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  • 14 Dec 2020 4:23 PM | Serin Ngai (Administrator)

    To view the ABAW 2020 Summary Video, please click here.

    To view the Message from President-Elect John Fetters, please click here.

  • 11 Dec 2020 4:27 PM | Serin Ngai (Administrator)

    January 8, 2021 from 12:00 - 1:30 p.m.

    For more information, please click here.

  • 13 Nov 2020 3:09 PM | Serin Ngai (Administrator)

    The Washington State Supreme Court Interpreter Commission is seeking applicants to join its membership and become involved in its committees. The Commission is seeking an individual who is actively engaged with various ethnic and minority communities for whom English is a second language.   The Community Member Representative is expected to serve as a liaison for the many ethnic language communities in our state and convey their needs and challenges to the Commission in order to improve language access across our state courts.

    Please see the attached document for additional information about the Commission and opportunities for involvement.   Application materials are due by November 20, 2020.

    Please direct any questions to: 

    Robert Lichtenberg 

    AOC Language Access Program                                                                                                    

    Washington State Supreme Court Interpreter Commission 

    (360) 350-5373 

  • 22 Oct 2020 1:05 PM | Serin Ngai (Administrator)

    ADL is an organization working to fight antisemitism and all forms of hate and securing fair and just treatment for all people. I wanted to share an opportunity that might interest young attorneys in your network, a young leadership program ADL runs called the Glass Leadership Institute (GLI).

    This program is designed for young professionals in their 20’s through early 40’s passionate about fighting hate and pursuing social justice. For the first year ever, ADL will have a class in both Seattle and Portland, allowing for relationship building across the Pacific Northwest.

    Due to COVID, the program will begin virtually in January 2021 and consist of monthly evening sessions through August 2021. Each interactive session will give participants exposure to pressing issues at the center of ADL’s work, including the rise of online hate, civil rights advocacy, domestic extremism, and building bridges with diverse communities. Sessions will feature a range of speakers, including ADL national and local experts and community leaders.

    This is a great opportunity for young attorneys to build their networks, explore current civil rights issue, and gain valuable leadership skills.

    For more information about program requirements and to apply, please visit https://seattle.adl.org/gli/. Applications will be accepted now through November 8.

  • 22 Oct 2020 12:55 PM | Serin Ngai (Administrator)

    In July, the Washington Supreme Court reversed its 1916 decision in State v. Towessnute, which upheld criminal charges for multiple violations of state fishing law against Alec Towessnute, a member of the Confederated Tribes and Bands of the Yakama Nation. Along with doing so, the Court in its 1916 opinion dismissed the Yakama Nation's treaty rights and filled its opinion with racist invective about indigenous people and their sovereignty.

    More than a century after its original decision, the Court unanimously repudiated the racist language of the previous Court and vacated any conviction against Towessnute in an order read by Justice Raquel Montoya-Lewis from the bench. Please join the Puget Sound Lawyer Chapter, and our panelists Justice Steve Gonzalez, Justice Raquel Montoya-Lewis, and Jack Fiander for a discussion about this decision and about overturning unjust and racist precedent generally.


    Hon. Steve Gonzalez, Justice, Washington Supreme Court
    Hon. Raquel Montoya-Lewis, Justice, Washington Supreme Court
    Jack Fiander

    , Attorney-at-Law, Towtnuk Law Offices, Ltd. and Sacred Ground Legal Services, Inc.

    To register:  http://getinvolved.acslaw.org/component/events/event/707

  • 11 Aug 2020 4:22 PM | Serin Ngai (Administrator)

    Interested in a volunteer opportunity that provides litigation experience and lets you use your skills to help jobless workers? If the answer is yes, we invite you to an upcoming training for pro bono volunteers of the Unemployment Law Project.

    This two-hour session by phone—scheduled for Thursday, August 20, from 12:00 noon to 2:30 p.m.—will provide you with the basics of unemployment law and the hearing process and brief you on how to represent a client who is appealing a denial of unemployment benefits. The training is useful for new attorneys and for attorneys experienced in unemployment law and/or hearings who wish to have a refresher.

    Following this session, we normally ask new volunteers to observe a couple of hearings by our staff attorneys to become familiar with the process; then you would be ready to take a case of your own. We can provide any assistance you would like as you develop your arguments and prepare the claimant for the hearing.

    Amid the COVID-19 crisis, Washington’s unemployment program is now paying benefits to hundreds of thousands of claimants. At the same time, however, tens of thousands of claimants who have been denied benefits wish to appeal.

    The Unemployment Law Project (ULP) is a primary resource for these claimants. We represent clients at hundreds of hearings each year and volunteers to assist us with hearings are becoming more essential each day.

