Recent News

LSJ Alumni Matt Huang, Kyung Sun Park, and Manreet Singh pose for a photo with Alyssa Penner
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.
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. 
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.

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