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The true practice of law - to find the better side of human nature
                                            -M. K. Gandhi

Martha L Schmidt
Attorney & Counselor
Martha L Schmidt
1325 Fourth Avenue, Suite 940
Seattle, Washington 98101
Phone: 206.382.6600
Fax: 206.624.0717



LL.M., Law and Marine Affairs, University of Washington (thesis: The Illegality of Nuclear Weapons in the Marine Environment)
J.D., University of Wisconsin
Master of International Administration, School for International Training, The Experiment in International Living (internship: Amnesty International secretariat)
A.B., Anthropology (minor: History), Vassar College

Other Education

Ph.D. program, Social Anthropology, The University of Chicago; Certificat, Institut International des Droits de L’Homme, Strasbourg, France

Employment- LAW

Admitted to Practice: Supreme Court of Washington, U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit; Supreme Court of Illinois, U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois

Positions 1980-2007
Sole Practitioner; Juvenile Defender (Snohomish, Island counties); Attorney-Organizer, Seattle Worker Center; Attorney, Unemployment Law Project; Associate Attorney, Law Offices of Mary Ruth Mann; Staff Attorney, Legal Assistance Foundation of Chicago

Areas of Practice   
Employment- employment contracts and torts, farm labor contracts and protective laws, equal employment, wage and hour, social security, occupational safety and health, unemployment
Labor relations- LMRA, sec. 301, grievances, arbitrations and negotiations involving collective contracts, individual union-member contracts
Intellectual property (copyright)
International law (free association, social security, family)  
Immigration law (citizenship petitions, employment)
Consumer protection (Reg. Z)
Public benefits (Title XIX)
Civil rights (Section 1983)
Political rights (qualifications of candidates, voting rights)
Juvenile law (dependency, Indian Child Welfare, truancy, CHINS)

Advising, drafting documents, negotiations, mediations, arbitrations, union board of adjustment, motions and hearings before administrative agencies, including claims of large groups, motions and hearings in state and federal courts; federal class actions; state and federal court appeals.

Reported decision: Forsman & Morris v. Employment Security Dept., 59 Wash. App. 76 (1990), review denied, 116 Wash. 2d 1005 (1991)

Other legal experience
Training and supervision of support staff and interns; education of lawyers, legal curriculum development, training individuals and organizations in legal rights in English and Spanish languages; legislative advocacy (analysis of bills, lobbying, writing and presenting testimony at hearings); representation of large groups; public speaking/media appearances on legal topics in US and Canada; election observing and monitoring (US, El Salvador); trial observing (Peru)

Professional Legal Memberships and Activities

American Society of International Law
International Association of Collaborative Professionals
King County Collaborative Law
          Civil Law Committee 
National Lawyers Guild
          Peace and Disarmament Subcommittee, Chairperson 1987-1997
Washington Employment Lawyers Association
Washington State Bar Association
          World Peace Through Law Section, Chairperson 2008


Positions, 1994-2006 (undergraduate arts & sciences, masters programs in public policy)
Visiting Professorships, The Evergreen State College, Adjunct Lecturer, U.W.-Tacoma; Adjunct Lecturer, U.W.-Bothell, Adjunct Faculty, summer sessions, TESC

Developing curricula; teaching, including in faculty teams; supervising student learning contracts and research; advising students; participating in faculty governance

Courses - Human Rights and Public Policy, Human Rights: Theory and Practice, International Human Rights, Political Economy of Human Rights; Doing Democracy, Organizing for Democracy: Problems and Possibilities in the 21st Century;  Contemporary Labor and Employment Problems, Labor and Community Organizing: a Multicultural Perspective; Women and the Global Economy; Political Economy and Social Change: Race, Class, Gender; International Relations of Latin America and the Caribbean; Law and Public Policy


Positions, 1975- 2007

Labor unions 
Pacific Northwest Representative, American Guild of Musical Artists, AFL-CIO; Organizer, American Federation of Musicians, Local 76-493, AFL-CIO; Director of Organizing,  International Union of Operating Engineers, Local 286, AFL-CIO; Educator-Organizer, King County Labor Council, AFL-CIO; Organizer, Service Employees International Union, Local 6, AFL-CIO

Enforcing safety and health standards and collective agreements in public and private sectors (education, health care, entertainment, music, stage employees, technicians, manual workers); interpreting individual contracts; drafting contract terms, negotiations; conducting elections; organizing campaigns & mobilizing; strategic planning; developing budgets, keeping records; training leaders; internal & external education; research, curriculum development; public speaking, building communications networks, editing, writing; public relations involving local-national-international media

Community/other organizations and political campaigns  
Executive Director, Committee for a Nuclear Overkill Moratorium; Community Organizer, Third Unitarian Church of Chicago; Adviser/Writer, Campaign to Re-elect Sally Soriano to Seattle School Board; Chair, Platform Committee and Election Monitoring Coordinator, Campaign to Elect Juan Soliz, 20th Representative District, Illinois

Developing organizing campaigns, city-wide and in communities of color, with community groups, religious organizations, scientists, women’s organizations, unions and others; public speaking, coaching; public relations; research; editing and writing newsletters, position, analysis and policy papers; political action and lobbying; fundraising, budgeting and record keeping; recruiting, training, supervising volunteers; registering voters; building alliances of organizations; advising on tactics and strategyS

Languages: Spanish, French (read, speak, write)

Resolving workplace conflicts in ways that maintain respect,
improve relationships and avoid litigation.
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