Items of Interest


  • 04/08/2021 7:50 PM | Anonymous

    On April 15th, Lewis & Clark, Seattle University, and Gonzaga Law Schools are collaborating to host a virtual event that features Gender and Justice Commission Members and Affiliates for discussion on gender-related issues in the law.  The event will focus on real-world legal advice about navigating gender and identity intersectionality in the workplace. WWL members are invited to volunteer for the event.  


    The event will take place in two parts.  First, a main discussion room will briefly introduce the Commission and the topics at issue.  Second, we will divide into breakout rooms where students will be able to have a conversation with volunteer attorneys and judges.  Students can look forward to networking opportunities while simultaneously promoting discussion on modern gender-related issues in our profession.  The breakout room topics will focus on (1) Identity and Intersectionality in the Workplace (e.g., Gender and Race, Gender and LGBTQ+, Becoming a better Ally), (2) Uncomfortable Moments: Navigating Offensive Conduct and Microaggressions in the Workplace and in Interviews, and (3) Negotiating a Salary and Other Difficult Conversations.  


    If you would like to participate, please fill out this form and select a breakout room: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1kLyJaH-B_TKg8zZwYUCU_QEBSuo3uNu5HeVgJL7YFjg/edit. Questions can be directed to event organizers, Ivy-Rose (ivykramer@lclark.edu) and Olivia (olivia@supplyhouse.com).


  • 03/23/2021 1:00 PM | Anonymous

    The Asian Bar Association of Washington is partnering with Davis Wright Tremaine and the Civil Survival Project to present a CLE on helping folks clear up their old criminal convictions, which often serve as impediments to stable housing and jobs.  The CLE will be virtual on March 24@ 1-2pm.  Please feel forward to your membership and network.

     

    Attending the CLE doesn’t obligate you to take any cases, but after attending the CLE, we hope that you will find that these cases aren’t super time consuming, and can be done as we look for things to fill our day as we work from home.  All of the “client contact” can occur through email/phone/snail mail and there generally isn’t any physical court appearance required in King County.  I’m a corporate attorney, and I’ve been able to handle these in several courts within King County without any court appearance. 

     



  • 03/18/2021 5:30 PM | Anonymous

    We are preparing for our High School Mock Trial season and need volunteer attorneys to donate their time and expertise in judging/scoring at our Washington State Mock Trial Tournament in March. We need 144 attorney volunteers to successfully run this tournament. As a volunteer attorney rater you will watch the trial via Zoom, fill out a scoresheet in our digital software, and offer brief and positive feedback to the participants at the end of the trial.  You do not need any experience to participate. 

     

    The 2021 Washington State Mock Trial Tournament is being hosted virtually on March 18-21.

     

    We need your help by volunteering and spreading the word to your network.

    The tournament will be held virtually this year.  Each round lasts about 2-3 hours. 

     

    Here are the trial times for the competition: We ask attorney raters to log in 30 mins. before the trial starts.

     

    Thursday, March 18

    Round 1: 5:30pm

     

    Friday, March 19

    Round 2: 530pm

     

    Saturday, March 20

    Round 3: 10am

    Round 4: 2pm

     

    If you are able to help us out, please fill out a short form, including your Bar Number, and register here or contact our program director, Emily Lake, directly at elake@seattleymca.org.

     

    Also, we would love your help in spreading the word about this great opportunity by sharing with your colleagues and attorney friends.

     

    Mock Trial is a competition where teens work with legal professionals in their community to develop an understanding of real life case law and the role of the court system in a democratic society. Our goal is to teach students how to be involved in their communities and be active, knowledgeable participants. Our program reaches all across the state, ultimately bringing teams to Thurston County for the State Championships. We ask members of the legal community to watch, judge, and score teams based on their courtroom performance. Our students have been studying the case, written by Judge Robert Lewis, for months, preparing their cases.

     

    Thank you again for taking the time to support hands-on civic education.

     

     


  • 03/17/2021 4:15 PM | Anonymous

    The Center for Women in Law is excited to partner with Take The Lead to provide an impactful live virtual workshop for women lawyers.  It is aimed at women five to ten years out of law school.  Please join us for Powerful in 2021: Competence, Confidence and Intention for Women in Law or refer this information to someone you know who would be interested.

    In 2020, women in the legal profession adapted to remarkable professional and personal changes.  In many cases, women – especially women of color – bore the brunt of the pandemic’s impact.  As lawyers, you’re used to empowering others.  Now is the time to invest in your own power and come out stronger in the new post-COVID world.

