July, 2017 eNewsletter


News & Events

Area Outside King County Courthouse in Seattle Called Unsafe


After two jurors and half a dozen court employees have been assaulted in recent months, King County Presiding Judge Laura Inveen urged the King County Metropolitan Council to take steps to address the increasing fears for safety expressed by jurors, litigants, and court personnel.  At a July 11 council committee hearing, Judge Inveen reported incidents ranging from employees have been spat upon, slammed against a wall, and punched, as well as cases where jurors were attacked in two separate events in just the past two months.  Sanitary conditions outside the courtroom are also reported to be less than satisfactory.


The Seattle Times reports that "the county’s administrative officer, Caroline Whalen, and the facilities manager, assured committee members that a stepped-up schedule of power washing and garbage cleanup would begin immediately" as an initial step to improve the sanitation issues.


To learn about additional ideas under discussion to improve safety in the area, visit www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/crime/judges-complain-its-unsafe-unsanitary-outside-county-courthouse-in-seattle.



KCBA Urges County Council to Approve Veterans, Seniors & Human Services Levy


The King County Bar Association joined with members of the Equal Justice Coalition to call on the King County Council to approve sufficient revenues in the upcoming veterans, seniors, and human services levy to allow increased funding for civil legal aid programs, such as KCBA's pro bono programs.  The EJC noted that "by prioritizing funding for services for vulnerable populations – like civil legal aid - King County can take a meaningful step towards ensuring access to justice for all residents."   If approved by the county council, the measure will be put to the voters in November of this year.  A copy of the EJC letter is online at www.kcba.org/Portals/0/judicial/pdf/VSHS%20Levy_07142017.pdf.



Nominations Sought for KCBA ABA Delegate


The King County Bar Association will appoint a new delegate to the American Bar Association House of Delegates when current delegate James Williams’ term ends in August 2017. The term for the ABA delegate is two years; candidates who would be able to serve for two consecutive terms (four years) are preferred. The application deadline has been extended to July 31, 2017.  For complete information, visit www.kcba.org/abadelegate.pdf.


New Membership Year is Here

July 1, 2017 – June 30, 2018

Don’t miss out on any of your KCBA benefits by renewing today. Remember to rejoin committees and sections while renewing. With KCBA you have access to a network of local lawyers, special rates on CLEs, discounts on products and business services, and more! Your membership also supports our pro bono programs including the Neighborhood Legal Clinics, the Housing Justice Project, and our many family law assistance programs.


July Member Benefit – ABA Web Store Discount

Your KCBA membership entitles you to 15% off the list price of the American Bar Association's more than 300 titles. The ABA Web Store offers access to an extensive library on law-practice management resources. With this benefit you can gain a Federal perspective on important issues, or get expanded information on dozens of areas of law. To take advantage of these savings visit the ABA Web Store.


Looking Ahead: September Bar Bulletin


In September, the theme will be “Reality.” Have you had enough of “fake news” and “virtual reality?”  Well it’s time to get real in September. If you’ve got an article about “Authenticating Evidence,” “Facing Reality,” or something similar - email our editor, Gene Barton, at gbarton@karrtuttle.com. Deadline for submissions is August 14th.

Continuing Legal Education

Upcoming Programs


Save the Date for Autumn CLEs & Summer AV!


Family Law Hot Topics CLE

October 4, 2017 – Save the Date!

Washington State Convention Center, 7th & Pike, Seattle


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Navigating the King County Superior Court Ex Parte Department


Program Highlights:


1.    Presented December 2016

2.    Overview of the King County Superior Court Ex Parte Department

3.    Available as either an audio or video format

4.    Order either Session 1 or Session 2

5.    Session 1: 2.75 Law & Legal CLE Credits;   Cost: $100 KCBA Member/$140 Non-KCBA member

6.    Session 2:  3.00 Law and Legal and .75 Ethics CLE Credits; Cost:  $110 KCBA Member

     $150 Non-KCBA Member  

7.       Comments from attendees: 

“Great presentations!” 

“Excellent Materials”  

“Fabulous Information!”


Pro Bono Services

Volunteers Needed!


Volunteer Legal Services (VLS) is looking for experienced pro bono attorneys to provide direct representation in the following areas of law: Chapter 7 Bankruptcy, Consumer Debt Defense, Vacating Criminal Records, and Estate Planning.


If you are interested in taking cases for direct representation, please contact the VLS Staff Attorney at PaigeH@kcba.org.


Immigration 101 for the Non-Practitioner


KCBA’s Pro Bono Services is putting on a free CLE in partnership with the Latino/a Bar Association of Washington. The training will be held at KCBA from 8:30 – 12:00 on Monday, July 31st. To RSVP or request more information, contact Erica Taicz at EricaT@kcba.org.


Community Calendar

Upcoming Events


You will find compelling events relevant to your law practice at the KCBA Community Calendar. Have an interesting event coming up? Post it! Click here for a calendar submissions style guide. If you have any questions or need help posting your events, please send us an email at publications@kcba.org.


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>   Community Calendar

>   Weekly Schedule

>   Bar Bulletin Online

>   CLE Information


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