“This year, we are excited to present the Muskie Award to Janis C. Puracal,” said Dick Semerdjian, chair of the ABA Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section. “Janis’ pro bono activities are very inspiring. Janis recently finished a successful pro bono representation of her brother, Jason Puracal, leading an international campaign to free him of wrongful conviction in Nicaragua. Jason was freed after nearly two years in captivity due to Janis’ tireless and diplomatic efforts. Since her brother’s release, Janis has continued to work to advocate legal reform, and she and her brother give presentations around the country to engage law students, community leaders and attorneys in the need for worldwide legal reform through voluntary efforts. With her experience and focus on justice, Janis was recently elected to the board of the National Crime Victims Law Institute, which protects, enforces and advances victims’ rights. She is the perfect choice for the Muskie Pro Bono Award, and we are very excited to honor her and her dedication to justice.”
The award will be presented to Puracal at the James K. Carroll Leadership and Awards Dinner at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 11 during the ABA Annual Meeting in San Francisco. The event will take place at Alexandra’s in the Westin St. Francis Hotel. Reporters are welcome to attend the award presentation.
Puracal is an appellate attorney at Bullivant Houser Bailey PC. Her areas of practice include the Insurance Industry Services Group, appellate law and commercial litigation.
She has been named a “Rising Star” by Washington Super Lawyers beginning in 2010, with relevant experience in first- and second-chaired jury trials, bench trials and arbitrations. She has also argued extensively in Washington state and federal courts.
Puracal is also involved with the Pro Bono Panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, the Defense Research Institute and the Washington State Bar Association.
She earned her J.D. in 2007 from the Seattle University School of Law and her B.S. in management and marketing in 2001 from New York University’s Stern School of Business.
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