Labor attorney honored as Woman of the Year

March 01, 2016

Tracey ThompsonIn recognition of a career spent fighting for the powerless and voiceless in society, Seattle University School of Law will honor Tracey A. Thompson '94 as the Woman of the Year for 2016.

The award will be presented Tuesday, March 8, at a lunch ceremony.

In 2008, Thompson was appointed as the secretary-treasurer of Teamsters Local 117, the third largest Teamster local in the United States. She was the first female secretary-treasurer of Local 117, and the first woman to be elected to the executive board of Teamsters Joint Council No. 28, which serves Washington, Alaska, and Northern Idaho.

She had previously served as the union's senior staff attorney, working as the chief labor negotiator for the workers of the adult prison system and representing the union in labor arbitrations and litigation. She stepped down as head of Local 117 in 2015.

"Tracey dedicated herself to the working families of our region," said Dean Annette E. Clark '89. "She has created a powerful legacy, one that is admired and deeply appreciated by all of us who work for justice."

A former member of the law school's adjunct faculty, Thompson taught products liability, consumer law, appellate advocacy, and professional responsibility. She also coached the National Moot Court Team and acted as a faculty adviser to the Women's Law Caucus Lay Advocacy Program, which provided assistance to victims of domestic violence. 

The sixth of 10 children, Thompson was raised in Massachusetts. She received her B.A. in 1983 from Tufts University. She graduated from law school magna cum laude in 1994.