Invites You to Attend Our Upcoming CLE Co-Sponsored with the San Francisco Bar Association:

Allyship and the Legal Profession in 2021

1 CLE Credit Pending Approval


This event is being hosted by the San Francisco Bar Association, and co-sponsored by The Barristers Club Racial Justice Initiative and Barristers Solo and Small Firm Section, along with The Mother Attorneys Mentoring Association of Seattle.

When:  Wednesday, May 26, 2021 at 12:00-1:15 PM

Program 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:, 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 learn to better support our female colleagues, especially Black and Latina female attorneys?  How can we study and practice true allyship to sustain healthy work environments that celebrate, respect and value Black and Latina female attorneys’ ability to take control of their future, enjoy freedom, gain business autonomy, improve their mental health, and make (more) money by starting their own law firms?  And for those colleagues who are committed to their success in their existing firms, how may we maintain allyship as 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. This panel is comprised of white women attorneys with an Asian American female moderator.


  • 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.

When attending, please use your mute button to prevent background noise, but do not place the call on hold. (Some firms have hold music.)


This CLE is pending approval for 1 CLE credit (Other: Professional Development, Improving the Legal System) in the State of Washington.

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MAMA Seattle would also like to thank our

Gold Sponsors: Davis Wright Tremaine LLP * Gordon Tilden Thomas & Cordell LLP * Keller Rohrback * Perkins Coie LLP * Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt * Skellenger Bender * Summit Law Group PLLC

May 26 CLE – Allyship and the Legal Profession in 2021

  • Wednesday May 26 2021, 12:00 PM - 1:15 PM
  • Zoom
    United States