President of Washington State Bar Association resigns hours before criminal warrant issued

“When honor and the Law no longer stand on the same side of the line, how do we choose[?]”  Anne Bishop


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On June 23, 2017, Washington State Bar Association’s (WSBA) President Robin Lynn Haynes was notified of pending criminal charges for theft.

Some of you may not have known this since the  Seattle Times (Washington’s most circulated newspaper) assisted the WSBA by not reporting.

In 2015, the Gold Bar Reporter contacted Seattle Times Editor Mike Carter, after having ample evidence that WSBA Hearing Officer Lin O’ Dell was using a convicted killer, Mark Plivilech, to steal from O’Dell’s elderly clients, but instead of reporting on WSBA O’Dell theft and fraud, Seattle Times Editor Mike Carter wrote ” Who cares.”

With no surprise, the biggest story involving WSBA corruption, President of WSBA resigns after her arrest warrant is issued, and the Seattle Times does what any embedded ( reporters who are spoon fed stories to look the other way on behalf of advertisers) journalist would do, not report the real news.

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Not only was WSBA Hearing Officer Lin O’ Dell found guilty of stealing from her clients using a convicted killer to harass them inside their homes, the duo also  unlawfully diverted money to Mark Plivilech, a convicted killer, and Lin O’Dell’s fraudulent companies. Companies the duo started so that Lin O’ Dell could transfer client’s money from the elderly person’s trust account to pay Mark Plivilech and mafia friends to make home repairs on elderly clients homes ( many who are over 80 and bed ridden).

In December 2013, Judge Monasmith Steven County Washington found Lin O’Dell guilty of trust embezzlement. The WSBA has yet to take any disciplinary action against O’Dell ( June 24, 2017).

From sources, the WSBA received twelve complaints against Lin O’Dell over the last twenty years for stealing and the WSBA broomed every single one.  An insider from the WSBA said ” it’s common knowledge that lead counsel Linda Eide worked with Lin O’Dell inside the guardian scam” hence why so many complaints were dismissed.

Since 1993, attorney Lin O’Dell has been stealing from Washingtonians, almost all elderly and vulnerable adults. In one case from Pierce County, the Simpson case, the daughter who was caring for her father ended up dead, their house burnt down and a Caboose was stolen by Lin O’ Dell.

Over the last four years, we found at least ten clients Lin O’Dell has been stealing from and committing SSA fraud ( diverting clients SSA funds into her own bank account).  One fact is clear, Lin O’Dell and Mark Plivilech didn’t steal by themselves, they had a lot of help, including one Spokane County Commissioner, one Spokane County Superior Court Judge, one Stevens County Superior Court Judge, and one Dr Zimmerman ( who fled to Denton Texas once we started reporting on Lin O’Dell’s fraud).

However, WSBA Hearing Officer Lin O’Dell didn’t steal without the assistance of the Washington State Bar Association, and the Washington State Supreme Court.

Joe Patrice, a reporter with “Above the Law” wants to know ” What in the World is going on in Washington?”   Joe its simple, the WSBA has been taken over by scammers and fraudsters to further their agenda ( stealing with no accountability).

The 39-year-old Robin Haynes, who last year became the youngest lawyer to hold the President position.   Gonzaga Law School brags that she is a mentor.  This begs a question: Is Ms. Haynes teaching racketeering 101 or how to steal with the assistance of the WSBA?


Sadly Ms. Haynes has been replaced by WSBA Brad Furlong who has ties to more WSBA criminals, Geoffrey Gibbs and his co-conspirators Lin O’Dell ( Gibbs and O’Dell scammed taxpayers out of thousands on the Snohomish County Housing Authority scam of Whispering Pines).

Robin Haynes is well connected with Supreme Court Justices Debra Stephens, Barbara Madsen, Mary Yu and Mary Fairhurst. So much so that Haynes funneled public monies to their campaigns.   The next time our readers decided to contribute to Justice for All, think twice.

 

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How we know this is simple: Robin Haynes bragged about it on her Instagram account.

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Robin Haynes “brags” she is a at a backyard Barbie Q with WA State Chief Supreme Justice Mary Fairhurst. Perhaps Justice Fairhurst has never heard of Judicial Ethics Cannon Rules, Appearance of Fairness?

 

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So Joe Patrice, you ask ” What in the World is going on in Washington State? ‘ Well it’s called racketeering, fixing cases, forging and withholding evidence to ensure convictions, fraud, and WSBA elite few members stealing with the assistance of the WSBA Office of Disciplinary Counsel ( Linda Eide and Doug Ende).

