Items of Interest

  • 05/29/2013 7:09 AM | Anonymous
    What is your vision of equity in the legal profession? We want to know ... we need your voice and your vision!

    And your opinion could be worth more than you think -- $1,000, to be precise.

    Based on different backgrounds and experiences, everyone has a different view of equity and what it means to the profession.

    To capture a range of those views, the ABA Task Force on Gender Equity is hosting a contest on Twitter to encourage the discussion and exchange of ideas on equity in the law. Participants will tweet and complete this sentence: "My vision of equity in the legal profession is . . . ."

    To participate go to:

    ** The virtual symposium closes June 30, 2013. **

    Join the discussion to eliminate bias and enhance equity in the legal profession. Together, we can find a voice to advance change.

    For more information on the ABA Task Force on Gender Equity, visit

    Thank you - The ABA Task Force on Gender Equity

    NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. LEGAL RESIDENTS OF THE 50 UNITED STATES (D.C.), 18 YEARS AND OLDER. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED. Contest ends 6/30/13. For Official Rules and prize description, visit Sponsor: American Bar Association, 321 North Clark Street, Chicago, IL 60654.
  • 05/24/2013 4:30 PM | Anonymous

     Washington Leadership Institute /WLI  presents a networking opportunity to provide information to the fellows about the MBA's and encourage membership.  Presidents/Vice Presidents or elected representatives of MBAs are invited to attend on May 24, 2013  at Perkins Coie starting at 4:30 pm. 

    Please send an email to Tracy Flood, WSBA Governor at Large with your name and title for RSVP by Friday April 12th.

  • 05/23/2013 3:57 PM | Anonymous

    Thinking about starting your own law firm?  Have you already formed your own practice?  Hear from women who have been there and done that.

    The Road to Independence:  101 Women's Journeys to Starting Their Own Law Firms is a collection of 101 letters from women who have taken the courageous and difficult step of creating a law firm of their own, either as a solo or with others. For more information or to order this book, visit or call 800-285-2221 (product code 4920046).  Also available as an eBook! (product code 4920046EBK)

  • 05/23/2013 3:53 PM | Anonymous
    2013 Statewide Diversity Conference is scheduled for Friday, October 18th at the Seattle University School of Law.  The Chairs for the conference are seeking volunteers to assist in planning this important event.  If you are interested in serving on the planning committee,  please email Leesa Manion at
  • 05/23/2013 3:48 PM | Anonymous
    DirectWomen is a program whose primary objective is to increase the number of women serving on the boards of US corporations.  The centerpiece of the DirectWomen initiative is the DirectWomen Board Institute, an annual two-day program providing an orientation and update on key issues facing current and future directors. The goal is to position an elite group of exceptional senior women lawyers for service as directors of major U.S. corporations.  To find out more, apply for a slot, or refer a candidate to be one of the approximately 20 women attorneys selected to attend this year's institute, please click here [link:].  All application materials must be received by June 30, 2013.
  • 05/22/2013 7:30 AM | Anonymous

    “From Diversity to Inclusion: Managing Legal Employment in a Changing Profession”

    Wednesday, May 22, 2013
    7:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
    Davis Wright Tremaine's Seattle Office (View Map)

    CLE Credits and Ethics CLE Credit(s) Pending
    Cost: $125 USD per attendee

    Click Here to Pre-register for This Event

    Please join hosts Chief Justice Barbara Madsen with the Washington State Supreme Court, General Counsel Brad Smith with Microsoft, and other leaders in the legal community at the upcoming Managing Partners Summit hosted by the Initiative for Diversity.

    This Summit will provide you with resources to develop a successful diversity plan that will help you create a climate that encourages, supports and increases diversity in your workplace. You will receive specific recruiting and retention strategies and tools that have been proven effective in creating a diverse workforce. You will also learn what has and has not worked in environments similar to your own.

    Questions or Inquiries about Sponsorship Opportunities:
    Erica Chung
    Executive Director, Initiative for Diversity
    (206) 720-4996 or

    Make sure you get a spot. Pre-register today.

  • 05/18/2013 6:30 PM | Anonymous

    The Women’s Funding Alliance presents the Art of Dining on May 18th, 2013.  The WFA  works to empower women and girls and create change that will make our communities stronger.  

