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Pro Bono Volunteer Spotlight

Matthew Widmyer, an attorney with Davis Wright Tremaine, started volunteering at ELAP’s wills clinics at the start of the pandemic in 2020—just as ELAP’s clinics had to be quickly transitioned to a virtual format. Matthew has volunteered at every wills clinic since then, serving as

Welcome new staff

New Staff Housing Attorneys

Two fantastic individuals have joined our team in staff attorney roles. Kristin Husebye (she/her), JD, is ELAP’s new Senior Staff Attorney in our Housing Stability Program. Kristin has extensive legal experience from New York, Washington D.C., and the Pacific Northwest and was most recently with

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Meet Our Board

We are welcoming two new members to our Board of Directors: Debbie Akhbari — T-Mobile USARamina Dehkoda-Steele — Wong Fleming They join ELAP’s 2024 Board: Dan Choi, Microsoft, 2024 Board PresidentMeredith Dorrance, Immediate Past PresidentMatthew Widmyer, Davis Wright Tremaine, LLP, Board Vice PresidentAlan Fulp, Kitsap

Upcoming Dementia Legal Clinics

Our partners at the Pro Bono Council have a series of free legal clinics coming up as part of the Dementia Legal Planning Program. The program provides free (limited scope) dementia legal planning services to people across Washington state. This includes help with things like

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And the Winners Are…

We are pleased to announce this year’s Pro Bono Award recipients! ELAP’s annual Pro Bono Awards recognize outstanding volunteer contributions to our community’s legal needs. Our winners include attorneys, firms, community partners, and individual justice champions. Our 2023 award winners are:  Community Partner of the

Upcoming Dementia Legal Clinics

Our partners at the Pro Bono Council have a series of free legal clinics in November in December as part of the Dementia Legal Planning Program. The program provides free (limited scope) dementia legal planning services to people across Washington state. This includes help with

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What’s a Qualified Charitable Distribution?

Did you know you can support ELAP while optimizing your retirement savings? A Qualified Charitable Distribution (QCD) is a direct transfer of funds from your IRA custodian to a qualified charity. Here are some of the benefits of donating through a QCD: You can satisfy

Welcome new staff

New Staffers Join ELAP Team

We’re excited to announce four new ELAP team members! Allison Adachi and Olivia Ortiz have joined ELAP as Domestic Violence Staff Attorneys. They will provide legal services to low-income domestic violence survivors in King County. Allison (she/her) has previous nonprofit experience in roles at TacomaProBono

Good to know

New State Law Aims to Combat Gender-Based Violence

Written by Isabel Noto, ELAP Summer InternEdited by ELAP Staff Washington State passed a new bill (HB 1562) this year to make communities safer by reducing the harm associated with gun violence and domestic violence. HB 1562 strengthens existing laws that limit access to firearms