Sharpen your litigation skills with pro bono unemployment hearings


9:00 am - 12:30 pm


Gonzaga University School of Law
721 N Cincinnati St, Spokane, WA, 99202

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Who: Sponsored by the Unemployment Law Project and Gonzaga University
Details: Refreshments provided, 2 credit hours of general CLE, one credit hour of ethics (CLE pending WSBA approval)
Who should attend: Employment law and civil rights attorneys, new attorneys, all attorneys seeking pro bono experience involving litigation

Space is limited! Register by contacting Anne Paxton at, 206-441-9178 ext. 114.

Join the Unemployment Law Project and Gonzaga University for a lively, interactive, and FREE introduction to the basics of unemployment law, how to advocate for a client in unemployment benefits hearings over the phone, and ethics issues related to legal aid advocacy.
This 3-credit free CLE is the perfect lead-in to advocating for clients whose unemployment benefits have been denied. Gain understanding of laws governing unemployment benefits: hone your skills in direct and cross-examination, making objections, and writing closing statements; and learn about common ethical uses that can arise.

About 20,000 unemployment benefit appeals are heard per year in Washington state, and many appellants are low-income workers in need of pro bono help. A short commitment of time, on a flexible schedule, makes a world of difference to clients who are struggling with bills for food and rent while they search for new work. Even though unemployment benefits are a modest fraction of a person’s salary, a successful appeal at the administrative hearing level leads to an average benefit total of about $4,000 per claimant.