Items of Interest

  • 02/05/2013 12:00 PM | WWL Admin (Administrator)

    MAMA's Invites you to attend our next monthly brown bag lunch:

    Relationships:  How to keep your romantic partnership strong even after adding kids to the mix
    Tuesday, February 5th, 2013, from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.

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

    Hanson Baker Ludlow Drumheller P.S., 2229 - 112th Avenue NE, Suite 200, Bellevue, Washington 98004-2936

    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 Eastside or if you will participate by phone.

    Come hear suggestions on how to keep your relationships healthy while managing a career, a home and a family. Get great advice on re-igniting the spark even when you are sleep-deprived!

    Our guest speaker, Michael Rediger, LICSW, specializes in couples counseling. He has been in practice for 16 years and is a Certified Gottman Therapist and Certified Gottman Workshop Leader. He has been married for 11 years to MAMAS member Shawn Rediger and has two daughters aged 8 and 6. Michael will discuss John Gottman's research, specifically, the “4 Horsemen of the Apocalypse” (which are the four ways of interacting that predict the dissolution relationships) and their antidotes. He will also present an overview of a theory called the Sound Relationship House, which he describes as a recipe for success in relationships.

    We encourage you to attend our brown bag meeting in person to facilitate both networking and a lively discussion. 

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

    For those who cannot attend in person, we offer the option to participate by phone.
    Call in #: 888-757-0729;  Passcode: 1396142354#

    When attending via telephone, please 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.





  • 01/31/2013 10:00 AM | WWL Admin (Administrator)

    Ms. JD and Kirkland & Ellis cordially invite you to attend Building Her Power Base: A Conversation with ABA President Laurel Bellows on Leadership & Entrepreneurship.

    Laurel Bellows will be speaking on Leadership and Entrepreneurship and will be answering questions from young women attorneys and law students nationwide. When Ms. JD thinks Entrepreneurship and Leadership, Laurel is one of the first women that comes to mind. She is the Principal of her own law firm, The Bellows Law Group, P.C., she is the president of the ABA, she was the second woman president of the 22,000 member Chicago Bar Association, she was listed among Working Mother Magazine's 25 Most Influential Working Mothers in the country, and the list continues. Laurel's presentation is an unsurpassed opportunity for law students and junior attorneys to get tips and tricks for tackling leadership and entrepreneurship in the law!

    The event will be held on January 31, 2013 live in Chicago at Kirkland & Ellis and will be broadcasted to the following locations:

    Seattle - Foster Pepper

    Seattle: January 31, 2013 Foster Pepper, PLLC - 1111 Third Avenue, Suite 3400, Seattle, WA 10:00am Pacific, Viewing Party and Breakfast  

    Meals will be served in many locations and registration is limited. Please register here

    For more information, click here

    Ms. JD is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to empowering and supporting women law students and young lawyers. In addition to their daily blog, Ms. JD is home of the National Women Law Students Organization (NWLSO) which boasts affiliations with women's organizations at 90 campuses nationwide. For more information about Ms. JD go

  • 01/30/2013 3:34 PM | WWL Admin (Administrator)



    1325 Fourth Avenue, Suite 600, Seattle, WA 98101-2539

    (206) 727-8252 § Fax (206) 727-8314

    Opportunity for Service on the Practice of Law Board

    The Practice of Law Board has two openings on its Board effective immediately. We’re looking for thoughtful and hard-working people committed to the Board’s mission of serving the public. The Washington Supreme Court established the Board and described its purpose in General Rule 25(a):

    • · Promote expanded access to affordable and reliable legal and law-related services;
    • · Expand public confidence in the administration of justice;
    • · Make recommendations regarding the circumstances under which nonlawyers may be involved in the delivery of certain types of legal and law-related services;
    • · Enforce rules prohibiting individuals and organizations from engaging in unauthorized legal and law-related services that pose a threat to the general public; and
    • · Ensure that those engaged in the delivery of legal services in the state of Washington have the requisite skills and competencies necessary to serve the public.

    The Board has 13 members, at least four of whom must be non-lawyers. The Board represents the public interest in the delivery of legal and law-related services and should reflect the broad range of diversity of individuals who use or are part of the justice system in Washington State.


    • · Attend 8-10 Board meetings each year (most in Seattle, half by phone, usually on Fridays)
    • · Attend a day-long annual retreat (usually in Seattle)
    • · Participate in Board initiatives or committees

    The term of service is three years. Board members are eligible for reappointment for a second term.

    Board members are not compensated for their service, but are reimbursed for travel and other necessary expenses under the reimbursement policies of the Washington State Bar Association.

