Legislative Advocacy Clinic
About the LAC
Students in the Legislative Advocacy Clinic are trained in legislative and public policy advocacy. They learn about the legislative process, drafting, commentary, advocacy, building a legislative agenda, working with coalitions, and ethics. Students work with non-profit organizations advocating in the state legislature to develop and move legislation as well as respond to proposed legislation.
Legislative Advocacy in the News
UW Law Students Push Bill to Protect Juvenile Records
At the behest of a group of UW law students, Rep. Jeannie Darneille successfully pushed a bill this session to alter the rules governing juvenile records. The bill prohibits consumer reporting agencies from releasing juvenile records to employers, landlords, and other third parties after the person turns 21.
Governor signs bills - TVW
ESHB 2752 worked by 2009-10 Legislative Advocacy Clinic TVW (starting at 23:36)
Senate Floor Debate features Legislative Advocacy Clinic - TVW
Legislators note changed minds on time frame for shelters to report runaways. ESHB 2752, worked by 2009-10 Legislative Advocacy Clinic.
CAYLAC in the House - TVW
2009-10 Legislative Advocacy student Jason Kovacs testifies in favor of bill to extend time for shelters to report runaways during the Senate Human Services and Corrections Committee. (starting at 1:42)
Students Work Pays Off as Juvenile Record Protection Bill is Passed
In 2008-09 the Legislative Advocacy Clinic worked with Street Youth Legal Advocates of Washington (SYLAW) on legislation to seal certain criminal history records. Their goal was to help hundreds of young adults move on with their lives to obtain employment, housing, and an education.
**Students work in this clinic is in full compliance with the legal limitations on lobbying by faculty or students.