Items of Interest

  • 08/23/2013 6:30 PM | WWL Admin (Administrator)

    2013 Call to Action: "Education Not Incarceration!  Eliminating Structural Racism in Our Schools"

    When: 10th Anniversary Commemorative Celebration: Friday, August 23, 2013
              All Day Conference: Saturday, August 24, 2013

    Where: Seattle University

    REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN: To register go to;

    Submissions for the newsletter and/or questions about the conference should be sent to:

  • 08/12/2013 11:00 AM | WWL Admin (Administrator)

    On August 12 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Attorney General Bob Ferguson will host an Open House in his Olympia/Tumwater office - 7141 Cleanwater Lane SW, Olympia WA 98501 for those who wish to learn more about the Office and how to apply for attorney positions.  This event is open to all current and incoming third-year law students, judicial clerks and/or licensed attorneys.

    Additional details will be posted on our website as the event draws near.  For questions in the meantime, please contact Linda Nakamura at (206) 464-6446 or

  • 08/08/2013 4:28 PM | WWL Admin (Administrator)

    The Washington Leadership Institute (“WLI”) is a collaborative leadership program between the Washington State Bar Association and the University of Washington School of Law (UW Law). The program is governed by a volunteer Advisory Board and is administratively staffed by the Law School.

    Starting August 19, 2013, the WLI will begin accepting applications for the incoming 2013-2014 class of Fellows. All required application materials must be received at the UW Law office no later than September 20, 2013, at 5:00 p.m.

  • 08/08/2013 4:15 PM | WWL Admin (Administrator)
    WWL is now seeking board members and committee volunteers! We have several open positions for the 2013-2014 board year, beginning this October. Please contact President-Elect Naomi Ogan at (206) 370-7677 or naomi.ogan@klgates if you are interested in lending your time and talents to WWL.
  • 08/06/2013 12:00 PM | WWL Admin (Administrator)

    Birthday Bashes: How to Throw a Successful Party, from Themed Parties to Last Minute Get-Togethers



    Tuesday, August 6th, 2013, from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.


    Davis Wright Tremaine LLP, 1201 Third Ave., Floor 22, Seattle, WA 98101

    RSVP: through Big Tent (preferred if you are a MAMAS member) or by email to Please identify if you will attend in person in Seattle or if you will participate by phone.PLEASE RSVP AS EARLY AS POSSIBLE SO WE CAN HAVE ENOUGH CAKE!

    Birthday parties are an important moment for you and your child, so come get some tips from experienced MAMAS on how to plan a successful party, whether it’s a long-planned, themed affair or something you’ve thrown together with very little time left over from your busy life. As a bonus, we will have a brief seminar on the right way to order a birthday cake along with some delicious cake samples courtesy of Morfey’s Cakes. We’ll also have some time at the end to talk about other party ideas, so please come prepared to share your own tips and pitfalls to avoid!

    Lisa Anderl. Lisa is an associate general counsel at CenturyLink where she represents the company in regulatory proceedings in Washington and Idaho. In addition to being an accomplished attorney, Lisa is the owner of Morfey’s Cake Shoppe in lower Queen Anne. In the past 5 years the shop has produced delicious birthday and other party cakes at the rate of nearly 200 per month! She and her husband Matt and their chocolate lab Rufus live on Mercer Island.

    Ellen Blanchard. Ellen is the Associate General Counsel and Director of eDiscovery Consulting at Evolver Legal Services. She has a very precocious 4 year old daughter who keeps her on her toes daily. Becoming a mother has not dampened her desire to open her house for entertaining although the parties are much tamer these days. One of her favorite things to plan is crazy themed birthday parties ranging from pirates to dinosaurs to ponies.

    Donna Cochener. Donna is a partner at Davis Wright Tremaine where she specializes in corporate finance, public securities compliance and mergers and acquisitions. She has a very busy household with two small and very energetic boys ages 4 ½ and 5 months, and also serves as the chairman of the board of her family-owned company, Cochener Garvey Capital Partners. Despite not having much time to devote to party planning, Donna still loves to throw a party and has considerable experience at pulling together a party without devoting a lot of time to the planning.

