Each year the Washington Young Lawyers Committee (WYLC) honors a group of deserving attorneys with its Public Service and Leadership Award. This award recognizes new and young lawyers that embody the WYLC’s and WSBA’s commitment to advancing the profession, service, and community involvement.
We are proud to announce the 2016 WYLC Public Service and Leadership Award recipients and share their reasons for why leadership and service is important. Please join us in congratulating them on a job well done. Read more
Some lawyers avoid collecting unpaid legal fees because the process makes them acutely uncomfortable or they’re concerned about a bar complaint that could result. While some clients may indeed take offense at your efforts to collect money owed you, using appropriate, empathetic, and consistent follow-up can lead to better client communication and interaction, improved cash flow, and no retaliation. And even if a complaint does arise, allowing a client relationship to fester without directly addressing the issue is not an effective strategy. Read more
Law students often see themselves working at a public interest or legal-services setting. But after graduation, few new lawyers end up following that path. One study found just 4% of newer lawyers working in a public interest or legal services. Why might this be?
Certainly, it is not for lack of demand or the need for access to justice. Since the Great Recession, the need for affordable legal services has continued to grow, while governments continue to cut funding. Not only do these cuts harm people who can’t afford a lawyer, they also make finding a job in public-interest law and legal services increasingly difficult. Dwindling opportunities discourage newer lawyers from pursuing a career focused on social justice, even though their skills are badly needed. Read more
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
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