2015-2016 YLD Board Nominations Announced
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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 nominated one candidate for each open position as follows: Peter Talevich, currently serving as YLD Vice Chair, for a one-year term as Chair of the YLD; Kelli Currie, Travis Dailey, Shaina Johnson, and Amy Nelson, each for three-year member terms; and Jonathan Lytle, 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 and filing that petition with the office of the King County Bar Association on or before Friday, May 15, 2015. For more information about the petition process, please contact the Member Services Manager, Christine Dreps, by email at chrisd@kcba.org or by telephone at (206) 267-7003.

Peter Talevich

Member - Three Year Term
Kelli Currie
Travis Dailey
Shaina Johnson
Amy Nelson

Lay Member - Two Year Term
Jonathan Lytle


Peter Talevich

I am greatly honored to be considered for the position of Chair of the Young Lawyers Division for the 2015-2016 year.

I am an associate at K&L Gates LLP practicing in the area of commercial disputes. After attending University of Notre Dame, I graduated from Seattle University School of Law in 2009. A native of this area, I grew up in North Bend and now live in West Seattle. In addition to working at my firm, I volunteer at the KCBA's Housing Justice Project and serve as Editor in Chief of the KCBA-produced Washington Lawyers Practice Manual. During my spare time, I enjoy being outside and attending sporting events, especially the Mariners and Sounders.

I have served as Trustee of the YLD for two years, and this year served as Vice Chair of the YLD. From my own experience, and from my experience working on the YLD, I know that being a new lawyer is both exciting and nerve-wracking. It’s much easier to navigate a new profession when you have a mentor, friends in the same boat, and proper training. YLD has played a significant role in the legal community in welcoming new lawyers to the profession and introducing them to professional contacts and potential role models. YLD’s educational and professional development roles in the new lawyer community are also significant. And YLD increases access to justice by providing a free, walk-in legal clinic for pro se litigants at the King County Courthouse in Seattle.

As chair, I will ensure that the YLD continues to offer excellent and free CLEs targeting issues of consequence to new lawyers, fun opportunities to socialize with other new lawyers, and opportunities for community involvement. I will also push the YLD to broaden the services it provides to new lawyers, for example, by offering particularized benefits to small and solo practitioners and by pursuing more opportunities to provide mentoring to new attorneys.

I look forward to continuing to further these goals as Chair. Thank you to the Young Lawyers Division and its Board of Trustees for this nomination.

Kelli Currie

It is an honor to be slated as a KCBA Young Lawyers Division Trustee. As a two-year recipient of the King County Bar Foundation Diversity Scholarship, I am excited for the opportunity to give back to KCBA. I am a 2014 graduate of Seattle University School of Law and a sole practitioner supporting small businesses while also teaching as an adjunct professor.

Currently, I am an active volunteer with the KCBA Family Law Mentor program and firmly believe that active membership in the bar association, along with pro-bono work, is an integral part to growing a practice that supports my commitments to my clients and my desire for work-life balance.

In the community, I serve on advisory boards responsible for leadership and event programming, project management, and property management. My responsibilities in these other endeavors translate well the goals of the Young Lawyers Division in working closely with the law schools and young lawyers in supporting their transition to practice. Additionally, my experience as a non-traditional student transitioning into a legal career while juggling a busy family life and two small children offers a unique perspective on today's experiences among the Young Lawyers Division. I look forward to brining my experiences to the Young Lawyers Division discussions.

KCBA and the Young Lawyers Division have continued to provide fantastic opportunities for attorneys beginning their careers to engage with and give back to their legal community. I am eager to become an active part of supporting the diverse interests of KCBA's young and aspiring lawyers.

Travis Dailey

I am excited to serve the Young Lawyers Division’s Board of Trustees. I will build upon the Board’s great work this year scheduling and organizing CLEs and other events that are directly relevant to young lawyers’ new and developing practices. The input from YLD membership has been invaluable, and I will help make sure that events continue to be practical and helpful. I also look forward to continuing the growth and success of the YLD Walk-in Clinic. Most of all, I want to get young lawyers involved in the KCBA and connected to the great community of lawyers here in King County. I am a third-year associate at Riddell Williams, where my practice focuses mostly on commercial litigation and creditors’ rights/bankruptcy matters. Thank you for your consideration.

Shaina Johnson

I am excited about the opportunity to serve on the KCBA YLD Board of Trustees. I received my B.A. from Boston University, and my law degree from American University Washington College of Law. Currently, I am an associate at Betts Patterson & Mines, where my practice is primarily in complex litigation and insurance defense, with a focus on commercial litigation. I have greatly benefited from participating in KCBA YLD programs and events such as the Walk-in Clinic, CLEs, and social events, since I moved to Seattle from Washington, DC. I look forward to supporting the KCBA YLD’s programs, expanding my professional network, and helping other young lawyers to get involved in their local community.

Amy Nelson

I am honored to be nominated for the YLD Board of Trustees, King County Bar Association.

I am a litigation associate at Dorsey & Whitney LLP. My practice covers a broad spectrum, including securities litigation, healthcare litigation, and federal and state investigations. Prior to joining Dorsey’s Seattle office, I practiced with Dorsey in Minneapolis and with Cahill Gordon & Reindel in New York.

I have served in a volunteer capacity for a variety of community organizations, including as a board member with both Washington Appleseed and Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest Young Professionals. I recently coordinated a firmwide pro bono program through which over 40 attorneys worked to draft a reentry guide to provide information about the rights and obligations of individuals transitioning out of jail and prison. I am also active in local and national politics, most recently serving as a national co-chair for Gen44, the under-40 arm of the 2012 Obama Victory Fund.

I'm excited for the opportunity to play a part in helping young attorneys in King County grow their practices, liaise with seasoned mentors, and work on important pro bono initiatives.

Thank you for your support, and thank you for your participation in KCBA.

Jonathan Lytle

I am honored to be nominated to continue serving as KCBA Young Lawyer lay board member. I have served as a lay board member since late 2014 when I was selected to fill a partial term. I have served as a member of the Social Committee and was recently a member of the nomination team for Mentor of the Year and look forward to continued involvement.

I am a Consultant and the Research Manager at Tsongas Litigation Consulting. Tsongas is a full service litigation consulting firm, providing a range of research and trial consulting services, including case strategy, pre-trial jury research, development of case themes, witness preparation, and jury selection, among others. I received my doctorate in Social Psychology from Temple University in 2009, before relocating to Seattle.

I am happy to be nominated to continue serving the YLD as a board member for a full term.


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