Recent News

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.
Colleen Melody
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.”
LSJ Staff
By: Medha Raman, LSJ Communications Assistant The health of Law, Societies, and Justice is an outcome of many people devoting themselves to many different pursuits.  Key to everything, however, is the LSJ staff, who provide all forms of support to faculty, students and alumni.  A new group of staff recently joined LSJ.  All of them accomplished and dedicated, they are poised to help LSJ continue to grow and develop.
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. 
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.
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?