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  • 03/16/2015 5:20 PM | WWL Admin (Administrator)

    March--Women's History Month--is a great time to think about what you are doing as an association both to create the kind of history you will be proud of decades from now and to preserve that history in an accessible and meaningful way. The steps you take need not be as ambitious as Washington Women Lawyers' Legacy Project, which received the NCWBA's 2013 Outstanding Member Program Award, but even the smallest efforts will bring lasting rewards. Get inspired by the work of other women's bar associations by taking a look at our history resources page. 

  • 03/16/2015 3:54 PM | WWL Admin (Administrator)

    ABA's Woman Advocate Committee's Work/Life Management Subcommittee's Book Project - Request for Submissions


    The Work/Life Management Sub-Committee invites you to participate in its current book project designed to encourage, teach and provide insights to fellow attorneys about successfully managing their lives and careers, while climbing the ladder to success and ascending to executive roles.  The message of this publication seeks to be both positive and uplifting.  It is a compilation of stories from women like you, who have achieved success, while juggling career advancement and the curveballs of life, doing so with strength, grace and the conviction to succeed.   The book will offer advice on all aspects of career development while encouraging lawyers to remain true to their personal aspirations. 

    Others can learn from you! We can learn from each other.  Your perspective, triumphs, struggles, and perhaps even tips, will help make this book a wonderful success. 

    Statistics show and the media reports that numerous women still leave the legal profession or take a different route before making partner and reaching other pinnacles of success in the legal world; this book is about the stories of those who have remained in the profession and who have successfully managed to juggle the many demands, and overcome the challenges required to climb the ladder of success.  Please share what you have to offer from your personal journey and motivate others to remain in the profession for the long haul.   We are seeking essays from 1500 – 3000 words long.  (Very manageable!)  The book outline and sample essays are available on request.

    The essays will comprise stories of women who love their jobs, whose eyes light up when they talk about the joy of the practice of law and the joy of their personal lives, and who understand that telling their stories is important in order to encourage both their colleagues and those lawyers who are newer to the practice of law to hang in there in order to make their lives work for themselves.

    We have discovered that these stories are really the stories of the professional workforce at large in the 21st century.  It is our deepest hope that this collection of powerful, encouraging, and helpful accounts of the profession will encourage lawyers everywhere, and our counterparts in other professions, to remain in the workforce and advance with their careers, deliberately.  Although managing career advancement and life is not exclusive to women, this book will focus on the stories of successful and accomplished women of all ages and levels of practice who have managed these issues, have managed them well, and successfully developed (or are in the process of developing) amazing careers along the way.   Please contact me with any questions.                                                                                                

    Very truly yours,

    The Members of the ABA Woman Advocate Committee                                                         

    Work/Life Management Sub-Committee

    Teresa M. Beck, Partner

  • 03/13/2015 10:00 AM | WWL Admin (Administrator)

    RSVP to be a volunteer at the UW Law Academy!


    You decide your time commitment and we guarantee your volunteer service will be fun!


    11am-Extreme Advocacy: How to develop an Effective Closing Argument

    Noon hour-Lunch & Learn (Student/Professionals Mixer—speed networking)

    1:00 pm– Small Group Workshops (coach students for oral arguments)


    In celebration of the 25th Anniversary of the MLK FAME Community Youth & Law Forum, the UW Law Academy invites volunteer attorneys, judges, and law students to share their stories during lunch with our invited high school students from diverse backgrounds, help coach students during the afternoon small group sessions, and/or join us for the day to share in the fun! Consider setting up a table display during lunch and be a coach for oral arguments! (High school students will be at the law school from 10:30 am-3:00 pm).


    If you are unable to attend (or even if you are attending!), consider being a sponsor to help defray the cost of the students’ attendance.

    Purple & Gold Level (“Most awesome!”):  $201-$300 or more!

    Silver Level (“Awesome like the ‘80s!”): $101-$200

    Bronze Level (“We Rock!”): up to $100

    “We Rock too!”: any kind of gift swag for the student prize giveaways and/or any number of volunteers!!


    Sponsored by the UW School of Law Office of Admissions and the Center for Professional & Leadership Development, WA State Minority & Justice Commission, MLK Fame Youth & Law Forum, UW OMA/D-CAMP, and the Law School Admissions Council (

  • 02/26/2015 12:00 PM | WWL Admin (Administrator)


    MAMA Seattle invites you to attend our February lunch seminar:

    Financial Planning



    Thursday, February 26th, 2015, from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.


    DavisWright 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.

    Lunch Seminar:  Financial Planning -- Creating A Lifetime Of Financial Security

    Creating a financial plan can be daunting. This presentation will outline three pieces to building financial security for your lifetime and outline steps for implementing them. 

    Our Speaker:  Julie Prince 

    Julie Prince, CLU, has owned her firm, Prince Financial Services, since March, 1989, and has been affiliated with Northwestern Mutual since then as well.  Julie provides customized recommendations for financial planning in several areas, including fee-based financial planning, wealth management, trust services, education funding, and investment strategies.  Julie specializes in working with professionals and business owners and loves to work with and empower women!

    Julie frequently speaks at company and industry conferences, as well as gives presentations with local businesses … and now MAMA Seattle!

    For more information, see Julie’s profile online:

    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.

  • 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



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