Roger Leishman, Assistant Attorney General, Office of Attorney General.

Leishman has served as an assistant attorney general since July 2015. Prior to representing Western Washington University on behalf of the Office of Attorney General, he was a partner at the law firm of Davis Wright Tremaine LLP. During his 20-year career in private practice in Seattle, Leishman handled a wide variety of legal matters, including appeals, employment, contracts, real estate, healthcare, civil rights, intellectual property, construction, and family law. He was also Director of the LGBT Rights Project of the ACLU of Illinois for five years, and has served on the boards of the Washington State Bar Association, ACLU of Washington, Washington Initiative for Diversity, Seattle Men’s Chorus, Equality Federation, and the Washington Supreme Court Discipline Advisory Roundtable.

A graduate of Yale Law School and Brigham Young University, Leishman lives in Bellingham with his son and two daughters.

Kerena Higgins, Assistant Attorney General, Education Team Leader

Higgins is a managing attorney within the Office of the Washington State Attorney General. She currently serves as Team Leader to the attorneys handling Education and Labor and Industries work in the Bellingham office and at Western. Higgins has been an Assistant Attorney General in the Attorney General’s office since 2001, beginning in the agency’s Tacoma Division and transferring to the Bellingham office in 2002. She has handled a wide variety of litigation and client advice matters over the years, including dependency and termination of parental rights cases, Labor and Industries litigation, and day care licensing-related litigation. Kerena currently advises all public education institutional clients. In addition to her work with Western, Kerena represents Bellingham Technical College (since 2007), Skagit Valley College, and Educational Service District 189. She has also previously served as counsel to Peninsula College. Prior to coming to the Attorney General’s office, Kerena worked for the Thurston County Prosecutor. She also worked for Washington State University in their grant and contract office. Prior to moving to Washington State, Kerena worked as a Legislative Aide for the US Senate Subcommittee on Education, Arts and the Humanities.

A graduate of the University of Vermont and Seattle University School of Law, Kerena enjoys spending time with her family, skiing, gardening, and playing with their many animals.

Jennifer Sloan, Assistant to Internal Audit and the Assistant Attorney General.

Sloan graduated Western Washington University with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and began her career as an Office Assistant at the Office of the Attorney General. During her time there, she was promoted to a Legal Assistant where she gained experience in worker’s compensation, licensing and administrative law, and dependency and termination of parental rights cases. Jennifer transferred to WWU from the Office of the Attorney General in May, 2015.

Jennifer enjoys hiking, gardening, and cooking. She and her husband have four children, three cats, and a dog.

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