Washingtonians need not worry but we’re going to abolish the Washington State Bar Association. They are making criminals out of non-criminals and we must do everything in our power to stop them with as much sunshine as possible.  Stay tuned.


STOP CORRUPTION NOW

If you look at great human civilizations, from the Roman Empire to the Soviet Union, you will see that most do not fail simply due to external threats but because of internal weakness, corruption, or a failure to manifest the values and ideals they espouse.

Cory Booker

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Extortionist wire threats, Spokane County Racketeering EXPOSED

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Today I retrieved the above voice message which was sent from (509) 850-0392 on January 26, 2017, approx. one hour prior to the below email/ wire threat that my lawyer tells me amounts to state extortion, trying to stop our investigation on massive racketeering (fixing cases, stealing children unless parents pay money, and drug trafficking using attorneys and clients)


Once this story was posted, Karrie Travis ( aka Fleck) and Crystal Hill Pennington ( aka Berg)  and the man who left extortionist voice message threats ( from Prosser Washington) logged on to the Gold Bar Reporter together.  6 x we caught the Karrie Travis, Crystal Hill Pennington on the Reporter at the same time.

 

Conspiracy defined: a secret plan made by two or more people to do something that is harmful or illegal.

Washington State Definition of Extortion:  knowingly to obtain or attempt to obtain by threat property or services of the owner.

RCW 9.61.230, Telephone harassment.

(1) Every person who, with intent to harass, intimidate, torment or embarrass any other person, shall make a telephone call to such other person:
(a) Using any lewd, lascivious, profane, indecent, or obscene words or language, or suggesting the commission of any lewd or lascivious act; or
(b) Anonymously or repeatedly or at an extremely inconvenient hour, whether or not conversation ensues; or
(c) Threatening to inflict injury on the person or property of the person called or any member of his or her family or household;
is guilty of a gross misdemeanor

( if I were a betting person, I would say that the bum/scum who left the voice message has a shady criminal history).


With  no surprise, another Washington State Bar Association member involved in extortionist wire threats, but this time from Spokane County.

Yesterday I filed a Washington State Bar Complaint against Spokane County attorney Susan Embree, within hours I received this wire threat amounting to extortion to have me committed for reporting on criminal drug trafficking from her home and she brags that she’s done it before.

The Bar complaint came after several witnesses came forward  with ample evidence to state Susan Embree should be in prison.


Here’s the email sent to me using an anonymous email address: 

On Jan 26, 2017, at 7:43 PM, Washington Citizen <deeperpocketsthanblock@gmail.com> wrote:

Anne,

I’m curious who you think you are other than a defunct, disbarred attorney. As a citizen of Washington State and a tax payer, I am very concerned of your actions and behavior that you have taken statewide. Should you continue to attempt to deplete all of our local government agencies budgets then what?

I have at this point in time prepared and will file a records request on you in the entire state of Washington, I have no issue paying for the entire service so I can provide the media with what they need to inform all of the residents of Washington how their tax money is spent.

After reading your website and a(n) article about you, there was mention of the vast amounts of your own money you have spent. Let me help correct that now and through the media, the VAST amounts of TAX PAYER money.

You lady, are far from the only bully in Washington. Once my requests are fulfilled, you will meet all of the tax payers.

Best of Luck and I can’t wait to publish the reason you were disbarred along with how much you have cost tax payers.

Anne, don’t think for one moment I am not already filing for a mental health eval on you as well. So please do not let me find you are providing legal advice or assistance to others, this again would carry heavy sanctions that would require you to SHOW UP.

As you see Anne, my reporting skills are just as in tune as yours. Here is where we are vastly different, I wasn’t disbarred for misconduct. Let me quote your request in closing; “Block in December 2013 filed paperwork stating that she was resigning from the bar association. She also asserted in court papers that her conduct was protected and her records immune from subpoena by bar association investigators because she operates a blog, the Gold Bar Reporter.” source: HeraldNet July 16th, 2016.

Look lady, you can’t go this far and expect the people of WA state to not notice. Expect to hear from my lawyers very soon, so all I ask of you is do you have a lawyer? I know you aren’t one and can’t practice law by law.

TAX PAYER 3,217,412


The above email is a wire threat amounts to extortion thus a predicate act in violation of RICO, as Susan Embree’s very very personal relationship to judges in Spokane fixing cases.

Have a little courage like John Hancock as I do.

Washington State Bar violating Washingtonians civil rights, sued again

Washington attorneys, Steve Eugster, Robert Caruso and Sara Ferguson join our fight against the Washington State Bar, exposed again for corruption, violating constitutional laws of Washingtonians.  But this time, on behalf of all Washingtonians, as the Washington State Bar trying to rewrite the Washington State Bar Act.

