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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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FSBO: Win-Win for Consumers and Attorneys

There 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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Idaho Soon to Require Malpractice Insurance

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.
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Tips for Deposing Adverse Experts

So 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.
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5 Things to Know About Chelan-Douglas Counties Volunteer Attorney Services

Through Chelan-Douglas Counties Volunteer Attorney Services, over 600 hours and $140,000 in pro bono legal services are donated every year to individuals and families in Chelan and Douglas counties. Read on to learn five things you should know about them.
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How Long Do You Need to Keep Closed Files?

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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 »


A Creative New Way for Mentors to Earn MCLE Credits

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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 »


8 Things I learned from WSBA’s Disability and Ableism Program

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My key takeaways from Beyond the Dialogue: Disability and Ableism within the Legal Profession.

diversity and tolerance on multicolor backgroundIn October, as part of Disability Awareness Month, the WSBA Diversity Program partnered with the Washington Attorneys with Disabilities Association to present a program entitled Beyond the Dialogue: Disability and Ableism within the Legal Profession. Read more »


Commit to Support Those Who Served Our Country

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This Veterans Day WSBA encourages legal professionals to help remove e barriers facing veterans returning home.

Citizens being sworn in at a courthouseThere are almost 600,000 U.S. military veterans in Washington state. Many of them face challenges and legal barriers to successfully reintegrate into civilian life. The Washington State Bar Association encourages legal professionals to help remove those barriers. Read more »


12 Attorneys, a Call to Action, and 5 Minutes

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When attorney Aneelah Afzali issued a call to action, the Washington Leadership Institute responded with “Five Minutes.”

Five Minutes logoAround a large conference table at Perkins Coie in Seattle, twelve young attorneys of the Washington Leadership Institute listened attentively as a local Muslim-American lawyer spoke about media portrayal of Islam. The lawyer, Aneelah Afzali, issued a call to action, urging her audience to know Muslim people and challenge the media’s portrayal of Islam. Read more »