MLK

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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Two women on a motorcycle in a Pride parade

My Pride Is More Important than Ever

By the time this gets published, LGBT Pride month will be coming to a close or have already ended, but I thought I would share a few thoughts about it anyway. Prior to my job here at WSBA, I worked on several college campuses, leading LGBT centers. Often I was asked why it was necessary […]

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Cover of March NWLawyer

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

In 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.

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A Movement Towards a Better Country

“I have the faith to believe that this excessive suffering […] will in some little way serve to make […] a better country.” As individuals, it is easy to forget that our lives are interconnected with others. In America, we pride ourselves as a country built on the independence and innovation of individuals. The greater […]

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SCOTUS Approves Use of Pre-Miranda Silence as Evidence of Guilt

Learn more about the Salinas v. Texas ruling and how it could affect cases in Washington. On June 17, 2013, the Supreme Court of the United States continued its stream of criminal procedure holdings, this time “holding” that the prosecutor’s use of a defendant’s pre-Miranda silence as evidence of guilt does not violate the defendant’s Fifth […]

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What is “excessive force?” A look at Graham v. Connor

A look at 3 recent cases of excessive force verdicts and the Graham balancing test. A jury in the Santa Ana Federal Court returned a verdict on April 4, 2013, after 10 days of evidence against two Long Beach officers who shot and killed 37-year-old Douglas Zerby in December 2010. The civil rights and wrongful death suit […]

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50 years after Gideon: should the right to counsel be expanded?

Pre-trial proceedings, like bail hearings, are critical in criminal cases. Should the right to counsel be expanded to cover them? Last month marked the 50-year anniversary of the seminal U.S. Supreme Court Case Gideon v. Wainwright, 372 U.S. 335, 83 S. Ct. 792 (1963), where the Court held that the Sixth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution provided […]

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