WSBA No. 30089
the Bar No. nd Beyond
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I find joy in all that I do, advancing the
cause of freedom, as a public defender,
human rights advocate, and community activist.
I became a lawyer because it is the only
means I have in fighting the pernicious military rule in Nigeria.
In my practice, I work on improving access to justice.
My career has surprised me in varied
ways. I joined the Bar the year Jan
Eric Petersen was the president and
his year-long theme was “proud to
be a lawyer.” It influenced me greatly
and made my decision to join the City
public defender an easy choice. I benefited immensely from the Washington
Leadership Institute — as an alumnus
I have friends and mentors all over the
state that I can rely on to help me.
My name is Francis Adewale. I am a H. George Frederickson Honors graduate of
Eastern Washington University. I have served as assistant public defender for the
City of Spokane, Office of the Public Defender, since May 2001. I provide free limited
legal clinics to seniors and low-income citizens of Spokane at the Resource Center. I
provide free legal assistance and counseling to new refugees and volunteers through
Spokane Refugee Connections. One of my greatest moments was when I was sworn
in as a citizen of the United States of America in a private ceremony attended by
Spokane City Council members and moderated by Justice Charles Z. Smith. I can be
reached at email@example.com.
The best advice I have for new lawyers is to
thyself be true! Respect and decorum
to the courts and our justice system is
not a fad. If you help advance the cause
of access of justice you are helping
your career and our dear profession
will be better for it.
My long-term professional goal is to continue to work to help advance the
cause of access to justice worldwide.
The most rewarding part of my job is wak-
ing up each Monday morning and go-
ing to community court from 8: 30 a.m.
till 6: 45 p.m., knowing that one or two
Spokane homeless men or women will
be helped to their feet and given tools
to fight their problems.
The worst part of my job is the lack of
funding for the justice system.
I was told by friends in Washington,
D.C., that Eastern Washington is a
hostile territory for anyone with my
skin color. I came here over 15 years
ago and found people who will go the
extra mile to help me be whatever I
want to be. The goodwill, love, and
affection I have enjoyed completely
shattered that foreboding prediction.
I wish that more lawyers would do more
pro bono work.
If I could have tried one famous case, it
would be State v. D. B. Cooper Call me
when you find him.
Since I graduated from law school, the legal profession is a source of joy and
made a tremendous impact on my life.
Successful attorneys should care about
access to justice.
During my free time, I hang out with my
The most memorable trip I ever took was to
Yellowstone National Park.
I enjoy reading Let My People Go — Albert Luthuli’s autobiography.
My favorite place in the Pacific Northwest is
Spokane’s Riverfront Park (pictured).
Nobody would ever suspect that I was
never a “refugee” as defined by
I care about respect and decorum for
the courts and the justice system.
A prosecutor friend describes me as “
Hurricane Francis” and a Spokesman Review journalist has called me a “
My all-time favorite TV show is Shark
I regret not knowing the name of the
Peace Corps volunteer who came to
my village and introduced the idea
of the greatest country on earth (the
U.S. A.) to me.