By Medha Raman | LSJ Communications Assistant Guillermo is a senior at UW double majoring in Law, Societies, and Justice and Political Science. As an undocumented student, Guillermo has always been passionate about issues that impact his community. Throughout his time at UW, he has worked on several campaigns for undocumented youth as a field organizer for the Washington Dream Coalition (WDC) and has also been an active member of numerous community organizations including the UW Center for Human Rights, SEIU 1199 Labor Union, and the Washington State Labor Council.
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 Gates Scholars have been LSJ alumni.
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.
By Sophie Watson, Contributing Writer, The Daily The Law, Societies and Justice Department held a screening of the documentary “Life After Life,” directed by Tamara Perkins, on Wednesday evening in Smith Hall. The event was the first film shown as part of the series Human Rights at Home: Punishment in Contemporary America put together by the department along with the University of Washington Libraries and supported by the Friends of the Libraries Award. The series will show three films, one each quarter during the school year.
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.
By Medha Raman | LSJ Communications Assistant While many may think of LSJ as solely a pre-law program, the variety of careers that LSJ alumni pursue proves that the LSJ experience is one that is versatile and valuable in any career path. For Kevin Truong, LSJ Class of 2016 and first year MPA student at the Evans School of Public Policy, the path from LSJ led to the creation of the college access and mentorship non-profit called “Hey Mentor.”
By: Medha Raman, LSJ Communications Assistant The health of Law, Societies, and Justice is an outcome of many people devoting themselves to many different pursuits. Key to everything, however, is the LSJ staff, who provide all forms of support to faculty, students and alumni. A new group of staff recently joined LSJ. All of them accomplished and dedicated, they are poised to help LSJ continue to grow and develop.
Dear Law, Societies, and Justice Alumni and Friends: I write with exciting news of an important symbolic shift in the history of Law, Societies, and Justice. As both Society and Justice, and then Law, Societies, and Justice, we have always provided a challenging and relevant interdisciplinary education to our majors. The inspiring and productive career paths of our alumni provide the best testament to our success in this aim.
After four years of dedicated service to the LSJ community, Academic Adviser Alyssa Penner will be leaving the University of Washington this September. Students, alumni, and faculty gathered in Kane Hall’s Walker-Ames Room on Wednesday, August 23rd to celebrate her time in LSJ and to give her a proper send-off into the next chapter of her life. Throughout the night, attendees spoke to the numerous invaluable contributions Penner has made to the LSJ department.
By Medha Raman | LSJ Communications Assistant Most students consider failure to be fatal, especially when it comes to their future careers. However, even the most successful people have their fair share of failures. Learning to grow from failure, to cope with new challenges, and to employ resilience in the face of obstacles are all an essential part of being successful.