DPD employee graduates from Washington Leadership Institute


Pictured: Matthew Sanders, left, with colleague Edwin Aralica at the WLI Graduation. Photo by Karen Murray.

DPD’s own Matthew Sanders, an attorney in the Association of Counsel for the Accused Division, graduated from the 2017 Washington Leadership Institute (WLI) last week. The WLI is a program sponsored by the University of Washington and Washington State Bar Association to recruit, train, and develop attorneys from traditionally underrepresented groups for future leadership positions within the bar association and the legal community at large.

The program selects attorneys with three to ten years’ experience for an eight month program that includes weekly meetings and offers participants the chance to receive mentoring from well-known leaders in the legal community, attend training sessions, and experience one on one interactions with judges. Matt had the wonderful opportunity to work with Justice Mary Yu from the Washington Supreme Court. The WLI fellows also completed a community service project. This was quite a commitment on the part of Matthew, and we are all very proud of his hard work and participation.