Tuesday, April 30, 2013

WSBA Seeking Student Representative

The Juvenile Law Section of the Washington State Bar Association (WSBA) is seeking a new Seattle University student representative to start this summer!

As of graduation on May 18, there will be a student representative position open on Executive Committee of the Juvenile Law Section which is part of the WSBA. For more information on the section, read the section’s purpose (at the end of this email) or feel free to contact the current Seattle University student representative, Blythe Phillips, at philli23@seattleu.edu.

The time commitment for this position is quite small. The executive committee meets once a month by phone conference and twice yearly in person: the annual meeting and the annual retreat.  In recent history, the in-person meetings have been held in Seattle.  The law student members contribute by offering a law student perspective on matters before the executive committee, passing information of interest from the executive committee on to the student body, and finding content for the section newsletter. The position is ex officio – students do not vote on anything before the committee.

This is a great opportunity to connect with practitioners around the state, to keep current on issues that are important to youth advocacy, and to become a part of section-sponsored events. To be eligible for the executive committee, the student is required to join the juvenile law section. The current cost for student membership is $17.75. This fee is paid yearly. Student representatives’ terms end at graduation.

Applications are due May 18, 2013. Please send a resume and a statement of interest to Paul Alig at paul.alig@teamchild.org and to Chori Folkman at cfolkman@tulaliptribes-nsn.gov.

Juvenile Law Section Bylaw  1.2 Purpose:
The Juvenile Law Section of the Washington State Bar Association will provide a forum to discuss issues of concern and act as an agent of change to improve the law and practice related to civil and criminal matters involving children and youth in Washington State. This section will welcome advocates from all interested disciplines and a variety of fields of law, including juvenile justice, child welfare and those who represent youth in civil legal practice.


Recruiting, Retention and Advancement of LGBT IP Professionals Panel Discussion

You are cordially invited to attend this panel discussion during the AIPLA Spring meeting where you will gain insight into how law firms, corporations, and universities are making strides in recruiting, retaining and advancing LGBT professionals. You will not only have an opportunity to hear from these experts, but will be able to discuss ideas, concerns, and best practices with individuals at your table. This event is co-hosted by Lee & Hayes, pllc and Microsoft Corporation.

Panel members include:

•    In-House Counsel Perspective
JD Fugate, Assistant General Counsel, Microsoft Corporation, Redmond, WA
•    Law Firm Perspective
Kathryn J. Fritz, Managing Partner, Fenwick & West, LLP, San Francisco, CA
•    Academia Perspective
Timothy R. Holbrook, Emory University School of Law, Atlanta, GA

When: Wednesday, May 1st
Time: 3:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Where: Westin Hotel, 1900 Fifth Ave., Seattle, WA in the Cascade Ballroom II, Mezzanine Level
Cost: No cost to attend either event and everyone is welcome

LGBT Diversity Reception immediately following

We look forward to seeing you there.

(120 Minutes of CLE Requested; program will be eligible for EoB CLE)

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Study Tips

Some science-backed study tips to help you prepare for exams. Best of luck, everyone!

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Marine Corps Judge Advocate Informational Lunch Presentation and Interviews

Capt. Preston Selleck, US Marine Corps Judge Advocate, will visit the law school on Thursday, May 2nd. During his visit he will host an informational lunch for students who would like to learn more about being a Judge Advocate. He will also be available for one-on-one informational interviews.

To RSVP for the lunch (food will be provided by CPD) and/or to request a one-on-one meeting time with Capt. Selleck, please email Erin Fullner. This is an incredible opportunity for those considering a legal career in the military!
Capt. Selleck's first duty station was Camp Pendleton, CA where he served as defense counsel, primarily representing clients within 1st Marine Division.  During his time as defense counsel he was detailed to more than 125 cases.
Capt. Selleck was then Battalion Judge Advocate to 1st Light Armored Reconnaissance (LAR) Battalion.  He served with 1st LAR in support of their mission during Operation Enduring Freedom from August, 2011 until June, 2012.  1st LAR operated in the Reg-E Khan Neshin District, Helmand Province, Afghanistan. As the Battalion Judge Advocate, Capt. Selleck was the general legal advisor to the Commanding Officer of 1st LAR.  Capt. Selleck’s duties included operational advice and planning, managing detainee operations, oversight of fiscal operations, investigations, and the occasional, though rare, combat patrol.  1st LAR’s tour in Afghanistan spanned from October, 2011 to May, 2012.
After returning to the US, Capt. Selleck was transferred to the Office of Military Commissions in Washington, D.C.  He was assigned as defense counsel and is currently serving as support counsel in the case of United States of America v. Mr. Abd Al Rahim Hussayn Muhammad Al-Nashiri, the alleged mastermind of the October 12, 2000 USS Cole bombing.

