Items of Interest

  • 04/12/2013 3:29 PM | Anonymous

    Apply to be an At-Large Governor with WSBA.  Interested? Submit a letter of application and current resume by 5 p.m. PST on April 19. The letter should include a statement addressing how you believe you meet the intent specified in the WSBA Bylaws, April VI(D)1.

    Send the letter and resume to

    WSBA Office of the Executive Director
    1325 Fourth Ave., Ste. 600
    Seattle, WA 98101

    For more information, email or call 206-727-8226.

    Former At – Large Governors Eric De Los Santos shares his experience serving on the Board.

  • 04/11/2013 10:58 AM | Anonymous

    Dear Potential Judges:

    On behalf of the Moot Court Honor Board at the University of Washington School of Law, I would like to invite you to participate as a judge in our 2013 Hillis Clark Martin & Peterson Appellate Advocacy Competition. The competition will take place from Monday, May 13, 2013 through Thursday, May 16, 2013. More information about the competition and a complete schedule may be found at the bottom of this email. For your service as a judge, you may receive 3 free CLE credits per competition or, 5.5 credits for judging both.* Free parking and a meal are provided. We welcome attorneys from all practice areas to participate.

    You may REGISTER to serve as a judge using the following online sign-up sheet (Note that these sign-up sheets cover the preliminary rounds through the semifinal round. Final round judges are recruited on an individual basis.)

    PLEASE CLICK HERE to sign up for the 2013 Hillis Clark Martin & Peterson 1L Appellate Advocacy Competition

    As a judge, you will provide feedback and evaluate the participants’ performance. We welcome attorneys from all practice areas. We will provide you with details regarding the problem and fact pattern in advance of the competition. Judging for a UWLS competition is an opportunity to provide law students with valuable feedback on their trial advocacy skills. Volunteer judges are also invaluable to the continued success of the Moot Court Honor Board and the in-house competition program.

    If you are unable to serve as a judge for this competition, but would like to receive invitations to judge future competitions (or would like to be removed from our judge database), please let us know via the sign-up sheet. Questions regarding the competition can be sent to

    Thank you in advance for your support. We hope to see you at the competitions.
    Sincerely, Kristi D. Knieps Vice President of Judges UW Moot Court Honor Board
    *Each round of competition entails a time commitment of substantive work (training, listening to competition rounds, grading and delivering feedback) of approximately 3 to 3.5 hours. WBSA regulations restrict the number of CLE credits you may receive for judging moot court competitions to 6 CLE credits per three-year reporting period. Note: you will receive 3 credits if you judge one round, but 5.5 if you judge a round in both
    competitions. This is because pre-competition training counts for .5 credits, but it is identical for both competitions, and so cannot be counted twice.

    2013 Hillis Clark Martin & Peterson 1L Appellate Advocacy
    Competition Schedule

    Monday, May 13, 2013: Preliminary Round #1
    5:30-6:00 p.m. Judge check-in, chance to review problem.
    6:00-6:30 p.m. Mandatory training for judges.
    6:30-9:00 p.m. Competition round and feedback.

    Tuesday, May 14, 2013: Preliminary Round #2
    5:30-6:00 p.m. Judge check-in, chance to review problem.
    6:00-6:30 p.m. Mandatory training for judges.
    6:30-9:00 p.m. Competition round and feedback.

    Wednesday, May 15, 2013: Quarterfinal Round
    5:30-6:00 p.m. Judge check-in, chance to review problem.
    6:00-6:30 p.m. Mandatory training for judges.
    6:30-9:00 p.m. Competition round and feedback.

    Thursday, May 16, 2013: Semifinal Round
    5:30-6:00 p.m. Judge check-in, chance to review problem.
    6:00-6:30 p.m. Mandatory training for judges.
    6:30-9:00 p.m. Competition round and feedback.

    Monday, May 20, 2013: Final Round
    * Recruitment of judges for the final round is completed by other means. The schedule for this day is provided for informational purposes only.
    5:30-6:00 p.m. Judge check-in, chance to review problem.
    6:00-6:30 p.m. Mandatory training for judges.
    6:30-9:00 p.m. Competition round and feedback. 9:00-10:30 p.m. Awards ceremony and refreshments.

  • 04/09/2013 5:40 PM | Anonymous

    Nominations are open for the annual Access to Justice Board Awards! The Access to Justice Board Awards recognize the people and organizations who make access to the justice system a reality in our state. Please nominate your partners within the Alliance for Equal Justice as well the community partners whose work makes significant impact on the Alliance.

    This year, award presentation events will be determined after winners are announced.

  • 04/08/2013 8:00 AM | Anonymous

    Diversity Week-An Invitation to Participate

    “We will best serve our students by creating and maintaining an educational environment that is diverse, inclusive and that promotes cross-competencies.” Diversity Statement, UW Law

    What is Diversity Week?
    Diversity Week is a special opportunity to listen, learn, discuss and present. The Dean’s Advisory Committee on Diversity (Committee) is coordinating workshops, forums and events.


    When is Diversity Week?
    The Week of April 8-13th.


    Why Have A Diversity Week?

    Law is a “people business.” Success comes from both mastering the contents of textbooks and learning how to effectively interact with others. Diversity Week offers an opportunity to consider our differences, similarities, concerns and aspirations; most importantly Diversity Week is a time to ask questions.


    How Will Diversity Week Work?

