Protecting At-Risk Children, KCBA Pro Bono Program, State Funding for Legal Aid Increased by $4.8M

Columbia Legal Services: Governor Signs Two Bills Protecting At-risk Children

“On July 6, 2017, Governor Jay Inslee signed two bills to better protect at-risk children in Washington. The first creates a pilot program allowing for abused and neglected children to better navigate the court system. The other creates a cabinet level agency to better coordinate services for children and families in the state.

Senate Bill (SB) 5890 improves the state’s foster system for both foster children and foster parents and funds a research project targeted at providing legal representation for children and youth in foster care.

“For children and youth in foster care, having an attorney means a greater chance to stay with family members, to spend less time in foster care, and to avoid homelessness,” said Hillary Madsen, staff attorney at Columbia Legal Services. “This study will provide critical information for lawmakers about the importance of attorneys.”

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New Leadership for King County Bar Association’s pro bono programKCBA Logo

Anne Daly will be taking over leadership of the King County Bar Association’s pro bono programs. Anne has served as a past KCBA president (2013–14) who for the past 25 years has been with the Society of Counsel Representing Accused Persons, leading that public defense nonprofit since 1999. While her focus there has been on criminal defense for the indigent, her overall lifelong commitment to social justice and service to the marginalized in our community is inspiring.

A copy of a Bar Bulletin profile about Anne from 2013 is online here.

Legal Foundation of Washington: State Funding for Legal Aid Increased by $4.8MLogo for the Legal Foundation of Washington

“After a long six-month legislative session, the House and Senate finally agreed on a Fiscal Year 2017-2019 operating budget on Friday, June 30th. Late that night, Governor Inslee signed the budget to narrowly avoid a partial government shutdown. In a budget year when legislators struggled with issues such as education, mental health, and transportation, to receive a $4.8 million increase for legal aid (roughly a 20% increase in funding) is a gratifying result.

During FY 2017-2019, the new funding for legal aid will:

  • Create 15 new staffed civil legal aid attorneys;
  • Increase the capacity of pro bono programs across the state;
  • Invest in research and training for legal aid and pro bono attorneys; and,
  • Provide Northwest Justice Project attorneys with long overdue cost of living and salary adjustments.”

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Former bank robber helped by Gates fund now professor at Georgetown Law School

“University of Washington law-school grad Shon Hopwood once served time in federal prison for robbing banks. Now he’s accepted a law professorship at Georgetown University.

Eighteen years ago, Nebraska native Shon Hopwood went to prison for breaking the law. This year, the University of Washington law-school graduate has been hired to teach it.

Hopwood has accepted a position as professor at Georgetown University School of Law. The 2014 graduate of the UW law school had gone to federal prison for 10 years in the late 1990s for robbing five banks in the Midwest.”

Read the full article here.