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Staff

César E. Torres
Executive Director

César Torres has served as Executive Director of the Northwest Justice Project since the Fall of 2006. He earned his J.D. at the University of Virginia School of Law and his B.A. from Yale University. He has dedicated his legal career to the cause of equal justice. During law school he clerked for the Legal Aid Society >read more

Deborah Perluss
Director of Advocacy/General Counsel

Deborah Perluss is the Director of Advocacy/General Counsel of the Northwest Justice Project. Ms. Perluss has spent her career with civil legal services programs throughout Washington. Ms. Perluss received her B.A. in 1975 from the University of California, San Diego, J.D. in 1978 from the University of California Hastings College >read more

Susan Encherman
Director of Administration

Susan Encherman began her career in civil legal services in January 1980 when she was hired as the first Administrator of Evergreen Legal Services. She held this position until October of 1995 when as a result of a statewide restructuring plan, she left to launch the Northwest Justice Project as the Director of >read more

Joan Kleinberg
Director for Strategic Initiatives

Joan Kleinberg is a member of the management team with primary responsibility for carrying out initiatives deriving from NJP’s 2012 – 2017 Strategic Plan, outcomes measurement and private attorney involvement >read more
 
Steve Pelletier
Director of Finance

Steve Pelletier is an accounting professional with over 25 years of accounting, finance and management experience. He has practiced in the public accounting and the private accounting sectors over the years and he is currently the Director of Finance of the Northwest Justice Project. Steve is a licensed CPA in Washington >read more

Karen Holland
Director of Human Resources

Karen Holland joined the Northwest Justice Project in 2014 as the Northwest Justice Project’s first Director of Human Resources.  Karen brought over 20 years in Human Resources with her to NJP.  She is a generalist with experience in recruiting, employee relations, labor relations, staff training and development as well as benefits, compensation, and payroll administration.  >read more

Bryan Baker
Director of Development

Bryan Baker joined Northwest Justice Project in 2015 as the organizations first Director of Development. He brings more than 20 years of nonprofit leadership to NJP including expertise in program management, >read more

 

