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Francis Adewale was admitted to the Washington State Bar in June 2000. He is an H. George Frederickson Honors Graduate of Eastern Washington University. He has served as Assistant Public Defender for the City of Spokane, Of ce of the Public Defender since May 2001. In addition to his work as a city public defender, Francis also serves on several community based boards and activities in Spokane. He is current vice president of JustLead Washington and current Co-Chair of the Spokane Homeless Coalition. Francis is a 2009 fellow of the Washington State Bar Association Leadership Institute (WLI) and 2015 fellow of the JustLead Leadership Academy. He is also a member of the Spokane County Regional Law & Justice Council’s Racial Equity Disparity Subcommittee. He is one of the attorneys that helped establish the Spokane Community Court. Francis is a 2013 recipient of City of Spokane Human Rights Award, and a 2014 Spokane County Bar Association Smithmoore P. Myers Professionalism Award.
Nick Allen is a staff attorney in the Institutions Project at Columbia Legal Services. Nick began at CLS in 2010 as an Equal Justice Works Fellow working to address legal  nancial obligations (LFOS) – the fees,  nes, and restitution imposed by the court as part of a criminal judgment and sentence – in Washington State. Following the completion of his fellowship he was hired as a Staff Attorney in CLS’s Institutions Project. At CLS
he engages in systemic advocacy, including policy work on LFOs and juvenile sentencing, and class action litigation addressing conditions of con nement for prisoners in Washington. Nick has also served as a Youth Justice Leadership Institute Fellow, advocating for policies that change the way youth are transferred to and sentenced in the adult criminal justice system, and as a Fellow of the Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law’s Racial Justice Training Institute.
Eloise Barshes has been the Executive Director for Chelan Douglas County Volunteer Attorney Services (VAS) in Wenatchee, WA since September of 2015. Eloise brings over 20 years of nonpro t and volunteer management experience to her role and has successfully increased program revenue, staff and volunteerism through relationship building, grant writing and community outreach. Eloise has a Master’s Degree from Seattle University in System’s Thinking and Transformational Leadership.
Jorge L. Barón has served as the Executive Director of the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project (NWIRP) since April 2008, having previously worked as a staff attorney with the organization for two years. Jorge’s passion in advocating on behalf of immigrants is  rmly rooted in his own immigrant experience: he is originally from Bogotá, Colombia, and came to the United States at the age of thirteen. Jorge is a graduate of Yale Law School and Duke University.
Justin Bingham has worked as a prosecuting attorney for the City of Spokane since graduating from Gonzaga University School of Law 16 years ago. He has served as the City Prosecutor since April 2014. During his time as a prosecutor, Justin has dealt with every type of crime punishable
in the Municipal Court system. He has participated in numerous specialty court models including Mental Health Court, Veterans Court and Domestic Violence Court. Justin has become heavily involved in the criminal justice reform efforts currently taking place in Spokane. Justin sits
as a prosecutor representative on the WSBA Council on Public Defense, serves as co-chair of the ABA Criminal Justice Section’s Pre-Trial Justice Committee, and is the vice-chair of the Spokane Regional Law and Justice Council. His rules for prosecutors are fairly simple: work hard, be nice to people and seek justice.
Esperanza (Espy) Borboa is the Program Director for Eastside Legal Assistance Program in Bellevue, Washington overseeing pro bono services, Know Your Rights workshops; volunteer recruitment; community relations, CLE’s, and grant management. She is a graduate of M.I.T., Community Fellows Program; Seattle Universities Executive Leadership Program; and received her B.A. in History from Seattle University. She is a current Fellow of JustLead Washington’s Leadership Academy. From a very young age, she became involved in civil and human rights work.
Forrest Carlson is the Immediate Past Chair of the Washington State Bar Association’s Low Bono Section through which he works to increase awareness of low bono among legal professionals and the public. He is a founding partner of Assemble Law Group, a  rm dedicated to improving access to (and better experiences of) legal services through technology and nontraditional business models, including low bono services. Forrest applies his technology knowledge to co-create legal apps, online legal tools, and other legal resources for the public, including, among others, Washington Wills ( and Airport Lawyer ( You can  nd Forrest on Twitter at @forrest_carlson.
Representative Bruce Chandler is serving his ninth term representing the 15th District, which is located in east Yakima County. Bruce focuses on policies promoting water storage, economic growth and the safety of Washington’s families. After serving several years as the ranking Republican on the House Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee, Bruce was chosen by his colleagues to be the budget leader for House Republicans.
He started his tenure as the ranking Republican on the House Appropriations Committee at the end of 2013. In 2010, Bruce was named one of four “Legislators of the Decade” by the National Federation of Independent Businesses (NFIB). He received the 2012 “Guardian of Small Business” award from the National Federation of Independent Business; the 2012 “W. Fred Witham Memorial Award” from the Yakima Association of Realtors; the 2011 “Cornerstone Award” from the Association of Washington Business; the 2009 “Legislator of the Year” Award from the Washington State Potato Commission; the 2008 “Key Award” from the Washington Coalition for Open Government; and the “In the Bag” award from the Washington Food Industry Association from 2006 through 2012. He serves on the Paci c Northwest Economic Region (PNWER) as well as the board of directors
for the State Agriculture and Rural Leaders Association.
Sayde Davis is  nishing her second-year of law school at Gonzaga University School of Law. Prior to law school, she obtained her Bachelor’s of Science in Social Work from the University of North Dakota. While working as a legal extern for TeamChild, Sayde worked with various groups of youth who attend Spokane Public Schools. She engaged the youth in focused discussions about school discipline and restorative justice practices.

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