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Posts from the ‘Ethics’ Category

7
Jul

Knowing When to Go: Court of Appeals Affirms Sanctions Against Lawyer for Continuing After Disqualification

Young attorney walking away down a lonely road.
An appeals court recently affirmed sanctions against a lawyer, who continued to participate in the case after being disqualified.

Young attorney walking away down a lonely road.Division III of the Washington Court of Appeals recently affirmed sanctions against a lawyer in an unusual scenario: the lawyer continued to participate in the case after being disqualified. Read more »

29
Jun

My Pride Is More Important than Ever

Two women on a motorcycle in a Pride parade
At a time when LGBT kids are four times more likely to attempt suicide and 40% of them are homeless, I feel the need to be a role model.

Two women on a motorcycle in a Pride paradeBy the time this gets published, LGBT Pride month will be coming to a close or have already ended, but I thought I would share a few thoughts about it anyway. Prior to my job here at WSBA, I worked on several college campuses, leading LGBT centers. Often I was asked why it was necessary for me and the students I worked with to be “so out” and “so loud” about our identities. “Shouldn’t your sexual orientation not matter?” they would say. I’d answer “correct” — sexual orientation and gender identity shouldn’t matter, but in our society they did. And they still do matter. Read more »

10
May

May I Donate My Legal Services at a Charity Auction?

A crowd of bidders at an auction.
Attorneys sometimes call the WSBA Ethics Line wondering if they can offer legal services at a charity auction.

A crowd of bidders at an auction.Attorneys sometimes call the WSBA Ethics Line – 800-945-9722 ext. 8284 – wondering if they can offer legal services at a charity auction. Often, they have concerns that it might violate ethics rules, but they aren’t sure which ones. While there are reasons to be careful about auctioning your services, a properly set up donation with a clear disclaimer can be compliant with the ethics rules. We’ll do a quick review of this scenario, but be sure to read the rules and their comments in their entirety. Read more »

21
Feb

U.S. District Court Highlights Importance of Defining the Decision-Maker

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A recent U.S. District Court decision highlights why it’s important to define the client decision-maker, especially for small corporations.

Abstract depiction of a scale and gavelA recent decision from the U.S. District Court in Seattle highlights why it’s important to define the client decision-maker, especially when dealing with small, closely held corporations (Kische USA LLC v. Simsek, 2016 WL 7212534, W.D. Wash. Dec. 13, 2016, unpublished). In this case, charges were brought by the owner of a retail clothing firm against two former employees who had left to start a rival apparel business. The suit claimed that one of the employees, identified as the chief executive manager, had transferred a registered trademark from the plaintiff to the new firm. The plaintiff also sued the company’s outside lawyer who had assisted with the transfer for legal malpractice and breach of fiduciary duty. Read more »

22
Dec

New Advisory Opinion on Virtual Offices

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The WSBA Committee on Professional Ethics released an advisory opinion on regulatory and risk management for “virtual offices.”

Weird digital abstract STEM-ish imageThe 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 »