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cent of our current members in the next
10–15 years. As we greeted each group,
Patrick and I both noticed how few young
attorneys seemed to be living in these rural areas and we realized, more than ever,
the importance of the Practice Transition
Opportunities program we launched two
years ago, where people looking to transition out of practice can connect with
those transitioning in or those looking
for a mid-career shift. Please visit http://
bit.ly/VDQ29n for more information on
this exciting and important program!
Regardless of the community, we
heard the same themes over and over:
Casemaker, the Legal Lunchbox Series,
the Ethics Line, the Law Office Management Assistance Program, and generally the webcasting of many WSBA CLEs
were cited as great services that members appreciated and enjoyed at every
stop we made.
We heard a consistent negative feel-
ing about taking the Discipline Notices
out of the back of NWLawyer. We ex-
plained again that the drafting of the
notices took the equivalent of two staff
because all copy had to be approved by
the respondent or their counsel (if repre-
sented) before the WSBA could publish
it. The notices were staff intensive in the
development of a summary of each case
that was acceptable to all parties and our
resources are limited. After explaining
the process for producing the summa-
ries, most understood why the WSBA had
made this difficult decision. That being
said, we know that the educational com-
ponent of the old notices was important,
so the Committee on Professional Ethics
will be starting a column that will appear
in the magazine to complement the dis-
cipline notices. Using fictional informa-
tion as the basis for cases, the columns
will highlight common themes from
discipline cases that will serve as useful
reminders to all of us.
And finally, there was mixed reaction
to the name change and format of Bar
News to NWLawyer. For the most part,
you liked the change and thought the
magazine had improved drastically but
many still wished for the old Bar News.
Patrick also spoke at each stop about the
need to increase the license fee in 2016.
Universally at every stop, the members
said they were willing to pay an increased
fee and many of you expressed your un-
derstanding of why it was necessary for
the Board of Governors to do so.
After three years, I think the presidents and I have covered the whole
state! What an amazing state, what an
amazing group of members we have.
Thank you to all of you who have taken the time to come out over the past
three years (sometimes twice!) in order
to share your ideas and listen to ours.
Next year’s president and I are still
discussing the itinerary for the fourth
annual WSBA Listening Tour — if you
have ideas on where we should go next
year, please let me know! NWL
Paula Littlewood is the WSBA
executive director and can be reached at