Staff Attorneys

First Name Last Name Law School Year Admitted to WA Bar
Samantha Adams Seattle University School of Law 2013
Robert  Adelman State University of New York Buffalo Law School 1979
Kristofer Amblad University of Washington School of Law 2000
Jennifer Ammons California Western School of Law 2007
Tami Arntzen University of Idaho School of Law 2005
Guadalupe Artiga University of San Francisco School of Law 1998
Tami Arntzen University of Idaho School of Law 2005
Andres Batista University of Puerto Rico School of Law 2017
Jennifer Bell University of Virginia School of Law 2001
Chea Berra Monterey College of Law 2015
Amy Bouldin Seattle University College of Law 2017
Matthew Brady Seattle University School of Law 1997
Sujatha Branch Columbia Law School 2017
Melissa Briggs City University of New York School of Law 2008
Meredith Bruch Case Western Reserve University School of Law 1994
Jennifer Brugger University of North Dakota School of Law 1997
Leticia Camacho University of Wisconsin Law School 2001
Karen Campbell Seattle University School of Law 1994
Karla Carlisle Willamette University College of Law 2008
Alberto Casas University of New Mexico School of Law 2007
Adam Chromy Seattle University School of Law 2012
Lance Cornick St. Thomas University School of Law 2018
Jefferson Coulter Gonzaga University School of Law 1999
Scott Crain University of Minnesota Law School 2006
Ben Crozier University of Washington School of Law 2018
Kristi Cruz Seattle University School of Law 2009
Alyson Dimmitt Gnam University of Washington School of Law 2014
Daniel Ediger Loyola School of Law 2011
Mark Ferraz Seton Hall University School of Law 2014
Elizabeth Flavin University of Washington School of Law 1990
Jonathan Fork Boston College Law School 2012
LeeAnn Friedman New York University School of Law 2001
Brendan Gaff University of Washington School of Law 2016
Laurie Garber New York University School of Law 1998
Christy Garcia Gonzaga University School of Law 1999
Sandy Garcia University of Idaho College of Law 2012
Sarah Glorian Lewis & Clark Law School 2000
Lindsey Goheen University of Washington School of Law 2007
Tyler Graber University of St. Thomas School of Law 2013
Caroline Graf University of Minnesota Law School 2017
Jamie Graves-Haslam University of Oregon School of Law 2012
Amber  Greaves Seattle University School of Law 2012
Ashley Greenberg University of Washington School of Law 2008
Brian Haaland University of Oregon School of Law 2004
Mariah Hanley University of Washington School of Law 2016
Elizabeth Helm University of Wisconsin, Madison Law School 1994
Elizabeth Hendren Seattle University School of Law 2012
Robert Hervatine Gonzaga University School of Law 2009
Chelsea  Hicks Seattle University School of Law 2008
Kathy Jensen Gonzaga University School of Law 1998
Joseph Jordan Boston College Law School 2007
Jeff Keddie Seattle University School of Law 2013
Julia Kellison Temple University Beasley School of Law 1999
Stacy Kihlstrom University of Washington School of Law 2001
Jong Kim St. Louis University School of Law 2010
Scott Kinkley Gonzaga University School of Law 2010
Joan Kleinberg University of Connecticut School of Law 1978
Alexandra Kory Seattle University School of Law 2015
Elizabeth Landry University of Washington School of Law 1997
Katherine Laner University of California Berkeley School of Law 1990
Sarracina Littlebird Stanford Law School 2016
Judith Lurie Harvard Law School 1996
Lindy  MacMillan Creighton University Law School 2013
Michelle Maddox University of Washington School of Law 2001
Alicia McCormick University of Washington School of Law 2010
Camille McDorman University of Washington School of Law 2017
Tom McKay Seattle University School of Law 2013
Rob Miller Rutgers School of Law 2007
Victoria Minto University of California Davis School of Law 1994
Charles Mitchell Harvard Law School 1990
David Morales Columbia Law School 2013
Timothy Murphy Gonzaga University School of Law 2015 
Graciela Navarro Lewis & Clark Law School 2011
Therese Norton Seattle University School of Law 2010
Heidi Noun New York University School of Law (JD); Georgetown University School of Law (LLM) 1991
Kristine Olmstead Gonzaga University School of Law 2006
Allyson O'Malley-Jones University of Iowa College of Law 2001
Joanna Otero University of Washington School of Law 1996
Kelly Owen University of California Berkeley School of Law 1986
Parker Parsons University of Iowa School of Law 2007
Stephen Parsons Seattle University School of Law 1993
Deborah Perluss University of California, Hastings School of Law 1978
Lacey Peterson Seattle University School of Law 2011
Patrick Pleas City University of New York School of Law 1996
Patricia Proebsting University of Puget Sound School of Law 1986
Rachel Prouser American University College of Law 2005
John Purbaugh West Virginia University School of Law 1990
Jason Quackenbush University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law 2014
Jessica Ramirez Lewis and Clark Law School 2014
Josefina Ramirez University of Washington School of Law 2001
Lorna Randall Gonzaga University School of Law 1994
Martha Rickey University of Minnesota Law School 2002
M. Abbas Rizvi Gonzaga University School of Law 2007
Steve Robins Capitol University Law School 1999
Blanca Rodriquez Seattle University School of Law 1998
Brian Rowe Seattle University School of Law 2009
Jessica Schultz-Leyk University of Washingotn School of Law 2010
Luanne Serafin New York University School of Law 2014
Gail Smith University of Washington School of Law 1976
Ariel Speser Hamline University of Law 2011
Jodi Sullivan University of Washington School of Law 2006
Kerry Summers Gonzaga University School of Law 2005
Jennifer Summerville University of Southern California Law Center 2007
David Tarshes Duke Law School 1983
Jamila Taylor University of Oregon School of Law 2008
Holly Timmerman Gonzaga University School of Law 2017
César Torres University of Virginia School of Law  
E. Jose Trejo University of Washington School of Law 1998
Maria Vega University of Idaho College of Law 2017
Amy Vigorita University of Michigan Law School 2008
Lisa von Biela University of Minnesota Law School 2009
Joy Ann von Wahlde University of Puget Sound School of Law 1991
Lisa Waldvogel DePaul University College of Law 1996
Yvette War Bonnet University of Wisconsin Law School 1986
Janell Waters Abraham Lincoln School of Law & J. Reuben Clark School of Law 2012
Catherine West University of Wisconsin Law School 2004
Eva Wescott Seattle University School of Law 2010
Carrie Williams Seton Hall University School of Law 1998
Aric Wong Boston College Law School 2011
Emily Yates Gonzaga University School of Law 2012
Jennifer Yogi University of Washington School of Law 2001
Rich Zahniser Lewis & Clark Law School 1985
Alma Zuniga University of Oregon School of Law 2007