Minority Bar Associations in Washington

Asian Bar Association of Washington

 Northwest Indian Bar Association

The Cardozo Society

Pierce County Minority Bar Association

Filipino Lawyers of Washington

Slavic Bar Association of Washington

GLBT Bar Association

South Asian Bar Association of Washington

Korean American Bar Association

Spokane County Bar Association Diversity Section

Latina/Latino Bar Association of Washington

Vietnamese American Bar Association of Washington

Loren Miller Bar Association

Washington Attorneys with Disabilities Association

Middle Eastern Legal Association of Washington

Washington Women Lawyers

 

Mother Attorneys Mentoring Association of Seattle
Washington State Veterans Bar Association

Asian Bar Association of Washington (ABAW) 

The Asian Bar Association of Washington (ABAW) is a professional association of attorneys, judges, law professors, and law students who are interested and involved in matters of concern to the bar and Asian Pacific American community in Washington. For more information, or to join ABAW, please contact:

Diana Young, President 

Lisa Dickinson, President-Elect

Jeff Liang, Immediate Past President

The Cardozo Society

The Seattle Cardozo Society is a society for Jewish attorneys. The Society sponsors programs that integrate legal and Jewish concerns to demonstrate the unique contributions the legal profession can make to improve the Jewish community. Programs sponsored by the society are open to all attorneys and their guest and to others who share common goals or interest. For more information, or to join The Cardozo Society, please contact cardozo@jewishinseattle.org or:

Aric Bomsztyk, Co-President

Daniel Swedlow, Co-President

Sara Berkenwald, Secretary

Filipino Lawyers of Washington (FLOW)

The Filipino Lawyers of Washington (FLOW) is a professional association of lawyers in the Filipino community dedicated to fostering the exchange of ideas and information among and between its members and other members of the legal profession, the judiciary and the community; promoting the professional growth of its members; assisting in efforts to diversify the legal profession; cooperating with other organizations of minority attorneys; celebrating Filipino culture; and providing a vehicle and forum for the expression of opinions and positions about current social, political, economic, legal or other matters or events that concern the members of the association. For more information, or to join FLOW, please contact filipinolawyers@gmail.com or:

Jerilynn Gonzales Abrams, President

Elaine Edralin Pascua, President-Elect

Rommel de las Alas, Immediate Past President

GLBT Bar Association (QLaw)

The GLBT Bar Association of Washington, affectionately known as "QLaw," is an association of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender (GLBT) legal professionals and their friends, serving as a voice for GLBT lawyers on issues relating to diversity and equality in the legal profession, in the courts, and under the law. To join QLaw, please contact membership@q-law.org (membership inquiries only). For more information, please contact:

Jason Holloway, President

Korean American Bar Association (KABA)

The mission of the Korean American Bar Association of Washington (KABA) is to provide professional development, networking and mentorship opportunities to its members and serve the community as a resource by hosting professional, educational, and community events. KABA is committed to leadership, community, and service. For more information, or to join KABA, please contact:

Daniel Shin, President

Jessica Yu, President-Elect 

Steven Kim, Immediate Past President

Latina/o Bar Association of Washington (LBAW)

Formerly the Hispanic Bar of Washington, the purpose of the Latina/o Bar Association of Washington (LBAW) is to represent the concerns and goals of Latina/o people of the State of Washington. Membership is available to attorneys, judicial officers, law faculty, legal staff, and students. For more information, or to join LBAW, please contact:

David Mendoza, President 

Chach Duarte White, President-Elect 

Emily Cardenas, Immediate Past President

Loren Miller Bar Association (LMBA)

The Loren Miller Bar Association is an affiliate member of the National Bar Association whose purpose is the advancement of the social and economic well-being of its largely African-American membership; improving relations between the legal profession and the community at large; promoting understanding, goodwill and cooperation among lawyers and the interests of the legal profession; aiding in reforms for the economic and social welfare of all people in a manner consistent with the principles of a free democratic society; and improving the educational, social and economic status of the African-American community to eliminate discrimination. For more information, or to join LMBA, please contact:

Jamal Whitehead, President

Nyjat Rose-Akins, President-Elect

Elijah Forde, Immediate Past President

Middle Eastern Legal Association of Washington (MELAW)

The Middle Eastern Legal Association of Washington (MELAW) is a non-profit legal organization for attorneys and law students of Middle Eastern descent, along with friends and supporters. MELAW seeks to advance the goals of its members, provide a legal voice for the Middle Eastern community in Washington, address and educate the public on legal and political issues facing Middle Easterners, and offer resources as well as networking and mentorship opportunities for its members and the public. For more information, or to join MELAW, please contact info@melegal.com, visit the MELAW website or Facebook page, or contact:

Omar Nur, President 

Miriam Ayoub, Vice President

Teebah Alsaleh, Immediate Past President 

Mother Attorneys Mentoring Association of Seattle (MAMA Seattle)

