WSBA Member Wellness Just Got Better: An Interview with Diane Mayes, LMHC

Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) Diane Mayes is the newest full-time addition to the member wellness team. She will provide individual consultations, handle substance use referrals, create educational programming, and conduct outreach to bar groups statewide on mental health issues. Read on to learn more about Mayes and what she plans to bring to the WSBA Member Wellness Program.

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How Law Firms Can Prepare for Disasters with a Business Continuity Plan

It doesn’t take much to imagine the many disasters that, in an instant, could derail a law firm’s operations. Unexpected events that affect your health — pandemic, perhaps? — or others that affect your working space — think floods or fires — or cyberattacks can severely hamper your ability to provide legal services. Without a strategy to mitigate the effects of sudden calamity, you can lose time, money, and resources trying to recover. You could even end up the subject of discipline or malpractice claims if failure to prepare harms a client.

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AG Ferguson: Let’s Address the Unmet Civil Legal Needs of Veterans and Service Members

As attorney general, I invite Washington’s legal community to consider how we all can support veterans and service members throughout the year. My office honors the service and sacrifices of those who have served in our armed forces by working to meet their civil legal needs through our Office of Military & Veterans Legal Assistance (OMVLA). Through the Military Engagement & Directed Advocacy by Lawyers (MEDAL) program, OMVLA facilitates direct representation for military service members and veterans. The MEDAL program receives requests for legal assistance and refers qualified requests to registered volunteer attorneys who can offer assistance with self-selected civil legal issues. OMVLA also coordinates training for volunteer attorneys to acquire the skills they need to address these civil legal needs.

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Bar News Nov 2021

As In Print, So Online: Washington State Bar News Unveils a New Website

Please visit the brand new http://wabarnews.org and have a look around. You can browse all the usual Bar News features and columns, share individual articles, and browse archived PDF versions of past issues dating as far back as 2006. The November issue of Bar News features “The Case That Stuck With Me” by Gonzaga Law Professor George Critchlow, who gives a detailed account of one of his first trials: a civil rights case in Pasco in 1976 in which two African Americans challenged the racial discrimination that prevented them from purchasing a home.

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Essential Tips for Renewing Your Law License in Washington

On any given day, the WSBA Service Center can generally answer calls on demand, in most cases providing answers to questions after a few minutes on the phone. But as the licensing deadline approaches, wait times increase as members rush to complete the requirements to renew their license. That is especially true this year as the WSBA will be reviewing more MCLE reported credits than usual. Last year, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Washington Supreme Court ordered a one-year extension of MCLE reporting for licensed legal professionals in 2018–2020 reporting period. This post offers a few essential tips to improve your license renewal experience and to help you avoid any last-minute issues.

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7 Creepy Crawly Court Cases Worthy of Halloween

There is rarely levity in the court record, much less something that one would associate with the so-called “spooky season.” Understandably, a deep dive into historic court files rarely turns up anything that could fit under the more lighthearted side of Halloween. Because when a matter ends up in court, there’s rarely anything lighthearted about it. Even a search for keywords like “haunted,” “zombie,” or “ghoulish”—though they have that Halloweeney vibe on their own—most often brings up tales of actual horror.

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