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New WSBA Advisory Opinion on Withdrawal

The Washington State Bar Association’s Committee on Professional Ethics recently released an advisory opinion surveying withdrawal issues in the context of public court proceedings. Advisory Opinion 201701 primarily addresses what you can — and can’t — say in public court papers and related public proceedings. In doing so, the opinion analyzes the sensitive intersection between the withdrawal rule — RPC 1.16 — and the confidentiality rule — RPC 1.6.
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Let the Session Begin!

Another legislative cycle is upon us. The 2018 session – scheduled for 60 days – began Monday, Jan. 8, and promises to be interesting. Democrats will enjoy majorities in both the House and the Senate, but margins are thin enough that bipartisan support will be needed on many key issues.
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Setting the Bar Greener

As chair of the Business Law Section’s Communications Committee at the Washington Bar Association, I recently edited the first Business Law newsletter edition focused entirely on issues of sustainability and climate change tailored to the interests of Washington business attorneys.
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When “N#gg!r§”* Rise

*Warning: This word — the actual word — is a prominent part of the article below. It has been somewhat sanitized in the title because, I understand, it’s a word that can shock, cause discomfort, and shut down readers before they even get to the substance — but please understand, as a person of color, as an African American and as a gay black woman, I encounter this word and its accompanying degradation every day; hopefully that truth is even more shocking and uncomfortable.
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5
Dec

FSBO: Win-Win for Consumers and Attorneys

Little girl selling her playhouse
There is value in a diverse new client funnel. Fundamental changes in technology have created new opportunities for lawyers.

Little girl selling her playhouseThere is value in a diverse new client funnel. Fundamental changes in technology have created new opportunities for lawyers. There may be no better example than real estate. It starts with FSBO – For Sale by Owner.
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28
Nov

Idaho Soon to Require Malpractice Insurance

A wingtip shoe about to slip on a banana peel.
The Idaho Supreme Court now requires malpractice insurance for lawyers in that state.

A wingtip shoe about to slip on a banana peel.For Washington lawyers who are also licensed in Idaho, the Idaho Supreme Court recently amended its licensing rule to soon require malpractice insurance for lawyers in private practice. Read more »

21
Nov

Tips for Deposing Adverse Experts

Chess
So you’re deposing an adverse expert witness. You can weaken the impact of this expert with thorough preparation and an effective strategy.

ChessSo you’re going to depose an adverse expert witness. No problem.

Whatever type of case you’re litigating, you can weaken the impact of this expert with thorough preparation and an effective strategy. You might even be able to neutralize the expert entirely. Read more »

17
Nov

How Long Do You Need to Keep Closed Files?

File boxes
Find out what to do with all those dusty old boxes of closed-case files.

File boxesBoxes of old, closed-case files in the garage, or incurring monthly storage fees, can be a nightmare for both large firms and the sole practitioner. On the WSBA Ethics Line, it’s not uncommon for us to field questions by attorneys taking over an established practice and inheriting mountains of closed files. What can they do with the old files? Are there rules on file retention? Read more »

15
Nov

A Creative New Way for Mentors to Earn MCLE Credits

A mentor chatting with his mentee
The Self-Directed Structured Mentoring Program is elegantly designed to encourage lawyers to pair up to share professional knowledge.

A mentor chatting with his menteeNearly two years ago, the Washington State Bar Association launched a creative new way for lawyers to earn free MCLE credits through one-on-one mentorships. It’s a program that deserves your attention.

Although the Self-Directed Structured Mentoring Program may not have the catchiest name, the system behind that mouthful of syllables is elegantly designed to encourage lawyers to formally pair up to share professional knowledge and experience. Let’s call it “SDS” for short. Read more »