There are several recent highlights that I’d like to share.
First, we had our first Future of the Profession Workgroup meeting on Feb. 20. This is such a dynamic group with great depth of expertise. It was truly an honor to sit in a room with each of these experts. Every person brought an important perspective to the table. The meeting was scheduled for four hours, and it flew by. I thank the Governors for making this workgroup possible and thank you Governors Moberg, Haynes and Brady for attending this meeting. I see truly great things coming from this workgroup and will keep you posted as we continue to look for ways to retool our profession.
Second, on Feb. 21, I attended the 28th Annual Goldmark Luncheon. The lunch was an opportunity to donate to the Campaign for Equal Justice and Chief Justice Madsen, Attorney General Bob Ferguson, Commissioner of Public Lands Peter Goldmark and I, did our part.
During the ceremony, the Legal Voice was recognized as an award recipient. Legal Voice provides representation to a broad range of individuals and groups such as sexual and domestic violence, marriage equality, reproductive rights, equal pay. You can find out more information here.
Additionally, Justice Steven Gonzalez, Judge Nicole Gaines and Professor Robert Chang were honored with the Charles A. Goldmark Distinguished Service Award for their Race in Criminal Justice Task Force leadership.
Following the Goldmark lunch, I attended a Supreme Court forum. The event was well attended and a welcomed opportunity for citizens and lawyers to openly address the Court. Read more
Congratulations to Olympia attorney Rebecca Glasgow, who recently received the WSBA’s Local Hero Award! WSBA President Patrick Palace presented the award at a luncheon on Jan. 23; fellow Olympia attorney Alexander Frix was also honored with a Local Hero Award at the same event. Glasgow is a deputy solicitor general in the Solicitor General’s Office of the Attorney General’s Office, where she serves as general counsel to the secretary of state, and as an appellate advocate and advisor.
“Rebecca Glasgow is very deserving of this award because of her unparalleled commitment to service within the legal community, both locally and statewide,” said Government Lawyers Bar Association board member Michael Young. “Becca does so much so modestly, without any fanfare…. so it’s wonderful that she is receiving this recognition for her service to our community.” Read more
Congratulations to Olympia attorney Alexander Frix, who recently received the WSBA’s Local Hero Award! WSBA President Patrick Palace presented the award at a luncheon on Jan. 23; fellow Olympia attorney Rebecca Glasgow was also honored with a Local Hero Award at the same event.
On Saturday, Jan. 25, the day after our Board of Governors meeting, I addressed the Washington Leadership Institute (WLI) Fellows on the topic of leadership. WLI had “Session 1” of its WLI Leadership Training on the 24th and 25th. Here is the agenda so that you could see the caliber of the speakers and topics. The WLI is a line item in the WSBA budget and you should be aware of its existence and what the WLI does. Read more about the WLI.
On Jan. 27, I attended the WSBA Governance Task Force Meeting. In preparation for this meeting, the BOG Governance Workgroup met. As a result, the WSBA Governance Task Force was attended by me, President Elect Anthony Gipe and Governor Dan Ford. We had a frank and meaningful discussion about governance, the role of the WSBA staff and the relationship between the WSBA leadership and the Supreme Court. The Task Force was engaging and interested in hearing our views on these topics. The meeting went well and I have left the door open should they want or need additional information from the BOG.
On Jan. 29, I attended the Seattle Legal Innovation Technology MeetUp. This is a group of self-dubbed “legal hackers” (that’s a good thing in this context) that are “entrepreneurs, lawyers, thinkers, disrupters and innovators.” During the meeting, we heard from five different cutting-edge online legal providers. Two were national companies and three were local. I listened to live presentations from the presidents/CEOs of Shake Law, WeVorced, Coyote, Invigor Law Group, and Visibid. This technology group is chaired by Dan Lear and Janelle Milodragovicech. Dan Lear is also a member of the WSBA Future of the Profession Workgroup and was a presenter at the recent Reinvent Law Symposium in New York. Read more about the Seattle Legal Innovation Technology MeetUp and Reinvent Law.
On Jan. 30 I attended the BOG Legislative Committee in our lobbyist’s natural environment. For those of you who have not been to the WSBA legislative offices in Olympia, it is worth a trip. Read more
In a city that prides itself on being socially progressive, the American Housing Survey found that “nearly 10 percent of Seattle area rental housing had ‘moderate to severe’ physical problems.” This prompted the city of Seattle to implement a new ordinance, the Rental Registration and Inspection Ordinance, that will require landlords to register their rental property upon passing an inspection. The ordinance will be phased in starting in July 2014, with the last deadline being December 2016. (See the specific deadlines and standards for inspection.) As yet, there has not been much talk about the consequences or implications of this ordinance. I am in favor of it. Read more