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  • 05/22/2018 8:00 AM | WWL Admin (Administrator)

    STRAPWA NATIONAL SEX TRAFFICKING CONFERENCE

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    Event to be held at the following time, date, and location:

    Tuesday, May 22, 2018 at 8:00 AM 
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    Thursday, May 24, 2018 at 12:00 PM (PDT)

    Greater Tacoma Convention Center
    1500 Commerce Street
    Tacoma, WA 98402

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    STRAPWA National Sex Trafficking Conference

    Combating Sex Trafficking Through a Multi-Disciplinary Approach

    STRAPWA would like to remind you of our upcoming

    National Sex Trafficking Conference!

    May 22nd-24th at The Greater Tacoma Convention Center in Tacoma, WA

     

    8 days left of our Early-Bird Special Pricing! Now through March 31st, get single attendance tickets for $285!

    We are now offering a group rate, as well! If you buy 5 or more tickets, each ticket price goes down to $150!!

     

    Interested in having your agency table at our conference? For $250, your agency can join other local and national businesses in a fantastic networking opportunity! 

     

    We now have a complete list of all of our speakers avaliable to view! At the bottom of this email is a list of our speakers through Sched: with the Sched app, you can also see our formal agenda, a complete list of speakers, and set up your own customized agenda to use at our conference. 

     

    Currently, we have a room block at Hotel Murano, 0.2 miles away from the Greater Tacoma Convention Center, for a King Delux or Delux Two Double at $150/night. If you purchase a hotel room, tell Hotel Murano that you are with the Rebuilding Hope room block. We hope to have you join us in May 2018! 

     

    Continuing Education credits are avaliable through this conference! For specific questions regarding continuing education credits, please contact for further information. 

     

    To respond to the demand for professional training and development of a multi-disciplinary team approach to commercial sexual exploitation/sex trafficking around the county, Rebuilding Hope! Sexual Assault Center for Pierce County will be hosting a national sex trafficking conference event for professionals who work with 

    children, youths and adults who experience sex trafficking. The conference will provide top-level training across multiple tracks in order to meet the educational needs of a multi-disciplinary team response to sex trafficking, including focus areas for mental health providers, clinicians, social work/service providers, advocates, first responders, law enforcement, prosecutors, judges, medical providers, forensic interviewers and community coalition mobilizers.

    Tacoma/Pierce County, Washington professionals and community members have found it necessary that multiple opportunities to gain quality, up-to-date and diverse training every year be made available not only to professionals and community members from the Pacific Northwest, but also from across the United States. This conference aims to provide such an opportunity by welcoming nationwide responders to the country's sex trafficking problem in order to share valuable information across disciplines and to engage in ongoing networking in the hopes of forming a unified alliance to reducing and, ultimately, eliminating sex trafficking in our neighborhoods. We aim to ensure our workshops provide the most requested topics of interest and are instructed by the highest quality of trainers who are experienced and relevant to the current fight against sex trafficking.


  • 02/22/2018 6:15 PM | WWL Admin (Administrator)

    The National Women’s Law Center ("NWLC") is seeking attorneys to join its Legal Network for Gender Equity. The NWLC’s Legal Network will provide access to legal representation, resources, and information to those facing sexual harassment and/or sexual discrimination on the job, at school and in the health care system.

    The NWLC has already recruited more than 200 attorneys from across the country who stand ready to provide an initial free legal consultation and, when appropriate, representation. The recently announced Time’s Up Legal Defense Fund will be providing financial support to the Network and will support some of the cases brought by attorneys in the Network.

    The NWLC is recruiting additional attorneys to join the Network from all states and in particular from following: Alaska, Arkansas, Hawaii, Idaho, Kansas, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nevada, New Hampshire, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Utah, Vermont, West Virginia, Wisconsin and Wyoming. If you or someone you know is interested in joining the Network,learn more & sign-up here>>

    For questions, please contact NWLC’s Legal Director, Sunu Chandy (schandy@nwlc.org).


  • 02/10/2018 7:46 PM | WWL Admin (Administrator)

    Below is an article from the January newsletter of the National Association of Women Judges that shares a resource to help us better understand the law firm landscape for women:


    Lean In and McKinsey & Company partnered to produce Women in Law Firms 2017


    The report focuses on women in law firms in North America. Out of the project's 222 participants, 23 are law firms that employ more than 16,000 attorneys. The firms provided the project with their talent-pipeline, programs and policies data. Additionally, more than 2,500 of their attorneys answered an experience survey. All of the information shared across the various sources allowed the project to highlight challenges law firms face to advance women relative to the rest of the broader corporate world.


