The Peter Greenfield Senior Advocacy Internship – Summer 2015

The Washington State Bar Association (WSBA) Elder Law Section in partnership with the Washington State Bar Foundation, the University of Washington School of Law, and Columbia Legal Services (CLS) is pleased to continue the Peter Greenfield Senior Advocacy Internship for the summer of 2015. This is a 10-12 week, full-time, paid internship ($5000 stipend for the summer) funded by the WSBA Elder Law Section, administered by the Washington State Bar Foundation, and UW School of Law. The intern will work in the Seattle CLS office providing advocacy and research in support of low income seniors. The internship for the summer of 2015 is open to students at the UW School of Law.

The Elder Law Section created this position to honor Peter Greenfield’s advocacy for vulnerable seniors and his active involvement in the Washington State Bar Association. The Peter Greenfield Senior Advocacy Internship is intended as a way to increase awareness of, and interest in, the practice of elder law on behalf of low-income clients and to support the “systems reform” that was the hallmark of Peter’s work. The position offers the opportunity to advocate for low-income seniors through legal research and writing, community education, and other types of advocacy.

Interested students should submit a letter of interest describing your Elder Law background and interests, résumé, two references, and a three-to-five page writing sample. Applications should be sent to foundation@wsba.org, subject line: 2015 Peter Greenfield Internship.

Deadline to apply: 5 p.m. Friday, February 13, 2015

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Well-Founded Fear, a documentary

 

You are invited to come watch the lunchtime showing of Well-Founded Fear, a documentary chronicling the interview process for refugees seeking asylum in the United States. It will be shown at the UW Law School,  Room 117 on Friday, February 13, 2015 from 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. We’ll have pizza and be joining Professor Watt’s Admin law class. If you are interested,  please RSVP to mdfan@uw.edu.

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Great Opportunity to Learn for students interested in human rights and immigration…

The popular Leadership Fireside series is an ongoing opportunity for students to engage in meaningful dialogue with a diverse range of civic, educational, corporate and campus leaders in an informal setting. These leaders will share their personal journeys and perspectives on leadership and become momentary mentors for students attending the event. The diversity of guest speakers means that each Fireside will be unique. Students who want to reflect and engage in a dialogue about leadership and further develop the skills and knowledge to be effective leaders on and off campus will want to be sure to attend.

Sahar Fathi is an international lawyer turned policy analyst who is a powerhouse of social change on a mission to shakeup how city policy is made.  Fathi currently serves as a policy analyst for the Seattle Office of Immigrant and Refugee Affairs and was formerly a legislative aide to Councilmember Mike O’Brien on the Seattle City Council and a legal clerk for the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda.

January 21 | 4:30-5:15
HUB Fireplace Lounge, 1st floor
Registration Required Here: https://catalyst.uw.edu/catalyst/chooser/8462178bb9321e21474c17e1c2ffa5a1

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IFAP Interpreter Training – January 14th

Do you speak a second language?

Are you interested in serving as an interpreter for Immigrant Families Advocacy Project, another UW Law clinic, or in another setting?
Would you like to get pro bono hours for interpreting – on your own schedule?

If so, attend a FREE and comprehensive Interpreter Training, hosted by UW Immigrant Families Advocacy Project. You will get practical, hands-on experience and a chance to hone your skills. This is also a unique opportunity to learn from a nationally recognized interpreter.

WHAT: IFAP Interpreter Training

WHEN: Wednesday, January 14th, 2014, 5pm – 9:30pm. Dinner will be served.

WHERE: Room 116

WHO: The training will be facilitated by Martha Cohen, a Washington State Court Certified Spanish Interpreter and manager of the Office of Interpreter Services for King County Superior Court. She has provided training for interpreters and staff in several settings. Ms. Cohen is a national consultant on court-based interpreter programs and has presented information on how to work effectively with interpreters at the national, state and local levels for judges, attorneys and court personnel.

RSVP to ifapinterpreter@gmail.com so that we know how much food to purchase. Also, please let us know the languages you speak!

Questions? Contact Sarah Chaplin (schaplin@uw.edu), Danielle McKenzie (mckend@uw.edu), or Steven McKevett (stevenmckevett@gmail.com).

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“Think Global, Act Local – Supporting Immigrant & Refugee Communities in Seattle”

Please join us this coming Monday as we welcome our alumna Sahar Fathi with the City of Seattle Office of Immigrant & Refugee Affairs.

“Think Global, Act Local – Supporting Immigrant & Refugee Communities in Seattle”
Sahar Fathi, Policy Analyst, City of Seattle Office of Immigrant & Refugee Affairs

Monday, Oct. 20, 12:30-1:20; 117 William H. Gates Hall. Lunch served

The City of Seattle Office of Immigrant and Refugee Affairs promotes a citywide culture that understands and values the contributions of immigrant and refugee communities. It partners with the Seattle Immigrant and Refugee Commission, other City departments, community organizations and members of the private sector to improve services for the Immigrant and Refugee communities and to ensure a consistent implementation of principles of social justice issues. Under Sahar’s lead, OIRA just launched the Refugee Women’s Institute, an innovative program designed to build understanding and trust between refugee communities in Seattle and the Seattle Police Department (SPD). The institute, the first of its kind in the nation, aims to build a grassroots network of refugee women leaders while increasing the cultural competency of the female officers who participate.

