Updated: Aug. 9, 2021

The Diversity and Inclusion Program at the WSBA collaborates with other departments of the Bar, Minority Bar Associations and other stakeholders to create CLE, Town Hall, and other educational programs covering a wide range of important and under-discussed subjects with the common thread of diversity and inclusion. Recent past programming includes:

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Focused CLE Webinars

Beyond the Dialogue Townhall

Women, Race and Age Part 1: Mitigating Bias and Misogyny in the Legal Profession, recorded Sept. 13, 2016

In part one of this Beyond the Dialogue Series, panelists representing a diverse array of experience and practice areas discussed 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. Panelists offered suggestions and strategies for women, allies, and leaders who seek to address and mitigate incidences of bias and misogyny within the practice of law.

Women, Race and Age Part 2: The Role of Allies, recorded June 8, 2017

In part two of this Beyond the Dailogue series, the WSBA Diversity Program partnered with Washington Women Lawyers for a panel discussion that extended the focus of part one 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.

Disability and Ableism in the Legal Profession, recorded Oct. 24, 2018

A panel of legal practitioners discussed the experience of disability and ableism through a variety of lenses. Panelists shared their personal experiences of existing obstacles for legal professionals with disabilities, and suggestions for solutions, best practices and the knowledge important to making the legal profession inclusive for people of all abilities to enter, thrive, and lead.

2018 Diversity and Inclusion Celebration

The Path Forward, 70 minutes

This session explores how the legal profession can advance diversity, equity and inclusion through multiple lenses. Participants will hear from legal professionals who work across various industries and practice settings. Session leaders will share current trends, best practices and tools which intersect with the practice of law; the session will discuss moving forward by creating the conditions necessary for strategic action, realistic implementation of equity initiatives and developing an inclusive culture in the corporate, court system, law firm setting and legal advocacy organization.


For more information contact: diversity@wsba.org

WSBA Diversity and Inclusion programs are supported by charitable donations to the Washington State Bar Foundation. To make a tax-deductible contribution, please visit the Foundation online or email foundation@wsba.org