On Oct. 4, guests gath- ered at the Sheraton Hotel in Seattle to pay tribute to 44 at- torneys and judges who celebrated 50 years of WSBA
membership in 2013. WSBA President
Patrick Palace welcomed honorees,
their families, and guests and proudly
expressed heartfelt gratitude to the 50-
year members for their decades of dedication to the law. The WSBA class of ’ 63
has seen many changes – cultural, political, and social – during their years in the
legal profession. Those who have joined
the Bar since owe these individuals a debt
of gratitude for their inspirational work,
achievements, and half-century of public
service. In appreciation, President Palace
1963 was full of historical milestones. Some noteworthy events:
In Gideon v. Wainwright, the U.S. Supreme Court rules that
state courts are required to provide counsel in criminal cases
for defendants who cannot afford to pay their own attorneys.
In April, Martin Luther King Jr. issues his Letter from Birmingham Jail.
In June, John F. Kennedy gives his “Ich bin ein Berliner”
speech in West Berlin, East Germany.
In July, ZIP codes are introduced by the U.S. Postal Service.
On Nov. 22, John F. Kennedy is assassinated.
The Beatles’ “I Want to Hold Your Hand” and “I Saw Her
Standing There” are released in the U.S., marking the beginning of international Beatlemania.
Betty Friedan publishes feminist classic The Feminine Mystique.
In June, Valentina Tereshkova, the first woman in space, returns to Earth.
The cancellation of Mercury-Atlas 10 effectively ends the
U.S. manned spaceflight Project Mercury.
Tom Jones wins Best Picture and Best Director Oscars.
The Academy Award for Best Actor goes to Sidney Poitier (Lilies of the Field), while
Best Actress goes to Patricia Neal (Hud ).
At the Grammys, Henry Mancini’s Days of Wine and Roses wins Record of the Year.
Best Male Solo Vocal Performance goes to Jack Jones for “Wives and Lovers.” The
Best Female Solo Vocal Performance award goes to Barbra Streisand for The Barbra
In February, the Central Association of Seattle announces a controversial plan to tear
down the Pike Place Market. The debate will continue for eight years, until Seattle
voters approve an initiative prohibiting alterations or demolition of the market.
PONCHO (Patrons of Northwest Civic, Cultural, and Charitable Organizations) is
formed to help the Seattle Symphony pay off a $35,000 debt resulting from its 1962
World’s Fair production of Verdi’s Aida — its first opera. Over the next 50 years, the
nonprofit will provide over $35 million in support of Washington arts organizations.
Washington Governor Albert Rosellini convenes the Washington State Commission
on the Status of Women.
The first sit-in of Seattle’s civil rights movement occurs in July in the offices of Mayor
Gordon S. Clinton, protesting the under-representation of African Americans on a
12-member human rights commission proposed by Clinton.
125 candidates pass the 1963 bar exams. By comparison, 974 candidates passed the
2013 bar exams.
To commemorate Law Day on May 1, KING-TV airs a special program, “Juveniles and
Justice,” in Seattle and Spokane. The WSBA provides materials for classrooom speakers.
The Bar News reports that a new Mount Vernon courthouse annex includes a juvenile
detention facility with room for nine children.
and members of the Board of Governors
presented certificates and lapel pins to
the members who joined the Bar in 1963.
Pres. Palace spoke about how he had
phoned some 50-year members days
before the luncheon and had asked what
advice they would give to new lawyers.
Responses included, “Serve the client
and help people”; “For every satisfied client, two will come back”; “Be a good lawyer and money will follow”; and “Law may
not be the oldest profession, but it should
be the most noble.” Pres. Palace noted the
importance of passing on wisdom gained
from experience. He also reviewed notable events from 1963 worldwide, in
Washington, and at the WSBA and provided a brief history of how Bar numbers
were assigned. Washington Supreme
Court Chief Justice Barbara A. Madsen
congratulated the honorees and spoke of
the importance of pro bono work. John
G. Bergmann, chair of the WSBA Senior
Lawyers Section, encouraged members
to stay involved through the Senior Lawyers Section. The luncheon concluded
with the 21 attending honorees gathering
for a commemorative group photo.
Washington Supreme Court Chief Justice Barbara Madsen
addresses luncheon guests.