Items of Interest

  • 07/21/2018 12:03 PM | Anonymous

    Washington Women Lawyers is seeking nominations for individuals to receive two very special awards at our upcoming Annual Event this October:

    Passing the Torch Award. Intended to recognize an individual who has gone above and beyond with regard to mentoring women lawyers and “passing the torch” to others in a way that supports the WWL mission of furthering the full integration of women in the legal profession, promoting equal rights and opportunities for women, and preventing discrimination against them.

    Legacy Award. Created in 2009 to memorialize the inspiring personal and professional legacies within the organization, such as the legacies of founding and key sustaining members, so that current and former members can understand, honor and build upon that progress.

    This is a golden opportunity for you to show a fellow member that you’ve noticed their contributions and believe them worthy of special WWL recognition!

    To nominate someone for an award, please fill out the appropriate form and return it to Liz Findley at by Saturday, August 4, 2018. A list of past award recipients is included with the nomination forms and can also be found on the WWL website.

    Thank you, and we look forward to spending time with you at the Annual Event on October 12, 2018!

  • 07/20/2018 4:35 PM | Anonymous
    Gonzaga University is offering a Certificate in Women’s Leadership, a 3-
    month, non-degree course to learn skills and practices for advancing women in
    the workplace. Applications are due Aug. 3. Learn more at

    Gonzaga University is offering a Certificate in Women’s Leadership, a 3-month, non-degree course to learn skills and practices for advancing women in the workplace. Applications are due Aug. 3. Learn more at

  • 06/05/2018 11:45 AM | Anonymous

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






    Tuesday, June 5th, 2018, from 11:45 a.m. to 1:15 p.m.  Presentation will be from 12-1, with networking time before and after.



    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.


    This panel will share tips and insights from the in-house perspective—what to do and not to do to get and keep their business. 


    Tori Lallemont.  Tori is General Counsel at 98point6, a company providing expert, on-demand primary care, diagnosis, and treatment from board certified physicians via private and secure in-app messaging.  Tori currently manages a team of six and focuses on the corporate practice of medicine, HIPAA, contracts, ERISA, and employment matters.  Prior to joining 98point6, Tori’s practice focused on all aspects of healthcare privacy, security, FDA regulations, pediatric research and clinical trials, and pharmaceutical and device development.  She has a law degree and Masters in public health from of the University of Washington.  Tori has an 18-month-old son who is obsessed with Elmo and The Lorax. 


    Kristina Bennard.  Kristina is Senior Corporate Counsel, Litigation at Expedia, Inc., where she manages regulatory compliance, litigation regarding industry regulation, and legal advice to Expedia Government Affairs concerning short term rental and tax regulations for Expedia’s subsidiary, HomeAway.  Prior to joining Expedia, Kristina spent time in-house at The Boeing Company, and in private practice at Yarmuth Wilsdon and Davis Wright Tremaine, where she focused her practice on complex commercial litigation.  She’s a graduate of Harvard Law School.  And, she’s a mom to a delightful and active nine-year-old daughter.   


    Pamela Helman.  Pamela is Senior Corporate Counsel at MOD Pizza where she is the head of Litigation and Employment Law.  She works in conjunction with the business groups daily to mitigate risks to the company.  Prior to joining MOD Pizza, Pam was an employment lawyer with several law firms, most recently Littler Mendelson in Seattle, where she advised employers on a broad range of employment matters, including non-competition/solicitation agreements, wage and overtime, discrimination and harassment, privacy, leave policies, and handbooks.   


    Pam is a graduate of The Pennsylvania State University and University of Pittsburgh School of Law, she also spent a semester abroad at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem.  She was a participant in the 2017 Ladder Down Class.  Pam and her husband, Michael, live in Redmond with their two adorable kids - an eight year old son and a seven year old daughter.  Pam comes from Pittsburgh, PA and is learning to accept her kids’ new found love of the Seahawks, as long as they are not playing the beloved Steelers.


    Brittany Johnson.  Brittany is a global commercial attorney at Starbucks Coffee Company.  She specializes in domestic and international licensing/franchising transactions and has helped Starbucks expand throughout Latin America, Asia, and Europe.  Brittany is also the lead lawyer for Starbucks Latin America & Caribbean.  In this role, she advises the business unit on everything from supply chain matters, to digital and technology agreements, to marketing campaigns. 


    Brittany is an advocate for increasing diversity in the legal profession and is the current co-chair of the Starbucks Law & Corporate Affairs Diversity & Inclusion Committee.  As co-chair, Brittany is responsible for all department diversity and inclusion programming, including the Starbucks law firm diversity survey, the mentorship program, and the Gregoire Fellows program.  Starbucks recently selected Brittany as the company’s 2018 Fellow for the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity.


    Prior to joining Starbucks, Brittany practiced franchise and distribution law at the Denver, Colorado office of a large national firm.  She’s a graduate of the University of Denver Sturm College of Law and attended the University of Colorado as an undergraduate, where she studied International Affairs.


    Brittany is also the proud mother of a two-year-old son, Logan, who loves to make messes and mischief.  Brittany loves traveling and enjoying great food, wine, and scenery with her husband and college sweetheart, Brian.  She’s currently training for her first half-marathon and welcomes any and all running advice and tips!   



    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 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

    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




  • 05/22/2018 8:00 AM | Anonymous



    Event to be held at the following time, date, and location:

    Tuesday, May 22, 2018 at 8:00 AM 
    - to -
    Thursday, May 24, 2018 at 12:00 PM (PDT)

    Greater Tacoma Convention Center
    1500 Commerce Street
    Tacoma, WA 98402

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    STRAPWA National Sex Trafficking Conference

    Combating Sex Trafficking Through a Multi-Disciplinary Approach

    STRAPWA would like to remind you of our upcoming

    National Sex Trafficking Conference!

