We’ve all heard about the devastation of this week’s 530 Slide in Snohomish County (see this interactive before-and-after graphic), which has caused 17 confirmed fatalities so far. Ninety people are still missing, and crews continue to search the area.
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On Feb. 28, The Rainier Club, celebrating its 125th year, dedicated the Judge Betty Binns Fletcher Room in honor of the late distinguished jurist.
Judge Fletcher served as a federal judge on the San Francisco-based United States Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit between 1979 and 2012. She was one of the first women to become a partner in a major American law firm and the second woman to be appointed to the United States Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit. Betty was also the first female president of the King County Bar Association.
I thought I would take a moment to update you on highlights of events around the bar.
Longtime partner Rene Remund said Jim was from the generation that believed you have a responsibility to serve more than just yourself.
“He took his responsibility as a lawyer very much to heart. It was a profession, not an employment. What characterized his life was personal responsibility.
“He served his country during WWII, completed his education, provided for his family, his clients and his community. Jim also served on the Board of Governors and as bar president, again seeing his duty and responsibility not simply as an active attorney representing clients but to also further the bars service to the legal community and the state.
“It all comes back to serving more than yourself. It is something worth emulating,” said Remund.
A memorial service will take place at 1 p.m. Saturday at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Chehalis.
Learn more about the life of Jim Vander Stoep.