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GSB has launched the Next Chapter program to enrich the firm’s longstanding Pro Bono and Public Service programs and to provide additional opportunities for GSB alums to maintain their relationship with the firm. To help design and implement the program, Greg Dallaire and John Hoerster have rejoined the firm effective January 1, 2017, resident in our Seattle office. Next Chapter’s mandates include working closely with the Public Service Committee to identify and develop major projects that fit within GSB’s public service commitment, and to more systematically match talent, legal skill and other resources to maximize the benefits of the firm’s public service program to both clients and participants. We anticipate building stronger collaborative relationships with non-profit organizations, other law firms and in-house legal departments that are similarly committed to public service. John and Greg will also help identify, develop and carry out training programs for those who are performing public service work. As the program develops, we expect to identify and invite others outside the firm to participate, particularly retired GSB employees, to bring a diversity of skill, talent and zeal to the program.

John Hoerster was a member of GSB from 1971 until 2010 and also served as Chair and Managing Director of the firm for 20 years, mostly recently from 2000 to 2009.  He was an architect of the firm’s public service program beginning in the 1970s and has always been active in public service.  In 2010, John joined Saltchuk Resources as Senior Vice President, General Counsel & Ethics Officer; John retired from Saltchuk at the end of 2016.  John currently serves as the President of the Endowment for Equal Justice and Chair and advisory board member of the Evans School of Public Policy & Governance at the University of Washington.


Greg Dallaire served as GSB’s Managing Director from 1985 to 2002.  He has been an active participant in a number of community and public service organizations since the early 1970s.  Notably, Greg served as the Interim Director of Legal Aid of Washington, which involved merging two non-profit organizations and the successful implementation of a statewide fundraising campaign for civil legal services programs in Washington.  He also organized and directed Evergreen Legal Services, a statewide legal services program generally recognized as one of the most successful legal services programs in the country.  The GSB Dallaire Public Service Award, given annually to an attorney or staff member in the firm who has performed exemplary public service during the year, was established in Greg’s honor in 2003.

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