Sher Kung served on board of directors of both the QLaw Foundation and the QLaw Association from 2011-2013. She was a leader on both boards, but her desire to help underserved communities reached beyond a single issue area and, sadly, beyond the time she was allotted on this earth.
Sher was killed on August 29, 2014, when she was struck by a vehicle while cycling to her job as an attorney at Perkins Coie. She is survived by her beloved partner Christine Sanders, also a QLaw leader, and their beautiful daughter Bryn.
In her mere 31 years of life, Sher built a rich legacy as a community leader and attorney. A graduate of Brown University and U.C. Hastings College of Law, she made an enormous difference in the lives of so many people through her legal work, her community activities, and her warmth and generosity.
Sher served as counsel in the ground-breaking case of Witt v. U.S. Dep’t of Air Force, in which a federal court struck down the discharge of Major Margaret Witt under the so-called “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy. She devoted a significant portion of her legal practice to pro bono work, including advocacy on behalf of domestic abuse survivors at the Eastside Legal Assistance Program.
Sher also made a difference through her incredible openness and generosity of spirit. She was a great friend to many, and always sought to build community and connections between people – both new friends and old.
In honor of Sher and her great contributions to Washington’s LGBT community and to so many people, the QLaw Foundation has named its Fellowship Program in her memory.