    The report summarizes research into three key areas: (1) gender diversity in law firms' talent pipeline, (2) differences in men and women's expectations and experiences, and (3) firms' diversity policies and programs.


    It concludes with priorities to improve gender diversity:

    • culturally acceptable flexible work programs that encourage attorneys to take advantage of them;
    • developing senior level connections to strengthen coaching partnerships that can accelerate careers and build retention and recruitment; and
    • make diversity a priority that demands accountability for progress.

    We thank NAWJ Resource Board member Tom Leighton of Thomson Reuters for sharing this report with us. Click here to learn more about the Women in Law Firms 2017 report.


  • 02/08/2018 12:00 PM | WWL Admin (Administrator)

    The King County Bar Association Dispute Resolution Section is hosting a program on “Sexual Harassment Issues in ADR” on February 8, 2018 at Noon to 1:30 pm at the King County Bar Association office in Seattle. Marcella Fleming Reed is our program leader.

    CLE Credit – 1.5 CLE Credit Pending

    While Section members are not required to register or RSVP for the live meeting or webcast, we would appreciate having guests RSVP for the live meeting to assure sufficient seating for participants.

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    PROGRAM  AGENDA

    11:55 AM            Introduction of Program and Discussion Leader

    12:00 PM            Section Discussion: “Sexual Harassment Issues in ADR” with Marcella Fleming Reed, JD, M.Ed., SPHR, SHRM-SCP

    Marcella Fleming Reed will lead our attendees in reviewing and discussing the following professional challenges for mediators, arbitrators, and advocates when faced with sexual harassment cases:

    ·       How do we balance the value of confidentiality and privacy with the risk of perpetuating inappropriate behavior through non-disclosure provisions?

    ·       Should an ADR provider agree to serve in a mandatory arbitration process when the claimant communicates a wish to pursue another forum?

    ·       How does an ADR provider ensure that statutory issues are addressed in a responsible way?

    ·       What responsibility do ADR providers have in addressing overall cultural issues in the workplace or organization when a single and specific claim is presented to them?

    1:30 PM                Conclusion of program

     

    DISCUSSION LEADER BIOGRAPHY:

    Marcella Fleming Reed:  Marcella Fleming Reed, JD, SPHR, SHRM-SCP founded MFR Law Group, PLLC in 2002.  Marcella provides human resource and employment law advice to employers, conducts management training, investigates EEO and ethics complaints, and mediates employment disputes.  She also serves as a consulting and testifying expert for both plaintiffs and defendants regarding human resource policies, procedures, and practices.  Prior to opening MFR Law Group, Marcella was Director of Employee Relations for the Boeing Company. Marcella graduated from the University of Virginia School of Law in 1988 and obtained an M.A. and B.A. in Educational Administration and Elementary Education from the University of Iowa in 1980 and 1979, respectively.  She is licensed to practice law in Washington and Virginia, and she is certified by the Human Resource Certification Institute and the Society for Human Resource Professionals as a Senior Professional in HR. Her firm is in Mill Creek, and she can be reached at marcella@mfrlawgroup.com

    Webcast:  This section meeting will also be offered to KCBA Alternative Dispute Resolution Section members via an internet video stream.  To participate by streaming video and to download materials, please go to https://www.kcba.org/For-Lawyers/Members/Sections/Alternative-Dispute-Resolution approximately 15 minutes prior to the scheduled start of the meeting.


  • 02/03/2018 10:00 AM | WWL Admin (Administrator)

    On Saturday, February 3, 2018, the City of Seattle Office of Immigrant and Refugee Affairs and community partners will host the Seattle United for Immigrants and Refugees Mega Workshop, which will serve over 1,000 community members who need citizenship assistance and immigration consultations. 
     
    We have a huge need for volunteers, especially immigration attorneys and paralegals.

     

    NOTE: You do not have to be an immigration attorney to volunteer, especially for helping individuals fill out their N400 Naturalization forms.

     

    Check out the volunteer roles here and sign up hereAfter you register, forward this message to your friends and family so that they can join as well. 
     
    Please note - registration takes two steps. You need to create a Volunteer Profile first. Then, once you get a confirmation email, you can register for the event and pick your shift. All volunteers will receive training.
     
