- Start: October 12, 2017 10:00 am
- End: October 12, 2017 3:00 pm
Meet our Facilitators
Meghan Casey: Northwest Immigrants Rights (NWIRP)
Meghan is a senior staff attorney who supervises the Tacoma office's non-detained unit, which provides legal services, including direct representation, to survivors of domestic violence, trafficking, and other crimes; unaccompanied children; asylum-seekers; and immigrants in removal proceedings. She graduated cum laude from Seattle University School of Law and received her B.A. from Boston College. Meghan previously practiced removal defense/immigration law in private practice for two years before joining NWIRP and also volunteered as a NWIRP pro bono attorney.
Judy Lin, Sr. Managing Attorney, King County Bar Association
Judy Lin is the Senior Managing Attorney for the pro bono family law programs at the King County Bar Association. In addition to supervising the family law programs, she manages the Kinship Care Solutions Project which recruits, trains and mentors pro bono attorneys who handle Nonparental Custody cases for low-income families where children are at-risk. Judy also oversees the program’s work on behalf of immigrant children who may be eligible for protective immigration relief. Prior to joining KCBA, Judy was the Managing Attorney at Legal Services for Children in San Francisco, California representing children and youth in dependency, guardianship, education and immigration law. Before that, she was a staff attorney at Columbia Legal Services in Everett, Washington focusing on housing law. Judy serves on the WSBA Pro Bono and Public Service Committee and is a graduate of JustLead WA’s Leadership Academy.
Janet Gwilym, Kids in Need of Defense
Janet Gwilym serves as the Managing Attorney for the Seattle office of Kids in Need of Defense (KIND). KIND’s Seattle office provides immigration legal services to unaccompanied immigrant children in Washington State. Prior to her present position, Janet served for over three years as Pro Bono Coordinating Attorney and KIND Attorney Liaison with Microsoft, where she recruited, trained, coordinated, mentored, and co-counseled with Microsoft employees to provide pro bono representation to KIND’s children clients. Before attending law school, Janet worked for fifteen years as a senior paralegal and program coordinator with immigration law firms and immigrant rights organizations. She has served on numerous boards and committees for immigrant and refugee rights organizations, programs serving survivors of domestic violence, and the public schools in Seattle. She is a graduate of Stanford University and the University of Washington’s School of Law.
Meet our Ethics Panel
Judge Marilyn Nitteberg-Haan, Cowlitz County Superior Court
Judge Marilyn K. Haan graduated from Central Washington University (Law and Justice/BA cum laude) in 1984 and University of Puget Sound School of Law in 1988 (JD).She previously served for over twelve years as a part-time Judge/Commissioner pro tem in Skagit County. Her prior experience also includes public service as municipal/litigation attorney, deputy prosecutor and public defender, as well as private practice in primarily criminal, personal injury and family law. She served as the City Attorney for the City of Longview prior to her appointment to the bench in 2011 by Governor Chris Gregoire.She currently heads the Cowlitz County Superior Court Local Rules committee and Case Flow Management of the Superior Court’s Strategic Plan. In addition she serves on the statewide Criminal Law and Rules Committee, Judicial Assistance Services Program and Rural Courts Committee.Judge Haan is currently the Juvenile Court Presiding Judge.
Tierra Busby, Child Focused Law PLLC
Commissioner Tierra Busby graduated from the University of Washington Jackson School of International Studies in 1995 and from the University of Oregon School of Law in 1998. After law school, Commissioner Busby completed a 2-year Judicial Clerkship, and was then accepted into the Japan Exchange and Teaching Program for a year-long position abroad. She returned to Washington in 2001 and served as a deputy prosecuting attorney for Cowlitz County in criminal, juvenile, and child support matters and went on to practice privately in the areas of juvenile defense and child advocacy, family law, estate planning, and guardian ad litem services.
Robert Lewis, Clark County Superior Court
Judge Lewis is a graduate of Western Washington State College and the University of Washington Law School. After admission to the Washington State Bar in October, 1981, he worked for Eastside Defender Association in Seattle as a trial attorney. Judge Lewis practiced law in Camas from 1984-2004 with the firm of Knapp, O’Dell, Lewis and MacPherson. Although the firm was a typical small town general practice, his primary focus was criminal defense and family law. He was appointed to the Clark County superior court bench in November, 2004.