Check in with Tilman Larson

This summer, we would like to share a series of profiles on our former library interns and alumni of Seattle University School Law. We love to hear what they’re up to!

Where do you work and what is your role?
I am an associate attorney at the Law Offices of John M. Hyams. My career path to this point has been a non-traditional path. When I graduated from SU, I had been hired by Thomson Reuters to work as a Westlaw Account Manager in Pennsylvania. I worked in this position for about 6 ½ years before the company went through a major reorganization and eliminated several positions, including mine. By that point, I had taken and passed the Pennsylvania Bar. So I opened up my own law firm and worked as a solo practitioner until July of 2016. I then merged my firm with the Law Offices of John M. Hyams.

What do you enjoy most about your job?
Court room experience. I practice Family Law, Criminal Defense, aspects of Bankruptcy, Unemployment Compensation, Employment Law, Landlord / Tenant Law, Estate Planning and Administration, Business Law, and some civil litigation matters. Much of my work requires drafting pleadings, motions, and being in court. Although being in court can sometimes be terrifying, the thrill of presenting evidence, examining and cross-examining witnesses, and hearing the judge rule on the merits is also very exhilarating.

What did you do before law school, and what led to you pursue a law degree?
Prior to law school, I worked as an inventory specialist as a local hospital. On a part-time basis, I was also an assistant track coach for a local high school team. My pursuit of a law degree began when I was in 9th grade after taking a personality test. My number 2 profession was Attorney. However, I really didn’t think about that again until about two years before graduating from college. At that time a very good friend had just taken the LSAT and encouraged me to pursue a law degree because of its versatility in the business profession. Having not had much success in securing an internship or work generally in my field of study, I began studying for the LSAT. And the rest is history in the making.

What have you found most valuable during your law school education?
The training and now ability to look for solutions to a problem from all perspectives.

What advice do you have for SU students or grads?
Network. Network. Network. It sounds so cliché, but it really is true. You really never know where one simple connection may lead you. I did not expect an invitation to lunch from my current employer while I was a solo practitioner to discuss the possibility of merging firms. And at that time I was simply looking to network and possibly connect with him for referrals.

What was your most memorable experience in the library or at SU generally?
In the library, I really enjoyed researching and working on the history of the Bluebook exhibit that was displayed for a short period of time. At SU generally, I really enjoyed simply associating with such a diverse and brilliant group of peers and colleagues, whether that was in class, studying with them, or socializing with them outside of SU.


Check in with Katie Brown

This summer, we would like to share a series of profiles on our former library interns and alumni of Seattle University School Law. We love to hear what they’re up to!

Where do you work and what is your role?
Charleston School of Law, Deputy Director of the Law Library

What do you enjoy most about your job?
That it is different every single day. One day in the library could have me teaching, managing student employees and other librarians, meeting with the dean, performing faculty research, gathering statistics or writing a survey or blog post. I recently took over the Instagram feed for the library and I am having a blast as it taps into my passion for both photography and social media marketing.

What did you do before law school, and what led to you pursue a law degree?
I was an acting teacher in the suburbs of Chicago. I loved teaching but I was a bit lost in my career. The school where I taught had an attorney on staff that handled grant writing and all things IP. We started talking and he planted the seed that I may be interested in becoming an entertainment attorney. As the year went on I decided law school was the next step for me. I moved back home to Maine for a year to save money and get my applications together and after that year I found myself moving across the country to Seattle, Washington.

What have you found most valuable during your law school education?
This is going to be an odd answer…my opportunities in law school helped me to discover that I did not want to be an attorney. Through experiences with Washington Lawyers for the Arts, the Law Library, Choices conference, the art clinic and candid conversations with professors I learned I was not happy performing “attorney tasks” and that I could use my JD as a dual degreed librarian. I truly love what I do and if not for the opportunities in law school, I could very easily be miserable today as a practicing attorney.

What advice do you have for SU students or grads?
Listen to your inner voice, don’t be afraid to ask questions, and take risks you will learn so much more when you don’t operate from fear. Finally, for those trying to get a job, remember you are interviewing them as much as they are interviewing you. What looks good on paper may not be the ideal job in reality.

