job, workers at a Pasco slaughterhouse
and meat-packing plant were required
to wear extensive protective gear, such
as chain mail aprons and Plexiglas arm
sleeves, during their shifts. The workers,
who were unionized, tried to negotiate
pay for time spent donning and doffing
this gear through collective bargaining,
but they were unable to come to an
agreement with their employer. The
resulting lawsuit spanned several years
and several appeals.
Also, I was very interested in In re
Washington State Apple Advertising
Commission (2003). In 1937, the
Washington State Legislature created a
commission to promote the state’s apple
harvest. For every box of Washington
apples sold, the commission’s members
(apple farmers and distributors) paid a
fee. The commission used those funds
to create ad campaigns promoting the
state’s apple crop, building the “
Washington apple” into a powerful brand.
Between 1937 and 2003, the proportion
of the nation’s apples grown in Washington rose from 15 to 70 percent.
Washington’s Apple Commission was
one of many state-created advertising
organizations that turned their products
into household names. But in the 1990s
and early 2000s, some members of
those organizations filed lawsuits in federal courts, claiming that by requiring
them to pay the fees, the organizations
were effectively forcing them to advertise for their competitors—thus infringing on their free speech rights.
NWLawyer: Which cases profiled do
you think have had the greatest impact
on Eastern Washington residents?
McAvoy: In re Hanford Nuclear
Reservation (1991). In the late 1980s,
in response to citizen requests, the
government released previously classified information, including the fact
that during the 1940s and early 1950s
the stacks of the Hanford reactors had
emitted Iodine-131, a radioactive chemical, into the air.
Also Community Association for
Restoration of the Environment v. Cow
Palace, LLC (2015). In February 2013,
two nonprofit organizations filed
lawsuits against several Washington
State CAFO [Concentrated Animal
Feeding Operation] dairies over waste
NWLawyer: How do you plan to update
the exhibits over time?
McAvoy: In the near future, we plan to
add interactive exhibits to the displays
in Yakima and Richland. While the
content of the static panels will remain
in perpetuity, the interactive timelines
will be updated with new judicial
officers, pertinent legislation, and
cases of historical significance decided
by the court. The court now owns the
rights to the coding for the interactive
timeline and will maintain its content
as current. NWL
Educational panel depicting bankruptcy and naturalization proceedings, William O. Douglas United States
Courthouse, Yakima; courtesy WAED.
RENEE MCFARLAND lives in Mountlake Terrace and is the current chair of
the Editorial Advisory Committee to NWLawyer. She can be contacted at
THE INTENT OF
WAS TO STRENGTHEN
OF THE HISTORY OF
THE FEDERAL COURTS.