COMMITTEES

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Admirality

Holds regular CLEs dealing with contemporary maritime issues. The committee also has a standing subcommittee that reviews local admiralty rules and from time to time proposes changes to the same. Finally, the committee is studying the implementation of technology as it relates to maritime practice.

For more information or to join the committee, contact:

John Congalton
Admiralty Committee Co-Chair
Phone: 206-623-8300
Email: JohnCongalton@aol.com

Kevin B. Smith
Admiralty Committee Co-Chair
Phone: 206-781-1657
Email: Kbeaus@ix.netcom.com

ADR

Assists the Court in the administration of Civil Rule CR 39.1 (ADR) by (i) processing attorney applications for certification and inclusion on the court’s register of neutrals, (ii) responding to court requests for ADR-related assistance (such as obtaining pro bono neutrals), and (iii) responding to inquires from the court or prospective neutrals; periodically presents ADR CLE programs (ranging from formal programs to informal “roundtable” discussions attended by one or more Western District judges); and, as the need arises, addresses (through committee mailings, meetings or work groups) ADR developments or emerging ADR issues. For more information about becoming a CR 39.1 neutral, or to view the Court’s register of neutrals, click here.

For more information or to join the committee, contact:

Jillian Barron
ADR Committee Co-Chair
Phone: 425-450-0111
Email: jbarron@sebrisbusto.com

Anne-Marie Sargent
ADR Committee Co-Chair
Phone: 206-654-4011
Email: aes@cslawfirm.net

Appellate Practice

Has the primary goals of providing continuing legal education for federal appellate practitioners through free CLEs designed specifically for those practitioners; acting as a liaison between the federal appellate bench and members of the FBA-WDWA; enhancing communication between the bench and bar regarding topics such as rule revisions; and providing a source of information for key legal and practice developments, with a focus on Ninth Circuit practice.

For more information or to join the committee, contact:

Helen J. Brunner
Appellate Practice Co-Chair
Phone: 206-553-5172
Email: micki.brunner@usdoj.gov

Jonathan S. Solovy
Appellate Practice Co-Chair
Phone: 206-388-1090
Email: solovylaw@earthlink.net

Bankruptcy

Acts as a liaison between the bankruptcy bench and bar. The committee disseminates information regarding rule, statutory, and case law modifications relating to bankruptcy practice; and provides comments to the Bankruptcy Court regarding proposed rule changes. The committee co-sponsors annual meetings with bankruptcy practitioners and members of the Bankruptcy Court. It has also published a newsletter summarizing court developments and unpublished opinions.

For more information or to join the committee, contact:

Aimee S. Willig
Bankruptcy Committee Co-Chair
Phone: 206-292-2110
Email: awillig@bskd.com

David C. Neu
Bankruptcy Committee Co-Chair
Phone: 206-370-8125
Email: david.neu@klgates.com

CLE

Works to keep bar members informed regarding procedures in the federal courts. To that end the committee hosts and co-sponsors various CLEs, for which it designs curricula and selects speakers. The committee also assists and supports the substantive law committees of the FBA-WDWA when those committees hold CLEs. Finally, the committee hosts and coordinates the CLE program held every December before the FBA-WDWA’s Annual Dinner.

For more information or to join the committee, contact:

Brooke Coleman
CLE Committee Co-Chair
Phone: 206-616-7115
Email: colemanb@seattleu.edu

Sarah Washburn
CLE Committee Co-Chair
Phone: 206-245-1700
Email: sarah.washburn@pacificalawgroup.com

Court Services Liaison

Provides input to the courts on issues relating to services offered to attorneys, including technology in the courtroom, technology in the clerk’s office, and courthouse amenities for lawyers; and serves as a liaison between the FBA-WDWA and the Washington State Bar Association.

For more information, contact:

Sarah Mack
Phone: 206-370-8400
Email: sarah_mack@wawd.uscourts.gov

WSBA Liaison

For more information, contact:

Shannon M. Jost
Phone: 206-626-6000
Email: smj@stokeslaw.com

Lish Whitson
Phone: 206-892-2164
Email: lish.whitson@whitsonlaw.com

Criminal Law

The Criminal Law Committee’s primary goal is to provide continuing legal education and training to criminal law practitioners on trends and topics in the field of federal criminal law and trial practice. The committee’s other goal is to help maintain a competitive yet convivial bar by supporting professionalism, communication and civility among the members of the federal criminal bar.

For more information or to join the committee, contact:

Robert Flennaugh
Criminal Law Committee Co-Chair
Phone: 206-447-7422
Email: robert@flennaughlaw.com

Kate Vaughn
Criminal Law Committee Co-Chair
Phone: 206-553-4148
Email: kate.vaughn@usdoj.gov

Federal Appointments

Provides input on federal judicial appointment candidates as requested by the court.

