The Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law seeks enthusiastic applicants from diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds for the second installment of its Judicial Diversity Program. Applicants should be interested in pursuing a career on the bench in Washington State. Judicial diversity is essential to helping our judiciary deliver equal justice, countering perceptions of systemic bias, and fostering the public’s faith in the legal system.
The need for good mentors is important when one enters the legal profession, and it becomes even more important as one seeks a judgeship. The Judicial Diversity Program will pair selected lawyers with an active or retired Washington State judge. Judges will assist mentees in:
1. Demystifying the judicial appointment and election process
2. Providing professional guidance and support
3. Increasing awareness regarding what it is like to serve as a judge
4. Increasing mentee’s understanding and knowledge of the judicial system
In addition, throughout the Judicial Diversity Program, quarterly workshops and panels will be organized to enrich participants’ understanding of the judicial process.
The Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization, was formed fifty years ago at the request of President John F. Kennedy to involve the private bar in providing legal services to address racial discrimination. The principal mission of the Lawyers' Committee is to secure, through the rule of law, equal justice under law.
QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE
The ideal candidate will have many of the following professional experiences and personal characteristics:
Applicants must have at least 2 years of experience as a licensed attorney.
Display an interest in seeking a career in the judiciary.
A passionate, demonstrated commitment to civil rights and equal justice.
An ability to navigate opinions and suggestions with grace and humility.
Please send in one mailing: a completed application, statement of interest, and a résumé. The application can be found at: http://www.lawyerscommittee.org/admin/site/issues_documents/files/Judicial-Diversity-Program-Mentee-Application-Fillable.pdf. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until February 18, 2013. The program commences on March 15, 2013 and runs through December 2013.
Please send via mail or email to:
Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law
1401 New York Avenue, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20005
Fax: (202) 783-0857
Please visit our website for more information: http://www.lawyerscommittee.org/issues?id=0008
Each year, our Integrated Studies program at Nathan Hale High School in Seattle runs a Mock Trial for the novel “Lord of the Flies”, by William Golding, as a culminating assessment for second quarter, which also happens to be a major highlight of the students’ high school experience.
Teacher Starr McKittrick is currently in search of volunteer lawyers to be judges for the trials (one in each of the 10 IS classrooms). As of today, we have six of the ten judge positions filled by local attorneys- all of whom are male. We would like to help you in your efforts to “further the full integration of women into the legal profession” by requesting help in filling our last four spots with female lawyers whose presence will broaden the reach of inspiration that comes from student participation in this experience. The trial dates and times are:
Tuesday January 29 – 12:00-3:00 (includes lunch and orientation)
Wednesday January 30 – 9:15-11:30
Thursday January 31 – 9:15-11:30
Thank you in advance for your help in our effort to present a diverse panel of experts for our students here at Hale.
LA 10/ AP L&C 11
Dear Potential Judges:
On behalf of the Moot Court Honor Board at the University of Washington School of Law, I would like to invite you to participate as a judge in our two competitions this winter.
More information about each competition and a complete schedule may be found at the bottom of this email. For your service as a judge, you may receive 3 free CLE credits per competition or, 5.5 credits for judging both.* Free parking and a meal are provided. We welcome attorneys from all practice areas to participate.
You may REGISTER to serve as a judge using the following online sign-up sheet (Note that these sign-up sheets cover the preliminary rounds through the semifinal round. Final round judges are recruited on an individual basis.)
CLICK HERE to sign up for the 2013 Contracts Negotiations Competition
CLICK HERE to sign up for the 2013 Judson Falknor Appellate Advocacy Competition
As a judge, you will provide feedback and evaluate the participants’ performance. We welcome attorneys from all practice areas. We will provide you with details regarding the problem and fact pattern in advance of the competition. Judging for a UWLS competition is an opportunity to provide law students with valuable feedback on their trial advocacy skills. Volunteer judges are also invaluable to the continued success of the Moot Court Honor Board and the in-house competition program.
If you are unable to serve as a judge for either of these competitions, but would like to receive invitations to judge future competitions (or would like to be removed from our judge database), please let us know via the sign-up sheet. Questions regarding the competition can be sent to email@example.com.
Thank you in advance for your support. We hope to see you at the competitions.
Ashley J. Sherwood
Vice President of Judges
UW Moot Court Honor Board
*Each round of competition entails a time commitment of substantive work (training, listening to competition rounds, grading and delivering feedback) of approximately 3 to 3.5 hours. WBSA regulations restrict the number of CLE credits you may receive for judging moot court competitions to 6 CLE credits per three-year reporting period. Note that you will receive 3 credits if you judge one round, but 5.5 if you judge a round in both competitions. This is because pre-competition training counts for .5 credits, but it is identical for both competitions, and so cannot be counted twice.
