Board of Directors


Matt Etter


Matt is an Associate Director of the Center for Professional Development at Seattle University School of Law. He advises students and alumni who are interested in public interest and government opportunities. Prior to joining Seattle University, Matt served as a legal recruiter for a large international recruiting firm, and also served as an Assistant Attorney General for Washington State's Attorney General, representing and advising the Department of Social and Health Services, the Department of Early Learning, and higher education clients. Matt previously ran QLaw’s mentorship program, has overseen the QLaw Bar Stipend Scholarship program, and, most recently, served as co-chair of the 2018 banquet. 


President Elect, Nominating Committee Chair & Banquet Committee Co-Chair

Josh is a civil consequences attorney at the King County Department of Public Defense. He works alongside public defenders to help people who’ve been charged with a crime navigate the many civil legal issues presented by a criminal charge. He works on a broad range of civil issues including housing, immigration, public benefits, employment, licensure, and family law matters. He volunteers in the QLaw Legal Clinic and was recognized as one of the 2017 Volunteers of the Year. He received the National LGBT Bar Association's Student Leadership Award in 2016 and has been on the Board since 2015 as a law student representative. He is Law Student Outreach Chair working to further mentorship opportunities with law students as well as forging stronger connections across the diverse LGBTQ community. He is passionate about public service and social justice issues, working with numerous pro bono services and race equity organizations.


Vice President

Cat has been a criminal defense attorney at the King County Department of Public Defense for nine years. She represents adults and juveniles charged with adult felony offenses. She currently supervises a unit of felony attorneys and investigators who practice at the Regional Justice Center in King County. Cat is an at-large member of the Board. She co-chairs QLaw’s Judicial Evaluations Committee.

DANA Savage

Vice President, Issues Advocacy Committee Co-Chair
Dana Savage is the Founder of Helios Law Group, PLLC, where she leads a team of experienced attorneys as Managing Partner. In addition to overseeing the general operations of the firm, Dana represents clients in cases involving small businesses, civil rights advocacy, family law, debt defense, and crisis management. In addition to serving as a Vice President and Chair of the QLaw Advocacy Committe, Dana volunteers her times and talents throughout the community with organizations such as the GSBA, the KCBA Legal Clinic, and Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity.


Treasurer &
Banquet Committee Co-Chair

Jamie is an Associate General Counsel at Zulily, an online retailer based in Seattle. Prior to joining Zulily in September 2019, Jamie was a commercial litigator at Davis Wright Tremaine, where he advised and represented clients in connection with antitrust, intellectual property, consumer protection, and commercial disputes. Before joining DWT, Jamie clerked for Judge Edward F. Shea of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Washington.  Jamie currently serves as an adjunct professor at Seattle University School of Law teaching legal ethics and professional responsibility.  He also coaches the school's national appellate moot court teams.  Before law school, Jamie worked for nearly a decade as a software developer and program manager for Microsoft and other technology companies.

Shayna V. Israel

Secretary & Issues Advocacy Committee Co-Chair

Shayna Israel is an associate at Skellenger Bender, P.S. Shayna’s practice focuses primarily on family law, including divorce/dissolution, domestic partnership issues, parenting plan and child support modifications, child custody, parentage actions and adoption. Prior to joining Skellenger Bender, Shayna served as a judicial clerk to the Honorable Mary I. Yu of the King County Superior Court.

Dan Shih

Immediate Past President

Dan is a partner at Susman Godfrey LLP with a complex litigation practice including class actions, intellectual property, and contract disputes. He also serves on the boards of the ACLU of Washington, Moisture Festival, and Carbon Washington, and he formerly served on the board of API Chaya. Dan lives with his husband and three daughters in Seattle.

AT-LARGE directors


Communications Committee Chair & Membership Committee Co-Chair

Ryan Barnes is the Director of Creative Services at Whitman College.  He is an accomplished creative director with more than 16 years' experience with knowledge in brand strategy, creative direction, digital media, and web management. He served as a board member to Simple Measures, the Washington State Bar Association's Disciplinary Board, and the Seattle Opera's BRAVO! Club. He was previously the Assistant Director for Design & Brand Marketing at Seattle University School of Law. He has earned his BFA in Digital Design and MFA in Arts Leadership.


