WSBA's COVID-19 PRO BONO OPPORTUNITIES FOR MEMBERS
The following is a non-exhaustive and developing list of pro-bono opportunities arising out of the coronavirus pandemic and consequential economic impacts. Check back for updates as the WSBA will update this list as we learn of additional resources.
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Other COVID-19 resources and information for the public and WSBA members.
ELAP is responding to the evolving situation with COVID-19, and they need your help. They have an immediate need for volunteer attorneys to take phone consultations. To sign up, please use this brief form to let them know what days of the week and times of day you would be willing to help. They will promptly follow up.
Our communities need assistance and support more than ever. Because of discrimination, LGBTQ+ people, and particularly queer and trans people of color, are much more likely to be unemployed, underemployed, working in the service industry being hit desperately hard by this crisis, unable to access healthcare safely, and to have a well-earned distrust of state and legal systems. QLAW Volunteer Opportunities.
The Solid Ground Benefits Legal Assistance Program helps people who need legal help with accessing public benefits including food, medical coverage, childcare and money. Anyone interested in volunteering with the Benefits Legal Assistance Program can contact Grete Schultz, managing attorney for the Solid Ground Benefits Legal Assistance team, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 206-694-6807.
The SCBA Volunteer Lawyers Program is seeking pro bono attorneys who can assist their clients by telephone. Generally clients are seeking advice on family law, consumer law, housing, wills, and guardianship issues. The VLP welcomes attorneys from outside of Spokane, too! Contact JVC@SpokaneBar.org to connect with a VLP client today.
As of this writing, the Tenant Law Center does not have an immediate need for volunteers, but it expects a rapid increase in client requests in the coming weeks, particularly after the April 17 sunset of Gov. Jay Inslee’s moratorium on residential evictions. Contact Directing Attorney Mark Chattin, 206-324-6890.
The Unemployment Law Project is preparing for a flood of unemployment benefit appeals and is in urgent need of both volunteer attorneys to represent claimants at phone hearings before the Office of Administrative Hearings and non-attorney volunteers to help with intake interviews. Pro bono volunteers can contact Anne Paxton at email@example.com. Non-attorneys, please contact Hyun-Ji Lee at firstname.lastname@example.org. We will respond with details about training and do our best to link volunteers as soon as possible with a claimant who may need advice or representation from a pro bono attorney or an intake interview by a non-attorney volunteer. Please see our website front page at UnemploymentLawProject.org for the COVID-19 special information page.
Visit the Pro Bono Portal, which can also be accessed via the WSBA’s Public Service and Pro Bono Opportunities page. The WSBA also maintains a list, by county, of Qualified Legal Service Providers dedicated to serving low income individuals and families.
Advocates interested in sharing resources and strategies are welcome to join a new COVID-19 Legal Response listserv available in the National Disaster Legal Aid Advocacy Center. The Center also has information on COVID-19 legal response needs, resources and service delivery strategies identified in national calls of nonprofit legal aid, pro bono and other advocates. You can also view a Google Doc of COVID-19 Legal Response Resources.
LFW is a nonprofit organization created in 1984 at the direction of the Washington Supreme Court to distribute IOLTA funds to legal aid organizations across the state. Sign up for The Brief, a newsletter to keep you updated on the latest happenings in the civil legal aid community, and view past newsletters.
WACDL and other organizations request an emergency order from the Washington Supreme Court in response to COVID-19.
Advocating for release and other relief during COVID-19 health crisis: tools for release including motions, briefing and more: A resource page and clearing house for public defenders and other advocates working on COVID-19-related advocacy.
The Washington State Bar Association’s Diversity Committee is dedicated to implementing WSBA’s Diversity and Inclusion Plan. The committee's work promotes historically underrepresented groups to enter, remain, thrive, and lead in the profession of law. The committee does this through collaborative relationships and community building activities that highlight the numerous societal benefits of a diverse law profession.
Help advance WSBA's commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion in the legal profession.
We have positions open on the WSBA Diversity Committee, starting in October 2020. Read more about the position and apply today through your https://www.mywsba.org/ account.
The NEW Leadership Institute is a 6-day intensive program held in June, developed to encourage and equip students with the skills to seek new heights in their personal and professional lives. Examples of topics and workshops include community organizing & activism, politics & policy making, and salary negotiations. We are looking for undergraduate or graduate students enrolled in a 2-year or 4-year program who are eager to be leaders in their communities. Washington students and out-of-state-students with Washington residency are eligible to apply.
