Social Networking Luncheon
Tuesday, December 9th, 2014, from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.
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 email@example.com. Please identify if you will attend in person in Seattle or if you will participate by phone.
Please join us for a fun and informal networking event. Light lunch and dessert will be provided. Due to the nature of this event, we will not be offering telephone participation. Please join us in person!
You are cordially invited to attend the swearing in ceremony for Appointee Judge Gretchen Leanderson scheduled for Thursday, December 4, 2014 at 4:00 pm in the County City Building (930 Tacoma Ave. S., Room 100). A reception will immediately follow in Room 123 (Jury Administration). Please let me know if you plan on attending.
Mary E. Madden
Assistant to the Court Administrator
Just a reminder that nominations for the 2015 Margaret Brent Women Lawyers of Achievement Awards are due Monday, December 1st. The award, sponsored by the ABA Commission on Women in the Profession, will be presented on Sunday, August 2, 2015 in Chicago.
Do you know an outstanding woman lawyer who has achieved professional excellence in her field and has paved the way to success for other women lawyers?
The ABA Commission on Women in the Profession is seeking nominations for the 25th Annual Margaret Brent Women Lawyers of Achievement Awards. These awards will be presented at a luncheon on Sunday, August 2, 2015, during the ABA Annual Meeting in Chicago.
Submit your nomination
The deadline to submit the nomination form and supporting materials is the close of business on Monday, December 1, 2014.
If you have nominated someone previously and want to nominate her again for 2015, please submit (1) the nomination form, (2) the award criteria narrative, and (3) a current resume. With respect to articles and letters previously submitted, contact April Hasson at 312-988-5668 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information, please click on the links below:
Nomination criteria and application requirements
Judicial Diversity Panel and Reception - 6:30 pm on November 17th at the Columbia Tower featuring Justice Stevens, Justice Gonzalez and former WSBA president Ron Ward. The Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights is a DC-based organization but is working on an initiative in Washington state to improve judicial diversity. This will be a discussion on the importance of judicial diversity and how the community can move this goal forward.
Please RSVP email@example.com
Save the Date - November 14, Racial Impact Statements in Washington
The Washington State Supreme Court's Minority and Justice Commission jointly with the Washington State Sentencing Guidelines Commission would like to invite the community to participate and weigh in on the topic of racial impact statements for Washington State. Racial impact statements are a tool that can provide a constructive means for policy makers to proactively assess how proposed sentencing laws may affect racial and ethnic disparities in the justice system.
The event will be held on Friday, November 14, from 8:45 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at the Tukwila Community Center in Tukwila, WA. All are welcome and invited to attend.
Please send an RSVP email to Cynthia.Delostrinos@courts.wa.gov. Please indicate if you need any special accommodations.
The Professional Development Forum is a great opportunity for diverse attorneys to learn about law firm economics, hear directly from legal employers on the type of skills valued, and a safe space to ask legal employers questions free from judgment. The Washington Initiative for Diversity and the Puget Sound Association of Legal Administrators have confirmed exceptional speakers for the “Professional Development Forum” including Elizabeth Leedom, Managing Partner of Bennett, Bigelow and Leedom; Stephen Graham, Managing Partner of Fenwick and West; Salvador Mungia, Partner with Gordon Thomas Honeywell; Gail Mautner, Partner and Diversity Chair with Lane Powell; Stephanie Anderson, Managing Partner of Gordon-Polcer; Tisha Paglilauan, Partner with Cascadia Law Group; Roger Leishman, Partner with Davis Wright Tremaine; Lisa Gilmore, Partner with Helsell Fetterman; Denise Stiffarm with K&L Gates; and Bruce Callow, Tax Partner and Shevaun Hopkins, Audit Partner, with Peterson Sullivan.
You will need to log-in first to register at http://bit.ly/1sPcATW.
I wanted to make sure you received an invitation to our panel and reception taking place on November 17th. Titled “Serving Justice Through Diversity,” the panel promises to be a great discussion on the interplay between diversity, the judiciary, and justice. We will be joined by Justice Debra Stephens, Justice Steven Gonzalez and Mr. Ron Ward as panelists and our Executive Director, Barbara Arnwine, will be serving as moderator.
Also, we are currently processing applications for the Judicial Diversity Program (JDP) 2014-15 mentee year. The goal of the program is to educate participants on the importance of judicial diversity, empower participants to advocate for it within the larger community, and shed light on the appointment and election process – this will be facilitated through our monthly workshops, panels, and judge mentors. We hope to invigorate and support a network of potential judicial candidates and the advocates that will support them.
Our deadline for applying was November 1st, however, I have noticed that key segments of the community are not represented in the applicant pool and we would like the mentee class to be as diverse as possible. The ideal candidate is 2-8 years out of college with a commitment to social justice and judicial diversity. If any of your members would make strong candidates please encourage them to apply – we would happily waive the deadline. Application is available online.
Do you know an outstanding woman lawyer who has achieved profe ssional excellence in her field and has paved the way to success for other women lawyers?
If you have nominated someone previously and want to nominate her again for 2015, please submit (1) the nomination form (2) the award criteria narrative, and (3) a current resume. With respect to articles and letters previously submitted, contact April Hasson at 312-988-5668 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The National Conference of Women's Bar Associations is currently seeking nominations from our member organizations of individuals interested in serving on their Membership Committee and Judicial Endorsements/Nominations Committee. For a list of member organizations, click here: http://ncwba.org/members/ . This is a wonderful opportunity to promote a member from your organization to actively participate on an NCWBA committee. If appointed to the Membership Committee, your candidate will have a voice in identifying what member organizations want and need from the NCWBA, while Judicial Endorsements/Nominations Committee members will provide insight on judicial nominations and will be involved in the further promotion of women on the bench. If you or someone from your organization is interested in joining one of these committees, please contact our Board/Officer Nominating Committee Chair, Katherine Brown, at (603)970-7592 or email@example.com for more information. Nominations are due by Monday, December 1, 2014!
I’m writing to tell you of a CLE opportunity that may interest your members. Washington State Coalition for Language Access is holding its 9th annual Summit, “Got Language Access: Culture, Collaboration, and Solutions" this Friday and Saturday, and we finally learned it is approved for 10.5 CLE credits (6 on Friday and 4.5 on Saturday). For a $125 registration fee, that’s quite a deal. The Summit will be held in SeaTac at the Hilton Seattle Airport Hotel and Conference Center.
Attendees will learn about language access services, share ideas and resources, and brainstorm collaborative ways to meet the needs of limited-English proficient and Deaf individuals accessing programs and services around the State of Washington. The Summit program is attached.
Some notable speakers will be: Keynote Speaker Washington Supreme Court Justice Steve González, guest speakers Washington Supreme Court Justice Mary Yu, Mr. Linh Thai from Congressman Adam Smith's office, Senator Karen Keiser, Representative Cindy Ryu, and Representative Luis Moscoso. This Summit is particularly poignant as we mark the celebration of 50 years since the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 by reflecting on past achievements and looking forward to the next 50 years of progress!
Online registration: http://wasclasummit2014.brownpapertickets.com.
On behalf of the WASCLA board of directors, I would appreciate it if you would share this with your membership. Thank you!
About the Washington State Coalition for Language Access: WASCLA is an education and advocacy organization whose mission is to eliminate language barriers that prevent Washingtonians from accessing essential services. Our scope of work includes identifying needs and seeking solutions to assure effective language access services in all areas, including healthcare, through collaborative efforts between policy makers, advocates, interpreters, translators, service providers, and community members.