Learn by Doing Ethics, Part 1: Computers and the Cardinal Court
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Learn-by-Doing Ethics (Part 1)
COMPUTERS AND THE CARDINAL COURT
Chairpersons: Mark Johnson & Virginia DeCosta
Recorded Wednesday, December 17, 2014, Seattle
Morning Program – 3.0 Ethics Credits
WSBA Activity ID: #382869
8:50 am – 9:00 am- Introduction to the program
Mark Johnson of Johnson Flora PLLC
Virginia DeCosta, DeCosta Law Firm
9:00 am- 10:30 am-CAUTION: ELECTRICAL HAZARD – The Exploding Ethics and Malpractice Risk Exposures of Social Media, the Internet and Cloud Computing.
Mark Johnson of Johnson Flora PLLC
10:30 am – 10:45 am- Break
10:45am- 12:15 pm-LIVE FROM THE TEMPLE OF JUSTICE TO YOU - Supreme Court Justices Debra Stephens, Steve Gonzalez, Sheryl Gordon McCloud and Mary Yu provide their seasoned and reasoned opinions and insights into one hypothetical for each of the 8 titles of the Rules of Professional Conduct.
Moderated by Mark Johnson.
| Mark A. Johnson|
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| Virginia L. DeCosta|
Virginia was born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii. Before moving to Washington in 1986, she graduated from Chaminade University cum laude. In 1989 she graduated from Seattle University School of Law (formerly the University of Puget Sound School of...MoreVirginia was born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii. Before moving to Washington in 1986, she graduated from Chaminade University cum laude. In 1989 she graduated from Seattle University School of Law (formerly the University of Puget Sound School of Law).Virginia’s practice is devoted to representing individuals hurt by others. She handles a variety of claims including serious automobile collisions, nursing home neglect, insurance bad faith, employment discrimination, retaliation, sexual harassment, wrongful termination, and representing individuals in Employment Security Department proceedings.
She is very active in the Washington State Association for Justice, Washington Employment Lawyers Association and the Tacoma-Pierce County Bar Association. She is the 2nd Vice President of the CLE Committee for the Washington State Association for Justice. In addition, she has served on the Board of Directors for the Tacoma-Pierce County Bar Association.
Virginia is a frequent lecturer and author on litigation topics in personal injury and employment law. She is a contributing author to the Washington State Bar Association Washington Motor Vehicle Accident Desk Book and Washington State Association for Justice’s Employment Law Deskbook (2004 and 2013).
The Washington State Association for Justice awarded Virginia the “Professionalism Award” - an award given to one attorney statewide each year. The Award reads: “In recognition of your leadership in promoting professionalism, bringing dignity, pride and honor to the legal profession.”
In her spare time, Virginia enjoys spending time with her family and friends, traveling, decorating, and working out. She also volunteers her time and energy to a variety of causes helping others. Collapse
|Hon. Debra L. Stephens|
Justice Debra L. Stephens has been a member of the Washington State Supreme Court since January 1, 2008. She previously served as a judge on Division Three of the Court of Appeals. Before taking the bench, her legal work focused on appellate...MoreJustice Debra L. Stephens has been a member of the Washington State Supreme Court since January 1, 2008. She previously served as a judge on Division Three of the Court of Appeals. Before taking the bench, her legal work focused on appellate practice, with over 125 appearances in the Washington Supreme Court, in addition to appearances in the Washington Court of Appeals, Idaho Supreme Court, United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and as counsel of record in the United States Supreme Court. Justice Stephens was the coordinator of the Amicus Curiae Program of the Washington State Trial Lawyers Association Foundation, the longest standing institutional “friend of the court” program in the state. She also taught as an adjunct professor at Gonzaga University School of Law, in areas including federal and state constitutional law, community property, appellate advocacy, and legal research and writing.
A Spokane native, Justice Stephens earned both her undergraduate and law degrees from Gonzaga University. Justice Stephens currently serves on the Supreme Court Administrative, Court Education, Budget, Personnel, and Electronic Content Management Committees. She is a member of the Executive Committee of the National Courts and Science Institute (NCSI), and Chairs NCSI’s Center for Graduate and Professional Judicial Science Education. A proud member of the Washington State Minority and Justice Commission, Justice Stephens regularly volunteers at youth and justice events across the state. She also serves on the YMCA Youth and Government Advisory Board, and is a member of the Olympia Rotary Club.
