Posted on June 6, 2008 in ATJ, IP, WSBAATJ08 by Brian RoweView Comments

The Committee for Indigent Representation and Civil Legal Equity (CIRCLE), made a presentation on the next steps to securing a right to counsel for civil cases that involve basic Human Rights, in the wake of the Supreme Court of Washington’s ruling on In re the marriage of King stating that the court does not have the authority to create a right to counsel under the Washington State Constitution. The last WSBA ATJ Board meeting I attended was in late October and there was a lot of hope that the King case could be a leading case for creating a limited right to counsel in civil suits where basic Human rights are at stake. Now that the case has resolved unfavorably, CIRCLE and the ATJ Board are looking at alternative ways to bring about these rights.

The three main alternatives discussed were:

  1. Launch a pilot project to test the advantages and impact of the right to counsel as part of the State Plan
  2. Create a Task Force to actively identify and undertake incremental steps to expand the civil right to counsel. This Task Force would focus on bringing in stake holders, e.g. judges, advocates, public defense leaders, researchers
  3. Request to WSBA to form a Task Force to identify options and alternative solutions

Q: What exactly is CIRCLE?

A: CIRCLE is an active committed committee that has staff support from Northwest Justice Project (NJP). The members of the committee are from several different sectors of the legal system. Funding comes from NJP.

Q: Where would the implementation and money come from to make this right to counsel happen?

A: That is the big question and the area where solutions need to be found.

This presentation was made by Northwest Justice Project.

Posted on June 6, 2008 in ATJ, CC, copyright, creative commons, IP, Isummit, NTTT, Seattle Bar Camp, WSBAATJ08 by Brian RoweComments Off

Brian RoweStarting June 9th I will be working at Creative Commons as their summer legal intern. This is an amazing opportunity for me. I will be working under the new General Council Diane Peters. I will be blogging about the experience here and at the Seattle University Law PILF summer journal. I am excited about getting more hands on experience with the CC licenses and meeting more of the Copyright 2.0 community and the Free Culture community. This will be a busy and exciting summer.

Upcoming Commitments:
June 6-7th Washington State Bar Access To Justice Conference In Vancouver, WA
June 9th First day working at CC
June 14-15th Seattle Bar Camp
June 16-17th No Time to Think Conference at UW Law school and Ischool
June 18th Copyright 2.0 Tech conference at Google
July 28 – August 1st Isummit Sapporo Japan

I am sure there will be other events in SF that I will be attending. If you are aware of any I should attend feel free to email me Brian <at>

PS This is post number 200 for FFIP! Thanks You to everyone that helps make this site, this blog and this organization possible – especially those who blog, comment and contribute to the wiki.