Join the Community Partnership for Transition Services for the Reentry Summer institute in Tacoma!

‘Color of Justice’ kindles youth interest, encourages diversity in legal system by Peter Boskofsky

alaskanjustice1Learning by doing was part of an adventure that brought nearly 80 high school students from Anchorage and across Alaska to the Alaska Supreme Court in Anchorage. The concept is simple: A law-related education program designed to promote diversity in the legal profession through exposing high school students to legal training, exercises and active learning.

OK, we know what parents and teachers are thinking right now: How is that going to engage teenagers? Well, it’s simple. The Color of Justice Program is all about collaboration, interactivity, interesting and controversial legal scenarios, personal growth … and fun.

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Lawyers’ Committee looking for George N. Lindsay Civil Rights Fellows

skadden-foundationThe Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, one of the nation’s foremost civil right legal organizations, annually sponsors a one-year fellowship under the George N. Lindsay Civil Rights Fellowship Program. The Lindsay Fellowship provides an opportunity for recent law school graduates to become familiar with civil rights practice by working with many of the nation’s leading civil rights experts at the national office of the Lawyers’ Committee in Washington, D.C. Our fellows become involved with substantive legal activities, which involve co-counseled litigation with prominent law firms, including client contact, case investigation, discovery, negotiations, amicus briefs, appeals, and trial practice. Non-litigation activities include legal services to community development groups, legislative and public policy advocacy, and public education on important civil rights matters.

The one year Fellowship pays a stipend of $42,000, supplemented by a loan forgiveness payment of $2,000. The yearly stipend is also supplemented by payment of bar review and fees. Fellows have the opportunity to gain legal experience in one or more of the following areas: Voting Rights, Employment Discrimination, Criminal Justice, Education, or Fair Housing and Community Development.

To apply, click here

LAWYERS’ COMMITTEE SPONSORSHIP FOR SKADDEN FELLOWSHIP

skadden-foundation1The Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law is seeking to sponsor a bright, creative, and driven individual for the 2017-2019 Skadden Fellowship. The Skadden applicant has the option of working on any of the following project areas: Education, Employment Discrimination, Criminal Justice, or Fair Housing and Community Development.

Applications for sponsorship must be received by April 25, 2016. Please apply at: https://podio.com/webforms/15341491/1028436

After selection, the Lawyers’ Committee will work with the final candidate to compose the application to the Skadden Foundation by the October 3, 2016 deadline. Interested individuals should also consult the Skadden Foundation website for additional details about the applicable requirements, selection process and salary.

Due to the volume of applications received the Fellowship Selection Committee will not be able to inform every applicant regarding the status of his or her application. Semi-finalists will be contacted once candidates are selected for interviews. We thank you for your understanding in advance.

2016 PROGRAM OF ADVANCED STUDIES ON HUMAN RIGHTS AND HUMANITARIAN LAW

logo_white_blueThe Academy on Human Rights and Humanitarian Law is happy to announce its call for applications to the 2016 Program of Advanced Studies on Human Rights and Humanitarian Law. This annual Program offers 19 courses in English and Spanish lectured by over 40 scholars of relevance in the field of Human Rights and Humanitarian Law and gathers more than 150 participants from over 25 different countries and with different levels of professional experience. The Academy on Human Rights and Humanitarian Law provides through this Program the unique opportunity to learn and interact with judges of the International Criminal Court (ICC), the International Court of Justice (ICJ), Special Rapporteurs of United Nations, members of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, experts from prominent NGO’s and professors from all over the world. DEADLINE: May 1, 2016

 The application form for this program is available at www.wcl.american.edu/hracademy. For more information please contact us at: hracademy@wcl.american.edu.

Join the Community Partnership for Transition Services for the Reentry Summer institute in Tacoma!

hqdefaultThe Community Partnership for Transition Services is hosting a Reentry Summer Institute this July 27-28 in Tacoma. Please forward widely http://www.cpts.info/summer_institute.aspx

2016 CPTS Summer Institute: Unstacking the Deck: Addressing Power, Race & Poverty After Incarceration

Pierce CPTS, the University of Puget Sound’s Race and Pedagogy Initiative, and New Connections invite you to the 2016 Regional Reentry Summer Institute.

The theme of the 2016 summer institute is Unstacking the Deck: Addressing Power, Race & Poverty after Incarceration. The institute aims to connect people and resources, support service providers, and foster collaborative partnerships to promote successful community transitions after incarceration.

2016 Summer Institute Schedule

Wednesday, July 27th

  7:30 am: Registration, Continental Breakfast, Networking Opportunities

  8:30 am – 3:30 pm Plenary Session and Concurrent Sessions

Thursday, July 28th

  8:30 am – 3:30 pm Summer Institute Sessions

Last Day to Register at Noon Today for an Evening with Tim Wise, Author of ColorBlind

February 18: Social Justice Tuesday: Black Law Students Association Screening of Gideon’s Army

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Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014
12:30 – 1:20 PM, in RM 133

Interested in the criminal justice system? Want to learn more about what it’s like to serve clients zealously? Please join BLSA as we screen segments of the HBO documentary Gideon’s Army, a powerful film about indigent defense in this country. Following the screening, there will be a brief discussion period for reactions, thoughts, and questions about the issues discussed in the film.

