Thursday, August 17, 2017

Publish An Article in Defense News

Publish an article! The Washington Defense Trial Lawyers (WDTL) has a quarterly publication, the Defense News, that is sent to all of its 750 members, including attorneys and judges in Washington State. Article submissions are currently being accepted from law student members. WDTL law student membership is only ten dollars and members are eligible to contribute to the Defense News.

What can you write about? Here are some ideas:
  • Your experience working with lawyers as a summer associate or intern
  • Thoughts about the legal profession
  • How firms can improve on-campus interviews
  • Cases you read that are interesting or applicable to civil defense attorneys
  • A law student's perspective on visiting a courthouse
  • Other topics, if approved by the Editor-in-Chief
WDTL is a professional association for civil defense attorneys. It provides legal education, advocacy, and networking opportunities. Published articles look great on a resume, so contribute your article today!

Apply for membership and contact Editor-in-Chief Kyler Danielson if you are interested in submitting an article.

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Moderate Means Practicum

Build practical legal skills! Seattle University's Moderate Means Practicum (LPRC-425-A, 3 Credits; Mondays and Wednesdays, 2:30 to 3:45) is open to all 2 and 3Ls.

The Statewide Moderate Means Program (MMP) is a joint venture between the Washington State Bar Association and the Washington State law schools. The goal of the program is to increase access to civil legal services by people of moderate means who cannot afford an attorney but make too much money to qualify for traditional legal aid services. The program is focused on the areas of family, housing and consumer law.

Law students participating in the practicum will interview potential clients by telephone to collect information and evaluate their cases. Students have the opportunity to interview many different clients with a broad array of legal issues. Qualifying cases will be referred by students to participating attorneys who have agreed to represent MMP clients for a reduced fee.

Benefits to students include:
  • Hands-on experience interviewing clients
  • Training in substantive legal issues, issue-spotting, interviewing skills and ethics
  • Instruction on how to use the Legal Server database, which is used by most of the civil legal aid organizations in Washington State as well as the SU Law clinics
  • Supervision and mentoring by experienced attorneys
  • The satisfaction of helping moderate income individuals who otherwise might not receive any legal help at all
The total time commitment is eight hours a week. If you have questions or would like additional information please email Clay Wilson.

Saturday, July 29, 2017

Bloodworks Northwest Scholarship

Bloodworks Northwest is offering scholarships of up to $500 for students who host blood drives this summer.

If you or a student you know would like to host a blood drive, email: Scholarship@bloodworksnw.org. Include in the email your name, where you donate, and your city. You may also inquire by phone: (425) 656-3039.

Official rules and details can be found here. Help better our community drop by drop!

Thursday, July 27, 2017

National Law Students Workers' Rights Conference Registration

What:              National Law Students Workers' Rights Conference        

When:             October 13 & 14, 2017

Where:            Conference Center at the Maritime Institute, Linthicum Heights, MD

Deadline:        August 28 if you would like the Peggy Browning Fund to pay for airfare;
                        September 29 for all other registrations

Details:           See the brochure and FAQs for info, or visit www.peggybrowningfund.org

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Hot Jobs

If you're a Seattle U Law alum on the hunt for a job, make sure you're on the Hot Jobs listserv!

CPD sends out a digest of entry-level legal positions every two weeks, including law practice and non-traditional jobs. Email Erin Fullner to get on the list.

OCI Deadline on Monday

The first On-Campus Interviewing deadline is Monday, July 24. Login to Symplicity for details and get your materials to a CPD adviser this week. 

DON'T DELAY!


Richard S. White Fellowship

ATTENTION RISING 2LS:

It's the last chance to apply for the Richard S. White Fellowship, which includes a paid, 12-week 2018 summer associate position with Helsell Fetterman, and a $7,500 academic scholarship.

Applications may be mailed or submitted online and must be postmarked or emailed by July 19.

