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Briefing you on legal aid in Washington.
August 2016 | Issue 3
Your August Briefing:
  • Grantee Spotlight: Columbia Legal Services 
  • Our FREE CLE
  • Nominate colleagues for the Goldmark Award
  • UW's Washington Leadership Institute fellowship
  • Many awesome legal aid events!

Grantee Spotlight:
HUGE Victories for low-income families

Our largest grantee, Columbia Legal Services (CLS), is always hard at work for low-income families and it's really paying off.  
Last week, the Seattle City Council approved an ordinance to protect renters from discrimination based on their source of income and to require landlords to accept applicants in the order in which they applied. CLS worked closely with councilmembers and community groups to bring about this huge win for working families. 

In July, CLS made multiple headlines. The most high profile case was a $1 million settlement in favor of Yakima farm workers seeking to improve working conditions. Then, in a follow up to a CLS case argued before the State Supreme Court last year, a federal judge ordered Sakuma Brothers Farm to pay $250,000 in legal fees. In another judgement in favor of CLS, a Yakima County court judge found two Yakima hospitals did not adequately screen low-income patients for eligibility of charity care. Finally, thanks to CLS's unending advocacy, the state agreed to notify 900 Medicaid patients with Hepatitis C of a rule change allowing them access to a costly but effective cure.

Why I support the Endowment for Equal Justice

I believe access to justice is a basic civil right, and as a legal professional, I have a responsibility to support it. Civil legal issues such as healthcare, immigration and consumer protection are complex, challenging, and important to the lives of all citizens. I support the Endowment for Equal Justice to ensure legal aid will always be available for all people in the state of Washington.
-- Lucy Lee Helm, General Counsel, Starbucks

*Our Endowment for Equal Justice is the largest endowment for legal aid in the country. Learn more.

Goldmark Nominations Due August 31

The deadline to submit nominations for the 2017 Charles A. Goldmark Distinguished Service Award is August 31, 2017. Forms and procedures are located at GoldmarkLunch.org.
The Goldmark Award commemorates the extraordinary contributions of former LFW Board president, Charles A. Goldmark. The Award recipient will be honored at the 31st Annual Goldmark Award Luncheon on February 17, 2017 at the Washington State Convention Center.

Join us as an event sponsor and we'll promote your business to our supporters via email, social media, and at the event.

Did someone say free CLE?!

That's right, folks. LFW offers a free one-hour CLE for .5 ethics and .5 general credits. Our presentation, "Washington's Civil Justice Crisis & the Need for Pro Bono Lawyers," provides an overview of the 2015 Civil Legal Needs Study Update, Washington's civil legal aid network, and the role of pro bono in achieving access to justice for all.   
This is a great way to learn more about the civil legal needs of low-income Washingtonians and find out how to help advance equal justice. We would love to present at your firm or organization, please contact Jay Doran for more details. 

Washington Leadership Institute Fellowship Application

The mission of the Washington Leadership Institute (WLI) is to recruit, train, and develop minority and traditionally underrepresented attorneys for future leadership positions in the Washington State Bar Association and legal community.
Applications for 2017 accepted until September 16, 2016.
WLI strives to recruit fellows for each class who reflect the full diversity of our state, which includes race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, disability, and geographic location. WLI is a program of the University of Washington School of Law. Fellowships open to lawyers 3-5 years into their careers. 
  • Beer & Justice Yakima | September 13
  • Wine & Justice Bellevue | October 13
  • Beer & Justice Seattle | October 19
  • Beer & Justice Olympia | October TBA
  • Thank You Reception Spokane | October 21
  • Beer & Justice Mt. Vernon | October 26
  • Legal Aid Lobby Day! Olympia | February 16, 2017
  • 31st Annual Goldmark Award Luncheon Seattle | February 17, 2017
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