Carole Grayson has been practicing law since 1978 and leading Student Legal Services (SLS) since 2000. She also is a part-time lecturer at the UW law school, where she co-teaches a class on small and solo law practice. The New Yorker fell in love with Washington as a teenager while volunteering at Mt. Rainier and Olympic national parks with the Student Conservation Association. Her interest in working with students began as an undergraduate at Princeton University, where she also was a student teacher at the local high school and became state-certified to teach social studies. A graduate of the University of Florida law school, she worked as a public defender in Florida and Snohomish County and for 15 years had her own law office in Seattle. She has served as a judge pro tem, hearing officer, arbitrator, and guardian ad litem. She has long been active in state and county bar activities and serves as moderator of the national SLS listserv.
Licensed Legal Interns
Seven licensed legal interns provide legal advice and representation. As third-year UW law students who hold limited licenses to practice law in Washington under Rule 9 of the Admission to Practice Rules, each is supervised by the staff attorney and a volunteer attorney in private practice. After law school, the legal interns continue their careers in Washington and across the country as judicial clerks, legal services attorneys, public defenders, prosecutors, assistant attorneys general, corporate counsel, and private practitioners.
Our two legal assistants are undergraduate UW students with backgrounds and interest in law. At SLS, they learn about the practice of law in a hands-on way, collaborate with staff on administrative and client matters, and attend client meetings and court hearings. Some of their management responsibilities include training staff on office procedures and technology, collaborating on the budget process, and spearheading promotional efforts. SLS legal assistants commonly go on to attend law school and graduate school.