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Honoring Dr. King’s Legacy

The full version of this joint President’s Corner column will appear in the next issue of NWLawyer. The thing that we need in the world today is a group of men and women who will stand up for right and to be opposed to wrong, wherever it is. A group of people who have come […]

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Washington Goes Big for Pro Bono

Leave it to Washington legal professionals to raise the bar. WSBA is proud to highlight the many, many Washington legal professionals named in the 2017 Washington State Supreme Court Pro Bono Publico Honor Roll, which recognizes individuals who reported at least 50 hours of pro bono work in 2017.

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Celebrate Civil Legal Aid in the Latest NWLawyer

The Constitution guarantees the right to a lawyer when someone is charged criminally, yet says nothing for civil matters. This leaves countless people, many of whom are already financially stretched, to fend for themselves as they face painful situations like an abusive partner or a looming eviction or possible deportation. It wasn’t that long ago […]

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Interested in Being a Young Lawyer Liaison to Sections? You Should Be

The Young Lawyer Liaisons to Sections provide a vital link between new and young lawyers and WSBA’s sections, opening new leadership opportunities while also strengthening connections with WSBA sections. Jordan Couch, a workers’ compensation attorney for Palace Law, is one such liaison. Couch’s term as the Solo and Small Practice section liaison is expiring this […]

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A Creative New Way for Mentors to Earn MCLE Credits

Nearly two years ago, the Washington State Bar Association launched a creative new way for lawyers to earn free MCLE credits through one-on-one mentorships. It’s a program that deserves your attention. Although the Self-Directed Structured Mentoring Program may not have the catchiest name, the system behind that mouthful of syllables is elegantly designed to encourage […]

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12 Attorneys, a Call to Action, and 5 Minutes

Around a large conference table at Perkins Coie in Seattle, twelve young attorneys of the Washington Leadership Institute listened attentively as a local Muslim-American lawyer spoke about media portrayal of Islam. The lawyer, Aneelah Afzali, issued a call to action, urging her audience to know Muslim people and challenge the media’s portrayal of Islam.

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Running At-Large Part I: I Didn’t ‘Come Out’ of Nowhere

When asked if I would write a blog entry for NWSidebar about my reasons for seeking appointment as governor at-large of the Washington State Bar Association, it was hard not to feel exposed. You see, the at-large position is not an elected position from a district. It was established to enhance diversity and representation on […]

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Want to Do Good and Make a Living? Consider Low Bono

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 […]

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