Bar Bulletin

Bar Bulletin

Dare to Communicate and Move Ahead

June 2020 Bar Bulletin

By Faith Ireland

In times of crisis our mammalian brain responds with flight, fight, or freeze. In COVID-19 times, attorneys could not flee. By order of the Governor, they were sent home to shelter in place. Hopefully, they treat house mates with respect and kindness rather than fighting. But what about freezing?

Washington Rule of Professional Conduct (RPC) 1.3 requires a lawyer to act with reasonable diligence and promptness in representing a client. With the office shuttered, staff not readily available and the stress of conditions, inaction may seem justified. However, as noted in the comments to RPC 1.3 “Perhaps no professional shortcoming is more widely resented...

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