March 2012 Bar Bulletin
YLD Winter Gala Honors Mentors of the Year
On February 10, nearly 75 members and friends of the King County Bar Association Young Lawyers Division gathered at the W Hotel to celebrate a year of service, friendship and mentorship at the Seventh Annual YLD Winter Gala.
The Gala served as an opportunity for young lawyers to network with one another and with other members and supporters of the KCBA. However, the highlight of the evening was honoring those attorneys who had been nominated by YLD members for the Outstanding Mentor of the Year Award, which this year was presented to Theo Angelis, a partner at K&L Gates LLP, and Jill Pugh, owner of the Law Office of D. Jill Pugh.
Angelis focuses his practice on appellate and constitutional litigation and on intellectual property litigation. Angelis's nominator stressed his integrity, involvement with the community, including as a former member of the KCBA Board of Trustees and as a leader of the Federal Bar Association for the Western District of Washington, and the support and encouragement that he provides young attorneys.
Pugh's nomination focused on her strong support and mentoring of new solo practitioners. Her nominator stressed that, in the current economic environment where many young attorneys are entering solo practice, the kind of mentorship Pugh offers is particularly important. Pugh currently serves on the KCBA Board of Trustees and has been a leader with the Washington State Association for Justice.
The Outstanding Mentor of the Year Award is designed to honor individuals who have made substantial contributions to the teaching and training of one or more young lawyers of a legal or non-legal nature, to the KCBA Mentor Programs or both. In addition to Angelis and Pugh, the nominees were: