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13
Jan
Washington Capitol

State Legislature Gavels in a New Session with Focus on Funding

State lawmakers began their 2017 regular session under heavy pressure to fund basic education. Fiscal committees held hearings on Democratic Gov. Jay Inslee’s proposed 2017-19 budget. The governor also urged lawmakers to work together to rebuild the state’s mental health system, in addition to funding schools.

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9
Jan
Washington Capitol

And They’re Off! State Legislature Begins Heavy Session

The 2017 regular legislative session is now underway in Olympia. Lawmakers have significant issues to tackle this year, including closing a budget deficit upwards of $5 billion that encompasses fully funding basic education under the McCleary decision, mental health obligations, and other emergent public policy needs. Read on to see the WSBA’s legislative agenda.

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22
Nov

Supreme Court Holds No Privilege for Communications with Former Employees

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No attorney-client privilege for communications between corporate or governmental counsel and former employees, state Supreme Court rules.

Cartoon of man with mouth full of bricksIn a case of first impression in Washington, the state Supreme Court recently held that communications between corporate or governmental counsel and former employees do not fall within the attorney-client privilege even if the communications concern matters that occurred during a former employee’s work for the corporation or government agency involved. The Supreme Court’s 5–4 decision in Newman v. Highland School District No. 203, ___ Wn.2d ___, ___ P.3d ___, 2016 WL 6126472 (Oct. 20, 2016), was on discretionary review. Read more »

17
Nov

What’s in the November 2016 NWLawyer?

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We’re excited to present the November 2016 issue of NWLawyer — our first-ever criminal law issue!

November NWLawyer coverWe’re excited to present the November 2016 issue of NWLawyer — our first-ever criminal law issue! Check out a few of our feature stories below or read the full issue online. Read more »

4
Nov

Highlights from the 2016 WSBA 50-Year Member Luncheon

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Congratulations to our 71 members who celebrate 50 years of WSBA membership in 2016!

50-year membersCongratulations to our 71 members who celebrate 50 years of WSBA membership in 2016! Read more »