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5
Jul

40 Minutes on What It Takes to Be WSBA’s At-large Young Lawyer Governor

Sean Davis
Helen Ling recently sat down with former WSBA Governor Sean Davis to discuss his experiences as at-large “young-lawyer” governor.

Sean DavisEver wonder what it’s like to serve on the Washington State Bar Association’s Board of Governors? Washington Young Lawyer Committee Past Chair Helen Ling recently sat down with former Board Governor Sean M. Davis to discuss his experiences in the at-large governor position reserved for new and young lawyers. Davis recently vacated the position to assume the role of WSBA’s general counsel. WSBA is now accepting nominations to complete the remainder of his term. Check out a few of his answers to the most recent Q&A session, or watch the full interview online. 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 »

26
Jun

The Consequences of Technological Incompetence

Scale of justice
It can cost you dearly for being too proud (or lazy) to learn how the Internet, social media, and that box on your desk work.

Scale of justiceBeing a Luddite can be expensive, embarrassing, and potentially disastrous for lawyers and clients. Tech incompetence can result in wasted time (and therefore increased cost to the client), loss of money and identity, ethical sanctions, and embarrassment or worse in the courtroom. Those are high prices to pay for being too proud (or lazy) to learn how the Internet, social media, and that box on your desk work. Read more »

23
Jun

Supporting Our Muslim Neighbors

Muslim girl leading a protest march in Seattle
Supporting the rights of our Muslim neighbors is important; any lessening of their rights affects us all. The time to speak up is now.

Muslim girl leading a protest march in SeattleThis year Dee, my spouse, and I became more politically active than we have been in the past. We marched in the MLK Seattle march for the first time and in the women’s march the day after inauguration. We carried a sign saying, “No Muslim Registry” on one side and “Black Lives Matter” on the other side. We attended an event featuring Morris Dees, co-founder of the Southern Poverty Law Center, as the keynote speaker. Read more »

20
Jun

We Want to Hear from You on Proposed Enhancements to the LLLT Practice Area

LLLT advising a couple
The LLLT Board invites you to view the draft amendments and share your thoughts about the proposed changes.

LLLT advising a coupleThe Limited License Legal Technician (LLLT) Board is working on enhancements to the LLLT Domestic Relations Practice Area and plans to submit proposed amendments to the Supreme Court later this summer. The LLLT Board invites you to view the draft amendments and share your thoughts about the proposed changes. Please submit comments to LLLT@wsba.org by July 17. Read more »