Items of Interest

  • 05/07/2013 10:54 AM | Anonymous

    The Young Lawyers and Social Media Working Group of the Gender Equity Task Force hopes that your members will join us in a virtual march on Washington for Gender Equity. 

    The Gender Equity Task Force's Virtual March for Gender Equity

    The ABA Gender Equity Task Force needs your organization’s participation and promotion of our virtual march for gender equity.

    How You Can Help:
    Participating is as simple as clicking your heels three times. Click on the link to the website:  Click the vote button next to the red shoes and click the submit button. Then you have “Clicked” your heels for gender equity.

    Why is this important and what is the point?

    The visual of hundreds of thousands of people descending on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial and the sea of people coming together for the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom in 1963 has become an iconic representation of people standing in concert to effect change. While nothing can ever replace the historic transcendence of that day, in this new millennium a virtual voice carries the same power and ability to effect change as a physical presence.

    Like in 1963, people of today still struggle with the ability to be treated equally in the work place. What is gender equity? It is equal pay for equal work. It is paternity leave without stigma. It is flexible time to meet personal and family needs, while still being able to participate and make a productive contribution to the work place. It is the recognition of the differences between men and women without diminishing the value and contribution each provide. In a word, it is “fairness.”

    March with us starting on Equal Pay Day on April 9ththrough the ABA’s Day of the Woman on August 10th 2013.

    Please share this opportunity to “march” for equality with your members.

  • 05/01/2013 12:00 AM | Anonymous

    In honor of the 50th anniversary of the right to counsel landmark decision on March 18, 1963 (Gideon v. Wainwright, 372 U.S. 335, 83 S. Ct. 792 (1963)), the Supreme Court and members of the public defense community have collected some links to educational materials to honor the anniversary. We are hoping you will join us in commemorating this event in your community this Law Day.

    We enclose these links to assist you in accessing these materials to plan your programs.

  • 04/29/2013 12:00 AM | Anonymous
    Food from the Bar is a grass-roots campaign started by lawyers to fight hunger among children in our communities. It consists of a month-long friendly competition in the spring among law firms and legal offices in which participants contribute money, donate food, and/or volunteer time sorting and packing food at the local food banks in their communities. This year’s 2013 campaign will run from April 29 to May 24. NCWBA has been a leading supporter of Food from the Bar.
  • 04/25/2013 3:54 PM | Anonymous

    What was once "Take Our Daughters to Work Day" and is now officially titled "Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day" is an opportunity for those in the legal profession to introduce their children and other young relatives and friends to a perspective on what they do all day that may deepen a child's interest in the law or help the child gain a better understanding of the what it means to be in the workforce.  Women's bar associations are natural partners in this event, as they can provide networking opportunities for children and adults and expand the scope of the day's experience beyond the doors of a single law office.   Women Lawyers Association of Michigan is hosting a luncheon. Oregon Women Lawyers has often held a brown-bag event at a courthouse where children are invited to take turns sitting at the judge's bench and to learn about the various roles of court personnel.  For more about the day and possible activities, click here. Now in its second decade, the popularity of the day has waned.  For a blog post about why that might be the case, click here.

  • 04/24/2013 4:19 PM | Anonymous

    American Bar Association Nominations for 2013 ABA Medal are due by Thursday, May 16, 2013 Deadline

    The Operations and Communications Committee of the Board of Governors invites your nominations for the 2013 recipient of the ABA Medal. The ABA Medal was established to honor a member of the bench or bar who has “rendered conspicuous service in the cause of American jurisprudence.”  Consistent with the Association's commitment to diversity, we encourage you, in considering who to nominate for the Medal, to include women and candidates of diverse backgrounds. Please submit your nominations, by Thursday, May 16, 2013.


  • 04/24/2013 3:45 PM | Anonymous

    The WSBA is now soliciting nominations for our annual awards, which are presented at our Awards Dinner in September. We ask that you strongly consider making a nomination or encouraging others to do so. This year's awards are listed below. We would love to receive nominations from all around the state. Please tell us who inspires you!

