Items of Interest


  • 01/13/2018 9:40 PM | WWL Admin (Administrator)

    Both programs provide multiple benefits, including providing recipients with funding to attend the GPSolo’s Fall and Spring conferences for one year.

     

    Here’s the link to the Young Lawyers Fellowship: https://www.americanbar.org/ groups/gpsolo/initiatives/ young_lawyers_fellowship.html

    Here’s the link to the Diversity Fellowship: https://www.americanbar.org/ groups/gpsolo/initiatives/ diversity_fellowship.html

     

    Applications are  due April 6, 2018. 


  • 01/13/2018 9:37 PM | WWL Admin (Administrator)

    Hello everyone. I’m a senior at Lewis and Clark High School in Spokane, WA, and I’m completing a research project as part of my AP Capstone class on the effectiveness of mindfulness meditation as a technique for reducing anxiety in lawyers.

    Some studies in recent years examining the effectiveness of mindfulness meditation for lawyers such as the study between the National Association of Women Lawyers and Seyfarth Shaw have found promising results. In order to build off these, my study tries to focus on being realistic about how people can feasibly incorporate mindfulness into their lives and the impacts of even brief meditations over a short period of time.

    I’ve consulted with some professors at Gonzaga and EWU to design the study and gotten approval from my school’s administration, so now I’m trying to find participants. I’ve designed a two-week long daily meditation program using the mobile mindfulness meditation application “Headspace.” Participants will be divided into control and experimental groups, and I’ll measure changes via a short anxiety survey taken at the beginning and end of the study. The time commitment would be about fifteen minutes or less for fourteen days and everything will be communicated over the internet, mainly using Google Forms. I’m using a delayed control group design, which means the experimental group will have access to the meditation first, but after the control group has fulfilled their commitments and taken the second anxiety inventory they will also get access to the meditation program so that they have access to the same opportunity. The following is a link to a Google Form, which gives more information about the study and eligibility: https://goo.gl/forms/BoWyT4l3X4DFOsx23. If you have any questions or would like more information, please feel free to email me at bpowersbeggs@gmail.com.

    Thank you for your time,

    Bridget Powers Beggs

     


  • 01/09/2018 11:45 AM | WWL Admin (Administrator)

    Women’s Decisions: What’s True, What’s Not, and Why it Matters

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    When: Tuesday, January 9, 2018, from 11:45 a.m. to 1:15 p.m.  Presentation will be from 12-1, with networking time before and after.

     

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

     

    RSVP: Through Big Tent (preferred if you are a MAMA member) or by email tolunchseminars@mamaseattle.org. If you plan on participating by phone, please indicate that in your RSVP so that we may email you any handouts ahead of time.

     

     

    “There’s an enormous double standard when it comes to how men and women are perceived as decision-makers, and those differences can hamper much more than a woman’s career.”

    -       New York Times Book Review, May 2016

     

    If you want to be assigned the top projects and cases, you need to be seen as someone who has impeccable judgment. And that’s a problem for women. In this interactive lunch seminar, we’ll look at all-too-common stereotypes about women’s judgment and the science debunking those myths. A growing number of studies show that it’s gender bias, not gender differences, that create obstacles for women who want to thrive at work. We’ll identify strategies that you can use to tackle these kinds of gender bias. 

     

    Speaker: Therese Huston, Ph.D., has a mission—to make the workplace as successful for women as it is for men. Therese is a cognitive scientist at Seattle University and the New York Times calls her new book, How Women Decide, “required reading on Wall Street.” She debunks popular myths about how men and women make decisions. (We’ll be giving away a copy of Therese’s book at the lunch!) Therese received her BA from Carleton College and her Ph.D. in cognitive psychology from Carnegie Mellon University. Last fall, she gave her first TEDx Talk. Her work has been featured in Forbes and the Financial Times, she’s written for the New York Times and Harvard Business Reviewand she’s been interviewed on NPR. Microsoft, Amazon, the Cleveland Clinic, and Harvard Business School have asked Therese to lead workshops on how to create more inclusive workplaces for women.  

     

    We encourage you to attend our lunch seminar in person to facilitate both networking and a lively discussion.  Please bring your lunch and join us for this presentation, and meet fellow MAMA members!  Cookies and drinks 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. 

