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Malpractice, Bell Curves and Innovation…

Marty Smith of LegalRefresh explores whether the threat of malpractice quells legal innovation.
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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.

NWLawyer: April/May 2014The April/May 2014 issue of NWLawyer is out! Here’s a quick preview of just a few of the articles you’ll find in this double issue.

Keep an eye on your mailbox for your copy, or read the full issue online now!


Taking a Break from Practicing Law? Here’s How to Stay Current

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Are you on a break from your law practice? Here are things you can do  to make the transition back to practice easier.

returning to work after a breakAre you on a break from your law practice, perhaps because you have young kids? Maybe you are thinking of going back to work sometime soon, but it seems like a huge undertaking. I was once there, too. However, there are things you can do while you are still on a break to make the transition easier.

Stay current on your field as much as possible.

Even when my kids were babies, I always tried to make it to CLEs in my practice area. Just do it. You already know that there will be the predictable conversations and introductions. Get over the fact that you aren’t working on an interesting case that you can use for conversational fodder. Proudly say that you are on a break and home with kids, and throw in some humor. I used the line, “Usually I’m home with preschoolers, so it’s nice to be in the world of grownups today,” probably more times than was warranted, but 1) it was a good ice breaker, and 2) it was true. It was fun and stress-free to put on lawyer clothes, have an adult lunch, and talk about something besides nap schedules. Read more »


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 »


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