A division of the Spokane County Bar Association, the SYLD provides new and young lawyers with networking and referral opportunities, social connections, and low-cost CLEs on topics of special interest to those who are new to practice. Members of the SCBA who are under the age of 36 or within the first five years of practice (whichever occurs later) are automatically members of the SYLD without further dues or registration.

If you fit the definition of an SYLD member and are not already receiving emails from us, please contact Whitny Norton to have your name added to our list.  NOTE: To add yourself to the Young Lawyers Division via your profile on this web site at www.spokanebar.org/scba-member-login/. Under My Account, click on Add a Section or Division.   Click on Young Lawyers Division to add yourself to this division.

 

PRESIDENT

SHAUN GREER
Associated Industries
(509) 077-7264
SGreer@aiin.com

Shaun is legal counsel at Associated Industries in Spokane. He focuses his practice on employment law, with an interest in ERISA, employee benefits, and labor-management relations. Shaun assists employers in a variety of employment law issues including workforce leave laws, wage and hour law, as well as hiring, discipline and termination practices. Shaun graduated from the University of San Francisco School of Law in 2014. Shaun is also active in raising awareness of LGBT issues in Spokane, and is a founding member of the LGBTA Law Section of the local bar. In addition, Shaun is a board member of QLaw, the LGBT Bar Association of Washington.

 

SECRETARY

WHITNY NORTON
Piskel Yahne Kovarik, PLLC
(509) 321-5930
whitny@pyklawyers.com

Whitny is an associate at Piskel Yahne Kovarik, PLLC whose practice focuses on complex civil litigation, construction, real estate and landlord/tenant law. Whitny is the Washington State Bar Association Young Law Committee member representing the Greater Spokane Region and an Ex-Officio member of the SYLD. In addition, she is the WSBA Young Lawyer Committee Liaison to the WSBA Editorial Advisory Committee. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from Washington State University and her Juris Doctoris from Gonzaga University School of Law.

 

TREASURER

PAUL G. HAWKINS
Lukins & Annis, P.S.
(509) 455-9555
phawkins@lukins.com

Paul is an associate attorney at Lukins & Annis, P.S. and specializes in business, real estate, tax, and estate planning law. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Chicago, his Juris Doctor and Master of Accountancy from the University of Idaho, and L.L.M. in Taxation from the University of Florida. He is admitted to practice in Washington and the United States Tax Court.

 

EX-OFFICIO

Emily K. Arneson
Spokane Transit Authority
(509) 939-6964
Emily.arneson@outlook.com

Emily is the Community Ombudsman and Accessibility Officer at Spokane Transit Authority, where she works to ensure that transit services in Spokane are accessible and inclusive. After growing up in Spokane, Emily earned her bachelor’s degree from Whitman College, and her law degree from the University of Washington School of Law. She serves on the boards of Washington Women Lawyers–Spokane Chapter, the United Way Emerging Leaders Society, the Junior League of Spokane, and the LGBTA Section of the SCBA. Emily is the young lawyer liaison to the WSBA Labor & Employment Section Executive Committee, and she volunteers on the steering committee for Epicurean Delight, a gala fundraiser benefitting the Inland Northwest Blood Center.

 

Trustee Position #1

ANDREW M. WAGLEY
Etter, McMahon, Lamberson, Van Wert & Oreskovich, P.C.
(509) 747-9100

Andy is an associate attorney at Etter, McMahon, Lamberson, Van Wert & Oreskovich, P.C.  His practice focuses on criminal defense, employment law, commercial litigation, and medical malpractice defense.  He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Washington Michael G. Foster School of Business prior to attending the Gonzaga University School of Law.  Andy graduated summa cum laude from the Gonzaga University School of Law in 2015.   Prior to entering private practice, Andy served as a law clerk for the Honorable Judge Robert Lawrence-Berrey in Division Three of the Court of Appeals of Washington.  Andy is admitted to practice in Washington and Idaho, along with the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.

