Annual CLE

The CLE, Immigration Options for Immigrant Survivors of Domestic Violence, is part of the pro bono project the Immigrant Families Advocacy Project (IFAP), a partnership of the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project (NWIRP) and the UW Law School. Each year, IFAP trains and matches law students with pro bono attorneys to provide legal aid to immigrant victims of domestic violence who self-petition for a U-Visa under the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA).  Students receive extensive training, enabling them to do the bulk of the work on a U-Visa petition. We currently have over 50 U-Visa applicants awaiting student-attorney teams for 2015-2016.

First time IFAP attorney volunteers must attend the CLE, which covers the basics of immigration law, U-Visa petitions and adjustment status, confidentiality and ethics, working with immigrant survivors of domestic violence, and supervising law students. This year’s CLE takes place Friday, October 30, 2015 from 10 am – 4:30 pm at Perkins Coie. Attorneys who agree to accept one IFAP case may attend the CLE for only $35. Attendees will received 4.25 CLE credits, including .75 ethics credits.

We have a wait list of over 50 hopeful U-Visa applicants, as well as dozens of dedicated and enthusiastic law students awaiting case assignments. We are always in need of great volunteers and would love to have your help. Please contact our team at theifap@uw.ed, if you have any questions or if you would like to volunteer

.Volunteer with IFAP 2015

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IFAP Steering Comittee- Open Positions


The IFAP Fellow will have the opportunity to work with attorneys at NWIRP, connect with the greater legal community in the area, and gain valuable project management experience while putting on IFAP’s annual CLE training attorney volunteers.

The responsibilities of the Fellow will continue through the Fall 2015 quarter, and Fellows are encouraged to remain involved in IFAP on the Steering Committee even after all tasks have been completed.

Please take a look at the job description, eligibility requirements, and application at: Any questions can be directed to Zachary Parsons, Note that the deadline to apply is Thursday, April 30  @ 7:00pm.



It’s time to elect our 2015/2016 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 IFAP Steering Committee required.

Secretary/Treasurer: take minutes at Steering Committee meetings and distribute by electronic mail. Prepare an annual budget; provide financial data to the Advisory Council; reimburse expenditures.

Advisory Council: organize and attend Advisory Council meetings; create an agenda for the meeting and facilitate discussion of these items; ensure follow-up on items discussed; in conjunction with the IFAP co-presidents determine the composition and annual purpose of the Advisory Council; update Advisory Council members on IFAP activities.

Co-Case Manager: 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 Social Justice Tuesday, other thank-you event for IFAP alumni, and other events at the discretion of the coordinator and committee), 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.

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 Co-Presidents and Case Managers to obtain and track appropriate information.  Work with Law School tech personnel 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, 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; works closely with the Events Coordinator to coordinate publicity.

Co-Interpreter Liaison (2): Assists with recruitment of interpreters and helps teams that need assistance procuring an interpreter. Helps continue this relatively new program with UW Spanish Department to provide interpreter services to IFAP student teams.

Duties for ALL SC Members: attend monthly SC meetings; help out with IFAP events as needed (SJT’s, fundraising events, etc.); meet with the Presidents when requested.

If you are interested in joining the IFAP Steering Committee for 2015-2016, please e-mail a one-page application to Zachary Parsons ( 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 Thursday April 30, 2015 at 7pm. Please email Zachary Parsons ( with any questions!

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Bruce & Aphrodite Garrison Summer/Fall Fellow Application


IFAP assists immigrant survivors of domestic violence as they self-petition for legal permanent resident status under the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA). A student-run organization at the UW School of Law, IFAP unites the efforts of students and pro bono attorneys in cooperation with the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project (NWIRP). This collaboration affords law students, including those in their first year, the opportunity to gain training and experience in immigration law, domestic violence advocacy, and client counseling, while providing a valuable public service to clients.

2015 IFAP Summer/Fall Fellow

Job Description

Student will work with the IFAP Steering Committee, the Faculty Supervisor, and staff at the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project (NWIRP) to coordinate IFAP activities and provide general administrative support surrounding the Fall IFAP CLE. The position will correspond to Summer and Autumn Quarters 2015.


  • Plans and facilitates the annual IFAP Fall CLE for pro bono attorneys.
  • Recruits pro bono attorneys.


Works part-time during summer and fall quarter, typically 16 hours per week.

(See for the full-time summer work study information)


Must be Work Study eligible – $15/hour (i.e. must be a student who plans to return for the 2015-2016 academic year and who receives financial aid – Please contact the Work Study Administration office for more information about eligibility, 206-685-1985)

For Application Materials:

Contact Zachary Parsons by email (

Please include in the email subject line: IFAP Fellow

Download Application here: Garrison Fellowship Application 2015 FINAL

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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, 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

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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:

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

Questions? Contact Sarah Chaplin (, Danielle McKenzie (, or Steven McKevett (

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