- 28-09-1850 Flogging as a form of punishment is abolished in the U.S. Navy. Originally from the Roman Navy, the tradition of lashing sailors as a form of discipline was then passed on to the British and U.S. Navy. Before Congress's ban on flogging, there was a "Published Senate Document on Flogging in the Navy" that gave guidelines for the amount of lashes to be given for a punishable act. 1999: The U.S. Supreme Court agrees to rule on grandparents' rights to see their grandchildren after a divorce, even if the parents object. The Supreme Court later ruled on June 6, 2000, that a law of this kind would be unconstitutional because it would infringe on the parents' "fundamental right" to make decisions about the best interest of their children.
Masters Law Group litigates civil appeals in every state and federal appellate court in Washington State. Mr. Masters was an appellate court clerk, Ms. Lemmel was a judicial extern in both state and federal courts, and Ms. Masters (Of Counsel) clerked for three appellate court judges. Our combined 50+ years of appellate experience – on both sides of the bench – enables us to guide you safely, efficiently, and intelligently through the appellate process.
Our appeals have involved nearly every area of life and the law, from accord and satisfaction to banking, class actions to constitutional rights (state and federal), contracts to covenants, deeds of trust to easements, election law to employment discrimination, family law to guardianships, health care to intellectual property, insurance coverage to jury trials, kayaks to landlords & tenants, malpractice (legal and medical) to negligence (personal injury plaintiffs & defendants), officers & directors (corporations) to partnerships, parental rights to probates, products liability to quiet title actions, railroads to real estate, securities to statutes, trusts & estates to usury, venue to water rights, wills to witnesses, and from workers compensation to zoning – and ZZ Top (yes, we represented that little ol’ band from Texas).
We enjoy assisting trial counsel in anticipating appellate issues, but the far greater part of our practice is directly in the appellate courts. Our broad and deep experience enable us to represent clients efficiently and effectively.