About

Washington Lawyer Defense (www.washlawyerdefense.com) is a website by Stephen Kerr Eugster, a member of the Washington State Bar Association and the American Bar Association.  The purpose of the site is to provide knowledge and discussion of the WSBA Washington Lawyer Discipline System (WSBA Discipline System or Discipline System).

Eugster has been involved in a number of legal actions having to do with the WSBA Discipline System.  Eugster is currently involved in additional actions regarding the WSBA.

Past Cases:

Case 1: Disciplinary Proceeding of Stephen K. Eugster, 166 Wash.2d 293, 209 P. 3d 435 (2009). Circa 2004 – 2010.

Case 2: Eugster v. Washington State Bar Association, No. CV 09-357-SMM (Dist. Court, ED Wash. 2019) affirmed, 9th Circuit 2012. Circa 2010 – 2012.

Current Cases:

Case 3: Eugster v. Washington State Bar Association, Case No. C15-0375JLR (Dist. Court, WD Wash. 2015), appeal to the 9th Circuit dismissed.  A petition for writ of certiorari is being prepared.  The 9th Circuit dismissal was filed on March 21, 2017.  One has 90 days to file a petition for writ of certiorari. 

Case 4:  Eugster v. WSBA, No. 15-2-04614-9, Superior Court of the State of Washington for Spokane County. Constitutionality of WSBA Washington Lawyer Discipline System: Procedural Due Process and Strict Scrutiny Analysis.

Case 5:  Eugster v. Paula Littlewood [WSBA Executive Director],  District Court Eastern District of Washington, Constitutionality of WSBA Washington Lawyer Discipline System: Procedural Due Process and Strict Scrutiny Analysis.

Case 6: Disciplinary Proceeding of Stephen K. Eugster, Rampley Grievance. Grievance ordered to hearing by the Review Committee of the WSBA Disciplinary Board, January 2016.  WSBA has not filed or served a complaint.

Case 7:  WSBA Public Records Case.  Eugster sought email addresses of WSBA members so that he could communicate efficiently and less expensively.  The WSBA denied the request, the denial was appealed, and appealed again — each time the request was denied.  Eugster has asked the Supreme Court to take review of the matter.

Case 8: Eugster v. WSBA, Non-suit taken.

Case 9:  Caruso and Ferguson v. WSBA 2017,  WAWD # 2:17-cv-00003-RSM.  Issues — does WSBA 2017 have authority to discipline lawyers, does WSBA 2017 violate a lawyer’s First Amendment freedom not to associate does WSBA 2017 discipline system violate a lawyer’s right to procedural due process of law under the Fifth Amendment??

Case 10:  Eugster v. WSBA and Washington Supreme Court, Thurston County Superior Court #17-2-0028-34.  Case seeks receivership of WSBA 1933 and decision voiding Supreme Court Order of January 5, 2017 regarding license fees to WSBA 2017 and Referendum re fee’s rollback.”

Case 11:  Eugster v. Washington Supreme Court, Thurston County Superior Court #17-2-00334-34.  Issues — Is the Court acting in excess of its revisory jurisdiction under the Wash. Const. Art., Section 6?  Is the court violating separation of powers regarding its effort to hold State in contempt of court?