It was a good week last week, and included celebrating my son Winston’s birthday. He is now a teen.
Wednesday I had the opportunity to meet briefly with our Attorney General Bob Ferguson. We discussed how the WSBA and the AGs office could partner together to bring greater value and support to the lives of government lawyers. It was a good opening discussion. I look forward to continuing the conversation over the coming months. Read more
It started off on Wednesday with the WSBA officers, along with Executive Director Paula Littlewood and General Counsel Jean McElroy meeting with the Supreme Court to discuss current issues and to update them on expanded WSBA member services. The expanded services we talked about, and which everyone should know about, include:
- Added features to Casemaker – all free to WSBA members – It now includes the addition of CaseCheck and CiteCheck at no cost to members. You’ll find more information here. You have been asking for more research tools. Here you go.
- Expansion of Lawyer Assistance Program – Through our partnership with Wellspring, the Bar is expanding the Lawyers Assistance Program and now offers statewide access to support for lawyers needing help for issues related to mental health and addiction concerns, career management, family, care-giving, daily living, health and well-being, and more. WSBA Connects is offered as a service to members on a voluntary, confidential basis and may include up to three free counseling sessions.
The following issues were also discussed with the Supreme Court:
- Escalating Cost of Civil Litigation Task Force;
- Proposed King County Bar RPC 8.6;
- WSBA Strategic Goals for 2013-2015;
- Prepare and equip members with problem-solving skills for the changing profession.
- Foster community with and among members and the public.
- Promote equitable conditions for members from historically underrepresented backgrounds to enter, stay and thrive in the profession.
- Support member transitions across the life of their practice. Read more
Last Monday I was invited to address the King County Council. Councilman Rod Dembowski and Councilman Reagan Dunn read and presented a Proclamation that declared the week of Oct. 21 “Pro Bono Week” in King County. Both councilmen are attorneys and recognize the importance of pro bono attorneys to our community. King County attorneys produced 25,000 hours of pro bono work this year. There is a partnership of large firms, bar associations, non-profits, and law schools that made these numbers possible. Additionally, the King County Council appropriated $500,000 in funding for pro bono programs this year. I had the pleasure of delivering a speech to the Council and thanking them for their emphasis on pro bono work and thanking the coalition of organizations for all the hours of critical volunteer work. You’ll find pictures here. I also encourage you to check out the NWSidebar blog where you’ll find a series of posts highlighting and celebrating Pro Bono Month.
Tuesday, I was invited to speak to the 58th Annual Estate Planning Conference held at the Washington State Conference Center. I welcomed nearly 1000 people to the conference. Attendees had traveled from 24 states to attend this hugely successful conference. There were also members of eight different professions represented at the conference. It was a thrill to address such a large audience and an honor to be given the opportunity.
That afternoon I met with, and spoke to, the WSBA Committee for Diversity at their annual retreat. This committee contains some of the stars of our profession. Members shared their stories about their lives and why they are at the table. Each voice was inspiring. With the creation of the WSBA Diversity and Inclusion Plan, this committee has the tools and ability to truly grow diversity from the “inside out. “ It was exciting to work with this group during the retreat. This year has great promise. Read more
On June 17, WSBA’s Executive Director Paula Littlewood and I embarked on a Listening Tour across the state in our ongoing effort to listen and engage more with WSBA members. It was a great opportunity to field members’ questions, as well as field input and ideas that helps us ensure the bar of the future is best meeting the needs of the members, the profession and the public we serve. Read more
What: Online discussion with WSBA’s President and Executive Director
When: Tuesday, May 28 – NOON
Topic: Proposed changes to MCLE Credits and any other topics you’d like to discuss Read more