1 2015 WLI Advisory Board Ronald R. Ward, WLI Founder Co-Chairs James Williams Justice Mary Yu Other Board Members Jeffrey A. Beaver Hon. Bobbe Bridge (Ret.) Dean Annette Clark Justice Mary Fairhurst Justice Steven González Nancy Isserlis Zabrina Jenkins Dean Jane Korn Victor Lara Karen Lee Hon. Lorraine Lee Diankha L. Linear Felix G. Luna Hon. Ricardo S. Martinez Hon. Susan J. Owens Frederick (Fred) B. Rivera Craig A. Sims Dean Kellye Y. Testy Karen Denise Wilson Washington Leadership Institute Advisory Board Biographies William H. Gates Hall Box Seattle, WA Tel: (206) Fax: (206)
2 Ronald R. Ward Washington Leadership Institute Founder and Advisory Board Member W ARD SMITH, PLLC nd Ave. Ste Seattle, WA (206) Ron Ward is the founder of the Washington Leadership Institute (WLI) for diverse young lawyers, program winner of the national 2005 American Bar Association Partnership Award, and of the 2006 LexisNexis Martindale-Hubbell Legal Fellowship.. In , Mr. Ward was elected the first African-American to serve as President of the Washington State Bar Association (WSBA) in the organization s then 114-year history. In 2008, he became the first person of color to receive the Award of Merit, the WSBA s highest honor. Ward s career has been characterized by his devotion to service. In 2006 one organization which honored him indicated that their award was conferred in recognition of Mr. Ward s outstanding leadership, dedication, commitment and service to the citizens of the State of Washington, in his endeavors to preserve the constitutional right to trial by jury, to maintain the independence of the judiciary, to guarantee equal access to justice, and to enhance diversity in our society. Ron is a past President of the Washington State Bar Foundation ( ) and of the Washington Chapter of the American Board of Trail Advocates (2013). He is a former member of the American Bar Association House of Delegates. Mr. Ward is an avidly sought speaker locally, nationally, and abroad, on important societal issues involving service, community, contemporary social issues, and the law. Ron s motto is: I want to make a difference. As managing partner of Ward Smith PLLC, Mr. Ward s practice focuses on serious auto, maritime, and construction site personal injuries, wrongful death, and medical negligence. Other honors and awards include: 2014 Sally P. Savage Leadership In Philanthropy Award; Lifetime Achievement- Washington State bar Association; Lifetime Achievement Award- Loren Miller Bar Association; 2009 Carl Maxey Diversity Award Washington State Association for Justice; 2007 Excellence in Diversity Award Washington State Bar Association; 2007-Present-Top Seattle Lawyers Award Seattle Metropolitan Magazine; President s Award Washington State Trial Lawyers Association; Loren Miller Bar Association Presidents Award renamed Ron R. Ward Presidents Award; Outstanding Plaintiff Trial Lawyer of the Year - Washington Defense Trial Lawyers; 2003-Present-- Top 40 Who s Who in Washington Personal Injury Law; and Washington Super Lawyer Washington Law & Politics Magazine.
3 James Williams Co-Chair P ERKINS COIE LLP 1201 Third Avenue Suite 4900 Seattle, Washington PHONE: FAX: James Williams is a partner in Perkins Coie s Litigation practice. He has been trying cases and managing litigation for over 25 years as a government attorney and a private practitioner. James graduated in 1985 from The Citadel in Charleston, South Carolina, with honors, and earned his law degree in 1988 from the University of Virginia School of Law. After law school, he served in the Judge Advocate General's Corps of the U.S. Air Force before moving to Seattle and joining Perkins Coie in His practice involves complex business litigation and civil trials, with a focus on contract disputes, mass torts defense, corporate plaintiff asset recovery, insurance broker and consultant liability, consumer protection and unfair business practices, trade secrets, bankruptcy court adversary actions, and federal and state agency litigation. James has served on the firmwide Executive Committee and has chaired the firmwide Litigation Training Program, Community Service Committee, Women and Minority Lawyers Committee, and Diversity Committee. James served as the WLI s inaugural chair in 2004 and is the creator of the WLI s initial policies and procedures, mission statement, and training curriculum. James s professional recognition includes being: Elected to the American Law Institute, 2014 Selected as a recipient of the 2014 President s Award by the Washington Defender Association for the Wilber v. City of Mt. Vernon indigent right to counsel class action litigation. Selected as a recipient of The Burton Awards for Legal Achievement, 2010 Selected as the recipient of the Loren Miller Bar Association President's Award, 2008 Selected as the recipient of the WSBA President's Award, 2005 Selected to serve Washington as an ABA House of Delegates Member, Selected as a faculty member for WSBA's Best of CLE 2004 based on instructor evaluations Listed in The Best Lawyers in America, Commercial Litigation, Present Listed in Corporate Counsel Edition of "Super Lawyers" in Business Litigation, Listed in Washington Law & Politics, Washington s Super Lawyers, , and selected as one of "The Top 100 Super Lawyers" Selected for 40 Under 40, a profile of young leaders in the business community demonstrating vision and innovation, Puget Sound Business Journal, 2002 Listed in Washington Law & Politics, Rising Stars, 2000 Selected as U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, Lawyer Representative to Judicial Conference, 2011 present Selected as U.S. Magistrate Judge Merit Selection Panel for the Western District of Washington, 2004 and 2012 Listed in Seattle Business Magazine as one of the "Best Lawyers in the Business," 2012 and 2013
