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Lorena González '05 selected for leadership fellowship

March 20, 2014

Nationally recognized civil rights attorney M. Lorena González '05 will travel the world as a Marshall Memorial Fellow.

Dean Annette E. Clark '89 was among those who supported González's application for the competitive fellowship program. Selected fellows demonstrate a proven leadership capacity, a profound sense of integrity, a commitment to diversity, a proven ability to apply knowledge and leverage networks, a desire to effect real and lasting change in their local communities, and a commitment to remaining stewards of the transatlantic agenda throughout their careers.

Fellows visit five cities during a 24-day program, meeting formally and informally with a range of government, corporate, and civic leaders.

Lorena GonzalezA partner at Schroeter, Goldmark and Bender (SGB) in Seattle, González has built a successful career representing clients who have been persecuted by those in authority or seriously injured by negligence or misconduct.

She is deeply involved in the community. She serves as president of the Board of OneAmerica, the largest immigrant advocacy organization in Washington State, and is a past president of the Latina/o Bar Association. Also a past president of the Law Alumni Board, González has twice been honored by the law school: with the 2013 La Justicia Award from the Latina/o Law Student Association and the 2011 Alumni Service Award. She will receive Seattle University's Community Service Award next month.

 González was named one of Seattle's most influential people in the November issue of Seattle Magazine. In 2009, she was chosen as one of the seven top lawyers in the country under 40 by the Hispanic Bar Association. She was not only the youngest, but the only law student to be awarded the Latina/o Bar Association of Washington's Outstanding Member of the Year.  

Founded in 1982, the Marshall Memorial Fellowship provides a unique opportunity for emerging leaders from the United States and Europe to build an understanding of dynamics, challenges, solutions, and opportunities on the other side of the Atlantic. The program facilitates accelerated networking, intense exchange of ideas and best practices, and experiential learning.