Thursday, April 21, 2011

Licensing Executives Society Celebrates World IP Day

In honor of World Intellectual Property Day, IP, licensing, and business development professionals will gather the world over to discuss the importance of IP to the global economy.

The Licensing Executives Society (LES) Seattle Chapter has chosen to recognize the importance of intellectual property in Seattle's rich music history. From Jimi Hendrix to Pearl Jam, Seattle has had a major influence on musical culture and history. Intellectual property is a huge part of music, from trademark licensing of consumer products, copyright licensing of tracks and ringtones, and new patents and technologies for the distribution and enjoyment of our musical tastes.

Join LES members at Seattle's Hard Rock Café to network and celebrate the day. Activities will include prizes for best rock star look-alike and best concert t-shirt.

DATE + TIME: Tuesday, April 26, 2011, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

LOCATION: Hard Rock Café, 116 Pike Street, Seattle, (206) 204-2233

REGISTRATION: LES Members: $10, Non-Members: $15 (students welcome!), Online Registration Deadline: Monday, April 25, 12 PM

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

WSBA New Lawyer Education CLE: How to Start Your Solo Practice

WSBA New Lawyer Education prepares you to hang your own shingle with sturdy nails and a powerful hammer. Learn the skills fundamental to solo success:

-Choose the right office environment and technology for your practice

-Develop a successful market for your business

-Manage fees and communicate with your clients

Date: May 5, 2011, 8:30-4:00
Location: Webcast or WSBA CLE Conference Center, 1501 4th Ave Ste 308, Seattle, WA 98101
Credits: 5.0 general CLE credits
Tuition: Attorneys admitted to the bar for less than four years: $79; attorneys admitted to the bar for four years or more: $225

Register to attend in person

Study at UC Hastings this Summer

UC Hastings is offering several classes this summer as part of the College’s annual Summer Legal Institute (SLI). This year, summer J.D. classes will include Evidence, Legal Ethics, International Arbitration, and Criminal Procedure, among others.

Summer course offerings are divided into two general areas: credit-bearing courses and certificate programs. The credit-bearing courses are open to any JD student currently enrolled and in good standing at an ABA-accredited law school within the United States. There are two certificate programs: Court ADR Systems Design and a 40-Hour Mediation Training for non-U.S. attorneys. Court ADR Systems Design is open to international judges, attorneys, solicitors, barristers, and court administrators who are not U.S. citizens and who live and work outside of the United States. Incoming UC Hastings LL.M. students may also receive academic credit to be applied towards their LL.M degree by enrolling in the 40-Hour Mediation Training. California Bar members may receive MCLE credit.

For more information, please visit the program website.

Rocky Mountain Diversity Legal Career Fair

The Rocky Mountain Diversity Legal Career Fair provides an excellent forum for legal employers, law students and law school graduates to meet and discuss employment options with the goal of expanding opportunities and assisting the legal profession in fulfilling its commitment to diversity. Legal employers attending the RMDLCF seek to hire law students and graduates from diverse backgrounds that have been traditionally under-represented in the practice of law in the Rocky Mountain region. These include law students and graduates who are ethnic or racial minorities, disabled, and/or gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender.

Law students and recent law school graduates are invited to register and attend the RMDLCF and to apply for twenty-minute scheduled interviews with participating employers.

Registration is open until July 25, 2011. For questions about the 2011 Rocky Mountain Diversity Legal Career Fair, please call (303) 892-7377 or email .

Housing Law CLE

The Legal Action Center presents, Advocating for Residential Tenants
Friday May 6th, 12:00 – 4:00pm
Sponsored by K&L Gates

This CLE will educate participants on the basics of assisting low-income residential tenants in housing matters. The course is designed to prepare attorneys to provide pro-bono services to clients at the Legal Action Center, but all interested parties are encouraged to attend.

There is a suggested registration donation of $25 to attend that can be paid the day of the CLE via check or cash (no credit or debit cards). To register for this event, please e-mail Kate Snow at with your name, contact information and WSBA number. There is limited space available so please register early.

