Immediate Past-President Stephen Crossland
A Cashmere native, Stephen Crossland received his undergraduate degree in political science from Stanford University, and his law degree from the Northwestern School of Law at Lewis and Clark University, in Oregon. He served as Chelan County deputy prosecuting attorney from 1974–75, and has worked in private practice since then; he has had his own practice, Crossland Law Office, since 2001. He served on the WSBA Board of Governors from 1995–98, representing the 4th District. In 2002, he received the WSBA Award of Merit, the Association’s highest honor, which is presented in recognition of long-term service to the Bar and/or the public.
On April 25 and May 21, President Crossland hosted online discussions for members to share their vision for a more efficient and effective Bar. Thank you to all who participated! If you were unable to participate, you can read the transcripts.
We are planning additional online discussions. More informaiton will be posted when available.
We write to you today to provide you with an update on Judicial Branch funding, which is vital to our profession and the public. Since the Legislature convened the 2011 Second Special Session on November 28, we have been closely monitoring the Legislature’s budget proposals, paying careful attention to budget decisions that might impact the Judicial Branch. As you may know, the Judicial Branch, like many other programs and entities, has suffered funding cuts over the last few years due to the economic crisis facing the state. The Legislature adjourned the Second Special Session on December 14, and we are happy to report that Judicial Branch funding was not further reduced in the early action budget passed by the Legislature.
However, the early action budget only addressed a portion (nearly $500 million) of the $2 billion shortfall, and we anticipate that the most challenging budget decisions will be addressed in the 2012 regular 60-day session, which convenes January 9, 2012.
The Legislature is faced with very grim budget decisions in these difficult economic times. While we are grateful that Judicial Branch funding was not further reduced in the early action budget, we will continue to closely monitor the budget process during the 2012 regular session and inform you of budget decisions that may affect the practice of law or the administration of justice.
Thank you for your attention to this important matter.
Published by Puget Sound Business Journal, November 25, 2011.
Published by The Metropolitan Corporate Counsel.
View President Steve Crossland's segment on TVW's The Docket, filmed in 2006. In this segment, President Crossland talks about his career as a small-town attorney in Cashmere, his involvement in the local community, and offers advice to law students.
Watch the full episode.
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Continuing the Discussion (May 2012)
Family Matters (April 2012)
I Really Mean It. Please Vote No. (March 2012)
Save Our Bar! (February 2012)
Living la Vida Cubana (January 2012)
Succession Planning: Part 2 (December 2011)
Whew! My First Week (November 2011)
Communication (October 2011)
Meet the New WSBA President by Michael Heatherly (October 2011)
Succession Planning: Part 1 (February 2010)
Didn't make it to the live chat? Read the transcripts.
June 25, 2012 — with Steve Crossland and Paula Littlewood
May 21, 2012 — with Steve Crossland
April 25, 2012 — with Steve Crossland
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