The University of Washington School of Law is proud to announce its 2022 Gregoire Fellows: Bethany Butler, Sara Cho, Kevin Clancey, Alisa Das, Caroline Dolan, Robert Dowling, Hope Juzon, Mackenzie Kinsella, Jonathan Ng and Alexandra Valenti.

Since 2015, the Gregoire Fellows Program has attracted diverse and talented students to UW Law and connected them with leading Puget Sound area businesses, governmental organizations and law firms committed to increasing diversity in the legal profession. In 2019, the program expanded to include the Seattle University School of Law.

The program is a unique partnership between the law schools and the legal community in Washington that works to ensure the legal profession reflects the incredible diversity in our society.

As part of the program, students receive paid summer internships, which split their summer work assignments between two placements at a participating law firm, a corporate legal department and governmental entity after the first year of law school. Students also receive scholarship aid and financial assistance for bar exam preparation. Additionally, the fellows participate in a mentorship program with former Washington Governor Christine Gregoire.

The Gregoire Fellows Program is made possible thanks to generous support from our sponsors: Allen Institute; Amazon; Davis Wright Tremaine LLP; Expedia; Foster Garvey PC; K&L Gates LLP; King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office; Lane Powell PC; Microsoft Corporation; Moss Adams; Nintendo Co.; Ogden Murphy Wallace PLLC; Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP; Pacifica Law Group LLP; Perkins Coie PC; Premera; Redfin; Reed Longyear; Ryan, Swanson & Cleveland PLLC; Seagen Inc.; Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt; Starbucks Corporation; Stoel Rives LLP; Stokes Lawrence PS; Vulcan; Washington State Office of the Attorney General; Weyerhaeuser; Williams Kastner; and Zulily.


Bethany Butler

Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Engineering, University of Southern California
Master of Science in Engineering with Certificate of Specialization in Systems Engineering, University of California, Los Angeles

Bethany Butler

During her undergraduate studies, Butler worked as an undergraduate researcher in a biosystems engineering laboratory and interned for St. Jude Medical and Abbott Laboratories in their Cardiac Rhythm Management, Hematology and Structural Heart Divisions.

After graduating with her bachelor’s degree in biomedical engineering, Butler returned to Abbott Laboratories as a manufacturing engineer focusing on pacemaker and implantable cardiac defibrillator devices, process validations and development builds.

She later moved to Abbott’s transfusion division where she worked as an engineer on blood and plasma screening products focusing extensively on tooling design and product development. While working at Abbott, Butler completed her master’s degree in engineering with a specialization in systems engineering.

“As an engineer and researcher, I have seen firsthand the immense impact new technologies can make on people’s quality of life,” she said. “Throughout my experience as a Gregoire Fellow I hope to contribute my technical background to encourage vital innovation and narrow the gap between the legal and technical fields. I greatly look forward to the opportunities and mentorship that come with being a Gregoire Fellow.”


Sara Cho

Bachelor of Arts with Honors in Asian Societies, Culture and Languages, Dartmouth College

Sara Cho

Cho’s undergraduate studies focused on East Asian history and relations, culminating in her honors thesis exploring the intersections of breakfast consumption, women and rice in South Korea. Following graduation, she supported Washington’s school breakfast legislation and worked closely with school districts and the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction to expand access to school meals particularly in high-needs schools. From this experience, she developed a unique perspective on Washington’s diversity and a desire to delve deeper into the legal field.

My work experience and cross-cultural understanding as a Korean American woman push me to critically consider the various implications of law on different communities,” she said. “For the legal system to be an effective tool serving our society, it must represent the diversity of its population and bridge the gaps of inequities. The fellowship is a unique opportunity that will provide me with invaluable guidance to push the legal field to advance the Puget Sound area’s development as a global innovation hub while ensuring law’s possibility and promise extends to all people.”


Kevin Clancey

Bachelor of Science in Mathematics, Arizona State University

Kevin Clancey

After college, Clancey worked in finance for two years before moving to Cushman & Wakefield, a global commercial real estate firm. There, he coordinated banking needs for large multinational clients and served as an internal banking consultant for Cushman’s accounting and property management offices. Now, seeing the increasingly severe effects of climate change in places like his native Arizona, he hopes to pivot to environmental law and tackle issues such as sustainable property development.

“Systemic inequality adds another layer to our most acute socioeconomic problems, giving the biggest share of the burden to those with least capacity to handle it,” he said. “Now, the global threat of climate change is further exacerbating this inequality. As a Gregoire Fellow, I am privileged to have indispensable opportunities for internships, mentoring and leadership. This will allow me to build the necessary network and skillset to confront inequality in Seattle and beyond through environmental law.”


Alisa Das

Bachelor of Arts with Interdisciplinary Honors in Business Administration (Information Systems and Operations Management), University of Washington

Alisa Day

Throughout her undergraduate studies, Das worked as a legal assistant for Zachor & Thomas, a Snohomish County Prosecuting Attorney firm representing individuals on a misdemeanor level. Das also volunteers in her Indian American community, specifically hailing from the state of Odisha, India, she leads a youth organization in the Greater Seattle Area. Through efforts of cultural engagement and community involvement, she supports individuals connecting the bridge between two cultures.

