This year Dee, my spouse, and I became more politically active than we have been in the past. We marched in the MLK Seattle march for the first time and in the women’s march the day after inauguration. We carried a sign saying, “No Muslim Registry” on one side and “Black Lives Matter” on the other side. We attended an event featuring Morris Dees, co-founder of the Southern Poverty Law Center, as the keynote speaker.
Our sign said, “No Muslim Registry” because we do not want a repeat of the injustice experienced by Japanese Americans when they were rounded up and sent to internment camps at the outbreak of World War II. Both Dee and I know people who had to live in those camps.
I attended the 2016 WSBA Trial Advocacy Program (TAP) one week after relocating back to my home state. I most recently was a managing attorney at a nonprofit legal aid organization in Navajo Nation. I had been promoted to this position in the same month I was sworn into the relevant bar. At TAP, I had many moments when I thought to myself, “I wish I knew this before!” Read more
A convenient and consistent way to earn free CLE credits is to attend our highly popular monthly Legal Lunchbox series. The Legal Lunchbox CLEs take place noon-1:30 p.m. on the last Tuesday of each month via webcast, with the exception of August and December, when a recorded program is offered for viewing all month long. The programs are 1.5 hours long and provide a total of 18 free CLE credits to members annually. By taking the Legal Lunchbox classes, you can fulfill all of your MCLE requirements within a three year reporting period. Watch for eblasts which contain the registration links for the program. Two eblasts are sent to all WSBA members at four weeks and four days before the program delivery date. To receive these eblasts, please make sure you have not “opted-out” from email advertisements from WSBA. You can check by logging in to your MyWSBA account. As an added convenience, you don’t have to worry about reporting your credits after attending the Legal Lunchbox because WSBA will report them for you. Be sure to join the 1,500-plus WSBA members who log on every month to attend the Legal Lunchbox seminars. Recordings of past Legal Lunchboxes are available at a 50% discount. Read more
National Mentorship Month is underway, and the WSBA is rolling out informative workshops, a free Legal Lunchbox, free MentorLink Mixers, programs for credit, and more. There’s something for everyone, regardless of your area of practice or years in law. Plan to attend one or more of these events. And, throughout the year, you can use WSBA MentorLink to find a mentorship program that works for you. Read more
The Washington State Bar Association Committee on Professional Ethics recently released an advisory opinion surveying regulatory and risk management issues for lawyers practicing in so-called “virtual offices.” This emerging practice arrangement can range from a solo attorney working from home to an entire firm that lacks a traditional brick-and-mortar location. Virtual offices typically rely instead on electronic resources, such as cloud-based email, filing, and billing systems. Read more