Items of Interest

  • 10/26/2013 8:00 AM | Anonymous


    We are looking for immigration attorneys, paralegals, interpreters and other volunteers to assist with CITIZENSHIP DAY, a partnership between OneAmerica and the Washington State Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA).

    WHEN: Saturday, October 26th, from 8:00 a.m. to 5 p.m.

    SITES: Wenatchee, Pasco, Des Moines, and Olympia

    Washington New Americans, a program of OneAmerica, promotes successful integration by connecting Legal Permanent Residents to the information and services they need to successfully pursue citizenship and become active members of our community. Citizenship Days, held in partnership with AILA and community organizations across the state, offer assistance with citizenship applications in 8 cities in Washington State. Last year, we had over 375 volunteers supporting Citizenship Days and were able to serve 622 individuals at 9 sites across the state! Visit our website for more information.

    We need YOU to make our Citizenship Days successful!



    ALL volunteers will be required to attend trainings prior to the day of the event. Trainings will be held via conference call or in person during the week of October 7th-11th.

    Attorneys: Meet one on one with clients to determine eligibility for naturalization, answer questions, review applications for accuracy, provide further instructions for follow up or filing. Attorneys may also review the work of other attorneys during client checkout. You must be a licensed attorney to fulfill this role. ALL attorney volunteers must have been in practice for at least 2 years, AND have completed at least five (5) N-400 applications over the course of those two years.

    Paralegals: Meet one on one with clients to help complete naturalization forms. Paralegals may NOT provide legal advice. This could be a great role for certified paralegals, non-immigration attorneys, and law students seeking to gain experience in immigration law.

    Interpreters: Interpret verbatim between clients and paralegals or attorneys and other volunteer staff. Ensure that clients and paralegals/attorneys understand each other and contents of all forms, documents needed for naturalization. Interpreters may NOT provide legal advice except as direct translation of advice given by attorney. Interpreters of all languages are welcome, particularly, those with Spanish, Russian, Somali, Chinese, Korean, and Vietnamese skills, among other languages.

    General Support: Help as directed by Site Coordinators with set up/take down at facility, signage, client intake, routing of clients through the facility, copying and assembling documents, answering non-legal questions, passing out information documents, help with food and drinks for volunteers. These volunteers perform the tasks needed to make Citizenship Days successful!

  • 10/25/2013 8:00 AM | Anonymous

    Please consider submitting an article for next year's IILP Review on the State of Diversity and Inclusion in the Legal Profession! It is the most comprehensive compilation of data and information about diversity and inclusion as it pertains to lawyers and the legal profession. Click here for the Call for Papers: IILP Call for Papers 2013 Final.pdf

    Consider attending one of this year's IILP Symposia on the State of Diversity and Inclusion in the Legal Profession, where attendees will receive a hard copy of the latest IILP Review, you can register online at for:

    •Seattle: Friday, October 25th from 8:00 AM – 1:00 PM at Davis Wright Tremaine LLP
    PM at Baker & McKenzie

    CLE credit has been secured or application for it has been made for each symposium.

    Our thanks to The Claro Group for their sponsorship of the IILP Review and the symposia on the state of diversity and inclusion in the legal profession.

    We hope that we'll see you at "The Ethics of Diversity and the Politics of Inclusion" on October 1 in Chicago or October 2 in New York. It promises to be a different kind of "diversity program" so you won't want to miss it

  • 10/18/2013 8:00 AM | Anonymous

    The Minority Bar Associations Collaboration Project presents

    Statewide Diversity Conference "Moving forward together"

    Confirmed speakers include: Governor Jay Inslee, Attorney General Bob Ferguson, King County Prosecuting Attorney Dan Satterberg, and U.S. District Court Judge Richard Jones

    Friday, October 18, 2013

    8 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.,

    with reception to follow

    Seattle University School of Law

  • 10/16/2013 10:00 AM | Anonymous

    Join the ABA Young Lawyers Division Women in the Profession Committee and the
    Commission on Women in the Profession

    Learning to Lead: What Really Works for Women in Law


    Wednesday, October 16, 2013
    1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. Eastern Time

    10 - 11 am PDT

    Register online

    There is no charge to participate ... space is limited

    Throughout the years, one of the highest priorities of the YLD Women in the Profession Committee and the Commission on Women in the Profession has been to provide women lawyers with the information and tools they need to advance into leadership positions in all areas within the law. In August, 2013, the Commission published the book, Learning to Lead: What Really Works for Women in Law, which provides a concise road map of the latest collective wisdom on leadership and applies those principles to women lawyers. It also features interviews with 11 women legal leaders who share their lessons learned and tips for success.

