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September 17, 2021

Constitution Day Presentation

Fair Elections and our (Bipartisan)ship of State

In celebration of Constitution Day 2021 and our First Annual Peter Schalestock Endowed Lecture, we welcome the Honorable Washington Secretary of State Kim Wyman for keynote remarks.

Online via Zoom: Room #99941159149

12-12:15 p.m.
Welcome and Introduction
Dean Annette Clark '89, Catherine Romero '96, and Dave Green '96

12:15-12:45 p.m.
Remarks by Secretary of State Kim Wyman
Washington's Voting Experience

12:45-1 p.m.
Audience Q&A

1-1:30 p.m.
The Constitution and the Voting Rights Act
Charlotte Garden, Professor of Law

Secretary of State Kim Wyman

Kim Wyman is Washington’s 15th Secretary of State. First elected in 2012, she is only the second female Secretary of State in Washington’s history. Prior to being elected to this office, she served as Thurston County Elections Director for nearly a decade and served three terms as the elected Thurston County Auditor (2001–2013).

As head of one of the most diverse offices in state government, Wyman is responsible for overseeing state and local elections, corporation and charity filings, the Washington State Library, the Washington Talking Book & Braille Library, and the Washington State Archives. Her office led the successful statewide effort to modernize and secure the state’s election infrastructure and continues to focus on securing elections in the future.

Wyman graduated from California State University Long Beach and earned her master’s degree in Public Administration from Troy State University. She received CERA certification from The Election Center and Auburn University in 2004, and has been a Washington State Certified Election Administrator since 1995.

In Memory of Peter Kirk Schalestock '96

On August 15, 2017, we lost a great mind, a strong fighter, and a beloved alumnus. Peter Kirk Schalestock, class of 1996, passed away at the age of 49. Those who knew Peter remember him as a stellar student, a talented adjunct faculty member, a principled leader, and an exemplary lawyer.

Schalestock began his career in politics while still in middle school and even co-managed a campaign for State Senate at the age of 18. After graduation from law school, he held several positions in politics, including with the Committee on House Administration, U.S. House of Representatives; the U.S. Small Business Administration; and the Republican National Committee. He was chosen to be the Small Business Administration’s general counsel in 2008.

Prior to his passing, Schalestock served on the board of the Republican National Lawyers Association and was highly respected for his expertise in the areas of campaign finance, election law, and voter fraud.