In honor of the 50th anniversary of the right to counsel landmark decision on March 18, 1963 (Gideon v. Wainwright, 372 U.S. 335, 83 S. Ct. 792 (1963)), the Supreme Court and members of the public defense community have collected some links to educational materials to honor the anniversary. We are hoping you will join us in commemorating this event in your community this Law Day.
We enclose these links to assist you in accessing these materials to plan your programs.
What was once "Take Our Daughters to Work Day" and is now officially titled "Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day" is an opportunity for those in the legal profession to introduce their children and other young relatives and friends to a perspective on what they do all day that may deepen a child's interest in the law or help the child gain a better understanding of the what it means to be in the workforce. Women's bar associations are natural partners in this event, as they can provide networking opportunities for children and adults and expand the scope of the day's experience beyond the doors of a single law office. Women Lawyers Association of Michigan is hosting a luncheon. Oregon Women Lawyers has often held a brown-bag event at a courthouse where children are invited to take turns sitting at the judge's bench and to learn about the various roles of court personnel. For more about the day and possible activities, click here. Now in its second decade, the popularity of the day has waned. For a blog post about why that might be the case, click here.
American Bar Association Nominations for 2013 ABA Medal are due by Thursday, May 16, 2013 Deadline
The Operations and Communications Committee of the Board of Governors invites your nominations for the 2013 recipient of the ABA Medal. The ABA Medal was established to honor a member of the bench or bar who has “rendered conspicuous service in the cause of American jurisprudence.” Consistent with the Association's commitment to diversity, we encourage you, in considering who to nominate for the Medal, to include women and candidates of diverse backgrounds. Please submit your nominations, by Thursday, May 16, 2013.
The WSBA is now soliciting nominations for our annual awards, which are presented at our Awards Dinner in September. We ask that you strongly consider making a nomination or encouraging others to do so. This year's awards are listed below. We would love to receive nominations from all around the state. Please tell us who inspires you!
The nomination deadline is April 30, and the nomination form can be found on our Awards web page
FREE WEBINAR Gender Bias Against Women in the Law: Where We Are and What We Can Do About It
April, 18 2013 | 11:00 AM-12:00 PM Pacific/2:00-3:00 PM Eastern
Although women have been graduating from law school in large numbers for several decades, many fewer women than men have advanced into senior law firm positions and leadership roles. Since 2006, NAWL and the NAWL Foundation have surveyed law firms on their retention and promotion of women lawyers, and most recently on the role played by Women's Initiatives for advancing legal careers. The results offer surprises as well as recommendations for women lawyers and their firms.
NAWL, the Coalition of Women's Initiatives in Law, the CBA Alliance, and Ms. JD have joined together to co-sponsor a presentation on the latest research into women's initiatives in law firms. Come learn more about this unique research, its implications for eliminating gender bias and the steps firms can take to advance women lawyers.
Jennifer K. Gust, Partner, Hinshaw and Culbertson LLP/
Board Member, Coalition of Women's Initiatives in Law
Stephanie A. Scharf, Partner, Scharf Banks Marmor LLC/
President, NAWL Foundation
Janet Wallace, Associate, Duggan Smith & Heath LLP/
Vice President, Ms. JD
Leslie Richards-Yellen, Partner/Chief Diversity and Inclusion
Officer, Hinshaw and Culbertson LLP/Board Member, National
Association of Women Lawyers
To view the report on the National Survey of Women's Initiatives, please click HERE
We will be addressing questions about the survey and its results as part of the panel presentation. Please send your questions by April 10th to Sarretta McDonough, NAWL Board Member, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
*Registrants must be individually registered in order to be eligible for
Continuing Legal Education credits.
CLE credit is currently pending in the following states: NY, NJ, IL, PA & CA
"The Pursuit of Justice" Conference
The Gonzaga University School of Law, the Gonzaga Institute for Hate Studies, and the Washington State Task Force on Race and the Criminal Justice System are pleased to organize and host this three-day international conference scheduled for April 18-20, 2013.
The conference theme is Understanding Hatred, Confronting Intolerance, Eiminating Inequality.
"The Pursuit of Justice" offers many outstanding opportunities for cross-conversation between scholars from around the world, members of law enforcement and the judiciary, NGO leaders, public policy and social change experts, human rights activists, award-winning filmmakers, and more.
Conference highlights include:
Friday keynote by Professor Paul Butler - Georgetown Law Center, author of Let's Get Free: A Hip-Hop Theory of Justice, and leading expert on race and criminal justice (http://www.nytimes.com/2013/03/18/opinion/gideons-muted-trumpet.html)
Thursday keynote by Dr. Jack Levin - Brudnick Professor of Sociology and Criminology and Co-Director of the Brudnick Center on Violence and Conflict, Northeastern University, author of 30 books and 150+ articles on hate, extremism, violence and conflict (http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2013/mar/08/hate-crimes-mississippi-oberlin-haunt-everyone; http://www.bostonglobe.com/opinion/2012/12/19/podium-newtown/8RBiAPBjlYG9N9LyC2RVyM/story.html)
"The Pursuit of Justice - Judicial Perspectives" - Friday plenary panel featuring members of the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, US District Courts for Eastern and Western Washington, Washington State Supreme Court, and more
Thursday opening address by Dr. Barbara Perry - "Critical Criminologist of the Year," Professor of Social Science and Associate Dean of Social Science and Humanities, University of Ontario Institute of Technology, noted expert on hate crimes against indigenous and immigrant populations
"Civil Liberties and the Politics of Hate" - Thursday plenary session on voting, political organizing, and the "neutrality of guns," as influenced by the politics of hate and extremism, featuring Dr. Terri Givens, University of Texas-Austin Professor of Government and Gonzaga Prep alumna
"Race and Criminal Justice" - Saturday session including Spokane Chief of Police Frank Straub and Ryan Haygood, Director of Political Participation for the NAACP Legal Education and Defense Fund, Inc.
"The World Is All Around Us" - Friday workshop with Lee Mun Wah, the internationally renowned Chinese American documentary filmmaker, Asian folkteller, poet/author, community therapist, educator, and master diversity trainer
For all conference information, please visit http://www.gonzaga.edu/pursuitofjustice. We will continue updating the schedule into April. Direct any questions or concerns to email@example.com, attn: Conference Co-Chairs Prof. Jason Gillmer and Dr. John Shuford.
Apply to be an At-Large Governor with WSBA. Interested? Submit a letter of application and current resume by 5 p.m. PST on April 19. The letter should include a statement addressing how you believe you meet the intent specified in the WSBA Bylaws, April VI(D)1.
Send the letter and resume to
WSBA Office of the Executive Director
1325 Fourth Ave., Ste. 600
Seattle, WA 98101
For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 206-727-8226.
Former At – Large Governors Eric De Los Santos shares his experience serving on the Board.