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7:30 am Get up. Take out Nala. It’s cool outside. Mountain air. 8:00 Eat raspberries. Clean up and pack. 8:45 Cristina, Sol and Liam come from little cabin to big one to say bye. And take away a bike. 8:50 Dance while Liam bangs on piano to the Latin drum beat. They finish. Say goodbye. 9:00 Firm meeting – give covid protocol update. 9:25 Leave firm meeting. 9:30 Zoom mediation with Keith Kubic. 2:30 End…
As lawyers, we are uniquely qualified to fight against institutional racism. Yet how many of us are standing with the protesters – maybe not in the actual protests, but advocating on their behalf. And on behalf of this cause. Shortly after  the George Floyd/BLM protests began, our office started a pro bono project: representing peaceful protesters who were the victims of excessive force.  In Seattle, the City has repeatedly used excessive force against protesters,…
Judge Oishi begins the arraignment: The defense has filed a motion to prohibit media from filming the defendant. Defense counsel rises and makes his case for why the cameras should not alight upon his client. This is in the form of a type of opening statement. Explains his client did not do the acts intentionally. That he supported BLM. And otherwise was a good guy who just happened to be involved in an unfortunate…
 We are unbelievably humbled to be surrounded by you allthis morning. The work of this community is to seek justice for those who forcenturies have been victims of oppression, violence, discrimination, and death.And so we deeply thank you for extending your love to our child. Whether Mr. Kelete intended to strike our child and DiazLove or whether it was an accident like he claims, the increasingly regularpractice of cars being used as weapons is REAL…
Justice Ireland: “Here’s a picture of me as the first woman member of the Washington State Trial Lawyer Association Board. It only happened because the President, John Lewis, insisted. He wanted me to be chair of the legislative committee because I had worked in the Stat senate three terms in college. I knew everyone and where all the bodies were buried. The WSTLA Board agreed with one hitch. I would not have a vote. I…
My kids were 6, 8 and 10 when their dad and I separated. A year later we divorced. As a single working parent, there was an ever present tension between my time spent with my kids and time spent at work. Their dad eventually got to the point of sharing custody every other week. An arrangement that I detested but also needed. On even weeks I would stay at the office 12 or so hours…
From the very beginning I knew that my shadow day with my mom would not be exactly relaxing. I woke up the same time I do every school morning, and left the house by 7:30am. Kristin (co-student) met me and my mom and we headed out to Seattle. On the way over we were stuck in a fantastic jam of traffic, so we had a lot of time to question my mom about how she…
The new client’s brother had a list of news media reporters who had left their numbers. My first job was to get that all handled as quickly as possible. The issue of timeliness in the news has dramatically changed over the past decade. When I first learned how to work with the media, Sue Evans media consultant, used to advise us not to immediately take a reporter’s call. To get the messaging straight first, sometimes…
Learned last week that we did not win the nomination to be a finalist in the running to be the 2019 Trial Lawyer of the Year for Public Justice. When Brad told me – he said – I know you don’t care. And he was right. Because I had given it almost no thought. It was an honor to be nominated. But our case was not the typical Public Justice type of fight. We weren’t…
“Congratulations! The National Trial Lawyers has identified you as one of the top 25 National Women Trial Lawyers in the state of Washington. Membership is by invitation only and is extended to the most qualified attorneys from each state or region, based on objective and uniformly applied criteria.” Hogwash. The letter arrives along with an order form so I can get a wall plaque ($165.00) or a Lady justice Statue ($240.00) to proudly display in…