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Inside Inclusion: Change is Necessary for Justice

A diverse group of legal professionals meeting in a boardroom
The Bar’s Joy Williams wrote an especially good primer on how to approach diversity and inclusion, in theory and practice.

A diverse group of legal professionals meeting in a boardroomIn President’s Corner of the June 2015 issue of NWLawyer, Barb Rhoades Weaver and I wrote an article on transgender awareness. Usually I post to this blog with reflections on my guest writers. Since I was a co-author for that particular article, I instead want to focus on another article in our June issue by Joy Williams, “Inside Inclusion.” Read more »


LGBT Kids: Cycles of Suspensions, Homelessness, and Criminalization

Teenager with help written on hand
LGBT youth need a justice system competent to deal with and accommodate their differences.

Teenager with help written on hand

In the President’s Corner of the April/May 2015 issue of NWLawyer, Nicole McGrath discussed issues of equity in education, and how awareness of certain issues in how we handle race, poverty, and education in policy has a big impact on the lives of children.

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Models in Professionalism Are Often Cultural Competency Lessons

Hands holding a globe
The March 2015 issue of NWLawyer features articles on the importance of cultural competency.

Hands holding a globe

In the March 2015 issue of NWLawyer, there are two articles focused on cultural competency. The first is my guest writer for the President’s Corner, Francis Adewale, and the second, called “Know Thy Client,” is by Sims Weymuller.

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Cultural Competency Never Asks Us to Be Color Blind

WSBA President Anthony Gipe explores the notion of cultural competency in response to Elijah Forde’s article from February’s NWLawyer.

Reviewing the recent article by Elijah Forde from the February Issue of NW Lawyer served as a good reminder that cultural competency never requires us to ignore race, color, or origin. Cultural competency saves us from the traps of treating others as if their color and origin do not exist – which at best is a self-imposed lack of awareness, and at worst is race erasure.

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Cultural Competency Is Good Business for Lawyers and the Profession

President Gipe discusses two articles from the recent issue of NWLawyer on doing business with Japanese and Chinese clients.

The recent articles by Naoko Inoue Shatz and Qing Qing Miao from the December 2014/January 2015 issue of NWLawyer served as a good reminder that cultural competence is about more than race and country of origin. Both articles talked about cultural issues in doing business with Japan and China, but they also stressed the importance for lawyers to be sensitive to the many facets of society, business, and opportunity that shape culture. As Sue Bryant and Jean Koh Peters stressed in their work, “Culture is the summation of an individual’s ethnicity, race, gender, nationality, age, economic status, social status, language, sexual orientation, physical attributes, marital status, and a variety of other characteristics.”  Sue Bryant & Jean Koh Peters, Five Habits for Cross-Cultural Lawyering, in Race, Culture, Psychology And The Law 47, 47 (Kimberly Holt Barrett &William H. George eds., 2005). Read more »


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