• 10 Feb 2020 3:14 PM | Serin Ngai (Administrator)

    The Washington Initiative for Diversity (WID) is excited to invite you to participate in the WID 2020 Winter Stakeholder Gathering – Diversity and Inclusion in Law Firms.

    This gathering will focus on the hiring and retention of diverse talent in law firms.  The event will take place on February 12th, 2020 from 2pm to 4pm, at the Seattle offices of Lane Powell.    

    Information about WID: 

    WID is a non-profit that partners with legal employers to provide resources and tools to build an inclusive culture and a diverse work environment. WID has been around for 10+ years and was originally co-founded by Justice B. Madsen of the WA State Supreme Court.  We put on a few events a year, including Stakeholder Gatherings.  Stakeholder Gatherings are intended to provide safe environments for our colleagues in the legal profession to engage in informative, challenging and rich discussions on D&I, and to share best practices (and missteps) relative to driving D&I imperatives in our places of work and the profession generally. 

    Information about the Stakeholder Gathering: 

    Again, the upcoming gathering will focus on the hiring and retention of diverse talent in law firms. We’ll dive into the MCCA and ABA’s Bias Interrupters Research Report on bias in the legal profession with an emphasis on toolkits to interrupt bias in hiring, promotion, and assignments within law firms.  Theexecutive summary of the report is on the MCCA website, and it summarizes key data and also provides the tools found on pp. 87-101 of the full report that is available to members of the ABA and MCCA.      

    We will have a panel discussion with a great line-up of speakers below and then breakout into interactive roundtable discussions amongst our attendees. 

    ·         Ann Munson Steines – General Counsel at Nordstrom. 

    ·         Genhi Bailey – Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer Perkins Coie.

    ·         Jennifer Yokoyama – Deputy General Counsel and Chief IP Counsel at Microsoft. 

    ·         Phyllis Turner-Brim – VP and Assistant General Counsel of Intellectual Property, Technology and Brand Protection at Starbucks.

    ·         Robert Harmon – Associate General Counsel and Director at Amazon.

    We look forward to seeing you and for great discussions. If you have any questions, please contact David Wilson or Lydia Petrakis.

  • 16 Oct 2019 5:07 PM | James Chung (Administrator)
  • 2 Mar 2016 10:00 AM | Anonymous

    ABAW wishes King County District Court Judge Eileen A. Kato a very happy retirement. Judge Kato is a past recipient of ABAW's "Judge of the Year" award. She has served King County for over two decades and her distinguished career includes a variety of judicial leadership positions across a broad range of programs focused on improving the judiciary and our state courts. Thank you Judge Kato for your service to the public.


  • 20 Jan 2016 4:25 PM | Anonymous

    ABAW extends its condolences to the family and friends of the late former King County Superior Court Judge Warren Chan, the first Asian American to be elected to the bench in Washington in 1968. Judge Chan passed away on June 15, 2015 at the age of 92, leaving behind a distinguished legacy as a community leader and trailblazer in Washington's Asian community. The first Chinese-American graduate of the University of Washington School of Law, Chan graduated fourth in his class in 1950. Chan clerked for Supreme Court Justice Frederick Hamley and then entered private practice, eventually becoming senior partner with the law firm of Chan, Uhlman and Callies. Chan was appointed to serve as a Seattle Municipal Court pro tem judge in 1956, the first Chinese American to occupy a US judicial post. Judge Chan was then elected to the Superior Court in 1968, later serving as Presiding Judge in 1975. Judge Chan cofounded the Wing Luke Museum to honor his friend, Seattle City Councilman Wing Luke. Judge Chan also helped establish the Seattle Chinese Garden and its educational center at South Seattle College. A public memorial service was held July 3rd 2015, at 1:00 pm at the South Seattle College, Seattle Chinese Garden, 6000 16th Ave SW, Seattle. In lieu of flowers, gifts can be made to Seattle Chinese Garden. Learn more about Judge Chan’s amazing life at http://bit.ly/1NvftPz (Seattle Times) or http://bit.ly/1Iqyinq (obituary).

    Archived from 6/30/2015 front page post.


  • 20 Jan 2016 11:30 AM | Anonymous

    Join OCA for the 2016 Golden Circle Awards & Lunar New Year Celebration! This year OCA will be honoring Rod Kawakami, a Seattle attorney who was co-lead counsel for the coram nobis team in the Gordon Hirabayashi case, which team successfully challenged Mr. Hirabayashi's criminal convictions for his refusal to comply with internment orders (issued by the government during the internment of Japanese-Americans during World War II). Also to be honored are Sharon Maeda, Betty Patu, Fred Yee, and the Southeast Asian/American Access in Education (SEA3eD).

    Register online at:  http://bit.ly/1BysMZz



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