Washington Leadership Institute
The mission of the Washington Leadership Institute (WLI) is to recruit, train, and
develop minority and traditionally underrepresented attorneys for future leadership
positions in the Washington State Bar Association and legal community. We strive
to recruit fellows for each class who reflect the full diversity of our state, which
includes race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, disability, and geographic
Ronald R. Ward,
Hon. Mary Yu
Anthony Gipe, WSBA
President and ex-officio member
Dean Annette E. Clark
Dean Jane Korn
Jeffrey A. Beaver
Hon. Bobbe Bridge (Ret.)
Hon. Mary Fairhurst
Hon. Steven González
Nancy L. Isserlis
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
Hon. Mary I. Yu
Read the board members' full biographies.
News and Events
Jun 09, 2015
Great article that spotlights WLI Co-chair, Justice Mary Yu:
"To have a judge formally, in a courtroom say, 'We recognize your family,' would bring people to tears. This is the power of the rule of law. This is the power of recognition.”
Mar 03, 2015
Source: Indian Country
Patricia Paul, Inupiaq, is a business and estate-planning lawyer specializing in land use law and federal Indian law.
She and her artist husband Kevin live on the Swinomish Reservation, where he serves on the Swinomish Senate. She manages the business end of K. Paul Carvings, writes a traditional-cooking column for a local newspaper, and her daily social media posts range from local happenings to that day’s culinary creation.
Her spare time is her own. And she’s filling it with another important task: She’s now a judge on the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde Court of Appeals.
Feb 19, 2015
Tribal Judge Patricia Paul was appointed to the Tribal Court of Appeals for The Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde in Grand Ronde, Oregon. The tribal council of The Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde made the two-year appointment on November 19, 2015.
Feb 17, 2015
Attorney Patricia Paul is pleased to announce she is co-coordinating a Symposium at the 55th International Congress of the Americanists which will be held in San Salvador, El Salvador, Central America July 12 to 17, 2015.
Feb 11, 2015
Source: Seattle City Club
Member Spotlight: From LA to Seattle
Jan 22, 2015
Congratulations to Erica Buckley (WLI Class of 2013)! Erica has been promoted to President and CEO of Buckley and Associates, a personal injury law firm. Ms. Buckley will run all day to day operations and make all business decisions for the firm.
Jan 14, 2015
Source: Pend Oreille County
Congratulations to WLI graduate Fellow, class of 2008, and former Advisory Board member Dolly Hunt, who was sworn in on December 23 as Pend Oreille County Prosecutor.
Nov 14, 2014
Source: My Edmonds News
Former City of Edmonds Human Resources Director Debi Humann was greeted by hugs and smiles from family outside the downtown Seattle federal courtroom Friday afternoon after a 10-person jury unanimously awarded her more than $1 million in her civil suit against the City of Edmonds and former Edmonds Mayor Mike Cooper.
Nov 07, 2014
Source: KOHO Radio
Wenatchee Mayor Frank Kuntz joins Clint in the KOHO studio for his regular chat to talk about the appointment of a new city council member to fill the vacant #2 position - Family Law Attorney Ruth Esparza.
Nov 04, 2014
Congratulations to WLI graduate Fellow, class of 2008, and former Advisory Board member Dolly Hunt, who on November 4th became Pend Oreille County Prosecutor.
For questions about the WLI, please contact:
Assistant to the Dean
Washington Leadership Institute Coordinator William H. Gates Hall |371
Seattle, WA 98195-3020
P:(206) 543-2586 F: (206) 616-5305