     

    MAMA Seattle would also like to thank our

     

    Platinum sponsors:

    Davis Wright Tremaine LLP

    Garvey Schubert Barer

    K&L Gates LLP

    Yarmuth Wilsdon PLLC

     

    Gold sponsors:

    Keller Rohrback LLP

    Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP

    Perkins Coie LLP

    Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt

    Summit Law Group PLLC

     

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  • 12/03/2017 9:14 PM | WWL Admin (Administrator)

    The National Conference of Women's Bar Associations is a partnering organization of the National Association of Women Lawyers' 2018 Midyear Meeting in South Beach, held February 28 through March 2, 2018 at the W Hotel in South Beach, Miami. Members of member organizations of the NCWBA receive a 10% discount on registration. To register, please click here and use the code MYMNCWBA2018 to get the discount.

     

    This comprehensive program will offer both professional development opportunities and skills training to help women in all fields of legal practice to thrive in their careers. Attendees will have the opportunity to shape the future of NAWL and the legal profession, and to honor leading lawyers and business leaders who have made a significant impact on improving and diversifying the field. NAWL's 2018 honorees include:

    • Leadership Award - to Marlene Gordon, Vice President, General Counsel, North America, Bacardi U.S.A., Inc.
    • Challenge Award - to Brightstar Corp.
    • Public Service Award - to Hon. Patricia Seitz, Senior Judge, United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida

    Registration is open to NAWL members and non-members. Scholarships are available for attorneys who wish to attend, but may not be able to do so due to cost considerations.

     

    For additional information about NAWL and the 2018 Midyear Meeting, click here

     


  • 12/01/2017 12:00 PM | WWL Admin (Administrator)

    •Ready to organize a GOOD Guys (GOOD=Guys Overcoming Obstacles to Diversity) program, but not sure where to start?

    •Unsure how to present the financial case for diversity and inclusion?

    •Need up-to-date information about bias interrupters?

    •Ready to learn from nationally known Diversity Champion Sheryl Axelrod?

     

    Join us on Friday, December 1, 2017 at Noon Pacific for a free one-hour webinar to learn all you need to know about the financial case for diversity and bias interrupters, from Sheryl Axelrod, Esq., and get your organization ready for its own GOOD Guys program!

     

    Benefits of GOOD Guys programming:

    •Engage men for the advancement of women and diverse professionals.

    •Learn about the profitability of diversity & unlock its potential.

    •Learn how to put on your own GOOD Guys program.

    •Be part of the solution - become a diversity champion!

     

    Register at this link:  https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/5898920951251042818

     

    GOOD Guys is a program that spreads the message about why GOOD Guys are essential to the advancement of diverse professionals, which includes honoring GOOD Guys for their efforts, providing information about cutting-edge techniques to interrupt bias, and the latest on how diversity at the top makes more money for businesses. See more info at www.goodguysinlaw.org.

     


  • 11/15/2017 11:19 AM | WWL Admin (Administrator)

    MAMA Seattle is accepting applications for the 2018 Ladder Down program. Information about the program, the 2018 schedule, and applications are available here: http://www.mamaseattle.org/ladder-down.html

     

    Ladder Down is a year-long career and business development program for women attorneys in all practice areas at any level. 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. The year-long program begins January 19, 2018, and the application deadline is December 1, 2017.

    Email ladderdown@mamaseattle.org with questions. Applications should be emailed to this address as well.

     


  • 10/03/2017 11:45 AM | WWL Admin (Administrator)

    MAMA Seattle invites you to attend our next monthly lunch seminar:

    Dishing MAMA Secrets: Balancing Career, Family, Self-Care

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    When: Tuesday, October 3, 2017, from 11:45 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. Presentation will be from 12-1, with networking time before and after.

    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 lunchseminars@mamaseattle.org. Please identify if you will attend in person in Seattle or if you will participate by phone.

    Come hear from a panel of mother attorneys who will speak to how they balance career and family responsibilities.

