Story By Nancy Joseph Director of Publications | College of Arts and Sciences
Dear LSJ Alumnus: As you likely remember, we require each LSJ major to take our internship course. As you also likely remember, we ask each student to analyze the organization where they worked, and to reflect on what they gained from the experience. One of the most moving conclusions to any of those analyses arrived not too long ago from Shaila Bolger, one of the members of our graduating class of 2018. She described her work at Mary’s Place, which provides shelter and other services to homeless families. Shaila ended her analysis this way:
By Amara Le | LSJ Social and Digital Media Assistant Law, Societies & Justice equips students with the skills necessary to ask big questions, probe multiple perspectives, and prepare for a wide range of possible careers. Six LSJ alumni explain how this happens and why it matters.
By Sophie Watson, Contributing Writer As summer approaches and many Law, Societies, and Justice majors prepare to tackle their internships or newly turned alums begin their search through the job market, there’s one organization that has welcomed LSJ alums and current students with open arms.
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.”