Northwest Community Legal Advocates

P.O. Box 31202​

Seattle, WA​

Phone: 206.566.7221

Fax: 206.566.7221

*Please note that we are not currently accepting new clients until after January 7, 2018. 


​​​​© 2016 by NW Community Legal Advocates

We seek to provide affordable holistic legal services for all.

About Us

​​Naomi Strand

Naomi was born and raised in a large interconnected web of queer family and chosen community in Seattle. She was drawn to law school out of a conviction that everyone should have access to and understanding of the legal system and their rights. Initially, Naomi focused primarily on working with people seeking to navigate the public benefits system, first through a fellowship at the Disabled Homeless Advocacy Project at Seattle Community Law Center, and then as a benefits attorney and outreach advocate at Solid Ground. She is a founding Executive Director of Northwest Community Legal Advocates.

Naomi is passionate about working closely with clients to hear their stories and develop goals and self-advocacy strategies. She has spent much of her legal career directly delivering a variety of legal services to people at day centers and shelters addressing a wide range of issues.  She has also evaluated and improved upon locally-based outreach programs to better address the needs of the people they served. Naomi is further dedicated to advocating for people on issues specific to queer, trans, gender non-conforming and LGB communities.

Naomi received her B.A. at Oberlin College and her J.D. from Seattle University School of Law.

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Contact us to set up an initial consultation to determine if we are a good fit for you and your legal needs.


Initial consultations are generally scheduled for 1 hour and we are happy to answer your legal questions at that time.


For initial consultations regarding Immigration and Family Law matters, we charge a $125 fee. This fee includes 1 hour of research time after the consultation to answer your follow up questions. Initial consultations are free for Criminal Law and Social Security Law matters.

For initial consultations on other areas of law, please contact us for more information about our process and fees.

We offer regular telephone intake hours on Tuesdays between 9AM and 1PM.





We seek to make legal representation accessible and we know that the cost of a lawyer is often prohibitive. For that reason, we offer many options when it comes to fees for legal services including flat fee services, unbundled services, and sliding scale fees depending your financial situation, your needs, and the goals of representation. We will work with you to figure out the best option for you.


Please contact us to find out more about our approach to fees.



Mindy Iwen

Mindy Iwen has over fifteen years of advocacy experience, first as a community advocate and now as a legal advocate. Mindy graduated in 2008 from UCLA School of Law with a specialization in Public Interest Law and Policy. In Los Angeles, she had the privilege of interning at Western Center on Law and Poverty, Public Counsel, and the Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles. In Seattle, she has either worked or volunteered with Seattle Community Law Center, Northwest Justice Project, Northwest Immigrant Rights Project, UW Tax Clinic, Solid Ground, and the Medical-Legal Partnership. She currently has the pleasure of working for herself, serving as a court-appointed guardian ad litem and taking cases relating to Social Security benefits, guardianships, and tax controversies. She is honored to serve on the board of NWCLA and be a part of their trailblazing approach to legal services delivery.

Christopher Choe

Christopher practices criminal law as a public defender in Snohomish County.  He has experience in private practice, but is committed to advocating on behalf of indigent clients.  Christopher earned a BA from the University of Washington and a JD at Seattle University School of Law.  As a native Washingtonian, he is particularly committed to serving those in his community.

Maru Mora Villalpando

Maru is an undocumented bi-lingual community organizer, trainer, political analyst, consultant, and founder of Latino Advocacy, LLC, with more than fifteen years of experience, primarily focusing on immigrant, racial and reproductive justice issues. She is a regular political analyst on Latino radio and TV in Oregon, Washington, and across the nation.  She is a speaker on behalf of undocumented immigrants, serves in the Blue Ribbon Commission of the undocumented and former undocumented, joined the national delegation of the Not1More deportation campaign to Ferguson MO, and is part of the brand new national political home for Latinxs and Chicanxs: MiJente.  Maru is also a single mother raising a mature, critical thinker college student who appeared with her on Democracy Now?

Olive Lefferson

Olive is a former paralegal/legal assistant who has worked in both the public and private sector.  For several years she coordinated the Urban Indian Legal Clinic, recruiting volunteer attorneys to advise and assist Native Americans on a diverse range of legal issues. Olive has worked with low-income homeless Native women as a Domestic Violence Advocate and is on the Board of Directors of Native Women in Need, a nonprofit organization which offers cultural services, advocacy and mentorship devoted to support the success of Native American women healing from historical and intergenerational trauma.  She is a former volunteer with the Seattle Police Department's Victim Support Team which assists victims of domestic violence.  She currently works as a Case Manager on the DESC PACT team working with clients who deal with severe mental illness and addiction.  She has a BA in English from the University of Washington

​​Nilda Brooklyn

Nilda Brooklyn is an attorney and mediator. Her area of focus is in End of Life planning: Wills, Trusts, Power of Attorney Documents, Advance Health Care Directives, Family law case work: 3rd party custody, adoption, divorce & Mediation services: conflict coaching, pre-mediation counseling, and facilitated private mediation sessions.

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J Engels

J is a trans lawyer who practices in the area of dependency defending parents in King County.  They believe that all families should have the resources to make the best decisions for themselves.  J is an activist and organizer for several social justice causes.  They volunteer with the Incarcerated Mothers Advocacy Project and Black and Pink Seattle/Tacoma.  J earned their BA from Lehigh University and their JD from Seattle University.  J is a single parent by choice to a very sweet little babe who loves to climb on everything.  J likes to spend their free time building furniture and wooden baby toys.

Lindy Laurence

Lindy Laurence believes that lawyers are the real superheroes in our society. As a paralegal in a legal aid office, Lindy witnesses daily the fears, frustrations and desperation of low-income people seeking legal help. Lindy brings her prior business experience from successful entrepreneurial startups and growth companies to the legal field, along with her passion for helping people solve problems. Lindy has been admitted to the University of Washington School of Law, and looks forward to taking this next big step in her legal career. She devotes her time to serving on the Access to Justice Board in order to make systemic improvements and bridge the justice gap for the most vulnerable members of our communities. Lindy is raising two children who share her love of tacos, fascination with science, and belief in justice for all. Lindy can’t wait to become an attorney and someday wear a cape of her own.