ATJI Staff

Diana SingletonDiana Singleton

Director

206.398.4168 | singletd@seattleu.edu

Ms. Singleton joined the ATJI staff in June 2007 and brings almost a decade of experience as an attorney with the Northwest Justice Project. As a staff attorney for the King County office, she represented low-income people in a variety of matters ranging from foreclosure rescue scams to denials of government-subsidized in-home care services to child custody and support disputes to employment rights. Prior to joining the King County office, Ms. Singleton was a staff attorney for CLEAR (Coordinated Legal Education Advice Referral), Washington's centralized intake hotline where low-income people call for free civil legal assistance. She co-founded and co-coordinated the Legal Services Consumer Law Task Force and also collaborated with other advocates to conceive and supervise an immigrant financial justice project. She has served on several state and countywide committees and coalitions involving the Access to Justice estate-planning, predatory mortgage lending, low wage worker rights, child support advocacy, and equal access to government services. Ms. Singleton is a frequent presenter on consumer law and public benefits law. She earned her J.D. at Seattle University School of Law and a B.A. in Communication Studies at Westmont College.

Diana is the point person for:

  • Oversight of the Access to Justice Institute
  • Low Bono and Solo Initiative
  • Wayfind Microenterprise Clinic Partnership Project

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Jen WerdellJen Werdell

Associate Director

206.398.4455 | werdellj@seattleu.edu

Jennifer Werdell joined ATJI as Associate Director in July 2011 after several years of managing public service and pro bono programs in Seattle, New York, and Cambridge, MA. Jennifer most recently served as a Fellowships Program Manager at the Harvard Kennedy School's Center for Public Leadership. Prior to that Jennifer worked in the Seattle area for three years, managing national initiatives for NPower, a nonprofit technology assistance provider, and then helping to oversee Microsoft's corporate employee volunteer program.

Jennifer received her B.A. from Amherst College (1998) and her J.D. from New York University (2001). After law school Jennifer clerked for U.S. Magistrate Debra Freeman in the Southern District of New York and then served as an Equal Justice Works Fellow and legal services attorney in New York City, addressing public benefits and economic justice issues through direct services, impact litigation, policy advocacy, and pro bono recruitment strategies. She also served as board member and Director of Advocacy for Project FAIR, a collaborative, volunteer-based project providing assistance to low-income and homeless individuals. Through Project FAIR she solidified her passion for helping students and professionals utilize their skills and talents to meet the needs of underserved and underrepresented individuals and communities.

Jennifer is the point person for:

  • Student Pro Bono Organizations
  • Pro Bono Pledge Program and Pro Bono Trainings
  • Post-Graduate Fellowships

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Clay WilsonClay Wilson

Moderate Means Program Attorney

206.398.4356 | wilsoncl@seattleu.edu

Clay joined the ATJI staff as the Moderate Means Program Attorney in November of 2010. Prior to joining ATJI, Clay was an attorney with the Northwest Justice Project for thirteen years. During that time he was an advocate on the CLEAR legal hotline, represented low-income individuals in family law matters and eviction cases, managed the Northwest Justice Project's Contract Attorney Program, and was a CLEAR supervisor. Clay also has experience as a health care administrator, policy analyst, and mental health counselor.

Clay has an extensive history of community volunteer experience; he currently volunteers at legal clinics for Kitsap Legal Services, a non-profit volunteer lawyer program, and has served on their board for the last nine years, most recently as Board President. Clay received B.A. and B.S. degrees from Washington State University, and an M.P.A. and J.D. from the University of Washington.

Clay is the point person for the Moderate Means Program.

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Angeline ThomasAngeline Thomas

Foreclosure Mediation Outreach Project Staff Attorney

206.398.4304 | thomasan@seattleu.edu 

Angeline joined the ATJI staff in March 2012 after serving as Session Counsel at the Washington State Senate Committee Services Office during the 2011 special session and 2012 regular session.  She had prior experience working for ATJI as a law student intern with the Moderate Means Program at Seattle University School of Law, where she earned her J.D. in May 2011. She is dedicated to working in public interest law and is especially interested in public policy.

During law school, Angeline was active in the Public Interest Law Foundation where she served on the board as the Center for Professional Development Liaison and was responsible for planning SUs annual job shadow. She was also an article editor on the board of the Seattle Journal for Social Justice where her article entitled "Killing Two Birds with One Stone: Implementing Land Reform and Combating Climate Change in Brazil's Amazon an Analysis of Law 11952.09" was published in the Spring 2011 issue.

In addition to serving as a Moderate Means Program intern during law school, Angeline gained legal experience as a chambers extern to the Honorable J. Robin Hunt at the Washington State Court of Appeals Division II. Angeline also gained policy and legislative experience as a legal intern at Senate Committee Services and as a policy intern at the Alliance for a Just Society (formerly Northwest Federation of Community Organizations) where she worked on a range of issues including education, health care, and transportation policy.

Prior to law school, Angeline became a licensed cosmetologist at age 18 and used this skill to put herself through college. In her spare time, she enjoys keeping up her skills and having a creative outlet with a small clientele of friends and family.

Angeline is the point person for the Foreclosure Mediation Outreach Program.

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Kerri KlineKerri Kline

Program Assistant

206.398.4173 | klineke@seattleu.edu

Kerri joined the ATJI staff in January of 2011 as the Program Assistant. Prior to working at ATJI, Kerri worked for Seattle Public Schools as a Special Education Instructional Assistant. She also has experience providing supplemental educational services to the lowest achievers in the public schools by offering tutoring services. With the organizational abilities gained through working in other office settings, along with her passion for working towards a more just society, Kerri is very excited to be a part of the wonderful work that ATJI does.

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Lily CliftonLily Clifton

AmeriCorps-VISTA Member

206.398.4127 | g-cliftl@seattleu.edu

Lily Clifton joined ATJI as the AmeriCorps VISTA member in November 2013 to work on a Street Youth Project. Lily works with legal aid partners, service providers and student organizations to help address gaps in services and alleviate civil legal barriers that homeless youth face. A native Seattleite, Lily recently moved back to the Pacific Northwest after graduating from Boston College with a B.A. in Political Science and Environmental Studies. With a background in community organizing Lily is excited to work on a project that strives to build a stronger legal services system for homeless and at risk youth.

During her free time Lily will often be found baking, exploring Seattle, and walking through Discovery Park. Lily is enjoying her year of service as an AmeriCorps VISTA and is excited to be a part of the work that ATJI strives to do.

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