A close ally inside the Washington State Legislature was contacted and he would say is   “the Washington State Bar does not have the legal authority to regulate and dominate free market participants.”

 

 

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Washington State Bar Association hides its report on racism since 2007; “Let the sunshine in”

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In 2007, a Seattle newspaper managed to obtain the Washington State Bar Association’s 2007 Report on Racism. When the newspaper published it, the Washington State Bar Association threatened to sue, forcing the little weekly newspaper to remove it or fight the Bar’s government racket.

The WSBA’s report below confirms beyond any shadow of a doubt countless articles published by the Gold Bar Reporter confirming that racism is alive and well in Washington State, and deeply embedded inside the Washington State Bar Association itself.

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This report only solidifies our findings/reports that the Washington State Bar Association has placed attorneys inside Washington State agency as “risk management” as a way of stopping good attorneys from exposing the massive corruption, racketeering, Anti -Trust, and discrimination inside Washington agencies all over the state.

Another blogger at www.snocoreporter.com managed to obtain a copy of the below Bar report from another source.

What should be noted is that when the Reporter requested a copy of this report from the Washington State Bar Association last year, the Bar untruthfully claimed that it did not exist. I always said ” at the center of the rotten onion is the Washington State Bar Association.”

The report stated that the Washington State Bar’s Board of Governor refused to take a stand against racism, probably because the Washington State Bar Association disciplined 80 % more minorities, thus is guilty of racism too.

The Board of Governors is the WSBA’s governing body directed by the Washington Supreme Court to determine the general policies of the Bar and approve its budget annually. The Board consists of the president, president-elect, immediate past president, members elected from each of the state’s congressional districts and three at-large members.

The Board meets seven times each year at locations across the state. Except for executive sessions, Board meetings are open to the public. The Board has several committees, and governors serve as liaisons to WSBA committees.

 

Robin Lynn Haynes | President (2016-2017)

Robin HaynesRobin Lynn Haynes is president of the Washington State Bar Association, the Bar’s youngest president to date. She was elected to the WSBA Board of Governors in June 2012, representing new and young lawyers. Since then, she has been active with the MCLE Task force and the MCLE Board, the Washington Young Lawyers Committee, the Committee for Professional Ethics, the Board’s Legislative Committee, and the Washington State Bar Foundation.

She practices employment and commercial litigation with McNeice Wheeler in Spokane and Seattle. She was previously the first woman partner at Reed & Giesa, P.S. in Spokane (2011), and spent two years as a litigation and employment principal at Witherspoon Kelley in Spokane.

Haynes is a past president of the Spokane County Bar Association’s Young Lawyer Division and a former board member for the Spokane County Volunteer Lawyers Program. In 2012, she was named the WSBA’s Outstanding Young Lawyer of the Year. She also is a founding Board member for the Washington Vets Will Clinic; a Moderate Means attorney; and an active member of Planned Parenthood’s Women’s Leadership Circle.

Finally, she is a “Triple Zag,” having earned her undergraduate, master’s, and law degrees from Gonzaga University, where she remains an active mentor.

 

Bradford E. Furlong | President-Elect (2016-2017)

 

Bradford E. Furlong is president-elect of the WSBA. He was elected to the WSBA Board of Governors in September 2013. He concentrates his practice on healthcare, municipal, real estate and land-use law. He is a member of the Washington Supreme Court Judicial Ethics Committee and teaches professional ethics for the WSBA. He is the Skagit County hearing examiner pro tem and has served as judge pro tem in both superior and district courts.

Furlong also serves as general counsel to Skagit Valley Hospital and Skagit Regional Clinics, the Port of Skagit County, and the Skagit County Public Facilities District. He has been town attorney for La Conner since 1988, city attorney for Anacortes since 2008, and general counsel for the North Sound Regional Support Network and the Skagit Land Trust.

He graduated from the University of Puget Sound Law School in 1982 after attending the University of California, Davis, and received his undergraduate degree in broadcast journalism from The Evergreen State College.

 

William D. Hyslop | Immediate Past President (2016-2017)

William-D-Hyslop William Hyslop is the immediate past president of the WSBA. He was elected president-elect in September 2014 and served as president September 2015–September 2016. He practices in civil litigation and dispute resolution for Lukins & Annis, P.S., in Spokane, where he is a principal. He has practiced for the firm since 1980, with the exception of 1991-1993, when he served as U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Washington. An active member of Washington’s legal community, Hyslop has been involved in many WSBA activities and served on the Board of Governors in 2000–2003.

