the public through pro bono and public service organizations.

RSVP here.

QLaw Mentorship Kick-Off Event: Participation Forms due Friday, October 27QLaw Logo

When: Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Time:  5:30-7:30 pm

Where: Aluel Cellars, 801a E Thomas Street, Seattle, WA

If you are a law student or new lawyer, the QLaw Mentorship Program is great opportunity to create a meaningful relationship with an experienced attorney to gain helpful insights into practice, and to make those important networking connections. Whether you would like to be a mentor or a mentee, or just would like to come learn more about the program,

To participate in the program, please complete the appropriate participation form here and email to Josh Treybig at treybig@gmail.com  by Friday, October 27, 2017.

National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health: Policy Analyst For Immigrant Women’s Health and Rights

Application Due:  Open until filled.

Founded in 1994, the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health (NLIRH) builds Latina power to guarantee the fundamental human right to reproductive health, dignity and justice. We elevate Latina leaders, mobilize our families and communities, transform the cultural narrative and catalyze policy change.

POSITION Description:  NLIRH seeks a Policy Analyst to help promote a national policy agenda designed to protect the reproductive health and rights of Latinas, while supporting the policy needs of the state-based Latina Advocacy Networks (LANs). The Policy Analyst will lead and be responsible for the immigrant women’s health and rights portfolio.  As such, the Policy Analyst must be able to evaluate complex public programs, projects and studies, proposed federal and state legislation and current law in order to promote NLIRH’s policy and advocacy work in the area of immigrant women’s health and rights. The Policy Analyst will be supervised and report to the Senior Director of Government Relations in our Washington, D.C. office. The person in this position will work as part of a dynamic team and in coalition with movement partners.

LOCATION: Washington, D.C.

Apply here.

Nisqually Indian Tribe:  General Tribal Attorney

Assist and advise the Nisqually Tribal Council, Legal Department Director, and tribal departments in the legal matters related to the management, affairs, and interests of the Tribe. Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Provide legal advice and services to Tribal Council.
  • Coordinate with Director to provide legal advice and assistance to tribal law enforcement; tribal court; the Indian child welfare department; the tribal health clinic; and other administrative departments (social services, education, personnel, accounting, planning, etc.)
  • Coordinate with Director in the negotiation of agreements with other state and local governments.
  • Advise Tribal Council regarding compliance with applicable federal, state, and tribal laws, grant and contractual obligations, internal policies.
  • Review, advise and coordinate execution of contracts entered into by Nisqually Tribe.
  • Collaborate with Tribal Council to create, modify, and facilitate enforcement of tribal laws, codes, and policy.
  • Provide legal advice to Tribal Council related to employment classification and dispute resolution.
  • Review contracts and draft ordinances, legal briefs, memorandums, policies, codes, resolutions, and other legal documents.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Apply here.

Rolling Application: All of Us or None National Organizer

Applications accepted on a rolling basis until position filled.

The National Organizer will assist in planning, coordinating, and organizing All of Us or None chapter activities nationwide. The person holding the position will work in close cooperation with staff organizers and volunteer leaders to promote the development of AOUON and support the establishment of chapters nationwide.

Full job description here.

Due December 6: Soros Justice Advocacy Fellowship

The Soros Justice Fellowship application is due on December 6, 2017.

Legal Services for Prisoners with Children (LSPC) seeks third year law students and recent law graduates to sponsor for a Soros Justice Advocacy Fellowship. Qualified law students and recent law graduates interested in applying for a fellowship with LSPC are invited to submit a brief project proposal and application as soon as possible. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis.

Advocacy Fellowships are 18 months in duration, and may begin anytime between July and October 2018.

Full Fellowship description here.

New Study Finds That LGBTQ Youths and Youths With Disabilities Suffer Most Under Solitary Confinement

By Angela Helm, The Root

“The report found that despite progress at the federal level and in a growing number of states, solitary confinement of youths remains widespread (two-thirds of the public defenders surveyed reported that their clients spent time in “punitive segregation”), with a disproportionate impact on youths of color, girls, LGBTQ youths and young people with disabilities (and any intersection thereof) because these populations are overrepresented in the criminal-justice system, and there are few to no resources for them.”

