Miller Nash Graham & Dunn LLP partner Jeffrey Beaver will be presented a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Loren Miller Bar Association on May 18 in Seattle, Washington. Beaver was unanimously selected by the association’s executive board to receive the award in recognition of his accomplished legal career, his leadership on the issue of inquest reform, and his ongoing commitment to enhancing diversity and providing access to justice in the legal system.
"We were overjoyed to hear that Jeffrey will be recognized for both his distinguished career and his tireless pursuit of legal and social change," said Kieran Curley, managing partner of Miller Nash Graham & Dunn. "Jeffrey has never shied away from tackling some of the most difficult issues of our day. In fact, he’s worked since the beginning of his career to lessen the impact of inequality and injustice in our communities. Having Jeffrey recognized with this Lifetime Achievement Award is a proud occasion for the firm and his colleagues and friends."
Most recently, Beaver was a member of the King County Inquest Process Review Committee, formed by King County Executive Dow Constantine. The mission of the committee was to determine what, if any, changes should be made to the current inquest process. The committee finalized and submitted their report and recommendations on April 2, 2018. Following review of the report, the committee’s recommendations, and public comment, Executive Constantine is expected to take legislative action to implement the recommendations that are accepted.
Beaver will be celebrated at the Loren Miller Bar Association’s May 18 Philip L. Burton Scholarship Dinner at the Sheraton Hotel in Seattle, Washington.
About Jeffrey Beaver
Jeffrey Beaver has extensive experience as a trial lawyer. He focuses his practice on condemnation, financial institutions, and commercial litigation. Beaver has represented clients in a variety of industries, including transportation, timberlands, financial services, and manufacturing. He has successfully tried numerous multimillion-dollar cases and has obtained favorable verdicts or settlements in some of our area’s largest eminent domain cases.
Throughout his career, Beaver has been a leader in the legal community. In the Spring of 2018, Beaver served on King County Inquest Process Review Committee, formed by King County Executive Dow Constantine. Most recently, Beaver used his firm sabbatical to provide pro bono services with the non-profit organization Lawyers Without Borders around the issues of human trafficking and wildlife crime in the United Republic of Tanzania. He currently serves on the United States Magistrate Judge Merit Selection Panel, the Washington State Bar Special Disciplinary Counsel, and the Washington State Minority and Justice Commission. He also serves as a board member of Friends of the Children-Seattle, the Washington Leadership Institute, and the University of Oregon School of Law Dean’s Advisory Council. He has been actively involved in the American Bar Association’s efforts to provide advocacy training and assistance to Sudanese lawyers representing victims of the Darfur conflict before the International Criminal Court. Early in his career, Jeffrey was a member of the Hirabayashi Coram Nobis team.
Beaver has been elected to the Fellows of the American Bar Foundation and has been recognized by the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. as both an Earl Warren Scholar and a recipient of the John Warren Davis Award. In addition, he has been selected for inclusion in Washington Super Lawyers magazine since 2003.
Beaver earned his bachelor’s degree at Morehouse College before receiving his law degree from the University of Oregon School of Law. He served as Articles editor for the Oregon Law Review. He was a Judicial Extern to the Honorable Allen E. Broussard, California Supreme Court, 1984, and a Law Clerk to the Honorable Jerome Farris, U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit, 1985-1986. In the past two years, Jeffrey has been elected to the Counselors of Real Estate, an international organization of property professionals, and the American Law Institute, an organization producing scholarly work to clarify, modernize, and improve the law.
About the Loren Miller Bar Association
The Loren Miller Bar Association (LMBA) is a statewide civil rights organization, named after famed civil rights attorney Loren Miller. For the past 50 years, the LMBA has thrived in its efforts to advance the social and economic wellbeing of people of color, while improving relations between the legal profession and the community. The LMBA is a local affiliate of the National Bar Association (NBA), which was founded in 1925 when the American Bar Association was racially segregated and did not allow African-Americans to join. The NBA is the oldest minority bar association and largest organization of African-American attorneys in the United States. The LMBA’s Philip L. Burton Memorial Scholarship is given to deserving law students to assist with Washington State Bar Examination preparation.