Presenters to include:

Mark Chattin
Legal Action Center
Mr. Chattin has been a member of the Washington State Bar Association (WSBA) since 1992. He previously practiced in Alabama beginning in 1985 where he specialized in civil legal aid. Once he relocated to Washington, he has been actively dedicated to representing the state’s most vulnerable tenants in housing issues. He is also an adjunct professor at Seattle University School of Law and has previously taught at City University.

Frank Siderius
Siderius, Lonergan & Martin, LLP
Mr. Siderius joined Siderius Lonergan & Martin in 1977. He has been recognized as a Washington Super Lawyer by Washington Law & Politics magazine, and he is committed to providing pro bono legal services. He has been an advisor and litigator for nearly 30 years. In addition to an active practice advising credit unions and financial institutions, Frank has tried cases in state and federal courts at trial and appellate levels. He has handled cases involving business disputes, creditor’s rights, personal injury, wrongful death, real estate, insurance defense, and probate and estate issues. Additionally, he is also one of the co-founders of the Legal Action Center and actively volunteers his time at a variety of other organizations.

Jerry Greenan
Gordon Thomas Honeywell
Mr. Green has been an active member of the WSBA since 1957. During his distinguished career, he has appeared before the United States Supreme Court, the Court of Appeals for the Ninth, Tenth and Federal Circuits, the United States District Court for the Western District of Washington, and, the courts of the State of Washington. In addition, he has appeared before Federal and State courts in many states throughout the United States. Mr. Greenan has been listed in the Business Litigation Section of every edition of "The Best Lawyers in America" from 1987 to the present time. He was the 2009 recipient of the law medal awarded by Gonzaga University School of Law to those individuals who have provided exceptional service to the law and the legal system. He is also a frequent lecturer at continuing legal education seminars on subjects related to antitrust, commercial litigation, eminent domain, trial techniques, conflicts of interest and lawyer discipline. He has been a dedicated volunteer at the Legal Action Center.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

44th Annual Pacific Coast Labor & Employment Law Conference


Great opportunity for students to attend the region's premier labor and employment conference for free.

In exchange for volunteering at the conference to assist with registration and some other matters, students gain free entry into the two day-long conference. It's an opportunity to hear about the latest developments in this dynamic area of law form experts and to network with practitioners in the field.

The conference will be held in downtown Seattle on May 5 and 6, 2011.

Those interested should contact Kristen Scheyer ASAP at or 425.450.0894

Students can address additional questions to Professor Natasha Martin.

National Black Prosecutors Association Annual Conference and Job Fair

Registration is now open for the National Black Prosecutors Association's (NBPA) annual conference at the Minneapolis Marriott City Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota. The goal of the National Black Prosecutors Association’s Job Fair is to promote diversity in prosecutors’ offices by providing a forum where law students, recent law graduates, and experienced attorneys from across the nation can meet and interview with prospective prosecutorial employers at the local, state, and federal levels.

The NBPA, established in 1983, is a professional member organization comprised of over 800 prosecutors. Our mission is to recruit, train, and advance the careers of minority attorneys as prosecutors at all levels of government. Our annual convention serves, not only as a job fair forum, but as a comprehensive legal training program for prosecutors. This year’s 28th annual conference will run from July 24, 2011 to July 30, 2011, and the Job Fair will take place on July 26, 2011.

Registration information, fees, and hotel info can be found at the NBPA website. Registration closes on July 12th.

Monday, April 11, 2011

William L. Dwyer Inn of Court Applications

Current 2Ls are encouraged to apply for 2011-2012 membership in the William L. Dwyer Inn of Court.

Resume and a letter of interest detailing why you would like to join the Inn are required. There are seven spots available for Seattle University law students and applications will be reviewed by Professor Deborah Ahrens and Erin Fullner.

Selection criteria include a demonstrated interest in litigation and dispute resolution, participation in activities supporting that interest, and a thoughtful and compelling cover letter. Applications are due Wednesday, April 27 by 4 p.m. Materials can be submitted to Lisa Van Wey in the Dean’s Office (Room 210) or electronically at

The membership commitment consists of nine evening monthly meetings the second Tuesday of each month September-May. The membership dues for 2011-2012 are $100, which covers the cost of all meals.

