Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Federal Bar Association of the Western District of WA Presents a FREE CLE: 21 Steps to Effective Practice

The FBA of the Western District of Washington is pleased to present a Free CLE:
21 Steps to Effective Practice in Federal Court
(1.5 CLE credits pending approval)

This CLE is the first of four CLEs designed to introduce new practitioners to federal court practice, including getting to know some of our local judges.

Presented by:
The Honorable Benjamin H. Settle, U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington

When:           Thursday, October 6, 2016, 12:00-1:30 p.m. |check-in begins at 11:30 p.m.

Location:      United States Courthouse | 1717 Pacific Avenue, Tacoma

Register:      Please RSVP to karen@bgotrial.com

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

Photo I.D. is required to enter the courthouse.  Please allow time to pass through security.

This CLE is co-sponsored by the FBA’s Local Rules Committee (co-chairs Michelle Peterson and Martha Dawson) and the FBA’s Membership Committee (co-chairs Karen Orehoski and Jamie Lisagor).

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Equal Justice Works Updates

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SEPTEMBER 20, 2016
Registration is still open for the 2016 Conference & Career Fair!

The Equal Justice Works Conference & Career Fair is the largest national public interest legal career fair in the country, and one of the best places for your law students to connect with government agencies, nonprofit organizations, and public interest law firms.

Even though the deadline to pre-register for scheduled interviews has passed, law students and graduates can still register for Table Talk and all the Conference workshops and sessions here. Many students have received job and interview offers during Table Talk, so make sure your students know about this incredibly beneficial opportunity!

Registration is also open to law school professionals here. We hope to see you all in October!

Good luck to everyone who applied for a 2017 Equal Justice Works Fellowship!

If you or your students have any questions about their application, please email our Fellowships team at fellowships@equaljusticeworks.org! Students can also check out our Frequently Asked Questions for assistance.

Remember, final decisions are made on a rolling basis. Equal Justice Works will be contacting semi-finalists from October through April to set up interviews. If a student or graduate hasn't heard anything this semester, their application is more than likely still being reviewed by potential sponsors.

Equal Justice Works is launching a Student Representative Program! 

The Equal Justice Works Student Representative Program will be a leadership division of our new student-focused JDs for Justice Network.

​Selected law students will gain public interest law school leadership experience (and lots of other surprise perks!) while spreading the word about Equal Justice Works programs, resources, and opportunities.

If you would like to recommend a law student for this new program, email Ashley Matthews, Program Manager in the Law School Engagement & Advocacy Unit, at
Resources to Share with Your Law Students
Talking Points about the 2016 Conference & Career Fair
If you've ever been stuck trying to explain to students why the Conference & Career Fair (CCF) is so important, these talking points should help you out!

You can also download and share the following with your law students:

1L Guide to CCF
2L Guide to CCF

3L Guide to CCF

2016 Conference & Career Fair Social Media Templates 
If you or your law school has an active Twitter or Facebook account, please share the news about the Conference & Career Fair with these sample posts! This guide also contains links to retweet and share our posts. If you don't use social media, just email a link to your law school's communications office.

Sept. 27th: Public Interest Law Job Hunting 101
Know someone looking for a public interest law job or internship? We'll help guide them through all the online tools they can use to get hired. The webinar is Tuesday, Sept. 27th at 1pm EST. Register even if you can't attend - we'll send you a recording of the webcast after it's over.

AmeriCorps Legal Fellow Hiring Announcements! 

Tenant Engagement & Community Economic Development VISTA Project Openings
The Equal Justice Works AmeriCorps VISTA program is looking for legal fellows and community advocates to support community economic development and tenant engagement in buildings being converted to project-based Section 8 housing.
Legal Fellows for all sites will start in November or February with rolling applications. Law graduates can apply here to become a Fellow in Gainesville, GA; Rochester, NY; Geneva, NY; Las Vegas, NV; or Cincinnati, OH.

Elder Justice AmeriCorps Project
Equal Justice Works is launching a new AmeriCorps program for legal fellows to work with community legal organizations across the country to identify victims of elder abuse or neglect and represent those clients in securing orders of protections, protecting them from financial exploitation, or through other legal or social services.

We are seeking Fellows to serve in: Chicago, IL; Los Angeles, CA; Boston, MA; Charlottesville or Richmond, VA; Omaha, NE; Rochester, NY; Fairfax, VA; Helena, MT; and Nashville, TN. 

