Explore Social Justice
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, or contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Social Justice Mondays: A weekly series that aims to create 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.
- Pro Bono Prep: The Access to Justice Institute hosts a one-time workshop 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. Topics include Client Interviewing 101, Professional Responsibility and Professionalism for Legal Volunteers, and Cross-Cultural Competency. These sessions provide students an opportunity to practice basic skills and learn about where to go for more intensive learning and support.
- Annual Conferences: 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 the Equal Justice Works Conference & Career Fair (October 24 & 25, 2014, Bethesda, MD), the Legal Foundation of Washington's Goldmark Luncheon (February 25, 2015, Seattle, WA), and the Society of American Law Teachers' (SALT) Trina Grillo Public Interest and Social Justice Retreat (Date and location TBD). The Student Bar Association also offers financial assistance to attend conferences through an application process. Click here for more info.
- Connecting to the Equal Justice Community: ATJI serves as a connection point to local justice-minded communities and entities. For example, the Washington State Access to Justice (ATJ) Board was established by Washington Supreme Court Order in 1994 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 and Nominating Committee, and Technology Committee. Law students can also get involved with Washington State Bar Association (WSBA) opportunities like the Washington Young Lawyers Division's Public Service/Pro Bono Committee. Nationally, students can get involved by serving on boards like the Equal Justice Works National Advisory Committee. The National Advisory Committee provides a way to guide and advance the organization's goal of having students develop a lifelong commitment to working on behalf of underrepresented individuals, communities and causes. If you are interested in getting involved in leadership opportunities such as these, please contact email@example.com.