June 19, 2015
Dear SCWLA members and friends,
This is a personal letter to the women lawyers of South Carolina, and to women lawyers everywhere.
The senseless massacre in Charleston this week has stunned, and saddened, all of us. Many of our members knew the people, good people, who were gunned down in what is being called, I fear correctly, a “hate crime.” I knew Reverend Pinckney myself.
As lawyers, this event calls us to rise up as defenders of equality, to stand up as protectors of liberty, and to speak up as crusaders against hatred. In a profound way, this unspeakable tragedy summons us to be our very best selves. So today, the women lawyers of South Carolina say to all involved, “We will not tolerate this conduct -- not here, not now, not ever.”
But, my friends, long before we ever opened a book to read the rule of law, there was another book written on our hearts. It is the book that teaches us, in this transitory life, to love our neighbors as ourselves. And it is this rule, above all others, that will carry us through this valley of the shadow.
In closing, I urge you to keep your hearts open. The survivors of this tragedy, the members of the historic church where the unthinkable happened, are setting this example for all of us. I, for one, am humbled by their forgiveness and strengthened by their faith.
With best personal wishes,
MAMA Seattle is thrilled to present LADDER DOWN: Seattle's first Women's Business Development Program.
Information and Applications are now available here: http://tinyurl.com/SeattleLadderDown2015
Ladder Down is a national program for women attorneys at all levels of practice to hone their leadership and business development skills. MAMA Seattle invites women attorneys in the Seattle area to apply to this year-long program, which features a series of monthly workshops lead by nationally recognized career coaches who specialize in assisting women attorneys build a book of business, or rise through the corporate counsel ranks.
Faculty members Marianne Trost and Lynn Moran will lead group presentations on Saturday mornings, supported by monthly small group sessions that allow for individualized follow up and accountability.
The program will start in September 2015, and will be hosted in the offices of Perkins Coie in downtown Seattle.
Applications are due July 31, 2015. Don't delay! This is an amazing opportunity to have access to personalized business development and leadership training designed to take you and your career to the next level.
More information and applications are available here: http://tinyurl.com/SeattleLadderDown2015 and on the website for MAMA Seattle: www.mamaseattle.org.
Superior Court invites you to attend two informational Brown Bag lunch meetings to hear presentations from Corrections, Superior Court, and other criminal justice partners on how the move to the new jail will impact your daily work on criminal cases. Currently, we plan to start the first meeting with a panel presentation to provide information and will open the meeting to questions after presentations are complete. Because this topic will, we believe, generate much discussion and many questions, we plan to hold two different sessions. However, the panel presentation will only happen during the first meeting. We look forward to sponsoring this important discussion and to seeing many of you there!
Wednesday, July 15, 2015: 12:15-1:15 pm
Court room 102, Superior Court
Wednesday, July 8, 2015: 12:15-1:15 pm AND
Court room 102, Superior Court
Please help in getting the word out about a program that the research inspired - a new Women Board Director Development Program that will be offered as a UW Foster executive seminar June 18-19. his new program is designed to demystify corporate board service and help women develop a personal roadmap to the right opportunities with with coaching from some of the most influential and inspiring directors around. The seminar cohort will consist of senior women aiming to serve on more influential boards or to move from nonprofit to private company or small public company boards as part of a larger roadmap. Speakers include Colleen Brown, Dawn Lepore, Connie Collingsworth and many others, including Betsy Berkhemer-Credaire, author of "The Board Game - How Smart Women become Corporate Directors."
More info: www.foster.washington.edu/women-on-boards
MAMA Seattle Invites you to attend our next monthly lunch seminar:
When: Tuesday, June 2, 2015, from 11:45am to 1:15pm (program is from 12:00 to 1:00pm
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 Seattle member) or by email to email@example.com. Please identify if you will attend in person in Seattle or if you will participate by phone.
Choosing the right school for your child can be challenging as there are so many great public and independent schools in the greater Seattle area. And after you have decided on a school, there may be times when you question whether the school is a good fit for your child’s abilities, learning style, and personality. Our guest speaker Anne Sarewitz is an independent educational consultant who is familiar with several different schools in the area and how they meet the needs of different types of students. Anne will be giving us some food for thought on what traits to look for in a school and how you can determine whether your child and the school are a good fit. She will also be available to answer any questions that MAMA Seattle members may have about being involved with their children’s schools and times when it may make sense to work with an educational consultant.