Wednesday, April 17, 2013



Equal Justice Works’ National Advisory Committee (NAC) provides a great opportunity to become more involved with Equal Justice Works. The NAC serves in an advisory board capacity to Equal Justice Works. By serving on the NAC, you can play an important role in providing feedback and guidance on select Equal Justice Works initiatives.

EJW is currently seeking three law student members to fill positions that will begin service on June 1, 2013 for a two year commitment that will end on June 1, 2015.  As a member of the NAC, you are required to attend an annual meeting and participate in periodic conference calls throughout the year to work on projects designed to help Equal Justice Works improve existing programs and develop new initiatives. 

More details on the NAC and the application are now available on our website here. The application deadline is Monday, April 22.

If you have questions about the NAC please contact Stacey Lara, who is wrapping up a term on the NAC this June.

Equal Justice Works Survey

Equal Justice Works may have an opportunity to fund law & organizing fellowships to work with tenant organizers on Section 8 housing issues.  EJW is trying to gauge whether there is sufficient interest in such opportunities amongst law students and recent law graduates.  This survey takes 1.5 minutes to complete – and it may create public interest opportunities IN SEATTLE.  Many thanks for your attention and commitment!


Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Health Law Speed Networking Event

On Thursday April 25th, the Health Law Society is hosting a speed networking event at the Chieftain from 6-8 p.m.  Appetizers will be provided.   Attorneys representing a broad range of health law areas from plaintiff and defense work, state agency work, and mental health criminal law will be present.  Come and meet professionals in our area and learn about the mentor/mentee opportunities for the next school year.

Monday, April 15, 2013

Applications Being Accepted for Inn of Court

Current 2L students are encouraged to apply for 2013-2014 membership in the William L. Dwyer Inn of Court. Materials required are a resume and a letter of interest detailing why you would like to join the Inn. There are seven spots available for Seattle University law students and applications will be reviewed by Professor Deborah Ahrens and Erin Fullner, Associate Director of the Center for Professional Development. 

Selection criteria include a demonstrated interest in litigation and dispute resolution, participation in activities supporting that interest, and a thoughtful and compelling cover letter. The membership commitment consists of nine evening monthly meetings held the second Tuesday of each month September-May at Seattle University. The membership dues for 2013-2014 are $100, which will cover the cost of all the meals.

Applications for the William L. Dwyer Inn of Court are due Monday, April 29 by 5 p.m. Application materials can be submitted in person to Rebecca O’Neil in the Dean’s Office or electronically at parkerr@seattleu.edu.

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 around 320 chapters and over 23,000 members.

Questions can be directed to Professor Deborah Ahrens, Erin Fullner or Rebecca O’Neil.

The HNBA/Microsoft IP Law Institute

The Hispanic National Bar Association and Microsoft have teamed up to create an exciting, bold new program to increase Hispanic representation in the field of intellectual property law.  Innovation is the lifeblood of the U.S. economy and IP law is an increasingly important factor in America’s future economic strength.  Yet, statistics show that Hispanic lawyers are underrepresented in the field of IP law.  The low numbers suggest a lack of understanding about IP law, a lack of role models, and a misconception about the skills and background needed to practice in the IP field.  The HNBA/Microsoft IP Law Institute (“IP Law Institute”) is committed to changing those statistics.

