CARRIE BLACKWOOD (moderator):
I remember in 1991, I just started my first year of community college [Anita Hill testified]. …This was my first sense
that there [were] laws around sexual harassment in the workplace.
And here, this incredibly professional, poised woman got up in front of an all-male judiciary committee to talk
about the sexual harassment that she had experienced. … The takeaway was, if you bring these issues forward in
the workplace, you will have an all-male group of people hearing your story. It will not make a difference and you
Excerpts from the Washington State Bar Association's March 21 panel on
"Sexual Harassment—How is #Me Too transforming the workplace?"
Decoding the Law is a conversation series hosted by the
Washington State Bar Association for members and the
community intended to share information and facilitate dialogue
on timely and relevant legal topics in a nonpartisan fashion.
MODERATOR CARRIE BLACKWOOD is a member of Barron Smith Daugert, PLLC, where
she provides legal counsel on a variety of employment and labor law matters. Prior to joining the
firm, she represented union workers as Senior Legal Counsel, Training and Development Director,
and Lead Negotiator.
CECI LOPEZ practices tax controversy and business law in Bellingham.
In addition to practicing law, she is an
assistant professor and director of the
Center for Law, Diversity and Justice
at Fairhaven College at Western
ELIZABETH VAN MOPPES is
Of Counsel to Beresford Booth PLLC.
A substantial portion of her practice
is devoted to providing services as an
independent workplace investigator.
JAMAL N. WHITEHEAD practices
law at Schroeter Goldmark Bender,
where he represents victims of workplace discrimination, retaliation, and
other unlawful employment practices in
individual and class actions. His practice
also focuses on serious-personal-injury litigation.
MARILYN WATKINS is Policy
Director at the Economic Opportunity
Institute and a member of the Graduate
Faculty and a Clinical Assistant
Professor in the Department of Health
Services at the University of Washington.