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February 2014 Bar Bulletin

Joel Benoliel To Receive Norm Maleng Award


The Center for Children & Youth Justice will honor retired Costco Chief Legal Counsel Joel Benoliel with the seventh annual Norm Maleng Advocate for Youth Award, to be presented at a breakfast fundraiser for the Center at 7 a.m. on Thursday, March 6, at the Sheraton Seattle Hotel.

Judge Jimmie M. Edwards, recipient of the prestigious William H. Rehnquist Award for Judicial Excellence and founder of the Innovative Concept Academy in St. Louis, will be the keynote speaker for the breakfast. A minimum donation of $150 will be requested at the event.

As a tireless advocate for children in foster care, Benoliel serves on boards and committees of many different nonprofit organizations dedicated to helping vulnerable children and youth. In 2005, he was appointed by Gov. Chris Gregoire to the Washington Council for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect, where he served as vice chair.

A Seattle native and University of Washington Law School graduate, Benoliel has had a remarkable local legal career. He joined Costco in 1992 and served as senior vice president and chief legal officer, retiring from the company in 2013 and currently serving as an emeritus officer.

"CCYJ is proud to honor the legacy of Norm Maleng by recognizing Joel Benoliel as the 2014 recipient of the Advocate for Youth Award," said CCYJ Founding President and CEO Bobbe Bridge. "We look forward to bringing the community together to celebrate Joel's community service and to support CCYJ's work to improve the lives of kids in the foster care and youth justice systems."

In addition to presenting the Maleng Award to Benoliel, CCYJ will recognize Judge Jim Doerty and Judge Patricia Clark with the President's Award for their service on the King County Superior Court.

Named in honor of the late King County prosecuting attorney, the Norm Maleng Advocate for Youth Award recognizes those who show exemplary leadership, dedication and commitment to the youth and families of Washington. Previous recipients include Seattle Seahawks Coach Pete Carroll, the Maleng family, Perkins Coie LLC, Anne Ramsay-Jenkins of the College Success Foundation, Jim Mallahan, and The Seattle Times and reporter Sara Jean Green.

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