January, 2018 eNewsletter

News & Events

Karen Donohue Appointed to Superior Court Bench

Seattle Municipal Court Presiding Judge Karen Donohue was named January 17 by Governor Inslee to fill the vacancy created by the upcoming retirement of King County Superior Court Judge Hollis Hill.  The Governor noted that Judge Donohue "will bring a tremendous amount valuable knowledge and experience to the Superior Court.” To learn more visit www.governor.wa.gov/news-media/inslee-announces-appointment-king-county-superior-court.


County Prosecutor Calls for Ending Death Penalty

In a January 19 opinion piece published by the Seattle Times, King County Prosecuting Attorney Dan Satterberg called for an end to the death penalty in Washington State.  "It no longer serves the interests of public safety, criminal justice, or the needs of victims," Satterberg said.  The op-ed is available at www.seattletimes.com/opinion/king-countys-prosecuting-attorney-we-dont-need-the-death-penalty/.


Survey Finds Security Lacking in WA Courthouses

A new survey conducted by the Superior Court Judges’ Association has found Washington State’s county courthouses woefully lacking in safety protocols, equipment, and trained personnel at a time when security incidents are on the rise at courthouses nationally.

For full details go to www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/were-raising-a-red-flag-survey-finds-security-woefully-lacking-in-washington-states-courthouses/.


February Bar Bulletin Preview

On its way to the printer, the next issue of KCBA's Bar Bulletin includes substantive articles on responding to sexual harassment claims, successfully bringing e-discovery in-house, a look at improving services at the involuntary treatment act court, and a profile of personal injury attorney David Beninger of the Luvera Law Firm.  Look for your hardcopy sometime close to February 1, and an online version shortly after that.  Online access available at www.kcba.org/barbulletin.


Thirteenth Annual YLD Winter Soiree

February 8th, 2018 – Washington Athletic Club

You are invited to join us for our annual event recognizing this year’s Outstanding Mentor Award finalists as nominated by our YLD members. The winner will be announced at the event! Visit http://www.kcba.org/Calendar/Special-Events/Young-Lawyers-Events/YLD-Winter-Soiree  to see the finalists and register.


Call for Nominations: Outstanding Young Lawyer Award

Nominations Due February 14th, 2018

To nominate a young lawyer, please email the following to Anna at annar@kcba.org:

  • 1.      A resume or biography of the nominee

  • 2.      A one-page letter detailing how the nominee embodies the traits below and why the nominee deserves the award*


The award recognizes any combination of the following:

  • ·         Substantial contributions to the legal profession

  • ·         Substantial contributions to the KCBA

  • ·         Substantial contributions to the community

  • ·         Demonstrated excellence in their legal practice

*Please provide concrete examples that demonstrate the nominee’s positive impact on the community and the profession.


KCBA Seeks Annual Award Nominations

Nominations Due February 2nd, 2018

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 visit http://www.kcba.org/Calendar/Special-Events/Annual-Awards-Dinner/Prior-Year-Award-Winners.  


Attorneys Needed for the Following Lawyer Referral Panels:

  • ·         Social Security Disability and Federal Social Security Appeals

  • ·         Social Security Retirement Benefits

  • ·         Pensions

  • ·         Immigration

  • ·         Indian Law

  • ·         Intellectual Property

  • ·         Real Property-Timeshares

  • ·         Workman’s Comp-Federal

  • ·         Tribal-Criminal Law

  • ·         Personal Injury-Federal Property

  • ·         Flat Fee Services


Please contact LesaH@kcba.org for more information or visit http://www.kcba.org/For-Lawyers/Lawyer-Referral-Service to get started.


Member Benefits 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, go to http://www.kcba.org/For-Lawyers/Members/Member-Benefits.

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, go to http://www.kcba.org/For-Lawyers/Members/Member-Benefits/  

Section Happenings


ADR Education Series:

Lawyers, Mediators, and Clients: Faster and Better Conflict Resolution

February 8th, 2018 – 2:00-4:45pm

Interested in joining the KCBA ADR Referral Panel? Seeking additional ADR training?

Join us for the second in a series of trainings offered by the ADR Referral Panel.  Have a conversation with experienced mediators about best practices and new ideas. This workshop will examine five key aspects of the mediator/attorney/client dynamic:

  • The importance of expectations in reaching settlement.

  • The dark side of expectations.

  • Who is party to the conflict? The answer may not be obvious.

  • How to ethically and effectively work with lawyers and clients.

  •  How to ethically and effectively work with self-represented clients.


Thursday, February 8th.  2:00 - 4:30pm.  Happy hour to follow.

King County Bar Association, 1200 Fifth Avenue, Seattle

$50 / $35 for KCBA ADR Section Members / $10 for students

(2.5 CLE credits- pending approval)


KCBA Section Spotlight


Family Law Section

Each month we will highlight one of the thirteen active sections at KCBA.  This month – Family Law.

The Family Law Section of the King County Bar Association focuses on family law legislation, rules, practice, improvements, and advancing the delivery of legal services to the client/public, and improving the knowledge and expertise of all persons involved in the handling of domestic law matters. It generates input from Bench/Bar to educate family law practitioners and improve the practice.

Chair – Nicole Wagner

Members – 408

Monthly Section Meeting – 1st Friday of each month

Next meeting – February 2

Topic – “What Appellate Attorneys Can Teach Trial Attorneys

Presenters – Catherine W. Smith and Valerie Villacin


Continuing Legal Education

Upcoming Programs


~Save the Dates~

2017 Employment Law Institute

Washington State Convention Center

March 8, 2018

CLE Credits Pending


Family Law Hot Topics—Mid Year:

Topics that Can’t Wait!

Washington State Convention Center

April 26-, 2018

CLE Credits Pending


Title 11 Guardianship GAL Training

Washington State Convention Center

April 26-27, 2018 - Initial Certification

April 27, 2018 - Re-Certification

CLE Credits Pending

Settlement GAL Training:

Initial Certification Training

Washington State Convention Center

June 2018

CLE Credits Pending


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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.

Social Security Mentorship Project Seeks Mentee Attorneys

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).


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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