Find the position announcements here.

VISTA Affordable Housing Preservation Project Openings
The VISTA Affordable Housing Preservation Project brings together lawyers and community organizers to preserve, maintain, and improve project-based Section 8 affordable housing across the United States. There are currently multiple open positions for both community organizers and legal fellows:
  • Apply here to become a community organizer in Chicago, IL; Los Angeles, CA; Minneapolis, MN; or Detroit, MI.
  • Apply here to become a legal fellow in Detroit, MI.
Please email vista@equaljusticeworks.org for more information.
for more information.
Now Accepting Submissions for Student Justice Center Writers-in-Residence Program
The Student Justice Center resource library is looking for Fall 2016 Writers-in-Residence! If you know a law student or law graduate with personal or professional insight on the field of public interest law, we want to hear from them. We'd also love to feature articles from law school professionals like you!
Submissions must be less than 1,000 words on any public interest law topic. Send your articles and any questions about the Writers-in-Residence program to Ashley Matthews at amatthews@equaljusticeworks.org.

2016 Conference and Career Fair Student Registration Now Open!
Friday, October 28 & Saturday, October 29
Crystal Gateway Marriott
1700 Jefferson Davis Highway
Arlington, VA 22202

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Monday, September 19, 2016

Washington State Society of Healthcare Attorneys - Kristin Miles Memorial Student Scholarship

The Kristin Miles Memorial Student Scholarship honors Kristin’s commitment to ensuring that law students have every opportunity to participate in Washington State Society of Healthcare Attorneys (WSSHA) programs. She was ever vigilant in reminding the Board of its obligations to advance the education of future members by making programs accessible to the law student community. While Kristen’s passion, dedication, and always present good humor is irreplaceable, WSSHA would like to honor her by providing this support to a law student each year.

Scholarship Provides:
  • All seminar fees to the WSSHA Annual Hospital & Health Law Mid-Year Seminar November 4 & 5, 2016 in Vancouver, B.C.
  • One night lodging at the conference hotel, the Pan Pacific Hotel; and
  • $50/per diem for a maximum of two days

  • Any second- or third-year J.D. student, as well as any LL.M. student, enrolled in a law school located in the state of Washington, including previous applicants not selected who are encouraged to re-apply
  • New for 2016: WSSHA will select one winner from each law school located in the state of Washington

  • Provide a resume and a brief statement (1 page or less) about why you are interested in healthcare law
  • Submit application materials electronically to Collin Foulds

Application Deadline: October 21, 2016

Please note: The conference room rate at the Pan Pacific Hotel is available only until October 4th or until the reserved rooms have been taken. The winner of the Kristin Miles Memorial Student Scholarship will not be selected until after October 4th, so students planning to attend the seminar are encouraged to reserve rooms before October 4th. Room reservations may be cancelled up to 24 hours prior to arrival.

Thursday, September 8, 2016

We are proud to support WSBA's Diversity and Inclusion programs.  

Washington State Bar Association's
Diversity & Inclusion Programs
invite you to a panel discussion:

Women, Race and Age:
Mitigating Bias and Misogyny in the Legal Profession

Tuesday, September 13, 2016
3:00-5:00 pm
Reception Following
Washington State Bar Association

1325 Fourth Avenue, Suite 600
Seattle, WA 98109
The program covers current research relating to the experience of women in Washington state's legal profession. Panelists represent a diverse array of experience and areas of practice. They will offer suggestions and strategies for women, allies, and leaders who seek to address and mitigate incidences of bias and misogyny within the practice of law.
K. Joy Williams (moderator), WSBA Diversity Program Manager
Elaine Edralin Pascua, Law Office of William J. O'Brien
Linda Fang, Banyan Legal Counsel, Llp
Onik'a I. Gilliam, Patterson Buchanan Fobes & Leitch
Robin Haynes, McNeice Wheeler, PLLC

RSVP via email to diversity@wsba.org to join us in person. The program also will be available via webcast. Register here to participate remotely



Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity Program Team
Washington State Bar Association |( 206.733.5945|F 206.727.8318 | Diversity@wsba.org

1325 Fourth Avenue #600 | Seattle, WA 98101-2539 | www.wsba.org