JustLead Washington is now recruiting for its Board of Directors. As you may know, JustLead is a statewide organization offering training, consulting, and other capacity-building support to the equity & justice community that is focused on leadership and organizational development, race equity, and collaboration between legal and community partners. JustLead’s inaugural board started as a small but mighty team of Leadership Academy alumni who were (and still are!) willing to help steward the birth and growth of JustLead, but as our now 2-year-old organization grows we are hoping to recruit a new cohort of board members who can join our team in 2019.
JustLead is seeking board members who are excited to engage in big conversations about what a strong community of equity & justice advocates and organizations look like and who are willing to champion JustLead’s work within their networks and communities. We are intentionally seeking a mix of JustLead program alumni and folks who are newer to JustLead, legal and community partners, and folks from around the state. We welcome and encourage applicants who have personally navigated the law & justice systems and who have been directly impacted by racism, poverty, and other forms of structural oppression.
Are you ready and excited to become part of our growing team? Do you know anyone else who might be? Please help us spread the word! Please see attached for a board recruitment announcement and more information; you can also find information at https://justleadwa.org/about/job-openings/. Board applications are due January 18th,, and interested applicants will have an opportunity to talk with current board members and attend a board meeting before confirming their interest. For questions or assistance in completing a board application please contact email@example.com.
Complimentary QLaw membership! QLaw is the LGBT bar association of Washington. Members of other minority bar associations such as WWL interested in QLaw’s mission—whether you identify as LGBT or as a dedicated ally—are invited to join QLaw for the 2019 membership year for free. QLaw is doing this to promote more interaction and flow of ideas between our groups, better serve those with intersectional identities, and maximize the diversity of our membership. To join, go to www.qlaw.org/join and use the discount code MBA2019. The discount applies only for new QLaw members.
Write for Litigation News!
The ABA Section of Litigation’s national news magazine seeks excellent writers interested in joining its editorial board as contributing editors. Contributing editors write four articles per year and attend two ABA conferences (partial reimbursement available). Reaching an audience of over 40,000 members, this is a great opportunity to get your name out there and connect with attorneys across the country.
Interested? Participate in our annual write-on competition! Send a resume and writing sample to LitNewsWriteOn@gmail.com by January 18, 2019. We will notify applicants selected to participate in the competition by February 1, 2019.
On behalf of the Young Lawyers Division (YLD) of the King County Bar Association, we write to ask for your help in identifying nominees for the Mentor of the Year Award. All finalists will be recognized at the YLD Winter Soiree on February 7, 2019, where the winner will be announced. YLD mentors provide the invaluable gift of time, teaching, and training to new lawyers.
As members of KCBA’s Diversity Committee, we hope to assist the YLD in creating a broad, diverse pool of nominees. Could you share this request for nominations to your membership or others whom you believe might know of a worthy nominee? To nominate a mentor, the nominator should submit an a short explanation of why the mentor deserves the award. Specific examples of assistance provided by the mentor are helpful. Nominations should be between two paragraphs and no more than one page. Nominations and any questions about the award or nomination process, should be submitted to Anna Robson at AnnaR@kcba.org by January 14, 2019. Nominators must be current YLD members, defined as a lawyer 36 years old or under or in the first five years of practices, whichever comes later.
Social Networking Luncheon
Tuesday, December 4th, 2018, from 11:45 a.m. to 1:15 p.m.
Where: Schwabe Williamson & Wyatt, 1420 Fifth Ave., Suite 3400, Seattle, WA 98101
RSVP: through Big Tent (preferred if you are a MAMAS member) or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please join us for a fun and informal networking event. Light lunch and dessert will be provided. Due to the nature of this event, we will not be offering telephone participation. Please join us in person!
MAMA Seattle would also like to thank our
Davis Wright Tremaine LLP
Garvey Schubert Barer
K&L Gates LLP
Yarmuth Wilsdon PLLC
Keller Rohrback LLP
Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP
Perkins Coie LLP
Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt
Summit Law Group PLLC
The Seattle Ethics and Elections Commission (SEEC) is looking for a candidate to serve in the Commission-appointed position on the SEEC.
The SEEC is a seven-member, volunteer body that interprets and administers Seattle’s Democracy Voucher Program, as well as the Whistleblower Protection, Ethics, Elections, Lobbying and Voters’ Pamphlet Codes. The SEEC advises the City Council and the Mayor on promoting ethics in government, and appoints and oversees the work of an executive director, who is charged with implementing SEEC decisions. Commissioners act as judges when a person is charged with violating one of the Commission-administered codes, and issue advisory opinions. Through staff, the SEEC publishes guides to the codes it enforces, and conducts educational programs on the Commission-administered codes.
The SEEC meets the first Wednesday of every month at 4:00 p.m., and occasionally Commissioners need to attend special meetings. Commission members usually spend between two and five hours per month on SEEC business, although the workload can vary.
Commissioners serve three-year terms and can be reappointed. The successful candidate will be selected by the six current commissioners, and must be confirmed by the City Council. The appointee’s terms will start early in 2019 and run until December 31, 2021. Women, persons with disabilities, sexual and gender minorities, young persons, senior citizens, persons of color, and immigrants are encouraged to apply.
Residency in the City of Seattle, while not required, is an asset. Commissioners cannot be active in Seattle election campaigns during their time on the Commission. To be considered for appointment to the SEEC, please send a letter of interest and resume by December 14, 2018 by e-mail to email@example.com, or by mail to: Wayne Barnett, Executive Director Seattle Ethics and Elections Commission P.O. Box 94729 Seattle, Washington 98124-4729 For more information, please contact Wayne Barnett at (206) 684-8577, or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Supreme Court Invites Public Participation in Bar Structure Work Group
Apply by Dec. 7 to help determine the future of legal regulation in Washington state
SEATTLE, WA [Nov. 15, 2018] — The Washington Supreme Court seeks applications for a public member to serve on its work group to conduct a comprehensive review of the structure of the Washington State Bar Association
WSBA operates under the delegated authority of the Washington Supreme Court to license the state’s nearly 40,000 lawyers and other legal professionals. In furtherance of its obligation to protect and serve the public, the WSBA both regulates lawyers and other legal professionals and serves its members as a professional association.
