Defending those accused of sex crimes, child abuse, and
domestic violence in criminal, civil, and administrative law cases.
Strong defense for high-stakes cases.
recognize our own often unrecognized
biases and privileges.
Ahoua Kone, Seattle
Regarding the email from WSBA Presi-
dent Bradford E. Furlong dated Fri, Jun
23, 2017, at 12:07 p.m.:
Of all the places where a person
should be innocent until proven guilty,
it should be the WSBA.
Based on the Board’s duty of undi-
vided loyalty to its members, I would
have preferred that Mr. Furlong’s email
indicated that Robin Haynes is innocent
until proven guilty, that the professional
rules require confidentiality, and that
a news release would be forthcoming
when and if appropriate.
I believe his wording infers Robin’s
guilt and raises just that question in
the minds of every recipient. His second paragraph is particularly damning
in this regard.
I am also troubled that the WSBA
immediately purged every reference to
Robin Haynes from its website, adding
to the inference of guilt.
I prefer to wait until justice runs its
course, if there can be any justice under
Inez Petersen, Renton
Like many of you, I received surprising news in late June in my email
inbox that the WSBA was undergoing
changes in leadership. Hoping to find
answers to the cryptic emails about
the Board of Governors meeting in
June 2017, I visited the Board of
Governors’ website, which contains
the agendas and meeting minutes for
However, I was shocked to see there
was no notice of any meeting of the
Board of Governors in June 2017. I then
turned to the WSBA Bylaws to deter-
mine if an emergency meeting of the
Board of Governors can occur without
notice. To avoid boring you with a legal
analysis, I will cut to the chase and say
that as the WSBA Bylaws are currently
written, the Board of Governors can
probably meet without any notice under
the circumstances that occurred.
How can this be? As members of the
Bar we are called on to promote transparency in the legal process. However,
when it comes to the transparency of
the organization that regulates our
profession—it appears we have left a
rather large loophole.
I hope this incident encourages our
Board of Governors to take a look at the
WSBA Bylaws, and perhaps consider
revising them with the goal of greater
Benjamin Vidic, Portland, OR
RESPONSE FROM EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR PAULA LITTLEWOOD
Thank you to Mr. Vidic for bringing
this to our attention in July. Notice
of all Board of Governors meetings is
posted on the WSBA website; however,
our practice has been to delete such
notices for Special Meetings and Emer-
gency Meetings once the date of the
meeting passed, which would account
for Mr. Vidic’s not seeing notice of the
June Emergency Meeting when he
looked in late June . In response to Mr.
Vidic’s comments we have changed the
practice and now retain notice of all
meetings, including Special and Emer-
gency Meetings, on the webpage after
the date of the meeting has passed,
creating a record of all meetings held