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Public Interest and You:  A Week about How to Make your Public Interest Plans a Reality, February 25, 2008 through March 1, 2008

Working in the field of public interest but wondering how to find the right balance? This week of events will inform you of the practical side of integrating service into your career.  From dealing with loan debt to pursuing post-graduate fellowships, these programs will help you in your current public interest career or quest to do public interest.  The week ends with the Public Interest Law Foundation's annual auction, which raises money to fund public interest law summer grants. The Office of Alumni Relations is hosting a VIP reception, prior to the auction, for alumni practicing in the field of public interest.  John McKay will be the keynote speaker.  For additional information on any of these events, please feel free to contact or call us at (206) 398-4600. 

Monday, February 25 - Friday, February 29
5th Annual Job Shadow Week

Seattle University School of Law is proud to host the 5th Annual Job Shadow Week. The Job Shadow Week provides students with a wonderful opportunity to meet our alumni and get a first-hand look at what the legal world is really like beyond the classroom and books. 

Students need and appreciate your input and mentoring. Last year we received several student comments, including the following:

“Thank you for the Job Shadow program.  I was able to shadow an attorney in Bellevue.  Thanks to your good work and the commitment of my volunteer, my Job Shadow was time extremely well spent.” 

Volunteers, too, have been excited with the job shadow program,

“The job shadow program at SU must continue!  This is a great program and it was a pleasure to have a student shadow me for the day.  Keep up the good work!”

While many of the slots for this week have been taken, please let us know if you are interested in participating in mentoring programs in the future by e-mailing us at

Wednesday, February 27
Dealing with Law School Debt:  Understanding the College Cost Reduction and Access Act (CCRAA)
Noon - 1:30 p.m., Courtroom in Sullivan Hall
6:30 - 8:00 p.m., Wyckoff Auditorium (Engineering Building west of Sullivan Hall)

For those of you practicing in government or the nonprofit sector but worried about how you will pay your law school loans, this workshop is for you.  Heather Jarvis of Equal Justice Works and Kathleen Koch, Assistant Dean for Student Financial Services, will explain:  

  • The CCRAA
  • How your loan payments will be affected by the income-based repayment program
  • How to qualify for loan forgiveness
  • What borrowers need to do to take advantage of the benefits of the new law


Thursday, February 28
Funding Your Social Justice Job: Nuts and Bolts on Equal Justice Works Post-Graduate Fellowships
Noon - 12:50 p.m., Room C1

As the nation's largest postgraduate legal fellowship program, Equal Justice Works supports fellows working on domestic violence, homelessness, community economic development, immigration, civil rights, juvenile justice, employment rights, access to health care, consumer fraud, environmental justice and other critical issues. Heather Jarvis of EJW will give an overview of the fellowship program and explain the nuts and bolts of the application process. Erin Shea, ’07, an EJW Fellow with Columbia Legal Services, will answer questions about her work.  This workshop is geared more for 2Ls, but all are welcome.

“Making a Difference,” Part 3:  “Skills, Opportunities, Barriers: Attaining, Maintaining and Increasing Capability, Effectiveness, Freedom and Fulfillment”  with Former Judge Don Horowitz and Professor from Practice John McKay
5:00 - 7:20 p.m., Room C1

Judge Horowitz and Professor McKay continue their popular “Making a Difference” series by focusing on the development of excellent professional skills and exploring the opportunities and barriers to serving the public interest as a lawyer.  Guest speakers will be on hand to share their experiences and demonstrate the importance of skills development in attaining and exercising personal and professional freedom.

Saturday, March 1
Public Interest Law Alumni VIP Reception and 15th Annual PILF Auction
Reception 4-5 p.m.; Auction starts at 5:30 p.m.

The Office of Alumni Relations cordially invites all alumni practicing in the field of public interest to attend a special VIP reception. Join us for a high-end networking event with John McKay, former U.S. Attorney and now Professor from Practice. Following the reception, attend the much-anticipated annual fundraising event for the PILF Summer Grants program. Perennial favorites, Professors Janet Ainsworth and Sidney DeLong, will serve as auctioneers. Some of the exciting offerings at the live auction include a Salish Lodge and Spa Package and a four-night stay at Big White resort in Kelowna, British Columbia. If you would like to donate an item or services, please contact Hannalore Merritt at  For more details, visit the PILF site at

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