Items of Interest

  • 02/09/2013 8:00 AM | Anonymous
    Seattle University is hosting the ABA Law Student Division Client Counseling Competition on Saturday, February 9th, 2013. This year’s topic is employment law and we expect 12 teams to compete.

    We are looking for attorneys, judges, and counselors to judge the preliminary rounds of the competition on Saturday from 8:00 am to 12:00 pm and the semifinal round 12:30 pm to 3:00 pm. Your help would greatly contribute to the success of this competition.

    The Client Counseling Competition promotes greater knowledge and interest among law students in the preventive law and counseling functions of law practice and encourages students to develop interviewing, planning, and analytical skills in the lawyer-client relationship in the law office. The competition simulates a law office consultation in which student lawyers conduct an interview with a “client.” Following the interview, the student lawyers explain how they would proceed further in the hypothetical situation.

    If you are interested and available to judge the Client Counseling Competition, please let me know with the times and rounds for which you are available. CLE credits will be provided.

    Breakfast and lunch will be served at the competition.
    As the competition nears, we will send judges additional information and instructions.

    Thank you for your time and cooperation. We could not run a successful competition without your help!

    Vanessa Nicole Jimenez
    Seattle University School of Law, JD Candidate 2013 BA, Chapman University | Legal Studies
  • 02/05/2013 3:14 PM | Anonymous

    Sarah Redfield, a professor at the University of New Hampshire School of Law, is asking women attorneys to share their stories of implicit bias (a bias that we hold without our conscious knowledge). She hopes to use this research in an exploration of how implicit bias and micro-messaging have changed for women. To contribute to this important task, please add your experience as a comment on the website, or, if you prefer, send Ms. Redfield a personal email to (please indicate if you prefer your experience to be kept confidential). To learn more about implicit bias and micro-messaging, please read Ms. Redfield’s piece for the American Bar Association Section of Litigation Woman Advocate Committee entitled The Courage to Pay Heed: Knowing and Responding to Implicit Bias.
  • 02/05/2013 12:00 PM | Anonymous

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

    Relationships:  How to keep your romantic partnership strong even after adding kids to the mix
    Tuesday, February 5th, 2013, from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.

    Davis Wright Tremaine LLP, 1201 Third Ave., Floor 22, Seattle, WA 98101

    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  Please identify if you will attend in person in Seattle or Eastside or if you will participate by phone.

    Come hear suggestions on how to keep your relationships healthy while managing a career, a home and a family. Get great advice on re-igniting the spark even when you are sleep-deprived!

    Our guest speaker, Michael Rediger, LICSW, specializes in couples counseling. He has been in practice for 16 years and is a Certified Gottman Therapist and Certified Gottman Workshop Leader. He has been married for 11 years to MAMAS member Shawn Rediger and has two daughters aged 8 and 6. Michael will discuss John Gottman's research, specifically, the “4 Horsemen of the Apocalypse” (which are the four ways of interacting that predict the dissolution relationships) and their antidotes. He will also present an overview of a theory called the Sound Relationship House, which he describes as a recipe for success in relationships.

    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.

    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.





  • 01/31/2013 10:00 AM | Anonymous

    Ms. JD and Kirkland & Ellis cordially invite you to attend Building Her Power Base: A Conversation with ABA President Laurel Bellows on Leadership & Entrepreneurship.

    Laurel Bellows will be speaking on Leadership and Entrepreneurship and will be answering questions from young women attorneys and law students nationwide. When Ms. JD thinks Entrepreneurship and Leadership, Laurel is one of the first women that comes to mind. She is the Principal of her own law firm, The Bellows Law Group, P.C., she is the president of the ABA, she was the second woman president of the 22,000 member Chicago Bar Association, she was listed among Working Mother Magazine's 25 Most Influential Working Mothers in the country, and the list continues. Laurel's presentation is an unsurpassed opportunity for law students and junior attorneys to get tips and tricks for tackling leadership and entrepreneurship in the law!