What was your most memorable experience in the library or at SU generally?
In general I gained some wonderful mentors. One specific project that still brings me joy when I think about it was the Brown v. Board exhibit. That project was a behemoth, but I learned a great deal and in the end had a really cool visual piece to display in the library.


This Crim Law Q&A could be yours!

Crim Law Q&A

Welcome to all of our new 1Ls taking Criminal Law this summer! We’re so excited to have you here and look forward to seeing you in the library. Librarians are available to help you with your research needs and circulation staff is here until midnight daily.

The library has many different study aids for you to borrow, but wouldn’t it be nice to have your very own copy of a Crim Law Q&A? Follow @sulawlib on Twitter for your chance to take this very popular title home for keeps!


* Giveaway is limited to current Seattle University Criminal Law Students. One winner will be randomly chosen on June 30, 2017.


Welcome 1L Students!

We met many of the new students during the recent library 1L orientation, but if you were unable to attend, here is a summary of some of the most important things we covered:

1L students will receive passwords for TWEN at orientation. First week assignments are posted here.

Library Survival Guide

If you need information about law school in general, briefing a case, or outlining, consult our new student guide.

Study Aids

The library has a variety of study aids located in our reserve section including: Nutshells, Hornbooks, Examples and Explanations, Emanuel Law Outlines and Gilbert Law Summaries.  For specific titles see our guide on finding study aids.


The library maintains one copy of each required first year casebook in the Reserve area for two-hour check-out (no overnight checkouts).  The first year casebook collection is to be used for quick reference or limited photocopying and is not intended to be a substitute for purchasing casebooks.  The library does not purchase copies of required supplementary materials/handouts or upper division course materials.  

Study Rooms

Study rooms can be reserved for your study group.  It’s a two hour maximum per day per group.  For more information, visit the library website and click on Reserve a Study Room.

We look forward to seeing you in the library!


Legal Research Tune Up 2017

The Seattle University and Lane Powell law firm law libraries are pleased to offer a legal research workshop to help students brush up on their legal research skills for their summer employment or other summer research endeavors. The workshop will cover state and federal legislative history, regulations, and practice materials using a problem-based approach. Students will have hands-on practice working through research scenarios. Please bring your laptop.

The workshop is free and will be held on Thursday, May 18th from 9:30 – 11:30 am in Sullivan Hall room 109. Please RSVP by May 16th.

Questions? Contact: LeighAnne Thompson at


Social Justice Monday – Family Defense, Incarcerated Parents, and Fifth Amendment Protections: Avoiding Collateral Consequences of Conviction

Social Justice Monday – Family Defense, Incarcerated Parents, and Fifth Amendment Protections: Avoiding Collateral Consequences of Conviction

March 6, 2017

Parents who are navigating both the child welfare and criminal justice systems are at an increased risk of permanently losing their parental rights. A criminal case often negatively affects a parent’s dependency case and vice versa. Dependency cases are nebulous, emotional, complicated, and the law is not often covered in law school. This presentation covered one parent’s struggle to be reunited with her children, the social stigma and legal obstacles she faced, and the numerous people who advocate for parents and their children.

Interested in learning more? Check out these resources:

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Children of Incarcerated Parents: A Handbook for Researchers and Practitioners

Edited By:
Julie Poehlmann
J. Mark Eddy

Lemieux Library 4th Floor-Books (HV8886.U5 C45 2010)

For the nearly 2 million children in the United States whose parents are in prison, caretaking necessary for optimal development is disrupted. These vulnerable youth—a population that has shot up 80 percent in the last 20 years—are more likely to experience learning difficulties, poor health, and substance abuse, and eventually be incarcerated themselves. Addressing the needs of children with imprisoned parents is urgent from corrections, child welfare, health care, and education perspectives. Children of Incarcerated Parents integrates a diverse literature, pulling together rigorous scholarship from criminology, sociology, law, psychiatry, social work, nursing, psychology, human development, and family studies. Researchers, practitioners, and policymakers will find in this volume here new directions for research and policies that will improve these children’s life chances. – From the Publisher

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Disrupted Childhoods: Children of Women in Prison

Jane A. Siegel

Lemieux Library 4th Floor-Books (HV8886.U5 S54 2011)

Millions of children in the United States have a parent who is incarcerated and a growing number of these nurturers are mothers. Disrupted Childhoods explores the issues that arise from a mother’s confinement and provides first-person accounts of the experiences of children with moms behind bars. Jane A. Siegel offers a perspective that recognizes differences over the long course of a family’s interaction with the criminal justice system.

