Big thank you from Dallas TX
Defamation suits filed by powerful men against rape accusers have become widespread. We were pleased to successfully defend our client in this case. http://www.nme.com/…/the-gaslamp-killer-defamation-lawsuit-…
Thank you Wellspring Family Services for your inspiring work!
As we count down to the 2018 Lasting Change Luncheon, we would like to give special recognition to Premier Sponsor Davis Wright Tremaine LLP. We are deeply grat...eful for their more than 20 years of invaluable support and service. They have sponsored numerous Wellspring Luncheons, hosted dozens of donation drives to help us end homelessness for Seattle children and families, and donated thousands of hours of pro bono legal services to Wellspring.
RSVP for this year's Luncheon at wellspringfs.org/get-involved/…/2018-lasting-change-luncheon
So proud of John Parsi, named Attorney of the Month by Alaska Network on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault.
Congratulations to John Parsi, our February Volunteer Attorney of the Month! John began volunteering with us in 2011, and since then, he has taken the cases of ...about 10 of our clients.
Though he practices in corporate commercial litigation, John focuses much of his time on volunteering. He entered law school after completing coursework toward a Ph.D. in Political Science, because as he says, “I wanted to help people more directly than by teaching Political Science. My parents like to say that when I was 15, I told them I wanted to make the world a better place, and that the best way to do that was to be a lawyer. So I try to prioritize pro bono work with nonprofits whenever I can.”
John’s interest in working with survivors of domestic violence is both legal and academic. In graduate school, he taught courses in Women’s Studies, studied sexual abuse against women as a war crime, and worked with the noted feminist legal scholar Catharine MacKinnon. As an attorney, he finds pro bono work for survivors of DV fulfilling because “it is a unique opportunity to empower someone who has been put in a disadvantaged position, and to have a positive impact that deeply shapes who they are as a human being.”
John explains the importance of using his position to help others in need. “I had a client who came into my office for an initial meeting. Afterwards, I walked her down the hall to the elevator, and she began crying. I asked if she was okay or needed water, and she told me that she was crying because no man had ever treated her so well. That simple interaction of walking her to the elevator gave her empowerment and self-respect. The opportunity to impact people in that way is what I find so fulfilling about the work.”
Asked what he would say to other attorneys considering pro bono DV work, John responds, “There are a lot of reasons why you should do it: not only to use your law degree for a great purpose, but also to connect with others and to gain knowledge. There’s a whole network you can connect with through ANDVSA if you need a mentor. And the Volunteer Attorney’s handbook [published by ANDVSA] is very helpful if you feel anxious or underprepared. Most places I’ve worked, there are other attorneys who have done ANDVSA cases, and they’ve always been there to help me.” ANDVSA is proud to contribute to the community of legal professionals making a positive difference in Alaska!
John is an Associate at Davis Wright Tremaine LLP in Anchorage. In his free time, he enjoys performing improv comedy with the Urban Yeti troupe and organizing nonpartisan dialogues on social and political issues as a board member of Alaska Common Ground.
IT'S TIME TO TALK TECH! We're proud to sponsor Black Women Talk Tech's 2018 Conference in NYC. A two-day event filled with amazing speakers, sessions and worksh...ops. Get your ticket today! #Roadmaptobillions @BWTalkTech http://www.blackwomentalktech.com/conference/
We were honored to host Justice Stephens, Justice Yu, and all of the 100 attendees at this amazing #MeToo event! We look forward to continuing this important discussion and supporting the work of MAMA Seattle.
We're proud to be working alongside The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press on this important matter.
The U.S. government’s use of search warrants to access data stored abroad threatens press freedom.
More on the brief the Reporters Committee filed in the Supreme Court today in U.S. v. Microsoft: https://www.rcfp.org/media-coalition-supreme-court-us-gover…
DWT's Elizabeth McNamara, representing Henry Holt and Company and author Michael Wolff, responds to President Trump and his lawyer, Charles Harder. http://variety.com/…/trump-fire-and-fury-michael-wolff-2-1…/
This month, the LMA West Region is excited to feature Hallie Terrell, the Senior Practice Management Specialist at Davis Wright Tremaine LLP! Hallie is a member... of the Seattle city group that is part of the LMA Northwest local group. Read more about Hallie, including how she got started in the legal industry and why she loves being an LMA member!
On behalf of the firm and DWT De Novo, Lawton Penn accepted our first place "Standout" award at the FT Innovative Lawyers North America gala last night in New York! Thanks to the efforts of Lawton and her team, in partnership with clients and lawyers across Davis Wright Tremaine, we were honored as the top firm in the category of New Business and Service Delivery Models. FT also named us one of North America’s 25 most innovative law firms overall.
Susan Cecil will be the first to admit – her col...leagues at Davis Wright Tremaine law firm spoil her a bit.
“They threw me a Harry Potter-themed birthday party,” she said. “They know I love Harry Potter. They also know I love purple.”
Susan thinks of her new employers as family. The firm appreciates the hard work, sunny personality and upbeat attitude that Susan brings to a high-energy, sometimes stressful work environment.
Heather Robertson, manager of the support services team for the Portland office of Davis Wright Tremaine, knew that the firm’s Belleview, Wash. office employed a person with a disability. She contacted the Washington Initiative for Supported Employment (WISE) and asked about the process of hiring an employee that experiences a disability. WISE is contracted with the Oregon Department of Human Services’ Employment First initiative to deliver training and technical assistance to providers transforming from sheltered and facility-based employment to community-based job services. WISE put Heather in contact with Albertina Kerr, a recipient of a DHS transformation grant. Albertina Kerr then brought forward three candidates for the firm to interview.
Heather said they were impressed at how smoothly the process went.
“I really liked that WISE and Albertina Kerr came in and took the time to learn what our needs were and really get a good understanding of what the position is and what the culture is here before they brought us candidates,” she said. “It really instilled a lot of confidence for us.”
While all three candidates had strengths, Heather said Susan impressed the entire team right away.
Rest of story at: http://www.oregon.gov/…/SUCC…/Pages/Susan-Cecil-Success.aspx