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
Patrick A. Palace, 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
Congratulations to Jilian Cutler (2014) & Beth Barrett Bloom (2005) on Trial Victory
- 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.
Ruth Esparza (Class of 2011) Appointed to the Wenatchee City Council
- 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.
WLI Fellow, Dolly Hunt, Appointed Pend Oreille County Prosecutor
Congratulations to WLI graduate Fellow, class of 2008, and former Advisory Board member Dolly Hunt, who on November 4th became Pend Oreille County Prosecutor.
WLI Advisory Board Member, James Williams, Wins 2014 ACLU Civil Libertarian Award
On November 1, 2014, the ACLU of Washington honored WLI Advisory Board Co-Chair James F. Williams from the Seattle office of the Perkins Coie law firm with the Civil Libertarian award for his trial team’s dedication, advocacy, and superb pro bono work as cooperating counsel in the ground-breaking case of Wilbur v. City of Mount Vernon.
Congratulations To Suchi Sharma (WLI Fellow 2007)
Suchi Sharma has accepted a Senior Policy Counsel position with the Legislature. She will be working for the House Democratic Caucus, advising their members and staff on labor related issues.
WLI Advisory Board member, Karen Lee, Named a Women of Influence
- Puget Sound Business Journal
Congratulations to WLI Advisory Board member, Karen Lee, who has been named a Women of Influence by the PSBJ!
Congratulations to WLI Advisory Board member Nancy Isserlis!
Congratulations to Nancy Isserlis, a WLI Advisory Board member, who is receiving a prestigious YWCA Award that recognizes Outstanding Women! (Link to press releases 1 and 2.)
Diane Meyers (WLI Alum 2011) interviewed by KUOW
Diane Meyers (WLI Alum 2011) was interviewed by Austin Jenkins on KUOW on August 25 in their coverage of Washington Supreme Court Sets Standard for Post-Conviction DNA Testing. (The full text and audio both appear at the link.)
WLI Seeks 2014-15 Applications
Washington Leadership Institute (WLI) seeks 2014-15 class of fellows. Apply Now!
Congratulations to WLI founder Ron Ward
Congratulations to WLI founder Ron Ward, who received the Loren Miller Bar Association Lifetime Achievement Award at the recent LMBA Annual Scholarship Dinner.
On September 18th, Ron will become the first recipient of the Washington State Bar Foundation’s Sally P. Savage Leadership in Philanthropy Award at the WSBA Annual Awards Dinner.
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