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Inside the frantic effort at Sea-Tac to stop flight, allow 2 men to enter U.S.

MH&B lawyer, David Whedbee tells the Seattle Times, “I actually wept, that is a moment you dream about in law school.” Click on the link below for the full Seattle Times story about the events this past weekend at Sea-Tac airport. Lawyers got to Sea-Tac Airport just in time Saturday to prevent two men from being flown out of the country because of President Trump’s executive order on refugees and visitors from seven Muslim-majority countries. But the legal drama continues.

Cornell Alum Persuades Federal Judge to Halt Deportation of Two Men at Seattle Airport

On Saturday, January 28, 2017, Joe Shaeffer, Andrew Chan and David Whedbee from MacDonald, Hoague and Bayless assisted efforts to keep two men from being deported. The results gained the release of the two individuals who were detained at Sea-Tac Airport after an executive order that was signed by the president on Friday essentially closed the United States borders for immigrant travelers from selected countries. The Northwest Immigrant Rights Project released this statement: “Two clients represented by Northwest Immigrant Rights Project, the ACLU of Washington and collaborating attorneys from MacDonald Hoague and Bayless and Pacifica Law Group have been released from the custody of Customs and Border Protection (CBP) at SeaTac airport. One of the clients is an engineer originally from Sudan but now residing in the United Arab Emirates and was attending an engineering conference in the U.S. The other individual who was detained by CBP is a Yemeni citizen who was born in Saudi Arabia and was coming to visit family here in the U.S. Both clients expressed their gratitude for the support of so many Americans. While in the custody of CBP, they were able to watch coverage of the protests at the airport and they both expressed gratitude for those expressions of solidarity. We are grateful to the many political leaders who urged their release.”

For additional details, click on these links: Shaeffer told The Sun that he joined his law firm — MacDonald, Hoague & Bayless — primarily because of its commitment to civil rights and social justice.

[08/22/16]   The Seattle Times cite MHB’s Lola Zakharova for her work on the King County Refugee Task Force.

Court: Race-based staffing decision at Western violates law

Attorney's Jesse Wing, Joe Shaeffer and Tiffany Cartwright deserve a pat on the back for this one. The state Supreme Court has ruled that Western State Hospital violated the state's anti-discrimination laws when it made race-based staffing decisions in response to a patient's race-based threats

Woman fired 3 days after giving birth files maternity leave dispute

Woman fired 3 days after giving birth files Maternity leave dispute.
The case is being litigated by MHB attorney Katie Chamberlain. A woman working as a loan officer was fired three days after giving birth to her child, because it came at the end of six weeks of leave she had taken for medical complications during pregnancy.

Division III interprets Washington's wrongful conviction statute to provide greater relief for... MHB lawyer, David Whedbee, submitted an amicus curiae brief in conjunction with the ACLU and Innocence Network. Court’s decision here.





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