Professional integrity, leadership, and a commitment to serve and protect the most vulnerable among us: Those are just a few of the traits that character- ize the legal professionals celebrated on Sept. 28 at the annual WSBA APEX
This year’s award recipients stand out in the legal community as champions of
equality in justice, public service, and courage in the face adversity—the sort of
attributes that for more than 125 years have elevated members of the legal commu-
nity in Washington state to among the top—or APEX—of the profession.
WSBA President Brad Furlong welcomed more than 300 attendees to the
dinner in Seattle. Before presenting the awards, Furlong thanked outgoing governors Keith Black, Mario Cava, Ann Danieli, Andrea Jarmon, and Jill Karmy for
their dedicated work on the Board of Governors. He then introduced Washington
Supreme Court Chief Justice Mary Fairhurst for the swearing in of the Bar’s new
governors – Daniel Clark, Kim Hunter, Kyle Sciuchetti, Alec Stephens, Paul Swegle,
Hon. Brian Tollefson (ret.), and Jean Kang. Fairhurst then swore in Furlong for his
first full year as president and William Pickett as president-elect.
After delivering his heartfelt remarks on the professional and personal values
that the APEX Award recipients represent, Furlong welcomed them to the stage.
He later introduced a series of short videos in which the recipients explained
their journeys in their own words. Their stories include that of pioneering a low
bono incubator program, decades of legal scholarship and public service, years of
mentorship, civic and legal education outreach, and much more.
Watch the recipients’ videos online at www.wsba.org/News-and-Events/Awards.
Chief Justice Mary Fairhurst swears in new Governors (l-r): Alec Stephens, Daniel Clark, Kyle Sciuchetti, Paul Swegle, Jean Kang and Kim Hunter.