Board of Directors



  • David J. Ward, President: David is Legal and Legislative Counsel at Legal Voice.  As a member of the QLaw Foundation Board, David has been instrumental in fundraising, both through the FallTacular and through grant writing. He has also been involved with Project OUTReach, leading collaborative efforts with many of the local and national organizations that also do LGBT legal work or and co-sponsoring panels about issues impacting the LGBT community. When David isn't devoting his energy to social justice work, he and his partner John Bailey enjoy the arts and travelling. 
  • Dave Iseminger, President-Elect & Treasurer: Dave is a Staff Attorney at the Washington State Health Care Authority. Prior to joining the in-house team at the Washington State Health Care Authority, Dave was an Assistant Attorney General based in the Attorney General's Office's Department of Social & Health Services Division (Olympia, WA). Prior to joining the AGO, Dave clerked for Judge Christine Quinn-Brintnall and Judge Jill Johanson at the Washington State Court of Appeals, Division II.Dave has a passion for LGBT issues and an incredible memory, providing him with an uncanny ability to tell you the status of LGBT issues on state and federal levels off the top of his head. He and his partner Shawn spend as much of their free time as they can traveling along the Washington and Oregon coasts.
  • Jason Malone, Vice President:  Jason is currently the Clinical Compliance Officer for the Institute of Translational Health Sciences at the University of Washington, working in the area of bioethics and regulatory compliance.  Prior to working at the UW, Jason was a strategic leader for a major independent Institutional Review Board, serving as both Director of Business Development & Public Relations and Director of IRB Administration during his tenure there. He holds a Masters in Public Administration from UW.  He also serves on the Board of Les Faeries Vertes, a Seattle-based non-profit he helped found in 2008 that raises funds for other local charities.   He is also actively involved in the Northwest Association for Biomedical Research, serving as a student mentor and science expo judge for the past 6 years. In his leisure time Jason enjoys travel, playing piano, cooking, gardening, and raising chickens with his partner Stuart.
  • Jill Mullins,Secretary: Jill recently switched her practice away from family law trial practice to appellate practice. Jill is passionate about empowering our community about available solutions to legal issues that impact us. During her time on the QLaw Foundation Board, Jill founded the QLaw Foundation GLBT Legal Clinic. Jill is also involved with Project OUTReach to provide legal advice and information to people throughout Washington. In her spare time, Jill co-facilitates the Seattle Lesbian Literature Book Club and enjoys the company of good friends at the theatre, Storm games, and a variety of other activities. 
  • Jennie Laird, Past-President: Jennie recently became a King County Family Law Commissioner. Prior to being a family law commissioner Jennie was practiced family law at Law Offices of Michael Bugni & Associates, PLLC. She is the past-president of the QLaw Foundation and has been heavily involved in Project OUTReach and fundraising. She is also an adjunct professor at Seattle University. Her practice focuses on representing survivors of domestic violence and on the rights of nontraditional families. In 2003 she received the WSBA Neville Pro Bono award and was the 2005-06 Chair of the King County Bar Family Law Section. Jennie volunteers for the Legal Voice and has presented at regional and national training seminars on family law, domestic violence and trial litigation. 
  • Gabe Verdugo: Gabe is a judicial law clerk for the United States District Court in the Eastern District of Washington and previously clerked for Justice Steven C. Gonzalez at the Washington State Supreme Court. He has been a QLaw Foundation board member since 2011 and currently serves as co-chair of the Grants Committee. Gabe and his husband live in Spokane with two miniature dachshunds and one large cat.
  • Jason Holloway: Jason is the President of the QLaw Association. He is an attorney at Stokes Lawrence.  In his litigation practice Jason focuses on dissolutions and legal separations involving complex financial issues; dissolutions of domestic partnerships, civil unions, and cohabitation relationships; parenting and child custody disputes; and modifications of parenting plans and child support orders.  In his transactional practice, Jason works with clients to develop a wide range of relationship agreements, including: prenuptial and postnuptial agreements; domestic partnership agreements, cohabitation agreements; and assisted reproduction agreements.

  • Julie Shefchik: Julie is a Seattle area attorney, dedicated to practicing pro-bono family and probate law and volunteering with the area free legal clinics. Originally from Alaska, she comes to Seattle as a graduate of Hamline University School of Law. As an employee of Lighthouse E-Discovery, Julie practices law in her spare time as a solo attorney and has been volunteering with the QLAW Foundation GLBT Legal Clinic since May 2013. As the committee chair, she is focusing on meeting the current needs of clients, while looking into expansion possibilities to serve a greater audience.     
  • Kimberlee Gunning: Kimberlee is an Assistant Attorney General at the Washington State Attorney General’s Office.  As an AAG in the Consumer Protection Division, Kim investigates and files legal actions to stop unfair and deceptive business practices that harm Washington consumers.  Before joining the AGO in 2013, Kim was in private practice for 9 years, focusing on complex civil litigation and appeals on behalf of consumers and employees.  Kim is on the board of the Northwest Consumer Law Center and is also an adjunct instructor at Seattle University School of Law.  She has served on QLaw’s Judicial Evaluation Committee since 2011 and is currently the co-chair.  In her free time, Kim enjoys attending screenings at Seattle’s many film festivals, traveling to new places, Scrabble, and chasing her two cats, Chai and Retta. 

  • Laurie Carlsson: Laurie provides a non-lawyer voice to the Board, with a passion for social justice and experience in community organizing, nonprofit fundraising, and utilizing technology in outreach efforts.   She brings the skills she developed while building community and encouraging collaboration in the music world to her passion for LGBTQ rights.  Laurie is a former co-producer of the Angel Band Project – a musical endeavor that gives voice to survivors of sexual assault – and co-founder of the Seattle Singer/songwriter Association.  She worked as Family Outreach Specialist for the Pride Foundation's marriage equality education campaign and has helped the fundraising efforts of Legal Voice, Social Justice Fund Northwest, and the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.  She currently works at the University of Washington School of Law 
  • Michael O'Rourke: Michael practices at the small firm of O'Rourke Law Group, P.C., working in the areas of Social Security disability, commercial bankruptcy, and immigration law. In addition, he is also of Counsel at Wong Fleming, P.C., where he maintains a caseload of corporate and commercial litigation matters. Michael is a master of languages as he is fluent in English, German, and French as well as conversant in Dutch, Brazilian Portuguese and Spanish. 
  • Nicholas Oakley: Nicholas is an Associate Attorney at Carey & Lillevik, PLLC, where he practices in the areas of juvenile defense, criminal defense, and education law. He also serves as a Part-time Lecturer in the University of Washington School of Law’s Child and Youth Advocacy Clinic, of which he is also an alumnus. In his capacity as a lecturer and as chair of the QLaw Foundation’s QYouth Committee, Nicholas is working with law students and community partners to manage a drop-in legal clinic for homeless and at-risk LGBTQ youth. Nicholas has worked in the past on the development of a statewide protocol for responding to and serving commercially sexually exploited children with the Center for Children and Youth Justice and was also a Peace Corps volunteer in the former Soviet republic of Georgia. He is a member of the 2013-2014 cohort of the Out in Front LGBTQ leadership training program.
  •  Zana Bugaighis: Zana is an attorney in Davis Wright Tremaine LLP's Seattle Office where she focuses on complex civil litigation.  Zana is also the past-President of the QLaw Association.  Prior to joining Davis Wright Tremaine, Zana clerked with the Honorable David Alan Ezra, United States District Court Judge in Hawaii and practiced with Jones Day in San Francisco.  She is admitted in both Washington and California.


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