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
The Curriculum and Service Projects
For more information on the curriculum and examples of past projects here.
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
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.
Congratulations to 2013 WLI Fellow, Rashelle Davis
Congratulations to 2013 WLI Fellow, Rashelle Davis, who has been selected as a 40 Under 40 honoree by the Business Examiner! She will be honored on Aug. 19, 2014 at Pacific Lutheran University, Mary Baker Russell Music Center.
Congratulations to Judge Yu
Congratulations to Judge Yu, who was appointed by Governor Inslee to the Washington Supreme Court!
Congratulations to Bernard Veljacic
Congratulations to Bernard Veljacic (WLI 2009 Fellow) who has been appointed to serve as a Superior Court judge for Clark County, Vancouver, WA by Governor Inslee!!!
Congratulations to Judge Mary
Congratulations to Judge Mary Yu who will be receiving the 2014 Washington State Association for Justice "Judge of the Year" award on May 2nd at their May Day Celebration.
Washington Leadership Institute Welcomes Diane M. Meyers, WLI Fellow of 2011
Please join our WLI Co-chairs, James Williams and Judge Yu, in congratulating Diane M. Meyers, WLI Fellow of 2011!
“Graham & Dunn is pleased to announce that Diane M. Meyers was elected as firm shareholder and to the firm’s board of directors. Meyers is a commercial litigator, whose practice focuses on insurance coverage and environmental and natural resources matters. She has significant experience in a variety of complex commercial matters and handles environmental litigation and claims involving hazardous site investigations, cleanups, cost recovery, and natural resource damages. In addition to serving on Graham & Dunn’s Board of Directors, Meyers also serves on the Ninth Judicial Circuit Historical Society Advisory Council and is Pro Bono General Counsel to Puget Sound Bike Share.”
Q&A with Tracy Flood, Winner of the 2013 President’s Award
- WWL Winter 2014 Newsletter
Tracy Flood, winner of the 2013 recipient of the WWL President’s Award, answers questions on her career as an attorney and diversity in the profession.
Congratulations to 2005 WLI Fellow
WLI Graduate Fellow, Gloria Ochoa has been appointed by Spokane Mayor Condon to serve as a member of the cabinet of his administration as Director of Local Government and Multicultural Affairs. Previously, Gloria served the Spokane Tribe as Chief Judge.
Tracy Flood has been selected to receive the 2013 Washington Women Lawyer’s President’s Award.
The honor will be conferred at WWL’s Annual Dinner at 6:00 p.m.,, Friday, October 11th, at the Seattle Aquarium. The theme of this year’s dinner is Diversity and Inclusion in the Legal Profession.
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