Happy Halloween! Celebrate Dia de Los Muertos with El Centro de la Raza!

November 1: 10th Annual Dia De Los Muertos Event with El Centro de la Raza

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Saturday, Nov. 1, 2014
5:00 – 9:00 PM
El Centro de la Raza

El Centro de la Raza will hold its 10th annual Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) event this Saturday, November 1st from 5pm to 9pm. A chicken mole dinner will be served from 5:30pm to 7pm.

This year we call attention to the humanitarian crisis of the refugee children of Central America, the children who have died from violence in their countries, and the moral obligation of the U.S. to respond humanely to this catastrophe.

November 3: Registration Now Open for “Beyond the Headlines: National Security in the 21st Century” with Assistant Secretary of State Puneet Talwar

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Monday, Nov. 3, 2014
6:00 PM
City University, 521 Wall St. Seattle, WA 98121

The World Affairs Council is hosting Puneet Talwar, Assistant Secretary for the Bureau of Political-Military Affairs. Assistant Secretary of State Talwar will give an overview of the crowded roster of international crises and ongoing threats to U.S. security and interests—from ISIL to Russia to emerging threats. Informed by his current position at the State Department and his previous experience at the White House and Capitol Hill, Talwar will discuss current policy direction and U.S. efforts, including security partnerships, to counter the threats the United States currently faces—including those that are not necessarily making headlines. Yet.

Register now, tickets are limited.  

Click here to register online.

November 4: Ferguson – What’s Next?

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Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2014
1:30 – 3:00 PM
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Join the First Year and Pre Major (CUSP) Office for a fireside chat on Ferguson, Missouri and the Aftermath of the shooting of Michael Brown.

We will be hosting Dr. Alexis Harris, Associate Professor of Sociology at UW Seattle, Dr. John Vinson, Chief of Police, UW Police Department, and Marcus Johnson, Graduate Student from the Masters of Cultural Studies Program at UW Bothel.

The conversation will be moderated and the audience will have the opportunity to interact with our guests and each other.

November 3, 5, 13: Three Public Meetings to Inform Rulemaking for the Minimum Wage Ordinance (MWO)

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Seattle’s new Minimum Wage Ordinance will take effect on April 1, 2015! The Seattle Office for Civil Rights is hosting 3 public meetings to gather information for the administrative rulemaking process:

Monday, Nov.3, 2014
2:00 – 4:00 PM
Bertha Landes Room at Seattle City Hall, 600 4th Ave., Seattle, WA
RSVP for 11/3 here.

Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2014
7:00 – 9:00 PM
NewHolly Gathering Hall, 7054 32nd Ave. S., Seattle, WA
RSVP for 11/5 here.

Thursday, Nov. 13, 2014
8:00 – 10:00 AM
Northgate Community Center, 10510 5th Ave. NE., Seattle, WA
RSVP for 11/13 here.

We want to hear from you! We know that employers and employees have many questions about how the Minimum Wage Ordinance will be implemented. Registration is not required, but it is helpful for planning. Reasonable accommodations and language interpretation for meetings are available on request. Call 206-684-4507 for more information. Childcare will be available for the evening meeting on Wednesday, November 5. Please note any other special requests on your registration form.

New City website for information on Minimum Wage Ordinance

Visit http://www.seattle.gov/civilrights/minimumwage.htm for up-to-date information about Seattle’s Minimum Wage Ordinance. The website features a new Frequently Asked Questions section, plus links to the ordinance and contact information for submitting questions and comments. The site also will list other public meetings and events as they are scheduled.

November 4: Social Justice Tuesday – Justified? Examining Police Brutality and Civil Rights Issues

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Join the Center for Public Service Law and the Dean’s Advisory Committee on Diversity for a conversation with:

  • David Whedbee (attorney, MacDonald Hoague & Bayless)
  • Fe Lopez (Executive Director, City of Seattle-Community Police Commission

If you would like lunch please RSVP via Symplicity or gatespsl@uw.edu RSVP by 12:00 pm, Monday, November 3, 2014.

November 5: General Externship Perspectives Seminar – Lawyer Mistakes: Lessons in Professionalism

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Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2014
5:30 PM
Gates Hall, RM 207

Join the General Externship Perspectives Seminar on Wednesday, November 5 at 5:30 p.m. in room 207 to hear guests David West and Travis Stearns discuss lawyer mistakes.  Mr. West handles risk management for the Garvey Schubert Barer firm.  Mr.  Stearns, a long time public defender, works with the Washington Defender Association.

November 5: Tacoma Joint Networking Event

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Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2014
5:00 – 6:30 PM
The Matador, 721 Pacific Ave., Tacoma, WA 98402

The Minority Bar Associations (MBAs), together with the Washington State Bar Association (WSBA), invite you to a joint networking event in Tacoma.  This is your opportunity to meet and mingle with fellow attorneys in and around the South Sound.  Join us!  Light appetizers will be served with no host bar.

