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Both of my parents served in the United States Navy and as a result, my two younger brothers and I were raised all over the country. After living in many different places and never having a “hometown,” I am happy to call Bellingham home and raise my two boys here with my husband, who is a Whatcom County native.
I first came to Bellingham to attend Western Washington University, where I graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Community Health and a minor in Sociology. While at Western, I coached Girls on the Run, volunteered as a Peer Health Educator and played competitive ultimate Frisbee on both collegiate and club teams. It was on the ultimate Frisbee field that I first met my husband.
After working in Bellingham for a year after my undergraduate studies, I attended Gonzaga University School of Law, where I graduated Cum Laude. While at Gonzaga, I volunteered for the Unemployment Law Project, representing clients in hearings and written appeals to obtain unemployment benefits.
I also interned for a Spokane County Superior Court Judge and had summer internships in Bellingham, at LAW Advocates and a local law firm. Additionally, I coached Gonzaga’s undergraduate women’s ultimate Frisbee team and served in student leadership for the Gonzaga Public Interest Law Project (GPILP).
I was admitted to the Washington State Bar in 2009. I joined Shepherd and Abbott in 2012, after having worked at another local law firm for three years prior. I am grateful to work with such competent, ethical and passionate colleagues, all of whom work diligently to help our clients attain their justice.
I am a member of the Whatcom County Bar Association, Washington Women Lawyers (Whatcom County Chapter), and the Washington Association of Justice (WSAJ).
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I had the pleasure of working with Bethany when she was focused on Employment Law and Personal Injury. She is a zealous advocate for her clients and a wonderful person. I highly recommend her for all litigation matters.
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|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Attorney||Shepherd and Abbott||2012 - Present|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Washington Women Lawyers||Member||2010 - Present|
|Washington State Bar Association||Member||2009 - Present|
|Whatcom County Bar Association||Member||2009 - Present|
|Washington State Association for Justice||Eagle Member||2010 - 2015|
|Gonzaga University School of Law||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||2008|
|Western Washington University||Community Health||BS - Bachelor of Science||2004|