2017 Goldmark Distinguished Service Award Winners:
Lucy Lee Helm and Paula Boggs
Lucy Lee Helm is Executive Vice President and General Counsel and Secretary of Starbucks, leading the global Law & Corporate Affairs department. Prior to joining Starbucks, Ms. Helm was a trial lawyer at Riddell Williams P.S. in Seattle and advocacy director at the Center for Accessible Living in her home state of Kentucky. Ms. Helm’s active participation in numerous boards, including Mercy Corps and Disability Rights Advocates, demonstrates her passion and commitment for equal justice. Ms. Helm spearheaded the development of the Homeless Youth Handbook,a tool that has been replicated in other states, in partnership with Columbia Legal Services and Baker McKenzie. At Starbucks she helped launch the Pro Bono Committee in 2002 with then-General Counsel, Paula Boggs, and since taking the helm in 2012 has hosted and staffed numerous legal aid clinics in housing, wills for First Responders, re-entry for formerly incarcerated persons, and child custody cases. In 2014 she received Legal Momentum’s Woman of Achievement award, and was recognized by the National Law Journal as one of America’s 50 Outstanding General Counsel. Ms. Helm is currently the Co-Chair of the Endowment for Equal Justice’s Reach 20 Initiative.
Paula Boggs began her career jumping out of airplanes for the U.S. Army and after law school her star rose quickly from the Department of Defense, to the White House Office of Legal Counsel, to corporate positions at Dell Computer, Preston Gates & Ellis and finally as Starbucks General Counsel from 2002-2012. Along the way she gained numerous accolades as a philanthropist, fundraiser, public speaker, veteran, lawyer and musician and was awarded the Sargent Shriver Award for Equal Justice. Washington State’s legal aid community is particularly grateful for the role she played in launching Starbucks’ pro bono program, which signaled a shift in corporate philanthropy that companies across the nation seek to emulate today. Ms. Boggs also played a key role for legal aid at the funding and policy level. She served as President of the LAW Fund, now known as the Campaign for Equal Justice, and as co-chair of the Equal Justice Coalition in 1995 when she lead a bi-partisan effort to preserve funding to the Legal Services Corporation. Ms. Boggs has a bachelor’s from Johns Hopkins University and is a graduate of UC Berkeley School of Law.
This year the Legal Foundation of Washington’s Board also recognizes the Tribal Court Public Defense Clinic at the University of Washington School of Law which trains up to 20 law students per year in the practice of public defense in the Tulalip Tribal Court, and civil legal aid through child welfare proceedings in the Muckleshoot Tribal Court. We salute the dedication of the Clinic staff, including Co-Directors Molly Cohan and Brenda Williams, and the students who enable this crucial partnership between the state’s educational, legal and tribal communities.