The Northwest Minority Job Fair Presents

Building Your Profile Through Networking and Mentoring

Two critical components of securing employment are your ability to network and finding the right mentor. Our four panelists have secured dream jobs, but only after learning how to navigate the challenges of effective networking and securing the right mentor(s) along the way. All four will share their collective experiences in helping you achieve your goals and dream job.​

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EVENT UPDATE: Each fall the Northwest Minority Job Fair partners with a Seattle area law firm to host an in-person job fair. Due to COVID, Lane Powell has offered to host two virtual panel discussions, which will provide students and attorneys useful skills and insight as they independently seek employment.


Graciela Gomez Cowger is the Chief Executive Officer for Schwabe Williamson and Wyatt where she leverages her training as an engineer to deliver efficiencies to clients and firm processes. Prior to joining Schwabe, she served as managing partner at StoFoCo, LLP., a firm she founded and managed with two other partners. Before becoming a lawyer, she was a design and manufacturing engineer for Hewlett-Packard Co., in San Diego. She graduated from the University of Washington School of Law. She earned her B.S. in Electrical Engineering from San Diego State University.   

Eric C. De Los Santos is Associate General Counsel for Facebook, Inc., where he advises on labor and employment issues across all company brands and business lines. Prior to Facebook, he rose through the ranks of TRUEBLUE, Inc., where he ultimately served as VP and General Counsel of Legal and Employment & Ethics, TRUEBLUE, Inc. after having been a Senior Director of Employment Law, and a Director of Employment Law. His experience includes having also served as a trial attorney with the Law Offices of Georgia Trejo Locher. He graduated from the University of Washington School of Law and earned his B.A. in Public Policy and American Institutions.

Shirin Soleman is Senior Corporate Counsel at Nordstrom, Inc., where she manages employment litigation against Nordstrom. Before joining Nordstrom, she was a senior associate at Davis Wright Tremaine where she represented employers. Prior to DWT, Ms. Soleman served as a law clerk to Judge Richard A. Jones from 2011 to 2014 and to Judge Robert Lasnik from 2010. Prior to her clerkships, she was a commercial litigation associate in the Los Angeles office of Dentons. She graduated from UCLA School of Law in 2007. She earned her B.A. in Spanish from the University of Washington in 2003.

Kim Tran is a Senior Attorney at Microsoft Corporation. She is an employment law attorney with more than 20 years of experience. She manages a team of attorney investigators who drive a positive workplace culture by investigating claims of harassment and discrimination. She has also advised on global employment programs including the successful integration of hundreds of employees from dozens of multi-million-dollar mergers and acquisitions. Prior to MS, she served as the Seattle City Light Employee Relations Manager. Before that, she was a Shareholder Attorney with Stafford Frey Cooper in Seattle. She graduated from Lewis and Clark Law School in 1999. She earned her B.A. in Political Science and English. 

Moderator: The Honorable Richard A. Jones, U.S. District Court, Western District of Washington


To the law students, employers, and supporters of The Northwest Minority Job Fair, we thank you for your support and participation.  The Northwest Minority Job Fair remains committed to the mission of fostering diversity in the Pacific Northwest legal community, and providing a connection path for law students and potential employers.  During the current COVID 19 crisis, we are undertaking efforts to explore how this year’s Job Fair may go forward during these uncertain times, including the possibility of postponing the Job Fair to a later date, using technology to move the Job Fair to a virtual platform, or offering law students other resources as we navigate the challenges ahead.   We will be posting updates on this site as things develop.  In the interim, we are all working for the health and safety of our legal communities.

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