4 Justice Mary I. Yu Co-Chair TEMPLE OF JUSTICE PO Box Olympia, WA Fax Mary I. Yu was appointed judge by Governor Locke in April Prior to her appointment, she served as Deputy Chief of Staff to King County Prosecutor Norm Maleng and Director of the Peace and Social Justice Office for the Archdiocese of Chicago. Judge Yu earned a B.A. degree in Theology from Dominican University in River Forest, Illinois, a M.A. degree in Religious Studies from Mundelein of Loyola University in Chicago and her J.D. degree from the University of Notre Dame. A frequent speaker for legal education seminars, Judge Yu is also active in a variety of community and professional activities which include service on: the Board of Directors of FareStart, an organization devoted to assisting homeless individuals develop job skills in the food industry; the Board of Advisers of the WSABA/UW Leadership Institute (cochair); the State of Washington Minority and Justice Commission (co-chair); the Advisory Council, Q-Law, the GLBT Bar Association of Washington; the William H. Gates Public Service Law Advisory Board; and consultant to the Robert s Fund (fostering civility in the legal profession). Judge Yu is Distinguished Jurist in Residence at Seattle University School of Law. She previously served as Dean for the 2009 Washington State Judicial College; the Superior Court Judges Association representative to the American Bar Association, Judicial Division; and Past-President of the Board of Trustees of the King County Law Library. Judge Yu was the recipient of the 2013 Municipal League Foundation Public Official of the Year award; 2013 Latina/o Amicus Award from Seattle University School of Law Latina/o Law Student Association; 2012 President s Award from the Asian Bar Association of Washington; the 2012 Difference Makers Award from the American Bar Association Solo, Small Firm and General Practice Division; the 2011 Judge of the Year award from the Washington State Bar Association (shared with Judge Gonzalez); 2011 Seattle Girls School Grace Hopper Award; the 2009 Norm Maleng Award from the Washington State Bar Association; the 2008 Judge of the Year award from the Asian Bar Association; the 2008 President s Award from Washington Women Lawyers; the 2006 Model of Excellence Award from the Latina/o Bar Association of Washington; the 2005, Judge of the Year award from the American Board of Trial Advocates, Washington Chapter (ABOTA); and the 2005 Reah Whitehead Public Leadership Award from Seattle University School of Law.
5 Jeffrey A. Beaver G RAHAM & DUNN PC Pier Alaskan Way, Ste. 300 Seattle, WA (206) Jeffrey is the former chair of the firm's Li ga on team and its hiring commi ee. He focuses his prac ce on condemna on, financial ins tu ons and commercial li ga on. Jeffrey has represented clients in a variety of industries, including transporta on, mberlands, financial services and manufacturing. He has successfully tried numerous mul million dollar cases and has obtained favorable verdicts or se lements in some of our area's largest eminent domain cases. Jeffrey successfully defended a salmon processor in a four-month class ac on jury trial against an trust allega ons that the processor conspired to fix prices in the Bristol Bay salmon fishery. The class in that case sought damages in excess of $1 billion. Jeffrey con nues to try cases for our real estate and banking clients. Following a recent bench trial Jeffrey successfully defended a commercial bank against allega ons of wrongful foreclosure. Jeffrey is also ac vely involved in the American Bar Associa on's efforts to provide advocacy training and assistance to Sudanese lawyers represen ng vic ms of the Darfur conflict before the Interna onal Criminal Court. Representa ve Ma ers/transac ons Successfully represented property owner in expansion of the University of Washington Tacoma Campus resul ng in a $1.9 million verdict. Successfully represented property owner in City's acquisi on of a family farm for the crea on of a park in Grays Harbor on 90-days no ce ($1.5 million verdict). Successfully represented commercial/industrial landlord against pass through claims for nuisance, breach of lease and breach of quiet enjoyment arising out of the migra on of excessive and dense dust par cles from one leased premises to another. Successfully represented joint venture and joint venturer against partner in breach of mber sale contract, breach of fiduciary duty and civil conspiracy claims. Successfully represented employee in ADA and State law against discrimina on ac on for unlawful discharge based on employer's subcontract with federal government which disqualified contracted employees with organic heart disease. A contractual provision is not a defense as statutes, rules or regula ons are.
