Paying it Forward
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Paying it Forward

Ben Pepper

Ben began working with us during high school, drafting persuasive fact statements for appellate briefs in Social Security Disability cases as well as Appeals Council memorandums. He graduated from the University of Oregon in 2005, side-by-side with Beau Robey, and went on to attend Lewis and Clark Law School. During law school, in addition to working with us during his 1L summer, he served as judicial extern to Judge Paul Papak of the United States District Court for the District of Oregon, research assistant to Dean Robert H. Klonoff, and Lead Articles Editor of the Lewis and Clark Law Review.

After graduating Magna Cum Laude from Lewis and Clark in 2012, he worked as a judicial clerk for Judge Timothy J. Sercombe at the Oregon Court of Appeals.  After his clerkship, Ben moved back to Bellingham, studied for and passed the Washington State bar exam.  Now an attorney, Ben states: “The experience that I gained working at your office continues to serve me well, but even more valuable are the relationships that I am blessed to have formed with such great people. Steve, Dave, Beau, and Marcia have all been integral people in my life, and I cannot thank you all enough for your unwavering support, guidance, and friendship.”

Sarah Visbeek

Sarah started interning with us in high school as a file clerk. By the time she left Bellingham for college at Seattle Pacific University, she was drafting the medical histories for appellate briefs in Social Security Disability cases. Sarah worked remotely for us during college and went on to work as a paralegal at a plaintiff’s construction defect firm.  In 2008, Sarah started law school at Seattle University during which time she clerked for King County Superior Court Judge James Cayce.  Sarah is now an associate at a Seattle litigation defense firm where her practice is focused on defense of personal injury claims in auto, premises and medical malpractice cases.  Per Sarah, “My experience in your office was invaluable! You were gracious and encouraging and you challenged me to “think like a lawyer”.”

Marye R. Scott

After graduating Magna Cum Laude from Western Washington University in 2013, Marye Scott began working with us as a receptionist.  Interested in the law, she moved up to a position as paralegal in our Disability Division, and it was not long until she actually headed up that Division.  Marye demonstrated great compassion for, and dedication to, our clients.  We urged her to become a lawyer, hoping to take her through the Rule 6 Law Clerk Program.  Marye applied for admission to law school at Gonzaga University and was accepted.  She will begin her studies in the fall of 2016.  She is the recipient of several merit scholarships including the Gonzaga School of Law Distinguished Achievement Scholarship, the Paul and Lita Luvera Law Scholarship, and the first ever Robey Namba, P.S. Success Grant.