2019 Western States Bar Conference: March 27 - 30, 2019

Kaua’i Marriott Resort

 3610 Rice Street

Lihue, Hawaii 96766

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Day 1
21 Mar 2018
Day 2
22 Mar 2018
Day 3
23 Mar 2018
Day 4
24 Mar 2018

Welcome Reception

Appetizers will be provided and there will be a cash bar for beverages

Welcome to the Conference

Drew Cloutier, WSBC President, 2017-2018

Overview of the Conference

Paula Littlewood, WSBC Secretary-Treasurer, Executive Director of the Washington State Bar Association

Welcome to Santa Barbara

Joan Hartmann, Chair of the Supervisors –  Biography Welcome to Santa Barbara Notes

Trust in Crisis: What it Means for the Legal Profession

For the past 18 years, the global communications marketing firm Edelman has conducted an annual trust survey on the four leading societal institutions worldwide. The 2017 Edelman Trust Barometer revealed...
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10:30 am - 10:45 am


Roll Call of the States

Nevada, Arizona, Washington, Idaho

Update from the ABA

Bob Carlson, ABA President-elect Judy Perry Martinez, ABA President-elect nominee John Phelps, Member, ABA Standing Committee on Bar Activities and Services Jennifer Lewin, Deputy Director, ABA Division for Bar Services

Roll Call of the State

California, South Dakota, Oregon, New Mexico
12:15 pm

Lunch on Own

Whale Watching – Optional

Celebration Cruises of Santa Barbara
5:30 pm

Dinner on Own

The Future of Lawyer Regulation: Will Bar Organizations be Left Behind?

For nearly a century, the most common model for lawyer regulation has been the mandatory or unified bar. Bar associations, like other regulatory institutions, face mounting distrust and attacks, forcing...
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10:00 am - 10:15 am

Transition Break

Is Public Trust and Confidence in Our Court System Declining?

One of the hallmark cornerstones of our system based on the rule of law is a fair and impartial judiciary. Is public trust in this American institution declining? How can...
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11:15 am - 11:30 am


Roll Call of the States

Utah, Texas, Wyoming, Hawaii
12:15 pm

Lunch on Own

Golf Tournament – Optional

Organizer: Richard Dibblee *1st Tee Time 12:45 p.m.


Join President Jones for food and conversation at a buffet dinner that is locally sourced and carefully served. There will be a cash bar for beverages. *This is a ticketed...
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Breakfast Breakout Sessions for Bar Leaders

Rodney’s Grill Large State Bars (more than 10,000 members) – Moderator – Reagan Room Small State Bars (less than 10,000 members) – Moderator – Rodney’s Grill

Roll Call of the States

Alaska, North Dakota, Colorado, Montana
10:15 am- 10:30 am


State Adoption of Model Rule 8.4(g) – Should It Be So Difficult?

After extensive analysis and debate, the ABA House of Delegates adopted Rule 8.4(g) in August 2016 at the ABA Annual Meeting. The rule is designed to prohibit discrimination and harassment...
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Conclusion of Conference

Announcement of new leadership and adjourn

Annual Business Meeting

For WSBC leadership