    This program is inspired by that book, and during the teleconference, concepts and theories from the book will be discussed by our panelists, who also will share practical tips for success. You will learn how to take action and chart your course for success!

    Margaret K. Masunaga, Deputy Corporation Counsel, County of Hawaii, Kealakekua, HI


    • Lacy Durham, Deloitte Tax, LLP, Dallas, TX
    • Carrie Hightman, NiSource, Inc, Merrillville, IN
    • Gindi Eckel Vincent, Exxon Mobil Corporation, Houston, TX and author of Learning to Lead

    Register today!

    Learn more ...

    Thank you - the ABA YLD Women in the Profession Committee and the Commission on Women in the Profession

  • 10/04/2013 6:00 PM | Anonymous
    South Asian Bar Association Annual Reception - save the date for this annual event - Friday October 4, 2013 starting at 6:00 pm at FareStart Restaurant   700 Virginia Street, Seattle.
    For more information contact: or
  • 09/30/2013 5:33 PM | Anonymous

    2013 WACC Diversity Scholarship Guidelines

    The Washington Chapter of the Association of Corporate Counsel ("WACC") is sponsoring a scholarship in 2013 in the amount of $2,500.00 to benefit one law student currently attending and in good standing at a law school in Washington State.


    The WACC Diversity Scholarship provides financial assistance to law students who promote diversity in the legal profession in Washington State. The scholarship helps increase diversity in the legal profession; reflects the diverse communities in which we live; and ultimately benefits the legal community in general and the Washington ACC chapter.

    Applicant Criteria

    A $2,500.00 scholarship will be given to a deserving law student from one of the three Washington state law schools. The recipient must be a student in good standing with a financial need and exhibit a commitment to increasing diversity in the legal profession.

    Selection Process

    Applicants must complete and submit the attached application form, provide a copy of their resume and a one-page essay describing their professional goals (including, if applicable, interest in business and/or corporate legal practice) and provide examples of their commitment to increase diversity within the legal profession.

    Applicants must complete the attached form, resume, and one page essay by

    October 21st . A decision will be made by the WACC Scholarship Committee by November 11th . The scholarship award will be paid directly to the law school, to be credited against the student's tuition bill. The law schools will be asked to acknowledge the gift in writing.

    The scholarship winner will be invited to the Chapter’s annual Ethics Dinner on December 4

    th to be presented with the scholarship award.

    For any questions regarding the scholarship application or process, please contact Diana Young at

  • 09/30/2013 5:27 PM | Anonymous


    2014 Washington State Equal Justice

    Community Leadership Development Academy

    "It was worth the commitment – both inspiring and empowering." Barry Pfundt, Center for Justice, Spokane

    "The Leadership Academy has both evoked strong emotions and challenged my thinking on a variety of levels. The experience has broadened my outlook and caused me to look deep into my beliefs and way of accepting the ‘norms’ of our society. I highly recommend the Academy to those with an abiding interest in justice." Janet Skreen, Administrative Office of the Courts, Olympia

    "Participating in the Leadership Academy has given me a greater sense of connection to the statewide Access to Justice community. I have met some amazing people and have gained valuable tools to use in achieving workable unity, systems and strategic thinking and messaging. I have a deeper understanding of power structure, privilege and implicit bias and ways to effectuate both systems and social change. My participation has already changed the manner in which I engage with my community. It is a critical training for any advocate." Lisa Waldvogel, Northwest Justice Project, Longview

    About the Academy:

    The Washington State Equal Justice Community Leadership Academy exists to create a broader, more diverse, skilled and effective community of equal justice leaders. The Access to Justice Board, in partnership with Alliance organizations, will implement training designed and facilitated by the Sergeant Shriver National Center on Poverty Law. The Academy will graduate its first cohort of leaders in October 2013.