The IP Law Institute will select up to 25 law students from law schools throughout the country to participate in a week- long IP law immersion program.  The costs of travel, lodging, meals, and materials will be covered by the IP Law Institute. The IP Law Institute will provide substantive instruction, hands-on practical experience, writing workshops, visits to U.S. government institutions related to IP law (U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, U.S. International Trade Commission, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit), briefings from leading IP practitioners and congressional and executive branch authorities, and networking opportunities, that will give participants a broad understanding of IP law practice, as well as provide contacts and avenues for potential employment.  The IP Law Institute will be anchored by a briefing on issues in an active patent litigation case followed by attending live oral arguments on the same case before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (“CAFC”).  Attendees will also receive a rare behind the scenes tour of the court and meet CAFC Judges and law clerks.   The Honorable Jimmie V. Reyna from the CAFC will host the group at the court and will speak to the students about IP law and the court’s role in its development.   

Candidates must be law students in good standing at an ABA accredited law school and have a demonstrated interest in intellectual property law as a potential practice area.  Candidates are required to complete an online application that will include a personal statement, résumé, transcript and, at their option, professional and academic references.  Selection criteria will include an evaluation of interest; academic record; dedication and commitment toward accomplishing goals; professional and faculty recommendations; and previous technical/scientific-related educational and employment background (if applicable).  No one factor is dispositive and students with no technical or scientific background are encouraged to apply.

Please visit the Institute website for more details about the program and application instructions.

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

KCBA Environmental Section Meet & Greet

The KCBA Environmental Section will be on campus to meet with any and all students interested in environmental or land use work. This event is a fantastic opportunity to connect with local attorneys and learn more about this area of practice.

April 29th, 4:00-6:00 p.m., Second Floor Gallery. RSVP in Symplicity.

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Washington State Governor's Leadership Academy

 Governor’s Leadership Academy

The Governor’s Leadership Academy is a unique internship program for college and graduate students to gain a hands-on learning experience in the Governor’s office. The Inslee Administration is looking for innovative, forward-thinking individuals who are committed to public service and who want to develop their leadership and public policy skills in a dynamic environment.

·         Outstanding verbal, written and leadership skills
·         Ability to handle multiple priorities and meet established deadlines
·         Ability to work well and creatively, in a team environment and independently
·         Good judgment, ability to manage sensitive situations, and highly personable
·         Passion for public service

Internship Opportunities:
Boards and Commissions
Boards and commissions are designed to give citizens a voice in their government and provide a means of influencing decisions that shape the quality of life for the residents of our state. Washington State has 200+ boards and commissions to which Gov. Inslee appoints citizen members. Interns will assist the Director of Boards and Commissions in the fulfillment of office responsibilities including, but not limited to: soliciting, receiving, organizing, processing and responding to applications, assisting in outreach to board and commission members and researching board functions.

Office of the Chief of Staff
The office of the Chief of Staff is a fast-paced environment that offers interns the unique opportunity to interact directly with the Governor’s Executive Team, Cabinet members, agency staff and constituents. Interns are required to assist with briefings for the Chief of Staff, prepare agendas for Cabinet-level meetings, and administrative duties as assigned by the Executive Assistant to the Chief of Staff.

Communications Office
The Communications office works with the media to inform the public of the Governor’s actions, goals and ideas. An intern in the Communications office would assist with the assembling of daily news clips, drafting press releases, assisting with media events, assisting with Social Media and other administrative duties as assigned.

Constituent Services
The office of Constituent Services receives and processes 80,000 to 100,000 contacts each year. Interns will respond to constituent comments and concerns via email and letters, but also face to face and by phone as necessary. Interns will assist in drafting and processing official correspondence for publication, opening the mail, scanning correspondence, data entry work and filing. Constituent Services interns are expected to have a high level of interpersonal, writing and research skills.

Internal Relations Office
The office of Internal Relations oversees the Governor’s Small Agency Cabinet, the Boards and Commissions office, the Governor’s International Relations office and the Executive Residence. An intern for the Internal Relations office will have a unique opportunity to interact with the Governor’s Executive Team, The First Lady, small agency cabinet members and constituents. Responsibilities include but are not limited to: preparing briefing material for the Executive Director of Internal Relations and First Lady, preparing meeting agendas, research, special projects, event coordination and other administrative duties as assigned.

