Solving Challenges in Your Law Practice – a new type of learning CLE

February 22, 2018 | 3.0 Other CLE Credits

We all face challenges in our law practice, whether it's in the intake of clients or the managing of cases there is no shortage of difficulties lawyers face. Join us for a new style of CLE modeled after the emerging approach for engaging professionals and finding new answers to common problems: a Hackathon.


In this fast-paced program you will learn strategies for finding fast, effective, and comprehensive solutions to problems. Best of all, you'll be given an opportunity to practice these skills. Attendees and lawyers from Volunteer Legal Services and local firms will be given a chance to present to the group work challenges they face in their practice; attendees will then have the opportunity to work together in small groups to develop an answer and/or approach for solving the problems using the skills they have learned. At the end, each small group will have a few minutes to present their solution to a judging panel who, in good fun, will name a winner of the Hackathon.

This program is priced at only $39 for three credits to encourage you to try this new type of CLE. The program will be held at the Old Town Music Society Venue in Tacoma. So come, bring your problems, and together we will work to improve the profession for everyone.


2:00 to 2:30 p.m.


2:30 to 3:00 p.m.

Introduction to Hackathon problem solving and reframing issues into solvable problems

Presenter: Jordan Couch, Palace Law Firm

3:00 to 3:15 p.m.

Issues with Intakes

Presenter: Cole Douglas, PCVA Law Firm

3:15 to 3:30 p.m.

Volunteer legal issue

Presenter: Laurie Davenport, Director, TPCBA Volunteer Legal Services Program

3:30 to 3:45 p.m.

Issues impacting Lawyers

Moderator: Jordan Couch, Palace Law Firm  (opportunity for audience members to introduce discussion topics)

3:45 to 4:00 p.m.


4:00 to 5:15 p.m.

Small group problem solving sessions

5:15 to 5:45 p.m.

Judging Panel review and discussion

Judge Shelly Speir, Peirce County Superior Court
Patrick Palace, Palace Law Firm
Diana Singleton, WSBA Access to Justice Board


Evaluations and adjourn




Judge Shelly K. Speir, Pierce County Superior Court

Jordan Couch, Palace Law Firm

Diana Singleton, WSBA Access to Justice Board Manager

Patrick Palace, Palace Law Firm

Cole Douglas, PCVA Law Firm

Laurie Davenport, TPCBA Volunteer Legal Services Program Director


Tuition: $39.00

In-person participation only