Scott Edwards Speaks at Continuing Legal Education Ethics Course for Local Attorneys

Posted by William K. Thayer | Nov 09, 2016 | 0 Comments

On Friday, November 4, 2016, partner Scott Edwards of Schauermann Thayer Jacob Staples and Edwards PS provided an excellent one hour educational opportunity to Clark County attorneys as part of an end-of-the-year Continuing Legal Education program (CLE).  Scott's presentation was titled, “So You Think You Can Law Blog: The Who, What, Where, Why, and How of Law Blogging”, but it also focused heavily on ethical considerations inherent in attorney blogging.

The program as a whole, put on by the Clark County Bar Association, was a three-hour ethics program held at the Vancouver Red Cross Building (located in the historic army barracks by Fort Vancouver).

Being no stranger to technology, Scott grew up with computers as part of his youthful experience.  For him, blogging was and is a way to express himself, share his thoughts on topics he feels are timely, relevant and important, and reach out to others in our local community in a manner that otherwise might not be possible.

Scott has been authoring blogs and articles outside of his regular contributions to the Schauermann Thayer website and “The Boulevard” for several years now.  For example, he authors a monthly column for the online and print versions of Vancouver Family Magazine (see  Up until a year or two ago, he also posted occasionally to another private blog site that he had created simply as a vehicle for self-expression (which can be found at  Most of Scott's blog posts tend to discuss matters affecting families, health, and community safety.

Other speakers and ethics topics addressed during the mid-day CLE included Jeanne Marie Clavere of the Washington State Bar Association discussing Washington's ethics rules governing attorney conduct, use of social media, and networking; and, local attorney Rick McLeod presenting on the state of Oregon's mandatory reporting requirements for attorneys in situations involving elder abuse.

The turnout for this event was lighter than expected (it is no secret among attorneys that ethics CLEs can be a bit dry, and, although they are very important – they don't always draw the largest audience).  But, those who did attend this particular CLE were not only treated to an interesting and informative CLE ethics program – but the brunch was quite delicious as well!

About the Author

William K. Thayer

Bill Thayer is one of the founding partners of the Schauermann Thayer Jacobs Staples & Edwards law firm. Bill is licensed in both Oregon and Washington, and has been practicing law since 1980. Bill advises and represents clients in personal injury and wrongful death claims and litigation, including automobile collision, motorcycle, bicycle, and pedestrian injury and death cases, dog bite cases, construction site injury claims, and a myriad of other types of injury and death claims. While many claims are settled through negotiation or mediation, Mr. Thayer has litigated, arbitrated and/or tried to verdict many cases for his clients. He is also frequently appointed by courts and other lawyers to serve as an arbitrator of tort claims. Bill enjoys writing as one of his varied recreational interests when he is not working.


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