People called it the “the year that changed everything.” The Vietnam War was unraveling as images from the frontlines were broadcast to Americans by Walter Cronkite. It was a year marked by tragedy and unrest, with the assassinations of civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and democratic presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy, as well as by iconic moments like Olympic gold and bronze medal winners Tommie Smith and John Carlos
raising their fists in the black power salute during the summer games, or even President
Richard Nixon exclaiming “sock it to me” on “Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In.”
Humans orbited the moon for the first time, Boeing unveiled the 747, and the Big
Mac was rolled out nationwide. At the same time, 93 law students passed the bar and
were admitted to practice in Washington. On Oct. 24, 2018, 33 of them—old friends and
colleagues, lawyers and judges—reunited at the Sheraton Grand Seattle to celebrate 50
years of membership in the Washington State Bar Association (WSBA). The lawyers
admitted to the Bar in 1968 represent nearly 5,000 years of service combined.
WSBA President Bill Pickett welcomed the honorees, as well as friends and families
who had come to celebrate the achievement. He thanked the members for their service
and noted the remarkable time in which they began to practice law, and the immense
changes that have occurred over the past 50 years.
“I want to thank all of you here today, those we honored and those who came to
honor each of you,” Pickett said. “It’s been a real pleasure and a reminder to me why we
are proud to be lawyers in Washington state.”
Washington Supreme Court Chief Justice Mary Fairhurst attended to personally give
her congratulations and gratitude to the 50-year members for a lifetime of service.
Brian Comstock, chair of the WSBA Senior Lawyers Section, also commended their
service and invited them and other senior lawyers to join the section and contribute
their expertise developed over decades in the legal profession.
The WSBA class of ’ 68 joined the legal profession at a historic moment in our nation
and continued to provide their services through the decades, adapting to massive
changes in society, politics, and technology. We extend our sincerest thanks for their
remarkable accomplishments and dedication to the law for five decades.
A MOMENT IN TIME
It was the year that changed everything.
1968 was marked by tragedy and protest,
yet also inspiration and achievement.
Take a look back at this historic time.
IN THE NEWS
Richard Nixon is
elected as the 37th
president of the
North Vietnamese and Viet Cong
forces begin the
casualties to U.S.
and South Vietnamese forces.
President Lyndon B.
Johnson signs the
Treaty on the NonProliferation of
Celebrating Our 50-Year Members
Bottom Row (L-R): Robert Ian Betts, Marvin Strasburg, Mark Edmund Vovos, S. Michael Rodgers, Robert A. Wright, Hon. J. Dean Morgan (Ret.),
Clark Dwight Silliman, Lawrence Bruce Bailey, Kenneth W. Sharaga, David B. Sweeney, Richard L. Prout
Center Row (L-R): M. Wayne Blair, Albert A. Rinaldi Jr., Donald Arthur Mallett, Arthur Hutchings McKean, Hon. Robert E. McBeth (Ret.),
Theodore Ryan Willhite, Hon. David K. Crossland (Ret.), Robert Craig Van Siclen, Stanton Marshall Cole, Don Meldrum Gulliford
Top Row (L-R): Philip Don Mortenson, Kirk Ian Mortensen, Croil Anderson, Bruce Dennis Carter, Jeffrey Steinborn, George Scott Kelley,
Mark Gregory Honeywell, William Paul Bergsten, Hon. Arthur J. Emery Jr. (Ret.), Larry E. Levy, Hon. Lonny Ray Suko, William Franklin Nelson