Items of Interest


  • 02/09/2022 6:17 AM | Anonymous

    This year, the ABA's 2022 Virtual Midyear Meeting will be held from February 9, 2022 to February 14, 2022. The National Conference of Women's Bar Associations will be hosting its annual midyear program, Reconnecting With The Workplace, on February 11, 2022.

     

    This theme encompasses both the ways that things have changed as we return to the ‘new’ normal, but also the opportunities to address improvements in the legal workplace post health crisis. This program is offered remotely with Co-Sponsorship by Law Practice Division of the ABA. The NCWBA Reconnecting with the Workplace program will start with framing the impact of COVID-19, especially as it has impacted women and underrepresented lawyers, followed by a facilitated panel discussion on the challenges and opportunities as employers consider long-term employment adjustments in the wake of the pandemic. Panelists will present how they are addressing the impacts they have experienced in their practice setting (in-house, firm, government, industry) and how they have addressed them.

     

    For more information on this event and to register, please see below. If you would like more information and to register for the ABA Midyear Meeting, please click here.


  • 12/16/2021 3:43 PM | Anonymous

    “The ABA Commission on Women in the Profession is now accepting nominations for the 32nd Annual Margaret Brent Women Lawyers of Achievement Awards!  The nomination portal can be accessed from www.aba.smapply.io

     

    For more information regarding the award and the nomination criteria, please visit ambar.org/brentawards.  Nominations close at 5:00 P.M. CST on January 21st, 2022.

     

    The Margaret Brent Women Lawyers of Achievement Award recognizes and celebrates the accomplishments of women lawyers. Each year, the Commission honors up to five outstanding women lawyers who have achieved professional excellence within their area of specialty and have actively paved the way to success for other women lawyers.

     

    If you have any questions about the nomination process, please contact Laura Tannous at Laura.Tannous@americanbar.org.”


  • 12/16/2021 3:33 PM | Anonymous

    The Korean American Bar Association of Washington (KABA) is pleased and happy to announce it will be offering three scholarships ($3,000 and $5,000) to law students for 2022. All law students regardless of any affiliation with KABA are encouraged to apply. The application deadline is Friday January 14, 2021. For more information, please visit our website at https://www.kaba-washington.org/law-students/scholarship/.  


    If you have any questions regarding the scholarship program, please do not hesitate to reach out to our Scholarship Committee at kabawascholarships@gmail.com. Thank you!


  • 11/09/2021 10:32 AM | Anonymous

    The Joint Minority Mentorship Program (JMMP) is recruiting Board members for 2022!

    Apply here by Friday, November 19th.

     

    The program has grown so much from its start just 3 years ago.  Back then we had just two partner organizations, 25 participants, and one kick-off event.  This past year, we grew to 10 partner organizations, 125 participants, and several follow-up events, including our extremely well-attended two-day Workshop on Starting Your Own Law Firm.

     

    If you believe passionately in the value of mentorship, of creating a pipeline to diversifying leadership in our profession, of lifting up law students and young lawyers from historically under-represented backgrounds, this is the place for you!  We need Board members to organize volunteers, manage registrations, and plan events to keep this program going.  


  • 11/09/2021 10:30 AM | Anonymous

    Austin Jenkins interviewed Chief Justice Steven González for the Inside Olympia program. Chief Justice González spoke about the 2021 Gender Justice Study for several minutes during the interview (shortly after the 26-minute mark). 


    You may view the full video on the TVW website: watch – TVW, Washington State's Public Affairs Network

  • 10/25/2021 2:18 PM | Anonymous

    The Washington State Supreme Court Gender and Justice Commission currently has open membership positions and invites interested people to apply by November 30th.

     

    The Gender and Justice Commission was established following the publication of “Gender and Justice in the Courts” in 1989, and its mission is to:

    ·        Identify concerns and make recommendations regarding the equal treatment of all parties, attorneys, and court employees in the State courts, and

    ·        Promote gender equality through researching, recommending, and supporting the implementation of best practices; providing educational programs that enhance equal treatment of all parties; and serving as a liaison between the courts and other organizations in working toward communities free of bias.

