Times change. And so do sensibilities and values. So not all legal decisions age as well as one might have expected. Washington Supreme Court Chief Justice Steven Gonzalez has created a list of some decisions that should be (or already have been) changed.
You can see the entire list and read the explanations in the Seattle Times article found HERE.
One of the ways that the King County Bar Association is working to improve the quality of legal representation in the area is by helping deserving legal students with the cost of licensure. In addition to a limited number of application grants, KCBA is partnering with no less that four commercial vendors to provide some applicants with tuition grants for test-prep courses.
You can read the flyer HERE.
More information and application forms can be found HERE.
The spread of technology into so many areas of our lives has opened up new avenues for harassing behavior. From “cyber-stalking” to “revenge porn,” there are a number of things that we can do to fight back – but where to start? Here are a few very helpful resources:
CYBER CIVIL RIGHTS LEGAL PROJECT – connects victims of nonconsensual pornography with legal assistance – locally, nationally and even outside of the United States.
CLINIC TO END TECH ABUSE (CETA) – helps abuse survivors understand how technology can be manipulated to harm them and what steps they can take to prevent it.
NATIONAL NETWORK TO END DOMESTIC VIOLENCE (NNEDV) – provides an online toolkit to help domestic violence survivors navigate the technological dimension of abuse.
NEW BEGINNINGS – offers a wide variety of resources to help those who have faced domestic abuse.
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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.
The Washington Supreme Court is hosting a virtual memorial service in honor of three retired justices who passed away between December 2019 and December 2021. The service honoring Justices Walter T. McGovern, Roselle Pekelis and Mary E. Fairhurst will begin at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, May 11. Read more details about the contributions of these justices here. Attend the virtual memorial service here.
The City of Seattle has ended its moratorium on payment-related evictions. This Seattle Times article provides a good update on the landscape that local renters may now be facing and also mentions a number of related resources.
You can read the article HERE.
If you are a low-income tenant in Washington State, you may be eligible for legal assistance if you are facing eviction or looking for rent assistance. For details. follow these links:
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King County Superior Court issued Emergency Order 35 on January 12, 2022, extending the suspension of all in-person criminal trials until February 11, 2022. The suspension is in response to concerns about the spread of the Omicron Variant of COVID-19 in King County. Emergency Order 33 regarding all civil trials being virtual, with discretion to the judicial officers, remains in effect and is not impacted by this new emergency order.
Do you need help paying back rent? In partnership with the King County Eviction Prevention and Rental Assistance Program and Mary’s Place, the Boys & Girls Clubs of King County is distributing back-rent assistance funding to local families. Applications for assistance are due to the Boys and Girls Club via this portal by December 31, 2021.