It’s the season of love – yep, Valentine’s Day! Here at Lether Law Group, we are starting a new tradition of decorating waffles and having breakfast together. As we begin our own tradition, here are some ways others celebrate.
In Wales, they celebrate by giving each other wooden spoons known as “love spoons”. Though the Welsh celebrate a little earlier than us instead celebrating on January 25th or Saint Dwynwen’s Day. Saint Dwynwen’s Day celebrates the legend of the patron saint of love, Saint Dwynwen.
Argentina doesn’t just celebrate Valentine’s Day – they celebrate an entire week called “the week of sweetness” in July. The tradition originally started as a commercially driven celebration and is now widely celebrated. Throughout the week lovers exchange chocolates and other types of candy. How sweet!
Valentine’s Day is also the “day of winemakers” or San Trifon Zartan in Bulgaria. The tradition originates from when priests would cut unnecessary branches off and bless the grape vines at the beginning of February. Today, San Trifon Zartan is celebrated with lots of wine and a feast.
In El Salvador, Valentine’s Day isn’t just a day of love, but also a day of friendship. A centerpiece is used to put in the names of friends, family members, coworkers, etc. and everyone draws a name to buy a gift for. Think Secret Santa, but there’s a twist! You also say a good quality about your friend and the group tries to guess the gift’s recipient before giving the gift to your secret friend.
White Day follows exactly a month after Valentine’s Day in Japan. On Valentine’s Day, women buy their male companions chocolates and gifts, but men can’t reciprocate until White Day on March 14th. Traditionally, men would give out white chocolate, marshmallows, and cookies on White Day.
However you celebrate, we at Lether Law Group wish you a Happy Valentine’s Day!
Lether Law Group is happy to announce the addition of two new associate attorneys to the firm. Welcome to the team Maria Hull and John Isaacson.
Maria attended the University of Texas, where she earned a degree in Social Work. After working as a social worker in the private and public sectors, she went back to school to pursue her Juris Doctor from South Texas College of Law . During law school, Maria earned her transactional law certificate, which propelled her into an in-house corporate role for an energy company in Houston. After relocating to Seattle, Maria joined the Lether Law Group and is a member of the Board of Directors at a local nonprofit. Maria spends her free time playing golf with her husband.
Born and raised in Phoenix, Arizona, John spent his undergrad years in the State of Texas before moving to Spokane, Washington to attend law school at Gonzaga. Although he initially planned to return to the heat and sunshine, he enjoyed his time in Washington far more than he expected to and feels lucky to be able to call it home for the foreseeable future. After law school, John worked with Pierce County’s Department of Assigned Counsel as a Public Defender before deciding to transition to the life of private practice. He enjoys fishing, painting, cooking, and admittedly more than a few Netflix shows.
Congrats to Our Newest Senior Associates
We would like to congratulate Kasie Kashimoto and Chance Laboda on their promotions to Senior Associates this week. Kasie and Chance were classmates at Seattle University School of Law, and have both been with Lether Law Group since becoming licensed attorneys.
Chance is a Seattle native and earned his Juris Doctor from Seattle University School of Law where he served as the Vice President of the Business and Entrepreneurial Law Association. While attending law school, Chance externed at the Washington State Department of Financial Institutions, Division of Banks and was a Rule 9 intern for Hughes Robbins P.S. Chance’s experience includes coverage and litigation of disputes arising from commercial general liability, commercial auto, personal auto and business owners insurance policies. Chance’s litigation practice includes cases before the Washington State Court of Appeals, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, United States Judicial Panel on Multijurisdictional Litigation, and class action litigation.
Kasie is from Honolulu, Hawaii, and earned her Juris Doctor from Seattle University School of Law where she also graduated cum laude. While attending law school, Kasie externed at the District Court of the First Circuit in Honolulu, Hawaii for Judge Dean E. Ochiai. Kasie’s experience includes coverage and litigation of disputes arising from commercial general liability, business owners, public entity, automobile, and watercraft insurance policies. Kasie’s litigation practice includes cases before the Washington State Court of Appeals, United States Judicial Panel on Multijurisdictional Litigation, and class action litigation. Kasie actively practices in both Washington and Hawaii.
Kasie and Chance!
Located directly on the water, the Lether Law Group office is often visited by wildlife. As she does every year, a mother goose came to lay her eggs in the planter on the deck earlier this spring. This month, a mother duck did the same. When it came time for the duck babies to join their mom in the water this week, the height of our deck presented a challenge for the small and fragile ducklings. We are pleased to announce that after a successful rescue mission, all ducklings were safely reunited with their mother in the water. We wish them luck on their new adventure, and hope they come back to visit.
As Lether Law Group moves on to a New Year, we are proud to announce that 2021 represents our 10th year in business as a firm. In 2011, Tom Lether started a new practice which focused on a different and better way of representing clients. Despite the challenges of a new practice, the past 10 years have been enormously successful. We want to again thank all of our employees and clients that have been a part of our unparalleled success.
In 2011, the firm adopted the following 5 benchmarks:
Experience Matters, Efficiency Matters, Client Service Matters, Results Matter, Honesty Matters.
To celebrate our 10th year, we are adding 5 new standards. This totals to 10 core values for 10 years of service. Each one of these goals is something that we at Lether Law Group strive for every day.
Experience, Efficiency, Client Service, Results, Honesty, Compassion, Winning, Reputation, Wisdom, Teamwork.
We look forward to continuing to represent our clients in 2021. Over the next 12 months, we will feature our values one by one. Each core value represent how we practice law. We look forward to showing you how they are reflected in our work, relationships with clients and daily life.
Thank you again for your dedication and the opportunities that you have provided. We have so much to be grateful for. We are extremely proud to be associated with such incredible clients. Please stay safe and healthy. We look forward to seeing what we will accomplish together in 2021.