missed exams/classes for reservist students who are called to active or inactive
duty; The Trust Act — a bill that makes
technical changes and other updates to
the Washington Trust Act; and The Corporate Act — a bill that addresses dissenters’ rights under the Washington Business Corporation Act.
Uniform Collaborative Law Act
The BOG voted to have the WSBA Court
Rules Committee review on an expedited
basis — and revise as necessary — a set
of proposed court rules that would help
implement a Washington version of the
Uniform Collaborative Law Act (UCLA).
Collaborative law is meant to resolve dis-
putes out of court whenever possible.
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a position on the substantive provisions.
During the 2012 interim, representatives
of the WSBA Family Law and Alternative
Dispute Resolution Sections worked with
other proponents of the UCLA to address
the BOG’s separation of powers concerns
and other issues. The result of that work is
the set of proposed court rules — intended
to complement a collaborative law statutory scheme — presented to the BOG for
its consideration. The BOG was asked to
forward the proposed set of court rules to
the Court for its consideration.
The BOG instructed the Court Rules
Committee to “scrub” the proposed rules
on an expedited basis so they can be ready
for implementation if the Legislature pass-es the collaborative law act this year.
Washington State Bar Foundation
Washington State Bar Foundation President Judy Massong presented the annual
report of the Foundation, which raises
funds to support WSBA’s justice, public
service and diversity efforts. Massong
noted that fiscal year 2012 brought two
milestones for the Foundation: a significant rebranding, and addition of a voluntary contribution check-box on the annual
WSBA license renewal form.
In 2012, the Foundation supported the
WSBA Home Foreclosure Legal Aid Project, the WSBA Moderate Means Program,
the First Responder Wills Clinic, and the
Washington Leadership Institute.
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Washington Leadership Institute
The Washington Leadership Institute
Advisory Board member Craig Sims introduced several of the 2012 fellows, who
presented a report on their annual community service project. The Institute’s
mission is to recruit, train, and develop
minority and traditionally underrepresented attorneys for future leadership
positions in the Bar and community. Administration of the Institute was shifted
in 2012 from WSBA to the University of
Washington School of Law. The fellows of
the 2012 leadership class presented the
BOG with an overview of the year’s community service project: a detailed plan
that can be used for a structured attorney-to-attorney mentorship program. NWL
Michael Heatherly is the editor of N WLawyer and can be reached at nwlawyer@
wsba.org or 360-312-5156. For more information on the Board of Governors and
Board meetings, see www.wsba.org/bog.