A career public defender who represents clients charged with serious felony offenses is joining The Olympian’s editorial board.
Larry Jefferson begins his 12-month term this week as one of two community representatives on the editorial board. He replaces Kate Severson, a Washington state Department of Transportation computer-aided engineer, Army veteran and cancer survivor.
The Olympian is one of only a few newspapers that include community members in the opinion-making process. We began with just one community representative more than 20 years ago, and added a second position a short time later.
Jill Severn, a former speechwriter for former Washington governors Booth Gardner and Gary Locke and one of the organizers of Quixote Village, currently serves as the other community representative. She is midway through her term.
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The two community representatives join permanent members senior editor Jerre Redecker , columnist John Dodge and publisher and editorial page editor George Le Masurier on the editorial board.
Jefferson graduated from The Evergreen State College in 1991, and obtained his Juris Doctorate from the University of Puget Sound Law School (now renamed Seattle University Law School) in 1994
He was worked in King County and Thurston County as a public defender representing clients charged with serious offenses, such as murder, sex and three-strikes cases.
Jefferson just finished his one-year term as president of the Thurston County Bar Association and is currently a board member of the Washington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.
Jefferson is married and a father of two children, and a self-proclaimed mama’s boy.
In his free time, he enjoys spending time with his barbecue (her name is Nexie) and cheering for the Seattle Seahawks.
Please join us in welcoming Larry Jefferson to The Olympian’s editorial board.