Social Justice Week Archive

Social Justice Week October 10-13, 2011

Social Justice Week October 11 - 16, 2010

Social Justice Week October 12 - 17, 2009

 


October 10, 2011- October 13, 2011

PURPOSE

To create space for our campus to engage in meaningful collaboration, initiate dialogue, promote change, and advance social justice movements on campus, in our local community, and globally.

HOW TO PARTICIPATE

Students, faculty, and staff are invited to attend events (listed below). In addition to events, all are encouraged to sign up for the 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 Brownbags will be the Social Justice Coalition TWEN page.  

SCHEDULE

Monday, October 10

Events
12:00-12:50
Kick-off Celebration
The week's programs begin with introductory remarks and reflections by SU School of Law Alum and Class of 2011 Leadership for Justice Fellow Andra Kranzler. Lunch provided. (Room C5)

4:00-5:30 How Women Can Change the World Through Elected Office!
Even though 51% of the population is female, women make up only 17% of Congress, 24% of state legislatures, 12% of governors, and 17% of mayors. Come join Velma Veloria (the first woman and Asian-American elected to the Washington State Legislature) and Emma Catague (Program Manager of the Asian and Pacific Islander Women and Family Safety Center) for a discussion of the importance of women getting involved in politics. Ms. Velora and Ms. Catague will specifically share their stories from their fight against human trafficking, one of many social justice issues women in politics can help address. (Room C5)

6:00-8:00 How Can Strategic Intellectual Property Development and Management Improve Global Health?: A Panel Presentation
The Intellectual Property Law Society and the Health Law Society are excited to bring together the general counsels from several global health organizations. Panelists will include Jill Scott from Seattle Biomedical Research Institute, Curt Malloy from the Infectious Disease Research Institute, Shannon Shanahan from PATH and Richard Wilder from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. These attorneys will describe the missions of their respective organizations and discuss the importance of strategic intellectual property development and management in the fight to improve global health. In addition, the attorneys will be available to answer your questions and let you know how you can become involved improving global health. (Room C5)

Brownbags
To attend a 2011 Brownbag, you must sign-up. Sign-up sheets are located on the Social Justice Coalition TWEN page.

•         Prof. Kahng and Prof. Puckett:  Tax and Social Justice. 1pm-2pm, in room 121 in ATJI.

•         Prof. Kidane: The Social Justice Implications of the Adversarial Model in Immigration Proceedings. 4pm-5pm, in room 121 in ATJI.

•         Prof. Garden:  Teaching for America: Educators' Free Speech In and Out of the Classroom.  5pm - 6pm, in room 121 in ATJI.

Tuesday, October 11

Events
12:00-12:50 Pen Pals and Postcards: Staying in Touch with Queer and Trans Folks on the Inside
Queer and trans people face disproportionate levels of incarceration. For a lot of queer and trans people, being incarcerated can be an extremely isolating and violent experience. Interaction with those "on the outside" can be a way to combat that isolation, grow community, and help those of us on the outside challenge the prison industrial complex in a personal way. Writing a letter or becoming a pen pal is an important step in this process. (Room C7)

4:00-5:30  Environmental Justice Issues in the Northwest
This panel discussion will include  5-7 people from the environmental justice field to lead in a discussion about environmental justice issues in the Northwest, from both a governmental and activist perspective. Specifically, the contamination of the Duwamish River and how it affects local communities will be discussed.  (Room C5)

6:00-8:00 SYLAW's Juvenile Record Sealing Clinic Volunteer Training
Street Youth Legal Advocates of Washington SU Chapter, and TeamChild proudly present a fantastic volunteering opportunity! If you are interested in directly helping clients and you have an interest in social justice, you should consider attending a training and helping out with the Juvenile Record Sealing Clinic. Housing and employment can be difficult to obtain with a criminal record, but some juvenile offenses can be removed from an individual's records. SYLAW and TeamChild partner each month to operates a record sealing clinic in King County, and volunteers will be needed to help with the records sealing process. We need SU students to help staff this important project! If you would like to volunteer for the clinic, you MUST attend the MANDATORY two hour training. We can accommodate plenty of people so be sure to attend this training only offered once or twice a year. Attending the training will allow you to volunteer in the clinic this entire year. This is a great way to get experience helping people in the community, looks good on a resume, and does not make unrealistic demands on volunteers' time.  (Room C5)

Brownbags
To attend a 2011 Brownbag, you must sign-up. Sign-up sheets are located on the Social Justice Coalition TWEN page.

•Prof. Haynes:  Taking Sex Impersonally: Law and Identity after Lawrence v. Texas and Queer Theory.  11am-12pm, in room 121 in ATJI.

•Prof. Adamson:  Media Representation of Race and Gender in National Politics.  12pm-1pm, in room 121 in ATJI.

