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Access to Justice Institute
901 12th Avenue, Sullivan Hall 115
Seattle, WA 98122-1090
Phone: (206) 398-4173
Fax: (206) 398-4261
E-mail: atji@seattleu.edu

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Programs, Events & Trainings

ATJI offers countless ways for students and the law school community to deepen their understanding of social justice issues. Below is a listing of current offerings that help students connect academic learning with real-world issues and action. Please visit our Pro Bono Portal for the latest information on upcoming events or contact atji@seattleu.edu.

Social Justice Mondays

Social Justice Mondays is a weekly series that creates a forum to bring awareness and encourage discussion about the many issues that surround the idea of "social justice" in order to help strengthen the social justice community of students, faculty and staff at the law school. ATJI works with students and student organizations to organize weekly programs that often involve faculty, practicing attorneys, and other community leaders presenting or facilitating a conversation on a substantive legal issue.

Join us every Monday at noon during the academic year in Room C5! A simple soup lunch is served.

Interested in Organizing a Social Justice Monday?

We invite students, student organizations, faculty, and/or staff to submit proposals for a program/event idea. Please see the Social Justice Mondays Event Proposal Guidelines for more information.

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Trainings

Pro Bono Prep

The Access to Justice Institute hosts “Pro Bono Prep” workshops each semester designed to introduce law students to the basic legal skills necessary to succeed in pro bono and public interest volunteer opportunities, internships, and future practice. These sessions provide students an opportunity to practice basic skills and learn about where to go for more intensive learning and support.

2016-2017 Pro Bono Prep Trainings

  • Professional Responsibility for Law Student Volunteers: Videorecorded training that you can watch anytime. Covers ethical rules applicable to law student volunteers and interns, including what constitutes the practice of law, confidentiality, and conflicts of interest. Please note that this training is highly encouraged for anyone starting their first pro bono project or internship and required for participation in ATJI Partnership Projects and Student-Led Pro Bono Projects.
  • Client Communication 101: Learn the fundamentals of interviewing and meeting with clients as well as where to find resources to help you find and succeed in pro bono. Please note that this training is highly encouraged for anyone starting their first pro bono project or internship and required for participation in ATJI Partnership Projects and Student-Led Pro Bono Projects.
    • The next live training will be offered as part of ATJI's 2016 Social Justice and Pro Bono Retreat to be held at the law school on Saturday, September 10, 2016, from 9am to 3pm. The Client Communication training will be held at 10:30am. Please click here to register.
    • Alternatively a recording from 2015 is available inATJI's Limited Access Recordings Library. 
  • Introduction to Poverty, Equity, and Justice in Washington: This training, new in 2016, offers foundational information for any student who anticipates working with low-income or marginalized communities in Washington as a student or attorney. It provides a snapshot of what poverty looks like in Washington state and what critical issues are faced by marginalized and underserved communities, a who's who of Washington organizations working toward equity and justice, and strategies for working effectively with clients who are experiencing poverty and crisis. Please note that students matriculating in summer 2015 or later must take this training or certify that they have taken a similar training or course (such as an externship, clinic) to be eligible for Pro Bono Pledge recognition at graduation.
    • The next live training will be offered as part of ATJI's 2016 Social Justice and Pro Bono Retreat to be held at the law school on Saturday, September 10, 2016, from 9am to 3pm. This session will be held at 9am. Please click here to register. A recorded version will be available after the live session.

Low Bono Brown Bag Trainings

ATJI offers a series of CLEs and workshops geared to support lawyers who are in the beginning stages of launching or running a solo practice designed to serve middle income clients. For more info visit our Low Bono and Solo Initiative Page.

Online Resources

In the past, ATJI has offered other trainings designed to prepare students to engage in pro bono and social justice work. Students can access these at any time:

Check our Pro Bono Portal for any future trainings.

Racial Justice Leadership Institute (RJLI)

RJLI is a professional development opportunity for SU law students, faculty, and staff in line with our commitment to the University mission. RJLI is designed to foster leadership skills for working in all areas of the profession in ways that resist systems of privilege and oppression. Please check back for information about upcoming sessions.

First Year Fellows Program

This year-long program is designed to give a group of selected 1Ls a unique opportunity to build skills that will 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. It is also a terrific way to connect with other students and attorneys who share common interests and career goals. The Fellowship experience includes monthly workshops as well as networking and mentorship from attorneys and community leaders. For more information and application details, please visit the Pro Bono Portal

1L students interested in becoming an ATJI First Year Fellow must provide a 1-2 page personal statement that answers the following: (1) What professional and volunteer experiences have you had thus far that demonstrate your commitment to social justice? (2) What motivated your decision to come to law school? (3) What do you hope to gain from becoming an ATJI First Year Fellow? (4) What activities and experiences do you most hope to participate in during law school. Applications must be submitted by email no later than 5pm on Wednesday, September 7, 2016, to Jennifer Werdell at ATJI, werdellj@seattleu.edu.

Legal Writing Collaborative

ATJI initiated a partnership with the Legal Writing faculty to bring real-world social justice issues into the classroom. The Legal Writing Collaborative has since been adopted by our world-class Legal Writing Program and the Ronald A. Peterson Law Clinic and is now called Real Clients in the First Year.