Gideon’s Army follows the personal stories of Travis Williams, Brandy Alexander, and June Hardwick, three young public defenders who are part of a small group of idealistic lawyers in the Deep South challenging the assumptions that drive a criminal justice system strained to the breaking point. They struggle against long hours, low pay and staggering caseloads so common that even the most committed often give up in their first year. Nearly 50 years since the landmark Supreme Court ruling Gideon v. Wainright, can these courageous lawyers revolutionize the way America thinks about indigent defense and make “justice for all” a reality?

If you would like lunch please RSVP via Symplicity or by email by 12:00 pm Monday, January 17, 2014. No RSVP for lunch accepted after 12:00 pm.

February 18: UW and DWT Invite You to Attend an Evening with Tim Wise, Author of ColorBlind: the Rise of Post-Racial Politics and the Retreat from Racial Equality, Last Day to Register is TODAY at NOON

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Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014, RM 138
Speaker: 5:30–6:30 PM
Book signing: 6:30–7:00 PM
Reception in RM 115: 6:30–7:30 PM

The University of Washington School of Law, Perkins Coie and Davis Wright Tremaine cordially invite you to attend an evening with special guest, Tim Wise.

Mr. Wise is an author and speaker on racial equity issues in the U.S. He has spoken across the country at over 400 college campuses, Fortune 500 companies, and civic and community organizations. Mr. Wise argues liberals have advocated a retreat from color-conscious public policies such as affirmative action, and even from open discussion of racism as a key factor in the perpetuation of racial inequity in the United States. In discussing the pitfalls of “colorblindness” in the Obama era, Mr. Wise argues against colorblindness and for deeper color-consciousness in both public and private practice.

Mr. Wise has authored several books, including: White Like Me: Reflections on Race >From a Privileged SonDear White America: Letter To A New MinorityColorblind: The Rise of Post-Racial Politics And The Retreat From Racial Equity. He will be available for book signing after his talk and Q & A.

The event is free and open to the public; however, space is limited. Please RSVP by noon on Friday, February 14 here. CLE credit (1 ethics) pending approval.

February 21: Attention Public Service and Pro Bono Students, Faculty & Staff!  Don’t Miss the Annual Access to Justice Forum

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Friday, Feb. 21, 2014
Sheraton Seattle Hotel

The Washington State Access to Justice Board invites you to join them for a special session and a social hour in conjunction with Legal Foundation of Washington’s annual Goldmark Award Luncheon.

Are you a law student? Would you like to connect with a legal aid or pro bono attorney buddy who can hang out with you during the afternoon’s events? Please RSVP here by Monday, February 17 and we’ll try to pair you up with an attorney with similar interests.

A Conversation with the Washington Supreme Court (2-3:30 pm)
Members of the Washington Supreme Court will participate in a discussion around issues relevant to lawyers, judges, and other supporters of the Alliance for Equal Justice.

Celebration of Leadership Reception (3:30–5 pm)
Join us in celebrating leadership in the Alliance for Equal Justice at a reception featuring a brief presentation by the inaugural class of the Washington State Equal Justice Community Leadership Academy and the presentation of the Campaign for Equal Justice’s Rainier Cup!

The Access to Justice Board Forum is free! Space is limited. Reserve your seat for the afternoon session today! Register online here.

February 24: Gates Public Service Law Speaker Series Presents “Questioning the Unquestionable – Public Service,” by Henry Aronson

Monday, Feb. 24, 2014
4:30 – 5:30 PM, in RM 133
Reception to follow in RM 115

Henry Aronson admits to having a knee jerk cynical response to conventional wisdom and to being obsessed with the importance of defining success and quantifying outcomes. We assume “public service” is a good thing. But what is public service? Do we know if current responses to problems, issues, challenges related to “public service” are effective, worthwhile, justifiable?

Aronson has spent the better part of his career involved with public issues. Highlights include working in Mississippi in the mid-60’s representing civil rights workers, and leaders (including Dr. King, Robert Moses and Stokely Carmichael); directing the Vera Institute of Justice Manhattan Court Employment Project; directing a law office in Saigon Vietnam in the early 1970’s and creating and leading the successful opposition to the Seattle monorail. Henry Aronson is currently focused on issues related to poverty and education.

RSVP via Symplicity or by email.

April 2: Save the Date! Early Bird Registration for The Trauma Stewardship Institute’s Transforming Trauma Workshop in Seattle

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Wednesday, April 2, 2014
9:00 – 4:00 PM, check-in at 8:00 AM

Please join us in Seattle for this not to be missed workshop offering a practical and holistic approach of sustaining ourselves individually and collectively. Whether you are a nurse, teacher, conservationist, journalist, doctor, police officer, firefighter, community organizer, biologist, or caring for a loved one in need, this day is for you.

Laura van Dernoot Lipsky will offer a compelling mix of personal insight, cutting edge research, personal stories, and countless New Yorker cartoons to help us understand the cumulative toll of being exposed to suffering over time and gain concrete skills to reconcile it.

Register here.