PRO BONO AND PUBLIC SERVICE AWARD
This award is presented to an individual,
a lawyer, or other legal professional for
outstanding cumulative efforts in providing pro bono services or for giving
back in meaningful ways to the public,
the community, or the legal profession.
Grifan Cayce is an associate at Cayce &
Grove Law Offices in Maple Valley. She is
recognized for her civic engagement and
education activities. Cayce has worked
hard to support Tahoma High School’s
"We the People" program (through the
Center on Civic Education). She volunteers more than 150 hours annually,
mentoring and coaching students during
class time and at evening meetings, as
well as reviewing and editing student
essays for content and delivery and
lecturing on various constitutional
topics. She traveled to Washington,
D.C., to serve as a judge in the national
"We the People" finals competition. Her
work supports the program, which is
dedicated to teaching civics and critical
thinking skills and developing competent community members capable of
engaging in civic discourse.
Cayce also serves on the Washington
State Council on Public Legal Education, an organization dedicated to promoting public understanding of the law
and civic rights and responsibilities.
She serves on the Board of the Tahoma
Schools Foundation, helping to fund
the gap in education funding for local
students, and on the Board of Directors
for her local Chamber of Commerce,
and she has lobbied in Olympia for her
community on matters of education,
transportation, and business. She was a
contributing writer to NWLawyer.
This award is presented to a law firm
or other legal entity for outstanding
cumulative efforts in providing pro bono
services or giving back in meaningful
ways to the public, the community, or
the legal profession.
Mills Meyers Swartling
The law firm of Mills Meyer Swartling
is the recipient of the Pro Bono and
Public Service - Group Award for their
outstanding commitment to maintaining the integrity of the legal profession.
Recognizing the importance of self-reg-ulation within the legal profession,
Mills Meyers Swartling lawyers are
active in volunteer roles throughout
the WSBA. Their lawyers have held
prominent positions on the Disciplinary
Board, the Hearing Officer Panel, and
the Adjunct Disciplinary Counsel Panel,
and have been appointed Special Disciplinary Counsel in particular cases.
In addition, Mills Meyers Swartling
lawyers have served on WSBA commit-
tees, in section leadership, and as parts
of other WSBA panels and task forces.
Their lawyers have served as chairs of
the WSBA Litigation Section Executive Committee, the Court Rules and
Procedures Committee, and the Judicial
Beyond support of the WSBA and the
legal profession, Mills Meyers Swartling
attorneys have given back to their com-
munity and the public in other ways.
They serve on numerous nonprofit
boards, act as mentors, and serve their
communities and the public as volun-
teers and pro bono attorneys.
This honor is awarded to a WSBA mem-
ber who exemplifies the spirt of profes-
sionalism in the practice of law, as defined
in the WSBA’s Creed of Professionalism.
J. Donald Curran
J. Donald Curran has made professionalism a lifetime endeavor. He has
underwritten an endowed chair position
at Gonzaga University School of Law dedicated to promoting ethics and civility in
the practice. For years, he has dedicated
his time through hospice care for those
at risk of dying without a will. He works
with individuals to ensure their wishes
go where intended. He is able to provide
some peace in the knowledge that they
have a proper and secure will.
Top to bottom:
WSBA President Brad Furlong
WSBA President-elect Bill Pickett