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.