Night photograph of wildfires burning near Grand Coulee Dam in Grand Coulee Washington. Lake Roosevelt, part of the Columbia River reflects the wildfire.

Wildfires and Us: Part 1

In his tireless efforts to prevent human caused fire, Smokey Bear tells us that fire destroyed his forest home. In Bambi, careless hunters started a wildfire forcing young Bambi and his friends to flee. Smokey’s message and the fire scenes from Bambi, according to UC Santa Barbara professor Roderick Nash, have done “more to shape […]

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Honoring Dr. King’s Legacy

The full version of this joint President’s Corner column will appear in the next issue of NWLawyer. The thing that we need in the world today is a group of men and women who will stand up for right and to be opposed to wrong, wherever it is. A group of people who have come […]

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How to Reduce Stress in the Legal Profession

Practicing law can be stressful. Lawyers are under constant pressure to meet deadlines and client demands, and law-practice environments can be highly competitive. If you find yourself feeling stressed or anxious fairly often, it’s time to take action. Chronic stress causes chemical imbalances in the body and can weaken the immune system, making a person […]

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Legal marijuana sign in Seattle's Belltown neighborhood.

New Marijuana-Related Amendments to Rules of Professional Conduct

After voters approved Initiative 502 in November 2012 permitting and regulating “recreational” marijuana, questions immediately arose regarding the extent to which lawyers could advise and assist clients in state-authorized marijuana businesses. Washington RPC 1.2(d), like its ABA Model Rule counterpart, generally permits lawyers to advise clients on the legality of proposed conduct but prohibits lawyers […]

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Why Law School is an Investment in More than the Law

Recently, there has been debate about the prudence of a legal education vis-à-vis other alternative career choices. Such deliberations stem from the suggestion that there are too many law graduates chasing too few jobs. Yet the true nature of law school as a good investment remains undiminished. I have several reasons why my legal education […]

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The Evolution of Tribal Law and the Janus Effect inside NWLawyer

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? […]

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Rainmaking for Small and Solo Firms: 5 Essential Tips

Rainmaking, bringing home the bacon, chasing cheddar—whatever you want to call it, most lawyers want to find clients, build trust, and attract new business. But most lawyers are also heads down in practicing law, not marketing themselves. There is no one-size-fits-all approach, especially for solo and small firms, but there are definitely tricks of the […]

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Cartoon images from childhood injury prevention infographic.

What You Should Know about Childhood Injury Cases

There is nothing more heartrending than seeing a child injured, and for the parents it can be devastating. This is why prevention concerns all of us. Millions of children suffer some kind of injury requiring medical treatment every year in the U.S. According to Child Trends, there were more than 9 million unintentional injuries in […]

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