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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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Public Services and Change—Insights from a Government Attorney

A government law practice is a rewarding and challenging career filled with wonderful opportunities to serve the public and our communities. Working in the government arena allows an attorney the chance to work with fellow public servants to advance the public’s interest and for the attorney to leave a lasting positive mark on the community.

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5 Legal Takeaways from Mass Atrocities

On June 20–22, the WSBA World Peace Through Law Section is sponsoring a CLE through the Seattle University School of Law: “Mass Atrocities and Human Rights: Legal Responses and Continued Challenges.” In 2009, despite some internal warnings, the Obama administration began easing sanctions on the Myanmar government. Almost a decade later, with thousands of Rohingya […]

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Demystifying Addiction in the Legal Profession

The ABA calls it a crisis of the legal profession. A professor of psychiatry told The New York Times it’s “a conspiracy of silence.” Yet for many attorneys, alcohol and substance abuse are sometimes just part of the job. The American Bar Association (ABA) calls it a crisis of the legal profession. A professor of […]

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Tips for Deposing Adverse Experts

So you’re going to depose an adverse expert witness. No problem. Whatever type of case you’re litigating, you can weaken the impact of this expert with thorough preparation and an effective strategy. You might even be able to neutralize the expert entirely.

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A Creative New Way for Mentors to Earn MCLE Credits

Nearly two years ago, the Washington State Bar Association launched a creative new way for lawyers to earn free MCLE credits through one-on-one mentorships. It’s a program that deserves your attention. Although the Self-Directed Structured Mentoring Program may not have the catchiest name, the system behind that mouthful of syllables is elegantly designed to encourage […]

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Help Law Students Shop Without Spending a Dime

If you’re a law student, how do you dress for the job you want on the budget you currently have? I’ve worked in Seattle University School of Law’s Center for Professional Development (CPD) since 2008, and during that time I’ve encouraged students to “dress for success” and “be the best dressed person in the room” […]

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TAP Scholarship Recipient Recalls 5 Moments of Insight

Are you a new or young lawyer who would like to participate in this year’s Trial Advocacy Program (TAP)? Apply for the New Lawyer Programs Scholarship by Friday, Sept. 15, 2017. If you haven’t heard of WSBA’s Trial Advocacy Program, it’s a two-day intensive trial-skills training seminar led by local trial attorneys. It culminates in […]

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Friday 5: 5 of 80+ great CLEs on sale through July 25

The CLE Annual Summer Sale on recorded seminars is underway now – through July 25. Save 40% on recorded seminars. Here are five great picks. The CLE Annual Summer Sale on recorded seminars is underway now – through July 25. Choose from over 80 recorded seminars, in most major practice areas (and ethics), on sale […]

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The Consequences of Technological Incompetence

Being a Luddite can be expensive, embarrassing, and potentially disastrous for lawyers and clients. Tech incompetence can result in wasted time (and therefore increased cost to the client), loss of money and identity, ethical sanctions, and embarrassment or worse in the courtroom. Those are high prices to pay for being too proud (or lazy) to […]

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Supporting Our Muslim Neighbors

Supporting the rights of our Muslim neighbors is important; any lessening of their rights affects us all. The time to speak up is now. 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 […]

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