Washington Leadership Institute, a collaboration between the UW School of Law and the Washington State Bar Association is pleased to announce the 2018 class of Fellows. Selected from a large pool of qualified applicants, the class reflects the wealth of diversity and talent from communities across the state. The WSBA Leadership Institute welcomes to the 2018 class of Fellows:
- Ana Cecilia “Ceci” Lopez - Assistant Professor and Director of the Law, Diversity, and Justice Center at Western Washington University's Fairhaven College of Interdisciplinary Studies.
The Washington Leadership Institute is a leadership-development program created by the WSBA Board of Governors at the behest of then-President Ronald
R. Ward, the first African-American president of the WSBA. Attorneys who have been admitted to practice between three and ten years are eligible to apply.
Selection focuses on lawyers who have demonstrated or show a capacity for leadership and who reflect the full diversity of the state. The program operates under the direction of an Advisory Board, composed of distinguished statewide leaders of the bench and bar.
The expectations on the Fellows is high not only during the program, but in their work post Leadership Institute in service to the Bar and the community.
The Washington Leadership Institute enjoys a stellar nationwide reputation and has received national recognition — in its first year of operation, the
program was a recipient of the American Bar Association’s Partnership Award, which recognizes efforts by bar associations to increase the participation and advancement of lawyers of color in the organized bar and to attract students of color to the legal profession. The Institute has also received numerous grants and awards.