The Cowlitz Wahkiakum Legal Aid Program is operated as a non-profit 501(c)3 organization whose purpose is to provide legal assistance to those who cannot afford it. We provide legal advice and forms clinics, and match up volunteer lawyers with CLEAR qualified clients.
The Board is made up of community members who are passionate about Access to Justice.
Our board meets at the CWLAP offices on the First Wednesday of each month at Noon. Please check our calendar below for more information on board meetings. Our other events can be found under the News/Events tab above.
Executive Committee of the Board
President – Ann C. Mottet Deputy – Prosecuting Attorney
Ann Mottet is a Deputy Prosecutor for Cowlitz County and manages the Child Support Division of that office. Ann was previously a private attorney in Cowlitz County for her entire career primarily handling family law matters.
She is originally from Cowlitz County and previously was a member of the Board of Trustees for Lower Columbia College.
Vice President – Michael Rothman – Deputy Prosecuting Attorney
Michael graduated Cum Laude from the Whittier Law School in 2007 with a Juris Doctorate.
He is currently a deputy prosecutor for Cowlitz County. Michael has previously worked as both and Assistant Washington Attorney General as well as in private practice focusing on workers compensation cases.
Secretary – Marguerite Schauer – Attorney
Marguerite works with the Longview Public Defenders representing clients in Longview Municipal Court. She graduated Lewis and Clark College of Law in 2016 with a certificate in Public Interest Law.
Treasurer – Christine Greig – Certified Public Guardian
Christine is an independent Court Appointed Guardian for incapacitated adults and owner at Lower Columbia Guardianship Services, Inc.
Sue Baur – Deputy Prosecuting Attorney
Sue Baur is a deputy prosecuting attorney for Wahkiakum County and formerly served as the Cowlitz County Prosecuting Attorney. Sue was instrumental in the formation of CJAC, the Cowlitz County Childrens’ Justice and Advocacy Center. She also participated in efforts to reform and improve the administration of criminal justice and stimulate efforts to remedy inadequacies or injustice in substantive or procedural law.
Teresa Purcell – Consultant
Over the past 25 years, Teresa Purcell has consulted and collaborated on over 200 political, issue, public relations, and media campaigns throughout the United States. Teresa has served as a consultant, lobbyist, executive director, and senior project director and has worked with state-based organizations across the country – 34 states in total – as well as with many national organizations. In 1992, she managed the successful, long-shot campaign for the first female Senator elected from Washington State, U.S. Senator Patty Murray.
In 2001, Teresa founded Purcell Public Affairs Inc. to provide clients withexpertise in strategy, communications, and mobilization. She specializes in strategic planning, communications, fundraising, public opinion research, message development, campaign planning, training, organizational development, issue management, and media relations. Teresa has extensive experience in non-partisan civic engagement, and issue education program development & implementation, and program evaluation.
Teresa has run several multi-state civic engagement programs involving both state and national organizations. She has extensive experience in targeting and engaging under-represented voting populations on a variety of issues – including social justice, reproductive rights and justice, and environmental issues. She brings a unique understanding of the election process, mastery of campaign tools and tactics, expert knowledge of best practices, and a desire to ensure that resources are wisely invested to build long-term capacity.
A native of Washington State and a graduate of the University of Washington, after having spent many years living in Washington D.C., Olympia, and Seattle, Teresa now resides in her hometown of Longview, Washington.
Lisa is an attorney at Northwest Justice Project and has been an advisory board member since 2007. She is passionate in her desire to secure justice through high quality legal advocacy that promotes the long-term well-being of low-income individuals, families, and communities.
David Rorden – Attorney
David Rorden is a Longview attorney whose practice emphasizes Elder Law, Estate Planning, Probate and Guardianships. He is a former longtime reporter and editor for The Longview Daily News. He has a bachelor’s degree in journalism and political science from the University of Washington and earned his law degree from the Northwestern School of Law of Lewis and Clark College. He is a member of the Washington chapter of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, of which he was named chapter member of the year and served a term as president. He has served as a director of Longview Rotary, Community Home Health & Hospice, Cowlitz County Guidance Association, Arc of Cowlitz Valley and Jerry Chapman Ministries. He is married with two grown daughters and a grandson.
