Yakima Chapter


The 2022 Board of Directors

President:  Keally Cieslik

President Elect:  Bree Black Horse

Secretary:  Quinn Dalan

Treasurer: Wendy Winfield & Charissa Johnston

State Liaison:  Lavette Holman

VP Membership:  Emily Schwab

VP of Events:  Aryn Masters

At Large: Michele Moore

At Large: Kathy Tierney

At Large: Holly Timmerman


Posted 1/17/22



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Women of Color Legal Education Fund

The Yakima Chapter of the Washington Women Lawyers (WWL) is pleased to announce the launch of a new program to support women of color from the Yakima Valley in their pursuit of a legal education. The WWL Yakima Chapter founded the Women of Color Legal Education Fund in response to the concerning lack of racial and ethnic diversity in the legal profession locally as well as at the state and national level. The WWL Yakima Women of Color Legal Education Fund aims to support women of color from the Yakima Valley who seek to join the legal profession by facilitating professional development, encouraging academic achievement, and providing direct financial support.

This year, through a generous seed grant from The Share Fund, a Seattle-based philanthropy, the Women of Color Legal Education Fund selected its inaugural class of Pre-Law and Law Scholars. A selection committee composed entirely of women of color attorneys who practice in the Yakima Valley awarded a total of $21,000.00 in grants to nineteen Pre-Law and Law Scholars.

The Pre-Law Grant is designed to support women of color from the Yakima Valley who hope to attend law school. The Pre-Law Grant may be used for LSAT preparation and study materials, LSAT exam costs, Law School Admissions Council fees, law school application fees, as well as living and child care expenses associated with preparing to apply to law school. The Law School Grant is designed to support women of color from the Yakima Valley who are currently attending law school. The Law School Grant may be used for law school tuition and fees, course-related expenses, internship and externship related expenses, and necessary living expenses.

The Fund is not currently accepting new applications. The Fund will begin accepting it’s second round of applications in the late Spring of 2023. Please check back here for more information about applying in the future.

To make a charitable contribution to the Women of Color Legal Education Fund, donors may visit the Yakima Valley Community Foundation website or mail a check directly to: Yakima Valley Community Foundation, 316 E. Yakima Avenue, Suite 201, Yakima, WA 98901 with a note in the memo that the contribution is for the Women of Color Legal Education Fund.

Links to Press Coverage:

https://www.nwpb.org/2022/09/08/yakima-groups-help-more-women-of-color-become-lawyers/

https://www.yakimaherald.com/news/local/life-changing-grants-given-to-19-women-of-color-to-study-law-diversify-legal-system/article_7a637898-2af2-11ed-8dc6-73eae1499f5e.html