2013 Contracts Negotiation
The Contracts Negotiation Competition provides an interactive setting where first, second and third year law students role-play as advocates for a client’s interests. In the preliminary rounds, students will negotiate in pairs with other teams and complete term sheets dealing with the outcome of the negotiation. After the qualifying rounds, the best teams will advance and tackle shorter scenarios in the quarterfinal, semifinal, and final rounds.
Monday, 1/28/2013: Preliminary Round #1
5:30-6:00 p.m. Judge check-in, chance to review problem.
6:00-6:30 p.m. Mandatory training for judges.
6:30-9:00 p.m. Competition round and feedback.
Tuesday, 1/29/2013: Preliminary Round #2
Wednesday, 1/30/2013: Quarterfinal Round
Thursday, 1/31/2013: Semifinal Round
Monday, 2/4/2013: Final Round * Recruitment of judges for the final round is completed by other means. The schedule for this day is provided for informational purposes.
6:30-9:00 p.m. Competition round and feedback.
9:00-10:30 p.m. Awards ceremony and refreshments.
2013 Judson Falknor Appellate Advocacy
The Judson Falknor Competition is open to second and third year students and provides them with the opportunity to practice their brief-writing and oral advocacy abilities. In this competition, competitors will advance from the preliminary rounds through three elimination rounds based on persuasive ability and legal analysis. The competition features two preliminary rounds and three elimination rounds (quarterfinal, semifinal, and final).
Monday, 2/25/2013: Preliminary Round #1
5:30-6:00 p.m. Judge check-in, chance to review problem
6:00-6:30 p.m. Mandatory training for judges
Tuesday, 2/26/2013: Preliminary Round #2
Wednesday, 2/27/2013: Quarterfinal Round
Thursday, 2/28/2013: Semifinal Round
Monday, 3/4/2013: Final Round * Recruitment of judges for the final round is completed by other means. The schedule for this day is provided for informational purposes.
Juris Doctor Candidate | University of Washington School of Law
Master's Degree in Legislative Affairs | The George Washington University
Bachelor's Degree in Women's Studies | The George Washington University
Washington Courts: Press Release Detail
Monday’s Supreme Court Inauguration to Mark the First Time in State History for Female Majority, Chief Justice
January 10, 2013
OLYMPIA, WA - On Monday, January 14th at 9:30 a.m. newly-elected Justice Sheryl Gordon McCloud will be sworn in as the newest Justice of the Washington State Supreme Court, marking the first time in state history that the Court will have both a female majority and female Chief Justice.
The ceremony will also mark the inaugurations of Justice Susan J. Owens and Justice Steven González, who were both elected to six-year terms, and Chief Justice Barbara Madsen, who was re-elected by her colleagues to a four-year term as Chief Justice.
The event is open to the public and will be held in the Supreme Court at the Temple of Justice in Olympia.
Sheryl Gordon McCloud graduated from the State University of New York at Buffalo in 1976, and graduated from the University of Southern California Gould School of Law in 1984. She clerked for Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Warren Ferguson before beginning her practice, which included extensive experience in appellate law. In 2008, the Washington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers awarded her their highest award, the William O. Douglas Award, for "extraordinary courage" in the practice of law.
Steven González is the first justice of Mexican heritage to serve on the bench of the Washington State Supreme Court since the formation of the Court in 1889. González was appointed to the Court in 2012, and served on the King County Superior Court bench from 2002-2012. González earned his J.D. from the University of California at Berkley’s law school and was admitted to the Washington state bar in 1991. He graduated from Pitzer College, a member of the Claremont Colleges, with a B.A. in East Asian Studies and studied abroad in undergraduate and advanced studies in Japan and China. From 1997 to 2002, González was an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the state’s Western District. He also worked in the City of Seattle Attorney’s Office from 1996 to 1997 as a trial attorney in the domestic violence unit. Before that, he practiced business and civil law with the firm Hillis Clark Martin and Peterson from 1991 to 1996.
Susan J. Owens was first elected in 2000 to the Supreme Court. She joined the court after serving nineteen years as District Court Judge in Western Clallam County, where she was the County's senior elected official with five terms. She also served as the Quileute Tribe's Chief Judge and Chief Judge of the Lower Elwha S'Klallam Tribe.
Chief Justice Barbara Madsen was elected to serve a second term as the 55th Chief Justice of the Washington State Supreme Court in October. As Chief Justice, she is the court's chief spokesperson, presides over Supreme Court hearings and conferences, and co-chairs the state's Board for Judicial Administration. The voters elected Justice Madsen as the third woman to serve on the Washington Supreme Court in 1992, and she was re-elected in 1998, 2004, and 2010.
