2016 Programs

2016 Ethics with Strait & Boerner

Two of the most respected and engaging presenters on ethics in Washington again provide a thought-provoking and practical discussion on ethics, your practice and practical advice in assuring you are following the ethics rules. 

2016 Masters Level Elder Law CLE

This program was co-sponsored by the WSBA Elder Law Section and the Seattle University School of Law; and Chaired by Richard Sayre and Carla Calogero. In developing this program the seminar team: reviewed past programs; identified emerging trends of important topics; received input from top Elder Law attorneys in the state; and held a focus group committed to ensure content matched the needs of practitioners. 

2016 Just Enough to be Dangerous-Family Law

Chaired by family law practitioner Rosemarie LeMoine, speakers include Judge Lori-Kay Smith of the King County Unified Family Court and Anne Siedel, former WSBA Disciplinary Counsel; Ann Carey and Linda Lillevik; Marguerite Smith; and Gloria Nagler and Michael Sperry. This program supports practitioners who know some of areas that family law by necessity touches but could use more information. Examples include: detailing the differences in family law motions practice and local rules; addressing the ethics of being a counselor and advisor to people in the painful position of ending a marriage and reconstructing a family relationship. 

2016 NW Marijuana Law Conference

Now in its fourth year, the Annual Northwest Marijuana Law Conference is an in-depth exploration of the practice of marijuana law in Washington State as the legal sale of marijuana moves from a new to a maturing industry. Led by Joshua Ashby and Christopher Larsen, speakers address issues ranging from cross-border law and the ethics of advising marijuana law clients; analyze updates in the laws that merge recreational and medical marijuana under a single regulatory system; and parse out the continuing issues for business owners related to land use, employment, and licensing. Participants build strategies for assisting clients with the emerging trends and challenges in business development, taxation, and intellectual property, as well as what to do when your client wants to litigate. 

2016 Supreme Court Watch

Professor Andrew Siegel leads a slate of appellate and Supreme Court attorneys in a discussion of strategies and tactics for arguing cases at the SCOTUS level. Professor Siegel provides an analysis of the politics involved along with the law involved in nominating and confirming judicial appointees. This robust program includes a critical review of recent cases and a preview of upcoming cases in this election year. See if the speculations by these experts were right in light of the recent election and likely SCOTUS nominee. 

2016 Hastening Death by VSED

Voluntarily stopping eating and drinking (VSED) is one way to assuredly hasten death. Although generally regarded as legal, VSED has not gained nearly as much public or scholarly attention as aid-in-dying, though the latter is legal in only five states. This interdisciplinary conference addressed ethical, legal, clinical, religious, personal, family, and institutional issues that arise with VSED, including contexts of hospice and dementia care. Many presentations will be published in the Seattle Journal of Social Justice, a publication of Seattle University School of Law.

The original conference was recorded on October 14-15, 2016. Due to a weather-related power outage, certain portions of the original program recording were not recoverable; additionally, the recordings for certain speakers are not available due to copyright agreements. Please see the Agenda page for recordings that are posted and available for viewing. 

2016 Making Your Case

Effectively and efficiently conduct your case from the intake call to the mediation! 

2016 Cross-Examination

Co-sponsored by the Washington Foundation for Criminal Justice, this practice based seminar addresses cross-examination from both the civil and criminal perspectives. Cross-examination is the lawyer’s opportunity to tell their client’s story; here is your opportunity to learn the most effective ways for achieving that outcome. 

2016 Health Law Certificate Program

The Health Law Certificate program is designed to broaden your knowledge and deepen your ability to engage health law issues. This three day program was designed by experienced practitioners who know the most relevant and important topics in engaging important and emerging areas of Health Law. 

2016 Health Law Day 3

The annual Health Care Law Certificate program is designed to broaden your knowledge and deepen your ability to engage health law issues. The full program was designed by experienced practitioners who know the most relevant and important topics in engaging important and emerging areas of Health Law. Day Three of the 2016 program focuses specifically on the issues surrounding mental health care and laws as they apply to people struggling with mental health issues. 

2016 Just Enough to Be Dangerous - Elder Law

In the Information Age, legal practitioners and clients alike have more information at their fingertips than ever before. There’s just enough information available to endanger the estate planning goals and financial well-being of a client when that information is used in a vacuum and without the guidance of a skilled legal practitioner. The danger of not knowing what you don’t know is not limited to clients. It’s more important than ever for legal practitioners to understand their role in bridging the gap between client and the legal system, and continuously refreshing their understanding of their chosen legal disciplines, and the important role they play to their client as counselor and advisor. 

2016 Blood Breath and Tears

Both defending and prosecuting attorneys require an understanding of the science and function of the new breath and blood testing instruments, as well as the discovery issues and evolving case law surrounding DUI for cannabis as well as alcohol. This program provides functional information on the new Draeger Alcotest instrument and the facts of cannabis absorption and elimination as well as impairment levels; build connections between alcohol and cannabis investigation phases; cover the groundbreaking angles brought before SCOTUS and the Washington Supreme Court regarding constitutionality of breath and blood tests; and offer practical tips on ethical dilemmas with clients accused of DUI. 

2016 Defender Conference

Justice - What does Money have to do with it? This year’s program will cover important topics and trends in legal defense but will also have an emphasis on the role of money in our system. Topics include: Cash warrants and related financial barriers; Bail issues; Monetary Sanctions and LFO barriers. There will also be sessions on: National Trends in Workload Studies, and Litigation to Limit Caseloads; how defenders can address implied racial bias; and a new initiative to help clients who have multiple arrests, and a history of mental illness and substance abuse.