“My Name is Pauli Murray” Panel Discussion & Movie Pass (Virtual Event)

“My Name is Pauli Murray” Documentary: Panel Discussion & Movie Pass

IMPORTANT NOTICE: As those of you in Seattle likely know, COVID numbers are on the rise. The Court, in consultation with health experts, has asked us to therefore pivot this program to an ALL VIRTUAL event. If you have already registered to attend in-person, you don’t need to do anything to attend virtually — we will assume you wish to join over Zoom, and will send you the link.

Join us over Zoom for a panel discussion featuring the filmmaker, Betsy West, and a free screening of the documentary about groundbreaking civil rights attorney Pauli Murray, a non-binary Black lawyer, activist and poet who influenced both Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Thurgood Marshall.

After a welcome by Chief Judge Ricardo Martinez, the panel will explore current issues of diversity, equity and inclusion in the law starting from the lens of Pauli Murray’s legal and personal journey.

Attendees are encouraged to watch the film before the event. It is free to watch with Amazon Prime, or you can watch the film with the NJCHS over Zoom. See film screening details below.

WHEN: Wednesday, June 8 | 4:00 – 5:00 PM

If you are as sad as we are to miss out on the wine and cheese, why not order some for yourself? Try the Land of Cheese and Honey, or have wines sent to you directly from XOBC Cellars

WHERE: Virtually over Zoom.

COST: This event is FREE thanks to the District Court’s support through its Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion efforts!

Includes 1.0 hour of WA or CA CLE.

Questions? Contact Cynthia: cjones@joneslegalgroup.net


Justice Mary Yu | Justice Yu was appointed to the Washington Supreme Court on May 16, 2014, and subsequently elected in 2014 and 2016. She is running without an opponent for reelection this fall. Justice Yu joined the Supreme Court after more than 14 years as an accomplished trial court judge in King County Superior Court. Justice Yu has an extensive record of service both on and off the bench, including mentoring young attorneys, law clerks, and students. Justice Yu is the first Asian, the first Latina, and the first member of the LGBTQ community to serve on the Washington State Supreme Court. The court has become the most diverse in the nation, with seven women and two men, of multiple racial and cultural backgrounds. We are very pleased to have Justice Mary Yu with us this afternoon.

Anthony E. Varona | Dean-Designate & Professor of Law, Seattle University School of Law. He begins this new position July 1st. Prior to that, he served as dean at University of Miami School of Law from 2019 to 2021, and dean emeritus there for the past year. Professor Varona was for 14 years a professor at American University Washington College of Law, where he was an award-winning scholar including in the areas of sexuality and gender law. Professor Varona formerly served as the first General Counsel and Legal Director for the Human Rights Campaign, the largest LGBTQIA+ advocacy group in the United States. Welcome new Dean Varona.

Amrita Mallik | Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Officer, Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. The DEI Officer is a newly created position that Ms. Mallik began in November 2020. In that role, she is developing DEI programs for court employees and the parties who appear in court. She has prior diversity experience on campus at the University of Hawaii. Before that, she was a senior trial lawyer with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

Beth Bloom | Employment Trial Lawyer. Representing employees in workplace discrimination trials including on the basis of race, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, and disability. A founder of QLAW: the LGBTQ+ Washington State Bar Association.  Former spokesperson of the National LGBTQ Task Force, a social justice advocacy non-profit.


4:00 – 4:05 | Welcome and introductions by Chief Judge Ricardo Martinez and Cynthia Jones.

4:05 – 4:15 | Betsy West speaks about the impetus for and creation of her documentary movie, My Name is Pauli Murray.  

4:15 – 5:00 | The panel addresses current DEI efforts, victories, and concerns in the legal community.


While we can no longer offer an in-person reception after this event, you can liven up your virtual experience by ordering in some wine and cheese!

Brandi Carlile’s XOBC Wine Brand

Click here to order the sparkling wine “Proud.”

Beecher’s Cheese

Order the Land of Cheese and Honey kit here!


If you do not have Amazon Prime:

  • A virtual screening of the film will take place over Zoom on Sunday, June 5 from 3:00 – 4:30 p.m. You will receive the link in an email after you register.