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: Kelli Currie, currently serving as YLD Vice Chair,
for a one-year term as Chair of the YLD; D. Jack Guthrie, John Hardie, Larissa Murakami, and Geoff Palachuk, each for
three-year member terms.; Alexis Knutson, 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 3:00pm Thursday, May 18, 2017. For more
information about the petition process, please contact the Member Services Manager, Christine Dreps, by email at email@example.com or by telephone at (206) 267-7003.
It is an honor to be considered for the position of chair of the Young Lawyers Division for the 2017–2018 year.
I am an adjunct faculty member at Seattle University and teach several courses in the Master of Sport Administration
and Leadership and Master of Fine Arts Leadership programs, including Legal Issues in Sport and Law and the Arts.
I’m also an active pro-bono volunteer with the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project.
I was born and raised in California and found my way to Seattle twelve years ago by way of Washington, D.C. A 2014
graduate of Seattle University School of Law, I earned both a law degree and a Master’s in Sport Administration
and Leadership. My husband and I instantly fell in love with Seattle and we are thrilled to be able to raise
our two children in such an urban, yet approachable, city.
In my spare time, I volunteer delivering leadership programming, and I serve on advisory boards overseeing project
and property management. My professional experience in business operations prior to law school and my experience
as a non-traditional student transitioning into a legal career while juggling a busy family offers me a unique
perspective on the challenges faced by new and young lawyers today.
Over the last two years, I have been proud to serve on the YLD Board of Trustees. The YLD has played a significant
role in welcoming both new and young attorneys to the profession by helping to create a sense of community for
our diverse membership. Through happy hours, mentorship brown bag lunches, CLEs, social events, and community
service activities, YLD members find mentors, make friends, and cultivate connections that may follow them through
As chair, I will continue to support the YLD’s mission with enthusiasm and dedication. I will ensure the YLD
continues to deliver on the excellent programming we already do so well and find new opportunities to support
our members, especially as our membership grows to include new lawyers transitioning from a non-traditional educational
experience and new lawyers juggling the demands of young families as they begin their careers.
I look forward to what we can accomplish together in the coming year, and I thank the YLD and the Board of Trustees
for this nomination.
Member Candidates (Three Year Term)
D. Jack Guthrie
D. Jack Guthrie is an associate at Patterson Buchanan Fobes & Leitch Inc. P.S. >He manages risk and defends
individuals, corporations and municipal entities against simple and catastrophic tort claims, employment actions,
and abuse of civil rights allegations. His practice often involves complex and multiparty litigation. He serves
as an Author for Criminal Trial Practices and Techniques, Chapter 17 of the Washington Lawyers Practice Manual,
an annually updated resource published by the King County Bar Association. Jack is a Seattle native and cares
deeply both about supporting King County’s vibrant legal community and access to justice in the Pacific
Northwest as a whole. He is eager to serve as a Trustee of the Young Lawyers Division, to help young lawyers
transition into the practice of law, and to assist them as they build their practices.
It is humbling to be considered as a nominee to the YLD Board of Trustees. By way of introduction, April marks my
first full year of law practice. Recently, I started a law firm with a partner at Bharti Hardie PLLC. We focus
on representing individuals and families with injury claims and litigation. Though my firm is new, and I have
been a lawyer for merely a year, I started participating in KCBA YLD activities during law school.
I attended law school at Seattle University School of Law in the part-time program, and graduated in December 2015.
Before and during law school, I worked for a large state-wide labor union where I served on several committees
and work groups. During law school, I had the distinct honor of working as an extern for The Honorable Stephen
J. Dwyer at the Washington Court of Appeals. In the summer before my final year of law school, I was delighted
to receive formative work experience at Connelly Law Offices.
As a lawyer, I have also enjoyed serving as a clinic volunteer at the Schroeter Goldmark & Bender and Latina/o
Bar Association of Washington free legal clinic at El Centro de la Raza—and participating as a member of
the William L. Dwyer American Inn of Court, an organization devoted to ethics, professionalism, and civility
in law practice.
I see the YLD as a means for connecting new lawyers and the legal community in way that enhances service to our clients
and communities. The YLD has helped me stay connected and grounded through many educational and networking events,
like CLE programs and happy hours, and service opportunities, like volunteering with the Union Gospel Mission
Search & Rescue. If elected, I look forward to helping maintain YLD’s steady tradition of education,
mentoring, and service. Thank you.
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 moved to Seattle in June 2016, I appreciate how welcoming and supportive YLD has been by creating
community events which foster meaningful professional connections.
After graduating from The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law, I clerked for U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Timothy
A. Barnes in Chicago, Illinois, and then volunteered with Community Legal Services in Phoenix, Arizona. I recently
accepted a position at Antoinette M. Davis Law, PLLC, a consumer law firm.
As a trustee, I look forward to using my broad experience from other organizations to contribute to growing an inclusive
and active community for other new and young attorneys.
I am honored and excited to be nominated for a position on the YLD Board of Trustees.
I received my B.S. from the University of Oregon, and my J.D. from Notre Dame Law School. My practice involves a
wide variety of commercial construction litigation and dispute resolution.
I grew up in the Pacific Northwest and have always been involved in community outreach. Through my past experiences
on a wide range of boards, each with diverse personalities, I will bring a diplomatic and evenhanded voice to
the Board of Trustees. This opportunity will allow me to advance our current YLD programming, incorporate farther-reaching
efforts for solo practitioners and new attorneys, and better integrate the YLD with local service opportunities.
I look forward to the opportunity to expand the reach of our exemplary legal network.
Lay Member Candidate (Two Year Term)
I look forward to the opportunity to continue to serve on the KCBA YLD Board of Trustees. I have served as a lay
board member since February 2017 when I was selected to fill a partial term. During my time with the YLD, I have
served as a member of the nomination team for Mentor of the Year and presented two CLEs on communicating with
I am an associate consultant at Tsongas Litigation Consulting, responsible for conducting pre-trial research, preparing
witnesses for deposition and trial testimony, and assisting in developing case strategy. I graduated with a Bachelor’s
degree in Psychology from Gonzaga University before receiving a Master’s degree in Psychological Science
and Law from University of Colorado, Colorado Springs.
As a non-lawyer with an interest in the intersection of psychology/communication and the legal system, I bring a
diverse perspective to the YLD. I hope to share this perspective with others who are early in their career development.
I look forward to staying involved with this great group of young professionals.