International Women's Day 2021
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International Women’s Day on 8 March is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating women's equality.
In 2021 the Law Society will mark the year slightly differently to previous years, with a virtual event where we will be launching our joint Law Society and Bates Wells International Women in Law report "Practical Toolkit for Women in Law". This webinar will highlight and disseminate the report's key findings and recommendations.
This report reinforces the findings of the 2019 Law Society report 'Advocating for Change: Transforming the Future of the Legal Profession through greater Gender Equality', that there are still considerable challenges for women's progression in the legal profession. This report suggests a series of activities that can be undertaken by individuals and organisations to continue striving for gender equality. One of the key findings is the importance of law societies and bar associations in taking robust leadership for accelerating transformative changes on this area within their own jurisdictions.
Written under extraordinary circumstances generated by the global COVID-19 pandemic, the report addresses the unparalleled set of challenges currently being faced by woman around the world. The report also highlights that there has been greater flexibility and more agile working resulting from the 'working from home' policy, which has contributed to changing attitudes towards working from home that has been made feasible and manageable due to technology. But this has also led to an increase in home-based burdens. Therefore, it is important to establish boundaries between home and work, which have become more blurred; so, a careful approach is needed. Sexual harassment continues to be a stubborn scourge in many workplaces, but that most women avoid talking about this issue due to the stigma attached and for fear that they will not be believed or will suffer a backlash for speaking out.
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Join leading women lawyers from across the United States and abroad at the National Association of Women Lawyers’ 2021 Annual Meeting. NAWL will recognize and honor leading lawyers who have made a significant impact to improve and diversify the legal profession, as well as NAWL members who, through their time and effort, have made exceptional contributions to fulfilling NAWL's mission. In addition, you will have the opportunity to participate in interesting substantive programming along with plenty of networking opportunities. Through programming around this year’s theme of renew, reimagine, revitalize, you will leave inspired to reach new levels of success in your practice. Washington Women Lawyers members receive a 10% discount on registration by using code 21AMWWL. Click here to register.
The 21 Day Grit and Growth Mindset Challenge kicks off on Monday, June 7, 2021.
Introducing the Gritty Teams Research Study! We invite you to participate in a survey designed to measure the effectiveness of gritty, growth mindset-oriented teams and to further explore how leaders, emerging leaders and team members can encourage, nurture and develop these traits in the team context. The survey can be accessed here: americanbar.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_207iHMytKqo2ZVk
In prior Commission research, the results of which can be found here, we explored the impact of grit and growth mindset on the success of individual women lawyers and found that both were critical tools that helped women sustain high levels of performance while working in law firms of all sizes, in-house roles, non-profit and government positions, or as solo practitioners. Because the practice of law is and always has been a true apprenticeship profession-one where effective collaboration among lawyers is essential-we are excited to be able to broaden this research to learn more about how these traits drive success on teams.
The survey will take roughly 10-15 minutes of your time. Results from this survey may be used to provide the legal profession with a deeper understanding of factors that contribute to team success. It is our hope that it may also help organizations continue to close the gender gap at the leadership level by providing women lawyers with additional strategies and tools that will help them thrive as both team members and team leaders.
As you complete the survey, please remember that there are no right, preferred, or wrong answers. Your candid responses to the survey questions will help us learn more about these important traits and how we might leverage them in the future. The deadline to complete the survey is June 18th, 2021.
Please note that the information you provide will be used for research only and will be kept strictly confidential. All survey responses will remain in the sole possession of the American Bar Association. Once your individual results are combined with other outcome metrics, all identifying information will be eliminated. Neither you, nor your employer, will ever be identified for any reason. All study results will reference aggregate data only.
Many thanks in advance for your participation in this important research initiative! We are looking for a gender-diverse pool of respondents, so please forward to the male allies in your network.
Spokane Regional Transportation Council (SRTC),the Metropolitan Planning Organization and Regional Transportation Planning Organization for Spokane County, is requesting Proposals from qualified attorneys interested in serving as SRTC’s legal counsel. Specific expertise is sought from firms that have experience advising a public Board in areas relating to contract law, municipal law, state and federal grant requirements, the Washington Open Public Meetings Act, and the Washington Public Records Act. Statements from interested firms are due by 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday, June 22, 2021. Responses can be delivered electronically to firstname.lastname@example.org. Full information about this solicitation is available at www.srtc.org/news-and-notices.
