On September 20, 2012, members of the legal community enjoyed an evening of inspiration celebrating the accomplishments of the 2012 Washington State Bar Association award recipients.

This award is made to a lawyer, law firm, or law-related group that has made a significant contribution to diversity in the legal profession's employment of ethnic minorities, women, persons with disabilities, and other persons of diversity.

“Chach has worked tirelessly to make a significant contribution to diversity in the legal profession's
employment of ethnic minorities, women, persons with disabilities, and other persons of diversity," said
Professor Paula Lustbader, director of the Seattle University School of Law’s Academic Resource
Center. “Chach serves as an example of the type of commitment to and leadership for diversity issues
that this award seeks to acknowledge.”

Duarte White received her undergraduate degree in industrial engineering from Stanford and her law
degree from Seattle University School of Law. Her legal career began as a staff attorney with the
Northwest Justice Project, where she provided civil legal advice primarily to monolingual Spanish-
speaking clients through the CLEAR line, Washington’s centralized intake, advice, and referral service
for low-income people seeking free legal assistance with civil legal problems. Since 2005, she has
maintained a solo practice, Duarte White Law, LLC, where she has provided Title 26 guardian ad litem
services to monolingual Spanish-speaking clients. She later worked as an associate director of Seattle
University School of Law’s Academic Resource Center, where she taught as an adjunct professor for its Legal Writing ARC program, and taught criminal law study strategies. From 2008–12, she was the WSBA diversity program manager, tasked with advancing and promoting diversity, equality, and cultural understanding throughout the legal community.

Duarte White is a regular speaker on diversity issues in the legal profession. This year, she played an
integral role in the creation and execution of the inaugural Judicial Institute, a collaborative program
developed to encourage and assist minority attorneys run for judicial office in Washington state.

In January, the Latina/o Bar Association of Washington awarded Duarte White its highest honor, the
Abogada Excepcional/Extraordinary Attorney Award, given to an LBAW member whose professional
and civic activities have significantly contributed to the advancement of LBAW’s purpose and mission.

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