The 3rd Annual Washington Attorney with Disabilities Association and Washington State Bar Association Reception

Enabling People to Be Their Best

Please Join Us for the 3rd Annual Washington Attorney with Disabilities Association and Washington State Bar Association Reception (CLE credit pending)

Thursday, October 24 at 5 PM Register at: https://forms.gle/CvsYnPcsbX6XrpAh6

Opening Remarks: Jonathan Ko, President Washington Attorney with Disabilities Association and Washington State Bar Association Welcome (5:00 to 5:05)

Reasonable Accommodations:

Who is disabled and what accommodation is reasonable? (5:05 to 5:30)

Carolyn Ladd serves as Judge pro tem for Seattle Municipal Court and she is senior counsel at The Boeing Company. She obtained her Masters of Law from Georgetown University, focusing on Labor Law, after earning her JD from the University of Oregon. At Boeing, her practice focuses on compliance with equal employment opportunity laws. She serves as a vice president of Washington Women Lawyers, and she is a member of the Washington Attorneys with Disabilities Association and the Deaf & Hard of Hearing Bar Association.  In her spare time, she follows #AppellateTwitter and watches Washington State Supreme Court oral arguments on TVW.

Enforcing the Law:

A Perspective from the Seattle Office for Civil Rights (5:30 to 5:50)

MICHAEL CHIN is the Civil Rights Enforcement Manager for the Seattle Office for Civil Rights responsible for enforcing local and federal Anti-Discrimination laws in employment, housing, public accommodations, and contracting. Under his leadership, Michael successfully launched four new civil rights protections which include the all-gender restroom access, ban on conversion therapy to minors, ban on the use of criminal records in housing, and the new domestic worker protections. Michael oversees a team of civil rights investigators, an in-house civil rights testing program, and community outreach and trainings.  Michael was instrumental in the early development and implementation of Seattle’s labor standards ordinances until the creation of the new Office of Labor Standards in 2016. Prior to his role with SOCR, he worked as an investigator for the Washington State Human Rights Commission. Michael has presented trainings on civil rights protections, enforcement and equity. He is a certified mediator since 2006 and mediated for the Seattle Federal Executive Board, King County Dispute Resolution Program. He currently serves on the City of Seattle Alternative Dispute Resolution Advisory Board. Michael is a past member of the citywide Race and Social Justice Initiative Core Team and department Change Team which addresses racial equity in the City of Seattle. Michael received his Juris Doctorate from Gonzaga University School of Law and Masters Business Administration from Gonzaga in 2006.

Accommodations around the World! (5:50 to 6:10)

Genevieve Tietjen is a University of Washington alumni who has been with Microsoft for 13 years, the last 7 as a Senior Human Resources Benefits Business Partner. She has experience helping employees with accommodations due to disabilities or medical conditions. She is also working on a project team that is piloting central accommodations globally. In addition to her work, she has spent time volunteering at a woman and children’s shelter at Seattle’s Gospel Mission as well as the Washington State Department of Corrections.

Panel Question and Answer Session (6:10 to 6:30)

Reception (6:30 to 8:30)

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