2010 Annual Banquet



QLaw celebrated its 5th Annual Banquet on Thursday, April 29, 2010 at the beautiful Hyatt @ Olive 8 in downtown Seattle, with keynote speaker Darren Manzella, a former sergeant in the U.S. Army who was discharged under Don't Ask, Don't Tell.  He was joined by Aaron Tax, legal director of the Servicemembers Legal Defense Network

The ACLU of Washington and Jim Lobsenz, of the law firm Carney Badley Spellman, were recognized for their ongoing work against "Don't Ask, Don't Tell," including their representation of Major Margaret Witt, a Washington-native and decorated flight nurse who was dismissed from service under the policy.

QLaw also honored Governor Chris Gregoire for her continuing work on behalf of the LGBT community.  Governor Gregoire has signed more LGBT-friendly legislation than any governor in Washington history, including the Anderson-Murray anti-discrimination bill and all three versions of the state domestic partnership bill.  She defended the most recent “everything but marriage” domestic partnership law by campaigning for the approval of Referendum 71. 


Thank you to our 2010 banquet sponsors:


Perkins Coie

Stoel Rives


Davis Wright Tremaine
Microsoft Corporation



Fenwick & West

Gordon Thomas Honeywell

K&L Gates
Lane Powell

Seattle University School of Law
University of Washington School of Law


Alaska Airlines

Bennett Bigelow & Leedom

Bullivant Houser Bailey

Carey & Lillevik

Carney Badley Spellman
Dorsey & Whitney
Foster Pepper

Frank Freed Subit & Thomas

Garvey Schubert Barer

Helsell Fetterman
HSBC Bank, Redmond Branch

Ivy Law Group

Lambda Legal
McKinley Irvin
Moschetto Koplin McGuire

Spencer Anderson & Buhr

Stokes Lawrence

Summit Law Group

Williams Kastner

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