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Introducing Bemnet: ELM’s summer intern

For the third summer in a row, we welcome a high school student from the YWCA GirlsFirst program. The mission of YWCA GirlsFirst is “to encourage leadership, instill confidence, develop skills, and provide opportunities to girls of color.” Our past interns have been highly intelligent and driven individuals who became valuable additions to our firm. […]

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Being a Courageous Citizen

Ellis, Li & McKinstry is proud to co-sponsor an important Town Hall event “Being a Courageous Citizen” on July 20 at 6:30 PM. The subject of the evening is Gordon Hirabayashi, who challenged the U.S. government’s race-based evacuation orders as a University of Washington student during World War II and was sentenced to jail. ELM partner […]

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Clergy housing allowance survives another challenge

The Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals recently dismissed another constitutional challenge to the clergy housing allowance.  The lawsuit by the Freedom From Religion Foundation argued that the clergy housing allowance violated the First Amendment.  The Court of Appeals held that the FFRF did not have standing because it had not been specifically injured. The housing allowance allows […]

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Lessons learned from the demise of Paseo

Social media lit up today at news that highly-rated Caribbean sandwich shop Paseo had closed.  This comes a few months after several former employees sued Paseo and its president for wrongful termination and unlawful withholding of wages.  The defendants deny much of the allegations.  While ELM does not represent anyone in the lawsuit and has no […]

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Tales from the [Criminal] Trenches

Spanking Public figures involved in physical discipline of their children have recently been in the news.  Jan Olson, our criminal defense attorney, just went to jury trial where the uncontroverted facts were that our client spanked his 7 year old son on the bottom with a belt. Our client was initially investigated for felony assault […]

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When the Hawks were but a glimmer …

All lawyers have “war stories” to share. Amid the euphoria generated by the Seattle Seahawks Super Bowl win and celebration parade in downtown Seattle, a wonderful tidbit of forgotten history surfaced. We recently learned that our own Skip Li played a role – albeit a small one – in getting the Seahawks for Seattle. He’s shared […]

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State Supreme Court Delivers Mixed Result in Religious Employer Case

The Washington State Supreme Court just ruled that the religious employer exemption to the state antidiscrimination law is facially constitutional.   Ellis, Li & McKinstry was involved in this case as counsel for several faith-based organizations acting as amici curiae (“friends of the court”). The brief filed by ELM was referred to several times by the […]

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