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About this event
The QLAW Annual Banquet celebrates the diverse LGBTQ communities within the legal profession, to gather as friends, “family,” and colleagues, and to reflect on the victories of the last year and the struggles still to come. This year the Banquet will be hybrid, with a limited gathering in person at Pier 70 and some online. The event will include time for small-group networking with your guests and other attendees. We will be using the Remo Conference platform to recreate the feel of an in person event as much as possible. We promise this will not be one giant Zoom call!
The QLAW Annual Banquet typically welcomes over 400 attorneys, judges, legal professionals, public officials, and LGBTQ+ leaders and visionaries from throughout the state. We hope you will join us.
Presenting Sponsor: Lane Powell
About our keynote
Justice Mary Yu is the first Asian, first Latinx, and first member of the LGBTQIA+ community to serve on the Washington State Supreme Court. Justice Mary Yu was the first person to officiate a gay marriage, upon state legalization in 2012. Justice Yu has served on the board of FareStart from 2009 - 2018, and the advisory board for the University of Washington School of Law's Gates Public Service Program from 2014 - 2018. She is personally devoted to the Seattle Girls' School Mock Trials, serving as their judge for the last 15 years. Justice Yu is a member of the American Law Institute.
About our emcee
Sasha Summer Cousineau, owner of Revel Rouser Events, is a fundraising auctioneer, gala emcee, and event planner based in Seattle, WA. Sasha believes her clients make up the heart and moral compass of our communities which is why she is living her “OccuPassion” every time she gets to serve local non-profit organizations and educational institutions. A lifelong performer passionate about social justice, racial equity, and feminism, she is a skilled, experienced, and caring event professional who has a 360-degree view of events. In-person or online, you can bet that Sasha will bring her experience, talent, sparkle, and genuine care to her work. She is excited to serve as your fundraising auctioneer this evening and thanks you for your generous support of QLAW Association.
Alanna Francis (she/her) is a queer Black woman of color living in PNW. She has an unshakeable passion for community engagement, equity, and a fierce commitment to her communities. Raised between the Pacific Northwest and Southern California, Alanna brings diverse perspectives and a sharp social justice lens. Her inclusive thinking and creative spirit are critical in her coalition and community-building work. Much of Alanna’s professional experiences have been centered at a crossroad between fundraising event planning, DEI consulting, and youth spaces. Her niche is diversifying pre-existing events with clientele, event fundraising, creating holistic engaging events of many kinds, supporting nonprofit growth, and much more. To evolve communities, people and organizations past their own plateaus. Interacting with Alanna promises to bring the magic out in you as she flourishes it with others.