Award Categories

The Washington Young Lawyers Committee grants up to four awards per year:

  1. The Outstanding Young Lawyer of the Year Award
  2. The Thomas Neville Pro Bono Award
  3. The WYLC Professionalism Award
  4. The Outstanding Affiliate Organization Award

 

2012 Award Recipients

    • Robin Lynn Haynes, Outstanding Young Lawyer of the Year Award 
    • Arthur Simpson, Thomas Neville Pro Bono Award  
    • Casey Arbenz, WYLC Professionalism Award 
    • Spokane County Young Lawyers Division, Outstanding Affiliate Organization Award


Past Recipients 

Outstanding Young Lawyer of the Year

This award honors the young lawyer who has made a valuable contribution to our legal community. 

2011: David Keenan
2010: Sarah Leyrer
2009: Eric Koester
2008: Kelly Walsh
2007: Breena Roos
2006: Diankha Linear
2005: Soojin E. Kim
2004: Gabriel S. Galanda
2003: Anthony Miles
2002: Thaddeus P. Martin, IV

Thomas Neville Pro Bono Award

Named to honor the memory of Thomas Neville, a Western Washington attorney murdered in his office by the estranged husband of a pro bono family law client. This award recognizes the young lawyer in this state who has generously committed his or her time and efforts to provide legal services for the public good.

2011: Joanna Plichta Boisen
2010: Lisa Schaures
2009: Jenni Volk
2008: James McCormick
2007: Sara Lingafelter
2006: David East
2005: Stephen T. King
2004: Beth Colgan
2003: Jennie Laird
2002: William C. Broberg

Professionalism Award

The WYLC honors the practitioner from the entire Washington legal community who has greatly enhanced the profession through his or her extraordinarily noble and honorable practice of law.

2010: Luke Thomas
2009: Kate Vaughan
2007: Charles Wiggins
2006: Sarah Dunne
2005: Tisha Pagalilauan
2004: Jeffrey L. Fisher
2003: Mari Horita
2002: Mark H. Kim

Outstanding Affiliate Organization Award

This award recognizes the affiliate organization in Washington which has generously committed time and efforts to provide legal services for the public good, public service and community outreach, and/or has made significant contributions to the professional community, especially in the development and training of young lawyers.

2010: Benton Franklin Counties Young Lawyer Division
2009: Chelan-Douglas County Bar Association Young Lawyers Division
2008: Not Awarded
2007: Clark County Bar Association Young Lawyers Division
2006: Young Lawyers Section of the Kitsap County Bar Association
2005: Spokane County Young Lawyers Division
2004: Loren Miller Bar Association
2003: King County Housing Justice Project
2002: Tacoma-Pierce County Bar Association Young Lawyers Division