January 2018 Bar Bulletin
By Todd R. Bowers
Supreme Court journalist and commentator Dahlia Lithwick will be the keynote speaker at the King County Bar Foundation’s 18th annual Breakfast With Champions on March 20 at the downtown Seattle Westin. The event begins with coffee and networking at 7 a.m., followed by the breakfast program at 7:30. Mark it on your calendars.
Not only does the Breakfast support a great cause, but given Lithwick’s television appearances, podcasts and writings, you’ll be sure to enjoy her perceptive, discerning and sometimes humorous observations about the law and current events.
Lithwick, who is considered one of the most insightful and entertaining Supreme Court journalists in the country, is a senior editor at Slate, where she writes the “Supreme Court Dispatches” and “Jurisprudence” columns. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, Harper’s, The New Yorker, The Washington Post, and Commentary. She has appeared on CNN, ABC and “The Colbert Report,” and is a frequent guest on “The Rachel Maddow Show.”
Lithwick writes on topics ranging from the investigation of Russia’s meddling in the 2016 presidential election to the government’s ability to obtain individuals’ cell phone records. Lithwick also hosts a Slate podcast titled “Amicus” on which she provides insights on headline cases and interviews leaders from such organizations as the ACLU and the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law.
Lithwick writes passionately about politics and frequently rallies for civil liberties and equal justice. In a recent article, she discussed efforts to block the Trump administration’s third travel ban announced in September. She urged the public to continue to pay attention and stay engaged after the Supreme Court’s recent decision to allow the ban to go into effect while legal challenges are pending.
Lithwick’s honors include twice receiving the Online Journalism Award for legal commentary, serving as the first online journalist on the Reporters Committee for the Freedom of the Press, and receiving a 2013 National Magazine Award for columns on the Affordable Care Act.
The Breakfast With Champions is KCBF’s largest annual fundraiser and the single-largest annual gathering of the legal community in Washington. The Breakfast raises funds to support the King County bar’s pro bono and minority law student scholarship programs.
The bar’s pro bono services programs work with more than 1,400 volunteer attorneys who annually assist nearly 10,500 disadvantaged clients in the region. In the past year, their work totaled 38,794 hours of free legal assistance valued at $9.56 million. For every dollar raised, KCBF is able to provide $7.51 in legal services.
The Minority Law Student Scholarship program serves as the driving force behind KCBF’s efforts to provide financial assistance to deserving minority students, increase workplace diversity in the legal profession, and help retain minority lawyers practicing in our local communities. This past year, KCBF distributed $140,000 to 65 students at local law schools.
All bar members are encouraged to attend the Breakfast. It is a time to recognize and applaud the work of hundreds of your colleagues who have dedicated their time, talents and efforts to provide access to justice and promote diversity. Please join us on March 20 to share stories of the bar’s efforts to make a difference in the lives of disadvantaged people in our community.
Bring a friend; bring a colleague. Seats are $50 per person. Firm and corporate sponsorships are available. Registration information is on Page 9.
More information is available at www.kcbf.org/bwc. You may also contact Sayyora Polat, development and communications associate, at firstname.lastname@example.org, or Casey Almas, member services and events assistant, at email@example.com.
--Todd R. Bowers is a deputy attorney general for the State of Washington and serves as vice president of the King County Bar Foundation.