Presenting an unparalleled view into the children’s lives both before and after their mothers are imprisoned, this book reveals the many challenges they face from the moment such a critical caregiver is arrested to the time she returns home from prison. Based on interviews with nearly seventy youngsters and their mothers conducted at different points of their parent’s involvement in the process, the rich qualitative data of Disrupted Childhoods vividly reveals the lived experiences of prisoners’ children, telling their stories in their own words. Siegel places the mother’s incarceration in context with other aspects of the youths’ experiences, including their family life and social worlds, and provides a unique opportunity to hear the voices of a group that has been largely silent until now. – From Amazon

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Parental Incarceration and the Family Psychological and Social Effects of Imprisonment on Children, Parents, and Caregivers

Joyce A. Arditti

Full Text Online

Over 2% of U.S.children under the age of 18—more than 1,700,000 children—have a parent in prison. These children experience very real disadvantages when compared to their peers: they tend to experience lower levels of educational success, social exclusion, and even a higher likelihood of their own future incarceration. Meanwhile, their new caregivers have to adjust to their new responsibilities as their lives change overnight, and the incarcerated parents are cut off from their children’s development.

Parental Incarceration and the Family brings a family perspective to our understanding of what it means to have so many of our nation’s parents in prison. Drawing from the field’s most recent research and the author’s own fieldwork, Joyce Arditti offers an in-depth look at how incarceration affects entire families: offender parents, children, and care-givers. Through the use of exemplars, anecdotes, and reflections, Joyce Arditti puts a human face on the mass of humanity behind bars, as well as those family members who are affected by a parent’s imprisonment. In focusing on offenders as parents, a radically different social policy agenda emerges—one that calls for real reform and that responds to the collective vulnerabilities of the incarcerated and their kin. – From the Publisher

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Relationship Processes and Resilience in Children With Incarcerated Parents

Edited By:
Julie Poehlmann
J. M. Eddy

Request from Summit

Children with incarcerated parents are at risk for a variety of problematic outcomes, yet research has rarely examined protective factors or resilience processes that might mitigate such risk in this population. In this volume, we present findings from five new studies that focus on child- or family-level resilience processes in children with parents currently or recently incarcerated in jail or prison. In the first study, empathic responding is examined as a protective factor against aggressive peer relations for 210 elementary school age children of incarcerated parents. The second study further examines socially aggressive behaviors with peers, with a focus on teasing and bullying, in a sample of 61 children of incarcerated mothers. Emotion regulation is examined as a possible protective factor. The third study contrasts children’s placement with maternal grandmothers versus other caregivers in a sample of 138 mothers incarcerated in a medium security state prison. The relation between a history of positive attachments between mothers and grandmothers and the current cocaregiving alliance are of particular interest. The fourth study examines coparenting communication in depth on the basis of observations of 13 families with young children whose mothers were recently released from jail. Finally, in the fifth study, the proximal impacts of a parent management training intervention on individual functioning and family relationships are investigated in a diverse sample of 359 imprisoned mothers and fathers. Taken together, these studies further our understanding of resilience processes in children of incarcerated parents and their families and set the groundwork for further research on child development and family resilience within the context of parental involvement in the criminal justice system.  – From the Publisher

If you were unable to attend this presentation, it is available via video recording here: Social Justice Mondays Recordings.


