Appeals in Washington: Judges and Lawyers in Conversation

4.5 Law and Legal and 1.0 Ethics CLE credits | WSBA AV Activity ID #398891

Chief Justice Barbara Madsen, Justice Charlie Wiggins, Chief Judge Laurel Siddoway, Division 3, Judge Brad Maxa, Division 2, Judge Michael Trickey, Division 1, Acting Chief Judge Jim Verellen, Division 1, Chief Judge Michael S. Spearman, Division 1, and Chief Disciplinary Counsel Doug Ende talk with top practitioners about the most important issues in appellate practice.


Recorded:  04/10/2015
Credits:  4.5 Law and Legal and 1.0 Ethics CLE | WSBA AV Activity ID #398891
Length: 5.5 hours

Featured Speakers:
Chief Justice Madsen; Justice Wiggins; Court of Appeals Judges Siddoway, Maxa, Trickey, Verellen, and Spearman

Organized by noted appeals attorney Ken Masters and Shelby Frost Lemmel, and covering the most important current issues in applellate law and including best practices this program will have Justices and Judges from around the state: Chief Justice Barbara Madsen; Justice Charlie Wiggins; Chief Judge Laurel Siddoway, Division 3; Judge Brad Maxa, Division 2; Judge Michael Trickey, Division 1; Acting Chief Judge Jim Verellen, Division 1; Chief Judge Michael S. Spearman, Division 1; will engate top practitioners in an engaging and informative discussion.  Topics will also include tips for brief writing and oral argument, a report on our approaching electronic filing system, and a discussion with our Chief Disciplinary Counsel on appellate ethics.


8:30-9:00 a.m.

Registration and Coffee

9:00- 9:05 a.m.

Introduction - Dean Annette Clark, Seattle University School of Law

9:05- 10:00 a.m.

A View From the Bench - Chief Justice Barbara Madsen, Washington State Supreme Court

10:00 - 11:00

My First Term: What I've Learned, What Surprised Me & Tips - Justice Charlie Wiggins. Washington State Supreme Court

In conversation with:
• Chief Judge Laurel Siddoway, Division 3
• Judge Brad Maxa, Division 2
• Judge Michael Trickey, Division 1

11:00-11:15 a.m. Break

11:15 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Technology on Appeal - Rich Johnson, Division I clerk

In conversation with:
• Melissa White, Cozen O'Connor
• Robert Taylor, WSBA Liaison to BJA
• Ken Masters, Seminar Co-chair

12 -1:00 p.m. Lunch on your own

1:00-2:00 p.m.

Appellate Briefs - Chief Judge Laurel Siddoway, Division 3

In conversation with:
• Howard Goodfriend, Smith|Goodfriend
• Sidney Tribe, Talmadge Fitzpatrick Tribe
• Seth Fine, Snohomish County Prosecuting Attorney Appellate Unit
• Eric Broman, Nielsen Broman & Koch
• Janet Dickson, Professor of Lawyering Skills and Legal Writing, Seattle University School of Law

2:00-2:15 p.m. Break

2:15-3:30 p.m.

Oral Argument - Acting Chief Judge Jim Verellen, Division I

In conversation with:
• Catherine Smith, Smith|Goodfriend
• Alan Copsey, Solicitor General's Office
• Jim Whisman, Director of King County Prosecutor's Appellate Unit
• Lila Silverstein, Washington Appellate Project

3:30-4:30 p.m.

Ethics - WSBA Chief Disciplinary Counsel Douglas Ende

In conversation with:
• Chief Judge Michael S. Spearman, Division 1
• Phil Talmadge, Talmadge Fitzpatrick Tribe
• Averil Rothrock, Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt, PC
• Shelby Lemmel, Seminar Co-Chair

4:30 p.m.

Evaluations and adjourn


Program Chairpersons

Ken Masters

For over 20 years, Ken Masters has handled hundreds of civil appeals in all areas of the law. Elected the 1st District Governor on the WSBA Board of Governors for 2012 to 2015, Mr. Masters has chaired and presented at dozens of appellate practice seminars, has chaired numerous bar association committees, and actively pursues pro bono work. He served as President of the Washington Appellate Lawyers Association from 2007 to 2013, and is listed in "The Best Lawyers in America" (appeals), in Washington Law & Politics' "Top 10 in Appellate Law," and in various publications' lists of the Top 100 Washington lawyers. He is a Fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America and the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers.

Shelby Lemmel

Shelby R. Frost Lemmel is celebrating 10 years as an appellate advocate, having primarily focused on civil appeals since joining the firm in 2003. She has handled all aspects of appeals, from pre-appeal consultations, through briefing and argument, to post-mandate proceedings. She won the Tausend Appellate Moot Court Competition in law school, and coached the law school's moot court teams for many years. The mother of two wonderful children, she has established a solid reputation as an effective advocate in Washington's appellate courts.


General Registration - $165

SU School of Law Alumni - $140.00

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