Items of Interest

  • 03/31/2015 11:46 AM | WWL Admin (Administrator)

     Call for UW Women Leaders Award Nominations

    The University of Washington Women Leaders are seeking nominations for distinguished women in our legal community for the following awards:

    ·        Outstanding Elected or Appointed Official,

    ·        Outstanding UW Law Alumni,

    ·        Lifetime Achievement, and

    ·        Outstanding Achievement by a Young Lawyer.

    Please follow the links for more details about each award and to submit your nominations. Nominations will be accepted through April 6, 2015.

  • 03/27/2015 10:46 AM | WWL Admin (Administrator)



    March 27-29 in Olympia
    VOLUNTEER TODAY and help foster the development of the next generation of legal professionals and civic leaders.

    This year's event will take place Friday and Saturday, March 27-28 at the Thurston County Courthouse in Olympia, with the Awards Breakfast and Championship Round being held on Sunday, March 29.

    For more information on the Mock Trial program visit us online.

    Please help us ensure all young people have access to high quality civic education programs. Share this opportunity with your friends and colleagues and DONATE TODAY!

  • 03/26/2015 12:00 PM | WWL Admin (Administrator)

    Creating solutions to the language proficiency barriers in state courts.   

    12 - 1:30 pm

    Davis Wright Tremaine LLE, 1201 Third Ave

    Free CLE Credit and Beverages will be provided

    RSVP _

  • 03/16/2015 5:20 PM | WWL Admin (Administrator)

    March--Women's History Month--is a great time to think about what you are doing as an association both to create the kind of history you will be proud of decades from now and to preserve that history in an accessible and meaningful way. The steps you take need not be as ambitious as Washington Women Lawyers' Legacy Project, which received the NCWBA's 2013 Outstanding Member Program Award, but even the smallest efforts will bring lasting rewards. Get inspired by the work of other women's bar associations by taking a look at our history resources page. 

  • 03/16/2015 3:54 PM | WWL Admin (Administrator)

    ABA's Woman Advocate Committee's Work/Life Management Subcommittee's Book Project - Request for Submissions


    The Work/Life Management Sub-Committee invites you to participate in its current book project designed to encourage, teach and provide insights to fellow attorneys about successfully managing their lives and careers, while climbing the ladder to success and ascending to executive roles.  The message of this publication seeks to be both positive and uplifting.  It is a compilation of stories from women like you, who have achieved success, while juggling career advancement and the curveballs of life, doing so with strength, grace and the conviction to succeed.   The book will offer advice on all aspects of career development while encouraging lawyers to remain true to their personal aspirations. 

    Others can learn from you! We can learn from each other.  Your perspective, triumphs, struggles, and perhaps even tips, will help make this book a wonderful success. 

    Statistics show and the media reports that numerous women still leave the legal profession or take a different route before making partner and reaching other pinnacles of success in the legal world; this book is about the stories of those who have remained in the profession and who have successfully managed to juggle the many demands, and overcome the challenges required to climb the ladder of success.  Please share what you have to offer from your personal journey and motivate others to remain in the profession for the long haul.   We are seeking essays from 1500 – 3000 words long.  (Very manageable!)  The book outline and sample essays are available on request.

    The essays will comprise stories of women who love their jobs, whose eyes light up when they talk about the joy of the practice of law and the joy of their personal lives, and who understand that telling their stories is important in order to encourage both their colleagues and those lawyers who are newer to the practice of law to hang in there in order to make their lives work for themselves.

    We have discovered that these stories are really the stories of the professional workforce at large in the 21st century.  It is our deepest hope that this collection of powerful, encouraging, and helpful accounts of the profession will encourage lawyers everywhere, and our counterparts in other professions, to remain in the workforce and advance with their careers, deliberately.  Although managing career advancement and life is not exclusive to women, this book will focus on the stories of successful and accomplished women of all ages and levels of practice who have managed these issues, have managed them well, and successfully developed (or are in the process of developing) amazing careers along the way.   Please contact me with any questions.                                                                                                

    Very truly yours,

    The Members of the ABA Woman Advocate Committee                                                         

    Work/Life Management Sub-Committee

    Teresa M. Beck, Partner

  • 03/13/2015 10:00 AM | WWL Admin (Administrator)

    RSVP to be a volunteer at the UW Law Academy!


    You decide your time commitment and we guarantee your volunteer service will be fun!


    11am-Extreme Advocacy: How to develop an Effective Closing Argument

    Noon hour-Lunch & Learn (Student/Professionals Mixer—speed networking)

    1:00 pm– Small Group Workshops (coach students for oral arguments)


    In celebration of the 25th Anniversary of the MLK FAME Community Youth & Law Forum, the UW Law Academy invites volunteer attorneys, judges, and law students to share their stories during lunch with our invited high school students from diverse backgrounds, help coach students during the afternoon small group sessions, and/or join us for the day to share in the fun! Consider setting up a table display during lunch and be a coach for oral arguments! (High school students will be at the law school from 10:30 am-3:00 pm).


    If you are unable to attend (or even if you are attending!), consider being a sponsor to help defray the cost of the students’ attendance.

    Purple & Gold Level (“Most awesome!”):  $201-$300 or more!

    Silver Level (“Awesome like the ‘80s!”): $101-$200

    Bronze Level (“We Rock!”): up to $100

    “We Rock too!”: any kind of gift swag for the student prize giveaways and/or any number of volunteers!!


