Washington Civil & Disability Advocate ("WACDA") is a Seattle-based disability rights and civil rights nonprofit organization. WACDA is guided by the simple but powerful proposition that all people have equal dignity and worth.
As a result, the organization is committed to providing legal services to people with disabilities regardless of ability to pay. WACDA is committed to a multifaceted approach to increasing accessibility and inclusion in Washington state and beyond. In addition to systemic accessibility-focused litigation, WACDA assists with disability education and awareness efforts, including informing the disability community on disability rights and effective self-advocacy. WACDA also provides targeted legislative and community advocacy in order to help inform the business community and elected officials on disability best practices and the majority opinions of the disability community on important policy issues.
WACDA was founded in 2016 by Conrad Reynoldson to ensure individuals with disabilities a low-cost avenue to protect their civil rights. WACDA was established as a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt nonprofit organization in January 2017.
Meet the Team
Conrad Reynoldson is a power chair using attorney who earned a law degree from the University of Washington after graduating summa cum laude from Seattle Pacific University. He is a Blackstone Legal Fellow and is admitted to practice in front of the Ninth Circuit, as well as in Washington State and Federally in the Western and Eastern Districts. Conrad received a DO-IT Trailblazer award in 2012, the Carlson-Parker Award from Pacific Justice Institute in 2016, the Ron Adams Outstanding Advocate Award from the Northwest Access Fund in 2017, and the Public Service & Leadership Award, Young Lawyers Committee of Washington State Bar Association in 2018. Conrad founded a 501(c)(3) nonprofit disability rights law firm in Seattle named Washington Civil & Disability Advocate in 2017 to advocate for the disability community in Washington state and beyond through systemic litigation, education, and legislative advocacy. Conrad currently also serves as a Commissioner on the Washington Advisory Committee to the US Commission on Civil Rights and is an at large board member of the Washington Attorneys with Disabilities Association.
Marielle Maxwell is an Associate Attorney at WACDA. She attended college at Washington State
University where she majored in Psychology with a minor in Political Science. She then went on to
graduate from the University of Washington School of Law in 2018 and was admitted to the bar in 2019.
She has a strong belief that every person should be treated equitably under the law, regardless of their
characteristics. When not working, Marielle enjoys working on transformative art, playing Dungeons and
Dragons, and enjoying the outdoors.
Mingyue Zhou (she/her/hers) is a Legal Intern at WACDA. She got her Master of Laws degree at the University of Washington and Bachelor of Laws degree at Shenzhen University. After two years of voluntary work, she has become aware of the lack of legal service for laborers and individuals with disabilities and thus wants to make a difference. In her spare time, Mingyue enjoys dancing, baking, and doing outdoor exercises like hiking.
So-Young Jeong (she/her/hers) is a Legal Intern at WACDA and a 2L at the Seattle University School of Law. She got her B.A. in Biochemistry at the University of Washington. So-Young is passionate about disability rights work, especially the rights of youths with disabilities in education. Outside of work and academics, So-Young spends time baking and running.