Items of Interest

  • 12/03/2020 4:44 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


    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 To learn more about the award, visit

  • 11/23/2020 3:33 PM | Anonymous

    Long-term remote work has changed how lawyers work, engage in business development, emerge as leaders, and network. Staying connected with other lawyers and clients while growing professionally is equally important during these challenging times. Ladder Down 2021 is designed to help you grow professionally and navigate this "new normal." Plus, you'll earn over 20 CLE credits! Program cost is $800. Partial scholarships are available for MAMAs members.  Applications are due December 15th.


    Ladder Down is a year-long career and business development program for women attorneys in all practice areas at any level. Our 2021 program is fully remote via Zoom, with meetings approximately once a month. Led by an experienced faculty of career coaches, the program provides a structured, proven approach to help lawyers take their careers to the next level by focusing on helping women attorneys develop skills to build a book of business or rise through the corporate counsel ranks and enhance leadership skills. Faculty members Marianne Trost and Lynn Moran will lead 6 monthly group presentations on Saturday mornings, supported by several small group sessions that allow for individualized follow up and accountability. Panel discussions and individual consultations round out the formal program. Ladder Down participants also benefit from the support, mentoring, and referral network developed between fellow participants.

    The year-long program begins January 2021. The 2020 sample schedule, curriculum, faculty bios, tuition, and scholarship information and the application are all posted on the MAMA Seattle website: The 2021 schedule is still being finalized and will post once final. 

    This is an amazing opportunity for a select group of women attorneys to have access to personalized business development and leadership training designed to take you and your career to the next level. Past participants have included small, medium, and large firm partners and associates, corporate counsel, in-house counsel, government attorneys, and attorneys in (or looking to) transition.

    Although originally developed as an in-person program, in the spring of 2020 the current class moved to a remote forum, and the feedback has been outstanding. Class participants report that they have benefited from the monthly zoom sessions and recommend the program to others working from home, as it has allowed them to stay connected and focus on business and leadership development in our changing environment.

    Email with questions and for an application. Applications should be emailed to this address as well. 

    The program is not limited to mother attorneys or MAMA members; please feel free to share the link with other women attorneys in your network.


  • 11/23/2020 3:32 PM | Anonymous

    This program is a full-representation legal clinic that helps LGBTQ+ families attain legal orders affirming their legal parental relationship with their children.  These are all non-contested cases, and are almost all second-parent adoptions, with a few third-parent adoptions and confirmation of parentage orders.  All work can be done remotely, and representation generally lasts 3-5 months, depending on the family.


    QLaw Foundation provides:

    -malpractice insurance coverage

    -low-bono compensation (between $400 and $800 per completed case)

    -6 hours of video CLE training

    -technical and filing support as needed (prior family law experience is helpful but not required!)

    -template pleadings

    -client agreements and initial client meeting support


    Attorney requirements:

    -Active WA bar license in good standing

    -Ability to complete CLE training and start representation in November/December

    -Affirmation and support of all LGBTQ+ families, including families of color, families living in poverty, undocumented families, and non-traditional families


    We have several families who are waiting to be matched with attorneys and we’d like to get them started as soon as possible!  If you are interested, please fill out our New Volunteer Questionnaire and be sure to indicate that you are interested in the Family Matters Legal Clinic.  And in the meantime, check out our Family Matters Legal Clinic webpage and video for an introduction to LGBTQ+ legal parentage and our program!  Email with any questions.

  • 10/28/2020 9:31 AM | Anonymous

    The Guided Conversations Project addresses the intersectionality of race/ethnicity and gender in the legal profession.  Through structured dialogue women of color and white women can bridge gaps in understanding and build allyship to promote racial equity.

    Read the reports here

  • 10/28/2020 9:05 AM | Anonymous

    ADL is an organization working to fight antisemitism and all forms of hate and securing fair and just treatment for all people. I wanted to share an opportunity that might interest young attorneys in your network, a young leadership program ADL runs called the Glass Leadership Institute (GLI).


    This program is designed for young professionals in their 20’s through early 40’s passionate about fighting hate and pursuing social justice. For the first year ever, ADL will have a class in both Seattle and Portland, allowing for relationship building across the Pacific Northwest.


