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Words matter. Spoken or unspoken. Words created our nation. They form the backbone of society. Without words there can be no rule of law.  No communication of any sort. Words can inspire. Or crush all hope. Those with power must be especially careful in choosing their words. Because the wrong ones can lead to terrible consequences. Racist words and rhetoric can morally crippled a nation. The failure to use words to acknowledge racism can lead…
As the courthouse doors clanged shut, the plaintiff bar and our clients watched helplessly as civil trials were pushed into the unforeseeable future, A general sense of gloom descended upon us. Now what, we wondered.. Three months later, little has changed in terms of resurrecting the civil trial. Various committees have been formed by the judges who are consulting with groups of attorneys. There have been whispers about zoom, or moving to the now unused…
Head out from the cabin with Nala. Turn right. Go down the long hill that follows the path of the river. The roadway is empty. Cabins mainly vacant. It is off season. The county is just coming off of an executive order banning Airbnb rentals due to the pandemic. It is a cloudy but pleasant day. We reach the end of that road. Turn left and begin our way up Kinnikinik street. The river is…
Long before the coronavirus caused a world wide crisis that shut down courthouses, our civil jury trials had been slowly disappearing. Corporate America discovered that forced arbitration clauses could be used to try to wipe out the right to a jury trial in everything ranging from consumer actions to sexual assaults in the workplace to mass transit disasters when trains derail because of admitted fault by the company. Insurance companies used super lobby groups to…
Insurance companies pinched themselves over their good fortune as the courthouse doors pretty much closed in response to the coronavirus. The third prong of their mantra had suddenly and without precedence become their main weapon of choice to defeat claims brought by injured people. Oh Karen, you are being overly dramatic and biased, you may be thinking. But let me tell you a story. Mr. X was killed on the job eight years ago due…
Trial in February.  Federal Court.  Indefinitely delayed. Trial in March. Pierce County Superior Court. Delayed one year. Trial in April. King County Superior Court.  Delayed until October (hopefully) after 5years of litigation. And the ever growing list goes on and on. “To none will we sell, to none deny or delay,right or justice.”   The Magna Carta (1215) Photo: Nala – my body double.…
Client has travelled from Idaho with Co-counsel. Two different plane delays. Epic rainfall in Seattle. Not a joy for them. Defense lawyer and insurance adjuster in one conference room. Client, co-counsel, Lisa and I are in another. We spend about 45 minutes with the mediator. She leaves to meet with the defense. And is gone. For a long time. Long enough for me to write several letters, revise a motion, take packages to my car,…
We have the microphones in place. Sound system wired up. Have done half a dozen shows. And will be launching this week. This newest incarnation of The Velvet Hammer would not be possible without a great team: Mike Todd – sound engineer and editor. Also did the intro and music. Ryan Monahan – safely and securely connecting to the cloud and beyond. Alysha Koehler – web and podcast page designer. Noelle Rankin – art designer.…
By order of my children, spent two weeks in Europe. Went with Michael for week one in London. Week two Liz my friend since kindergarten met me in Paris. It was very fun and easy. Cristina planned everything to perfection. I just had to show up. After 10 hours the plane touched down Saturday evening. Had dozed on it maybe an hour. Grabbed uber. Thanked a stressed out Julia who had housesat and been Nala’s…