LINDA JENKINS is the editor of NWLawyer and can be reached at email@example.com.
Once in a Lifetime
There is a children’s book that I’ve read to my twins many times called Granny’s Clan: A Tale of Wild Orcas by Sally Hodson. In it, we learned about a killer whale named J2 Granny—a member of Wash- ington’s local orca population. Granny was believed to be over 100 years old. She was the matriarch of the critically endangered southern resident killer whale subspecies that lives right here in our
Northwest waters. In the book, Granny is a leader, guiding her family through life and death, patiently imparting
the survival skills she has learned over her long life in the Northwest.
After this introduction to J2 Granny, my family became curious about the lives of the other local orcas—
my kids now proudly share their knowledge of the J, K, and L pods, calling them by the whimsical adopted
names that researchers have given them, like Oreo, Cookie, Alki, and DoubleStuf. We have never visited a marine amusement park, but my children have learned to respect that in Washington, they live alongside beings
that have identities, needs, and families of their own. So much of that is thanks to J2 Granny.
As we were preparing this issue of NWLawyer, J2 Granny and J34 DoubleStuf died, leaving behind just
78 of their population remaining. It is now possible that my children are fascinated by a species that will
disappear in their lifetimes. The thought of that is chilling for me as a mother. At the same time, I am hopeful
that the power of advocacy will bring positive change, as it so often does because of the dedicated and unwavering commitment to justice of the courageous members of this legal community.
NWLawyer’s February cover story is a timely article on Northwest orcas and the law, exploring many complex
legal issues currently surrounding our endangered southern resident killer whale population. Our orca cover
art is an original work in collaboration with Native American artist and attorney Anthony Jones, a member of
the Port Gamble S'Klallam tribe and an attorney with the Tulalip Tribes Office of Reservation Attorney. He
writes about the killer whale’s place in Coast Salish beliefs and history as part of this issue. And if you love the
sea as much as many of our members do, we have an informative practice area introduction to maritime law,
a body of law that stretches back thousands of years, with important considerations for many practitioners
This issue is full of other great articles, including a wonderful account of the very first days of opening a law
office. The author shares her diary of the highs and lows of hanging her shingle in a shared office space, and
tells us what resources and services worked for her, including some from the WSBA. If you can offer some advice
to her and others about how to open a law office, please send it our way.
We also have articles on productivity tips for busy practitioners, web marketing ideas to help small firms,
and advice about how to avoid burnout for high-achieving attorneys. The latter is by the WSBA’s Lawyer
Assistance Program (LAP) manager, psychologist Dan Crystal. And we have an explanation of tax indemnity
provisions by long-time Forbes columnist and tax attorney Robert W. Wood.
And as always, we welcome your comments. Send your letters to the editor and article ideas to us at