Since its founding as a Washington State non-profit civic organization in 1908, the Spokane County Bar Association (SCBA) has continuously served its attorney members. Today nearly 900 local attorneys voluntarily join the collegial SCBA. Member attorneys have unique opportunities for professional growth, connections and support, social events, continuing legal education, pro bono opportunities, leadership development and member benefits.
The SCBA is centered in Spokane, Washington. Spokane is resource rich with four distinct seasons and accompanying outdoor activities, a continuing core district expansion with a multi-university district, Fairchild Air Force Base and as the central Pacific Northwest medical hub.
It is the mission of the Spokane County Bar Association to enhance the integrity and competence of the legal community and to pursue greater access to justice for all county residents.
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SCBA 2018-2019 CANDIDATES’ FORUM
President – DAVID P. GARDNER– I have served on the Spokane County Bar Association Board of Trustees since 2016 because I want to help an organization that I believe in. The lawyers and judges in this town are so involved in the Bar that it is hard not to get excited about it. And the Bar does so much more than just make life easier on its professional participants. The Bar serves hundreds of clients every year through its Volunteer Lawyers Program. Those clients have a real need for legal help, but are without the means to obtain it. And there are Bar members stepping up every day to lend a hand. I wanted to be a part of making sure those traditions continue for another 110 years! This year I am serving as President and I continue to take direct representations from the VLP. I hope you will join us in continuing the Bar’s tradition of service and professionalism.
President-elect – JENAE M. BALL – Thank you for choosing me to serve first as an SCBA Trustee and then the organization’s Secretary. As a member of the SCBA’s Strategic Planning Committee, I work on ways to increase our membership and respond to the evolving needs of our Bar. I want to continue to serve on the SCBA as President-Elect to see these changes through.
Additionally, for the last three years I have served as the SCBA’s liaison to the Volunteer Lawyers Program (VLP). During that time, the VLP secured a grant to hire a staff attorney, thereby enhancing the organization’s ability to provide access to legal services to our low income residents.
I am a principal at Randall | Danskin, where my practice focuses primarily on employment law. I am a married mother of two young and active boys. Service to our community is of great important to me which is why I would like to continue to serve on the SCBA as your President-Elect. I would appreciate your vote.
Treasurer – KEN R. ZIGLER, JR – I am a family law attorney and mediator at Zigler Family Law. I began practicing law in 2009 after I graduated from Western New England University School of Law, cum laude, where I was an Associate Editor for the Western New England Law Review. I practiced as a family law litigator in Spokane for about 8 years. In 2017, I graduated from Regis University with a B.S. in Computer Science, magna cum laude, was admitted as a Patent Attorney in 2018, and practiced law in patent prosecution. Earlier this year, I returned to family law litigation and opened a practice in the Wells Fargo Center.
I’ve been involved with bar leadership throughout my career. I’ve served on the WSBA’s Board of Bar Examiners since 2010. I co-authored the research materials for the Bar Examination’s section on Community Property and Domestic Partnerships. I’ve also served in various capacities in sections of the Spokane County Bar Association, most recently as a trustee on the Board of Directors.
In my personal life, I am a dad of two teenage boys, and an avid runner, triathlete, and obstacle course racer.
I am honored to have the opportunity to give back to the organization after connecting with and learning from so many great attorneys. I appreciate the nomination to continue with Spokane County Bar Association leadership.
Secretary – APRIL L. ANDERSON – I am honored to have served the SCBA as the Treasurer for the last year and as a Trustee for 2 years. I am excited about the opportunity to continue my service to the SCBA as the Secretary, and I am thankful for this nomination. I am a shareholder at Randall | Danskin, P.S. where I practice in the areas of real estate and business transactions, finance and securities. I have served on many boards during my career, including the Women Helping Women Fund, the YWCA of Spokane, and the Executive Committee of the WSBA Real Property, Probate & Trust Section. When I am not working or volunteering, I enjoy spending time with my family and being outdoors, running, skiing, cycling and backpacking. I value the Spokane County Bar Association, and I look forward to continuing my service to the Spokane legal community as Secretary of the organization.
Trustee – TODD J. ADOLPHSON – I am honored to be nominated to serve as a trustee of the SCBA. I grew up here in Spokane, attended Lewis and Clark High School, and went on to graduate from the University of Washington. After a brief stint in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, I returned to Spokane and graduated from Gonzaga Law School in 2013. After graduation, I became involved with the Spokane Young Lawyers Division of the SCBA and eventually served as president of the YLD. I also sat on the board of the SCBA as the YLD representative. I am currently an attorney with Piskel Yahne Kovarik, PLLC with a focus on civil litigation, including medical malpractice and complex commercial litigation.
It would be my honor to serve as a trustee of the SCBA in an effort to make our thriving legal community even stronger. I truly appreciate your consideration.
Trustee – EMILY K. ARNESON – I am proud to be a member of the SCBA for its long-standing commitment to collegiality and respect among the community. The chance to serve you is an opportunity to continue and grow this legacy.
As the Ombudsman and Accessibility Officer for Spokane Transit Authority, my responsibilities include conflict management, dispute resolution, and regulatory compliance. Previously, I was in private practice for seven years. I recognize the importance of maintaining a strong local bar association that supports its members in a variety of types of work. I offer a perspective that includes practicing on the west side, practicing in Spokane, and transitioning into a non-traditional legal career.