    Due to COVID, the program will begin virtually in January 2021 and consist of monthly evening sessions through August 2021. Each interactive session will give participants exposure to pressing issues at the center of ADL’s work, including the rise of online hate, civil rights advocacy, domestic extremism, and building bridges with diverse communities. Sessions will feature a range of speakers, including ADL national and local experts and community leaders.


    This is a great opportunity for young attorneys to build their networks, explore current civil rights issue, and gain valuable leadership skills.

    For more information about program requirements and to apply, please visit Applications will be accepted now through November 8.

  • 10/26/2020 11:09 AM | Anonymous
    The Moot Court Honor Board at the University of Washington School of Law invites attorneys to participate as judges in their Contract Negotiation competition, which will be conducted online for the first time ever this year. The competition runs from October 26th to October 29th. You may register to sign up as a judge for the competition using this sign up formIf you have any questions, feel free to contact

  • 10/22/2020 5:00 PM | Anonymous

    We're delighted to invite you to our upcoming virtual panel on Thursday October 22nd at 5pm PST. We will talk with four womxn of color about their lived experiences, insights, and learnings on their journey to public office.


    Womxn of color constitute 8.8% of the total 535 members of Congress, 4.5% of the total 311 statewide elective executives, and in the nation's 100 largest cities, ten womxn of color currently serve as mayors.


    That's not enough. Join us for this conversation about the journey to public office for womxn of color, and the pressing need for more Black, Indigenous, and People of Color in all levels of government.

  • 10/14/2020 3:45 PM | Anonymous

    In recognition of her decades of work encouraging and supporting women in the legal profession, Washington State Supreme Court Justice Barbara Madsen has been named the 2020 recipient of the prestigious Joan Dempsey Klein Award by the National Association of Women Judges (NAWJ). Madsen will be presented the award during the association’s annual conference — held remotely this year — starting October 14.

    The award is named after the co-founder of the NAWJ, California’s first female presiding justice, and recognizes someone who works to improve the number of women serving as judges, assists women judges in increasing their proficiency, and who supports improvement in the judicial branch.

    Madsen was nominated for the award by state Supreme Court Chief Justice Debra Stephens, retired Chief Justice Mary Fairhurst, and Justices Susan Owens, Sheryl Gordon McCloud and Helen Whitener, all members of NAWJ.

    Justice Madsen “personally recruited most of the Washington judges who are or have been members of NAWJ,” their nominating letter said. She served for 20 years as Chair of the Washington Supreme Court Gender and Justice Commission, one of whose core missions is to support women in the legal profession. Under Madsen’s leadership the Commission developed the groundbreaking educational program, “When Bias Compounds: The Intersectionality of Race and Gender in the Legal Profession,” spearheaded Washington’s annual Color of Justice program to encourage female students of color to consider the legal profession, sponsored annual judicial receptions for the three Washington law schools’ Women Lawyers Caucuses, and helped provide scholarships for women law students.

    Justice Madsen was also instrumental in developing and supporting The Judicial Institute, an organization that has mentored and trained women and persons of color to run for or be appointed to judicial positions in Washington, with great success. She also started the Initiative for Diversity, which asks lawyers and legal employers to commit that they will hire, retain, and promote women and people of color in their workplaces.

    When Madsen was elected to the Supreme Court in 1992, she become only the third woman justice in Washington – and the first who was not initially appointed,. She had four young children at the time and served on the Seattle Municipal Court bench, but felt strongly that women needed to reach for higher positions in the legal branch. She served as Chief Justice of the state Supreme Court from 2010 to 2017.

    “Her personal courage and commitment has inspired many other women to stand up and take leadership roles, and to extend a hand to others to join them,” her colleagues said in their nominating letter.

    Madsen, who has been a member of the NAWJ since 1986, said that the support and encouragement she received from other women judges across the U.S. has been invaluable over the years. “It is humbling to receive the Joan Dempsey Klein award, particularly knowing its namesake, and coming from an organization that has meant so much to me,” she said.

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