Upcoming events

    • 04/21/2018
    • Skagit Valley College

    Skagit VLP / LBAW Legal Clinic

    When: Saturday, April 21, 2018 (Time TBD)

    Location: Skagit Valley College

    The Skagit Volunteer Lawyer Program (VLP), in partnership with the Latino-Latina Bar Association of Washington (http://www.lbaw.org/), is recruiting attorneys to volunteer to provide brief consultations in a variety of areas of law to Spanish-speaking clients and other members of the Hispanic community. Attorneys generally volunteer in shifts of about two hours. You do not need to speak Spanish to volunteer, as there will be interpreters available.

    If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Maren Anderson, VLP Program Manager at (360) 588-5756 or marena@communityactionskagit.org



    • 04/27/2018
    • 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    • Skagit Transit Center, 105 E. Kincaid, Mount Vernon, WA 98273

    24rd Annual Law Day Legal Clinic

    When: Thursday, April 27, 2017 - 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM

    Location: Skagit Transit Center (105 E. Kincaid, Mount Vernon, WA. 98273)

    The Volunteer Lawyer Program is recruiting attorneys to volunteer to provide brief consultations in a variety of areas of law at the 24rd Annual Law Day Clinic. Attorneys generally volunteer in shifts of about two hours.

    If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Maren Anderson, VLP Program Manager at (360) 588-5756 or marena@communityactionskagit.org

    • 04/28/2018
    • 8:15 AM
    • Edgewater Park, 600 Behrens Millett Road, Mount Vernon WA, 98273

    Have a Heart Run (in support of the Skagit VLP)

    When:  04/28/2018 at 8:15 AM

    Location:  Edgewater Park, 600 Behrens Millett Road, Mount Vernon WA, 98273

    Please join us for our 9th annual fun run! 5K run/walk, 2.5K walk and kids fun run. Great for the whole family. Join the Lawyers on the Run team to raise money for the Volunteer Lawyer Program! Alternatively, you can sponsor a runner or make a donation. More information about can be found here: https://www.classy.org/event/have-a-heart-run-2018/e157130

    Register here: https://www.classy.org/event/have-a-heart-run-2018/e157130/register/new/select-tickets or feel free to contact Maren Anderson, VLP Program Manager at (360) 588-5756 or marena@communityactionskagit.org


    • 04/30/2018
    • 5:00 PM
    • Eaglemont Golf Course, Mount Vernon, WA
    Register

    Law Day & Liberty Bell Dinner
    Separation of Powers: Framework for Freedom

    Monday, April 30, 2018
    5:00 p.m. Social Hour
    5:30 p.m. Dinner and Program
    Eaglemont Golf Course, Mount Vernon, WA

    Keynote Speaker: Washington State Supreme Court Chief Justice Mary Fairhurst

    Featuring the Liberty Bell Award Ceremony

    The U.S. Constitution sets out a system of government with distinct and independent branches—Congress, the Presidency, and a Supreme Court. It also defines legislative, executive, and judicial powers and outlines how they interact. These three separate branches share power, and each branch serves as a check on the power of the others. “Ambition must be made to counteract ambition,” James Madison explained in Federalist 51. Why? Madison believed that the Constitution’s principles of separation of powers and checks and balances preserve political liberty. They provide a framework for freedom. Yet, this framework is not self-executing. We the people must continually act to ensure that our constitutional democracy endures, preserving our liberties and advancing our rights. The Law Day 2018 theme enables us to reflect on the separation of powers as fundamental to our constitutional purpose and to consider how our governmental system is working for ourselves and our posterity.

    The Skagit County Bar Association, the Volunteer Lawyer Program, and the Liberty Bell Award Committee invite all of those involved in law and justice, as well as support staff, and significant others, to attend the 2018 Law Day Dinner and Liberty Bell Award Ceremony.

    The Skagit County Bar Association is also pleased to announce that it has invited local high school government teachers and high school students interested in law to attend this special event. Additionally, two students will be part of the program and they will share their personal immigrant stories illustrating how important it is that we are all involved in our countries framework for freedom.


    Ticket Information (does not include voluntary donation to the Law Day Clinic):
    $65 per person
    $260 per Half Table (4 people)
    $520 per Full Table (8 people)
    (By purchasing a half or full table, your group will have reserved seating)

    Be a Special Donor!

    Your donation to the Law Day Clinic put on by the Volunteer Lawyer Program makes possible the annual Law Day Clinic, where local attorneys provide free legal advice to over 100 people each year.


    Please RSVP and Register NOW using the Registration Link on the SCBA Website!