6 Jeffrey A. Beaver Represented employee against the State in ADA and State law against discrimina on ac on for disparate treatment in the form of disciplinary ac on due to clinical depression. Successfully represented Japanese-American pe oner in ac on for writ of error coram nobis seeking vaca- on of convic ons for viola ng war me measures requiring Japanese-Americans to remain within their residences and to report to civilian control sta ons. Successfully represented bank in enforcing forum selec on clause in financing lease. Successfully represented parents and children who had been racially harassed by admi ed skinhead. Obtained an -harassment order. Affirmed on appeal. Successfully represented public contractor to recover excess costs expended due to major u lity conflicts not indicated on project plans and claim for extra work. Represented owner on $8 million claim arising out of reconstruc on of a high school specifically responsible for defending electrical subcontractor's pass through claim. Represented defendant and cross-complainant biotechnology firm in patent infringement and Lanham Act case arising out of ca le feed lot industry and the use and efficacy of a lactobacillus acidophilus strain. Publica ons Regulatory Takings 101, Environmental Li ga on Commi ee Newsle er, 2008 Voir Dire in the An trust Case, American Bar Associa on Sec on of Li ga on, An trust Commi ee, The An- trust Li gator's Corner, 2007 Co-Author, Over and Under: A Prac cal Guide to the Condemna on of Aerial Guideway Easements and Tunnel Easements, December 2005 Presenta ons "Trial Tes mony Prepara on," Appraisal Ins tute Fall Real Estate Conference, October 2014 "The Appraiser as an Expert Witness: Prepara on and Tes mony," Sea le Chapter of the Appraisal Ins tute, May 2014 "Alterna ve Dispute Resolu on: Real Tools You Can Use," Suing and Defending Government Seminar, May 2014 "Reviewing an Appraisal," Appraisal Ins tute Fall Real Estate Conference, October 2013 Moderator, "Ge ng the Most Out of Your Experts: Do s and Don ts in the Use of Expert Witnesses," ABA Sec on of Li ga on Annual Conference, April 2013 "The Nuts and Bolts of Law Prac ce/leadership Challenges on Gender, Race, and Sexual Orienta on," Washington Leadership Ins tute Session #2, February 2013 Condemna on Procedure from A to Z," The Seminar Group, 3rd Annual Issues in Condemna on, December 2012 "Pretrial Mo ons in Limine: Don't Get Caught With Your Pants Down," Appraisal Ins tute Fall Real Estate Conference, November 2012
7 Jeffrey A. Beaver ""Recent Developments in Alterna ve Dispute Resolu on," Interna onal Right of Way Associa on Annual Educa on Conference, June 2012 The Persuasive Trial A orney: What Works and What Doesn t, Washington State Bar Associa on, December 2011 "Expert Life A er Changes to Rule 26: Should Experts be Required to Comply With ABA Ethical Standards For Experts," ABA Annual Mee ng Toronto, August 2011 "Using Nego ated Se lements to Determine Damages: Sophis cated Analysis or Mind Reading," ABA Sec- ons of Li ga on and Criminal Jus ce Annual CLE Conference Miami, April 2011 "The Nuts and Bolts of Law Prac ce," Washington Leadership Ins tute, February 2011 "Environmental Regula ons - Compensable Takings or Permissable Legisla on?," American Bar Associa on Sec on of Li ga on Teleconference Series, February 2008 "The Ten Things Every Patent and An trust Prac oner Must Know A er Recent Supreme Court Decisions," American Bar Associa on Sec on of Li ga on Teleconference Series, November 2007 "What Happens When the Project Fails a er the Property is Condemned?" ALI-ABA Course: Eminent Domain and Land Valua on Li ga on, January 2007 "An trust and Intellectual Property Trends in the Supreme Court," American Bar Associa on Sec on of Li ga on Teleconference Series, December 2006 "An Eminent Domain Legisla on Update," Industrial Asset Management Council Forum, October 2006 "How to Try Your Case for the Condemnor," 23rd Annual Advanced ALI-ABA Course: Eminent Domain and Land Valua on Li ga on, January 2006 Recogni on & Honors Elected to the Fellows of the American Bar Founda on Selected to Washington Super Lawyers list in Eminent Domain, Selected to Washington Super Lawyer in Business Li ga on list, Corporate Counsel Edi on, Peer Review Rated AV Preeminent in Mar ndale-hubbell John Warren Davis Award, NAACP Legal Defense and Educa onal Fund, Inc. Earl Warren Scholar, NAACP Legal Defense and Educa onal Fund, Inc. Professional & Community Ac vi es Board Member, Friends of the Children Board Member, Washington Leadership Ins tute Member, Washington State Bar Adjunct Inves ga ve Counsel Panel, Member, American Bar Associa on, Sec on of Li ga on; Darfur Project Working Group, 2008 Co-Chair, American Bar Associa on, Sec on of Li ga on; Condemna on, Zoning and Land Use Commi ee,
