April News!

April 15, 2021

DREAM, Staff & Extern News

 

 

DREAM News:

The DREAM Program welcomed two new participants in April. Both participants come to the program with a strong commitment to their recovery and are enthusiastic and excited about this opportunity. The program is proud to acknowledge the admission of one participant in particular as he is the first monolingual Spanish speaker to ever have been admitted to the program. The first court hearing with two interpreters was a great success, allowing all members of the program and executive team to communicate effectively across language boundaries. A los nuevos participantes—bienvenidos a DREAM!

 

Staff News:

The Seattle Office Hires a New Investigator!

FPD welcomes Apolinar ‘Chevy’ Echeverria! Chevy joined our office on April 26th and will be working in our Seattle office. He comes with a wealth of experience and expertise, having investigated state and federal cases of every variety, including capital cases, in the U.S., Mexico, and South America. Chevy is also a dual citizen of the U.S. and Mexico, and is fluent in Spanish. In an earlier life, Chevy had a multi-year career in the San Diego County Sheriff’s Office and also worked as an investigator in the San Diego District Attorney’s Office. We are thrilled to have Chevy in our office!

 

Extern News:

Jessica (“Jay”) Alvarez, who interned with our office this semester, is graduating this May from Seattle University Law School and after taking the Washington Bar, will join King County DPD as a public defender. She has not yet been assigned a division or department but she looks forward to taking what she’s learned during her internship at the FPD to her new position. Congratulations Jay!

                                               

In other news, former intern Maya Itah, who interned at our office in the summer of 2020 as a rising 2L at UW Law School, will have her Comment critiquing the Gun Control Act published by the Washington Law Review in October 2021. Maya informs us that much of the Comment is based on research that she did when she was a summer intern at the FPD. We look forward to reading it!