December 2016 Bar Bulletin
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December 2016 Bar Bulletin

2016 Annual Bench Bar Conference

 

The annual Bench Bar Conference was held November 11 at the Washington State Convention Center with more than 100 judges and lawyers in attendance.

Special guest Washington Supreme Court Chief Justice Barbara Madsen reviewed major initiatives under way in our state courts.

Panels included a forum featuring presiding judges and chief judges from each of the courts in King County, including Judge Ricardo Martinez of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington; Judge James Verellen of the Washington Court of Appeals Division I; Judge Susan Craighead from King County Superior Court; Judge Donna Tucker from King County District Court, and Judge Karen Donohue from Seattle Municipal Court.

Additional sessions looked at the role of the judiciary in citizen initiatives and referendums, ethics challenges faced by attorneys and judges in the courtroom, and a litigators’ roundtable featuring judges and plaintiff/defense trial lawyers sharing helpful tips.

Supreme Court Update (from left): Hon. Susan Craighead, King County Superior Court, Presiding Judge; Barbara Madsen, Chief Justice, Washington Supreme Court; and Kathryn Battuello, KCBA President.

The Role of The Courts in Referendum & Initiatives (from left): Andrew Maron, KCBA First Vice President; Barbara Madsen, Chief Justice, Washington Supreme Court; Hon. Bruce Heller, King County Superior Court; and Beth Barrett Bloom, KCBA Referendum & Initiative Project.

Ethics in the Courtroom (from left): Hon. Veronica Galvan, King County Superior Court; Kenneth S. Kagan, Attorney at Law; and Stephanie Lakinski, Chair, Young Lawyers Division.


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