information about each committee’s
returning members and proposed applicants for appointment to the slots
being vacated. The Board will then appoint committee members at its meeting each July. The nomination teams
will continue to draw heavily from
WSBA members’ applications received
during the annual application process
for committees and boards.
Support of Tax Relief Bill
The Board voted to reaffirm its support
of a proposed Congressional bill that
would end taxation of noneconomic
damages and lump-sum settlements
for back/front pay in employment and
civil rights cases. Board members differed, however, on whether the bill has
sufficient connection to the administration of justice in Washington state
to qualify as an issue in which WSBA
should take a position.
The Board had previously voted to
support the tax relief effort in 2004, but
the legislation remains under debate in
Congress. The bill has bipartisan support in Congress and is endorsed both
by organizations that represent employees and those that represent employers.
Co-sponsorship of ABA
Resolution on “Unbundling”
The Board voted to co-sponsor the
American Bar Association’s proposed
Resolution 108, which would encourage
lawyers to use limited scope representation as a tool to increase access to pro
bono and low-cost legal assistance when
such “unbundling” would be appropriate and would maintain competent
service to the client. “Unbundling” generally refers to such things as a lawyer
agreeing to prepare certain documents
for a client without undertaking to represent the client in court. The practice
is already common in Washington and
other jurisdictions, particularly in areas
such as family law. It likely will expand
further because of Washington’s new
Limited License Legal Technician rule,
which will focus on providing limited
services in family law. NWL
Michael Heatherly is the editor of
NWLawyer 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.
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