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Robert's Fund Advisory Board

The following individuals provide their expertise and distinctive perspectives to the Robert's Fund Advisory Board. Click below to jump to each board member or scroll down for more information:


Thursday
Feb052015

Carol Bailey-Medwell, J.D.

Founder, Managing Partner, Integrative Family Law, Seattle

Carol Bailey-Medwell is the founder of Integrative Family Law PLLC, formerly Carol Bailey & Associates, PLLC. Carol has been involved with families in the legal system for over 30 years, as a Guardian ad Litem and a family law attorney and mediator in high stakes family law cases. Her experiences have led her to urge individuals clients and couples to carefully consider the approach they take to solving family law issues because both children and adults are harmed by high levels of conflict. Carol has developed practices that help focus clients on the facts critical to a solid resolution, while guiding clients away from unnecessary disputes. Carol’s insights were systematized into a curriculum she wrote and taught at Seattle University School of Law, to educate soon-to-be lawyers about the pitfalls of conflict, with methods to remain centered and focused on the well-being of each client and each family.

Carol is currently the Managing Partner of the firm and serves on the Board of Trustees of Plymouth Housing Group. She spends her free time with her husband, Steve Medwell, and their four children, traveling, horseback riding and enjoying life in places near and far.

Thursday
Feb052015

Hon. Paul A. Bastine, J.D.

Retired Superior Court Judge, Spokane County Superior Court

After working as a Peace Corps Volunteer and Volunteer Leader in Brazil, and then as a Deputy Prosecuting Attorney in Spokane, Judge Bastine was appointed to the Spokane County Superior Court in 1995. He served as Presiding Judge for Spokane County Superior Court in 1998. In 1999, he became the first Family Law Judge dedicating his full judicial time to the administration of justice in family law. He served in that capacity in 1999-2000 and returned to that position in 2002 until he retired from full time judicial activity in January 2005. He continued as a pro-tem judge until January 2010. He continues to serve as a private trial judge and mediator.

Judge Bastine has been involved in various bar association activities but most particularly in access to justice efforts. He served as an initial member of the Access to Justice Board. He was appointed by the Washington Supreme Court to the Legal Foundation of Washington serving as President of that board. He served a trustee and President of the Spokane County Bar Association. He was appointed to the Practice of Law Board at its inception and served as vice-chairman until 2009. He currently serves on the board of TeamChild with his wife Jan. In September 2011, he was elected as Governor from the 5th District to the Board of Governors of the Washington State Bar Association.

In 1995, Judge Bastine received the first annual Gonzaga Law School Distinguished Service Award. In 1998, he was awarded the Goldmark Award from the Legal Foundation of Washington. He received the Washington State Chapter of Trial Advocates, Washington Chapter, Judge of the Year 2004 award. Gonzaga University School of Law presented Judge Bastine with the Distinguished Judicial Service Award on September 13, 2005.

Thursday
Feb052015

Richard Bird, MBA

Associate Dean for Finance and Administration, Seattle University School of Law

Dean Bird oversees the Business Office, Event Administration, Faculty Administrative Assistants, Technology Helpdesk and Network Services, and is responsible for the School of Law's Finances, Sullivan Hall, and is the staff Human Resource liaison. Prior to joining the School of Law he was the Director of Auxiliary Services and Associate Director for Residential Life at Seattle University. While at Pacific Lutheran University he was a Residence Hall Director and Conference Coordinator. Dean Bird has served as an active member on University and ABA committees.

Thursday
Feb052015

Justice Mary E. Fairhurst, J.D.

Justice, Washington State Supreme Court

By Seattle Photography Inc.Elected in 2002, Mary Fairhurst began serving as a justice on the Washington Supreme Court in 2003. She started her legal career in the Supreme Court as a judicial clerk, working first with Chief Justice William H. Williams in 1984 and then with Justice William C. Goodloe until 1986. For the next 16 years, Justice Fairhurst served in the Washington Attorney General's Office, working with Attorneys General Christine Gregoire and Ken Eikenberry. She specialized in the areas of criminal justice, transportation, revenue, and labor. When she left, she was serving as the Division Chief of the Revenue, Bankruptcy and Collections Division. In 1998, Attorney General Gregoire presented her Steward of Justice award to Justice Fairhurst.

