people who care about each other.
WSBA is no exception to this rule, as
evidenced by the hundreds of volunteers
who selflessly give to this organization
daily. And this goes beyond volunteering
with the WSBA—I am overwhelmed by
the extent to which Washington lawyers
and legal professionals volunteer and
give straight from their hearts to cham-
pion a variety of other causes. It is truly
something special and sets the WSBA
membership apart in so many ways.
For those of us who choose not
to be deeply involved with the WSBA,
that is OK, too. Know that we will do
our best to not hamstring your ability
to practice, and hopefully to assist
where we can. I ask only that you hold
open the possibility of more involve-
ment whenever the season is right for
you. When that season occurs, we will
welcome your participation at whatev-
er level works for you.
For those of you who are currently
involved with WSBA boards, committees, programs, and services, thank
you for ALL that you do each day.
Never stop doing what you do best:
caring for people on a deep level. Sharing your time and talents is invaluable.
WSBA needs and appreciates YOU!
NWLAWYER: What is the most import-
ant lesson you have learned as a lawyer
that nobody taught you in law school?
PICKETT: The discovery that serving
others does not happen by simply obtaining enough “head” knowledge to
“practice law.” Serving others happens
best at the “heart” level. This often
takes place when we reach out to truly
connect and care about the people
we meet. This includes the people we
represent; people we get the privilege
to know; people we like and love; and
yes, even people we don’t much like at
all. More importantly, when we take action from our “heart,” I believe we stop
“practicing law” and start pursuing
justice for the people we serve.
NWLAWYER: Who has been your
PICKETT: Easy answer. That would
be a guy named Jesus—he advocated
powerfully, spoke truth, lived fearless-ly, opposed powerful abusers, loved
people like crazy, and laid down his
life in service to others. Great example for anyone who wants to truly
know what it means to love everybody—always!
NWLAWYER: What do you do in the
PICKETT: Off hours? Huh?
When I am not lawyering (whatever
that means) I spend time with Laura
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