Thursday, June 22, 2017

SABAW Public Interest Law Student Scholarship

The South Asian Bar Association of Washington (SABAW) will award a $4,000 scholarship to a law student working on a discrete public interest law project or doing a summer/fall 2017 public interest law internship.

Applicants must show either that they have contributed to the South Asian community, or that the project is connected to South Asia or the South Asian community.

All applications will require an essay of no more than 500 words to show suitability to criterion, resume, and any other materials the applicant deems relevant. Applications/questions should be sent to by JUNE, 30, 2017.

Monday, June 19, 2017

American Indian Law Journal and Seattle Journal of Environmental Law Application

Rising 3L students, you're invited to apply to two of our journals: American Indian Law Journal (AILJ) and Seattle Journal of Environmental Law (SJEL).

If you missed out on a journal opportunity the first time and would like to join a journal as an associate editor during your 3L year, this is your chance.

Please visit the Membership and Write-On Competition page and download the application and instructions. The application is due via Symplicity by Sunday, July 9, at 11:59 pm PDT.  Please contact if you have any questions.

Hot Tip: How to End a Conversation at a Networking Event

You did it! You conquered your fears, went to a networking event, and struck up a conversation with an attorney you'd never met before. 

Now what?

You've been chatting with a helpful lawyer for eight minutes (but who's counting?) and she's told you about her practice areas and given you some tidbits for surviving your second year of law school, you've even managed to work in your elevator pitch, but now you feel the conversation starting to wind down. How do you end it gracefully?

Don't panic. This is the perfect opportunity to hand her one of your business cards and ask for hers in return. A simple handshake accompanied by an exit phrase like, "I've enjoyed speaking with you and hope to run into you again soon," will suffice. 

If you're worried about making an exit, practice. Here are some other exit phrases you can try:
  • Thanks for taking a moment to chat with me, [insert name (this is a great way to help you remember names)]. I hope our paths cross again soon.
  • It's been a pleasure meeting you. I spotted my mentor and should go say 'hello' but I hope we can speak again some time.
  • It's been really helpful learning more about [insert practice area]! Thanks for taking some time to speak with me. Take care.
With practice, these conversations will feel more and more comfortable. Reach out to someone in CPD if you'd like coaching. Let's get out there and NETWORK!

Announcing the Thomas Tang Brief Competition

The Moot Court Board is Excited to Announce the 2017 Summer Thomas Tang Brief Competition

The Moot Court Board invites you to sign up to compete in the 2017 Thomas Tang Brief Writing Competition. The competition is open to all 3Ls and 2Ls.  The Tang Competition is perfect for students ready to practice their appellate brief writing skills gained in Legal Writing II.  However, completion of Legal Writing II is NOT a prerequisite for this competition; training will be provided.

Winners from the in-house writing competition will have the opportunity to compete at the regional level in San Francisco, October 13-15 and gain valuable oral advocacy experience.

This year’s problem presents the issues of whether warrantless acquisition of cell phone records for the purpose of identifying an individual’s location over the course of months and warrantless use of cell-site simulators to track an individual’s location and movement in real-time are in violation of the Fourth Amendment’s prohibition on unreasonable searches and seizures.

To sign up and receive more specific information and deadlines, go to TWEN, add "Moot Court Sign Up Page", and then click on "Sign Up Sheets." Two-person teams are required. To download the problem, go to the same page and click on "Competition Problems." The deadline to sign up is Monday, August 7.  Mandatory training will be held on August 7 as well.

If you have any questions, please direct them to the competition administrator Nathan Duletzke.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

WWL 2017 Annual Event

Save the date for Washington Women Lawyers' Annual Event!
  • Dates: October 13-14, 2017 
  • Location: Montvale Event Center, Spokane, WA
Weekend activities will include a Friday night reception and an informative CLE on Saturday afternoon. WWL has reserved a block of hotel rooms at the Montvale Hotel at a discount, so book your room as soon as possible using code “MEC”.

Registration and further details to follow. Please email event VPs, Alice Serko, Alice Levy, and Katie Yuen if you have questions.

OCI in Hawaii

First- and second-year law students are invited to a summer cocktail reception with small and mid-sized law firms in Honolulu.

