Updated: April 26, 2018

Meet the Candidates

2018 Board of Governors District Elections Runoff Candidates

District 1

Hunter AbellHunter M. Abell is a member at the Seattle office of Williams, Kastner & Gibbs, PLLC. Hunter is a native of eastern Washington where he was raised on a ranch in rural Ferry County. A graduate of the College of William & Mary, Hunter attended law school at Gonzaga University School of Law and received a LLM at Georgetown University Law Center. Before joining Williams Kastner, Hunter served as a JAG officer with the U.S. Navy, and is a Lieutenant Commander in the U.S. Navy Reserve. Hunter previously served as Chair of the WSBA Professionalism Committee and Indian Law Section. 

Michael CherryMichael Cherry: As a computer analyst I realized technology was creating issues the legal system struggled to address. This led me to the Seattle University School of Law, where I received a JD degree and where I am completing an LLM. Today, my solo practice focuses on helping startups address their legal issues. Running my own firm lead to the realization that small firms need to use technology and new business models to adapt to a changing legal-services market. Helping make such technology and new models a reality is how I could contribute as a WSBA governor.

District 5

Rea CulwellRea Culwell was born and raised in Kennewick, receiving her BA in Economics from Whitman College in 1990 and her JD in 1994 from Emory Law School. She currently serves Columbia County as elected Prosecutor and Coroner. Rea serves on the Washington Association of Prosecuting Attorneys and Washington Association of Coroners and Medical Examiners executive boards. She has led and actively participates in community coalition and multi­disciplinary groups serving Columbia County. She has handled nearly every aspect of criminal and municipal law and has volunteered hundreds of hours educating and training law enforcement, legislators, law enforcement, fellow prosecutors and more.

Peter J. Peter J. "PJ" Grabicki: I graduated from University of Texas Law School with honors, and was Order of the Coif. In the US Attorney General's Honors Program, I litigated tax cases in US District Courts. I returned to Spokane, joining Randall/Danskin. I have been a leader of the firm for thirty-four years, and am its President. My practice involves business representation, estate and tax planning. I served on the Spokane Neighborhood Action Partners board, and as board chair for several terms. I am on the board of Legal Foundation of Washington, and currently its President.

District 7 South

Jean Y. KangJean Y. Kang is a litigator at Smith Freed Eberhard, handling complex litigation suits. Prior to civil work, Jean served as a criminal deputy prosecuting attorney in King County. In September 2017, Jean was elected to the WSBA Board of Governors as an At-Large Governor. Jean is on the state board for Washington Women Lawyers and the board for Latina/o Bar Association of Washington. Jean was a member of the 2017 class of the Washington Leadership Institute and currently serves as an adjunct professor at Seattle University School of Law. Jean graduated from Seattle University School of Law and University of Washington. 

Jennifer Ann MackleyJennifer Ann Mackley was born in Burien, studied International Relations at Il Collegio del Mondo Unito, then graduated from BYU in Political Science. She co-founded a national hunger relief organization and worked at HUD’s Interagency Council on Homelessness in D.C. before pursuing a law degree, completing her studies at the University of Chicago. Prior to starting her own firm, Jennifer was a Deputy Prosecutor and represented Idaho prosecutors on the Department of Juvenile Corrections Planning Committee. She continues her advocacy through the Interfaith Taskforce on Homelessness, and recently served as Co-Chair of Seattle Schools Taskforce on the Prevention of Sexual Harassment and Assault.

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