Articles

CIVIL PROTECTION ORDERS UNITE: RCW 7.105

By Commissioner Terri Farmer, Pierce County Superior Court.   Once again, we have a new statute in town. RCW 7.105 governing all Civil Protection was enacted into law in May 2021. The primary legislative intent was to consolidate and harmonize the law governing domestic violence protection orders (DVPO), sexual assault protection orders (SAPO), stalking protection […]
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Washington’s New Landlord-Tenant Statute[1]

By John Weaver.   Reasons, Reasons, we don’t have to tell you no stinking reasons — Oh, yes, you do. You’re at a party when a friend comes up and says: “My kid just got a notice from his landlord that says he has to move out in twenty days.” You ask, “Is he up […]
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The Transition from Non-Parental Custody to Minor Guardianship

By Commissioner Craig Adams, Pierce County Superior Court.   The Washington state legislature affected a wholesale change in the law when it enacted the Uniform Guardianship Act (UGA), RCW 11.130 et seq. One of the most significant changes was the adoption of Article 2 of that Uniform Act. Article 2 has forever changed the landscape […]
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Remembering Katherine Stolz

By Judge Diana Kiesel, Pierce County Superior Court.   Judge, Attorney, Bibliophile, Author, Animal Rescuer, Antique Connoisseur, Quilter, Learned Person, and One of a Kind Personality Steve Downing asked me to write an article about his friend, Katherine, for the Bar Magazine. What a privilege to pay tribute to a remarkable person. Immediately, I reflected […]
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Do Geofence Warrants Violate Art. 1 Sec. 7 of the Washington Constitution?

By Judge Michael Schwartz.   One of law enforcement’s latest tools in the fight against crime is the “geofence” warrant. Unlike traditional warrants that identify a suspect in advance of a search, a geofence warrant essentially allows the police to work backward, gathering data to identify electronic devices at or near the scene of a […]
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Qualitative Data and the True Value of a Case

By Jordan L. Couch.   How much are your cases really worth? You probably have an estimate of the profits you’ll make and you might even have an estimate of time it will take but there’s more to a case’s value than quantitative measures of time and money. How do you measure the aspects that […]
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Celebrating our Veterans

By Steve Krupa.   Greetings my friends! With Veterans Day behind us, I started thinking about how my military service as a Judge Advocate (JA) Officer both benefited and defined me as a civilian attorney. There are quite a few Pierce County lawyers who were JAs including US District Court Judge Settle and Pierce County […]
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Local Public Defenders Protest at the County City Building in Tacoma

By Lisa Mansfield.   When I awoke on the morning of June 8, 2020 I never thought that by midday I would be face down on the ground with my colleagues outside of Tacoma’s County City Building (CCB), but that is exactly what happened. I walked with a group of lawyers to participate in a […]
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Black Lives Matter, So What Do I Do With My Privilege?

By Diane Clarkson.   I am a Black prosecutor in Pierce County, Washington. I am the product of a single mom, born in D.C. and raised in a very segregated Birmingham, Alabama after the riots of 1968. I attended Berea College – the only college I could afford to attend, a tuition-free, work/study college. I […]
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