Anne Sarewitz has over 25 years of Seattle independent schools. Born and raised in Seattle, Anne attended Forest Ridge School of the Sacred Heart where she remains an active alumna. From 1988-1999, her 3 daughters attended Epiphany School where she had the opportunity to become very involved as a parent. She was the president of the parent association and auction chair among other parent activities. Also during that time, she served as president of the Board of Trustees for 4 years. As her children graduated and moved on to middle and upper school, Anne again became involved in the parent associations at both University Prep and Lakeside School. The volunteer opportunities were abundant, which allowed Anne to give back to the schools that were educating her children while also continuing to learn about how different independent schools operate.
In 2001, Anne was given the opportunity to go back to Epiphany School as their director of admission and financial aid. During her 11 year tenure as admission director at Epiphany, she had the pleasure of meeting hundreds of families looking for a good school fit for their children. Among her many responsibilities, one of her favorites was working with students moving on to middle school. Putting the pieces of the puzzle together to find a good fit for the student was a wonderful challenge for her.
Most recently, Anne has held the position of interim director of admissions and financial aid at The Bush School. Managing all aspects of Kindergarten-12th Grade admissions, she observed the "other side" of middle and upper school placement, from the perspective of the admitting school. Her thorough knowledge of the Seattle independent school admissions landscape gives her the opportunity to work with parents and students to find a school that is “right” for them.
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 Seattle 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
Davis Wright Tremaine LLP
Garvey Schubert Barer
and Gold sponsors:
Dorsey & Whitney LLP
K&L Gates LLP
Keller Rohrback LLP
Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP
Perkins Coie LLP
Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt
Summit Law Group PLLC
Susman Godfrey LLP
Do you rely on help with childcare, housekeeping, yard work, and other domestic tasks? Do your clients? If so, join our panel of experienced practitioners as they explain:
Like all employers, household employers must comply with immigration laws, and the penalties for violations are onerous. This program will explain a household employer’s legal obligations and will describe practical strategies to comply with the law and to deal with inadvertent violations.
The United States Attorney’s Office (USAO) for the Western District of Washington is always seeking Assistant United States Attorneys (AUSAs) for its Seattle and Tacoma offices. We value diversity and we know the USAO is stronger, more credible, and more effective when our workforce reflects the many backgrounds, cultures, and traditions of the communities we serve.
To this end, we are reaching out to the various minority bar associations and law school minority organizations to offer a panel discussion for your members interested in learning about our office, the work we do, our hiring process, and what qualities we seek in AUSAs.
The panel will be held on May 20, 2015, from 12:00 to 1:30 p.m. on the 19th floor of the U.S. District Courthouse. In addition to the U.S. Attorney, Annette L. Hayes, the panel will include two distinguished alumni of the office: U.S. District Judge Richard A. Jones, and Washington State Supreme Court Justice Steven C. González. Participants will also have an opportunity to meet and talk with members of the USAO’s hiring committee and current AUSAs.
We ask that attendees RSVP by May 18 using this link.
Have you thought about becoming an Administrative Law Judge? The Office of Administrative Hearings and the Board of Industrial Insurance Appeals bring you the “Administrative Law Judge Information Session”. Topics covered will include information about who are currently serving as Administrative Law Judges, how they are appointed, the work they do, and the benefits of being an Administrative Law Judge. The information session is on May 1st from noon – 1 p.m. at the WSBA offices (1325 Fourth Ave, Ste. 600, Seattle 98101). Want more information but can’t make it? There’s a teleconference option available as well.
RSVP and questions can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Oregon Women Lawyers
Celebrate the 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta with a trip to England and CLE from Monday, September 7, to Monday, September 14, 2015. Although the program is designed for women in the legal profession, men and non-lawyers are most welcome to join us, too. For all the details http://www.oregonwomenlawyers.org/participate/owls-england-september-7-14-2015/