    Powerful in 2021: Competence, Confidence and Intention for Women in Law will prepare you to advance your success and become more powerful in the inevitable transitions you’ll encounter this year and beyond.

    You will:
    ●    Set actionable steps to advance your career
    ●    Identify what differentiates you (your points of power)
    ●    Restructure power in a way that better suits everyone (not just women)
    ●    Meet peers across the country who are working on developing these skills


    LIMITED SPOTS AVAILABLE

  • 03/16/2021 9:30 AM | Anonymous

    For all the details and instructions to register, please visit here.

  • 03/01/2021 4:14 PM | Anonymous

     A new report from the ABA Commission on Women in the Profession called “Men in the Mix: How to Engage Men on Issues Related to Gender in the Legal Profession,” looks at how male colleagues can become allies in the ongoing journey to reach gender equity.

    The report is based on research gathered from focus groups held in New York, Dallas, and San Francisco that revealed useful insights about why some men are more actively engaged in issues facing women lawyers than others.

    “This report fills a critical gap in previous work on gender equity issues – exploring the reasons why some men don’t get involved to the degree they could,” said Maureen Mulligan, chair of the ABA Commission on Women in the Profession. “The findings of Men in the Mix provide inspiring takeaways for overcoming the obstacles to men’s engagement.”

    Among the findings:

    ·         83% of male respondents said fear of not fitting in or saying the wrong thing keeps them from actively supporting gender equity efforts

    ·         63% of male lawyers and 90% of women lawyers said creating safe spaces at firms and legal organizations is the best way to encourage men to discuss issues of gender equity

    ·         62% of male lawyers cited “not being invited” as the reason they have not joined the effort to advance women lawyers’ equity in the profession  

    “Men can and do play a critical role in promoting equity for women in the legal profession. More than ever, we need men to be allies for women lawyers, and this report provides helpful, concrete strategies for them to do so,” ABA President Patricia Lee Refo said.

    The Men in the Mix webpage includes the report and a toolkit with dialogue scripts and a sample PowerPoint deck to assist organizers when hosting a Men in the Mix event.

     


  • 02/23/2021 2:00 PM | Anonymous

    Clark County Mock Trial committee is still seeking attorney raters for the Clark County Mock Trial tournament, which is scheduled for Tuesday, February 23rd, Wednesday, February 24th and Thursday, February 25th.  

     

    Tuesday, February 23

    Round 1:  2:00pm

    Round 2:  5:30pm 

     

    Wednesday, February 24

    Round 1:  2:00pm

    Round 2:  5:30pm 

     

    Thursday, February 25:

    Round 1:  2:00pm

    Round 2:  5:30pm 

     

    The trial will be held virtually this year—so you can rate from your home or office. It’s very easy and fun and you don’t need any specific experience.  All you have to do is watch the trial and give some short, positive feedback to the students at the end.

     

    In exchange for your time we can offer our gratitude, and the enjoyable experience of watching these students participate in this program.

     

    If you are able to volunteer or if you have any questions, please email Jill Sasser at Jill.Sasser@clark.wa.gov.



    • 02/01/2021 3:38 PM | Anonymous

      On behalf of the Moot Court Honor Board at the University of Washington School of Law, I am pleased to invite you to participate as a judge in our Appellate Advocacy competition, which will be conducted online this winter. This competition will run via Zoom from February 16th to February 19th, with two separate brackets (one for 1Ls, one for 2L and 3L students). More information about the competition, including a complete schedule for the days volunteer judges are needed may be found at the bottom of this email. Be aware that dates will be removed as judges’ spaces are filled. 

       

      This year’s problem has a COVID/global pandemic focus. The issues presented on appeal to the Supreme Court of the United States are:

      1.     Whether a consumer must suffer actual concrete damages for that consumer to have standing to sue under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act?

      2.     Whether an unsolicited text message disclosing blood test results would be highly offense to a reasonable person as defined by section 652B of the Second Restatement of Torts?

       

      We welcome attorneys from all practice areas to participate. Volunteer judges are invaluable to the continued success of MCHB and the in-house competition program. Particularly in this online academic environment, any practical experience we can offer our students is crucial and we cannot do it without our volunteer judges! As a judge, you will provide valuable feedback and evaluate the participants’ performance. For your service as a judge you will receive:

       

      3 free CLE credits and 2.5 credits for each additional night judged*

       

      You may register to serve as a judge for the competition using this sign up form.

       

      Thank you in advance for your support. We hope to see you at the competition. If you have any questions, feel free to contact me at judges@uw.edu

       


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