External Relations Office
The Governor’s office of External Relations is responsible for statewide outreach on behalf of the Governor to a diverse set of stakeholders and constituency groups. The External Relations office provides staffing and briefing for the Governor’s public events and are the eyes and ears on the ground for the office of the Governor. Interns in the External Relations office will work closely with Regional Outreach Representatives to assist with briefing materials, research, event coordination and other duties as assigned.

Office of General Counsel
The Governor’s General Counsel provides a variety of legal advice to the Governor and the Governor’s Executive Team, including advice on judicial appointments; clemency or pardon petitions; executive orders; legislation; and ethics. Interns and externs will assist with legal research, writing and other duties as assigned. Internships in this office are intended for second and third year law students.

 Legislative Affairs and Policy
The Legislative Affairs and Policy Office (LAPO) are comprised of approximately 20 professionals who manage the Governor’s legislative agenda. They work closely with legislators, stakeholders, governmental entities and numerous constituent groups in their work to develop and/or guide policy initiatives in support of the Governor’s agenda. LAPO advisors are assigned to specific issue area(s) such as Education, Health Care, Aerospace, Energy and Environment and more. This staffs ensure the Governor’s policy interests are represented at all levels of government, including in Washington, D.C. Interns in LAPO will have the unique opportunity to be indirectly involved in the legislative process by assisting in responsibilities which may include policy and issue research, development of briefing documents, tracking high priority bills, analyzing bills, coordinating bill signing and various administrative duties.

Scheduling and Reception
The first point of contact for many constituents is often the Governor’s executive receptionist. Interns who work with the Executive Receptionist are responsible for taking calls, directing guests and meeting attendees and other duties as assigned. Interns who work with the Governor’s scheduler will have an opportunity to help with special projects for the Governor.

International Relations and Protocol
The Governor’s office meets and hosts numerous international dignitaries every year. Interns who work with the International Relations Director will assist with preparing briefings, correspondence, protocol, event coordination and other duties as assigned.

Washington DC Office
Interns in the Washington, DC office will have a unique opportunity to assist the Director of the Washington, DC Office with projects related to the Governor’s federal agenda, and that will promote Washington State interests in the nation’s capital. Interns will assist with research, preparing briefing memos, scheduling and other administrative duties as assigned.

Application instructions can be found on Symplicity

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

KCBA Business Law CLE This Friday

King County Bar Association presents: Hot Topics in Business Law

This CLE will take place Friday, April 5 at the Rainier Square Conference Center - 1301 Fifth Avenue, 3rd Floor Atrium, Seattle

The price for students to attend is $25 and includes the full program plus social hour


11:30-12:00pm - Registration and coffee service (feel free to bring a lunch)

12:00-12:10pm - Welcome and overview by KCBA Business Law Section Chair Shashi Vijay of VJ Law Firm PLLC

12:10-1:20pm - Business Law and Business Litigation presented by Matthew R. King of Law Offices of Matthew R. King PLLC (moderator), Peter J. Smith of The Apex Law Group, and Mark Lorbiecki of Lowe Graham Jones PLLC

1:20-2:30pm - Business Succession Planning presented by Robert Pampell of 21st Century Law Office (moderator), Todd Tarbert of Murphy Business & Financial Corporation, and Harold E. Snow of Garvey Shubert Barer

2:30-2:45pm - Break

2:45-3:55pm - Bankruptcy and Debtor-Creditor Law presented by Daniel D. Pharris of Lasher Holzapfel Sperry & Ebberson PLLC and Deirdre Glynn Levin of Keller Rohrback LLP

3:55-5:00pm - Topics in International Business Law presented by Marguerite Smith of Flexx Law PS (moderator), Sara Sandford of Garvey Shubert Barer (How to Structure Cross-Border Business Transactions), and Melvyn J. Simburg of Ketter Sheppard & Purdy LLP (Enforcing International Licensing Agreements)

5:00pm - Evaluations and Adjournment

A networking social hour will follow immediately after the program

Please call the KCBA CLE Department if you have questions: 206.267.7067