For more information or to join the committee, contact:

John Wolfe
Federal Appointments Chair
Phone: 206-839-4324
Email: john.wolfe@orrick.com

Federal Civil Rights Clinic

The Federal Civil Rights Legal Clinics offer free, limited legal advice and referrals to King and Pierce County residents. The Clinics focus on Washington State residents who are contemplating filing or have already filed legal actions in the United States District Court for the Western District of Washington and who are encountering challenges accessing our legal system. For additional information about the Legal Clinics, please click here.

For information about volunteering in either Legal Clinic, please contact:

Tracy Morris
Federal Civil Rights Clinic
Executive Director
Email: tracymmorris@comcast.net

In-House Counsel

For more information or to join the committee, contact:

Mike Paisner
In-House Counsel Co-Chair
Email: michael.s.paisner@boeing.com

Cindy Randall
In-House Counsel Co-Chair
Email: crand@microsoft.com

Intellectual Property

Addresses issues arising out of patents, copyrights, trademarks, trade secrets, and other forms of intellectual property. The committee also addresses the interplay between intellectual property rights and other disciplines, such as licensing, unfair competition, antitrust and economics.

Click here for links to various online resources, including information relevant to intellectual property issues.

For more information or to join the committee, contact:

Theo Angelis
Intellectual Property Committee Co-Chair
Phone: 206-370-8101
E-mail: theo.angelis@klgates.com

Brian Park
Intellectual Property Committee Co-Chair
Phone: 206-386-7542
E-mail: BCPark@stoel.com

Local Rules

Follows changes and proposed changes to the Federal Rules of Civil and Criminal Procedure and Evidence that occur at the national level, develops proposed revisions to the local rules to accommodate those national rule changes, and periodically suggests changes to the local rules to improve practice in this District. The committee works closely with the court’s local rules committee on these projects. The committee also acts as a spokesperson for the FBA-WDWA before the rules committee of the Judicial Conference of the United States.

For more information or to join the committee, contact:

Martha Dawson
Local Rules Committee Co-Chair
Phone: 206-623-7580
Email: martha.dawson@klgates.com

Michelle Peterson
Local Rules Committee Co-Chair
Phone: 206-224-7618
E-mail: michelle@michellepetersonlaw.com

Membership

Recruits new members to the FBA-WDWA by explaining the benefits of membership to potential new members, and by offering a free two-year membership to newly admitted members of the state bar, together with a free CLE on the local rules of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington. The committee also approaches practitioners and law firms in the Western District, offering information about the FBA-WDWA and the benefits of membership.

For more information or to join the committee, contact:

Jamie Lisagor
Membership Committee Co-Chair
Phone: 206-245-1734
Email: jamie.lisagor@pacificalawgroup.com

Karen Orehoski
Membership Committee Co-Chair
Phone: 206-838-8650
Email: karen@rgbcounsel.com

Mo Hamoudi
Membership Committee Co-Chair
Phone: 206-553-1100
Email: mo_hamoudi@fd.org

Nominations

Is primarily responsible for nominating candidates for trustee and officer positions in the FBA-WDWA, and for recommending candidates to serve as Ninth Circuit Lawyer Representatives from the Western District of Washington.

For more information, contact:

Brian Kipnis
Nominations Committee Chair
Phone: 206-553-4426
Email: brian.kipnis@usdoj.gov

Pro Bono

Performs several functions to help the court address the concerns of pro se litigants. First, when pro se litigants apply for appointment of counsel, the U.S. District Court refers the case to a screening panel administered by the Pro Bono Committee. The screening panel recommends to the court whether counsel should be appointed, and the court accepts or rejects the panel’s recommendation. If the court agrees to appoint counsel, he or she may be selected from a Pro Bono Panel of volunteer attorneys, also recruited and administered by the Pro Bono Committee, or the request for volunteer counsel is circulated to pro bono coordinators in local law firms and agencies. Once a pro bono attorney has been identified, the appointment process is completed by the court. The Pro Bono Committee works closely with the court and other FBA-WDWA committees to come up with innovative ideas to reduce the number of pro se cases and to assist those who pursue claims in federal court on a pro se basis.

For additional information about the Pro Bono Panel or to join the panel, click here.

For more information or to join the committee, contact:

Brett Purtzer
Pro Bono Committee Co-Chair
Phone: 253-272-2157
Email: brett@hesterlawgroup.com

Claire McNamara
Pro Bono Committee Co-Chair
Phone: 206-245-1700
Email: claire.mcnamara@pacificalawgroup.com

Website / Communications

Maintains and updates the website of the FBA-WDWA, edits and publishes the FBA-WDWA’s newsletter, reports on the activities of the FBA-WDWA, and provides a forum to discuss current legal issues as they arise in this District and in the Ninth Circuit.

For more information, to join the committee, or to submit articles for consideration, contact:

Christopher Emch
Website / Communications Committee Co-Chair
Phone: 206-447-8904
Email: chris.emch@foster.com

Adrienne McKelvey
Website / Communications Committee Co-Chair
Phone: 415-248-2146
Email: adrienne.mckelvey@polsinelli.com