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Author: Nina Arranza-Riley

Important News About CARES Act for Incarcerated Individuals

(October 13, 2020) — For those incarcerated and eligible for CARES Act relief payments, you may be affected by the recent order regarding stimulus payments.

Update (Oct. 20, 2020) – Deadline extended from Oct. 30 to Nov. 21.

On October 7, a federal court ordered that the IRS may not deny CARES Act economic impact payments to anyone solely because they are incarcerated.

This means, if eligibility requirements are met, an individual can now file a claim to receive the stimulus money to which they are entitled.

If this affects you, it is imperative that you act quickly. The deadline for submission is November 21, 2020.


Letters, with enclosed forms, were sent to all of our clients on October 9, 2020.


The following links provide detailed information.

(NEW) Seattle Times: Deadline extension to November 21, 2020

CARES Act Relief Information – Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein, LLP

Washington Post article on Federal Court order

“Non-Filers: Enter Payment Info Here” – Free IRS tool to determine eligibility/receive economic payment


In Appreciation of Thomas Kummerow

Thank you Tom for 25 years at WAP!

(September 3, 2020) — The Washington Appellate Project thanks Tom Kummerow for 25 years of advocacy.

Tom Kummerow announced he will retire September 30.

Tom joined the Washington Appellate Project in 1995 after several years of practice in California. From the start, Tom has been a leader among his colleagues and a mentor to younger attorneys. Time and again, Tom has demonstrated his commitment to giving voice to his clients. Tom has been regularly called upon to handle the most serious and complex cases including several cases involving the death penalty. Tom has argued dozens of cases in the Washington Supreme Court, hundreds in the Court of Appeals, as well as many in the Ninth Circuit.

Tom’s colleagues at the Washington Appellate Project, past and present, thank Tom for his commitment, leadership, and friendship.