2007 - 2008 Public Service Law Events, Speakers and Seminars

October 9, 2007 - Gates Public Service Law Seminar

Speakers: Kim Ambrose (UWLS Clinical Professor), April Bishop (3L), Dylan Orr, (2L) Rose Spidell, (Attorney and Skadden Fellow at ACLU-WA)

So you want to do public service:  Do you sometimes feel like you are not marching to the same drummer as your classmates?

How to survive law school when you would like to do public service work.

Two current students, a professor with a background in public service practice and a current practitioner will share their best tips for surviving law school and achieving public service fulfillment.

October 16, 2007 - Speaker

Hosted by: Greenlaw
Speaker: B.J. Cummings, Earth Justice Fund

Environmental Justice and the Duwamish River Superfund Site

October 22, 2007 - Gates PSL Speaker Series

Speaker: John Teton, Director  International Food Treaty

International Food Treaty

October 23, 2007 - Speaker

Hosted by: American Constitution Society
Speaker: Professor Schnapper

Presentation of film "Supreme Injustices" and discussion following.

October 30, 2007 - Speaker

Hosted by: American Civil Liberties Union
Speakers: Christina Drummond and Doug Klunder, ACLU Washington

Legal & Privacy Issues Associated with Radio Frequency ID's

October 30, 2007 - Gates PSL Seminar

Speaker: Dr. Kevin Bales, President of Free the Slaves, Inc.

Ending Slavery in America-The Challenge of Enforcing Our Own Laws

November 6, 2007 - Speaker

Hosted by: National Lawyers Guild for the People
Speaker: James Bible, Seattle NAACP, Henry Cruz, The National Policy Accountability Project, Peggy Herman, The National Immigration Project

Law for the People: Lawyers talk about their work on immigration matters, police accountability and G.I. rights/anti-war support efforts.

November 13, 2007 - Gates PSL Seminar

Speaker: Sarah Dunne, Director of Litigation at ACLU-WA and Professor Schnapper

Education and Integration: A Discussion about the Supreme Court's Rulings in Seattle and Louisville School Cases 

November 14, 2007 - Quarterly dinner

Sponsor: Gates PSL/Career Services
Speaker: Judge Lasnik

November 20, 2007 - Seminar

Hosted by: UWLS Career Services/Gates PSL Seminar
Speakers: Kate Corcoran, Asst. Director and Career Coach, the Center for Career and Leadership Development and Michele Storms, Exec Director Gates Public Service Law Program

"Seizing the Day: A Public Service Career Overview".

  • An overview of the types of jobs that are out there, including government, non-profit and judicial jobs
  • Nuts and bolts of a public service job search
  • Building your path to a public service/public interest career

January 8, 2007 - Gates PSL Seminar

Speaker: Elizabeth Schott, Staff Person: Center and Budget and Policy Priorities Board President: Washington State Budget and Policy Center

State and National Policy Centers: Looking at the Lawyer's Role 

January 15, 2007 - Seminar

Hosted by: Street Youth Legal Advocates of Washington
Speaker: Mr. Jim Theofelis of the Mockingbird Society

Discussion on gaps in services to foster youth in our state, recent legislation and how students can help in advocacy for youth.

January 22, 2008 - Speaker

Hosted by: LWC and ILS
Speaker: Professor Sylvia K'angara

The Internationalization of Feminism through Law This talk revolves around four themes:

  1. state-led professionalization and women;
  2. the freezing of negative images of African women following the positivization, restatement, and codification of African customary law
  3. the influence of an internationalizing Western feminism on local human rights, culture change and law reform campaigns
  4. feminism's troubles in the African context and what to do about them

January 25, 2008 - Speaker

Hosted by: Gates PSL Seminar/Latina/o Bar Association
Speaker: John Trasvina, Present and General Counsel, Mexican-American Legal Defense Fund & Educational Fund (MALDF)

                                                Pramila Jayapal, Executive Director Hate Free Zone Washington                                                                   Luis Fraga, Vice Provost of Faculty Advancement, UW                                                                     Cristobal Joshua Alex, Campaign Coordinator, National Campaign Civil Rights

The Rollback of Civil Rights in America

January 29, 2008 - Speaker

Hosted by: International Legal Society
Speakers: Professor Angelina Godoy, UW Dept of Latin Studies, Tom Hanlon-Wilde, Equal Exchange

Fair Trade Coffee: Social Justice for Commodities Producers

February 5, 2008 - Speakers

Hosted by: ACLU
Speakers: Beth McKinney - Voting Rights Restoration Volunteer, Peter Danelo - Attorney who worked on Madison V State, Genevieve Aguilar - ACLU of Washington Field Director 

Felon Voting Rights in Washington Panelists:  The widespread disenfranchisement of ex-felons is an issue over which the ACLU has long been concerned. Come learn about what is being done to address this problem.

