Imagine Justice 2017


Fifty years ago, Washington attorneys came together to form Seattle Legal Services, one of the first civil legal aid organizations in the state. Thereafter, Seattle Legal Services transformed into the statewide program Evergreen Legal Services, stepping forward to advocate for a more inclusive vision of justice in our state. Today, Columbia Legal Services (CLS)  and our allies in the justice and equity movement have continued our collective work representing individuals and entire communities who use the tools of the law to manifest justice. CLS celebrated fifty years of working for justice in Washington State.

Imagine Justice: Celebrating Our History, Imagining The Future

An evening of hope and inspiration celebrating 50 years of advocacy

CLS advocates to achieve social and economic justice for all, using policy reform, litigation, and innovative partnerships to reveal and end actions that harm the communities we serve. We invited supporters, allies, and new friends to support our work at our annual fun and dynamic benefit in Seattle. Thank you for joining us for an evening of camaraderie, powerful stories, food and drinks and the opportunity to invest in an inspiring future!

We honored Nikkita Oliver as our 2017 Imagine Justice Visionary of the Year for answering the call to serve our community with grit and grace. Nikkita - an attorney, organizer, educator, poet, and boxer - has a proven record of working to challenge and dismantle harmful systems. While CLS doesn't support or oppose candidates for office, we admire how she answered the call from community members, elders, and neighbors who asked her to run for mayor. This mirrors the adaptive servant leadership and community-driven advocacy we are striving to integrate throughout our advocacy.

Nikkita helped launch a coalition with us that successfully advocated for the most progressive housing policy for people with criminal records of any major city in the country. She's a tenant who has experienced homelessness and knows that criminalization and incarceration reflect systems built to oppress people of color. Nikkita has worked alongside impacted communities to oppose building an expensive police headquarters and a new youth jail.

Thank you for those who joined us at Imagine Justice to honor Nikkita, celebrated our movement, and supported our vital work toward a more inclusive and equitable society.

Brought to you by



Carey Lillevik            Connelly Law Offices            Davis Wright Tremaine            Mutual of America           Reed Family Fund

Public Interest Law Group            Pallavi Wahi

In-Kind Support


Thanks to our 2017 Imagine Justice Host Committee who helped promote the event:

Brenda Carlstrom
Jeff Grant
Dolly Hunt
Naomi Kim
Jill Malat
Cynthia I. Martinez
John Midgley
Carmen Mireles
Brenda Morbauch
Michael J. Pontarolo
Naria K. Santa Lucia
David W. Savage
Elizabeth Shannon
Pamela Stearns
Linda Strout
Casey Trupin