December, 2017 eNewsletter

News & Events

Assistant US Attorney Diaz Appointed to Superior Court Bench

Governor Inslee announced today the appointment of J. Michael Diaz to be a King County Superior Court judge, effective in January 2018.  Mr. Diaz will replace retiring Judge Richard McDermott.  A past chair of KCBA's Neighborhood Legal Clinics Committee, Mr. Diaz has strong connections to the local bar.  Congratulations, Mike!  The Governor's press release can be found here.

Every two years, KCBA conducts confidential surveys of attorneys for a different group of local judges. This year, King County District & Municipal Courts are the focus. All attorneys who have appeared in one of these courts (Superior Court is not included) from October 1, 2013 through September 30, 2017 have been sent a survey by email.  If you have appeared and have not received the survey, please contact Sayyora Polat at KCBA for assistance (sayyorap@kcba.org).  Completed surveys are due by Wednesday, January 3.  Results will be published in February 2018.  For further information click here.

The Commission on Judicial Conduct on December 8 approved a stipulated order of admonishment against Judge Douglass A. North (“Respondent”) of the King County Superior Court for courtroom statement that “manifests bias”.  The statement notes that Judge North was cooperative with the Commission and that an "admonishment" is the lowest level of disciplinary action that the Commission can issue.  To review a copy of the statement, click here.

King County Superior Court has begun the hiring process to fill two fulltime court commissioner vacancies, one in family law and one in ex parte.  Applications are due to the county by January 29, 2018.  Complete details here. In addition, the county is recruiting for pro tem family law commissioners; applications due by January 2.  See this page for details.

Call for Nominations for 2017 Mentor of the Year

Now—Tuesday, January 9th, 2018

Do you have a mentor that deserves to be recognized for the time, teaching, and training they’ve given you? We invite you to nominate them for the 2017 Outstanding Mentor Award. All finalists will be recognized at the YLD Winter Soirée on February 8th, where the winner will be announced. To nominate a mentor, submit an explanation of why you think your mentor deserves the award (no more than 1 full page, no less than 2 paragraphs) to Anna at AnnaR@kcba.org. Click here for more information.


2018 MLK Luncheon: Register Now!

January 12, 2018 – Washington State Convention Center

Registrations for KCBA’s 2018 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Annual Luncheon have begun and are selling fast! Last year’s event sold out and we expect the 2018 Luncheon to do the same! Join us for a day to celebrate diversity with keynote speaker Theodore M. Shaw, 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.

The final day for registration is January 5th. Register soon before we run out of seats!

 Register now here.


Now—Supplies Run Out

The YLD Community Involvement Committee has put together almost 100 Care Kits for Seattle’s homeless. Kits include gloves, hand warmers, granola bars, and more to help folks get through these cold winter months. Stop by the office and pick up a kit (or a few) to distribute this holiday season!

ADR Education Series: How to Get Mediations Rolling

January 11, 2018 – 2:00-4:30pm

Kickstart the new year by taking your practice to the next level!  Join us for “How to Get Mediations Rolling,” the premiere in a series of education sessions offered by KCBA’s ADR Referral Panel.  Bring your ideas and best practices!

Expect a dynamic and thought-provoking workshop examining five essential pre-mediation considerations:

  •  When is the right time to mediate? 
  •  What do different types of mediators bring to the table?
  •  How to avoid the ethical quicksands of pre-mediation communications.
  •  How to handle confidentiality.
  •  What should be included in an agreement to mediate?

Thursday, January 12th.  2:00 - 4:30pm.  Happy hour to follow.

King County Bar Association, 1200 Fifth Avenue, 12th Floor Conference Room

$50 / $35 for KCBA ADR Section Members

(2.5 CLE credits- pending approval)

Register Here


KCBA Seeks Annual Award Nominations

Do you know a KCBA member who deserves to be recognized for their distinguished and meritorious service in the legal profession and the judiciary?  If so, we invite you to nominate your colleagues for one of our annual awards. Award nominations must be received by February 2, 2018. Submissions should be made in writing to Kathleen Jensen, Associate Executive Director, King County Bar Association, 1200 5th Ave, Suite 700, Seattle, WA 98101 or by email to KathleenJ@KCBA.org.  For information regarding the nomination process, awards categories, qualifications and past recipients, please click here.

Member Benefit of the Month:

The Baking Project

Indulge yourself or be the hit of the holiday party with a 15% discount on baked goods at the Baking Project. For more information, click here.

The Summit at Snoqualmie Ski Tickets

Snow is falling! We have discount tickets on day and night passes for adults and youth, as well as lesson packages. You can find out more about The Summit, get snow updates, and even watch The Summit’s mountain cameras here. For discount information or to purchase tickets, click here.


Continuing Legal Education

Upcoming Programs

~Save the Dates~

Title 11 Guardianship Guardian ad Litem Training

April 26 and April 27, 2018 – Initial Certification

April 27, 2018 - Re-Certification

Washington State Convention Center, Seattle

Registration Opens Soon!


Settlement Guardian ad Litem Training

Initial Certification  - June 7, 2018

Washington State Convention Center  7th & Pike, Seattle

Registration Opens Soon!


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Pro Bono Services

Volunteers Needed to Represent Survivors of Domestic Violence

The Family Law Mentor Program offers new attorneys or attorneys new to family law the opportunity to make a difference in the life of a domestic violence survivor by representing a client in a family law case. Attorneys are expected to take the case through completion, and are supported by a mentoring attorney and the managing attorney of the program as they take on direct representation of a client in a contested dissolution or parenting plan case. Please visit the site here to learn more about the program and sign up.

KCBA’s Volunteer Legal Services is looking for a new cohort of attorneys for our Social Security Mentorship Project. Social Security Mentorship Project aims to provide direct representation for low-income clients seeking advocacy for Social Security overpayment cases.

This is a great opportunity for new lawyers or lawyers new to the practice of Social Security law), no experience necessary! Mentee attorneys will be paired with a staff attorney from the Seattle Community Law Center. Mentees will be provided with both substantive and procedural training prior to taking a case, along with mentorship throughout the duration of the case. Mentees are required to attend two initial trainings and represent one pro bono client.

Mandatory Trainings will take place at the KCBA offices:

Monday, February 5th from 2:30-6:00 pm

Monday, February 12th from 2:30-4:30 pm

In person attendance is required at this time. Trainings are free to volunteers who agree to take a case through this project. To register as a mentee attorney or to simply learn more about this new volunteer opportunity, please contact Paige Hardy (PaigeH@kcba.org or 206-267-7025).









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