February 12, 2008 - Pro Bono Fair

Hosted by: Gates PSL Seminar
Participants: ACLU of Washington, Columbia Legal Services, Earth Justice, KCBA-Neighborhood Legal Clinics, Northwest Justice Project, SCRAP Lawn Women's Law Center, Unemployment law Project, Washington Attorneys Assisting Community Organizations

Pro Bono Fair-Several public interest organizations will been hand with their materials and their ideas for law students looking for volunteer experiences, externships or information about the work of the organizations. 

February 12, 2008 - Quarterly dinner

Hosted by: Gates PSL/Career Services
Participants: Janet Varon - NOHLA, Jaime Hawk - Spokane Federal Public Defender, Lisa Stone - NWLC, Blanca Rodriguez - NJP, Mark Chattin - CCS/LAC, Quentin Yerxa - UW Attorney General's Office, Michael Mayer - WA Environmental Council

Panel Discussion. This event is our quarterly public service dinner.  It is an opportunity to be reinvigorated and inspired in your choice to seek a public interest career. A panel of attorneys who have chosen public service work will share their stories.

February 19, 2008 - Speaker

Hosted by: Center for Human Rights and Justice & Latina/o Students' Association
Speaker: Devon Pena, Professor Anthropology, University of Washington

Devon has worked with both Acequia communities (and the intersection of water and property rights with race and class issues) and South Central Los Angeles farmers (and the way indigenous Mexican peoples are remaking the urban face of L.A. and taking a role in the environmental justice movement).

February 26, 2008 - Speaker

Hosted by: Law Students for Reproductive Justice
Speaker: Marcy Bloom, former executive director of Aradia Women's Health Center and the U.S. Capacity Officer for Information Group on Reproductive Choice

"Cross-Border Connections: Feminism, Human Rights and Reproductive Justice South of the Border and Throughout the World."

March 11, 2008 - Gates Public Service Law Seminar

Speaker: Carrie Tracy from the Northwest Federation of Community Organizations.

The Immigration Game  An interactive presentation where groups of six play "The Immigration Game"

April 8, 2008 - Seminar

Hosted by: Gates PS L Seminar and Center for Labor and Employment Justice and Center for Human Rights and Justice
Speakers: Yamileth Perez and Patty Narvaez

The Root of Migration:. Hear the story of one remarkable Nicaraguan woman who lives and works in a community near the Managua city dump. Yamileth will share the first-hand impact of free trade and debt and the resulting increase of migration and poverty on the people of Nicaragua.

April 15, 2008 - Speaker

Hosted by: Center for Labor and Employment Justice and Center for Human Rights and Justice
Speaker: Rebecca Smith Worker Justice for Low-wage and Immigrant Project of the National Employment Law Project (NELP)

Bi-national Labor Justice; Bi-national Organizing and Litigation Efforts to Stem Bi-national Labor Violations will speak about her work coordinating the thirty-five year old national non-profit law and policy organization dedicated to research and advocacy on issues of concern to low wage and jobless workers.

April 22, 2008 - Speakers

Hosted by: Outlaws
Speakers: Senator Ed Murray and Rep. Jamie Pedersen

Legislative Progress Towards Equality in Washington State: Washington's domestic partnership bill. 

April 28, 2008 - Gates PSL Speaker Series

Speaker: Nancy Polikoff

Nancy Polikoff is Professor of Law at American University Washington College of Law, where she teaches in the areas of family law, civil procedure, and sexuality and the law.

April 29, 2008 - Speaker

Hosted by: Minority Law Students' Association
Speaker: Professor Lois Wolcher

Critical Race Theory

May 6, 2008 - Gates PSL Seminar

Speaker: Lucy Quacinella

Human Rights,women and Children's Health in Rwanda Discussion on using international law on health care rights to provide medical services for women and children in Rwanda.

May 13, 2008 - Speaker

Hosted by: Innocence Project Northwest
Speakers: Professor Jacqueline McMurtrie and Criminal Defense Attorney Anna Tolin

"Mistaken Eyewitness Identification: The Leading Cause of Wrongful Convictions"  Professor McMurtrie and Criminal Defense Attorney Anna Tolin will discuss the leading factor in wrongful convictions

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