Nathaly Cecchet-Aular

Adjunct Professor

Contact

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

Education

LLM, University of Washington School of Law, 2017
JD, Universidad Santa Maria School of Law, 1998

Biography

Nathaly Cecchet-Aular was born in Venezuela where she received a Doctor of Law (J.D) from the Universidad Santa Maria, in Caracas Venezuela. After graduation, she worked as an in-house attorney for a builder developer where she emphasized her transactional practice in contract drafting, review, and negotiation. She also assisted her clients developing and purchasing assets, providing strategic advice to new ventures and litigated disputes. She later was selected by a panel of distinguished lawyers and judges to work as law clerk for one of the five magistrate for the Supreme Court of Administrative Affairs, First Circuit, in Caracas Venezuela, where she conducted research of the ordinances and statutes of the matter under review, drafted legal opinion on behalf of the Magistrate, and participated in special projects in support of the work of the judiciary and of the Supreme Court of Venezuela.

Nathaly moved to Seattle, and as soon as she did, she saw the enormous need for native Spanish speaker attorneys after working as domestic violence advocate, where she was able to help many Hispanic survivors to understand and navigate the complexity of the legal system that involved family relationships, custody of children, restrictive orders, and immigration status. She received her Master of Law LL.M, from the University Of Washington School Of Law, where she was recognized with the Leadership award in 2016, and was choose by her peers to deliver the speech at the commencement ceremony.

Nathaly has work in different organizations that shaped her as the professional she is today. She worked for the Office of the Principal Legal Advisor for the Department of Homeland Security, where she understood how the agency view and apply the immigration law; moreover, she work for a private law firm that focuses its practice on criminal law, particularly helping immigrants that were not advise of the risk of pleading guilty on criminal cases and the implications for their immigrant status. As of today, she is working as a real estate closing paralegal at Davidson Kilpatric & Krislock, PLL, where she is performing almost all her closings and transactions in Spanish and is able to help clients to understand the density of loan documents, quit claims deed, and transfer of their property.

Her bi-cultural legal background have honed her strengths as a future practice attorney in the United States that is committed to serve as a bridge between the Spanish-speaker community and the U.S. legal system.