2020-2021 Board of Trustees Election
Ballots must be completed before 4:00 p.m., January 30, 2020
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The new Board term commences at the time of the 112th Annual Lincoln Day Banquet on February 21, 2020.
Your vote is important. PLEASE vote before 4:00 PM on Thursday, January 30, 2020. THANK YOU.
CANDIDATE FOR VICE-PRESIDENT
VOTE FOR ONE (3-Year Term, President in 2021)
Amanda M. Searle
I am running for Vice-President because I would like to continue to serve our members and the Pierce County community by promoting professionalism and cohesion, supporting equal access, and providing tangible benefits to our members. Most recently, I served our Bar Association as a Trustee from 2017-2019. From that experience, I have come to understand the issues facing our Bar Association and I hope to provide a meaningful forum within which to brainstorm solutions and innovative ideas, as well as to support community projects.
Our profession and this organization are very special. I would like to serve our Association and I value your thoughts on what is most important to you. To ensure a unified TPCBA, who will serve as good stewards of your funds and your ideas, I am also endorsing Jennifer Andrews and Heather Swann as Trustees. Together, we have the knowledge and experience to effect any necessary change and to preserve valued programs. Please consider voting for all three of us.
CANDIDATES FOR TRUSTEE
VOTE FOR THREE (2-Year Term)
Jennifer D. Andrews
I am running for Trustee in order to serve all members of our Association and to act as a voice for our membership. I will do this by promoting programs that serve our membership and serve to make the practice of law in our community as efficient and equitable as possible. As the immediate Past President of the Robert J. Bryan American Inn of Court, a community focused on professionalism and high ethical standards is of the utmost importance to me. Creating a cohesive Association will benefit our membership, the legal community as a whole, and the community at large. I strive to be approachable and am a creative problem solver, and will use these skills in my role as Trustee for the TPCBA. I have practiced law in Washington since 2002 and have been a member of TPCBA since 2012. I have previously worked with the TPCBA Board in my capacity as Co-President of Pierce County Washington Women Lawyers, a role I held for two years, and as Trustee for the Family Law Section of the TPCBA, which I served from 2014 until 2018.
In an effort to ensure a unified TPCBA, and to serve as good stewards of your funds and your
ideas, I am endorsing Heather Swann as Trustee and Amanda Searle as Vice President. Together, we have the knowledge and experience to effect any necessary change, and to ensure that beloved programs are maintained and preserved. Please consider voting for all three of us.
During my eleven years as a member of the TPCBA, I’ve worked in criminal and civil law, served as a Judge Pro Tem, and represented the State and individual plaintiffs and defendants. I have advocated for the most vulnerable in our community – in the courtroom fighting for children and at protest rallies fighting for LGBTQ people like me. I’ve served two terms as President of the Board for a local non-profit and demonstrated capable leadership and ethical governance.
I’ve sought every opportunity to develop tools that lead to organizational success: fostering community, facilitating collaboration, and building consensus. Just last year, I completed a year-long intensive leadership course with the American Leadership Foundation, which taught advanced leadership techniques while prioritizing equity, diversity, and inclusion. It would be an honor and a joy to dedicate these skill sets to serving the TPCBA and helping our great local bar become even greater.
Nicholas “Cole” Douglas
I am a trial attorney with the law firm Pfau Cochran Vertetis Amala, PLLC. As a Tacoma native, I am proud to focus my practice on seeking justice for injured individuals residing all over the State of Washington, but especially for those living in the Pierce County area where I grew up and now reside with my wife Katie, seventh-month old Brady, and “guard- dog” Luna.
This past year I served as a voting member of the Tacoma-Pierce County Bar Association’s Board of Trustees in my role as President of the New and Young Lawyers Section. As President, I helped plan and organize numerous TPCBA events, including but not limited to, Casino Night, Law Day, the spring and fall Swearing-In ceremonies, and the most recent “Speeding Dating” Mentorship Event. Prior to serving my term as President of the New and Young Lawyers Section, I served as a Trustee on that same board.
During my tenure with TPCBA, I focused my efforts on strengthening our organization through the creation of meaningful, dynamic events and educational offerings that attract attorneys of all ages to participate, learn and share knowledge. In my opinion, the most effective way to build upon the TPCBA’s solid foundation and continue to increase access to justice for all, is by showcasing all the benefits that practicing in Pierce County has to offer; specifically, an all-inclusive legal community that is more than willing to pass on its knowledge and present new attorneys and recent law school graduates with opportunities to reach their full potential. If elected as Trustee, it will be my goal to ensure that events and opportunities of this nature continue to take place and that the organization continues to provide tangible benefits to its current and prospective members.
