Author: Sean Powers

ON DEMAND WEBINAR: Remembering Japanese Incarceration and the Lies of Executive Order 9066

<< CLE Credit: 1.00 Ethics >>

Filmmaker Jon Osaki’s documentary “Alternative Facts: The Lies of Executive Order 9066” takes an in-depth look at the legal rationale and evidence that undergirded the issuance of Executive Order 9066, which led to the wartime incarceration of almost 120,000 persons of Japanese ancestry, and Korematsu v. United States (1944), the subsequent U.S. Supreme Court Case which upheld its constitutionality. Using historical footage, documents, and interviews, Alternative Facts covers the forces and players that brought E.O. 9066 into being, the work of researchers who uncovered evidence unmasking the manipulated record submitted to the Supreme Court in Korematsu, and the work of the attorneys pursuing coram nobis cases to vacate the convictions of Fred Korematsu, Gordon Hirabayashi, and Minoru Yasui.

After a screening of Alternative Facts, Serin Ngai, of Sound Family Solutions, PLLC, will lead a panel discussion with filmmaker Jon Osaki, King County Superior Court Presiding Judge Patrick Oishi, and Lori Bannai, Professor Emeritus, Seattle University School of Law, and Director Emeritus of the law school’s Korematsu Center. Professor Bannai was also an attorney on the legal team that won vacation of Mr. Korematsu’s wartime conviction. The panel will discuss the role of attorneys and the judiciary in Korematsu case, how these issues continue to impact the current legal and political climate, and how lawyers and judges can respond.

To watch the video, CLICK HERE.

Webinar – An Introduction to Adult Guardianships (3/22/2022)

This webinar – featuring guest speakers from the King County Superior Court Clerk’s Ex Parte Department and a Superior Court Commissioner – will introduce you to the process of acquiring guardianship, as well as some important alternatives.

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IMPORTANT: New Guardianship Law Effective January 1, 2022

Effective immediately, there are substantial changes to established procedures for processing of Guardianships of Adults, Conservatorships or Adults and Minors, and Other Protective Arrangements in King County Superior Court. Please review this summary of important changes to better understand what this change means for lay guardians, practitioners, and Court Visitors in King County. This document is not an exhaustive list of all policies, issues or possible hearings that can occur. You should consult the law (RCW 11.130) and/or consult an attorney.
All parties and persons are encouraged to monitor this site regularly for updates. In addition, to receive important text and/or email notices from the Clerk sign-up to receive Clerk’s Alerts.

Webinar – An Introduction to Minor Guardianships (3/8/2022)

With the help from the Superior Court Clerk’s Ex Parte department, the Family Law Facilitator’s Office and a Court Commissioner, this webinar will introduce you to the basic process of getting guardianship of a minor.  It will take into account recent legal changes that became effective January 2022.

Specific Topics:

  • 04:38 – Resources
  • 06:32 – What is minor guardianship
  • 08:55 – Minor guard. Vs. emergency minor guard
  • 11:14 – Basic steps for minor guardianship process
  • 12:02 – Overview of emergency minor guardianship
  • 13:12 – Initial forms
  • 18:33 – Initial steps
  • 20:04 – Overview of minor guardianship process
  • 21:44 – Initial forms
  • 24:04 – Who needs to be served or notified?
  • 25:52 – Additional forms if child is member of an Indian tribe
  • 26:21 – 60-day hearing/checklist
  • 27:29 – Findings & order
  • 28:06 – Responding to a minor guardianship
  • 30:42 – Service of process
  • 32:46 – Zoom
  • 38:29 – Scheduling hearings
  • 39:14 – eFiling
  • 39:55 – Q&A

Webinar: How to Submit Civil and Family Law Motions

This very informative video will introduce you to the basice of filing a motion into your family law or civil case.  It includes a Q&A session at the end with experienced lawyer Rosemarie LeMoine.



  • 0:11 – Clerk’s Introduction
  • 03:41 – Library’s Introduction
  • 10:06 – What is a Motion?
  • 13:34 – Court Rules
  • 20:43 – Forms
  • 30:41 – Scheduling a Hearing
  • 37:33 – Working Papers Submission List
  • 39:37 – Using Zoom
  • 46:23 – E-Filing
  • 46:57 – Q&A


Search Law Firm Websites

Very often, lawyers write and post very informative articles to their websites or blogs that provide helpful summaries of legal topics.  Running a general Google search will surely include some of these articles in their results – but they will be included with all of the other materials found across the internet.  Rather than sifting through all of this unwanted “noise,” you can restrict your search just to law firm websites with a search engine built for this very purpose!

You can read more about the engine HERE.

Or you can go straight to the search engine here: Law Firm Search Engine  

WTEW… Using the Family Law Settlement Conference Program – HOW DOES IT WORK?

Our last video introduced you to the Volunteer Settlement Conference Program – in this video, we spend some time looking at how it works!

Points of Interest:

  • 0:36 – What’s first step?
  • 2:07 – Do I schedule the conference online?
  • 3:00 – How do I communicate with Mediator?
  • 4:34 – How do I prepare for a settlement conference?
  • 8:20 – Can I have a third-party attend my conference?
  • 9:31 – What is the effect of coming to an agreement?
  • 11:18 – How long does the settlement conference last?
  • 12:14 – Can I choose my Mediator?


Washington Courts: Civil Rule 2A

King County: Local Family Law Rule 10

King County Volunteer Settlement Program

King County Family Court Services

(Rev. 4/2022)



WTEW… Using the Family Law Settlement Conference Program – WHAT IS IT?

King County Family Court Services can connect you with volunteer attorneys who can act as mediators for your family law case. This free program can save the time and expense of a trial and satisfies the requirement that some form of alternate dispute resolution be attempted.

Points of Interest:

  • 00:40 – What is Alternate Dispute Resolution (ADR)?
  • 02:22 – What is the Volunteer Settlement Conference Program?
  • 05:55 – Contact information Music from



(Rev. 4/2022)