RSVP by Monday, November 3 to: diversity @wsba.org.

Sponsoring MBAs: Mother Attorneys Mentoring Association of Seattle (MAMAS), Pierce County Minority Bar Association (PCMBA), South Asian Bar Association of Washington (SABAW), Vietnamese Bar Association of Washington (VABAW), and Washington Women Lawyers (WWL).

November 6: Children’s Alliance Annual Meeting

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Thursday, Nov. 6, 2014
Doors open at 8:30 AM
Program 9:00 AM – 10:30 AM
Northwest African American Museum, 2300 S. Massachusetts St., Seattle, WA 98144

Please join us at our Annual Meeting on Thursday, November 6th. RSVP today!

This free event features a light breakfast, a dialogue with legislators, and an opportunity hear what is at stake for kids in the 2015 legislative session.  The panel discussion with state legislators will focus on advocacy strategies to advance race equity and improve the lives of all Washington’s children.  Bring a friend, your questions for legislators, and your voice for kids!

Children are welcome and a space for children’s activities will be provided. You are invited to enjoy the exhibits of the NW African American Museum following the event. Please RSVP online or contact Emijah Smith at 206.342.0340 x25.

December 12: Save the Date & Register Early for the A Day of Transforming Trauma with Laura van Dernoot Lipsky

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Friday, Dec. 12, 2014
8:30 AM – 3:30 PM
Town Hall Seattle, 1119 8th Avenue, Seattle, WA 98101

PLEASE JOIN US in Seattle for this not to be
missed workshop offering a practical and holistic approach of sustaining ourselves individually and collectively. Whether you are a nurse, teacher, conservationist, journalist, doctor, police officer, firefighter, community organizer, biologist, or
caring for a loved one in need, this day is for you. 

Laura van Dernoot Lipsky will offer a compelling
mix of personal insight, cutting edge research,
personal stories, and countless New Yorker cartoons
to help us understand the cumulative toll of being exposed to suffering over time and gain concrete
skills to reconcile it.

Participants are welcome from all professional disciplines and life circumstances.

CEUs: 5 hours are available for: Nurses, Psychologists, Professional Counselors,
Certified Counselors, Alcohol & Drug Abuse Counselors, Social Workers, Marriage & Family Therapists 

The cost for CEUs is $30 and must be paid for at the time of registration. 

Early bird rate through November 1st:
Per Day – Individual Rate:  $80
Per Day – Group Rate (5 or more):  $70

After November 1st:
Per Day – Individual Rate:  $90
Per Day – Group Rate:  $80 

Register online here.

Want To Share About Your Summer Experience? Submit Photos to the Summer Experience Photo Contest!

UW Career Center Invites You to Participate in Its Student Photo Contest

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We are excited to announce our first-ever student photo contest!  We are encouraging any UW student to take a picture of their “Summer Experience,” which can pertain to their internship, part-time job, travel, volunteer, job shadow, etc.  Students will then post their pictures via their personal Twitter or Instagram accounts, write a short caption describing the context of the picture, and include the hashtag #UWCCPhoto.   The contest runs from August 22nd-September 24th.  Prizes will be awarded!

For full details of the contest and how students submit photos, click here.  We are also tracking photo submissions here.   

2014 King County Support for Solo and Small Firm Attorneys Grants Sponsored by Washington Women Lawyers, King County Chapter

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The King County Chapter of Washington Women Lawyers (KCWWL) is pleased to provide a grant opportunity of up to $1,500 each to two or more awardees to complement our traditional academic scholarships for University of Washington and Seattle University Law School students in 2014.  The Support for Solo and Small Firm Attorneys program is intended to recognize excellence in practice for new solo or small firm (2-3 attorneys) practitioners whose work benefits women directly or improves women’s access to justice in Seattle/King County.

KCWWL has recognized many factors impacting new attorneys as they attempt to enter the work force in the Seattle/King County area, and is continuing its efforts at retaining diversity in the field of law.  This grant is focused on: 1) reducing the numbers of women attorneys leaving the profession; and 2) lessening the impact of the recession on recent bar certified attorneys graduating with record levels of law school debt.

For more information, click here.

New Disability Rights Guide Released by the Washington Leadership Institute on Washington Law Help

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Knowing your rights as a person with a disability is an important part of being an effective self-advocate and making decisions about your own life. This guide is designed to provide young people with disabilities information and resources so that you can understand and exercise your legal rights.

Check out the new guide online here.

