Social Justice Week advances law school's mission

Social Justice Justice Week creates space for the campus to engage in meaningful collaboration, initiate dialogue, promote change, and advance social justice movements on campus, in our local community and globally. Social Justice Week 2010 is Oct. 11- 16.


Students, faculty, and staff are invited to attend events (listed below). In addition to events, all are encouraged to sign up for the SBA Day of Service and Brownbags (listed below). Brownbags are small-group, informal conversations with professors and community members on specific topics. All brownbags are held in the Dean's Conference Room.  Signups for the Day of Service and Brownbags will be ongoing starting this Monday (1st Floor Lobby), or you can sign up on the Social Justice Coalition TWEN page.  


Monday, October 11

Kick-off Celebration
The week's programs begin with introductory remarks from Dean Niles, reflections by SU School of Law Alum and Class of 2010 Leadership for Justice Fellow Bette Fleishman, and local socially conscious musician/poet Dominique Vijarro.  Lunch provided. (2nd Floor Gallery)

4:00-5:30 Foreclosing the American Dream
The event will discuss the impact of the foreclosure crisis on Washington families and navigating the foreclosure process.  Professor McGee will be discussing recent legislation by the Obama administration regarding mortgage modifications. Rory O'Sullivan with the Northwest Justice Project will be discussing the foreclosure process and its impact on families. (Rm. Annex 143)

5:30-7:00 Night Court with the Honorable Mary I. Yu, Superior Court Judge Mary Yu.

5:00-5:45 Immigration Law and Social Justice, Professor Dutton

Tuesday, October 12

12:00-1:15 Three Degrees Warmer: Climate Justice Seminar
Three Degrees Warmer directors Jen Marlow and Jeni Barcelos narrate a slideshow aimed at conveying the human impacts of climate change and the inadequate response of international (and domestic) legal and policy solutions to these impacts. The presentation focuses on the most recent developments in science, law, and policy that impact and promote climate justice worldwide. (Courtroom)

4:30 Influential Voices Lecture and Reception, featuring Joan C. Williams: Jump-Starting the Stalled Revolution: Including Men and Class in the Work-Family Debate 
Joan C. Williams is Distinguished Professor of Law, 1066 Foundation Chair, and Director of the Center for WorkLife Law at Hastings College of Law. She is the author of "Unbending Gender: Why Family and Work Conflict and What To Do About It" (Oxford 2001) and "Reshaping the Work-Family Debate: Why Men and Class Matter," which was recently released by Harvard University Press and reinvigorates the work-family debate while addressing gender bias and class issues pervading the American workplace.  (Lecture in Rm. C5 and Reception to follow in the 2nd Floor Gallery)

6:00-7:15 Denied Appointed Counsel:  Immigrant Detainees with Severe Mental Health Disabilities
The Northwest Immigrant Rights Project (NWIRP) and ACLU recently filed a class action lawsuit on behalf of immigrant detainees in Washington and California with severe mental health disabilities.  They argue that the failure to appoint an attorney to such detainees violates due process.  Join attorney Riddhi Mukhopadhyay of NWIRP and Constitutional Law Professor Christian Halliburton of SU to explore this recent action from constitutional, immigration, and health law perspectives. (Rm. 110)

11-12 Int'l Human Rights, Professor Antkowiak
12-1 Reproductive Justice, Sabrina Andrus 

Wednesday, October 13

Faith Roots of Social Justice:  an Inter-faith Conversation
This inter-faith panel features guests from unique faith perspectives, including a local rabbi, an imam, and a Catholic social worker. Conversation will focus on distinct traditions and contemporary expressions of social justice coming from faith communities. (Courtroom)

4:00-5:20 Prison conditions: Cruel and Unusual?
Our panelists will discuss prison conditions and the lack of freedoms that incarcerated people encounter.  Beth Colgan from Columbia Legal Services will speak about conditions of confinement, discrimination, humane treatment, and access to justice.  She is the managing attorney of the Institutions Project. Dolphy Jordan will speak about the experiences of a person who has formally been incarcerated.  Lincoln Rose will speak as an advocate for transgender people who are incarcerated.  A panelist will also speak about prison abolition. (Courtroom)

6:00-7:30 Police Brutality:  No One is Above the Law
In light of recent events of police violence against marginalized communities here in Seattle, the movement to end police violence has generated a large amount of media attention.  This short film and panel discussion centers on an analysis of why legislative and dominant efforts have failed to end police brutality and/or hold authorities accountable for attacks more heavily imposed on "racialized" and impoverished communities.  The discussion will highlight alternative efforts to eradicate police brutality and propose alternative models to our current system through grassroots community organizing and advocacy by local community organizations.(Rm. C5)

12-1 Compensated Surrogacy, Professor Shapiro
1-2 Balancing Family and Career, Professor Coleman
5-6 How the Bailout was a Redistribution of Wealth, Professor Mahmud

Thursday, October 14

4:00-4:50 Juvenile Record Sealing Clinic Training
Please join us for a training on "How to Seal Juvenile Records in the State of Washington."  Not only will you learn the process for sealing juvenile records, but you will also learn how you can participate in future juvenile record-sealing clinics.  Sealing a juvenile record provides clients with an opportunity to leave their past bad decisions in the past.  For example, it means he or she can check the "NO" box on a job application when it asks if they've ever been convicted of a crime. (Rm. 328)

5:00-7:30 Closing Reception, "Community Lawyering," featuring the Honorable Richard A. Jones and local community organizations and bar associations
Themed "Community Lawyering," the focus of the event is to engage students with volunteer opportunities through a Volunteer Organization Fair, where students can meet representatives from local bar associations and organizations.  The volunteer fair will follow a brief program featuring The Honorable Richard A. Jones, U.S. District Court Judge. Refreshments provided.  (2nd Floor Gallery)

12-1 Affirmative Action and the Diversity Benefits Rationale, Professor Bowen
1-2 Business, Markets, and Social Justice, Professor Kirkwood
2-3 Justice for Animals, Professor Karp

Friday, October 15

Washington State Coalition for Language Access Summit
(Shoreline Conf. Ctr.)

12-1 Race, Gender, and Sexual Orientation in the Law School Classroom, Professor Chang

Saturday, October 16

SBA Presents: Seattle University Day of Service
Meet at 8:30 a.m. for coffee and breakfast in 1st Floor Lobby

Washington State Coalition for Language Access Summit (Shoreline Conf. Ctr.)

To view Social Justice Week activities from previous years, please click here.

For more information, please contact Social Justice Week Co-chairs Nathan Nanfelt, Gabi Schneck, or Alex West.

Social Justice Week is organized by the Social Justice Coalition in collaboration with the following student organiations and Seatte University School of Law departments:  American Civil Liberties Union, American Constitution Society, Access to Justice Institute, Black Law Student Association, Christial Legal Society, Criminal Justice Society, Center for Professional Development, Office of the Deans, Environmental Law Society, Health Law Society, Human Rights Network, J. Reuben Clark Law Society, Jewish Legal Society, Lawyers Fostering Independence, Latina/o Law Student Association, Middle Eastern Law Student Association, Outlaws, Public Interest Law Foundation, Saint Thomas More Society, South Asian Law Student Association, Student Bar Association, Street Youth Legal Advocates of Washington, Women's Law Caucus, & Young Democrats.


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