Seattle University School of Law Professor from Practice John McKay and his brother Mike received the Charles A. Goldmark Award in recognition for their exceptional work toward ensuring equal justice. The Legal Foundation of Washington presented the awards at a luncheon on February 29.
In addition to teaching courses on terrorism and the law and national security law, John McKay works to promote the law school’s mission of academic excellence and social justice. He, along with former Judge Don Horowitz, organized a series of presentations at the law school throughout the year aimed at encouraging students to find place for public service, no matter where their careers take them. He also works with the dean on special projects.
He has a long record of public service. In addition to his service as a U.S. attorney for Western Washington, he was president of Legal Services Corporation. While a partner at Cairncross Hempelmann, he received the Pro Bono Lawyer of the Year Award from the Washington State Bar Association. He is a past chair of the Equal Justice Coalition and was chair of the 2005-07 Campaign for Equal Justice, which raises funds to support more than 30 legal aid programs in Washington. He serves on the Advisory Council for the EJC and is on the board of the Endowment for Equal Justice.
“John is so deserving of this honor,” Dean Kellye Testy said. “We are so grateful to have him at the law school. With his strong principles and his devotion to justice, he is educating a new generation of lawyers about the importance of public service.”
Mike McKay shares his brother’s passion for equal justice work, continuing to take on pro bono cases at every stage of his career, even while U.S. attorney.