Justice Stephens is married and has two children. She enjoys skiing, golfing, tennis, and spending time with family. Collapse
|Hon. Mary I. Yu|
Appointed by Governor Jay Inslee on May 1, 2014, Justice Yu joined the Supreme Court after more than 14 years as an accomplished trial court judge in King County Superior Court where she presided over a wide variety of criminal, civil, and juvenile...MoreAppointed by Governor Jay Inslee on May 1, 2014, Justice Yu joined the Supreme Court after more than 14 years as an accomplished trial court judge in King County Superior Court where she presided over a wide variety of criminal, civil, and juvenile cases, and presided over hundreds of adoptions and other family law matters. As a trial court judge, Justice Yu became known for treating everyone with respect and fairness, approaching each case with an open mind and understanding that each decision has an impact on an individual’s life.
Before becoming a judge, Justice Yu served as Deputy Chief of Staff to King County Prosecutor Norm Maleng and as a deputy in the Criminal and Civil Divisions. Prior to attending law school, Justice Yu worked in the Peace and Justice Office for the Archdiocese of Chicago first as staff, and later appointed by Cardinal Bernardin as director of that office.
Justice Yu has a deep record of service both on and off the bench, mentoring young attorneys, law clerks and students, co-chairing the Court’s Minority and Justice Commission, teaching at Seattle University School of Law and serving as Jurist in Residence, co-chairing the Washington State Bar Association/University of Washington Law School Leadership Institute, serving on the board of FareStart and the advisory board for the University of Washington School of Law’s Gates Public Service Program. She is personally devoted to the Civility Project of the Robert’s Fund Foundation and to the Seattle Girls’ School Mock Trials, serving as their judge for the last eleven years.Justice Yu is the recipient of the following awards: 2014 “Judge of the Year” from the Washington State Association for Justice; 2014 “Betty B. Fletcher Judge of the Year” Award from Washington Women Lawyers, King County Chapter; 2013 “Public Official of the Year” from the Municipal League Foundation; 2013 Latina/o Amicus Award from Seattle University School of Law Latina/o Law Student Association; 2012 “President’s Award” from the Asian Bar Association of Washington; 2012 “Difference Makers Award” from the American Bar Association Solo, Small Firm and General Practice Division; the 2011 “Judge of the Year” award from the Washington State Bar Association (shared with Justice Gonzalez); 2011 Seattle Girls’ School Grace Hopper Award; 2009 Norm Maleng Award from the Washington State Bar Association; 2008 “Judge of the Year” from the Asian Bar Association; 2008 President’s Award from Washington Women Lawyers; 2006 “Model of Excellence” Award from the Latina/o Bar Association of Washington; the 2005 “Judge of the Year” award from the American Board of Trial Advocates; and the 2005 Reah Whitehead Public Leadership Award from Seattle University School of Law.
Justice Mary Yu was raised in Bridgeport, a south side neighborhood in Chicago, by immigrant parents; her mother came from Mexico and her father from China. She is the first in her family to graduate from college. She received her B.A. from Dominican University, M.A., Religious Studies from Mundelein College of Loyola University in Chicago, and J.D. from the University of Notre Dame Law School. Collapse
|Hon. Sheryl Gordon McCloud|
ustice Gordon McCloud brings a strong background in appellate experience to the Washington Supreme Court. She has handled hundreds of cases before this Court and other appellate courts, including the Ninth Circuit and the U.S. Supreme Court.Her...Moreustice Gordon McCloud brings a strong background in appellate experience to the Washington Supreme Court. She has handled hundreds of cases before this Court and other appellate courts, including the Ninth Circuit and the U.S. Supreme Court.Her expertise, especially in appeals, is recognized by her peers; they have awarded her the Washington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers' highest award, its William O. Douglas Award, for "extraordinary courage" in the practice of law. She is an invited member of the American Association of Appellate Lawyers and is a founding member of the Washington Appellate Lawyers Association, both of which limit membership to the most accomplished appellate lawyers.
In addition, she has provided amicus or "friend of the court" briefs to appeals courts on topics ranging from pregnant workers' disability leave rights to fairness in the criminal justice system. She has served in leadership positions involving appellate work in both the Washington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers for years. Her work shows a commitment to constitutional rights, to gender equality, and to fighting against race discrimination.Justice Gordon McCloud's talents in those areas have also been recognized by courts and law schools. For example, she has served on the Supreme Court's Pattern Instructions Committee preparing jury instructions for statewide use; she has served on federal court committees including as an invited Lawyer Representative to the Ninth Circuit. She has been an adjunct Professor of Law at Seattle University School of Law, teaching classes on a variety of topics including appellate advocacy. She has also taught practicing lawyers and published articles on appellate advocacy, criminal defense, constitutional law, and post-conviction work.
Further, Justice Gordon McCloud brings with her a commitment to keeping the courtroom doors open to all, regardless of how much money they earn. She was a public defender at the beginning of her career - trying scores of cases for people who could not afford a lawyer - and continued to accept public defense appointments throughout her years of private practice. She has also donated innumerable hours to other volunteer legal work.