Monday, July 17, 2017

Hot Tip: Make Time This Summer for Informational Interviews

Summer can be an unexpectedly busy time for law students. When your calendar fills up, it's all the more important to use your time wisely. The CPD team is a big fan of activities that can serve two purposes for you. Informational interviewing allows you to network while gaining valuable insight into a particular practice area. Check out this Forbes article for tips on informational interviewing and make a plan to reach out to some contacts this week!

Attorney General's Honors Program and Summer Law Intern Program Webinar

2Ls, 3Ls, and grads in or entering judicial clerkships are invited to attend a webinar about the Attorney General’s Honors Program (HP) and Summer Law Intern Program (SLIP). The webinar will be hosted by the Office of Attorney Recruitment and Management and will provide info on the HP and SLIP application process, opening on Monday, July 31, 2017.

Please attend one of the three sessions:
  • July 25th at 12:00 PM
  • July 26th at 9:00 AM
  • July 27th at 9:00 AM 
Additional information about both programs, including eligibility and offices participating, can be found online: HP and SLIP.




Wednesday, July 5, 2017

OCI Is Coming


The application deadline for the first session of On-Campus Interviewing (OCI) is Monday, July 24 at 5:00 pm. Review the list of employers on Symplicity and be sure to work with a CPD adviser on perfecting your materials!

OCI is a great way to reach numerous employers at once - start working on your applications TODAY.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

SABAW Public Interest Law Student Scholarship

The South Asian Bar Association of Washington (SABAW) will award a $4,000 scholarship to a law student working on a discrete public interest law project or doing a summer/fall 2017 public interest law internship.

Applicants must show either that they have contributed to the South Asian community, or that the project is connected to South Asia or the South Asian community.

All applications will require an essay of no more than 500 words to show suitability to criterion, resume, and any other materials the applicant deems relevant. Applications/questions should be sent to scholarships@sabaw.org by JUNE, 30, 2017.

Monday, June 19, 2017

American Indian Law Journal and Seattle Journal of Environmental Law Application

Rising 3L students, you're invited to apply to two of our journals: American Indian Law Journal (AILJ) and Seattle Journal of Environmental Law (SJEL).

If you missed out on a journal opportunity the first time and would like to join a journal as an associate editor during your 3L year, this is your chance.

Please visit the Membership and Write-On Competition page and download the application and instructions. The application is due via Symplicity by Sunday, July 9, at 11:59 pm PDT.  Please contact lawjournals@seattleu.edu if you have any questions.

Hot Tip: How to End a Conversation at a Networking Event

You did it! You conquered your fears, went to a networking event, and struck up a conversation with an attorney you'd never met before. 

Now what?

You've been chatting with a helpful lawyer for eight minutes (but who's counting?) and she's told you about her practice areas and given you some tidbits for surviving your second year of law school, you've even managed to work in your elevator pitch, but now you feel the conversation starting to wind down. How do you end it gracefully?

Don't panic. This is the perfect opportunity to hand her one of your business cards and ask for hers in return. A simple handshake accompanied by an exit phrase like, "I've enjoyed speaking with you and hope to run into you again soon," will suffice. 

If you're worried about making an exit, practice. Here are some other exit phrases you can try:
  • Thanks for taking a moment to chat with me, [insert name (this is a great way to help you remember names)]. I hope our paths cross again soon.
  • It's been a pleasure meeting you. I spotted my mentor and should go say 'hello' but I hope we can speak again some time.
  • It's been really helpful learning more about [insert practice area]! Thanks for taking some time to speak with me. Take care.
With practice, these conversations will feel more and more comfortable. Reach out to someone in CPD if you'd like coaching. Let's get out there and NETWORK!

Announcing the Thomas Tang Brief Competition

The Moot Court Board is Excited to Announce the 2017 Summer Thomas Tang Brief Competition

The Moot Court Board invites you to sign up to compete in the 2017 Thomas Tang Brief Writing Competition. The competition is open to all 3Ls and 2Ls.  The Tang Competition is perfect for students ready to practice their appellate brief writing skills gained in Legal Writing II.  However, completion of Legal Writing II is NOT a prerequisite for this competition; training will be provided.

