Alumni in the News

  • Aug 10, 2015


    Mayor Ed Murray today announced the hiring of Ian Warner as Counsel to the Mayor. Warner will report directly to the Mayor, advising on a broad array of legal matters affecting city policy through a legal lens. - See more at: (8/10/15)
  • Jun 27, 2015

    Source: ars technica

    While we’ve heard of consumer drones getting in the way of commercial airliners and obstructing firefighting operations, we haven’t heard of many drones being shot out of the sky by a neighbor. But according to one drone pilot, that's exactly what occurred in Modesto, California on November 28, 2014. (6/27/15)
  • Jun 01, 2015

    Source: Law Sites

    Of the nine candidates in Washington state who took the licensing exam to become the nation’s first-ever limited license legal technicians (LLLTs), seven passed and will now have their names submitted to the Supreme Court of Washington for the court to issue an order granting their admission to practice. (6/1/15)
  • Jun 01, 2015

    Source: King 5

    Dylan Orr remembers a time, hanging out on a West Seattle playground, and the abuse he received. Orr says it drove him to pursue a career that has led him back to the City, as the new Director of the Office of Labor Standards. (6/1/15)
  • May 29, 2015

    Source: Huffington Post

    Mayor Ed Murray today named Dylan Orr as director of the new Office of Labor Standards (OLS), which oversees implementation of the city's historic minimum wage law. (5/29/15)
  • 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. (1/22/15)
  • Jan 18, 2015

    Source: The Seattle Times

    Military veteran and entrepreneur Steve Buchanan (UW Law alumni), of Tacoma, will be in the gallery of the U.S. House of Representatives on Tuesday night for President Obama’s State of the Union speech. (1/18/15)
  • 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. (1/14/15)
  • Jan 14, 2015

    Source: The Everett Herald

    The chief judge for the Nooksack Indian Tribe, Raquel Montoya-Lewis, will be sworn in Friday as a judge on the Whatcom County Superior Court. (1/14/15)
  • Dec 19, 2014


    Gov. Inslee on Friday, December 19, announced the appointment of Veronica Alicea Galván to the King County Superior Court. Galván’s term begins in January and will replace Judge Greg Canova, who announced his retirement this winter. (12/19/14)
  • Dec 17, 2014

    Source: Above The Law

    Her name is Bernadette Bulacan; she’s now a director of the Market Development Group, a subject matter expert for corporate counsel and All-Around Badass. (12/17/14)
  • Dec 15, 2014


    Gov. Jay Inslee announced today that he is appointing Raquel Montoya-Lewis to a new seat on the Whatcom County Superior Court. The new position was approved by the state Legislature in 2013 and established a fourth judge on the bench. (12/15/14)
  • Oct 17, 2014

    Source: The Seattle Times

    Former state Supreme Court justice Robert Utter, who had resigned in protest of the court’s handling of death penalty cases in 1995, died late Wednesday at the age of 84. The Administrative Office of the Courts announced the death, and a public service is planned. Utter served on the court for 23 years and in retirement had worked with his wife, Betty, in Rwanda on a University of Washington project that dealt with how courts approached justice in the aftermath of genocide that took 800,000 lives in a 100-day fury of ethnic murders by Hutus and Tutsis in that African state in 1994. (10/17/14)
  • Oct 09, 2014


    Ecotrust announced the honorees of the 12th annual Indigenous Leadership Award. They are: Annita McPhee (Tahltan), Arthur William Sterritt (Gitga’at), Eric J. Quaempts (Yakama), Roy Sampsel (Choctaw / Wyandotte), and the awardee, Roberta Reyes Cordero (Coastal Band of the Chumash Nation).

    ROBERTA REYES CORDERO of the Coastal Band of the Chumash Nation, is a cultural ambassador and conflict resolution professional. For nearly 20 years she has been actively pursuing ways to give tribal people a voice in coastal marine planning in California. Aided by her efforts, the Chumash Nation has reestablished a connection to its canoeing and seafaring roots, which has led to a resurgence of the Chumash language, the preparation of Native foods, creation of art, and a reestablishment of family connections among tribal members.
  • Sep 25, 2014


    Michael S. Wampold has become a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, one of the premier legal associations in America. The induction ceremony at which Michael S. Wampold became a Fellow took place before an audience of approximately 855 persons during the recent 2014 Annual  Meeting of the College in London, England. Founded in 1950, the College is composed of the best of the trial bar from the United States and Canada. Fellowship in the College is extended by invitation only and only after careful investigation, to those experienced trial lawyers who have mastered the art of advocacy and whose professional careers have been marked by the highest standards of ethical conduct, professionalism, civility and collegiality. Lawyers must have a minimum of fifteen years trial experience before they can be considered for Fellowship. Michael S. Wampold is a partner in the firm of Peterson Wampold Rosato Luna & Knopp and has been practicing in Seattle for 18 years.  (9/25/14)
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