Geoffrey Revelle Appointed to Washington State Access To Justice Board
Judy Rooks, Marketing Communications Mgr., (503) 294-9831
Stoel Rives LLP, a U.S. law firm, today announced that Geoffrey G. Revelle, a partner in the Seattle office, has been appointed by the Washington Supreme Court to serve a two-year term as a board member of the Washington State Access To Justice ("ATJ") Board. Revelle was nominated to the position by the ATJ Board. He will assume board responsibilities effective May 18, 2012.
The nine-member ATJ Board advocates for legal services for the needy and other vulnerable groups. Recognizing that access to the civil justice system is a fundamental right, the ATJ Board's mission is to expand, coordinate and promote effective and economic legal aid services. The Board was established by the Washington Supreme Court in 1994 at the request of the Washington State Bar Association ("WSBA") in response to a growing need to coordinate access to justice efforts in Washington State. More information about the ATJ Board is available at the WSBA website (www.wsba.org).
"I'm honored by this opportunity to serve on the Access To Justice Board," said Revelle. "Providing quality legal services to those facing economic and other significant barriers is a major challenge under prevailing economic and government revenue conditions. New and creative ways to fund and deliver legal services to those in need must be collaboratively developed, and I look forward to working with my fellow Board members and volunteers in pursuing necessary changes."
Revelle, a business law attorney focused on corporate, M&A and executive employment law, has participated in access to justice issues for more than 30 years. As Past President of the King County Bar Association, he led the effort to reform the King County Bar Foundation ("KCBF") so that it not only accepted and distributed funds for those needing legal aid or scholarships, but also aggressively raised additional funds. Today, KCBF has more than 30 trustees, whose fundraising efforts generate more than $1.5 million a year for pro bono legal services, minority law scholarships and other diversity programs in King County. Revelle also currently serves as a KCBF board member and until 2010 was Co-Chair of KCBF's Law Firm Campaign for Equal Justice with Law Fund.