is within 200–400% of the Federal Poverty Level). Over the last five years, Washington’s three law schools have recruited
and trained over 300 law students to
conduct intake, analyze cases, and refer
clients to lawyers; the WSBA provides
the law schools with funding for staffing.
The President’s Award may be given annually by the WSBA president in recognition of a person’s or entity’s contribution
to the WSBA and/or profession which the
president deems worthy of acknowledgement during his/her term.
Russell M. Aoki received the President’s
Award in appreciation of his commitment
and leadership as chair of the WSBA Escalating Costs of Civil Litigation Task Force,
as well as his extraordinary service to the
legal community. During Aoki’s 30-year
career, he has served as a judge pro tem,
mediator, arbitrator, special master and
special disciplinary counsel for the WSBA.
He also serves as a coordinating discovery
attorney for the Administrative Office of
the U.S. Courts, Defender Services Office,
providing litigation support assistance on
complex criminal cases.
From 2006–09, Aoki served on the
WSBA Board of Governors, including a
year as treasurer. He also served as the
Washington State Supreme Court’s appointee to the Office of Public Defense
Advisory Committee for 12 years. He is
the past board president of Northwest
Defender Association, past president of
the Asian Bar Association of Washington, and a past trustee of the King County
PUBLIC SERVICE AWARD
This award recognizes a WSBA member
who exemplifies the WSBA’s culture of
service: one who gives back in meaningful ways to others, to his/her community,
or to the profession.
Since 2002, Cornell has been a deputy prosecuting attorney in Snohomish
County. Cornell was one of the first dep-uties assigned to Everett’s Dawson Place
Child Advocacy Center, where child
interview specialists conduct forensic
Top: Chief Justice Barbara Madsen swears in
incoming President Robin Haynes
2nd row: Dean Jane Korn, Catherine Brown,
Dean Kellye Testy, Clay Wilson and Dean
3rd row: New governors sworn in; Chief Justice
Madsen swears in President-elect Brad Furlong
4th row: Pro Bono Award winner David
Bateman; Leah Medway and Beth Henderson.
Photos by Jon and Rach Photography