    RSVP and Registration must be received by April 20, 2018

    Any questions please contact SCBA's Event Committee's Chair Sarah Fleming at sfleming@glpattorneys.com

    • 05/07/2018
    • 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
    • Max Dales, 2030 Riverside Dr. Mount Vernon
    Register


    SCBA Free CLE

    1.0  Law Credit

    Trusts & Estates and Estate Taxes – an Overview

     

    When:   Monday, 05/07/2018   -   5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

    Location:   Max Dale’s Chop House, 2030 Riverside Dr., Mount Vernon

    Presenters:  Kate Szurek, J.D., LL.M.  and  Kim Ray, CPA, MS Tax, CGMA

     

    With the new federal tax legislation comes changes in practices, both legal and accounting.  Kate and Kim will discuss: 

    1.    An overview of basic trusts – what are the most common; why use them; when to use; how they work; are they necessary?  Living trusts versus testamentary trusts.

    2.    Pitfalls – trusts not funded /underfunded; undistributed income and compressed income tax rates; funding difficulties (what assets to use to fund trusts post-death?); failure of purpose.

    3.    Esoteric trusts (alphabet soup!) – what are QPRTs, QSSTs, IDGTs, ILITs, CRATs, CRUTs, CLATs, CLUTs, and do we need them?  Who are the Waltons and the Crummeys?

    4.    Current estate tax situation – certainty, brouhaha, or relief at the federal level?; opportunities at the state level.

      They will take questions at the end.

    Materials will be distributed electronically to registered attendees prior to CLE - please print and bring them  if you wish to have them for the CLE.

     

    PLEASE REGISTER TO ATTEND


    This CLE is free, and is held jointly with Whatcom /Skagit CPAs. 

    SCBA members will receive 1.0 WSBA Law Credit.

    Non-members are welcome to attend but will not receive credit. 

    No host bar.  Light appetizers provided.

     

    Kate Szurek, J.D., LL.M.

    Skagit Law Group, PLLC

    PO Box 336 / 227 Freeway Dr, Ste B, Mount Vernon WA 98273

    Phone: 360-336-1000    Email:  kate@skagitlaw.com

     

    Kate is a principal with the Skagit Law Group, PLLC. Her law practice focuses on estate planning and estate settlement, as well as tax law. Kate earned a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from the University of Washington. She is a Thomas More scholar and cum laude graduate of Gonzaga University School of Law, and obtained her master of laws in taxation from the University of Washington, which she attended on a fellowship. Kate served as a teaching assistant while attending law school, was president of the prestigious William O. Douglas Committee and of the Martin Luther King Committee, was chosen Outstanding Woman Law School Graduate of Gonzaga University School of Law by the National Association of Women Lawyers, and continues to be a member of the Phi Delta Phi legal fraternity. She makes frequent presentations regarding estate planning and tax law.

     

    Kate has an extensive volunteer service record, having worked with victims of domestic violence and having served on a number of boards, including having been elected to the school boards of three different school districts and the Washington State School Directors Board of Directors, and having served on the Board of Trustees for the Skagit Hospice Foundation (now Hospice of the Northwest Foundation). She is currently serving as president of the La Conner School Board.  She is also on the advisory committees of a number of local non-profits, including the Skagit Land Trust and Hospice of the Northwest Foundation.

     

    A Washington native, Kate was born in Seattle, raised in Yakima, and has lived and worked in the legal field in a number of Washington counties, including in Stevens County in northeastern Washington, where she raised her daughter before moving back to the Skagit Valley in 2000. She currently lives just off Skagit Bay, outside of La Conner, up the street from her first home in Skagit County which she purchased in January 1981. Her daughter April and husband Tracy recently purchased acreage further up the street from Kate, and will build their home there after Tracy retires from his career as a special ops medic in the United States Air Force and joins his wife and young children in the Skagit Valley in June 2018.  The family is very active outdoors, hiking, rock climbing, snow skiing, kayaking, sailing, and gardening.

     

     

    Kim Ray, CPA, MS Tax, CGMA

    Williams & Nulle, PLLC, CPAs

    407 Pine St, Mount Vernon WA 98273

    Phone: 360.336.6611    Email: kmr@wncpa.com

    Kim specializes in Tax Preparation, Estate & Tax Planning, and Business Taxes & Accounting. It is her belief that by forming long-term relationships with clients she can help integrate tax planning with their charitable, business, and family goals. Kim feels privileged to be a trusted advisor of over 25 years to many of her clients.

