to be able to identify with the issues
I was facing and have an understanding of the background I was coming
from. I had doubts about whether I
would be able to practice law with a
foreign accent (would a jury trust
me?) or whether I would have difficulty finding a job (would my potential
employer doubt my abilities?).
I was lucky to find my mentor, a
Russian-born Seattle practitioner.
Her classmate, whom I met at a school
event, mentioned her name to me and
thought I should contact her. I did,
and her presence in my life — even
when limited to occasional emails
and quick meetings over coffee — has
been invaluable. She dissipated my
self-doubts, encouraged me in my
professional growth, and supported
me through tough career decisions. I
want every student and young lawyer
to have such a mentor!
ere is no event more joyful than the birth of a healthy child and
none more devastating than when a baby is neurologically
damaged during labor or delivery. We have extensive experience
in birth injury cases. We would appreciate the opportunity to
work with you to help your client.
PLLC JOHNSON FLORA
2505 Second Avenue, Suite 500, Seattle, Washington 98121
www.johnsonflora.com Tel. 206.386.5566
Who can join?
The Slavic Bar welcomes every legal
professional or law student, regardless of ethnicity. Our current members are an eclectic mix of backgrounds and occupations, ranging
from a first-year student to a county
How do I join?
The Slavic Bar meets regularly at the
Polish Home on Capitol Hill, as well as
other local venues. The meetings are
open to anyone interested in joining
and are usually family-friendly. Please
email firstname.lastname@example.org to be added to our email list or with questions or
inquiries. Annual dues are $30 for legal practitioners and $10 for students.
What if I want to become a board
member or volunteer in another
We welcome any level of participation
— from occasional attendance at meetings, to help with specific projects like
establishing a newsletter or website,
to working as a board member or an
is an assistant
juvenile law in
Tacoma. She is a
2009 graduate of
School of Law. She
can be reached at aryna.anderson@
gmail.com. This column is edited and
overseen by the WSBA Committee for