Read the full article here.

Seattle City Attorney’s Office Externship/Intership; Scrofana Law PC Aspiring Public Defender Scholarship; Seattle-King County Immigrant Legal Defense Network

Rolling Application: Seattle City Attorney’s Office, Civil Division: Torts Section Externship/Internship for Summer 2018, Fall 2018, and Spring 2019 City of Seattle Logo

Application Due: Rolling, but decisions will be made at the end of October.

Injuries, accidents and property damage happen every day in Seattle.  The Torts section engages in an extensive and wide-ranging advisory practice focused on preventing loss and avoiding litigation. The 12 attorneys in the Torts Section also defend tort lawsuits against the City.  These suits include personal injury, property damage, police action, civil rights and other claims. This externship/internship is for general tort cases that exclude police action cases.

More info and apply here.

Due June 1: The Scrofana Law PC Aspiring Public Defender $1,500 Scholarship

Application Deadline: June 1, 2018

Scrofano Law PC, has established a $1,5000.00 annual scholarship for law students interested in pursuing a career as a public defender.

The Scrofano Law PC Aspiring Public Defender Scholarship is available every year with a June 1 application deadline. The application requirements include a resume, transcript and written proof of intern or externship at a public defender’s office as well as an essay.

More info and apply here.

Seattle-King County Immigrant Legal Defense Network: Have you or has someone you know received a notice from immigration court or been detained by ICE? 

If you are in need of immigration legal services and cannot pay for them, call any one of the Seattle-King County Immigrant Legal Defense Network organizations listed below. To qualify for Legal Defense Network services, you must be low-income and work in the city of Seattle or live in King County.

To see if you are eligible for free legal services, call one of these community navigators:

• Filipino Community of Seattle: (206) 280-8406

• South Park Information and Resource Center: (206) 767-7445

• West African Community Council: (206) 349-0892

Legal services will be provided by:

• Northwest Immigrant Rights Project and Colectiva Legal del Pueblo (for adults and families): (206) 816-3870

• Kids in Need of Defense (for unaccompanied children): (206) 359-3266

Services begin in October 2017.

More info here.

Campaign for Equal Justice, Legal Foundation of Washington, Endowment for Equal Justice: Let’s Talk About Justice Doctors and Lawyers Working Together for GoodCampaign for Equal Justice Logo

When: October 25, 2017

Noon-1:00 pm

1201 Third Avenue #2200, Seattle

Lunch provided with RSVP Brendan@legafoundation.org

Join Us to learn about Washington’s Medical-Legal Partnership

Medical-legal Partnership is a healthcare delivery model that improves the health and well-being of vulnerable populations by removing legal barriers to better health. Partners include Seattle Children’s, Harborview, Odessa Brown Children’s Clinic, Sea Mar Community Health Center, the Northwest Justice Project and Davis Wright Tremaine Law Firm.

Featured Speaker Dr. Ben Danielson, Founder, Washington Medical Legal Partnership Medical Director, Odessa Brown Children’s Clinic.

More info here.

Trustees for Alaska; WSBA NW Lawyer Editor; WSAJ Summer Fellowship

Rolling Basis: Trustees for Alaska: Summer 2018 Internship

Application Due: Rolling Basis

Trustees for Alaska, a public interest environmental law firm with a busy and diverse docket, is now accepting current 2L  applications for summer legal interns for 2018. For over 40 years, Trustees has been working to protect Alaska’s environment. Trustees provides counsel to local, regional, and national conservation organizations, tribal councils and other Alaska Native entities, fishing organizations, and others in environmental and natural resource matters.

Trustees’ work generally focuses on state and federal law issues concerning clean water, public lands and wildlife, climate change, coal mining and combustion, protection of marine resources, and hard rock mining.

Complete job description and apply here.

WASHINGTON STATE BAR ASSOCIATION: NW Lawyer Editor

WSBA LogoThis position is responsible for curating editorial content for WSBA’s official publication, NWLawyer, and managing the magazine’s editorial calendar. The Editor ensures a uniform reading experience, including adherence to WSBA style and standards, for NWLawyer readers. Serves asHome project lead of the NWLawyer editorial staff and works closely with the WSBA Editorial Advisory Committee and the Communications Manager. This position requires a task-oriented self-starter.

