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Lourdes Fuentes

Professional Experience

  • Stoel Rives LLP, Director of Lawyer Recruiting & Diversity
  • University of Washington Immigration Law Clinic, Director
  • MacDonald Hoague & Bayless, Partner
  • Ryan, Swanson & Cleveland, Attorney
  • WashingtonState Supreme Court, Law Clerk to the Honorable Charles Z. Smith



University of Washington, School of Law, Seattle, WA.  Juris Doctor. 

Legal experiences during law school:

University of Washington, Student Legal Services

The Public Defender Association

MacDonald Hoague & Bayless

Refugee and Immigrant Advocacy Program

Helsell, Fetterman, Martin, Todd & Hokanson

University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI.  Master of Arts in Higher Education.

Eastern Illinois University, Charleston, IL.  Bachelor of Arts in Education.



Admitted to Practice

  • Washington State Bar Association
  • United States District Court, Western District of Washington
  • United States Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit



  • Seattle Top Lawyers, Seattle Magazine.  2005 and 2007
    Top Business Lawyers, Seattle Business Monthly.  2007
  • Outstanding Lawyer Award, Washington State Hispanic Bar Association.  2004
  • Super Lawyer, Washington Law and Politics.  2004 – 2006
  • Rising Star, Washington Law and Politics.  2001 - 2002



  • Specialized Legal Research, published by Aspen Publishers in New York, chapter entitled "Immigration Law".  2004 and 2008
  • PERM for EB-2 and EB-3 Workers and Retrogression, (employment-based immigration).  Regional American Immigration Lawyers Association Conference publication.  2006
  •  The Visa Processing Guide: Process and Procedure at U.S. Consulates and Embassies, published by the American Immigration Lawyers Association, article "Advisory Opinions from the Visa Office".  Updated and published yearly, 2002 – 2006.



  • Spanish and English



Speaking Engagements

  • Department of Labor Update – The State of PERM, AILA National Teleconference, CLE.
  • PERM for EB-2 and EB-3 Workers and Retrogression, AILA Regional Conference.  CLE.
  • Advanced Issues Pertaining to TN and H-1B, AILA Chapter.  CLE.
  • Immigration for Legal Librarians, Legal Education for Librarians Conference, Seattle.  CLE.
  • Immigration Law: Practice Tips for San Juan County Attorneys, Friday Harbor, WA. CLE.
  • Post 9-11 Effects on Immigrants and Those that Represent Them, WSTLA.  CLE.
  • National Latina/o Law Students Conference,Madison, WI.  Moderator of plenary session and debate regarding immigration reform.  CLE.
  • Winds of Change, employment law seminar for HR professionals.
  • Breaking the Double-Paned Glass Ceiling: Women of Color in Corporate Law. 
  • Careers in Immigration.
  • 4th National Forum on Law Firm Diversity.  Presented CLE in New York, NY.
  • Being a Latina in Law School.  Presentation at the Hispanic National Bar Association in Puerto Rico.
  • Diversity and Adversity within Diversity: Understanding Other Communities.  CLE presentation for the ABA National Conference for Minority Lawyers in Seattle, WA.
  • Job Search and the Non-Traditional Student.  Presentation at the University of Washington School of Law and at Seattle University School of Law.
  • Job Search in Law Firms.  Presentation at the University of Washington School of Law and at Seattle University School of Law.
  • Judicial Clerkships: Powerful Credentials.  Presentation at the Hispanic National Bar Association Conference in Seattle, WA.
  • Latina in Corporate Law and Private Sector: Making a Difference While Making Dinero.  Una Decada Despues: Lessons Learned.  Presentation to the National Latina/o Law Student Association Conference in Seattle, WA.
  • Latino/Latina Professionals.  Panel speaker at Seattle University (undergraduates).
  • Laying the Foundation for Community Involvement. Presentation at the Latina Empowerment Summit sponsored by Nordstrom in Seattle, WA.
  • National Latina/o Law Students Conference.  Moderated an open forum/debate in Madison, WI.
  • Practicing Law in Seattle: A Symposium for Minority Summer Associates in Seattle, WA.
  • Recruiting, Managing and Retaining Diversity: How Your Law Practice Can Embrace Ethnic, Gender and Generational Diversity.  Presented to the Idaho State Bar Association, Diversity Section.
  • Recruitment and Retention of Minority Lawyer.  Private CLE for corporate client in California.
  • The Dollars & Sense of Diversity: The Value of Diversity & How to Achieve It.  CLE sponsored by Seattle University School of Law and Initiative for Diversity.
  • Top Ten Junior Attorney Mistakes and How to Avoid Them.  Third Annual Washington Statewide Diversity Conference in Seattle, WA.
  • What do Recruiters look for in an Application?  Opportunities in Law in Oregon Conferencein Bend, OR.
  • What Makes a Good Application?  Minority Law Student Association,University of Washington.


