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Learning From Failure: Lessons From LSJ Alumni
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.
Professor Steve Herbert
The room was hushed, the audience was transfixed.  The student speaker, Clara Manahan, was describing how deeply her LSJ education had impacted her.  “In the Law, Societies, and Justice Program,” she said, “you find a community of individuals who have committed themselves to caring, even when it hurts.”
LSJ Graduates pose with their LSJ Pint Glasses
By Medha Raman | LSJ Communications Assistant  The Law, Societies, and Justice program held its annual convocation for the Class of 2017 on Thursday, June 8th. The ceremony began at Kane Hall where each graduate was called up to the stage by a faculty member, who read out the student’s future plans or favorite LSJ memory. Several LSJ students shared fond memories of classes, study abroads, and connections with faculty and classmates, while others spoke to their future plans of law school or social justice work.
LSJ Group Honors Presentation
By Medha Raman | LSJ Communications Assistant  Diversion is a popular option for prosecutors seeking to keep youths out of detention. Instead of jail, youth might be asked to perform community service or otherwise seek to improve their selves or their circumstances. But are there patterns in which kids get diversion opportunities, and whether they complete them?
LSJ Major Clara Manahan addresses the UW Foundation Board
Law, Societies, and Justice was provided an opportunity recently to present to the University of Washington's Foundation Board, which is composed of individuals "committed to increasing the level of private giving to the UW."  Professor Herbert described the Program's history and emphases, and LSJ major Clara Manahan outlined the impact of her LSJ coursework on her life and future trajectory.  Her moving and heartfelt speech earned her a standing ovation.  Because it so poignantly illustrates the value of an LSJ education, we include its full text here:
Angela Rye
By Medha Raman | LSJ Communications Assistant  UW has been home to a number of notable alumni, from martial arts icon Bruce Lee to Jeopardy! legend Ken Jennings. In the modern political sphere, few are more influential than political commentator, analyst, and attorney Angela Rye.
Bryce McKibben
By Starla Sampaco | LSJ Communications Assistant The Law, Societies, and Justice Program seeks to provide a great foundation for students who will eventually pursue careers in law, social justice and government. It is no surprise that several LSJ alumni have relocated to the other Washington -- Washington, D.C. Four recent alumni from LSJ are busy establishing themselves in D.C.’s active but confusing world of work and public service.  They each have numerous suggestions for how future LSJ graduates can emulate them.
Ryan Dreveskracht
By Medha Raman | LSJ Communications Assistant  Photos by Alexa Sinclair Photography In recent years, jail deaths in Washington State have been on the rise. With the country moving away from psychiatric institutions in the 70s and 80s, jails have now become home to a large number of those who suffer from mental illness. Without proper medical facilities, training, and independent oversight within the jails, many of these individuals don’t receive treatment and eventually die in the care of the jails.
Alums speak at Career Night Panel
By Medha Raman | LSJ Communications Assistant  Photos by Alexa Sinclair Photography For many college students, the thought of graduation is fear-inducing. After years of carefully scheduled classes and activities, having to step out into the unknown without a safety net can be scary.
Professor Michael McCann on an episode of Adam Ruins Everything
By Medha Raman | LSJ Communications Assistant   While many at UW know Professor Michael McCann for his role in the creation of the Law, Societies, and Justice program, his success extends much further. Last December, McCann was featured in an episode of the popular web series, Adam Ruins Everything, as an expert on the truth behind the McDonalds Hot Coffee Case.