Marty Hayes

by Marty Hayes, J.D.

We have two things to discuss this month. The first is the upcoming Lewis County Superior Court hearing where we get to argue our case against the Washington Office of Insurance Commissioner in front of a real judge (not an employee of the Insurance Commissioner). The hearing is scheduled for May 13 at 1:30 p.m., in Judge Lawler’s courtroom, if anyone wants to come and support us. Personally, I would love to see a contingent of Network members present, but not at the expense of people taking a day off work or making any other great sacrifice. The hearing will be in person, but those would like to observe have the option to watch the hearing live on YouTube.

The briefing is on schedule. We just received the OIC reply brief to our argument. If anyone is tracking the legal argument, I’ve added that brief to (member log in required). If you missed my column last month, see for a detailed explanation of this case.

Scheduled for Friday, May 13th 1:30PM PDT. Recording of this hearing will also be available afterward.

The second item I’d like to mention is the upcoming NRA Annual Meeting, to be held in Houston on Memorial Day weekend. We will have a booth in the exhibit hall, of course, and would love to visit with our members and meet new people who are interested in joining. I will be in the booth, # 2331, most of the days as will be our new Director of Legal Services, Art Joslin. Vincent and William round out the Network contingent working the booth. We just moved to new offices, so Gila will stay there to work the bugs out of the new location.

But wait, there’s more! Most of the advisory board will be popping in and out of our booth throughout the three-day event. We’ve set a time of 5:00 p.m. on Saturday to gather the whole group consisting of Massad Ayoob, John Farnam, Dennis Tueller, and Manny Kapelsohn in our booth. Of course, Vincent, Art, William and I will also be there. Come visit with us and our advisory board! For details about the NRA Annual Meeting, browse to .

It will have to be a quick message this month, as I have lots of stuff to work on.

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