Items of Interest

  • 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:


    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


  • 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:


    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 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


    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 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.


    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

  • 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.  

    Read more>>

  • 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 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:


    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.

  • 08/13/2017 1:18 PM | WWL Admin (Administrator)

    Join the ABA Commission on Women in the Profession for Its 27th Annual Margaret Brent Women Lawyers of Achievement Awards Luncheon

    Download the Invitation


    Sunday, August 13, 2017

    Noon - 2:00 p.m.


    New York, New York

    (During the ABA Annual Meeting)

    The ABA Margaret Brent Women Lawyers of Achievement Award, established in 1991, honors outstanding women lawyers who have achieved professional excellence in their area of specialty and have actively paved the way to success for others.

    Order Tickets/Tables

    Individual tickets cost $135. Reserved tables seating 10 are available for $1,750. Table placement will be made on a first-come, first-served basis.

  • 08/10/2017 9:00 AM | WWL Admin (Administrator)

    Registration is open for the 2017 Women’s Bar Leadership Summit: Succeeding with Strength and Savvy in New York City on August 10 and 11. Events will be kicked off on Thursday, August 10 with a Welcome Reception at Fordham Law School at Lincoln Center, which will include a screening of the documentary Balancing the Scales, a film featuring candid interviews with a wide range of women attorneys and judges about their career challenges.

    On Friday, August 11, we will have a full day of Summit programs and events, including our Annual Awards Luncheon, with keynote speaker Roberta Kaplan, known for her successful litigation of cases involving Title IX, the sharing economy and same-sex marriage. 

    For complete information, click here.

    Questions? Email

  • 07/09/2017 11:35 AM | WWL Admin (Administrator)

    The International Action Network for Gender Equity and Law (IANGEL) connects volunteer lawyers to the cause of gender and justice locally, nationally, and around the world, and we have exciting pro bono opportunities for you, your colleagues, or members, to advance women’s rights:


    Nonprofit Formation and Related Advice - IANGEL has multiple project partners needing assistance with formation of nonprofit entities; these projects involve advice concerning whether to form a 501c3 or c4 or something else, preparing formation documents, applying for tax-exempt status, etc.  We have opportunities in California and Ohio for lawyers with this expertise to provide ground up guidance and advice, working with leaders of exciting initiatives of impact and influence for gender equality.  


    Mentoring Afghan Women Lawyers – We have been assisting the Alliance for International Women’s Rights in securing attorney volunteers to mentor Afghan women lawyers, judges, or law professors.  This is a wonderful program where direct contact with mentees over Skype provides important friendship, support, and English language skills.  This requires spending a few hours a week, for a three month commitment, and can make a huge difference in the lives of both mentor and mentee.  Prospective mentees include: (1) a woman attorney who works with a women's rights organization providing free representation to indigent women clients in matters including domestic violence, inheritance, and divorce, (2) a woman law professor who focuses on criminal law and labor law, (3) a woman judge who works in a special court addressing governmental corruption; (4) a woman law professor who focuses on international arbitration and business law, (5) a woman doctor by training who works on women's rights and shelters for battered women with an international organization, and (6) a woman lawyer who teaches women empowerment courses at universities and advocates for women on international women's rights issues.


    Please consider these exciting opportunities and pass on to any lawyers you know who wish to do pro bono work to promote gender equality.  If interested,  please contact,

  • 06/08/2017 3:00 PM | WWL Admin (Administrator)

    Beyond the Dialogue Town Hall, June 8. The Washington State Bar Association’s Diversity Program and Washington Women Lawyers invite you to this upcoming Beyond the Dialogue: Women Race and Age Part 2: Role of Allies. This will be held between 3:00 pm-5:00pm at the WSBA Office in Seattle. Members statewide can also participate remotely. Register here:

    A reception will follow.

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