January 25, 2020: The SCLS Board of Directors held a retreat, facilitated by 501 Commons contractor Carol Mastrofini. The members created a new mission statement, Guilding people in poverty out of crisis by providing quality legal services, and a new vision for the agency: A world without barriers to justice.
November 21, 2019: Thanks to FUNKO Corporation for sponsoring our Annual Holiday Party, which was held on November 21st at Bean & Vine in Everett. We were at maximum capacity as we celebrated our mission of pro bono legal aid in Snohomish County.
November 4, 2019: Cathy J. Moray joined SCLS as the new Development Director. Cathy comes to the agency with years of experience in both public and private nonprofit management and fund development. She served as the Community Services Planning and Resource Development Coordinator at the Seattle Housing Authority for eight years and spent seven years as the Executive Director at the Center for Human Services. Cathy has a JD and experience in developing volunteer court programs, sexual assault and domestic violence services, and 504/ADA administration. She just moved to southwest Everett to be closer to work, and she spends her spare time volunteering on political campaigns and fighting for social justice.
October 2019: Victoria Garcia joined SCLS’s Housing Justice Project. She is part of a comparative eviction study funded by the State’s Office of Civil Legal Aid and conducted by the U.W. Evans School of Public Policy and Governance. The study is looking at differences in outcomes in unlawful detainer actions for tenant/defendants who receive timely legal representation versus those who do not. Victoria obtained her JD from the Thomas Jefferson School of Law (TJSL) in San Diego in 2017, and was admitted to the Washington State Bar Association in 2018. She also has a Master’s in Criminal Justice, specializing in Victimology, from Seattle University. Before coming to SCLS, Victoria was a Volunteer Attorney for the Housing Justice Project Clinic. While in law school, she interned for the San Diego Public Defenders Office and the TJSL Veterans Legal Assistant Clinic, and she volunteered at the TJSL Small Claims Clinic and as a trained mediator for the San Diego Small Claims Court. Before law school, Victoria worked for the DSHS Juvenile Rehabilitation Administration as a Juvenile Rehabilitation Residential Counselor in Ephrata, and volunteered at Reynolds Work Release in Seattle. She now lives in Edmonds with her thirteen-year-old daughter, Basil, and enjoys glamping and listening to country music.