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June 17, 2019
Dear LSJ Alumni Community: As the school year ends, and as graduation season consumes campus, one is reminded yet again of life’s transitions.  Any such transition, for me, is always tinged with a taste of the bittersweet, as excitement about the new mingles with sadness at the passing of the old. It is with just this emotion that I compose this last letter to the LSJ alumni community in my role as chair.  As you may already know – or... Read more
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June 14, 2019
On June 13th, we welcomed the newest group of students to our LSJ alumni community. This year's class radiates passion, asks tough questions, cares deeply about community, and strives for justice in all that they do. They are an amazingly accomplished group of individuals and we have no doubt they will continue to make us proud.  You can view this year's LSJ Graduation Video here.
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February 14, 2019
LSJ Community Helps The Seattle Clemency Project By Emma York, LSJ Communications Student Assistant  For Paul Heer, it was easy to agree to volunteer for the Seattle Clemency Project. The LSJ alum (class of 2013) has found that working to help incarcerated people achieve freedom before their sentence expires was the perfect way to put his undergraduate background to work. “The brilliance that is at the heart of LSJ,” Heer said, “is that it shows students the interconnectedness of structures of... Read more
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February 13, 2019
By Emma York, LSJ Communications Student Assistant As a culmination of efforts to build a strong alumni network and provide a supportive community for students, LSJ welcomes the valuable addition of a new alumni board -- Friends of LSJ. Department Chair and Professor Steve Herbert perceives this board to have great potential in achieving these aims. “Our principal goal in LSJ is to provide an enriched experience for our undergraduate majors,” Herbert said. “We want to transform our students... Read more
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November 29, 2018
 By Emma York, LSJ Communications Student Assistant Four Law, Societies, and Justice alumni recently visited campus to speak to current majors about their experience taking time off from school between their undergrad and graduate studies. Their diverse pathways and wisdom helped students learn of the benefits of a gap year. “In LSJ Advising, we often talk with students about their post-graduation plans and the benefits of a gap year”, says LSJ Adviser, Kyla Mayer. “The Gap Year Panel provides... Read more
Steve
June 12, 2018
Dear LSJ Alumnus: As you likely remember, we require each LSJ major to take our internship course.  As you also likely remember, we ask each student to analyze the organization where they worked, and to reflect on what they gained from the experience. One of the most moving conclusions to any of those analyses arrived not too long ago from Shaila Bolger, one of the members of our graduating class of 2018.  She described her work at Mary’s Place, which provides shelter and other services to... Read more
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June 12, 2018
By Amara Le | LSJ Social and Digital Media Assistant  Law, Societies & Justice equips students with the skills necessary to ask big questions, probe multiple perspectives, and prepare for a wide range of possible careers. Six LSJ alumni explain how this happens and why it matters.
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February 28, 2018
By Medha Raman | LSJ Communications Assistant Many Law, Societies, and Justice students are drawn to the major because of their interest in public service.  The UW School of Law appears to be taking notice.  In an effort to promote social justice and equity, the UW Law School each year provides full tuition support to five public interest-minded students through it Gates Public Service Law Scholarship Program.  It is a highly competitive honor.  In the past five years, fully 20 percent of the... Read more
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January 8, 2018
By Medha Raman | LSJ Communications Assistant What does it mean to be incarcerated in America? To better address this question, LSJ debuted a new class this fall, entitled “The Experience of Incarceration.” Taught by Professor Steve Herbert, the class aimed to study the daily lives of the millions of individuals currently behind bars, and to understand the various factors that structure their experience.   As part of the course, students participated in a service learning activity, such as... Read more
Colleen Melody
November 29, 2017
By Medha Raman | LSJ Communications Assistant  As the Trump administration has attempted to implement its controversial agenda, Washington state Attorney General Bob Ferguson’s office has been crucial in challenging them every step of the way.  LSJ Alum Colleen Melody (Class of 2004), head of the Attorney General’s Wing Luke Civil Rights Unit, has been one of the key players in this movement. She recently returned to campus to share her experiences with LSJ majors. “I don’t think I anticipated... Read more
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