In 2006, he was awarded the WSBA President’s Award in recognition of his work in the Spokane community and service to the legal profession. He is a past president of the Federal Bar Association of the Eastern District of Washington and a former co-chair of the WSBA Committee on Public Defense. He is a past president of the Spokane County Bar Association and of the Washington State University Alumni Association.

Hyslop earned his law degree from Gonzaga University School of Law, a master’s in public administration from the University of Washington, and his undergraduate degree from Washington State University.

 

G. Kim Risenmay | Governor, District 1 (2015-2018)

WSBA Gov. G. Kim Risenmay G. Kim Risenmay was elected to the Board of Governors in September 2015. He is licensed in Washington as both an attorney and a certified public accountant. For nearly 30 years, he has practiced in multistate tax services for major law firms. He served as the state tax consulting partner for PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP in Seattle. Prior to that, he was a partner in the Seattle law firm of Bogle & Gates. He served as senior of-counsel attorney in charge of state and local tax services for the Seattle office of the Stoel Rives law from 2008 until 2014, when he opened his own boutique law firm in Redmond.

He has testified before the state Legislature, served on state-agency stakeholder committees to draft regulations, and taught for four years at the University of Washington School of Law.

Risenmay is a military veteran who began practicing law at age 34. He earned his J.D. from Brigham Young University’s J. Reuben Law School, where he graduated magna cum laude. And he received an LL.M in taxation from the University of Washington School of Law.

 

Rajeev Majumdar | Governor, District 2 (2016-2019)

Rajeev MajumdarRajeev Majumdar was elected to the Board of Governors in September 2016, replacing Brad Furlong, who now serves as the WSBA’s president-elect. Majumdar focuses his practice on civil litigation and business-oriented law at the Law Offices of Roger Ellingson, PS in Blaine, Washington.

He serves as prosecutor in jurisdictions including Blaine, Bellingham’s Mental Health Diversion Court, and the Nooksack Nation. As an adjunct professor at Western Washington University, he teaches rights, liberties and justice in America. He previously worked for the National Nuclear Security Administration in Washington, D.C., helping to establish protocols of cooperation between the U.S. and other nations to ensure the containment of weapons of mass destruction technology.

In 2015, Majumdar received the WSBA Local Hero Award for his work in improving public access to civil legal aid and advocating for homeless youth. He received his undergraduate degree in biology and philosophy from the Albertson College of Idaho; master’s degrees in international affairs and public administration from the University of Washington; and his law degree from Seattle University School of Law.

 

Jill A. Karmy | Governor, District 3 and Treasurer (2014-2017)

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Jill Karmy was elected to the Board of Governors in September 2014. She is the managing member of Karmy Law Office, PLLC, in Clark County. Her practice consists of representing injured workers before the Department of Labor and Industries, Board of Industrial Insurance Appeals, and superior and appellate courts. Karmy has been an Eagle member of the Washington State Association for Justice since 2006 and previously served on the WSBA Board of Bar Examiners.

She received her undergraduate degree from Pacific Union College in California and her law degree from Lewis & Clark Law School.

 

William D. Pickett | Governor, District 4 (2015-2018)

WSBA Gov. Bill Pickett William Pickett was elected to the Board of Governors in September 2015. He is a solo practitioner in central Washington, where he focuses his practice on trial advocacy in personal-injury and wrongful-death matters, civil rights and police misconduct, and medical malpractice. He is a frequent guest speaker on trial advocacy, police misconduct, and medical negligence issues. He is licensed to practice law in Washington, Oregon, and Alaska.

Pickett serves as an adjunct faculty member in the LL.M. Trial Advocacy Degree Program for Temple University School of Law. He is a member of the National Police Accountability Project, which monitors law enforcement misconduct across the country.

Born and raised in Yakima, Pickett received his B.A. degree in society and justice from the University of Washington in 1994, and his law degree in 1997 from Lewis & Clark Law School in Portland, Oregon. He later earned an LL.M. degree in trial advocacy in 2007 from Temple University James E. Beasley School of Law. In addition, he is a graduate of the Gerry Spence Trial Lawyer’s College in Dubois, Wyoming.

 

Angela M. Hayes | Governor, District 5 (2015-2018)

WSBA Gov. Angela HayesAngela Hayes was elected to the Board of Governors in September 2015. She serves as in-house legal counsel for Associated Industries in Spokane, where, among other work, she provides training and advising on a variety of employment- and labor-related issues.