    This year’s Diversity Week has a theme BUT that theme is not restrictive. “What’s Missing from the Syllabus? Embracing and Engaging with the Changing Legal Landscape” is what the Committee hopes to talk about HOWEVER the theme serves as a guide, not a control. Ideally, workshops, presentations and discussions will have some relation to the theme HOWEVER anyone with an idea to present is welcome to bring it forward as part of Diversity Week.


    How Can I Participate in Diversity Week?

    We invite your participation. You can

    • Attend scheduled events (a schedule shall becoming out in the next few weeks);
    • Engage in discussions with other members of the Law School Community;
    • Design a workshop, invite in a speaker, create a presentation or organize an event (if you are interested in doing this please see contact information below); and/or
    • Volunteer to help bring about Diversity Week.


    Who Should I Contact If I Have Questions or Want More Information?

    The current Diversity Week coordinator is William Covington; Senior Lecturer, UW Law. If you want to know more, volunteer to help, put together a workshop or presentation contact

  • 04/02/2013 12:00 PM | Anonymous

    Social Media Part II:

    Staying Smart about Safety and Decorum



    Tuesday, April 2, 2013, 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 Please identify if you will attend in person in Seattle or if you will participate by phone.

    Join MAMAS at our next monthly brown bag lunch to learn the best practical ways to keep your kids safe online without creating unnecessary fear. Our speaker is Linda Criddle, the founder of LOOKBOTHWAYS, LLC. Before establishing the company, Criddle spent 13 years at Microsoft where she was a pioneer in online safety for the MSN division and more broadly for the entire company due to her deep understanding of online predatory behavior and her ability to create practical, technical, and policy-based solutions.

    Criddle is a tireless advocate for online safety. Her passion and talent for teaching Internet safety principles has benefited youth, parents, and educators, law enforcement and corporations. She is author of the award-winning consumer-oriented book, Look Both Ways: Help Protect Your Family on the Internet, and Using the Internet Safely for Seniors For Dummies. Criddle has also contributed a chapter titled How to say YES to your kids’ online activities in the book Courageous Parents, Confident Kids, and she has written “Internet Safety for Educators,” a distance-learning course offered through Washington State University and through the University of Alaska. Criddle has also collaborated with local, state, national and international law enforcement agencies, primarily helping with investigations into the online activities of child predators, and teaching digital forensics.

    We encourage you to attend our brown bag meeting in person to facilitate both networking and a lively discussion.

    Please bring your lunch and join us for this presentation, and meet fellow MAMAS 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.

    MAMAS would also like to thank our

    Platinum sponsors:

    Garvey Schubert Barer

    Navigant Consulting, Inc.

    Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP

    and Gold sponsors:

    Davis Wright Tremaine LLP

    Dorsey & Whitney LLP

    K&L Gates LLP

    Microsoft Corporation

    Schwabe Williamson & Wyatt

    Susman Godfrey L.L.P.

  • 03/27/2013 5:00 PM | Anonymous
    Diversity Reception:  WSAJ is holding another Diversity Reception on March 27th, 5-7pm at Wild Ginger.  All are welcome.  Please RSVP to This event is sponsored by Pfau Cochran Vertetis Amala.
  • 03/27/2013 12:00 PM | Anonymous

    The Mother Attorneys Mentoring Association of Seattle invites you to attend

    ESTATE TAX PLANNING for the Non-Specialist


    Come learn what the Cliff-hanger Tax Law Enactments of January 2013 mean for you (personally), your family and your clients. MAMAS members Sandy Cairns of Carson & Noel, and Nancy Kennedy of Ryan Swanson & Cleveland will provide a plain language, practical overview of the new landscape of estate tax and its implications for your personal planning, and that of your clients.


    Wednesday, March 27, 2013

    12–1:30 pm

    Ryan Swanson & Cleveland PLLC

    1201 Third Avenue, Suite 3400



    CLE Credit: Approved for 1.5 CLE Credits/Activity ID# 337464.


    Registration: Fee to participate is $10.00.  Please register and pay through BigTent  (  for MAMAS members, or pay by check to MAMAS and mail to Robin Schachter at Ryan Swanson & Cleveland . If you cannot attend the live program, please consider joining via teleconference.  (Dial in information provided upon registration/receipt of check)


    Please contact Robin Schachter, 206-654-2272/, with questions.

  • 03/25/2013 3:48 PM | Anonymous

    Lawyers Helping Hungry Children fights child hunger and malnutrition through fundraising, advocacy and service. We are a group of lawyers who believe that no child should experience hunger. For more than twenty years, we’ve donated our time, skills and money to support anti-hunger work in Washington State and around the world. Lawyers Helping Hungry Children have been working since 1991 to end childhood hunger in Washington State.

    Is this something you are interested in doing? Here is some information about our organization.

  • 03/22/2013 4:00 PM | Anonymous

    Washington Leadership Institute Alumni Event

    The WSBA is pleased to invite all WLI Alumni to a reception in order to reconnect and to learn about serving on the WSBA Board of Governors. WLI Alumnus and current Governor Tracy Flood will talk about her experience serving on the Board, the history of the At Large seats, and the opportunity to fill the seat she’ll be retiring September 30. Please consider attending. You can RSVP to Megan McNally .

    Friday, March 22nd,

    4 to 6:30 p.m.

    WSBA Offices, 1325 Fourth Ave, 6th Floor, Seattle (video and teleconference available)

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