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field, I suggest these questions:
1. What do you call the problem or issue?
2. What do you think has caused the
problem or issue?
3. Why do you think it started when it
4. What do you think our legal system
does? How does it work?
5. How severe is this problem or issue?
6. How long do you expect it to take to
7. What kind of legal services do you
think you should receive?
8. What are the most important results
you hope to receive from these services?
9. What are the additional problems
this issue has caused?
10. What do you fear most about the
problem or issue?
Sixth, remember that many members of other cultures, especially those
who have recently emigrated from other countries, are still learning American culture. Lawyers have an equal
responsibility to educate these clients
about American legal culture. Ultimately, these clients will be judged by
this culture, so they ought to be given
a peek into how it works. Candidly discuss, for example, what biases your client will likely face from a jury in your
Keep the Dialogue Going
This is an ongoing process for all of
us. As an association, a profession,
and more importantly, as individual
attorneys, our duty is to open our eyes
to these issues and resolve to improve
them. Cultural competence is not a
problem to solve; it is a polarity to manage over time. Diversity is a strength
in our community and, with any luck,
our Washingtonian culture will only increase in complexity and richness. We
cannot shy from the still-extant prejudices in our communities, or in ourselves. Our profession will truly serve
our citizens — the public that gave us
the keys to the kingdom — only when
we seek to understand their path, not
through our eyes, but theirs. NWL
Sims Weymuller is
product liability and catastrophic
injury cases in both state and federal courts. With a particular interest
in birth injury and legal malpractice
matters, he frequently writes and
lectures on trial practice and legal
ethics in civil litigation. Weymuller
is an adjunct trial advocacy professor at the University of Washington
School of Law. He is the 2014–15
chair of the WSBA Character and
Fitness Board. He can be reached at