8 Jeffrey A. Beaver Co-Chair, American Bar Associa on, Sec on of Li ga on; Expert Witnesses Commi ee, Member, American Bar Associa on, Task Force Expert Witness Code of Ethics, Member, Washington State Bar Associa on Member, Oregon Bar Associa on Member, King County Bar Associa on Member, Washington State Minority and Jus ce Commission Member, Hirabayashi Coram Nobis Team Dean's Advisory Council, University of Oregon School of Law Treasurer, Loren Miller Bar Founda on Former Co-Chair, Federal Bar Associa on for the Western District of Washington, Appellate Prac ce Former Board Member, Na onal Bar Associa on, Board of Governors Former President, Loren Miller Bar Associa on Former Member of Board of Trustees, King County Bar Associa on Former Secretary, King County Bar Associa on YLD Former Member of Board of Trustees, President's Council, King County Bar Founda on Former Member, Washington State Board of Judicial Administra on's Court Security Commi ee
9 Hon. Bobbe J. Bridge (Ret.) C ENTER FOR C HILDREN & YOUTH J USTICE 615 2nd Ave., Ste. 275 Seattle, WA (206) Justice Bobbe J. Bridge (ret.), is the Founding President and CEO of the Center for Children & Youth Justice. The Center was established in February 2006 by Justice Bridge and her husband, Jon. Its mission is Advancing justice for and enhancing the lives of children and youth through juvenile justice, child welfare and related systems reform. The Center helps parents, advocates, judges, legislators, service providers, policymakers, and professionals to shape a brighter future for youth involved in Washington s child welfare and juvenile justice systems by sponsoring research, targeting grant funding toward evidence-based programs, developing partnerships, and providing training and education. The Center was chosen to lead the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation s Juvenile Justice Reform Initiative in Washington. The Center has also assisted the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation in a review of potential investment programs to provide prevention and early intervention services to youth at risk of entering the juvenile justice system. The Honorable Bobbe J. Bridge was appointed to the Washington State Supreme Court by Governor Locke in She was elected in 2000 and again in Before serving on the Supreme Court, Justice Bridge served as a King County Superior Court judge for ten years and as Presiding Judge of the 51-member Court for two years. She was the Chief Judge of King County Juvenile Court from 1994 to 1997 and the President of the Superior Court Judges Association in Before joining the bench, Justice Bridge was the first female partner at the law firm of Garvey Schubert Barer. Throughout her judicial career, Justice Bridge has been active in efforts to improve the administration of justice for children and families. She currently serves as cochair for the Supreme Court Commission on Children in Foster Care, whose mission is to establish safe, permanent families for all children in foster care. She formed and the Domestic Violence/Child Maltreatment Statewide Protocol Project, and chairs the State Becca Task Force, which focuses on truancy prevention. Justice Bridge recently led the Select Committee on Adolescents in Need of Long Term Placement, to help the State better respond to unique needs of children who are simultaneously involved in the juvenile justice, child welfare, and related systems. Justice Bridge was instrumental in the introduction of Unified Family Court to King County and has worked to expand its use to other courts. Also in King County, she led the creation of the Juvenile Justice Operational Master Plan, which effected significant changes in juvenile offender court practices and services, reduced the number of kids in detention, and eliminated the need for a new secure juvenile facility without sacrificing public safety. Under her leadership, King County s Juvenile Drug Court was established, and she chaired the Oversight Committee for the Parents Representation Project, improving representation for parents in child abuse and neglect cases. During her term as the Presiding Judge of the King County Superior Court, Justice Bridge helped establish a child care facility at the Regional Justice Center in Kent.
