In the fall of 2001 I participated as a presenter at a continuing legal education seminar
sponsored by the Washington Courts Historical Society. The event focused on a number of
landmark cases that over the years have gone from Washington's trial courts to the state
supreme court and, in a few instances, to the United States Supreme Court. I had the honor
of presenting on a Chelan County case.... It arose out of a lawsuit maintained by an ordinary
Washingtonian of modest means who was not, by any measure, in a position of influence in her community.
This person was simply seeking what most litigants want—to have the court fairly apply the law.