Julie Wilson-McNerney, President: Julie is an associate attorney at Perkins Coie, where she focuses on environmental litigation and project permitting. Prior to joining Perkins Coie, she worked as a legal intern at the Arizona Attorney General's Office in the Natural Resources Section. She served as Vice-President of Pride Law, the LGBT law student organization at the University of Arizona College of Law, and has been a member of the National LGBT Bar Association since 2011. Julie joined us as a new board member of the QLaw Foundation in 2014. In her free time, Julie enjoys watching the Rat City Rollergirls and kayaking with her wife.


Terry Price, President-Elect: Terry is the Associate Director of the health law program at the University of Washington School of Law. Prior to this position, Terry worked for four and a half years for the Washington State Legislature House Democratic Caucus on judiciary, public safety and early learning and family services issues. He clerked for Judge Christine Quinn-Brintnall at the Washington State Court of Appeals, and previously served on the QLaw Association Board of Directors. He is also a graduate of the Washington Leadership Institute and has a Master's in Social Work in addition to his law degree. When not at work, Terry and his husband Joe spend as much time as possible traveling.


Isaac Ruiz, Vice-President: Isaac is a partner with Keller Rohrback L.L.P. in Seattle. He received his B.A. from the University of Texas at Austin and his J.D., magna cum laude, from Notre Dame Law School. After law school, Isaac served as a judicial law clerk for the Honorable Carlos F. Lucero of the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit in Denver, Colorado. Isaac represents insurance claimants and people who have been seriously injured by others. He is the author of Washington's Insurance Fair Conduct Act: Cases and Analysis, published in 2014. Isaac has a personal website, www.100percentisaac.com.

Susi Stuart, Treasurer:  Susi is an associate at ÆON Law, a high-tech IP firm, and focuses her practice primarily on trademark and copyright law. Originally from Minnesota (and also a graduate of Hamline University’s School of Law, alongside Julie Shefchik), she moved to Seattle in order to practice tech related law and to live and participate in a community more welcoming of people from different walks of life. Susi lives on the Hill with her two cats and spends her free time hiking and playing video games.


Yvonne Curtis, Secretary:  Yvonne Curtis’ practice focuses on criminal and family law. Before opening her own firm, Yvonne was a public defender in King County for 18 years where she represented adults and juveniles charged with felony and misdemeanor offenses.  Yvonne is also a member of the QLaw LBGT Bar Association Board.


Kim Gunning, Past-President:  Kim is an Assistant Attorney General in the Consumer Protection Division of the Washington State Attorney General’s Office.  She investigates potential violations of Washington’s consumer protection laws, litigates enforcement actions, and is the Appellate Advisor to the Consumer Protection Division.  Kim was part of the AGO team awarded the King County Bar Association’s President’s Award in 2015 for work on a case involving sexual orientation discrimination in public accommodation.   Before joining the AGO in 2013, Kim was in private practice for 9 years, focusing on complex civil litigation and appeals on behalf of consumers and employees.  She has taught legal writing as an adjunct instructor at Seattle University School of Law, is the former amicus coordinator of the Northwest Consumer Law Center, and served as co-chair of the QLaw Association’s Judicial Evaluation Committee from 2012 to 2014.  In her free time, Kim enjoys attending screenings at Seattle’s many film festivals, traveling to new places, Scrabble, volunteering at Seattle Area Feline Rescue, a no-kill cat shelter, and chasing her own cats, Chai and Retta.


Cynthia Buhr: Cynthia’s practice focuses on family law and related areas, including estate planning, adoptions and dissolutions. She served as the 2009-2010 President of QLaw: The GLBT Bar Association of Washington and is a 2009 graduate of the Washington State Bar Association Leadership Institute. Prior to re-joining the boards of QLaw, she spent a few years on the board of Out for Sustainability. In her free time, Cynthia enjoys movies, music and going to concerts.


