There are almost 600,000 U.S. military veterans in Washington state. Many of them face challenges and legal barriers to successfully reintegrate into civilian life. The Washington State Bar Association encourages legal professionals to help remove those barriers. Read more
Legislators in Olympia last week cleared the first milestone of the session – policy committee cutoff. Friday was the deadline for policy bills in both houses to be voted out of their policy committees. Amid the scramble, week 6 of the legislative session heard testimony and voting on several bills of interest to the WSBA. Read more
Veterans Day is Nov. 11, and we’d like to take a moment to thank our veterans for their service. If you’d like to show your appreciation for those who served, there are many ways to provide legal assistance to Washington veterans. Read more
Show your appreciation for those who served by considering these opportunities to provide legal-assistance to veterans in your community. Read more
If you are unfamiliar with tribal courts, you may be surprised to hear they apply tribal customs and traditions to resolve legal disputes. Indeed, I find this is one of the most interesting parts of working for a tribal court. This tribal common law is the foundational law of tribes, and may also govern certain disputes in state court, see RCW 36.12.070. It is critical to understand a particular tribe’s customs and traditions to effectively represent a client in tribal court.
Because tribal common law is not derived from European roots, it can provide a different perspective on common legal principles, and can lead to results differing from those reached under state law. Understanding a particular tribe’s customs and traditions can breathe life into an otherwise failing argument. It can also allow for legal arguments not existing under state law. Below are some examples of how customs and traditions have been applied. Read more