Rita L. Bender is of counsel to the firm. She is admitted to practice in the federal and state courts in Washington, as well as the United States Supreme Court and the United States Courts of Appeals for the Ninth and Third Circuits.
Rita’s practice focuses on family law, adoption and assisted reproduction, and ethics and professional discipline for attorneys and mental health professionals.
Rita’s past practice included service as a public defender in Seattle and Newark, NJ. She taught as a lecturer in law at Rutgers School of Law, and was on the adjunct faculty of the University of Washington School of Law. She was a visiting professor at the University of Mississippi School of Law for the 2009-2010 academic year, and an adjunct professor at Seattle University School of Law in 2014.
Rita has lectured to groups of legal, medical, and mental health professionals on numerous topics including ethical issues of forensic practice; adoption and assisted reproductive technology; same sex adoption; complex family law issues; and prenuptial and cohabitation agreements.
Rita’s community and professional activities include her appointment by the Supreme Court of Washington to the Practice of Law Board; designation by the Washington Commission on Judicial Conduct to represent the Commission in the prosecution of judicial conduct complaints; past service on the American Bar Association Commission on Homelessness; and service as past President of the Board of Trustees of the Legal Foundation of Washington. She is presently a member of the Washington Supreme Court Gender and Justice Commission. Rita is a fellow of the American Academy of Adoption Attorneys, and a fellow of the American Academy of Assisted Reproductive Technology Attorneys.
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