Social Justice Monday – Cyber Civil Rights: Legal Responses to Non-Consensual Pornography (Revenge Porn) on the Internet

Social Justice Monday – Cyber Civil Rights: Legal Responses to Non-Consensual Pornography on the Internet

February 13, 2017

With the click of a mouse, a bitter ex or hacker can upload compromising photos or videos to public websites without the consent of the pictured individual. On-line dissemination of nonconsensual pornography (also called “revenge porn”) is a an invasion of privacy that can destroy reputations and terrify victims: amounting to a “cyber civil rights” violation. Panelists discussed cyber civil rights and legal efforts to protect victims of nonconsensual pornography. Panelists included Professor Chon; attorney David Bateman of the Cyber Civil Rights Legal Project at K&L Gates; Gary Ernsdorff of the King County Prosecutor’s Office; as well as victims of revenge porn.

Margaret Chon is the Donald & Lynda Horowitz Professor for the Pursuit of Justice, and formerly Associate Dean for Research at Seattle University School of Law. She teaches civil procedure, intellectual property, as well as race and law. She is the author of numerous articles, books, book chapters, and review essays. Professor Chon has been a member of the faculty at Seattle University since 1996.

David Bateman is an attorney at K&L Gates, with extensive litigation experience in cases involving malicious online behavior and cyber-forensics. He is a co-founder of the firm’s Cyber Civil Rights Legal Project, which provides pro bono legal representation to victims of revenge porn. He has also published works in the area of cyber security and also frequently speaks on the issue. Mr. Bateman received both his B.A. and J.D. from Yale Law School.

Gary Ernsdorff has 20 years of trial experience as both a public defender and as a prosecutor in King County. Having worked for the King County Prosecutor’s Office for the past 15 years, he has extensive trial experience, including domestic violence and cyber civil rights issues. He also serves as the Board President of the Domestic Abuse Women’s Network (DAWN). Mr. Ernsdorff received his J.D. from UW Law School.

Interested in learning more? Check out these resources:

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Copyright’s Other

Margaret Chon

Full Text Online

This response to a keynote speech by Judge Margaret McKeown explores some dimensions of copyright in addition to its dominant function as a set of market-facilitating exclusive rights. The recent possible trend towards protecting privacy and other non-commercial concerns via copyright law is not necessarily inconsistent with its historical usages, does not necessarily threaten freedom of expression and may further important privacy policies. The balance of these competing policies is shifting, especially in an environment of proliferating digital content where cyber civil rights may need further development in response to cyberbullying. It examines the specific case of non-consensual pornography as a means of exploring possible doctrinal and policy directions. Ultimately it endorses a less formalistic and more flexible use of copyright to address harms currently under-recognized by our existing legal frameworks. – SSRN Abstract

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Cyber Civil Rights

Danielle Keats Citron

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Social networking sites and blogs have increasingly become breeding grounds for anonymous online groups that attack women, people of color, and members of other traditionally disadvantaged groups. These destructive groups target individuals with defamation, threats of violence, and technology-based attacks that silence victims and concomitantly destroy their privacy. Victims go offline or assume pseudonyms to prevent future attacks, impoverishing online dialogue and depriving victims of the social and economic opportunities associated with a vibrant online presence. Attackers manipulate search engines to reproduce their lies and threats for employers and clients to see, creating digital “scarlet letters” that ruin reputations.

Today’s cyber attack groups update a history of anonymous mobs coming together to victimize and subjugate vulnerable people. The social science literature identifies conditions that magnify dangerous group behavior and those that tend to defuse it. Unfortunately, Web 2.0 technologies accelerate mob behavior. With little reason to expect self-correction of this intimidation of vulnerable individuals, the law must respond.

General criminal statutes and tort law proscribe much of the mobs’ destructive behavior, but the harm they inflict also ought to be understood and addressed as civil rights violations. Civil rights suits reach the societal harm that would otherwise go unaddressed and would play a crucial expressive role. Acting against these attacks does not offend First Amendment principles when they consist of defamation, true threats, intentional infliction of emotional distress, technological sabotage, and bias-motivated abuse aimed to interfere with a victim’s employment opportunities. To the contrary, it helps preserve vibrant online dialogue and promote a culture of political, social, and economic equality. – SSRN Abstract

If you were unable to attend this presentation, it is available via video recording here: Social Justice Mondays Recordings.


