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Lawforwa.org is a Washington nonprofit corporation, granted federal 501(c)(3) tax exempt status in 2011, existing on the generousity of our donors. Our mission is to provide the people of Washington easy access to information on the law, the courts, the government, and civic rights and responsibilities. The current version of the site was constructed by the able hands at DigitalAid.net. We are grateful for their belief in this project. We are also grateful to Cris Ewing who provided valuable support in the transition and to Davis Wright Tremaine who provided key legal services is establishing the organization.
The original Lawforwa.org website was created in 2000 by a partnership of the University of Washington's Educational Partnerships and Learning Technologies, the Washington State Bar Association's Council on Public Legal Education, the Washington State Bar Foundation, and the Seattle University School of Law. Funding for its original development was provided by the Paul G. Allen Charitable Foundation and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. In 2010 Lawforwa.org became independent of the Washington State Bar Association. The generousity of a small number of individual donors allowed us to contract with DigitalAid.net Inc. to develop a new platform for the website. The content on the site is provided by individual contributors, who volunteer their services in drafting, editing or suggesting content. In most cases, they are identified at the end of the content they have produced.
We are grateful to the Many individuals and organizations who worked together to create the original site lawforwa:
- Louis Fox, Vice Provost for Educational Partnerships and Learning Technologies at the University of Washington, has provided vision, support and enthusiasm for the lawforwa project since its inception. Under his leadership, staff of the University's Program for Educational Transformation Through Technology have supplied invaluable technical expertise: Aaron Louie, Scott Macklin, Elin Martin, Eric Maddox and William Washington.
- The Access to Justice Board, the Council on Public Legal Education and the Washington State Bar Association work together to make the justice system more understandable and accessible to all the people of Washington. Individuals who have provided leadership on lawforwa include Hon. Marlin Appelwick, Sherrie Bennett, Jonathan Franklin, Jean Holcomb, Don Horowitz, Joan Kleinberg, Hon. Mary Alice Theiler and Lindsay Thompson. Washington State Bar Association staff who have worked on lawforwa include Pam Inglesby, Rebecca Elder and James Kim.
Other contributors and supporters to lawforwa include Nick Anderson, Peter Berliner, Stacey Scrivener Bernstein, Janice Brewer, Peter Brickey, Sheryl Burgstahler, Jessica Coleman, Will Damon, Jennifer Dinning, Rishi Diwan, Katie Fearer, Amy Fields, Louis Fox, Mark Frye, Grace Gae, Lisa Hasselman, Bryan Hutton, Melody Ivory, Kate Janson, Colleen Kenny, Alicia Kikuchi, Victor Kim, Shawn Kitchin, Jason Knight, Marina Lamm, Marc Lampson, Kevin Long, Rachel Mammen, Kyle Martin, Lauren Matheney-Hamilton, Ilesa McAuliffe, Michael McCann, Sarah Mitchell, Ata Moshiri, Brandon Pacheco, Amy Paek, Stephanie Perttula, Katherine Plimpton, Greta Rieber, Moani Russell, Kevin Smith, Alex Sutherland, Erin Sweeney, John Tran, Rachel Twenge, Anastasia Yatsenko.