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Alumni director Fé Lopez honored for diversity efforts

September 26, 2013

Fe LopezFé Lopez, the director of Alumni Relations and Annual Fund at Seattle University School of Law, is the recipient of the 2013 Excellence in Diversity Award from the Washington State Bar Association.

Lopez, a 2006 graduate of the law school, was selected because of her dedication to advancing diversity in the legal profession and improving access to justice for underrepresented individuals and groups in Washington. WSBA President Michele Radosevich '94 will present the award at the WSBA Annual Awards Dinner on Sept. 26.

In her previous role as director for student life at the law school, Lopez developed diversity initiatives such as Lawyering in a Diverse World, a year-long training series for law students and attorneys that teaches skills for working effectively in a diverse community. Lopez also coordinates pipeline programs in Yakima and the Tri-Cities to educate eastern Washington students from middle school through college about legal careers and opportunities.

A past president of the Latina/o Bar Association of Washington, Lopez serves on the LBAW Foundation Scholarship Committee. She co-created and co-chaired the Judicial Institute Pilot Program 2012, a collaboration of 12 minority bar associations, the law school, WSBA, and the Minority and Justice Commission.

Since 2008, Lopez has co-chaired the Schroeter Goldmark & Bender/LBAW Spanish-English Legal Clinic at El Centro de la Raza, which provides free legal advice to more than 500 people each year, the majority of whom are Latina/o and speak only Spanish. The clinic provides legal services to those in need, connects attorneys with the Latina/o community, and gives volunteer attorneys and law students an opportunity to practice Spanish and work with interpreters.

"Fé consistently and without hesitation represented the concerns of the Latina/o community and the broader minority communities without alienating the broader community," said Washington State Supreme Court Justice Steven González. "She is a natural leader and community builder. Her commitment to diversity and access is unwavering, and she brings remarkable warmth, sincerity, inclusiveness, and diligence to her tasks."

Other Seattle University School of Law graduates receiving 2013 WSBA awards are:

Karen Murray '91, Public Service Award. This award recognizes a WSBA member who gives back in meaningful ways to others, to his/her community, or to the profession. She a supervisor in the Seattle Municipal Court office of the Associated Counsel for the Accused Public Service Award.

Rebecca Roe '77, Award of Merit. This award is the WSBA's highest honor and is given for a recent, singular achievement. Roe and her colleagues from Schroeter Goldmark & Bender wrote amicus briefs on behalf of Gov. Christine Gregoire supporting the Affordable Care Act. Her practice is focused on personal injury cases for victims of violent crime and sexual assault as well as employment law.