King County Chapter


  • Meet the New KCWWL President, Interview with Kara F. Morse

    In what area of law do you focus your practice, and what is the most challenging part of your practice?

    I am a regulatory and transactional health care attorney at Stoel Rives, LLP. That means I help health care entities such as medical groups, hospitals, managed care organizations and large employers navigate through the new world being formed by health care reform so that they can continue to provide high quality services to patients and enrollees. I advise clients regarding organizational documents, contracts, mergers and acquisitions, and strategic ventures; all of which must be compliant with the unique health care regulatory framework, including Medicare, Medicaid, fraud and abuse laws, HIPAA and many others. The hardest part of my job is certainly not unique--it’s keeping up with all the new guidance, recognizing how one issue fits within the larger framework, and synthesizing it all to bring added value to our clients.

    What made you interested in becoming a part of the KCWWL Board, and what are some of your goals for your presidency?

    I joined KCWWL as one of my first acts in Seattle. I had just moved here from Philadelphia and a friend invited me to attend a board meeting. I was looking for a job at the time and welcomed any opportunity to network, especially with other female attorneys in the city. My timing was impeccable, as the group was looking for a Secretary. I volunteered and was voted in. Over the next couple of years I moved to President-Elect and now President. It’s been a quick transition to leadership, but I wouldn’t have even considered it without the incredible work of my predecessors (Sarah Mack and Erin Wilson) and the rest of the board.

    When I initially joined KCWWL, I was certainly interested in the networking aspect of the group, but now it has really become about a broader community of women. It has given me opportunities to mix with litigators, government lawyers, criminal lawyers, in-house counsel and judges that I would never have met as a corporate lawyer. I have also very much enjoyed volunteering in our ongoing partnership with Mary’s Place. Our Civic Affairs chair, Stephanie Marshall, has really turned that into something meaningful for both our members and the women we serve at the center.

    As President I hope to support the board so that we can maintain our flagship events (including the Judicial Appreciation Luncheon, speed networking and Criminal Law Soiree), and continue to increase our presence in the broader community. This means strengthening our connections to groups like Mary’s Place, the law schools and other minority bar groups. I consider KCWWL’s greatest value to be in creating a community where female attorneys can interact and inspire/educate/energize one another.

    You have significant volunteer experience helping the underprivileged and disabled; what inspired you to give back to the community in that manner?

    My parents instilled that value in me. I have always felt privileged by the family and opportunities I’ve had, so I am happy to contribute some small part of that back in terms of time and money. Plus, engaging with the communities in which I live and work makes me feel more purposeful and connected.

    Do you have a most significant woman mentor or role model?

    I have never had just one person that I saw as a mentor, but I do look to others for inspiration. In the public sphere, a few of the extraordinary women I admire are Hillary Clinton, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, and Christine Gregoire for being intelligent, compelling, socially conscious and indefatigable. More importantly, however, I am surrounded by friends and family who act as sounding boards and role models every day.

    If you could give a piece of advice either personal or professional (or both) to new women attorneys what would you tell them?

    A colleague once told me that there are three aspects to job satisfaction: the work you do, the people you do it with, and how it fits in with your life more broadly. This isn’t a magical formula, but it does make more sense to me than the concept of “work-life balance”, which I think set up a false dichotomy between “work” and “life.” My work is a big part of my life, and I try to make sure that it is a positive influence by managing the mix of all three elements. If one is suffering at any given time, I can usually find strength in the other two to put things in perspective and move forward.

    Read the rest of our January 2015 Newsletter here.

  • CLE – The Legalization of Marijuana: Impacts on the Practice of Law, Employers and Businesses in Washington

    Please join KCWWL on December 10, 2014 at 12:00 p.m. for a CLE presentation by Claire Mitchell of Stoel Rives and Sarah Turner of Gordon & Rees about the legal implications related to the legalization of marijuana in Washington State. The discussion will include: ethical considerations regarding representing clients engaged in marijuana related businesses, the general impacts on employers and businesses, including drug policies and testing, and developments across the nation. One hour CLE credit pending, including ½ credit of ethics.

    The CLE will be offered live at Gordon & Rees, 701 Fifth Avenue, Suite 2100 Seattle, WA 98104. Lunch will be provided. The cost is $25 for members and $35 for non-members. Register for the CLE online with Eventbrite by clicking on the below link or by copying and pasting this link into your web browser: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/cle-the-legalization-of-marijuana-impacts-on-the-practice-of-law-employers-and-businesses-in-tickets-14132814629

    Eventbrite - CLE – The Legalization of Marijuana: Impacts on the Practice of Law, Employers and Businesses in Washington

    Please contact Angela Vogel at angelarosevogel@hotmail.com if you have any questions.

  • Recommended Article: 

    Women and the Law - The Glass Ceiling is Proving Resistant. Here's What We Can Do

    Reprinted with permission from Michele Radosevich.

    Download the full article here.

  • Diversity and The Law

    Immediate Past-President Kristen Larson addresses issues of importance to Women Lawyers and benefits of WWL and its member chapters in recent Bar News article. Read it here (on page 36).

2014 President's Message


Sarah Spierling Mack

     I am honored and pleased to represent KCWWL as its 2014 President. For those of you who don’t know me yet, I am the mother of 8 year-old twins and a defense attorney in Seattle, and I look forward to continuing the work of KCWWL over the coming year. I am also thrilled to be working with the group of women making up our 2014 Board. We are a dedicated and enthusiastic group, and plan to serve our members and legal community with many opportunities to get to know King County’s fabulous female attorneys, and to provide low cost, highly-relevant educational opportunities, as we all adapt to these evolving times for women lawyers. 

     Throughout my tenure with KCWWL, I have continuously heard that our members value our networking opportunities for women lawyers, and the forums we provide for the discussion of issues that affect women lawyers. That is something important to me and your Board, and we plan on continuing to provide such opportunities in 2014. We are pleased to be involved for the first time this year with “Lean In Circles,” which will be co-sponsored by MAMAS. We are also pleased to continue providing quality, low cost CLEs to our members, and many civic opportunities for our members to volunteer helping women in our community with a variety of needs. We also continue our commitment to law students and solo practitioners through our scholarship and grant programs, and we look forward to honoring our County’s Judges at our annual Judicial Appreciation Lunch. This year we also hope to grow our partnering relationships with our parent organization and other minority bar groups. Our Board has had its initial planning meeting for the year, and providing these numerous and varied benefits to our members is at the top of our list. Please watch for our save-the-date notices coming soon.

     Communication is also very important to us. Two of the core values of my own legal practice is letting my clients know where I am and how they can reach me, and responding to their inquiries promptly. I bring those same values with me to KCWWL, and am committed to communicating often about what we are doing, where we are going, and how you can participate. We hope to hear from you all as well. 

     I invite all of you to join or renew your membership, if you have not already done so, so that you can continue to take advantage of the membership benefits of both WWL and KCWWL. This should be an exciting year!

Are you an attorney mom looking to network with kids in tow? KCWWL supports MAMAS: Mother Attorneys Mentoring Association of Seattle. Visit the MAMAS website to learn more.

Upcoming events

04/21/2015 3:30 PM • U. S. Courthouse | 700 Stewart Street, 19th Floor, Seattle
04/23/2015 5:30 PM • Terrace at Hotel 1000,1000 First Avenue, Seattle, WA 98104
04/29/2015 4:30 PM • Cork Wine Bar, 606 N State St, Tacoma, WA 98403

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