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Provisions to Address PFAS Contamination Included in FY20 NDAA
Posted on Wednesday, August 14, 2019 by Elizabeth A. Rosso
The federal government’s latest attempt at addressing public health concerns.
Introduction to Intellectual Property
Posted on Monday, August 12, 2019 by Susan L. Ford
At Jordan Ramis we will assist you with the registration of your trademarks and copyrights.
Land Use and Property 101: Restrictive Covenants
Posted on Thursday, August 01, 2019 by Armand Resto-Spotts
What is a restrictive covenant?  In the context of property and land use, a restrictive covenant is a promise of the respective landowner to not do something on the property.  Stated ...
Leadership Corner: Time Management
Posted on Monday, July 29, 2019 by Elizabeth A. Rosso
Achieving effective time management is challenging because time is our most constrained resource.
Division III Clarifies Interpretation of Restrictive Covenants in Subdivisions
Posted on Friday, July 26, 2019 by Armand Resto-Spotts
In Coyne et al. v. Grigg Family et al., lot owners within a subdivision in Richland, Washington, sued other lot owners, including the City of West Richland, for violations of restrictive covenants ...
EPA Revises FOIA Regulations Without Notice and Comment
Posted on Thursday, July 25, 2019 by Elizabeth A. Rosso
On June 26, 2019, the Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) published a final rule[1] updating its Freedom of Information Act (“FOIA”) regulations, without the standard no...
Choose Your Own Adventure: The Case of Federal or State Jurisdiction
Posted on Friday, June 28, 2019 by Edward H. Trompke
On June 21, 2019, the US Supreme Court overruled a 1985 case concerning the taking of property for public use, because it led to unexpected, and unfairly applied, results.  Now, landowners ...
Leadership Corner: Stop and Consider How to Share the Opportunity
Posted on Monday, June 10, 2019 by Elizabeth A. Rosso
This month I’d like to talk about opportunity sharing.  It sounds simple, right?  But it’s more than mere delegation.  Let’s break it down a bit. First, some bac...
HB 1923 Passed; Encouragement for Increased Housing Density
Posted on Monday, May 20, 2019 by Armand Resto-Spotts & James D. Howsley
Earlier this month, Washington Governor Inslee signed into law HB 1923, an act amending the Growth Management Act (GMA) to provide incentives for local governments to increase housing density. ...
PFAS, Part 2: Congress, States Try to Fill Gap Created by EPA Inaction UPDATE
Posted on Thursday, May 09, 2019 by Elizabeth A. Rosso
On April 25, 2019, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published and requested public comments on Draft Interim Recommendations to Address Groundwater Contaminated with Perfluorooctanoic Acid...
PFAS, Part 2: Congress, States Try to Fill Gap Created by EPA Inaction
Posted on Tuesday, May 07, 2019 by Elizabeth A. Rosso
In my previous post regarding per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), I looked at the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) PFAS Action Plan, and its lack of any meaningful action to ad...
Leadership Corner: Mentoring Part 2
Posted on Thursday, May 02, 2019 by Elizabeth A. Rosso
Last month I talked about being a mentor.  In this post I’d like to dive into the other half of the mentoring equation: being a mentee.  Of course, being a mentee necessarily requir...
Identifying the Type and Form of an Easement is Critical in Evaluating Obligations and Rights
Posted on Tuesday, April 30, 2019 by Armand Resto-Spotts
Easements are one of the most common—and often misunderstood—real property interests in law.  Whether you benefit from an easement, your property is burdened by one, or you were le...
Washington State Licensing Decisions Do Not Need to Defer to Local Zoning Restrictions on Marijuana Producing and Processing Facilities
Posted on Thursday, April 18, 2019 by Armand Resto-Spotts
Division III of the Washington State Court of Appeals concluded that the state's Growth Management Act (RCW 36.70A, "GMA") does not require the Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Bo...
Jordan Ramis Law Clerk Keenan Ordon-Bakalian Named Recipient of 2019 Larry Kressel Memorial Scholarship
Posted on Friday, April 05, 2019
Jordan Ramis is proud to announce the Lewis & Clark Law School’s 2019 Larry Kressel Memorial Scholarship honoree is Keenan Ordon-Bakalian.   Each year, the Larry Kressel Memorial S...
Leadership Corner: Mentoring Part 1
Posted on Friday, March 22, 2019 by Elizabeth A. Rosso
How are we communicating to bring others forward in their careers?
Clean Water Act Amendment May Enhance Local Governments’ Ability to Meet Unfunded Water Quality Mandates
Posted on Thursday, March 14, 2019 by Peter D. Mohr
Local government utility agencies across the country have secured the passage of a bill that may greatly enhance their ability to maintain their wastewater and stormwater treatment systems in ...
PFAS, Part 1: EPA Releases Action Plan
Posted on Monday, February 25, 2019 by Elizabeth A. Rosso
EPA releases action plan addressing harmful water contaminants.
Leadership Corner: Re-envisioning Communication
Posted on Thursday, February 14, 2019 by Elizabeth A. Rosso
Workplace communication primarily takes the form of email. But why? And should we?
The Leadership Corner
Posted on Tuesday, January 29, 2019 by Elizabeth A. Rosso
A space for topics that aren’t legal per se, but that do–or should–have a place in any industry or profession.
EPA, Army Corps Release Revised WOTUS Rule
Posted on Tuesday, January 08, 2019 by Elizabeth A. Rosso
On December 11, 2018, the Environmental Protection Agency and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (“agencies”) released a Revised Definition of “Waters of the United States.” ...