10 Hon. Bobbe J. Bridge (Ret.) It is the first court-based child care center in the Pacific Northwest, allowing parents and guardians with business before the court to leave young children, who would otherwise have to wait in hallways or courtrooms, in a safe environment. For nearly twenty years, Justice Bridge has served on a host of committees, commissions, and work groups advising the Governor, the Legislature, and the Department of Social and Health Services on issues relating to children and families. Justice Bridge is also past Chair and current board member YouthCare, an organization dedicated to educating, employing, and empowering Seattle s vulnerable homeless youth. At the University of Washington Law School, she and her husband Jon have established a Professorship in Child Advocacy and she teaches a course in legislative advocacy in the Child and Youth Advocacy Clinic. She currently serves on the board of Navos, the WA State Bar Association Leadership Institute, CRU Institute, YWCA, and the UW Law School Alumni Association and on the Advisory Boards for Seattle Girls School and the Women s Funding Alliance. She is also on the Governing Board of the Committee to End Homelessness. Justice Bridge has received numerous awards both as a judge and as an advocate for Washington s children. In 2014, City Year honored Jon and Justice Bobbe Bridge with the Lifetime of Idealism Award for their significant contribution, passion and commitment to our community. In 2014, Foster Parent Association of Washington State presented Justice Bridge with the Baxter Award, given to an individual dedicated to the success of children in foster care and advocates fearlessly. In 2012, The Cardozo Society of Washington State, the legal professionals' affinity group of the Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle, honored Justice Bobbe Bridge at its annual L'Dor V'Dor. In 2012, Justice Bridge received the Women of Inspiration Award from the Seattle Storm. In 2011, she received the Puget Sound Business Journal s Women of Influence Award. In 2010, the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute recognized the Center for Children & Youth Justice with its Angels in Adoption Award for outstanding advocacy on foster care issues. In 2009, she and her husband, Jon Bridge, were awarded the Strategies for Youth Award by the Washington State Lieutenant Governor and were both inducted into the Washington Generals for their special service and support of children in foster care, juvenile justice and education. The National Center for State Courts (NCSC) inducted Justice Bridge into the Warren E. Burger Society in 2008 which honors individuals who have demonstrated an exemplary commitment to improving the administration of justice through extraordinary contributions of service and support to the NCSC. Also in 2008, she was awarded with the Governor s Juvenile Justice Advisory Committee Award in recognition of service to children and families in Washington State; the King County Prosecuting Attorney s Office Award in recognition of dedication to youth in King County and the Norm Maleng Honoree Award for outstanding work and leadership in support of justice for children and youth. In honor of their lifelong commitment to community service, Justice Bridge and her husband, Jon, were jointly awarded the 2006 Isabel Colman Pierce Award for Excellence in Community Service by the YWCA of Seattle-King-Snohomish County. Her long list of other awards include the 2007 Passing the Torch Award from the Washington Women Lawyers, the 2007 Seattle Civil Rights Champion Award from Lambda Legal, the 2003 David W. Soukoup Speak Up for a Child Award from the Washington State Association of Court Appointed Special Advocates and Guardians ad Litem, the 2001 Distinguished Alumna Award from the University of Washington School of Law, the 2001 Jurist of the Year Award from the Washington State Bar Association Family Law Section, and the 1999 Judge of the Year Award from the King County Bar Association.
11 Dean Annette Clark S EATTLE UNIVERSITY S CHOOL OF LAW th Avenue, Sullivan Hall Seattle, Washington (206) After receiving an M.D. with Honors from the University of Washington's School of Medicine and her J.D. summa cum laude from the Seattle University School of Law, Dean Clark joined the School of Law faculty in In addition to her duties as a faculty member, she is a long-time administrator, having served for ten years as Associate Dean and then Vice Dean, overseeing the academic program, including the curriculum and centers and institutes, as well as the faculty. She was the Interim Dean at Seattle University School of Law from , a Visiting Scholar at The George Washington University Law School for Fall 2010, and Dean and Professor of Law at the Saint Louis University School of Law from While on the SU faculty, Dean Clark received the Seattle Journal for Social Justice Faculty Award in 2005, the Dean's Medal in 2006, and the Outstanding Teacher Award from the graduating class in December 2007 and December She was also named the James B. McGoldrick, S.J., Fellow in by President Stephen V. Sundborg, S.J. This annual award is given to the faculty member or administrator who best exemplifies commitment to students and to the values of a Jesuit education. Dean Clark counts teaching law students as one of her greatest joys. Her areas of expertise include civil procedure, medical liability, bioethics, and legal education and she is a frequent regional and national lecturer on these topics. Her scholarship operates at the interface of health care, law, and health policy, with a particular emphasis on end-of-life issues. She has published articles in the New York University Law Review, the Georgetown Law Journal, and the Tulane Law Review, among others. Throughout her professional career, Dean Clark has been active in various community and professional organizations, including serving on the MultiCare Institutional Review Board and the Safe Crossings Foundation Board.
