James Bible '03, Tracy Flood '99 and Craig Sims '97
BLSA recognizes inspirational alumni leaders
Three graduates of Seattle University School of Law who inspire hope and change were honored at a reception sponsored by the Black Law Student Association. BLSA, with the Office of Alumni Relations, coordinates this annual alumni reception to celebrate and honor contributions of black alumni in the community.
This year’s honorees are:
- James Bible ’03, Black Law Student Association Leadership Award, which recognizes alumni who have demonstrated extraordinary leadership in the legal community and the community at large.
- Tracy Flood ’99, Black Law Student Association Alumni Award, which recognizes alumni who have demonstrated excellence in the practice of law and a commitment to community service. Awardees also demonstrate continued dedication to BLSA and a strong commitment to the service of others.
- Craig Sims ’97, Vanguard Leader of the Year Award, a new award that recognizes alumni leaders in the community who are at the forefront of creating change within the world.
“These three outstanding alumni are active and inspirational leaders in our community,” Dean Kellye Testy said. “They are mentors to our students and encourage others toward leadership.”
Bible is a leader in addressing civil and human rights issues in the State of Washington. He is in private practice and serves as president of the Seattle Chapter of the NAACP. His achievements during law school include being nominated for a Faculty Scholar Award. After graduating, he worked for The Defender Association, and he plays a key role in training other attorneys through programs with the Washington Defender Association.
Flood is president of the Pierce County Minority Bar Association and has extensive experience with various community and legal organizations. She is a former chair of the WSBA Civil Rights Committee and interim chair for the Civil Rights Section. She is a past president of the Kitsap County Chapter of Washington Women Lawyers, is president-elect of the Kitsap County YWCA and serves on the Family Law Executive Committee of the WSBA Family Law Section. Before law school, she worked as a juvenile rehabilitative counselor. She is now in private practice in Port Orchard, focusing on family law and criminal law. She works as a pro tem District Court Judge for Kitsap County and the Office of Administrative Hearings.
Sims has paved the way for prospective and current law students to follow in his footsteps. He joined Fury Bailey after a distinguished 10-year career as a senior deputy with the King County Prosecutor’s Office, including an assignment to the Most Dangerous Offender Program, where he prosecuted homicides and other high-profile cases. He has a genuine passion for helping those who have been harmed by others. He serves as an adjunct professor at Seattle University School of Law and is an advisor for the BLSA Mock Trial team, which competed at the national competition this March. He is president of the Loren Miller Bar Association.
All three honorees are proud graduates of the ARC program.