Program prepares students for lawyering in a diverse world
The School of Law launched projects this year designed to empower students with skills and practical knowledge on issues related to diversity and clients with limited English skills.
Lawyering in a Diverse World is a yearlong series of workshops that give students a competitive edge for effective lawyering in our increasingly diverse and complex world. In addition, students are gaining tools to better understand and engage in issues of inclusion, diversity, and cross-cultural competence, which are not only global and business imperatives, but are also justice imperatives. The series include topics like "Cross-Cultural Lawyering," "The Disability Perspective" and "Bias in the Courtroom".
They are facilitated by law school faculty and staff including, Ada Shen-Jaffe, senior advisor to the dean, as well as practitioners Stacie Siebrecht from Disability Rights Washington and Jeff Robinson from Schroeter Goldmark & Bender. In addition to these workshops, students have organized Table Talk events that provide dinner conversations about issues of diversity, such as Race and the Elections.
Another program, the Language Access Project will educate future lawyers to serve clients with limited English skills. A collaboration of the Access to Justice Institute and the Washington State Coalition for Language Access, the project will help train future lawyers to serve limited-English proficient clients with quality and culturally competent representation to LEP individuals and to encourage better LEP policies throughout the legal community. Dean Kellye Testy and ATJI Associate Director Monika Batra Kashyap made a presentation, "Building for the Future," about the language access developments at the fourth annual WASCLA Summit in October.