Justice Fairhurst has been a leader in the legal profession throughout her career. She served as president of the Washington State Bar Association, becoming the second woman, first public sector attorney, and youngest attorney to hold the position. She also served on the WSBA Board of Governors, representing the Third Congressional District, and was president of the Washington Women Lawyers.

Justice Fairhurst is committed to public legal education and is active working for children and youth. She is the state chair of the iCivics program and involved with the YMCA Youth and Government Program and We the People Board. She served two years on the Girl Scouts Board of the Pacific Peaks Council. Justice Fairhurst speaks regularly to individuals and groups about the judiciary.

Learn more about Justice Fairhurst

Washington State Supreme Court

King 5 News Up Front "State Supreme Court Justice Mary Fairhurst believes in miracles"

Gonzaga University

Thursday
Feb052015

Tracy Flood, J.D.

Specialized Examiner, U.S. Department of Labor

Tracy Flood has demonstrated a lifetime of military and public service to the law and to our community. Originally from Chicago and a Kitsap County resident for 25 years, Tracy is an experienced lawyer with 13 years as a litigator and a respected Pro Tem Judge in Kitsap County District Court. She is a graduate of the Washington State Bar Association Leadership Institute (2005) and of the Judicial Institute (2012).

Tracy Flood has been an active member in the local and state Bar Associations. She served as a Member of the Washington State Bar Association Board of Governors; as Past President of Kitsap County Washington Women Lawyers; as Past President Pierce County Minority Bar Association; as Past Chair of the Civil Rights Law Section; as Past Chair of the Kitsap County Human Rights Council. She is the current Chapter Representative of KWWL.

Her commitment to service includes being a member of the Kitsap County Human Rights Council; the Kitsap County YWCA; the Kitsap County Domestic Task Force; the Council on Public Legal Education, the Women's Advisory Committee, the Access to Justice annual Conference Planning Committee member, and the Annual Diversity Conference Planning Committee Member.

Tracy is the proud mother of Anna Flood who is a senior at Crosspoint Academy. Tracy received the Washington Women Lawyers President's award in 2013 and the Loren Miller Bar Association's Social Justice Award in 2013.

Thursday
Feb052015

Patricia Lally, J.D.

Director, City of Seattle Office for Civil Rights.

Before her appointment, Director Lally served as a member of the Washington State Minority and Justice Commission, and worked as an Assistant U.S. Attorney. She also was an associate at the national law firm of Perkins Coie, where she participated in a number of complex civil litigation cases. She received her B.S. from California State University, Long Beach, and for over ten years, practiced as a Certified Public Accountant in California and Washington. In 1995, she entered the University of Washington School of Law, and earned her law degree in 1998. While in law school, she won a Perkins Coie Fellowship, earned a seat on the Moot Court Honor Board and won several Moot Court competitions.

Patricia was born and raised in Los Angeles, California, and is the fourth child of Mexican-American parents who themselves never had the advantage of higher education. As the first generation to attend college, Patricia understands that education is the "great equalizer." Passionate about education, she is committed to programs and efforts designed to confront the Latino high school drop-out rate and to ensure that Latino youth receive the best educational opportunities.

In 2012, Patricia became an adjunct professor at Seattle University School of Law where she taught pre-trial advocacy. Patricia is a Past President of the Latina/o Bar Association of Washington where she has served as a director from 2007 to 2011. A mentor to both Seattle University and the University of Washington law school students, in 2011, Patricia began her term as Director of the bar association's Scholarship Foundation, an organization dedicated to raising funds for law school students. In 2009, Patricia was appointed to the Washington State Minority and Justice Commission where she served until December 2010.