    It’s fulfilling work, and there is a side-benefit: Pro bono volunteers receive one hour of CLE credit for each hour they provide legal services through ULP, which is a Qualified Legal Service Provider. You can fulfill 24 hours of the 45-hour CLE requirement with pro bono work.

    We welcome your participation in our pro bono program. Please contact Erin O'Brien at erin@ulproject.org if you would like to sign up for the August 20 training.
  • 11 Aug 2020 4:08 PM | Serin Ngai (Administrator)

    Hosted by Washington Women Lawyers and pending CLE credits - see the below links for more information and to register.

    She Ran WWL CLE Flyer.jpg

    She Ran WWL CLE Agenda.pdf

  • 24 Jul 2020 5:07 PM | Serin Ngai (Administrator)

    WPTL Listen In: COVID-19 - Discrimination and Hate Speech

    Please join the World Peace through Law Section for our second "listen in" session, which will focus on COVID-19 and discrimination and hate speech targeting minority communities in the US and around the globe. Our diverse panel will be exploring this issue from different perspectives, including ways that all of us can assist others in ending these types of acts.

    Scheduled Speakers:

    Anne Watanabe, Chair-Elect, World Peace through Law Section
    John C. Yang, Executive Director, Asian Americans Advancing Justice
    Dr. Leslie Korn, Founder, Leslie Korn Institute for Integrative Medicine
    Dr. Mohammad Habib Ullah, Arakan Rohingya National Organisation

    Please join in and listen to this conversation that will give listeners a different perspective that is being overlooked with regards to the COVID-19 pandemic.

    This Listen In session will be recorded to be shared on the WPTL website (www.wsba.org/peace) for three month. For attendees, please keep your camera and microphone off. Thank you!

    Registration is now open - feel free to share widely with your networks and people who may be interested in this issue. Capacity is limited to 100 people. 


    If you missed our Listen In on Black Lives Matter  - you can listen to it here: www.wsba.org./peace

  • 12 Jul 2020 11:41 AM | Serin Ngai (Administrator)

    Where are the Black Women Lawyers in Leadership Positions?

    An Open Discussion on Reasons for this Lack of Diversity and An Examination of Viable Solutions

    Our esteemed panelists will share how they overcame discriminatory obstacles in the legal profession to attain their current positions. They will also discuss what actions can be taken to improve the number of Black women in leadership roles.

    According to the National Association for Law Placement, as of January 2019, women of color accounted for 3.19% of partners at major U.S. law firms, with 1.38% Asian, 0.77% Hispanic, and 0.68% African-American. In 2018, white women accounted for 23% of general counsels at Fortune 500 companies. By contrast, women of color accounted for 6% of general counsels at Fortune 500 companies, with 1.8% Asian, 1% Hispanic, and 3.2% African-American (statistics from Minority Corporate Counsel Association).


    Hon. Anita Josey-Herring, Associate Judge, DC Superior Court

    Hope Goins, Staff Director, House Committee on Homeland Security

    Fatima Goss-Graves, President & CEO, National Women's Law Center

    Sylvia F. James, Director of Diversity & Inclusion, Winston & Strawn LLP

    Sandra Shaw, Vice President of Legal Affairs and Privacy Officer, BridgeStreet Global Hospitality (ended June 2020); prior in-house positions include Microsoft and AT&T


    Yolanda Hawkins-Bautista, WBA Past President & Associate General Counsel, Freddie Mac

    No charge to attend, but registration is required: https://www.wbadc.org/ev_calendar_day.asp?date=7%2F16%2F20&eventid=

  • 3 Jul 2020 11:27 AM | Serin Ngai (Administrator)

    To be eligible to take this anonymous survey individuals must be 18 years or older, identify as Asian, and currently reside in the U.S. (no need to be a citizen).

    Follow this link to the Survey: 
    Take the Survey

    Or copy and paste the URL below into your internet browser:

    I would greatly appreciate your help in my research. I have seen several requests for Asian individuals to participate in research surveys related to bias during the pandemic and have filled some of these out myself, so I realize this may not be the first time your members have been asked for their thoughts and experiences. As you likely know, psychological research on Asian samples in the U.S. is quite rare. By participating in this research, and other similar studies, you will be advancing our knowledge of Asian individuals in the U.S.

    For more on why bias research with Asian American samples is needed, see this recent article by the American Psychological Association: https://www.apa.org/monitor/2019/12/countering-stereotypes.html. There was also a recent TIME article about Asian Americans' experiences with COVID-19 racism and bias: 

    Our research study will run until we have collected enough responses.

    A charitable donation of $1.00 USD will be made to the Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance’s COVID-19 Community Fund for each person who responds to the survey. You can learn more about the APALA Community Fund here: https://www.apalanet.org/communityfund.html.

    Thank you so much for considering my request.


    Caitlin Q. Briggs

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