    Please also help us get the word out.
     
    There is a great need for immigration legal consultations and citizenship assistance – tell your friends and neighbors about these free services. For questions about services and eligibility, individuals can call our multilingual helpline (206) 386-9090.
     


  • 02/02/2018 12:00 PM | WWL Admin (Administrator)

    The Canadian Bar Association British Columbia, Women Lawyers Forum and the National Conference of Women’s Bar Associa tions are proud to present Challenges and Rewards for Women in Politics — Both Personal and Professional: A Conversation with the Honorable Ellen Rosenblum, Attorney General of the State of Oregon, and the Honorable Suzanne Anton, QC, former Minister of Justice and Attorney General of the Province of British Columbia. The luncheon is co-sponsored by the American Bar Association Commission on Women in the Profession.

    Early-bird pricing (until Monday, January 22) is CAD $70. Registration is on-line only.

     


  • 01/26/2018 9:00 AM | WWL Admin (Administrator)

    Essentials of Persuasion: Appellate Legal Writing in Washington and Beyond

    Please join an all‐star lineup for a day devoted to honing your brief writing skills. Program Chair Ken Masters has assembled an outstanding faculty consisting of members of the judiciary, the appellate bar, and the law school faculty, each of whom will share strategies and techniques for appellate writing that does what it is meant to do: educate and persuade. Topics include: • How the structure of the brief aids persuasion; • Telling your client's story in the statement of the case; • The most effective types of arguments for judges & commissioners; • Visual legal writing ‐ persuasion with pictures; • Appellate motions practice ‐ persuading the Gatekeepers; and Ethics on appeal.


    Details and registrations here.

  • 01/22/2018 5:37 PM | WWL Admin (Administrator)

    Please join the Korean American Bar Association of Washington for our annual banquet celebration!

    Thursday, February 15, 2018
    The Four Seasons Hotel
    99 Union Street
    Seattle, WA

    Individual Ticket - $120
    Active KABA Member - $80
    (If you would like to receive the KABA member discount code please contact Paige Hardy at paigeh@kcba.org)
    Door Price - $140

    Cocktail reception to begin at 5:30*
    Program to begin at 6:30

    *Cash bar only


    More info here/.

  • 01/13/2018 9:40 PM | WWL Admin (Administrator)

    Both programs provide multiple benefits, including providing recipients with funding to attend the GPSolo’s Fall and Spring conferences for one year.

     

    Here’s the link to the Young Lawyers Fellowship: https://www.americanbar.org/ groups/gpsolo/initiatives/ young_lawyers_fellowship.html

    Here’s the link to the Diversity Fellowship: https://www.americanbar.org/ groups/gpsolo/initiatives/ diversity_fellowship.html

     

    Applications are  due April 6, 2018. 


  • 01/13/2018 9:37 PM | WWL Admin (Administrator)

    Hello everyone. I’m a senior at Lewis and Clark High School in Spokane, WA, and I’m completing a research project as part of my AP Capstone class on the effectiveness of mindfulness meditation as a technique for reducing anxiety in lawyers.

    Some studies in recent years examining the effectiveness of mindfulness meditation for lawyers such as the study between the National Association of Women Lawyers and Seyfarth Shaw have found promising results. In order to build off these, my study tries to focus on being realistic about how people can feasibly incorporate mindfulness into their lives and the impacts of even brief meditations over a short period of time.

    I’ve consulted with some professors at Gonzaga and EWU to design the study and gotten approval from my school’s administration, so now I’m trying to find participants. I’ve designed a two-week long daily meditation program using the mobile mindfulness meditation application “Headspace.” Participants will be divided into control and experimental groups, and I’ll measure changes via a short anxiety survey taken at the beginning and end of the study. The time commitment would be about fifteen minutes or less for fourteen days and everything will be communicated over the internet, mainly using Google Forms. I’m using a delayed control group design, which means the experimental group will have access to the meditation first, but after the control group has fulfilled their commitments and taken the second anxiety inventory they will also get access to the meditation program so that they have access to the same opportunity. The following is a link to a Google Form, which gives more information about the study and eligibility: https://goo.gl/forms/BoWyT4l3X4DFOsx23. If you have any questions or would like more information, please feel free to email me at bpowersbeggs@gmail.com.

    Thank you for your time,

    Bridget Powers Beggs

     


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