CPD Staff

Lucas Cupps

Shawn Lipton Director

Lucas received his B.A. (Phi Beta Kappa) from Yale University and his J.D. from Yale Law School. Prior to undertaking his academic career, he was a staff attorney with The Defender Association in Seattle. He has also used his legal skills in the private, financial sector and in the public health regulatory sector as a Senior Enforcement Administrator and Director of Investigations, respectively.

He was a member of our Legal Writing faculty from 2005-2007, before rejoining the School of Law in the Fall of 2013. 

Shawn Lipton

Shawn Lipton Associate Director

Shawn is a graduate of the University of Connecticut School of Law. Prior to attending law school, he worked and studied in Taiwan and traveled extensively throughout North and South East Asia. Before joining CPD, he was the director of Continuing Legal Education for the law school and prior to that worked as a business development manager in the dotcom world. Shawn is a certified master coach. He speaks Mandarin Chinese fluently and is proficient in Spanish.

Erin Fullner

Erin Fullner Associate Director

Erin was born and raised in the Pacific Northwest. She received her undergraduate degree in political science from the University of Washington and her J.D. from the University of Oregon School of Law where she was active in mock trial. Over the past several years Erin has worked in a number of small NW firms in both criminal and civil practice. In addition to private practice, she has worked in the public sector as a judicial clerk and public defender. Erin’s practice experience includes felony trial work, civil mental health commitment defense, and wage class action plaintiff’s work.

Anna Dudek Ross

Anna Ross Associate Director


 Anna is a graduate of Macalester College and Vanderbilt University Law School.  Before joining CPD, Anna worked as agency counsel for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Environmental Protection Agency, Region 10 focusing on environmental regulation and government contracting.  She left federal service to serve as Deputy Counsel to the Hillary Clinton for President campaign. After the campaign, Anna founded and served as Managing Director of the Alaska office of a Seattle-based political and public relations consulting firm.  Most recently, Anna was a staff attorney with the Alaska Immigration Justice Project.

Bahareh Samanian

Bahareh Samanian Associate Director for Employer Relations


Bahareh is a 2002 graduate of Seattle University School of Law and has a strong interest in developing employment opportunities for students and alumni.  Through her experience as a litigator, she has developed a solid network of local, regional, and national relationships.  While an undergraduate at the University of Washington, Bahareh interned with the Office of the Corporation Counsel in Washington, D.C. defending municipal workers in civil lawsuits.  During law school, she interned with the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project and studied law in Spain.  From 2002 to 2011, she litigated personal injury, Federal Employers' Liability Act, and employment law cases in state and federal courts throughout the western U.S.  In her spare time, she enjoys volunteering with the King County Bar Association's Neighborhood Legal Clinic offering free legal advice to low income individuals.  Bahareh is fluent in Farsi.  

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