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LSJ 15th Anniversary Celebration Information
Thursday, October 20th6:00pm to 8:00pm wǝɫǝbʔaltxʷ - Intellectual House
Rob Saka (right), LSJ '09 and privacy attorney at Perkins Coie, LLP, meets with mentee Matt Huang (left), who will graduate next spring.
In February, the Law, Societies and Justice Program launched the LSJ Mentorship Program, which pairs local LSJ alumni with current LSJ students. According to Professor Steve Herbert, director of LSJ, the purpose of the mentorship program was to help students strategize how they will pursue their careers after graduating. “A liberal arts degree prepares students for a range of careers, which can be very empowering, but it can also be very frightening because there is not one clear path ahead,” Herbert said.
The Mixed-Enrollment Class, which traveled weekly to the Monroe Correctional Complex to learn alongside inmates.
On June 9th, the Law, Societies, and Justice program held its annual Convocation for the 2016 graduates. For each student, a faculty member read the graduate's future plans or favorite memory in LSJ. The LSJ graduates were each invited to speak about their accomplishments and successes in the LSJ program. The reception afterwards was held in Grieg Garden where graduates celebrated with their friends and family and enjoyed refreshments. 
LSJ Professor and Program Director Steve Herbert.
Dear LSJ Alumni Community: It is always a pleasure to write this annual note to our wonderful LSJ alumni group, but it is particularly enjoyable to do so whilst looking out my office window onto the lush Grieg Garden.  I can do so because LSJ now occupies its own dedicated space, on the mezzanine level of Smith.  We’ve been here less than a year, but it definitely feels like home!
Brandon Derman (left) and Trace Chaplin (right) discuss topics such as agriculture, sustainable living, and climate change
By Nissreen TahaThe Daily reporter The UW Law, Societies, and Justice (LSJ) department held a panel Wednesday discussing the critical aspects of climate change and ways people can minimize such effects. Although individual actions are encouraged to combat the impacts of climate change, they are not always the most effective. 
current student members of the LSJ Advisory Council
By Starla Sampaco, LSJ Communications Assistant The Law, Societies & Justice Program is now accepting applications for its student-run LSJ Advisory Council. The council is made of ten LSJ students who work to improve educational, social and community-building opportunities within the LSJ major.
Husky 100 Award Winners and LSJ Majors Meron Fikru (left) and Starla Sampaco (right)
Although Law, Societies, and Justice is not one of UW’s larger majors, two of its students were selected to be amongst the Husky 100, a tri-campus award that seeks to recognize the 100 students who made the most of their time at the UW and best exemplify the Husky experience. This year’s inaugural class of the Husky 100 includes two of LSJ’s best and brightest students, Meron Fikru and Starla Sampaco.
Barry Massey, the youngest person to be sentenced to life without parole, speaking to LSJ students at UW on April 18th, 2016.
As 14-year-old Barry Massey was being tried in Pierce County for aggravated murder, he fell asleep at the defense table. Unaware of the severity of the situation, he had no way of knowing that his entire life was hanging in the balance. In 1987, Massey became the youngest person in the country to be given a life without the possibility of parole sentence. But earlier this year, after 28 years in prison, he was released, due to a landmark U.S. Supreme Court ruling.
LSJ majors and brothers Ayush and Peyush Soni grow through LSJ experiences
Students take diverse paths both into and out of Law, Societies, and Justice.  Take, for example, the cases of the Soni brothers, Peyush and Ayush.  Peyush, the elder of the two, was born in Punjab, India, but moved at the age of three to the Puget Sound region, where Ayush was born one year later.  Their early years meant moves to several communities, including West Seattle, Renton, and Des Moines, before they finally settled in Kent for an extended time.