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  • 02/17/2015 10:00 AM | WWL Admin (Administrator)

    Join the ABA Task Force on Gender Equity and ABA Commission on Women in the Profession for the webinar, "Negotiating Your Own Compensation: It's Not About the Money Until It Is!" Learn more and register at

    Tuesday, February 17, 2015 - Noon to 1:30 PM Central Time

     Learn the dos and don'ts of negotiating your own compensation by applying effective negotiation techniques. Laurel Bellows, Past ABA President, will moderate a panel discussion using video clips of effective and ineffective negotiations as discussion prompts. Issues addressed will include origination credit, intelligence gathering, and differing compensation systems.

     This webinar is directed toward equity partners and also will provide equity track women attorneys with valuable information they will need in the future. It offers tools to ensure that pay is comparable to contribution so that women will be less likely to leave their places of employment and the legal profession altogether.

     Program Faculty:


     * Laurel G. Bellows; Managing Partner, Bellows Law Group PC; Chicago, Illinois


     * Patricia K. Gillette; Partner, Orrick; San Francisco, California
     * Patricia Brown Holmes; Partner, Executive Committee Member, Diversity Committee Chair, Schiff Hardin LLP; Chicago, Illinois
     * Stephanie A. Scharf; Partner, Scharf Banks Marmor LLC; Chicago, Illinois

     Tuesday, February 17, 2015
     Noon to 1:30 PM Central Time

     Register today at! Registration closes Thursday, February 12th at 4 PM Central Time.

     ABA Members: $50
     Nonmembers: $75

     Video Sneak Peek - Visit to view a sneak peek of videos to be shown during the webinar illustrating effective and ineffective techniques for negotiating compensation

  • 02/09/2015 4:00 PM | WWL Admin (Administrator)

     Gates Public Service Law Speaker Series


    Professor Alafair Burke

    Monday, February 9

    4:00-5:00 pm Room 133 UW School of Law

    Reception to follow Room 115


    “Why Prosecutors Might Do Bad Things”


    Professor Burke, Professor of Law and Hofstra Research Fellow at Hofstra University teaches criminal law and criminal procedure subjects. Her research intersects criminal law and procedure and focuses on policing and prosecutorial policies. She has written about prosecutorial decision making, community policing and non-punitive responses to crime problems, and the criminal law’s treatment of domestic violence, both in punishing batterers and in explaining the conduct of battered women.


    Before joining the law school faculty in 2001, Professor Burke served as a deputy district attorney in Portland, Oregon, where she tried more than 30 criminal cases, primarily against domestic violence offenders, and helped innovate neighborhood-based prosecution methods.

    Professor Burke serves as a legal and trial commentator for various television and radio programs. She is also the author of nine bestselling crime novels.


    Co-sponsored by the King County Prosecutor’s Office


    Sponsorship of this event by the University Of Washington School Of Law and the W.H. Gates Public Service Law Program does not imply endorsement.


    RSVP via Symplicity or

  • 01/29/2015 10:00 AM | WWL Admin (Administrator)

    "Canaries in the Coalmine: Succeeding as Female Counsel in Male-Dominated Industries"

     Webinar - Thursday, January 29, 2015 - 10 - 11:30 PDT
     1.50 Elimination of Bias CLE Credit Hours

     The ABA Young Lawyers Division, Commission on Women in the Profession, Center for Professional Development, Center for Professional Responsibility, and Law Practice Division invite you to participate in the webinar, "Canaries in the Coalmine: Succeeding as Female Counsel in Male-Dominated Industries."

     In the pursuit of parity, many women venture into male-dominated industries and find themselves on a strange and unique island, frequently alone. This program shares the experiences of such women, talking about how we can continue to successfully and collectively break longstanding barriers for women in these industries and furthering the educational dialogue on the elimination of bias in the profession.

     - Brenna Legaard, Shareholder, Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt, Portland, OR
     - Karen Spencer, Global Counsel, IP Licensing & Transactions (Ret.), Nike, Inc., Portland, OR
     - Sara Vanderhoff, Associate General Counsel, Group Intellectual Property, Adidas International, Inc., Portland, OR

     - Tracey Lesetar-Smith, General Counsel, Bellator MMA, Newport, CA

     To register, visit

  • 01/20/2015 2:30 PM | WWL Admin (Administrator)

    Gonzaga Law Review Call for Submissions

    Deadline February 2015


    Dear Washington State Bar Association Members,


    The Gonzaga Law Review is seeking articles for its upcoming third volume of the 50th Anniversary Edition.  Articles may have an academic or practical focus and should address topics related to the legalization of marijuana.


