Lessons I Never Learned in Law School

Paula Boggs, executive vice president, general counsel and secretary of Starbucks Coffee Company and a leader in the equal justice community, will speak to students and faculty at noon Wednesday, November 1, in room 109. Lunch will be served.

Boggs’ presentation is “Lessons on Law and Life I Never Learned in Law School.” She will answer questions after her talk, which is part of the law school’s “Conversations With…” series, in which guest speakers talk directly about legal issues or social problems from an intellectual but not academic perspective.

Paula Boggs joined Starbucks in September 2002. She leads the Law & Corporate Affairs department and is responsible for overseeing all facets of the company’s legal matters, including real estate, employment, compliance, litigation, corporate and securities, international, intellectual property and commercial.

Prior to Starbucks, Boggs was a vice president for Dell Computer and a partner at Preston Gates & Ellis in Seattle, where she was a trial lawyer specializing in corporate civil litigation.

From 1988 to 1994, Boggs served as assistant United States attorney in the western district of Washington State. She was responsible for prosecuting fraud and regulatory crimes before trial and appellate courts. She is a former United States Army officer and has worked as a staff attorney for the White House.

Boggs is an active volunteer in both legal and civic organizations. She serves as a member of the ABA’s House of Delegates, as chair of the Audit and Insurance Committee of The Johns Hopkins University Board of Trustees, as president of the Board of LAW Fund, and on the boards of the Seattle Art Museum, Premera Blue Cross (Chair, Investments Committee), and Starbucks Foundation (Secretary).

Boggs has served on the criminal justice act panel of the U.S. District Court, Western District of Washington (Seattle) and as vice-chair of the Washington State Equal Justice Coalition (Legal Services). She is the recipient of the Corporate Legal Times and Lexis Nexis 2003 Distinguished Legal Service Award. Boggs and Starbucks were awarded the Washington State Bar Association’s 2005 Excellence in Diversity Award, and she is also the recipient of the ABA 2006 Spirit of Excellence Award and the 2006 Sargent Shriver Award for Equal Justice.