Justice Gordon McCloud graduated as the salutatorian from Springfield Gardens High School in New York City in 1972. She graduated from the State University of New York at Buffalo in 1976 and, after working at factory and office jobs for five years, attended law school. She graduated in the top 2% of her class from the University of Southern California Gould School of Law in 1984. She then clerked for Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Warren Ferguson before beginning her practice.
Justice Gordon McCloud and her husband Mike have lived in Kitsap County for over 25 years, and they raised their two sons there. She has followed in the footsteps of her father (of blessed memory) - who was a physical education teacher - by enjoying a variety of sports over the years, including biking, jogging, skiing, rollerblading, dancing, boxing, and all the activities at the Bainbridge Island Sportmen's Club. Her community volunteer activities have ranged from serving as an art docent and docent coordinator in the public schools to helping her older son organize a successful fundraiser to help combat gynecological cancer. Collapse
|Hon. Steven Charles Gonzales|
Steve González was appointed to the Washington State Supreme Court effective January 1, 2012, and subsequently won a contested race for a six-year term. Before joining the Supreme Court, Justice González served for ten years as a trial judge on the...MoreSteve González was appointed to the Washington State Supreme Court effective January 1, 2012, and subsequently won a contested race for a six-year term. Before joining the Supreme Court, Justice González served for ten years as a trial judge on the King County Superior Court hearing criminal, civil, juvenile, and family law cases.Prior to his election to the King County Superior Court, Justice González practiced both criminal and civil law. He was an Assistant United States Attorney in the Western District of Washington, a Domestic Violence Prosecutor for the City of Seattle and an Associate in the Business Law Department at the Seattle law firm Hillis Clark Martin & Peterson.As an Assistant United States Attorney, Justice González was part of the team that successfully prosecuted the international terrorism case U.S. v. Ressam, for which he received two Department of Justice awards: the U.S. Attorney General's Award for Distinguished Service and the Director's Award for Superior Performance. He also prosecuted organized crime cases and served as the Hate Crimes Prosecution Coordinator. After September 11, he lectured on international terrorism prosecution to U.S. Attorneys in Washington D.C.While working in private practice, Justice González gained significant civil and business law experience, including acquisitions, mergers, land use, intellectual property, commercial litigation, and contract negotiation. He regularly provided pro bono representation to people who could not afford to pay for a lawyer. Justice González continues to be a frequent lecturer at continuing legal education seminars.
Justice González has received numerous awards throughout his career, including the "2012 Difference Makers Award" from the American Bar Association's Solo, Small Firm and General Practice Division and "Judge of the Year" awards from the Washington State Bar Association, the Washington Chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates, and the Asian Bar Association of Washington in 2011. He also received the Exceptional Member Award from the Latina/o Bar Association of Washington in 2011 and the Vanguard Award from the King County Chapter of Washington Women Lawyers in 2009.Justice González is passionate about providing open access to the justice system for all. He was appointed by the Supreme Court to the Washington State Access to Justice Board and served on the Board for seven years, including the last two years as its Chair. He currently chairs the Interpreter Commission and the Court Security Committee. Justice González also mentors students through the Future of the Law Institute and serves as a Board member for the Washington Leadership Institute, a program that aims to develop Bar and community leaders who reflect the diversity of Washington State.Justice González earned his B.A. with Honors in East Asian Studies from Pitzer College and his J.D. from U.C. Berkeley School of Law (Boalt Hall) where he was the Technical Editor of the La Raza Law Journal. As a part of his undergraduate degree, Justice González studied at Waseda University in Tokyo, Japan and at Nanjing University in China. Before law school, he did graduate work in Economics at Hokkaido University on a scholarship from Rotary International. He received an Honorary Doctor of Laws Degree from Gonzaga University School of Law in 2011 where he gave the commencement address.Justice González speaks Japanese, Mandarin Chinese, and Spanish. He lives in Seattle with his wife, Michelle, an Assistant Dean at the University of Washington School of Law, and their two sons. Collapse
December 17, 2014
Program Titles and Supporting Materials
This program contains the following components:
- Learn by Doing Ethics, Part 1: Computers and the Cardinal Court Part 1 - Video
- Learn by Doing Ethics, Part 1: Computers and the Cardinal Court Part 2 - Video
- Learn by Doing Ethics, Part 1: Computers and the Cardinal Court Part 1- Audio
- Learn by Doing Ethics, Part 1: Computers and the Cardinal Court Part 2 - Audio
- Learn by Doing Ethics, Part 1: Computers and the Cardinal Court - Paper
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