Congratulations to our 44 members who celebrate 50 years of WSBA membership in 2013! You can read about the 50-year member luncheon and see the full roster of names in the November 2013 issue of NWLawyer, but we couldn’t resist showing you some highlights from the ceremony now.
In case you don’t remember 1963 personally, here are five law-related historical milestones that took place that year:
- 125 candidates passed the 1963 bar exams in Washington. By comparison, 974 candidates passed the 2013 bar exams!
- In Gideon v. Wainwright, the U.S. Supreme Court rules that state courts are required to provide counsel in criminal cases for defendants who cannot afford to pay their own attorneys.
- Martin Luther King Jr. issues his Letter from Birmingham Jail in April.
- The first sit-in of Seattle’s civil rights movement occurs in July in the offices of Mayor Gordon S. Clinton, protesting the under-representation of African Americans on a 12-member human rights commission proposed by Clinton.
- On Nov. 22, John F. Kennedy is assassinated.