Thursday, July 31, 2014

2014 Lavender Law® Conference & Career Fair

The Lavender Law Conference & Career Fair will take place on August 21, 2014 at Sheraton Time Square in New York. The Continuing Legal Education Conference will take place August 22-23.
Lavender Law is attended by 1,600 legal professionals every year. More than 450 law students are given the opportunity to speak with more than 150 recruiters at the career fair. The continuing legal education conference features more than 40 workshops discussing topics such as LGBT athletes, criminal justice/prisons and updates in transgender law.
Lavender Law recruiters come from across the country and represent law firms, Fortune 500 companies, government agencies, and non-profit organizations. View a current list of recruiters.

For those who cannot afford to attend the career fair, the LGBT Bar offers a limited number of Law Student Scholarships to students who cannot otherwise attend. Scholarships cover the cost of registration only. Room block rates are available for the conference hotel.

For details, visit the career fair webpage. Additional questions can be directed to

Monday, July 28, 2014


The deadline to apply for positions at the Northwest Minority Job Fair has been extended until the morning of Friday, August 1. Do not wait until the last minute because the exact time the system will stop accepting applications has not been disclosed.  Get details here.

OCI Bidding for All Sessions Begins Today!

Students may begin to submit their applications to OCI employers on Symplicity TODAY.  Applications may be made for employers in Sessions 1, 2 & 3. While there is no advantage to submitting your application immediately, be aware of deadlines for each session.  The deadline to apply to employers in Session 1 is Monday, August 11 at NOON. Don’t forget, the CPD is available to review your application materials before you apply! 

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Happy Hour Presented by the KCBA Young Lawyers Division and Washington Arbitration & Mediation Service

The KCBA Young Lawyers Division and Washington Arbitration & Mediation Service (WAMS) are proud to present a free happy hour: Thursday, July 24, 2014, 5:00-7:00 pm at the WAMS office (600 University Street, Suite 900, Seattle).
WAMS will generously provide free drinks and appetizers to all attendees. Take advantage of this opportunity to network, get to know your peers, and check out the WAMS office.

To help the organizers order enough food and drinks for everyone, please RSVP by email to Chelsea Harris.

Friday, July 18, 2014

OCI Information Session Recording

If you missed the OCI info session earlier this week, you can view it here in CPD's media library.

KCBA Young Lawyers Division Free CLE

The KCBA Young Lawyers Division is proud to present a free afternoon CLE: Managing Client Expectations in Mediation (1.00 General CLE Credit). Thursday, July 24, 2014, 4:00 – 5:00 p.m., WAMS, 600 University Street, Suite 900, Seattle. Presented by: Michele Sales, Mediator, Arbitrator.

Program Details
This program will discuss the importance of managing client dollars and expectations before and during mediation, with tips for valuing your case and timing the mediation session.

Michele Sales
A full-time mediator and arbitrator through WAMS, Ms. Sales has a primary mediation practice focus on employment-based disputes and serious personal injury claims. She in an experienced litigator in Superior and Federal courts, having tried liability and personal injury cases lasting four weeks or more. She has served as an instructor for mediation, negotiation and trial skills seminars sponsored by Washington State Association of Justice, Washington Defense Trial Lawyers, the Defense Research Institute and the National Institute of Trial Advocacy.

Happy Hour
Even if you can’t make the CLE make sure to stop by the WAMS office for this month’s free happy hour, from 5:00 – 7:00 pm. This is a great chance to network and enjoy free drinks and appetizers with your peers. Please let me know if you are planning on attending this happy hour so that we can order sufficient food and drinks for everyone! Also a big thank you goes out to WAMS for generously agreeing to host and sponsor this CLE and happy hour!

This CLE will not be streamed or recorded. It will only be available in person.
Please RSVP by email to and specify if you will be attending the CLE, the happy hour or both.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

School of Law Alumni Board Nominations

Seattle University School of Law Alumni Board
Nominations for 2014 - 2017

Seattle University School of Law’s alumni board, LAB, is seeking new members to join the Board for the 2014 - 2017 term.

The mission of the Law Alumni Board (LAB) is to protect and enhance the strength of Seattle University School of Law’s academic and professional development programs, to promote and extend the positive profile of the School of Law, to support students and alumni in achieving their professional goals, and to ensure the fulfillment of the School of Law’s mission to educate powerful advocates for justice.

