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Lunch Seminar: Attorney and Law Professor Lara Bazelon discusses her debut novel
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM PST

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Invites you to attend our September 2022 lunch seminar:

Attorney and Law Professor Lara Bazelon discusses her debut novel

Ambitious Like a Mother: Why Prioritizing Your Career Is Good For Your Kids


When: Wednesday, September 28, 2022, from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Where: This seminar will be presented remotely through Zoom; link to be provided.

RSVP: through Member 365 (preferred if you are a MAMA member) or by email to

Join us for a lunch with this accomplished lawyer, professor, and author
Attendees will receive a copy of the book!


Lara Bazelon will speak with Lara Hruska about her career as a mother and attorney advocating for wrongfully accused and convicted persons and how her career and professional work inform her role as mother to her two school-aged children.

Lara Bazelon, JD, is a former federal public defender, and now a professor at the University of San Francisco School of Law, where she holds the Phillip and Muriel C. Barnett Chair in Trial Advocacy. She is also the author of Rectify: The Power of Restorative Justice After Wrongful Conviction and A Good Mother and her writing has been published in The New York Times, The Atlantic, Slate, and The Washington Post. 




In this captivating and radical look at "work-life balance", Lara Bazelon reframes our understanding of working women and shows how prioritizing your career benefits, mothers, kids, and society at large.


In this singular cultural moment, mothers have unparalleled opportunities to succeed at work while continuing to face the same societal impediments that held back our mothers and grandmothers. We still encounter entrenched gender bias in the workplace and are expected to shoulder the lion’s share of labor and burdens at home while being made to feel as if we’re never doing enough. All the while we’re told that the perfect work-life balance is possible, if only we try hard enough to achieve it.

It’s time to change the conversation—about work, life, and “balance.” Work and life are inextricably, intimately intertwined. We need to celebrate what we do give our children—even and especially in moments of imbalance—rather than apologizing for what we don’t. In this way, we can model for our children how we use our talents to help others and raise awareness about the issues closest to our hearts. We can embrace the personal fulfillment and financial independence that pursuing meaningful work can bring as a way of showing our children how to live happy, purpose- driven lives. Bazelon argues not only that we can but that we should. Being ambitious at work and being a good mother to our children are not at odds—these qualities mutually reinforce each other.

Backed up by research and filled with personal stories from Bazelon’s life, as well as that of her mother and the many other women she interviewed across the cultural and financial spectrum, Ambitious Like a Mother is an anthem, a beacon for all to recognize and celebrate the pioneering women who reject the false idols of the Selfless Mother and Work-Life Balance, and a call to embrace your own ambitions and model your multiplicities for your children.


MAMA Seattle would like to thank our
Platinum sponsor:
Foster Garvey
Gold sponsors:
Cairncross & Hempelmann
Gordon Tilden Thomas & Cordell LLP
McNaul Ebel Nawrot & Helgren PLLC
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