It Needs To be Done: Representing a Refugee

By Attorney Matthew Wurdeman   |  Originally published in Trial News, March 2019 As children were separated from their parents and put in cages this past May, I felt compelled to do something, anything. I had long been planning to get involved with pro bono immigration work, but there was always a reason why “now wasn’t the right time”—travelling for … Read More

$3M awarded to children molested by ‘psychopath’ foster child placed by state with Island County family

By Mike Carter   | The Seattle Times The settlement comes in a lawsuit that alleged the state withheld the extent of a 12-year-old foster child’s violent behavior, including a diagnosis of psychosis, from the family who adopted him. The boy molested three children in the home. A federal judge has approved a $3 million settlement for three children who were … Read More

DOC pays domestic violence victim $1.1 million

King 5 News A Washington woman settled a lawsuit with the Department of Corrections for $1.1 million this week after she says the DOC didn’t do enough to keep her safety after a offender was released in September of 2012. The case involves an inmate named Roosevelt Reed. He was in prison from 1999 to 2012 on a domestic violence … Read More

Island County Sheriff’s Office faces $10M claim over serial pedophile

By Sara Jean Green | The Seattle Times Two former Whidbey Island women who say they were sexually abused as children by their swim coach — a serial pedophile now serving a 40-year prison sentence in California — received a combined $1.4 million settlement this week from the North Whidbey Park and Recreation District, according to the women’s attorneys. Like the … Read More

Parents claim school covered up sex abuse

By Chris Ingalls | King 5 News PUYALLUP, Wash. — The parents of two special needs children in the Puyallup School District believe their children may have been assaulted in a school bathroom, and the elementary school staff covered it up for nearly a year. In a $3 million tort claim filed with the district, the parents say they were … Read More

Leveling the Playing Field

By Nathan Roberts | Bar Bulletin The first thing a visitor notices when stepping into our Tacoma office is the large painting of Joan of Arc that hangs behind the front desk. The young heroine is depicted sitting on a white stallion, holding a banner aloft, leading her armies against a fortified castle. Jack Connelly, the firm’s founder and managing … Read More

State to pay $3 million to girls raped by grandfather in foster care

By Christine Clarridge| The Seattle Times The state has agreed to pay $3 million to settle a lawsuit filed on behalf of two sisters, ages 12 and 13, who were repeatedly raped by their maternal grandfather after they were placed as foster children in his care. The girls had been removed from their mother’s custody because of allegations of abuse … Read More

CPS takes too long to investigate child abuse, report says

By Dana Rebik | Q13 Fox News “It makes me sick to my stomach because behind each and every one of those cases where the Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS) dropped the ball is a child,” said attorney Julie Kays. Kays represents victims of child abuse, and isn’t surprised of the findings in a report released by the … Read More