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    Tuesday, May 9, 2017
    Renaissance Seattle Hotel

    How can women lawyers succeed, help each other succeed and, more broadly, help to create a diverse and inclusive workforce? That’s what we’ll be gathering to discuss on Tuesday, May 9 at the National Association of Women Lawyers Seattle Conference, with a powerhouse of top lawyers and leaders - from law firms, in-house legal departments, non-profits, and the government. We’ll focus on the key issues and opportunities that face women in the legal profession today and how we can work together to overcome them.

    We’ll hear from women in senior legal roles about what strategies helped them overcome professional and political challenges on their path to success and what they recommend for you to reach your full potential. We’ll focus on the changing paradigms of legal fee arrangements and how they, along with initiatives designed to enhance diversity in the workplace, such as ABA Resolution 113, create disruptive opportunities for change. For law firm lawyers, in particular, we’ll offer a session on business development, with lessons learned and best practices from three top lawyers in Seattle. In-house lawyers can learn about a topic that goes to the heart of working towards a diverse workplace – accessibility – and what in-house lawyers should know to ensure your company or organization is a leader on this issue.

    Above all, we look to celebrate and connect the growing legal community of exceptional women lawyers in the Pacific Northwest. By connecting with each other and dedicating a day to thinking about how we can enhance our professional lives, we hope to lift each other and our profession.



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    Racial Justice Series: Community Policing & Engagement
    Research Project

    March 16, 2017 Time: 6:30 PM EST - 8:30 PM EST
    Hogan Lovells US LLP | 555 13th Street, NW; Washington, DC 20004

    *If you have questions about this program or experience any difficulties in registering, please call 202-639-8880.*

    Presented by: Diversity Committee, Solo and Small Practice Forum
    Co-Sponsored by: Washington Council of Lawyers, BADC Civil Rights Committee & National Association of Women Lawyers

    Laurie Johnson, Co-chair, President Obama’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing & Criminology;
    George Mason, Professor, University Law School Commander
    Jacob Kishter, Director, Metropolitan Police Academy Alicia Yass, Legal Counsel, District of Columbia Office of Police Complaints

    Nkechi Taifa, Advocacy Director for Criminal Justice,

    Open Society Foundations Join us in partnership with the Washington Council of Lawyers for an open discussion about the role and impact of local policing, police training, and ways to get involved locally. The speakers will discuss the current condition of community policing, inherit bias and de-escalation training, and the status of D.C. Policing in comparison to national trends. Attendees should expect to learn ways to get involved in the process as a takeaway.

    Advance Registration: Members: $10 Non-members: $20 Student Members: $10
    After 3/13/2017: Members: $15 Non-members: $25 Student Members: $15

    Refunds can only be processed for cancellations received more than two business days prior to the event.

    The WBA regularly hosts programs for the education and enjoyment of its members and guests. The WBA is committed to ensuring that its employees, members and guests are able to conduct their activities free from harassment or intimidation. The WBA, in its sole discretion, therefore reserves the right to deny access or to remove any attendee.

    Registration or participation in events and other activities constitutes an agreement by the registrant to WBA's use and distribution of the registrant or attendee's image in photographs of such events.

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    ABA Forum on Construction Law Diversity Scholarship

    The ABA Forum on Construction Law is pleased to announce the availability of six (6) Diversity Scholarships for the cost of registration for the Annual Meeting for women and minority construction lawyers, construction lawyers with disabilities, and construction lawyers from the LGBT community. Individuals wishing to be considered for a scholarship should submit a copy of their resume and a letter describing their construction law practice and the reasons why they want to attend the Annual Meeting. Applications are due no later than March 20, 2017. If selected, candidates must commit to attend the program on April 20-22, 2017 in Washington, D.C.

    Applications for the scholarships should be sent to the Forum's Diversity Committee Chair, David J. Theising, at



    DirectWomen is committed to increasing the number of women on corporate boards. That is why we are inviting you to this exclusive event on March 21 at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation headquarters. Over the course of the evening, you will have the opportunity to hear from a panel of distinguished directors who currently sit on the boards of major corporations. They will share their insights about board service and provide tips on how you can best position yourself to serve on a corporate board. You will also have the opportunity to network with senior level women from firms and companies from Seattle and across the country.

    5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
    Tuesday, March 21, 2017

    Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
    500 5th Avenue North Seattle, Washington



    Connie Collingsworth, Moderator, Chief Legal Officer, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation;Director, Premera Blue Cross, Banner Corporation

    Phyllis J. Campbell, Chair, Pacific Northwest, JPMorgan Chase & Co.; Director, Alaska Air Group, Inc. and Nordstrom, Inc.

    Richard P. Fox, Former Managing Partner, Ernst & Young LLP; Director, Acxiom Corporation, HonorHealth, Pinnacle West Capital Corporation, Premera Blue Cross, ServiceMaster Global Holdings, Inc., and Univar Inc.

    Liane Pelletier, Retired Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of Alaska Communications Systems; Director, ATN International and Expeditors International of Washington

    If you are interested in sponsoring this event, please return the 2017 DirectWomen Sponsorship Pledge Form, available here. Sponsorship benefits specific to this program include ticket packages, invitation to a private dinner, and name recognition. Sponsors will also receive benefits at all other 2017 DirectWomen 10th Anniversary events, including the Sandra Day O’Connor Board Excellence Award Luncheon and DirectWomen Board Institute.

    For additional information, please contact Lisa Passante at
    General questions? Contact Lynnea Karlic, Program Specialist, American Bar Association,



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    for Juvenille Justice Reform

    2017 LEAD Conference

    Thursday - Friday, April 6 - 7, 2017
    Georgetown University

    The Center for Juvenile Justice Reform has finalized its list of speakers for the 2017 LEAD Conference at Georgetown University. The conference will feature several of the nation's leading juvenile justice experts, including researchers, policymakers, practitioners, and youth/family voices, to discuss innovations in targeted services, supports, and approaches for system-involved youth.

    Learn More & Register Here!



    ABA Commission on Women in the Profession
    Research Project

    The ABA Commission on Women in the Profession is looking for practicing attorneys across all generations from private, not-for-profit, government, and judiciary sectors, to take part in: This Talk Isn't Cheap: Women of Color and White Women Attorneys Find Common Ground.  As a volunteer in this research project, you will participate in a confidential telephonic focus group led by a skilled facilitator. This project aims to explore the racial and ethnic dynamics in the workplace between women of color and white women attorneys. Through a series of guided conversations, participants will discuss how women attorneys, across racial and ethnic lines, interact in the workplace and the implications of those interactions. Your participation would involve one (1) session, to be conducted via teleconference in the fall of 2016, and will last approximately 60-90 minutes in length. To volunteer for this study, please click here.

    General questions? Contact Lynnea Karlic, Program Specialist, American Bar Association,



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