2017-2018 YLD Board Nominations Announced
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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 chrisd@kcba.org or by telephone at (206) 267-7003.

Kelli Currie

Member - Three Year Term
D. Jack Guthrie
John Hardie
Larissa Murakami
Geoff Palachuk

Lay member - Two Year Term
Alexis Knutson


Kelli Currie

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 their careers.

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.

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.

John Hardie

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.

Larissa Murakami

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.

Geoff Palachuk

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.

Alexis Knutson

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 jurors.

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.


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