February 2, 2015



Following our tradition, March has been designated as Professionalism Month throughout the state for members of the legal community.
The Spokane County Bar Association (“SCBA”) will again sponsor its dinner entitled “An Evening Celebrating Professionalism” and a member of our legal community will receive the Smithmoore P. Myers Professionalism Award. The recipient of the award should be a person who exemplifies the highest ethical and professional standards of the legal profession and who currently practices or has practiced law in the Spokane area. Nominations should not include sitting members of the bench or deceased members of the bar. No current members of the SCBA Board of Trustees will be eligible for the award. The nominee must be a member of the Spokane County Bar Association no later than the day of the committee’s vote. If you would like to nominate someone for this honor, please submit the person’s name and your statement of support to: SCBA Professionalism Award Committee, MS ANX-4-SCBA, 1116 W. Broadway, Spokane, WA 99260-0030 or e-mail to Nominations will be taken until 5 P.M. on Wednesday, February 11, 2015.

The Professionalism Award Committee will be meeting in mid-February to consider nominations. At the February 25th meeting of the Board of Trustees of the SCBA, a selection will be made from the names submitted by the Professionalism Award Committee. Previous recipients of this award include: Smithmoore P. Myers, J. Donald Curran, Kathleen M. Taft, James J. Gillespie, Richard L. Cease, Harold “Pete” Clarke, Richard D. McWilliams, Philip J. Thompson, Eugene I. Annis, Leo J. Driscoll, Nancy L. Isserlis, Joseph P. Delay, Rosanna M. Peterson, Philip “Dutch” Wetzel, Carl E. Hueber, William D. Hyslop, Michael J. Pontarolo, John R. Clark, William F. Etter, Paul B. Mack, John T. Rodgers, Frances A. Adewale and Steven W. Hughes.

The Professionalism Dinner is scheduled for Wednesday, March 25, 2015. The March 2nd issue of Calendar Call will announce the winner of the award and an insert to sign up for the dinner will be included. Also to be honored will be those members of our legal community who have practiced 50 years in Washington state.
Please mark your calendar today for Wednesday,March 25th for the Professionalism Dinner. Send in those nominations as soon as possible. Remember, the deadline to receive nominations will be February 11, 2015.


February 2, 2015



The Spokane County Superior Court Guardianship Monitoring Program recruits and trains volunteers to assist in monitoring guardianship cases. Volunteers are needed as Financial Auditors and Court Visitors to serve as the eyes and ears of the court to help detect or prevent abuse, neglect, and exploitation of incapacitated persons. Volunteers must be 21 years of age or older. Training and supervision are provided.

Financial Auditors:

The Financial Auditors review court-ordered accountings of the incapacitated person’s finances, submitted to the court by the guardian, to ensure that the incapacitated person’s finances are being handled properly and in their best interest.

Court Visitors:


The Court Visitors visit the incapacitated persons, guardians, and any other caregivers to ensure that the incapacitated person’s needs are being met and adequate care is being provided. This monitoring function enables the court to have
first-hand information about persons under guardianship.

To volunteer, please contact Jewels Schirmer at (509) 477- 2622 or



January 15, 2015



On December 24, 2014, Governor Jay Inslee announced the appointment of Raymond Clary to the Spokane County Superior Court. Clary replaces Tari Eitzen, who has retirred after a distinguished career on the bench since 1994. Clary's term begins in January, 2015. Clary has a civil litigation and trial law practice at the Spokane firm of Etter, McMahon, Lamberson, Clary
& Oreskovich. He graduated cum laude from Gonzaga University School of Law, where he was a Thomas More Scholar. Clary's B.A. is from Eastern Washington, where he was on the President's Honor Roll and made the
National Dean's List.

“Ray is an extremely well qualified and intelligent lawyer who will serve the Spokane Superior Court well,” said Inslee. “He has made a lasting impact on his community
through his volunteerism and I am proud to appoint him to this position.”

Clary was awarded the Community Impact Award in 2013 from the Martin Luther King, Jr. Family Outreach Center. He has contributed much of his time to pro bono legal service over the years, receiving a Pro Bono Publico Service Commendation from the Washington State Bar Association.

Clary was the Advisory Director for the Morning Star Boys' Ranch for more than 10 years. He is also a former Golden Gloves Boxing Champion.