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Legislative Symposium 2021

Legislative Symposium 2021

Wednesday, January 6, 2021
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM (PST)

Online Only

Event Details

Make plans to join our panel of housing policy influencers as they review bills slated for the 2021 legislative session. Panelists will discuss how the emergency orders have impacted the Washington economy, contributed to the current housing crisis, and will influence many lawmakers decisions on housing issues this session. Afterward, they will review proposed policies that affect the housing providers of Washington State. Do not miss this opportunity to learn about proposed policies and how you may be able to influence your representatives as they consider which to endorse.



Mr. Baldwin is a lobbyist and attorney in private practice at Baldwin Legal Group, PLLC representing clients at the Legislature and with agencies of government. He has built strong relationships with lawmakers in House and Senate Leadership and members of each caucus to facilitate the priorities of his clients. Mr. Baldwin’s business experience along with his degrees in Healthcare, Finance, Business Computer Information Systems, and Law make him uniquely positioned to facilitate unified solutions on a broad range of client issues. He routinely facilitates meetings with lawmakers, reviews and drafts legislation, and testifies before the Legislature. 

Mr. Baldwin graduated from the University of Washington Foster School of Business with Honors, earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in Finance and Business Computer Information Systems and concurrently earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Health from the UW School of Public Health and Community Medicine. After graduating, he worked as a financial analyst and healthcare consultant for Mercer Human Resource Consulting before attending Seattle University School of Law where he earned his Juris Doctorate, graduating with Honors.  Mr. Baldwin is a member of the Washington State Bar Association and the Thurston & Pierce County Bar Associations and is also admitted to practice in Federal Court.

Mr. Baldwin has worked in private practice in Olympia for over a decade after beginning his career as a Rule 9 Prosecutor with the Thurston County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office. Baldwin Legal Group specializes in protecting clients’ rights including work on business, property rights, and select criminal cases.  He also represents homeless youth in Juvenile Court pro bono.

As a lobbyist in Olympia, Mr. Baldwin represents a diverse group of clients, associations, and industries dedicated to serving their members.  In fact, with his lobbying partner Mark Gjurasic, Chester provides lobbying and legal services to more real estate industries and associations than any other lobbyist in the state of Washington. His real estate lobbying clients include: The international shopping center industry; The state commercial office building industry; A commercial developers association; A statewide landlord association, The state self-storage association, WA Habitat for Humanity, and several others. Mr. Baldwin works with lawmakers, state agencies, and county and city governments to solve his client’s issues and protect their industries from burdensome regulation and tax consequences.

Mr. Baldwin represents Habitat for Humanity pro bono at the legislature and regularly defends juvenile and veteran cases pro bono. He is an Eagle Scout and has volunteered with Boy Scouts of America.

Christopher is known as a tireless advocate for housing providers.  He has been practicing residential and commercial landlord-tenant law, judgment enforcement, and appeals since 2009. He is a six-time "Rising Star" attorney in Super Lawyers magazine and holds a perfect 10.0 rating from  Before going into private practice, Christopher served as a law clerk to Judge Marywave Van Deren at the Washington Court of Appeals.

Christopher currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Rental Housing Association of Washington, is the 2021 Vice President of the organization, and is the Co-Chairman of their Legislative Committee. Christopher works with numerous housing provider's groups to provide input on state and local legislation; he has testified on landlord-tenant relations and law before the Tacoma City Council and the Washington Legislature.

Christopher is also committed to education. He is a frequent presenter at legal education courses hosted by state and local bar associations and private groups and is a licensed clock hours instructor for Washington Real Estate Brokers.  Christopher has also been the author or co-author of housing provider's official responses to several legal and legislative actions.

Kaitlyn is an Associate Attorney at Dimension Law Group, PLLC. Kaitlyn’s practice focuses on Business Law, Commercial and Residential Real Estate, Landlord-Tenant matters, and Estate Planning.

Kaitlyn currently serves on the Board of several non-profits, including the Executive Board of Highline Schools Foundation. In addition, Kaitlyn is heavily involved in leadership roles within Highline Soccer Association. Kaitlyn received her Juris Doctorate from Seattle University School of Law and two Bachelor’s Degrees from Seattle University. Prior to attending law school, Kaitlyn gained important legal experience as a paralegal at several large and mid-size law firms.

Kaitlyn is passionate about helping people, families, and businesses navigate estate planning, business, and the ever-changing commercial and residential real estate markets. She is a member of the Washington State Bar Association.

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Kyle is Director of Government Affairs at RHAWA. He has worked both in opposition and in concert with local governments, state agencies, and a variety of special interest groups to negotiate many impactful policy issues. He is a private landlord and manages rental properties in Thurston and Mason Counties.

RHAWA Members: Attend unlimited seminars for 12 months with one of our class pass options. Learn more here.

This session is offered ONLINE only. All participants will receive a link to recorded session and downloadable materials after the session.

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