    Sponsored by the UW School of Law Office of Admissions and the Center for Professional & Leadership Development, WA State Minority & Justice Commission, MLK Fame Youth & Law Forum, UW OMA/D-CAMP, and the Law School Admissions Council (

  • 02/26/2015 12:00 PM | WWL Admin (Administrator)


    MAMA Seattle invites you to attend our February lunch seminar:

    Financial Planning



    Thursday, February 26th, 2015, from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.


    DavisWright 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 Please identify if you will attend in person in Seattle or if you will participate by phone.

    Lunch Seminar:  Financial Planning -- Creating A Lifetime Of Financial Security

    Creating a financial plan can be daunting. This presentation will outline three pieces to building financial security for your lifetime and outline steps for implementing them. 

    Our Speaker:  Julie Prince 

    Julie Prince, CLU, has owned her firm, Prince Financial Services, since March, 1989, and has been affiliated with Northwestern Mutual since then as well.  Julie provides customized recommendations for financial planning in several areas, including fee-based financial planning, wealth management, trust services, education funding, and investment strategies.  Julie specializes in working with professionals and business owners and loves to work with and empower women!

    Julie frequently speaks at company and industry conferences, as well as gives presentations with local businesses … and now MAMA Seattle!

    For more information, see Julie’s profile online:

    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.

  • 02/17/2015 10:00 AM | WWL Admin (Administrator)

    Join the ABA Task Force on Gender Equity and ABA Commission on Women in the Profession for the webinar, "Negotiating Your Own Compensation: It's Not About the Money Until It Is!" Learn more and register at

    Tuesday, February 17, 2015 - Noon to 1:30 PM Central Time

     Learn the dos and don'ts of negotiating your own compensation by applying effective negotiation techniques. Laurel Bellows, Past ABA President, will moderate a panel discussion using video clips of effective and ineffective negotiations as discussion prompts. Issues addressed will include origination credit, intelligence gathering, and differing compensation systems.

     This webinar is directed toward equity partners and also will provide equity track women attorneys with valuable information they will need in the future. It offers tools to ensure that pay is comparable to contribution so that women will be less likely to leave their places of employment and the legal profession altogether.

     Program Faculty:


     * Laurel G. Bellows; Managing Partner, Bellows Law Group PC; Chicago, Illinois


     * Patricia K. Gillette; Partner, Orrick; San Francisco, California
     * Patricia Brown Holmes; Partner, Executive Committee Member, Diversity Committee Chair, Schiff Hardin LLP; Chicago, Illinois
     * Stephanie A. Scharf; Partner, Scharf Banks Marmor LLC; Chicago, Illinois

     Tuesday, February 17, 2015
     Noon to 1:30 PM Central Time

     Register today at! Registration closes Thursday, February 12th at 4 PM Central Time.

     ABA Members: $50
     Nonmembers: $75

     Video Sneak Peek - Visit to view a sneak peek of videos to be shown during the webinar illustrating effective and ineffective techniques for negotiating compensation

  • 02/09/2015 4:00 PM | WWL Admin (Administrator)

     Gates Public Service Law Speaker Series


    Professor Alafair Burke

    Monday, February 9

    4:00-5:00 pm Room 133 UW School of Law

    Reception to follow Room 115


    “Why Prosecutors Might Do Bad Things”


    Professor Burke, Professor of Law and Hofstra Research Fellow at Hofstra University teaches criminal law and criminal procedure subjects. Her research intersects criminal law and procedure and focuses on policing and prosecutorial policies. She has written about prosecutorial decision making, community policing and non-punitive responses to crime problems, and the criminal law’s treatment of domestic violence, both in punishing batterers and in explaining the conduct of battered women.


    Before joining the law school faculty in 2001, Professor Burke served as a deputy district attorney in Portland, Oregon, where she tried more than 30 criminal cases, primarily against domestic violence offenders, and helped innovate neighborhood-based prosecution methods.

    Professor Burke serves as a legal and trial commentator for various television and radio programs. She is also the author of nine bestselling crime novels.


    Co-sponsored by the King County Prosecutor’s Office


    Sponsorship of this event by the University Of Washington School Of Law and the W.H. Gates Public Service Law Program does not imply endorsement.


    RSVP via Symplicity or

  • 01/29/2015 10:00 AM | WWL Admin (Administrator)

    "Canaries in the Coalmine: Succeeding as Female Counsel in Male-Dominated Industries"

     Webinar - Thursday, January 29, 2015 - 10 - 11:30 PDT
     1.50 Elimination of Bias CLE Credit Hours

     The ABA Young Lawyers Division, Commission on Women in the Profession, Center for Professional Development, Center for Professional Responsibility, and Law Practice Division invite you to participate in the webinar, "Canaries in the Coalmine: Succeeding as Female Counsel in Male-Dominated Industries."

     In the pursuit of parity, many women venture into male-dominated industries and find themselves on a strange and unique island, frequently alone. This program shares the experiences of such women, talking about how we can continue to successfully and collectively break longstanding barriers for women in these industries and furthering the educational dialogue on the elimination of bias in the profession.

     - Brenna Legaard, Shareholder, Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt, Portland, OR
     - Karen Spencer, Global Counsel, IP Licensing & Transactions (Ret.), Nike, Inc., Portland, OR
     - Sara Vanderhoff, Associate General Counsel, Group Intellectual Property, Adidas International, Inc., Portland, OR

     - Tracey Lesetar-Smith, General Counsel, Bellator MMA, Newport, CA

     To register, visit

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