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WSBA Small Town and Rural (STAR) Practice Inaugural Summit
IN-PERSON
Format:
In-Person
Location:
Gonzaga University School of Law
721 N Cincinnati St Spokane, WA 99202-2021

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Date:
June 6-7, 2024

Credits: This seminar has been approved for 6.0 CLE credits, which could include 6 Other credits or 4.75 Other and 1.25 Ethics-DEI, depending on choice of concurrent sessions.

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As WSBA returns to in-person meetings, events, and gatherings, and in order to ensure consistent levels of safety for WSBA employees, volunteers, and guests at our in-person events, WSBA will follow the COVID-19 guidance provided at the CDC website. If state or local health authorities impose stricter requirements than the CDC, WSBA will comply with the state or local requirements in the area in which the event is held. As a friendly reminder, if you are sick, or exhibiting signs or symptoms of COVID-19, we request that you stay home. For more information on COVID-19 Prevention Actions from the CDC, see How to Protect Yourself and Others | CDC
  • List Price: $30.00

The Washington State Small Town and Rural Practice Summit will convene a broad range of stakeholders, including  judges, attorneys, and law school students from across Washington State to discuss and learn about the challenges and opportunities facing rural communities and the legal professionals practicing within them.  This first of its kind event will be thought-provoking and solution-driven as we explore rural legal needs, resource allocation, access to justice issues, career fulfillment, and the opportunities and challenges associated with small town and rural law practice. Featuring US 9th Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Salvador Mendoza, Jr. Washington State Supreme Court Chief Justice Steve Gonzalez, Washington State Superior Court Judges, prosecutors, public defenders, public interest attorneys and private practitioners, the event will include keynote presentations, panel discussions, and breakout sessions.   

The Summit will be held at Gonzaga University School of Law and opens with a hosted reception on the evening of Thursday, June 6.  Lunch is included during the Friday, June 7 keynote address and a final hosted reception will close out the event on Friday afternoon. 

Space is limited.  $30 registration fee includes two receptions, continental breakfast, and lunch.

This seminar has been approved for 6.0 CLE credits, which could include 6 Other credits or 4.75 Other and 1.25 Ethics-DEI, depending on choice of concurrent sessions.

LODGING INFORMATION
There are several hotels located nearby Gonzaga University School of Law. Follow the links below to be taken to the information for each hotel.

• Holiday Inn Express Spokane Downtown
• Courtyard by Marriott Spokane Downtown
• Oxford Suites Spokane
• Ruby River Hotel
• Doubletree by Hilton Spokane-City Center

CO-CHAIRS
Laurie Powers - Gonzaga University School of Law, Spokane, WA
Merf Ehman - Columbia Legal Services, Seattle, WA
Kevin Plachy - Washington State Bar Association, Seattle, WA

KEYNOTE SPEAKERS
Judge Salvador Mendoza, Jr. - US 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, Richland, WA
Chief Justice Steven C. González - Washington State Supreme Court, Olympia, WA

FACULTY
Jacob Rooksby - Dean of Gonzaga University School of Law, Spokane, WA
Sonia Rodriguez True - Yakima County Superior Court Judge, Yakima, WA
Dolly Hunt - WAPA Past President/Pend Oreille County Prosecuting Attorney, Newport, WA
Brett Ballew - Office of Public Defense Lead Attorney, Olympia, WA
Rusty McGuire - McGuire, DeWulf Kragt & Johnson PLLC, Davenport, WA
Moderator: Jaime Cuevas, Jr. - Ramsey Companies, Inc., Wapato, WA
Merf Ehman - Executive Director, Columbia Legal Services, Seattle, WA
César E. Torres - Executive Director, Northwest Justice Project, Seattle, WA
Laura Contreras - Directing Attorney, Northwest Immigrant Rights Project, Granger, WA
Vanessa Arno Martinez - Attorney & Co-Founder, Martinez Law, PLLC, Wenatchee, WA
Paula Arno Martinez - Attorney & Co-Founder, Martinez Law, PLLC, Wenatchee, WA
Zaida Rivera - Visiting Assistant Professor of Law, Seattle University School of Law, Seattle, WA
Blanca Rodriguez - Deputy Director of Advocacy, Columbia Legal Services, Seattle, WA
Ethan Jones - Lead Attorney, Yakama Nation Office of Legal Counsel, Toppenish, WA
Laurie Powers - Assistant Dean, Professional Development and Externships, Gonzaga School of Law, Spokane, WA
Erin Lloyd - Assistant Dean, Center for Career Development, University of Washington School of Law, Seattle, WA
Ashley Cummins - Seattle University School of Law, Seattle, WA
Rachel Cortez - Attorney, Law Office of Rachel Cortez, Walla Walla, WA
Sarah Glorian - Managing Attorney, Northwest Justice Project, Aberdeen, WA
Tony Gonzalez - Deputy Director Advocacy, Columbia Legal Services, Wenatchee, WA
Kari Petrasek - STAR Committee Chair, Petrasek Law PLLC, Mukilteo, WA

SCHEDULE
Thursday, June 6, 2024

6:30 – 8:00 p.m. Opening Reception at Gonzaga University School of Law

Friday, June 7, 2024
8:00 a.m. Registration Opens with Coffee and Continental Breakfast

8:30 a.m. Program Begins with Welcome from Dean Jacob Rooksby, Gonzaga University School of Law

8:40 a.m. Why Access to Justice in Small Towns and Rural Communities Is a Statewide Concern – WA State Supreme Court Chief Justice Steven C. González

9:30 a.m. Issues and Opportunities in Small Town and Rural Practice – Facilitated Speaker Panel featuring Jr. Cuevas (facilitator); Yakima County Superior Court Judge Sonia Rodriguez True, WAPA Past President/Pend Oreille County Prosecuting Attorney Dolly Hunt, Office of Public Defense Lead Attorney Brett Ballew, McGuire, DeWulf Kragt & Johnson partner Rusty McGuire.

10:45 a.m. Break

11:00 a.m.  Brainstorming Solutions for Issues in Small Town and Rural Practice – Facilitated discussion panel by WSBA STAR Committee Members.

11:45 a.m. Hosted Lunch Buffet with Keynote Speaker Judge Salvador Mendoza, Jr. Presenting Law Practice in Rural Communities and Pathways to the Bench

12:50 p.m. Break

1:00 p.m. Program Resumes with Concurrent Sessions
Option A:  Attracting Lawyers to Rural Practice:  How to Find Them, How to Keep Them
Option B: Effectively Addressing LGBTQIA, Disability, Immigration Status, and Racial Bias

2:15 p.m. Break

2:30 p.m. Program Resumes with Concurrent Sessions
Option A:  Effectively Onboarding and Supervising Legal Interns and New Attorneys
Option B: Myths & Stereotypes About Rural Practice

3:45 p.m. Closing Remarks by Kari Petrasek, Chair of WSBA STAR Committee

4:00 p.m. Wine & Cheese Hour immediately following on the law school patio.

5:00 p.m. Adjourn

SEMINAR AGENDA

We would like to thank Gonzaga University School of Law for their donation of the space for this inaugural summit!

WE WOULD ALSO LIKE TO THANK THE FOLLOWING SPONSORS OF THE CONFERENCE:
SILVER SPONSORS:
McGuire, DeWulf, Kragt, and Johnson, P.S.
Fette Trust
Umpqua Bank
WSBA Solo and Small Practice Section

BRONZE SPONSORS:
Petrasek Law, PLLC

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