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David Donnan
David Donnan is the director of the Washington Appellate Project. He co-founded the organization in 1994 after serving as a public defender in Snohomish County for 4 years. David has been named a Super Lawyer by Washington Law & Politics Magazine and an Outstanding Mentor by the King County Bar Association Young Lawyers’ Division. David earned his B.S. at the University of Utah and his J.D. at California Western School of Law. Before becoming a lawyer, David served as an Ensign in the United States Navy.

Nancy Collins
Nancy Collins served as a public defender at the Legal Aid Society in New York for five years before joining the Washington Appellate Project in 1999. She handles appeals in both state and federal court and is certified to represent capital defendants in the Washington Supreme Court. Cases Nancy has argued and won in the Washington Supreme Court include State v. Barrara Garcia (2014); State v. Vasquez (2013); State v. Bravo Ortega (2013); State v. Jasper (2012); State v. Monday, 171 P.3d 667 (2011); In re D.F.F., 256 P.3d 357 (2011); State v. Weaver, 171 Wn.2d 256 (2011); State v. Sandoval, 171 Wn.2d 163 (2011); State v. Wilson, 170 Wn.2d 682 (2010); In re Rainey, 168 Wn.2d 367 (2010); State v. Kinneman, 155 Wn.2d 272 (2005); In re Tran, 154 Wn.2d 323 (2005); State v. Willis, 151 Wn.2d 255 (2004); and State v. Bobic, 140 Wn.2d 250 (2000). In 2006, Nancy appeared in the United States Supreme Court on Davis v. Washington, 547 U.S. 813 (2006). In 2012, she earned the President's Award from both the Washington Defender Association and the Washington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. Nancy earned her B.A. at Tufts and her J.D. at the University of Pennsylvania

Maureen Cyr
Maureen Cyr joined the Washington Appellate Project in 2002 after serving as a law clerk to Judge Marlin Appelwick at the Washington Court of Appeals. Maureen serves on the judicial screening committee of the King County Bar Association and the Personal Restraint Petition Task Force for the Washington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. Cases Maureen has argued and won in the Washington Supreme Court include State v. Villanueva-Gonzalez (2014); State v. Gresham (2012); State v. Ervin, 169 Wn.2d 815 (2010); and State v. Lucero, 168 Wn.2d 785 (2010). Maureen earned her B.A. at Reed College, her M.A. at the University of California, and her J.D. at the Universtiy of Washington.

Oliver Davis
Oliver Davis joined the Washington Appellate Project in 1996 after working as an attorney at Levinson Friedman Vuggen Duggan and Bland. Cases he has argued and won in the Washington Supreme Court include State v. Thiefault, 160 Wn.2d 409 (2007); State v . Coleman, 159 Wn.2d 509 (2007); State v. Jones, 148 Wn.2d 719 (2003); and State v. Barnett, 139 Wn.2d 462 (1999). Oliver earned his B.A. at Reed and his J.D. at Seattle University.

Sally Hrobsky
Sally Hrobsky has been a public defender for over 25 years, having worked as a trial attorney at Associated Counsel for the Accused before joining the Washington Appellate Project. She argued and won a major First Amendment case in the Washington Supreme Court, State v. Johnson, 156 Wn.2d 355 (2006). Sally earned her B.A. at the University of Wisconsin and her J.D. at the University of Puget Sound School of Law (now Seattle University School of Law).

Tom Kummerow
Tom Kummerow joined the Washington Appellate Project in 1995. He previously worked as an associate attorney at Clay & Hove in Oakland, California, and served as a law clerk to Judge Cecil F. Poole at the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Tom handles appeals in both state and federal court and is certified to represent capital defendants in the Washington Supreme Court. Cases Tom has argued and won in the Washington Supreme Court include State v. Lamar (2014), State v. Jackson, 137 Wn.2d 712 (1999) and In re Personal Restraint of Mines, 146 Wn.2d 279 (2002). Tom earned his B.A. at the University of California at Berkeley and his J.D. at Golden Gate University. Prior to becoming a lawyer, Tom served as a police officer for the City of Walnut Creek, California.

Greg Link
Greg Link has been with the Washington Appellate Project since 1995. He handles appeals in both state and federal court and is certified to represent capital defendants in the Washington Supreme Court. Greg serves on the board of directors of the Washington Defender Association and the Public Records Act committee of the Washington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. Cases Greg has argued and won in the Washington Supreme Court include State v. Garcia-Salgado;, 170 Wn.2d 176 (2010); State v. Moeurn, 170 Wn.2d 169 (2010); State v. Knippling, 166 Wn.2d 93 (2009); State v. Recuenco, 163 Wn.2d 428 (2008); In re Dependency of A.K., 162 Wn.2d 632 (2007); In re Dependency of Schermer, 161 Wn.2d 927 (2007); In re Personal Restraint Petition of Tran, 154 Wn.2d 323 (2005); State v. Abd-Rahmaan,154 Wn.2d 280 (2005); State v. Kilburn, 151 Wn.2d 36 (2004); State v. Brown, 147 Wn.2d 330 (2002); State v. Williams, 144 Wn.2d 197 (2001); State v. Dahl, 139 Wn.2d 678 (1999); and State v. Ford, 137 Wn.2d 472 (1999). In 2006, Greg argued Washington v. Recuenco, 548 U.S. 212 (2006) in the United States Supreme Court. In 2012, he received the Washington Defender Association's President's Award. Greg earned his B.A. at Oregon State University and his J.D. at Gonzaga University.