You are invited to join MAMA Seattle for our upcoming CLE
Allyship and the Legal Profession in 2021
When: Wednesday, May 26, 2021 at 12:00-1:15 PM
Program Access: As a co-sponsor for this event, MAMA Seattle is offering 35 prepaid tickets to MAMA members (non-MAMA members who sign up will be separately invoiced). Tickets will be provided to the first 35 RSVPs. RSVPs beyond the first 35 will be put on a waitlist. NOTE: If you RSVP but learn you are unable to attend the event, please let us know as soon as possible (email: email@example.com), so that we can offer the ticket to another MAMA member on the waitlist.
Where: Zoom link will be sent directly from BASF, on the day of the event.
Topic: With Covid-19, #BLM and #metoo, the world is no longer the same and the legal industry will no longer operate in the business-as-usual ways that have promoted gender and racial disparity in the past.
It is no surprise that male lawyers out-earn their female counterparts. However, it is important to recognize disparities amongst women lawyers. According to the ABA’s 2020 Report, Left Out and Left Behind, while Asian and white women lawyers make 85 and 77 percent of what their white male counterparts earn, the statistics are even worse for Black and Latina women lawyers. Black and Latina female lawyers earn 61 and 53 percent of what their white male counterparts earn. Feminism must recognize intersectionality, and white and Asian women must be cognizant regarding issues of race in order to achieve a more equitable legal industry for women as a whole.
How can we, as white and Asian female law firm owners and managers, empower other attorneys, especially Black and Latina female attorneys, to take control of their future, enjoy freedom, gain business autonomy, improve their mental health, and make (more) money by starting their own law firm? Or for those attorneys who are not as entrepreneurially inclined, how can we as support and encourage our Black and Latina female lawyer friends ascend to positions of power in their existing law firms?
Join us for this exciting roundtable discussion where we will discuss these topics and more in an informal setting.
Topics will cover:
Speakers and Moderator: Panelists include Sophie Alcorn of Alcorn Immigration Law, Amanda Conley of Brand & Branch, Valerie Fenchel of Fenchel Family Law, and Valerie Kushel of VGK Law. Panel moderated by Lindsey Mignano of Smith Shapourian Mignano.
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SABAW united with our national organization SABA North America, SABA Foundation, and 26 other SABA chapters in the US and Canada to launch a Coordinated Campaign Supporting COVID Relief in India: https://www.sabalegalfdn.org/indian-covid-relief.
All individual donations that we receive at the link between May 10 and May 31, 2021 will be used to support reputable charitable organizations fighting COVID in India, of which UNICEF will be the first one. All donations should go to the SABA Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization, and will be tax deductible to the fullest extent allowed by law. We are still in the process of vetting non-sectarian organizations and any additions to the charity slate will be announced publicly.
The current surge is overwhelming Indian health care infrastructure: patients are not able to access hospital beds and oxygen is in short supply. We named UNICEF and its Indian Humanitarian Rush Aid relief efforts as the first charity in our fundraising efforts because it is on the ground, working with partners to deliver urgently needed medical equipment, PPE, hygiene supplies and critical care to those in need. UNICEF’s Office of Innovation has been focused on Oxygen Therapy as a key component of its effort to save lives of children. As a result, UNICEF has been able to procure 15,000 oxygen concentrators as part of its COVID-19 response, helping more than 90 countries across the world. UNICEF (USA) has already shipped 3,000 oxygen concentrators to India last week.
The ongoing crisis in India requires an all-hands-on-deck approach. As South Asian American attorneys across the U.S. and Canada, the members and supporters of SABA Foundation, SABA North America, and local SABA chapters feel a special obligation to help in any way we can. Please share this information with your friends and community (social media links below). Together, we can make a difference.
Social media to retweet/reshare/repost:
Twitter Post: https://twitter.com/SABALegalFDN/status/1391755153393422336?s=20
LinkedIn Post: https://www.linkedin.com/feed/update/urn:li:activity:6798008890442309632
Facebook Post: https://www.facebook.com/SABANorthAmericaFoundation/photos/a.135045666909020/1501945290219044
And on May 20th and 21st, we have 2 FREE Seminars that are approved for 1 CLE each. Please click HERE for additional details.
