Items of Interest

  • 06/18/2015 8:00 AM | WWL Admin (Administrator)

    Please help in getting the word out about a program that the research inspired - a new Women Board Director Development Program that will be offered as a UW Foster executive seminar  June 18-19. his new program is designed to demystify corporate board service and help women develop a personal roadmap to the right opportunities with with coaching from some of the most influential and inspiring directors around. The seminar cohort will consist of senior women aiming to serve on more influential boards or to move from nonprofit to private company or small public company boards as part of a larger roadmap. Speakers include Colleen Brown, Dawn Lepore, Connie Collingsworth and many others, including Betsy Berkhemer-Credaire, author of "The Board Game - How Smart Women become Corporate Directors."

    More info: 

  • 06/02/2015 11:45 AM | WWL Admin (Administrator)

    MAMA Seattle Invites you to attend our next monthly lunch seminar:


    Educational Consultants: Using professionals to help you navigate the wilds of finding the right school for your child at any age ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    When:  Tuesday, June 2, 2015, from 11:45am to 1:15pm (program is from 12:00 to 1:00pm

    with networking time before and after).


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


    RSVP: through Big Tent (preferred if you are a MAMA Seattle member) or by email to  Please identify if you will attend in person in Seattle or if you will participate by phone.


    Choosing the right school for your child can be challenging as there are so many great public and independent schools in the greater Seattle area.  And after you have decided on a school, there may be times when you question whether the school is a good fit for your child’s abilities, learning style, and personality.  Our guest speaker Anne Sarewitz is an independent educational consultant who is familiar with several different schools in the area and how they meet the needs of different types of students.  Anne will be giving us some food for thought on what traits to look for in a school and how you can determine whether your child and the school are a good fit.  She will also be available to answer any questions that MAMA Seattle members may have about being involved with their children’s schools and times when it may make sense to work with an educational consultant.


    Anne Sarewitz has over 25 years of Seattle independent schools. Born and raised in Seattle, Anne attended Forest Ridge School of the Sacred Heart where she remains an active alumna. From 1988-1999, her 3 daughters attended Epiphany School where she had the opportunity to become very involved as a parent. She was the president of the parent association and auction chair among other parent activities. Also during that time, she served as president of the Board of Trustees for 4 years. As her children graduated and moved on to middle and upper school, Anne again became involved in the parent associations at both University Prep and Lakeside School. The volunteer opportunities were abundant, which allowed Anne to give back to the schools that were educating her children while also continuing to learn about how different independent schools operate.


    In 2001, Anne was given the opportunity to go back to Epiphany School as their director of admission and financial aid. During her 11 year tenure as admission director at Epiphany, she had the pleasure of meeting hundreds of families looking for a good school fit for their children. Among her many responsibilities, one of her favorites was working with students moving on to middle school. Putting the pieces of the puzzle together to find a good fit for the student was a wonderful challenge for her.


    Most recently, Anne has held the position of interim director of admissions and financial aid at The Bush School. Managing all aspects of Kindergarten-12th Grade admissions, she observed the "other side" of middle and upper school placement, from the perspective of the admitting school. Her thorough knowledge of the Seattle independent school admissions landscape gives her the opportunity to work with parents and students to find a school that is “right” for them.


    We encourage you to attend our lunch seminar in person to facilitate both networking and a lively discussion. 


    Please bring your lunch and join us for this presentation, and meet fellow MAMA Seattle 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 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.


    MAMA Seattle would also like to thank our


    Platinum sponsors:

    Davis Wright Tremaine LLP

    Garvey Schubert Barer


    and Gold sponsors:

    Dorsey & Whitney LLP

    K&L Gates LLP

    Keller Rohrback LLP

    Microsoft Corporation

    Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP

    Perkins Coie LLP

    Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt

    Summit Law Group PLLC

    Susman Godfrey LLP




  • 05/27/2015 1:00 PM | WWL Admin (Administrator)


    Do you rely on help with childcare, housekeeping, yard work, and other domestic tasks? Do your clients? If so, join our panel of experienced practitioners as they explain:

    • How to determine whether a household worker is an employee or an independent contractor
    • How employers comply with their tax withholding and reporting obligations
    • How to claim the Dependent Care Credit for the cost of domestic help
    • How to comply with relevant immigration laws

    • List Price: $195.00
    • ABA Member Price: $150.00
    • Sponsor Member Price: $95.

