Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Volunteer Opportunities for Recent Grads

Public Law Library of King County: Legal Help Center
The Law Library is looking for volunteer attorneys to help staff the Legal Help Center in Seattle from now through October 13th. This is a clinic that provides free, limited legal help to pro se patrons. Volunteer attorneys assist clients by explaining legal issues and helping to draft pleadings to either initiate or respond to legal proceedings. If you are interested, please email services@pllkc.org. For more information refer to the volunteer position description.

Become a Content Editor for the Washington Lawyers Practice Manual
Use your expertise to strengthen the best reference work on Washington Law.  The King County Bar Association is seeking content editors to oversee its volunteer authors work for Civil Trial Practice, Domestic Relations Practice, State Administrative Law, and Public Entitlement Law chapters. Content editors learn new areas of law while interacting with recognized experts.  This is an ideal position for new lawyers eager to make contacts and increase their knowledge.  Please click here to learn more about the practice manual. Interested attorneys may also contact Kathleen Jensen (206-267-7053) to learn more. 

Free YLD CLE and Happy Hour

Join the Young Lawyers' Division of the King County Bar Association for this month’s CLE, Framing Your Case: Strategies for Developing a Persuasive Case Story, presented by Tsongas Consulting.

The CLE will take place September 21st  at 4:00 pm at the KCBA Offices, followed by a free happy hour at Elephant & Castle from 5:00-6:00 pm. Registration is now open.

Contact annar@kcba.org with questions or for more information.

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Evening with Equal Justice

Please join Seattle University’s Public Interest Law Foundation (PILF) and Access to Justice Institute (ATJI) for the annual Evening With Equal Justice. The event provides the opportunity for law students to learn from attorneys practicing in a wide range of public interest and pro bono areas. 

This year’s Evening with Equal Justice will begin at 5:00 p.m. with a keynote address by Jorge BarĂ³n, Executive Director of the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project. Mr. Baron will speak about the importance of public interest lawyering in the current political climate.  

Attorneys are encouraged to attend the keynote address or join the program at 6:00 p.m. for networking with students.

Co-sponsored by the Public Interest Law Foundation, Access to Justice Institute, Center for Professional Development, Dean's Offices, and Student Bar Association.

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Coast Guard Legal Internship

To learn about eligibility requirements and find out how to become a Coast Guard Judge Advocate through the Coast Guard’s Direct Commission Lawyer (DCL) program, go to https://www.gocoastguard.com/active-duty-careers/officer-opportunities/programs/direct-commission-lawyer-dcl. You can also email CoastGuardDCL@uscg.mil.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Publish An Article in Defense News

Publish an article! The Washington Defense Trial Lawyers (WDTL) has a quarterly publication, the Defense News, that is sent to all of its 750 members, including attorneys and judges in Washington State. Article submissions are currently being accepted from law student members. WDTL law student membership is only ten dollars and members are eligible to contribute to the Defense News.

What can you write about? Here are some ideas:
  • Your experience working with lawyers as a summer associate or intern
  • Thoughts about the legal profession
  • How firms can improve on-campus interviews
  • Cases you read that are interesting or applicable to civil defense attorneys
  • A law student's perspective on visiting a courthouse
  • Other topics, if approved by the Editor-in-Chief
WDTL is a professional association for civil defense attorneys. It provides legal education, advocacy, and networking opportunities. Published articles look great on a resume, so contribute your article today!

Apply for membership and contact Editor-in-Chief Kyler Danielson if you are interested in submitting an article.

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Moderate Means Practicum

Build practical legal skills! Seattle University's Moderate Means Practicum (LPRC-425-A, 3 Credits; Mondays and Wednesdays, 2:30 to 3:45) is open to all 2 and 3Ls.

The Statewide Moderate Means Program (MMP) is a joint venture between the Washington State Bar Association and the Washington State law schools. The goal of the program is to increase access to civil legal services by people of moderate means who cannot afford an attorney but make too much money to qualify for traditional legal aid services. The program is focused on the areas of family, housing and consumer law.

Law students participating in the practicum will interview potential clients by telephone to collect information and evaluate their cases. Students have the opportunity to interview many different clients with a broad array of legal issues. Qualifying cases will be referred by students to participating attorneys who have agreed to represent MMP clients for a reduced fee.

Benefits to students include:
  • Hands-on experience interviewing clients
  • Training in substantive legal issues, issue-spotting, interviewing skills and ethics
  • Instruction on how to use the Legal Server database, which is used by most of the civil legal aid organizations in Washington State as well as the SU Law clinics
  • Supervision and mentoring by experienced attorneys
  • The satisfaction of helping moderate income individuals who otherwise might not receive any legal help at all
The total time commitment is eight hours a week. If you have questions or would like additional information please email Clay Wilson.

Saturday, July 29, 2017

Bloodworks Northwest Scholarship

Bloodworks Northwest is offering scholarships of up to $500 for students who host blood drives this summer.

If you or a student you know would like to host a blood drive, email: Scholarship@bloodworksnw.org. Include in the email your name, where you donate, and your city. You may also inquire by phone: (425) 656-3039.

Official rules and details can be found here. Help better our community drop by drop!

Thursday, July 27, 2017

National Law Students Workers' Rights Conference Registration

What:              National Law Students Workers' Rights Conference        

When:             October 13 & 14, 2017

Where:            Conference Center at the Maritime Institute, Linthicum Heights, MD

Deadline:        August 28 if you would like the Peggy Browning Fund to pay for airfare;
                        September 29 for all other registrations

Details:           See the brochure and FAQs for info, or visit www.peggybrowningfund.org