Articles

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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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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Remote Office Tips and Tricks

By David C. Smith.   So, here we are in the middle of a pandemic. And no matter how many science fiction shows I have watched that discuss the pandemic scenario, not a single one of them talks about the effects of this situation on maybe the most important professions in our society, lawyering. Of […]
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Unusual Times

By Mary Robnett.   The ground has shifted under our feet dramatically – and I don’t mean just since the COVID-19 crisis started. Even in the last two weeks, since I was asked to write about how the pandemic is affecting our office, court operations have changed significantly. To call it unprecedented in my lifetime […]
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“GIVE 20 in 20”

By Sal Mungia.   Whenever I hear the phrase “give me _____” (insert the number of your choice in the blank) my blood pressure still notches up a good 20 points with the number of heartbeats doing the same. To those of us growing up at a certain time that phrase was usually associated with […]
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