Inn of Court serves as an educational and mentoring organization to law students who are dedicated to perpetuating high-quality, ethical lawyering. The general membership is made up of judges, attorneys with varying practice experience, and law students in their third year. The William L. Dwyer Inn of Court is part of the American Inns of Court, a national organization which is comprised of more than 300 chapters with 23,000+ members.

Questions can be directed to Professor Deborah Ahrens, Erin Fullner or Lisa Van Wey.

Judicial Clerkship Kickoff Reminder

2, 3, and 4Ls, If you plan to apply for judicial clerkships this season, the Clerkship Kickoff Meeting is REQUIRED.

If you're unsure whether you'll want to apply, come to one of the two meetings:

  • Tuesday, April 12, 12:00-12:50, Room C1

  • Tuesday, April 19, 5:00-5:50, Room C5

DRI's Law Student Diversity Scholarship

DRI is still accepting applications for our annual Law Student Diversity Scholarship, open to incoming second and third-year African American, Hispanic, Asian, Pan Asian and Native American law students. Incoming second and third-year female law students are also eligible, regardless of race or ethnicity. Incoming second and third-year law students who also come from backgrounds that would add to the cause of diversity, regardless of race or gender are eligible to apply.

To qualify for this scholarship, candidate must be a full-time student or evening student who has completed two-thirds or more of the total credit hours requirement for a degree by the applicant's law school.

Two scholarships in the amount of $10,000 each will be awarded to applicants who best demonstrate:
• Academic excellence
• Service to the profession
• Service to the community
• Service to the cause of diversity

For more information, please visit the DRI Diversity Scholarship website. Application deadline is April 27th.

Make the Most of your Public Interest Deferment Opportunity

The Institute for Justice, the nation’s leading libertarian public interest law firm, is encouraging third year students to apply for a Constitutional Law Fellowship at the Institute for Justice during their law firm deferment.

Founded in 1991, the Institute for Justice engages in cutting-edge constitutional litigation and advocacy, both in the courts of law and in the court of public opinion, on behalf of individuals whose most basic rights are denied by the government—like the right to earn an honest living, private property rights, the right to free speech and educational choice. For more
information on the Institute for Justice, visit

To apply, email a cover letter, resume and legal writing sample to IJ’s Special Projects Manager Krissy Keys at Deadline to apply is April 15, 2011.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

UPDATED - Equal Justice Works Summer Corps Applications

UPDATED INFO: Working at a nonprofit this summer? The Equal Justice Works Summer Corps applications deadline has been EXTENDED to Sunday, April 10 at 8:59 PM PST. This educational award goes to law students working in full-time summer public interest positions. The application is short and could earn you $1,132 to be applied to your tuition next year! If you have any questions about the grant or application process, please contact Stacey Lara-Kerr at

Rule 9 Info

If you are thinking of applying to a Rule 9 position, and are not yet certified, be sure to check out the Rule 9 section of the CPD website for a quick overview of how to obtain certification through the WSBA.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

WSBA International Practice Section Reception

Calling all law students interested in international law!!!

hosted by the WSBA's
International Practice Section

This reception is your chance to:
• meet and talk with practicing attorneys,
• make contacts for internships and jobs,
• learn about that esoteric area of international law you're interested in,
• and network with other like-minded students,
• enjoy appetizers and refreshments in a swanky downtown Seattle firm.
This is always a lively and exciting event. Don't miss out on the fun - RSVP now!

Date/Time: Thursday April 7, 6:00-8:00 p.m.

Location: Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt; U.S. Bank Centre Building; 1420 5th Avenue, Suite 3400, Seattle

Cost: Free for law students and IPS members. $40 for Non-Member attorneys (this amount includes 1 year membership to IPS).

Reservation: Please RSVP ASAP 1 to Mr. Shahzad Qadri at: