On Sept. 27, 2018, hundreds of legal professionals, friends,
families, and colleagues gathered at the Washington State
Bar Association (WSBA) APEX (Acknowledging Professional
Excellence) Awards Dinner to celebrate lawyers who have
displayed excellence in the practice of the law.
The 2018 recipients provided an exceptional representation
of the impact lawyers can have on the citizens of Washington,
our local communities, and the very practice of law itself. And
what they all had in common was excellence, professionalism,
and a dedication to elevate the legal profession.
WSBA President Bill Pickett welcomed and commended
about 350 attendees at a dinner held at the Sheraton Grand
Seattle. He spoke of trust, relationship, and service as the
foundation of exceptional work provided to the public by
legal professionals throughout Washington. He also thanked
outgoing WSBA Governors Angela M. Hayes, G. Kim
Risenmay, and James K. Doane.
Washington Supreme Court Chief Justice Mary Fairhurst
was there to swear in new WSBA Governors Daniel D. Clark,
Michael J. Cherry, Carla J. Higginson, Peter J. “P.J.”
Grabicki, Jean Y. Kang, and Russell A. Knight, as well as
new President-Elect Rajeev D. Majumdar.
The night concluded with videos highlighting each of
the APEX award winners, featuring interviews with the
winners themselves, the colleagues they have impressed,
and the people they have helped through their work. Their
stories ranged from an innovative court in Spokane that
has become a nationally lauded program for reducing
nonviolent crime, to a law firm that has fought for the
rights of immigrants, to a Gonzaga Law School professor
who won a school award so many times they went ahead
and named it after him, and many more.
To see their stories, visit www.youtube.com/
WashingtonStateBar, where you’ll find all of the
videos of the 2018 APEX award winners, as well as
videos from previous years’ winners. You can also get
a peek at highlights from the celebration by searching
#WSBAAPEXAwards on Twitter.
2018 WSBA APEX AWARDS
ACKNOWLEDGING PROFESSIONAL EXCELLENCE
Left: Washington Supreme Court Chief
Justice Mary Fairhurst swears in WSBA
President Bill Pickett.
Above: New WSBA Governors sworn
in by Justice Fairhurst. L-R: Carla J.
Higginson, Russell A. Knight, Daniel D.
Clark, Jean Y. Kang, Peter J. Grabicki,
and Michael J. Cherry
Right: Justice Fairhurst swearing in
President-Elect Rajeev D. Majumdar
All photos by Jon & Rach Photography