April, 2017 eNewsletter

King County Council Fills Two Vacancies in District Court

The Metropolitan King County Council has appointed Matthew York and Jason Poydras to fill vacancies in King County District Court's Southeast Division. For further details, go to:


State Supreme Court Chief Concerned Over Immigration Enforcement in Courthouses

In response to a recent increase in immigration enforcement activities around Washington courthouses, Washington State Supreme Court Chief Justice Mary Fairhurst sent a letter March 22 to Secretary John Kelly of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security expressing concerns and possible solutions. Citing reports from lawyers and judges about this increased presence, Fairhurst said, “These developments are deeply troubling because they impede the fundamental mission of our courts, which is to ensure due process and access to justice for everyone, regardless of immigration status.” For the full press release and text of the letter go to: http://www.courts.wa.gov/newsinfo/?fa=newsinfo.pressdetail&newsid=12657.

Seattle Prep Wins 2017 Washington State High School Mock Trial

Seattle Preparatory School became the 2017 winner of the Washington State Mock Trial Competition on March 27th. Washington Supreme Court Justice Sheryl Gordon McCloud presided over the championship trial in Olympia. Seattle Prep and Franklin High School, both of King County, competed for the statewide title in what turned out to be a very close competition separated by a small number of votes. For details of the top 12 finalists and further information, go to: http://www.courts.wa.gov/newsinfo/?fa=newsinfo.internetdetail&newsid=12662.

Breakfast With Champions Raises $340,000 for Pro Bono & Diversity Programs

Thanks to all who attended the bar's annual fundraiser March 30. Funds raised will support critical pro bono services for the indigent and minority law student scholarships. To view photos or video from the event, visit www.kcbf.org/bwc – keynote speaker Morris Dees' remarks are also available there. Donations can still be made at www.kcbf.org/donate.

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with KCBA

Learn about how to get involved in your local community and expand your professional network at KCBA’s free New Member Mixer on Thursday, May 4th. Representatives from KCBA’s sections, the YLD Board, and KCBA’s pro bono programs will all be on hand to answer any questions you have. We’ll have food, drinks, and door prizes. The party will start at KCBA at 5:00 p.m. and continue until 6:30. RSVP for the Mixer here.

April Member Benefit – Matejka Marketing, Inc.

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Write to info@matejkamarketing.com and we will mail to you a complimentary paperback of our legal marketing bestseller, “The Lawyer's Ultimate Guide to Online Leads”.  $19.99 at Amazon. It's a pretty good book. No strings attached. Write to us today!  

Meet the 2017-2018 YLD Board Nominees

After a thorough application and interview process, the KCBA YLD Nominations Committee has nominated one candidate for each open position as follows:

2017-2018 YLD Chair (1-year term):

· Kelli Currie, Seattle University

YLD Member Trustee (3-year term):

· D. Jack Guthrie, McKay Chadwell, PLLC

· John Hardie, Bharti Hardie PLLC

· Larissa Murakami, Antoinette M. Davis Law, PLLC

· Geoff Palachuk, Jameson Babbitt Stites & Lombard

YLD Lay Member Trustee (2-year term):

· Alexis Knutson, Tsongas Litigation Consulting

YLD members and lay members may challenge the above-named candidates. For more information on this process visit our YLD Board Nominations webpage. Petitions must be filed before 3:00 pm Thursday, May 18, 2017. Questions can be directed to Christine Dreps, Member Services Manager, at chrisd@kcba.org or (206) 267-7003.

Save the Date – Annual Awards Dinner

Please save the evening of Tuesday, June 27th to celebrate and recognize the personal and professional achievements of outstanding attorneys and judges in the King County legal community.

Looking Ahead: June Bar Bulletin

In June, the theme will be “Civil.” If you’ve got an article about civil rights, civil litigation, civil disobedience, dealing with opposing council, etc., email our editor, Gene Barton, at gbarton@karrtuttle.com. Deadline for submissions is May 10th.

Continuing Legal Education

Upcoming Programs


Psychology & Mediation: Why is Negotiating

So Difficult and How Can a Mediator Help You

Use Mediation Effectively?

May 16, 2017        

Mini-CLE 9:00-11:00 AM

~Available via Webcast~

King County Bar Association

2.00 Law & Legal CLE Credits

Register Here!


Ethical Considerations in Communications with

Clients with Diminished Capacity

May 16, 2017

Mini-CLE 3:00-4:00 PM

~Available via Webcast~

King County Bar Association

1.00 Law & Legal CLE Credit

Register Here!


Dissolution from A-Z

May 23, 2017        

8:30-4:15 AM

Washington State Convention Center

7th & Pike, Seattle

6.25 Law & Legal CLE Credits

Register Here!


Options for Distressed Business:

Bankruptcy? Receivership? 

May 31, 2017

8:25-12:15 PM

King County Bar Association      

3.50 Law & Legal CLE Credits

Register Here!


Cleaning Up Water, Air and Dirt:

Litigation & Policy Updates

Presented by the KCBA Environmental Land Use Section

June 8, 2017

12:55-5:05 PM

Foster Pepper PLLC           

4.00 CLE Credits

Register Here!


Don’t forget that KCBA has an ever-expanding library of AV CLEs.

Cost for most programs:

  • KCBA Members: $30
  • Non-KCBA Members: $45


Learn more about our AV CLE program offerings at: https://www.kcba.org/cle/videofaq.aspx.

Pro Bono Services

Pro Bono Services Volunteer Opportunity:

Volunteer Legal Services (VLS) is actively looking for experienced attorneys to assist our clients with their civil-legal needs in the fields of:

•                 Vacating Criminal Records

•                 Chapter 7 Bankruptcy

•                 Debt Defense

•                 Social Security Overpayments

Now more than ever it is imperative that we reach out to you for assistance. Each year the number of requests for help in these areas grows, and currently VLS is not able to meet that need. By taking a case you would be making a sizeable impact on the lives and the security of these individuals, many of whom may otherwise not be able to access or navigate these hurdles. Find out more information about VLS hereor email VLS Coordinator Paige Hardy.

Kinship Care Solutions Project Training

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 May 25th and June 8th, 2017 from 4:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m. at KCBA. More information and registration here.

Community Calendar

Upcoming Events


The KCBA Community Calendar is where you will find a number of compelling events relevant to your law practice. 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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>   Bar Bulletin Online

>   CLE Information

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