MAMA Seattle is an organization dedicated to empowering attorney mothers and facilitating their success in the legal profession. MAMA Seattle hosts monthly networking events and brown bag lunches and maintains an active listserv, which serves as a valuable resource to members. The brown bag lunches feature panel presentations of particular interest to mother attorneys, addressing topics such marketing, business development, as re-entry into the legal market, time management, and work life balance. MAMA Seattle's networking events, which members attend with their children, provide a venue for mother attorneys to network, socialize, and problem solve in a supportive and child-friendly environment. For more information, or to join MAMA Seattle, please contact:

Christina Gerrish Nelson, President

Robin Schachter, President-Elect

Davina Inslee, Immediate Past President 

Northwest Indian Bar Association (NIBA)

The Northwest Indian Bar Association (NIBA) is an organization of Indian attorneys and judges in Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, Washington, British Columbia and the Yukon Territory, which aspires to improve the legal and political landscape for the Pacific Northwest Indian community. For more information, or to join NIBA, please contact:

Diana Bob, President 

Lee Shannon, President-Elect 

Lisa Atkinson, Treasurer

Dana Little, Secretary

Pierce County Minority Bar Association (PCMBA)

The purpose of the Pierce County Minority Bar Association is to facilitate professional development and relationships among the various minority attorneys and legal professionals who reside or practice in Pierce County. It also seeks to foster diversity in the legal community and serve as a conscience of Pierce County minority communities on legal issues affecting them. For more information, or to join PCMBA, please contact:

Joseph Evans, President

Gina Duncan, Immediate Past President  

Slavic Bar Association of Washington  (SBAW)

The Slavic Bar Association of Washington (SBAW) is a professional association of legal practitioners and law students with ties to or interests in Slavic cultures and languages. SBAW is organized exclusively for charitable and educational purposes: to support members of the Bar and law students with Slavic ties; to educate others about Slavic ethnicity, culture, history, and people; to aid the Slavic community and those within it aspiring to enter the legal field. For more information, or to join SBAW, please contact:

Peter Palubicki, President

South Asian Bar Association of Washington (SABAW)

The South Asian Bar Association of Washington (SABAW) is an organization of South Asian legal professionals in the Northwest dedicated to providing access to legal resources and support for issues relevant to the South Asian community. SABAW is also committed to identifying and advancing the areas where economic, social and political interests intersect with South Asian legal issues. Finally, SABAW serves as a liaison between South Asian legal professionals and the legal community at large. For more information, or to join SABAW, please contact:

Enoka Herat, President 

Sumona Das Gupta, President-Elect 

Kanika Chander, Immediate Past President

Spokane County Bar Association Diversity Section

Like our state’s official MBAs, the Spokane Diversity Section is committed to promoting inclusiveness through focusing on recruitment and retention of attorneys of color and diverse ethnic background.

Vietnamese American Bar Association of Washington (VABAW)

The Vietnamese American Bar Association of Washington is a legal society which was formed in 2005 for Vietnamese American attorneys, law students and friends who share its common vision. VABAW strives for legal excellence by facilitating and cultivating both professional and personal relationships among its members, the community and the judiciary. VABAW's goal is to provide mutual support for attorneys in the advancement of their careers, be a trusted guide and resource for students who aspire towards the legal profession, serve as a voice for the local Vietnamese American community, and represent Vietnamese American attorneys within the State Bar. For more information, or to join VABAW, please contact:

Michelle Pham, President

Ada Wong, President-Elect

Binh Nguyen, Immediate Past President

Washington Attorneys with Disabilities Association

The Washington Attorneys with Disabilities Association (WADA) is a minority bar association serving as the voice of attorneys and law students with disabilities in the state of Washington. WADA’s mission is to promote the meaningful inclusion of people with disabilities throughout the legal profession; to eliminate the barriers to inclusion in the legal profession experienced by people with disabilities; and to promote the careers and professional development of WADA’s membership through mentorship, networking, alliances, and cultivation of a strong and vibrant community. Visit the WADA website or join us on the WADA listserv for more information about WADA activities. For more information, or to join WADA, please contact:

Noel Nightingale, Co-Chair

Stuart Pixley, Co-Chair

Washington State Veterans Bar Association (WSVBA)

The Washington State Veterans Bar Association is a networking organization for attorneys and law students who have served in the United States Armed Forces. We are a non-partisan and veteran-centric organization. We seek to provide a voice for the 650,000 veterans of Washington State and address legal, political, and social issues facing veterans. For more information, or to join WSVBA, please visit our website or contact:

John Tymczyszyn, Steering Committee Member

Washington Women Lawyers (WWL)

Washington Women Lawyers believes that privileges and abilities come with an ethical duty to lead and a responsibility to public service. In addition to furthering the advancement of women in our profession, Washington Women Lawyers works for access to justice, education of our youth, and protection of the fragile. WWL's twelve active chapters sponsor educational, social, and charitable events. WWL is a community of women who support one another with opportunities for practical mentoring, leadership, and connection. For more information, or to join WWL, please contact wwl@wwl.org (membership inquiries only).

Elisabeth Yandell McNiel, President

Shannon Lawless, President-Elect 

Naomi Ogan, Immediate Past President


 

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