Richard Laws

Richard Laws

Law Office of Richard A. Laws PLLC
  • Criminal Law, Estate Planning, Family Law ...
  • Washington
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Education
University of Idaho College of Law
J.D.
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Honors: *William and Carolyn Folz Law Scholarship, 2002-2005 *Idaho Law Review, Spring (2005) Edition Editor *Underprivileged: What's Wrong with Rule 516?, 40 IDAHO L. REV. 695 (2004) *Idaho Law Review award for Outstanding Student Writing, 2004 *Theron W. Ward Ethics Award, 2004 *Phi Delta Phi honor society, 2003
Activities: *Tribal and Immigration Legal Aid Clinic, 2004-2005 *Honor Court Prosecutor, 2004-2005 *Tenure Review Committee, 2004-2005 *Legal Research & Writing tutor, 2004 *Idaho Innocence Project 2002-2004 (President 2003-2004)
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Washington State University - Tri-Cities campus
B.A. | English (pre-law)
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This was actually one year at WSU Tri-Cities and two years at the main campus in Pullman, but for some unknown reason WSU Pullman isn't one of the options.
Honors: *Graduated summa cum laude, May 2001 *Basil and Ella Jerard English Scholarship, 2000-2001 *President's List every semester, Fall 1999-Spring 2001 *Phi Beta Kappa, 2001 *Sigma Tau Delta, 2000 *Minor in history, December 2000
Activities: *Writing Center tutor *GenEd 302 (writing in the major) tutor
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Professional Experience
Felony Public Defender
Asotin County
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I am one of three contract public defenders in Superior Court. I handle adult felonies of all types, juvenile offenses, child support contempt, and representation of children in dependency and Becca actions.
Attorney
Law Office of Richard A. Laws PLLC
- Current
My private practice is largely focused on advice and representation of family law and criminal defense clients and frequent appointments as a Title 11 and Title 26 guardian ad litem.
Member
Broyles & Laws PLLC
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Special Assistant Attorney General
Department of Social and Health Services
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I represented the Division of Children and Family Services in Asotin and Garfield counties under contract with the Attorney General's office. In this capacity, I was responsible for all juvenile litigation in which the Department has a legal interest: dependency, termination, at-risk youth and CHINS petitions under the Becca Bill, intervention and concurrent jurisdiction in family court when necessary to protect the Department's interests.
Interim City Attorney
City of Asotin
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Felony Public Defender
Asotin County
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I am one of three attorneys appointed to felony criminal cases in which the accused qualifies for indigent defense counsel.
Assistant City Attorney and Municipal Prosecuting Attorney
City of Asotin
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Municipal Prosecutor
City of Clarkston
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Responsible for prosecuting misdemeanor criminal offenses within city limits.
Publications
Articles & Publications
Underprivileged: What's Wrong with Rule 516?
Idaho Law Review
Awards
Pro Bono Award
Hells Canyon Bar Association
I received this recognition for donating a significant portion of my time to represent indigent clients, mostly in family law cases.
Pro Bono Award
Hells Canyon Bar Association
I shared this recognition with my friend and colleague Jane Richards, for donating a significant portion of my time to represent indigent clients, mostly in family law cases.
Professional Associations
Washington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
Member
- Current
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Washington Defender Association
Member
- Current
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Washington State Bar  # 36654
Member
- Current
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Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
Washington
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Practice Areas
    Criminal Law
    Criminal Appeals, Drug Crimes, Expungement, Fraud, Gun Crimes, Internet Crimes, Sex Crimes, Theft, Violent Crimes
    Estate Planning
    Guardianship & Conservatorship Estate Administration, Health Care Directives, Trusts, Wills
    Family Law
    Adoption, Child Custody, Child Support, Father's Rights, Guardianship & Conservatorship, Paternity, Prenups & Marital Agreements, Restraining Orders, Same Sex Family Law
    Juvenile Law
Languages
  • English: Spoken, Written
Websites & Blogs
Website
Website
Contact & Map
Office:
730 Sixth Street
Clarkston, WA 99403
Telephone: (509) 295-3487
Mail to:
PO Box 307
Asotin, WA 99402
Telephone: (509) 295-3487