About Us

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

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Conrad Reynoldson

     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.

Dustine Bowker

     Dustine Bowker (he/him) is a Legal Intern at WACDA and a rising 2L at the University of Washington School of Law. Dustine graduated from the University of Washington in 2018 with majors in Law, Societies, and Justice (LSJ) and Political Science, and a minor in Disability Studies. He is a recipient of the Husky 100 Award in 2018. As a person on the autism spectrum, Dustine participated in the DO-IT Scholars Program, a program at the University of Washington for college-bound students with disabilities, in 2013. His experiences at DO-IT and UW have contributed to his desire of advocating for people with disabilities, through being a Disability Rights Attorney, after graduating from law school. Outside of WACDA, Dustine enjoys going on walks and watching Seattle sports, especially the Sounders, Seahawks, and UW husky football.

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Marielle Maxwell

     Marielle Maxwell is as 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.