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Cover of NWLawyer September 2017

It’s Here: The September Issue of NWLawyer


Inside the latest issue of NWLawyer, you’ll find: cross-examination tips from one of the state’s leading trial lawyers; an in-depth look at the use of police body-worn cameras in Washington; and an exploration of mandatory malpractice insurance.

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40 Minutes on What It Takes to Be WSBA’s At-large Young Lawyer Governor

Sean Davis
Helen Ling recently sat down with former WSBA Governor Sean Davis to discuss his experiences as at-large “young-lawyer” governor.

Sean DavisEver wonder what it’s like to serve on the Washington State Bar Association’s Board of Governors? Washington Young Lawyer Committee Past Chair Helen Ling recently sat down with former Board Governor Sean M. Davis to discuss his experiences in the at-large governor position reserved for new and young lawyers. Davis recently vacated the position to assume the role of WSBA’s general counsel. WSBA is now accepting nominations to complete the remainder of his term. Check out a few of his answers to the most recent Q&A session, or watch the full interview online. Read more »


Immigration Enforcement Must Not Restrict Victims’ Rights, Due Process

ICE agent making an arrest
How can we expect immigrants who themselves are victims of crimes – minor or major crimes – committed by U.S. citizens to face a judge under threat of deportation?

ICE agents making an arrestImagine you’re an undocumented resident of Washington state. Last night your significant other came home drunk, threw you across the bedroom, and threatened your life. What do you do?

Most legal professionals would advise you to go immediately to the courthouse and file a motion for a protection order. But you hesitate, recalling news reports of U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents lying in wait at courthouses to snare undocumented immigrants. What do you do? Read more »


Running At-Large Part II: Let’s Be Real

Gov. At-Large Mario Cava
Gov. At-Large Mario Cava: We need diverse leaders who understand the disparate impacts of our policies and break barriers to justice.

Gov. At-Large Mario CavaWhile running for governor at-large on the WSBA Board of Governors offers “visibility” for those traditionally underrepresented in the profession, it also means speaking out as a champion for justice. After all, it is the WSBA’s mission to “serve the public and the members of the bar, to ensure the integrity of the legal profession, and to champion justice.” We need diverse leaders who understand the disparate impacts of the policies and procedures they write and who challenge structural barriers to access to the legal system. Read more »


Running At-Large Part I: I Didn’t ‘Come Out’ of Nowhere

I person being sworn in
When asked if I’d blog for NWSidebar about my reasons for seeking appointment as a WSBA governor at-large, it was hard not to feel exposed.

I person being sworn inWhen asked if I would write a blog entry for NWSidebar about my reasons for seeking appointment as governor at-large of the Washington State Bar Association, it was hard not to feel exposed. You see, the at-large position is not an elected position from a district. It was established to enhance diversity and representation on the Board of Governors, and the position must be filled by an active attorney with “experience and knowledge of the needs of those lawyers whose membership is or may be historically underrepresented in governance, or who represents some of the diverse elements of the public of the State of Washington.” Read more »