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Friday 5: Stress Busters for the Busy Lawyer

A few simple things you can do right now to help fight stress from NWLawyer editor Michael Heatherly.
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Mindfulness, Moonlighting and More in the April/May 2014 NWLawyer

Here’s a quick preview of just a few of the articles you’ll find in this double issue.
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Taking a Break from Practicing Law? Here’s How to Stay Current

Are you on a break from your law practice? Here are things you can do  to make the transition back to practice easier.
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The Sartorial Lawyer — Part 2: Tips for Women

Professional Fashion Advice
Floral patterns and pops of color prevail this Spring. Get tips to update your wardrobe for the season.

Professional Fashion Advice

Spring is finally here, and with it comes the annual challenge of dressing appropriately in warmer weather. Part 1 of our series focused on wardrobe tips for men, so today we’ll focus on women’s fashion. If you have your own advice (or horror stories), share them in the comments!

1) Scarves, scarves, scarves

Most women do not want to mess up their hair with a hat, so unless you have an unfussy ‘do, avoid hats when you head to the office. Instead, think scarves. This is a great way to add a pop of color and the highly-coveted floral pattern that is hot this spring.  Choose a lightweight scarf in an airy cotton or silk. Tie it around your neck, around your purse, or even around your wrist as a fabric bracelet. Pinterest is full of ideas on how to tie scarves. A large scarf can add warmth in spring’s unpredictable forecast, while a smaller scarf can serve as a hair tie or headband to hide a lunchtime workout.  The Gap and Banana Republic have a great selection of on-trend scarves, and if you want to splurge, buy Hermes. As with all fashion choices, the trendier the item, the less you should spend. Read more »


The Sartorial Lawyer — Part 1: Tips for Men

Professional Fashion Advice
Spring is here! But how exactly does one dress for spring? And, more importantly, how do attorneys dress for spring?

Professional Fashion AdviceSpring is here! Fashionably speaking, it is time to put away the heavy winter coats, woolen gloves, and scarves. But how exactly does one dress for spring? And, more importantly, how do attorneys dress for spring? As the stores fill up with varying shades of mauve, periwinkle, and pastels, what should you wear? Have no fear, here are a few tips to help you transition without a hiccup, inter alia. Part 1 will focus on men’s fashion; ladies, we’ll get to you in Part 2.

1) Hat (optional)

For those looking to express their inner Don Draper (strictly from a fashion perspective),spring is a great chance to experiment in the hat category. First thing: unless you are going to a baseball game or doing yard work, that old baseball cap from college shall remain at home. Think straw fedora or a boat hat. Stay far away from the Buffalo/Mountie hat that showed up at this year’s Grammys — unless you are Pharrell Williams, the answer is “No.” Read more »


Volunteer Opportunity: Help Oso Mudslide Victims

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Learn how you can be part of the Snohomish County Bar Association’s efforts to help mudslide victims
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Permission for re-use given by WSP on 2014-3-24 20:05 via Wikimedia Commons.

The Snohomish County Bar Association and Snohomish County Legal Services are in the process of coordinating efforts to provide pro bono legal assistance to victims of the tragic Oso mudslide.

Many groups and individuals have already rallied to meet the immediate needs of victims, but the need for legal assistance will only grow in the weeks and months to come.  In the coming weeks, SCBA and SCLS would like to set up at least two legal clinics in the north Snohomish County area clinic connecting those adversely impacted by this tragedy with volunteer attorneys who may be able to assist with a variety of legal issues, including probate, wills, real estate, FEMA, creditor/debtor, and insurance matters. Read more »


Friday 5: Things I’ve Learned About Lawyers as Bar News/NWLawyer Editor

Looks like all those lawyer jokes got it wrong.

iStock_000012689719Medium300I’ve dealt with many lawyers in my two-decades-plus practicing law. For the past six years, I also have served as editor of Bar News/NWLawyer, the official WSBA publication that goes out to the bar’s membership. In that capacity, I’ve had the opportunity to meet and collaborate with hundreds of bar members, most of whom I wouldn’t have known otherwise. This includes WSBA leadership and staff, members of WSBA committees and other law-related organizations, law professors, and lawyers practicing in every imaginable legal and geographic area. This experience has expanded my view of the people who practice our profession, beyond what I would have enjoyed by practicing law alone. Read more »


Recognizing Young Lawyers’ Community Service: The Public Service Incentive Award

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Learn more about this quarterly award for new attorneys. Next deadline is June 23.

WYLCI refuse to accept the legal profession as merely a service industry. Attorneys provide more to clients, the public, and democracy than just a service. But the profession has monetized itself to make attorneys sometimes more akin to salesman who peddle wares than professionals who advocate justice. It’s for this reason that now, perhaps more than before, the legal profession must recognize those attorneys who remain stalwart in their public service. Read more »


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