About Us

Why do we need alternatives to the standard law firm?

More and more people are finding that when they need legal help or advice – or they think they do, they are confronted with the realization that those services are beyond their economic reach.  In addition to that, they find that many firms practice “cookie cutter” representation.  If your situation is unique or more complicated than most the costs skyrocket.  Many times people abandon their rights and walk away from valid legal claims merely because they simply cannot afford it.  Others have decided to pursue the matter themselves and enter the world of Pro se litigation – only to find that the “system” isn’t an easy one to maneuver and they are confronted with the difficulties of trying to find the information they need in order to represent themselves.  An underground cottage industry has even cropped up with non-lawyers taking on the task of writing briefs and motions for the pro se litigant even though they don’t have a license to practice law.

Our Story

Stafne Law Firm was born and has watched the evolution of the practice of law and the changes in our judicial system.  More and more it became evident that the odds were being stacked against the average person and that those entities who have power and money were given an advantage, which was exacerbated by the economic crash of 2008 and the foreclosure crisis which led to millions of people being ejected from their homes by corrupt banks and their lawyers.

Hard working people found that the programs put into place to “help” them actually accelerated, in many cases, the taking of their homes.  Seeking relief they would contact their lenders only to be told that until they missed 3 payments they couldn’t help them.  In desperation, and in belief of the system, they would skip the 3 payments, enter the modification program only to find that the promised modification didn’t come to fruition, and by then the back payments, including interest and penalties, had grown to a point where they could no longer justify keeping their home.  Hard working, tax paying people were left with little to no options, abused by the legal system that was supposed to protect their right, and homeless due to a corrupted system that favors the powerful and wealthy.

Working with other like minded attorneys, individuals and organizations a new concept was developed to help those who couldn’t afford the exorbitant fees of the traditional law firm, and Stafne Law Advocacy & Consulting was born.  We have changed our focus to be an advocate for those with disabilities; to help guide and inform those who are representing themselves pro se; and to take on those cases that may have a significant legal impact that will benefit us all.

We have a team approach to meeting your needs, and as such we have assembled a group of individuals, some of which do not work for SLAC, but are like minded in their desire help you succeed

MEET THE TEAM

 

Scott Erik Stafne is a third-generation lawyer. Mr. Stafne cares about the law, its process and its evolution.

He graduated summa cum laude from DePauw University and was awarded the Taylor Scholarship Award. Stafne graduated fourth in his class from the University of Iowa Law School in 1974, and was the recipient of the Phi Delta Phi scholarship award. He holds a Masters of Law degree in Law and Marine Affairs from the University of Washington. He is a member of Phi Eta Sigma, Phi Beta Kappa and the Order of the Coif.

He has litigated and lobbied on behalf of many clients and causes throughout his long career. For the most part, he has represented people; not corporations, and has been described as “the people’s lawyer”.

Stafne is not without his critics. Washington’s attorney general Bob Ferguson filed a Civil Investigative Dispute against him and his former law firm, Stafne Trumbull PLLC, which the firm successfully responded to.  A federal judge has also threatened Stafne with sanctions for, among other things, filing a complaint which alleges that John Deere companies likely discriminated against his clients based on national origin.

While much of his law practice has been devoted to litigation, he has on many occasions been involved in more full spectrum advocacy. Full spectrum advocacy is not limited to legal representation before judges and courts, but involves engaging society morally, socially, politically, spiritually, and from a common sense perspective to facilitate a change.

 

 

Dr. Karin Huffer is best known for coining the term legal abuse syndrome emanating from her observations in private practice in marriage and family therapy over a 40-year period.  She observed through the years that patients involved in the legal system (litigation in particular) suffered from a traumatic stress preventing them from benefiting from therapy. Symptoms would allay for a short time and then recycle relating to their experiences in court.

In 2008, the answer came with the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act passing and taking effect in 2009. Congress overturned four Supreme Court decisions to accomplish equal access for those suffering from disabilities. PTSD and the other conditions are now diagnosable. The burden is on the institution to accommodate these litigants and attorneys so they have equal access in the court. The federal mandate now exists. It is continually improved, corrected, and enforced by the Dept. of Justice. Each case is a tedious process but a legal game changer for vulnerable citizens and disabled lawyers. Even though mental and other non-apparent disabilities are covered by the ADAAA, they are routinely challenged and do not have parity with high profile physical disabilities such as blindness and deafness. “How do you get protection into the courtroom for these disabilities?” asks Dr. Huffer.

