Faculty and Staff

Professor Emeritus Robert Anderson returns to federal government service as a volunteer for the Department of the Interior agency review team assisting with President-elect Joe Biden’s transition to the White House.

UW Law Affiliate Instructor Alejandra Gonza is the recipient of the 2020 Gwynne Skinner Human Rights Award, a prestigious honor given by the International Corporate Accountability Roundtable in recognition of individuals who have made significant contributions to corporate accountability.



UW Law is thrilled to announce the law school’s 2020-21 Gregoire Fellows are Simon Borumand, Neela Brocato, Katie Chang, Antonia Gales, Bailey Higgs, Ramita Kondepudi, Anna Le, Teco Proffitt and Sabrina Suen.

UW Law’s Moot Court Honor Board students posted outstanding showings at the New York City Bar Association Regional Moot Court Competition: The team of Emina Dacic, Scott Launius and Tierney Vial emerged as semifinalists, and the team comprising Ted Lee, Eleanor Lyon and Charlie Van Duyn were finalists, won best brief and secured a spot in the national finals.

Madison Welsh is the winner of the 2020 Malcolm Edwards ’57 Award, which is given each year to the best piece of advocacy written by a student for Legal Analysis, Research and Writing (LARW).

Class Notes

Montana Gov. Steve Bullock appointed Justice Chris Abbott ‘06 to the district court for the First Judicial District serving two of the state’s larger counties.

Alumna Derrick De Vera ‘15 is the recipient of a 2020 Public Rights Project Fellowship, which supports early-stage projects that combat systems of injustice and builds upon or expands protections for oppressed communities.

Limeade, an employee experience software company, hired Scott Fletcher ‘93 as the company’s general counsel and corporate secretary.

Varsha Govindaraju ’19 joined the Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia as a criminal trial attorney.

Justice Raquel Montoya-Lewis ’95 won reelection to the Washington Supreme Court. She was appointed by Gov. Jay Inslee in January and became the first Native American to sit on the state’s highest bench.

King County nonprofit Eastside Legal Assistance Program (ELAP) hired Katharine Nyden ‘19 as staff attorney in the organization’s Housing Stability Program.

Seattle real estate leaders Judy ‘74 and Jon Runstad received the Lifetime Achievement Award as part of the Puget Sound Business Journal’s 2020 Commercial Real Estate Awards.

Gov. Jay Inslee appointed Emily Sheldrick ‘96 to the Clark County Superior Court, where she fills a new judicial seat recently authorized by the Legislature.

Alumna Kaitlyn Vail ‘20 joined Tamaki Law in Yakima as a new attorney.

Biopharmaceutical company Neoleukin Therapeutics, Inc., appointed Holly K. Vance ‘05 as the organization’s general counsel.

Gov. Jay Inslee appointed Washington Leadership Institute graduate Bernard Veljacic to the Washington State Court of Appeals, Division 2.

In Memoriam

Judge Carol Fuller ‘54 authored a distinguished career as an attorney and judge at the district and superior courts. She was the first woman elected to serve on the superior court, and she was renowned as a pioneer for gender equality. She died at age 70. She was preceded in death by her husband Herb Fuller ’54, whom she met while in law school.

Michael Richard Green ‘61 was an attorney and Marine Corps veteran of the Korean War who spent his entire legal career with Seattle law firm Davis Wright Tremaine. He died at age 86.

Tony Lee ‘72 was an attorney, activist and former advocacy director at the anti-poverty organization Solid Ground who spent his career fighting for social services and programs helping poor and immigrant communities in Seattle. He died at age 72.

Doug Peters ’60 was an attorney of 42 years who was senior partner at the firm Peters, Schmalz, Fowler and Inslee, and he devoted efforts outside of his legal career to make the world a better place through work in the community focused on education and the environment. He died at age 85.