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  • 08/06/2020 9:00 AM | Anonymous

     Attend a ‘for free register’ Webinar on the timely topic of: “Is Covid-19 bringing women lawyers’ careers back to the 1950s?”  According to recent research professional women’s working hours have decreased by one third as compared to professional men as a result of the unequal domestic burden brought on by the pandemic. It is therefore crucial to create a constructive forum for dialogue so please join and invite your colleagues and peer legal professionals:


    NORTH AMERICA time friendly Webinar 2:
    August 6th (Thursday), US Eastern Standard Time: 12.00pm (noon)-1.30pm
    Free to attend registration link:

    Panelists include:

    • Christina Blacklaws, Consultant, Blacklaws Consulting Ltd., former President, Law Society of England & Wales
    • Barbara Becker, Partner and Chair of the firm-wide Diversity Committee, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP
    • Connie Brenton, Chief of Staff/ Sr. Director, Legal Operations, NetApp
    • Crystal Lalime, General Counsel of Global Markets, Credit Suisse
    • Kate Broer, Partner, Dentons Canada LLP
    • Linda Myers, Partner & founder of Women’s Leadership Initiative, Kirkland & Ellis
    • Pallavi Mehta Wahi, Co-United States and Seattle Managing Partner, Chair of Firmwide Diversity Committee, K&L Gates LLP
    • Patricia Lee “Trish” Refo, President-elect, American Bar Association
    • Patrick Dransfield, Co-Director, In-House Community
    • Sonja S. Weissman, Partner, Reed Smith

  • 07/28/2020 4:00 PM | Anonymous

    Ms. Jill Wine-Banks’ book, "The Watergate Girl: My Fight for Truth and Justice Against a Criminal President," has been described as “All the President's Men Meets Hidden Figures". It is a fascinating and deeply personal account of her experience as the only woman on the prosecution team in the obstruction of justice trial against President Nixon’s top aides.  She describes both her experience breaking sexist barriers in what was viewed as a man’s profession and the intrigue of the Nixon investigation. This was the era when men were men but women were girls.

    The parallels between the crimes of Richard Nixon and today’s headlines are profound.  Jill Wine- Banks has a view of history and knowledge of current events to add perspective to today’s politic
    al issues. Jill is currently an MSNBC Legal Analyst, regularly providing legal analysis and commentary. She appears on PBS, Rachel Maddow and other MSNBC programs, network news, Sirus/XM, podcasts and many other programs. She also lectures at law schools, universities and numerous professional groups.

    The webinar will be held online via ZOOM. If you cannot access ZOOM there will be an option to join by telephone. RSVP by submitting the online form to receive the Zoom link/telephone number before the day of the webinar.

    Register here.

  • 07/17/2020 11:00 AM | Anonymous

  • 07/01/2020 9:49 AM | Anonymous

    The Council of the ABA Section of Labor & Employment Law is proud to announce our participation in the “21-Day Racial Equity Habit-Building Challenge,” and we invite LEL Section members to join us. The 21-Day Challenge was conceived several years ago by diversity expert Eddie Moore, Jr. to advance deeper understandings of the intersections of race, power, privilege, supremacy and oppression.

    Our Section will begin the 21-Day Challenge on Wednesday, June 17, 2020. The goal of the Challenge is to assist each of us to become more aware, compassionate, constructive, engaged people in the quest for racial equity. It transcends our roles as lawyers. It is, of course, completely voluntary to do, and participation in the Challenge shall not be construed as agreement with every word of every assignment nor a commitment by any person to a particular professional position or strategy. Further, participants are free to opt out of participating along the way. There is no grade at the end of the Challenge.

    The Challenge invites participants to complete a syllabus of 21 short assignments (typically taking 15-30 minutes), over 21 consecutive days, that include readings, videos or podcasts. It has been intentionally crafted to focus on the Black American experience. The assignments seek to expose participants to perspectives on elements of Black history, identity and culture, and to the Black community’s experience of racism in America. Even this focus on Black Americans cannot possibly highlight all of the diversity of experiences and opinions within the Black community itself, much less substitute for learnings about any other community of color. This syllabus is but an introduction to what we hope will be a rewarding journey that extends far beyond the limits of this project.

    If you plan to participate in the Challenge and would like to add your name to the Section’s list of colleagues who are doing so, please send a message to the Section office.


  • 07/01/2020 7:57 AM | Anonymous

    A big thanks to everyone who was able to join us for the live premiere of our Online Pride Extravaganza and everyone who's tuned in since! If you haven't had a chance to watch yet, the program will remain available for you to watch any time here

  • 06/03/2020 12:04 PM | Anonymous

    Judge Lori K. Smith (Washington State Court of Appeals, Division One) is accepting applications for an unpaid summer externship beginning in mid/late June (with end date flexible).  The extern will primarily assist with research, writing, and drafting and finalizing memoranda and opinions.

    Click here to learn more about Judge Smith.

    Click here to learn more about the Washington State Court of Appeals.

    To apply, please email the following to<> no later than 5:00 p.m. on Friday, June 12:

      *  Cover letter

      *  Resume

      *  Law school transcript (unofficial is fine)

      *  Self-edited writing sample

      *  List of two professional references, with contact information

      *  One letter of recommendation

    Interviews are anticipated to take place remotely the week of June 15.

  • 06/03/2020 12:00 PM | Anonymous

    Starbucks Corporation Law & Corporate Affairs Department 2020-2021 Diversity Mentorship Program

    Please note that the deadline to submit an application has been extended to Wednesday, July 15th.

    Starbucks Law & Corporate Affairs Department is pleased to invite mentee participants for our Starbucks Diversity Mentorship Program. This program will connect Starbucks in-house lawyers with junior attorneys from diverse backgrounds in one-to-one mentorship relationships. Starbucks legal department boasts one of the most experienced and diverse groups of attorneys in the region, and our lawyers are excited to share their insights into learning the practice of law, navigating legal work environments, and strategies for future career development.