The following firms are sponsoring the event:
Chun Kerr
Imanaka Asato
Marr Jones & Wang
Schlack Ito
Sullivan Meheula Lee
Torkildson, Katz, Moore, Hetherington & Harris
Yamamoto Caliboso

Business casual and aloha attire is requested

Date and time: JuIy 28 at 5:30 pm
Location: The Bankers Club at First Hawaiian Center, 999 Bishop Street, Suite 1900, Honolulu, HI
Please RSVP by July 15 (no resumes please)

Journal Write-On Competition

There's still time to apply to join the American Indian Law Journal, Seattle Journal of Environmental Law, Seattle Journal for Social Justice, and Seattle University Law Review by participating in the write-on competition.  

Please visit the membership and write-on competition page and download the application and instructions. The application is due via Symplicity by Sunday, June 4, at 5 pm. Contact if you have any questions.

Monday, May 15, 2017

Legal Research Tune Up

Legal Research Tune Up 2017

The Seattle University and Lane Powell law libraries are pleased to offer a legal research workshop to help law students brush up on their legal research skills for their summer employment or other summer research endeavors. The workshop will cover state and federal legislative history, regulations, and practice materials using a problem-based approach. Students will have hands-on practice working through research scenarios. Please bring a laptop.

The workshop is FREE and will be held on Thursday, May 18th from 9:30 – 11:30 am in Sullivan Hall room 109. Please RSVP by May 16th.

Questions? Contact: LeighAnne Thompson at

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Helsell Fetterman's Richard S. White Fellowship

The 2018 Richard S. White Fellowship includes a paid, 12-week summer associate position and a $7,500 academic scholarship to be remitted directly to the student’s law school at the beginning of the school year following the summer clerkship to assist in paying the student’s tuition.

Candidates must be rising 2Ls (or rising 3Ls, if pursuing an LLM after graduation) in good standing;
possess an academic record, leadership abilities, and a commitment to personal and professional initiatives that indicate promise for a successful legal career; demonstrate an interest in furthering diversity within the community and profession; and communicate an interest and commitment to the practice areas represented at Helsell Fetterman and to building a practice in the Seattle area.

Please review the scholarship page for additional details, and apply by July 19, 2017.

Monday, May 8, 2017

Young Lawyers Division Brown Bag Session

Brown-Bag Session on Going Solo, Tuesday, May 23
From finding clients to knowing how much to charge to getting insurance, starting your own practice can come with lots of unique questions and little support. Fortunately, Nate Riordan will be hosting this month's YLD Brown-Bag Mentor Session at KCBA at noon on May 23rd. He moved here and started his own practice 13 years ago. So bring your lunch and bring your questions for an hour of good conversation and advice. RSVP here.

Free Young Lawyers Division CLE

Negotiations – Free CLE, Wednesday, May 17
Meet at JAMS for this month’s free one-hour presentation titled “Why is Negotiation So Difficult presented by Richard Birke, Executive Director, JAMS. He’ll review the five barriers to negotiation, provide illustrations, and conduct interactive exercises. The CLE starts at 4:00 p.m. RSVP here. Happy hour immediately following.

Carole Bailey Scholarship

Applications Now Being Accepted for
2017 Carole Bailey Scholarship
The bar association is pleased to announce that applications are now being accepted for the 2017 Carole Bailey Scholarship, which will award at least one annual law student scholarship of up to $5,000 in honor of the Court's former Deputy Clerk of Administrative Services, Carole Bailey. Further details and rules may be found by clicking here. Deadline for applications is 11:59pm Eastern Time on July 31, 2017.  Please share this announcement with anyone who may be interested.

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Thursday, May 4, 2017

Legal Research Workshop

Are you ready for your summer employment or other summer research endeavors?

The Seattle University Law Library is pleased to partner with a law firm librarian from Lane Powell to offer a legal research workshop to help students sharpen their research skills. The workshop will cover a variety of topics including state and federal legislative history, regulations, and practice materials using a problem-based approach. Students will have hands-on practice working through research scenarios.  

The workshop is FREE and will be held on Thursday, May 18th from 9:30 – 11:30 am in Sullivan Hall room 109.

Please RSVP by May 16th. Please bring your laptop to the workshop.

Questions? Contact: LeighAnneThompson.