LSJ Annual Newsletter: 2018-2019

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
By Emma York, LSJ Communications Student Assistant Every student majoring in Law, Societies, and Justice is required to complete a 100-hour internship.  Yet for those students who fall in love with the organization where they intern, the 100 hours are sometimes not quite enough. In fact, LSJ had long hoped to find a way to help students stay on at their internship site.  Now, a new endowment will achieve precisely that goal. It will also help honor the memory of the ambitious Edward Garcia.… Read more
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
By Emma York, LSJ Communications Student Assistant  Research by LSJ faculty can serve not only to bring attention to disparities in our legal system, but to manifest in criminal justice reform.  Sometimes, such research can even help make history. Take, for example, the recent work by LSJ Professor Katherine Beckett, which proved to be consequential in Washington’s landmark death penalty ruling. On October 11, the Washington State Supreme Court issued a unanimous decision deeming the death… Read more
By Emma York, LSJ Communications Student Assistant It may seem a simple thing, but reading a book together can allow fellowship between differently-situated people.  That is the basic premise for the three prison-based book clubs in which Law, Societies, and Justice students can now participate. Through the act of sharing a common reading experience, the book clubs allow students to engage with incarcerated individuals in a meaningful way.  Discussion, vulnerability, and mutual support offer a… Read more
By Emma York, LSJ Communications Student Assistant Two seniors in Law, Societies, and Justice -- Rodha Sheikh and Erika Arias – are part of this year’s Husky 100, due to their impressive journeys as undergraduate students. LSJ is proud to be the home of two such exceptional individuals and to have played a role in shaping their Husky experiences. “To think that my journey is something to be awarded felt good,” said Rodha. “I was very flattered and honored.” The Husky 100 is an annual award that… Read more