Gender & Justice Commission Report
Each year, the goal of the NAWL Survey has been to provide objective statistics regarding the position and advancement of women lawyers in law firms in particular, and the NAWL Survey remains the only national survey that collects this industry benchmarking data in such detail. The 2017 NAWL Survey marks 10 years of tracking data on the career progression and compensation of women among the top 200 U.S. law firms.
Texas Women Lawyers have established a website listing a number of projects by other Texas bar organizations, including the following: the State Bar of Texas, connecting attorneys with pro bono opportunities (including an emergency order allowing in-state attorneys to handle these matters through at least September); Lone Star Legal Aid and the Texas Bar Foundation, providing and funding legal assistance (including at the main shelter in Houston); and HelpProfessionWomen.com and Association of Women Attorneys, collecting and distributing professional attire and accessories (to attorneys, paralegals, assistants, and others in the legal industry and elsewhere).
TWL has a regularly-scheduled board meeting tomorrow morning. We will discuss holding a fundraiser event sometime this fall to address mid- to long-term needs of those in the local legal community. We will also vote to sign on as a co-sponsor to the AWA-led clothing drive. More information about that drive can be found here:
Thanks again for your thoughts and messages, as they really do help people to continue on in their work and efforts. I encourage you to send the same to people you know who are currently threatened by Irma or who are still dealing with cleanup from Harvey.
Join the ABA Commission on Women in the Profession for Its 27th Annual Margaret Brent Women Lawyers of Achievement Awards Luncheon
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Sunday, August 13, 2017
Noon - 2:00 p.m.
New York, New York
(During the ABA Annual Meeting)
The ABA Margaret Brent Women Lawyers of Achievement Award, established in 1991, honors outstanding women lawyers who have achieved professional excellence in their area of specialty and have actively paved the way to success for others.
Individual tickets cost $135. Reserved tables seating 10 are available for $1,750. Table placement will be made on a first-come, first-served basis.
Registration is open for the 2017 Women’s Bar Leadership Summit: Succeeding with Strength and Savvy in New York City on August 10 and 11. Events will be kicked off on Thursday, August 10 with a Welcome Reception at Fordham Law School at Lincoln Center, which will include a screening of the documentary Balancing the Scales, a film featuring candid interviews with a wide range of women attorneys and judges about their career challenges.
On Friday, August 11, we will have a full day of Summit programs and events, including our Annual Awards Luncheon, with keynote speaker Roberta Kaplan, known for her successful litigation of cases involving Title IX, the sharing economy and same-sex marriage.
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The International Action Network for Gender Equity and Law (IANGEL) connects volunteer lawyers to the cause of gender and justice locally, nationally, and around the world, and we have exciting pro bono opportunities for you, your colleagues, or members, to advance women’s rights:
Nonprofit Formation and Related Advice - IANGEL has multiple project partners needing assistance with formation of nonprofit entities; these projects involve advice concerning whether to form a 501c3 or c4 or something else, preparing formation documents, applying for tax-exempt status, etc. We have opportunities in California and Ohio for lawyers with this expertise to provide ground up guidance and advice, working with leaders of exciting initiatives of impact and influence for gender equality.
Mentoring Afghan Women Lawyers – We have been assisting the Alliance for International Women’s Rights in securing attorney volunteers to mentor Afghan women lawyers, judges, or law professors. This is a wonderful program where direct contact with mentees over Skype provides important friendship, support, and English language skills. This requires spending a few hours a week, for a three month commitment, and can make a huge difference in the lives of both mentor and mentee. Prospective mentees include: (1) a woman attorney who works with a women's rights organization providing free representation to indigent women clients in matters including domestic violence, inheritance, and divorce, (2) a woman law professor who focuses on criminal law and labor law, (3) a woman judge who works in a special court addressing governmental corruption; (4) a woman law professor who focuses on international arbitration and business law, (5) a woman doctor by training who works on women's rights and shelters for battered women with an international organization, and (6) a woman lawyer who teaches women empowerment courses at universities and advocates for women on international women's rights issues.
