On Nov. 3, guests gathered at the Sheraton Hotel in downtown Seattle to pay
tribute to those 70 attorneys and judges celebrating 50 years of WSBA membership.
WSBA President Brad Furlong welcomed the honorees, their families, and guests,
and expressed gratitude for their half-century of service to the profession, their
communities, and the Bar.
Joined by the Board of Governors, Furlong presented certificates and lapel pins to
the 50-year members. He spoke of the changes in the legal profession and thanked
them for a combined 3,500 years of service.
“While I’ve been practicing law for only 35 years,” Furlong said, “the one thing I think
we all know is that change is a constant, in our society and in our profession.
But one thing that I believe hasn’t changed is our commitment to maintaining
a noble profession—one founded on serving others—a profession we can
remain proud of for many anniversaries to come.”
Washington Supreme Court Chief Justice Mary Fairhurst was on hand to
personally deliver her congratulations to the honorees. Brian Comstock, chair
of the WSBA Senior Lawyers Section, applauded them as well before inviting
them to join the section.
The WSBA class of ’67 has seen and shaped many changes—
social, political, and historical—during their five decades in
the legal profession. We thank each of them for their dedication
to the law, their pioneering achievements, and a half-century of
public service. NWL
Celebrating Our 50-Year Members
IT was the Summer of Love, the Beatles’ “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” was on the record player, and “The Graduate” was in
theaters, revealing the future of the world in one word—plastics. The year
1967 was also the year 70 current WSBA members joined the Washington
State Bar Association, launching their long careers in the law.