Alumni Service Award, Debora G. Juarez '87
Debora Juarez ‘87 is a member in Williams Kastner's Seattle office, where she concentrates her practice on providing legal and financial counsel to Washington State’s Indian tribes in the areas of debt financing, corporate structure, economic development, natural resources, gaming and tribal-state inter-local agreements, among others.
After graduating from Seattle University School of Law, she began her career as a King County public defender. She went on to represent a majority of Washington's 29 tribes as an attorney with Evergreen Legal Services, then served as a King County Superior Court judge, and eventually was appointed executive director of the Governor's Office of Indian Affairs, where she acted as lead policy and legal advisor under two governors.
Her tribal-state economic development study, The Tiller Report, continues to serve as an important and powerful economic analysis regarding the tribes of Washington state and ongoing economic contributions to the state economy.
In June 2007 she was honored with the "Enduring Spirit Award" by the Native Action Network for her lifetime achievements in bettering Native American communities. Ms. Juarez is an enrolled member of the Blackfeet Nation.
Juarez receives the Alumni Service Award as part of our 40th anniversary celebration.