Board of Governors
The at-large position is to be filled by a person, who, at the Board's discretion, has the experience and knowledge of the needs of lawyers underrepresented in governance or who represent the diverse population of Washington to make the Board a more diverse and representative body than that achieved by district representation alone. See section VI(D) of the WSBA bylaws for additional information.
We received three nominations for the At-large position. These members will be interviewed by the Board of Governors at the June 3 meeting in Seattle. Following interviews, the Board will vote by secret ballot to select the At-large governor, who will serve a 3 year term beginning October 1, 2016.
Athanasios P. Papailiou
Athan Papailiou is a judicial law clerk to Justice Debra Stephens. Before clerking at the Washington Supreme Court, Papailiou clerked for Arizona Court of Appeals Judge Randall Howe. Papailiou previously served as University of Oregon’s Student Senate President, as well as Vice President and Director of the UO Bookstore Board. A former member of the Law & Behavior Research Group, Papailiou’s scholarly interest is juror decision-making. His recent study investigating the efficacy of jury instructions addressing the unreliability of eyewitness identification evidence was featured on NPR’s Morning Edition. Education: B.S., University of Oregon, 2009; J.D., University of Arizona, 2013.
Lisa M. Saar
Lisa Saar is owner of a general practice in Bellingham, Washington, practicing in social security and veteran’s disability, elder law, personal injury, and medical malpractice. She served 22 years in the U.S. Navy retiring as a Lieutenant Commander. She is Secretary of the Whatcom County Bar, a member of the ABA Military Pro Bono Project, has taken the WSBA Call to Duty Pledge, and is a supporter and frequent volunteer for Whatcom’s Volunteer Law Program. She served her country and now would like to serve her legal community and help shape the future of law practice in Washington State.
Krista K. van Amerongen
Krista K. van Amerongen brings her passion for social justice to the Yakima County Department of Assigned Counsel where she represented juvenile and adult clients for eight years on everything from status offenses to murder allegations. Currently pioneering the Preliminary Appearance Defender position, she integrates an objective risk assessment tool, clients' socioeconomic circumstances, and principles of social justice to shift the current charge-based, money bail paradigm to one that is risk-based and presumes release. She earned an M.S. in Biology before receiving her J.D. from Ave Maria School of Law. She is committed to advancing criminal justice reform statewide.
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These new members of the WSBA Board of Governors will begin three-year terms of office on Oct. 1, 2016.
Rajeev D. Majumdar
Rajeev Majumdar is a partner at a general practice in Blaine, Washington. He was recently awarded the WSBA’s Local Hero Award for his work with non-profits that serve the indigent, including stepping away from his law practice to pro-bono serve as the Interim Executive Director of Whatcom County’s Volunteer Lawyer Program. He serves the City of Blaine as its Prosecutor, and serves his private clients as a defense attorney in other jurisdictions and as a civil litigator. He is joyfully married, and expecting his first child, with whom he hopes to share a love of backpacking through the third world.
After licensing, the overriding mission of the Bar should be to serve the members. That requires the Board to appreciate what the majority of members face. Most of us are personally responsible for payroll, rent, staff and medical insurance. We not only practice law, we run small businesses; however, that leaves little time to serve. I have practiced for 20-plus years. For the last 12-plus years, I have run a successful practice of partners and associates, and for various reasons now have time and want to serve to help the Bar keep sight of the needs of the practicing members.
Admitted to the bar in 1978, I am a family law attorney and have been with the same firm for 36 years. Early in my career, I was president of Washington Women Lawyers and its liaison to the WSBA Board of Governors. I served on the Judicial Recommendation, Character & Fitness and Legislative committees. Then I stepped away from WSBA service; I thought it was time for new blood. I am concerned about what’s happening with the Bar and want to be part of a solution.
Education: B.A., The Evergreen State College, 1975; J.D. University of Washington, 1978.
WSBA members in Districts 2, 9, and 10 voted between March 15 and April 1. The results of these elections are as follows:
• Rajeev Majumdar: 60.7%
• Tracy Gilroy: 24.5%
• Lisa Saar: 14.7%
• Dan Bridges (unopposed)
• Christina Meserve: 66.7%
• Vicki Parker: 33.3%
As of Sept. 18, 2015
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