In 2011, Patricia was one of twenty-two Latinas from across the nation selected as a National Hispania Leadership Institute Fellow, a comprehensive program created to develop Latinas as ethical leaders through training, professional development, relationship building, and community activism. In July 2011, Patricia was elected to serve on the board of Consejo, a non-profit organization that provides behavioral health, substance abuse, and domestic violence services to individuals and families across Washington State.

In her spare time, Patricia enjoys photography, tennis and cooking for family and friends. A “weekend” runner, Patricia completed the 2010 New York City 26.2 Mile Marathon crossing five bridges and five boroughs. Patricia and her partner, Denise Perez, are blessed with a healthy and vibrant family spanning four generations.

Thursday
Feb052015

Hon. Gretchen Leanderson, J.D.

Superior Court Judge, Pierce County Superior Court

Judge Gretchen Leanderson was appointed by Governor Inslee to the Pierce County Superior Court on November 7, 2014. Judge Leanderson is a 1981 graduate of the University of Washington, with a BA in Business, and a 1987 graduate of Seattle University School of Law. She served 26 years with the Washington State Attorney General’s Office prior to her appointment, including as Chief of the Tacoma Division from 2007-14. Judge Leanderson currently serves as a member of the Seattle University School of Law Alumni Board and is on the Advisory Board for the Robert’s Fund. Judge Leanderson is the immediate past treasurer of the Washington Women Lawyers (WWL) State Board (2012-14); past co-president of Pierce County WWL (2011-12); and past chair of the WSBA Professionalism Committee (2011-12). She is a regular speaker on professionalism and civility, including at Seattle University School of Law.

Judge Leanderson’s civic involvement includes, among others, the Pierce County YWCA, the Crystal Judson Domestic Violence Family Shelter, Lawyers Helping Hungry Children, Safe Streets, the Pediatric Interim Care Center (PICC), and Commencement Bay Rowing Club. Prior to her appointment to the bench, Judge Leanderson also enjoyed volunteering at the Tacoma Pierce County Bar Association’s (TPCBA) Volunteer Legal Services Family Law Clinic and opportunities to provide pro bono legal services to veterans and those currently serving in the military.

Thursday
Feb052015

Sal Mungia, J.D.

Partner, Gordon Thomas Honeywell, Tacoma

Salvador Mungia graduated from the Georgetown University Law Center with honors in 1984. After two judicial clerkships he began private practice with Gordon Thomas Honeywell in 1986 where he has practiced since that time. Sal believes in serving his profession and he has done so on multiple levels. He has been the president of the Tacoma-Pierce County Bar Association (1999-2000), the Washington State Bar Association (2009-2010), and the Western States Bar Association (2014). He is currently a delegate to the ABA House of Delegates where he has served since 2013. For the past ten years he has had the highest rating from Martindale-Hubbell of AV Preeminent. He is recognized by “Best Lawyers In America” in the fields of commercial, appellate, civil rights, and personal injury – plaintiff. He is recognized as one of the top 100 trial lawyers by the American Trial Lawyers Association. Sal is a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates and Litigation Counsel of America – both invitation only organizations. Sal is a supporter of access to justice: he has served on the Board of Directors of Legal Aid for Washington and has served as president of that organization. He has co-chaired the Campaign for Equal Justice with then Washington State Attorney General Rob McKenna. He has represented clients pro bono in state and federal court actions to protect their constitutional and civil rights.

Sunday
Feb012015

Hon. Jack F. Nevin, J.D.

Judge, Pierce County Superior Court

Jack F. Nevin served as a Pierce County District Court Judge from 1997-2013. Judge Nevin holds the rank of Brigadier General in the U.S. Army Reserve. In that capacity, he serves in a “dual hatted” position, as Chief Judge of the U.S. Army Court of Criminal Appeals, and as Commander, U.S. Army Reserve Legal Command (Provisional).