Winners from the in-house writing competition will have the opportunity to compete at the regional level in San Francisco, October 13-15 and gain valuable oral advocacy experience.

This year’s problem presents the issues of whether warrantless acquisition of cell phone records for the purpose of identifying an individual’s location over the course of months and warrantless use of cell-site simulators to track an individual’s location and movement in real-time are in violation of the Fourth Amendment’s prohibition on unreasonable searches and seizures.

To sign up and receive more specific information and deadlines, go to TWEN, add "Moot Court Sign Up Page", and then click on "Sign Up Sheets." Two-person teams are required. To download the problem, go to the same page and click on "Competition Problems." The deadline to sign up is Monday, August 7.  Mandatory training will be held on August 7 as well.

If you have any questions, please direct them to the competition administrator Nathan Duletzke.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

WWL 2017 Annual Event

Save the date for Washington Women Lawyers' Annual Event!
  • Dates: October 13-14, 2017 
  • Location: Montvale Event Center, Spokane, WA
Weekend activities will include a Friday night reception and an informative CLE on Saturday afternoon. WWL has reserved a block of hotel rooms at the Montvale Hotel at a discount, so book your room as soon as possible using code “MEC”.

Registration and further details to follow. Please email event VPs, Alice Serko, Alice Levy, and Katie Yuen if you have questions.

OCI in Hawaii

First- and second-year law students are invited to a summer cocktail reception with small and mid-sized law firms in Honolulu.

The following firms are sponsoring the event:
Chun Kerr
Imanaka Asato
Marr Jones & Wang
Schlack Ito
Sullivan Meheula Lee
Torkildson, Katz, Moore, Hetherington & Harris
Yamamoto Caliboso

Business casual and aloha attire is requested

Date and time: JuIy 28 at 5:30 pm
Location: The Bankers Club at First Hawaiian Center, 999 Bishop Street, Suite 1900, Honolulu, HI
Please RSVP by July 15 (no resumes please)

Journal Write-On Competition

There's still time to apply to join the American Indian Law Journal, Seattle Journal of Environmental Law, Seattle Journal for Social Justice, and Seattle University Law Review by participating in the write-on competition.  

Please visit the membership and write-on competition page and download the application and instructions. The application is due via Symplicity by Sunday, June 4, at 5 pm. Contact lawjournals@seattleu.edu if you have any questions.

Monday, May 15, 2017

Legal Research Tune Up

Legal Research Tune Up 2017

The Seattle University and Lane Powell law libraries are pleased to offer a legal research workshop to help law students brush up on their legal research skills for their summer employment or other summer research endeavors. The workshop will cover state and federal legislative history, regulations, and practice materials using a problem-based approach. Students will have hands-on practice working through research scenarios. Please bring a laptop.

The workshop is FREE and will be held on Thursday, May 18th from 9:30 – 11:30 am in Sullivan Hall room 109. Please RSVP by May 16th.

Questions? Contact: LeighAnne Thompson at thompsol@seattleu.edu

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Helsell Fetterman's Richard S. White Fellowship

The 2018 Richard S. White Fellowship includes a paid, 12-week summer associate position and a $7,500 academic scholarship to be remitted directly to the student’s law school at the beginning of the school year following the summer clerkship to assist in paying the student’s tuition.

Candidates must be rising 2Ls (or rising 3Ls, if pursuing an LLM after graduation) in good standing;
possess an academic record, leadership abilities, and a commitment to personal and professional initiatives that indicate promise for a successful legal career; demonstrate an interest in furthering diversity within the community and profession; and communicate an interest and commitment to the practice areas represented at Helsell Fetterman and to building a practice in the Seattle area.

Please review the scholarship page for additional details, and apply by July 19, 2017.