•Prof. O'Neill:  Contaminated Fish, Water Quality, and Environmental Justice in the Pacific Northwest.  1pm-2pm, in room 121 in ATJI.

•Bette Fleishman:  The Use of Segregation for Prisoners with Disabilities. 4pm-5pm, in room 121 in ATJI.

Wednesday, October 12

Events
11:00-1:00
Criminal Justice in Indian Country: Roadblocks for Domestic Violence Survivors
The jurisdictional issues in Indian Country with regard to domestic violence problems affect tribal members nationwide. Some types of crime, including domestic violence, often fall into jurisdictional gaps and are not prosecuted. Because tribal courts do not have jurisdiction over non-Indians, tribal members have no recourse through tribal courts when a perpetrator is a non-Indian. Between 2005 and 2010, the federal government refused to prosecute 50% of violent crimes that allegedly took place in Indian Country, and approximately 75% of sexually-based alleged crimes against women and children.  However, some tribes are experimenting with creative ways of addressing these problems. This event will inform attendees about the jurisdictional problems, as well as the possible solutions, such as cross-deputization of law enforcement officials. The enactment of the Tribal Law and Order Act of 2010, along with horrendous statistics of violence against women and children in Indian Country, makes this issue particularly timely and important for students interested in Indian law and advocacy. (Courtroom)

4:00-6:00 Public Service Leadership: Why Involvement in Public Office is Crucial for the Success of our Communities
This event hopes to raise awareness about the challenges and barriers experienced by a young openly gay leader.  Washington State representative Marko Liias will talk about what led him to this work, why he thinks it's important for people in the gay/lesbian/queer friendly communities to run for public office, and some of the challenges he faces daily. (Room C6)

6:00-8:00 The Attack on Black Motherhood 
IMAP and BLSA present this panel presentation that will discuss the increase spending on policing and incarceration of poor communities and communities of color while there are cuts in social services  and the direct impact this has on incarcerated black women.  (2nd Floor Gallery)

Brownbags
To attend a 2011 Brownbag, you must sign-up. Sign-up sheets are located on the Social Justice Coalition TWEN page.

• Prof. Ahrens: Methademic: Drug Panic in an Age of Ambivalence. 12pm-1pm, in the Dean's Conference Room.

• Prof. Stearns: On (Cr)edibility: Why Food in the U.S. May Never Be Safe. 4pm-5pm, in room 121 in ATJI.

• Prof. Spade: Fighting for Transformative Change: Critical Perspectives on the Role of Law Reform. 5pm-6pm, in room 121 in ATJI.

Thursday, October 13

Events
8:00 a.m-10:00 a.m. Pledge Pro Bono! Kick-Off Event: Helping Others While Enhancing your Legal Career
The unmet legal needs of the poor and underrepresented are significant, but pro bono attorneys and law students can lend their skills to ensure that equal access to justice is a reality for all. Pro bono can also provide students - and attorneys - with exceptional training, skills and experience that can enhance their legal careers. This panel discussion, featuring recent law school graduates from across sectors, will highlight the ways in which engaging in pro bono activities can offer a benefit both to oneself and one's community. This event is sponsored by the Access to Justice Institute (ATJI), the Center for Professional Development, and the ABA Young Lawyers Division and is part of ATJI's "Pledge Pro Bono!" kick-off, an effort to promote and encourage law students to engage in community service and pro bono activity, regardless of where their careers may take them, in order to help meet the legal needs of underrepresented and marginalized communities. (Courtroom)

11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m. President Obama's Champions of Change Event: A National Online Conversation about Equal Justice with Attorney General Eric Holder
Join a national, on-line conversation among law students and faculty, public service lawyers, and Attorney General Eric Holder, to talk with thousands of future agents of legal change talking about what lawyers can do to close the justice gap. Attorney General Holder and White House staffers will illustrate the range and quality of public interest lawyers' accomplishments by honoring 16 exemplar public service Champions at the White House, then field questions submitted electronically from participants about how to use their legal training to help secure equal access to our justice system. Lunch will be served!  (Courtroom)

5:00-7:30 Closing Reception, "A Call for Community Action" with Keynote Speaker, Judge Steven González
Judge Gonzalez will wrap up Social Justice Week with comments on education and action followed by snacks and an opportunity to speak with representatives from local community organizations working on the issues discussed in this year's Social Justice Week.  Refreshments provided.  (2nd Floor Gallery)

Brownbags
To attend a 2011 Brownbag, you must sign-up. Sign-up sheets are located on the Social Justice Coalition TWEN page.     

•Kerry Fitz-Gerald:  Making Legal Services Affordable Through Cost Effective Legal Research.  12pm, in room 121 in ATJI.

