LINDA JENKINS is the departing editor
of NWLawyer. After April 1, she can be
reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Heroes and Goodbyes
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Millions of people know the work of the WSBA member attorney pictured on the
cover of this issue of NWLawyer.
Washington’s Solicitor General Noah
Purcell, along with his colleagues in
the Attorney General’s Office, captured
the international spotlight in January
after his oral argument in Washington
v. Trump. Working with Mr. Purcell
during the production of this issue
was one of the highlights of my time
as editor of NWLawyer — not because
of his fame, but because of the impression he left me with. He is humble. He
is respectful. He was responsive in his
communications, generous with his
time, and open about his work. He is
just one of the many heroes I have met
at the Bar.
In this issue, we have an in-depth
account of the legal work of a WSBA
member attorney who prosecuted geno-
cide and war crimes for the Internation-
al Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yu-
goslavia (ICTY) at the United Nations.
Over 10 years, attorney Kyle Wood, a
former King County deputy prosecutor,
worked on the most complex international criminal cases prosecuted since
the post-World War II Nuremberg Trials and the Tokyo War Crimes Tribunal.
In his article, he shares his fascinating
firsthand account of the challenges
of prosecuting genocide and gives us
insight into the necessity of continuing
this important work.
In this time of heightened activism
and widespread protest, we have a
timely article from WSBA member
attorney Patrick Preston about the
legal issues surrounding activism,
with insight from three leaders on
their experiences with activism. Mr.
Preston gives us his own account of
the WTO protests in Seattle, and extensive discussion of civil rights, free
speech, free assembly, and criminal
prosecution of protestors, among
April is Autism Awareness Month, and we highlight the important work
of WSBA member attorneys who are advocating
for families affected by
autism. Many of our readers have their
own experiences with autism, including
as parents, friends, or advocates. The
authors, WSBA member attorneys David
Roth and Mira Posner, advocate for
health care coverage of effective and
essential treatments for children and
families affected by autism. They also
give us a glimpse into the essential work
of the hundreds of WSBA members who
practice with nonprofits, advocating
every day for people whose essential
legal needs are not met otherwise.
We have more great articles from the
legal community, including an analysis
of current litigation involving the U.S.
Department of Education and its public
service loan forgiveness program
for law students; tips on how to use a
forensic neutral in discovery; information about the upcoming Access to
Justice Conference; options for free
legal assistance for seniors facing debt
issues; and Mother’s Day tributes from
WSBA members who remind us all to
appreciate the influence of the great
women in our lives.
This is my final issue as the editor
of NWLawyer. It has been an honor to
serve the legal community in this role. I
have gained fascinating insight into the
inner workings of the Bar, and an appreciation for the many heroes among us.
Thank you for reading.
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