Upcoming events

    • 01/07/2019
    • 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
    • Max Dale's Steak & Chop House 2030 Riverside Dr, Mt Vernon, WA 98273

    SCBA CLE – January 7, 2018; Max Dale's; 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. – 1.0 Credit + 0.5 Ethics Credit

    Granddaddy’s Bible and a Ford F150 – Interest Based and Evaluative Mediation Techniques and Mediation Ethics Review


    Mediation is a frequently used and efficient process for matter resolution.  The mediation process can be used to resolve both interest based matters and matters related to financial evaluation, but the techniques used vary widely from matter to matter.  Emotions can run high at mediations and issues can vary widely requiring practitioners to be ready to react to unexpected issues.

    The focal point of the CLE will be a panel discussion including Mediator/Arbitrator Hon. Michael E. Rickert (Ret.), retired attorney and Mediator Wil Harlock, and attorney Andy Schuh who, as an in-house attorney for a healthcare company, spent 9 years traveling the country attending mediations from the client perspective as the company representative with settlement authority.  These mediation experts will also discuss the proposed revisions to Advisory Opinion 2223, RPC 2.4, GR 24(a)(2) and Rule 1.7(b)(3).

    Speaker Bios:

    Hon. Michael E. Rickert (Ret.), WSBA 13765

    Rickert Mediation & Arbitration

    1204 Cleveland Avenue

    Mount Vernon, WA 98273

    (360) 503-1042

    Judge Rickert was raised in the Skagit Valley, the son of a high school football coach and grade school teacher.  He graduated from Burlington-Edison High School and received his undergraduate degree from a prestigious Eastern school (Washington State University).  He served in the United States Army from 1975-1980, rising to the rank of Captain and working in counterintelligence, including three years in Central America.

    Following his graduation from the University of Puget Sound Law School, Michael returned to the Skagit Valley as partner in the Mullen & Rickert Law Firm, where his areas of practice were primarily civil and criminal defense.

    He was elected Skagit County Prosecuting Attorney in 1985, a position he held from 1986 – 1992.  He was elected Superior Court Judge in 1992, where he remained until his retirement in 2017.  His 25-year tenure on the bench makes him the longest serving Superior Court Judge in Skagit County history.

    Michael is a graduate of the National Judicial College Mediation School, which he attended in anticipation of opening a mediation/arbitration practice in his retirement.

    Michael has enjoyed mountain climbing and SCUBA diving over the years, as well as playing guitar in an old rock ‘n roll band.  He has three adult children, seven grandchildren and makes his home in Mount Vernon with his better half and business partner, Piper, and their 5-year-old Jack Russell Terrorist, Rupert.

    Wilhelmina C. Harlock, WSBA 45441 (inactive)

    PO Box 279

    Mount Vernon, WA 98273

    (360) 593-5594

    Wil Harlock came to the law later in life than most lawyers – but better late than never!  Her past endeavors include teaching, medical research, restaurant cook, small business owner, community activist, non-profit manager, PTA president, and paralegal.  She moved to Skagit in 2003, and in late 2007 when given an opportunity not to be declined, she studied the law with Tutor John W. Murphy under APR Rule 6.  She passed the WA Bar Exam in Summer 2012 and practiced law in Skagit County for 5 years, retiring at the end of 2017.  In addition to working in the areas of Estate Planning, Probate and Guardianship, she also served as a GAL for Title 26 and Title 11 cases.  She served as President of the Skagit County Bar Association from September 2013 – December 2015, and has served on the SCBA VLP Steering Committee for more than 5 years.

    Wil is a certified mediator since 2012, and still takes some cases as her schedule allows; she also volunteers occasionally with the Skagit DRC, including Small Claims Court.  She currently serves as Vice President on the Board of Community Action of Skagit County. Wil loves the theatre, films, good books and traveling with her husband Denis.

