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Court of Appeals Reiterates No Duty to Will Beneficiaries

Division I of the Court of Appeals in Reznick v. Livengood, Alskog, PLLC, 2016, recently reiterated that will beneficiaries ordinarily do not have standing to bring a legal malpractice claim against the attorney who drew the will involved because they are not clients of the lawyer. In doing so, the appeals court relied primarily on its own opinion in Parks v. Fink, 2013, which, in turn, applied the Washington Supreme Court’s decision in Trask v. Butler, 1994.
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Gov. At-Large Mario Cava

Running At-Large Part II: Let’s Be Real

While running for governor at-large on the WSBA Board of Governors offers “visibility” for those traditionally underrepresented in the profession, it also means speaking out as a champion for justice. After all, it is the WSBA’s mission to “serve the public and the members of the bar, to ensure the integrity of the legal profession, and to champion justice.” We need diverse leaders who understand the disparate impacts of the policies and procedures they write and who challenge structural barriers to access to the legal system.
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Scale of justice

Underpinning Digital Delivery with Integrity: The Role of Legal Counsel

Digital content is being published at a historically high rate. Organizations are employing business-minded strategies focused on delivering communications and marketing messages via websites, social media, email, and mobile applications. As they look to leverage even more online platforms – such as customer relationship management tools and chatbots – their exposure to regulatory and legal risks continues to grow.
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10
Apr

Week 13: Corporate Act Revisions Await Gov’s Signature

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The Legislature is finished with policy and fiscal committee hearings and will be taking floor votes on bills until April 12.

Washington's Capitol in OlyThe Legislature is finished with policy and fiscal committee hearings and will be taking floor votes on bills until April 12. Budget negotiations will need to be finished before the end of the regular session, April 23; otherwise there will need to be at least one special session.

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7
Apr

Friday 5: Social Media Ethics

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How can law firms use social media to expand their client base, and what RPCs might impact different social media marketing strategies?

Social media blocksAt the March 28 WSBA Legal Lunchbox CLE, “Social Media Marketing Strategies for Attorneys,” CLE faculty Jeanne Marie Clavere, WSBA’s professional responsibility counsel, Greg McLawsen of Sound Immigration, and Sumeer Singla of Impact Law Group explored ways that law firms have used social media to expand their client base and reviewed how the RPCs may impact different social media marketing strategies. Read more »

6
Apr

NWLawyer: Noah Purcell on How Washington State Blocked Trump’s Travel Ban

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This month’s cover of NWLawyer is dedicated to Solicitor General, Noah Purcell, who stopped the president’s travel ban in its tracks.

Noah Purcell on NWLawyer coverThis month’s cover of NWLawyer is dedicated to Washington’s Solicitor General Noah Purcell, who went head to head with the Trump administration in the Ninth Circuit Court to stop the president’s travel ban in its tracks. In this probing Q&A, Purcell shares his thoughts on Washington v. Trump and reveals how he and his colleagues in the state Attorney General’s Office put their case together over a weekend. Read more »

3
Apr

From Nomination to Confirmation: The U.S. Supreme Court Confirmation Process

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Confirming justices to the U.S. Supreme Court involves several steps. Here’s how the confirmation process works.

Neil Gorsuch and wifeMore than a year after the death of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, the Senate Judiciary Committee has finally completed confirmation hearings to fill the vacancy, and the full Senate is poised to vote amid threat of filibuster. President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch began his confirmation hearing on March 20. The procedure for nominating and confirming justices to the Supreme Court of the United States involves several steps. Here’s how the confirmation process works. Read more »

31
Mar

Running At-Large Part I: I Didn’t ‘Come Out’ of Nowhere

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When asked if I’d blog for NWSidebar about my reasons for seeking appointment as a WSBA governor at-large, it was hard not to feel exposed.

I person being sworn inWhen asked if I would write a blog entry for NWSidebar about my reasons for seeking appointment as governor at-large of the Washington State Bar Association, it was hard not to feel exposed. You see, the at-large position is not an elected position from a district. It was established to enhance diversity and representation on the Board of Governors, and the position must be filled by an active attorney with “experience and knowledge of the needs of those lawyers whose membership is or may be historically underrepresented in governance, or who represents some of the diverse elements of the public of the State of Washington.” Read more »