Items of Interest


  • 03/01/2021 4:14 PM | Anonymous

     A new report from the ABA Commission on Women in the Profession called “Men in the Mix: How to Engage Men on Issues Related to Gender in the Legal Profession,” looks at how male colleagues can become allies in the ongoing journey to reach gender equity.

    The report is based on research gathered from focus groups held in New York, Dallas, and San Francisco that revealed useful insights about why some men are more actively engaged in issues facing women lawyers than others.

    “This report fills a critical gap in previous work on gender equity issues – exploring the reasons why some men don’t get involved to the degree they could,” said Maureen Mulligan, chair of the ABA Commission on Women in the Profession. “The findings of Men in the Mix provide inspiring takeaways for overcoming the obstacles to men’s engagement.”

    Among the findings:

    ·         83% of male respondents said fear of not fitting in or saying the wrong thing keeps them from actively supporting gender equity efforts

    ·         63% of male lawyers and 90% of women lawyers said creating safe spaces at firms and legal organizations is the best way to encourage men to discuss issues of gender equity

    ·         62% of male lawyers cited “not being invited” as the reason they have not joined the effort to advance women lawyers’ equity in the profession  

    “Men can and do play a critical role in promoting equity for women in the legal profession. More than ever, we need men to be allies for women lawyers, and this report provides helpful, concrete strategies for them to do so,” ABA President Patricia Lee Refo said.

    The Men in the Mix webpage includes the report and a toolkit with dialogue scripts and a sample PowerPoint deck to assist organizers when hosting a Men in the Mix event.

     


  • 02/23/2021 2:00 PM | Anonymous

    Clark County Mock Trial committee is still seeking attorney raters for the Clark County Mock Trial tournament, which is scheduled for Tuesday, February 23rd, Wednesday, February 24th and Thursday, February 25th.  

     

    Tuesday, February 23

    Round 1:  2:00pm

    Round 2:  5:30pm 

     

    Wednesday, February 24

    Round 1:  2:00pm

    Round 2:  5:30pm 

     

    Thursday, February 25:

    Round 1:  2:00pm

    Round 2:  5:30pm 

     

    The trial will be held virtually this year—so you can rate from your home or office. It’s very easy and fun and you don’t need any specific experience.  All you have to do is watch the trial and give some short, positive feedback to the students at the end.

     

    In exchange for your time we can offer our gratitude, and the enjoyable experience of watching these students participate in this program.

     

    If you are able to volunteer or if you have any questions, please email Jill Sasser at Jill.Sasser@clark.wa.gov.



    • 02/01/2021 3:38 PM | Anonymous

      On behalf of the Moot Court Honor Board at the University of Washington School of Law, I am pleased to invite you to participate as a judge in our Appellate Advocacy competition, which will be conducted online this winter. This competition will run via Zoom from February 16th to February 19th, with two separate brackets (one for 1Ls, one for 2L and 3L students). More information about the competition, including a complete schedule for the days volunteer judges are needed may be found at the bottom of this email. Be aware that dates will be removed as judges’ spaces are filled. 

       

      This year’s problem has a COVID/global pandemic focus. The issues presented on appeal to the Supreme Court of the United States are:

      1.     Whether a consumer must suffer actual concrete damages for that consumer to have standing to sue under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act?

      2.     Whether an unsolicited text message disclosing blood test results would be highly offense to a reasonable person as defined by section 652B of the Second Restatement of Torts?

       

      We welcome attorneys from all practice areas to participate. Volunteer judges are invaluable to the continued success of MCHB and the in-house competition program. Particularly in this online academic environment, any practical experience we can offer our students is crucial and we cannot do it without our volunteer judges! As a judge, you will provide valuable feedback and evaluate the participants’ performance. For your service as a judge you will receive:

       

      3 free CLE credits and 2.5 credits for each additional night judged*

       

      You may register to serve as a judge for the competition using this sign up form.

       

      Thank you in advance for your support. We hope to see you at the competition. If you have any questions, feel free to contact me at judges@uw.edu

       


    • 02/01/2021 3:08 PM | Anonymous

      Annual QLaw Scholarship


      Calling all Washington State 3Ls and 4Ls - Please Apply or Help Us Spread The Word!

      Application Period Now Open for 3Ls & 4Ls!
      Application Deadline: Friday, February 12–5 p.m., PST


      QLaw is committed to assisting graduating law students with the costs associated with accessing the legal profession after graduation, including but not limited to the cost of the bar preparation course. To this end, we are pleased to share that the application period for the Annual QLaw Scholarship is now open. Download and fill out our application form.

      The amount and number of scholarships will be determined by QLaw, and recipients will be selected based on criteria including past success and future dedication in supporting QLaw’s mission. Scholarship recipients are expected to attend QLaw’s Annual Event on Friday, March 26, 2021 (this year the event will be virtual; complimentary tickets will be provided to scholarship recipients).

      If you are a 3L or 4L student, please consider applying for the scholarship!

      If your law school days are now a fond memory of the past, please help us spread the word and share this message with anyone in your network who might be interested in applying.

      For any questions, please feel free to reach out to the scholarship committee chair, Cam Gatta: camgat@microsoft.com.

