Items of Interest

  • 04/30/2015 4:00 PM | WWL Admin (Administrator)


    The International Practice Section (IPS) of the Washington State Bar Association (WSBA) cordially invites you to register now at this WSBA website to attend “New Spring for Foreign Investments in Washington State” – a 2-hour CLE (including ½ hour Ethics credit) and reception.

    Highlights and Key Details for the event:

    · Date: Thursday, April 30, 2015.  4:00 – 9:00 PM.

    · Where: Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience in the International District of Seattle. 719 South King Street, Seattle, WA 98104.

    · 4:00 – 6:00 PM: A two-hour CLE session (including ½ hour of Ethics credit).  Please see below a description of the CLE.

    · 6:00 – 9:00 PM: Reception with heavy hors d oeuvres.  The exhibits at the Wing Luke Museum will be open for viewing by attendees during the reception, including the Bruce Lee exhibit.

    · Price: $80 for CLE and Reception.  $70 for IPS section members (Join IPS here)

    · Space is limited.  Register now at this WSBA website to attend this event.

    2-hour CLE: Inbound Investment: Key Legal Issues that should be on Your Radar

    Are you prepared to represent or negotiate with foreign investors coming into Washington State?  Companies from many countries, and in particular China, have been ramping up investments in the Evergreen State.  In January of this year, Governor Inslee along with numerous other regional and local leaders announced the Greater Seattle Region Global Trade & Investment Plan.  Government leaders at the city, county and state level have recognized the importance of inbound investment and are putting in place policies to encourage inbound investment.  Supported by private sector organizations, we are seeing rising inbound investment in real estate, energy, IT, aerospace, and agriculture, among others.  This increase in inbound activity creates opportunities and issues for in-house counsel and private practitioners.  In-house counsel need to be aware of issues unique to working with foreign counterparts that don't arise in solely domestic transactions.  Private practitioners should be thinking of the range of legal services that foreign investors will require, from business formation and M&A, immigration and employment, intellectual property, federal and state tax issues, and navigating federal and state regulatory matters.

    This CLE is intended to highlight key legal issues important to both in-house counsel and private practitioners that arise when a foreign investor decides to be doing business here.  This CLE is structured as a scenario-based Q&A session with a panel of highly experienced attorneys.  Our moderator will present a scenario and then have the panel experts walk through the implications and issues in different areas of law.

    Format: 90 min Panel discussion with moderator and Q&A, followed by 30 min ethics section

    Moderator: Fraser Mendel - FM Legal Group PS, Seattle                    


    • Ron Cai - Davis Wright Tremaine, Shanghai
      Michael Carr – UniEnergy, Mukilteo
      Chris Cunningham - K&L Gates, Seattle
      Shoko Leek – Seed IP Law Group, Seattle
      Brian Todd - Davis Wright Tremaine, Seattle

      Ethics Segment: Tom Kelly - K&L Gates - Ethics issues arising from representing foreign investors investing in the US.

    Further information is available via the IPS listserv, the IPS LinkedIn page, and the "Upcoming Events" page of our website.  

  • 04/27/2015 6:55 AM | WWL Admin (Administrator)

    The Washington State Bar Association Council on Public Defense (CPD) has two openings for attorneys in private practice to each serve two year terms.  While experience with criminal defense work is helpful the attorney need not have practiced as a public defender. The CPD is a 23 member body that includes representatives from the Washington Supreme Court, the superior courts and the district courts, representatives of local governments as well as public defender attorneys, attorneys in private practice and members of the public.  The CPD has developed standards for indigent defense services that have been approved by the Board of Governors and adopted by the Supreme Court.  The CPD’s work plan for the next 18 months includes work on standards for attorneys representing juveniles charged with offenses and a summit on the mentally ill in the criminal justice system.

    The application deadline is this Thursday, April 30, 2015.  WSBA staff ask that applications be submitted by noon.  Anyone interested in the position can get more information by writing directly to Bonnie Sterken, staff to the CPD, at


  • 04/25/2015 10:30 AM | WWL Admin (Administrator)

     African American and Latina female professionals in law, medicine, catering, design, architecture, government, and/or trades are being sought to come to Career Day (April 25) and share their experiences with Y-WE women. Could you kindly forward this to any woman who might help young women of color achieve their career goals?


    Career day will feature women professionals to inspire the Young Women Empowered (Y-WE) women to define and attain their career goals. They already have plenty of folks in the social sector, business, research, arts. Could you kindly reach out to your networks and ask those who can help to contact Victoria Santos, Y-WE program manager at


    For more info about Y-WE please check it out here

  • 04/22/2015 4:48 PM | WWL Admin (Administrator)


    The Washington State Bar Association seeks members of the public to serve on three boards and one council for terms beginning October 1, 2015. Serving on a WSBA board or council is an excellent opportunity to get an insider’s view on how the practice of law is regulated in Washington State. Applications are being accepted through May 1.


