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Reversing the Effects of Mass Incarceration: Ways to Reform the Criminal Justice System

William H. Gates Hall

6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

The incarceration rate in the United States is the highest in the world, which has led some to call our current criminal justice structure a system of Mass Incarceration. This system—which contains over 2 million people in American prisons and jails—has decimated communities, especially those of color, created two tiers of justice, one for the rich and the other for the poor, and, in some instances, has resulted in government spending more money on incarceration than education.

The University of Washington School of Law and the Gates Public Service Law Program invites you to a forum on how we as a community can reverse the effects of Mass Incarceration through implementing criminal justice reforms. The forum will cover sentencing reform, prison rehabilitation programs, and prison reentry.


Yom HaShoah: Universal Perspectives on Holocaust Remembrance

William H. Gates Hall
Room 119
12:30 PM - 1:20 PM

Guest Speaker: Reut Cohen, New Israel Fund Civil Liberties Law Program Fellow
Respondents: Rabbi Oren Hayon, Hillel UW; UW Professor Stephen Rosenbaum, UW Law

As the Holocaust (Shoah) is observed throughout the world this week and the UW community welcomes jurist, memoirist and concentration camp survivor Thomas Buergenthal, it is a fitting time to consider the contemporary commemoration of state-sponsored murder by the Nazi regime. Lawyer/Activist Reut Cohen writes: "We Israelis grow up in the shadows of the Holocaust. It's always there and always very present. I don't this this is necessarily bad, but I recognize two possible educational messages that derive from this: the first is 'We must never let this happen us (Jews/Israel) again and have to do everything in order to prevent it' and the second is 'We must never let this happen again to any other nation or people.'"
Co-sponsors: (partial list)
Wm. H. Gates Public Service Law Program
Center for Human Rights
Law Societies and Justice
Hillel UW
Jewish Law Students Ass'n (UW Law)
Ctr for Human Rights and Justice (UW Law)

Light lunch provided, please rsvp to gatespsl@uw.edu

Global IP Strategy in Action: Microsoft in India

William H. Gates Hall
Gates 117
12:30 PM - 1:20 PM

Law, Technology & Arts Group University Washington School of Law invites you to attend the meeting with Mr. Vipin Aggarwal, Senior Attorney and Director-Intellectual Property at Microsoft, India.

Mr. Aggarwal will speak on “Global IP Strategy in Action: Microsoft in India.”

Mr. Aggarwal joined Microsoft India in 2012 as a Senior Attorney and Director-Intellectual Property where he focuses on managing all IP matters for Microsoft including its Anti-Piracy Efforts. He manages the patent filings and provides guidance for open source and third party IP usage. He also leads investigations of pirated and counterfeit MS products and works with law enforcement and judicial authorities to stop pirated and counterfeit products from entering and being used by customers. Since 2012, Mr. Aggarwal has been the Country Chair of Business Software Alliance India Committee (www.bsa.org) as the member company representative of Microsoft India. Before joining Microsoft, Mr. Aggarwal worked at GENPACT LLC as VP and Legal Counsel, Privacy and Intellectual Property.

The meeting will take place at 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 30, 2014, in Room 117.

Sandwiches and soft drinks will be provided for lunch. Please RSVP in Symplicity by Monday, April 28th at 5 pm. to help us estimate food quantities.

Social Justice Tuesdays

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

Tuesday, 4/29, 12:30 to 1:20pm in Room 133

The UW National Lawyers Guild Student Chapter is hosting a panel of radical lawyers to share their experiences as lawyers for the people! Whether you are interested in exploring new ways to engage with justice issues as a member of the legal community, curious to hear stories from local leaders and activists, or simply need a reminder that your JD can enable you to be a force for good in the world, come join us and hear our speakers.


Speaker Bios:

Jenn Kaplan is the current vice president of the Seattle chapter of the National Lawyers Guild and an attorney at The Law Office of Gilbert Levy, a criminal defense and civil rights firm in Seattle. In addition to practicing general criminal defense, Jenn maintains a docket of political cases, representing anarchist, animal rights, Occupy Seattle, and other progressive activists in various capacities. Jenn is a graduate of New York University and the University of Washington School of Law.
Devin Theriot-Orr is a 2003 graduate of UWLS where he was a member of the immigration and appellate advocacy clinics. He is presently a senior attorney at Gibbs Houston Pauw, where he represents noncitizens in deportation proceedings, visa petition proceedings, and complex, federal litigation, including class actions. Devin is also a member of the local technology collective riseup.net, providing secure communications tools for activists since 1999. Devin teaches immigration law as an adjunct professor at Seattle University.
Martha L. Schmidt is a graduate of the University of Washington (L.L.M, Law and Marine Affairs) and the University of Wisconsin (J.D.) Her diverse practice focuses on employment and labor law, focusing on conflict resolution in the work place on behalf employees, using mediation, collaborative law, conflict coaching and training. She was also an attorney/organizer for the Seattle Worker Center, the first staff attorney for the Unemployment Law Project, and a Juvenile defender in Snohomish and Island counties. She also is an international human rights law consultant, and has served as an election / trial observer in El Salvador, Venezuela, and Peru.

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