Articles

Judge Susan Adams – Pierce County Superior Court

By Sarah Richardson.   Superior Court Judge Susan Adams is always a pleasure to talk with. I’ve known her since the mid ‘90s when she was a supervisor and I was a new DPA at the Pierce County Prosecutor’s office. Then and now, Judge Adams’s intelligence and warmth are immediately apparent. She is also easy […]
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Ya Got Trouble in River City

By Salvador Mungia.   As lawyers and judges our reputations are central to who we are. A sanction by the Bar, or by the Commission on Judicial Conduct, puts a stain on that reputation that, while it may fade after time, will never go away. We, as lawyers, should be the first to call out […]
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The Haunting of the Twenty-First Century Office Park

By Christopher Walsh.   As a new attorney training in an office that has transitioned to predominantly remote work, I have witnessed abandoned offices, scattered furniture, and experienced virtual interactions with peers, colleagues, and courts. Ghosts roam these halls. But I am not frightened; I had a similar experience in law school, graduating with the rest […]
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Breaking A Culture of Silence

By Chelsea E. Rauch.   How lawmakers are reining in expansive pre-dispute agreements Over one-third of the United States’ workforce are bound by non-disclosure agreements (“NDAs”), which—by the very nature of such a covenant—chill employee speech and the free flow of information between employees and jobseekers.[1] Historically, NDAs between an employer and employee have been […]
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President’s Page – Anxiety

By Sarah Richardson.   In my early 30s I began experiencing constant skin twitches, like the annoying way an eyelid may flicker for a moment, or when a thumb loses it’s cool and jumps around of its own volition. This experience was different. The twitches occurred everywhere, like a discordant symphony playing out all over […]
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Are Ads Worth It?

By Jordan Couch.   I get asked this question a lot. Are ads on social media worth it? The short answer is yes. Social media is a widely untapped and powerful market in the legal world and it is substantially cheaper than most people realize. For example in next year’s marketing budget at Palace Law […]
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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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