EXCELLENCE IN DIVERSITY AWARD
This award is made to a lawyer, law firm,
or law-related group that has made a
significant contribution to diversity in
the legal profession.
Chalia Stallings-Ala’ilima is being honored for her work in promoting diversity
and inclusion at the Washington State
Attorney General’s Office (AGO). She
has been an assistant attorney general at
the Washington State Attorney General’s
Office since 2008. She recently joined
the Wing Luke Civil Rights Unit, which
investigates discrimination in a range
of areas. Previously, Stallings-Ala’ilima
represented DSHS in child welfare cases.
Stallings-Ala’ilima is the 2016–17
president of the Loren Miller Bar Association and is the AGO’s liaison to the
organization. She helps lead the AGO’s
Diversity Advisory Committee, having
served as its co-chair for over four years.
She served for several years on the
WSBA Committee for Diversity. Stallings-Ala’ilima serves on the governing
council of the Initiative for Diversity,
established in 2004 to advance diversity in the legal profession. In 2015,
Stallings-Ala’ilima received the William
V. Tanner Award from Attorney General
Bob Ferguson for outstanding achievements early in her career. In 2014, she
received the Attorney General’s Office
NORM MALENG AWARD
This award is given jointly by the WSBA
and the Access to Justice Board, in honor of Norm Maleng’s legacy as a leader.
He was an innovative and optimistic
leader committed to justice and access
to justice in both civil and criminal settings. Within the profession, his leadership was characterized by his love of the
law and commitment to diversity and
mentorship. This award recognizes those
who embody these qualities.
Michele Storms is the new deputy di-
rector for the ACLU-WA. Formerly, she
was the assistant dean of students at the
University of Washington School of Law.
Since 2006, she has been the executive
director of the Gates Public Service Law
Program, supporting the Gates Founda-
tion-funded public service law scholar-
ship program. Previously, Storms was
a statewide advocacy coordinator at
Northwest Justice Project and Columbia
Legal Services; the founding director of
the University of Washington School of
Law’s Child Advocacy Clinic; a senior
lecturer and supervising attorney at the
University of Washington Clinical Law
Program; and a staff attorney at Ever-
green Legal Services.
From 2010–16, she served on the
board of OneAmerica (formerly Hate
Free Zone), an organization that advances the fundamental principles of democracy and justice at local, state, and
national levels by building power within
immigrant communities. She has served
as a board member of the Management
Information Exchange, an organization
that provides training, consulting and
leadership within the legal aid community. She is a member and former chair
of the WA State Access to Justice Board.
She also served on the self-help committee for Legal Voice for many years.
This award is presented to an individual
who has displayed exceptional courage
in the face of adversity, thus bringing
credit to the legal profession.
KING COUNT Y DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC DE-
FENSE: LEO HAMAJI, WILLIAM PRESTIA,
Leo Hamaji, William Prestia, and Kathryn Ross are being honored for their
work as public defenders at the King
County Department of Public Defense
(DPD) in State v. Joseph McEnroe, a
capital case. Joseph McEnroe was convicted of joining his then-girlfriend
Michele Anderson in the killing of
six members of Anderson’s family on
Christmas Eve 2007 in rural Carnation. McEnroe and Anderson admitted
to the killings shortly after being arrested at the crime scene the day the
bodies were discovered.
After King County Prosecutor Dan Satterberg announced he would seek execution in the case in October 2008, defense
attorneys for Anderson and McEnroe
fought vigorously to have capital punishment removed as an option. McEnroe was
convicted of participating in the killings
and sentenced to life in prison without the
possibility of parole after the jury could
not agree on the death penalty.
Top to bottom:
Excellence in Diversity Award Winner Chalia
Stallings-Ala'ilima and Bill Hyslop;
Ishbel Dickens and Norm Maleng Award Winner
Courageous Award Winner Colleen O'Connor
and Bill Hyslop;
Professionalism Award Winner Anthony Hinson
Photos by Jon and Rach Photography