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WSBA’s award-winning blog,
an action pseudonymously, but, as he
points out, that’s weak tea. I appreciate
the comment and accept my deduction
for not sticking the landing.
WHERE ARE THE DETAILS?
In years gone by, attorney disciplinary
notices contained enough factual detail
to permit the reader to understand how
an attorney had gotten into difficulty.
Wisdom and experience could be
gained from learning about another’s
misfortune. Very similar to reading an
aircraft accident report.
Now that disciplinary information has
been sanitized, it is of little value to any-
one and might as well go unpublished.
If privacy is the concern, then I
would recommend deleting the offending attorney’s name and just publishing
the facts of the misconduct with some
detail. We learn from our mistakes
and the mistakes of others. Sharing
this information will perhaps preclude
another attorney from stumbling.
Carleton B. Waldrop, Pullman
RESPONSE FROM NWLAWYER:
The change made to the format of the
disciplinary notices in NWLawyer in
2013 was not related to privacy concerns. Rather, the goals were to increase
transparency, eliminate subjectivity in
the notices, be more timely, and reduce
the extensive amount of staff resources
required to prepare a summary of the
facts of each case. The online version
of NWLawyer ( nwlawyer.wsba.org) provides links to the actual decisions and
orders in each case, allowing members
to read and compare decisions from the
hearing officer, the Disciplinary Board,
and the Washington Supreme Court’s
final order. You can also look up the
respondent in the legal directory on
the WSBA website ( wsba.org) and
scroll down to “Disciplinary History.”
In short: different detail on the pages
of NWLawyer and significantly more
information available online.