If you are interested in getting involved in leadership opportunities such as these, please contact Jennifer Werdell at ATJI, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Connect to the Social Justice Community
ATJI serves as a connection point to justice-minded communities and entities, both within the law school and outside of our walls, and can help facilitate networking opportunities for law students. Contact the ATJI staff at email@example.com for assistance with your public interest networking plan and help with making connections with attorneys and community leaders.
Social Justice at Seattle U
There are many ways to engage in social justice work within the law school and connect with other social-justice-minded students, staff, faculty, alumni and the larger community.
- ATJI First Year Fellows: Cohort of selected 1Ls who engage in a year-long learning experience to build skills that set a foundation for leadership within and outside of the law school, as well as for a career in public interest and social justice work. The Fellowship experience includes monthly workshops as well as networking and mentorship from attorneys and community leaders.
- Social Justice Coalition: Student-led group working to ensure that the law school stays accountable to its social justice mission. For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Social Justice Leadership Committee: Vertically integrated committee comprised of students, alumni, faculty, and staff working on social justice initiatives within the law school. For more information, contact email@example.com.
- Center for Global Justice: Combining a justice-based approach to globalization with a commitment to academic excellence. Among the center's projects are a speakers series, a student fellows program and internship opportunities.
- Externship Program: Offering a wide range of for-credit experiential learning opportunities, primarily in the nonprofit and public sectors, to help you bridge law school and practice.
- Fred T. Korematsu Center for Law & Equality: Advancing social justice by fostering critical thinking about discrimination in U.S. society and through targeted advocacy to foster equality and freedom. The center's work is divided into three units: research, advocacy and education projects.
- Ronald A. Peterson Law Clinic: Under faculty supervision for credit, work on real cases and help real clients who might otherwise not have attorneys.
- Seattle Journal for Social Justice: SJSJ is a peer-reviewed, student-edited journal that was founded in 2001 to promote critical interdisciplinary discussions on urgent problems of social justice, including exploring the often-conflicting meanings of justice that arise in a diverse society.
- Center for Service and Community Engagement (CSCE): Providing service learning opportunities for broader Seattle University campus and home of the Seattle University Youth Initiative.
- Office of Multicultural Affairs: University-wide office dedicated to the promotion of a campus community that appreciates, encourages, and celebrates diversity.
- CAPS: A whole student is a well student. Counseling & Psychological Services (CAPS) is committed to helping students meet the challenges of life during college, graduate and professional school by encouraging healthy personal choices and balanced perspectives.
Public Interest Law Foundation
The Public Interest Law Foundation (PILF) is a law student organization committed to increasing awareness of the rewards, challenges, opportunities, and needs in public interest law. Recognizing the responsibility that members of the legal profession have in working to serve severely underrepresented legal needs, PILF engages in a number of projects, including networking events like an annual Evening with Equal Justice and fundraising to support students engaging in unpaid summer public interest work.
ATJI facilitates student participation in several state, regional, and national social justice conferences throughout the year. In the past, ATJI has been able to provide some financial assistance for conference fees or travel costs for conferences such as:
- Equal Justice Works Conference & Career Fair (October 23 & 24, 2015), Fairfax, VA)
- Legal Foundation of Washington's Goldmark Luncheon (February 26, 2016, Seattle, WA)
- Society of American Law Teachers' (SALT) Trina Grillo Public Interest and Social Justice Retreat (Date and location TBD).
- Washington State Access to Justice Conference (Date and location TBD)
Committees and External Leadership Opportunities
To ensure that the social justice work of ATJI and the law school is impactful and done in partnership with the larger legal community, ATJI staff serve on many external committees, roundtables and coalitions. ATJI encourages students to also engage in external committees to network with practicing attorneys and community leaders, develop leadership skills, and deepen their understanding of issues impacting the community. Local opportunities that are open to law students include:
- Washington State Access to Justice (ATJ) Board : Established by Washington Supreme Court Order in 1994, the ATJ Board works to achieve equal access to the civil justice system for those facing economic and other significant barriers. The ATJ Board accomplishes much of its work through its many committees which welcome law student members. Committees include the Justice without Barriers Committee, the Leadership Development Committee, and Technology Committee.
- Washington State Bar Association (WSBA): Law students can get involved with a range of opportunities, including the Washington Young Lawyers Division's Public Service/Pro Bono Committee.
- Equal Justice Works National Advisory Committee: Law students and law school professionals participate on this advisory council for a national and renowned organization working to further public interest law.