Meet the WSBA’s 2013 Outstanding Young Lawyer
Jacob Brennan is the recipient of the Outstanding Young Lawyer Award that is given annually by WSBA. This year’s Awards Program, where Jacob will receive his award, will be held on Sept. 26.
Q. What does receiving the Outstanding Young Lawyer Award mean to you?
I have been fortunate to be involved with Spokane County, WSBA, and ABA Young Lawyer groups, and witness the amazing contributions young attorneys make to the community and profession. I am honored and humbled to be selected for this award knowing the incredible things my peers have, and continue to do.
Q. What motivated you to pursue a legal career?
I took a business law class in undergrad that inspired me. I was fascinated by the legal process – from lawmaking in the Legislature to courts interpreting the laws. It seemed so foreign at the time, but I loved it.
I also have two great friends, Wade and Nick, with whom I studied for the LSATs. They both motivated me to go law school; I don’t think I would have done it without them.
Q. What is important to you outside of your career?
Family. My wife and I have family spread out across the state so we take plenty of road trips. We also do a lot of outdoor activities – hiking with our two dogs, snow skiing, kayaking, biking, and water sports. Spokane is great because it’s close to so many recreational spots.
Q. What is your advice for new attorneys?
Separate yourself from the crowd. Take time early in your career to volunteer, get involved in a charity or serve on a committee with the WSBA. Not only is it smart to pad your resume, but you’ll meet fellow attorneys that will be an invaluable resource as you start out.
Q. If I wasn’t a lawyer, I would be: a travel guide author and see the world.
To learn more about the WSBA Awards Program and all of this year’s award recipients, visit the WSBA website.