Washington Courts Historical Society
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2017 CLE Seminar
The Washington Courts Historical Society Presents “Keeping the People Informed:
Open Government in Washington State”
Friday December 1, 2017 9 am-4:30 pm Temple of Justice Courtroom,
Washington State Supreme Court.
Join WCHS for a day-long seminar features ten presentations with topics including the history
of the Washington Public Records Act, open courts, the Public Disclosure Commission, confidentiality of WSBA
and judicial disciplinary records, General Rule 31.1 and a concluding ethics presentation on attorney-client
issues in Washington State. The event is certified for 5.75 Continuing Legal Education (CLE) credits
including 1 CLE ethics credit by the Washington State Bar Association
9:00 am - 9:10 am
Welcome and outline of CLE by Mary Spillane, President of Washington Courts
9:10 am - 9:30 am
Alan Copsey will present on “How Washington’s Open Government Laws Came to Be:
The Origins of the Public Records Act and the Open Public Meetings Act,” discussing the political
and historic contexts in which Washington’s Public Records Act and Open Public Meetings Act were
enacted, and the objectives and perspectives of their sponsors and supporters.
9:30 am - 10:15 am
Justice Mary Yu and Justice Steven Gonzalez will present on “Open Courts.”
10:15 am - 10:30 am
Break with coffee service provided.
10:30 am - 10:50 am
Kathy George will present “From LBJ to Trump: 50 Years of The Freedom
of Information Act,” with an overview of FOIA’s history, key provisions, landmark cases and
10:50 am - 11:20 am
Michele Earl-Hubbard will present on “The Open Public Meetings Act.”
11:20 am - 12:00 noon
Eric Stahl and Steve DiJulio will present on the Public Records Act.
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Lunch Break with lunch provided.
1:00 pm - 1:25 pm
Peter Lavallee, Executive Director of the PDC will present on “The Public
1:25 pm - 1:55 pm
Judge Marlin Appelwick will present “Access to Administrative Court Records
under GR 31.1.” Why was the rule necessary? What are the key elements of the rule? What were the
points of contention in developing the rule? Does the rule work?
1:55 pm - 2:25 pm
Doug Ende, WSBA and Reiko Callner Commission on Judicial Conduct will present
“Confidentiality of Judicial and Lawyer Discipline Records in Washington.” This session will
provide an overview of the rules applicable to disciplinary records, including a comparison of
how and why lawyer discipline records differ from judicial discipline records.
2:25 pm - 2:40 pm
Break with coffee service provided.
2:40 pm - 3:30 pm
Panel Discussion with audience questions on the Value of Openness and Emerging
Issues with Michele Earl-Hubbard, Ramsey Ramerman and James Beck moderated by Retired Chief Justice
3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Ethics Credit: Ramsey Ramerman will present on “Ethics in Attorney-Client Issues.”
Registration is limited to 115 persons and space will be allocated based upon date of payment.
The fee is $245, which includes coffee service and a box lunch, seminar materials, and introductory membership
in the Washington Courts Historical Society. Those who attended the fall 2015 Washington Court Historical
Society CLE can register for $225. Several places will be held for students at a $50 fee. However,
if we have an overflow attendance, we will ask students to watch on a monitor in the foyer of the Temple.
Net proceeds benefit the Washington Courts Historical Society. No refunds after November 20, 2017.
Tickets are available through Brown Paper Tickets or by submitting the registration below.
WSBA#________ Email__________________________________ Phone______________
Make checks payable to Washington Courts Historical Society.
Mail to: Washington Courts Historical Society, P.O. Box 4081, Tumwater, WA 98501
P.O. Box 4081
Tumwater, WA 98501