    How to Apply:

    The application deadline is February 28, 2013. Please send us a résumé and letter describing your background, qualifications, commitment, experience, and interest in service to:

    Practice of Law Board

    1325 Fourth Avenue, Suite 600

    Seattle, WA 98101-2539

    Additional information is available at If you have any questions, contact Practice of Law Board Administrator Julie Shankland at or at (206) 727-8280.

  • 01/30/2013 2:43 PM | WWL Admin (Administrator)

    The Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law seeks enthusiastic applicants from diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds for the second installment of its Judicial Diversity Program. Applicants should be interested in pursuing a career on the bench in Washington State. Judicial diversity is essential to helping our judiciary deliver equal justice, countering perceptions of systemic bias, and fostering the public’s faith in the legal system.
    The need for good mentors is important when one enters the legal profession, and it becomes even more important as one seeks a judgeship. The Judicial Diversity Program will pair selected lawyers with an active or retired Washington State judge. Judges will assist mentees in:

    1. Demystifying the judicial appointment and election process
    2. Providing professional guidance and support
    3. Increasing awareness regarding what it is like to serve as a judge
    4. Increasing mentee’s understanding and knowledge of the judicial system

    In addition, throughout the Judicial Diversity Program, quarterly workshops and panels will be organized to enrich participants’ understanding of the judicial process.

    The Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization, was formed fifty years ago at the request of President John F. Kennedy to involve the private bar in providing legal services to address racial discrimination. The principal mission of the Lawyers' Committee is to secure, through the rule of law, equal justice under law.

    The ideal candidate will have many of the following professional experiences and personal characteristics:
     Applicants must have at least 2 years of experience as a licensed attorney.
     Display an interest in seeking a career in the judiciary.
     A passionate, demonstrated commitment to civil rights and equal justice.
     An ability to navigate opinions and suggestions with grace and humility.

    Please send in one mailing: a completed application, statement of interest, and a résumé. The application can be found at: Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until February 18, 2013. The program commences on March 15, 2013 and runs through December 2013.

    Please send via mail or email to:

    Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law
    1401 New York Avenue, N.W.
    Suite 400
    Washington, D.C. 20005
    Fax: (202) 783-0857
    Please visit our website for more information:

  • 01/29/2013 12:00 PM | WWL Admin (Administrator)

    Each year, our Integrated Studies program at Nathan Hale High School in Seattle runs a Mock Trial for the novel “Lord of the Flies”, by William Golding, as a culminating assessment for second quarter, which also happens to be a major highlight of the students’ high school experience.

    Teacher Starr McKittrick is currently in search of volunteer lawyers to be judges for the trials (one in each of the 10 IS classrooms). As of today, we have six of the ten judge positions filled by local attorneys- all of whom are male. We would like to help you in your efforts to “further the full integration of women into the legal profession” by requesting help in filling our last four spots with female lawyers whose presence will broaden the reach of inspiration that comes from student participation in this experience. The trial dates and times are:

    Tuesday January 29 – 12:00-3:00 (includes lunch and orientation)

    Wednesday January 30 – 9:15-11:30

    Thursday January 31 – 9:15-11:30

    Thank you in advance for your help in our effort to present a diverse panel of experts for our students here at Hale.

    Starr McKittrick
    LA 10/ AP L&C 11

  • 01/28/2013 5:30 PM | WWL Admin (Administrator)

    Dear Potential Judges:

    On behalf of the Moot Court Honor Board at the University of Washington School of Law, I would like to invite you to participate as a judge in our two competitions this winter.

    • The 2013 Contracts Negotiations Competition (Monday, January 28-Thursday, January 31).
    • The 2013 Judson Falknor Appellate Advocacy Competition (Monday, February 25- Thursday, February 28).

    More information about each competition and a complete schedule may be found at the bottom of this email. For your service as a judge, you may receive 3 free CLE credits per competition or, 5.5 credits for judging both.* Free parking and a meal are provided. We welcome attorneys from all practice areas to participate.

    You may REGISTER to serve as a judge using the following online sign-up sheet (Note that these sign-up sheets cover the preliminary rounds through the semifinal round. Final round judges are recruited on an individual basis.)

    CLICK HERE to sign up for the 2013 Contracts Negotiations Competition

    CLICK HERE to sign up for the 2013 Judson Falknor Appellate Advocacy Competition

    As a judge, you will provide feedback and evaluate the participants’ performance. We welcome attorneys from all practice areas. We will provide you with details regarding the problem and fact pattern in advance of the competition. Judging for a UWLS competition is an opportunity to provide law students with valuable feedback on their trial advocacy skills. Volunteer judges are also invaluable to the continued success of the Moot Court Honor Board and the in-house competition program.

