Rachel Read Tobias grew up in Seattle and has strong ties and connections to the Pacific Northwest. Rachel is passionate about the rights of individuals at all levels of society. She is committed to the protection of individual rights and has focused her legal practice and development on methods for advancing the interests of those whom our justice system often disenfranchises.
Rachel graduated with a B.A. in Law and Diversity from Fairhaven College, at Western Washington University, in 1999. She continued her education at the University of New Mexico School of Law, and in 2003, earned her J.D., graduating cum laude. She also received honors for her work as a student in the Southwest Indian Law Clinic. Following law school, Rachel returned to Washington to be closer to family and friends and continue her legal career.
Rachel first worked for the Quinault Indian Nation, representing its Family Services Department in tribal and state courts and assisting with the development of tribal law and policy regarding social services. She continued her commitment to public service, accepting an opportunity in 2006 to work for the Northwest Defender Association, a public defense agency. As a public defender, Rachel represented criminal defendants facing misdemeanor and felony charges and parents and children in dependency proceedings. While at Northwest Defender Association, Rachel earned a reputation as a tenacious advocate who is a valuable and effective representative of her clients.
Rachel continued to advance her legal career at Carey & Lillevik, PLLC, a Seattle firm dedicated to representing the interests of individuals in criminal, dependency, family law and education law proceedings. At Carey & Lillevik, PLLC, Rachel represented clients in a number of areas that intersect with her experience in criminal defense and dependency proceedings, such as nonparental custody, foster parent adoption and dissolution of marriage/domestic partnership.
Rachel opened Tobias Legal Advocacy, PLLC in February, 2012.
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|Associate||Carey & Lillevik, PLLC||2008 - 2012|
|Attorneyy||Northwest Defender Association-Felony, Dependency and District Court Units||2006 - 2008|
|Contract Attorney-Child Support Enforcement||Quinault Indian Nation||2005 - 2005|
|General Counsel/Indian Child Welfare Attorney||Quinault Indian Nation||2003 - 2005|
|Law Clerk||Branch Law Firm||2002 - 2003|
|Student Intern||Hale & Dorr Legal Services Center||2001 - 2002|
|Library Research Pool/Property Tutor||University of New Mexico School of Law||2001 - 2001|
|Student Intern||Northwest Women's Law Center||1999 - 1999|
|Overnight Counselor||Oasis Teen Shelter||1998 - 1998|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|King County Bar Association Neighborhood Legal Clinics||Volunteer||2005 - Present|
|King County Bar Association Volunteer Attorneys for Persons with HIV/AIDS||Volunteer||2005 - 2006|
|University of New Mexico School of Law||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||2003|
|Fairhaven College||Law and Diversity||BA||1999|