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Attorney General Bob Ferguson Honors Service Members, Calls for MEDAL Volunteers This Veterans Day

Each year on Veterans Day, we pause to honor those who have served in our armed forces. We should never forget their contributions to our safety, security, and health. Over the past year, service members have been called to the front lines of historic challenges, including management of the COVID-19 pandemic and fighting wildfires threatening communities across our state.

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A Brief Legal History of Washington’s Vote-By-Mail System

For weeks, the national discourse has been embroiled in battles over the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) and the upcoming general election. Amidst an ongoing health calamity, people in the U.S. and around the world question how America will pull off a national election not so much from the ballot box but from the mailbox. A Brief Legal History of Washington’s Vote-By-Mail System.

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Joy Williams

The Little Biases in All of Us

The bad news is that everyone has implicit biases and most don’t know it. Then what’s the good news? The bad news is that everyone has implicit biases — beliefs that are so ingrained that we don’t even know they’re there. And those implicit biases often find a way out of our mouths or through […]

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Washington Capitol

Week 6: First Leg Session Milestone Reached

Legislators in Olympia last week cleared the first milestone of the session – policy committee cutoff. Friday was the deadline for policy bills in both houses to be voted out of their policy committees. Amid the scramble, week 6 of the legislative session heard testimony and voting on several bills of interest to the WSBA.

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Cultural Competency Never Asks Us to Be Color Blind

Reviewing the recent article by Elijah Forde from the February Issue of NW Lawyer served as a good reminder that cultural competency never requires us to ignore race, color, or origin. Cultural competency saves us from the traps of treating others as if their color and origin do not exist – which at best is […]

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Notice from the Washington Attorney General’s Office: Beware of Loan Modification Scams Soliciting Washington Lawyers

From the Washington Attorney General’s Office: The Washington Attorney General’s Office, the Washington Department of Financial Institutions, and other state agencies across the country, along with the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and the Federal Trade Commission, are conducting a mortgage rescue fraud sweep, taking legal action against companies who prey on homeowners seeking to avoid […]

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Weekly Words from President Patrick Palace: Week of Nov 11

WSBA President Patrick Palace’s weekly update. It was a good week last week, and included celebrating my son Winston’s birthday. He is now a teen. Wednesday I had the opportunity to meet briefly with our Attorney General Bob Ferguson. We discussed how the WSBA and the AGs office could partner together to bring greater value […]

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Weekly Words from President Palace: Week of Feb. 24

Read WSBA President Patrick Palace’s Feb. 24 update. There are several recent highlights that I’d like to share. First, we had our first Future of the Profession Workgroup meeting on Feb. 20. This is such a dynamic group with great depth of expertise. It was truly an honor to sit in a room with each of […]

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