I grew up in Spokane and graduated from Lewis & Clark High School. I then attended Whitman College and the University of Washington School of Law. I have held a variety of leadership positions within the legal community and outside of it. I served as president of the Spokane Young Lawyers Division and the local chapter of Washington Women Lawyers. I chair the Strategic Planning Committee for the board of the United Way Emerging Leaders Society, and I was previously a board member for the Junior League. I also served as the Young Lawyer Liaison to the WSBA Labor & Employment Section for three years.
Spokane’s legal community greatly benefits from the collegiality fostered by the SCBA, and I would consider it a privilege to work to maintain that atmosphere while providing valuable resources to the Association’s membership. I would appreciate your vote.
Trustee – JOSEPH W. BROWN – Originally from Brier, Washington, Joe attended the University of Washington in Seattle where he graduated with his B.A. in Political Science. He moved to Spokane to attend law school at Gonzaga University where he graduated summa cum laude.
During law school, Joe worked in the Commissioner’s Office at Division III of the Washington State Court of Appeals. After graduating from law school in 2009, Joe moved to Olympia to clerk for Justice Mary Fairhurst of the Washington State Supreme Court. After a brief stint with the Office of the King County Prosecuting Attorney, Joe returned to Spokane to clerk for Judge Rosanna Malouf Peterson of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Washington.
After his clerkship, Joe began working at Law Office of Paul B. Mack, PLLC, in 2015, where his practice focuses on family law litigation and civil appeals.
In addition to his work at the firm, Joe previously coached the National Moot Court team at Gonzaga University School of Law for several years.
Trustee – NATASHA K. HILL – Natasha L. Hill is originally from Spokane, having graduated from Rogers High School and Spokane Community College. She obtained her B.A. in Sociology from the University of Washington and her law degree from Southwestern Law School in Los Angeles, California. She was admitted to practice in California in June 2007 and recently joined the bar in Washington in 2018.
Natasha joined Winston & Cashatt in 2018. Her practice areas focus on employment litigation, business and entertainment law and family law. Prior to joining Winston & Cashatt, Natasha practiced for over 10 years in Los Angeles, California, primarily handling entertainment and business litigation matters in both state and federal court.
Since relocating back to Spokane, Natasha has enjoyed reconnecting with the Spokane community and spending time with her family and two children. Natasha is an active member of the Diversity Section of the Spokane County Bar and regularly volunteers with the Volunteer Lawyer Program. She is excited to get more involved with the legal community and to share her diverse perspective and experiences with the bar.
Trustee – DIANE J. KIEPE – In the infinite words of The Byrds, “To everything (turn, turn, turn), There is a season (turn, turn, turn), And a time to every purpose, under heaven.”
Currently, I find myself, in a season of transition. My four kids are nearly all grown and moved out. I have transitioned from being a stay-at home mother, to part-time attorney with Douglas • Eden, to Principal at Douglas • Eden, P.S., where the emphasis of my practice is in Estate Planning and Probate.
I am now able to enter into a season of greater community involvement. While I have participated in some community programs such as First Responders and Servicepersons Will Clinic, school and church projects, etc., I am now able to commit to other, more long-term, community projects. I am requesting your vote in the election of Trustees for the Spokane County Bar Association. It would provide me with the opportunity to serve the legal community that I feel has provided me with so much.
Thank you for your consideration and remember, embrace your season!
Trustee – SEAN F. O’QUINN – Sean O’Quinn graduated from Gonzaga Law School in 2007. Sean started in private practice doing civil litigation at Winston & Cashatt, Lawyers. He has worked in both large firm settings and managed a solo practice. As a part of his solo practice, Sean was a contract public defender for the Municipal Court for the City of Cheney and the Superior Court for Stevens County. Sean is currently the Spokane Municipal Court Veteran’s Court prosecutor, a prosecutor with Community Court, and carries a standard Municipal Court criminal docket. Sean currently serves on the Spokane County Bar Association Judicial Evaluation Committee.
Before entering the practice of law, Sean served as a Captain in the United States Marine Corps Artillery, after which he completed an MBA and worked in investment advising. Sean has lived in Spokane for 15 years and enjoys hiking and camping as well as sailing on Lake Pend Oreille.
Trustee – RHYLEE J. SMITH – I welcome and appreciate the nomination to serve as a Trustee of the bar association in a community I value so highly. I grew up in Spokane and graduated from Whitworth University before attending Lewis and Clark Law School in Portland, Oregon. I moved back to Spokane after law school because I love living here, and I wanted to locate my practice in this wonderful community. Since graduating in 2014, I have practiced primarily in family law. I am a member of the Spokane Young Lawyer Division and the Washington Women Lawyers. I also frequently work with the Volunteer Lawyer Program (VLP), which named me the Divorce Advice Attorney of the Year in 2016. Outside the legal community, I support local organizations such as the Land’s Counsel and Spokane Riverkeeper. In my free time, I can often be found outdoors backpacking, cycling, snowboarding, or walking my Great Dane, Paddington. I am honored to be nominated, and I look forward to the opportunity to serve as a Trustee of the SCBA. Thank you for your consideration.