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Gates Public Service Law News

Spring 2012 Issue

News from the UW's Gates Public Service Program
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Welcome New Gates Public Service Law Scholars!

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After a competitive selection process involving interviews with twenty truly impressive candidates we’ve selected our new Gates Scholars who will enter UW Law in the fall of 2012. With interests ranging from international human rights to rights for incarcerated persons to equity in public education, these five young people will bring a strong passion for justice to UW Law. Learn more about Victoria Clark, Lauren Conner, Megan Crenshaw, Jessica Knowles and Nikkita Oliver.

Pro Bono Honors Program Hits a High Mark

Pro Bono AwardsThe Pro Bono Honors Program this year recognized 50 students, 12 faculty and 10 staff persons, all of whom reported volunteering a total of 8056 hours of pro bono legal and community service. Student participants also benefited from trainings addressing professional responsibility, cross cultural competence and secondary trauma as a required part of program participation. Learn more about the Pro Bono Honors Program and some of our inspirational stories of service.


A Successful Year of Public Service Programming

Congo’s Rape Crisis

congo rape crisis Spring quarter included some significant highlights of public service law programming. In addition to the usual weekly Social Justice Tuesday programming this April the law school hosted professionals from the American Bar Association Rule of Law Institute to address “Combating Congo's Rape Crisis and the Scourge of Impunity: How We Turned The Corner After 500,000 Rapes.” After showing a very compelling film about the rape crisis in Congo, UW Law alum Brahmy Poologasingham, Program Manager, Africa Division, ABA ROLI and Charles Guy Makongo, Country Director, ABA ROLI office in Democratic Republic of the Congo shared their experiences, challenges and successes in working with this program.

Education Equity

This spring UW Law sponsored a two day conference, Forces of Change: Justice & Equity in Public Education on April 27-28. This program was instigated by the University of Washington School of Law, its student led Education Law and Policy Society (ELPS), and the W.H. Gates Public Service Law Program. UW Law also partnered with the Evans School of Public Affairs and the UW School of Education. Some eighty individuals from varying disciplines and backgrounds attended this two day event designed to bring stakeholders together across disciplines to address unequal access to high quality public education for poor students and students of color. A brilliant keynote address by Chris Edley, the Co-Director of The Chief Justice Earl Warren Institute on Law and Social Policy and the Honorable William H. Orrick, Jr. Distinguished Chair and Dean, set the tone for a challenging yet collegial discussion on how best to education this nation’s children.

Women’s Rights

cohen The Gates Public Service Law Program also hosted its final speaker series of the school year on April 30, 2012, featuring Susan Cohen, Director of Government Affairs, Guttmacher Institute speaking on "Contraceptive Coverage under the Affordable Care Act: Where Sex, Politics and Religion Collide." Ms. Cohen demystified the Affordable Care Act while walking the audience through the challenges of making good policy when sex, politics and religion are at odds.

These events and many others will be featured on the media gallery soon.


Public Service for your iPod

Social Justice TuesdaysYou can download Gates Public Service Speaker Series lectures and Social Justice Tuesdays seminars from the UW School of Law on iTunes U directly to your iTunes desktop application, iPhone or iPod.

Gates Public Service Law Speaker SeriesGates Public Service Speaker Series lectures are also available on the UW School of Law Multimedia Gallery.


PILA Celebration

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Jeff Lane, 2009 Grantee

It was a great pleasure for the Center for Public Service Law to partner with the Public Interest Law Student Association on May 9, 2012, to honor and celebrate the newest PILA grant recipients and to announce and applaud the newest entrants into the PILA Hall of Fame.

With the support of the law school administration PILA is launching a fundraising drive to create an endowment. Currently only about a third of the students who apply for PILA summer grants are able to be funded. The goal of the endowment is to provide summer grants to all law students who have a public service position for the summer. It is a lofty goal well worth pursuing.


The Center for Public Service Law and all its staff wish everyone a happy summer.


In This Issue

Welcome Gates Public Service Law Scholars

Pro Bono Honors Program Hits a High Mark

A Successful Year of Public Service Programming

Public Service for your iPod

 PILA Celebration

The Gates Public Service Law Program exists because the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation wished to honor Bill Gates Sr., '50 for his career-long dedication to public service. In his current role as co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation he continues his commitment to service on the global stage.

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