More information and apply here.

Due October 6: Washington State Association for Justice:Trial Advocacy Summer Fellowship ProgramWSAJ Logo

Application Due: Friday, October 6, 2017

Be a part of an organization that stands up for citizens against powerful wrongdoers. Our civil justice system ensures that all citizens, regardless of stature, economic status or power, have the ability to hold wrongful entities more powerful than themselves accountable under the law. We have three branches of government for a reason — checks and balances. Our civil justice system is a founding part of our democracy. View WSAJ’s Mission and Vision Statement. https://www.washingtonjustice.org/index.cfm?pg=aboutWSAJ

APPLICATION PROCESS:
Students seeking consideration for a Fellowship must submit their application no later than October 6, 2017. Based upon qualifications, the WSAJ Fellowship Taskforce will invite applicants to be interviewed. Interviews will be scheduled throughout the month of November. Students selected for the Fellowship will be notified in the month of December.

Apply online,  or download a printable application here.

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

Innocence Project Northwest:  Rock for Justice Innocence Project Logo

When: Monday, October 2, 2017

Time: 5:30 pm

Where:  Century Ballroom on Capitol Hill in Seattle

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

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

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

Purchase tickets here.

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

When:  Thursday, October 5, 2017

Time: 7:00-8:30 pm

Where:  UW School of Law Room 138

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

UW School of Law Military JAG Panel

Where:  UW School of Law, Room 127

Date: Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Time:  12:30-1:20

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

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

RSVP via SCS Online formerly known as Symplicity

Washington Nonprofits Free Webinar: Dealing with Conflicts of Interest

When: Thursday, October 5, 2017

Time:  12:00 pm-1:00 pm

Location: Online via AdobeConnect

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

Register here. 

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

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

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

Thinking about volunteering for…

· Moderate Means Program (MMP)

· Immigrant Families Advocacy Project (IFAP)

· Street Youth Legal Advocates of Washington (SYLAW)

· Incarcerated Mothers Advocacy Project (IMAP)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Register here.

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

When: Tuesday,  October 10, 2017

Time: 12:30-1:20

Location: Room 127

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

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

UW School of Law Pro Bono and Externship Fair

When: Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Time: 12:30-1:20

Location: Gates Hall Galleria

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

Wayfind Free Webinar: When Immigration Officials Come Knocking at Work

When: Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Time: 10:00-11:00

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

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

You will learn:

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

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

When: October 25, 2017

Time:  3:00-6:00 pm

Location: University of Washington School of Law

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

Husky Leadership Initiative U Lead We Lead Leadership for Equity

When: Thursday, October 26, 2017

Where: HUB Ballroom

Time: 6-8 pm (dinner provided)

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

Register here.

First Amendment and Media Law Diversity Moot Court Competition, Washington Leadership Institute open for applications, and more!

Due September 11:  The Tenth Annual First Amendment and Media Law Diversity Moot Court Competition

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Application Due:  Monday, September 11, 2017

This annual First Amendment and Media Law Diversity Moot Court, now in its tenth year, is designed to introduce minority law students to the practice of media law and to many of the lawyers who are active in the media law bar.

The team with the highest score for the final round of oral arguments will be the winner of the Competition. Each member of the winning team will receive $750. The finalist with the highest score for the final round of oral argument will be deemed “Best Oralist” and will receive $1,500. All students who attend the Annual Conference will have the opportunity to network with practicing media law attorneys from across the country and attend engaging and informative panels.

The ABA Forum on Communications Law invites qualified law students to apply to participate in the Tenth Annual First Amendment and Media Law Diversity Moot Court Competition. Final deadline to apply is Midnight, EDT, Monday, September 11, 2017

Learn more and apply here.

Due September 15: Washington Leadership Institute (WLI) Is Now Accepting Applications

Applications Due: Friday, September 15, 2017

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. The WLI is accepting application for the 2018 institute. Applications are due by September 15, 2017.

Learn more and apply here.

