2019-2020 YLD Board Nominations

 

Chair: Larissa Murakami, Schroeter, Goldmark & Bender
I’m honored to be considered for the 2019–2020 chair position for the Young Lawyers Division.

I am a litigation attorney at Schroeter Goldmark & Bender. In addition to being a Trustee of the YLD board, I am also an active member of both the Washington State Joint Asian Judicial Evaluations Committee and the KCBA Diversity Committee.

Being the “new kid on the block” is a familiar role for me. Before moving to Seattle in June of 2016, I had lived in over a dozen cities throughout the U.S. and abroad, including working as a judicial clerk in Illinois and at a legal non-profit in Arizona. Despite that experience, I wasn’t sure how to re-establish myself as a new attorney in an unfamiliar city and was faced with the challenge of rebuilding my social and professional network. However, through the monthly CLEs, happy hours, community service events, and social activities, the YLD helped me quickly find my place in the legal community.

I have been proud to serve on the YLD Board of Trustees for the past two years. On the board, I have enjoyed fostering the development of the YLD community by engaging unfamiliar faces and finding inspiring speakers for our member events. The YLD is a well-connected organization with a large member base and great programming. Regardless of whether someone is a new attorney or new to Seattle, the YLD creates a space where members can connect with one another and the community through a variety of events, leadership roles, and a professional network built on intentional relationships.

As chair, I will continue to prioritize finding new opportunities for the YLD to grow so that it remains a welcoming and accessible resource for current and future members. This includes improving how information is communicated and increasing participation of currently underrepresented groups through relationships with other bar associations. Our legal community is a diverse one, from the practice types represented to the members themselves, and I envision a YLD that is fully inclusive of that diversity.

I am eager to rise to the challenges of this role with a collaborative spirit and dedicated work ethic and look forward to passing on the opportunities and community that the YLD has provided me. Thank you to the YLD membership and the Board of Trustees for this nomination.

 

Trustee: Candace Chuck, Sheer Holt, Woods & Scisciani
I look forward to the continued opportunity to serve as a trustee on the King County Bar Association Young Lawyers Division Board. Since I began to serve as a trustee last July, I have served on the services and communications and outreach committee.

I am an associate attorney at Scheer, Holt, Woods & Scisciani LLP. I graduated from Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana, with a Bachelor’s of Science in Business. I am an alumni of the Seattle University School of Law and graduated as a Pro Bono Outstanding Service Awardee.

I look forward to the continued opportunity to support our legal community and new lawyers as they enter the profession, and am excited for all of the possibilities and outreach this next year will bring.

 

Trustee: Wendy Feng, Dorsey & Whitney
I am honored to be nominated for a position on the Young Lawyers Division Board of Trustees. I grew up in Vancouver, Canada, and moved between several cities across North America before returning to the Pacific Northwest two years ago. I received my undergraduate degree from the University of Toronto and my J.D. from Northwestern University. Since moving to Seattle in 2017, I have made efforts to become involved in the legal community through local organizations, including the KCBA and minority bar associations. I currently serve on the social events committee of the YLD, and hope to expand my involvement throughout my time on the YLD Board.

In my current position at Dorsey & Whitney LLP, I am actively involved in our firm’s pro bono program, and devote hundreds of hours per year to representing clients in various pro bono matters, including civil rights litigations, immigration proceedings, and domestic violence disputes. I previously practiced as an Illinois attorney for two years in Chicago, and worked at the International Criminal Court and Circuit Court of Cook County as an intern during law school. I hope that my diverse background and legal experiences will enable me to bring a unique perspective to the YLD. I look forward to continuing my work with the YLD and contributing to the local legal community for young lawyers.

 

Trustee: Tyler Quillin, Buchalter
I am honored and humbled to be nominated to the Board of Trustees for the King County Bar Association’s Young Lawyer Division. I am excited about the opportunity to serve my new legal community and the greater Puget Sound area, where my family and I now call home. I am currently an associate attorney at Buchalter PC in Seattle, Washington. After earning my Juris Doctor from the University of Washington School of Law, I clerked for Judge Joseph P. Wilson in Snohomish County Superior Court. Prior to law school, I was a teacher. I joined Teach For America and taught 6th and 7th grade special education on the Big Island of Hawai’i, where I earned my Master of Arts degree in special education from Chaminade University of Hawai’i. Before that, I earned dual degrees in Philosophy and English Literature from the Honors College at the University of Arizona.

I have served as a regional president and national vice president of the Hispanic National Bar Association’s Law Student Division. I currently serve on the Teach For America – Washington Alumni Board and the Latino/a Bar Association of Washington’s Judicial Evaluation Committee. I am also a pro bono attorney for the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project.

I am eager to leverage my diverse professional and life experience to serve the YLD community – supporting new and young lawyers, and fostering the collegial and inclusive legal community I wish to practice in.

 

Trustee: Tim Stienstraw, BakerHostetler
I am honored to be nominated to the Young Lawyers Division Board of Trustees here in King County, my adopted home. The YLD has afforded me the best opportunity to make new friends and connections in the legal community since my husband and I relocated to Seattle. I am eager to help make the YLD’s valuable services and programming available to new and aspiring attorneys.

I received my J.D. from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. After passing the bar exam in 2010, I worked as an Assistant District Attorney. I transitioned to civil practice in 2014, focusing predominantly on commercial litigation and legal malpractice defense. I am now happy to be practicing as an associate in the Privacy and Data Protection practice group at BakerHostetler. My practice focuses on cybersecurity incident response and privacy law compliance.

As a transplant in a city that is growing every day, I hope I will offer a valuable perspective and serve as a resource for the many YLD members who are new to Seattle. I have greatly enjoyed participating in the YLD and volunteering my time on the Social Events Committee, and I look forward to being of service to the organization for years to come.

 

Lay Trustee: Alexis Knutson, Tsongas Litigation Consulting
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, before continuing on to fill a full two-year term. During my time with the YLD, I have served as a member of the nomination team for Mentor of the Year, presented three CLEs to YLD members, and coordinated the first silent auction at the Winter Soiree, which raised approximately $4,000 for the chosen non-profit.

I am a Consultant and Research Manager 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.