Tuesday, February 14, 2017

The Money Barrier: 1st Annual Low Bono Conference

Presented by WSBA Low Bono Section and Seattle University School of Law CLE
The Money Barrier:
1st Annual Low Bono
Law Conference

Registration is now open for The Money Barrier: 1st Annual Low Bono Conference, presented by WSBA's Low Bono Section and Seattle University School of Law on Friday, February 24th.

Many people are priced out of the justice system, with incomes too high to qualify for legal aid, but too low to afford an attorney. The legal profession can help address this justice gap - come learn how.

Register or learn more about this full-day CLE here.

Lawyers from all practice areas and all firm sizes are welcome. LLLTs, law students, and non-lawyers are encouraged to join us as well.

Contact Low Bono Section Education Committee Chair, Veronica Smith-Casem, with questions: 425-243-9341 or veronica@smithcasemlaw.com.

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Upcoming Scholarship Deadlines

Seed IP Law Group Founders Scholarship
Applications due by February 6, 2017

Applications are now being accepted for the 2016 Seed IP Law Group Founders Scholarship. This scholarship is awarded each year to a Seattle University law student with a strong interest in the field of intellectual property law. Seed IP Law Group is one of the top-rated intellectual property law firms in the United States. The scholarship honors the firm’s founders, Dick Seed and Ben Berry, for their contribution to the law of intellectual property. As expressed by Bill Ferron of the Seed IP Law Group, “We think it’s very important to train the next generation of intellectual property attorneys so that we can continue to build on the legacy started by Ben Berry and Dick Seed. Only through strong support of higher education will our country continue to be a leader in the world.” The scholarship recipient receives $6,000.00.

To be eligible for this scholarship you must be currently enrolled as a law student at Seattle University School of Law and must have an undergraduate degree that qualifies you to sit for the USPTO Patent Agent Exam. Criteria for selecting the recipient of the scholarship include a well-developed interest in intellectual property and active participation in IP activities such as the Intellectual Property Law Society. Preference will be given to 2 and 3Ls and students with strong technical and/or scientific backgrounds.

Applications for the scholarship are due February 6, 2017.   All applications must include: (1) a cover letter explaining the applicant’s qualifications and merit, (2) the applicant’s resume, and (3) a copy of the applicant’s law school transcript that includes the grades through the Fall 2016 semester. Completed applications should be submitted to Dean Donna Claxton Deming. If you are submitting your materials in hard copy, please bring them to the Dean’s Office on the second floor of Sullivan Hall. If you are submitting your materials in a digital format, please email them to dcdeming@seattleu.edu. The scholarship recipient will be announced in late February and the recipient will be expected to attend a reception hosted by the firm in March.

WSBA Intellectual Property Scholarship Announcement 
Applications due by February 6, 2017

The Washington State Bar Association Intellectual Property section offers an annual $2500 scholarship to a student who has a demonstrable interest in the practice of  intellectual property law (whether litigation or transactional work) in the areas of patent, copyright, trademark or trade secret protection, arts and entertainment, advertising law and/or the intellectual property aspects of business.  The successful student will be selected based on their overall academic record, their performance in course work related to intellectual property and their extracurricular activities, particularly those that relate to IP.  Preference will be given to upper level students.

Applicants should submit a cover letter, resume and law school transcript by Monday, February 6 to Dean Deming at dcdeming@seattleu.edu.  The scholarship recipient(s) will be presented with the award at the annual WSBA IP section meet and greet event, scheduled to be held on Friday, March 10th at 5:00 pm at the Washington Convention Center.

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Carl Maxey: A Fighting Life

Carl Maxey: A Fighting Life
Film Screening, Thursday, February 9
Noon to 1:00 pm in Room 110

Celebrate Black History Month with Washington State Association for Justice (WSAJ) by attending a lunch hour movie, Carl Maxey: A Fighting Life Opening remarks will be made by Hardeep Rekhi, Chair of the WSAJ Diversity Committee.  Carl Maxey rose from a tragic childhood to make his own opportunities.  He found his calling in law, becoming the first black lawyer in Eastern Washington to pass the bar exam.  Maxey displayed his judicial prowess representing high profile white defendants, as well as championing black clients, often pro bono, and using litigation to dismantle systemic oppression in the Northwest.  Often, Maxey’s mere threat of a lawsuit was enough to convince bars, restaurants, and clubs to desegregate.  Pizza and soda will be provided.  Please RSVP in Symplicity.

Swing for the Fences! 24th Annual PILF Auction

Seattle University School of Law
You're cordially invited to the
Public Interest Law Foundation's

24th Annual Auction & Event

Saturday, March 4, 2017
6:00 p.m.
Seattle Marriott Waterfront
2100 Alaskan Way, Seattle, Washington
Swing for the Fences! will raise money that directly supports the PILF Summer Grant Program, which provides funding to Seattle University School of Law students who provide quality legal services to low-income and marginalized communities through unpaid summer jobs at nonprofit or public agencies.
Purchase Your Tickets
General Admission: $110 (Early bird pricing $95 before Feb. 6)
Public Interest Lawyers Admission: $75
Student Admission: $40
Table sponsorships for groups of 10 available.
Swing for the Fences! is unlike any prior PILF Auction. The event has evolved to feature many wonderful items - including a 12-day Holland America cruise! Take a peek at a sampling of the auction items available this year, and buy your tickets now while the early bird price lasts!
For the people who are unable to attend - click here to donate the cost of your ticket.

Thank you to our 2017 Sponsors

For information on sponsorships, go to our website or contact Brent Williams-Ruth at (206) 398-4127 and by e-mail at g-pilfauction@seattleu.edu.
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Wednesday, January 11, 2017

SFS Program: Investing and Financial Planning

Yes, investing and financial planning are possible, even with student loan debt! Join experts from Waddell & Reed, including alumnus Chris Bateman ’14, for a casual get together and educational workshop on investing and financial planning presented by Student Financial Services.