May 20th at 1pm: Fireside Chat with Myrna Perez, - LIWOCA’s Breaking the Glass Ceiling Award Winner - Myrna is the Director, Voting Right and Elections Democracy, The Brennan Center. You can access this event directly HERE
May 21st at 1pm: Fireside Chat with Paulette Brown – LIWOCA’s Breaking the Glass Ceiling Award Winner, followed immediately by our Closing Reception. Paulette is a Senior Partner and Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer with Locke Lord. She is also the Past President of the American Bar Association. You can access this event directly HERE
We would greatly appreciate it if your organization would be willing to share this information with your listserv so members of your organization may consider partaking in this exciting event! Should you have any questions, please feel free to email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please see our website for more information: leadingwomenofcolor.org.
Eastside Legal Assistance Program (ELAP) has an opening on our legal team. This full-time position will provide legal services to low-income residents of Kirkland, focusing on housing law. This position is funded through a grant.
This is a dynamic opportunity to make equal access to justice in our community a reality. Eastside Legal Assistance Program (ELAP) provides civil legal services to survivors of domestic violence (DV) throughout King County, medical-legal assistance to individuals experiencing health-harming legal issues, assistance to individuals facing eviction or other housing problems in southeast King County, and pro bono legal aid to low-income individuals in Kirkland.
Please read the qualifications (below) carefully. Before applying, you MUST have a current license to practice law in Washington State, you MUST have a passion for equal justice for marginalized communities, and you MUST have the ability to work in a holacratic organization.
Working Conditions and Work Hours
Work Hours: Base 40 hours/week
Location: Office in Kirkland, with a secondary workstation at the main ELAP office in Bellevue
Salary: $58,349.50 /year (with step increases indexed for inflation and seniority).
Benefits: Medical, Dental, Vision, and Life Insurance, 401(k) with match, 12 paid Holidays, plus week between Christmas Day and New Year’s off, Vacation, and Sick Leave, bar dues, and full compensated CLEs
Send resume and cover letter to Ngoc Nguyen, Operations Director at email@example.com. ELAP will start interviewing at the beginning of June. Priority will be given to candidates who apply by June 2, 2021. This posting is open until filled.
Equity and Inclusion
ELAP is organizationally committed to fighting racism and to incorporating equity and inclusion in our advocacy work and our internal systems and work environment. ELAP expects all staff to uphold this organizational commitment and approach their role with a desire to learn and grow in this area. As with all staff, the attorney filling this role is expected to center race equity in their work and support ELAP’s goal to operate as an anti-racist organization.
ELAP is an equal opportunity employer and complies with all applicable federal, state, and local laws prohibiting employment discrimination. ELAP promotes mutual respect, acceptance, teamwork and productivity in the workplace. People of color, immigrants, women, LGBTQIA, those with disabilities, mature workers, and other underrepresented and historically marginalized groups are strongly encouraged to apply. ELAP is committed to operating as an organization whose staff, board, and clients are diverse in background, experience, race, color, national origin, gender, age, religious preference, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, sensory, mental or physical abilities, veteran status, and other qualities that strengthen our work while reinforcing our mission. Individuals needing a reasonable accommodation for the application or interview process or for more information about the project should email Ngoc Nguyen, Operations Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Qualified Immunity 360: A Multi-Part Presentation on the History, Legal Basis, and Utility of the Judge-Made Defense to Claims under 42 U.S.C. § 1983.
The Minority and Justice Commission is sponsoring a day-long presentation on qualified immunity, co-hosted by Washington Supreme Court Justice Mary Yu and Judge David Whedbee of the King County Superior Court. The presentation aims to facilitate a “360-degree” discussion of this doctrine, to educate practitioners, judges, law students, and the public on the mechanics, history, and public policy behind the doctrine.
The webinar event will be on May 7, 2021, from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (with discussion afterward for those who are interested), co-sponsored by Washington State’s three law schools and the Washington State Bar Association. CLE credit is available.
The current roster of presenters is:
Some of these presenters have participated in recent efforts to seek the U.S. Supreme Court’s reconsideration of the doctrine and will discuss this topic, too.
Pre-Registration is required: https://wacourts.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_vfeFrkJDSVKxvhmQ2p0gnQ