Monday, May 8, 2017

Young Lawyers Division Brown Bag Session

Brown-Bag Session on Going Solo, Tuesday, May 23
From finding clients to knowing how much to charge to getting insurance, starting your own practice can come with lots of unique questions and little support. Fortunately, Nate Riordan will be hosting this month's YLD Brown-Bag Mentor Session at KCBA at noon on May 23rd. He moved here and started his own practice 13 years ago. So bring your lunch and bring your questions for an hour of good conversation and advice. RSVP here.

Free Young Lawyers Division CLE

Negotiations – Free CLE, Wednesday, May 17
Meet at JAMS for this month’s free one-hour presentation titled “Why is Negotiation So Difficult presented by Richard Birke, Executive Director, JAMS. He’ll review the five barriers to negotiation, provide illustrations, and conduct interactive exercises. The CLE starts at 4:00 p.m. RSVP here. Happy hour immediately following.

Carole Bailey Scholarship


Applications Now Being Accepted for
2017 Carole Bailey Scholarship
The bar association is pleased to announce that applications are now being accepted for the 2017 Carole Bailey Scholarship, which will award at least one annual law student scholarship of up to $5,000 in honor of the Court's former Deputy Clerk of Administrative Services, Carole Bailey. Further details and rules may be found by clicking here. Deadline for applications is 11:59pm Eastern Time on July 31, 2017.  Please share this announcement with anyone who may be interested.



U.S. Court of Federal Claims Bar Association
Ben Franklin Station
P.O. Box 7614
Washington, DC 20044
phone:  202-220-8638
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Thursday, May 4, 2017

Legal Research Workshop

Are you ready for your summer employment or other summer research endeavors?

The Seattle University Law Library is pleased to partner with a law firm librarian from Lane Powell to offer a legal research workshop to help students sharpen their research skills. The workshop will cover a variety of topics including state and federal legislative history, regulations, and practice materials using a problem-based approach. Students will have hands-on practice working through research scenarios.  

The workshop is FREE and will be held on Thursday, May 18th from 9:30 – 11:30 am in Sullivan Hall room 109.

Please RSVP by May 16th. Please bring your laptop to the workshop.

Questions? Contact: LeighAnneThompson.

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

HNBA & Perkins Coie Networking Reception

Welcome & Networking Reception for the Hispanic National Bar Association (“HNBA”) National President Pedro J. Torres- Díaz

The HNBA Region XVI, in co-sponsorship with Perkins Coie LLP and the Latino Bar Association of Washington, cordially invite you to attend a Welcome Reception in Seattle, WA for the HNBA National President Pedro J. Torres- Díaz

Kindly RSVP using the link to the right.

Contact Tiffany Peterson via email with any questions.


  
  

Thursday, April 6, 2017

South Asian Bar Association of Washington Scholarships

SABAW Student Stipend
$1,000 awarded to a current law student based on a totality of factors, including but not limited to: contribution to the South Asian community in Washington, need, academic excellence and community involvement. All applications will require an essay of no more than 300 words to show suitability to criterion, resume, and any other materials the applicant deems relevant. Applications should be sent to M. Abbas Rizvi by April 15, 2017.

SABAW Public Interest Law Student Scholarship
A $4,000 scholarship will be awarded to a law student working on a discrete public interest law project or doing a summer/fall 2017 public interest law internship. Applicants must show either that they have contributed to the South Asian community, or that the project is connected to South Asia or the South Asian community. All applications will require an essay of no more than 500 words to show suitability to criterion, resume, and any other materials the applicant deems relevant. Applications/questions should be sent to scholarships@sabaw.org by May 15th, 2017.

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Student Applications Now Being Accepted to Dwyer Inn of Court

Current 2Ls are encouraged to apply for 2017-2018 membership in the William L. Dwyer Inn of Court. One of the Inn of Court’s functions is to serve as an educational and mentoring organization to law students who are dedicated to the pursuit of high-quality, ethical lawyering. The general membership of the Inn is made up of judges, professors, law firm partners, prosecutors and defenders, and other lawyers with varying levels of practice experience. The Inn meets on the Seattle University campus the second Tuesday night of each of the nine months of the academic year for drinks, dinner, networking, and a CLE presentation.  Students are each assigned to one of seven sub-groups, called pupilages, where they work with the judges and lawyers in those groups to develop and help lead the monthly CLEs – each pupilage presents one CLE for the year.

