as stealing. The result is intimidation of all
corporations so that they will kneel to the
government’s beck, most likely on issues
such as global warming. All speculative,
but pick any administration. Perhaps it's
also an unconstitutional deprivation of
life, liberty or property without due process of law to compel people by threats to
work for the government.
Roger Ley, Svensen, Oregon
NOT A LADY
My enthusiastic thanks to Robin Haynes for
bringing feminism front and center in the
discourse for Washington state lawyers. I
heartily agree with Robin’s perspective that
feminism is for everyone who strives for equity, fairness, and mutual respect in society.
And like Ms. Haynes, I am also not a lady.
Tera Schreiber, Seattle, WA
“I am not a lady,” declares our new WSBA
president—in response to friendly advice
from a senior male colleague to “just be a
lady” as she accepts the reins of leadership
[“I Am Not a Lady,” by Robin Haynes. NOV
NWLawyer]. She then goes on to decry the
label “lady” as indicative of “implicit bias”
against women. What if a female colleague
had advised our former male WSBA president to “just be a gentleman” when he took
over? Would he have justifiably assumed
that to be indicative of “implicit bias”
against men? Unlikely.
But our new “youngish woman in a
professional leadership position” doesn’t
stop with criticizing the term lady as
someone who “behaves in a polite way
[and] is demure, soft and often silent,”
she goes on to claim that such descrip-
tions are “antonyms to terms associated
with leaders—bold, strong, articulate.”
Isn’t it possible to be polite and demure
and still be strong and articulate? Who
I frankly believe this admittedly
young woman who professes to repre-
sent the entire Washington State Bar
Association has much to learn about
leadership. If she wants to lead an
entire state of lawyers, that of necessity in-
cludes all the men as well as all the women,
older as well as younger. Her quote that
“women are better leaders because ‘wom-
en are necessarily efficient’ [at balancing
professional and family life while] men
cannot operate a vacuum,” is not only disin-
genuous but underscores her own “implic-
it bias” against the men she presumes to
represent. In her prejudicial view of the
world, women are obviously superior to
men. What an “us vs. them” mentality!
Just what we want in a leader of intelligent
professional men and women.
I have known many outstanding
“lady lawyers”—women who not only
represented their clients with skill
and devotion, but who were polite and
civil. And I might add, I’ve known many
outstanding “gentlemen lawyers” who
demonstrated those same qualities.
I am convinced that people of either
gender whose attitude and conduct
reflect true professionalism can and do
reach the top of their organizations. Statistics alone do not explain why some do not!
Brian L. McCoy, Riverton, Utah
Our new president has made it abundantly
clear that she is NOT a lady. [“I Am Not
a Lady,” by Robin Haynes. NOV
NWLawyer]. Methinks she doth protest too much.
In the interests of parity, would she
take exception as well to the use of
the term “gentleman” as being unduly
Victorian? In our increasingly coarse
society, I think mutual respect is badly
lacking. In my view, we have been well
served by the terms she decries. Robin,
you have a broad pallette offered to you
as president to advance so many worthwhile initiatives to enhance the interface between the client population and
the legal community. Resist the temptation to become a one-note wonder.
We expect and look forward to so much
more from you.
Wishing you the best as you enter
your term as president.
Robert E. Repp, Marylhurst, Oregon
In the President’s November 2016 column
[“I Am Not a Lady,” by WSBA President
Robin Haynes. NOV NWLawyer], Ms.
Haynes objects to the advice given her as
she entered the WSBA presidency as (her
own words) “a youngish woman.” The
advice was, “Just be a lady, kiddo.”
I wonder if a youngish man entering a
similar leadership position should be of-
fended if advice is given him by an older
woman stating, “Just be a gentleman, son.”
I am trying to parse the difference.
Marc Bond, Anchorage, Alaska
RESPONSE FROM THE AUTHOR:
I am sorry that you disagree with my choice
to discuss openly the implicit and explicit bi-ases, institutionalized sexism, and privilege
that has affected women in our profession.
The statistics support and reinforce the anecdotal stories that have been and will continue to be shared. I have received literally
hundreds of positive responses in the form
of emails, phone calls, cards, and social media responses about this article from women and men saying that it's about time the
WSBA talks about this openly. I wish that in
2017 it didn't need to be discussed, but continuing to not prioritize it does not interest
me. I am sorry that this platform does not
speak to you personally.
WSBA President Robin Haynes, Spokane
CORRECTION: In “How to Earn CLE
Credit for Pro Bono Service,” [DEC-JAN
2017 NWLawyer] the article stated that
there are two prerequisites for earning
credit—completing two hours of pro
bono training and giving a minimum
of four hours of service. However, there
are currently no training or minimum
hours requirements for earning MCLE
credit through pro bono service. The
only requirement is that the pro bono
legal services “are rendered through a
qualified legal services provider as defined in APR 8(e).” (APR 11 (e)( 7)). Up
to 24 MCLE credits may be earned by
providing pro bono legal services. See
wsba.org/mcle for more information or