After a thorough application and interview process in which a number of great candidates came forward, the King County Bar Association Young Lawyers Division (YLD) Nominations Committee has nominated a slate of candidates for the upcoming vacancies on the Young Lawyers Division Board of Trustees.
The Committee has nominated one candidate for each open position as follows: Erick Reitz, currently serving as YLD Vice Chair, for a one-year term as Chair of the YLD; Nathan Benjamin, Kelly Paradis, & Lisa Chaiet Rahman for three-year member terms; Joseph Terrenzio for a three-year member term (after previously serving a partial term); and Nicole Bogrand for a two-year lay member term.
YLD members and lay members who wish to challenge the slate may run against the above-named candidates for member and lay member trustee positions by submitting a petition signed by at least five members of the YLD in good standing (25 signatures required if challenging the chair position) and filing that petition with the office of the King County Bar Association on or before 3:00 p.m. Thursday, May 24, 2018. For more information about the petition process please contact, Christine Dreps, KCBA Membership Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 206-267-7003.
An electronic election will occur only if a petition to challenge one or more candidates is received be the May 24 deadline. If an election is required, members will be sent a voting link by May 30, via their email addresses on file with KCBA.
The KCBA YLD expresses its thanks to the YLD Nominations Committee, which was comprised of YLD board members and non-board members, for their efforts to recommend candidates to the YLD membership: Kelli Currie, Erick Reitz, Peter Talevich, Miriam Gordon, and Joseph Terrenzio.
It is my honor to be considered for chair of the Young Lawyers Division for the 2018-19 year.
I am an associate with Mondress Monaco Parr Lockwood, practicing in Employee Benefits. In addition to my involvement in the YLD, I’m an active volunteer for the YLD’s Walk-in Neighborhood Legal Clinic and former volunteer at the Housing Justice Project.
I grew up in Eagle River, Alaska and spent nine years in Nebraska for college, law school, and a two-year judicial clerkship. After so much time in Nebraska, I was anxious to get back to the PNW and so moved here to Seattle in September 2015. I’ve loved it ever since—even the rainy seasons.
Moving to a new city without much of a network was a daunting task, but the events and the connectedness provided by KCBA (and the YLD specifically) made a huge impact. Through KCBA, I found volunteering opportunities, a friendly network for my job search, and many new and young attorneys who were either in my position or had been recently. It is with this perspective that I joined the YLD’s Board of Trustees—hoping to enhance its position as a gateway for attorneys who are not only new to the profession but also new to the city.
Over the last two years, I have been proud to serve on the YLD Board of Trustees. During that time, the YLD has hosted events connecting new attorneys to one another, their profession, the Seattle legal community and the community at large. We have done this through community service activities, free CLEs, social and networking events, brown bag mentorship lunches, pro bono opportunities, and more.
As chair, I will continue fostering the connectedness the YLD brings to new attorneys—whether through new network connections, friends, or mentors. I will also ensure that YLD continues its successful programming while also developing new events and projects so that we can provide the same types of opportunities to all new or young attorneys—regardless of factors such as job status, practice area, or life stage.
I look forward to working with you all in the coming year, and I wish to thank the YLD and the Board of Trustees for this nomination.
Member Candidates (Three Year Term)
I am honored to be nominated to the Board of Trustees for the Young Lawyers Division and I am excited for the opportunity to serve. Having grown up in Seattle, I am truly invested in this city and excited to help create a thriving legal community that fosters meaningful professional connections. I received my B.S. from the Barrett Honors College at Arizona State University, and my J.D. from Gonzaga University School of Law. Since passing the bar in 2015, I have worked at Benjamin Law Group, PLLC, where we handle personal injury, family law, and estates. I look forward to representing the interests of solo practitioners and small firms on the YLD board.
This past year I was able to assist current YLD board members on awards selections committees, which further cemented my drive to take on a larger role as a board member. As a trustee, I look forward to using experiences from my alumni board positions and leadership roles to contribute to growing an inclusive and active community for other new and young attorneys.
I am honored to be nominated for a position on the Young Lawyers Division Board of Trustees. I have lived in Seattle for almost 10 years, and I am excited to give back to the community that I am proud to call home.
I received my B.A. from the George Washington University and my J.D. from the University of Washington School of Law. After law school, I served as a law clerk for Judge Ronald E. Cox, Judge Mary Kay Becker, and Judge Michael J. Trickey at the Washington State Court of Appeals Division One. Following my clerkships, I joined the Washington State Attorney General’s Office for a fellowship with the Solicitor General’s Office. I now work as an Assistant Attorney General in the Criminal Justice Division. I am deeply committed to public service and would bring this passion to my work on the YLD board. I look forward to the opportunity to advance the YLD’s mission, support new attorneys, and serve our local legal community.
Lisa Chaiet Rahman
Thank you for your consideration as a nominee to the YLD Board of Trustees. After ten years of public service in outdoor education and youth-serving nonprofits, I attended University of California Berkeley School of Law to pursue a second career as a lawyer. I am currently an associate at Hillis Clark Martin & Peterson. My practice focuses on environmental law, including complex real estate transactions and environmental litigation. During law school, I summered at the Western District of Washington U.S. Attorney’s Office and externed at the Federal Public Defender’s Office. I believe that my pre-law professional experience will help me serve the YLD Board of Trustees. As a nonprofit program director, I hired, trained, and supervised seasonal and permanent employees, served as a staff liaison to a nonprofit Board of Directors, and participated on Board committees. I managed volunteers, oversaw operations budgets, and drafted and implemented risk management policies and procedures. As a member of the Board of Trustees, I look forward to supporting new lawyers, particularly those pursuing second or third careers.
I am honored and excited for the opportunity to return to the YLD Board for three additional years of service. As a Seattle native who studied, lived, and worked elsewhere before moving back, I know the challenges of entering the legal market here. Having worked in mission-driven legal education, private practice, and legal regulatory work, I am familiar with a wide array of career pathways for new and young attorneys. As the YLD Vice-Chair, I am eager to continuing the great work the YLD does. I hope to continue developing new programming and opportunities with a particular eye towards new and young attorneys adjusting to legal practice and the changing dynamics of Seattle, and non-traditional legal career paths. I look forward to what we can achieve in the coming years and thank the Board and the community for their support.
Lay Member Candidate (Two Year Term)
I would like to take the time to thank the board for this great opportunity. I am honored to be nominated for the KCBA YLD Board of Trustees and am excited to serve. As a senior consultant in the Construction Claim area of Navigant Consulting, I analyze and audit construction claims. In addition, I assist expert witnesses with their testimony of those construction claims. I graduated from the University of Washington with a double major in Political Science and Economics. As a consultant, I will bring a distinct perspective to the board through the lens of accounting and finance. I look forward to bringing that fresh perspective to the team!