    Andrew C. Schuh, WSBA 47724

    Law Offices of Andrew C. Schuh, PLLC

    1204 Cleveland Avenue

    Mount Vernon, WA 98273

    (360) 503-1043

    Andy Schuh  was born on his family’s farm in Mount Vernon and lived there until he graduated from high school and left to earn a bachelor’s degree from the University of Southern California (1993).  He went on to earn his Juris Doctorate from the University of Arizona in 1996.  He currently has a law practice in his home town, Mount Vernon, after having practiced law in Southern California for 20 years.  He is admitted to practice in Washington State, California and the District of Columbia.

    Andy started out his career at a medical malpractice defense firm in Los Angeles.  Thereafter, he worked at Lewis, Brisbois, Bisgaard & Smith, one of the largest firms in the country.  He continued to defend medical malpractice cases at that time, while broadening his practice areas to include most any type of civil litigation and estate planning.  Andy was later recruited to the Legal Department of Sun Healthcare Group, Inc., a publicly-traded healthcare company with nationwide operations, over 30,000 employees and annual revenue in excess of $2 billion.  After working for Sun as Corporate Counsel for 2 years, Andy was promoted to Assistant General Counsel managing all litigation for the company and its subsidiaries nationwide and overseeing regulatory, compliance, employment law and human resource matters for the company.

    After 9 years of service to Sun, the company was acquired by Genesis Healthcare, LLC, which would have included a move for the Schuh family to Kennett Square, PA.  Andy and his family made the decision to remain on the West Coast and decided to move back to Mount Vernon to be closer to family and the home base of the family business, Schuh Farms.  Through Andy’s law practice in Mount Vernon, he offers legal services in his areas of expertise: litigation, estate planning, healthcare and agri-business.

    Andy and his wife Bonnie live in Mount Vernon and have three children: Aaron, who makes his home in Orange County, CA; Hannah a sophomore at Pace University in New York, NY; and Juliana a senior at Mount Vernon High School.  Andy has enjoyed watching his children’s activities over the years including volleyball and ballet and is an avid downhill snow skier.

    • 03/02/2019
    • 5:30 PM - 9:00 PM

    Save the Date! 

    10th Annual Think Summer!

    Dinner and Auction

    You are cordially invited to the 10th Annual Think Summer! Dinner and Auction in support of the Skagit Volunteer Lawyer Program on Saturday, March 2, 2019.

    Casual attire a must! Hawaiian shirts welcome.

    Sandals de rigueur (if no snow).

    The benefit dinner and auction will feature music, dinner, drinks and much more.  Doors open at 5:30 pm to allow time to browse the many wonderful items in the Silent Auction.  Beginning at 7:00 pm, a delicious buffet is served.  Live auction begins as dinner is ending.  A cash bar will be available, and your first beverage is included with your ticket. 

    Do not miss this celebration of all things summer! And help support civil legal aid in Skagit County!

Past events

12/03/2018 Skagit County Judges and SCBA’s Annual Holiday Party
11/19/2018 SCBA's Annual Business Meeting
11/08/2018 Skagit Beer and Justice
10/24/2018 Annual VLP CLE - October 24, 2018
10/01/2018 State of The Judiciary Dinner 2018
09/10/2018 FREE Ethics CLE - Practicing Law is Hazardous to Your Health
08/25/2018 Skagit VLP / LBAW Legal Clinic
08/24/2018 Project Homeless Connect Legal Clinic
08/17/2018 2018 Golf Tournament -- Whatcom and Skagit County Bar Associations
08/13/2018 Free CLE - Maritime Law
06/29/2018 Open House Retirement Reception for Commissioner Karen Lerner
06/04/2018 The Ethics of Representing Pro Bono and Moderate Means Clients
05/07/2018 Trusts & Estates and Estate Taxes - An Overview
04/30/2018 Law Day and Liberty Bell Dinner
04/30/2018 24rd Annual Law Day Legal Clinic
04/28/2018 Have a Heart Run (in support of the Skagit VLP)
04/21/2018 Skagit VLP/LBAW Legal Clinic
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
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
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
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
02/08/2016 Disciplined Discovery CLE

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PO Box 57, Mount Vernon WA 98273

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