Douglas Jensen – Deputy Prosecuting Attorney
Douglas Jensen is the chief civil deputy prosecuting attorney for Cowlitz County, having served in this capacity in other counties. He was first hired in Washington as a criminal deputy prosecutor, from work as an Oregon deputy district attorney and transitioning from Portland municipal law. These experiences convinced Douglas that access to justice means more than just access to the courts–it means access to legal assistance and a fair opportunity at justice.
Leah Iverson – Superior Court Administrative Deputy
Leah is currently an administrative deputy for Cowlitz County Superior Court. She previously worked for the Clerk’s office and served as the Family Law Facilitator working with Pro Se parties.
John Hays – Attorney
John is a private attorney in Longview licensed in 1986.
He has represented defendants in Class A, B and C felonies in Cowlitz County Superior Court and has represented defendants in over 100 felony jury trials. Since 1988, he has represented clients in Cowlitz, Clark, Lewis, Wahkiakum, Skamania, Pacific, Grays Harbor, Kitsap, and Thurston Counties in cases to the Washington State Court of Appeals for both criminal and civil matters.
John also serves as a Judge Pro Tem for Cowlitz County.
John has a deep understanding of the issues experienced by those in poverty and we look forward to his contributions to the oversight of the organization.
Advisory Board Members
Judge Marilyn Haan – Cowlitz County Superior Court
Judge Marilyn K. Haan graduated from Central Washington University (Law and Justice/BA cum laude) in 1984 and University of Puget Sound School of Law in 1988 (JD).
Judge Haan is currently the Juvenile Court Presiding Judge.
She previously served for over twelve years as a part-time Judge/Commissioner pro tem in Skagit County. Her prior experience also includes public service as municipal/litigation attorney, deputy prosecutor and public defender, as well as private practice in primarily criminal, personal injury and family law. She served as the City Attorney for the City of Longview prior to her appointment to the bench in 2011 by Governor Chris Gregoire.
She heads the Cowlitz County Superior Court Local Rules committee and Case Flow Management of the Superior Court’s Strategic Plan. In addition she serves on the statewide Criminal Law and Rules Committee, Judicial Assistance Services Program and Rural Courts Committee.
Anne Cruser – Cowlitz County Superior Court
Judge Cruser began her legal career in 1998. She spent eight years in private practice doing appellate criminal defense throughout the counties in southwest Washington, criminal trial defense, juvenile representation in Cowlitz County, and parent representation in dependency and termination cases at the appellate level. 1998. She was a Senior Deputy Prosecuting Attorney with the Clark County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office where she was the supervising attorney for the appellate division.
Judge Cruser also served as a Judge Pro Tem in Cowlitz County District Court for five years. She has served on the Washington Pattern Instructions Committee for the Washington State Bar Association and provided training sessions for attorneys and search and seizure training for law enforcement.
Judge Cruser was appointed by Governer Jay Inslee and joined the Cowlitz County Superior Court Bench on September 16, 2017.
Kevin D. Rahn
Before Practicing law, Kevin practiced as a Certified Public Accountant for over six years. Kevin spent approximately four of those six years working in the tax department of a big four international accounting firm.
Kevin’s legal practice includes Wills, Trusts, Powers of Attorney, estate planning and administration, business formation and business transactions. Kevin is a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Castle Rock.
He has served as an advisory board member for the Salvation Army and is a former board member of the Lower Columbia College Foundation and Cowlitz County Mental Health. Kevin and his wife Diana have three children.
Rev. Francisco Uribe
Francisco Javier Uribe Alvarez was born and raised in the city of Barranquilla, Colombia, South America. He earned a degree in Law and master’s degree in Commercial Law and then worked as an attorney from 1999 to 2012. While working he earned a 4 year degree in biblical studies. In 2012 he, his wife Luz, and their two daughters moved to Texas where he attended Rio Grande Bible College and studied two more years in biblical theology.
Francisco and his family moved to the Longview / Kelso area. They came to begin a new Spanish speaking church, in partnership with First Baptist Church of Longview, WA. Pastor Francisco Uribe’s life is now serving people who speak mostly or only English and people who speak mostly or only Spanish.