Ceci Lopez

Assistant Professor


Ceci Lopez graduated from Fairhaven College of Interdisciplinary Studies at Western Washington University ('08) where she wrote a concentration on Law, Diversity and Public Policy. Ceci holds a JD and an LLM in Taxation from the University of Washington School of Law ('11 & '12). After graduating law school, Ceci received the prestigious Christine Brunswick Public Service Fellowship from the American Bar Association Section of Taxation. This two-year fellowship allowed her to provide free legal assistance to low-income taxpayers and micro-entrepreneurs who had issues with the IRS. After the fellowship ended, Ceci began her own law firm, where she continues to work with low and moderate income individuals with tax and business matters. Her law firm provides services in a sliding fee scale and no one is turned down because of inability to pay. In addition all her services are provided in both English or Spanish. Ceci seeks to bring a social lens to the practice of law and into the classroom. In the classroom, Ceci enjoys guiding students through developing an understanding and making connections about the impact of legal language in the development of culture and also, how culture shapes the law. Students benefit from Ceci's experiences as a learner of English as a Second Language and a first generation immigrant to the U.S., her journey through education and the decisions that lead her to follow a career in law. Ceci currently sits in the boards of the Bellingham Community Food Coop, the ACLU of Seattle, and is a Fellow at the Washington Leadership Institute.