    If you are unable to serve as a judge for either of these competitions, but would like to receive invitations to judge future competitions (or would like to be removed from our judge database), please let us know via the sign-up sheet. Questions regarding the competition can be sent to

    Thank you in advance for your support. We hope to see you at the competitions.

    Ashley J. Sherwood
    Vice President of Judges
    UW Moot Court Honor Board

    *Each round of competition entails a time commitment of substantive work (training, listening to competition rounds, grading and delivering feedback) of approximately 3 to 3.5 hours. WBSA regulations restrict the number of CLE credits you may receive for judging moot court competitions to 6 CLE credits per three-year reporting period. Note that you will receive 3 credits if you judge one round, but 5.5 if you judge a round in both competitions. This is because pre-competition training counts for .5 credits, but it is identical for both competitions, and so cannot be counted twice.

    2013 Contracts Negotiation

    Competition Schedule

    The Contracts Negotiation Competition provides an interactive setting where first, second and third year law students role-play as advocates for a client’s interests. In the preliminary rounds, students will negotiate in pairs with other teams and complete term sheets dealing with the outcome of the negotiation. After the qualifying rounds, the best teams will advance and tackle shorter scenarios in the quarterfinal, semifinal, and final rounds.

    Monday, 1/28/2013: Preliminary Round #1

    5:30-6:00 p.m. Judge check-in, chance to review problem.

    6:00-6:30 p.m. Mandatory training for judges.

    6:30-9:00 p.m. Competition round and feedback.

    Tuesday, 1/29/2013: Preliminary Round #2

    5:30-6:00 p.m. Judge check-in, chance to review problem.

    6:00-6:30 p.m. Mandatory training for judges.

    6:30-9:00 p.m. Competition round and feedback.

    Wednesday, 1/30/2013: Quarterfinal Round

    5:30-6:00 p.m. Judge check-in, chance to review problem.

    6:00-6:30 p.m. Mandatory training for judges.

    6:30-9:00 p.m. Competition round and feedback.

    Thursday, 1/31/2013: Semifinal Round

    5:30-6:00 p.m. Judge check-in, chance to review problem.

    6:00-6:30 p.m. Mandatory training for judges.

    6:30-9:00 p.m. Competition round and feedback.

    Monday, 2/4/2013: Final Round * Recruitment of judges for the final round is completed by other means. The schedule for this day is provided for informational purposes.

    5:30-6:00 p.m. Judge check-in, chance to review problem.

    6:00-6:30 p.m. Mandatory training for judges.

    6:30-9:00 p.m. Competition round and feedback.
    9:00-10:30 p.m. Awards ceremony and refreshments.

    2013 Judson Falknor Appellate Advocacy

    Competition Schedule

    The Judson Falknor Competition is open to second and third year students and provides them with the opportunity to practice their brief-writing and oral advocacy abilities. In this competition, competitors will advance from the preliminary rounds through three elimination rounds based on persuasive ability and legal analysis. The competition features two preliminary rounds and three elimination rounds (quarterfinal, semifinal, and final).

    Monday, 2/25/2013: Preliminary Round #1

    5:30-6:00 p.m. Judge check-in, chance to review problem

    6:00-6:30 p.m. Mandatory training for judges

    6:30-9:00 p.m. Competition round and feedback.

    Tuesday, 2/26/2013: Preliminary Round #2

    5:30-6:00 p.m. Judge check-in, chance to review problem.

    6:00-6:30 p.m. Mandatory training for judges.

    6:30-9:00 p.m. Competition round and feedback.

    Wednesday, 2/27/2013: Quarterfinal Round

    5:30-6:00 p.m. Judge check-in, chance to review problem.

    6:00-6:30 p.m. Mandatory training for judges.

    6:30-9:00 p.m. Competition round and feedback.

    Thursday, 2/28/2013: Semifinal Round

    5:30-6:00 p.m. Judge check-in, chance to review problem.

    6:00-6:30 p.m. Mandatory training for judges.

    6:30-9:00 p.m. Competition round and feedback.

    Monday, 3/4/2013: Final Round * Recruitment of judges for the final round is completed by other means. The schedule for this day is provided for informational purposes.

    5:30-6:00 p.m. Judge check-in, chance to review problem.

    6:00-6:30 p.m. Mandatory training for judges.

    6:30-9:00 p.m. Competition round and feedback.
    9:00-10:30 p.m. Awards ceremony and refreshments.

