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June 2020 marks 50 years of Pride. Marsha P. Johnson--a black, transgender woman--played a key role in the Stonewall riots of June 1969 that catapulted the LGBTQ+ movement to a new level. Before her death in 1992, she also protested oppressive policing, helped found one of the country's first safe spaces for transgender and homeless youth, and tirelessly advocated for sex workers, prisoners, and persons living with HIV/AIDS. 

Marsha's legacy lives on in the efforts to fight systemic racism and uphold the hard-won rights for the LGBTQ+ movement. While the Supreme Court's recent Bostock v. Clayton County, Georgia decision held that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits employment discrimination against gay and transgender persons, the Trump Administration's decision to eliminate an Obama-era regulation prohibiting discrimination in health care against transgender patients reminds us all that LGBTQ+ rights cannot be taken for granted.

Although the COVID-19 pandemic keeps us from our usual Pride celebrations, Seattle Pride, Trans Pride Seattle, and Seattle PrideFest are all joining this weekend--June 26-28--for a virtual pride celebration. Please join Seattle's LGBTQ+ community in celebrating 50 years of Pride and educating ourselves to preserve the community for the next 50+ years. 

Juneteenth 2020: The oldest known celebration commemorating the end of slavery in the U.S.

Juneteenth commemorates the marching of the union army on Galveston, TX on June 19, 1865 that resulted in the final eradication of slavery in the United States, two years after the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation.  There are many marches and rallies in Seattle to memorialize this date and continue the fight against systemic racism on Friday, June Nineteenth.   

We've compiled a brief list of the events of which we are aware

All West Coast ports are shutting down in commemoration of Juneteenth and to protest racial violence. The International Longshore and Warehouse Union will be marching from the Local 19 Hall parking lot (3440 E. Marginal Way S) at 9:00 AM to a rally at pier 46 at 10 am followed by a march to the Washington Department of Corrections (1550 4th Ave S).  The public is invited to join any part of the march and rally.

Justice for Black Lives is conducting the Juneteenth March for Justice & Equality on 6/19 with speakers starting at 10:00 AM and a march commencing thereafter.  Starts at West Woodland Park (Phinney Ave N & N. 59th St.) and ends at 5420 22nd Ave.NW (Bergen Place) 

King County Equity Now is conducting the Juneteenth Freedom March and Celebration on 6/19 at 2:00pm.  Starts at 22nd and Madison and marches south on 23rd to Jimi Hendrix Plaza. 

Not This Time! presents The Next Steps rally on 6/19 at 1:00 PM at Judkins Park (2150 S. Norman St., Seattle, WA 98144

BLACK LIVES MATTER. George Floyd. Breonna Taylor. Ahmaud Arbery. Right here in our back yard--Manual Ellis. And countless others that weren't caught on camera. BLACK LIVES MATTER.

Lawyers are especially positioned to take tangible action to directly impact systemic racism. Now more than ever we need to demand more of ourselves and others. KCWWL can do better. We are committed to being more representative of, and to be better allies to, the black community. 

In the coming weeks we will be critically reviewing our bylaws and judicial evaluation processes, giving a mic to black women in the legal community, and facilitating opportunities for KCWWL members to get involved to help address broader systemic racism. Stay tuned for more information in the coming weeks. We welcome ideas and suggestions along the way—we are here to listen. In the meantime, here are some organizations that could use your support:

The NAACP Legal Defense & Educational Fund 

Community Passageways

ACLU of WashingtonBLM of Seattle-King CountyLoveland Foundation

"If you don’t fight for all women, you fight for no women."
-Rachel Cargle


President: Birgitte Gingold

President-Elect: Amy Riedel
Treasurer: Emma Vignali
Secretary: Meredith Smith-Evans
Immediate Past President: Shannon Barry
Social Chair: Carinne Jaeger
Membership Chair: Rachel Emens
JAL Co-Chairs:  Angie Nolet and Manprett Kaur

Business Development/Sponsorship Chair: Christine Park
Civic Affairs Chair: Natasha Khanna
Continuing Legal Education Chair: Emily Miner

Criminal Law Section Chair: Anela Ramic

Communication Co-Chairs: Ashleigh Holmes & Catherine Becker
Diversity Liaison:Jasmine Hui
Judicial Evaluation Committee Chair: Sarah Perez & Mary Reiten
Liaison, Judicial Evaluation Committee: Shannon Barry
Mentorship Chair: Rachel Groshong
Scholarship Chair: Amy Larson
Liaison, Washington Women Lawyers: Esther Hyun

Become a Member

Membership in the King County Chapter of Washington Women Lawyers provides networking, mentoring, and volunteer opportunities, unique CLE programs, and social functions, to name a few benefits.  KCWWL continues to strive toward the full integration of women in the legal profession and for equality for women everywhere and works toward increasing diversity on the bench. We offer meetings, activities and newsletters, and a chance to get together with other women attorneys in your area and make a difference. 

 Join or Renew your Membership to King County WWL today.

 Judicial Appreciation Luncheon - 2019

The luncheon was a huge success! Thank you to everyone who came out to celebrate our award recipients.


Betty B. Fletcher Judge of the Year Award

Judge Monica Benton (ret.), King County Superior Court

President's Award

Judge G. Helen Whitener, Pierce County Superior Court

Vanguard Award

Judge Steve Rosen, King County Superior Court

Award for Special Contribution to the Judiciary

The Judicial Institute

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But first, a reminder about KCWWL Scholarships:

There's still time to apply for KCWWL's solo and small firm grant and law student scholarships!  The application process is simple, and KCWWL is accepting applications for these opportunities until Monday, October 14,2019:

2019 Solo and Small Firm Attorneys Grant Opportunities

The King County Chapter of Washington Women Lawyers is pleased to provide a grant opportunity of up to $1,500.00 each to recognize one or more new solo or small firm (2-5 attorneys) practitioners whose work benefits women directly or improves access to justice for women in Seattle/King County.  Please see the grant application posted on the KCWWL website for complete eligibility criteria.  Applications should be submitted to Amy Larson, KCWWL Scholarship Committee Chair, at no later than October 14, 2019.

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2019 Scholarship Opportunities

The King County Chapter of Washington Women Lawyers (KCWWL) is pleased to offer a scholarship in the amount of $1,500.00 to one second-year female law student at University of Washington School of Law and one second-year female law student at Seattle University School of Law. The scholarship is intended to promote individualism and courage within the profession and to recognize women who have made significant contributions to the community or have overcome great obstacles in their lives.  Recipients must be members of KCWWL (free for all students) and willing to commit ten hours of service to KCWWL.  Please see the scholarship application on the KCWWL website for complete eligibility criteria.  Applications should be submitted to Amy Larson, KCWWL Scholarship Committee Chair, at no later than October 14, 2019. 

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