Pending lawsuits regarding the legal status of bar associations across the nation as well as recent case law prompted the Washington Supreme Court to form the bar-structure work group. It will ultimately make a recommendation to the full Court as to WSBA’s future structure, which might be remaining status quo, dividing into a mandatory and a voluntary bar association, or forming some sort of hybrid.
Chief Justice Mary Fairhurst will chair the 10-person work group, which has one seat reserved for a public (nonWSBA member) representative. The work group will review and assess WSBA’s structure in light of recent case law with First Amendment and antitrust implications; recent reorganizations by other state bar associations and their reasoning; and the additional responsibilities of WSBA due to its administration of Supreme Court appointed boards.
Meetings will be held at WSBA offices in Seattle. Meetings will begin in January 2019 and will be held every three to four weeks for six to eight months. All meetings will be open to the public; a schedule will be posted at wsba.org when available.
Interested applicants should apply to:
The Supreme Court, Attention: C.J. Mary Fairhurst
PO Box 40929, Olympia, WA 98504
Applicants should indicate they are applying for the public-member position and include the reason for their interest and pertinent background information. The deadline for applications is Dec. 7, 2018. In making its selections, the court will be looking for diversity in all its aspects.
About the Washington State Bar Association
The WSBA operates under the delegated authority of the Washington Supreme Court to license the state’s nearly 40,000 lawyers and other legal professionals. In furtherance of its obligation to protect and serve the public, the WSBA both regulates lawyers and other legal professionals and serves its members as a professional association — all without public funding. The WSBA’s mission is to serve the public and the members of the Bar, to ensure the integrity of the legal profession, and to champion justice. For more information, visit www.wsba.org.
Request for Content Proposals
2019 Access to Justice Conference
Amplifying the Power of Community
Spokane Convention Center
June 14-16, 2019
We’re excited to announce that the Access to Justice Board’s Conference Planning Committee is now accepting proposals and ideas for the 2019 Access to Justice Conference. This year’s theme, Amplifying the Power of Community, seeks to shine a spotlight on the our collective power when community members, advocates, judges, attorneys, leaders, funders, and policymakers across Washington State come together to champion justice.
Please share this call for proposals widely with your networks! The Conference Planning Committee is committed to centering the voices of those who are most directly affected by the systems in need of changing. We strongly encourage proposals from a wide variety of perspectives: those who experience injustice; staff and volunteers from social service organizations, government agencies, community-based organizations and coalitions; members and leaders from communities of color; social justice funders; civil legal aid advocates; criminal justice workers; private pro bono and low bono legal professionals; court staff and administrators; members of the judiciary; nonprofit capacity-builders; students and teachers; and many others. Please help us by forwarding this email to your colleagues and networks who share our commitment to equity and justice.
To learn more about the criteria and submit a proposal, please fill out this form by January 4, 2019. If you have any questions or need assistance submitting the form, please contact BonnieS@wsba.org. If necessary, you may request a Word version of the proposal form to fill out and submit by email. The proposal form is also attached here as a PDF for your convenience.
To learn more about the Conference, visit us online at http://allianceforequaljustice.org/accesstojusticeconference. We will post conference details to this page as they become available.
Rsvp@therainierclub.com for the final Legal Roundtable lunch of 2018, featuring Jorge Barón, Executive Director, Northwest Immigrant Rights Project.
Club members may register online at www.therainierclub.com.
Nov 14, 1130am to 130pm, $28.
Mr. Barón, a former child actor from Bogotá ,Colombia performing with his famous father of the same name, is a Yale Law School trained lawyer who immigrated to the US when he was 13 years old. As Executive Director of NWIRP in Seattle, he has become a player on the world legal stage, including his role fighting the first Trump Muslim Ban and in more recent events. In 2017 Seattle Magazine named him one of Seattle’s most influential people, and he and NWIRP have been repeatedly recognized by the legal community for outstanding pro bono service on human rights issues that impact all of us.
This Legal Roundtable lunch is open to guests.
For an update on Legal Roundtable events, please see the attached November newsletter.
Current and prospective Roundtable members are welcome at the monthly first Tuesday meetups in Eddie’s Place at The Rainier Club at 630pm. The next meetup is Nov 6.
We are excited to announce that we have total of four 1L Diversity Scholarships available this year in addition to a 1L Patent Prosecution Scholarship in our Seattle office!
We would very much appreciate your help in bringing our diversity and patent scholarships information to the attention of your first-year law student members! Our online application site will be open on December 1st through January 2nd for our Patent Prosecution Scholarship and through January 6th for our Diversity Scholarship. Please click here for more information.
Additionally, we want to invite 1L students who might be in Pacific Northwest over the holidays to come meet us at the following event:
Seattle: Seattle Area Legal Recruiting Association (SALRA) is hosting their annual Diversity Reception on Thursday, January 3, 2019 at 5:00 pm (at Schwabe Williamson and Wyatt). It will be a great opportunity to meet attorneys and recruiters from firms all over Seattle, most of whom offer 1L Diversity Scholarships. Although information is not yet updated, please visit the SALRA website here for more details within the next couple of weeks.
If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us!
For New York, Portland, and Washington D.C. Scholarships
Diversity Outreach Recruitment Manager
For Seattle 1L Diversity and Seattle Patent Scholarships
Law Student Recruiting Manager