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 platform for connection.
By Emma York, LSJ Communications Student Assistant A wide group of LSJ community members – current students, local alumni, staff, and faculty -- recently joined together to volunteer their time at the main downtown shelter of the Downtown Emergency Services Center. It proved another great opportunity to bring the community together in the service of core values.
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 power and social issues, but also social remedies.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
By Emma York, LSJ Communications Student Assistant LSJ faculty are driven to conduct research not only to satisfy their intellectual curiosity, but to try to make an impact in the world. As an example, take the recent work of LSJ Assistant Professor Stephen Meyers.