Access to Justice Institute Director Named

Diana Singleton, a respected attorney with extensive public interest experience and strong connections with the equal justice community, has been named director of the Access to Justice Institute at Seattle University School of Law.

Singleton brings almost a decade of experience as an attorney with the Northwest Justice Project. She currently represents low-income people in King County on a variety of matters, from consumer protection to domestic violence protection. She also served as a staff attorney on CLEAR, the Coordinated Legal Education Advice Referral, a centralized intake hotline for a wide range of civil legal issues.

Among her accomplishments, she co-founded the Legal Services Consumer Law Task Force and conceived and supervised a grant-based, 18-month immigrant financial justice project. Her community activities include volunteering with the Union Gospel Mission Legal Clinic and the Cross-Cultural Family Law Clinic. She is a 1998 graduate of Seattle University School of Law.

Dean Kellye Testy made the appointment after an exhaustive national search that brought five outstanding finalists to the law school for interviews.

“With such a strong pool of candidates, I am so proud that our top choice is a Seattle attorney and graduate of our law school,” Testy said. “Diana shares the mission of the law school and the Access to Justice Institute to educate lawyers who distinguish themselves through their outstanding legal skills and their dedication to law in the service of justice.”

Singleton has made numerous presentations on consumer law, immigration law and predatory lending, and has been a guest teacher at law school classes. She looks forward to a more direct role working with students.

“I am honored to be chosen as the director of the Access to Justice Institute. I look forward to encouraging and supporting all law students in their interest in public service, being an integral part of the law school community and collaborating with the greater legal community,” Singleton said. “I am thrilled to join Seattle University School of Law in carrying out its mission for social justice.”

The nationally recognized Access to Justice Institute is a center of legal activism that links Seattle University law students to a wide range of public interest organizations and community justice centers, enhancing the provision of legal services to low-income and other communities that are underrepresented in the legal system. Among other achievements, ATJI started the nation’s first language bank, making interpreters in dozens of languages available to pro bono lawyers. The ATJI is the hub of the law school’s signature commitment to education for justice, collaborating with the law school’s Seattle Journal for Social Justice, its Public Interest Law Foundation, and the Ronald Petersen Law Clinic.

Diana Singleton '98
Director, Access to Justice Institute and longtime public interest lawyer.