November News!

Wednesday, December 1, 2021

Case, DREAM & Intern News



Case News:


A Federal Defender team won a compassionate release motion based on extraordinary family circumstances, shaving 18 months off of a client’s ten-year sentence so he could help his elderly and disabled mother. The client, Mr. T., initially filed a pro se motion. It was clear that English was the Mr. T’s first language and he was not familiar with the statutory requirements for compassionate release. Seattle AFD Dennis Carroll, along with Seattle paralegal Emily Ziel and summer intern, Nathan Tauger, did some digging into Mr. T’s life and family circumstances to learn that his mother was disabled with very little support. Mr. T’s devotion to his mother was without question. As the son of an unknown U.S. soldier in Vietnam, he turned down opportunities to emigrate to the United States to search for his mother in Thai refugee camps. He eventually found her and they were both able to emigrate to the U.S. Emily Ziel was able to provide the documentation and letters to support the basis for the motion. Nathan Tauger wrote a compelling brief. Dennis Carroll offered encouragement and oversaw the filing. Congrats to Mr. T and thank you to his dedicated defense team!



DREAM Court continues to move along and offer hope and support to people charged with a range of offenses. In November, three new participants joined, bringing the current number of participants to eight. Also this month, four of the five individuals already in DREAM progressed to the next phase of the program. We continue to meet by Zoom, and all are welcome to attend. Please contact the office if you would like the meeting information. Our next hearing is scheduled for Friday, December 17.


Intern News:


Two More of our Former Interns Have Landed their Dream Jobs!

Shiyun Chen, who interned with us as a UW 1L in the summer of 2019, accepted an attorney position in the immigration unit at The Legal Aid Society in New York City. She also just passed the NY bar.


Jesse McKnight, who interned with us in the Spring of 2021 as a SU 3L, has been working part-time with CJA Panel attorney Kim Gordon since graduation. He was just offered an attorney position with DPD in King County. He doesn’t know which division he’ll be placed in yet but is excited to start.

Congrats to both Shiyun and Jesse!




Archive Date: 
November, 2021