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  1. Family: 50%
  2. Health Care: 20%
  3. Adoption: 20%
  4. Ethics: 10%

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Skellenger Bender, A Professional Service Corporation

P.S. Rainier Tower
1301 5th Avenue Suite 3401
Seattle, WA, 98101-2630


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
50 Top Women Lawyers in Washington StateWashington Law & Politics Magazine2011
Super LawyerWashington Law & Politics Magazine2011
Super LawyerWashington Law & Politics Magazine2010
Top 50 Women Lawyers in WashingtonSuper Lawyers, WA2009
Super LawyerWashington Law & Politics Magazine2009
Super LawyerWashington Law & Politics Magazine2009
Super LawyerWashington Law & Politics Magazine2008
50 top women attorneys in WashingtonWashington Super Lawyers2008
Super LawyerWashington Law & Politics Magazine2007
Super LawyerWashington Law & Politics Magazine2006
50 Top Women Lawyers in Washington StateWashington Super Lawyers2006
Super LawyerWashington Law & Politics Magazine2005
Super LawyerWashington Law & Politics Magazine2004
Super LawyerWashington Law & Politics Magazine2003
50 Top Women Lawyers in Washington StateWashington Super Lawyers2003
Super LawyerWashington Law & Politics Magazine2002
Super LawyerWA Law and Politics2001
AV RatedMartindale-Hubbell1986
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Attorney/ShareholderSkellenger Bender, P.S.1990 - Present
Visiting ProfessorUniversity of Mississippi2009 - 2010
AttorneyLaw Office of Rita L. Bender1982 - 1990
Regional DirectorLegal Services Corporation1976 - 1982
AttorneyDefender Association1975 - 1976
Lecturer in LawRutgers Law School1972 - 1975
Deputy Public DefenderN.J. Public Defender1968 - 1972
Association namePosition nameDuration
American Association of Assisted Reproduction LawFellow2009 - Present
American Academy of Adoption AttorneysFellow1990 - Present
Association of Professional Responsibility LawyersMemberN/A
Washington Practice of Law BoardBoard Member WA Supreme Court Appointee2002 - 2008
ABA Commission on Homelessness and PovertyCommission Member1996 - 1997
Legal Foundation of WashingtonBd of Trustees, appointed by WA State Bar Ass., President 19871982 - 1988
Publication nameTitleDate
Souls-A Critical Journal of Black Politics, Columbia UniversitySearching for Restorative Justice2008
Appleton & Lange"Medical Legal Issues" in Primary Care of Women2003
Washington Civil Practice DeskbookAdoption1993
Washington Methods of PracticeAdoption Practice1989
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Rutgers, State University of New Jersey School of Law - NewarkLawJD - Juris Doctor1968
City University of New York, Queens CollegeEnglishBA - Bachelor of Arts1964
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Adoption Law in WashingtonAssisted Reproduction and the Domestic Partnership Act2010
Top LawyersWeaving Core Values into the Practice of Law2008
Adoption Law in WashingtonAssisted Reproductive Technology and the Uniform Parentage Act2008
SymposiumRace, Poverty, and War2006
Legal EthicsEthical Perplexities2006