     

    In September, the Commission published 2021: How Gender and Race Affect Justice Now, a groundbreaking new study on how gender and race impact justice, and the intersection of gender and other identities and experiences (e.g., LGBTQ+, poverty). The recommendations from this study will help guide the Commission’s work in the coming years, and we are looking for new members who want to join that exciting work!

     

    To Apply:

    Please send a letter of interest and resume to commissions@courts.wa.gov for consideration by the Commission Co-Chairs and Nominations Committee. If there are specific issues that you are interested in working on with the Commission, please reference that in your materials.

     


  • 10/25/2021 10:57 AM | Anonymous

    We are excited to announce that the application for the Judicial Institute's Fellows Clinic is now open. The Judicial Institute is committed to the diversification of Washington's courts. *Please share widely with your minority bar associations so we can ensure a more accessible path to the judiciary. *

    We hope many of your members will consider applying.

    About the Clinic:
    Fellows will participate in two-day in-person interactive sessions at Seattle University School of Law on March 13-14, 2022, designed to provide practical knowledge to help legal professionals from a variety of backgrounds become judges.  Taught by instructors who are judges, minority bar judicial evaluation committee members, and appointing authorities, the clinic will address topics including judicial ethics, the judicial appointment process, and preparing for a judicial campaign. We will be following SU's public health protocols for the in-person clinic.

    In addition, Fellows will be assigned judicial mentors who will provide one-on-one feedback and guidance. At the end of the program, Fellows should have the skills and information to begin seeking a position on the bench. Fellows will also receive general and ethics CLE credits.

    Application Process:
    Interested applicants with eight years or more of legal experience should submit a letter of interest, resume, and an application. The application materials are due November 15, 2021 and available HERE.

    Questions? Please email us at info@judicialinstitute.org

  • 10/21/2021 5:00 PM | Anonymous

    Join CWD on Thursday, October 21st @ 5:00 pm as we host a panel of formerly incarcerated women as they share with us the challenges they faced rebuilding their lives. These challenges impact how they continue their education, find employment, and rebuild relationships with their families and friends.

     

    These courageous women are using their experiences to advocate for laws, policies, and programs that expand access to resources and opportunities for formerly incarcerated women to build a new future for themselves, their families and communities. Join us to learn how you can support this work.

     

    Register today to reserve your spot.


  • 10/14/2021 9:00 AM | Anonymous

    18th Annual Images and Perceptions Diversity Conference will be held virtually on October 14, focuses on “Empowering Communities by Embracing Diversity."

    The event will include presentations and panel discussions on critical topics in the DEI space, with a focus on the law, education, healthcare and the media.

    I thought your members would be particularly interested in hearing about two of the sessions taking place at this year’s event:  

    Session I: The Law and Judicial Equity: Moderator: Barbara McQuade (Professor, UM Law). Panelists:  Hon. Pablo Cortes (62A District Court), Hon. Megan Cavanaugh (Michigan Supreme Court), Fadwa Hammoud, (Michigan Solicitor General), and Hon. David Perkins (Wayne County Probate Court).

    Session IV: Civil Liberties: Moderator: Dr. Jim Zogby (Arab American Institute). Panelists: Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison, Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel, and Barbara McQuade (Professor, UM Law).

    Additional panelists for the conference include:

    ·         Rev. Dr. Wendell Anthony, NAACP Detroit

    ·         Dr. Abdul El-Sayed

    ·         Rep. Abdullah Hammoud, Michigan House District 15

    ·         David Knezek, Wayne County Commissioner

    ·         Richard Lui, MSNBC

    ·         Dr. Philip Levy, Wayne Health

    ·         Dr. Adnan Munkarah, Henry Ford Health System

    ·         John Quinones, ABC News

    ·         Dr. Michael Rice, Michigan State Superintendent

    ·         Ray Washington, Wayne County Sheriff

    A full agenda and list of panelists are available at the event website, and I have attached a flyer for the event as well.  Individual, group, and sponsorship rates are currently available. The event is MCOLES registered, and CEUs are available where applicable.  


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