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Public Records Act Basics for Members of the Public

Do you need some documents from a local government in Washington State and don’t know how to get them? While some documents are available online, many documents agencies use or rely on are not readily accessible. The Public Records Act allows you to access records used or held by Washington governmental agencies.

What is the Public Records Act?

You may have heard of the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), which applies to the federal government. The Public Records Act, or PRA, is Washington’s answer to… Continue reading

Is a Person’s Immigration Status Admissible as Evidence in Washington?

Not anymore, thanks to Evidence Rule 413 adopted by the Washington Supreme Court that took effect on September 1, 2018. The new rule limits when and how a person’s immigration status can be used as evidence.

According to the proposal for the rule, there were several purposes for limiting the admissibility of a person’s immigration status. Immigrants make up a larger share of the population than they have in the past, and providing them with access to the courts and a fair trial is essential… Continue reading

Esther Hyun Joins Carmichael Clark, P.S.


Esther Hyun has joined Carmichael Clark, as an associate attorney.  Esther practices in the areas of business, creditor-debtor, and real estate law.

Originally from Seattle, Esther received a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration from Washington State University, and graduated from the Thomas Jefferson School of Law in San Diego, CA in 2013.  Esther initially practiced in San Diego, and then more recently with a law firm in Bellevue, WA.

Esther is active in the legal community both nationally and… Continue reading

Lisa Keeler Elected to The Fellows of the American Bar Foundation

Lisa-Keeler-bellingham-attorneyCarmichael Clark, P.S. is happy to announce that Lisa Keeler has recently been elected to The Fellows of the American Bar Foundation.  The Fellows is an honor society of attorneys, judges, legal faculty and legal scholars.  Elected members were nominated by their peers and have demonstrated outstanding dedication to the highest principles of the legal profession and to the welfare of their communities. Only one percent of attorneys from each jurisdiction are nominated.

The Fellows support the research performed by the American… Continue reading

Honoring Peter J. Visser for Fifty Plus Years in Law Practice

Peter J. Visser Of Counsel

Carmichael Clark, P.S. hosted a summer barbecue on September 6, 2017, to honor Peter Jay Visser and his 50 plus years of practicing law. 

About 60 members of the Whatcom County legal community attended the party at the Squalicum Boathouse to wish Mr. Visser well and enjoy a delicious meal of barbecued brisket, jerk chicken, and other barbecue staples.  Cake Honoring Peter J. VisserSeveral people shared stories about Mr. Visser and some of his most memorable accomplishments since being admitted to the bar in 1966. Carmichael… Continue reading

Bryan Page and Lisa Keeler Named as Rising Stars

Carmichael Clark, P.S. is pleased to announce that Bryan Page and Lisa Keeler are being recognized as Rising Stars by Washington Super Lawyers Magazine.  Rising Stars are nominated by their peers and undergo a rigorous selection process.  No more than 2.5 percent of Washington’s attorneys are named to this list. Attorneys who have achieved this have attained a high-degree of peer recognition and achievement in their respective practices.  This achievement illustrates the commitment each of these attorneys have in providing excellent and… Continue reading

The Ostrich Defense – It Never Works

Ostriches are funny animals. They can often be seen with their heads in the sand. A common belief is that ostriches bury their head in the sand when they are scared or in danger. But this is actually a myth. While it may often look like ostriches bury their heads in the sand, they are actually checking in on their underground nests and eggs. Ostriches actually cannot escape danger by burying their heads in the sand, and neither can people.


People often try… Continue reading

Catherine Moore Joins Carmichael Clark, P.S.

Cathbellingham-attorney-catherine-mooreerine Moore has joined Carmichael Clark, P.S. as an associate. Catherine practices in the areas of land use and real estate, water law, municipal law and civil litigation.


Catherine received a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and a Bachelor of Science in Economics from the University of Washington in 2012 and was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa.  She is a 2016 graduate of the University of Washington School of Law. Catherine was an intern at the Bellingham branch of the Northwest… Continue reading

Committed to Justice: Have you ever heard of the Rainier Cup?

Many confronted with legal issues lack the resources to hire an attorney help them navigate those issues. If those legal issues are not criminal, there is likely no right to a lawyer at public expense. To help fill this gap, the Legal Foundation of Washington provides funding to the local civil legal aid programs across Washington. Its annual fundraising drive is the Campaign for Equal Justice.


In Whatcom County we are very proud of our local legal aid program, LAW Advocates (Legal Assistance by… Continue reading

Bryan Page Named Rising Star for Third Year in a Row

For the third year in a row, Bryan Page of Carmichael Clark, P.S. has been named a Rising Star by Washington Super Lawyers magazine.

Bryan’s practice focuses on business, commercial, and real estate litigation in state and federal courts. This honor shows Bryan’s continuing commitment to provide clients with effective representation resolving legal disputes in Bellingham, Whatcom County, and throughout northwest Washington.

Each year, the Washington Super Lawyer magazine recognizes attorneys who are nominated by their peers for professional accomplishments. Nominees undergo an independent research… Continue reading