Tierney E. Vial (206) 607-4193 Assistant: Patti Saiden (206) 607-4109

Appellate Advocacy

Tierney’s practice focuses on appeals. During law school, Tierney assisted in representing an elderly incarcerated client through the Washington Innocence Project in a case that established a new Washington standard for cruel punishment in conditions of confinement. She successfully argued in front of Division Two that the cruel punishment provision of the Washington Constitution offers more protection than its federal counterpart in the conditions of confinement context. In re Pers. Restraint of Williams, 15 Wn. App. 2d 647, 476 P.3d 1064 (2020). The Washington Supreme Court granted discretionary review and held for the first time that conditions of confinement which create a substantial risk of serious harm are cruel punishment unless reasonably necessary to accomplish a legitimate penological goal (In re Pers. Restraint of Williams, No. 99344-1 (Wash. Oct. 7, 2021)).

After her first year of law school, Tierney interned in the Violence Against Women Act Unit at Northwest Immigrant Rights Project. Before studying law, Tierney taught high school English literature at Casablanca American School in Morocco and English as a second language at a primary school in Vigo, Spain.

Education

  • University of Washington School of Law, J.D. 2021 with Honors in Law
    • Order of the Barristers, invited member
    • Executive Articles Editor Washington International Law Journal
    • Clinical Legal Education Association Outstanding Clinic Team Award 2021
    • Moot Court Honor Board, invited member
    • Peterson Wampold Feldman Luna Mock Trial Competition, Best Oral Advocate, Champion
    • New York City Bar National Moot Court Team, Regional Semifinalist
    • Floyd, Pfluegar & Ringer Mock Trial Competition, Second Place Oral Advocate Award, Finalist
  • BS, University of Virginia, 2015 with Distinction
    • Majors in English Literature and American Studies
    • Minor in Business Spanish
    • Valediction Speaker at Final Exercises

Bar and Court Admissions

  • State of Washington

Professional Associations

  • Washington State Bar Association
  • King County Bar Association

Languages

  • Spanish

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