The Mother Attorneys Mentoring Association of Seattle (MAMAS) presented its annual Leadership and Justice Award to U.S. Attorney Jenny A. Durkan during its banquet on October 24. The award goes each year to an individual who has paved the way to success for and has served as an inspiration to other women attorneys striving to excel in their legal careers while balancing family demands.
Durkan serves as the top federal law enforcement officer for 18 counties in Western Washington. She chairs the Attorney General's Advisory Subcommittee on Cybercrime and Intellectual Property Enforcement, and she is a member of subcommittees on terrorism and national security, civil rights and Native American issues.
Under Durkan's leadership, the U.S. Attorney's Office is increasing its efforts in enforcing intellectual property laws and combating the ever-increasing threat of cyber/digital crimes. She also is revitalizing the office's prosecutions in the areas of fraud and white-collar crimes, environmental crimes, illegal gun sales and civil rights enforcement.
Before becoming U.S. attorney, Durkan represented a wide variety of clients in civil and criminal cases in both state and federal court. Durkan is a Seattle-area native who grew up in Issaquah and is the mother of two boys.
In accepting the award, Durkan gave a motivating speech, challenging the nearly 300 attendees to take steps to increase diversity in the workforce and to not accept the norm that there is only one way to practice law.
"At the end of the day, our profession is different than other professions. At its core, and at its foundation, our job is to do justice," Durkan said. "And if justice is going to be at its core, we must incorporate our children to lead them on a way to a better and more just society."
"We were thrilled this year to honor Jenny Durkan," said MAMAS President Rachel Black. "Her achievements and leadership in the legal profession and dedication to her family are an outstanding example to our members."
MAMAS is an organization dedicated to furthering the interests of attorney mothers. Founded in 2006, it has grown quickly in both numbers and prominence. MAMAS has nearly 500 members in the greater Seattle area.
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