Updated: July 6, 2018

The Diversity and Inclusion Program at the WSBA collaborates with other departments of the Bar, Minority Bar Associations and other stakeholders to create CLE, Town Hall, and other educational programs covering a wide range of important and under-discussed subjects with the common thread of diversity and inclusion. Some of the recent past programming includes:

2018 Diversity and Inclusion Celebration

This session explores how the legal profession can advance diversity, equity and inclusion through multiple lenses. Participants will hear from legal professionals who work across various industries and practice settings. Session leaders will share current trends, best practices and tools which intersect with the practice of law; the session will discuss moving forward by creating the conditions necessary for strategic action, realistic implementation of equity initiatives and developing an inclusive culture in the corporate, court system, law firm setting and legal advocacy organization.

Faculty: Rima Alaily, Microsoft Corporation- Law and Corporate Affairs, Seattle; Michele Storms, Deputy Director ACLU WA, Seattle; Pallavi Wahi, K&L Gates LLP, Seattle; Justice Steven Gonzalez, Washington State Supreme Court, Olympia.

 

Diversity-Focused Legal Lunchbox™ Webinars

Diversity CLE Webinars

  • Best Practices for Working with Unaccompanied Minors55 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.
  • 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; Kristine Olmstead, Northwest Justice Project, Vancouver, WA
    Credits: 1 Other - Improving the Legal System

Beyond the Dialogue

  • Women, Race and Age Part 1: Mitigating Bias and Misogyny in the Legal Profession, recorded Sept. 13, 2016
    In part one of this Beyond the Dialogue Series, panelists representing a diverse array of experience and practice areas discussed current research relating to the experience of women in Washington State's legal profession. Panelists represent a diverse array of experience and areas of practice. Panelists offered suggestions and strategies for women, allies, and leaders who seek to address and mitigate incidences of bias and misogyny within the practice of law.
    Panelists: Joy Williams (moderator), WSBA Diversity Program Manager; Elaine Edralin Pascua, Law Office of William J. O'Brien; Linda Fang, Banyan Legal Counsel, LLP; Onik'a I. Gilliam, Patterson Buchanan Fobes & Leitch; WSBA President-Elect Robin Haynes, McNeice Wheeler, PLLC
  • Women, Race and Age Part 2: The Role of Allies, recorded June 8, 2017
    In part two of this Beyond the Dailogue series, the WSBA Diversity Program partnered with Washington Women Lawyers for a panel discussion that extended the focus of part one beyond what women can do to respond to sexism, to addressing roles for making the legal profession a place for women to thrive regardless of races, age, ability, gender identity, and sexual orientation.
    Panelists: Becca Glassgow (moderator), deputy solicitor general, Washington Women Lawyers President; WSBA President-Elect Brad Furlong; Pallavi Mehta Wahi, managing partner and chair of the firm-wide Diversity Committee at Seattle K&L Gates LLP; Bryan Russel, assistant attorney general; Joanna Plichta Boisen, summer associate hiring partner, pro bono member, and Chair of the Tax-exempt Organizations Group at Foster Pepper; with an introduction by former WSBA President Robin Haynes
  • Disability and Ableism in the Legal Profession, recorded October 19, 2017
    A panel of legal practitioners discussed the experience of disability and ableism through a variety of lenses.  Panelists shared their personal experiences of existing obstacles for legal professionals with disabilities, and suggestions for solutions, best practices and the knowledge important to making the legal profession inclusive for people of all abilities to enter, thrive, and lead.
    Panelists: Laura Wulf (moderator) Office of the Attorney General, Tacoma WA; Dana Barnett, WSBA Diversity and Inclusion Specialist; Conrad Reynoldson, Washington Civil and Disability, Seattle WA; Allison Ross, Law Office of Grace V. Dyer, P.S.; Will Ross, Attorney at Law; Jon Schorch; Marie Quasius, Seattle K&L Gates LLP

For more information contact: diversity@wsba.org.

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 foundation@wsba.org