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Lorena González '05 named counsel to Seattle Mayor Ed Murray

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(May 8, 2014) Seattle Mayor Ed Murray appointed civil rights attorney Lorena González '05 as Counsel to the Mayor.

Lorena GonzalezGonzález is a shareholder with Schroeter Goldmark & Bender. She is a nationally recognized lawyer with a strong civil rights background and deep community ties in Seattle and Washington State. Very active in the Latina/o and broader immigrant community, González developed a community partnership to fund a free monthly bilingual legal clinic, which has provided legal services to more than 1,000 indigent residents since 2007. She also holds leadership positions with the board of directors of OneAmerica, Northwest Area Foundation, Washington State Association for Justice, Justice for All PAC, and National Council de la Raza. Her résumé boasts additional accomplishments with the Latina/o Bar Association of Washington, El Centro de la Raza, Latino Political Action Committee of Washington, and Casa Latina.

She served on the Law Alumni Board and has twice been honored by the law school: with the 2013 La Justicia Award from the Latina/o Law Student Association and the 2011 Alumni Service Award. She received the 2014 Community Service Award from Seattle University.

"Public service and civic engagement have always been important to me, and I am excited to be able to marry my personal passions with my legal expertise in the critical role of Counsel to the Mayor," González said in a statement released by the city. "Joining Mayor Murray's executive leadership team to further his vision for an equitable, inclusive, and transparent city government is an honor and a great opportunity to play a role in ensuring that Seattle's promise as a progressive city extends to all of its residents."

As counsel to the mayor, González will work collaboratively with the City Attorney's office and City Departments to advise the Mayor on a broad array of legal matters affecting the city, helping to provide risk management on city policy through a legal lens. Given González's deep civil rights background, she will also provide critical counsel to the Mayor on the city's efforts to comply with the Department of Justice (DOJ) settlement agreement.

She starts her new position May 19.

Fé Lopez '06 was appointed executive director of the Seattle Community Police Commission in January.