Schauermann Thayer associate attorney, Brad Thayer, is just finishing up his first year serving as Vice Chair of the Washington State Association for Justice's (WSAJ) Roundtable Committee for Clark County. In that capacity, he worked to organize monthly gatherings of local trial lawyers for the purposes of continuing legal education and professional growth.
From WSAJ: "WSAJ sponsors geographically-based roundtables in cities and counties around the state of Washington. Each roundtable meeting is an opportunity to discuss legal issues of local importance; to conduct informal case evaluations; to hear from speakers on updates in case law, new legal resources, or trial advocacy skills; and to network with fellow WSAJ members."
Some of the topics that Brad has helped organize for roundtables include:
- Voir Dire (selecting a jury at trial);
- Amicus updates (WSAJ's Amicus program updating local attorneys on cutting edge developments impacting personal injury law);
- Default Judgments (an important tool to help hold insurance companies and Defendants accountable for not being active and responsive in legal proceedings);
- Medical Malpractice;
- Videotaping “Independent” Medical Exams (to help ensure clients' rights are protected when a Defendant or an insurance company insists these exams occur); and,
- Trying a Personal Injury Case Without Economic Damages.
Many prominent and skilled attorneys agreed to contribute their time and knowledge in presenting and facilitating these discussions and—for that—Brad and the Clark County Chair, Jenna Harden, were extremely appreciative.
WSAJ is an organization with over 3,000 members that aims to “protect and promote a fair justice system and the right to trial by jury, and to ensure that any person who is harmed by the misconduct or negligence of others can obtain justice in America's courtrooms, even in actions against the most powerful interests.” We have written about WSAJ in the past. Recently we highlighted partner Scott Edwards's service on the WSAJ Board of Governors. We've also documented our attorneys' efforts lobbying in Olympia with other WSAJ members and working with WSAJ on the annual “Trial Lawyers Care” events (for example, helping construct homes here in town for Habitat for Humanity and fix up bicycles for local youth bicycling safety programs). These posts represent only a few of the many we've authored that mentions the great work WSAJ does in and around our state to help protect the rights of those injured by the negligence or carelessness of others.
Again, we'd like to reiterate that—at Schauermann Thayer—we continue to support WSAJ and work tirelessly to make sure our clients' rights, and the rights of those who will be injured in the future, are protected. We're honored to be a part of this important work.