BLSA presents awards to accomplished lawyers

(February 22, 2011) Two outstanding graduates of Seattle University School of Law and a committed friend of the law school were honored by the Black Law Student Association Feb. 22.BLSA 2011 
Awards were presented to (from left) the Honorable Frank Cuthbertson '93 of Pierce County Superior Court; Angela Rye '05, Executive Director and General Counsel to the Congressional Black Caucus; and James Andrus, past president of the King County Bar Association and the Loren Miller Bar Association and a partner at K & L Gates. 

More about the honorees:

BLSA Alumni Award
Judge Frank E. Cuthbertson '93

Judge Frank Cuthbertson was appointed to the Pierce County Superior Court by Gov.  Gary Locke in February 2001. A former Presiding Judge for Juvenile Court, he served on the Washington State Partnership Council on Juvenile Justice.

Before being appointed to the bench, he practiced with Gordon Thomas Honeywell Malanca Peterson and Daheim and Davis Wright Tremaine and served as in-house legal counsel for Group Health Cooperative of Puget Sound. He also has been an adjunct professor at Seattle University School of Law, teaching health law and law bioethics.

Among his accolades, he was named 2010 Judge of the Year by the American Board of Trial Advocacy and received the 2009 Washington State Mentor Award. He has been on the board of Washington CASA and a member of the Washington State Racial Disproportionality Advisory Committee.

Vanguard Leader of the Year
Angela Rye '05

Angela Rye is one of the most dynamic young leaders on Capitol Hill, committed to increasing knowledge of the political process and empowering young professionals of color. She is the executive director and general counsel to the Congressional Black Caucus and previously served as counsel to the House Committee on Homeland Security.

Rye is a co-founder and director of strategic partnerships for IMPACT, an organization that empowers young professionals of color. During her tenure with the organization, IMPACT has formed partnerships with the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, Rainbow PUSH's Wall Street Project, Young & Powerful, Congressional Black Caucus Political Education and Leadership Institute, Black Leadership Forum, and others.

She served as an extern in Congresswoman Maxine Waters' Los Angeles office and began her career in legislative advocacy at the National Association for Equal Opportunity in Higher Education, the umbrella association for the Nation's 120 historically and predominately black colleges and universities.

She serves as the Young Lawyer Division liaison to the American Bar Association's Government Affairs Committee and is vice chair of the National Bar Association Young Lawyers Division. While in law school, she was the Western Region Director for the National Black Law Students Association (NBLSA), where she managed and supervised the Western Region Executive Board. 

BLSA Amicus Award
James Andrus

James Andrus is the immediate past president of the King County Bar Association - the first African American to hold the position - and a former president of the Loren Miller Bar Association. He is a committed community volunteer and has been extremely supportive of the work of Seattle University School of Law.

A partner at K&L Gates handling mergers and acquisitions and investments in hedge and private equity funds, he currently serves on the boards of the Central Washington Business School and Pioneer Human Services. He has been an adjunct professor, teaching business law and the Economic Development and Entrepreneurship clinic course.

Among his many contributions to the law school, he helped organize the 2010 Red Mass, which honored Judge Charles V. Johnson (ret.) and launched the Promoting Excellence Event for BLSA, bringing in African American Partners to inspire African American students. He is a mentor, a regular speaker at CLEs and other events and a regular participant in law school programs.

View a photo gallery from the event.