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My name is Sanjay Walvekar and I am the Outreach and Legislative Affairs
Manager at the Washington State Bar Association. I work with a great team
to develop and implement WSBA's outreach strategy and to coordinate, develop,
and advocate for WSBA’s annual legislative agenda. I can be reached at sanjayw@
Bar No. 46821
Law School: University of Washington School of Law
Before law school, I taught English in
Seoul, South Korea (home of the best
subway system in the world)!
My career has surprised me by its twists
and turns. I’ve been a teacher, campaign
manager, contract attorney, and political
consultant. I now work in legislative
affairs and outreach.
The best advice I have for new
lawyers is: don’t pigeonhole yourself.
Find work that matches your skillset
and interests. There are many non-tra-
ditional opportunities out there for
law school graduates.
I wish that more lawyers would commit
to working on access to justice issues.
If I could have tried one famous case, it
would be Loving v. Virginia.
During my free time, I love to travel, try
new cuisines, and spend time with family
The most memorable trip I ever took was
a six-week homestay with a farming family in rural northeastern Thailand as part of
a college study abroad program. I learned
so much about hospitality, generosity, and
the value of a strong work ethic.
I look up to my parents. They immigrat-
ed to the U.S. from India in their 20s and
worked exceptionally hard to give our
family a good life.
I absolutely can’t live without coffee.
The addiction is real.
If I took one day off in the middle of the
My favorite place in the Pacific North-
week, I would ask my wife if she could
take the day off too. We’d go on a morn-
ing jog, enjoy a cup of coffee without a
rush, visit the neighborhood taco truck,
and spend the rest of the day hanging out
within reach of the couch.
west is usually Seattle, but some days
anywhere with sunshine.
I am happiest when I’m lying in the sun
near the water.
I grew up in Orange County, CA; eastern
Tennessee; Denver, CO; and the Tri-Cities, WA. My family moved around quite
a bit for my Dad’s job as an engineer for
large-scale construction projects.
Nobody would ever suspect that I am a
huge train/transit nerd. If I’m visiting a
new city with any sort of train or subway
system, I’m trying it out!
This is on my bucket list: I’d love to hike
the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. I’d also
love to get my dive certification and go
on a shipwreck dive in the South Pacific.
This makes me roll my eyes: speaker-
phones on buses.
This makes me smile: unexpectedly
hearing a song that takes you back,
friendly dogs, and kids being kids.
My first car was my 1992 Ford Explorer,
which I still drive regularly today (195k
miles and counting!).
If $100,000 fell into my lap, I would pay
off my law school debt. Or take an epic
trip around the world. It depends on what
day the money hits my lap.
If I could get free tickets to any event,
I would go to a college football nation-
al championship game featuring my
If I have learned one thing in life, it is
(to paraphrase Maya Angelou) we’re all
more alike than we are different.