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Friday 5: Women Who Ran for President

Hillary Clinton made history this election season by being the first woman nominated for president by a major political party. But she is far from the first female candidate — women have been running for president since the late 1800s and over 30 women have attempted to run for our nation’s highest office to date.
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Court of Appeals Holds that Fee Rules Don’t Apply to In-House Counsel’s Wages

Division I of the Court of Appeals recently held that the rules governing lawyer fees do not apply to an in-house counsel’s wages. The case, Chism v. Tri-State Const. Inc., involved a wage claim by a former in-house general counsel against his former corporate employer.
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Washington Supreme Court Adopts the ABA RPC 20/20 Amendments

New rules amending many of the Rules of Professional Conduct become effective Sept. 1. On June 2, 2016, the Washington Supreme Court entered the order adopting the new rules. In 2013, the Supreme Court asked the WSBA to evaluate recent amendments to the ABA Model Rules of Professional Conduct (Model Rules) and to consider the amendments for possible adoption in Washington. Washington’s new rules follow recommendations by the WSBA Committee on Professional Ethics (CPE) to the Board of Governors after its review of the ABA Ethics 20/20 amendments. These changes also harmonize with recently adopted changes to Washington’s RPC regarding the new Rules of Professional Conduct for Limited License Legal Technicians.
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17
Aug

Court of Appeals Discusses Lawyer Web Advertising under the Consumer Protection Act

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Consumer Protection Act claims against lawyers usually involve fees, but an appeals court recently discussed CPA and online lawyer ads.

A hand sticking through a laptop giving a business cardSince Short v. Demopolis, 103 Wn.2d 52, 691 P.2d 163 (1984), the business aspects of law practice have been subject to the Washington Consumer Protection Act. RCW 19.86.020 prohibits “[u]nfair methods of competition and unfair or deceptive acts or practices in the conduct of any trade or commerce[.]” RCW 19.86.090, in turn, creates a private right of action for CPA violations and includes both attorney fees and treble damages (to $25,000 beyond actual damages) remedies for a successful claimant. Historically, most CPA claims involving lawyers touched on fee-related issues (see, e.g., Cotton v. Kronenberg, 111 Wn. App. 258, 273-75, 44 P.3d 878 (2002)). Division I of the Court of Appeals, however, recently discussed lawyer web advertising in the CPA context in Rhodes v. Rains, 2016 WL 3080727 (Wn. App. May 31, 2016) (published on July 28, 2016).
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15
Aug

Learning Tech in Little Bursts: OneNote and Evernote

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For Today’s short burst of technology, we look at OneNote and Evernote and how you can put them to work in your law practice.

Business email illustrationAn excellent way to learn technology is in short bursts. Today, we’ll look at OneNote and Evernote and how you can put them to work in your law practice. It’s the latest from the WSBA’s Practice Education Center. Read more »

12
Aug

Friday 5: Legal (and Non-Legal) Beach Reads

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Essential summer reading for lawyers and non-lawyers.

Book on the beachIt’s getting hot outside and the summer season is upon us. Time to grab the beach towels from the cupboard, brush off that lounge chair, and fill your tote bags with the essentials — books!

Here are 5 legal (and non-legal) beach reads to keep you occupied while enjoying your summer. Read more »

10
Aug

Moderate Means: Helping People Find Justice

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The Moderate Means Program can be a great way to give back to the community and help clients who need it.

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Charlie Shane is a Bainbridge Island-based attorney who works with clients in the Seattle area and in Kitsap, Mason, and Jefferson counties. For Charlie, the Moderate Means Program has been a great way to give back to his community and help clients who need it. Read more »

8
Aug

Learning Tech in Short Bursts: Creating Outlook Rules

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An excellent way to learn technology is in short bursts. Today, let’s take a few minutes to learn how to create rules in Outlook.

A man in the suit hits the play button.An excellent way to learn technology is in short bursts. Today, let’s take a few minutes to learn how to create rules in Outlook (…and why you’d want to). It’s the latest from the WSBA’s Practice Education Center. Read more »

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