Advocacy Strategies for Protecting Civil Rights

Seattle, Washington
Friday, April 15, 2011


 Civil & Criminal Advocacy Strategies for Protecting Civil Rights

Advocacy Strategies for Protecting Civil Rights
Friday, April 15, 2011 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM (Pacific Time)

Seattle University School of Law
Sullivan Hall
901 12th Avenue
Seattle, Washington 98122
United States

April 15, 2011
8:30am - 9:00am  Registration & Hot Breakfast
9:00am - 12:00pm  Program
    2.75 CLE Credits


Course Summary

Seattle University School of Law’s Lawyering in a Diverse World Series and the Task Force on Race and the Criminal Justice System present "Advocacy Strategies for Protecting Civil Rights".  This CLE program will include an engaging discussion on police accountability in light of the increasing number of incidents and reports of police misconduct.  

Agenda & Course Materials:  Course materials are not printed.  Instead they are available here for downloading in accordance with your preferences.  Internet access is available during the program for those who bring computers.

Speaker Bios

8:30am Registration & Hot Breakfast 

Introduction and Welcome – Judge Steven González, WA Access to Justice Board & Co-Chair, Task Force on Race and Criminal Justice System

Overview of Issues and Developments Concerning Bias in the Criminal Justice System – Jennifer Shaw, ACLU
• What is “racial profiling” and why does it matter?
• What does “police accountability” mean in light of recent Seattle police incidents?
• Recent developments for improving policy accountability in WA State

Shaw Powerpoint


Unbiased Policing Policy Seattle

Unbiased Policing Policy San Jose

WA Marijuana Law Enforcement


Letter to DOJ

Criminal Defense Strategies – Colette Tvedt, Schroeter Goldmark & Bender
• Defense strategies for criminal defendants who are victims of police misconduct 

Tvedt Powerpoint

10:45am  Break

Civil Litigation Strategies – Lorena González, Schroeter Goldmark & Bender
• Nuts and bolts of section 1983 litigation
• Administrative complaint process
• Practice tips for handling plaintiff cases involving allegations of police misconduct

González Powerpoint

Reading List

§1983 Civil Action

§1988 Proceedings

Preservation Letter

§1981 Equal Rights

Q & A and Closing – Professor Robert Chang, Fred T. Korematsu Center for Law and Equality

12:00pm Course Evaluations and Adjourn

Lawyering in a Diverse World series provides relevant, real-world workshops on issues of diversity to empower lawyers for a just and humane world. The workshops are designed to create awareness and empower you with skills and tools on a variety of issues related to diversity, and ultimately give law students and lawyers the competitive edge for effective lawyering in our increasingly diverse and complex world.

The Task Force on Race and Criminal Justice System was formed after a meeting was called to discuss racial bias in the criminal justice system which was prompted by the remarks of two WA State Supreme Justices. The task force includes prosecutors, criminal defense attorneys, minority bar association leaders, court and governor-appointed commission members, judges, law schools, and others. 

2.75 CLE Credits Approved


$ 50.00 General Registration
$ 30.00 Employed by Non-Profit or Gov't Entity
$ 25.00 Discounted rate for SU Law Alumni

$50.00 Live Webcast Option

Non-Profits, Gov't Entities, Firms and Groups may contact the CLE Office for group discounts by calling 206-398-4233. Group discounts must be finalized at least one week in advance of a program.

SU Law Recent Grads may contact the Alumni Office to request need-based fee waivers by emailing .  Fee waivers must be finalized at least one week in advance of a program.


Contact Information

Payment Instructions

  • If paying by check:  Complete the online registration information and choose pay by check option.  Please make check(s) payable to Seattle University School of Law CLE and attach or include information identifying the registrant(s) and program(s) attended. Mail to Seattle University School of Law CLE Department, Sullivan Hall, Room 200J, 901 12th Avenue, PO Box 222000 Seattle WA 98122-1090. Please call 206-398-4233 with any payment questions.

    Group Registration:  Applicable fees for all registrants in a group will be charged to the first person registered in the group as one transaction.   If different members of the group are paying individually (for example with different credit cards), individual registrations are required.

    Cancellations:  The last day to cancel for this program is 5:00pm Friday April 8, 2011.  Thereafter no refunds are permitted.  However, a substitute attendee is most welcome.

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