by RaeLani Valaile
In 2014, the WSBA’s Young Lawyers Committee (WYLC) introduced the Local Leader Award to acknowledge new and young attorneys’ support o the public, their peers, and the profession. The award was presented during each quarter of the WSBA’s fiscal year to those with outstanding
leadership, long-term service, or an extraordinary contribution to their community. Recipients are nominated
by their peers and then selected by a sub-committee of
This year, the WYLC presents four individuals who
embody these values. The following is a brief introduction to the recipients of the 2014–15 Local Leader Award.
ADA K. WONG
Ada Wong is the current president of the Vietnamese
American Bar Association of Washington. She also sits on
the executive board of the William L. Dwyer Inn of Court,
whose mission is to foster excellence in professionalism,
ethics, civility, and legal skills. As a University of Washing-
ton School of Law alum, Wong often volunteers as a mock
trial coach for U W law students. When asked about Wong’s
dedication to the legal industry, her nominator writes,
“She’s always eager to give back to the legal profession and
community when given the chance.”
Ada K. Wong is the owner and managing partner of
AK W Law, PLLC located in the Northgate area of Seattle.
JOANNA P. BOISEN
Of Joanna Boisen’s leadership in the community, her nominator writes, “Joanna’s name is synonymous with leadership. She is a well-respected and well-known leader in the
public interest and pro bono communities.” An avid volunteer, Boisen serves on multiple boards including LAW Fund
and the Campaign for Equal Justice.
Boisen’s impact on the legal industry is one of purpose.
As a founding member of the Holocaust Reparations Proj-
ect in Seattle, she was able to help over 100 Holocaust
survivors attain reparations from Germany. She was also
a vital team member behind creating the Court Appointed
Special Advocates Native American Manual, which helps
volunteer lawyers represent abused and neglected Native
American children in court.
Currently, Boisen is in collaboration with the King
County Coalition Against Domestic Violence, the
Sexual Assault Resource Center, and various domestic
violence court advocates to create a new Domestic Violence Impact Project that will train lawyers to provide
representation to victims of sexual assault (see “How to
Save a Life,” JUN 2015 N WLawyer).
Joanna P. Boisen is an attorney at Foster Pepper in
Ian Franzel’s commitment to service was firm before
he went to law school. During his college years, Franzel
worked for a convict rehabilitation program in Tacoma. He
is also an alumnus of the AmeriCorps City Year program,
working for a year as a teacher in the Washington, D.C.,
public school system.
Franzel currently serves as a trustee of the King County
Bar Association Young Lawyers Division and manages the
KCBA’s public law clinic that provides legal assistance to
pro se litigants. Franzel also regularly volunteers with the
Housing Justice Program, a homelessness prevention program providing accessible volunteer-based legal services
for low-income tenants facing eviction in King County.
When asked how Franzel has contributed to the legal
community, his nominator states, “Ian is what all new lawyers should be: kind, generous with his time, and willing to
drop everything to assist another new lawyer in need. He is
more deserving of recognition for all that he does for other
new lawyers and the public.”
Ian Franzel is the owner of Franzel Law in Seattle.
AMBER M. RUSH
Amber Rush is the current president of the Clark
County Bar Association Young Lawyers Division. As
a law student at Gonzaga University School of Law,
Rush founded the Family Law Attorney & Student Help
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Committee Honors Four