1 June

Supreme Court ruling regarding Facebook threats

The case of Elonis vs. United States was heard by the nine Justices on December 1, 2014. Elonis is challenging a 44-month prison sentence he served for posts on Facebook that appeared to threaten his wife with violence, including statements made by Elonis online after he was served with a protection-from-abuse order.

Supreme Court Ruling article on Yahoo

13 May

The Divorce Surge Is Over, but the Myth Lives On

When Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin “consciously uncoupled” this year, ABC News said it was the latest example of the out-of-control divorce rate, “50 percent and climbing.”

When Fox News anchors were recently lamenting high poverty levels, one of them blamed the fact that “the divorce rate is going up.”

And when Bravo introduced its divorce reality show, “Untying the Knot,” this summer, an executive at the network called it “a way to look at a situation that 50 percent of married couples unfortunately end up in.”

But here is the thing: It is no longer true that the divorce rate is rising, or that half of all marriages end in divorce. It has not been for some time. Even though social scientists have tried to debunk those myths, somehow the conventional wisdom has held.

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28 April

Supreme Court on Marriage

21 April


Like it or not, the court trend to more equal time continues.


19 February

How to respond to hostile email

How To Give A BIFF Response(SM)

By Bill Eddy, LCSW, Esq.

©  2007 High Conflict Institute

Hostile email, texts and other electronic communications have become much more common over the past decade. Most of this is just “venting,” and has little real significance. However, when people are involved in a formal conflict (a divorce, a workplace grievance, a homeowners’ association complaint, etc.) there may be more frequent hostile email. There may be more people involved and it may be exposed to others or in court. Therefore, how you respond to hostile communications may impact your relationships or the outcome of a case.


13 February

Legislative Update

A big thanks to Michael Louden for presenting Legislative Updates before the King County Bar Association on Friday.

4 February

Practicing Law Securely — No More Attachments

There are too many dangers, too many traps. Nearly every day, a news feed searching for “cyber risks at law firms” brings another article (or two or three) to light. Phishing messages continue show up in our email inbox (if they escaped the spam and antivirus filter). And Sony Pictures demonstrated all too well how much confidential and damaging information could leak in a security breach. Less publicized, more than two months later, the lost files and shut-down servers at Sony Pictures remain inaccessible, while their tech team rebuilds and restores their systems.

Read the entire article

9 December

Study grade states for shared parenting after divorce

National Parents Organization released its 2014 Shared Parenting Report Card, an inaugural report issuing state-by-state grades in the nation’s first comprehensive review of child custody statutes as they relate to shared parenting in instances of divorce and separation.

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15 November

King County Bar Foundation Annual Bar Scholar Reception

Wechsler Becker Attorney Alan Funk to attend the King County Bar Foundation Annual Bar Scholar Reception. KCBF is proud to honor its current and former minority law student scholarship recipients.

Monday, November 17, 2014
5:30 – 7 p.m., K&L Gates LLP
925 Fourth Avenue, Suite 2900, Seattle, WA 98104