Legislative Advocacy Clinic (LAC)
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.
Students elect to enroll in either the Child and Youth Legislative Advocacy Clinic (CAYLAC), or the
Innocence Project Northwest
Legislative Advocacy Clinic (IPNW LAC).
Legislative Advocacy in the News
Legislature seeks to track dropout rate among homeless students - Liz Allen '15 quoted
- The News Tribune
New proposed legislation would require the state require to compile and record the dropout number among homeless students. Liz Allen, a University of Washington child and youth legislative advocate, testified in front of the committee in support of the bill.
Gov. Inslee Signs Wrongful Conviction Compensation Law
Inslee signed into law a measure that would allow people who have been wrongfully convicted to seek state compensation for the years they were imprisoned on Wednesday in Olympia. Northrop was convicted of rape and served 17 years in prison before he was exonerated by DNA evidence.
- Seattle Weekly
A new state law grants the wrongfully convicted $50,000 for each year spent behind bars. An apology, it turns out, is harder to come by.
The wrongfully convicted deserve compensation
- Tacoma News Tribune
Opinion piece written in support of House Bill 1341.
Editorial: Righting the wrong of wrongful convictions
- Seattle Times
Compensating wrongfully convicted people is a just way to make amends for a terrible mistake.
Legislature eyes compensation for wrongful convictions
- KOMO News
The measure that Washington state lawmakers are considering this year would allow people who were wrongfully convicted to file a claim in superior court for damages against the state. Someone would have to show their conviction was reversed or vacated based on significant evidence of actual innocence. Once a judge or jury determines the claim is valid the court can award damages.
Wrongfully convicted man urges state to pay
- The Columbian
Alan Northrop, IPNW client, testifies for bill to compensate innocent found guilty of crimes.
Jane Schroeder, Priya Rai and Kimberly Schertz, all Class of 2015, win victory in the Washington State House of Representatives
UW Legislative Advocacy Clinic had a huge victory in the Washington State House of Representatives. ESHB 1651, The Youth Opportunities Act concerning access to juvenile records, drafted and lobbied by our clinic students passed unanimously. After Republicans removed a half-dozen offenses from the bill, it was passed unanimously 97-0, with Republican Jason Overstreet and Democrat Ruth Kagi speaking strongly in favor.
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.
**Students work in this clinic is in full compliance with the legal limitations on lobbying by faculty or students.