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June 17, 2019
Dear LSJ Alumni Community: As the school year ends, and as graduation season consumes campus, one is reminded yet again of life’s transitions.  Any such transition, for me, is always tinged with a taste of the bittersweet, as excitement about the new mingles with sadness at the passing of the old. It is with just this emotion that I compose this last letter to the LSJ alumni community in my role as chair.  As you may already know – or... Read more
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June 14, 2019
On June 13th, we welcomed the newest group of students to our LSJ alumni community. This year's class radiates passion, asks tough questions, cares deeply about community, and strives for justice in all that they do. They are an amazingly accomplished group of individuals and we have no doubt they will continue to make us proud.  You can view this year's LSJ Graduation Video here.
June 10, 2019
By Emma York, LSJ Communications Student Assistant Succeeding Professor Steve Herbert who has chaired the department for the last nine years, Professor Katherine Beckett is excited to continue the strong direction of Law, Societies, and Justice in her own way. Beckett, a joint professor in LSJ and Sociology, has been a faculty member since 2000. She received her PhD in Sociology from UCLA where she wrote her dissertation on the Wars on Crime and Drugs. She has since continued to produce... Read more
May 1, 2019
By Emma York, LSJ Communications Student Assistant Two seniors in Law, Societies, and Justice -- Rodha Sheikh and Erika Arias – are part of this year’s Husky 100, due to their impressive journeys as undergraduate students. LSJ is proud to be the home of two such exceptional individuals and to have played a role in shaping their Husky experiences. “To think that my journey is something to be awarded felt good,” said Rodha. “I was very flattered and honored.” The Husky 100 is an annual award that... Read more
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April 22, 2019
By Emma York, LSJ Communications Student Assistant  For Lindsay Cael, it was a trip to jail that helped her understand why she was in college.  As a UW senior, majoring in Sociology and minoring in Law, Societies, and Justice, Cael obtained a volunteer position at the King County jail, which helped her translate her studies into meaningful work. Upon graduation, she started as a Literacy Americorps member at the jail in which she ran the tutoring program and taught GED classes. “In my senior... Read more
book club
April 1, 2019
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... Read more
day of service
March 1, 2019
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.  “I think my favorite part about LSJ Day of Service is being able to meet other people in the LSJ community,” said LSJ major Crystal... Read more
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February 14, 2019
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... Read more
February 13, 2019
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. “Our principal goal in LSJ is to provide an enriched experience for our undergraduate majors,” Herbert said. “We want to transform our students... Read more
December 12, 2018
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. It will also help honor the memory of the ambitious Edward Garcia.... Read more