    Like all employers, household employers must comply with immigration laws, and the penalties for violations are onerous. This program will explain a household employer’s legal obligations and will describe practical strategies to comply with the law and to deal with inadvertent violations.


  • 05/05/2015 5:00 PM | WWL Admin (Administrator)

    The United States Attorney’s Office (USAO) for the Western District of Washington is always seeking Assistant United States Attorneys (AUSAs) for its Seattle and Tacoma offices.  We value diversity and we know the USAO is stronger, more credible, and more effective when our workforce reflects the many backgrounds, cultures, and traditions of the communities we serve.


    To this end, we are reaching out to the various minority bar associations and law school minority organizations to offer a panel discussion for your members interested in learning about our office, the work we do, our hiring process, and what qualities we seek in AUSAs.


    The panel will be held on May 20, 2015, from 12:00 to 1:30 p.m. on the 19th floor of the U.S. District Courthouse.  In addition to the U.S. Attorney, Annette L. Hayes, the panel will include two distinguished alumni of the office: U.S. District Judge Richard A. Jones, and Washington State Supreme Court Justice Steven C. González.  Participants will also have an opportunity to meet and talk with members of the USAO’s hiring committee and current AUSAs.


    We ask that attendees RSVP by May 18 using this link.


  • 05/01/2015 12:00 PM | WWL Admin (Administrator)

    Have you thought about becoming an Administrative Law Judge?  The Office of Administrative Hearings and the Board of Industrial Insurance Appeals bring you the “Administrative Law Judge Information Session”.  Topics covered will include information about who are currently serving as Administrative Law Judges, how they are appointed, the work they do, and the benefits of being an Administrative Law Judge.  The information session is on May 1st from noon – 1 p.m. at the WSBA offices (1325 Fourth Ave, Ste. 600, Seattle 98101). Want more information but can’t make it? There’s a teleconference option available as well.


    RSVP and questions can be sent to


  • 05/01/2015 11:28 AM | WWL Admin (Administrator)

     Oregon Women Lawyers

    Celebrate the 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta with a trip to England  and CLE  from Monday, September 7, to Monday, September 14, 2015. Although the program is designed for women in the legal profession, men and non-lawyers are most welcome to join us, too.  For all the details

  • 04/30/2015 4:00 PM | WWL Admin (Administrator)


    The International Practice Section (IPS) of the Washington State Bar Association (WSBA) cordially invites you to register now at this WSBA website to attend “New Spring for Foreign Investments in Washington State” – a 2-hour CLE (including ½ hour Ethics credit) and reception.

    Highlights and Key Details for the event:

    · Date: Thursday, April 30, 2015.  4:00 – 9:00 PM.

    · Where: Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience in the International District of Seattle. 719 South King Street, Seattle, WA 98104.

    · 4:00 – 6:00 PM: A two-hour CLE session (including ½ hour of Ethics credit).  Please see below a description of the CLE.

    · 6:00 – 9:00 PM: Reception with heavy hors d oeuvres.  The exhibits at the Wing Luke Museum will be open for viewing by attendees during the reception, including the Bruce Lee exhibit.

    · Price: $80 for CLE and Reception.  $70 for IPS section members (Join IPS here)

    · Space is limited.  Register now at this WSBA website to attend this event.

    2-hour CLE: Inbound Investment: Key Legal Issues that should be on Your Radar

    Are you prepared to represent or negotiate with foreign investors coming into Washington State?  Companies from many countries, and in particular China, have been ramping up investments in the Evergreen State.  In January of this year, Governor Inslee along with numerous other regional and local leaders announced the Greater Seattle Region Global Trade & Investment Plan.  Government leaders at the city, county and state level have recognized the importance of inbound investment and are putting in place policies to encourage inbound investment.  Supported by private sector organizations, we are seeing rising inbound investment in real estate, energy, IT, aerospace, and agriculture, among others.  This increase in inbound activity creates opportunities and issues for in-house counsel and private practitioners.  In-house counsel need to be aware of issues unique to working with foreign counterparts that don't arise in solely domestic transactions.  Private practitioners should be thinking of the range of legal services that foreign investors will require, from business formation and M&A, immigration and employment, intellectual property, federal and state tax issues, and navigating federal and state regulatory matters.

