Hi! My name is Brian Honaker-Coe and I am a fourth-year student at the University of Washington, born and raised in Seattle. While I was initially a Microbiology student, I ended up realizing it wasn’t for me and am now instead double-majoring in Political Science and Law, Societies, and Justice. Over the course of my undergraduate career, I have been involved in many programs, many of which have served to foster a huge passion of mine: social justice. Combined with my areas of study, I have become especially intrigued in seeing how we can use various means such as public policy and law as ways to ultimately pursue equity and justice for all.
With my background being what it is, I felt ecstatic when I heard about the opportunity to intern with the Northwest Consumer Law Center. After all, the organization seemed to naturally blend two of my passions: law and social justice. I also wanted to pursue a position with the NWCLC because I thought it would help complement my last internship, which was both governmental and related to criminal law–I believed it might be a good change of pace if I could get into a smaller, non-profit civil law firm. Additionally, I was, and continue to be, extremely curious about learning more about consumer law; I think that all of us could probably do with being more cognizant of the rights and protections we have in dealing with companies and corporations.
As luck would have it, I was fortunate enough to be taken on as an intern, and am loving every day of it. Being that the NWCLC is all about consumer advocacy, the work I’ve done has only served to further the pursuit of those ends. The variety of task can really run the gamut, with some days being oriented around helping to prepare bankruptcy petitions, while others may involve legal research for amicus briefs, all of which is rather interesting and novel to me. Granted, I’ve really only just started at the NWCLC, so I don’t know everything that the amazing staff does, but all that really means is that I’ve got plenty more to look forward to learning about!