2013 Annual Banquet and Awards Ceremony
We’re pleased to announce that this year’s WWL Annual Banquet and Awards Ceremony will be on Friday, October 11 in Seattle. The event will feature keynote speaker Mary Snapp, the first female lawyer hired at Microsoft and its Corporate VP and Deputy General Counsel. Event planning is well underway and we’re looking for volunteers to serve on the committee in a variety of roles – both long term and on the day of the event. Committee meetings will begin in July and dial in options will be available. If you’re interested in helping, please contact Bahareh Samanian or Elisabeth Yandell McNeil . For pictures of our 2012 Annual Event, scroll down this page to our slide show. Thank you!
Women's Bar Outstanding Member Award 2013
The National Conference of Women’s Bar Associations (NCWBA) is pleased to announce that the winner of its 2013 Outstanding Member Program Award is Washington Women Lawyers for its Legacy Project. The Legacy Project, under the direction of Karrin Klotz, as a WWL VP, is a program established by Washington Women Lawyers (WWL) and designed to honor the heritage of women lawyers in our state by acknowledging and paying tribute to the contributions of founding members of WWL, as well as other pioneering women judges and attorneys in Washington
The Outstanding Member Program Award, first presented in 2008, recognizes innovative women’s bar programs and services which primarily provide training and other benefits for their members.
The purpose of the award is both to honor the work of the organization selected and to inspire other women’s bar groups to consider creating similar programs in their own associations and communities.
The award will be presented at a luncheon during the 2013 Women’s Bar Leadership Summit, Gender Equity-Moving the Bar Forward, to be held on Friday, August 9th at the historic City Club of San Francisco. Keynote speaker at the luncheon will be former US Representative Patricia Schroeder. WWL members are encouraged to attend the Summit.
Insight Into Gender Diversity on the Bench and Bar
The Washington State Bar Association completed a 2012 Membership Study that took place between September 2011 and February 2012, and the results are now available here. The study captures significant data from the WSBA membership - including with regard to gender diversity in the legal profession - with a goal of providing statistical evidence that will assist the WSBA in addressing and improving the bar in Washington.
Additionally, the Washington State Supreme Court Gender and Justice Commission has released a report of the Judicial Officers in Washington State in 2012. As of the time of the report, women comprised 35% of the judicial officers in the state.
We encourage all members to view these reports and share any thoughts you may have with the Board as we remain part of the ongoing conversation regarding these results.
As of January 1, 2013, chapter dues are reduced by $10 for government and non-profit employees. And for all others, no increases in dues this year!
Renew or join today! Learn More about the value of membership & renew your membership at: www.wwl.org/Membership.
Many thanks to everyone who made our Annual Banquet and Award Ceremony a huge success!
Photos by Martina Machackova Photography & Design