For full biographies, please visit www.courts.wa.gov. The ceremony will be covered by TVW, Washington's Public Affairs TV Network. For channel information, or to view coverage online, visit www.tvw.org
Support Washington Cease Fire On Jan. 13, 2013
Washington Cease Fire was started 28 years ago by attorney Tom Wales. It is working on a 2013 legislative agenda to (1) push to toughen penalties on underage possession on firearms which has bi-partisan support (this is Senator Adam Kline’s bill) and 2) a comprehensive ban on the sale of semi-automatic assault weapons including a limit of the capacity of the magazine clip to more than ten bullets.
Washington Cease Fire will hold a march beginning at Westlake Center at 1pm to Seattle Center for a rally at 2pm on Sunday January 13, 2013 (the day before lawmakers return to Olympia). The rally will include a wide swath of students, parents, religious leaders, educators, and business and civic leaders. The march will include signs, speeches and perhaps some high profile musical entertainment. The core focus in the speeches and at the rally will be on moving our legislators to support a ban on semi-automatic weapons.
COJK has announced that Pam Jacobson, Co-Vice President of Professional Development on the WWL State Board, has been elected to its membership. Pam is a registered patent attorney with extensive experience litigating intellectual property disputes throughout the United States. She also maintains an active patent prosecution docket and manages the intellectual property asset portfolios of her clients. Please join WWL in extending her a well-deserved congratulations!
Invites you to attend our next monthly brown bag lunch:
Leaves of Absence: Local and State New and Emerging Laws
Tuesday, January 8, 2013, from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Davis Wright Tremaine LLP, 1201 Third Ave., Floor 22, Seattle, WA 98101
**NEW EASTSIDE LOCATION FOR GROUP CALL IN AND NETWORKING**
Hanson Baker Ludlow Drumheller P.S., 2229 - 112th Avenue NE, Suite 200, Bellevue, Washington 98004-2936
RSVP: through Big Tent (preferred if you are a MAMAS member) or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please identify if you will attend in person in Seattle or Eastside or if you will participate by phone.
Are you pregnant? Are you adopting? Do you or your child have illnesses that require you to miss work? There are a host of laws that protect pregnant moms, new parents, those who are ill and those who have family that are ill. Come learn about the various protections in place including the new Seattle Sick and Save Paid Leave Ordinance that went into effect a few months ago. In addition, learn about the Economic Opportunity Institute’s efforts to promote legislation for a Family Medical Leave Insurance program in Washington state that would allow new parents who wouldn’t otherwise have paid parental leave the opportunity to have partially paid leave from work to care for their new child.
Laurie Johnston is a partner at Gordon and Rees LLP. Her practice focuses on defense of employers in employment litigation and preventive employment counseling. Laurie has litigated a broad range of subjects, including claims for employment discrimination and harassment, class actions, defamation, wage and hour violations, FMLA compliance, employee disability and other workplace legal issues. She has also defended charges and suits brought before the EEOC, the Washington Human Rights Commission, and Labor & Industries. Added to that, Laurie provides general advice to employers on a full range of workplace issues, including harassment, discrimination, terminations, disability accommodations, religious accommodations, the FMLA and ADA. She also helps employers prevent problems by developing policies, forms, practices and training that address both the employer's legal needs and its business realities. Laurie has two children: Connor, a four-year-old boy, and Alex, a seven year-old-girl.
Stephanie Berntsen focuses her practice in employment advice and litigation and securities litigation representing national and regional clients. Ms. Berntsen has served as lead counsel in numerous employment and securities disputes, assisted clients in resolving matters by defense up to and including at trials and arbitrations, including FINRA matters. She recently defended clients in two employment discrimination jury trials -- gender discrimination and Title VII retaliation -- both resulting in defense verdicts. She speaks regularly on employment related issues, including Seattle's Safe and Sick Leave, wage and hour, disability law, discipline and termination, and trade secrets. She currently serves as the assistant practice group leader for the firm's employment law group. For the past seven years, Ms. Berntsen has been recognized for inclusion in Thomson Reuter's Washington Rising Stars list, an annual roster of the top up-and-coming attorneys in the state. Stephanie has two children: Samantha, age 4, and Madeline, age 2.
Marilyn Watkins is Policy Director at the Economic Opportunity Institute, a nonprofit policy research institute that focuses on restoring opportunity and rebuilding economic security for working people and their families. She led the successful campaign for paid sick days in Seattle and chairs the Washington Work and Family Coalition. She is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Health Services at the University of Washington, and has been appointed to the Governor’s Commission on Transforming Washington’s Budget, the Joint Legislative Taskforce on Family Leave Insurance, and serves on the executive committee of the Family Values @ Work Multi-State Consortium. She earned a B.A. at Harvard and Ph.D. in history at the University of Michigan. Before joining EOI in 1999, she worked as a historical consultant for Northwest Indian tribes and taught courses in Pacific Northwest and American women's history.
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 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.
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