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Meet the New WSBA Law School Representatives

Each of the three law schools in Washington state has a student government position dedicated to connecting law students with WSBA programs and initiatives and to support the broader legal community. WSBA is excited to introduce you to the law student representatives elected this spring to serve during the 2017-2018 school year!
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Court of Appeals Underscores Significance of Written Fee Agreement

A recent decision by Division I of the Washington Court of Appeals highlights the importance of a written fee agreement. Davis Wright Tremaine LLP v. Peterson, 2017 WL 1593009 (Wn. App. May 1, 2017) (unpublished), was a fee collection case by a law firm against a client. The law firm had represented the client in commercial litigation before withdrawing. After the underlying case resolved, the law firm sued the client for unpaid fees and related expenses that the law firm had advanced.
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Friday 5: Top-5 Reasons to Drop What You’re Doing and Shop the CLE Summer Sale Now

  1. Because you can — the sale has been extended through Monday, July 31!
  2. Because you’ll save — over 80 high-quality WSBA-CLE recorded seminars, in most major practice areas (and ethics), are on sale at 40% off.
  3. Because it’s smart — all of your required CLE credits each reporting period may be earned from recorded CLEs.
  4. Because it’s convenient — the recorded CLEs you purchase will be available on your “My CLE” page for three years from purchase. Watch or listen when you want to, without having to leave your office or home.
  5. Because you promised yourself you’d be proactive in earning your required CLE credits this time around — Buy now and play later! Even if this is not your reporting year, stock up now and save!

The Summer Sale is extended through July 31. Search the complete sale inventory here.

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Recent Articles

19
Jul

Court of Appeals Discusses Implied Waiver of Privilege When Claiming Attorney Fees as Damages

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Division I of the Court of Appeals recently discussed implied waiver of the attorney-client privilege when claiming attorney fees as damages.

books on the table and classes and the bottom shelfDivision I of the Court of Appeals recently discussed implied waiver of the attorney-client privilege when claiming attorney fees as damages. Bellevue Farm Owners Association v. Stevens, ___ Wn. App. ___, ___ P.3d ___, 2017 WL 1293482 (2017), was on discretionary review. The underlying litigation involved the development of waterfront property and included a counterclaim for abuse of process. The damages asserted under the counterclaim were solely attorney fees and related costs.The counterclaim defendant sought discovery of billing records relating to the attorney fees and costs claimed. Following an order at the trial court requiring production, the counterclaimant requested — and was granted — discretionary review. At the Court of Appeals, the defendant argued that the counterclaimant had impliedly waived privilege by claiming the attorney fees and associated costs as damages. The counterclaimant, in turn, contended that implied waiver only applied to legal malpractice claims. Read more »

14
Jul

Friday 5: 5 of 80+ great CLEs on sale through July 25

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The CLE Annual Summer Sale on recorded seminars is underway now – through July 25. Save 40% on recorded seminars. Here are five great picks.

Summer Sale logoThe CLE Annual Summer Sale on recorded seminars is underway now – through July 25. Choose from over 80 recorded seminars, in most major practice areas (and ethics), on sale at 40 percent off. Here are just five top-selling recordings now on sale: Read more »

10
Jul

Legislative Update: Impact of New Budget on WSBA Priorities

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Late on June 30, the legislature avoided a partial government shutdown by passing, and Gov. Inslee signing, an operating budget.

Washington's Capitol in OlyLate on June 30, the legislature avoided a partial government shutdown by passing, and Gov. Inslee signing, an operating budget. The budget appropriates $43.7 billion over the next biennium.

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10
Jul

The Sun Is (Finally) Out and so Is the Summer Issue of NWLawyer!

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In the July/August NWLawyer, read how Washington’s first marijuana receivership was able to reach a successful conclusion thanks to an alternative procedure provided by Washington law.

Cover of NWLawyerMarijuana’s illegal status under federal law means no bankruptcy protection for these businesses. In the July/August NWLawyer, read how Washington’s first marijuana receivership was able to reach a successful conclusion thanks to an alternative procedure provided by Washington law. Read more »

7
Jul

Knowing When to Go: Court of Appeals Affirms Sanctions Against Lawyer for Continuing After Disqualification

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An appeals court recently affirmed sanctions against a lawyer, who continued to participate in the case after being disqualified.

Young attorney walking away down a lonely road.Division III of the Washington Court of Appeals recently affirmed sanctions against a lawyer in an unusual scenario: the lawyer continued to participate in the case after being disqualified. Read more »