HENRY M. JACKSON AWARD

(Tom speaks only for himself in this blog and not for the Court.) A status report on Tom and Judy’s health is at the end.  On October 27, I was the recipient of the 2013 UW School of Law Henry M. Jackson Distinguished Alumni Public Service Award.  Being chosen for the award was great.  I thought about all the athletes …

A PICTURE POSTCARD FROM MAUI

I have no legal views to share with you this month.  But would like you to know that Judy and I are still doing well.  On Sept. 25, 2013, after 10 days we said Aloha to Maui once again.  We had a great time.  I had to avoid the sun and heat and Judy was limited in how far she …

TELL A STORY

(Tom speaks only for himself in this blog and not for the Court.) Judicial opinions are often so filled with jargon and alphabet soup they leave most non-lawyers bewildered and baffled.  As I explained to each new clerk who helped me, we appellate judges are the only authors whose writings require reading no matter how badly we write.  That does …

LEGACY

(Tom speaks only for himself in this blog and not for the Court.) A health report is at the bottom but first, some exciting news. On July 26, 2013, the first Washington State Association of Justice (WSAJ) Tom Chambers Trial Lawyer of the Year bust was awarded to Rick Friedman.  Judy and I were there.  I had tears in my eyes. …

CHASING JUSTICE

(Tom speaks only for himself in this blog and not for the Court.) There is a medical update but it is at the bottom of this blog entry. There is a new book out, “Chasing Gideon: The Elusive Quest for Poor People’s Justice” by Karen Houppert, The New Press, 2013.  It celebrates the 50th anniversary of Gideon v. Wainwright, 372 …

COSTCO’S LIQUOR STORE INITIATIVE AND THE STATE CONSTITUTION

(Tom speaks only for himself in this blog and not for the Court.) I have provided an update on my health at the end of this blog.  It is good news. INITIATIVE -1183 Most voters I have talked to voted for Costco’s initiative to privatize liquor sales because they thought the price would come down.  They didn’t know about the …

THE STATE’S DUTY TO PAY FOR EDUCATION

(Tom speaks only for himself in this blog and not for the Court.) I keep hearing and reading in the press, “The State Supreme Court is requiring the legislature to spend more on education.”  I think it is more accurate to say the Washington State Constitution requires the legislature to give adequate funding of education top priority.  Article IX, section …

UPDATE: GOOD NEWS & BAD NEWS

I would really rather write about something other than my health in this blog. So before I give up the good news- bad news update permit me to share a personal story. One reason Judy and I became Divemasters was to dive with our grandchildren. Children can be certified as young as 10 but have limits and can only dive …