Please consider these exciting opportunities and pass on to any lawyers you know who wish to do pro bono work to promote gender equality. If interested, please contact email@example.com,
Beyond the Dialogue Town Hall, June 8. The Washington State Bar Association’s Diversity Program and Washington Women Lawyers invite you to this upcoming Beyond the Dialogue: Women Race and Age Part 2: Role of Allies. This will be held between 3:00 pm-5:00pm at the WSBA Office in Seattle. Members statewide can also participate remotely. Register here: http://www.wsba.org/Events-Calendar/2017/June/Beyond-the-Dialogue.
A reception will follow.
Invites you to attend our next monthly lunch seminar:
Kids & Screens: Impact of Screentime
When: Tuesday, June 6, 2017, from 11:45 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. Presentation will be from 12-1, 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 member) or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org. If you plan on participating by phone, please indicate that in your RSVP so that we may email you any handouts ahead of time.
In our digital age, kids have constant access to screens – smart phones, tablets, televisions, computers, game consoles and more – and everything seems to be on demand. While many parents allow at least a little screen time for their kids, whether for educational purposes or just to get a moment of peace, it can be hard to know how much is too much and what the real impact of screen time is on our kids and their community.
Speaker: Scilla Andreen is the CEO and Co-Founder of IndieFlix and the founder of the IndieFlix Foundation, an organization that supports independent documentary filmmaking, and is one of the producers of the acclaimed documentary Screenagers: Growing Up in the Digital Age. She is an Emmy-nominated Costume Designer and award-winning Producer of such films as Outpatient, The Flats, Bit Players, The Empowerment Project. She is a popular speaker at Sundance, Cannes, CES, SXSW, Women in Film, and other major industry events. Scilla believes film is the most powerful medium on the planet. Her mission is to use film to start conversations that become movements that can change the world for the better.
As an added bonus, Ms. Andreen will also talk about the latest documentary she is producing, Angst: Breaking the Stigma Around Anxiety. The film focuses on kids and young adults who suffer or have suffered from anxiety and the experts who help them, as well as the causes and sociological effects of anxiety.
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 members! Cookies and drinks 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.
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Keller Rohrback LLP
Perkins Coie LLP
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Law & Corporate Affairs Department
2017-18 Diversity Mentorship Program
Starbucks Law & Corporate Affairs Department is pleased to solicit participants for the Starbucks Diversity Mentorship Program. This program will connect Starbucks in-house lawyers with private practice 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 its lawyers are excited to share their insights into learning the practice of law, succeeding in law firm and other private practice environments, and for those who are interested, planning for in-house career opportunities.
Following a kick-off reception for incoming mentees and past participants, this program will foster direct, informal interactions over a one-year period to help diverse junior attorneys learn their craft and network in the local community of legal professionals and business leaders. The program is open to all lawyers in private practice in their first six years as an attorney, and who are 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 David Byers at dbyers@starbucks. com by Friday, June 2. 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, you may contact committee chairs Amy Hughes (email@example.com) or Joanie Kim (firstname.lastname@example.org).
LFI provides pro bono legal assistance to young people between the ages of 17-25 who have lived experience in foster care, group care, or kinship care, and those young people who are currently, or at risk of becoming, homeless. The goal at LFI is to provide representation to young people who are looking to overcome legal barriers that jeopardize their ability to live successful, independent, adult lives. As a volunteer-based program, they rely on the partnership of our exemplary volunteer attorneys to achieve that goal. Their volunteers regularly help clients with civil legal issues such as sealing juvenile records, landlord/tenant disputes, employment matters, credit/debt concerns, identity theft, family law, protection orders, and public benefits.
Both of the upcoming CLEs are free to attend and are open to anyone who is currently, or is interested in, volunteering with the LFI program.
5 CLE credits (2 Ethics)
Hosted at K&L Gates
Hosted at Davis Wright Tremaine