Social Justice Monday – Reinvigorating Commonality: Gender and Class Actions

Social Justice Monday – Reinvigorating Commonality: Gender and Class Actions
January 30, 2017

The modern class action, the modern feminist movement, and Title VII were all products of the creativity and turmoil of the 1960s. As late as 1961—a year after Justice Felix Frankfurter rejected new law school graduate Ruth Bader Ginsburg as a law clerk because she was a woman—the Supreme Court unanimously upheld the constitutionality of a Florida statute that required men, but not women, to serve on juries, on the ground that women’s primary role was in the home. As Betty Friedan put it in 1963’s The Feminine Mystique, “In almost every professional field, in business and in the arts and sciences, women are still treated as second-class citizens.” But change was imminent. The Equal Pay Act of 1963, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the founding of the ACLU Women’s Rights Project, and a rising social and intellectual feminist movement brought women’s equality into the national conversation.

Simultaneously—at least in part in response to the civil rights movement and the Civil Rights Act—an (all-male) Judicial Conference and Supreme Court ushered in the modern era of collective litigation by promulgating Rule 23, and more specifically, Rule 23(b)(2), which provided a formal structure for civil right plaintiffs to seek aggregate relief for violations of federal and state anti-discrimination laws. Together, these phenomena gave impetus to communities of women to combat legal and cultural injustices through the courts. The result has been widespread improvement in the lives of working women—and men—across many industries.

In this discussion, Professors Brooke Coleman and Liz Porter examined the interplay of Rule 23(b)(2) class actions, feminism, and Title VII sex discrimination doctrine over the past fifty years. They discussed how the four “waves” of feminism found corresponding analogs in the development of Title VII class action law. While not an empirical or comprehensive study, this discussion aimed to generate thought as to ways in which class action doctrine simultaneously reflects and reinforces evolving views of feminism and gender. The discussion also reflected on whether the Rule 23(b)(2) suit continues to serve a vital function in achieving gender equality, as well as how the relative decline in feminist legal theory over the past 20 years, particularly but not only in procedure, has impacted its vitality.

Professors Coleman and Porter presented their analysis last Fall at NYU as part of a larger panel on class actions. Click here for a link to their presentation at NYU.

Interested in learning more? Check out these books:

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Selling Women Short: The Landmark Battle for Workers’ Rights at Wal-Mart

Liza Featherstone

Lemieux Library 4th Floor-Books (HD6060.5.U5 F4 2004)

On television, Wal-Mart employees are smiling women delighted with their jobs. But reality is another story. In 2000, Betty Dukes, a fifty-two-year-old black woman in Pittsburg, California, became the lead plaintiff in Dukes v. Wal-Mart Stores, a class action, representing 1.6 million women. In her explosive investigation of this historic lawsuit, journalist Liza Featherstone reveals how Wal-Mart, a self-styled “family-oriented,” Christian company: Deprives women (but not men) of the training they need to advance. Relegates women to lower-paying jobs like selling baby clothes, reserving the more lucrative positions for men. Inflicts punitive demotions on employees who object to discrimination. Exploits Asian women in its sweatshops in Saipan, a U.S. commonwealth. Featherstone goes on to reveal the creative solutions that Wal-Mart workers around the country have found, like fighting for unions, living-wage ordinances, and childcare options. Selling Women Short combines the personal stories of these employees with superb investigative journalism to show why women who work these low-wage jobs are getting a raw deal, and what they are doing about it. A new preface to the paperback edition will reflect on Wal-Mart’s response to this lawsuit and its critics-including this one. – From Amazon

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A Practitioner’s Guide to Class Actions

Marcy Hogan Greer

Law Library LAW-4th Floor (KF8896.P73 2010)

The book is divided into three parts: Anatomy of a Class Action; Special Issues in Class Actions; and Jurisdictional Survey of Local Requirements Governing Class Actions. Included are discussions on: precertification, ethical and practical issues of communications with members of a class, interlocutory appeals, settlements, claims administration, the Class Action Fairness Act, bankruptcy and class actions, and arbitration.