12 Justice Mary E. Fairhurst TEMPLE OF JUSTICE PO Box Olympia, WA (admin assistant, Cindy Phillips) Fax Elected in 2002, Mary Fairhurst began serving as a justice on the Washington Supreme Court in She started her legal career in the Supreme Court as a judicial clerk, working first with Chief Justice William H. Williams in 1984 and then with Justice William C. Goodloe until For the intervening sixteen years, Justice Fairhurst served the citizens of the State of Washington in the Washington Attorney General s Office. She worked with Attorneys General Christine Gregoire and Ken Eikenberry. She specialized in the areas of criminal justice, transportation, revenue, and labor. When she left, she was serving as the Division Chief of the Revenue, Bankruptcy and Collections Division. In 1998, Attorney General Gregoire gave her Steward of Justice award to Justice Fairhurst. Justice Fairhurst also did work not related to her cases that made a difference to Washington citizens. She worked on the constitutional amendment to increase the rights of crime victims while still honoring the constitutional rights of the accused. She organized the first statewide conferences on domestic violence. She planned and facilitated a youth violence summit and organized and moderated conferences dealing with sex offenders in the community. Justice Fairhurst is a leader in the legal profession. She served as President of the Washington State Bar Association. She was the second woman, first public sector, and youngest attorney to hold this position. She also served on the Bar Board of Governors representing the Third Congressional District and as President of Washington Women Lawyers. Currently she chairs the Judicial Information System Committee and chairs the Board for Judicial Administration s (BJA) Public Trust and Confidence Committee. She serves on the Supreme Court s Administrative Committee, Budget Committee, and Circulation Committee. Throughout her career, Justice Fairhurst has worked to enhance the opportunities for women and minorities in the profession and to ensure access to justice for low-income individuals and families. In 1998, Washington Women Lawyers gave her its Passing the Torch award and in 1999, LE- GALS, P.S. gave her its Allies for Justice award. She has served on the Supreme Court s Gender and Justice Commission and Access to Justice Board committees. Justice Fairhurst has received many awards, including the Washington Women Lawyers President s Award and Betty B. Fletcher Judge of the Year Award and the Washington State Bar Association s Award of Merit.
13 Justice Mary E. Fairhurst continued Justice Fairhurst is also active working for children and youth. She served two years on the Girl Scouts Board of the Pacific Peaks Council. She supports the YMCA Youth and Government Program and helped create the Lawyers and Students Engaged in Resolution Program. She is an ambassador of the icivics program and is active with the We the People. Justice Fairhurst speaks regularly to individuals and groups about the judiciary. Justice Fairhurst serves on the Thurston County Food Bank Board. In 1984, Justice Fairhurst earned her law degree magna cum laude from Gonzaga University School of Law. She earned her undergraduate degree in political science cum laude from Gonzaga University in She also received an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from Gonzaga University in She served as president of the Gonzaga Law School Board of Advisors and the Gonzaga Law School Alumni Association. She also was a member of the Gonzaga University Board of Regents. In September 2004, Justice Fairhurst delivered the 33rd annual William O. Douglas lecture at Gonzaga University School of Law. Justice Fairhurst comes from a large, loving family which places great value on fairness, service, and the dignity of every man, woman, and child. She is dedicated to ensuring that our legal system treats people fairly, equally, and protects everyone s basic rights.
