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23
Aug

Is “Diverse” Really What You Mean?

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Language matters—I mean really, really matters. The words we choose can make a huge difference to the overall meaning of something we are communicating.

diversity and tolerance on multicolor backgroundLanguage matters—I mean really, really matters. The words we choose can make a huge difference to the overall meaning of something we are communicating. Even little connotations and implications can have a big impact on the meaning. For example, if I were to write the sentences, “His actions were youthful,” and, “His actions were childish,” you would see that the last words in each sentence have the same definition (denotative meaning) but very different implications (connotative meaning). Denotatively they both mean seeming young or having qualities associated with a child, but connotatively, the former suggests spry and lively (positive connotations) while the latter suggests naiveté or immaturity (negative connotations). Read more »

21
Aug

TAP Scholarship Recipient Recalls 5 Moments of Insight

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Are you a new or young lawyer who would like to participate in this year’s Trial Advocacy Program? Apply for the New Lawyer Programs Scholarship by Friday, Sept. 15, 2017.

Are you a new or young lawyer who would like to participate in this year’s Trial Advocacy Program (TAP)? Apply for the New Lawyer Programs Scholarship by Friday, Sept. 15, 2017.

If you haven’t heard of WSBA’s Trial Advocacy Program, it’s a two-day intensive trial-skills training seminar led by local trial attorneys. It culminates in an all-day mock trial before a sitting judge. It’s a great opportunity for anyone who wants to be a trial attorney. I had the fortune to attend TAP last year as a scholarship recipient and was asked to share a few “aha moments” that resonated with me. Read more »

18
Aug

Responding to Negative Online Reviews

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Along with marketing their practice and maintaining their digital presence, attorneys may find themselves facing a negative internet review.

Citations crash courseThe internet and social media are a part of most attorneys’ practices, whether they’ve chosen an aggressive online presence or not. Along with marketing their practice and maintaining their digital presence, attorneys may find themselves facing a negative internet review. Sometimes they call the WSBA Ethics Line (800-945-9722 ext. 8284) asking for guidance on whether and how they can respond. Can attorneys post comments themselves after receiving unfair negative reviews? We’ll do a quick review of this scenario, but be sure to read the rules and their comments in their entirety.

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14
Aug

Meet the New WSBA Law School Representatives

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WSBA is excited to introduce you to the law student representatives elected this spring to serve for the 2017-2018 school year!

law booksEach of the three law schools in Washington state has a student government position dedicated to connecting law students with WSBA programs and initiatives and to support the broader legal community. WSBA is excited to introduce you to the law student representatives elected this spring to serve during the 2017-2018 school year! Read more »

7
Aug

Court of Appeals Underscores Significance of Written Fee Agreement

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A recent decision by Division I of the Washington Court of Appeals highlights the importance of a written fee agreement.

A man and female attorney signing a documentA recent decision by Division I of the Washington Court of Appeals highlights the importance of a written fee agreement. Davis Wright Tremaine LLP v. Peterson, 2017 WL 1593009 (Wn. App. May 1, 2017) (unpublished), was a fee collection case by a law firm against a client. The law firm had represented the client in commercial litigation before withdrawing. After the underlying case resolved, the law firm sued the client for unpaid fees and related expenses that the law firm had advanced. Read more »