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Alison Holcomb

Alison Holcomb

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Practice areas:

Civil Rights

Alison Holcomb

About Me

Alison Holcomb is the Criminal Justice Director for the ACLU of Washington State. Her work focuses on advancing changes to our criminal laws that recognize that not every social problem can, or should, be treated as a crime, and that funneling people into the criminal justice system actually amplifies social problems and undermines public safety. Before joining the ACLU in 2006, she was a trial lawyer in state and federal courts for thirteen years.

Alison was the chief architect of Washington State Initiative Measure No. 502, which legalized, taxed, and regulated marijuana for adults 21 and older.  She also served as campaign director for New Approach Washington, the political action committee that supported I-502's passage on November 6, 2012, by a 56 to 44 percent margin.


 


Alison is a past vice-president of the Washington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and former chair of the Legal Frameworks Group of the King County Bar Association's Drug Policy Project. She has served on the Seattle City Council's I-75 Marijuana Policy Review Panel and its Jail Capacity Study Advisory Group, which examined the impact of alternative approaches to low-level drug offenses on jail use.


 


Alison received her B.A. from Stanford University and her J.D. from the University of Washington School of Law.

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Practice Areas

Licensed since 1993

  1. Civil Rights: 100%
    9 years, 3 cases

Payment

Fees:

Pro Bono (100%)

Payment Types:

Cash, Check

Attorney Endorsements

26 total 

  • Lisa Antoinette Hayes

    Alison is a terrific lawyer -- intelligent, enthusiastic and creative. Without question, she is an asset to any case!

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    Lisa Hayes Constitutional Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

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    I endorse this lawyer's work. She was a brilliant defense lawyer in her previous private practice and currently works tirelessly to change criminal laws in this state toward more rational policies. Not only have I experienced her depth of knowledge when seeking assistance on matters, I have heard from numerous lawyers who rely on her assistance in their criminal practice. Apparently she was known on a criminal defense listserv as the most reliable attorney for knowing answers and getting back to people quickly. I am honored to know her and work with her.

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    Rachel Kurtz Business Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact Info

901 5th Ave Ste 630
Seattle, WA, 98164-2008

Resume

License
StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
WAActive199305/05/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo Contributions
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Awards
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Pauline Sabin AwardNational Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws2008
Super LawyerN/A2007
Certificate of AppreciationN/A2006
Certificate of AppreciationN/A2004
Certificate of AppreciationN/A2001
American Jurisprudence AwardLawyer's Cooperative Publishing Co. & Bancroft-Whitney Co.1991

Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
Drug Policy DirectorACLU of Washington2008 - Present
Marijuana Education Project DirectorACLU of Washington2006 - 2008
InstructorUniversity of Washington School of Law2005 - 2005
LawyerThe Law Office of Alison Holcomb, PLLC2003 - 2006
Steinborn & Holcomb, PLLC2002 - 2002
The Law Office of Jeffrey Steinborn1995 - 2001
Mundt, MacGregor, Happel, Falconer, Zulauf & Hall1993 - 1995

Associations
Association NamePosition NameDuration
Seattle City Council Jail Capacity Study Advisory GroupMember2009 - Present
WSBA Pro Bono and Legal Aid CommitteeMember2008 - Present
WACDL Fee Agreements Task ForceMember2006 - 2006
WSBA Trust Account Responsibilities and Retainers Task ForceMember, WACDL Liaison2006 - 2007
WACDL Fees Task ForceChair2006 - 2007
KCBA Drug Policy Project, Short-Term Options GroupMember2006 - 2007
Washington Association of Criminal Defense LawyersVice-President West2005 - 2006
KCBA Drug Policy Project, Legal Frameworks GroupChair2005 - 2006
WACDL Criminal History Records Task ForceMember2005 - 2007
WACDL RPC 1.5 Task ForceMember2005 - 2006
Seattle City Council Marijuana Policy Review PanelMember2004 - 2007
WACDL Listserv Task ForceMember2004 - 2005
Washington Association of Criminal Defense LawyersBoard Member2003 - 2005
American Bar AssociationMember2003 - Present
KCBA Drug Policy Project, Legal Frameworks GroupMember2002 - 2004
National Association of Criminal Defense LawyersMember2000 - Present
KCBA Drug Policy Project, Criminal Sanctions Task ForceMember2000 - 2001
National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana LawsLegal Committee Member1995 - Present
King County Bar AssociationMember1993 - Present
Washington State Bar AssociationMember1993 - Present

Legal Cases
Case NameOutcome
State v. MyszkowskiClient's felony convictions reversed on appeal.

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Publications
Publication NameTitleDate
King County Bar Association Bar BulletinMoving Beyond Zero Tolerance2009
Washington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers Defense MagazineSenate Bill 6032: Changes in Store for Washington's Medical Marijuana Law2007
King County Bar Association News Bar BulletinMedical Marijuana: Addressing Patients' Fears of Arrest2007
Washington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers Defense MagazineRestoration of Civil Rights1999

Education
School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
National Criminal Defense CollegeTrial Practice InstituteN/A2003
University of Washington School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1993
Stanford UniversityN/ABA - Bachelor of Arts1990

Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
Seattle Town Square: Panel with UCLA Prof. Mark KleimanLess Crime, Less Punishment2010
Seattle Speaks: Marijuana PolicyMarijuana Policy2010
Seattle Channel's City Inside/Out: Pot PolicyPot Policy2010
CLE International: Medical MarijuanaMedical Marijuana2010
NLG Law for the People Convention 2009Ending the War on Drugs: Pre-Booking Diversion2009
DPA International Drug Policy Reform ConferenceMarijuana Decriminalization and the State Legislative Process2009
ACLU-WA Civil Liberties 101: War on DrugsWar on Drugs2009
ACLU-WA Civil Liberties 101: Racial JusticeRacial Disparities in Drug Law Enforcement2009
WSBA Young Lawyers Division Trial Advocacy ProgramTrial Law and Ethics2008
WSBA Law of Lawyering ConferenceNonrefundable Fees2008
WSBA Ethics in Civil Litigation Institute: Critical Career ConcernsEthics and Attorney's Fees2008
SCBA Year-end PotpourriWashington's Medical Use of Marijuana Act2008
WSBA Young Lawyers Division Trial Advocacy ProgramTrial Law and Ethics2007
WSBA Law of Lawyering ConferenceCompensating Attorneys in the 21st Century2007
NORML National ConferenceCannabis Law Reform Legislative and Initiative Round Up2007
KCBA Lunchtime CLE SeriesWashington's Medical Marijuana Law2007
DPA International Drug Policy Reform ConferenceMedical Marijuana Implementation: State to State2007
WACDL How to Practice Criminal Law without Getting Disbarred: Succeeding in Private Practice CLE SeminarLaw Office Management: Practicalities and Ethics2006
NORML National ConferenceGrassroots to Grasstops: Activists Effectively Working Together at All Levels2006
NBI Successful Outcomes in Criminal Defense CLE SeminarHandling the Sentencing Phase2006
WACDL Motions Practice CLE SeminarMotions to Suppress Client Statements2005
WACDL Defending Drug Cases CLE SeminarHandling Informants2005
WACDL Annual Conference and Continuing Legal Education SeminarFirearms Cases2003
NORML Key West Legal SeminarDefending Cultivation Cases2001