    Laurie Johnston. Laurie Johnston is the Director, Global Legal Services – Employment for Expeditors International of Washington. At Expeditors, Laurie’s practice focuses on preventive employment counseling and compliance. Laurie provides general advice on a full range of workplace issues, including performance issues, terminations, disability accommodations, religious accommodations, the FMLA and ADA. She also helps prevent problems by developing policies, forms, practices and training that address both the company’s legal needs and its business realities. As a private practitioner, Laurie has litigated a broad range of subjects, including claims for employment discrimination and harassment, class actions, defamation, wage and hour violations, FMLA compliance, employee disability and other workplace legal issues. She has also defended charges and suits brought before the EEOC, the Washington Human Rights Commission, and Labor & Industries. More importantly, Laurie has two childrenundefinedConnor, a six-year-old boy, and Alex, an eight year-old-girlundefinedboth of whom love a good birthday party.

    We encourage you to attend our brown bag meeting in person to facilitate both networking and a lively discussion (and for cake!).

    Please bring your lunch and join us for this presentation, and meet fellow MAMAS members! Cake samples will be provided.

    For those who cannot attend in person, we offer the option to participate by phone (but sadly, without cake).

    Call in #: 888-757-0729; Passcode: 1396142354#

    When attending via telephone, please use your mute button to prevent background noise, but do not place the call on hold. Some firms have hold music, which is disruptive to the presentation. If you need to leave the call briefly, please hang up and call back in when you are able.

    MAMAS would also like to thank our

    Platinum sponsors:

    Garvey Schubert Barer

    Navigant Consulting, Inc.

    Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP

    and Gold sponsors:

    Davis Wright Tremaine LLP

    Dorsey & Whitney LLP

    K&L Gates LLP

    Microsoft Corporation

    Schwabe Williamson & Wyatt

    Susman Godfrey L.L.P.

  • 07/31/2013 8:28 AM | WWL Admin (Administrator)
    The LMBA has responded to the George Zimmerman verdict, stating, "While we are not surprised, we are deeply saddened and disappointed...  The system, as flawed as it is, has spoken.  As officers of the court, we must accept the verdict.  However, we will not acquiesce."  To read the complete response, please visit the LMBA website.
  • 07/30/2013 8:00 AM | WWL Admin (Administrator)

    2013 Regional Re-entry Conference

    The Community Partnership for Transition Services of Pierce, King, and Snohomish Counties in partnership with New Connections and Race & Pedagogy Initiative of University of Puget Sound invite you to take part in the 2013 Regional Reentry Conference.

    When: July 30-31, 2013
    Where: University of Puget Sound campus, Tacoma

    Click here for more information and registration.

  • 07/30/2013 8:00 AM | WWL Admin (Administrator)

    2013 Regional Reentry Conference

    The Community Partnership for Transition Services of Pierce, King, and Snohomish Counties in partnership with New Connections and Race & Pedagogy Initiative of University of Puget Sound invite you to take part in the 2013 Regional Reentry Conference.

    When: July 30-31, 2013

    Where: University of Puget Sound campus


    Click here for more information and registration.

  • 07/24/2013 3:58 PM | WWL Admin (Administrator)

    The National LGBT Bar Association is proud to announce the recipients of its annual Best LGBT Lawyers Under 40 Award.

    Former QLaw President Andy Sachs is being recognized as one of the country’s best LGBT lawyers under 40. Kudos, Andy!

    The LGBT Bar established this award to recognize lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender legal professionals under the age of 40 who have distinguished themselves in their field and demonstrated a profound commitment to LGBT equality.

    The Best LGBT Lawyers Under 40, Class of 2013 will be recognized at the Awards Luncheon taking place on Saturday, August 24 at the
    25th Anniversary Lavender Law Conference & Career Fair.

    A complete list of winners can also be found on our website.

  • 07/24/2013 3:29 PM | WWL Admin (Administrator)
    WWL urges you to obtain a copy of the updated film "Her Day in Court", which comes with a packet of materials including a sample film follow-up presentation.  The goal of showing the film is to both honor our heritage and our founders, as well as to highlight the ongoing issues women in the legal profession face.  The follow-up discussion gives you a means to raise and address these issues, and the efforts of various state and national organizations in their behalf.  You can obtain a copy of the film and materials by sending an email request to Karrin Klotz, VP, Legacy Project (
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