You are invited to join MAMA Seattle for our upcoming CLEAllyship and the Legal Profession in 2021When: Wednesday, May 26, 2021 at 12:00-1:15 PMProgram Access: As a co-sponsor for this event, MAMA Seattle is offering 35 prepaid tickets to MAMA members (non-MAMA members who sign up will be separately invoiced). Tickets will be provided to the first 35 RSVPs. RSVPs beyond the first 35 will be put on a waitlist. NOTE: If you RSVP but learn you are unable to attend the event, please let us know as soon as possible (email:email@example.com), so that we can offer the ticket to another MAMA member on the waitlist.Where: Zoom link will be sent directly from BASF, on the day of the event.Topic: With Covid-19, #BLM and #metoo, the world is no longer the same and the legal industry will no longer operate in the business-as-usual ways that have promoted gender and racial disparity in the past. It is no surprise that male lawyers out-earn their female counterparts. However, it is important to recognize disparities amongst women lawyers. According to the ABA’s 2020 Report, Left Out and Left Behind, while Asian and white women lawyers make 85 and 77 percent of what their white male counterparts earn, the statistics are even worse for Black and Latina women lawyers. Black and Latina female lawyers earn 61 and 53 percent of what their white male counterparts earn. Feminism must recognize intersectionality, and white and Asian women must be cognizant regarding issues of race in order to achieve a more equitable legal industry for women as a whole. How can we, as white and Asian female law firm owners and managers, empower other attorneys, especially Black and Latina female attorneys, to take control of their future, enjoy freedom, gain business autonomy, improve their mental health, and make (more) money by starting their own law firm? Or for those attorneys who are not as entrepreneurially inclined, how can we as support and encourage our Black and Latina female lawyer friends ascend to positions of power in their existing law firms?Join us for this exciting roundtable discussion where we will discuss these topics and more in an informal setting.Topics will cover:
Why recognizing racial disparity in law and pursuing meaningful allyship is so important in 2021;
How these women-founded law firms are leading the way in allyship so as to support other women, minorities, and/or intersectional individuals in the ownership of law firms and, more broadly, in the practice of law.; and
What has worked versus not worked in terms of diversity and inclusion efforts, and what needs to change in order to achieve more racial and gender parity in law.
Speakers and Moderator: Panelists include Sophie Alcorn of Alcorn Immigration Law, Amanda Conley of Brand & Branch, Valerie Fenchel of Fenchel Family Law, and Valerie Kushel of VGK Law. Panel moderated by Lindsey Mignano of Smith Shapourian Mignano.See you there!CLE Registration