Dylan Orr '09, Office of Disability Employment Policy
In a time when law school graduates are scrambling to find good jobs, 2009 UW School of Law alumnus Dylan Orr was appointed to the Obama Administration one day before receiving the news he had passed the bar exam. Orr started work as the Special Assistant to Assistant Secretary of Labor Kathleen Martinez in the Office of Disability Employment Policy last December.
A Seattle native, Orr's legal and policy background has focused on the areas of civil rights, disability, employment, housing, and immigration, including positions at Disability Rights Washington, MacDonald Hoague & Bayless, and Columbia Legal Services in Seattle. He also worked previously at the Conservation Law Foundation in Boston and as child protective social worker for the Department of Social Services in Salem, Massachusetts.
A student leader at the UW law school, Orr was instrumental in forming the Disability Law Alliance, Diversity Committee, and Public Interest Concentration Track. He served as the president of Outlaws, the LGBT student group, and as SBA class representative. He received a Charles Z. Smith Public Interest Award from the law school in 2009 for his dedication to public service. Orr graduated from Smith College in 2001 and from Garfield High School in Seattle in 1997.