Author: Rick Stroup

Learn Virtually with a MOOC!

MOOCs, or Massive Open Online Courses, are online courses in a variety of disciplines, including the law, which anyone with a computer and an Internet connection can attend. They are free and often less structured than traditional in-person courses. Both of our local public library systems, Seattle Public Library and the King County Library System, offer access to many prominent MOOC providers.

For more information about MOOCs aimed at lawyers or others interested in the law, see this excellent article from the Harris County Law Library.

While not MOOCs, KCLL does offer a variety of video training segments as well.  Check them out here!

New Nonparental Custody Law Implementation Postposed

Significant changes were made to our State’s nonparental custody laws in 2020.  The new laws were set to take effect after December 31, 2020 but the King County Superior Court Clerk’s office has recently learned that the implementation of these new laws has been postponed.  For more details about how this impacts nonparental custody procedures in King County, read the Clerk’s announcement here.

Eviction Resolution Program Begins

The Washington State Superior Court Judges’ Association (SCJA) work group in partnership with the state Office of Civil Legal Aid has created a new eviction resolution program to assist both tenants and landlords with resolving eviction and housing issues when our State’s eviction moratorium is lifted.

Six superior courts in Clark, King, Pierce, Snohomish, Spokane, and Thurston counties are piloting the program beginning this week.  Hopefully, the chance for both landlords and tenants to meet with the help of a free, neutral mediator will reduce the number of regular evictions filed in these counties.

For more information, see the program’s web site here.