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1998: A United Nations court finds Jean-Paul Akayesu, the former mayor of a small town in Rwanda, guilty of nine counts of genocide, marking the first time that the 1948 law banning genocide is enforced.1881: U.S. labor leader Elisabeth Christman born. As a teenager, she organized a union at the glove factory where she worked. She became secretary-treasurer of the National Women's Trade Union League (1912). During World War I she was the chief of women field representative for the National War Labor Board. Christman was the first woman appointed to the National Recovery Administration by President Franklin D. Roosevelt. In 1943, she convinced male union members who were blocking equal wages to women for equal work, that such inequities would eventually be to the detriment of male veterans returning to their jobs following WWII.

Masters Law Group (formerly Wiggins & Masters) litigates civil appeals in every state and federal appellate court in Washington State. Mr. Masters was an appellate law clerk and Ms. Lemmel was a judicial extern in both state and federal courts. Our paralegal, Cheryl Fox, is an experienced attorney who handles record and other issues for us.

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 enables us to represent clients efficiently and effectively.

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