Whatcom County Bar Association

Upcoming events

    • 06/05/2024
    • 12:00 PM - 1:15 PM
    • Bellingham Yacht Club

    Join us Wednesday, June 5th at 12pm for our Summer Bar Lunch and Meeting at the Bellingham Yacht Club. 

    We are excited to announce that we will also be offering a 1 hour Water Law CLE by Attorney James Davenport. See details below.

    Free for current WSBA members. $20 for non-members, payable by cash or check.


    Bar meeting 12pm - 12:15pm.

    CLE 12:15pm - 1:15pm.

    Adjourn 1:15pm.

    About the CLE:

    The Department of Ecology's long-anticipated water right adjudication was filed in Whatcom County Superior Court on May 1.  Water lawyer James Davenport will brief the Bar Association on June 5 on the nature of the proceedings, its anticipated organization and timing and the substantive law issues underpinning the matter. 

    Water Resource Inventory Area # 1 includes all of Whatcom County.  This proceeding implicates all of the water in WRIA #1.  The Nooksack River is the largest, but all creeks and tributaries, lakes and streams, and the water underground are at issue. The climate is warming.  Recovery of endangered salmon species is complicated by declining natural flows and increased water temperatures.  The demand for water for agriculture is increasing.  Municipal uses are rather well protected.  The Hirst case (2016) concerns single-families who rely on groundwater wells.  What happens if your clients fail to respond to the Superior Court's summons likely to be issued in June? 

    James Davenport (Willamette Law 1977) is author of Western Water Rights and the U.S. Supreme Court (McFarland 2020), a past Assistant Attorney General in Washington and Nevada, past chairman of the Legal Committee of the Western States Water Council, past Chief of the Water Division of the Colorado River Commission of Nevada, and now resident in retirement in Whatcom and Yakima Counties.  His May 3 comment in the Salish Current suggests his perspective.  MCLE certification of CLE credit for program 2019948 is currently "pending review."

    • 08/16/2024
    • North Bellingham Golf Course

    Save the date!

    2024 Annual 4 Counties Golf Tournament

    An annual event for members of Skagit, Whatcom, San Juan, and Island County Bar Associations and their friends.

    When: August 16, 2024

    Where: North Bellingham Golf Course

    All Proceeds from this event benefit LAW Advocates of Whatcom County

    More information to follow

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