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‘Deepfakes’: A New Challenge for Trial Courts

The following was excerpted from an article that will appear in a future issue of NWLawyer. The author was also recently interviewed for the “What’s Next” newsletter on LAW.COM, which you can read here. The client shows his lawyer a video he says he took on his cell phone. It shows the defendant saying things […]

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New WSBA Advisory Opinion on Contacting Government Employees

The WSBA Committee on Professional Ethics recently released a new advisory opinion No. 201803 to address the contours of contacting government employees under Washington Rule of Professional Conduct 4.2. The rule generally prohibits communication with a person whom the contacting lawyer “knows to be represented by another lawyer in the matter[.]” Under Wright v. Group […]

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New WSBA Advisory Opinion on ‘Quadripartite’ Relationships

The WSBA Committee on Professional Ethics recently released advisory opinion No. 201802 addressing “quadripartite” relationships. “Tripartite” relationships among an insurer, the insured, and defense counsel have been delineated extensively in both court decisions and advisory opinions. “Quadripartite” relationships, by contrast, are a fairly new development and remain comparatively unplumbed. The term generally describes situations where […]

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Top-10 Most Popular Books in the WSBA Lending Library

Bookworm, bibliophile, or—dare we say—brainiac? Whatever your preferred euphemism, it probably describes just about any legal professional, for whom a voracious appetite for the written word and knowledge is more than a nice quality; it’s a job requirement. Aside from dwindling shelf space, ravenous readers are often most aware of the cost of building their […]

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Wildfires and Us: Part 2

In the first part of this piece on Wildfires and Us, I discussed the emotional and cultural influences that have shaped our collective view on wildfire. In this addendum to that article, I want to share what the best available science and experts have taught me about taking a rational and fact-based approach to our […]

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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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