The PILA Hall of Fame

The PILA Hall of Fame celebrates select members of the public interest legal community. These practitioners are renowned for their commitment to public service and for their seemingly tireless advocacy. The PILA Hall of Fame began in 2005. Each year, new members will be added to the Hall of Fame during our annual auction.

2010 Inductees

John McKay

John McKay is a Seattle native who earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Washington and his law degree from Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska. In 2007, John joined the faculty of Seattle University School of Law as Professor from Practice. He teaches Constitutional Law of Terrorism and National Security Law, among other courses. John has served on the the WSBA's task forces on Opportunities for Minorities in the Legal Profession and on Governance and as the Washington State Chairman of the Equal Justice Coalition. He has received several awards from the WSBA including Pro Bono Lawyer of the Year; the Award of Merit, its highest honor; and the Courageous Award, following his dismissal as U.S. Attorney. In 2008, John was awarded the prestigious Charles A. Goldmark Award for Distinguished Service.

Jacqueline McMurtrie

Jacqueline McMurtrie obtained her undergraduate and law degrees from the University of Michigan. She joined the University of Washington School of Law faculty in 1989 to teach the Criminal Law Clinic after a career as a public defender. She has taught Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure, and Evidence and founded the Innocence Project Northwest (IPNW) Clinic. Since its formation in 1997, the IPNW has overturned the convictions of thirteen wrongly convicted inmates. Prof. McMurtrie’s research and teaching interests revolve primarily around criminal law and appellate/post-conviction practice, with a particular emphasis on wrongful convictions. She is on the Board of the Integrity of Justice Project, a non-profit that furthers policy changes to avoid erroneous convictions. She has received the National Law Journal Pro Bono Award and the Washington Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys President’s Award. She has also been recognized twice as a Philip A. Trautman Teacher of the Year, twice as a Washington Law & Politics Washington State Super Lawyer, and received a Pacific Coast Banking Faculty Service Award.

2009 Inductees

Christy Thompson Ibrahim

Christy Thompson Ibrahim grew up in Dallas and moved to Redmond as a teenager. She holds undergraduate degrees in English and in Psychology from Brigham Young University.  While in college, she coached Special Olympics swimming, worked as an editor of the school's science fiction magazine, and started a recycling program at her apartment complex.  She worked for a semester in the Mediation Division of the Superior Court in Washington, D.C.,  She then served an 18 month mission in Copenhagen, Denmark, teaching English and Danish to refugees from all over the world.  During law school, she interned with the King County Bar pro bono programs, the King County Ombudsman's Office, and Washington Protection & Advocacy System (now Disability Rights Washington), as well as worked at Student Legal Services.

She graduated from UWLS in 1998 and has worked since that time as an attorney at the Law Offices of Larry A. Jones, a law firm focusing on the rights and legal needs of persons with developmental disabilities. Her main areas of practice are guardianship, special needs trusts, special education litigation, and Social Security appeals.  Christy is a part-time faculty lecturer at UWLS, where she has taught Disability Law, the Disability Law Clinic, and Interviewing and Counseling.  She and her husband have two sons, ages 6 & 13.

Christy was inducted into the Hall of Fame for her instrumental work in establishing the brand new Public Service Law Concentration Track at UW School of Law.

Steve Fredrickson

Steve Fredrickson was born in West Seattle and later moved to Bremerton and graduated from East Bremerton High School.  He attended the University of Chicago and received a BA in Political Science. He returned to Seattle after college and entered the University of Washington Law School in 1969. After completing his first year in law school, Steve began working as a law clerk at Seattle Legal Services Center, the local legal aid program serving Seattle and King County. He continued working there during the school year and summers until his graduation in 1972.

Upon graduation, Steve was awarded a Reginald Heber Smith Community Lawyer Fellowship in Seattle and continued working at Seattle Legal Services Center as a "Reggie" until 1974. After his Reggie Fellowship, he worked as a staff attorney at the Center and at its successor organizations, Evergreen Legal Services and Columbia Legal Services, until 2004. In 2004, Steve joined Northwest Justice Project as a Statewide Advocacy Coordinator where he currently coordinates NJP's work on housing, consumer, community economic development, and low-wage worker issues.

Steve's 36 years of legal aid practice have covered all areas of poverty law but have emphasized landlord-tenant and real estate law. He has authored or co-authored a number of publications on residential landlord-tenant law and is a frequent speaker on the topic at continuing legal education programs.

2008 Inductees

Norm Maleng (1938-2007)

Norm Maleng served as King County Prosecuting Attorney for 28 years. He grew up in rural Washington and attended the University of Washington, receiving a BA in Economics. He then served three years in the military. He returned to Washington state for law school at the UW, graduating in 1966 at the top of his class and as editor-in-chief of the Washington Law Review.

Mr. Maleng successfully prosecuted many famous cases, including the Wah Mee Massacre of 1983, the Goldmark killings of 1985, and the Green River Killer. He was a seeker of justice. He is remembered by lawyers and politicians from all sides as a dedicated public servant, a generous and thoughtful leader, and he is remembered by friends and family as an empathetic, loving man.

Grace Huang

Grace Huang works as the Public Policy Coordinator for the Washington State Coalition Against Domestic Violence (WSCADV). Prior to her position at WSCADV, Ms. Huang worked for the law firm of Gibbs Houston Pauw, where her practice emphasized immigration law, particularly family-based immigration, asylum, and removal defense, and where she currently continues to provide support doing 9th Circuit appellate work.

She is a recipient of the 1999 Northwest Immigrant Rights Project "Golden Door Award" for her advocacy on behalf of immigrants, the recipient of the 2000 Northwest Women's Law Center Cynthia Gillespie Award, recognizing her work toward advancing legal rights for women, and the WA State Bar Association Family Law Section 2005 "Professional of the Year" Award.


2010 Hall of Fame Inductees
2010: Jacqueline McMurtrie and John McKay
2009 Hall of Fame Inductees
2009: Christy Ibrahim and Steve Fredrickson