    Jen Goldstein

    Juris Doctor Candidate | University of Washington School of Law

    Master's Degree in Legislative Affairs | The George Washington University

    Bachelor's Degree in Women's Studies | The George Washington University

    (954) 263-6221

  • 01/22/2013 4:02 PM | WWL Admin (Administrator)
    Farmers’ Legal Action Group, Inc. and the National Agricultural Law Center are working with USDA to develop a network of attorneys willing to assist Hispanic and women farmers, either on a pro bono or compensated basis, in completing and submitting claims forms in a non-judicial process designed to resolve past claims of discrimination in United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Loan Programs for certain periods between 1981 and 2000.  For more information, please see the USDA’s Attorney Recruitment Notice as well as an article on the National Agricultural Law Center's blog that provides further explanation. 
  • 01/15/2013 4:32 PM | WWL Admin (Administrator)
    A Senior at Nathan Hale High School would like to connect some Nathan Hale students with local community organizers and leaders in order to get students involved in North Seattle. The project is called an Author of Change Project and it involves getting some our 10th grade students to shadow community leaders. She would like to  invite some North Seattle leaders to Nathan Hale for 1-2 hours on March 8th to let the students ask questions about your organization and getting involved as a shadow. Shadowing is where students follow a community leader and learn what they do. If you are interested in finding out  more about this please contact me at
  • 01/14/2013 10:30 AM | WWL Admin (Administrator)
    The Washington State Parks Foundation is currently seeking new members, particularly with legal expertise, to serve on its Board of Directors.  The Foundation is a non-profit organization whose activities include helping to raise operating revenues for parks, building a constituency of park supporters, and funding projects that enhance recreational opportunities, restore habitat and provide educational as well as event programming.  Please visit for more information about the Foundation, and contact Executive Director John Floberg ( if you are interested in being considered for a Board position.
  • 01/14/2013 9:30 AM | WWL Admin (Administrator)

    Washington Courts: Press Release Detail
    Monday’s Supreme Court Inauguration to Mark the First Time in State History for Female Majority, Chief Justice
    January 10, 2013

    OLYMPIA, WA - On Monday, January 14th at 9:30 a.m. newly-elected Justice Sheryl Gordon McCloud will be sworn in as the newest Justice of the Washington State Supreme Court, marking the first time in state history that the Court will have both a female majority and female Chief Justice.

    The ceremony will also mark the inaugurations of Justice Susan J. Owens and Justice Steven González, who were both elected to six-year terms, and Chief Justice Barbara Madsen, who was re-elected by her colleagues to a four-year term as Chief Justice.
    The event is open to the public and will be held in the Supreme Court at the Temple of Justice in Olympia.
    Sheryl Gordon McCloud graduated from the State University of New York at Buffalo in 1976, and graduated from the University of Southern California Gould School of Law in 1984. She clerked for Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Warren Ferguson before beginning her practice, which included extensive experience in appellate law. In 2008, the Washington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers awarded her their highest award, the William O. Douglas Award, for "extraordinary courage" in the practice of law.
    Steven González is the first justice of Mexican heritage to serve on the bench of the Washington State Supreme Court since the formation of the Court in 1889. González was appointed to the Court in 2012, and served on the King County Superior Court bench from 2002-2012. González earned his J.D. from the University of California at Berkley’s law school and was admitted to the Washington state bar in 1991. He graduated from Pitzer College, a member of the Claremont Colleges, with a B.A. in East Asian Studies and studied abroad in undergraduate and advanced studies in Japan and China.  From 1997 to 2002, González was an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the state’s Western District. He also worked in the City of Seattle Attorney’s Office from 1996 to 1997 as a trial attorney in the domestic violence unit. Before that, he practiced business and civil law with the firm Hillis Clark Martin and Peterson from 1991 to 1996.
    Susan J. Owens was first elected in 2000 to the Supreme Court. She joined the court after serving nineteen years as District Court Judge in Western Clallam County, where she was the County's senior elected official with five terms. She also served as the Quileute Tribe's Chief Judge and Chief Judge of the Lower Elwha S'Klallam Tribe.
    Chief Justice Barbara Madsen was elected to serve a second term as the 55th Chief Justice of the Washington State Supreme Court in October. As Chief Justice, she is the court's chief spokesperson, presides over Supreme Court hearings and conferences, and co-chairs the state's Board for Judicial Administration. The voters elected Justice Madsen as the third woman to serve on the Washington Supreme Court in 1992, and she was re-elected in 1998, 2004, and 2010. 
    For full biographies, please visit The ceremony will be covered by TVW, Washington's Public Affairs TV Network. For channel information, or to view coverage online, visit

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