She previously was a managing partner of Randall & Danskin, P.S., where her practice areas included civil litigation, trust and estate dispute litigation, guardianship, and medical negligence defense. She has served on the WSBA Board of Bar Examiners since 2003 and was a trustee at the Spokane County Bar Association 2003–2005 and 2009–2011.

A Spokane native, Hayes earned her undergraduate degrees in English and communication at the University of Washington and a Bachelor of Science in nursing at Washington State University. She graduated summa cum laude in 1998 from Gonzaga University of School of Law.

 

Keith M. Black | Governor, District 6 (2014-2017)

Keith-M-BlackKeith Black currently serves as a pro tem hearing examiner in land use and environmental matters. A former law clerk for the Washington State Court of Appeals Division II, he was an associate at the Tacoma law firm of Gordon, Thomas, Honeywell; served under five elected prosecuting attorneys for Pierce County; and was appointed chief civil deputy, serving for 20 years in that position. Black is active with the Tacoma-Pierce County Bar Association, having served as its president, on its board of trustees, and on its editorial board.

He received his law degree from the Gonzaga University School of Law, where he was associate and senior editor of its law review.

 

Ann Danieli | Governor, District 7-North (2014-2017)

Ann-M-DanieliAnn Danieli was elected to the Board of Governors in September 2014. She has been an attorney in King County for more  than 30 years. She has served the public as a prosecutor, a public defender and a judge pro tem.

Danieli received her undergraduate degree from the University of California at Santa Cruz and her law degree from Seattle University School of Law.

 

James K. Doane | Governor, District 7-South (2015-2018)

James K. Doane James Doane was elected to the Board of Governors in September 2015. He serves as corporate counsel for Costco Wholesale, and previously was a partner at Preston Gates Ellis (now K & L Gates) for 15 years. He is a former chair of the WSBA Corporate Counsel Section and chair of the Diversity/Pro Bono Committee for the Association of Corporate Counsel, Washington Chapter. He also serves as vice-president and trustee of The Rainier Club.

Fluent in Japanese, Doane studied at Waseda University in Tokyo, and received his undergraduate degree in East Asian studies from Harvard University. He received his law degree from the University of Pennsylvania Law School.

 

Andrea S. Jarmon | Governor, District 8 (2014-2017)

Andrea-S-JarmonAndrea S. Jarmon was elected to the Board of Governors in September 2014. She is the managing attorney of Jarmon Law Group, PLLC, in Tacoma. Her practice focuses on criminal defense and family law, including representation of children and parents in dependency actions.

In addition to her law practice, Jarmon is an adjunct instructor at Green River Community College. She has previously served as an assistant attorney general for the Washington State Attorney General’s Office, a city prosecutor for Auburn and Seattle, and a full-time paralegal instructor.

She received both of her undergraduate degrees and her law degree from the University of Washington. She is a member of the Loren Miller Bar Association and the Tacoma Pierce County Bar Association.

 

Dan Bridges | Governor, District 9 (2016-2019)

Dan BridgesDan Bridges was elected to the Board of Governors in September 2016, when he replaced Elijah Forde as District-9 governor. Bridges is a partner with McGaughey Bridges Dunlap, PLLC. He has tried over 50 jury trials in state and U.S. District Court and argued more than 30 appeals in Washington Supreme Court, all three divisions of the Washington Court of Appeals, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. And he serves as a superior court arbitrator in four Washington counties.

Bridges received his undergraduate degree in political science from the University of Washington and his law degree from the University of Puget Sound (now Seattle University School of Law).

 

Christina Meserve | Governor, District 10 (2016-2019)

Chris MeserveChristina Meserve was elected to the Board of Governors in September 2016. She is a family law attorney and has been with Connolly Tacon & Meserve for 36 years. Her practice focuses on arbitration, divorce, custody and support, mediation, and prenuptial agreements. A former president of the Thurston County Bar Association, Meserve also served on the board of trustees of The Evergreen State College.

Meserve has served on the WSBA’s Judicial Recommendation, Character and Fitness, and Legislative committees. Early in her career, she was president of Washington Women Lawyers and served as its liaison to the WSBA Board of Governors.

She received her undergraduate degree from The Evergreen State College and her law degree from the University of Washington School of Law.

 

Athan Papailiou | Governor, At-Large and Treasurer (2016-2019)

Athan PapailiouAthan Papailiou was elected to the Board of Governors in September 2016. He is a litigator at Pacifica Law Group in Seattle. Before entering private practice, Papailiou served as a judicial law clerk for Washington Supreme Court Justice Debra Stephens. He also serves on the Board of Directors for the QLaw Foundation.

