Ten Tips for Writing Summary Judgment Motions

Published by Washington State Association for Justice


From Highly Effective Legal Writing, 26 pages.

Carla Tachau Lawrence
CARLA TACHAU LAWRENCE is Of Counsel to the Perey Law Group, PLLC, and does legal research and writing for other firms. She was part of the team led by Ron Perey that prevailed in Putman v. Wenatchee Valley Medical Center, 166 Wn.2d 974, 216 P.3d 374 (2009), in which the court struck down the statute requiring plaintiffs suing health care providers to file a certificate of merit with their complaint.

Ms. Tachau Lawrence received her J.D. from the Yale Law School in 1983 and an A.B. in Historyfrom Brown University in 1978, as well as a Diploma in Social Administration from the LondonSchool of Economics the same year. She has served as law clerk to Judge Mary Kay Becker (1994-95) and Judge H. Joseph Coleman (1984-85) of the Washington State Court of Appeals, and to Judge Thomas S. Zilly (1988-90) of the Western District of Washington. She was an associate at Lane Powell (1985-88) and regulatory counsel at Washington Mutual (1990-93).

Ms. Tachau Lawrence is an avid amateur musician, playing modern flute, piccolo, and baroque flute.
Mary Kay Becker
JUDGE MARY KAY BECKER grew up on the Olympic coast at Kalaloch and settled in Whatcom County in 1969. She has been a judge on the Court of Appeals since 1994.

Judge Becker's undergraduate education was at Stanford University where she received a B.A. inEnglish in 1966. Later she was a VISTA volunteer in Pittsburgh.

Judge Becker obtained her law degree from the University of Washington in 1982, while serving inthe Legislature. She practiced law in Bellingham initially in a three-person firm, and after 1986 with the firm of Brett & Daugert. Her practice provided considerable experience with personal injury litigation and insurance.

Judge Becker's long history of active involvement in public affairs includes authorship of "Superspill," a 1974 novel describing-five years before the Valdez oil spill-a scenario of a Valdez-type spill in Puget Sound. During eight years as a state legislator (1975-1983), she took a leadership role in sentencing reform and other issues affecting the courts, as well as in environmental affairs. She was once a member of the Whatcom County Council; and was, in 1991, a member of Washington's first constitutional redistricting commission. She was a trustee at Western Washington University for five years.Judge Becker and her husband live in Bellingham.

Originally Published

November 4, 2010

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