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Posts from the ‘President’s Post’ Category


Religious Freedom Includes Right to Believe in Sanctity of Gay Marriage

WSBA Board of Governors President Anthony Gipe responds to member comments on gay marriage.

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I normally use my blog posts to discuss and expand on my guest writers and the topics they are discussing. However, the June article that Barb Rhoads-Weaver and I co-wrote in NWLawyer prompted a couple of letters to the editor that I would like to respond to instead. Read more »


Inside Inclusion: Change is Necessary for Justice

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The Bar’s Joy Williams wrote an especially good primer on how to approach diversity and inclusion, in theory and practice.

A diverse group of legal professionals meeting in a boardroomIn the President’s Corner of the June 2015 issue of NWLawyer, Barb Rhoades Weaver and I wrote an article on transgender awareness. Usually I post to this blog with reflections on my guest writers. Since I was a co-author for that particular article, I instead want to focus on another article in our June issue by Joy Williams, “Inside Inclusion.” Read more »


LGBT Kids: Cycles of Suspensions, Homelessness, and Criminalization

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LGBT youth need a justice system competent to deal with and accommodate their differences.

Teenager with help written on hand

In the President’s Corner of the April/May 2015 issue of NWLawyer, Nicole McGrath discussed issues of equity in education, and how awareness of certain issues in how we handle race, poverty, and education in policy has a big impact on the lives of children.

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Models in Professionalism Are Often Cultural Competency Lessons

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The March 2015 issue of NWLawyer features articles on the importance of cultural competency.

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In the March 2015 issue of NWLawyer, there are two articles focused on cultural competency. The first is my guest writer for the President’s Corner, Francis Adewale, and the second, called “Know Thy Client,” is by Sims Weymuller.

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Cultural Competency Never Asks Us to Be Color Blind

WSBA President Anthony Gipe explores the notion of cultural competency in response to Elijah Forde’s article from February’s NWLawyer.

Reviewing the recent article by Elijah Forde from the February Issue of NW Lawyer served as a good reminder that cultural competency never requires us to ignore race, color, or origin. Cultural competency saves us from the traps of treating others as if their color and origin do not exist – which at best is a self-imposed lack of awareness, and at worst is race erasure.

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