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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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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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