Law students often see themselves working at a public interest or legal-services setting. But after graduation, few new lawyers end up following that path. One study found just 4% of newer lawyers working in a public interest or legal services. Why might this be?
Certainly, it is not for lack of demand or the need for access to justice. Since the Great Recession, the need for affordable legal services has continued to grow, while governments continue to cut funding. Not only do these cuts harm people who can’t afford a lawyer, they also make finding a job in public-interest law and legal services increasingly difficult. Dwindling opportunities discourage newer lawyers from pursuing a career focused on social justice, even though their skills are badly needed. Read more
I attended the 2016 WSBA Trial Advocacy Program (TAP) one week after relocating back to my home state. I most recently was a managing attorney at a nonprofit legal aid organization in Navajo Nation. I had been promoted to this position in the same month I was sworn into the relevant bar. At TAP, I had many moments when I thought to myself, “I wish I knew this before!” Read more
A convenient and consistent way to earn free CLE credits is to attend our highly popular monthly Legal Lunchbox series. The Legal Lunchbox CLEs take place noon-1:30 p.m. on the last Tuesday of each month via webcast, with the exception of August and December, when a recorded program is offered for viewing all month long. The programs are 1.5 hours long and provide a total of 18 free CLE credits to members annually. By taking the Legal Lunchbox classes, you can fulfill all of your MCLE requirements within a three year reporting period. Watch for eblasts which contain the registration links for the program. Two eblasts are sent to all WSBA members at four weeks and four days before the program delivery date. To receive these eblasts, please make sure you have not “opted-out” from email advertisements from WSBA. You can check by logging in to your MyWSBA account. As an added convenience, you don’t have to worry about reporting your credits after attending the Legal Lunchbox because WSBA will report them for you. Be sure to join the 1500 plus WSBA members who log on every month to attend the Legal Lunchbox seminars. Read more
The third week of the legislative session included early floor action to address basic education issues, committee hearings involving property crimes, and bill proposals to change Washington’s public records laws. The state Senate also experienced some changes to its membership with two appointments to positions within the new presidential administration. Sen. Brian Dansel, R-7, resigned his seat immediately thereby creating a virtual tie in the state Senate (24 Republicans; 24 Democrats).
Friday ended Week 2 of the 2017 Washington State Legislative Session and a healthy round of bill introductions, committee hearings, and press conferences probing the process of budget-sausage making. Both fiscal and policy committees continued to hold hearings to flesh out a variety of issues, including increasing penalties for driving under the influence, legal financial-obligation changes, the Voting Rights Act, and matters related to cyber security.