Honors & Public Service


Washington State Bar Association (since 2006) 

(Member No. 37551)

American Immigration Lawyers Association (since 2006)

(Member No. 23678)


Board Member (2019)

Opportunity Council

● Non-profit working with homeless and low-income families and individuals to help people improve their lives through education, support, and direct assistance while advocating for just and equitable communities

Campaign Co-Chair (2018)

Citizens for Bellingham Schools

●    Community organizing to support the passage of Proposition 2018-1 to allow Bellingham School District 501 to borrow $155,000,000 by issuing general obligation bonds

Superintendent Parent Advisory Council (PAC) Representative (2016-2018) 

Parent Teacher Association (PTA) President (2014-2016)

Sunnyland Elementary School (Title I)

Advisory Board Member (2011-2016)

Communitywise Bellingham

● Non-profit focused on research and dissemination of factual information regarding proposed Gateway Pacific

Terminal (GPT) project and its potential impact on the local community

Chair of the State Government Committee (2011-2014)

American Immigration Lawyers Association Washington (AILA-WA) State Chapter

●    Advocate before the State Legislature for fair and reasonable immigration law and policy

Certificate of Appreciation (April 19, 2013)

Catholic Community Services of Western Washington & Skagit Immigrant Rights Council

Pro Bono Award (March 22, 2013)

American Immigration Lawyers Association Washington State Chapter

Abogada Excepcional / Extraordinary Attorney Award (January 18, 2013)

Latina/o Bar Association of Washington

Certificate of Recognition (December 8, 2012)

Whatcom Community College

●    Spearhead pro-bono efforts to provide critical legal assistance for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) cases in Skagit and Whatcom Counties

●    Coordinate with local nonprofits, attorneys, and American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) volunteers

●    Enable Northwest Immigrant Rights Project (NWIRP) and AILA to focus on other underserved regions of Washington State

Honor First (June 26, 2012)

U.S. Department of Homeland Security

●    Successful completion of U.S. Customs and Border Protection Citizens Academy

Certificate of Achievement (May 19, 2012)

Office of the Education Ombudsman

●    Completion of 20 hour Finding Your Voice Training Program with hands-on training experience

Seeds of Justice Award (March 31, 2011)

Community to Community Development (C2C)

●    Honor for cultivating movement

Outstanding Pro Bono Representation (February 2, 2011)

Board of Directors, Legal Assistance by Whatcom Advocates (LAW Advocates)

Certificate of Appreciation (2010-2011)

American Immigration Lawyers Association Washington State Chapter

●    Recognition of extraordinary volunteer service

Chair of the Whatcom County Chapter of ACLU-WA (2010-2011)

American Civil Liberties Union of Washington (ACLU-WA)

Certificate of Appreciation (April 1, 1999)

Governor James B. Hunt, Jr. on behalf of the State of North Carolina

● Recognition of dedication and outstanding service to North Carolina as an Ameri*Corps VISTA