We THANK the Sponsors, the Host Committee, and Planning Committee of the 2015 Legal Executives Summit

TY JPG FileThe 2015 Legal Executives Diversity Summit was a huge success thanks to the generosity of our sponsors, the support of our Host Committee Members, and the dedication of our Planning Committee members.  Read more

Register for the 2015 Legal Executives Diversity Summit


Please join us for our 3rd Annual Summit. We have an exciting program with prominent speakers including:

Mary Snapp, Microsoft Corporate V.P. and Deputy General Counsel, as our Keynote Speaker
Bob Ferguson, WA Attorney General, as our Featured Speaker
Dr. Jerry Kang, Professor of Law and Associate Provost at UCLA, for a special presentation on the science of implicit bias and countermeasure strategies in the legal institutional context
Chief Justice Barbara Madsen and U.S. District Court Judge Richard Jones

Attendees will also have an opportunity to connect with peers through small table discussions and a networking break.

Event Information

Monday, May 11, 2015
8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Cost: $150 per attendee; $50 for government and non-profit organizations
Ethics CLE credits pending

@ Davis Wright Tremaine LLP
1201 Third Avenue, Suite 2200 | Seattle

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Public Sector
Barbara Madsen, Chief Justice, WA State Supreme Court and Vice Chair, WA Initiative for Diversity
Bob Ferguson, Attorney General, WA State Office of the Attorney General
Anthony David Gipe, Partner, Shatz Law Group, P.L.L.C. and President, WA State Bar Association

Parker T. Cann, Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary, BECU
Kelly W. Clark, Senior Vice President of Safety, Environmental and Regulatory Services, Holland America Line
Lucy Lee Helm, Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary, Starbucks Coffee Company
Mary E. Snapp, Corporate Vice President and Deputy General Counsel, Microsoft Corporation
James K. Doane, Corporate Counsel, Costco Wholesale, Chair, WSBA Corporate Counsel Section, and Diversity Chair, Association of Corporate Counsel, WA Chapter

Law Firms
Robert A. Blackstone, Partner-in-Charge, Seattle, Davis Wright Tremaine LLP
Scott Collins, Managing Partner, Helsell Fetterman LLP
Elizabeth A. Leedom, Managing Director, Bennett Bigelow & Leedom, P.S.
Portia Moore, Chair, Diversity and Inclusion Committee, Davis Wright Tremaine LLP
Anne F. Preston, Chair, Garvey Schubert Barer





Announcing the 2015 Judicial Institute

The Judicial Institute is committed to the diversification of Washington’s courts. Our judicial system is strengthened when it reflects the richness and diversity of the communities and populations served throughout the State of Washington.  The bench is enriched, and decision-making is enhanced, by a variety of perspectives, life experiences, and professional paths. Read more

Come to our Professional Development Forum

The Washington Initiative for Diversity and the Puget Sound Association of Legal Administrators will soon host a “Professional Development Forum” for diverse attorneys. We will send out an announcement once a new date has been set.

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We Thank the Sponsors of the 2014 Legal Executives Summit

The 2014 Legal Executives Diversity Summit a huge success thanks to the dedication of our supporters and generosity of our sponsors. Read more

Register today for the 2014 Legal Executives Summit

Join our Host Committee and other leaders from the legal community at our next Legal Executives Diversity Summit (formerly known as the Managing Partners Summit) hosted by the Washington Initiative for Diversity.

The 2014 Legal Executives Diversity Summit will focus on meaningful retention strategies that support your diverse staff, as well as strengthening their career development within your organization.

Event Information

Wednesday, May 14, 2014
8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Cost: $150 per attendee
Ethics CLE credits pending

Davis Wright Tremaine LLP’s Seattle Office
1201 Third Avenue, Suite 2200
Seattle, Washington 98101

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Host Committee in Formation


Barbara Madsen Chief Justice, Wash. State Supreme Court and Vice Chair, Wash. Initiative for Diversity

Steven González Justice, Wash. State Supreme Court


Kelly W. Clark, Vice President, General Counsel and Chief Ethics Officer, Holland America Line

James Doane, Costco Wholesale Corporation and Chair, WSBA Corporate Counsel Section

Lucy Lee Helm, Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary for Starbucks Corporation

Karen Jones, Vice President and Deputy General Counsel for HR Law, Microsoft

Bradley Toney, United Online/Classmates Media Corp and President, Wash. Chapter, Association of Corporate Counsel


Robert A. Blackstone, Partner-in-Charge, Davis Wright Tremaine LLP

Melanie K. Curtice, Managing Partner, Stoel Rives LLP

Philip Guess, Managing Partner, K&L Gates

Portia Moore, Partner and Diversity Chair, Davis Wright Tremaine LLP

Kelly Twiss Noonan, Managing Shareholder, Stokes Lawrence

Application Period for Judicial Institute Open, Closes December 30


The Judicial Institute is an all-day training event scheduled for February 8, 2014 at Seattle University School of Law. Instructors will include judges, former MBA judicial evaluation committee members, judicial election consultants, and former and present Governor’s Counsels discussing various topics including: the life of a superior/district/municipal court judge, getting yourself ready and preparing your CV, the Governor’s judicial appointment process, and various aspects of judicial elections. In addition, participants (Fellows) will be assigned judicial mentors who will provide feedback and guidance throughout the year.

About the Institute

The Judicial Institute is committed to addressing the concerns that an extremely low number of minority lawyers pursue judicial careers through the appointment or election processes and the need for continued diversification of the respective court benches. Our mission is to encourage qualified minority attorneys to seek judicial positions, through a comprehensive education and mentorship program. Our goal is the promotion of court benches which reflects the richness and diversity of the communities and populations served by our judicial system throughout the State of Washington.

Application Process

We are searching for diverse candidates who are considering a position on a district or municipal court in 2014. We hope that each participating MBA will recommend and encourage at least two highly qualified and interested candidates to participate and potentially run for office. Interested applicants with at least eight years or more of experience should submit a cover letter, resume and the Judicial Institute Application to Erica Chung, Initiative for Diversity, via e-mail at director@initiativefordiversitywa.org or by mail to PO Box 1985, Seattle, WA 98111-1985. (FYI-There will be a nominal charge for participants.)

2012 Statistics

The following is the 2012 Judicial Institute Participant Profile: 25 participants were selected. They represent 11 minority groups from 8 different counties 4 participants became judges. Three superior court judges and one tribal court judge representing three counties-King, Kitsap, and Spokane.

If you have questions or for further information, please contact:

The 2013 Managing Partner Summit Was a Success!

We thank our generous sponsors for their support, which include:


See Photos from the 2013 Managing Partners Summit

Leaders from law firms, the judiciary, corporations, government, bar associations, and other sectors came together at DWT’s downtown Seattle offices to discuss how to promote diversity and inclusion in a changing legal profession. The event was co-hosted by Brad Smith, General Counsel of Microsoft, and Barbara Madsen, Chief Justice of the Washington State Supreme Court.

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Find our page at www.facebook.com/initiativefordiversity. We’re hoping to begin a conversation among law firms, companies with in-house legal departments, law schools, and minority bar associations.