Papailiou received his law degree from the University of Arizona and undergraduate degree from the University of Oregon. As a member of UA’s Law & Behavior Research Group, Papailiou investigated the efficacy of jury instructions addressing the unreliability of eyewitness identification evidence.

 

Mario M. Cava | Governor, At-Large (2014-2017)

Mario-M-CavaMario Cava was elected to the Board of Governors in September 2014. He is a senior litigation auditor with Enterprise Legal Services at Liberty Mutual Insurance Group. Previously, Cava was field counsel with the Law Offices of Sweeney Heit & Dietzler, and was a trial attorney at Associated Counsel for the Accused. He previously served on the WSBA Editorial Advisory Committee and was a member of the 2012 class of the Washington Leadership Institute.

Cava received his undergraduate degree in psychology and politics from Whitman College and his law degree from American University Washington College of Law.

 

Sean Davis | Governor, At-Large (2015-2018)

WSBA Gov. Sean Davis Sean Davis was elected to the Board of Governors in September 2015. He practices as a tort litigator for the Pierce County Prosecutor’s Office. Previously, he served as an assistant attorney general in Washington, practicing in the Torts and Labor and Industries divisions.

Davis was part of the 2014 Washington Leadership Institute, a program that recruits, trains, and develops minority and traditionally underrepresented attorneys for future leadership positions in the legal community. He serves as a captain in the United States Air Force Reserve, working in the legal office of McChord Field.

Born and raised in Tacoma, Davis received his undergraduate degree from the University of Washington and his law degree from the University of San Diego School of Law.

” May the sunshine where it never shinned before”


 

 

 

 

Washington State Bar Association, to be abolished over felonious conduct

Late last summer, the Gold Bar Reporter was first to break a story about the Washington State Bar Association’s dropping the word ” association.”

Our source, an insider close to Supreme Court Justice Barbara Madsen stated ” the WSBA is trying to come up with a plan to push liability off on Washington State taxpayers, because it’s clear that the Bar is going to lose Scannell v WSBA et al. and Block v WSBA et al. over felonious racketeering and anti-trust violations. ”

We just learned that Washington State Bar  Association has officially voted to drop the word association, in an effort to push liability of 50 Million plus onto Washington State taxpayers, instead of pushing liability to its’ members the above two cases.

In Block’s cases, public records from Snohomish County and the United States Post Office documented that John Pennington ( man who killed 43 people in the Oso mudslides, only suspect in the rape of 5 year old girl from Cowlitz County Washington, and is now working for Pierce College), set up a post office box in Duvall Washington to pass  financial bribes to attorney Lin O’Dell and her convicted killer boyfriend  Mark Plivilech, while at the same time, John Pennington is the  man, according to the lead detective on a Cowlitz  County case from 1992, the man who is responsible for the rape of a 5 year old girl.   Instead of suing Block, John Pennington enlisted his friend Linda Eide, Washington State Bar’s lead counsel, and Washington State Bar Board member Geoffrey Gibbs, to go after Block, a journalist who held a WSBA Bar license, for reporting on John Pennington criminal conduct.

In John Scannell ‘s case, Washington State Bar counsel members Scott Bugsby and Linda Eide tried to gain access into John Scannell’s attorney client files in an effort to go after a Board member’s political foe and Scannell’s client Paul King.

A source said ” The Bar knows that once you two win, you’re coming after them personall to collect damages, starting with members of the WSBA Office of Disciplinary Counsel.”


Washington State Bar’s letter to its members

 

IMPORTANT – if you want the WSBA to continue as your professional association, you should attend one or more of three upcoming meetings at the Seattle WSBA offices, discussed more completely below:

  • Public meeting of the WSBA Bylaws Workgroup on August 8
  • Special Meeting of the BOG on Aug 23
  • Regular Meeting of the BOG on Sept 29/30.

I attended the WSBA BOG meeting Friday in Walla Walla, having recently realized (through my work on theSections Policy Workgroup) that the BOG is now starting to implement a comprehensive series of sweeping changes to (i) the WSBA Bylaws, (ii) Court Rule 12.1 and to (iii) the Bar Act.

These changes are being implemented incrementally for tactical reasons, but are designed and intended ultimately to:

  • Substantially reduce the ability of Members to influence WSBA governance – in violation of the Bar Act,
  • Eliminate the WSBA’s role as its “Members” professional association,
  • Wholly and unambiguously convert the WSBA into a public entity/government agency with the singular and exclusive mission of serving the public, and
  • Enhance and expand the scope of the Washington State Supreme Court’s influence and control over all aspects of the WSBA (including setting Member dues), not just matters relating to licensing, regulation, attorney discipline and other such areas.

