Yakima Chapter


The 2022 Board of Directors

President:  Keally Cieslik

President Elect:  Bree Black Horse

Secretary:  Quinn Dalan

Treasurer: Wendy Winfield & Charissa Johnston

State Liaison:  Lavette Holman

VP Membership:  Emily Schwab

VP of Events:  Aryn Masters

At Large: Michele Moore

At Large: Kathy Tierney

At Large: Holly Timmerman


Posted 1/17/22



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Women of Color Legal Education Fund

The Women of Color Legal Education Fund is designed to support women of color with ties to the Yakima Valley who wish to study or are currently studying law. The fund was established by the Yakima Chapter of WWL in response to the concerning lack of racial diversity in the legal profession locally as well as at the state and national level.

The Women of Color Legal Education Fund will award two types of grants.

The Pre-Law Grant is designed to support women of color with ties to the Yakima Valley who wish to attend law school.  The Pre-Law Grant may be used for LSAT preparation and study materials, LSAT exam costs, Law School Admissions Council fees, Credential Assembly Service fees, law school application fees, as well as living and child care expenses associated with preparing to apply to law school. 

The Law School Grant is designed to support women of color with ties to the Yakima Valley who are currently attending law school.  The Law School Grant may be used for law school tuition and fees, course-related expenses, room and board, internship and externship related expenses, and necessary living expenses.

Applications may be downloaded here through google drive. Applications will be reviewed by a Selection Committee comprised of members of Yakima’s legal community. Completed applications should be emailed to: woclef@gmail.com with the subject line Pre-Law Grant Application or Law Grant Application, as appropriate. Questions or technical problems accessing the application materials may also be directed to woclef@gmail.com  Completed applications must be submitted by June 30, 2022.  Grant recipients will be selected and notified by July 31, 2022.

The fund will be hosting a series of virtual information sessions on zoom in order to give potential grant applicants the opportunity to learn more about the legal profession, the grant application process and to hear directly from women attorneys in the local community.

The fund is administered by the Yakima Valley Community Foundation. To make a charitable contribution to the Women of Color Legal Education Fund, donors may visit the Yakima Valley Community Foundation website or mail a check directly to: Yakima Valley Community Foundation, 111 University Parkway, Suite 102, Yakima, WA 98901 with a note in the memo that the contribution is for the Women of Color Legal Education Fund.

The Yakima Chapter is pleased to also direct potential grant applicants to the LSAC Prelaw Undergraduate Scholars (PLUS) Program at Heritage University. This program is a partnership among Washington’s three law schools – Seattle University School of Law, University of Washington School of Law, and Gonzaga University School of Law – and Heritage University in Central Washington. Through an intensive three-week summer program in June of 2022 along with personalized mentorship and support, the program aims to make a law degree more accessible to diverse students, especially Latino/Latina/Latinx and Indigenous students.