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Mental Health Professionals Now Subject to Expanding Tort Liability

The Washington Supreme Court recently extended psychiatrists’ duty to people harmed by their client even if the client never mentioned a threat.
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Five Best Practices for Law Firm Websites

Face it, your professional face is seen mostly online today. Got a site? Here are the five basics you should know.
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Court of Appeals Distinguishes Legal Malpractice and Breach of Fiduciary Duty

Division I of the Court of Appeals in Paulsell v. Gaffney, 2016 WL 7470061 (Wn. App. Dec. 19, 2016) (unpublished), recently underscored the differences between claims for legal malpractice and breach of fiduciary duty that can arise from the same set of facts.
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Week 10: The Legislative Clock is Ticking as WSBA Bills Enter the Opposite Chamber

Legislators were back in committee this week hearing a number of bills from the opposite chamber. With only a few weeks before the next legislative cutoff date, bills need to be heard and voted out of committee in a relatively short time frame.
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15
Mar

Off to an Award-Winning Start – Young Lawyers Lauded for Service

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Each year the Washington Young Lawyers Committee (WYLC) honors a group of deserving attorneys with its Public Service and Leadership Award.

Happy lawyers having fun at work.Each year the Washington Young Lawyers Committee (WYLC) honors a group of deserving attorneys with its Public Service and Leadership Award. This award recognizes new and young lawyers that embody the WYLC’s and WSBA’s commitment to advancing the profession, service, and community involvement.

We are proud to announce the 2016 WYLC Public Service and Leadership Award recipients and share their reasons for why leadership and service is important. Please join us in congratulating them on a job well done. Read more »

14
Mar

Ten Good Reasons to Honor Public Defense This Week

National Public Defense Week
Besides March Madness, the third week of March 2017 is Public Defense Week. Here’s why that’s important.

National Public Defense WeekBesides March Madness, the third week of March 2017 marks other noteworthy occasions. Among these, according to Google, are: Pulmonary Rehabilitation Week, Brain Awareness Week, Girl Scout Week, and Public Defense Week. The value of the first three are self-evident: Breathing. Thinking. Thin Mints.

But why public defense? Isn’t it already inclusively acknowledged in National Law Day (May 1), National Be Kind to Lawyers Day (April 11) and Love Your Lawyer Day (Nov. 3)? Here’s a non-exclusive Top-10 list of why I and my colleagues celebrate a stand-alone week honoring public defense. Of course there are more than these 10 reasons, and we welcome your additions. Read more »

10
Mar

Week 9: WSBA-Sponsored Bills Still in Motion as Cut-Offs Near

Long days and late nights marked this week in Washington’s Legislature. Wednesday’s House of Origin cutoff meant lawmakers had to vote bills out of their respective chambers by 5 p.m. to be eligible for further consideration.
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Long days and late nights marked this week in Washington’s Legislature.

Washington's Capitol in OlyLong days and late nights marked this week in the Washington Legislature. Wednesday’s House of Origin cutoff meant lawmakers had to vote bills out of their respective chambers by 5 p.m. to be eligible for further consideration.

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9
Mar

Hot Off the Press (and Web): the Latest Issue of NWLawyer

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The March issue of NWLawyer, features WSBA members on their views of recent executive orders on immigration.

Cover of March NWLawyerIn the March issue of NWLawyer, we hear from WSBA members on their views on President Trump’s executive orders on immigration, including: an in-depth legal analysis of the orders, perspective from an Iranian-American attorney, and a story about an innovative solution that employs technology to assist immigrants and refugees in need of representation. Read more »

6
Mar

Week 8: WSBA-Sponsored Bills March On

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Lawmakers in both chambers have been working late to pass legislation out of the House and Senate before next week’s critical cutoff date.

Washington's Capitol in OlyThe Legislature closes week eight with bills, bills, and more bills. Lawmakers in both chambers have been working late to pass legislation out of the House and Senate before next week’s critical cutoff date. Bills still moving include legal financial obligation reform, the Voting Rights Act, pro bono services for military service members, and many others.

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