    May 22nd-24th at The Greater Tacoma Convention Center in Tacoma, WA


    8 days left of our Early-Bird Special Pricing! Now through March 31st, get single attendance tickets for $285!

    We are now offering a group rate, as well! If you buy 5 or more tickets, each ticket price goes down to $150!!


    Interested in having your agency table at our conference? For $250, your agency can join other local and national businesses in a fantastic networking opportunity! 


    We now have a complete list of all of our speakers avaliable to view! At the bottom of this email is a list of our speakers through Sched: with the Sched app, you can also see our formal agenda, a complete list of speakers, and set up your own customized agenda to use at our conference. 


    Currently, we have a room block at Hotel Murano, 0.2 miles away from the Greater Tacoma Convention Center, for a King Delux or Delux Two Double at $150/night. If you purchase a hotel room, tell Hotel Murano that you are with the Rebuilding Hope room block. We hope to have you join us in May 2018! 


    Continuing Education credits are avaliable through this conference! For specific questions regarding continuing education credits, please contact for further information. 


    To respond to the demand for professional training and development of a multi-disciplinary team approach to commercial sexual exploitation/sex trafficking around the county, Rebuilding Hope! Sexual Assault Center for Pierce County will be hosting a national sex trafficking conference event for professionals who work with 

    children, youths and adults who experience sex trafficking. The conference will provide top-level training across multiple tracks in order to meet the educational needs of a multi-disciplinary team response to sex trafficking, including focus areas for mental health providers, clinicians, social work/service providers, advocates, first responders, law enforcement, prosecutors, judges, medical providers, forensic interviewers and community coalition mobilizers.

    Tacoma/Pierce County, Washington professionals and community members have found it necessary that multiple opportunities to gain quality, up-to-date and diverse training every year be made available not only to professionals and community members from the Pacific Northwest, but also from across the United States. This conference aims to provide such an opportunity by welcoming nationwide responders to the country's sex trafficking problem in order to share valuable information across disciplines and to engage in ongoing networking in the hopes of forming a unified alliance to reducing and, ultimately, eliminating sex trafficking in our neighborhoods. We aim to ensure our workshops provide the most requested topics of interest and are instructed by the highest quality of trainers who are experienced and relevant to the current fight against sex trafficking.

  • 05/10/2018 10:00 AM | Anonymous

    Sexual Harassment: Changing the Conversationsa FREE 75-minute webcast on May 9, 2018, 10:00 a.m. PST


    Invite your colleagues, employees and friends to a discussion about the needed conversations regarding our workplace environments, behaviors and culture. This program, available live in-person and via webcast, will focus on beginning or changing the conversations about creating a respectful and positive work atmosphere. It is not intended to address the legal issues associated with sexual harassment.


    Our hope for the program is to share information about the important conversations and point to useful materials available on the topic.  You may consider gathering colleagues and watching the program in a group setting and encourage further discussion following the program. This is a member service and is not intended to offer CLE credit as it has not been developed with MCLE rules in mind.  


    Click on the link for the program registration page, or share the program link with other professionals.   


  • 04/25/2018 10:19 AM | Anonymous

    Starbucks Corporation Law & Corporate Affairs Department 2018-19 Diversity Mentorship Program Starbucks Law & Corporate Affairs Department is pleased to solicit participants for the Starbucks Diversity Mentorship Program. This program will connect Starbucks in-house lawyers with private practice junior attorneys from diverse backgrounds in one-to-one mentorship relationships. Starbucks legal department boasts one of the most experienced and diverse groups of attorneys in the region, and its lawyers are excited to share their insights into learning the practice of law, succeeding in law firm and other private practice environments, and for those who are interested, planning for in-house career opportunities. 

    Following a kick-off reception for incoming mentees and past participants, this program will foster direct, informal interactions over a one-year period to help diverse junior attorneys learn their craft and network in the local community of legal professionals and business leaders. The program is open to all lawyers in private practice in their first six years as an attorney, and who are members of one or more minority bar associations or diversity affinity groups. 

    If you are interested in applying, please submit a cover letter and resume to Sonya Goykhman at by Friday, June 1. In your cover letter, please identify your current area of practice (and your desired area, if different), your general interest in receiving mentoring, and the minority bar association(s) or affinity group(s) to which you belong. If you have any questions, you may contact committee chairs Joanie Kim ( or Brittany Johnson (

  • 02/22/2018 6:15 PM | Anonymous

    The National Women’s Law Center ("NWLC") is seeking attorneys to join its Legal Network for Gender Equity. The NWLC’s Legal Network will provide access to legal representation, resources, and information to those facing sexual harassment and/or sexual discrimination on the job, at school and in the health care system.

    The NWLC has already recruited more than 200 attorneys from across the country who stand ready to provide an initial free legal consultation and, when appropriate, representation. The recently announced Time’s Up Legal Defense Fund will be providing financial support to the Network and will support some of the cases brought by attorneys in the Network.

    The NWLC is recruiting additional attorneys to join the Network from all states and in particular from following: Alaska, Arkansas, Hawaii, Idaho, Kansas, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nevada, New Hampshire, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Utah, Vermont, West Virginia, Wisconsin and Wyoming. If you or someone you know is interested in joining the Network,learn more & sign-up here>>

    For questions, please contact NWLC’s Legal Director, Sunu Chandy (

  • 02/10/2018 7:46 PM | Anonymous

    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 | Anonymous

    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 | Anonymous

    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.

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