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Greetings and Thank You for visiting my Avvo profile. My private practice is limited to cases I feel passionate about, be it civil rights, privacy, government accountability or special education. I am a sole practitioner in Olympia, Washington.  I am also adjunct professor at Saint Martin's University and South Puget Sound Community College, where i teach a variety of law courses, including business law and education law. For more information, go to my web page at:


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Practice areas


  1. Education: 40%
    32 years
  2. Constitutional: 20%
    32 years
  3. Ethics: 15%
    21 years
  4. Business: 15%
    32 years
  5. Employment: 10%
    32 years



Hourly ($200-300/hour), Free consultation (30 minutes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check

Attorney endorsements

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  • Richard William Walker

    I endorse this lawyer. Of course, his track record speaks for itself--but beyond that, when I approached him in regards to a matter of profound concern, not only to myself but to a number of other lawyers in the community, he gave generously of his time, and I was impressed with his ready knowledge and perspicacity. All in all, a credit to his profession, a servant to worthy causes.


    Richard Walker Criminal Defense Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

  • Ron Meyers

    I endorse this lawyer. Shawn is a great lawyer who is not afraid to take a controversial case -- simply because he believes it is the right thing to do. He is a smart, personable and zealous advocate. A great lawyer to have on your side!


    Ron Meyers Personal Injury Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact info

2507 Crestline Dr Nw
Olympia, WA, 98502-4327


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
CASTLCarneige Foundation2007
Pro Bono Service RecognitionWashington State Bar Association2006
Editorial BoardJournal of College & University Law2005
Research EditorJournal of Legislation1983
Fellowship Notre Dame Law School White Center for Public Policy1983
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Adjunct Law ProfessorSouth Puget Sound Community College2011 - Present
Adjunct ProfessorSaint Martin's University2000 - Present
AttorneyNewman Law1990 - Present
General CounselSaint Martin's University1989 - 2012
Staff CounselWashington State Senate Committe Services1988 - 1989
College CounselThe Evergreen State College1987 - 1988
Assistant Attorney GeneralWashington State Attorney General's Office1984 - 1987
Association namePosition nameDuration
Washington Courts Historical SocietyMember2013 - 2014
Washington State Bar Association & NW Justice ProjectHome Foreclosure Legal Aid Project2012 - Present
YMCA Youth & GovernmentMock Trial Volunteer2010 - Present
WSBA Home Foreclosure Legal Aid ProjectVolunteer2009 - Present
Academy of Legal Studies in BusinessN/A2008 - Present
Supreme Court of the United StatesMember of the Bar2008 - Present
Washington State Bar AssociationContinuing Education Committee2008 - Present
Academy of Legal Studies in BusinessN/A2007 - Present
Thurston County Bar AssociationBoard Member & CLE Chair2007 - 2010
American Civil Liberties UnionN/A2006 - Present
Initiative & Referendum InstituteWashington State Director2005 - Present
Washington State Trial Lawyers AssociationN/A2000 - 2007
National Association of College and University AttorneysN/A1986 - Present
Washington State Bar AssociationN/A1984 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
American Legion Post 149 v. StateLoss 5-4 opinion see:http://www.courts.wa.
Citizens for Responsible Wildlife Management v. State & Protect Our Pets and Wildlife,Victory
State ex rel Citizens Against Tolls v. MurphyLoss
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Publication nameTitleDate
Trial News Washington State Trial LawyersState anti-SLAPP law needs overhaul2007
Evergreen Freedom FoundationTime to arm citizens to combat government fraud2004
213 F.3d 1132 (9th Cir. 2000)Washington Initiatives Now v. Public Disclosure Commission2000
Notre Dame Journal of LegislationTuition Tax Credits & Educational Vouchers1983
Notre Dame Journal of LegislationTaking Federalism on the Road1983
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Notre Dame Law SchoolLawJD - Juris Doctor1983
Ohio State University, ColumbusBusiness: Labor & Human ResourcesOther - Bachelors1980
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Thurston County Bar AssociationLegal Research and Writing2014
Lacey Boom! October Forum LuncheonEmployment Law2010
Radio Free WashingtonWashington State Constitution2009
Mock Trial State CompetitionTrial Practice2009
Constitution Day 2009Constitutional Law - Guantanamo proceedings2009
ANTSHE 12th Annual ConferenceAvoiding Legal Pitfalls on the Path to Higher Education: taxes, bankruptcy & creditors2009
ACLU South Sound/Olympia ChapterSLAPP Suits: Getting Sued for Speaking Out!2009
Youth & Government Mock Trial CompetitionTrial Practice2008
TVW Presents "How Does it Work? A Citizens' Guide to Democracy" Ballot InitiativesBallot Initiatives2008
Constitution DayConstitution2008
Clarence Darrow: Crimes, Causes and the CourtroomClarence Darrow: Crimes, Causes and the Courtroom2008
Brighter TomorrowsSpecial Needs Clients; Special Education; Mental Health2008
YMCA Mock Trial CompetitionMock Trial Judge2007
Washington State Initiative & Referendum SymposiumInitiative & Referendum Law2007
Clarence Darrow & Sir Thomas MoreJustice, Morality & Ethics2007
TCBA Luncheon CLESLAPP Suits2006
Responsible Justice: Balancing Safety with RehabilitationCriminal Rehabilitation & Recidivism2006
Inside OlympiaInitiatives & Referendum2006
Constitution DayFundamental Rights & the "Nanny State"2006
WSTLA Thurston County RoundtableSLAPPS: Geting Sued For Speaking Out2005
Constitution DayBeyond the Patriot Act2005