Students at the UW School of Law are what make our law school community special. While all of our students lead busy lives inside and outside of the classroom, our SAC Members are willing to answer questions, offer candid advice and share their law school experiences.

Feel free to contact any of our ambassadors to learn more about them and their decision to choosing the University of Washington.

Gabrielle Apana, 3L (PILA Ambassador)

Gabrielle Apana


Hometown: Vancouver, WA
Undergrad Institution: University of California, Los Angeles
Undergrad Major: Sociology
Law School Activities: Public Interest Law Association RSO Relations Chair, UW National Lawyers Guild, Washington Innocence Project, Tribal Court Clinic
Professional Experience: Summer Intern at Thurston County Prosecuting Attorney's Office, Volunteer at National Crime Victim Law Institute, Expert Witness Researcher for a private defense firm
Why I chose UW Law: I wanted to return to my Washington roots to practice law and Seattle is full of opportunities for aspiring lawyers. I was also drawn to the passion and expertise of the faculty and students. Finally, the opportunity to work in the Tribal Court Clinic is incredible.

Lauren Hunady, 2L (PILA Ambassador)

Lauren Hunady


Hometown: Atlanta, GA
Undergrad Institution: Emory University
Undergrad Major: Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
Law School Activities: Public Interest Law Association, Students for Labor and Employment Justice, National Lawyers Guild, 1L Mock Trial Competition Professional Experience: I’m K-JD, so I went straight from undergrad to law school without any time off! While in college, I took positions as: Legal Intern at ACLU of Georgia; Organizing Fellow at NARAL Pro-Choice America; Legal Volunteer at Partnership Against Domestic Violence; as well as some social science research fellowships.
Why I chose UW Law: I was/am excited to experience a new part of the country, collaborate with like-minded students and faculty, and attend a school with the ability to concentrate in a legal discipline.

Karla Partida Castro, 2L (PILA Ambassador)

Karla Partida Castro


Hometown: Moses Lake, WA
Undergrad Institution: Gonzaga University
Undergrad Major: Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, Criminology, International Relations
Law School Activities: Public Interest Law Association (Diversity Advisor), Student Advocates for Immigrant Justice, Women's Law Caucus
Professional Experience: Naturalization Counselor, Legal Assistant in Social Security Disability
Why I chose UW Law: I grew up in rural eastern Washington, where I witnessed a need for legal advocates. UW Law provides me with the best professional opportunities to serve my community.