With tremendous sadness, we note the passing of our friend and colleague, Lori Salzarulo, on February 10th, 2013 after a long struggle with ALS. We remember her zest for life, infectious energy and sparkling personality, and we are grateful for the way she helped to shape the culture of our firm.
Lori joined our firm in 1987, became a well respected real estate attorney, and represented innumerable clients over twenty years with intellect and compassion. From 1996 to 2000 she combined the private practice of law with service to the University of Washington as Director of its Affordable Housing Development Clinic.
Among Lori’s many wonderful attributes and accomplishments, we remember her most for her contributions to public service. She chaired our firm’s Public Service Committee for several years, developing innovative proposals to expand participation in this important aspect of our responsibilities as lawyers. And she truly led by example.
- She helped countless individuals as a long-time volunteer of the King County Neighborhood Legal Clinics.
- She was a founding board member of Fare Start and Washington Attorneys Assisting Community Organizations and also served on the boards of Northwest Defenders Association, Capitol Hill Housing Improvement Program, and Street Youth Legal Advocates of Washington.
- She acted as co-counsel with Columbia Legal Services in a class action lawsuit on behalf of homeless children, which resulted in a 1997 ruling by the Washington Supreme Court that the state’s Department of Social and Health Services has a duty to implement a comprehensive plan for providing services to homeless children, including housing assistance in cases where homelessness was a primary factor in the decision to place or keep a child in foster care.
- She worked on the legal team of Garvey Schubert Barer and Perkins Coie that brought a successful class action against Grant County to reform its public defense system to assure adequate indigent representation in criminal cases.
No words adequately describe our collective grief in losing a friend, colleague and alumna so important in the firm’s history. She helped make practice at Garvey Schubert Barer special for those of us fortunate enough to work with her between 1987 and 2008, when she retired. She was a strong part of our proud public service heritage. The world is a poorer place without Lori’s presence and laughter.
We send our condolences to Lori’s partner John, her daughter Ava, and the rest of her family.
Update re Donations: Lori asked that donations in lieu of flowers be directed to Providence Hospice of Seattle or another charity of the donor's choice. Because Lori was so deeply committed to pro bono work, Garvey Schubert Barer has decided to honor Lori by establishing fund in her name that will be used to help source and pay the cost of meaningful pro bono activity at our firm. If you would like to make a donation to this fund, please send a check to the attention of Jennifer Poole in our Seattle office. The check should be payable to Garvey Schubert Barer with “Lori Salzarulo Fund” noted in the memo section. Donations to this fund are not tax deductible.