    The event will be held on January 31, 2013 live in Chicago at Kirkland & Ellis and will be broadcasted to the following locations:

    Seattle - Foster Pepper

    Seattle: January 31, 2013 Foster Pepper, PLLC - 1111 Third Avenue, Suite 3400, Seattle, WA 10:00am Pacific, Viewing Party and Breakfast  

    Meals will be served in many locations and registration is limited. Please register here

    For more information, click here

    Ms. JD is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to empowering and supporting women law students and young lawyers. In addition to their daily blog, Ms. JD is home of the National Women Law Students Organization (NWLSO) which boasts affiliations with women's organizations at 90 campuses nationwide. For more information about Ms. JD go

  • 01/30/2013 3:34 PM | Anonymous



    1325 Fourth Avenue, Suite 600, Seattle, WA 98101-2539

    (206) 727-8252 § Fax (206) 727-8314

    Opportunity for Service on the Practice of Law Board

    The Practice of Law Board has two openings on its Board effective immediately. We’re looking for thoughtful and hard-working people committed to the Board’s mission of serving the public. The Washington Supreme Court established the Board and described its purpose in General Rule 25(a):

    • · Promote expanded access to affordable and reliable legal and law-related services;
    • · Expand public confidence in the administration of justice;
    • · Make recommendations regarding the circumstances under which nonlawyers may be involved in the delivery of certain types of legal and law-related services;
    • · Enforce rules prohibiting individuals and organizations from engaging in unauthorized legal and law-related services that pose a threat to the general public; and
    • · Ensure that those engaged in the delivery of legal services in the state of Washington have the requisite skills and competencies necessary to serve the public.

    The Board has 13 members, at least four of whom must be non-lawyers. The Board represents the public interest in the delivery of legal and law-related services and should reflect the broad range of diversity of individuals who use or are part of the justice system in Washington State.


    • · Attend 8-10 Board meetings each year (most in Seattle, half by phone, usually on Fridays)
    • · Attend a day-long annual retreat (usually in Seattle)
    • · Participate in Board initiatives or committees

    The term of service is three years. Board members are eligible for reappointment for a second term.

    Board members are not compensated for their service, but are reimbursed for travel and other necessary expenses under the reimbursement policies of the Washington State Bar Association.

    How to Apply:

    The application deadline is February 28, 2013. Please send us a résumé and letter describing your background, qualifications, commitment, experience, and interest in service to:

    Practice of Law Board

    1325 Fourth Avenue, Suite 600

    Seattle, WA 98101-2539

    Additional information is available at If you have any questions, contact Practice of Law Board Administrator Julie Shankland at or at (206) 727-8280.

  • 01/30/2013 2:43 PM | Anonymous

    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.

    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: 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.
    Suite 400
    Washington, D.C. 20005
    Fax: (202) 783-0857
    Please visit our website for more information:

  • 01/29/2013 12:00 PM | Anonymous

    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.

    Starr McKittrick
    LA 10/ AP L&C 11

  • 01/28/2013 5:30 PM | Anonymous

    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.

    • The 2013 Contracts Negotiations Competition (Monday, January 28-Thursday, January 31).
    • The 2013 Judson Falknor Appellate Advocacy Competition (Monday, February 25- Thursday, February 28).

    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

    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

    Competition Schedule

    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

    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.

    Wednesday, 1/30/2013: Quarterfinal Round

    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.

    Thursday, 1/31/2013: Semifinal Round

    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.

    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.

    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.
    9:00-10:30 p.m. Awards ceremony and refreshments.

    2013 Judson Falknor Appellate Advocacy

    Competition Schedule

    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

    6:30-9:00 p.m. Competition round and feedback.

    Tuesday, 2/26/2013: Preliminary Round #2

    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.

    Wednesday, 2/27/2013: Quarterfinal Round

    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.

    Thursday, 2/28/2013: Semifinal Round

    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.

    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.

    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.
    9:00-10:30 p.m. Awards ceremony and refreshments.

    Jen Goldstein

    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

    (954) 263-6221

  • 01/22/2013 4:02 PM | Anonymous
    Farmers’ Legal Action Group, Inc. and the National Agricultural Law Center are working with USDA to develop a network of attorneys willing to assist Hispanic and women farmers, either on a pro bono or compensated basis, in completing and submitting claims forms in a non-judicial process designed to resolve past claims of discrimination in United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Loan Programs for certain periods between 1981 and 2000.  For more information, please see the USDA’s Attorney Recruitment Notice as well as an article on the National Agricultural Law Center's blog that provides further explanation. 
  • 01/15/2013 4:32 PM | Anonymous
    A Senior at Nathan Hale High School would like to connect some Nathan Hale students with local community organizers and leaders in order to get students involved in North Seattle. The project is called an Author of Change Project and it involves getting some our 10th grade students to shadow community leaders. She would like to  invite some North Seattle leaders to Nathan Hale for 1-2 hours on March 8th to let the students ask questions about your organization and getting involved as a shadow. Shadowing is where students follow a community leader and learn what they do. If you are interested in finding out  more about this please contact me at
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