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DREAM Court celebrated LSM’s graduation from DREAM in April. LSM worked as a medical professional. When he began struggling with a significant substance use disorder, he abused his access to medications, leading to the loss of his license and federal charges. He worked tirelessly to not only address his substance use disorder, but to also regain his license. His efforts were extraordinary, with weeks spent at intensive programs, months spent working any job he could find so that he could afford the programs and support himself. Despite the hours he put into bettering himself, he also made time to support others in DREAM. We will miss him and wish him the best of luck in the future.


Staff News:

Please Welcome Tamar Singleton as our new CJA Panel Administrator!

Tamar was a paralegal in the Seattle office and she has over 15 years of paralegal and administrative experience. Originally from Georgia, she has worked at several law firms with both civil and criminal practices, as well as the Washington AG’s Office. Tamar is described by people who have worked with her as “patient and an excellent listener,” “caring and nurturing,” “cool under pressure,” and “highly professional.” Tamar will work out of our Tacoma office but will be in Seattle frequently.




Community News:

The Journey Project, a local re-entry transitional program, held a Reentry Symposium for its community members and was attended by FPD’s mitigation specialist. The symposium showcased numerous re-entry stakeholders and organizations throughout the state of Washington. Community agencies gathered to connect, learn, and discuss working toward a common goal of building a stronger community to better serve our clients and remain up to date on re-entry resources.



April 25th was Bring a Child to Work Day! Here is a first-hand account from a guardian who participated:

We attended some of the morning events that included donuts with Judge Martinez, trying on various United States Marshal Service equipment, exploring a courtroom along with a sneak peek of lock up. I think it’s a good thing that my grandson’s first time meeting a UDSC judge in person was not at arraignment. #grannygoals.  The afternoon consisted of food truck lunch choices, sitting in on the new arrest calendar, exploring the law library, and meeting the “Cop Dogs.” It was a full day that ended with a nap on the train ride back home.



Former Defender Tom Hillier, former AFD Robert Gombiner, and First Assistant Corey Endo gathered to celebrate Tiffany Cartwright’s investiture.


Intern News:


Legal Intern Update:

Former FPD extern, Riley Freedman, who externed with the office during their Fall 2023 quarter while a 2L at the University of Washington Law School will be externing for Ninth Circuit Judge Salvador Mendoza, Jr. in Kennewick, Washington this summer. Congratulations Riley on this great news and wonderful learning opportunity!