Applications require 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, Senior 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 dues for 2017-2018 are $100, which will cover the cost of the nine meals.

Applications for the William L. Dwyer Inn of Court are due Wednesday, April 19 by 5 p.m. Application materials should be addressed to Prof. Ahrens and Ms. Fullner but can be emailed to Jessica Fuqua or delivered in person to the Dean’s Offices in Sullivan Hall on the 2nd Floor.


The William L. Dwyer Inn of Court is part of the American Inns of Court, a national organization comprised of around 320 chapters and over 23,000 members.

Saturday, April 1, 2017

Social Justice Week


April 3, Bannan 501

  • 3:00 pm - Christiana Obey Sumner, Seattle University graduate student: A Story of Mental Health, Cultural Awareness, and Activism
  • 4:30 pm - Dr. Colleen Woolsey, PhD, MA, MSN, ARNP, Assistant Professor, Seattle University: Social Justice in Healthcare-Privilege, Affordable Care Act, and Healthcare for Underserved Populations 

April 4, Bannan 501

  • 3:00 pm - Alex Cornell, Senior Education Specialist, Treehouse: Educational Options for Teens in Foster Care
  • 4:30 pm - Heather Kirkwood, Advocacy Lawyer, Innocence Project
  • 6:00 pm - Robin Narruhn, PhD, MNRN, Faculty, Seattle University: Marshallese Health Care Structural Factors, Social Yustice in Healthcare

April 5, Bannan 501

  • 3:00 pm - Larry Gossett, District 2 Councilmember, King County Council: Social Justice in Politics
  • 4:30 pm - Conrad Reynoldson, Washington Civil & Disability Advocate: ADA Myths
  • 6:00 pm - RedWolf Pope, MPA, JD, Member of the Tulalip Tribal Bar and CEO of a local tech startup: Standing Rock Experiences

April 6, SGSU Mission Day - Register online

Braden Wild and Gabriel Narvaez: Moral Responsibility in an Intersectional World


DONATIONS

GSC is collecting donations for Treehouse

There will be collection bins in Lemieux Library, Pigott, and at each presentation. Specific needs include:

  • Denim jeans and joggers for young men
  • Hoodies in all sizes
  • Toddler jeans sizes 2T – 5T

Cash donations are also welcome, and GSC is collecting canned goods for the new student food pantry as well.

Thursday, March 9, 2017

YLD Volunteer Opportunity

The Young Lawyers Division of the King County Bar Association is looking for volunteers to assist experienced Union Gospel Mission staff in providing much needed resources for Seattle’s homeless population.

Volunteers and staff will drive around downtown Seattle together in the UGM Search & Rescue Van on Wednesday, March 29 and invite those sleeping on the street to come to the UGM shelter for the night. If they decline, volunteers will hand out supplies from the van (blankets, food, hot drinks).

An experienced staff person will be leading the group. Sign up here.

Free Family Law CLE

Miriam Gordon of Lasher Holzapfel Sperry & Ebberson will give a free one-hour presentation: Family Law – The Basics for Non-Family Law Attorneys. The CLE will start at 4:00 p.m. on March 16 at KCBA and webcasting will be available. RSVP here.

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

CPD Working Lunches: Networking & Interviewing Basics

Working Lunches/Working Dinners with CPD
Monday, March 20 at 5 pm or Monday, March 27 at Noon – Intro to Networking
Tuesday, March 21 at 5 pm or Thursday, March 23 at Noon – Effective Interviews

CPD will be offering a series of working lunch and working dinner sessions for students who want to learn about networking and interviewing basics. Bring your laptop and your lunch/dinner to CPD and come learn about effective strategies in small group sessions. These working lunches and dinners will be limited to five students per session, so RSVP to Erin Fullner right away if interested.

