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Professionalism in Practice
To understand the extent of William “Bill” White’s professionalism, ethics, and civility, you should know that the person who nominated him for a WSBA Professionalism in Practice (PiP) award was his
This was following a civil anti-harassment case in which it was clear
that both parties were incapable of any form of communication about
resolution. It seemed destined for court with little hope for mediation.
Then Bill stepped in.
First, he called opposing counsel to introduce himself and, respectfully, to discuss options for immediate resolution. It became clear that
Bill had some creative solutions that were good for both parties; the
hard part was working with his own client to move past emotion and
show the value of setting aside differences to end the case.
“Bill proceeded to encourage his client to resolve the matter,” said
Mark Arend, the opposing counsel who nominated Bill. “He did so in
a manner by which it was clear that he respected his client above all,
advised his client extremely well under the law and in practicality, and
had worked hard to earn his client’s deep and unwavering respect.”
The solution was good for both parties and, with his client on board,
Bill brought the solution to the court, which was quite receptive as well.
“Bill’s respect for the court was exemplary,” Arend recalls. “Even [the
opposing] client was complimentary of Bill’s demeanor and approach
to the case. In the end, everyone was satisfied and I gained a friend in
Bill. Bill’s professionalism in practice is truly the standard by which to
measure attorneys and is worthy of recognition.” NWL
Have you witnessed an act of outstanding professionalism by a WSBA
member? Please submit a PiP nomination using the form at www.wsba.
WSBA presents these awards continually throughout the year—often in
a surprise delivery, à la Publishers Clearing House!—in recognition of
legal professionals who advance the rule of law through day-to-day acts
of integrity, respectfulness, cooperation, and customer service. Email
firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
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