Complete with a state-by-state analysis of the ways in which the class action rules differ from the Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 23, this comprehensive guide provides practitioners with an understanding of the intricacies of a class action lawsuit. – From the Publisher

If you were unable to attend this presentation, it is available via video recording here: Social Justice Mondays Recordings.


Social Justice Monday – Going Pro Bono: Engage in Legal Work that Ignites Your Passion and Builds Your Career

Social Justice Monday – Going Pro Bono: Engage in Legal Work that Ignites Your Passion and Builds Your Career

January 23, 2017

This Social Justice Monday featured representatives from the Access to Justice Institute (ATJI) and the Center for Professional Development (CPD). The representatives outlined out why law students should integrate pro bono work their legal education, and the many options—open even to 1Ls—for doing so. Volunteer work not only gives context to what students learn in the classroom, but also enhances resumes and helps students find great jobs both during school and afterwards.

This presentation also included an introduction to fellowships. If you are a 2L or a 3L thinking about a summer or post-graduation fellowship, you are encouraged to reach out to CPD for additional information and personalized recommendations.

Attorneys and students from organizations that are currently doing exciting pro bono work were also on hand to discuss their organizations and ways to get involved.

Interested in learning more? Check out these resources from the Law Library:

Cover ImagePublic Interest Lawyering: A Contemporary Perspective

Alan Chen
Scott Cummings

Library LAW-4th Floor (KF299.P8C44 2013)

Public Interest Lawyering is the first comprehensive analysis of public interest lawyering that is suitable as a law school elective text and/or advanced legal profession courses and seminars. Drawing upon a range of theoretical and empirical perspectives, this timely textbook examines the lives of public interest lawyers, the clients and causes they serve, the contexts within which they work, the strategies they deploy, and the challenges they face today.

Hallmark features of Public Interest Lawyering are:

  • The first comprehensive overview of the broad range of contemporary issues faced by public interest lawyers in any American law school text.
    Thorough discussion of important theoretical issues about the scope and definition of public interest lawyering.
  • Addresses American public interest law from a historical perspective with focus on current issues.
    Expansive examination of the settings in which public interest practice occurs, including nonprofit organizations, government agencies, and private law firms.
    Presents the advantages and limits of different legal strategies in public interest practice, including lobbying, public education, community organizing, and community economic development.
  • Addresses contemporary challenges of public interest law in context, including economics and financing, legal ethics, the role of legal education, and the globalization of public interest practice.
  • Discusses critiques of public interest law, including a reflection about the role of lawyers in social movements that addresses contemporary critiques.
  • Ethical obligations of public interest lawyers.
  • Explores special issues related to lawyer-client relations in social change contexts.


Cover ImageStandards for Programs Providing Civil Pro Bono Legal Services to People of Limited Means

American Bar Association

Library LAW-4th Floor (KF336.A7165 2014)

Organized Pro Bono programs have existed in the United States for over a century, and provide options for those who may not have access to legal services. The number of pro bono programs is continually increasing however, not all pro bono programs succeed and are effective. Due the changing nature and the multiple types of Pro Bono programs the Standards for Programs Providing Civil Pro Bono Legal Services to Persons of Limited Means provides guidance on the necessary elements of an effective pro bono program. This includes, becoming effective and efficient in finding volunteers, meeting the clients’ needs, and providing high quality service for volunteer lawyers and clients.

The Standards have been crafted specifically for programs and components of programs which provide free civil legal services to persons of limited means through the use of volunteers. Even though this book is specific based, many other pro bono models can benefit from the standards and guidance this resource provides. This publication offers the “black letter” Standards adopted by the ABA House of Delegates in 2013 as well as updated commentary and practical resources for implementing the Standards. – From the American Bar Association

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To Establish Justice for All: The Past and Future of Civil Legal Aid in the United States

Earl Johnson

Library LAW-4th Floor (KF336.J64 2014)