Monday, January 23, 5:00-5:50 pm, Room C5
Or Tuesday, January 24, 12:00-12:50 pm, Room 110

The class will cover the basics like dealing with debt, foundations for investing, and insurance planning. If you have questions about the stock market, the economy, or your own financial situation, sign up for answers to these questions and more. RSVP to lawfa@seattleu.edu and indicate the date you will attend. Snacks will be provided.

LSAC Writing Competition

The Law School Admission Council's (LSAC) Diversity Committee announces a writing competition to promote diversity in law schools and the legal profession on the following topic:


LSAC is committed to fostering diversity in law schools and the legal profession. Currently, through its Diversity Committee, LSAC sponsors and funds a number of initiatives aimed at increasing the diversity of the legal profession. These initiatives include organizing national and regional pipeline workshops that promote the development of outreach and early educational programs for students from diverse backgrounds; offering grants to support diversity initiatives at LSAC-member law schools; maintaining databases and websites, such as DiscoverLaw.org, with information, resources, and programs that encourage students of color, students living with a disability, and LGBTQ students to pursue a legal career and equip them with the tools for successful admission and graduation from law school; and engaging in ongoing collaborative programs and projects with prelaw advisors and students at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACUs), and Tribal Colleges and Universities (TCUs).

For decades, studies consistently have shown that students of color, students living with a disability, and LGBTQ students are underrepresented in most law schools. As a consequence, smaller percentages of persons who represent these groups are graduating from law school and entering the legal profession. This writing competition is designed to reinvigorate the dialogue about the recruitment and retention strategies that law schools should deploy to yield a more diverse class of graduates who will enter the legal profession.

Include a cover page with your submission. The cover should only contain the author's name, title of the paper, mailing address, law school affiliation, law school status (lL, 2L, 3L/4L), telephone number where the author may easily be reached, and an email address.

To allow anonymous evaluations, please do not put your name on the actual paper. The title on the paper must precisely match the title on the cover page that contains the identifying information described above.

Email entries to DiversityOffice@LSAC.org. Only electronic files (PDF or Word) will be accepted.

A panel of law school faculty, legal writing instructors, and LSAC Diversity Committee members will evaluate each submission and select the winning papers. If no paper meets the standards set forth in this announcement, the panel may decide not to issue an award or publish a paper. The panel's decision will be final.

All papers must be sent no later than 5:00 PM EST on Friday, March 31, 2017. No extensions will be granted under any circumstances. Papers submitted after the deadline will not be eligible for an award. All submissions become the property of LSAC, and LSAC will retain the copyright of any winning papers selected for publication.

Current JD candidates who are in good standing at LSAC-member law schools are invited to participate.

The length and format of the paper must adhere to the following:
  • Up to 20 pages (5,000 words or less)
  • 8½ by 11 inch paper
  • Double spaced, 1-inch margins, Word format, 12-point font
  • Endnotes written in "A Uniform System of Citation" (The Blue Book) format
Evaluation Criteria Essays will be judged according to:
  • Research and use of relevant sources and authorities (cases; law review articles; other secondary sources, including, but not limited to, books, newspapers, and magazines; and empirical and sociological studies)
  • Quality and clarity of legal analysis, persuasion, and writing
  • Understanding, interpretations, and conclusions regarding diversity and the implications of diversity in this context
  • Full compliance with all competition procedures
One winning paper will be selected from each of the three (3) qualifying categories of eligible students (1L, 2L, 3L/4L). Each winner will receive a $5,000 cash prize and the winning essays will be posted at DiscoverLaw.org.

In addition, one winning paper will be submitted for publication in the Journal of Legal Education or similar publication.

Please send your inquiries to the LSAC Diversity Initiatives Office

Citizenship Day

The City of Seattle is seeking attorney participants for Citizenship Day on January 20th. If you're an alum who practices criminal defense, family law, or immigration, please consider volunteering. There is also need for attorneys who speak languages other than English.

Please view the Citizenship Day page, volunteer page, and flyer for additional information.

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Free CLE

The Federal Bar Association of the Western District of Washington and the King County Bar Association are pleased to present a free CLE (1.5 credits pending approval)


Effectively Preserving Your Issues for Appeal

The Honorable Ricardo S. Martinez
Chief Judge, U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington

The Honorable Roger Rogoff
King County Superior Court

The Honorable Michael J. Trickey
Acting Chief Judge, Washington State Court of Appeals, Division I

Moderated by
Cynthia B. Jones
Jones Legal Group, LLC
Vice President of the FBA of the Western District of Washington

When: Friday, January 20, 2017, 3:30-5:00 p.m., check-in begins at 3:00

Location: United States Courthouse | 700 Stewart St., 19th Floor, Seattle

Register: Please RSVP to chelseah@kcba.org 

A wine and cheese reception will follow the CLE presentation to provide an opportunity for participants to meet and talk with the panel

For more information, contact the FBA co-chairs of membership, Jamie Lisagor and Karen Orehoski

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Peggy Browning Fund Fellowships Available

2017 Summer Fellowships: Funded positions in labor-related organizations throughout the US

2017-2018 School-Year Fellowship: One funded part-time position in Chicago

AFL-CIO’s Law Student Union Summer Program: 10-week internships combining legal work with grassroots organizing (program run by AFL-CIO; apply via Peggy Browning Fund’s website)

Application deadline: January 13, 2017 (Peggy Browning Alumni are eligible to re-apply)

Check them all out at www.peggybrowningfund.org!