argued several significant cases in the
state appellate courts, including State
ex. rel. Gallwey v. Grimm, addressing
the religion provisions of the Washington Constitution, and Washington State
Legislature v. Lowry, a case considering
the veto power of the governor.
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Outstanding Young Lawyer Award
This award recognizes an attorney who
has made significant contributions to
the professional community, especially
the community of young lawyers, within
their initial years of practice.
Jacob R. Brennan
Jacob Brennan is being honored for his work in creating Washington’s first annual veteran-oriented legal
aid clinic and resource fair. Army One-Source contacted the Spokane County
Young Lawyers Division (SYLD) for
help in creating a referral network of local attorneys willing to accept military
clients for non-military legal issues;
the project then evolved into a free will
clinic for veterans.
With help from SYLD members,
Brennan created estate planning
documents, built a website (www.
wavetswillclinic.com), recruited volunteers to staff the clinic, and coordinated
a training CLE for volunteer attorneys.
The first clinic, held in 2012, served
more than 85 veterans, and a second
clinic is being planned.
Brennan is an associate at the Spo-
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kane law firm of Etter, McMahon, Lam-
berson, Clary & Oreskovich, P.C., where
his practice focuses on civil litigation,
medical malpractice defense, complex
commercial litigation, and employment
law. He serves on the WSBA’s Amicus
Curiae Brief Committee, as president-
elect of the Spokane County Bar Asso-
ciation Young Lawyer Division, and is
on the American Bar Association Young
Lawyers Division Affiliate Assistance
Team. Brennan was honored as a 2012–
13 Scholar of the American Bar Associa-
tion Young Lawyers Division.
Excellence in Diversity Award
This award is for a lawyer, law firm, or
law-related group that has made a sig-
nificant contribution to diversity in the
Fé Lopez is the director of alumni relations and Annual Fund at Se- attle;University;School;of;Law.;A
past-president of the Latina/o Bar Association of Washington (LBAW), she currently serves on the LBAW Foundation
Scholarship Committee. Previously, as
the director for student life at the Seattle
diversity initiatives such as the “
Lawyering in a Diverse World” year-long
training series. Lopez coordinates pipeline programs in Yakima and the Tri-Cities to educate Eastern Washington
students from middle school through
college about legal careers and opportunities. She co-created and co-chaired the
Judicial Institute Pilot Program 2012.
Since 2008, Lopez has co-chaired
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the Schroeter Goldmark & Bender/
LBAW Spanish-English Legal Clinic
at El Centro de la Raza, which provides
free legal advice to over 500 people
each year. The clinic provides legal
services, connects attorneys with the
Latina/o community, and gives volun-
teers an opportunity to practice Span-
ish and work with interpreters.
Presented to an individual who has dis-
played exceptional courage in the face
of adversity, thus bringing credit to the
Carl Maxey (posthumous)
Carl Maxey saw law as a way to promptsocialchange;he wasone of;Gonzaga;University;School;of
Law’s first African-American graduates
and became its first African-American
graduate to pass the Washington
state bar exam. Over a 40-year career,
Maxey became Eastern Washington’s
most renowned lawyer on civil-rights,
anti-war, and free-expression issues. In
1964, Maxey traveled to Mississippi to
campaign against segregation and advance civil rights. His work led to recognition of the rights of black citizens
to teach in public schools, to live in any
neighborhood, to join social clubs, and
to be served at local businesses. He
defended the “Seattle 7,” a group of activists accused of conspiring to destroy
public property and overthrow the government in protest of the Vietnam War.
Maxey ran in 1970 as the anti-war
Jacob Brennan; Fé Lopez; Carl Maxey.