    The nomination deadline is April 30, and the nomination form can be found on our Awards web page

  • 04/18/2013 11:00 AM | Anonymous

    FREE WEBINAR Gender Bias Against Women in the Law: Where We Are and What We Can Do About It

    April, 18 2013 | 11:00 AM-12:00 PM Pacific/2:00-3:00 PM Eastern

    Although women have been graduating from law school in large numbers for several decades, many fewer women than men have advanced into senior law firm positions and leadership roles. Since 2006, NAWL and the NAWL Foundation have surveyed law firms on their retention and promotion of women lawyers, and most recently on the role played by Women's Initiatives for advancing legal careers.  The results offer surprises as well as recommendations for women lawyers and their firms.  

    NAWL, the Coalition of Women's Initiatives in Law, the CBA Alliance, and Ms. JD have joined together to co-sponsor a presentation on the latest research into women's initiatives in law firms. Come learn more about this unique research, its implications for eliminating gender bias and the steps firms can take to advance women lawyers.



           Jennifer K. Gust, Partner, Hinshaw and Culbertson LLP/
           Board Member, Coalition of Women's Initiatives in Law
           Stephanie A. Scharf, Partner, Scharf Banks Marmor LLC/
           President, NAWL Foundation

           Janet Wallace, Associate, Duggan Smith & Heath LLP/
           Vice President, Ms. JD



           Leslie Richards-Yellen, Partner/Chief Diversity and Inclusion
           Officer, Hinshaw and Culbertson LLP/Board Member, National
           Association of Women Lawyers 
    To view the report on the National Survey of Women's Initiatives, please click HERE


    We will be addressing questions about the survey and its results as part of the panel presentation.  Please send your questions by April 10th to Sarretta McDonough, NAWL Board Member, at


    *Registrants must be individually registered in order to be eligible for
    Continuing Legal Education credits.   



    CLE credit is currently pending in the following states: NY, NJ, IL, PA & CA

  • 04/18/2013 8:00 AM | Anonymous

    "The Pursuit of Justice" Conference

    The Gonzaga University School of Law, the Gonzaga Institute for Hate Studies, and the Washington State Task Force on Race and the Criminal Justice System are pleased to organize and host this three-day international conference scheduled for April 18-20, 2013. 

    The conference theme is Understanding Hatred, Confronting Intolerance, Eiminating Inequality.

    "The Pursuit of Justice" offers many outstanding opportunities for cross-conversation between scholars from around the world, members of law enforcement and the judiciary, NGO leaders, public policy and social change experts, human rights activists, award-winning filmmakers, and more.
    Conference highlights include:

    Friday keynote by Professor Paul Butler - Georgetown Law Center, author of Let's Get Free:  A Hip-Hop Theory of Justice, and leading expert on race and criminal justice (

    Thursday keynote by Dr. Jack Levin - Brudnick Professor of Sociology and Criminology and Co-Director of the Brudnick Center on Violence and Conflict, Northeastern University, author of 30 books and 150+ articles on hate, extremism, violence and conflict (;

    "The Pursuit of Justice - Judicial Perspectives" - Friday plenary panel featuring members of the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, US District Courts for Eastern and Western Washington, Washington State Supreme Court, and more

    Thursday opening address by Dr. Barbara Perry - "Critical Criminologist of the Year," Professor of Social Science and Associate Dean of Social Science and Humanities, University of Ontario Institute of Technology, noted expert on hate crimes against indigenous and immigrant populations

    "Civil Liberties and the Politics of Hate" - Thursday plenary session on voting, political organizing, and the "neutrality of guns," as influenced by the politics of hate and extremism, featuring Dr. Terri Givens, University of Texas-Austin Professor of Government and Gonzaga Prep alumna

    "Race and Criminal Justice" - Saturday session including Spokane Chief of Police Frank Straub and Ryan Haygood, Director of Political Participation for the NAACP Legal Education and Defense Fund, Inc.

    "The World Is All Around Us" - Friday workshop with Lee Mun Wah, the internationally renowned Chinese American documentary filmmaker, Asian folkteller, poet/author, community therapist, educator, and master diversity trainer

    For all conference information, please visit  We will continue updating the schedule into April.  Direct any questions or concerns to, attn: Conference Co-Chairs Prof. Jason Gillmer and Dr. John Shuford.

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