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Karen Boxx and Luke Thomas at the K&L Gates offices in Seattle

and improve the laws that apply to everyone.

other affected sections of the WSBA and individual

There is also a genuine sense of duty among

members of the Bar. Boxx explains, “There is a sense

lawyers who work on legislative reform. Lawyers

of relief when the committee is done with drafting the

understand the impact of how statutes are

proposal, but then the political process begins and

written and are in the best position to improve

that’s never easy.”

big cases. Our victories are quiet, but it’s very satisfying to know that you’ve participated in something that will touch a lot of lives.”

When asked what motivates him to work on such endeavors, which seem to present endless roadblocks, Thomas says, “I want to make a difference in my profession and improve this area of law not only for the sake of my own clients, but also for my

Boxx has worked on numerous legislative projects

colleagues around the state and future lawyers

over the years and has just completed service as the

practicing in this area of law. It’s an opportunity to

chair of the Real Property, Probate & Trust (RPPT)

give back and contribute something big.”

task force that reviewed the Uniform Trust Code and made significant revisions to Washington’s trust statutes. The trust task force met for eight years, and its proposal was enacted into law this past session. Boxx is the Probate and Trust Council director of the RPPT section executive committee, and she chairs the probate and trust legislative committee of the section. She and Thomas will work together on the effort to have the power of attorney proposal enacted into law. That involves getting feedback from stakeholders and others who may have an interest in powers of attorney. Thomas has already begun the process, meeting with the state’s Superior Court Judges’ Association, the Washington Professional Guardianship Council, interested members of the Legislature, and

When challenged that his pro bono work for disadvantaged individuals — and for organizations such as Children’s Hospital, the Fallen Heroes Project, the WSBA First Responder Will Clinic and the Girl Scouts of Western Washington — all offer an avenue of service but with numerous trips to Olympia and endless weekend and evening meetings, Thomas replies, “When we identify concerns with or problems in our statutes, we all have a choice to make. We can shrug our shoulders and accept those problems, or we can roll up our sleeves and work with our colleagues within the WSBA to develop a solution. So ask yourself, ‘Will I simply accept the problems, or will I be part of the solution?’ I want to be part of the solution.”

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