In legal writing and in speaking, why it’s so important to avoid telling people what to think.Read More
I recently came across this old photo of 16 year old me rocking my first car, with dog photo-bombing. It reminded me how important perspective is. I freaking LOVED that car. It was so awesome just to be driving.Read More
My 3.5 year old daughter is not from this planet. She has mastered the art of flipping teachable moments in the most agonizing but also hilarious ways. Here are some examples.Read More
October 7, 2019
Eric Tegethoff, Public News Service - WA
SEATTLE — Most renters facing eviction lack access to legal counsel, and because of that, are set up to fail, says a new analysis.
Seattle attorney Andrew Ackley said even with favorable state laws on their side, renters still struggle to afford representation in Washington.
In high school and college, I was often unbearably bored. I was bored in ways I didn’t understand or appreciate. And certainly I didn’t understand the meaning of boredom or the importance of being “present.” But because of my boredom I did things that in hindsight I wish I hadn’t done, the tamest of which was thinking it was cool to wear an AC Slater chain with a Dylan McKay earring and haircut. Vaping would have been pretty tame for me too, at age 20.Read More
I am at the park with my kids on an unusually chilly July morning. This park is AWESOME. It has a zip line, really big slides and—ok, I’m just the parent.
It’s mid-morning and I hear a pop-pop-pop off in the distance. I think to myself, leftover Fourth of July fireworks. But a part of me wonders—if I were a teenager, would I be up and setting off fireworks on some random morning?Read More
If you’ve had kids or even pets then you probably know the feeling of the little ones slowly encroaching on every corner of the house. Not just being in the space momentarily but basically laying claim to it.Read More
Until recently my repertoire in doing my girls’ hair has been very limited, as in a single pony tail.Read More
Because HaRam Kim was a single adult with no children, just starting her life in college, and because her parents did not live in the United States, the loss of her as a person is worth nothing under current Washington law. In contrast, the sons of Claudia Derschmidt, killed on the same bus and in the same crash, could make a claim for the loss of their mother.Read More
By Andrew Ackley and Garth L. Jones
Published in the July/August edition of WSAJ Trial News.
For years, plaintiffs’ attorneys have routinely asked their opponents to admit the reasonableness of the amounts billed for an injured party’s medical and household expenses. And for years, the defense bar has routinely admitted such bills, unless there was a specific problem with a bill that warranted a denial or an objection.Read More
Courtney gets all the credit.Read More
That is what I told the Washington State House Judiciary Committee yesterday. Washington’s wrongful death laws are some of the worst in the country. There is generally no wrongful death claim for the death of an unmarried adult without children, so for example, most young people just starting out their lives.Read More
The NTSB has started releasing preliminary information about the circumstances surrounding the Amtrak 501 crash. Early information usually comes from easily verifiable sources like video and audio recording.Read More