How To Choose The Right Photo Gear

Choosing the right photographic equipment for your image-making efforts requires some thinking. You need to decide several things...


Trumpty Dumpty

Trumpty Dumpty - If the past is a guide, a look ahead to America after Trump is troubling.


“It Ain’t No California”: Drilling for Oil in Texas

I purchased a piece of land to build a small 427 square foot house in Quanah, Texas after a process of elimination as all other jurisdictions in Texas and North Carolina would not allow for the building of a house this size within city limits or did not have suitable land available. I considered that it’s relatively warm in Texas, yet not too hot in its northern part, and I liked that there are no income taxes in the state. In the summer,...


Before Your Free-Spirited Camping Trip, Check These Rules

People love the free-spirited, spontaneous life of camping -- the let-your-hair-down happiness of chucking real life and heading for the hills. But it takes work to make it happen. To preserve the integrity of your idyllic wanderings, first complete these five tasks that have to do with – horrors! – laws, fees, fuel, phones and Facebook.


SPOTLIGHT ON ATTORNEY GENE BARTON

Recently, we had the opportunity to interview Attorney Gene Barton, who is a shareholder with the firm, Karr Tuttle Campbell. Gene has been with the firm since September, 1996, and practices in the Litigation Department, with emphasis in commercial and securities litigation, toxic torts, appellate law, and insurance defense and coverage work. He has been counsel of record for the prevailing party in 11 cases before the Washington Court of Appeals and Washington Supreme Court, including seven published decisions. Little known fact: Prior to entering the University of Washington School of Law, Gene spent 15 years as a newspaper reporter and editor in Oregon and New Mexico. Drawing from that experience, he currently serves as the editor of the King County Bar Association Bar Bulletin.


Defending Non-Traditional Healthcare Providers

Non-traditional, or alternative, medicine most often encompasses chiropractic, acupuncture and naturopathy. In Washington, as in most states, each of these is defined by statute. Statutes also set out the scope of practice for each, in some cases specifically identifying treatments that are permitted or prohibited. The one thing that they have in common is not being authorized to dispense prescription medications. There are also published...


Health Care: Medical Negligence Mediation Dissected

Mediating health care disputes presents many challenges for the mediator.  Experienced, skilled mediators recognize that there are many galaxies within the universe of health care disputes.  For example, a medical negligence mediation presents different variables than a mediation involving alleged nursing home negligence or one involving a naturopath enmeshed in a coding dispute with an insurer.  So too do employment mediations that touch and concern health care possess emotional and other factors unique to themselves. Disputes between physicians in a medical practice are other controversies that touch and concern health care, including the privacy rights of patients.  However, this article first focuses upon some of the peculiarities and challenges of mediating medical negligence disputes.


Mentoring Mediators: The Why and the How

As the owner of a Pacific Northwest mediation and arbitration firm (the work is commonly known as “ADR”), it is my responsibility to make sure that my panel members and I perform all ADR services at the highest professional level.  Naturally, one might think that such an aspiration is expected and required by the ADR marketplace.  Not necessarily.