Meet Our Students

MJ student Kristi DyesKristi Dyes received a Bachelor's Degree in Journalism and Russian from San Francisco State University in 2007. She worked briefly as a newspaper reporter for the Daily Herald in St. Charles, IL and, later, the Union Democrat in Sonora, CA. Kristi moved to Seattle in 2010, where she has worked primarily in the Hospitality/Tourism industry. She received her second Bachelor's Degree in Social Sciences in August 2015 and is the currently the Overnight Supervisor at the Pan Pacific Seattle Hotel. Kristi is studying employment law and is interested in pursuing an HR manager role.

The faculty here is top notch. That for me has been the best thing… The knowledge I have of employment law now is amazing. The things I’ll be able to apply it to and everyday activities is exciting.

Kristi Dyes

MJ Student Keelcy PerezKeelcy Perez, 2016 M.J. candidate with a concentration in Business Immigration law, is originally from Eastern Washington and graduated from the University of Idaho with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, International Studies and Spanish in 2012. She previously worked as a legal assistant at Arnold and Porter L.L.P. in Washington D.C. where she solidified her interest in the legal field. Keelcy hopes to become an immigration specialist or legislative analyst, and spends her time outside of class volunteering with the immigrant community. She is a founding member of the Graduate Law Student Association, which aims to provide fellow LL.M. and M.J. students with the resources needed to feel integrated at the UW law school.

I have truly enjoyed being part of the UW Law community. I am able to sit in a classroom setting with fellow M.J.’s, J.D.’s and LL.M.’s and share our experiences and knowledge as a team... As an M.J. student, we are able to bring our work experiences into the classroom and use classroom knowledge in our current positions.

Keelcy Perez

MJ Student Drew WilderDred “Drew” Wilder has over 20 years of risk management experience in the shipping and motor carrier industry. He earned his B.S. in Business Management from the University of Phoenix, an AA in Logistics/Transportation Management from Green River Community College, and earned his second B.S. degree in December 2015 from the University of Washington in Law, Politics, and Economy.

I’m mid-level into my career, so I know exactly what I need to do… to say that it will enhance my abilities is not a metaphor, it’s a fact. The industry that I’m in, we constantly have to stay up on regulations, so to have a MJ adds further credibility for what I do.

Drew Wilder

Alexandra ‘Ali’ Kirsch, 2016 M.J. candidate, graduated from the University of Washington with a B.A. in 2013 earning a double major in English and International Relations focused on Comparative Religion. She spent a total of four years working for Residential Life at UW in various capacities both as a student and professional staff member, working most recently with staff recruitment and residence education. Currently, Ali works as the volunteer coordinator for the King County Bar Association's Pro Bono Services Neighborhood Clinic at their Greenwood location. She completed certification to become a certified facilitative mediator through the Dispute Resolution Center of King County in June.

The M.J. degree has already helped me achieve my goals and I haven’t even graduated! Through the M.J. program I have gotten involved in two legal clinics, the Mediation Clinic, and the Moderate Means Program, which have both provided me with ample opportunity to practice my legal skills with real clients. Further, these opportunities at the law school allowed me to branch out during my spring quarter, and apply to an externship at the King County Superior Court.

Ali Kirsch

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