    This CLE is intended to highlight key legal issues important to both in-house counsel and private practitioners that arise when a foreign investor decides to be doing business here.  This CLE is structured as a scenario-based Q&A session with a panel of highly experienced attorneys.  Our moderator will present a scenario and then have the panel experts walk through the implications and issues in different areas of law.

    Format: 90 min Panel discussion with moderator and Q&A, followed by 30 min ethics section

    Moderator: Fraser Mendel - FM Legal Group PS, Seattle                    


    • Ron Cai - Davis Wright Tremaine, Shanghai
      Michael Carr – UniEnergy, Mukilteo
      Chris Cunningham - K&L Gates, Seattle
      Shoko Leek – Seed IP Law Group, Seattle
      Brian Todd - Davis Wright Tremaine, Seattle

      Ethics Segment: Tom Kelly - K&L Gates - Ethics issues arising from representing foreign investors investing in the US.

    Further information is available via the IPS listserv, the IPS LinkedIn page, and the "Upcoming Events" page of our website.  

  • 04/27/2015 6:55 AM | WWL Admin (Administrator)

    The Washington State Bar Association Council on Public Defense (CPD) has two openings for attorneys in private practice to each serve two year terms.  While experience with criminal defense work is helpful the attorney need not have practiced as a public defender. The CPD is a 23 member body that includes representatives from the Washington Supreme Court, the superior courts and the district courts, representatives of local governments as well as public defender attorneys, attorneys in private practice and members of the public.  The CPD has developed standards for indigent defense services that have been approved by the Board of Governors and adopted by the Supreme Court.  The CPD’s work plan for the next 18 months includes work on standards for attorneys representing juveniles charged with offenses and a summit on the mentally ill in the criminal justice system.

    The application deadline is this Thursday, April 30, 2015.  WSBA staff ask that applications be submitted by noon.  Anyone interested in the position can get more information by writing directly to Bonnie Sterken, staff to the CPD, at


  • 04/25/2015 10:30 AM | WWL Admin (Administrator)

     African American and Latina female professionals in law, medicine, catering, design, architecture, government, and/or trades are being sought to come to Career Day (April 25) and share their experiences with Y-WE women. Could you kindly forward this to any woman who might help young women of color achieve their career goals?


    Career day will feature women professionals to inspire the Young Women Empowered (Y-WE) women to define and attain their career goals. They already have plenty of folks in the social sector, business, research, arts. Could you kindly reach out to your networks and ask those who can help to contact Victoria Santos, Y-WE program manager at


    For more info about Y-WE please check it out here

  • 04/22/2015 4:48 PM | WWL Admin (Administrator)


    The Washington State Bar Association seeks members of the public to serve on three boards and one council for terms beginning October 1, 2015. Serving on a WSBA board or council is an excellent opportunity to get an insider’s view on how the practice of law is regulated in Washington State. Applications are being accepted through May 1.


    This year the WSBA will appoint (or, in some cases, recommend to the state Supreme Court) Community Representatives to the following boards:  


    ·         Character and Fitness Board

    The Character and Fitness Board deals with matters of character and fitness bearing on qualifications of applicants for admission to practice law in Washington. The Board conducts hearings on the admission of any applicant referred to it for hearing, considers petitions for reinstatement after disbarment, and makes recommendations to the Board of Governors and Supreme Court regarding admission and reinstatement. Hearings generally are held every month. Appointment is for a three-year term.


    ·         Council on Public Defense

    The Council on Public Defense addresses concerns about the quality of indigent defense services in Washington State. Appointment is for a two-year term.


    ·         Lawyers' Fund for Client Protection Board

    The Lawyers’ Fund for Client Protection Board compensates clients who have suffered a direct financial loss caused by the dishonest conduct of a lawyer in connection with the practice of law. The Fund is funded by an annual assessment of members of the WSBA by order of the Washington State Supreme Court. Appointment is for a three-year term.


    ·         Limited License Legal Technician Board 

    The Limited License Legal Technician Board authorizes non-attorneys who meet certain educational requirements to advise and assist clients on specific areas of law. Licensing of LLLTs will begin soon. Appointment is for a three-year term.


    If you would like to be considered for any of these openings, please complete the application by following the instructions posted here: Previous applicants should re-apply as applications expire after one year.


    For further information about each board, contact the staff liaison listed on the web page linked to above. If you have questions about the application process, email or call Pam Inglesby at 206-727-8226.


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