As for the argument itself, I was immediately struck by how thoroughly the
Ninth Circuit panel had digested the
facts and legal arguments in the very
short time that they had the briefs, and
I thought that their questions for both
sides were probing and thoughtful. After
any argument, there are always things
that you wish you had done differently,
and that was certainly the case in this
argument, but overall I was pleased with
how the argument went. When it ended,
I did not know what the outcome would
be, but I felt like a giant weight had been
lifted from my back. It was amazing to
see the nice emails and phone calls start
pouring in from across the state, around
the country, and around the world thanking our office for our work on the case.
Your oral argument in Washington v.
Trump had extensive media coverage
and 100,000+ people listened live
on the internet. Are there other cases
you’ve been involved in that you think
should have received similar attention?
I don’t think any other case I’ve been
involved with necessarily should have
received that much attention. But I do
often wish that the public knew more
about the important work that the AG’s
Office does every day. We have hundreds of attorneys who do everything
from protecting children from abusive
parents to protecting our state’s environment to handling workers’ compensation claims. That work makes a real
difference in people’s lives, but it rarely
gets the attention it deserves.
Luckily, one unexpected upside
of this case is that I have heard from
many of my colleagues in our office
that because of this case, they have received praise or kind words from family, friends, or even opposing counsel
thanking us for our work. I wish my colleagues got more public recognition for
the important work they do every day in
less attention-getting cases, but in the
meantime, I’m glad that this case has
made so many of us even more proud to
work in the AG’s Office.
Robert V. Boeshaar
ATTORNEY AT LAW | LL.M., PLLC
206.623.0063 | boeshaarlaw.com
1000 Second Avenue, Suite 3000 | Seattle, WA 98104
Masters of Laws (LL.M.) in Taxation
Over 14 years experience with the IRS O;ce of Chief Counsel
I help individuals and businesses find the best
resolution to their disputes with the IRS.
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