American statesman Sargent Shriver called the Legal Services Program the “most important” of all the War on Poverty programs he started; American Bar Association president Edward Kuhn said its creation was the most important development in the history of the legal profession. Earl Johnson Jr., a former director of the War on Poverty’s Legal Services Program, provides a vivid account of the entire history of civil legal aid from its inception in 1876 to the current day. The first to capture the full story of the dramatic, ongoing struggle to bring equal justice to those unable to afford a lawyer, this monumental three-volume work covers the personalities and events leading to a national legal aid movement—and decades later, the federal government’s entry into the field, and its creation of a unique institution, an independent Legal Services Corporation, to run the program. The narrative also covers the landmark court victories the attorneys won and the political controversies those cases generated, along with the heated congressional battles over the shape and survival of the Legal Services Corporation. In the final chapters, the author assesses the current state of civil legal aid and its future prospects in the United States. – From the Publisher

If you were unable to attend this presentation, it is available via video recording here: Social Justice Mondays Recordings.



Social Justice Monday – Advocating in the 2017 Legislature to Address the Legal Services Gap Identified by Washington’s Civil Legal Needs Study

Social Justice Monday – Advocating in the 2017 Legislature to Address the Legal Services Gap Identified by Washington’s Civil Legal Needs Study

January 9, 2017

Washington State recently underwent and published a comprehensive study to better understand the civil legal needs of low-income individuals, families and communities: the Civil Legal Needs Study Update.

The results are daunting. The study confirmed that Washington has an acute civil justice crisis. The good news is that we can all do something to help address and solve this crisis. Jay Doran, Communications & Advocacy Director of the Legal Foundation of Washington, discussed the civil legal needs of low-income Washingtonians. Jay discussed the work of the Equal Justice Coalition, a non-partisan statewide coalition advocating for sufficient public funding for legal aid, and talked about how law students can help advocate for justice for all during the 2017 State Legislative Session.

Jay Doran is the Communications & Advocacy Director of the Legal Foundation of Washington  and staffs the Equal Justice Coalition, which works to increase public funding for legal aid. Previously, Jay worked for the Friends of Youth, Washington United for Marriage Campaign, and Seattle/King County Coalition on Homelessness. Jay holds a BA from Duke University and a Masters in Social Work with a concentration in Policy/Administration from the University of Washington.

Interested in learning more? Check out the following books:

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Beyond Elite Law: Access to Civil Justice in America

Edited By:
Samuel Estreicher
Joy Radice

Library LAW-New Books (KF336.B49 2016)

Are Americans making under $50,000 a year compelled to navigate the legal system on their own, or do they simply give up because they cannot afford lawyers? We know anecdotally that Americans of median or lower income generally do without legal representation or resort to a sector of the legal profession that – because of the sheer volume of claims, inadequate training, and other causes – provides deficient representation and advice. This book poses the question: can we – at the current level of resources, both public and private – better address the legal needs of all Americans? Leading judges, researchers, and activists discuss the role of technology, pro bono services, bar association resources, affordable solo and small firm fees, public service internships, and law student and nonlawyer representation. – From the Publisher

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Poor Justice: How the Poor Fare in the Courts

Vicki Lens

Full Text Online

Poor Justice: How the Poor Fare in the Courts provides a vivid portrait and appraisal of how the lives of poor people are disrupted or helped by the judicial system, from the lowest to the highest courts. Drawing from court room observations, court decisions, and other material, this book spans the street level justice of administrative hearings and lower courts (where people plead for welfare benefits or for a child not to be taken away), the mid-level justice of state courts (where advocates argue for the right to shelter for the homeless and for the rights of the mentally disabled), and the high justice of the Supreme Court (where the battle for school integration has represented a route out of poverty and the stop and frisk cases illustrate a route to greater poverty, through the mass incarceration of people of color). Poor Justice brings readers inside the courts, telling the story through the words and actions of the judges, lawyers, and ordinary people who populate it. It seeks to both edify and criticize. Readers will learn not only how courts work, but also how courts sometimes help – and often fail – the poor. – From Amazon

If you were unable to attend this presentation, it is available via video recording here: Social Justice Mondays Recordings.