Do you feel that your Seattle upbringing
has shaped your approach as solicitor
general, and if so, how?
I think it has significantly shaped my
work and life. I was lucky to grow up in
a diverse community in Seattle (Beacon
Hill) where I had friends whose families
were from all over the world. I learned
early on how lucky I was to have loving
parents, a roof over my head, and to never
have to worry about where my next meal
was coming from. I also had great teachers who pushed me to excel and who also
exposed me and my classmates to some
elements of our local and national history
that I think are sometimes glossed over
in other communities. For example, I distinctly remember reading several novels
about the internment of Japanese-Amer-icans that I know are not required reading in many parts of the country.
I first learned about the law from a
Seattle legend, Rick Nagel, my mock-tri-al coach at Franklin High School. Mr.
Nagel led Franklin to many mock trial
state championships, often competing
against schools where most of the kids’
parents were lawyers (whereas we rarely
had any lawyer parents). He and other
teachers taught me that hard work and
persistence could overcome a lot of challenges. But I also saw that many of my
classmates who were smart and motivated were not able to fully pursue their
dreams because their parents either
couldn’t afford to help them with college
or didn’t know exactly what their kids
needed to do to get the prerequisites or
experiences needed to go to college.
Of course, many other experiences
helped shape my work as solicitor general — including clerking for two great
judges and learning from a number of
outstanding mentors at Perkins Coie and
in the AG’s Office — but my early years in
Seattle definitely played a role. In particular, I often think about our office’s work
in terms of what we can do to help Washingtonians who need help most. Whether
that is working on consumer protection
actions, pushing for decisions that protect children in dependency and termina-
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