My name is Catherine Guza and I am running for TPCBA Trustee. I am currently an attorney with Office of Public Defense where I represent parents in the Dependency proceedings. I firmly believe in advocating for my client’s constitutional rights, and I look forward to bringing that passion to help promote and grow the TPCBA. I am a Pierce County resident and I am proud I was raised in this region. I graduated from University of Washington for my undergraduate and received my JD from Seattle of University. I served as Treasurer for the Young Lawyer’s Section from 2019-2020. In that section I helped to work on many projects, including Casino Night and Law Day. I also work with Commissioner Kiesel, Commissioner McInvaille, and attorney Lisa Mansfield planning CLEs/Trainings for the Juvenile Court. I am a huge advocate for the therapeutic court, Family Recovery Court, and even wrote a piece featured in the TPCBA’s magazine. I want to serve on the TPCBA Board so that I can contribute more to the legal community in which I live and practice. I also want to help promote excellence and professionalism in our local bar such that Tacoma-Pierce County practitioners are recognized as providing the very best legal services to the community at large.
I manage my own firm and have been in practice for over seven years. I am licensed to practice in Washington, Nevada and the Colorado federal court. My areas of practice are general litigation, estate planning, guardianship and bankruptcy. I have been successful in both judge and jury trials with amounts in dispute ranging from a few thousand dollars to over one million dollars.
My goal as a trustee would be to improve the experience for TPCBA members and also ensure that the bar remains a valuable resource for its members. I hope to contribute and give back to our association which has been a valuable resource for me.
Lisa H. Mansfield
My name is Lisa Mansfield and I am an attorney at the Department of Assigned Counsel where I represent parents with children in Dependency proceedings. I graduated from Columbia University with an English degree and I received my JD from University of Washington. I value service and collaboration and I am deeply committed to the Pierce County Bar. Currently, I am President-elect of Pierce County Minority Bar Association and I also serve on the Board of Washington Women Lawyers as Community Outreach Vice President. I serve on the TPCBA Magazine Committee, and I am a frequent contributor to the Pierce County Lawyer. Additionally, I write for WSBA’s statewide magazine NW Lawyer where I highlight issues affecting the Pierce County Bar. If elected as Trustee for TPCBA, I pledge to use my experience, skill, energy and drive to support and promote our beloved legal community with wholehearted dedication.
I am a member of the Washington State Tacoma-Pierce County Bar Association s and have extensive experience preparing trial materials for other attorneys at all administrative and judicial levels, as well as for my own clients at all appellate levels. I have represented indigent criminal defendants for over 13 years in Tacoma and multiple counties and am well-versed in city and county codes and regulations along with local, appellate and state Supreme Court rules and procedures. I have served on the Board of governors for WACDL and represented it on the WSBA Rules Subcommittee.
As a partner in Fraser Robinson Speir, Attorney Outsource since 2004, I am deeply familiar with civil and criminal legal research and writing, and I am well-versed in drafting bench memoranda, trial briefs, Court orders, and all manner of legal correspondence.
I wish to serve as a trustee to give back to the association that has supported me; to provide perspective on indigent defense practice; and to assist with rules updates and policy development.
Heather L. Swann
As a long-time supporter and advocate of the TPCBA, I am running for Trustee. I served as Trustee for the TPCBA Family Law Section 2013 – 2014. I also served as Secretary/Treasurer for the Family Law Section 2015-2016. I feel that I have the relevant skills, experience, and leadership abilities to contribute to the TPCBA as a Trustee. My role as Trustee will be to deliver on our vision, mission and values of the TPCBA.
I have a passion for volunteering. For the past several years, I have been afforded the opportunity to spend many hours helping the local community volunteering my time at the TacomaProBono Family Law clinics. I look forward to continuing to do this for years to come. This past year, I served as chair of the TacomaProBono Committee. This was a fulfilling and educational roll in and of itself and it also afforded me a seat at the table at the TPCBA board meetings.
As far as my practice, I am a partner at Hay & Swann PLLC. I have been practicing law for just over a decade. At this point, my practice consists of exclusively family law.
As for a little bit about me, I am originally from Stonington, Connecticut. I relocated to the Pacific
Northwest after law school. Outside of the office, I enjoy spending time on the farm, with friends, and horseback riding with my two young daughters, Boston and Braylin.
To ensure a unified TPCBA, and to serve as good stewards of your funds and your ideas, I am endorsing Jennifer Andrews as Trustee and Amanda Searle as Vice President. Together we have the knowledge and experience to effect any necessary change, and to ensure that beloved programs are maintained and preserved. Please consider voting for all three of us.