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Of Character and Fitness: Who Should Be Allowed to Take the Bar Exam?

For the first time in more than 30 years, the Washington Supreme Court issued an opinion on the character and fitness test for admission under the Admission and Practice Rules (APR). In re Simmons was an appeal from the WSBA Character and Fitness Board’s denial of Tarra Simmons’ application to sit for the bar exam. Simmons, a magna cum laude graduate of Seattle University School of Law, Dean’s Medal recipient, and Skadden Fellow, also had a troubled history of substance abuse and drug-related crimes that led to prison. In its unanimous opinion, the Supreme Court overturned the decision of the Character and Fitness Board and provided some guidance as to the application of the factors for determining good moral character and fitness to practice law set out in the APRs. Simmons sat for the bar exam, passed it, and is now a member of the Washington State Bar Association.
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Supreme Court Holds No Double Jeopardy for Lawyer Discipline

In a case of first impression in Washington, the Supreme Court recently held that the double jeopardy provisions of the United States and Washington Constitutions do not apply to lawyer discipline proceedings. In re Waechter, ___ Wn.2d ___, 419 P.3d 827, 2018 WL 2977072 (June 14, 2018), involved a lawyer who had allegedly converted client funds from his trust account.
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The Intake Process: What Lawyers Can Learn From a Mexico City Ceviche Delivery

We were holed up in our apartment in Ciudad de Mexico as rain turned the streets into navigable waterways. Although the city is nestled in a vast mountain valley, “CDMX” has a great seafood scene and our hearts were set on ceviche. That we were apartment-bound turned out to be no problem. I scrolled through Uber Eats and found the top-rated spot miles away on the far side of Chapultepec park. Click, click, click. Twenty minutes later, a poncho-enshrouded biker showed up with citrusy prawns and piping hot soup.

Wow.

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A Lawyer, a Movie, and 30 Years of Tag

Patrick Schultheis has been practicing law for 29 years—about as long as his group of friends has been playing the same game of tag.

Their story was first picked up by The Wall Street Journal, and has been covered by CBS Sunday Morning and ESPN as well. Now, after nearly 30 years of tag, the story has been made into a movie, Tag, released in June. WSBA Editorial Advisory Committee Chair Renee McFarland asked Schultheis about the game, how it started, and how it piqued Hollywood’s attention. Read their full Q&A, a portion of which appears in the July issue of NWLawyer.

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Supreme Court Punts on Skagit Tribal Sovereign Immunity

A recent decision by the U.S. Supreme Court over a land dispute between two Skagit County land owners and the Upper Skagit Indian Tribe provided some clarification on an earlier Washington Supreme Court precedent, but left open a much larger question concerning tribal sovereign immunity.
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The Class of 2018: Benjamin Awuku Asare

Students from Washington’s three law schools recently celebrated the culmination of their studies and hard work. Though the classes of 2018 come from a multitude of backgrounds, what they have in common is optimism and passion to take their newly learned skills into the community.

Read a transcript from Benjamin Asare, the student speaker for the Gonzaga University School of Law.

The other speeches from recent graduates are all here, on NWSidebar.

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Summer Sale logoCash in on the CLE Annual Summer Sale this weekend and save 40% on over 300 recorded CLEs. Here’s a sample of the on-demand seminars still available for discount. Read more »

19
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The Class of 2018: Michael Cherry

Michael CherryStudents from Washington’s three law schools recently celebrated the culmination of their studies and hard work. Though the classes of 2018 come from a multitude of backgrounds, what they have in common is optimism and passion to take their newly learned skills into the community.

Below is a transcript from Michael Cherry, who is also the recently elected WSBA Board of Governors District 1 representative. Cherry was selected as one of two student speakers after earning his masters of laws degree in innovation and technology from the Seattle University School of Law. Read more »

18
Jul

New Law Simplifies Credentialing for Health Care Providers

health careHelp has arrived for health care providers who are fed up with the burdens and delays of credentialing with multiple health carriers in the state of Washington.

Beginning this year, a new law should address two significant problems that have long plagued the credentialing process, which is the method insurance carriers use to ensure that a health care provider is qualified to provide services to their enrollees. Historically, health care providers have been required to provide different applications and information to each of the dozen or more carriers, and filling out and submitting these applications is a time-consuming process. Additionally, many providers have experienced significant delays in the processing of their applications. Read more »

17
Jul

The Class of 2018: Nicolas McKee Castellanos

Nicolas McKeeStudents from Washington’s three law schools recently celebrated the culmination of their studies and hard work. Though the classes of 2018 come from a multitude of backgrounds, what they have in common is optimism and passion to take their newly learned skills into the community.

Below is a transcript of the speech given by Nicolas McKee Castellanos, who was selected to speak on behalf of the Seattle University School of Law J.D. class of 2018.

Keep an eye on NWSidebar for speeches from other graduates. Read more »

13
Jul

Friday 5: A taste of the 300+ on-demand CLEs on sale now

Summer Sale iconRejoice, for summer has returned to the Pacific Northwest! Breathe deeply as the scent of charring meats fills the air, dive into waters that no longer induce hypothermia, and welcome the return of the CLE Annual Summer Sale. Read more »