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


For more information, please contact Social Justice Week Co-chairs Ernest Collette, Beth Leonard or Holly Scott.

Social Justice Week is organized by the Social Justice Coalition in collaboration with the Student Bar Association, several law student organizations and Seatte University School of Law Departments.

October 11, 2010- October 16, 2010


PURPOSE

To create space for our campus to engage in meaningful collaboration, initiate dialogue, promote change, and advance social justice movements on campus, in our local community, and globally.

HOW TO PARTICIPATE

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.

SCHEDULE

Monday, October 11
 

Events
12:00-12:50
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
You can access the motion docket, motion briefs, and other information here. (Courtroom)

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

Tuesday, October 12

Events
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. You can find additional information regarding this event here. (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)

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

Wednesday, October 13

Events
12:00-1:00
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)

Brownbags
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

Events
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)

Brownbags
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

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

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

Saturday, October 16

Events
8:30
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.


October 12, 2009- October 17, 2009

PURPOSE

To create space for our campus to engage in meaningful collaboration, initiate dialogue, promote change, and advance social justice movements on campus, in our local community, and globally.

HOW TO PARTICIPATE

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.  

SCHEDULE

Social Justice Week (SJW) begins at noon with a facilitated discussion about defining social justice.  At 4:00, join Outlaws for an incredible event where special guest Janice Langbehn will share a powerful story about her experience when she was denied access to her dying partner's bedside in a Miami hospital. 

The complete schedule of events is listed below.

*Professor Brownbags provide an opportunity to engage in meaningful, small group conversations with professors in all areas of the law. Dean Clark and Professors Antkowiak, Chon, Lidman, Kirkwood, Knight, Mahmud, Stoever, & Spade are participating.

Monday

12:00 to 1:00
SJW Kick-Off:  What is Social Justice?
Room C-5

4:00 to 5:30
Reaching for Justice in an Anti-Gay City featuring Janice Langbehn
Courtroom
Sponsored by Outlaws

Tuesday

10:00 to 11:30
Grant Recipient Panel for summer public interest positions
Courtroom
Sponsored by PILF

12:00 to 1:00
Climate Change Panel
Room C-5
Sponsored by Environmental Law Society

12:00 to 1:00*
Professor Brownbags

4:00 to 5:30
Death Penalty Debate
2nd Floor Gallery
Co-sponsored by Criminal Justice Society, ACLU and National Lawyers Guild

4:00 to 5:30*
Professor Brownbags

Wednesday

12:00 to 1:00*
Professor Brownbags

12:30 to 2:00
If Healthcare was a Human Right, What Would it Look Like?
2nd Floor Gallery
Co-sponsored by HLS, HRN, PILF, LELA and Young Democrats

4:00 to 5:30
Homelessness 101 Film
Courtroom
Co-sponsored by BLSA & SYLAW

4:00 to 5:00*
Professor Brownbags

6:00 to 8:00
Reflections on the Legal System's Response to the "Plight" of a Community
2nd Floor Gallery
Co-sponsored by BLSA & Stage Advocates

Thursday

All Day CLE in Campion Ballroom RSVP demontek@seattleu.edu for CLE and Reception
7:30 - 9:30 - Supporting Pro Se Parties in ADR Processes, Sponsored by the Dispute Resolution Board
10:00-5:00 - Poverty Law CLE featuring Community Action Poverty Simulation
 
12:00 to 1:00*
Professor Brownbags

5:30 to 7:30 
SJW Reception: Social Justice in Unexpected Ways. 
The Influential Voices Lecture Series presents Keynote by Professor Jay Kesan                                   
2nd Floor Gallery
Co-sponsored by the Access to Justice Institute, Office of Admissions, Office of Alumni Relations, Dean's Office, Law Review, Seattle Journal for Social Justice, and the Student Bar Association.

Friday

12:00 to 1:00*
Professor Brownbags

9:00 pm - midnight
National Lawyers Guild Student Party

Saturday

SBA Presents: Seattle University Day of Service
Meet at 8:45 for Breakfast in the 1st Floor Lobby
Sign up on TWEN 


Social Justice Week (SJW) brings together students, faculty, staff and community members to explore social justice in all areas of the law.  SJW is organized through the Social Justice Coalition & Supported by the Following Organizations: ABLS, ACLU, ACS, Admissions, Alumni Relations, APILSA, ATJI, Bellwether, BLSA, CJS, Dispute Resolution Board, ELS, HRN, HLS, Law Review, LELA, LLSA, Outlaws, Nat'l Lawyers Guild, PILF, RELSA, SALSA, SIRJ, Stage Advocates, SYLAW, the Student Bar Association, Seattle Journal for Social Justice, and Young Democrats.

School of Law Annex