    Kim joined Williams & Nulle in 1986. She is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Washington Society of Certified Public Accountants. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Washington, Michael G. Foster School of Business, in 1978. She received both a Master of Science in Taxation and an Advanced Certificate in Estate Planning from Golden Gate University in 1995.

    Kim’s passions include bicycling and travel, especially to places where she can improve her Spanish. Her other car is a bicycle and she endeavors to use it as much as possible, rain or shine.

     

    Hope to see you there!

    SCBA CLE Committee

     


    • 08/25/2018
    • Skagit Valley College

    Skagit VLP / LBAW Legal Clinic

    When: Saturday, August 25, 2018 (Time TBD)

    Location: Skagit Valley College

    The Skagit Volunteer Lawyer Program (VLP), in partnership with the Latino-Latina Bar Association of Washington (http://www.lbaw.org/), is recruiting attorneys to volunteer to provide brief consultations in a variety of areas of law to Spanish-speaking clients and other members of the Hispanic community. Attorneys generally volunteer in shifts of about two hours. You do not need to speak Spanish to volunteer, as there will be interpreters available.

    If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Maren Anderson, VLP Program Manager at (360) 588-5756 or marena@communityactionskagit.org

Past events

04/09/2018 Free Ethics CLE - Everything IOLTA
02/24/2018 9th Annual Think Summer! Dinner and Auction
02/09/2018 Superior Court Commissioner Gwen L. Halliday Swearing In Ceremony
02/05/2018 SCBA FREE CLE - Choose Your Adventure - Protection Orders
01/31/2018 Open House Celebration for the Retirement of Commissioner Brian Paxton
01/15/2018 Using Technology to Improve Your Practice
12/11/2017 The Skagit County Judges and Skagit County Bar’s Annual Holiday Party
11/15/2017 REGISTER NOW: NOV 15, 2017 - Annual VLP-CLE
11/06/2017 2017 SCBA Annual Business Meeting and Election of Officers
11/02/2017 Beer & Justice
10/09/2017 State of the Judiciary Dinner
10/02/2017 ODYSSEY PRESENTATION - 10-2-2017 @ 12 NOON
09/20/2017 Free CLE (Requires Commitment to Volunteer): Protecting Immigrant Children through State Court Actions and Special Immigrant Juvenile Status
09/11/2017 SCBA FREE CLE - STAYING OUT OF TROUBLE - PHILIP BURI
08/25/2017 Skagit - Whatcom - Island - San Juan Bar Associations Golf Tournament & Dinner
08/25/2017 Project Homeless Connect Legal Clinic
07/18/2017 Free (with volunteering commitment) Housing Justice Project CLE
07/14/2017 Swearing In Ceremony for Judge Laura M. Riquelme
06/30/2017 Open-House Celebration Honoring Judge Rickert
06/05/2017 SCBA FREE CLE - CRIMINAL LAW TOPIC
05/08/2017 SCBA FREE CLE - 1031 EXCHANGES
04/29/2017 Have a Heart Run
04/28/2017 Law Day & Liberty Bell Luncheon
04/27/2017 23rd Annual Law Day Legal Clinic
04/15/2017 Skagit VLP / LBAW Legal Clinic
04/03/2017 SCBA FREE CLE - Recognizing Immigration Issues in Your Practice
03/06/2017 SCBA FREE CLE - Intellectual Property
02/28/2017 SCBA Legal History Project Meeting
02/25/2017 THINK SUMMER!!! SAT FEB 25, 2017
02/06/2017 SCBA FREE CLE - BANKRUPTCY: What All Attorneys Should Know
01/31/2017 SCBA Legal History Project Meeting
01/09/2017 SCBA FREE CLE - QDRO? What QDRO?
12/12/2016 2016 Judges & SCBA Holiday Party
11/07/2016 SCBA ANNUAL BUSINESS MEETING & ELECTION OF OFFICERS
10/26/2016 2016 ANNUAL FULL-DAY VLP-CLE - 6.25 Credits, including 1 Ethics
10/10/2016 STATE OF THE JUDICIARY 2016
09/12/2016 SCBA Free Ethics CLE - The Dreaded Letter - Bar Complaints and Response
06/13/2016 SCBA Free CLE - Family Law Mediation: Trials & Tribulations
05/02/2016 SCBA CLE -- Best Practices in Employment Law
04/29/2016 Law Day & Liberty Bell Luncheon
04/26/2016 FREE WSBA CLE - 1 CREDIT - LEGAL LUNCHBOX
02/08/2016 Disciplined Discovery CLE

Skagit County Bar Association
PO Box 57, Mount Vernon WA 98273

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