Need to Know
proved courses in the subject of law and
legal procedure. The remaining 24 credits
can be earned in the above categories, as
well as in new subject areas and activities
that include professional development,
personal development and mental health,
office management, improving the legal
system, or participating in a structured
mentoring program approved by the MCLE
Board. There is no live credit requirement.
The new rule can be found at www.wsba.
WSBA Board of Governors Meetings
Jan. 28–29, 2016, Seattle; March 10, 2016,
With the exception of the executive session,
Board of Governors meetings are open, and
all WSBA members are welcome to attend.
RSVPs are appreciated but not required.
Contact Margaret Shane at 206-727-8244,
800-945-9722, ext. 8244, or margarets@
wsba.org. The complete Board of Governors
meeting schedule is available on the WSBA
website at www.wsba.org/bog.
Volunteer Custodians Needed
The WSBA is seeking interested lawyers
as potential ELC 7. 7 volunteer custodians.
An appointed custodian is authorized to
act as counsel for the limited purpose of
protecting a client’s interests whenever
a lawyer has been transferred to disability inactive status, suspended, disbarred,
dies, or disappears and no person appears
to be protecting the clients’ interests. The
custodian takes possession of the necessary files and records and takes action to
protect clients’ interests. The custodian
may act with a team of custodians and
much of the work may be performed by
supervised staff. If the WSBA is notified of
the need for a custodian, the WSBA would
affirm the willingness and ability of a potential volunteer and seek their appointment as custodian. Costs incurred may be
reimbursed. Current WSBA members of all
practice areas are welcome to apply. Contact Sandra Schilling at sandras@wsba.
org, 206-239-2118 or 800-945-9722, ext.
2118 or Darlene Neumann at darlenen@
wsba.org, 206-733-5923 or 800-945-
9722, ext. 5923.
30th Annual Goldmark Award
The Legal Foundation of Washington’s
30th Annual Goldmark
Award Luncheon will be
held Feb. 26, 2016, at the
Sheraton Seattle Hotel.
The event includes a Pro
Bono Council meeting,
ATJ Forum, Rainier and
Baker Cup presentations,
and more. The Charles A.
Service Award is named
in honor of Charles A.
Goldmark, a prominent
Seattle attorney who
played a singularly
important role in the
creation of the interest
on lawyers’ (and LPOs’)
trust account (IOLTA)
program.Se e www.
VABAW’s 11th Annual
Banquet and Fashion
The Vietnamese American Bar Association of
held its 11th annual banquet at the Triple Door
on Oct. 14, 2015. The theme was “Our
40-Year Journey.” Keynote speakers
Binh Mach, of RB Enterprises, and Miki
Nguyen, from The Last Days in Vietnam,
spoke about their stories and hardships. VABAW President Ada K. Wong
celebrated with fellow judges, lawyers,
law students, and professionals supporting VABAW’s mission to provide
mutual support for attorneys in the
advancement of their careers, to be a
trusted guide and resource for students
aspiring towards the legal profession, to
serve as a voice for the local Vietnamese
American community, and to represent
Vietnamese American attorneys within
the State Bar.
Facing an Ethical Dilemma?
Members facing ethical dilemmas can
Search WSBA Advisory Opinions
talk with WSBA professional responsi-
bility counsel for informal guidance on
analyzing a situation involving their own
prospective ethical conduct under the
RPCs. All calls are confidential. Any ad-
vice given is intended for the education
of the inquirer and does not represent
an official position of the WSBA. Ev-
ery effort is made to return calls within
two business days. Call the Ethics Line
at 206-727-8284 or 800-945-9722, ext.
WSBA advisory opinions are available online at www.wsba.org/advisoryopinions.
You can search opinions by number, year
issued, ethical rule, subject matter, or
keyword. Advisory opinions are issued
by the WSBA to assist members in interpreting their ethical obligations in specific
circumstances. The opinions are the result of study and analysis in response to
requests from WSBA members. For assistance, call the Ethics Line at 206-727-
8284 or 800-945-9722, ext. 8284.
WSBA Lawyers Assistance
WSBA Connects provides free counseling in your community. All Bar members
Top: (left to right) 2015 VABAW Board of Directors: Yutaka Ishida, Ty Ho,
Linda Nguyen, Michelle Pham, Ada K. Wong, Zoe Wong, Tony Nguyen,
Melanie Nguyen, Yayi Ding. Bottom: Fashion designer Anh Pham with
models from the show.