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7
Apr

Friday 5: Social Media Ethics

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How can law firms use social media to expand their client base, and what RPCs might impact different social media marketing strategies?

Social media blocksAt the March 28 WSBA Legal Lunchbox CLE, “Social Media Marketing Strategies for Attorneys,” CLE faculty Jeanne Marie Clavere, WSBA’s professional responsibility counsel, Greg McLawsen of Sound Immigration, and Sumeer Singla of Impact Law Group explored ways that law firms have used social media to expand their client base and reviewed how the RPCs may impact different social media marketing strategies. Read more »

6
Apr

NWLawyer: Noah Purcell on How Washington State Blocked Trump’s Travel Ban

Noah Purcell on NWLawyer cover
This month’s cover of NWLawyer is dedicated to Solicitor General, Noah Purcell, who stopped the president’s travel ban in its tracks.

Noah Purcell on NWLawyer coverThis month’s cover of NWLawyer is dedicated to Washington’s Solicitor General Noah Purcell, who went head to head with the Trump administration in the Ninth Circuit Court to stop the president’s travel ban in its tracks. In this probing Q&A, Purcell shares his thoughts on Washington v. Trump and reveals how he and his colleagues in the state Attorney General’s Office put their case together over a weekend. Read more »

3
Apr

From Nomination to Confirmation: The U.S. Supreme Court Confirmation Process

Neil Gorsuch
Confirming justices to the U.S. Supreme Court involves several steps. Here’s how the confirmation process works.

Neil Gorsuch and wifeMore than a year after the death of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, the Senate Judiciary Committee has finally completed confirmation hearings to fill the vacancy, and the full Senate is poised to vote amid threat of filibuster. President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch began his confirmation hearing on March 20. The procedure for nominating and confirming justices to the Supreme Court of the United States involves several steps. Here’s how the confirmation process works. Read more »

31
Mar

Running At-Large Part I: I Didn’t ‘Come Out’ of Nowhere

I person being sworn in
When asked if I’d blog for NWSidebar about my reasons for seeking appointment as a WSBA governor at-large, it was hard not to feel exposed.

I person being sworn inWhen asked if I would write a blog entry for NWSidebar about my reasons for seeking appointment as governor at-large of the Washington State Bar Association, it was hard not to feel exposed. You see, the at-large position is not an elected position from a district. It was established to enhance diversity and representation on the Board of Governors, and the position must be filled by an active attorney with “experience and knowledge of the needs of those lawyers whose membership is or may be historically underrepresented in governance, or who represents some of the diverse elements of the public of the State of Washington.” Read more »

27
Mar

Mental Health Professionals Now Subject to Expanding Tort Liability

Worried female psychiatrist speaking to client
A recent Supreme Court ruling extends psychiatrists’ duty to people harmed by their client even if the client never mentioned a threat.

Worried female psychiatrist speaking to clientThe Washington Supreme Court recently extended the potential duty a psychiatrist owes to people harmed by their outpatient clients. In Volk v. DeMeerleer, 187 Wn.2d 241, 386 P.3d 254 (2016), the Court extended this potential duty to protect despite the absence of any threat to others made by the patient to the psychiatrist. This decision may have detrimental, long-lasting consequences for mental health professionals in Washington. Read more »