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Access to Justice Institute
901 12th Avenue, Sullivan Hall 115
Seattle, WA 98122-1090
Phone: (206) 398-4173
Fax: (206) 398-4261

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ATJI Staff

Karena RahallKarena Rahall

Assistant Dean of ATJI

Phone: (206) 398-4168

Bio: Karena Rahall is the current Assistant Dean for the Access to Justice Institute. From 2012-2015, she taught the Youth Advocacy Clinic and Trial Advocacy. In 2016, she became the inaugural Executive Director of the Court Square Law Project, a legal residency project at the City University of New York (CUNY) School of Law; Karena returned to Seattle University in 2017.

Karena received a B.A. from Hampshire College, an M.A. from NYU, and her J.D. from Fordham University School of Law, a sister Jesuit institution. In addition to the roles at SU Law and CUNY Law described above, Karena comes to the assistant deanship with over fifteen years of practice and program management experience. She practiced as a criminal defense lawyer in state and federal courts, as both a public defender and as a solo practitioner in a firm she founded. Prior to that, she was the Deputy Director of International Legal Foundation, an NGO headquartered in New York, where she supervised a large staff locally and overseas for a program that instituted criminal defense services in post-conflict countries including Afghanistan, Sri Lanka, and Nepal. She has been the recipient of the Thurgood Marshall Award from the New York City Bar Association for outstanding leadership in pro bono death penalty work and the Legal Aid Society Pro Bono Publico Award for outstanding leadership in capital defense representation, and she's been active in the New York City Bar Association LGBT and Criminal Law Committees. She is also a member of both the Washington and New York bars.

Cindy YeungCindy Yeung

Associate Director

Phone: (206) 398-4455

Bio: Cindy Yeung joined ATJI as Associate Director in March 2017 after spending the past 11 years at the Northwest Justice Project (NJP) providing direct legal service to low-income individuals. Most recently, Cindy's position involved running the first replication outside of the University of Michigan's Detroit Center for Family Advocacy, by partnering NJP with the Center for Children and Youth Justice with the goal to reduce the amount of time children spend in foster care. Prior to this, Cindy worked on the Coordinated Legal Education Advice and Referral Line at NJP. Cindy was also a judicial law clerk with Snohomish County Superior Court immediately after law school.

Cindy has a B.A. from the University of Washington and is a 2004 graduate of Seattle University School of Law. In addition to her dedication to public interest work, Cindy has sat on the board for Peace for the Streets by Kids from the Streets, volunteered for Bellevue Youth Court, and served as a mentor to undergrad students at the University of Washington and at the law school.

Clay WilsonClay Wilson

Moderate Means Program Attorney

Phone: (206) 398-4356

Bio: Clay joined the ATJI staff in November 2010 and serves as the Moderate Means Program Attorney and as Adjunct Faculty teaching the Moderate Means Practicum. Prior to joining ATJI, Clay was an attorney with the Northwest Justice Project for thirteen years. During that time he was an advocate on the CLEAR legal hotline, represented low-income individuals in family law matters and eviction cases, managed the Northwest Justice Project's Contract Attorney Program, and was a CLEAR supervisor. Clay also has experience as a health care administrator, policy analyst, and mental health counselor.

Clay has an extensive history of community volunteer experience; he currently volunteers at legal clinics for Kitsap Legal Services, a non-profit volunteer lawyer program, and has served on their board for the last nine years, most recently as Board President. Clay received B.A. and B.S. degrees from Washington State University, and an M.P.A. and J.D. from the University of Washington.

Clay is the point person for the Moderate Means Program.

Liz GuinneLiz Guinn

Faculty Legal Program Assistant

Phone: (206) 398-4173

Bio: Liz joined the ATJI team in September 2015 and serves as the assistant for ATJI, the Fred T. Korematsu Center for Law and Equality, the Center for Indian Law and Policy, and Graduate Law Programs. Prior to joining ATJI, Liz was community news editor at the Idaho Falls Post Register newspaper, and previously worked in communications and marketing for Virginia Tech's College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. Liz received her B.A. from the University of Mary Washington.