The Supreme Court decision of Janus v. American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees, Council 311 is reverberating through state bars across the country. Along with the Washington Supreme Court’s “comprehensive review of the structure of the bar,” it’s easy for Washington legal professionals to wonder: How will this affect me and my work?
In the latest issue of NWLawyer, WSBA President Bill Pickett and Executive Director Paula C. Littlewood break down the bar’s structure and how it could change—or not—in light of Janus, relevant cases, and the newly formed Supreme Court Work Group to Review WSBA Structure. Additionally, Washington State Senate Republican Caucus Senior Staff Counsel (and member of the NWLawyer Editorial Advisory Committee) Daniel A. Himebaugh dives deep into the Janus decision and related opinions.
Featured on the cover this month is a package of stories on Indian Law and the growing tribal court systems in the Pacific Northwest, with a look at the Northwest Intertribal Court System and the path to tribal justice by NICS Executive Director Dan A. Kamkoff, a profile of the first Tulalip tribal member to pass the bar and how that fits into the growth of the Tulalip Tribes, and some thoughts and reflections from reservation attorney Jack Fiander.
We also have complementary Perspectives from WSBA members in response to the Mandatory Malpractice Insurance Task Force’s interim report.