Her work experience and cultural perspective has shown her the importance of the tools law lends especially in being a resource to underrepresented communities. “As a Gregoire Fellow, I am grateful for the opportunities of the internships and mentorship, and to engage with my peers and the legal community in Seattle”, she said. “This fellowship will help me to draw on my background to build a robust network and work towards being a resource for diverse communities.”


Caroline Dolan

Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Political Science minor, University of Portland

Caroline Dolan

After her undergraduate studies, Dolan interned at a credit union as a commercial lending specialist for small businesses. Her research and contributions to a Minority & Women Owned Small Business initiative worked to address the inequities that this minority group faces in their quest for commercial loans. She later worked for a year as a workers’ compensation legal assistant. From this experience, she became inspired by the privilege and trust to diligently advocate for another.

“As a Gregoire Fellow, I look forward to taking this exceptional opportunity to engage with and learn from legal professionals, community leaders and my peers,” she said. “I believe that diverse perspectives and experiences are integral to creating a resilient individual and that this program supports and encourages one’s holistic development. This opportunity will help me to draw on my diverse experiences to build collaborative relationships and advocate for the lesser privileged and the common good.”


Robert Dowling

Bachelor of Arts in International Studies, Virginia Military Institute

Robert Dowling

Following his service as a Military Intelligence Captain in the United States Army, Dowling interned with various legal organizations in the Greater Seattle Area. Dowling’s recent work with land use regulations and contract law in King County furthered his understanding of the law and the implications it has on our society. As a Gregoire Fellow, he looks to expand his legal skills so that he can be an asset to a Seattle firm or company, while completing impactful work for local communities.

“My time as an active-duty service member taught me how to live a life of selfless service and leadership,” he said. “I hope to implement these attributes, along with the skills I will acquire through the Gregoire fellowship, to better serve my clients as a well-rounded attorney. The law is an ever-changing and diverse profession, and I believe the opportunities that the Gregoire fellowship provides will enable me to leave a positive impact on the Seattle legal community for years to come.”


Hope Juzon

Bachelor of Science in Management, Legal Studies major and Marketing minor, Tulane University

Hope Juzon

Throughout her undergraduate studies, Juzon was a community organizer, advocating for information access in the electoral, health and business sectors with campaigns and nonprofit organizations nationwide. As Juzon examined the intersection between her business studies and her advocacy work, she was drawn to the legal profession as a means to protect and uplift underrepresented groups, particularly within the business sector.

“As I continue my efforts to empower historically underrepresented groups, I am honored to have the support of the Gregoire Fellows Program. Through the opportunities and mentorship afforded by the Gregoire Fellowship, I hope to leverage the privilege of the legal profession to further address the inequities I encountered as a community organizer.”


Mackenzie Kinsella

Bachelor of Science in Biology, Pacific Lutheran University
Bachelor of Arts in Women's and Gender Studies, Pacific Lutheran University

Mackenzie Kinsella

During her undergraduate studies, Kinsella was an Act Six Scholar, where she collaborated with other leaders to strengthen diversity and equity on her college campus. Also, she was a Pathways Undergraduate Intern at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. After her undergraduate studies, she worked as a Community Advocate and Support Group Facilitator at the YWCA of Pierce County. In this role, she supported domestic violence survivors in navigating barriers to leaving abusive relationships.

“As a Gregoire Fellow, I am committed to supporting and considering the intersectional identities of underrepresented communities,” she said. “I aim to bring systemic transformation for historically disenfranchised groups to eliminate barriers that keep people from success, achievement and social justice. As a first-generation law student, I am thrilled to be able to represent my Chamorro community and honor all of those who have supported me.”


Jonathan Ng

Bachelor of Arts in English, Yale University
Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, Yale University

Jonathan Ng

For four years, Ng served as a paralegal, first at Curtis Mallet Prevost LLC in International Arbitration representing countries and then at Motley Rice LLC on behalf of consumers, municipalities and companies in Antitrust cases. As a Parole Preparation Project volunteer, Ng advocated for the parole of incarcerated individuals in New York. These roles showed him the practical applications of the law, the intellectual force of legal questions and the impactful results of strong advocacy, especially on behalf of marginalized voices.

“My experiences thus far have proved that strong legal counsel, along with strategic judgment can change lives and communities,” he said. “The Gregoire fellowship’s unique programming will no doubt help me to kickstart my law school journey, and I am grateful to be named a Gregoire Fellow. As a fellow, I am excited to engage with practitioners and leaders to listen, learn and grow into a thoughtful attorney on behalf of my future clients.”


Alexandra Valenti

Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy, University of Washington

Alexandra Valenti

Valenti spent three years on the Lawyer Talent Acquisition team at Davis Wright Tremaine LLP. In this position, she worked with the firm’s attorneys to facilitate hiring of lateral attorneys and law students, confirming her desire to attend law school. Valenti also volunteers as a Committee Member with the Local Indian Child Welfare Advisory Committee for Washington State, where she advises caseworkers by recommending culturally appropriate case plans and services for Indian families.

“I am honored and excited to utilize the mentorship, professional development and networking opportunities provided to me as a Gregoire Fellow,” she said. “It is essential for attorneys use their degrees to advocate for and elevate marginalized voices; I look forward to gaining the necessary skills to promote justice and better serve my community.”