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Coffee & Cram

Call for Authors: American Inns of Court Warren E. Burger Prize

The American Inns of Court invites judges, lawyers, professors, students, scholars, and other authors to participate in its 2017 Warren E. Burger Prize.

Authors should submit an original, unpublished, 10,000–20,000 word essay on a topic that addresses the issues of excellence in legal skills, civility, ethics, and professionalism. The winning essay will be published in the South Carolina Law Review and the author will receive a cash prize of $5,000.

The submission deadline for the 2017 Warren E. Burger Prize is July 1, 2017.

Thursday, March 2, 2017

PILF Summer Grant Info Sessions

If you plan to work for a public interest employer this summer in an unpaid internship, come learn more about Public Interest Law Foundation (PILF) Summer Grants! You may be eligible for funding ($4,400).

The PILF Summer Grant Program 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. The Program is funded through a variety of sources, including individual donors, and law firm and institutional partners, however, the PILF Auction on March 4th is the principal funder.

Two info sessions will take place on March 7, covering eligibility and the application and decision process:
  • Tuesday, March 7, Noon in Room 109
  • Tuesday, March 7, 4 p.m. in Room C7
To apply for a PILF Summer Grant you must have an offer from a public interest employer by the time you submit your application (hardship situations will be considered if you have interviewed with a likely employer by the time you submit your application).

Applications are open now! Download the application materials from PILF’s TWEN site.

The DEADLINE for applications is: 11:59 p.m. Friday, March 24

If you have other questions or are unable to attend the sessions, please contact Chad Hansen.

Attention Alumni: WSBA Has Extended the Deadline to Apply to Serve on Committees, Boards, and Panels

Applications are still being accepted through myWSBA.org from members interested in serving on WSBA’s committees, boards, and panels. 

Application deadline: Extended to March 10, 2017


Committee service gives you an opportunity to contribute to the legal community and your profession, a chance to get involved with issues you care about, and a way to connect with other lawyers around the state. 

There are openings on 22 different committees, boards, and panels, including the Court Rules and Procedures Committee, the Judicial Recommendation Committee, the Disciplinary Board, and the Hearing Officer Panel. Most positions begin Oct. 1. Some positions are open only to attorney members.


For more information, see the Committees application under My Profile in myWSBA, email barleaders@wsba.org, or call Pam Inglesby, WSBA Communications Services Operations Manager, at 206-727-8226 or 800-945-9722, ext. 8226.

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Law School in Alaska

Law School in Alaska: See yourself here

Find more information at law.seattleu.edu/alaska
or contact Assistant Director Holly Johanknecht at johanknh@seattleu.edu.
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Thursday, February 23, 2017

Mediation Training Program with Tony Piazza

Mediated Negotiations will be hosting a mediation training program with Tony Piazza in San Francisco on Saturday, April 15, 2017, beginning at 9:30 am.

This one-day training program is open to Seattle U students and will provide the opportunity for individuals to learn what a real mediation process looks like in the context of complex commercial litigation.

Students will engage in an intensive one day experiential training in negotiation and mediation. Participants are provided with the opportunity to apply, analyze, and evaluate in a supervised setting the results of applying mediation processes to actual cases that have been mediated.

Participants will develop and refine mediation techniques and skills through participation and observation of exercises and case studies and can witness first-hand how to transform the process from dialectic to dialogue. If you'll be in the Bay Area on April 15 and are interested in the training, please contact Stephanie Chow for additional information.

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:

WHY PIPELINE PROGRAMS TARGETING STUDENTS FROM UNDERREPRESENTED RACIAL AND ETHNIC BACKGROUNDS 
ARE ESSENTIAL TO THE FUTURE OF THE LEGAL PROFESSION

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.

ENTRY PROCEDURES
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.

JUDGING
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.

DEADLINE
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.

ELIGIBILITY
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
AWARDS
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)

TIPS FROM THE BENCH:

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!