ABA Law School Accreditation Authority Questioned

Posted On Aug 9 2016 by

National Advisory Committee on Institutional Quality and Integrity  of the Department of Education.  See this discription of the NACIQI The Post in Findlaw NACIQI: ABA Is out of Touch and Should Lose Accreditation Power  says that the ABA accredition power is being questioned.  Some say the ABA is out of touch with the times. The transcript can be found at this link

Case V, Eugster v. Littlewood, et al., WAED – New Judge

Posted On Apr 11 2016 by

Judge Stanley Bastian signed an Order of Recusal today.  The case went back into the regular rotation of judges to cases.  Judge Tom Rice is the judge now assigned to the case.  Order of Recusal, April 11, 2016.

U.S. District Court: Things a Lawyer Should Know

Posted On Feb 28 2016 by

There are certain obstacles to a lawyer’s efforts to gain the attention of a Federal District Court. Rooker Feldman Doctrine A lawyer cannot challenge a decision of the State Supreme Court in federal court.  This is the Rooker Feldman Doctrine.  The federal court will not take jurisdiction of a case contesting a final decision of a state court. The names of the doctrine refer to two cases: Rooker v. Fidelity Trust Co., 263 U.S. 413, 415-16 (1923), and District of Columbia Court of Appeals v. Feldman, 460 U.S. 462 (1983). The Rooker-Feldman doctrine is jurisdictional, see Olson Farms, Inc. v. …

The Costs of the WSBA Discipline System

Posted On Feb 8 2016 by

There are 35,000 members of the WSBA. About 100 or so are disciplined each year — that’s a paltry .0028 % of the 35,000 members. The WSBA pays about $5,000,000 a year to achieve this result – that is about 48% of the WSBA’s lawyer license revenue in a fiscal year. That’s about $50,000 on average per disciplined member per year. The cost to the individual on the other side of the WSBA Washington Lawyer Discipline System equation might be as much as $250,000 together with the impact to the lawyer’s reputation. — “What others believe or have opinions generally held about someone or something.”


Posted On Feb 7 2016 by

As a bar association (forced) we find something we dislike and punish a member whose conduct in the past is like what we dislike today.

WSBA: Taking the Matter to a Review Committee

Posted On Dec 16 2015 by

In Oregon, the state supreme court refers to lawyers involved in bar discipline matters as the “accused.”  I sense I am about to become an “accused,” again — a “respondent” in a disciplinary proceeding. WSBA counsel sent a letter to me which arrived yesterday saying she had transmitted the grievance and her work to a Review Committee.  She is asking the Review Committee to “order the matter to hearing.” I spent an uncomfortable afternoon thinking of what might befall me.  After a good night of sleep, I awoke with a different feeling.  As much as I disliked the feeling yesterday (and the …

Eugster v. WSBA — Short Piece About the Plaintiff’s Claims

Posted On Jul 8 2015 by

RELEASE July 7, 2015 Stephen K. Eugster v. Washington State Bar Association & Justices of State Supreme Court U.S. District Court, Western District of Washington, At Seattle,Case No. 2:15-cv-00375-JLR, Judge James L. Robart Washington State Bar Association: Violations of Lawyer Constitutional Rights of Association and Speech  Stephen K. Eugster, a Spokane lawyer,[1] has filed an action in the U.S. District Court in Seattle against the Washington State Bar Association (WSBA) and Justices of the Washington Supreme Court.[2] The complaint makes claims under the Civil Rights Act,[3] the Federal Declaratory Judgments Act,[4] and the First and Fourteenth Amendments[5] to the U.S. …

Eugster v. WSBA and Washington Supreme Court Justices

Posted On May 30 2015 by

On March 12, 2015,  Steve Eugster commenced an action against the WSBA and some of its officers and against the present justices of the Washington State Supreme Court.  The action was filed in United States District Court for the Western District of Washington At Seattle.  Case No. 2:15-cv-00375-JLR.  The case has been assigned to Judge James L. Robart.  Complaint, Amended and Restated. This action has its genesis in Harris v. Quinn, 134 S. Ct. 2618 (2014) and In re Petition to Create Voluntary State Bar of Nebraska, 286 Neb. 1018, 841 N.W. 2d 167 (Nebr. 2013). In Harris v. Quinn, …

Diocese Case: Everyone wants to know, what are the terms of the settlement agreement?

Posted On Jan 30 2015 by

Only an agreed stipulation and order was needed to end the case – a case with two parts.  One part pertaining to the disclosure of conflict requirement in the Chap. 11 proceeding and another part the claims of negligence of the attorneys for Bishop Skylstad.  That’s what happened on January 23, 2015.  The judge could sign the order of dismissal in the adversary case.  He did.  He also said that he did not have to review the settlement in the Chapter 11 proceeding.  Why?  Because the settlement did not affect or have any effect on the completed chapter 11 proceedings.  The settlement was …

California Attorney Discipline System: Executive Director Whistleblower Files Case Againt Bar

Posted On Nov 16 2014 by

The complaint filed .