Good news for Washington State adoptees! The State of Washington’s new adoption law (SHB1525) became effective on July 28, 2013, changing the requirements for adoptees to obtain their original non-certified birth certificates. The law also requires birth parents to notify the State Health Department before July 1, 2014, if they prefer to remain anonymous.
According to Washington State Dept. of Health’s website, beginning July 1, 2014, all adoptees 18 and older will have access to their original non-certified birth certificates unless the birth parent files a “Contact Preference Form” with the State’s Center for Health Statistics. Currently, original non-certified birth … Read More
Think for a moment about the influence of popular culture informing your opinions about the legal system. Whether a consumer of film, television, radio, music or literature, you have likely been exposed to broad, thematic messages about law and justice.
These messages may be inspirational and enlightening, or distorted and inaccurate representations of our legal system. Legal professionals may be vilified or sainted, redeemed or doomed, but their portrayals often linger long after we leave the theater. Who can forget Jack Nicholson bellowing at Tom Cruise in A Few Good Men: “You can’t handle the truth!” or Al Pacino … Read More