In Memoriam

Craig Beetham, Class of 1989, died on November 7, 2015. He won national awards as a young Puyallup High School debate coach before attending night school to become a lawyer. He was named Family Law Attorney of the Year by the Tacoma-Pierce County Bar Association and received the Washington State Bar Association's Family Law Attorney of the Year award. A teacher at heart, Craig was a willing mentor to law colleagues and generously shared his knowledge with athletes and students alike.

Judge Patricia Hall Clark, former faculty member, died on November 7, 2015. As a mother, social worker, prosecutor, and superior court judge, she dedicated her life to helping all children. She taught at our Tacoma campus from 1993 to 1995 before being appointed as a commissioner in King County Superior Court.

Bob Denomy, Class of 1978, died on January 19, 2015 while on vacation on Kauai with the love of his life, Carlyn Roy. He traveled with his family in the Air Force before moving to Tacoma where he graduated from Bellarmine Prep and earning both his undergrad and JD from the University of Puget Sound. He had a real estate law practice but was also a licensed real estate broker and a CPA.

Laurie Fall Morris, Class of 1998, died on November 17, 2014 after battling an aggressive cancer for two years. She dedicated her career to public defense. For 16 years, she worked for The Defender Association, King County’s oldest public defender office, where she quickly developed into a strong litigator. She cherished her close relationship with her family including her husband, Daron, who is also a public defender, and her three children.

Sister Donna Fread, OSF (formerly Sister Catherine Bernadette), Class of 2004, died in Tacoma on September 6, 2014. She had been a professed member of the Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia for 52 years. A lifelong learner, she earned a B.A. in History from Marylhurst University in Portland, an M.A. in Education, and an M.A. in Religious Studies from Gonzaga University in addition to her J.D. From 2000-2014, she served on the Franciscan Health System Foundation, and also served both as a Court Appointed Special Advocate for Children and as an Immigration Court Observer.

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Michael Cesarano, a partner with the intellectual property law firm of Feldman Gale, was presented with the Dade County Bar Association (DCBA) Life Membership Certificate, recognizing his 34 years as an active, contributing member.


Maureen Hart received the 2013 Angelo Petruss Award for Lawyers in Government Service from the Washington State Bar Association. This award is given to a lawyer working in government service who has made a significant contribution to the legal profession, the justice system, and the public.

Rebecca Roe received the Washington State Bar Association's 2013 Award of Merit, its highest honor. The award was given to Roe and her colleagues at Schroeter Goldmark & Bender for their pro bono work for the state to uphold provisions of the Affordable Care Act. Her practice is focused on personal injury cases for victims of violent crime and sexual assault as well as employment law.


Steve Bulzomi served as president of the Washington State Association for Justice from 2013-2014.


Lisa Napoli O'Toole was elected to the position of King County District Court Judge. Judge O'Toole has practiced law for 27 years, serving as a Judge Pro Tem, a King County Prosecuting Attorney, and as a civil litigation attorney in private practice.


Kim Whittle recently landed a temporary appointment as attorney advisor with the Copyright Royalty Judges at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C.


David Gardner was recently elected to the board of directors of his law firm, Moffatt Thomas in Boise, Idaho.


Aaron Rocke advocated an oral argument before the Washington State Supreme Court in October 2013. The case, Kumar v. Gate Gourmet, was featured on the front page of the Seattle Times and in other print and radio outlets. The issue concerns whether the Washington Law Against Discrimination requires employers to make any accommodation for the creeds (i.e. religion and sincerely held beliefs) of its employees. A decision is expected soon. His firm, Rocke Law Group, PLLC, celebrated six years in February.


Eric Stoll and David Petteys have once again joined forces. Practicing with 40-year veteran Tom Malone of Malone Law Group in Ballard, their work covers business and corporate law; real estate; estate planning and probate; federal and state and local tax; and fiduciary litigation, including trusts and estates and business owner disputes. They began their legal careers together in 2002 in Perkins Coie's tax department in downtown Seattle.


Erik Rasmussen, after 10 plus years in public service, including 9 years with the United States Secret Service, has joined Visa Inc. as the Director of Payment System Cyber Security in Ashburn, Virginia.


Joanna Boisen, a partner at Foster Pepper and co-chair of the firm's Tax-Exempt Organizations Group, was named as a '40 Under 40' honoree by the Puget Sound Business Journal.

Kendee Yamaguchi joined Gov. Jay Inslee's administration as part of the executive management team at the Washington State Department of Commerce. As the assistant director of local government and infrastructure, she manages a division and serves as the executive director to both the Community Economic Development Board and the Public Works Board. A wide range of programs fall under the division, including the EPA Brownfields program, administration of the Growth Management Act, and the revitalization and block grant programs.

Richard J. Shore joined the Office of the New York State Attorney General as an Assistant Attorney General in the Real Estate Finance Bureau.


Michael Kaiser published an article in the Cardozo Law School Journal of Conflict Resolution, 'Cut the Dog in Half'-Resolving Animal Law Disputes Through the Use of Alternative Dispute Resolution. He also spoke on the topic at the law school in November 2012.


Marsha T. Mavunkel has joined Ryan Swanson Cleveland PLLC as an associate in the firm'€™s Immigration Group. She focuses her practice exclusively in the area of U.S. Immigration and Naturalization law, and advises both corporate and individual clients on all aspects of the immigration process, including: H-1B professionals, E-2 Treaty investors, L-1 intra-company transfers, TN professionals, J-1 exchange visitors, F-1 students, EB-1, EB-2, EB-3, outstanding researchers, professors, and persons of extraordinary ability, and labor certifications under PERM regulations.


Emily M. Gause launched her own firm in November 2014. The Law Offices of Emily M. Gause PLLC is a criminal defense practice. In her first three years as a lawyer, Emily worked alongside John Henry Browne, a nationally renowned criminal defense attorney. The Law Offices of Emily M. Gause primarily handles felony criminal cases, both in state courts as well as federal courts, throughout the State of Washington.


Kamron Graham celebrated her first year anniversary as a nationally certified public guardian and conservator for Multnomah County in Portland, Oregon.


Bree Black Horse was selected for a federal clerkship with the Honorable Brian Morris of the U.S. District Court in Great Falls, Montana. She previously worked as a youth advocate for United Indians of All Tribes Foundation, a a social service provider offering educational, cultural, and social services to reconnect indigenous people in the Puget Sound region to their heritage.

David Konkel completed a one-year clerkship with U.S. District Judge William C. Griesbach in the Eastern District of Wisconsin, and has joined Godfrey