The University of Washington School of Law is proud to announce its 2020-21 Barer Fellows, Novita Kumala and Johanna Mora, and Barer Scholars, Rhoda Justine Adeke and María Fernanda Chacón.

UW Law’s Thurgood Marshall National Mock Trial Team were regional semifinalists at the Constance Baker Motley Mock Trial Competition and have qualified for nationals. The team consists of Jemimah Kamau, Ashley Mixon, Kyung Sun Park, Mackenzie Stewart and coach Alex Foster-Brown.

Faculty and Staff

The UW School of Law was named one of the country’s best schools for legal technology by preLaw Magazine.

Former adjunct professor, musician and Boggs Media, LLC founder Paula Boggs was appointed to the board of Fender Musical Instruments Corporation.

Class Notes

Cristóbal Alex ’01 was named deputy cabinet secretary for President Joe Biden.

Asti Gallina '17 joined law firm Witherspoon Kelley as a litigation attorney.

Stoel Rives LLP announced Brent L. Jones '99 has joined the firm's Seattle office as a partner in the corporate group.

Global firm Squire Patton Boggs appointed Ken Kurosu '83 to its board.

Karen Lee '95 was appointed to the NW Natural Holding Company’s board of directors.

California Gov. Gavin Newsome appointed Gareth S. Lacy '11 as special advisor for strategic initiatives and communication at the state’s Employment Development Department.

John Lapham '93 joined the leadership team at Shutterstock as the company’s general counsel.

Steven Lewis ’04 has been appointed chief public defender of the Kitsap County Office of Public Defense.

California Gov. Gavin Newsome appointed Sharlyne T. Palacio '77 to the state’s Alcoholic Beverage Control Appeals Board.

Gov. Jay Inslee appointed Emily Sheldrick '96 to the Clark County Superior Court.

Sarah Smith '14 joined Beresford Booth PLLC as an attorney in the firm’s estate planning and probate group.

The Yakima County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office has hired Geoffrey C. Wickes '19 as a deputy prosecuting attorney in the office’s District Court Unit.

Eli Yim '16 joined Beresford Booth PLLC as an attorney in the firm’s business and banking law group.

In Memoriam

Kathleen Corcoran was a former UW Law lecturer and director of the law school’s public service law program. She died at age 73.

The Honorable Charles Johnson '54 was a retired King County Superior Court judge, former president of the NAACP Seattle Chapter and dedicated mentor to UW Law students. His work is considered by many to be the foundation of the civil rights movement in King County. He died at age 92.

Russell Jay Kurth ’94 was a criminal defense attorney who spent his career advocating for the mentally ill. He died at age 53.

Paula C. Littlewood ’97 served as former assistant dean at the UW School of Law as part of a career that spanned decades of service to the public. She died at age 55.

Donald Mallet ’68 was a U.S. Navy veteran and longtime attorney whose practice specialized in family law. He died at age 77.