May 2014 Bar Bulletin
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Fond Farewell for HJP Volunteer

 

For the past year and half, Dan McGivern has been one of the Housing Justice Project's most dedicated volunteers. Sadly for us, he has accepted a position in Arizona.

McGivern currently works on equal employment opportunity issues for the Boeing Company, investigating cases of harassment and discrimination, ensuring that Boeing remains in compliance with employment laws, and training managers and employees on employee rights. Before working for Boeing, McGivern had extensive experience working on criminal defense cases. Working with a professor during law school, McGivern successfully petitioned Governor Chris Gregoire to pardon a client convicted of felony drug possession.

"Dan is quite possibly the perfect volunteer," said Ellen Reed, program coordinator for HJP Seattle. "It's rare to find a person who is so compassionate, respectful, smart, practical, and on top of all that, reliable. In addition, he's an amazing mentor to the newer volunteers. He is irreplaceable and will be missed greatly at HJP Seattle."

His experience interviewing clients and developing client stories has been an enormous benefit to HJP clients. Despite working a full-time job, McGivern has volunteered every Tuesday morning at HJP, which is our busiest day in clinic. He has trained many of our current volunteers and on multiple occasions he has successfully represented clients at contested show cause hearings.

Although he is moving to Arizona, McGivern will continue working on employment issues for Boeing, this time working in dispute resolution. They don't know it yet, but the Arizona legal community is about to gain a tremendous legal advocate.

Please join HJP in wishing Dan and his wife well in their new adventure.


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