Whatcom County Bar Association


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  • 11/10/2023 11:30 AM | Anonymous

    Whatcom County Superior Court is currently preparing for the anticipated filing of a general water adjudication of the Nooksack Watershed in the Spring of 2024. The court will be drafting proposed local court rules, evaluating the relevance of pre-trial orders issued in Ecology v. Acquavella, et al., and preparing to implement innovative practices and technologies as encouraged by the legislature. The court would like to ask the Whatcom County Bar Association to create a committee of interested practitioners who are willing to give feedback on these processes. The court plans on soliciting general public feedback on local court rules, but believes there is great value in having the court’s case management strategies and use of innovative practices and technologies informed by local practitioners. Committee members should anticipate serving for at least one year and meeting several times early in the process and then at least quarterly. 

    Anyone interested in serving on the committee should contact:

    John All, PhD, JD



    Shannon Hinchcliffe


  • 11/10/2023 11:30 AM | Anonymous

    The custodian’s duties would involve returning client files, returning unearned fees, and filing NOIWs.  The custodian need not practice in Mx. King’s practice area, which is juvenile law.  Any practice area is fine. Custodianship does not involve taking over the cases, but in some cases it may be helpful to refer clients to other practitioners.  

    Any local attorney interested in assisting should contact:

    Nicole Gustine | Assistant General Counsel | Office of General Counsel Washington State Bar Association | T:  206.727.8237 | nicoleg@wsba.org1325 Fourth Avenue, Suite 600 | Seattle, WA 98101-2539 | www.wsba.org

  • 11/10/2023 11:29 AM | Anonymous

    Fairhaven College is looking for volunteer judges for upcoming mock trials for FAIR311 U.S. Legal Systems on December 5 and 7 from 9:00 a.m. to 11:20 a.m. Each mock trial will be one hour long and there will be a total of four mock trials consisting of two criminal trials and two civil trials.

    We are looking for a minimum of four attorneys or at least one judge for each mock trial. However, we welcome additional volunteer judges. A volunteer judge may judge one or more mock trials depending on their availability. 

    A minimum commitment consists of reviewing the mock trial packet(s) (one for civil and one for criminal) that will be provided, attending at least one 1-hour mock trial on December 5 and/or 7, completing student evaluation forms for each participant, and providing a few minutes of feedback to students right after their mock trials.  

    Please email Esther Hyun, Visiting Assistant Professor, at hyune@wwu.edu to volunteer and receive further details.  

  • 10/31/2023 10:58 AM | Anonymous

    LAW Advocates is pleased to announce its new Executive Director, Heidi Bode.  Bode comes to LAW Advocates with both a legal and nonprofit background as a family law attorney and a housing case manager at Lydia Place in Bellingham.  In 2023 Bode started at LAW Advocates as the Programs Manager. 

    “I am honored to have been selected as LAW Advocates’ next Executive Director.  I look forward to working with staff and volunteers to further LAW Advocates’ mission with a continued client-centered approach to serving Whatcom community’s underserved population.” 

  • 10/26/2023 1:54 PM | Anonymous

    A message from Sandra Kiele:

    Hello Counsel and Legal Assistants,

    I am not sure if you are aware that Dave Reynolds will be officially retired on November 27, 2023.  His numerous titles are being divided between Executive Branch and Judicial Branch governments. 

    Obtaining GAL strike list falls under Court Administration (Judicial Branch).  Stephanie Kraft is our new Court Administrator, and Kelline Pedersen is her Administrative Supervisor.  I will remain as the Chief Deputy Clerk in the Clerk’s office.  Our new County Clerk is Raylene King, who will start on November 28th.

    Starting on November 28th, you will need to email Ms. Kraft & Ms. Pedersen your Strike List requests.  I am copying them for your assistance and information.

    Please let me know if you have any questions.


    Sandra Kiele

    Chief Deputy Clerk / Asst. Court Administrator

    Whatcom County Superior Court

    311 Grand Avenue, Suite 301

    Bellingham, WA  98225

    (360) 778-5566


  • 10/26/2023 1:52 PM | Anonymous

    Effective immediately, the Law Office of Christina King is permanently closed. Mx. King's paralegal is working to file and serve Notices of Withdrawal and to provide prior clients with their case files and with Pro Se Notices of Appearance they can fill out and file. Any local family law attorneys who are willing to provide a free consultation to one of Mx. King's prior clients are requested to contact the Whatcom County Bar Association President, Genissa Richardson, at (360) 639-3393 or Genissa@truenorthlegalservices.com and she will initiate contact between the parties.

  • 10/26/2023 1:49 PM | Anonymous

    If you recently signed up for membership online, you had the opportunity to set up a username and password. This allows you access to your member profile for set up and ongoing administration.

    For those of you whose names were manually entered into the new system by the WCBA executive committee, follow these steps to set up your profile:

    On the top right of our website click "Login."

    Scroll down to the bottom and click "Forgot Password."

    Next, enter your email address and click "Submit."

    You will receive an email with a link to set a password.

    Once your password is set, you can login and set up your member profile. 

    Our member profiles will allow our colleagues and members of the public to more easily locate local attorneys and identify judicial officers.

    Let me know if you have any questions,

    Genissa Richardson

    Genissa@truenorthlegalservices.com; (360) 639-3393.

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