Jefferson Coulter:  Jefferson is the Senior Attorney for the Pasco field office of the Northwest Justice Project. He works on issues involving predatory lending, illegal debt collection, barriers to employment, access to healthcare and offender reentry. Prior to relocating to the Tricities area, he was in private practice in Seattle where he litigated cases in the areas of intellectual property infringement and unfair competition. He received his JD from Gonzaga University in 1998. He enjoys tending his massive garden and is an avid beekeeper.

Dominiqué Jinhong:  Dominiqué is an Industrial Appeals Judge for the Washington State Board of Industrial Insurance Appeals.  She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Puget Sound, and her Juris Doctorate from Seattle University School of Law in 1998.  She is a fellow of Leadership Tomorrow (2013), the WSBA Judicial Institute (2012), and the Mendoza School of Business at Notre Dame. Prior to her appointment to the Board of Industrial Insurance Appeals, she was a Special Assistant U.S. Attorney with the Social Security Administration, a Judge Advocate in the Army, a county prosecutor, and a senior civil rights litigator with the City of Seattle handling the Seattle Police Department's high profile Section 1983 Civil Rights suits in state and federal court. Before becoming a lawyer, Judge Jinhong was a potter and banker.


Athanasios Papailiou:  Athan is a judicial law clerk to Justice Debra Stephens of the Washington Supreme Court.  A Pacific Northwest native, Athan received his B.S. in Biology from the University of Oregon, where he served as Student Senate President.  He received his J.D., magna cum laude, from the University of Arizona, where he studied juror decision-making as a member of the Law & Behavior Research Lab.  His scholarly interests include neuroscience and the law.  Before attending law school, Athan worked as a Research Assistant at Oregon Health & Science University.  His research investigating the efficacy of jury instructions addressing the unreliability of eyewitness identification evidence was recently featured on NPR’s morning edition.  In his free time, Athan enjoys writing postcards, attending concerts, and Scandinavian design.


Laurie Powers:  Laurie is the Director of the Center for Professional Development at Gonzaga University School of Law, where she works with students to find and follow their unique career paths.   She originally joined Gonzaga as the Assistant Director of the Center for Law in Public Service and Moderate Means Program staff attorney.  Prior to that, Laurie opened the Spokane office of the Unemployment Law Project, which she ran for 5 years. She was in private practice with a Bellingham firm for 5 years before spending 8 years as a domestic violence staff attorney and executive director of a legal aid program.  Laurie has been repeatedly named as a Top Lawyer in Spokane Coeur d’Alene Living Magazine, and has been recognized by the WSBA as a “Local Hero.” She received her JD from the University of Washington School of Law in 1991, where she met her husband, Breean Beggs.  Together, they have lots of adventures pursuing justice in Spokane while trying to keep up with their three teenagers.

Julie Shefchik: Julie is a Seattle area attorney, dedicated to practicing pro bono family and probate law and volunteering with the area's free legal clinics. Originally from Alaska, she comes to Seattle as a graduate of Hamline School of Law. As an employee of Lighthouse E-Discovery, Julie practices law in her spare time as a solo attorney and has been volunteering with the QLaw Foundation GLBT Legal Clinic since May 2013. As the chair of the Legal Clinic Committee, she is focusing on meeting the current needs of clients, while looking for expansion possibilities to serve more clients.


Spencer Thorson:  Spencer currently serves as law clerk/bailiff to The Honorable Patrick H. Oishi in King County Superior Court.  Previously, he filled the same position for The Honorable Mariane C. Spearman.  During law school, Spencer was a Board Member, Vice-President, and then President of the Seattle University OUTLaws, the LGBT law student association.  Spencer was thrilled to join the QLaw Foundation as a new board member in 2016. In his spare time, he enjoys karaoke, reading, watching “water cooler” TV shows (read: Game of Thrones) with groups of friends, playing Mario Kart with his boyfriend, and going to the grocery store every single day of his life, for some reason. ​


​Adrien Leavitt: Adrien is a public defender with the King County Department of Public Defense, where he currently represents individuals charged with felony offenses. In addition to his work as a criminal defense attorney, Adrien is active in legal community providing resources and support for transgender people. Outside of legal work, Adrien is an avid photographer and, in his free time, enjoys spending time with his Great Dane, Fern. Adrien joins the board in 2017.

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