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Small Firm Reception

William H. Gates Hall
Gallagher Law Library
5:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Networking is a key ingredient in any career path, but especially for smaller firms. Join us and meet members of local firms and legal community groups. This is a fantastic opportunity to expand your legal community!

Global Mondays Weekly Lecture Series - Upcoming Pacific Rim Law & Policy Journal Articles

William H. Gates Hall
12:30 PM - 1:20 PM

“Why Japan Should Legalize Surrogacy”
Trisha Wolf, J.D. Candidate 2014, University of Washington School of Law; Exec. Articles Editor, Pacific Rim Law & Policy Journal

“Fishers of Men: The Neglected Effects of Environmental Depletion on Labor Trafficking in the Thai Fishing Industry”
Joanna Sylwester, J.D. Candidate 2014, University of Washington School of Law; Chief Comments Editor, Pacific Rim Law & Policy Journal

Hosted by the Pacific Rim Law & Policy Journal and the Asian Law Center

Beyond a recommendation from the Japanese Society of Obstetrics and Gynecology to not work with patients who want to engage in surrogacy contracts, no legal framework exists for regulating surrogacy in Japan and only one doctor in the entire country will work with families using surrogates. Therefore, Japanese families often travel abroad to use surrogates, which creates a number of problems. Babies born to surrogates have been considered stateless because neither the surrogate’s country nor Japan recognizes them as citizens. Furthermore, Japan’s complex family registry system makes it difficult to adopt children. Finally, surrogates abroad are often very poor women forced to live in abject conditions during their pregnancies. The Japanese government should establish a legal framework to regulate surrogacy, drawing on Israel's system and the ABA Model Rules.

Trisha Wolf is a third year law student at the University of Washington. In addition to her work as an Executive Articles Editor for the Pacific Rim Law & Policy Journal, she is currently a member of UW's Immigration Law Clinic. During law school, Trisha has worked at the U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights and the UW Division of the Attorney General's Office. She also received at FLAS in Hindi during the 2012-13 school year. Prior to law school, Trisha worked in health care and international development. She graduated magna cum laude with a B.A. in anthropology from Washington University in St. Louis.

Migrant fishermen are left out. Both Thailand’s labor trafficking laws and anti-trafficking measures espoused by international bodies fail to effectively protect men coerced into working in Thailand’s fishing industry. Thailand is a prominent destination for human trafficking victims because of the country’s economic, social, and political conditions. The majority of trafficking victims identified within Thailand are migrants from Thailand’s neighbors—predominantly Myanmar (Burma)—and often escape from conditions of poverty or political persecution. Because of a high demand for Thai fish products and labor shortages in the fishing industry; the commercial fishing industry is a hotbed for labor trafficking. The Government of Thailand, as a response to international pressure, has increased regulatory efforts to address the experiences male labor trafficking victims face. However, these efforts neglect an essential component: how changing environmental conditions and the effects of over-fishing on the nature of the fishing industry both perpetuate trafficking and thwart well-meaning reforms. Environmental mainstreaming, or the process of infusing environmental policies into traditionally non-environmental programs, would buoy current regulatory efforts and may even contribute to the development of stronger, more realistic labor trafficking laws.

Joanna Sylwester is a third year law student at the University of Washington and serves as Chief Comments Editor on Pacific Rim Law & Policy Journal

Annual Public Service Law Dinner "Continuing Dr. King's Fight for Fair Housing"

William H. Gates Hall
115 A-B-C
5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Annual Public Service Law Dinner
Continuing Dr. King’s Fight for Fair Housing
Monday, February 10, 2014
5:30-7:00 pm
Room 115
Bernard Kleina
Photographer & Civil Rights Activist

And Special Photo Exhibit:
The Chicago Freedom Movement

Mr. Kleina has served as Executive Director of HOPE Fair Housing Center in Wheaton, IL for over four decades. One of its founding members, Mr. Kleina currently serves on the Board of Directors of the National Fair Housing Alliance (NFHA). He is past President of the Chicago Area Fair Housing Alliance.

This evening will include historic and contemporary photographs by Mr. Kleina documenting the ongoing struggle for racial and social justice.

RSVP via Symplicity or gatespsl@uw.edu by February 7.