Public Interest and You

February 25, 2008 through March 1, 2008

Interested in the idea of public interest work but not quite sure how to make it happen? This week of events will educate students about the practical side of integrating service into their careers. From dealing with loan debt to pursuing post-graduate fellowships to job shadowing a local attorneys, these opportunities will help you make your public interest plans a reality. The week ends with the Public Interest Law Foundation’s annual auction, which raises money to fund public interest law summer grants. For additional information on any of the below events, please feel free to contact the Access to Justice Institute at

Monday, February 25 – Friday, February 29

SBA 5th Annual Job Shadow Week
This program is an opportunity for law students to spend a day shadowing someone in the legal profession and get a firsthand look at the legal world. SBA worked with the Washington Access to Justice Board’s Law Student Relations Committee to coordinate opportunities for law students specifically interested in shadowing attorneys at Columbia Legal Services, Eastside Legal Assistance Program (in Bellevue), King County Bar Association Legal Services, Legal Action Center, Northwest Immigrants Rights Project, Northwest Justice Project, Seattle Community Law Center, Solid Ground (formerly Fremont Public Association) and the Unemployment Law Project. Sign-up deadline was February 4. If you have any questions about the public interest placements with agencies mentioned above, contact Allison Durazzi at WSBA, For job shadow opportunities with all other attorneys, contact Jane Chee at

Wednesday, February 27

Dealing with Law School Debt: Understanding the College Cost Reduction and Access Act (CCRAA)
Offered two different times:
Noon - 12:50 p.m. with Q & A until 1:30 p.m., Courtroom (Pizza lunch provided at noon session!)
6:30 - 7:30 p.m. with Q & A until 8 p.m., Wyckoff Auditorium (Engineering Building west of Sullivan Hall)

Interested in a career in the government or nonprofit sector but worried about how you will pay your law school loans? Heather Jarvis of Equal Justice Works and Kathleen Koch, Assistant Dean for Student Financial Services, will explain the CCRAA, how student loan payments will be affected by the income-based repayment program, how borrowers can qualify for loan forgiveness, and 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 (Pizza lunch provided)

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 graduate of the law school and EJW Fellow with Columbia Legal Services, will be available for Q & A. This workshop is geared for 2Ls, but all are invited.

“Making a Difference” Symposium #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 - 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

15th Annual PILF Auction
5:30 - 10 p.m., Campion Ballroom at Seattle University

The Public Interest Law Foundation invites you to attend this much-anticipated annual fundraising event for the PILF Summer Grants program! John McKay, former U.S. Attorney and Professor from Practice, will be the keynote speaker. Perennial favorites, professors Janet Ainsworth and Sidney DeLong will serve as auctioneers. Some of the exciting offerings already scheduled for the live auction include a Salish Lodge and Spa package and a 4-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 To purchase tickets in advance, contact Brandi Ross at For more details, visit the PILF auction site.