March, 2017 eNewsletter

News & Events

3/30/17 Breakfast of Champions is SOLD OUT

Our annual event celebrating the pro bono and diversity programs of the bar, featuring Morris Dees of the Southern Poverty Law Center, is sold out -- we anticipate 1,200 guests this year. No tickets will be available onsite. To be added to our waitlist, please visit www.kcbf.org/bwcfor more information.

Proposed 2017 Changes to Superior Court Local Rules

King County Superior Court published March 1 its annual proposed update to local court rules; changes would be effective September 1, 2017. Among the changes proposed are requirements that (1) attorneys provide their clients with copies of the court's case schedule and (2) an additional attestation for certain parenting plans in family law cases. KCBA's Judiciary & Litigation Committee and Family Law Section are reviewing these and other proposed changes; if warranted KCBA will transmit a comment letter to the court.


A copy of the proposed rule changes is online at www.kingcounty.gov/courts/clerk/rules/Comment.aspx.

WA Chief Justice Expresses Concerns About Immigration Agents in State Courthouses

Washington Supreme Court Chief Justice Mary Fairhurst shared concerns with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security March 22 over increasing reports of federal immigration law enforcement officers appearing in state courthouses to take into custody certain immigrants. "The fear of apprehension by immigration officials deters individuals from accessing our courthouses and erodes ...trust, even for those with lawful immigration status," said Fairhurst. More information about the letter is online at www.courts.wa.gov/newsinfo/?fa=newsinfo.pressdetail&newsid=12657.

Public Defense Day Celebrated in Washington State

Fifty-four years ago this month the U.S. Supreme Court issued its famous Gideon v. Wainwright decision, finding that all persons are entitled to legal representation in criminal matters. In recognition of that anniversary, Governor Jay Inslee designated March 18 as "Public Defense Day" in Washington. The Governor's proclamation is online at www.kcba.org/pdf/2017_public_defense_day.pdf.

YLD Board of Trustees Seeks Nominations

Deadline: Friday, March 24th

Become a leader and get involved with the YLD Board of Trustees! The YLD is currently seeking nominations for 4 trustee positions (three year term) and 1 lay member position (two year term) to begin July 1, 2017. Nominees must be KCBA members and within their first five years of practice or under 36 as of December 31, 2017. For more information on requirements and instructions for applying here:https://www.kcba.org/yld/board/nominations.aspx.

March Member Benefit Special – LawPay

Payment technology designed for your practice. Why wait 30, 60, or even 90 days or more to collect fees you’ve already earned? Trust your payments to LawPay – the easiest way to get paid. As a KCBA member, you can sign up with LawPay in March and receive 3 months free. Get started here.

Get Your Teams Together – YLD Fun Run & Walk April 15th

The YLD 5k Fun Run and Walk will be on Saturday, April 15th at Seward Park. Race kicks off at 9:00am! The entrance fee is $25 ($30 day-of) and include a t-shirt. Prizes will be given for biggest team and best team costume. All proceeds help support the KCBA Pro Bono Services. Sign-up individually or with a group here!

50th Annual Pacific Coast Labor & Employment Law Conference

April 27 & 28, 2017 │Washington State Convention Center

12.75 Law & Legal CLE Credits (Including 1.0 Optional Ethics Credit)

50th Annual Pacific Coast Labor & Employment Law Conference – celebrating 50 years on April 27 & 28, 2017.  The PCLELC features national speakers with multiple perspectives. Join us! For more information and to register today – www.pacificlaborlaw.com!

Save-the-Date KCBA Golf Tournament August 31st 

Mark your calendars for a friendly day of competition at the Rainer Golf & Country Club on August 31st, 2017. Look for more information soon!

Looking Ahead: April & May Bar Bulletin

Hitting your mailboxes soon, will be April’s issue on “Baseball.” Expect articles about striking out, home runs, those in a league of their own, and more! In May, the theme will be “Rules and Regulations.” If you’ve got an article about good rules, bad rules, rules of the road, etc., email our editor, Gene Barton, at gbarton@karrtuttle.com. Deadline for submissions is April 10th.

Continuing Legal Education

Upcoming Programs


Cannabis Law Update

March 30, 2017

~Available via Webcast~

King County Bar Association

3.25 Law & Legal CLE Credits

Register Here!


Advanced Guardianship Issues

March 31, 2017

CLE á la Carte! All Day, AM & PM Sessions Available!

King County Bar Association

5.00 Law & Legal and 1.00 Ethics CLE Credits

5.00 General CPG Credits and 1.00 Ethics CPG Credits

Register Here!


Title 11 Guardianship ad Litem Training

April 6 & 7, 2017

April 6 & 7: Initial Certification

April 7: Re-Certification

Washington State Convention Center

12.25 Law & Legal and 1.00 Ethics CLE Credits

Register Here!


Labor and Employment Law Section

May 4, 2017

Riddell Williams, P.S.

The purpose of the section is to promote interest in labor and employment law, to stimulate and extend the study of the field, to improve the level of professional knowledge and to improve the application of justice in the field. To find out more information about this section or to join click here!


Personal Estate Planning for the 99%

April 12, 2017

Washington State Convention Center

5.75 Law & Legal and .75 Ethics CLE Credits

Register Here!


Civil Liberties: Today and Beyond

April 28, 2017

~Available via Webcast~

King County Bar Association

5.25 Law & Legal and 1.00Ethics 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

Clinic Assistants Needed at Federal Way Clinic

We need your help! We currently have 5 clinic assistant volunteer openings starting in April. Clinic assistants are responsible for opening and closing the clinic location, checking in clients, helping them complete paperwork, keeping attorneys on schedule, and assisting attorneys with legal research and finding referral resources for the clients. The commitment is a 2.5 hour shift every 6-8 weeks for at least a year. More information on the position and how to sign up is located 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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