Judge Nevin has served as an international resource for emerging democracies. His work in the former Soviet Union, the Balkans, Central America, South America and Africa has helped emerging democracies create effective justice systems to sustain and support a representative system of government.

His Army career has included tours of duty in Asia, Europe, Central America, South America and Hawaii. In 1999 Judge Nevin taught human rights in the east African country of Malawi, for the Defense Institute of International Legal Studies. In 2001 Judge Nevin served as Presiding Judge for the Detention Review Commission, United Nations Command, Kosovo. In 2002 he assisted the government of El Salvador in establishing its first victim-witness assistance program. Most recently, Judge Nevin has focused his effort in the areas of post-conflict governance, where in both civilian and military roles he has worked in areas ranging from the development of ethnically neutral bar examinations in Kosovo, to judicial training in Bosnia-Herzegovina and the former Soviet Union. In 2005 he assisted the Federation of Bosnia-Herzegovina in development of a new criminal code. He has lectured in Argentina on the development of pubic disclosure legislation. His most recent endeavors have included contributing to a long-term project on reconstruction of the Iraqi Court System, including the development of specialty courts and probation/parole systems.

Judge Nevin is a 1996 graduate of the Air War College and 1998 graduate of the Army War College. Before his appointment to the Washington state bench in January of 1997, Judge Nevin’s practice focused on prosecution of organized criminal organizations, including investigation of public corruption. During his last six years of practice, he represented municipalities in civil rights litigation, including police misconduct and municipal tort liability.

Judge Nevin has lectured nationally for the National District Attorneys Association, National Association of Attorneys General, American Prosecutors Research Institute, Washington State Bar Association, Federal Bureau of Investigation and various state prosecutor organizations. He serves as faculty for the National Institute of Trial Advocacy and the Washington State Judicial College. In 2002, Judge Nevin was chosen Washington State Judge of the Year by the Washington State Trial Lawyers Association (now Washington State Association for Justice). In 2006 Judge Nevin was chosen Washington State Judge of the Year by the Washington State Misdemeanant Corrections Association.

Judge Nevin has taught at the undergraduate and graduate levels for approximately 27 years. He serves as an adjunct professor of trial advocacy at the Seattle University School of Law.

Sunday
Feb012015

Justice Mary I. Yu, M.A., J.D.

Justice, Washington State Supreme Court

Justice Mary Yu served on the superior court bench from April 2000 until May 2014, when Gov. Jay Inslee appointed her to fill a newly vacant Washington Supreme Court seat. Previously, she served as deputy chief of staff to King County Prosecutor Norm Maleng and Director of the Peace and Social Justice Office for the Archdiocese of Chicago.

A frequent speaker for legal education seminars, Justice Yu is also active in a variety of community and professional activities that include service on the board of directors of FareStart, an organization devoted to assisting homeless individuals develop job skills in the culinary industry, the board of advisers of the Leadership Institute of the Washington State Bar Association (of which she was co-chair for 2009), the State of Washington Minority and Justice Commission, and the board of directors for the King County Bar Association’s Future of the Law Institute, a program to mentor young people from diverse backgrounds to consider the legal profession as a career. Justice Yu has received numerous awards during her distinguished career, including, most recently, the 2014 Washington State Association for Justice Judge of the Year Award, the 2012 President’s Award from the Asian Bar Association, the 2012 American Bar Association Solo, Small Firm and General Practice Division Difference Makers Award, and the 2011 Washington State Bar Association Judge of the Year Award (shared with now Justice Steven González). She has been a consultant and frequent presenter for Robert’s Fund since 2009.

Learn more about Justice Yu

King5.com, "Mary Yu appointed to state Supreme Court"

Seattle University School of Law

The Seattle Times, "A special ruling: judge of the year"

The Stranger, "Who's marrying the first gay couple? Judge Mary Yu"

American Bar Association

Washington State Bar Association