      With best wishes,

      QLaw Bar Association


    • 02/01/2021 3:06 PM | Anonymous

      Buchanan's Diversity & Inclusion Committee Presents

      Exploring Intersections
      Black History Month | Celebrating HERstory
      A Conversation With Paulette Brown
      1st African American Woman President of the American Bar Association

      Wednesday, February 10, 2021
      12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. EST


      In observance of Black History Month, please join Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney for a virtual conversation with Paulette Brown. We will explore Paulette's HERstory - her historic rise to the top of the ABA; her career journey from in-house counsel to Municipal Court Judge to private practice at a major law firm; and the many glass ceilings she shattered along the way. We will also discuss diversity in leadership at law firms and bar associations, the importance of mentoring women of color in the legal industry and the impact of diversity on the future practice of law.


      This program has been approved for 1.0 Ethics CLE credit for PA, and 1.0 credits for the Diversity and/or Elimination of Bias Requirement for CA, NY, NJ and WV. Credit for all other states is available on request pending approval. Please indicate if you need CLE credit on the registration form.


      Register here

    • 01/27/2021 8:00 AM | Anonymous

      The ABA Commission on Women in the Profession is proud to host the first-ever virtual World Forum for Women in the Law, from January 27th through 29th, 2021. The theme for this conference is Women, Power, and Disrupting the Status Quo.  Learn from women leaders of the legal profession around the world, from a variety of practice types, and step into your own power as a woman in the law.  The ABA is seeking CLE credit for the World Forum.

      Visit our website <"www.americanbar.org/events-cle/mtg/web/406298302.html"> for program and registration information.

      View the schedule and program descriptions here <"www.americanbar.org/content/dam/aba/administrative/women/cw-worldforum-virtualbrochure-final.pdf">.

       

      Speakers include:

      Christina Blacklaws, Immediate Past President, Law Society of England and Wales

      Vivia Chen, Chief Blogger, Senior Columnist, the Careerist; the American Lawyer

      Connie Collingsworth, Chief Operating Officer, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

      Chantal-Aimee Doerries QC, Head, Atkin Chambers, London

      Paula Davis-Laack, Founder and CEO, Stress and Resilience Institute

      Patricia Diaz Dennis, Board Member, US Steel; Entravision Communications; Amalgamated Bank

      JoAnne Epps, Executive VP and Provost, Temple University

      Fatima Goss Graves, President and CEO, National Women's Law Center

      Deborah Epstein Henry, Consultant, Speaker, Author

      Dr. Milana Hogan, Chief Talent and Legal Officer, Sullivan and Cromwell LLP

      Valerie Jarrett, Former Senior Advisor to President Barack Obama; Distinguished Senior Fellow, the University of Chicago, the Law School

      Stasia Kelly, Executive Director of Client Relations, DLA Piper

      Eileen Letts, Partner, Zuber Lawler

      Charisse Lillie, CEO, CRL Consulting, LLC

      Lelia Mooney, Executive Director, Center for the Advancement for the Rule of Law in the Americas; Adjunct Professor, Georgetown Law

      Meredith Mandell, Associate, Quinn Emanuel

      Michele Coleman Mayes, Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary, New York Public Library

      Hon. Margaret McKeown, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit

      Nancy Northup, President and CEO, Center for Reproductive Rights

      Dr. Destiny Peery, Principal, the Red Bee Group

      Ingrid Pierce, Global Managing Partner, Walkers

      Hillary Sale, Professor, Georgetown University School of Law

      Helena Samaha, President and CEO, Lex Mundi

      Tshepo Shabangu, Immediate Past Chair, Partner, Spoor and Fisher

      Tiziana Sucharitkul, Co-Managing Partner, Director of Dispute Resolution, Tilleke and Gibbons

      Joyce White Vance, Former US Attorney and Distinguished Visiting Professor of the Practice of Law, University of Alabama, School of Law

       


    • 01/22/2021 6:53 AM | Anonymous

      Washington Law Review's purpose is to publish cutting-edge and thought-provoking legal scholarship from both practitioners and students. Doing it responsibly requires our organization to be aware of the inequities, bias, and institutionalized racism that law schools perpetuate. To that end, WLR is particularly interested in submissions from scholars of color, submissions that address legal issues facing marginalized communities, and submissions that discuss legal issues specific to the Pacific Northwest and Alaska.

      By drawing from our regional community, WLR hopes to publish more articles about issues that are uniquely important to Washington State and the Pacific Northwest, including the Ninth Circuit. WLR wants to hear from voices that may not have had a platform to speak on legal issues impacting their communities, especially those that have been here since time immemorial and as this region has grown. Overall, WLR seeks to respond to the overdue and critical need for diverse voices in law—voices that our legal community has historically overlooked. This is our privilege and our responsibility.


      We invite you to consider submitting an article or essay to WLR and/or sharing this call for pieces with your professional network. More information on how to submit and submission deadlines can be found here: https://www.law.uw.edu/wlr/submissions.


      If you have questions or comments, please reach out to Jennifer Seely, our Chief Articles Editor (jseely@washlrev.org), and Monica Romero, our Chair of Diversity & Inclusion (mromero@washlrev.org). Thank you.



    • 01/03/2021 12:11 PM | Anonymous

      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.

      The nominations portal, in addition to the criteria and requirements, can be found at https://www.americanbar.org/groups/diversity/women/margaret-brent-awards/nominationinformation/.

      The deadline to nominate is January 29th, 2021 at 5pm CST.

      If you have any questions about the nomination process, please do not hesitate to contact me at Laura.Tannous@americanbar.org. To learn more about the award, visit www.ambar.org/brentawards.


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