    Following a virtual kick-off reception for incoming mentees and their mentors, this program will foster direct, informal interactions over a one-year period to help diverse junior attorneys connect and network in the community of legal professionals. The program is open to all lawyers in their first four years of practice who are active members of one or more minority bar associations or diversity affinity groups.

    If you are interested in applying, please submit a cover letter and resume to Nadine Struwe at by Wednesday, July 1, 2020. In your cover letter, please identify your current area of practice (and your desired area, if different), your general interest in receiving mentoring, and the minority bar association(s) or affinity group(s) to which you belong. If you have any questions, please direct them to Nadine Struwe, and one of our committee chairs will follow up with you. 

  • 03/31/2020 3:58 PM | Anonymous

    The Korean American Bar Association of Washington is offering the Kate Seabright Scholarship for the second year from funds generously donated by Fox Rothschild and Kate's parents, Mike and Margaret Seabright. This year, KABA can offer $6,000 to a law student. 


    This is the link to the scholarship:

  • 03/31/2020 3:53 PM | Anonymous


    The following is a non-exhaustive and developing list of pro-bono opportunities arising out of the coronavirus pandemic and consequential economic impacts. Check back for updates as the WSBA will update this list as we learn of additional resources.

    If you have additional information you would like included, please contact

    Other COVID-19 resources and information for the public and WSBA members.

    Washington Legal Aid Volunteer Opportunities

    Eastside Legal Assistance Program

    ELAP is responding to the evolving situation with COVID-19, and they need your help. They have an immediate need for volunteer attorneys to take phone consultations. To sign up, please use this brief form to let them know what days of the week and times of day you would be willing to help. They will promptly follow up.

    QLAW Foundation

    Our communities need assistance and support more than ever. Because of discrimination, LGBTQ+ people, and particularly queer and trans people of color, are much more likely to be unemployed, underemployed, working in the service industry being hit desperately hard by this crisis, unable to access healthcare safely, and to have a well-earned distrust of state and legal systems. QLAW Volunteer Opportunities.

    Solid Ground Benefits Legal Assistance Program

    The Solid Ground Benefits Legal Assistance Program helps people who need legal help with accessing public benefits including food, medical coverage, childcare and money. Anyone interested in volunteering with the Benefits Legal Assistance Program can contact Grete Schultz, managing attorney for the Solid Ground Benefits Legal Assistance team, at or 206-694-6807. 

    Spokane County Bar Association Volunteer Lawyers Program

    The SCBA Volunteer Lawyers Program is seeking pro bono attorneys who can assist their clients by telephone. Generally clients are seeking advice on family law, consumer law, housing, wills, and guardianship issues. The VLP welcomes attorneys from outside of Spokane, too! Contact to connect with a VLP client today. 

    Tenant Law Center

    As of this writing, the Tenant Law Center does not have an immediate need for volunteers, but it expects a rapid increase in client requests in the coming weeks, particularly after the April 17 sunset of Gov. Jay Inslee’s moratorium on residential evictions. Contact Directing Attorney Mark Chattin, 206-324-6890.

    Unemployment Law Project

    The Unemployment Law Project is preparing for a flood of unemployment benefit appeals and is in urgent need of both volunteer attorneys to represent claimants at phone hearings before the Office of Administrative Hearings and non-attorney volunteers to help with intake interviews. Pro bono volunteers can contact Anne Paxton at Non-attorneys, please contact Hyun-Ji Lee at We will respond with details about training and do our best to link volunteers as soon as possible with a claimant who may need advice or representation from a pro bono attorney or an intake interview by a non-attorney volunteer. Please see our website front page at for the COVID-19 special information page.

    WSBA Pro Bono Opportunities

    Visit the Pro Bono Portal, which can also be accessed via the WSBA’s Public Service and Pro Bono Opportunities page. The WSBA also maintains a list, by county, of Qualified Legal Service Providers dedicated to serving low income individuals and families.

    National Legal Aid Volunteer Opportunities and Resources

    National Disaster Legal Aid Advocacy Center

    Advocates interested in sharing resources and strategies are welcome to join a new COVID-19 Legal Response listserv available in the National Disaster Legal Aid Advocacy Center. The Center also has information on COVID-19 legal response needs, resources and service delivery strategies identified in national calls of nonprofit legal aid, pro bono and other advocates. You can also view a Google Doc of COVID-19 Legal Response Resources.

    Coronavirus-Related Legal Advocacy in Washington

    Legal Foundation of Washington

    LFW is a nonprofit organization created in 1984 at the direction of the Washington Supreme Court to distribute IOLTA funds to legal aid organizations across the state. Sign up for The Brief, a newsletter to keep you updated on the latest happenings in the civil legal aid community, and view past newsletters.

    Washington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers 

    WACDL and other organizations request an emergency order from the Washington Supreme Court in response to COVID-19.

    Washington Defender Association (WDA)

    Advocating for release and other relief during COVID-19 health crisis: tools for release including motions, briefing and more: A resource page and clearing house for public defenders and other advocates working on COVID-19-related advocacy.

  • 03/04/2020 4:48 PM | Anonymous

    The Washington State Bar Association’s Diversity Committee is dedicated to implementing WSBA’s Diversity and Inclusion Plan. The committee's work promotes historically underrepresented groups to enter, remain, thrive, and lead in the profession of law. The committee does this through collaborative relationships and community building activities that highlight the numerous societal benefits of a diverse law profession.

    Help advance WSBA's commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion in the legal profession.


    We have positions open on the WSBA Diversity Committee, starting in October 2020. Read more about the position and apply today through your account.


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