WSBA Diversity CLE Series

The Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity Program at the WSBA created a series of webinars covering a wide range of important and under-discussed subjects with the common thread of diversity and inclusion. The series covers topics such as addressing best practices for working with unaccompanied minors, best uses for an interpreter, mentoring for diversity and inclusion, the role of allies, and addressing personal and systemic bias.

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WSBA Diversity and Inclusion programs are supported by charitable donations to the Washington State Bar Foundation. To make a tax-deductible contribution, please visit the Foundation online or email

Topic 1: Best Practices for Working with Unaccompanied Minors (55 minutes)

There are a number of challenging issues facing unaccompanied minors. This webinar gives an overview of the reasons children arrive to the U.S. unaccompanied. Our presenters provide you with strategies to employ when building trust with unaccompanied minors and working with an interpreter.

Faculty: Aruna Sury – Supervising Attorney for Pro Bono Programs, KIND, Seattle
Gillian Dutton – Associate Professor of Lawyering Skills, Seattle University
Credits: 1 other – Nexus subject

Topic 2: Mentoring for Diversity and Inclusion: The Role of Allies (53 minutes)

This program focuses on the role of both the mentor and mentee in improving the quality of practice of law through mentorship. Specifically, the webinar focuses on three main issues: accepting one’s bias, understanding the different types of mentorship relationships, and knowing the time commitment it takes to engage in such relationship.

Faculty: Laura Reed – Northwest Farm Credit Services, Spokane, Washington 
Kristine Olmstead – Northwest Justice Project, Vancouver, Washington 
CLE Credits: 1 other – Improving the Legal system