Judicial Evaluation Committee Chair

Sarah is an estate planning and probate attorney with Skellenger Bender, P.S. She is co-chair of QLaw's Judicial Evaluation Committee, and regularly mentors law students through QLaw and other organizations. Sarah started her career by clerking for a justice on the Rhode Island Supreme Court, and then as an associate at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP in New York City. She worked as a commercial litigator in New York and for a small boutique firm in Seattle before beginning what turned out to be a long stint as a career clerk at Federal District Court for the Western District of Washington. Sarah has a broad range of interests, including access to justice, racial equity, education, behavioral psychology, visual art, textiles, language and cooking.


Law Student Outreach Committee Co-Chair

Kellen is a lawyer at Miller Nash Graham & Dunn LLP, where he represents financial institutions in litigation and advises them on operational and regulatory matters. He also represents clients in business disputes, including breaches of contract, breaches of fiduciary duty, trade secret misappropriations and class actions. Before private practice, Kellen clerked for Justice Mary Yu of the Washington Supreme Court and Judge Robert Whaley of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Washington.

Jamie Johnson

Law Student Outreach Committee Co-Chair

Jamie is an attorney at Perkins Coie LLP, where she focuses her practice on corporate law, emerging companies and venture capital, and mergers and acquisitions. She also works with university spin-outs and regularly advises social entrepreneurs and social purpose entities. Maintaining an active pro bono practice, Jamie works with nonprofit and tax-exempt organizations and volunteers at Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and Domestic Violence Impact Project (DVIP) clinics. Prior to law school, Jamie graduated from Seattle University where she was a NCAA Division I intercollegiate athlete on the women’s basketball team and attended the Albers School of Business and Economics.

Dustin O'Quinn

Dustin O’Quinn is a partner at Lane Powell and chair of the firm’s Immigration Practice. Dustin’s practice focuses on employment-based immigration and related compliance for companies of all sizes across all industries. Dustin also serves on the board of the Red Cross of King County and the Greater Seattle Business Association.

Jason Skuda

Membership Committee Co-Chair
Jason represents real people against insurance companies and those who have injured his clients. Since starting his practice in 2001, Jason has litigated cases ranging from insurance coverage for property damage and personal injury, to medical malpractice, wrongful death, and sexual assault claims. His practice includes a large number of LGBTQ clients, for whom access to justice can be difficult. Jason is a proud graduate of Trial Lawyer’s College and active in the Seattle plaintiff’s bar.

Jeremy Walker

Social & Services Committee Chair & Scholarship Chair
Originally from Atlanta, Jeremy attended law school in New England before moving here. He is currently an associate Garden City Group. Jeremy is also involved in Loren Miller Bar Association and KCBA volunteer legal clinics.

LAW STUDENT directors

Jason Miller

Law Student Representative (Seattle University)

Jason is a third-year law student at Seattle University. He serves on the association’s Issues & Advocacy and Law Student Outreach Committees; as well as the QLaw Foundation’s LGBTQ Legal Clinic subcommittee and volunteers as a Clinic Assistant. Jason has interned with the Greater Seattle Business Association and Washington State Attorney General’s Office; continuing a commitment to public service and LGBTQ+ activism. After graduating from Florida State University in 2015, Jason worked in information technology support for a business management software for professional service organizations, including major national and international law firms. Jason relocated to the pacific northwest in 2017 to pursue a legal education and build a career within Seattle’s vibrant Queer communities.

shweta jayawardhan

Law Student Representative (University of Washington)

Shweta Jayawardhan is a student at the University of Washington School of Law, Class of 2021. She is the President of UW Outlaws 2019-2020. Prior to attending law school Shweta worked in local government and politics in Seattle, most recently as a legislative aide at the King County Council.

Ryne Smith

Law Student Representative (Gonzaga University)
Ryne is currently a law student at Gonzaga Univeristy School of Law.

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