The Seattle University School of Law is the first law school in America to establish a Global Law Brigades chapter on its campus. This March, the school will send seven law students, one faculty member, and her husband to Panama for a week to engage a rural village in legal empowerment work. Since obtaining recognition at the school last fall, the chapter has been working hard to develop connections between the Global Law Brigades organization at large and the Seattle-area legal community. Part of that effort involves fund raising for this year’s trip.
On Friday, February 12, 2010, the group took a significant, positive step in that direction by hosting its first annual Global Law Brigades wine tasting event on the Seattle University campus. Titled, “Think Globally, Drink Locally,” the event was sponsored by five well-acclaimed, Seattle-area wineries, four of whom hosted tasting stations and one other who donated a case of wine. Additionally, a local jazz band, Hochiwichi, generously volunteered three hours of its time by playing at the event. Two of the band’s members are also law students at Seattle University. At the end of the night, the event was an incredible success, with over one hundred students, faculty, and friends attending in support of the group. While exact figures are unclear, the group estimates that it raised around $2,000 toward its trip.