My name is Amsale Aberra and I am originally from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. I recently graduated from the University of Washington’s LL.M Health Law program and I passed the winter 2015 Washington Bar exam. I have a number of years of experience working with United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees and Johns Hopkins University in the area of legal protection of refugees and asylum seekers in Ethiopia and Colombia. I am hoping to work in the area of refugee law, family and employment-based immigration here in Washington, and I am hoping network with immigration and health law attorneys in Washington.
Hello, I am an attorney in the greater Bellevue/Seattle area. Prior to obtaining my Juris Doctor degree from Seattle University School of Law, I worked in many aspects of the Real Estate field. During my 15 year career in Real Estate, I underwrote loans for large and successful banks, as well as loans for private mortgage insurance companies.
Because of my extensive knowledge as a Real Estate Underwriter, it was a seamless transition for me when I chose to become a licensed realtor. As a real estate agent, I negotiated contracts between buyers and sellers, and educated my borrowers before, during, and throughout the entire home buying process. As such, my chosen career path has served as a catalyst for my lifelong goal and passion of becoming an attorney with my primary focus in real estate law.
My law firm, ‘Guidance to Justice, Inc.’ speaks volumes toward my stance in law. I guide and assist consumers with loan modifications/mediation, wrongful foreclosures, short sale negotiation, debt negotiation, review of loan documentation pre/post closing, bankruptcy-including chapter 7 & 13, and finally, violation of civil rights. It is my goal and strong desire to give individuals a voice, in the midst of the chaos while being treated in an unfair manner. Because I have experienced working in the real estate market at its lucrative height, at its all time low, and everywhere in between, I am confident to call my knowledge in real estate law- keen and thorough.
My strong belief is that knowledge is meant to be shared, not kept in secret. As such, I always strive to help individuals know their rights, understand their rights, and finally, invoke their rights.
Attorney Courtney Bhatt’s practice is focused on business defense litigation and administrative law. She represents and defends businesses in many types of matters, including breach of contract, intellectual property, and employment. In administrative law cases, she represents employers before municipal, state, and federal agencies in matters including employment, claims of discrimination and workers compensation. Courtney also represents clients in education and school law matters, including providing assistance regarding School District compliance and representation of special needs clients with IEP related issues.
Courtney received a bachelor’s degree in History from Dartmouth College, and has the unique distinction of being one of the first set of identical triplets to successfully graduate from the Ivy League College. In addition, Courtney received a Mellam Family Foundation Scholarship for outstanding community service and academic achievement. Courtney then attended and graduated from Pepperdine University School of Law. In addition to her Juris Doctor degree, she also earned a Certificate in Dispute Resolution from the Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution. While at Pepperdine, Courtney served as the lead student advocate for the Pepperdine Special Education Advocacy Clinic. She also worked as a judicial extern at the Superior Court of the District of Columbia.
Mr. Carter maintains law offices in Tacoma and Kent, Washington, and helps clients throughout the Puget Sound area in the fields of personal injury, family law, and employment discrimination.
COUNCILMEMBER BRUCE A. HARRELL
CITY OF SEATTLE
In 2007, Councilmember Harrell was elected to the Seattle City Council emerging from a competitive field of five candidates and won re-election in 2011, both with an overwhelming majority.
Bruce is a longtime member of First AME Church. His grandfather, William Harrell, moved to Seattle from New Orleans, Louisiana, and built his own home in the Arboretum area near Madison valley. William was a member of First AME Church and served on the Usher Board during the 1940s and 1950s. Bruce’s mother, Rose Harrell, taught Sunday School here in the 1960s, as did Bruce in the 1980s and 1990s.
As a legislator, Bruce created the unprecedented race and social justice legislation to strengthen the City’s commitment to fight institutional racism and social disparities. Bruce passed the Job Assistance bill that prohibits employers from asking first about an applicant’s criminal background, during the initial job interview process. This is known as “Banning the Box.” Recently he sponsored and passed the City’s first Indigenous Peoples’ Day Resolution on the second Monday in October, traditionally known as Christopher Columbus Day because of the recognition of what that day has meant for Native Americans. He is currently working on legislation to stop the retail licenses of pot shops near churches like what has happened on 23rd and Union. Thus far, he has been the only elected official to take the stance that prohibits such shops near churches.
Bruce made local history by being Garfield High School’s first student to achieve 9 varsity letters and graduate valedictorian of their class. Bruce attended law school at the University of Washington; he played football for the University of Washington’s 1978 Rose Bowl Championship team and 1979 Sun Bowl Championship Team. He received 1st Team Academic All American honors and 1st Team All Pac-10 and All Coast honors. He is a member of the Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity, the Breakfast Group, as well as numerous Boards and Commissions.
Jamal Whitehead is an Assistant United States Attorney for the Western District of Washington, where he represents the United States and its agencies in a wide array of civil lawsuits brought by and against the government. Jamal is a Past President of the Loren Miller Bar Association.