After a growing conflict with the Board
of Governors over editorial content and
operations, the Board dismissed Raftis
in July 1972 and turned the production
of Bar News over to the WSBA staff.
As a result of the controversy, the
Board of Governors created a committee to try and repair the breach.
That group evolved into the current
Editorial Advisory Committee (
originally Board), a standing committee of
the WSBA. The committee was given
a supervisory role with the official
publication, including authority to
recommend a choice for the editor to
the Board of Governors subject to its
After dismissing Raftis, the Board of
Governors conferred the Association’s
highest honor, the Award of Merit, on
him in 1972. In 1975, Raftis was elected
to the Board of Governors himself. Bar
News was published under WSBA staff
control into early 1973, when the Editorial Advisory Board selected Hugh
McGough to be the fourth editor. He
served for a year and was succeeded by
Ed Huneke in 1974.
Huneke resigned in 1976, and EAB
member Stephen Deforest served as
acting editor through December. DeForest served on the WSBA Board of
Governors from 1987 to 1990 and was
elected president of the Association in
1992. Jay V. White was elected the seventh editor and took over the reins in
1977. During his tenure, the magazine
expanded to the current conventional
magazine dimensions. White turned
the Editor’s Page into a widely read
space for commentary and the familiar essay. White resigned in 1980. He
served on the WSBA Board of Governors from 1986 to 1989.
Succeeding White was Steven A.
Reisler. In his four-and-a-half-year tenure, Reisler expanded the size of Bar
News and a number of its departments
— particularly “The Board’s Work” —
and maintained the lively commentary style of the “Editor’s Page.” After
leaving Bar News in 1985, Reisler was
elected to the Board of Governors of
the Bar Association. During 1988, he
was one of three former editors of Bar
News to serve at one time on the Board
Carole A. Grayson followed Reisler
in 1985 and served until April 1988.
She sharpened the focus of the magazine’s coverage of legal and social issues and blazed trails into emerging areas of lawyer interest, such as chemical
dependency, stress, quality of life, and
the role of women in the law. Grayson
went on to become editor of the King
County Bar’s Bar Bulletin, a monthly
tabloid newspaper, in 1990.
Lindsay Thompson was appointed
to succeed Grayson in 1988 and continued in his first stint as editor into
1995, when he was succeeded by Hal
White (1995–97) and Sherrie Bennett
(1997–2000). Under the direction of
these editors, the publication embraced
emerging computer technology, with
typewritten manuscripts gradually replaced by text files stored initially on
CDs and eventually transmitted from
authors to staff primarily online. The
magazine also grew rapidly, to an average of 64 pages per month in 1994,
reflecting the growth and expanding
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