Joy Williams

The Little Biases in All of Us

The bad news is that everyone has implicit biases and most don’t know it. Then what’s the good news? The bad news is that everyone has implicit biases — beliefs that are so ingrained that we don’t even know they’re there. And those implicit biases often find a way out of our mouths or through […]

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When Workplace Diversity Becomes a Trade Secret We All Lose

In order to be competitive, companies are trying to claim ownership of their approach to diversity and inclusion, especially in recruiting. IBM is suing Microsoft for hiring its former chief diversity officer, according to a recent Seattle Times story. It’s a move that has some employment lawyers puzzled; non-compete agreements usually aren’t enforced over positions […]

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Bird fleeing cage

When “N#gg!r§”* Rise

Equity, inclusion, and justice within the legal profession are under attack and it’s time to fight back. *Warning: This word — the actual word — is a prominent part of the article below. It has been somewhat sanitized in the title because, I understand, it’s a word that can shock, cause discomfort, and shut down […]

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8 Things I learned from WSBA’s Disability and Ableism Program

My key takeaways from Beyond the Dialogue: Disability and Ableism within the Legal Profession. In October, as part of Disability Awareness Month, the WSBA Diversity Program partnered with the Washington Attorneys with Disabilities Association to present a program entitled Beyond the Dialogue: Disability and Ableism within the Legal Profession.

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The Washington Leadership Institute Class of 2017

12 Attorneys, a Call to Action, and 5 Minutes

Around a large conference table at Perkins Coie in Seattle, twelve young attorneys of the Washington Leadership Institute listened attentively as a local Muslim-American lawyer spoke about media portrayal of Islam. The lawyer, Aneelah Afzali, issued a call to action, urging her audience to know Muslim people and challenge the media’s portrayal of Islam.

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Cover of NWLawyer September 2017

It’s Here: The September Issue of NWLawyer

Inside the latest issue of NWLawyer, you’ll find: cross-examination tips from one of the state’s leading trial lawyers; an in-depth look at the use of police body-worn cameras in Washington; and an exploration of mandatory malpractice insurance. You can also take our 11-question quiz to test your knowledge on gender barriers. See how much you […]

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Is “Diverse” Really What You Mean?

Language matters—I mean really, really matters. The words we choose can make a huge difference to the overall meaning of something we are communicating. Even little connotations and implications can have a big impact on the meaning. For example, if I were to write the sentences, “His actions were youthful,” and, “His actions were childish,” […]

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Two women on a motorcycle in a Pride parade

My Pride Is More Important than Ever

By the time this gets published, LGBT Pride month will be coming to a close or have already ended, but I thought I would share a few thoughts about it anyway. Prior to my job here at WSBA, I worked on several college campuses, leading LGBT centers. Often I was asked why it was necessary […]

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Gov. At-Large Mario Cava

Running At-Large Part II: Let’s Be Real

Gov. At-Large Mario Cava: We need diverse leaders who understand the disparate impacts of our policies and break barriers to justice. While running for governor at-large on the WSBA Board of Governors offers “visibility” for those traditionally underrepresented in the profession, it also means speaking out as a champion for justice. After all, it is […]

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Victoria Woodhull, Belva Ann Lockwood, Shirley Chisholm, Lenora Fulani, and Jill Stein

Friday 5: Women Who Ran for President

Hillary Clinton made history this election season, but she is far from the first female candidate. Hillary Clinton made history this election season by being the first woman nominated for president by a major political party. But she is far from the first female candidate — women have been running for president since the late […]

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