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Jasmin Samy is the Civil Rights Manager at CAIR-Washington State, a chapter of America’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. She has pursued work on Justice and international human rights for most of her professional career spanning 20 years. She is deeply passionate about providing civil rights support in Washington State, especially to children and families. She frequently speaks on topics including knowing one’s rights, and manages a team of more than four staff and interns who manage over 400 complaints per year. She holds a law degree from Faculty of Law at Cairo University and a Master of Laws from Indiana University.
Sart (AKA Brian Rowe) is a professor and techie working at Northwest Justice Project, managing the National Technology Assistance Project and teaching at the University of Washington and Seattle University. He is also a former Chairman of the Board for Washington Lawyers for the Arts. Brian teaches in the areas of Privacy law, Ethics, Copyright and Information Policy. Brian has worked for Creative Commons, Public Knowledge, the Washington State Access to Justice Board, Microsoft, Wizards of the Coast, and Disability Rights Washington. He is also a social media expert and has a following on YouTube. Chat with him @Sarterus on Twitter or Instagram.
Aaron Scott is the organizer and co-founder of Chaplains on the Harbor-- a church dedicated to good news of the poor, by the poor, for the
poor in rural Grays Harbor County WA. Chaplains on the Harbor supports and develops the leadership of people experiencing homelessness, incarceration, and poverty through projects of survival, pastoral care, popular education and community organizing. Aaron also serves as a Standing Commissioner for the New Poor People’s Campaign, a nationwide effort to resurrect MLK’s 1968 Poor People’s Campaign. She is a graduate of Union Theological Seminary.
Priscilla Selden, LLLT #102, graduated in the  rst class of Limited License Legal Technicians. Since earning her license, Priscilla has opened
her practice, Columbia Valley Legal Technician Services, PLLC, near Wenatchee, and has been working as a contract Legal Technician with Chelan- Douglas Volunteer Attorney Services, providing extended services to their low-income family law clients under grants from the Legal Foundation of Washington and the North Central Washington Community Foundation. Priscilla is also the Courthouse Facilitator in Douglas County. Priscilla also served on the Practice of Law Board from 2009-2012 which formulated and proposed the Legal Technician rule.
Ada Shen-Jaffe has served as an equity & justice organizational leader, teacher, trainer and coach throughout her career. She currently serves as the Senior Education Consultant for JustLead Washington’s Leadership Academy, as a national trainer and coach for the Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law’s Racial Justice Training Institute, and as a race equity & leadership consultant, coach and trainer for advocacy teams around the country, using powerful frameworks for anti-oppression work, multi-dimensional and multi-forum approaches to advocacy, community- engagement, and leadership skills. Ada also serves as faculty for the Shriver Center’s Supervising for Quality & Impact courses, as a Commissioner for the ABA Commission on Homelessness & Poverty, and as a member of the Washington State Race Equity & Justice Initiative. Previously Ada served as Distinguished Practitioner from Practice and Professor from Practice at Seattle University School of Law where she taught Lawyering
for a Just & Humane World, Poverty Law, and Equal Justice Leadership & Advocacy. Previous key roles include serving as the Statewide Director
for Columbia Legal Services and Evergreen Legal Services, and as a key promoter and developer of the Legal Aid for Washington Fund, now the Campaign for Equal Justice, the Endowment for Equal Justice, the Access to Justice Board, the Alliance for Equal Justice, the Leadership Academy, and the Washington Race Equity & Justice Initiative (REJI).
Dawn Sidell is a mother of four children, and her experience with autism spectrum disorder began with the diagnosis at 27 months of her now 22 year old son. In an effort to help build services that were virtually nonexistent in her region, she began working within Spokane to create a nonpro t committed to developing comprehensive services for autism through the lifespan. Northwest Autism Center, established in 2003, provides evidence-based treatment for individuals with autism, family support and resource referral, community awareness outreach, education and training for childcare centers, healthcare practices, school districts and providers, and learning and internship experiences for university students
across disciplines.
Tarra Simmons is a formerly incarcerated mother who recently graduated from Seattle University Law School. She is a founding member
of Civil Survival, a grass-roots organization advocating for systemic policy reform in the criminal justice system. Tarra has interned with public interest organizations including Columbia Legal Services, Northwest Justice Project, Disability Rights Washington, the ACLU of Washington, and Public Defender Association. Tarra will return to PDA this summer as a Skadden Fellow. Her project will target low-income individuals who’ve been involved with the justice system. Tarra also serves as co-chair of the Statewide Reentry Council.
Veronica Smith-Casem is a founding member of the WSBA Low Bono Section and currently chairs the Section’s Education Committee and is the owner of a low bono estate planning practice in South King County. She received a B.A. in Humanities (1996) and Juris Doctor with a focus
on Inequality and Poverty Law (2002) from Seattle University, where she served on the board for the Public Interest Law Foundation and was a member of the  rst Board of Editors for the Seattle Journal for Social Justice. Following graduation, Veronica formed an ad hoc alumni advisory committee relating to the law school’s Loan Repayment Assistance Program for public interest lawyers. She volunteered with the Neighborhood Legal Clinics before law school and was a Rule 9 extern with the Housing Justice Project during law school, after which she continued volunteering for another 8 years. KCBA Community Legal Services recognized Veronica as a “Volunteer of the Month” in March 2006. Veronica is currently tilting her work-life balance toward the care of her family. She welcomes your messages, comments, and questions: or

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