2015 News Stories
WELA's Annual Fall CLE
October 23, 2015

WELA's Annual Fall CLE, "Focus on Proof:  Convincing the Decision-Maker from Intake to Trial,” takes place Friday, Oct. 23, 2015, at the Lake Washington Rowing Club, 910 N. Northlake Way, Seattle

Our presenters will focus on what it takes to prove discrimination, retaliation and whistleblower cases, highlighting what it is that works not only to avoid summary judgment, but to ultimately prevail at trial. 

We will hear from our colleagues who have recently obtained very successful results at trial, and will get their insights into what it was that made those results possible.  Our featured speaker will be Bill Lann Lee, who served as Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Rights Division in the United States Department of Justice in the Clinton Administration, and who will speak on proof through evidence of implicit bias.  Also, as always, we will feature Mike Subit and Jeff Needle, and their analysis of the past year in state and federal judicial decisions

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WELA’s Brownbag Series Continues: Opening and Closings And WELA’s Annual Meeting and Party
February 25, 2015

WELA’s Brownbag Series Continues: Opening and Closings
WELA’s Annual Meeting and Party
February 25, 2015
Elysian Bar
1516 2nd Ave
Seattle, WA
4:00-7:30 pm

At 4:00 PM join us for the first brown bag of the year. WELA is proud to present Alex Higgins and Adam Berger to speak on opening statements and closing arguments at trial.  Both Alex and Adam have recently won substantial verdicts at trial for the employees they represent.  Opening statements are sometimes said to be the most important part of the trial – the first time the jury gets to hear your client’s story. Adam will present on effective strategies in presenting opening statements. Closing arguments are arguably the most fun part of a trial.  They are essential to getting the jury over the finish line.  Alex will present on effective closings. You will certainly come away with new insights on doing openings and closings.  

Following the Brown Bag at 5:30 PM, WELA will hold its 2015 Annual Meeting.  WELA wants your input about how it can serve you better.  During the Annual Meeting, the WELA board will ask the members for their suggestions and feedback.  We will provide you with updates related to WELA’s efforts. If you want to become more involved in WELA, please email Beth Terrell (beth@tmdwlaw.com) or Terry Venneberg(terry@washemploymentlaw.com) and we will follow up with you

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