14 Justice Steven González TEMPLE OF JUSTICE PO Box Olympia, WA (direct line) (admin assistant, Christina Jaccard) Fax Steve González was appointed to the Washington State Supreme Court effective January 1, 2012, and subsequently won a contested race fro a six-year term. Before joining the Supreme Court, Justice González served for ten years as a trial judge on the King County Superior Court hearing criminal, civil, juvenile, and family law cases. Prior to his election to the King County Superior Court, Justice González practiced both criminal and civil law. He was an Assistant United States Attorney in the Western District of Washington, a Domestic Violence Prosecutor for the City of Seattle and an Associate in the Business Law Department at the Seattle law firm Hillis Clark Martin & Peterson. As an Assistant United States Attorney, Justice González was part of the team that successfully prosecuted the international terrorism case U.S. v. Ressam, for which he received two Department of Justice awards: the U.S. Attorney General s Award for Distinguished Service and the Director s Award for Superior Performance. He also prosecuted organized crime cases and served as the Hate Crimes Prosecution Coordinator. After September 11, he lectured on international terrorism prosecution to U.S. Attorneys in Washington D.C. While working in private practice, Justice González gained significant civil and business law experience, including acquisitions, mergers, land use, intellectual property, commercial litigation, and contract negotiation. He regularly provided pro bono representation to people who could not afford to pay for a lawyer. Justice González continues to be a frequent lecturer at continuing legal education seminars. Justice González has received numerous awards throughout his career, including the 2012 Difference Makers Award from the American Bar Association s Solo, Small Firm and General Practice Division and Judge of the Year awards from the Washington State Bar Association, the Washington Chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates, and the Asian Bar Association of Washington in He also received the Exceptional Member Award from the Latina/o Bar Association of Washington in 2011 and the Vanguard Award from the King County Chapter of Washington Women Lawyers in Justice González is passionate about providing open access to the justice system for all. He was appointed by the Supreme Court to the Washington State Access to Justice Board and served on the Board for seven years, including the last two years as its Chair. He currently chairs the Interpreter Commission and the Court Security Committee.
15 Justice Steven González continued Justice González also mentors students through the Future of the Law Institute and serves as a Board member for the Washington Leadership Institute, a program that aims to develop Bar and community leaders who reflect the diversity of Washington State. Justice González earned his B.A. with Honors in East Asian Studies from Pitzer College and his J.D. from U.C. Berkeley School of Law (Boalt Hall) where he was the Technical Editor of the La Raza Law Journal. As a part of his undergraduate degree, Justice González studied at Waseda University in Tokyo, Japan and at Nanjing University in China. Before law school, he did graduate work in Economics at Hokkaido University on a scholarship from Rotary International. He received an Honorary Doctor of Laws Degree from Gonzaga University School of Law in 2011 where he gave the commencement address. Justice González speaks Japanese, Mandarin Chinese, and Spanish. He lives in Seattle with his wife, Michelle, an Assistant Dean at the University of Washington School of Law, and their two sons.
16 Nancy Isserlis C ITY OF SPOKANE C ITY ATTORNEY 5th Floor, City Hall 808 W. Spokane Falls Blvd Spokane, WA (509) Nancy Isserlis is the City Attorney for the City of Spokane, appointed by Mayor David Condon in March Prior to her appointment, she was a private practitioner, most recently with the firm of Winston and Cashatt, emphasizing insolvency and commercial matters. She served as a Governor to the Washington State Bar Association from Nancy has been the chair of the Health Sciences and Services Authority since its inception and has served as Chair of several state and local non-profit boards.
17 Zabrina Jenkins S TARBUCKS COFFEE C OMPANY 2401 Utah Avenue South, Suite 800 Seattle, WA (206.) Zabrina Jenkins is an attorney for Starbucks Coffee Company. In her position as director, corporate counsel, Zabrina oversees commercial, intellectual property and general liability litigation for retail locations in North America, and provides legal advice and counsel to Starbucks management and partners (employees) relating to potential and actual litigation, primarily in the areas of commercial, real estate and general business law. She currently serves as an advisor to the company s Policy Governance Council, and has served on the Diversity Committee for the Law & Corporate Affairs department and as the co-coordinator of the department's summer intern program. Prior to joining Starbucks, Zabrina was an associate at Garvey Schubert Barer in Seattle, Washington. During her tenure with the firm, Zabrina focused her practice on commercial litigation matters, including labor and employment litigation. Zabrina is an active volunteer in both legal and civic organizations. She currently serves on the Central Washington University College of Business Advisory Board, the King County Bar Association s Future of the Law Institute (FLI) Committee, and is a member of the Loren Miller Bar Association. Zabrina was a mentor to the Seattle University Community Development and Entrepreneurship Clinic (CDEC), and served on the boards of the Washington State Bar Foundation, Central Washington University Foundation, Washington Women Lawyers, the Loren Miller Bar Association, and the Phillip L. Burton Scholarship Dinner Committee from 2003 to 2006, which she chaired in She has also been recognized as a Rising Star by Washington Law & Politics and is a 2011 Washington State Bar Association (WSBA) Leadership Institute Fellow and Graduate. Zabrina received her Master of Science degree from Syracuse University School of Education and her Juris Doctor, cum laude, from Syracuse University College of Law.