    Many of the past year’s cohorts were interviewed about their involvement in the Academy. Watch their comments here.

    What to Expect:

    The second cohort will be comprised of a mix of 25 experienced and emerging leaders. The Academy will take place between January and October 2014. It will consist of four in-person retreats (2.5 days each) and online activities between in-person retreats.

    Over the course of the Academy, cohort members will develop seven (7) core competencies of effective leaders:

    1. Communicating Strategic Intent

    2. Self Awareness

    3. Achieving Workable Unity

    4. Systems and Strategic Thinking

    5. Delivering on Strategic Intent

    6. Developing New Leaders

    7. Fostering the Process of Renewal

    These competencies, and the curriculum upon which they are based, are firmly rooted in the experience, practice and values of the civil equal justice community. Awareness and understanding of the ways in which poverty is inextricably linked with various forms of systemic bias and oppression, such as structural racism, misogyny, able-ism, etc., are an express part of the Academy curriculum. Cohort members learn how to identify and tackle the ways in which compounding factors have led to and continue to perpetuate the unjust disparate treatment of low-income client populations.

    Coursework will begin online, prior to the first retreat, and will be ongoing throughout the course. All in-person retreats begin at noon on Thursday, and end by noon the following Saturday:

    Retreat 1: January 23-25, 2014

    Retreat 2: April 24-26, 2014

    Retreat 3: July 17-19, 2014

    Retreat 4: October 23-25, 2014

    Access to Justice Board, 1325 Fourth Avenue – Suite 600, Seattle, WA 98101-2539 Phone: 206 727-8200, Fax: 206 727-8310 Established by The Supreme Court of Washington Administered by the Washington State Bar Association

    Selection Criteria:

    Commitment to furthering the mission of legal aid and applying skills gained through the Academy to better serve indigent client communities.

     Commitment to participating in the entire Academy. You should not apply if you are seeking to make significant changes to your life or career that would make your full participation in the Academy challenging.

     Commitment to devoting a significant amount of your time (an average of 15-20 hours each quarter in addition to the four in-person retreats) to the Academy.

     Willingness to serve as a mentor and or/trainer in future Academies for new and emerging leaders.

     Enthusiasm for and commitment to serving in community leadership.

    The Academy’s goal is to have the second cohort reflect the following:

    25% from positional leaders/emerging leaders in Alliance organizations, including pro bono programs;

     25% from experienced attorneys and advocates employed by Alliance organizations, including

    pro bono programs;

     25% from leaders in community-based organizations that partner with Alliance providers; and,

     25% from Alliance/ATJ Board/justice community and justice-system leadership not represented in the first two categories.

    Commitment to Diversity:

    We will select a cohort that reflects the various communities served by the justice system in Washington. We define diversity broadly to include, but not be limited to, age, disability, ethnicity, social class, sexual orientation, indigenous background, national origin, race, religion, veteran status, gender identity, geographical location, area of practice (for attorney applicants), and size of organization.

    How to apply:

    Application deadline is

    October 15, 2013 . Your application should include:

    A letter of interest, in which you address the following topics (1,000 word maximum):

     what communities you currently serve and how you serve them

     how will knowledge gained through the Academy better serve those communities

     what do you hope to gain personally

     how your participation will strengthen the statewide access to justice community

     any contribution you feel you can make relative to diversity in all of its forms and implications

    A 1-2 page copy of your resume, and

    A letter of support from your employer (Executive Directors, please include a letter from your Board) and/or sponsoring organization.

