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  • 10/24/2019 1:00 PM | WWL Admin (Administrator)

    The Judicial Conference Committee  on the Administration of the Bankruptcy System is presenting a program called "Roadways to the Federal Bench:  Who, Me? A Bankruptcy Judge?" on October 24, 2019, in Seattle, Washington.  The program is aimed at increasing diversity on the bankruptcy bench.  It will involve a live-stream from Washington, DC of a presentation for about an hour, followed by the participants meeting with federal judges for about an hour, followed by a reception.  We expect to have 100 participants (consisting of law students and young lawyers) separated into groups of ten, with each group meeting 2-3 federal judges for 15 minutes at a time in a "speed dating" format.  The judges will offer their thoughts and insights on how to get to the federal bench.  

    Live Broadcast from Washington, DC

    United States District Court

    700 Stewart Street


    Contact Paula Sutton, Psutton@bskd.com

  • 08/10/2019 8:55 PM | WWL Admin (Administrator)

    Washington Women Lawyers is seeking nominations for individuals to receive two very special awards at our upcoming Annual Event this October:

    Passing the Torch Award. Intended to recognize an individual who has gone above and beyond with regard to mentoring women lawyers, making a difference, and “passing the torch” to others in a way that supports the WWL mission of furthering the full integration of women in the legal profession, promoting equal rights and opportunities for women, and preventing discrimination against them.

    Legacy Award. Created in 2009 to memorialize the inspiring personal and professional legacies within the organization, such as the legacies of founding and key sustaining members, so that current and former members can understand, honor and build upon that progress.

    This is a golden opportunity for you to show a fellow member that you’ve noticed their contributions and believe them worthy of special WWL recognition!

    To nominate someone for an award, please fill out the appropriate form and return it to Jessica Kerr at secretary@wwl.org by Saturday, August 10, 2019. A list of past award recipients is included with the nomination forms and can also be found on the WWL website.

    Thank you, and we look forward to spending time with you at the Annual Event on October 11, 2019!


  • 08/08/2019 8:00 AM | WWL Admin (Administrator)


  • 08/01/2019 6:40 PM | WWL Admin (Administrator)

    WWL and other Minority Bar Associations have put forward a proposal to add a mandatory CLE requirement on equity, inclusion and mitigation of bias now being considered by the MCLE board. If you are interested in learning more and providing input, please go to https://www.wsba.org/Legal-Community/Committees-Boards-and-Other-Groups/mcle-board and read about the Proposal to amend APR 11.

    Written comments due 8/8 for consideration  at the 8/16/19 MCLE Board Meeting.



  • 08/01/2019 5:34 PM | WWL Admin (Administrator)

    This year, WLG is determined to address Sexual Harassment in the Legal Profession. I have worked on women’s and women lawyer’s issues for 40 years in various bar leadership positions; progress has been made, but clearly more needs to be done.

    WLG is conducting a national Survey on Sexual Misconduct in the Legal Profession. (www.womenlawyersonguard.org/survey/)

    We are looking for responses from women and men throughout the legal profession (e.g., law firm, in-house, government, non-profit, law schools, associations, judiciary, etc.). It’s an important opportunity to make a difference and we hope that employers, individuals and organizations will also use the results of this survey to inform their continued efforts to address sexual harassment and misconduct.

    The survey is hosted on a secure site to keep responses completely anonymous and confidential, and does not ask for, nor capture, employer names, or other identifying specifics.

    The validity of the survey depends on maximum and broad spectrum of employment and demographic settings.

    1. Could you take the survey and pass it on to as many of your friends and colleagues as possible- especially in non-law firm settings?

    Here’s that link you can use to post, and to forward on to others: www.womenlawyersonguard.org/survey/

    And here is our website: www.womenlawyersonguard.org.


  • 07/10/2019 8:44 AM | WWL Admin (Administrator)

    Congratulations to two WWL members recently published in the WSBA Bar Bulletin.  Betsy Crumb: The State of Roe in Washington  and Carolyn Ladd: Second Chances in Employment and Housing for Formerly Incarcerated People.


  • 06/10/2019 1:00 PM | WWL Admin (Administrator)

    June 10: Mentoring is at risk of becoming a lost art. At a time when Facebook groups, Slack channels, and alternative means of networking, guidance, and education are on the rise, it's critical to remain relevant to the newest generation of female attorneys, not only to provide support and much-needed resources to budding practitioners, but also to develop future female leaders who will pass the torch to the next generation.

    Maddy Martin of Smith.ai will suggest practical tips to enhance your mentorship skills. Click here for a registration link, which you may pass along to others.


  • 05/24/2019 3:59 PM | WWL Admin (Administrator)

    UW’s Moot Court Honor Board is working hard to increase the diversity of its judging pool for in-house competitions, so that it better reflects the diversity of UW’s moot court competitors.   

    Would you be willing to share our recruitment link with your membership vie email or social media? Practitioners can sign up to be part of our judging pool by filling out here.

    We will add their information to our database and reach out to them when we are recruiting judges for any competition they indicate interest in. 

    For their service, judges will receive:

    • 3 free CLE credits for the first night and 2.5 credits for each additional night judged
    • Free parking
    • Dinner 

    You can email me, MCHB’s VP of Judge Recruitment, with any questions you might have: judges@uw.edu.


  • 05/22/2019 1:00 PM | WWL Admin (Administrator)

    What are the rainmaking essentials that every woman lawyer must know? Adding to your knowledge of marketing techniques will enhance your success at every stage of your legal career. Join us by phone on Wednesday, May 22 at 4:00 pm EDT for a fast-paced, 30-minute teleconference with Kimberly Rice. President and Chief Marketing Strategist of KLA Marketing Associates.


    Register Here

  • 05/22/2019 7:00 AM | WWL Admin (Administrator)

    Eastside Legal Assistance Program’s 9th Annual Breakfast for Justice will be held on May 22nd and members of Washington Women Lawyers are invited to join us for the event.  During our keynote, we will hear from Monika Kalra Varma, the Executive Director of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights of the San Francisco Bay Area and I’m sure she will inspire us to recommit to helping those in our community who need us!

    For 30 years ELAP has been working to make the legal system more accessible to those most in need by providing free civil legal services to low-income residents of King County and provides brief services and limited representation to survivors of domestic violence who need protection orders and assistance with their legal safety planning. Last year we helped more than 2,500 people with their legal issues.  As the leader in the Bar, I know you realize how important it is to have access to legal assistance to advocate successfully, especially in court.


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