 

Trustee Position #2

TIM BRANDLE
Pure Management Co.
(208) 549-9842

Tim currently serves as In-House Counsel for a company based out of Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. He is also a founding member and current officer for CougsFirst! Spokane, a local non-profit organization. Tim received his undergraduate degree in History Education from Washington State University in 2007. After completing his undergraduate studies, Tim taught English in South Korea for several years. Tim graduated with honors from Gonzaga University School of Law in 2015. Tim is admitted to practice in the state of Washington and the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Washington.

 

Trustee Position #3

ASTA MARGARYAN
MultiCare Health System
(509) 473-7630

Asta Margaryan is a contract attorney at MultiCare Health System. Asta received her undergraduate degree in Business Administration from Easter Washington University and her J.D. from Gonzaga University School of Law. While attending law school, Asta clerked in the Consumer Protection Division of the Washington State Attorney General’s Office. After law school, Asta entered private practice with mid-sized firms in Kennewick and Spokane where her practice primarily focused on civil litigation, medical malpractice defense, and employment law.

 

Trustee Position #4

KRISTEN CUSICK
Kristen.Cusick@ssa.gov
1-888-253-3903 x 28030

Kristen is an Attorney-Advisor for the Social Security Administration.  After growing up in El Paso, TX, Kristen earned a dual Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California at Santa Barbara and her law degree from Gonzaga University School of Law.  Prior to her government work, Kristen worked in the private sector practicing in civil litigation, regulatory compliance, estate, and immigration law. Kristen is admitted to practice in Washington and California, as well as the U.S. District Court of the Eastern District of Washington and the Executive Office for Immigration Review’s immigration courts.

 

Trustee Position #5

KELSEY KITTLESON
kelseyk@ywcaspokane.org

SYLD presents Judicial Theater, an ethics CLE, every other year. The committee coordinates members of the bench who volunteer as actors, establishes skit content, and handles the other logistics of the CLE. For more information and to join the 2017-18 Judicial Theater Committee, contact committee chair Kelsey Kittleson.

 

Trustee Position #6

BENJAMIN J. McDONNELL
Piskel Yahne Kovarik, PLLC
(509) 321-5930
ben@pyklawyers.com

Ben is an associate at Piskel Yahne Kovarik, PLLC whose practice focuses on complex civil litigation, construction, real estate, and employment litigation, and creditor/debtor law. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from Gonzaga University and graduated from Gonzaga University School of Law with honors. Ben is admitted to practice in the state of Washington, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Washington, the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Washington, the state of Oregon, and the U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon.

 

Trustee Position #7

MOLLY WINSTON
Federal Defenders of Eastern Washington & Idaho
(509) 624-7606
Molly_Winston@fd.org

Molly is a Trial Attorney for the Federal Defenders of Eastern Washington and Idaho. She has been an active member in Spokane’s legal community since relocating from Arizona in 2016 and serves as  the Washington Young Lawyers Committee (WYLC) representative for the Greater Spokane Region. Molly is a member of Leadership Spokane’s 2018-2019 class and is Parliamentarian of the Junior League of Spokane. Molly earned her law degree at Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University where she received highest pro bono distinction, the CALI Excellence for the Future Award, and was a Williard H. Pedrick Scholar. While in law school, Molly was a judicial extern for Judge Edward F. Shea of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Washington..

 

Trustee Position #8

SARAH N. CUELLAR
Law Office of Sarah N. Cuellar
(509) 939-2299
sncuellar@gmail.com

Sarah Cuellar is a solo practitioner serving clients in Spokane and the surrounding counties. Her practice focuses on business law and formation, agency law, elder law and estate planning. Ms. Cuellar graduated from Gonzaga University School of Law in 2013 after earning her bachelor’s decree in Political Science from Boise State University. Ms. Cuellar is an active member of the Spokane Bar Association and the Volunteer Lawyers Program, which recently recognized her as the Women’s Hearth Advice Clinic Attorney of the Year for 2014.

 

Trustee Position #9

NICHOLAS ULRICH
Winston & Cashatt Lawyers, P.S.
(509) 838-6131
nru@winstoncashatt.com

Nicholas Ulrich has been an associate at Winston & Cashatt since 2017. His practice focuses on criminal defense and civil litigation. Prior to joining the firm, Nick clerked at the Washington Court of Appeals, Division III for Judge Kevin Korsmo. He then worked as a public defender with both the City of Spokane the Spokane County Public Defender’s office. Nick has litigated misdemeanor cases, felony, fugitive, and LFO first appearances in both district and superior courts.

