The Washington State Bar Association invites you to Decoding the Law, a conversation series for members and the community to discuss timely and relevant legal topics. The Decoding the Law series is intended to share information and facilitate dialogue with the general public and legal community.

Next in the Series:  Immigration – Policy and Personal Perspectives

Immigration: Personal Perspective
Tuesday, Aug. 8, 2017
Noon–1 p.m.
At the WSBA office, 1325 Fourth Ave., suite 600, Seattle, and via live webcast

Legal practitioners and law enforcement will address immigration rights, enforcement of immigration laws, and how to be an ally.

Panelists:

  • Heidi Anderson – Lane Powell
  • Rich Stolz – One America
  • Enoka Herat – ACLU
  • Lt. Adrian Diaz – Seattle Police Department

Moderated by Greg McLawsen – Sound Immigration


Immigration: Policy Perspective
Tuesday, Aug. 1, 2017
Noon–1 p.m.
At the WSBA office, 1325 Fourth Ave., suite 600, Seattle, and via live webcast

Panelists will look nationally and locally as they discuss the status of travel ban legislation, sanctuary cities, and the availability of H1B visas and the impact on businesses.

Panelists:

  • Tahmina Watson – Watson Immigration Law
  • Qingqing Mao – Lane Powell
  • Dustin O’Quinn – Lane Powell

Moderated by Greg McLawsen – Sound Immigration

Watch the Recorded Webcast


The public and members of the Bar are invited to attend and participate in these conversations at the WSBA Conference Center. Decoding the Law is also available via live webcast and recorded for viewing on this page after each event.

Registration for in-person attendance is not required. Access to the live webcast will be available here on Aug. 1 and Aug. 8. The series is not CLE accredited.

If you have a subject in mind for future discussions in the Decoding the Law series, please send your suggestions to questions@wsba.org

The WSBA is committed to full access and participation by persons with disabilities. If you have questions about accessibility or require accommodation, please contact adamr@wsba.org.


Last in the Series: A legal primer on Transgender Rights and Legislation

June 7, 2017
Male female symbolThis Decoding the Law conversation featured legal practitioners and community partners discussing proposed legislation in Washington and elsewhere seeking to change access rights to bathrooms and locker rooms. This event delved into important information and considerations, including:

  • An overview of the evolution of the law
  • Proposed legislation now
    under consideration
  • Potential and current community impacts
  • How changes in the law are handled in the education system

Speakers:
Sal Mungia, past president of WSBA, the Western States Bar Conference, the Tacoma-Pierce County Bar Association, and Legal Aid for Washington; partner, Gordon Thomas Honeywell
Colleen Melody, chief of the Civil Rights Unit, Washington State Attorney General’s Office
Gunnar Scott, director of programs, Pride Foundation
Kelli Schmidt, chair, WSBA Civil Rights Section; owner and principal, Advance Law Office, PLLC

Watch the Recorded Webcast


For more information, please email Megan Scott at MeganS@wsba.org.


In March, we kicked off the series with “The Death Penalty in Three Parts,” where leading academics and legal practitioners convene a discussion on an overview of the death penalty, its financial implications, and the question of disproportionate impacts. This three-part series will occur in March and takes place at the WSBA Conference Center. The series will be available via live webcast and recorded for viewing after each event.


Decoding the Law: The Death Penalty in Three Parts


The Death Penalty in Washington State: An Overview
March 2, 2017
Watch the recorded webcast of this part of the series.

View a PowerPoint presentation used in this part of the series.

Speakers:
Mark Larrañaga, defense attorney and partner at Walsh & Larrañaga Law
Mary Pat Treuthart, professor, Gonzaga University School of Law
Mark Larson, chief deputy, Criminal Division, King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office



Financial Implications of the Death Penalty
March 8, 2017
WSBA Conference Center and via live webcast

Watch the recorded webcast of this part of the series.
View a PowerPoint presentation used in this part of the series.

Speakers:
Mark Larrañaga, defense attorney and partner at Walsh & Larrañaga Law
Peter Collins, assistant professor, Seattle University's Criminal Justice Department
Robert Boruchowitz, professor and director of The Defender Initiative, Seattle University School of Law




Are There Disproportionate Impacts of the Death Penalty?
March 13, 2017
WSBA Conference Center and via live webcast

Watch the recorded webcast of this part of the series.
View a PowerPoint presentation used in this part of the series.

Speakers:
Mark Larrañaga, defense attorney and partner at Walsh & Larrañaga Law
Lila Silverstein, appellate public defender, Washington Appellate Project




Watch Recorded Webcasts From the Death Penalty Series

View on mobile devices here.





We hope you can take an hour out of your day to participate. Decoding the Law will take place throughout the year, so if you can’t take part in this discussion, be on the lookout for the next topic. If you have a future topic in mind, please send your suggestions to questions@wsba.org. The forum is not CLE accredited.

The WSBA is committed to full access and participation by persons with disabilities. If you have questions about accessibility or require accommodation, please contact adamr@wsba.org.