The International Trademark Association’s (INTA) Pro Bono Clearinghouse has officially opened to potential clients facing trademark issues in the US and Germany.Networking Image

“The clearinghouse had a pilot soft start on 1 January. In its current form, the clearinghouse offers a host of practitioners in the US and Germany that can help with trademark issues. Eligible clients will be matched with an INTA attorney to help guide them. The intended clients are low-income individuals and directors of non-profit or charitable organizations with low operating budgets that have no other option or don’t have access to legal advice in trademarks.”

Read more here.

Match site launches for progressive lawyers and non-profits

“President Donald Trump has inspired a new online dating service-between lawyers seeking pro-bono work and opposition non-profits in need of help. We the Action,   launching Friday, will be an online portal to connect lawyers with legal work waiting to be done, from reviewing leases and contracts to filing Social Security claims to potentially heading to court in immigration cases. Non-profits will be able to post the services they need, and search through online profiles created by attorneys detailing expertise and availability.”

Read more here.

Education Department delivers a troubling message about its loan forgiveness programImg fr. Oregon Courts: Signature

“In court documents filed late Monday, the federal agency reaffirmed earlier statements that borrowers could not rely on FedLoan Servicing, the company overseeing the Public Service Loan Forgiveness program, to accurately say whether they qualify for debt relief. The department’s position signals that there are no guarantees of loan forgiveness for people who have received assurances from the servicing company, a troubling realization for the hundreds of thousands of people participating in the program.” “‘Though the department’s contractor has made occasional errors in individual notifications to borrowers, it has corrected those errors,’ Education Department attorneys wrote in Monday’s filing.’Moreover, it has provided borrowers … ample opportunities to seek reconsideration of its decisions.’ The attorneys said the final decision on forgiveness is, and has always been, in the hands of the Education Department. That means borrowers will know for sure that their loans will be forgiven only after they have completed the 10 years of payments.”

Read more here.

Upcoming Events: Non-profit Anti-Racism Coalition, WSBA Decoding the Law series, Solid Ground Mayoral Candidates Debate, Columbia Legal Services

Non-profit Anti-Racism Coalition: “Supporting Student Resistors”pro bono
Date: Thursday, August 10
Time: 3:00-5:00 pm
Location: Rainier Beach Public Library, 9125 Rainier Avenue South Seattle, WA

“As we look to the beginning of another school year, we wanted to bring the community together to brainstorm and reflect on how we can support student leaders. Student leaders confront racism in their institutions daily–in the classroom, in the administration, and in their peers. As students push back on racism, how are non-profits and the community supporting them? Join us on August 10th for a conversation about racism in education: Supporting Resilient Resistors.

Whether you are in education or supportive of student-resistors, we look forward to exploring the roles each of us play in student movements and resistance.”

Register here. 

WSBA Decoding the Law series: “Immigration: Personal Perspective”WSBA Logo

Date: Tuesday, Aug. 8, 2017
Time: Noon–1 p.m.
Location: WSBA office, 1325 Fourth Ave., suite 600, Seattle, and via live webcast

“Legal practitioners and law enforcement will address immigration rights, enforcement of immigration laws, and how to be an ally.

The public and members of the Bar are invited to attend and participate in these conversations at the WSBA Conference Center. Decoding the Law is also available via live webcast and recorded for viewing on this page after each event.”

More info here.

Solid Ground: Mayoral Candidates Debate on Growth, Affordable Housing & Homelessness

Date: Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Time: 7-8:30pm

Location: Pigott Auditorium, Seattle University

“Join Moderator Enrique Cerna of Crosscut and KCTS9 and the two Mayoral candidate finalists for a debate on how Seattle should address its most pressing issues: Growth, Affordable Housing & Homelessness.

Solid Ground, in partnership with Seattle University Project on Family Homelessness, the Housing Development Consortium, Housing Action Group and Seattle/King County Coalition on Homelessness (SKCCH) wanted to shine a light on how Seattle’s next mayor would address these critical issues.  Before the primary, we asked all the candidates seven questions to understand their positions.”

More info and register here.

Columbia Legal Services: “Imagine Justice.”
Date:  Wednesday, October 18, 2017
Time:  5:00 pm
Location:  Impact Hub, 220 Second Ave South, Seattle, WA

“As Columbia Legal Services celebrates fifty years of working for justice in Washington State, we invite you to join us in imagining a future in which all communities thrive.

