The Seattle IP Inn kicked off the new year with an important presentation on diversity, inclusion, and equity issues in the legal profession. Mark Walters, a partner at Lowe Graham Jones gave a presentation on efforts to eradicate racism and prejudice in our legal system, including Batson challenges, General Rule 37 in Washington, and Henderson v. Thompson (WA Supreme Court Case No. 97672-4, Oct. 20, 2022). Kate Geyer, an associate at Kilpatrick Townsend, also gave a presentation on gender, equality, diversity, and intellectual property (shown below). The night wrapped up with a panel discussion with U.S. District Court Magistrate Judge Michelle Peterson of the Western District of Washington and Ms. Teri Nguyen, Visiting Professor at Seattle University School of Law. The panel was moderated by Suellen Siqueira-Fisher, Legal Counsel at RealNetworks, who facilitated a captivating discussion on diversity, inclusion, and equity in the practice of intellectual property law, including past and proposed efforts to reduce prejudice in our profession.