The LAB is an active, working board and meets at least four times per year. The first meeting of the year will be on September 10 from 3:30 – 5:00 p.m. in Sullivan Hall. Each LAB member serves a three-year term, with the possibility of renewing for one additional year. Every member of LAB serves on one or more of the following committees:  Development, Mentoring and Professional Development, Outreach, and Strategic planning. More information about the LAB and its committees can be found here.

If you are interested in joining the LAB, please complete and submit the application form by August 4, 2014.

An Evening with Justice Yu

Perkins Coie will host an evening with Justice Mary Yu, Tuesday, July 29 at 4:30 p.m., at their downtown Seattle office (1201 Third Ave., Ste. 4900). Please RSVP by July 22.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Washington State Attorney General's Open House

Attorney General Bob Ferguson will host an open house in his Olympia/Tumwater office for those who wish to learn more about the office and how to apply for attorney positions.  This event is open to all current and incoming 3Ls, judicial clerks, and licensed attorneys.

Monday, July 7, 2014

On Campus Interview (OCI) Information Session

Attention rising 2Ls and 3Ls: CPD will host an On Campus Interview (OCI) Information Session on Tuesday, July 15 at 5:00 pm in Room 110. OCI is an excellent way for rising 2Ls to apply for summer associate and law clerk positions for summer 2015 and for rising 3Ls to apply for post-grad jobs. Evening and joint JD students, you may apply to OCI employers as a rising 2L in both your 2 and 3L year, and for post-grad positions when you're a rising 4L. There are firm and government opportunities available, so please review the OCI information on Symplicity, which opened for student viewing on July 1.

At the session, we will cover tips for your application materials, the mechanics of how to submit applications through Symplicity (OCI applications are completed online), and an overview of the "bidding" and interview process. The OCI process is competitive, so planning ahead will help give you an edge!

Northwest Minority Job Fair

Student registration is now open until July 21.  Registration is free for students and all expenses are paid by the participating employers. Visit for more information.

CPD Interviewing Information Session

Please join CPD for a seminar on effective interviewing skills on Wednesday, August 20 at 5:30 p.m. in Room 109. We will provide strategies for tackling difficult interview questions (including those tricky behavioral interviewing questions), tips on how to answer the ubiquitous "Tell me about yourself" interview opener, ideas for crafting great questions for your interviewers, and more. We look forward to seeing you there. Light snacks provided.

2014 Public Interest Law Fellowship Panel

Interested in a post-graduate public interest fellowship? Attend the panel and discussion followed by a networking reception. Come learn more about the process of applying for postgraduate public interest law fellowships, including Equal Justice Works Fellowships, EJW AmeriCorps Legal Fellowships, Presidential Management Fellowships, and other opportunities. Whether you are in the process of applying for a fellowship or just want to learn more about this unique and rewarding way to launch your public interest career, this panel and networking reception with current and former fellows is for you.

Monday, July 21, 2014, from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m.
Seattle University School of Law
Sullivan Hall, Room C5
901 12th Avenue, Seattle, WA

RSVP by Wednesday, July 16th with Jennifer Werdell at

Spokane-area students: Videoconference feed available at Gonzaga University School of Law, Center for Law & Public Service.

Sponsored by the WA Access to Justice Board Leadership Development Committee. Questions? Please contact

Job Search Strategies Seminar

Attention rising 3Ls and recent graduates: please join us for a job search strategies seminar on Tuesday, August 19 at 5:30 pm in Room 109. This will be a helpful refresher on networking and job search tips, and will also cover new material on how to best take advantage of membership in local bar associations and professional organizations. No RSVP is necessary. Light snacks will be provided.

Behind the Scenes OCI Info Session at Perkins Coie

For those students planning to participate in OCI, please make sure to attend a behind the scenes information session at Perkins Coie on Wednesday, July 23 at 4:30 p.m. at Perkins Coie's downtown Seattle office (1201 Third Ave, 49th Floor).

Members of the Perkins Coie recruiting team will share the scoop on on-campus and callback interviews, followed by a reception with members of the hiring and diversity committees at 5:30. This is a fantastic opportunity to learn about what firms are really looking for! RSVP by July 21 to