    This year the WSBA will appoint (or, in some cases, recommend to the state Supreme Court) Community Representatives to the following boards:  


    ·         Character and Fitness Board

    The Character and Fitness Board deals with matters of character and fitness bearing on qualifications of applicants for admission to practice law in Washington. The Board conducts hearings on the admission of any applicant referred to it for hearing, considers petitions for reinstatement after disbarment, and makes recommendations to the Board of Governors and Supreme Court regarding admission and reinstatement. Hearings generally are held every month. Appointment is for a three-year term.


    ·         Council on Public Defense

    The Council on Public Defense addresses concerns about the quality of indigent defense services in Washington State. Appointment is for a two-year term.


    ·         Lawyers' Fund for Client Protection Board

    The Lawyers’ Fund for Client Protection Board compensates clients who have suffered a direct financial loss caused by the dishonest conduct of a lawyer in connection with the practice of law. The Fund is funded by an annual assessment of members of the WSBA by order of the Washington State Supreme Court. Appointment is for a three-year term.


    ·         Limited License Legal Technician Board 

    The Limited License Legal Technician Board authorizes non-attorneys who meet certain educational requirements to advise and assist clients on specific areas of law. Licensing of LLLTs will begin soon. Appointment is for a three-year term.


    If you would like to be considered for any of these openings, please complete the application by following the instructions posted here: Previous applicants should re-apply as applications expire after one year.


    For further information about each board, contact the staff liaison listed on the web page linked to above. If you have questions about the application process, email or call Pam Inglesby at 206-727-8226.


  • 04/22/2015 4:27 PM | WWL Admin (Administrator)

     Volunteer Coordinator needed for innovative legal clinic to recruit and schedule lawyer volunteers The Reach Enumclaw legal clinic needs a lawyer, law student, or legal staff for no more than 2  hours per month who can work from office or home to recruit and schedule lawyer volunteers for the computer (Skype) assisted legal clinic. Clients in South King County go to the Enumclaw Library to confer with licensed attorneys by videoconference (SKYPE) or phone.   The attorneys can be at the physical location of their choice.  The clinic is held twice a month for two hours. The Clinic is supported by The King County Library System, Seattle University Law School Access to Justice Institute, Plateau Outreach Ministries, and the Cardozo Society. Lawyer volunteers are also needed for client counseling. Contact Barbara Frost, 206 954 3042 or

  • 04/22/2015 4:18 PM | WWL Admin (Administrator)

     How will your women’s bar celebrate Law Day, May 1? This year’s Law Day theme is “Magna Carta: Icon of Liberty.” The ABA Division for Public Education has gathered resources to help make the Magna Carta accessible to everyone:  Free Law Day Toolkits for teachers are available from the site.

  • 04/16/2015 6:00 PM | WWL Admin (Administrator)


    Help Pierce County CASA Get the Word Out!


    Please join us from 6 to 8 p.m. on the evening of Thursday, April 16 for an exciting evening at the LeMay Car Museum. Our annual CASA “Get the Word Out” events are designed to raise community awareness about CASA and the work we do, and to ultimately recruit more CASA volunteers to be advocates for the most vulnerable young members of our community.


    If you would like an invitation, please call Pierce County CASA at 253.798.7955

  • 03/31/2015 11:46 AM | WWL Admin (Administrator)

     Call for UW Women Leaders Award Nominations

    The University of Washington Women Leaders are seeking nominations for distinguished women in our legal community for the following awards:

    ·        Outstanding Elected or Appointed Official,

    ·        Outstanding UW Law Alumni,

    ·        Lifetime Achievement, and

    ·        Outstanding Achievement by a Young Lawyer.

    Please follow the links for more details about each award and to submit your nominations. Nominations will be accepted through April 6, 2015.

  • 03/27/2015 10:46 AM | WWL Admin (Administrator)



    March 27-29 in Olympia
    VOLUNTEER TODAY and help foster the development of the next generation of legal professionals and civic leaders.

    This year's event will take place Friday and Saturday, March 27-28 at the Thurston County Courthouse in Olympia, with the Awards Breakfast and Championship Round being held on Sunday, March 29.

    For more information on the Mock Trial program visit us online.

    Please help us ensure all young people have access to high quality civic education programs. Share this opportunity with your friends and colleagues and DONATE TODAY!

  • 03/26/2015 12:00 PM | WWL Admin (Administrator)

    Creating solutions to the language proficiency barriers in state courts.   

    12 - 1:30 pm

    Davis Wright Tremaine LLE, 1201 Third Ave

    Free CLE Credit and Beverages will be provided

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