Fifty years ago, Washington attorneys came together to form Seattle Legal Services, one of the first civil legal aid organizations in the state. Seattle Legal Services transformed into the statewide program Evergreen Legal Services, stepping forward to advocate for a more inclusive vision of justice in our state. Today, Columbia Legal Services and our allies in the justice and equity movement have continued our collective work representing individuals and entire communities who use the tools of the law to manifest justice.”

More info here.

New Legal Aid Pilot to Prevent Evictions; Gates Scholars Getting Things Done!; Federal Judge Orders Immediate Removal of Unconstitutional Immigration Hold

Launch of Legal Aid Pilot to Prevent Housing Evictions

Council member Lisa Herbold (District 1, West Seattle and South Park) celebrated news that a full complement of attorneys has been hired to implement a new City-sponsored legal aid pilot program created to prevent people from losing their housing when they are in the midst of a legal defense for an unrelated offense.  The creation of this pilot will allow new civic legal aid attorneys to partner with Public Defenders to advocate for the accused to keep their housing during the legal review and plea bargaining processes.

Read more here.

Gates Public Service Law Scholar Martina Kartman selected for 2017 Soros Justice Fellowship!

“The Open Society Foundations are pleased to announce the 2017 class of Soros Justice Fellows, a dynamic mix of attorneys, advocates, artists, writers, and scholars who bring fresh ideas and energy to the challenge of maintaining past gains and continuing to push for progress toward a more humane criminal justice system in the United States.

Working in 11 states across the country, the 23 fellows seek to address the country’s overly punitive approach to crime, develop effective responses to both interpersonal and police violence, and challenge the ways in which the effects of incarceration linger long after someone has been released from prison. Included in this group is the inaugural cohort of Soros Justice “Youth Activist” Fellows—seven people between the ages of 18 and 25 who are just beginning their careers and who show real promise to develop into social justice leaders and innovators.

Martina Kartman will support communities impacted by the criminal legal system, addressing the harms associated with interpersonal and state violence, and pushing for alternatives to punitive sentencing.”

Read more here.

New York Times, Letter to the Editor, “Criminal Justice Reform in Louisiana,” by Gates Public Service Law Scholar Theo Shaw!Scales of Justice

“The bill signed by the governor is a step in the right direction. But too many people are still suffering in this oppressive criminal system, mainly because of lack of quality legal representation.

People faced with a loss of liberty are entitled to more. Fifty years ago, the Supreme Court said the ideal that every person stands equal before the law cannot be realized if a poor person has to face his accusers without a lawyer to assist him.”

Read more here.

Federal Judge Orders Immediate Removal of Unconstitutional Immigration Hold

“A federal district court judge in eastern Washington ruled yesterday that Yakima County must immediately remove an immigration hold on an individual which prevents him from posting bail, thus violating his Fourth Amendment right to be free from unreasonable seizures. The Court found that the County had no authority to place an immigration hold against persons based on a civil immigration “warrant” — an administrative form issued by federal immigration officers. In an oral ruling after a lengthy hearing in Spokane, Judge Salvador Mendoza, Jr. emphasized that the Fourth Amendment requires that an arrest warrant must be approved by a neutral and detached judge – not by an employee of the executive branch.

The ruling has wide implications as similar policies are in effect across the nation.”

Read more here.

Opportunity to Serve on WSBA’s Civil Litigation Rules TaskforceWSBA Logo

The Washington State Bar Association is seeking a lawyer with experience litigating in Superior and/or District Court in Washington to serve on a rule-drafting Task Force, to replace a member who had to resign. The Task Force was created by Bar’s  Board of Governors in November 2016 to draft amendments to the Washington Civil Rules for eventual submission to the Supreme Court. The Board of Governors established the Task Force after considering and voting on some of the recommendations submitted by an earlier group, the Escalating Costs of Civil Litigation Task Force (ECCL).

If interested in serving, please send a resume and cover letter explaining why you are interested to Kevin Bank,WSBA Assistant General Counsel at kevinb@wsba.org. Applications must be submitted as soon as possible but no later than August 31, 2018.  More information on the Task Force can be found here.