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.
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.
Lisa Nowlin: Lisa is an associate with Keller Rohrback L.L.P., where her practice focuses on complex civil litigation. Before joining Keller Rohrback, Lisa clerked for the Honorable Gladys Kessler of the United States District Court for the District of Columbia and was an associate with Paul Hastings LLP in Washington, D.C. She received her B.A. from Seattle University and her J.D. from New York University School of Law, where she helped found the LGBTQ Rights Clinic. Outside of the law, Lisa enjoys attending live theatre, traveling, and craft cocktails.
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.
Kasha Roseta: Kasha is a Program Supervisor with the Equity and Civil Rights Office at the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) in Olympia. In this position, Kasha works with parents, students, and school employees to resolve allegations of discrimination, conduct civil rights trainings, and monitor school districts for compliance with civil rights laws. Prior to joining OSPI, Kasha spent two years practicing law in the private sector and five years teaching English and running the athletics department at Billings Middle School in Seattle. Originally from Oregon, she earned her law degree from Seattle University, her M.P.A. from the University of Washington, and her undergraduate degree from Northwestern University, where she also competed in Division I college soccer (Go Wildcats!). She enjoys trail running, reading historical fiction, watching college sports, spending time with her wife and their two dogs, and working to maintain her current title as the world’s best aunt.
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.