The event provided an opportunity for the LGBTQ+ legal community and allies to come together and celebrate the past year’s successes, while calling on attendees to remain vigilant as the community prepares to tackle the challenges that still lie ahead.
Attendees heard about the hostile climate for journalists today from the banquet’s keynote speaker, D. Victoria Baranetsky, general counsel at The Center for Investigative Reporting (CIR). James Corning, an associate in Davis Wright Tremaine’s Seattle office and current QLaw treasurer, introduced the speaker.
Attendees also learned more about QLaw Association’s nonprofit sister organization, the QLaw Foundation, which provides free legal clinics and services to the LGBTQ+ community, sponsors summer fellowships for law students servicing the legal needs of the LGBTQ+ community and/or people living with HIV/AIDS, and facilitates community education.
Davis Wright Tremaine leadership attending the banquet included: Pete Johnson, Seattle partner in charge; John LeCrone, the firm’s LGBTQ+ affinity group chair; Diane Butler, “diversity ambassador” for the firm’s Seattle office; Jaime Drozd Allen, co-chair of the firm’s women’s affinity group; and the firm’s pro bono counsel, Joanna Boisen.
DWT has a longstanding and deep relationship with QLaw. Corning has been a member of its board of directors for more than four years. Seattle partner Zana Bugaighis served as QLaw president from 2011-2012. Jacky Sabin, the firm’s diversity & inclusion specialist, serves on the QLaw Foundation board and coordinates the LGBTQ+ legal clinic.
Funds raised from the banquet go towards association scholarships for LGBTQ+ law students and to support the QLaw Foundation’s legal aid work.
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