Co-Directors and Staff Attorneys
Rory has been the Student Legal Services Co-Director and Staff Attorney since May of 2017. Rory grew up in the Seattle area. After graduating high school he spent a year teaching English in Shenzhen, China. He attended UW as an undergraduate student receiving a double degree in Economics and International Studies. He went on to serve as a Legislative Assistant for Congressman Jim McDermott in Washington D.C.
Rory attended Georgetown University Law Center where he competed in moot court and gained experience in the Harrison Housing and Community Development Clinic. After graduation he clerked for Judge Edward Shea in the Eastern District of Washington. Since completing his clerkship Rory has practiced poverty law, first at the Northwest Justice Project, where he represented homeowners facing foreclosure, survivors of domestic violence, and veterans accessing their benefits, and later at the King County Bar Association, serving as the Managing Attorney for the Housing Justice Project, an eviction defense clinic.
He has also served as an adjunct professor at Seattle University School of Law, and he serves on the board of Express Credit Union. He has published articles in the Seattle University Law Review, Gonzaga Law Review, Seattle Times, and Real Change among other publications.
Tanya has been the Student Legal Services Co-Director and Staff Attorney since December of 2018. Tanya was born in Tehran, Iran and she and her family emigrated to the United States in hopes to pursue the American dream. Tanya personally experienced the immigration process first-hand and that is why she became interested in immigration law. She attended UW as an undergraduate student receiving a double degree in Political Science and Law, Societies, and Justice; and a minor in Diversity studies. She went on to become an ESL teacher and citizenship instructor for the Refugee Resettlement Office in Seattle.
Tanya attended Seattle University School of Law where she served as a summer law clerk with the Attorney General’s Office; she also completed externships with Northwest Immigrant Rights Project, Catholic Community Services, and Unemployment Law Project.
After graduation she traveled to Quetzaltenango, Guatemala to complete a Spanish immersion program in order to provide language access and legal services to the Spanish-speaking community. Tanya worked as an immigration attorney for Catholic Community Services for four years where she represented low-income immigrants and refugees. Tanya has organized and hosted several free citizenship and DACA workshops with community organizations and the Office of Immigrant and Refugee Affairs.
Licensed Legal Interns
Eight 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 or graduate school.
Our outreach intern is an undergraduate UW student with interest in law. As an intern, they assist SLS in increasing outreach in underrepresented minority communities, accessibility to resources and information, and strengthening partnerships with UW entities and stakeholders. Much of this is done through work in tabling, connecting with campus organizations, running SLS social media, designing promotional materials, and holding presentations.