October, 2017 eNewsletter



News & Events


KCBA Judicial Ratings Issued for the Court of Appeals Election


Voters will have one contested judicial race for the Washington Court of Appeals on the ballot in King County when ballots arrive in mailboxes this week.  The incumbent is Judge Michael Spearman, who is rated "Exceptionally Well Qualified" by KCBA. The challenger is attorney Nathan Choi, who is rated as  "Refused to Cooperate" with the bar's screening process (he did not respond to our requests to submit information or appear before the rating committee for an interview).  For more information, KCBA's ratings announcement is online at www.kcba.org/judicialelections.



Seattle City Attorney Forum Video Online


An additional law-related office is on the ballot November 7 for Seattle voters:  the Seattle City Attorney.  KCBA hosted a forum October 12 for candidates Pete Holmes and Scott Lindsay.  A copy of the event video is archived on KCBA's website at www.kcba.org/cityattorneyforum.



Annual Bench-Bar Conference

November 10, 2017


Registration is now open for KCBA's annual gathering of over a hundred lawyers and judges discussing current news from the court system and public policy issues impacting the justice system.  Confirmed speakers include Washington State Supreme Court Chief Justice Mary Fairhurst.  Details online at www.kcba.org/benchbar.



Judicial Conduct Commission Censures Judge Roberts

King County Superior Court Judge Mary Roberts was censured September 29 over her failure to render a decision in a dissolution case for over 4 and a half months.  To read the entire order go to: www.cjc.state.wa.us/materials/activity/public_actions/2017/8222StipFinalForMtg.pdf



YLD Trivia Night

Wednesday, October 25th, 2017


YLD Trivia Night is right around the corner! Event starts at 7:00pm, with trivia kicking off at 7:30pm. Geeks Who Drink will host the event and prizes will be given for the highest score, lowest score, and best team name. Visit http://www.kcba.org/YLDTriviaNight for more information and to register.



Bridging the Gap: A CLE Event Tailored to New Lawyers

November 6th, 2018


Registration to open soon! This all-day, low-cost CLE is designed specifically for newer lawyers with a focus on practical skills covering a range of topics. This year’s event, sponsored by Discovia and LawPay, and will provide up to 7 CLE credits, including the ever-popular Judges Panel and a primer on Intellectual Property Law. Coffee, lunch, and happy hour are all included.



MLK Luncheon Keynote Speaker Announced   

Save the Date – January 12, 2018


The Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Luncheon Committee proudly announces the 2018 Luncheon Keynote Speaker, Theodore M. Shaw.  Professor Shaw is the Julius L. Chambers Distinguished Professor of Law at the University of North Carolina School of Law at Chapel Hill and Director of the Center for Civil Rights.  Registration will open soon!



Member Benefit of the Month


Special (corporate rate) pricing on season passes is available to KCBA members this year… for you and your immediate family members (Up to a $20 discount).  Don’t delay in signing up!  This discounted rate for season passes is only available until December 31.


For more information please contact the member services department at membership@kcba.org.   (We will send you the link and password required to purchase your passes on the Snoqualmie Summit Website.)


NOTE:  Discounted “Day” passes will be available at the KCBA office in mid-November.



Continuing Legal Education

Upcoming Programs


13th Annual Probate Administration

October 26, 2017

Washington State Convention Center, 7th & Pike Seattle, WA

6.00 Law & Legal CLE Credits



CALL               CLE Department 206.267.7008 or 267.7067

WEB                Register Here!


How to Become your Own Cybersleuth

October 27, 2017

Available Live and via Webcast!

King County Bar Association, 1200 Fifth Avenue, Suite 700, Seattle

6.50 Total CLE Credits: 4.00 Law & Legal and 2.00 Ethics CLE Credits



CALL               CLE Department 206.267.7008 or 267.7067

WEB                Register Here!


2017 Bench Bar Conference

November 10, 2017

Washington State Convention Center, 7th & Pike Seattle, WA

CLE & CJE Credits Pending



CALL               CLE Department 206.267.7008 or 267.7067

WEB                Register Here!



2017 Liens: What You Need to Know Today

November 8, 2017

Available Live and via Webcast!

King County Bar Association, 1200 Fifth Avenue, Suite 700, Seattle

Credits Pending. Registration open soon.


2017 Ethics Workout

November 30, 2017

Available Live and via Webcast!

King County Bar Association, 1200 Fifth Avenue, Suite 700, Seattle

6.00 Ethics CLE Credits. Registration open soon.



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Pro Bono Services

Volunteers Needed for New Vacating Records Project


KCBA’s Pro Bono Services has an exciting new project, the Records Project, which is funded through the generous support of the United Way of King County.  This project focuses on helping clients who have a criminal record which is preventing them from finding housing or employment and therefore keeping them in poverty.  New attorneys are welcome and will receive mentorship and support throughout the case. No experience necessary. For more information please contact Jessica Todd Long at JessicaL@KCBA.org or 206-267-7027.




Kinship Care Solutions Project Training

Over 32,000 children in the state of Washington are living with relatives other than their parents often referred to as kinship care. Many factors exist for why children in increasing numbers are in kinship care. These factors include abuse and neglect by the parent, incarceration, substance abuse, mental or physical illness, or death of the parent. Some children have fled violence and danger in their home countries. Many kinship families encounter legal hurdles that impair their ability to safeguard the health and welfare of the children in their care.

The Kinship Care Solutions Project assists low-income kinship caregivers in Nonparental Custody (also known as Third-Party Custody) actions. The next Kinship Care Solutions Project training will be held on November 1 and November 15, 2017 from 4:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m. at the King County Bar Association, 1200 Fifth Avenue, Suite 700 in Seattle. Space is limited. In exchange for the training, volunteers agree to represent a low-income client selected by the Project in a Nonparental Custody action. The Kinship Project’s staff attorney is available for on-going mentoring. Cases available for referral to the volunteer panel will be presented and discussed at Session Two of the training.


Training Agenda (3.5 Law and Legal CLE Credits, approval pending)


Wednesday, November 1

Session One: Introduction to the Kinship Care Solutions Project

                        Legal Options for Caregivers

                        Jurisdictional Issues in Nonparental Custody Actions

                        Case Law and Legal Standards


Wednesday, November 15

Session Two:Nuts and Bolts of Procedures in Nonparental Custody Actions

                        Case Assignments and Discussion





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