These changes are part of a longer term and little known Strategic Plan that is the product of these and other key WSBA leaders:

  • Executive Director Paula Littlewood,
  • Immediate Past President Anthony Gipe,
  • President William Hyslop,
  • WSBA General Counsel Jean McElroy

The full scope of the changes and the underlying justifications for them are detailed in:

For your convenience, here’s a link to the Public Materials for the Walla Walla meeting (all 656 pages):

I then identified four of the proposed Bylaw Amendments most concerning to me:

  • First, I strongly objected to changing the name of the WSBA after 128 years to drop the word “Association,” emphasizing that this change is explicitly intended clarifythat the WSBA is not actually a professional association of attorneys. I said I thought most WSBA Members would find this highly objectionable and would be quite surprised to learn that they weren’t really part of a professional association for lawyers.
  • Second, I objected to putting the Washington Supreme Court in charge of determining members’ dues and said I thought others would too.
  • Third, I described the creation of three more appointed Board seats as undemocratic and bad from a governance perspective because appointed seats are subject to abuse by vesting too much power in the hands of too few. [Note: these changes to the BOG composition would also directly violate RCW 2.48.030of the Bar Act regarding the “Board of Governors.” The BOG is arguably illegally constituted currently based on that RCW.]
  • Fourth, I objected to giving limited license practitioners a greatly out-sized percentage of the Board seats relative to their de minimis numbers – i.e., 2 Board seats from a total of fewer than 20 limited license practitioners. [In my view, these folks should have to run within their Districts just like other Bar Members. At best they should be entitled to only a single designated seat.]

A reporter who was present at the Washington State Bar’s meeting said ” I added that I had read through the Governance Task Force Report twice in recent days and that I wasn’t too enamored with it, and that I had found much of its key analysis conclusionary and unpersuasive.”

He further stated “My comments stirred up quite a few folks, including current and former BOG members, several of whom said essentially that these issues had already been debated and discussed for a long time and that it was time to move forward with all of the recommendations in the Governance Report, including the first group of Bylaw Amendments under consideration.  These Governance Report recommendations have strong momentum. One gentleman even said he didn’t necessarily agree with the decisions made but that a lot of time and effort had going into them and it was time to start passing them because folks had done a lot of work and he wanted to see the results. So much for not being pushed into bad decisions by undue focus on sunk costs. ”

 

Mr. Gipe is currently running for King County Superior Court Position #52 – a position that could be the first step on a path to the Washington State Supreme Court, where he could ultimately exercise the control over the WSBA that he currently seeks to vest in that body. I personally feel it is very important to prevent this and thus to keep Mr. Gipe out of the judiciary. That is why I have gone to great lengths to support his opponent in the race. If you share my concerns…. Proposed Policies Eliminating or Restricting Religious (Cultural) Practices During the morning discussion of the WSBA’s proposed restrictions on religious practices, members of the Indian Law Section EC and many others from varied backgrounds advocated strongly that the Indian Law Section should be allowed to continue whatever religious and cultural practices they thought were appropriate, both for reasons of ensuring those who practice


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The remnants of hurricane George Jr., robbing our children of the American dream

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In 2000, when Florida Governor Jeb Bush assisted his brother, George Bush Jr, in stealing the Florida elections, I knew America was trouble. I’d probably feel pretty good saying I told ya so!” except its because  of George Jr. that America has over 4,000 American soldiers ten feet under and another 32,000 plus permanently disabled for life. http://antiwar.com/casualties/

“Hecka of a job, Georgie”


Now, here we are sixteen years after an uneducated spoiled little rich kid from Kennebunk Port Maine decided to implement silly standardized testing inside our schools.  Today we have ample evidence that not only is standardized testing not teaching our children basic fundamentals of English, but its robbing our children of one of the most basic fundamentals of all, a happy and healthy childhood.

I remember saying well it sure looks like Georgie and the useless Dick Cheney’s of our World are trying to widen the gap between the rich and the poor, molding our kids into sheep instead of free thinkers.”

At least now I have a teacher from Polk County Florida who agrees with me.


The No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (NCLB) leaving kids behind

The Act requires states to develop assessments in basic skills. To receive federal school funding, states must give these assessments to all students at select grade levels. The Act does not assert a national achievement standard. Each individual state develops its own standards. NCLB expanded the federal role in public education through further emphasis on annual testing, annual academic progress, report cards, and teacher qualifications, as well as significant changes in funding.