Sahar Fathi (JD ’08) is a policy analyst for the Seattle Office of Immigrant and Refugee Affairs. She has served as a legislative aide to Councilmember Mike O’Brien on the Seattle City Council and as a legal clerk for the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda. Sahar earned a JD and a Masters in International Studies from the University of Washington, and graduated cum laude from USC with a dual BA in French and International Relations. She attended the Sorbonne Université in Paris, France on exchange, and received a diploma in International and European Law from the Université Jean-Moulin in Lyon, France.

Sahar is a past president and co-founder of the Middle Eastern Legal Association of Washington, as well as the founder of its Legal Clinic – the first Middle Eastern Legal Clinic in the country. She is a past board member for the ACLU – Washington State Chapter, the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project, and the UNA – USA: Greater Seattle Chapter. She also served on the Race and Criminal Justice System Task Force from 2010-2011. Sahar is fluent in Farsi and French and has served as a mentor for UW Law students. She has been published in the Seattle Journal for Social Justice, the Seattle Journal of Environmental Law, and the Gonzaga Law Review.

Hosted by UW Law Global Affairs, Gates Public Service Law and the Immigrant Families Advocacy Project (IFAP)

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IFAP STEERING COMMITTEE: NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR 1L REPRESENTATIVES

The Immigrant Families Advocacy Project (IFAP) is currently accepting applications for 1L Representatives. If you’re passionate about social justice, immigration, or pro bono work in general, please apply! For more information on the available positions, please see the document entitled “1L Rep descriptions 2014-2015″. Applications are located in the document entitled “1L Rep Application”. They are due Monday, October 13th, 2014. If you have any questions, feel free to email Alex Revelas (arevelas@uw.edu) or Zach Parsons (parsoz@uw.edu).

Click the following link to access the 1L Rep descriptions 2014-2015. Click the following link for the 1L Rep Application.

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IFAP STEERING COMMITTEE APPLICATIONS

IFAP STEERING COMMITTEE APPLICATIONS

It’s time to elect our 2014/2015 IFAP Steering Committee! We will be electing members to serve in the following positions:

-President/Co-President (at least one): recruit students and attorneys in the fall quarter; support the Steering Committee in their duties; coordinate with the IFAP faculty advisors; perform all other duties necessary to keep IFAP functioning smoothly and financially stable. Experience with IFAPSteering Committee required.

-Secretary: take minutes at Steering Committee meetings and distribute by electronic mail. Manage office hour scheduling and train steering committee on office hour responsibilities.

-Administrative Representative: prepare an annual budget; provide financial data to the Advisory Council; reimburse expenditures. Organize and attend Advisory Council meetings; create an agenda for the meeting and facilitate discussion of these items; ensure follow-up on items discussed; recruit members for the Advisory Council and update members on IFAP activities. (This position combines Ad Council and Treasurer responsibilities).

-Co-Case Manger:  one case manager shall be selected each year from the rising 2L class and will serve a 2-year term.  Duties of the co-case managers shall include organizing and facilitating fall training sessions; preparing and distributing training manual; working with NWIRP to match students and pro bono attorneys with clients; conducting case management.

-Event Coordinator: organizes IFAP events (including the annual fundraiser, Social Justice Tuesday, and thank-you event for IFAP alumni), applies for funding from the various University sources to cover costs, makes all the necessary contacts and preparations for the event, including: finding speakers, scheduling venues, coordinating food/catering, etc. Delegates tasks to 1L reps and other Steering Committee members as necessary.

-Database and Strategic Chair: Manages all information, tracking and reporting via IFAP database.  Updates client, volunteer attorney, volunteer student, and IFAP alumni information in database.  Train other IFAP SC members on database use and coordinate/delegate database entry projects, as necessary.  Works closely with Administrative Representative and Case Managers to obtain and track appropriate information.  Work with Law School tech personnel and “We Pro Bono” system support to handle any repairs or upgrades. Prepare annual Strategic Report to compile data that has to do with institutional memory.

-Outreach Coordinator: Posts updates to the IFAP blog and website at least once each quarter, especially after Advisory Board meetings, student trainings/case assignments, and annual fundraising event.  Emails IFAP donors and listserv members with highlights and links to the full blog and website.

-Co-Interpreter Liaison (2): Carry out the recruitment of interpreters and assist teams that need assistance procuring an interpreter. Helps maintain program with UW Spanish Department to provide interpreter services to IFAP student teams.

-Duties for ALL SC Members: weekly office hours, attend monthly SC meetings, help out with IFAP events as needed (SJT’s, fundraising events, etc.).

If you are interested in joining the IFAP Steering Committee for 2014-2015, please e-mail a one-page application to Richard Dyer (dyerrc@uw.edu) and Erin Hebert (erin.hebert919@gmail.com) with “IFAP Steering Committee Application” in the subject line. The application should cover the following six items:

(1) Name, Phone number, UW E-mail address, location over summer

(2) The position(s) to which you are applying

(3) The reasons you would like to serve in that position

(4) Any other positions that you would consider

(5)  The skills/experiences that will assist you in that position (please include your previous involvement with IFAP)

(6) Any other information that you would like to share

The deadline for complete applications is Friday May 9th at 5pm. Please email us with any questions!

Neither position requires previous experience with the IFAP Steering Committee. Please pass this information along to fellow students who may be interested. We look forward to reviewing your responses.

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