Awards 2015

Nominate a Colleague for the 2015 WSBA Awards

April 15 is the deadline to submit a nomination for WSBA’s annual awards, which celebrate excellence in professionalism, diversity, service and courage. Do you know someone who is making a positive difference in the legal community or the legal profession? Please consider nominating him or her for a 2015 WSBA award. You’ll find the list […]

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MCLE: What Do You Think?

Mandatory Continuing Legal Education, or MCLE, can be a controversial issue amongst members of the Bar, as was discovered by a recent task force appointed by the Board of Governors to study the topic.

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Top 10 NWSidebar posts of 2014

The Top 10 NWSidebar Posts of 2014

We covered a wide variety of topics on the blog this year, from courthouse support dogs to starting a marijuana law practice. Here are our top 10 most popular posts written in 2014. If you missed them the first time around, check them out now!

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WSBA Holiday Auction

WSBA Staff Raises Over $6,700 in 2014 Charity Auction

The annual WSBA holiday charity auction took place last week, featuring plenty of homemade treats for holiday celebrations. Each year, WSBA employees use their talents to bake, craft, and create items for both live and silent auctions. All donations benefit a charity chosen by the staff.

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Remembering Sher Kung

I have struggled to write this post for Sher Kung. Like so many of us, I was privileged to know Sher. But I did not know her as well as other lawyers and worry that my words will be insufficient to acknowledge the loss to our legal community or to celebrate and honor her life […]

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Notice from the Washington Attorney General’s Office: Beware of Loan Modification Scams Soliciting Washington Lawyers

From the Washington Attorney General’s Office: The Washington Attorney General’s Office, the Washington Department of Financial Institutions, and other state agencies across the country, along with the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and the Federal Trade Commission, are conducting a mortgage rescue fraud sweep, taking legal action against companies who prey on homeowners seeking to avoid […]

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Proceed with Caution

Caution on the Road to Limited License Legal Technicians

The Washington Supreme Court, when it adopted the Limited License Legal Technician (LLLT) Rule, wrote of the need for this new profession due to the large gaps in accessing legal services for low-income and moderate means persons. Despite widespread recognition of this gap, the creation of the unprecedented LLLT has been met with skepticism by […]

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Progress Update: Limited License Legal Technician (LLLT) Program

As you may recall, the Supreme Court adopted the Limited License Legal Technician (LLLT) rule in June 2012, which authorizes new legal professionals who meet certain educational requirements to advise and assist clients in approved practice areas of law. The LLLT Board began implementation of the rule in January 2013, and I want to provide […]

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Net Neutrality

Why I’m Opposing the FCC’s New Net Neutrality Rules

This article was originally published by Justin P. Walsh on The Amateur Law Professor. As attorneys, we receive calls to action more than the typical American. We’re called to look over rule changes both locally and statewide. We’re often called to help out friends politically. Many of us serve on boards and commissions where we routinely review […]

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Heartbleed bug

Heartbleed and Passwords: What Lawyers Need to Know

Heartbleed (a cooler name for a computer bug was never found!) has blown our sense of Internet security. Not only did it leave a wee backdoor open on nearly any site using OpenSSL, giving hackers potential open season on collecting your passwords to many of the sites you use regularly, but it potentially made your […]

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