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26
Oct

A Short Guide to Workplace Medical Leave Laws

Gavel and stethoscope
If you practice law with small-to-large businesses and corporations, you should know something about employment-related medical leave laws.

Gavel and stethoscopeIf you are a lawyer practicing with small-to-large businesses and corporations, you should know something about employment-related medical leave laws. Federal, state, and municipal laws apply to your business clients and employees. Some laws apply to almost every employer and some to just larger employers. Read more »

15
Sep

New Law Opens Dental Practice Ownership to Those Not Licensed to Practice

Dentist treats a young girl in cowgirl boots
Effective July 23, 2017, a new law resolves many long-running conflicts between licensed dentists and dental support organizations and brings clarity to a number of issues.

Dentist treats a young girl in cowgirl bootsDental support organizations are typically not owned by dentists, so historically they use creative methods to operate in Washington. Until recently, state law required any entity providing dental services to be owned and controlled by licensed dentists. A new law opens that door, while placing clear restrictions and patient protections.

Effective July 23, 2017, the new law resolves many long-running conflicts between licensed dentists and dental support organizations and brings clarity to a number of issues. Read more »

11
Sep

It’s Here: The September Issue of NWLawyer

Cover of NWLawyer September 2017
Learn cross-examination tips from one of the state’s leading trial lawyers in the September issue.

Cover of NWLawyer September 2017Inside the latest issue of NWLawyer, you’ll find: cross-examination tips from one of the state’s leading trial lawyers; an in-depth look at the use of police body-worn cameras in Washington; and an exploration of mandatory malpractice insurance. You can also take our 11-question quiz to test your knowledge on gender barriers. See how much you know about ways to end gender stereotypes and learn how to help advance women in the legal profession. Read more »

8
Sep

Navigating Inherent Bias in Social Security Law

Two Social Security Cards
Social Security disability law can be a squeeze play. Sometimes the truth almost guarantees a lengthy appeal just to get a benefit.

Two Social Security CardsIn a perfect world, there’d be less need for the safety nets of Social Security, and no one who warranted disability would be denied because of administrative or subjective biases. This world isn’t perfect, though, and biases exist to the point where a whole industry has been formed to get unduly denied and disabled Americans the support they have been and are guaranteed by Congress and the law. Read more »

29
Jun

My Pride Is More Important than Ever

Two women on a motorcycle in a Pride parade
At a time when LGBT kids are four times more likely to attempt suicide and 40% of them are homeless, I feel the need to be a role model.

Two women on a motorcycle in a Pride paradeBy 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 for me and the students I worked with to be “so out” and “so loud” about our identities. “Shouldn’t your sexual orientation not matter?” they would say. I’d answer “correct” — sexual orientation and gender identity shouldn’t matter, but in our society they did. And they still do matter. Read more »