YOHANNES K. SIUM

119 1st Avenue South Suite 260, Seattle, Washington 98104 • 206-457-0043 yohannessium@gmail.com

EDUCATION

THE GEORGE WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY LAW SCHOOL, Washington, DC

Juris Doctorate, May 2009

  • Member, George Washington International Law Society
  • Participant, Moot Court, Negotiations and Client Counseling Skills Competitions
  • Member, Black Law School Association (BLSA)
  • SEATTLE UNIVERSITY, Seattle, WA

    Bachelors of Arts in Political Science, June 2006

  • Deans list
  • Columnist for student newspaper
  • Co-founder and Vice President of National Eritrean Union of Youth and Students Seattle Branch
  • WORK EXPERIENCE

    THE LAW OFFICES OF YOHANNES K. SIUM

    Seattle, Washington

    Attorney

    January 2012- Present

  • Representing plaintiffs made up primarily of immigrant owners and operators of taxis, limousines and
  • trucks in litigations involving automobile collisions, insurance disputes and business litigation
  • Advocating for the Seattle-King County taxi owners by writing proposed edits to draft legislation on
  • Transportation Network Companies (TNCs) like Uber, Lyft and Sidecar
  • Winning a six figure award representing nearly a dozen immigrant cab owners against Seattle-Tacoma International Taxi Association (STITA Airport Cab)
  • THE LAW OFFICES OF LEMBHARD G. HOWELL P.S.

    Seattle, Washington

    Attorney

    August 2009 June 2012

  • Practicing in Washington State Courts (mostly King and Snohomish), the Federal District Court of Western Washington, Washington State Appellate Court (Div. I) and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals
  • Representing plaintiffs in civil rights and personal injury lawsuits against corporations, individuals, and municipalities including the City of Seattle (SPD), King and Snohomish Counties, Washington State
  • Researching and drafting various motions and pleadings, from simple discovery documents (notices, interrogatories, motions to compel discovery) to state and federal court appellate briefs
  • Assisting lead attorney in multiple federal civil rights jury trials, King County Superior Court trials, 9th Circuit and state appellate court cases, and litigating sixand seven figure personal injury cases
  • Receiving training and guidance from my boss and mentor Lembhard G. Howell
  • ERITREA-ETHIOPIA CLAIMS COMMISSION

    Asmara, Eritrea The Hague, Netherlands

    Legal Clerk

    May 2008 August 2008

  • Researching and writing sections of Eritrea’s final damages memorial submitted to the Commission
  • Preparing evidence/slides used by Eritrea’s attorneys during two-week oral argument at the Peace Palace
  • Supervising Eritrean legal interns by summarizing their research into written memo for lead attorney
  • Preparing evidence used by Eritrea’s attorneys on a daily basis during two-week oral argument at the Peace Palace (International Court of Arbitration) in the Hague, Netherlands.
  • COMMUNITY SERVICE

  • Vice President, Eritrean Community of Greater Seattle (June 2014 –Present)
  • Steering Committee and Fundraiser, Rainier Valley Core Steering Committee (October 2012 Present)
  • Board Member and Secretary, Eritrean Development Foundation (August 2012 –Present)
  • Organizer, Immigrant, Refugee and People of Color Coalition (October 2013 Present)
  • Interviewer, Committee to Hire New Director of Office of Immigrants and Refugees for the City of Seattle (March 2014 June 2014)
  • Founder, From the Horn to the West, Oral History of Refugee Community (May 2013 Present)
  • Co-Founder and Outreach Coordinator, Teach for Eritrea (July 2011 Present)
  • Organizer, Asmara Library Project (December 2011 December 2012)
  • Panelist, Seattle City Council Committee on Taxi, For-hire and Limousines (March 2013)
  • Executive Board Member and Secretary, National Union of Eritrean Youth and Students North America (January 2007—May 2009)
  • Mentor, Hope and a Home (June 2007 –May 2009)
  • BAR ACTIVITIES

  • Member, Loren Miller Bar Association (2011 –Present)
  • Interviewer, Loren Miller Bar Association Judicial Review Committee (June 2013 Present)
  • Member, Washington State Association of Justice (2011 –present)
  • Member, Civil Rights Section of Washington State Association of Justice (2012)
  • Member, King County Bar Association (2014 present)
  • Participant, Minority black book networking event for King County Bar (2014)
  • Member, New Trial Lawyers of Washington (May 2014 Present)
  • Graduate, Steve Fury’s Trial Skills Workshop (October 2012 June 2013)
  • Participant, WSBA Young Lawyer Annual Trial Lawyer Program and Mock Trial Competition (October 2012 November 2012)
  • PUBLICATIONS AND WRITING SAMPLES

  • Sium, Yohannes. May 2013. Our Future: Oral History of Horn of Africa Community in Seattle.Daero Community Newspaper. Page 17-18.
  • Sium, Yohannes. October 2012. How to File a Consumer Protection Complaint with the Attorney General's Consumer Resource Center. Daero Community Newspaper. Page 12.
  • Sium, Yohannes. March 2012. Knowing your Constitutional Rights When In Contact With Police. Daero Community Newspaper. Page 12.
  • Brief of the Respondents. Seattle-Tacoma International Taxicab Association v. Kochar et al. No. I-70843-1-I (WA App. Div. I, pending decision)
  • Brief of the Respondents. Seattle-Tacoma International Taxicab Association v. Kochar et al. No. 68702-6-I (WA App. Div. I, Sept. 2012)
  • Co-author Appellants Opening and Reply Brief, Chance Brumfield v. James Dyment et al., 12-35009 (9thCir. May 2013)
  • Co-author Appellant Opening Brief, Paul L. Dews v. Kenny So et al. ,No. 66477-8 (WA. App. Div. I,March 2012)
  • Co-author AppellantsOpening and Reply Brief, Elliot Gibson et al. v. City of Kirkland et al., 10-35251
  • (9th Cir. May 2011)

  • When In Contact With Police.
  • Daero Community Newspaper. Page 12.

  • Brief of the Respondents. Seattle-Tacoma International Taxicab Association v. Kochar et al. No. I-70843-1-I (WA App. Div. I, pending decision)
  • Brief of the Respondents. Seattle-TacomaInternational Taxicab Association v. Kochar et al. No. 68702-6-I (WA App. Div. I, Sept. 2012)
  • Co-author Appellants Opening and Reply Brief, Chance Brumfield v. James Dyment et al., 12-35009(9th Cir. May 2013)
  • Co-author Appellant Opening Brief, Paul L. Dews v. Kenny So et al. ,No. 66477-8 (WA. App. Div. I, March 2012)
  • Co-author Appellants Opening and Reply Brief, Elliot Gibson et al. v. City of Kirkland et al., 10-35251 (9th Cir. May 2011)
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