Beyond the Dialogue

The WSBA Diversity Program's Beyond the Dialogue series addresses bias, intersectional identities, and the impact of larger societal issues within the legal profession. Beyond the Dialogue is designed to support the effective practice of law by increasing cultural awareness and competency. 

The series brings together WSBA members to highlight and examine current, important issues in the legal profession. Speakers share professional and personal stories of challenge and triumph with the goal of reducing bias, connecting broader social issues to the work of legal professionals, increasing interpersonal skills, and supporting professional development.

Past Programming

June 8, 2017

Women, Race and Age Part 2: The Role of Allies. In this second part of a two-part Beyond the Dialogue series, the WSBA Diversity Program partnered with Washington Women Lawyers for a panel discussion that  extended the focus of the first part beyond what women can do to respond to sexism, to addressing roles for making the legal profession a place for women to thrive regardless of races, age, ability, gender identity, and sexual orientation.

Becca Glassgow (moderator), Deputy Solicitor General, Washington Women Lawyers president
WSBA President-Elect Brad Furlong, Board of Governors 
Pallavi Mehta Wahi, Managing Partner and Chair of the Firm-wide Diversity Committee at Seattle K&L Gates LLP
Bryan Russel, Assistant Attorney General
Joanna Plichta Boisen, Summer Associate Hiring Partner, Pro Bono Member, and Chair of the Tax-exempt Organizations Group at Foster Pepper
With an introduction by WSBA President Robin Haynes

A recording of the panel discussion is available here until September 2018.

Sept. 13, 2016

Women, Race and Age Part 1: Mitigating Bias and Misogyny in the Legal Profession

The program covered current research relating to the experience of women in Washington state's legal profession. Panelists represent a diverse array of experience and areas of practice. They will offer suggestions and strategies for women, allies, and leaders who seek to address and mitigate incidences of bias and misogyny within the practice of law.

Joy Williams (moderator), WSBA Diversity Program manager
Elaine Edralin Pascua, Law Office of William J. O'Brien
Linda Fang, Banyan Legal Counsel, LLP
Onik'a I. Gilliam, Patterson Buchanan Fobes & Leitch
WSBA President-Elect Robin Haynes, McNeice Wheeler, PLLC

A recording of the panel discussion is available here until Sept. 13, 2017.