Totem Pole

Delayed Justice: The Attorney Behind the Fight Against State v. Towessnute

The 1916 Washington Supreme Court decision in State v. Towessnute opens with the words, “The prior occupancy of American soil by the Indian tribes did not vest them with sovereignty or any title to the land that was ever recognized by the white race, the Indian being merely an occupant with possessory uses for subsistence, and a favored ward of the Federal government.”
Then it gets worse…

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law books

Fine Print: Federal District Court Distinguishes Disciplinary and Malpractice Defense in Coverage Decision

Professional liability policies for lawyers and law firms often distinguish between disciplinary and malpractice defense. Some don’t cover disciplinary defense or, if they do, include a much lower coverage limit. A recent decision from the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington underscored the practical impact of the distinction between disciplinary and malpractice coverage.

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Temple of Justice

Washington Supreme Court: In-House Counsel Can Sue for Wrongful Discharge

In a case of first impression in Washington, the Supreme Court held that former in-house counsel can sue their employers for wrongful discharge. Karstetter v. King County Corrections Guild was before the Supreme Court after the trial denied a defense motion to dismiss and the Court of Appeals later reversed the ruling. The initial pleadings framed the narrow legal issue before the Supreme Court.

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