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Chism v. Tri-State Redux — In-House Counsel and the RPCs

By Lindsay Halm

Our profession is well served by discussion and debate over matters of ethics; for that, I thank David Burkett and Michael Caryl for bringing Chism v. Tri-State to the attention of Bar Bulletin readers in the March issue.1 In case you missed it, the authors describe Division One’s decision in Chism as a “significant dilution” of judicial power and they urge the WSBA Board of Governors or the Supreme Court to fill the “enormous ethical hole” created by it.2

When a lawyer of good conscience reads such a call to action, it is instinctive to sign on; arguing for less discipline of lawyers feels downright wrong. As trial counsel...

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