The 2020 application can be found here (or by pasting bit.ly/2020NEWLeadUW into your browser).
If you need additional information, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me, either by email at email@example.com or by phone at 206-543-9708. You may also visit our website for other program highlights, including Alumnae Success Stories and an FAQ page. Please feel free to pass along this information to any contacts you might have who might be interested in nominating emerging leaders.
Come join us on March 3, 2020 at 6pm at Foster Garvey for the Joint MBA 2020 Mentorship Kick-Off Event! Pre-registration required.
Generously sponsored by:
The Opportunity and Progress Counsel, Foster Garvey’s diversity, equity, and inclusion initiative
In partnership with:
Lawyers, have you ever reached a point in your career and thought, "If only I had known...." Young lawyers and law students, have you ever wished you had advice from someone who has actually been there? Mentors meet mentees!
Our team of minority bar associations aims to pair law students and young lawyers from historically underrepresented groups with mentor attorneys from all walks of life, including allies, to support mentees as they prepare to enter and navigate their legal careers. For mentors and mentees alike, this is a fantastic opportunity to support one another, learn from one another, and meet the movers and shakers of our profession.
Please feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information!
E. Rania Rampersad
SABAW President-Elect/Mentorship Co-Chair
In partnership with GU's School of Law. Check out the Wine Institute launch coming soon!
When: February 21st-22nd, 2020
Where: Harvest Inn, Napa Valley/St. Helena, CA
1 Main Street, St. Helena, CA
Join us in our first year bringing Women Lead to Napa Valley, where workshops will be held at various wineries around the area! Similar to other Women Lead events, this conference will focus on the latest research around women in leadership, and specifically male-dominated industries. Additionally, this conference will offer two tracks -- one in women's leadership, and the other in wine law. Whether you work in the wine industry or are a wine enthusiast, this conference will offer workshops and speakers relevant to your interests. This is a chance to immerse yourself in the culture of St. Helena and Napa Valley, while building your network of other like-minded individuals.
See the complete conference schedule here!
UW NALSA 2020 Salmon Bingo Dinner by Native American Law Student Association @ UW Law
Come play bingo and build community with current UW Law students, alumni, and tribal and Indian law practitioners! The Native American Law Student Association at University of Washington School of Law is hosting our annual Salmon Bingo Dinner on February 7, 2020 from 6-8:30pm.
For over 30 years, NALSA at UW has supported Native American law students and all students pursuing legal careers in federal Indian law and tribal law. Proceeds from the Salmon Bingo Dinner go to supporting Native American law students at UW, outreach to Native undergraduates and high school students, and funding students attending the national NALSA moot court competition.
The Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel (FDCC) is a highly selective international association of lawyers, both corporate and private practice, who are primarily engaged in the defense of civil litigation. The FDCC is committed to increasing the diversity in the legal profession. You can learn more about the organization at www.thefederation.org. A number of years ago, the FDCC established the Barb Currie Diversity Scholarship. Attached is a description of the scholarship, its criteria and application process. Applications are due no later than February 28, 2020.
We are seeking attorney raters for the Clark County Mock Trial middle school tournament, which is scheduled for Wednesday, January 29th and Thursday, January 30th.
Wednesday, January 29, 2019
Round 1 - 1:00-3:00pm (5 volunteers needed)
Round 2 - 3:15-5:15pm (8 volunteers needed)
Round 3 - 5:30-7:30pm (9 volunteers needed)
Thursday, January 30, 2019
Round 4 - 1:00-3:00pm (9 volunteers needed)
The trials are held at the Clark County Courthouse (1200 Franklin Street, Vancouver, WA). Raters need to meet in the first floor jury assembly room. Please arrive 15 minutes prior to your round to get room assignments and score sheets. Each trial lasts about 2 hours.
It’s very easy and fun and you don’t need any specific experience. All you have to do is watch the trial and give some short, positive feedback to the students at the end.
In exchange for your time we can offer our gratitude, some free food and drink, and the enjoyable experience of watching these students participate in this program.
Please email me if you are able to volunteer this year. Thank you!
The WSBA is looking for a new or young lawyer to chair this years Trial Advocacy Program. TAP is a really good trial practice CLE that offers two seminar days followed by a mock trial. It’s geared for folks who would like direct court room experience; the faculty are top-notch presenters who share great tips and tricks. They usually pair a civil and criminal law practitioner together as co-chairs. This year, a criminal law attorney is needed to serve as chair-elect. Kristin Teutscher, a civil law practitioner and last year’s chair-elect, is the current chair.