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the Bar No. nd Beyond
WSBA No. 40822
Seattle University School of Law
I became a lawyer because I wanted to help people. I started law
school at 31 after a career in media. I wanted a new challenge.
Before law school, I was a newspaper reporter, assistant at a publishing house, contract administrator at a movie company, television media buyer, and a writer.
My career has surprised me by evolving as my goals and priorities
change. I’m a former practicing attorney and a writer who loves
magazines and connecting with other writers. I couldn’t have
invented a better fit for me than editing NWLawyer.
The most rewarding part of my job is providing a way for other writers to share their experiences, legal knowledge, and writing
talents with NWLawyer’s readers.
The most memorable trip I ever took was when I spent two years in
Europe, based in Edinburgh, working and traveling around with
a backpack and a well-worn copy of the Let’s Go travel guide.
I look up to the many leaders here at the Bar. I served on a WSBA
committee when I practiced law. Watching attorneys from
different backgrounds and generations standing together to
protect clients and improve our systems has been a powerful
experience for me.
I absolutely can’t live without my “personal board of directors”:
friends and mentors who support my work and encourage me
toward my goals.
I enjoy reading all the time. I read nonfiction, novels, a few blogs,
local newspapers, and every magazine in the world (it seems).
Right now, I’m reading The Girl Who Wrote Loneliness by
Kyung-Sook Shin, and Puget Sound Whales for Sale: The Fight
to End Orca Hunting by Sandra Pollard. At bedtime, I’m reading The Kingdom of Wrenly series by Jordan Quinn to my kids.
They love it.
These things makes me smile: banter, seeing my dad play with his
grandkids, people who love their pets a lot.
My favorite place in the Pacific Northwest is: It’s hard to choose, but
it’s Whidbey Island. Someday I see myself tottering around
Coupeville with my book bag and a little dog.
I’m concerned about being an inspiration for young women of
color, including my daughter. I hope that my being here as the
first woman of color to serve as editor of the Bar’s official publication in its 70-year history will open a door of possibility for
young people to see themselves in law or media careers.
I am happiest when I am in my big reading chair. I have a room
in my home that is a work space, creative space, and (mostly)
kid-free zone just for me.
I care about many issues including the health of our planet, quality public education, and inclusion for all abilities.
Friends would describe me as creative, observant, and curious.
Aside from my career, I am most proud of my twins. They’re awesome. I’m also very proud of myself and my husband for managing the first few years with them.
;If I could pick a superpower, it would be to have endless energy. I’m
an idea person and I love having multiple projects going.
;My first car was a Plymouth Horizon. It was silver and I called it
;I have been telling others not to miss the next issue of NWLawyer.
My name is LINDA JENKINS and I’m the editor of
NWLawyer. I’m a 2008 graduate of Seattle University
School of Law and I was a Dean’s Scholar at the
University of Southern California Annenberg School
for Communication and Journalism, where I earned a
B.A. in journalism. I’m also a travel and lifestyle writer
and a novelist. I’m married to a U.S. Navy veteran who
now works in the aerospace industry, and we have six-year-old twins.