    Submissions for this edition will be due by the end of February 2015, with a final date to be determined.  If you have already written an article, please feel free to submit it to the email address below.  If you are interested in publishing and have yet to start on an article, please feel free to contact the Review to discuss the requirements for publication. 

    If you would like to submit or have any questions, please contact Brittany Quinn or Silvia Irimescu at, or visit our submissions page at

  • 01/20/2015 2:17 PM | WWL Admin (Administrator)

    In support of efforts by Representative Tana Senn (Mercer Island) and Senator Annette Cleveland (Vancouver) who are sponsoring the Washington Equal Pay Opportunity Act, Legal Voice is soliciting specific stories from women who have

    (1) been paid less, or have different job opportunities (career tracking) based on gender or

    (2) been subjected to pay secrecy policies or who have been retaliated against after asking about pay. 


    They have also requested contact from supportive business owners – including law firms - if you know any willing to publicly support the bill.

    Please contact:

    Janet S. Chung
    Legal & Legislative Counsel
    Legal Voice
    Women's rights.  Nothing less. 

    206-682-9552 x111 

  • 01/13/2015 11:45 AM | WWL Admin (Administrator)

     When:Tuesday, January 13th, 2015, from 11:45 a.m. to 1:15 p.m.


    Where:  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.


    There is so much to do, AND there is stress, anxiety, overwhelm - and don't get me started on the guilt!  Yes work might be stressful, home might be stressful, parenting might be stressful, and doing it all at the same time, every moment of every day is bound to bring on the stress.


    This workshop will cover:


    ·         How to reduce your stress and anxiety and shift those feelings into peace and calm.


    ·         How our feelings, thoughts and beliefs are all brilliant strategies our bodies use to help us to understand what we really need and how to live a more effortless life.


    ·         How to communicate effectively so you can get what you want at work and at     home.


    ·         How to stop being on autopilot and become present in your life and work.




    Mikki Kingrey is the Founder of Real Results Mentoring. We support women in business - entrepreneurs, coaches, women in corporate - who are driven, successful, passionate, purposeful women to create the life they want so they can BE in their business in a way that feels good. Instead of operating from a place of fear, stress, guilt, overwhelm and anxiety, we can help you take your business to the next level while balancing your unique desires between work and home. Learn more about how we support women to create their success at


    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 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 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 & Whyatt

    Summit Law Group PLLC

    Susman Godfrey LLP



  • 12/09/2014 12:00 PM | WWL Admin (Administrator)

    Social Networking Luncheon



    Tuesday, December 9th, 2014, 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 join us for a fun and informal networking event. Light lunch and dessert will be provided.  Due to the nature of this event, we will not be offering telephone participation. Please join us in person!


  • 12/04/2014 4:00 PM | WWL Admin (Administrator)

     You are cordially invited to attend the swearing in ceremony for Appointee Judge Gretchen Leanderson scheduled for Thursday, December 4, 2014 at 4:00 pm in the County City Building (930 Tacoma Ave. S., Room 100).  A reception will immediately follow in Room 123 (Jury Administration).  Please let me know if you plan on attending.



    Mary E. Madden

    Assistant to the Court Administrator

    (253) 798-2991

  • 11/18/2014 11:57 AM | WWL Admin (Administrator)

    Just a reminder that nominations for the 2015 Margaret Brent Women Lawyers of Achievement Awards are due Monday, December 1st.  The award, sponsored  by the ABA Commission on Women in the Profession, will be presented on Sunday, August 2, 2015 in Chicago. 

     Do you know an outstanding woman lawyer who has achieved professional excellence in her field and has paved the way to success for other women lawyers?

    The ABA Commission on Women in the Profession is seeking nominations for the 25th Annual Margaret Brent Women Lawyers of Achievement Awards. These awards will be presented at a luncheon on Sunday, August 2, 2015, during the ABA Annual Meeting in Chicago.

    Submit your nomination

     The deadline to submit the nomination form and supporting materials is the close of business on Monday, December 1, 2014.

    If you have nominated someone previously and want to nominate her again for 2015, please submit (1) the nomination form, (2) the award criteria narrative, and (3) a current resume. With respect to articles and letters previously submitted, contact April Hasson at 312-988-5668 or

    For more information, please click on the links below:

    Nomination criteria and application requirements


  • 11/17/2014 6:30 PM | WWL Admin (Administrator)

    Judicial Diversity Panel and Reception - 6:30 pm on November 17th at the Columbia Tower featuring Justice Stevens, Justice Gonzalez and former WSBA president Ron Ward.  The Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights is a DC-based organization but is working on an initiative in Washington state to improve judicial diversity. This will be a discussion on the importance of judicial diversity and how the community can move this goal forward. 

    Please RSVP

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