18 Dean Jane Korn G ONZAGA UNIVERSITY S CHOOL OF LAW PO Box 3528, 721 N Cincinnati St. Spokane, WA (509) Jane Korn is the Dean of Gonzaga University School of Law. Prior to becoming Dean, she worked at the University of Arizona, James E. Rogers College of Law in Tucson, Arizona as a law professor and later as Vice Dean. She attended the University of Colorado for law school and graduated in She then clerked for the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit in Denver, Colorado. Following her clerkship, she began practicing law in New York at Davis Polk and Wardwell. Although she enjoyed her time in practice, Dean Korn thought she would enjoy teaching more and has been involved in legal education for most of her professional life. Dean Korn has written widely in the area of employment discrimination in general and particularly disability law. Her writing on the ADA has focused primarily on what it means to be disabled. Her articles have addressed mental illness, discrimination against cancer survivors, and discrimination against people who are obese. She has also written on sex discrimination including whether workers compensation should be the exclusive remedy for sexual harassment and a feminist approach to arbitration. She is currently working on an article exploring how the law treats anorexia compared to the legal treatment of obesity.
19 Victor Lara H URLEY & LARA 411 N. 2nd St. Yakima, WA (509) Victor Lara graduated with a B.A. in Economics from the University of California at Riverside in He went on to earn a J.D. from the University of San Francisco School of Law in After graduating, Mr. Lara worked for immigrant and farm workers rights in Eastern Washington before moving to his current firm in Yakima. He is now a partner at the firm Hurley & Lara, where he has worked for 27 years. The majority of his practice consists of criminal defense litigation at all stages of the proceedings in state and federal courts, ranging from simple misdemeanor to first-degree murder charges. Other areas of his practice include general civil litigation, plaintiffs personal injury, real property, property forfeiture, business, and probate. Additionally, Mr. Lara has served as judge pro tem for the Sunnyside Municipal Court since No stranger to the bench, Mr. Lara has also served as a Yakima County Superior Court judge, judge pro tem/commissioner at the Yakima District and Superior Courts, and judge pro tem at the Yakima Municipal Court. Mr. Lara has served on numerous boards and committees throughout his career, including the WSBA Pro Bono and Legal Aid Committee, the Washington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, the Yakima Regional Library Board of Trustees, and many more. In addition to being a WSBA member, he is a member of the Yakima County Bar Association, the Latina/o Bar Association of Washington, and the Yakima County Minority Lawyers Association.
20 Karen Lee P IONEER HUMAN S ERVICES 7440 West Marginal Way South Seattle, WA Karen Lee is Chief Executive Officer of Pioneer Human Services, one of the nation s largest social enterprise organizations. Pioneer is often cited as a national model in providing employment services, job training, treatment, counseling, housing, and re-entry services for people overcoming challenges with chemical dependency, mental illness, and criminal histories. Lee is responsible for providing strategic leadership and direction for the organization to achieve its objectives of expanding client employment opportunities, growing new business lines and partnerships, and improving client services and outcomes. She was named to this position in September Before assuming her current role, Lee served for five years as the Commissioner of the Washington State Employment Security Department. Here she was responsible for the agency s $680 million biennial budget, 2,800 employees and more than 70 offices across the state. She oversaw a $3 billion dollar trust fund and the collection of over $1.5 billion taxes annually. During this recession, she led the agency in saving 22,000 Washington jobs through a nationally renowned and innovative program. Lee held a variety of positions from 1997 to 2005 at Puget Sound Energy including Manager of Municipal and Land Planning, Manager of Safety and Engineering Standards, and as Director of Gas Operations, where she was wholly accountable for the safe distribution and delivery of natural gas to users throughout western Washington. Prior to this, Lee was as an Associate Attorney at Preston Gates Ellis (now K & L Gates) where she specialized in municipal and land use litigation. Lee is a member of the Washington State Bar Association, Vice President of Tabor 100, and a trustee at Western Washington University. She is a member of the Rotary Club of Seattle and past president of the National Association of State Workforce Agencies, past president and trustee of the University of Washington Alumni Association, and former member of the Cascade Land Conservancy. Lee was previously named one of the 40 under 40 honorees by the Puget Sound Business Journal. Lee earned a Bachelor of Science degree with a concentration in Russian studies from the United States Military Academy at West Point and holds a law degree from the University of Washington, School of Law. She resides in Covington with her husband and two children.