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
Tribal Judge Patricia Paul (2010 WLI Fellow) Appointed Appellate Judge for The Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde
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.
Patricia Paul (2010 WLI Fellow) to Co-Coordinate Symposium on Conflict and Building Peace in Indigenous Americas
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.
Erica Buckley (WLI Class of 2013) Named CEO of Buckley and Associates
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.
WLI Graduate Fellow, Dolly Hunt ('08), Elected Pend Oreille County Prosecutor
- 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.
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.
For questions about the WLI, please contact:
Assistant to the Dean
Washington Leadership Institute Coordinator William H. Gates Hall |371
Seattle, WA 98195-3020
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