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Sexual Misconduct by Police Officers

As the nation has debated excessive force by police officers, another quietly pervasive issue was investigated by the AP: sexual misconduct by law enforcement. Sexual assault, which is already [...]

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Inside the Auto Insurance Industry: Profits, Premiums and that “Flo” Lady

A recent Consumer Reports Special Report on automobile insurance policies found that premium prices are related less to consumers’ driving habits and more to their credit reports. It also found a [...]

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Caution, Complications Ahead – Tolling, RCW 7.70.110 and Wrongful Death Cases

A recent Division 3 case has major implications for plaintiffs who attempt to toll the statute of limitations by requesting mediation under RCW 7.70.110. Generally, a request for good faith [...]

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What Kills Americans? Demystifying Patient Deaths from Medical Negligence

The Center for Disease Control publishes a table of the causes of death for Americans each year. Most Americans will find the two leading causes to be familiar and unsurprising: Heart disease: [...]

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Guns & Money

In 2005, President George W. Bush signed the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act into law. 15 U.S.C. §§ 7901-7903. The PLCAA or the “Gun Protection Act” as it is often called, passed both [...]

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Mental health and the law: Part Two – Competency

RPC 1.14(a) directs lawyers to, whenever possible, “maintain a normal client-lawyer relationship with the client” if his capacity to make “adequately considered decisions” is diminished. As [...]

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Mental health and the law: Part One – The Numbers

The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) estimates that 1 in every 25 American adults experience a serious mental illness. On average, only 60% of those identified with serious mental [...]

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Rude Clients May Sabotage Their Own Representation

In a recent Sunday edition of the New York Times, Professor Christine Porath summarized the findings of several studies on the impact of rudeness—both by bosses and other employees. In a poll of [...]

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Federal Tort Claim Act Basics

Before a plaintiff can sue a United States agency for the negligence of one of its employees or agents, he must file a tort claim with the agency. Because the United States has only waived its [...]

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Paying off law school loans

After my last somewhat depressing post about the reality of law school and undergraduate debt, I decided to share some of the methods I use. Some of these techniques can be applied to any [...]