Bar Bulletin

Bar Bulletin

Guerrilla Disbarment: An Unusual Tactic for the Removal of Opposing Counsel

November 2022 Bar Bulletin

By Stephen Seely

Years of working in the law library means being on the receiving end of unusual research questions, reviewing many aspects of Washington law, and uncovering some truly bizarre legal outcomes. One discovery that has stuck with me is this: an unwary lawyer can be tricked into accepting an award and forfeiting their right to practice law.

It nearly happened to a Special Deputy Prosecuting Attorney in 1963.1 A grand jury had been convened in Snohomish County for the purpose of deciding whether the Snohomish County Sheriff should be indicted for willful neglect of...

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