Now, as of 2016, Dr. Huffer is an adjunct professor at John Jay College of Criminal Justice where she authored and teaches certified ADA advocacy. Graduates of this course are putting Dr. Karin Huffer’s groundbreaking insights to work through requesting and filing for accommodations through the ADA coordinator online or in court buildings across America. She assists those with mental and other non-apparent disabilities during stressful judicial situations.

Bringing together the disabilities, the ADAAA in the courtroom and exposing and lessening abusive behaviors contributing to the prevention of the court being a public health problem is her goal. With the use of Huffer’s 8-steps outlined again in her second book, Unlocking Justice, 2011, the judicial experience is improved for all who are involved in the court system. The risk to the health of the litigants with disabilities motivates Dr. Huffer to continue her work.  To learn more about Dr. Huffer and her ground breaking program you can visit her website at equalaccessadvocates.com/

 

   

Sara Hemphill is the Principal of Sustain, a consulting firm that specializes in the facilitation public/private sector dialogue and dispute resolution, mediates regulatory compliance and supports collaborative policy development, both domestic and foreign.

Ms. Hemphill recently concluded a five year term as the Executive Director of the King Conservation District where she was appointed to the top position after serving in a consultant capacity for ten years as the District’s lead legislative strategist, lobbyist, internal and external facilitator and outreach coordinator. In her role as the bridge between the Board and the staff, Hemphill directed a reorganization of this quasi-state agency including the development and funding of a full administration department, 

a multi-faceted community outreach program and the overhaul of the District’s financial Ms. Hemphill holds a Juris Doctorate degree from communications, contracting and business development for this sovereign Nation with an annualreporting and long standing grant programs.

Ms. Hemphill served as the first non-native Director of Administration for the Quinault Indian Nation.  She was responsible for the oversight and management of the tribal departments of: finance, human resources, MIS/IT, credit, grant development, operating budget of sixteen million dollars.

Ms. Hemphill holds a Juris Doctorate degree from the University of Denver, College of Law; LLM and MBA degrees from the University of Washington; and a BA from Wheaton College, Norton,, Massachusetts.  She is admitted to practice law in Alaska, Colorado and District of Columbia.

 

 

 

 

Christopher King is a mortgage and debt consultant for distressed American homeowners.

He is a former daily news reporter and Assistant Attorney General and Civil Rights/Employment lawyer. Since 2009 he has been the only reporter in the entire Country to habitually broadcast courtroom and deposition video relating to the mortgage industry and wrongful foreclosure. See generally Mortgage Movies blogspot. He has negotiated credit card and mortgage debt situations for many area homeowners as well.

Mr. King has successfully sued and represented law enforcement and has successfully sued several corporations for Civil Rights or Employment violations and reported them to the U.S. Department of Wage and Labor for legal action.

He has also pioneered public video access to courtrooms via the use of courtroom video to present the entirety of court trials and hearings, and continues in 2016 with the courtroom videos he started with VHS tapes of his own successful First Amendment trials in 1997. In a1997 trial he successfully defended a man falsely accused of criminal trespass during a peaceful symbolic protest.

Today he is involved in two ongoing criminal murder investigations with Hollywood movie implications, and he maintains two business websites, Mortgage Movies Journal, and Affordable Video Deposition. These sites feature full Depositions and Courtroom exchanges that document the downfall of Western Civilization through banking and mortgage fraud that has crippled this country since the 2008 Economic Collapse.

Mr. King today views housing as being the new frontier in the current Civil Rights battle.

 

 

Kyle is a single parent who devotes his time to care for his daughter and advocating.

Kyle is a certified ADA Advocate and has successfully assisted several individuals in that capacity.  He has extensive knowledge on the laws, processes and procedures that need to be followed to establish your ADA advocate with the court.  Having also represented himself pro se in the family law arena, he has helped others to maneuver through those processes as well.

 

  Pam retired from a 30 year career in the public sector.  She held several managerial positions and also served as the county Fire Marshal for several years.

Her expertise lies in land use and real estate; personnel issues and has completed several in-depth employment and EEO investigations.  She is also known for her knowledge of the Public Records Act (RCW 42.56).

Since retirement she has put her knowledge regarding government agency operations and regulations, to work helping people to maneuver through the SSI disability process as well as the VA.  She has also helped people with her research skills, assisting them to discover and document issues pertaining to their land title and encumbrances recorded by lenders – be they banks, mortgage companies or hard money lenders.