    Panelists include:

    Aurora Bearse. Aurora R. Bearse was appointed as a court commissioner for Division II of the Court of Appeals, effective May 1, 2012. Prior to her appointment, Commissioner Bearse served as an administrative law judge for the Washington State Office of Administrative Hearings. She has also served as a staff attorney for Division II of the Court of Appeals, as an Assistant Appellate Federal Public Defender in the Fifth Circuit, as an associate attorney at Weil, Gotshal & Manges (New York and Houston offices), and as a judicial law clerk for Judge Robert R. Beezer (9th Circuit) and Judge William H. Walls (DNJ).

    Commissioner Bearse graduated with honors from Rutgers-Newark School of Law. She was the senior articles editor of the Rutgers Law Review. She holds a bachelor's degree in Religion & History from Rutgers University. She serves on the executive board of the Seattle Children's Autism Guild, an all-volunteer organization that raises funds for the Autism Center at Seattle Children's Hospital. She is married to attorney Ian Crosby, a partner in the Seattle office of Susman Godfrey. The couple have two young daughters.

    Wendy Kearns. Wendy Kearns is a Partner and Co-Chair of the Technology, Advertising, Trademark, and Entertainment group at Davis Wright Tremaine. She specializes in technology and intellectual property law, with extensive experience in transactions involving software, cloud computing, and financial technology, and is a frequent speaker on those topics. Wendy is a member of DWT’s Diversity Committee management group and spends a significant amount of time on the firm’s diversity efforts. In addition to her time at DWT, Wendy has worked at her own firm, been in-house at Microsoft Corporation, and began her career as a securities lawyer at Venture Law Group (which then merged into Heller Ehrman). She has three children, ages 14, 11, and 7, and raises them on Vashon Island.

    Lori Lynn Phillips. Lori Lynn Phillips is a principal in the Office of the General Counsel for PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP. Prior to joining PwC, she was a partner at Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP and a shareholder at Heller Ehrman LLP. For much of her twenty-year career in private practice, she served as outside counsel to PwC and other national accounting firms in defense of professional liability claims, securities class actions, and regulatory counseling and enforcement matters. She also represented directors and officers and issuers in internal investigations and SEC enforcement proceedings as well as derivative actions and other securities-related litigation and handled a broad range of civil litigation matters. She received her J.D. from Yale Law School, where she was Managing Editor of The Yale Law Journal, and she graduated summa cum laude from Gustavus Adolphus College. Lori Lynn has four teenagers who are attending Garfield High School.

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    We encourage you to attend our lunch seminar 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 and drinks 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.

    MAMA Seattle would also like to thank our

    Platinum sponsors:

    Davis Wright Tremaine LLP

    Garvey Schubert Barer

    Gold sponsors:

    K&L Gates LLP

    Keller Rohrback LLP

    Perkins Coie LLP

    Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt

    Summit Law Group PLLC

    www.MAMASeattle.org


  • 09/24/2017 6:34 PM | WWL Admin (Administrator)

    Each year, the goal of the NAWL Survey has been to provide objective statistics regarding the position and advancement of women lawyers in law firms in particular, and the NAWL Survey remains the only national survey that collects this industry benchmarking data in such detail. The 2017 NAWL Survey marks 10 years of tracking data on the career progression and compensation of women among the top 200 U.S. law firms.  

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  • 09/10/2017 12:33 PM | WWL Admin (Administrator)

    Texas Women Lawyers have established a website listing a number of projects by other Texas bar organizations, including the following: the State Bar of Texas, connecting attorneys with pro bono opportunities (including an emergency order allowing in-state attorneys to handle these matters through at least September); Lone Star Legal Aid and the Texas Bar Foundation, providing and funding legal assistance (including at the main shelter in Houston); and HelpProfessionWomen.com and Association of Women Attorneys, collecting and distributing professional attire and accessories (to attorneys, paralegals, assistants, and others in the legal industry and elsewhere).

    http://www.texaswomenlawyers. net/harvey

    TWL has a regularly-scheduled board meeting tomorrow morning. We will discuss holding a fundraiser event sometime this fall to address mid- to long-term needs of those in the local legal community. We will also vote to sign on as a co-sponsor to the AWA-led clothing drive. More information about that drive can be found here:

    http://www. helpprofessionalwomen.com

    Thanks again for your thoughts and messages, as they really do help people to continue on in their work and efforts. I encourage you to send the same to people you know who are currently threatened by Irma or who are still dealing with cleanup from Harvey.


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