Items of Interest

  • 02/10/2018 7:46 PM | WWL Admin (Administrator)

    Below is an article from the January newsletter of the National Association of Women Judges that shares a resource to help us better understand the law firm landscape for women:

    Lean In and McKinsey & Company partnered to produce Women in Law Firms 2017

    The report focuses on women in law firms in North America. Out of the project's 222 participants, 23 are law firms that employ more than 16,000 attorneys. The firms provided the project with their talent-pipeline, programs and policies data. Additionally, more than 2,500 of their attorneys answered an experience survey. All of the information shared across the various sources allowed the project to highlight challenges law firms face to advance women relative to the rest of the broader corporate world.

    The report summarizes research into three key areas: (1) gender diversity in law firms' talent pipeline, (2) differences in men and women's expectations and experiences, and (3) firms' diversity policies and programs.

    It concludes with priorities to improve gender diversity:

    • culturally acceptable flexible work programs that encourage attorneys to take advantage of them;
    • developing senior level connections to strengthen coaching partnerships that can accelerate careers and build retention and recruitment; and
    • make diversity a priority that demands accountability for progress.

    We thank NAWJ Resource Board member Tom Leighton of Thomson Reuters for sharing this report with us. Click here to learn more about the Women in Law Firms 2017 report.

  • 02/08/2018 12:00 PM | WWL Admin (Administrator)

    The King County Bar Association Dispute Resolution Section is hosting a program on “Sexual Harassment Issues in ADR” on February 8, 2018 at Noon to 1:30 pm at the King County Bar Association office in Seattle. Marcella Fleming Reed is our program leader.

    CLE Credit – 1.5 CLE Credit Pending

    While Section members are not required to register or RSVP for the live meeting or webcast, we would appreciate having guests RSVP for the live meeting to assure sufficient seating for participants.



    11:55 AM            Introduction of Program and Discussion Leader

    12:00 PM            Section Discussion: “Sexual Harassment Issues in ADR” with Marcella Fleming Reed, JD, M.Ed., SPHR, SHRM-SCP

    Marcella Fleming Reed will lead our attendees in reviewing and discussing the following professional challenges for mediators, arbitrators, and advocates when faced with sexual harassment cases:

    ·       How do we balance the value of confidentiality and privacy with the risk of perpetuating inappropriate behavior through non-disclosure provisions?

    ·       Should an ADR provider agree to serve in a mandatory arbitration process when the claimant communicates a wish to pursue another forum?

    ·       How does an ADR provider ensure that statutory issues are addressed in a responsible way?

    ·       What responsibility do ADR providers have in addressing overall cultural issues in the workplace or organization when a single and specific claim is presented to them?

    1:30 PM                Conclusion of program



    Marcella Fleming Reed:  Marcella Fleming Reed, JD, SPHR, SHRM-SCP founded MFR Law Group, PLLC in 2002.  Marcella provides human resource and employment law advice to employers, conducts management training, investigates EEO and ethics complaints, and mediates employment disputes.  She also serves as a consulting and testifying expert for both plaintiffs and defendants regarding human resource policies, procedures, and practices.  Prior to opening MFR Law Group, Marcella was Director of Employee Relations for the Boeing Company. Marcella graduated from the University of Virginia School of Law in 1988 and obtained an M.A. and B.A. in Educational Administration and Elementary Education from the University of Iowa in 1980 and 1979, respectively.  She is licensed to practice law in Washington and Virginia, and she is certified by the Human Resource Certification Institute and the Society for Human Resource Professionals as a Senior Professional in HR. Her firm is in Mill Creek, and she can be reached at

    Webcast:  This section meeting will also be offered to KCBA Alternative Dispute Resolution Section members via an internet video stream.  To participate by streaming video and to download materials, please go to approximately 15 minutes prior to the scheduled start of the meeting.

  • 02/03/2018 10:00 AM | WWL Admin (Administrator)

    On Saturday, February 3, 2018, the City of Seattle Office of Immigrant and Refugee Affairs and community partners will host the Seattle United for Immigrants and Refugees Mega Workshop, which will serve over 1,000 community members who need citizenship assistance and immigration consultations. 
    We have a huge need for volunteers, especially immigration attorneys and paralegals.


    NOTE: You do not have to be an immigration attorney to volunteer, especially for helping individuals fill out their N400 Naturalization forms.


    Check out the volunteer roles here and sign up hereAfter you register, forward this message to your friends and family so that they can join as well. 
    Please note - registration takes two steps. You need to create a Volunteer Profile first. Then, once you get a confirmation email, you can register for the event and pick your shift. All volunteers will receive training.
    Please also help us get the word out.
    There is a great need for immigration legal consultations and citizenship assistance – tell your friends and neighbors about these free services. For questions about services and eligibility, individuals can call our multilingual helpline (206) 386-9090.

  • 02/02/2018 12:00 PM | WWL Admin (Administrator)

    The Canadian Bar Association British Columbia, Women Lawyers Forum and the National Conference of Women’s Bar Associa tions are proud to present Challenges and Rewards for Women in Politics — Both Personal and Professional: A Conversation with the Honorable Ellen Rosenblum, Attorney General of the State of Oregon, and the Honorable Suzanne Anton, QC, former Minister of Justice and Attorney General of the Province of British Columbia. The luncheon is co-sponsored by the American Bar Association Commission on Women in the Profession.

    Early-bird pricing (until Monday, January 22) is CAD $70. Registration is on-line only.


  • 01/26/2018 9:00 AM | WWL Admin (Administrator)

    Essentials of Persuasion: Appellate Legal Writing in Washington and Beyond

    Please join an all‐star lineup for a day devoted to honing your brief writing skills. Program Chair Ken Masters has assembled an outstanding faculty consisting of members of the judiciary, the appellate bar, and the law school faculty, each of whom will share strategies and techniques for appellate writing that does what it is meant to do: educate and persuade. Topics include: • How the structure of the brief aids persuasion; • Telling your client's story in the statement of the case; • The most effective types of arguments for judges & commissioners; • Visual legal writing ‐ persuasion with pictures; • Appellate motions practice ‐ persuading the Gatekeepers; and Ethics on appeal.

    Details and registrations here.

  • 01/22/2018 5:37 PM | WWL Admin (Administrator)

    Please join the Korean American Bar Association of Washington for our annual banquet celebration!

    Thursday, February 15, 2018
    The Four Seasons Hotel
    99 Union Street
    Seattle, WA

    Individual Ticket - $120
    Active KABA Member - $80
    (If you would like to receive the KABA member discount code please contact Paige Hardy at
    Door Price - $140

    Cocktail reception to begin at 5:30*
    Program to begin at 6:30

    *Cash bar only

    More info here/.

  • 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: groups/gpsolo/initiatives/ young_lawyers_fellowship.html

    Here’s the link to the Diversity Fellowship: 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: If you have any questions or would like more information, please feel free to email me at

    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


    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 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






  • 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


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