 

Trustee Position #10

STEPHANIE FAUST
Roberts | Freeborn, PLLC
(509) 381-5262
stephanie@robertsfreebourn.com

Stephanie is a trial attorney whose practice consists of complex civil litigation, including employment, real estate, construction, commercial, and government liability. Stephanie is licensed to practice in Washington and Idaho.
While Stephanie was in law school, she was a two-time member of the Saul Lefkowitz National Moot Court Trademark Team. Stephanie was also a member of the Gonzaga Law Review, the President for Gonzaga Intellectual Property Law Association (GIPLA), and a board member for the Women’s Law Caucus. She received a CALI Award which recognizes the student with the highest grade in Advanced Trademarks & Unfair Competition.
In her spare time, Stephanie enjoys cooking, yoga, traveling, and spending time with her husband and their rescued pets.

Education
Gonzaga University School of Law, cum laude, J.D. 2017 – Spokane, Washington
Western Washington University (Fairhaven College), B.A., Interdisciplinary Studies, 2012 – Bellingham, Washington

Licensing
• Member of Washington State Bar Association
• Member of Idaho State Bar Association

Court Admissions
• U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Washington
• U.S. District Court for the District of Idaho

Professional Associations and Memberships
• Washington State Bar Association
• Idaho State Bar Association

 

MEETINGS

The SYLD Board meets on the third Thursday of every month at various locations. All members and potential members are encouraged to attend board meetings. SYLD also hosts several regular events for members, including networking socials, Spokane Chiefs Hockey Night, and the Intro to Courts CLE. Please watch the Calendar Call and our Facebook page (www.facebook.com/SpokaneYLD ) for meeting and event notices.

COMMITTEES

The SYLD operates several standing committees. All SYLD members are eligible to serve on a committee.

  • Intro to Courts CLE Committee:
    SYLD puts on the Intro to Courts CLE every fall, specifically intended to help those who have just passed the bar become acquainted with the local courts. The committee coordinates volunteers, establishes content, and handles logistics of the CLE, in addition to securing approval of credits from WSBA. For more information and to join the Intro to Courts CLE Committee, contact committee chair Shaun Greer.
  • Membership Committee:
    The SYLD Membership Committee works to increase involvement of SYLD members in the Division’s activities. This includes planning social and networking events, looking for partnerships with other professional organizations, and suggesting ways to increase the Division’s value to its members. For more information and to join the Membership Committee, contact committee co-chairs Shaun Greer and Molly Winston.
  • Awards Committee:
    The Awards Committee is responsible for making nominations of individuals, with the direction and involvement of the Board, for local or state-wide awards. The Awards Committee will also create a framework for at least one local award for the SYLD to give by the end of the fiscal year. For more information and to join the Awards Committee, contact committee chair Tyler Whitney.
  • Scholarship Committee:
    The Scholarship Committee develops scholarship programs to be sponsored by SYLD. The Committee considers various options for recipients and qualifications, solicits applicants, selects recipients and presents the scholarships. For more information and to join the Scholarship Committee, contact committee co-chairs Kristen Cusick and Emily Arneson.
  • Public Service Committee:
    The Public Service Committee is charged with making sure the SYLD membership is aware of pro bono and public service opportunities. The Committee will also plan at least one community service activity for SYLD membership. For more information and to join the Public Service Committee, contact committee chair Bill Lenz.
  • Law Day Committee:
    The Law Day Chair plans the content of Law Day presentations in May of every year, coordinates invitations to local high schools for presentations, and secures volunteers for the day of the event. For more information and to join the Law Day Committee, contact committee co-chairs Tim Brandle and Whitny Norton.
  • Judicial Theater Committee:
    SYLD presents Judicial Theater, an ethics CLE, every other year. The committee coordinates members of the bench who volunteer as actors, establishes skit content, and handles the other logistics of the CLE. For more information and to join the 2017-18 Judicial Theater Committee, contact committee chair Kelsey Kittleson.