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27
Mar
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Mental Health Professionals Now Subject to Expanding Tort Liability

The Washington Supreme Court recently extended psychiatrists’ duty to people harmed by their client even if the client never mentioned a threat.

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14
Mar

Ten Good Reasons to Honor Public Defense This Week

National Public Defense Week
Besides March Madness, the third week of March 2017 is Public Defense Week. Here’s why that’s important.

National Public Defense WeekBesides March Madness, the third week of March 2017 marks other noteworthy occasions. Among these, according to Google, are: Pulmonary Rehabilitation Week, Brain Awareness Week, Girl Scout Week, and Public Defense Week. The value of the first three are self-evident: Breathing. Thinking. Thin Mints.

But why public defense? Isn’t it already inclusively acknowledged in National Law Day (May 1), National Be Kind to Lawyers Day (April 11) and Love Your Lawyer Day (Nov. 3)? Here’s a non-exclusive Top-10 list of why I and my colleagues celebrate a stand-alone week honoring public defense. Of course there are more than these 10 reasons, and we welcome your additions. Read more »

9
Mar

Hot Off the Press (and Web): the Latest Issue of NWLawyer

Cover of March NWLawyer
The March issue of NWLawyer, features WSBA members on their views of recent executive orders on immigration.

Cover of March NWLawyerIn the March issue of NWLawyer, we hear from WSBA members on their views on President Trump’s executive orders on immigration, including: an in-depth legal analysis of the orders, perspective from an Iranian-American attorney, and a story about an innovative solution that employs technology to assist immigrants and refugees in need of representation. Read more »

6
Mar

Week 8: WSBA-Sponsored Bills March On

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Lawmakers in both chambers have been working late to pass legislation out of the House and Senate before next week’s critical cutoff date.

Washington's Capitol in OlyThe Legislature closes week eight with bills, bills, and more bills. Lawmakers in both chambers have been working late to pass legislation out of the House and Senate before next week’s critical cutoff date. Bills still moving include legal financial obligation reform, the Voting Rights Act, pro bono services for military service members, and many others.

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23
Feb

When Polite Letters Go Unanswered — Procedures for Collecting Unpaid Legal Fees

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Here are some basic tips and procedures for collecting fees and voiding unpaid balances from piling up in the first place.

A billboard showing a legal a bill with "Thank you."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 »