sowing the seeds of social change since 2004 In this issue: Civil Right to Counsel Best Practices Guide p2 Tenant Lock-Out’s p3 Student Opportunities p3
Thank you to this year’s event sponsors:
Please join Washington Appleseed at our Community Connections Luncheon and help celebrate a year of pro bono projects to benefit our community at our. This year, Appleseed is proud to honor Mr. Salvador Mungia (Co-Chair, Campaign for Equal Justice; Past-President, WSBA; Past-President, LAW Fund) for his stellar commitment community service. Mr. Mungia’s involvement in pro bono has led to positive change not only for the individuals directly involved in his cases, but for whole communities affect-
ed by their outcome. This type of personal commitment to service and a focus on broad societal impacts is the perfect embodiment of Appleseed’s core values. We hope you will join us in toasting Mr. Mungia and the many other extraordinary attorneys and law firms that have made a difference in our community this year. Please email Katie@WaAppleseed.org, call 206.632.7197, or visit www.WaAppleseed.org to make your reservation. RSVPs required by Friday, October 7, 2011. Luncheon guests will b asked to make a suggested contribution of $150.
Washington Appleseed 3rd Quarter Newsletter, 2011
Helping Advance a Civil Right to Counsel Washington Appleseed paves the way for improved planning and implementation of civil right to counsel pilot projects
Appleseedâ€™s interactive 22-page best practices guide is set to be released in mid-October 2011.
After months of investigation and research, Washington Appleseed has almost completed our new manual, Developing Civil Right to Counsel Plot Projects: A best practices guide to designing and implementing successful programs. Set to be released in mid-October of this year, the best practices guide outlines ten key areas of consideration when developing a pilot program. The guide draws from the successes and challenges of ongoing and completed pilot programs and makes recommendations for developing statistically significant and empirically viable results.
The guide includes example planning strategies and critical planning questions to assist program designers arrive at the best solutions for pilot goals, methodology, evaluation and more. The best practices guide was researched in consultation with the National Coalition for a Civil Right to Counsel as well as local advocates. It will be made available nationally to help advance the movement. Please email Katie@WaAppleseed.org to request a copy of the report or visit www.WaAppleseed.org to download a free copy.
Volunteer with Washington Appleseed Appleseed strives to craft meaningful, real-world solutions that impact underserved individuals in our community, and to provide opportunities for transactional attorneys and litigators to engage in expansive pro bono projects. Get involved today! Visit WaAppleseed.org for details.
Retaliation and Tenant Rights Washington Appleseed investigates landloard retaliaion, tenant lock-outs, and what can be done about both Housing advocates approached Washington Appleseed to assist in compiling a know-your-rights style packet to help tenants identify retaliatory actions from their landlords and understand how to respond and protect themselves from further reprisal. While the law clearly delineates a tenants’ rights in many circumstances, “lock-out’s” present a unique challenge. In these circumstances, land-
lords have changed the locks or otherwise prevented a tenant from returning to their residence. The tenant is left in an extremely vulnerable circumstance with few immediate remedies that allow them back into their homes. Appleseed is investigating how the law is applied in these circumstances and is working to develop a solution that will best serve tenants and enable them to regain access to their homes and their belongings in lock-out situations.
Student Opportunities at Appleseed Washington Appleseed is currently accepting applications for student legal fellows for the winter/spring 2012. Student legal fellows work on a roster of Appleseed projects providing legal research, community outreach and other project support for our pro bono teams.
Students work flexible hours on a weekly basis to support Applseed workflow. Interested law and policy students can learn more about legal fellow opportunities at www.WaAppleseed.org/ studentinternships.html. Resumes should be submitted to Katie@ WaAppleseed.org by December 1, 2011.
Board of Directors David Tarshes Board President Davis Wright Tremaine
Seattle University School of Law
Ronald J. Knox Alice Ostdiek
Board Vice-President Foster Pepper PLLC
Washington Appleseed P.O. Box 1111 Seattle, WA 98111 (206) 632-7197 Katie@WaAppleseed.org www.WaAppleseed.org
David Levant Stoel Rives
Board Treasurer MRW Advisory, LLC
Board Secretary FTI Consulting
Dorsey & Whitney LLP
Riddell Williams P.S.
Seattle City Attorneyâ€™s Office
Immediate Past Board President WA State Bar Association
NW Justice Project
Bart Freedman K & L Gates
Washington Appleseed advances social justice by bringing together volunteer lawyers and community partners to develop systemic solutions to community needs. Visit www.WaAppleseed.org to sign up for our quarterly newsletter.
Garvey Schubert & Barer
Graham & Dunn
Executive Director, Washington Appleseed