The October issue of NWLawyer is dedicated to a celebration of 50 years of civil legal aid in Washington. Along with Pro Bono Week in October, NWSidebar is highlighting stories of some of the amazing pro bono work Washington State Bar Association members provide.
To learn more about the Amazon Justice League, check out our previous blog post, “Amazon Justice League Prime for Pro Bono” and “How Amazon’s Legal Team Provided Pro Bono Legal Expertise to the Innocence Project Northwest.” Read more
Defendants in qui tam lawsuits—in which a whistleblower accuses someone, usually a corporation, of fraud against the government—often don’t realize they’ve been targeted until months, or sometimes years, past the original filing date.
This is deliberate: The federal False Claims Act (FCA) requires whistleblowers to file complaints under seal so that they don’t jeopardize an ongoing criminal investigation, and so prosecutors can decide whether to intervene and throw their weight behind the civil complaint. The initial seal period is 60 days, but it’s often extended at the government’s request. Few U.S. Attorney’s offices are ready to act on cases—especially meritorious cases—after a scant two months. Read more
The October issue of NWLawyer is dedicated to a celebration of 50 years of civil legal aid in Washington. Along with Pro Bono Week in October, NWSidebar is highlighting stories of some of the amazing pro bono work WSBA members have provided.
Fifty years ago, low-income Washington residents were on their own if they needed legal help for a civil matter.
That all changed with the Economic Opportunity Act, federal funding to help poor people in the U.S. that ultimately led to the development of the first Office of Economic Opportunity legal services in Washington. Today, civil legal aid is given to thousands of Washingtonians, providing justice to people who’ve lost their jobs, protecting victims of domestic abuse, preventing people from losing their housing, and so much more. Read more