Washington

503 ABA Journal articles on Washington.

People can change, Washington Supreme Court says regarding bar applicant with felony convictions

In explaining a ruling that allowed a law school graduate and Skadden Fellow with a criminal past and in recovery for substance abuse to sit for the state bar, the…

Lawyer accused of shooting at another attorney’s office now faces meth lab charges
A lawyer arrested for allegedly firing several shots at the office of an Oregon attorney is facing new charges stemming from a search of his home in Vancouver, Washington.
Lawyer described as a ‘decorated’ sniper is accused of shooting at another attorney’s office

Police have arrested a lawyer who practices in Portland, Oregon, for allegedly firing several shots at the office of another lawyer after an escalating dispute.

Police arrested Erik Graeff, 42,…

Computer refurbisher appeals for freedom after trying to prolong lives of PCs

Updated and corrected: Eric Lundgren, an electronics recycling advocate and computer refurbisher from California, faces more than a year in prison for creating tens of thousands of discs meant to…

Some states are welcoming back ex-offenders to work behind bars

In 2010, Cindy Stubbs was nearing the end of a 14-year sentence in a South Carolina prison, determined never to return. A mother of four, locked up on gun and…

When UPL accusations against lawyer paraprofessionals are just protectionism
Last year, the legal profession continued to protect the delivery of legal services with multiple state bar ethics decisions negatively impacting legal service providers Avvo, LegalZoom, and Rocket Lawyer. As I outlined last time, 80 percent—or 4 in 5 Americans—cannot obtain legal help. In most industries, this would be seen as a massive market opportunity for existing providers.
Lawyer is accused of demanding $50K, the amount owed in ethics case, during attempted bank robbery

A lawyer in Washington state has been charged with attempted first-degree robbery for an alleged bank holdup that ended when police arrived at the scene.

Police say Richard Evan Kriger,…

Washington state attorney general sues Motel 6 for handing over customer data to immigration agents

Updated: Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson is suing Motel 6 “for voluntarily providing guest lists to agents of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement,” on a routine basis for at least…

FCC repeals net neutrality rules; at least 2 state AGs plan to challenge
At least two state attorneys general announced they will join a multistate lawsuit challenging Thursday's decision by the Federal Communications Commission to repeal net neutrality rules requiring internet providers to provide equal access to apps and websites.
The limited license legal technician is the way of the future of law
The first time I heard about the Washington State Bar Association’s Limited License Legal Technician program was when I hosted an Evolve Law event in Seattle in November 2015. I had just moved to the state and I was immediately intrigued by what I heard about the program.
Web 100: Best law blogs
Our inaugural year of the Web 100 list honors 50 blogs (and adds five more to our Blawg 100 Hall of Fame.)
Law grad with criminal record can sit for state bar, Washington Supreme Court rules
After a Thursday hearing with many questions centered on the substance abuse recovery of Tarra Simmons—a 2017 law school graduate who also has an addiction history, as well as prior theft and drug possession convictions—the Washington Supreme Court ruled that she can sit for the state bar.
Sexually assaulted woman files civil rights action against city of Houston over rape kit backlog

Houston officials have known about a rape kit testing backlog for years but did not address the problem, according to a federal civil rights lawsuit filed this week.

Current and…

One bit of good news for immigrants in detention

In contrast to President Donald Trump’s crackdown on immigration, one federal protection for immigrants has been quietly expanded in recent months. A growing number of courtrooms are providing free legal…

Inmate attacks lawyer at one hearing, struggles with bailiffs at another

A Washington state inmate attacked his own lawyer during a sentencing hearing last Friday and then struggled with four bailiffs in a return court appearance on Wednesday.

The inmate, 27-year-old…

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