Whitney Rivera
Whitney Rivera joined the Washington Appellate Project in 2014 after serving as a public defender in Snohomish County for seven years, where she handled cases ranging from simple misdemeanors to serious felonies. The Washington Defender Association has twice recognized her exceptional work, honoring her with the President's Award in 2009 and a Certificate of Recognition in 2013. Whitney earned her B.A. at the University of Washington and her J.D. at Boston College Law School. Her article "Addressing the Real Problem of Racial Profiling in Seattle, Washington" was published in the Touro Law Center's Journal of Race, Gender, and Ethnicity in 2008.

Kathleen Shea
Kate Shea joined the Washington Appellate Project in 2013 after serving as a public defender in Massachusetts for several years. Kate also has experience with civil litigation, having worked as an attorney at both Martens + Associates and Robert A. Friedman & Associates in Seattle. She serves on the steering committee for Friends of Federal and Republican Park, and has volunteered with Legal Voice. Kate earned her B.A. at the University of Virginia and her J.D. at New York University.

Lila Silverstein
Lila Silverstein has been with the Washington Appellate Project since 2006. She handles appeals in both state and federal court and is certified to represent capital defendants in the Washington Supreme Court. Lila has chaired the King County Bar Association’s Appellate Practice Section and currently serves on the legal committee of the American Civil Liberties Union of Washington and co-chairs the amicus committee of the Washington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. Cases Lila has argued and won in the Washington Supreme Court include State v. K.L.B. (2014); State v. Snapp (2012); State v. Madsen, 168 Wn.2d 496 (2010); In re C.S., 168 Wn.2d 51 (2010); State v. Nason, 168 Wn.2d 936 (2010) (represented amici); In re Silva, 166 Wn.2d 133 (2009); State v. Gossage, 165 Wn.2d 1 (2008); and State v. Quismundo, 164 Wn.2d 499 (2008). In 2012, she argued United States v. Phillips in the Ninth Circuit, winning reversal of a mail fraud conviction. In 2011, Lila received the Washington Defender Association’s President’s Award and in 2012 she received a Certificate of Appreciation for distinguished service to WACDL. Lila earned her B.A. at Yale and her J.D. at the University of Washington. Prior to becoming a lawyer, she was a program manager at Microsoft and a high school cross-country coach.

Jan Trasen
Jan Trasen joined the Washington Appellate Project in 2008 after serving as a public defender at the Legal Aid Society in New York for 10 years. While in New York, Jan also spent a year as a law clerk to United States Magistrate Judge Lois Bloom. Since moving to Seattle, she has become active in the local legal community, and currently serves on the judicial evaluation committee for the Cardozo Society and the board of directors for Lawyers Helping Hungry Children. Jan earned her B.A. at Tufts and her J.D. at Boston College. Prior to becoming a lawyer, Jan worked as a middle school teacher in Los Angeles through Teach for America.

Susan Wilk
Susan Wilk joined the Washington Appellate Project in 2002 after serving as a public defender at the Defender Association and the Society of Counsel Representing Accused Persons. She has been an active member of the Washington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, serving on the amicus committee, the “Blakely Fix” committee, and as co-editor of Defense Magazine. In 2010, Susan received a Certificate of Appreciation honoring extraordinary service to WACDL. Susan handles appeals in both state and federal court, and has argued and won many cases in the Washington Supreme Court, including State v. Stubbs, 170 Wn.2d 17 (2010); In re Welfare of A.B., 168 Wn.2d 908 (2010); State v.Weyrich, 163 Wn.2d 554 (2008); State v. Gatewood, 163 Wn.2d 534 (2008); State v. Moore, 161 Wn.2d 880 (2007); State v. Everybodytalksabout, 161 Wn.2d 702 (2007); State v. Hagar, 158 Wn.2d 369 (2006); State v. Morse, 156 Wn.2d 1 (2005); and State v. Redmond, 150 Wn.2d 489 (2003). Susan earned her B.A. at Oberlin and her J.D. at the University of Washington.

Elaine Winters
Elaine Winters has served as a public defender for over 30 years. She joined the Washington Appellate Project in 1996 after working at the Washington Appellate Defender Association, the Seattle-King County Defender Association, and Eastside Defender Association. Elaine has served on the board of directors of Washington Women Lawyers and on the legislative committee of the Northwest Women’s Law Center (now Legal Voice). Cases Elaine has argued and won in the Washington Supreme Court include State v. Rafay, 167 Wn.2d 644 (2009); State v. Easterling, 157 Wn.2d 167 (2006); State v. Garza, 150 Wn.2d 360 (2003); State v. J.P., 149 Wn.2d 444 (2003); and State v. Damon, 144 Wn.2d 686 (2001). Elaine earned her B.A. at Pomona and her J.D. at the University of Washington.

Marla Zink
Marla Zink joined the Washington Appellate Project in 2010, and handles appeals in both state and federal court. Marla previously worked as an associate attorney at K&L Gates and served as a law clerk to Judge Robert R. Beezer at the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Marla serves on the board of directors of Lawyers Helping Hungry Children, is a past executive committee member of the King County Bar Association’s Appellate Practice Section, and has mentored young people through the Future of the Law Institute. Each year from 2007-2010, Marla received a Pro Bono Publico Service Commendation from the Washington State Bar Association. Marla earned her B.A. at Columbia and her J.D. at Georgetown University Law Center.