    • Saturday, May 18, 2013, 6:30pm
      Registration and Cocktail Reception 6:30 - 7:30pm
      Dinner and Live Auction begins at 7:30pm
      Museum of History and Industry (MOHAI)
      860 Terry Ave N, Seattle, WA 98109 in Lake Union Park

     Complimentary valet parking for all Art of Dining guests.

    For more info and to register.

  • 05/14/2013 1:30 PM | Anonymous
    WSBA Spring Diversity Stakeholder Meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, May 14, 2013 from  1:30 -4:30 p.m. at the WSBA Offices, Suite 600, 1325 4th Avenue, Seattle.
  • 05/07/2013 12:00 PM | Anonymous

    When: Tuesday, May 7th, 2013, from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.

    Where:  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 Heather Coldwell at  Please identify if you will attend in person in Seattle or if you will participate by phone.

    Join for us for a discussion of the ins and outs of nursing as a working mom.  Our panelists will discuss methods for helping preserve and sustain the nursing relationship while working, including practical tips and advice on pumping, both in the office or on the road.  The panelists will also offer their advice and experience on handling unexpected events or complications that may arise as a working and nursing mom and how employers and colleagues can support nursing moms through informal networks and formal policies. 


    Joy MacTavish-Unten is a Certified Birth and Postpartum Doula, Certified Childbirth and Newborn Educator and Certified Breastfeeding Specialist.  In these roles she works directly with parents during the perinatal period.  She will sit for the IBLCE exam in July in order to become an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant.  This, in addition to a Master’s degree in Cultural Studies, has drawn Joy to continued education and advocacy work.  She also serves as the Project Coordinator for the Puget Sound Lactation Support Outreach Project of the Breastfeeding Coalition of Washington, where she focuses on providing direct outreach, training and materials to employers establishing effective policies and creating a supportive environment for working mothers in compliance with local and federal laws.


    Jaime Drozd Allen is a member/partner at Ogden Murphy Wallace, P.L.L.C., where she specializes in representing both defendants in product liability and general business litigation, as well as plaintiffs who have been injured by governmental negligence or otherwise.  Jaime is a co-founder of the firm’s Appellate Practice Group.  She earned her B.A. degree from the University of California, San Diego; and her law degree cum laude from the Boston University School of Law, where she was an editor of the Boston University Law Review and a G. Joseph Tauro Distinguished Scholar.  Jaime is currently serving her second term on the Board of Directors of MAMAS.  She is a passionate pro bono advocate, having devoted significant time to the pro bono representation of criminal defendants, children with special needs and prisoners in civil rights matters.  Jaime and her husband are parents to three kids – Sydney (6), Isabelle (4), and Jack (2).  Having returned to work after each of her kids was 4 months old and breastfeeding her children until they were 15-19 months, Jaime has experience being a breastfeeding mom in the workplace…and airports, courtrooms, factories, and clients and opposing counsels’ offices.


       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.




  • 05/07/2013 10:54 AM | Anonymous

    The Young Lawyers and Social Media Working Group of the Gender Equity Task Force hopes that your members will join us in a virtual march on Washington for Gender Equity. 

    The Gender Equity Task Force's Virtual March for Gender Equity

    The ABA Gender Equity Task Force needs your organization’s participation and promotion of our virtual march for gender equity.

    How You Can Help:
    Participating is as simple as clicking your heels three times. Click on the link to the website:  Click the vote button next to the red shoes and click the submit button. Then you have “Clicked” your heels for gender equity.

    Why is this important and what is the point?

    The visual of hundreds of thousands of people descending on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial and the sea of people coming together for the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom in 1963 has become an iconic representation of people standing in concert to effect change. While nothing can ever replace the historic transcendence of that day, in this new millennium a virtual voice carries the same power and ability to effect change as a physical presence.

    Like in 1963, people of today still struggle with the ability to be treated equally in the work place. What is gender equity? It is equal pay for equal work. It is paternity leave without stigma. It is flexible time to meet personal and family needs, while still being able to participate and make a productive contribution to the work place. It is the recognition of the differences between men and women without diminishing the value and contribution each provide. In a word, it is “fairness.”

    March with us starting on Equal Pay Day on April 9ththrough the ABA’s Day of the Woman on August 10th 2013.

    Please share this opportunity to “march” for equality with your members.

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