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Posts from the ‘diversity’ Category

21
Feb
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When Workplace Diversity Becomes a Trade Secret We All Lose

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 not tied to a company’s core product or business. As the WSBA’s Diversity and Inclusion specialist, I find it interesting to think about the idea of “IBM’s diversity trade secrets” and how the market intersects with the values and goals of diversity. In order to be competitive, companies are trying to claim ownership of their approach to diversity and inclusion, especially in recruiting.

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14
Dec

When “N#gg!r§”* Rise

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Equity, inclusion, and justice within the legal profession are under attack and it’s time to fight back.

Bird fleeing cage*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 readers before they even get to the substance — but please understand, as a person of color, as an African American and as a gay black woman, I encounter this word and its accompanying degradation every day; hopefully that truth is even more shocking and uncomfortable.

Equity, inclusion, and justice within the legal profession are under attack and it’s time to fight back. The legal profession is not the place for racist individuals, biased laws, and hateful rhetoric, yet they continue to find space to flourish. Read more »

14
Nov

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

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My key takeaways from Beyond the Dialogue: Disability and Ableism within the Legal Profession.

diversity and tolerance on multicolor backgroundIn 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. Read more »

6
Nov

12 Attorneys, a Call to Action, and 5 Minutes

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When attorney Aneelah Afzali issued a call to action, the Washington Leadership Institute responded with “Five Minutes.”

Five Minutes logoAround 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. Read more »

11
Sep

It’s Here: The September Issue of NWLawyer

Cover of NWLawyer September 2017
Learn cross-examination tips from one of the state’s leading trial lawyers in the September issue.

Cover of NWLawyer September 2017Inside 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 know about ways to end gender stereotypes and learn how to help advance women in the legal profession. Read more »