Legal Voice is hosting our 6th Annual CLE
Kim Clark and Courtney Chappell at Legal Voice will present on the intersection of racial justice and the various issue areas that impact women, girls, and LGBTQ people across the PNW: reproductive health and rights, economic justice, and LGBTQ rights. They will provide an analysis of key legal cases and policies as well as broader strategies such as community lawyering and movement building.
Kim Clark is a Senior Attorney at Legal Voice, where she manages a portfolio of high impact litigation, policy initiatives, and legal rights education projects throughout the Pacific Northwest relating to reproductive rights, health and justice. Prior to joining Legal Voice, Ms. Clark served as General Counsel for the Scottsdale Unified School District; as a senior management consultant at UPD Consulting LLC; as a staff attorney in the public housing unit at Community Legal Services in Phoenix; and as an associate in the labor and employment and First Amendment practice groups at Steptoe & Johnson, LLP. Ms. Clark also has served as a pro bono attorney with the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project and the Human Rights Initiative of North Texas and has served on the boards of numerous nonprofits including, Planned Parenthood of Central and Northern Arizona, Annie’s List, and the Mona Foundation. Ms. Clark also co-founded both the West Valley Parents for Public Education and Arizona Parents for Public Education. Ms. Clark holds a J.D. from Harvard Law School, a Bachelor of Arts in Russian language from the University of Arizona, and a Certificate in Sustainable Business from the University of Cambridge.
Courtney Chappell has over 15 years of experience promoting racial and social justice. She is currently the Advocacy Director at Legal Voice where she helps to manage the organization’s strategic initiatives to advance the legal rights of women, girls, and LGBTQ individuals across the Pacific Northwest. Prior to joining Legal Voice, she served in a variety of leadership roles. She was the Senior Director of State Capacity Building at State Voices, and the Executive Director of the Center for Asian Pacific American Women. During the Obama Administration, Courtney served as Deputy Director at the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, where she created a regional interagency working group that brought the federal government to the farthest corners of the country, linking local AAPI communities with federal services and programs, and becoming one of the Initiative's strongest legacies.
Courtney is passionate about using the law to advocate for women of color and vulnerable populations and leveraging different strategies – organizing, coalition building, community lawyering, and policy advocacy – to do so. As the Deputy Director at the DC Employment Justice Center, she worked in coalition to help the District to pass comprehensive unemployment insurance legislation and a "ban the box" bill that prohibited discrimination against workers with criminal records. Courtney also served as the first Policy & Programs Director at the National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum, where she spearheaded the organization’s reproductive justice program and developed a multi-pronged action agenda that included lobbying, grassroots organizing, and public education. Courtney was also an associate at James & Hoffman, P.C., where she represented unions and individual employees in all matters relating to labor and employment law.
Courtney graduated magna cum laude from the American University Washington College of Law, where she was a staff member of the American University Law Review. She has served on the boards of the Third Wave Foundation, the Asian/Pacific Islander Domestic Violence Resource Project, and the DC Chapter of the National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum. She is a recipient of a New Voices Fellowship and a Georgetown Women’s Law and Public Policy Fellowship. Courtney currently lives in Seattle, WA with her husband and two daughters.