As a result of NCLB, most schools cut American Civics, physical education, basic writing and public speaking classes. I remember while in constitutional law, my professor would always call on me because when he’d call on the younger generation of kids in the room  most would say I don’t know.”  This prompted my professor to say are you going to tell a judge you don’t know?” When he called on me, I always had an answer, because when its a subject I like, I am well prepared. Pretty normal

What my con law professor saw in me is what my parents instilled in me to do always, have an opinion and take a stand for a greater cause regardless of the cost to one’s self.  This World isn’t just about me or you.

The three most important classes that help shape America’s children are American Civics, Public speaking and writing. Stripped away because a dumb little rich kid like George Jr.  ( born with a gold spoon in his mouth) have every incentive to make sure that America’s children behave like sheep,  and not good American citizens who question government officials.

Distrust of authority should be the first civic duty”  Norman Douglas

This I believe is the main reason why the rich enacted laws like NCLB – to create followers instead of leaders.

My question for my readers: Why has President Obama not abolished the NCLB?

This week, America lost a fantastic teacher, to what I perceive to be a hands on assessment of how a little rich kid that never worked a day in his life decided to play leader, screwed our children for years to come, from the one thing that makes America one of the greatest Nation’s on Earth, our voice.


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Polk County school teacher, Wendy Bradshaw, Ph.D. resignation letter

Wendy, You are Gold Bar Reporters American hero for 2015


From Polk County school teacher, Dr. Wendy Bradshaw

To: The School Board of Polk County, Florida

I love teaching. I love seeing my students’ eyes light up when they grasp a new concept and their bodies straighten with pride and satisfaction when they persevere and accomplish a personal goal. I love watching them practice being good citizens by working with their peers to puzzle out problems, negotiate roles, and share their experiences and understandings of the world. I wanted nothing more than to serve the students of this county, my home, by teaching students and preparing new teachers to teach students well. To this end, I obtained my undergraduate, masters, and doctoral degrees in the field of education. I spent countless hours after school and on weekends poring over research so that I would know and be able to implement the most appropriate and effective methods with my students and encourage their learning and positive attitudes towards learning. I spent countless hours in my classroom conferencing with families and other teachers, reviewing data I collected, and reflecting on my practice so that I could design and differentiate instruction that would best meet the needs of my students each year. I not only love teaching, I am excellent at it, even by the flawed metrics used up until this point. Every evaluation I received rated me as highly effective.

Like many other teachers across the nation, I have become more and more disturbed by the misguided reforms taking place which are robbing my students of a developmentally appropriate education. Developmentally appropriate practice is the bedrock upon which early childhood education best practices are based, and has decades of empirical support behind it. However, the new reforms not only disregard this research, they are actively forcing teachers to engage in practices which are not only ineffective but actively harmful to child development and the learning process. I am absolutely willing to back up these statements with literature from the research base, but I doubt it will be asked for. However, I must be honest. This letter is also deeply personal. I just cannot justify making students cry anymore. They cry with frustration as they are asked to attempt tasks well out of their zone of proximal development. They cry as their hands shake trying to use an antiquated computer mouse on a ten year old desktop computer which they have little experience with, as the computer lab is always closed for testing. Their shoulders slump with defeat as they are put in front of poorly written tests that they cannot read, but must attempt. Their eyes fill with tears as they hunt for letters they have only recently learned so that they can type in responses with little hands which are too small to span the keyboard.

The children don’t only cry. Some misbehave so that they will be the ‘bad kid’ not the ‘stupid kid’, or because their little bodies just can’t sit quietly anymore, or because they don’t know the social rules of school and there is no time to teach them. My master’s degree work focused on behavior disorders, so I can say with confidence that it is not the children who are disordered. The disorder is in the system which requires them to attempt curriculum and demonstrate behaviors far beyond what is appropriate for their age. The disorder is in the system which bars teachers from differentiating instruction meaningfully, which threatens disciplinary action if they decide their students need a five minute break from a difficult concept, or to extend a lesson which is exceptionally engaging. The disorder is in a system which has decided that students and teachers must be regimented to the minute and punished if they deviate. The disorder is in the system which values the scores on wildly inappropriate assessments more than teaching students in a meaningful and research based manner.

On June 8, 2015 my life changed when I gave birth to my daughter. I remember cradling her in the hospital bed on our first night together and thinking, “In five years you will be in kindergarten and will go to school with me.” That thought should have brought me joy, but instead it brought dread. I will not subject my child to this disordered system, and I can no longer in good conscience be a part of it myself. Please accept my resignation from Polk County Public Schools.

Best,
Wendy Bradshaw, Ph.D.


Thank you Dr. Bradshaw, I resigned from the Washington State Bar Association for the same reasons.  For I cannot in good conscious be a part of this disordered system either.

Our government has failed.

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