October 13, 2016

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 in to 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 the 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, organizations and advocates, 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 (SLAC) 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 Stafne
 

 

Scott Erik Stafne is a third-generation lawyer and he 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 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
  
 

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 groundbreaking program you can visit her website at equalaccessadvocates.com/

 
 
Dr. Sara Hemphill
  
 

 

Dr. 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.

Dr. 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, she 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 system.

Dr. Hemphill served as the first non-native Director of Administration for the Quinault Indian nation, where 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.

Dr. 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.

 

 
 
 

Mr. Penley is an attorney and the owner of Penley Global Law with offices in New York City and California where he works on protecting the human rights of people, in particular, those accused of crimes, post-conviction relief, helping various human rights organizations with their legal rights and enabling them to negotiate legal frameworks.

Mr. Penley also works on Intellectual Property issues, negotiation, contract disputes, and business litigation.  Taking place in arbitrations and both giving and defending depositions.

Mr. Penley has also worked as a contract attorney since 2006 in London, New York City, Washington DC, Texas and South Carolina where he conducts electronic document review in response to various complex, major litigation discovery requests in several languages. In New York, Washington DC, South Carolina, Texas, and London, Review and analyze documents with regard to: relevance; privilege; compiling privilege logs in response to litigation discovery requests; both primary and second level review; confidentiality; redaction and quality control in accordance with Request for Production; Specifically hired to do final level quality control in Spanish; working as Chief Coordinator for language related litigation and trial preparation (compiling case timelines, binder preparation and writing questions for depositions, and witness preparation).

Mr. Penley received his education from the University of Oregon; Case Western Reserve University; and London Metropolitan University in London UK where he received his Master of Laws in intellectual property.

Mr. Penley is admitted to the Bar of the State of California; District of Columbia and (Solicitor) for England and Wales, and is proficient in Spanish, German, Dutch, Italian, French, Portuguese and Polish.

 

 
 
 

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 an employee of Stafne Law Advocacy & Consulting.  He is a single parent who devotes most of his time to his daughter and advocating for families.

Kyle is a certified ADA Advocate and has successfully assisted several individuals in that capacity.  He has extensive knowledge of 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.

 

 
 
Micah James Anderson is no stranger to an uphill battle. Being diagnosed at a young age with learning disabilities, Micah understands the need for advocates for all people who struggle with any form of disability.  With the support of a strong network of disability advocates, Micah was able to go on to pioneer the field of Visual Communication at the prestigious world renown Edward R. Murrow College of Communications at Washington State University and to go on to working with several major corporations and brands to develop influence advertising compactness.

With a passion for social justice and the gift of elucidation lead Micah to our State’s hub of Political happenings. Micah is a highly regarded and well-heard voice influencing change all across the region but most important in Olympia where he provides advocacy for a number of issues. When Micah is not on capitol hill, or within the halls of Justice, he can be found in the great outdoors of the Pacific Northwest hunting for Sasquatch.

Mr. James is a member of The People For Thurston County and lives in the Olympia area.

 

 
 
Pam is a paralegal and advocates with Stafne Law Advocacy & Consulting.  She retired from a 30-year career in the public sector where she held several managerial positions, including serving 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, including encumbrances recorded by lenders – be they banks, mortgage companies or hard money lenders.

Pam also has experience in human resources including employee relations; labor relations and has conducted many personnel investigations including discrimination and sexual harassment.

 
Rachel is a Paralegal at Stafne Law Advocacy and Consulting, a 2017 High-school Graduate, and will complete her Associates Degree as an ABA certified Paralegal in 2018; a year early.

Early exposure to the judicial system has allowed her to see and personally experience the need for honest and passionate lawyers. She is currently on track to becoming a public defender, by 2022.

In her free time, she is an artist, kpop-enthusiast and binge-reads everything.