          Numerous other presentations to students at the University of Washington, Seattle University and Seattle Central Community College; civic

          groups including ACLU, League of Women Voters Leadership Tomorrow; and radio, including National Public Radio and Spanish radio.



Community Involvement

  • American Immigration Lawyers Association.  Member and served as on the Regional Executive Committee.
  • Farm-Worker Conference.  Provided simultaneous interpretation throughout conference including for the late Caesar Chavez in Arizona.
  • Hispanic National Bar Association.  Served on the Conference Planning Committee; as a student served as regional president of the Law Student Division; speaker at the National Conference in Puerto Rico.
  • King County Bar Association.  Served on the Ethnic Diversity in the Legal Profession Committee; and volunteer attorney for Neighborhood Legal Clinic (Spanish Clinic).
  • Latina/o Bar Association of Washington.  Serves on the Board of Directors and on the judicial evaluation committee; previously served on the scholarship committee and mentored at-risk students at a local high school.
  • Leadership Tomorrow.  Class of 1999.  Served on the Curriculum and Selection Committees.
  • Legal Voice (formerly known as Northwest Women’s Law Center).  Served on the Minority Affairs Committee; organized joint presentation with the University of Washington, “Women, Violence and the Law."
  • Minority Bar Association of Washington.  Co-Chair of the Minority Report Card Committee.
  • Mujeres of the Northwest.  Founding member of professional Latina group; serves on the board of directors.
  • Northwest AIDS Foundation.  Served as a Board of Director; member of the Central Coordinating Transition Team responsible for merging the organization with Chicken Soup Brigade to form Lifelong Alliance; and member of the international committee. 
  • Northwest Immigrant Rights Project.  Cooperating attorney and chair of Annual Gala.
  • NorthwestIndian College.  Consulted regarding publication needs.
  • PimaCounty Parks and Recreation.  Taught Southwest Indian Pottery history and process; and historical perspective of the Asian art of Raku.
  • Puget Sound Minority Job Fair.  Served as the Housing Coordinator for out-of-state students.
  • SeattleUniversity, School of Law.  Assisted with recruitment of diverse law professors.
  • St. JohnCatholic School.  Taught bilingually, multi-cultural curriculum to impoverished intercity children.
  • The Public Defender Association.  Served on the Board of Directors.
  • Tuscola Community Unified School District.  Tutored English as a second language to farm workers’ children.
  • United Way, King County Community Committee.  Focused on ending homelessness and immigration.
  • University of Michigan, Minority Student Affairs.  Recruited minority students, organized speaker forums, researched and developed the questionnaire and compiled data for study The Economic Pay-Off of Minority Students Graduating for a Predominantly White University.
  • University of Michigan.  While getting her Masters of Education degree, Lourdes compiled data for the U.S. Justice Department to examine the disparity between predominantly white and black colleges in Louisiana and Mississippi.  Based in part on this research, additional funding was awarded to the black colleges.
  • University of Washington, Latino/Latina Law Student Association.  Served on the committee for Cinco de Mayo Celebrations.
  • University of Washington, School of Law.  Serves as an Alumni Ambassador and Professional Mentor Program; previously served on the Board of Directors of the Minority Law Student Association.
  • University of Washington.  Served on the President’s Advisory Committee on Women.
  • WashingtonState Gender and Justice Commission.  Supreme Court appointment.  Served as a member of the Minority Advisory Council to the Glass Ceiling Task Force.  Organized “Removing Obstacles to Justice for Immigrants and Their Families” for the Washington State Judges’ Conference.
  • WashingtonState Minority and Justice Commission.  Supreme Court appointment.  Served as a member of the Education Planning Committee; Conference Planning Committee for the National Consortium Conference; presenter of El Cielo Award at the National Consortium Conference.  Organized “When Bias Compounds” for the Washington State Judges’ Conference.
  • Washington Women Lawyers.  Served on Board of Directors and co-chaired the Leadership Committee.
  • WesternWashington University, Program for Social Service, Research, Demonstration and Training.  Developed diversity training under a contract with the Washington State Department of Social and Health Services. 
  • WesternWashington University.  Served on the first Executive Board of the Minority Staff Employee Council; founding member of the University Minority Organization to address the divergent needs of minority faulty, staff and administrators; and Minority Achievement Program Scholarship Committee.




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