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.

Review Committee orders grievance to hearing

Posted On Feb 7 2016 by

The WSBA sent an order of the Review Committee in my case. The grievance has been ordered to hearing. Next I will be served with a complaint against me by the WSBA.