    Send applications electronically or by mail to


    Kiley Thornton

    Program Coordinator

    Washington State Bar Association and

    Washington State Access to Justice Board 1325 Fourth Ave, Suite 600 Seattle WA 98101

  • 09/24/2013 11:30 AM | Anonymous

    Ms. JD and Latham & Watkins LLP cordially invite you to attend:

    She Leads: A Conversation on Women in Law, Leadership, and Government with Counsel to the President Kathy Ruemmler

    Counsel to the President, Kathy Ruemmler, has had quite the career. From being the only woman (aside from jurors) in the Enron courtroom to partnership at Latham & Watkins LLP to advising President Obama, Kathy has done everything by being true to herself and her own leadership style. She has been called a Super Lawyer, Superstar, and among the 25 People who Shaped the Business World in 2006 by Forbes. Now, she is offering her advice to the Ms. JD community.

    As part of Ms. JD's national programming series, Kathy will spend an hour on September 24, 2013 answering your questions about law, leadership, government, and how to be a successful woman in all of those fields. Questions must be submitted in advance by leaving a comment on Ms. JD's website, via Twitter (@msjdtweets) using the hashtag #SheLeads, or on Ms. JD's Facebook page. All questions must be submitted by Wednesday, September 18th.

    The event will be held on September 24th live in Washington, D.C. at Latham & Watkins LLP and will be broadcast to locations in Austin, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Los Angeles, New York, Orange County, San Diego, San Francisco, and Silicon Valley.

    We have limited availability in all cities and expect it to fill quickly.

    Please register here.

    For more information, click here.

  • 09/12/2013 9:19 PM | Anonymous

    The Washington Leadership Institute (WLI) is now accepting applications for an exciting leadership training program for lawyers between their third and 10th year of practice. If eligible, we invite you to submit your application. And if there is someone you think should apply, please offer your encouragement.

    The WLI is a proud partnership between the WSBA and the University of Washington School of Law. Its purpose is to prepare new leaders for WSBA and the legal community, with an emphasis on attorneys from backgrounds historically underrepresented in the bar.

    WLI graduates are accomplishing great things. As just one of many examples, recent WLI alum Karen Denise Wilson will be sworn in next month as WSBA’s next at-large member of the Board of Governors.


    Applications for the WLI Class of 2014 are being accepted through Sept. 20 at 5 p.m.

    What criteria must be met to apply?

    • You are an active WSBA member.
    • You have been admitted to practice for at least three years and not more than 10 years.
    • You are nominated by your employer, or if self-employed, by a lawyer with at least 10 years of practice or a judge.


    How many attorneys are chosen to participate?

    • Twelve attorneys will be carefully selected for the ninth year of the program.


    The application and information packet can be found here. For more information about the program or the application process, visit the WLI website.


    If you have questions, you are welcome to contact Co-chairs Judge Mary Yu at and James Williams at, or WLI Coordinator Dawn Bell at

  • 09/10/2013 12:00 PM | Anonymous

    MAMA's Invites you to attend next monthly brown bag lunch:

    In Service, School Holidays, Sicknesses and Other Meeting Conflicts: What to Do When Your Kid is Home and You Have to Be at Work: Ideas for back-up care



    Tuesday, September 10, 2013, 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.

    Come learn about various businesses in Seattle that offer temporary and back up child care, and our panelists’ experiences with those programs. We also encourage you to share your experiences and knowledge regarding back up child care programs. Our panelists will include:

    Emily Dills, The Seattle Nanny Network, Inc. Ms. Dills will provide information regarding The Seattle Nanny Network’s Backup Childcare on Demand program.

    Rachel James, Human Resource Generalist, Davis Wright Tremaine LLP. Ms. James has worked in human resources for six years, recently implemented DWT’s Emergency Back-up Daycare benefit, and will discuss Bright Horizon’s temporary child care service.

    Chelsea Petersen, Partner, Perkins Coie LLP. Ms. Petersen will discuss her experiences using a variety of backup childcare programs, including College Nannies and Tutors’ “on call” nanny service and Virginia Mason’s Tender Loving Care Program for sick children.

    We encourage you to attend our brown bag meeting 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.

    MAMAS would also like to thank our

    Platinum sponsors:

    Garvey Schubert Barer

    Navigant Consulting, Inc.

    Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP

    and Gold sponsors:

    Davis Wright Tremaine LLP

    Dorsey & Whitney LLP

    K&L Gates LLP

    Microsoft Corporation

    Schwabe Williamson & Wyatt

    Susman Godfrey L.L.P.

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