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Shared Wisdom: Experienced Lawyers Pass on Their Knowledge at MentorLink Mixers

WSBA Communications Specialist Colin Rigley gets a taste of the conversation and counseling overheard inside WSBA’s recent MetorLink Mixer, which focused on alternative careers. He walked away with a few words of wisdom from the “Mindful Mediator” Roger Moss.
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Why Business, and Other Lawyers Should Pay Attention to Blockchain

It has become almost impossible to avoid conversations about blockchain. Most of us are familiar with at least one form of blockchain: digital cryptocurrencies like bitcoin. But this technology has a much wider reach than bitcoin alone. Blockchain is not only a new technology that may revolutionize the internet, but one that will also have a profound effect on the practice of law.

It is important that business lawyers know what blockchain is — at a minimum to be able to answer a question from a client — but also over time to embrace this technology to the benefit of your career and firm.

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Oh, Those Dreaded Words: ‘Can I Get Your Advice on Something?’

When it comes to Thanksgiving mac and cheese, my mother is basically Marie Curie. Four cheeses, added at four different times, melted at four different temperatures until the crispy top snaps like a potato chip. I wait all year for this.

So naturally I’d been watching what I was eating all day in preparation. I scooped a cheesy pile onto my plate along with other delectable fare, made a bee-line for the couch, and settled in to stuff my face.

But, just as I lifted the fork to my open mouth, I heard the words that every attorney dreads most: “Can I get your advice on something?”

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When an Arm is a Gun, and More, in the April/May NWLawyer

What’s in a name? If it’s in a courtroom setting, everything. In the April-May issue of NWLawyer, we look at the pivotal nuances involved in courtroom language interpretation and the three critical steps attorneys can take to make sure the meaning behind words aren’t lost in translation. And much more.
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CosmoLex: Easier Accounting for Solo & Small Law Firms

A WSBA member recently test drove CosmoLex, one of the new practice management software systems available at a discounted rate for members of the Bar. Find out what she thinks.
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18
Apr

Demystifying Addiction in the Legal Profession

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The ABA calls it a crisis of the legal profession. A professor of psychiatry told The New York Times it’s “a conspiracy of silence.” Yet for many attorneys, alcohol and substance abuse are sometimes just part of the job.

Drunk guy holding glass of whiskeyThe American Bar Association (ABA) calls it a crisis of the legal profession. A professor of psychiatry told The New York Times it’s “a conspiracy of silence.” Yet for many attorneys, alcohol and substance abuse are sometimes just part of the job.

Fueled by stress, long hours, and an environment where drinking at work is often ignored – if not somewhat permissible – recent studies have confirmed a long-known reality: Attorneys are more prone to abuse drugs and alcohol than the population at large. About one in five active attorneys qualify as “problem drinkers,” and potentially as many as one-third of attorneys fall into that category. That’s at least three times the national rate of adults who have alcohol use disorder. Read more »

11
Apr

Court of Appeals: Claiming Attorney Fees as Damages Waives Privilege

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Attorney-client privilege is waived when claiming attorney fees for the work involved as damages, a Court of Appeals rules.

Abstract depiction of a scale and gavelDivision I of the Washington Court of Appeals held recently that the attorney-client privilege is waived when claiming attorney fees for the work involved as damages in a subsequent legal malpractice case. Leen v. Defoe, 2018 WL 582448 (Wn. App. Jan. 29, 2018) (unpublished), arose against the backdrop of a commercial transaction. The plaintiffs had hired the defendant law firm to represent them in negotiating the sale of a business. Read more »

6
Apr

Stricter Health Dept. Rule Hikes Cost for New Walk-in Surgery Centers

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Previously overlooked legal rules could raise costs for physicians seeking to establish or expand small outpatient surgery centers.

A gloved surgeon hand holding C-notes.New enforcement of previously overlooked legal requirements could significantly raise costs for physicians seeking to establish or expand small outpatient surgery centers. The Washington State Department of Health recently limited exemptions in its Certificate of Need Program, which regulates how health care providers can build or expand facilities and offer new services. Read more »

3
Apr

WSBA Practice Management Tools and Member Discounts Evolve

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The WSBA Practice Management Discount Network has been invaluable to a budget conscious new business owner, and the array of discounts is especially appealing.

Discount iconAfter working hard to attain my Limited License Legal Technician license, the time came to launch my business. I needed tools and resources and, most importantly, a place to start. The WSBA Practice Management Discount Network has been invaluable to a budget conscious new business owner, and the array of discounts is especially appealing. Read more »

30
Mar

Client Confidentiality When Withdrawing – How to Avoid a Catch 22

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Lawyers sometimes call the WSBA Ethics Line asking how they can file a motion to withdraw and also maintain client confidentiality.

Lawyers sometimes call the WSBA Ethics Line (800-945-9722, ext. 8282) asking how they can file a motion to withdraw and also maintain client confidentiality. Fortunately, there’s a 2017 Advisory Opinion that walks you through it. While this blog provides a quick review, be sure to read the rules and their comments in their entirety. Read more »