Marriage Equality After DOMA, WSBA Town Hall, Minority Bar Assn’s Happy Hour, Annual DV Symposium & Criminal Law Soirée

August 12: QLaw Event- Marriage Equality After DOMA

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QLaw Event: Marriage Equality After DOMA

Monday, August 12th, 2013
6:00 – 8:00 PM
Seattle University – Pigott Auditorium (Directions)
Click to Send RSVP Email, or RSVP on Facebook

Now that part of the so-called Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) has been overturned by the U.S. Supreme Court, what does it mean for you and your relationship? And what are the next steps to achieve the freedom to marry in every state in the country?

Join QLaw for a free community meeting that will help answer those questions. Panelists will provide information and answer questions on issues including federal taxes, employee benefits, family law, Social Security, military benefits, immigration, and what’s being done currently to make the freedom to marry a reality in all 50 states.

The discussion will be moderated by Lacey All, chair of Washington United for Marriage. Panelists include:

  • Howard Bye-Torre, Stoel Rives
  • Shelbi Day, Lambda Legal
  • Wendy Goffe, Stoel Rives
  • Janet Helson, Skellenger Bender, P.S.

To reserve your spot, please RSVP to events@aclu-wa.org or visit our event page on Facebook.

August 12: WSBA Governance Structure Town Hall

wsba2It’s not too late to make plans and join us either via webcast or in-person next Monday for a discussion about WSBA’s governance structure. Over the last six months, a task force has explored a number of questions, like:

  • Should  Board members be elected, appointed,or a combination of elected and appointed? If elected, should the present system be modified?
  • Should the WSBA Board include representation from non-lawyers?
  • How many members should comprise the board? How long should a board term be?  Should a Board member be able to run for more than one term? Should there be a cap on the number of terms a Board member could serve?
  • What is the Board’s primary role, and what should it focus on?
  • Should board candidates have certain experience or qualifications in order to serve on the board? If so, what are they?
  • Should there be a different approach to diversity appointments to the board?
  • What should the role of the president of the WSBA be, and how should the president be selected?

As key stakeholders, the Governance Task Force is seeking your input as it deliberates the types of questions posed above. By late fall, the Task Force will submit a proposal to the Washington State Supreme Court and the Board of Governors, and that report will incorporate feedback and comments provided by the WSBA membership.

Please join two members of the task force, both former WSBA Board of Governors members — Nancy Isserlis and Doug Lawrence — who will lead a Town Hall discussion around WSBA Governance, on Monday, Aug. 12, from noon to 1:30 p.m. at the WSBA Conference Center, located at 1501 4th Ave. #308, Seattle. Or join via webcast from your desktop.

What: Town Hall Discussion on WSBA Governance

When: Monday, Aug. 12, noon–1:30 p.m.

Where: WSBA Conference Center, 1501 4th Avenue, #308, Seattle (or attend via webcast)

To join via webcast, you must register in advance. Please register here. If you plan on attending in person, please let us know, although registration is not required.

August 21: Minority Bar Associations’ August Happy Hour

diversity handsPlease join the Latina/o Bar Association of Washington (LBAW), Washington Women Lawyers (WWL), GLBT Bar Association of Washington (QLaw), Loren Miller Bar Association (LMBA), Vietnamese-American Bar Association of Washington (VABAW), Korean American Bar Association of Washington (KABA), and the Asian Bar Association of Washington (ABAW) for an upcoming networking event. Light appetizers will be served with a no-host bar. Come network with your Minority Bar Association colleagues!  Please RSVP by Friday, August 16, 2013 to Nilly Park at npark@AlturaLaw.com.

Date: Wednesday, August 21, 2013, 5:30 – 7:30 PM

Location: Triple Door, Musicquarium Lounge

Address: 216 Union St., Seattle, WA 98101

September 12-13: 5th Annual Domestic Violence Symposium: “Reality DV”

cycle of violenceSeattle University – Pigott Building 901 12th Ave Seattle, WA 98122
Phone: (206) 398-4281, Email: parkerr@seattleu.edu
Printable directions to Seattle University, Campion Tower and the Murphy Garage are available by clicking here.  If you wish to use Google Maps, please use 914 E. Jefferson St., Seattle, WA 98122 as the address. Email Us

September 26: King County Washington Women Lawyers’ Annual Criminal Law Soirée

wwllogoPlease join us for KCWWL’s Annual Criminal Law Soirée on Thursday, September 26th from 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.  Wine and hors d’oeuvres will be provided, and there is no cost of admission.  The Soirée will be held at the Chinese Room at the historic Smith Tower, 506 2nd Ave #1021, Seattle, WA 98104.

We are delighted to welcome the Honorable Chief Judge Marsha J. Pechman, of the United States District Court for the Western District of Washington, as our keynote speaker. Topic:  the effects of sequestration on access to justice.

The purpose of the event is to highlight the work of KCWWL’s Criminal Law Section and to foster communication and collaboration among women lawyers.  We encourage criminal, civil, defense and plaintiffs’ attorneys to attend.

Please RSVP through Eventbrite to save your spot! http://www.eventbrite.com/event/7696024015.