Jamie Kvistad

Adjunct Professor


Seattle University School of Law
901 12th Avenue, Sullivan Hall
P.O. Box 222000
Seattle, WA 98122-1090
E-mail: kvistadjamie@seattleu.edu


JD, Washington and Lee University School of Law, cum laude, May 2004
BA in Economics and Political Science, December 2000


Jamie Kvistad is co-teaching a simulation class on Problem-Solving Courts. She has worked at the King County Department of Public Defense in Seattle, Washington since 2005 with rotations in Seattle Municipal Court, Regional Mental Health Court, Juvenile Court and most recently, Drug Diversion Court. She was awarded the Washington Defender Association's Presidents Award in 2011 for her litigation in Mental Health Court challenging Washington State Hospital's refusal to conduct post-disposition competency evaluations. She was interviewed and featured on the Frontline Documentary "Chasing Heroin" in February 2016. She has mentored interns and externs and lectured on "Working with Drug Addicted and Mentally Ill Clients" and "Introduction to Problem-Solving Courts in King County" as part of the DPD's New Attorney Training Program. She has also presented CLEs in 2017 at the DPD Cultivating Harmony Conference on "Challenging Urinalysis Results" and "Alternatives to the Revolving Door: Using Drug Court or a DOSA to Keep Your Client Out of Prison if You Can't Get the NG" and at the Washington State Drug Court Conference on "I Walk the Line - Ethical Considerations for Defense Attorneys in Problem-Solving Courts." After attending the National Drug Court Conference in 2016 and 2017, Jamie incorporated motivational interviewing, trauma informed care and cultural competence into her practice. Jamie attended law school at Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Virginia and undergraduate school at the University of Washington and double majored in political science and economics. She was an editor on the Washington and Lee Race and Ethnic Ancestry Law Journal, Executive Editor of Law News and clerked for the Honorable Jonathan Apgar, Twenty-third Judicial Circuit of Virginia.