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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Who should attend
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: firstname.lastname@example.org), 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.
See you there!
Mother Attorneys Mentoring Association
Save the date for "GOOD Guys: Corporate Edition", a program the Commission on Women in the Profession is cosponsoring with the Woman Advocate Committee, the National Conference of Women's Bar Associations, and the ABA Young Lawyers Division. On 30 April, 2021 at 2:00 P.M. CT, information will be presented about the progress toward gender equity at in-house legal departments, followed by a panel of corporate counsel male allies who will discuss practical strategies they have seen work when advancing women in the profession. The Commission on Women in the Profession's Men in the Mix study will be incorporated into the discussion, so the event is not to be missed! If you are interested, register here: form.jotform.com/210804629600146 and invite your male colleagues to do the same. Here is a Linkedin post you can reshare, or copy and paste on another platform: Commission on Women ABA on LinkedIn: #legal #lawyers #diversity
This year LIWOCA will be hosting its 16th annual conference virtually in a series of webinars that kicks off on April 22, 2021. We are slated to have three webinars that include roundtable and panel discussions, concluding with a virtual networking event with various general counsels. The attached flyer provides more specific details about this event.
Tickets for the entire series are only $99. The other programs in the series are:
Should you have any questions, please feel free to email us at: email@example.com.
Please see our website for more information: leadingwomenofcolor.org
The Financial Future is Female: Women Lawyers and Wealth Creation
"Empowering Your Own Financial Future: An Overview" - April 20th, 2021 at 12:00 p.m. CT/1:00p.m. ET.
"Empowering Your Own Financial Future: An Overview" is the first webinar of a series "The Financial Future is Female: Women Lawyers and Wealth Creation." This webinar will show that at any stage in your career you can begin to focus on creating your own wealth and provide some practical tips to consider in setting your own path. Not everyone's path is the same. A panel of three women lawyers from different demographics and career stages will share their experience with wealth creation, the barriers they may have faced, and overcoming those barriers. A representative from ABA Retirement Funds Program will present the common issues that often interfere with a woman's opportunity to create wealth and offer financial wellness solutions based on current industry research and experience. This overview is the first in a series of more detailed webinars intended to encourage and remind women lawyers that we have the power to create wealth. The first webinar will set the stage for the next three webinars that will focus more in depth on financial management issues facing young lawyers, financial management issues facing more senior lawyers, and maximizing and protecting your wealth creation.
*This presentation is intended for educational and informational purposes only.
Registration link: Empowering Your Financial Future: An Overview
On April 15th, Lewis & Clark, Seattle University, and Gonzaga Law Schools are collaborating to host a virtual event that features Gender and Justice Commission Members and Affiliates for discussion on gender-related issues in the law. The event will focus on real-world legal advice about navigating gender and identity intersectionality in the workplace. WWL members are invited to volunteer for the event.
The event will take place in two parts. First, a main discussion room will briefly introduce the Commission and the topics at issue. Second, we will divide into breakout rooms where students will be able to have a conversation with volunteer attorneys and judges. Students can look forward to networking opportunities while simultaneously promoting discussion on modern gender-related issues in our profession. The breakout room topics will focus on (1) Identity and Intersectionality in the Workplace (e.g., Gender and Race, Gender and LGBTQ+, Becoming a better Ally), (2) Uncomfortable Moments: Navigating Offensive Conduct and Microaggressions in the Workplace and in Interviews, and (3) Negotiating a Salary and Other Difficult Conversations.
If you would like to participate, please fill out this form and select a breakout room: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1kLyJaH-B_TKg8zZwYUCU_QEBSuo3uNu5HeVgJL7YFjg/edit. Questions can be directed to event organizers, Ivy-Rose (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Olivia (email@example.com).
The Asian Bar Association of Washington is partnering with Davis Wright Tremaine and the Civil Survival Project to present a CLE on helping folks clear up their old criminal convictions, which often serve as impediments to stable housing and jobs. The CLE will be virtual on March 24@ 1-2pm. Please feel forward to your membership and network.
Attending the CLE doesn’t obligate you to take any cases, but after attending the CLE, we hope that you will find that these cases aren’t super time consuming, and can be done as we look for things to fill our day as we work from home. All of the “client contact” can occur through email/phone/snail mail and there generally isn’t any physical court appearance required in King County. I’m a corporate attorney, and I’ve been able to handle these in several courts within King County without any court appearance.
We are preparing for our High School Mock Trial season and need volunteer attorneys to donate their time and expertise in judging/scoring at our Washington State Mock Trial Tournament in March. We need 144 attorney volunteers to successfully run this tournament. As a volunteer attorney rater you will watch the trial via Zoom, fill out a scoresheet in our digital software, and offer brief and positive feedback to the participants at the end of the trial. You do not need any experience to participate.
The 2021 Washington State Mock Trial Tournament is being hosted virtually on March 18-21.
We need your help by volunteering and spreading the word to your network.
The tournament will be held virtually this year. Each round lasts about 2-3 hours.
Here are the trial times for the competition: We ask attorney raters to log in 30 mins. before the trial starts.
Thursday, March 18
Round 1: 5:30pm
Friday, March 19
Round 2: 530pm
Saturday, March 20
Round 3: 10am
Round 4: 2pm
If you are able to help us out, please fill out a short form, including your Bar Number, and register here or contact our program director, Emily Lake, directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Also, we would love your help in spreading the word about this great opportunity by sharing with your colleagues and attorney friends.
Mock Trial is a competition where teens work with legal professionals in their community to develop an understanding of real life case law and the role of the court system in a democratic society. Our goal is to teach students how to be involved in their communities and be active, knowledgeable participants. Our program reaches all across the state, ultimately bringing teams to Thurston County for the State Championships. We ask members of the legal community to watch, judge, and score teams based on their courtroom performance. Our students have been studying the case, written by Judge Robert Lewis, for months, preparing their cases.
Thank you again for taking the time to support hands-on civic education.
The Center for Women in Law is excited to partner with Take The Lead to provide an impactful live virtual workshop for women lawyers. It is aimed at women five to ten years out of law school. Please join us for Powerful in 2021: Competence, Confidence and Intention for Women in Law or refer this information to someone you know who would be interested.
In 2020, women in the legal profession adapted to remarkable professional and personal changes. In many cases, women – especially women of color – bore the brunt of the pandemic’s impact. As lawyers, you’re used to empowering others. Now is the time to invest in your own power and come out stronger in the new post-COVID world.
Powerful in 2021: Competence, Confidence and Intention for Women in Law will prepare you to advance your success and become more powerful in the inevitable transitions you’ll encounter this year and beyond.
● Set actionable steps to advance your career
● Identify what differentiates you (your points of power)
● Restructure power in a way that better suits everyone (not just women)
● Meet peers across the country who are working on developing these skills
LIMITED SPOTS AVAILABLE
For all the details and instructions to register, please visit here.