Wendy Bohlke receives NACUA life membership

Wendy Bohlke, the longtime assistant attorney general for Western Washington University, has been granted lifetime membership in the National Association of College and University Attorneys.

Bohlke worked for the Washington State Office of Attorney General for 34 years prior to her retirement in June 2013, serving under five elected attorneys general. For 30 of those years, Wendy was counsel to Western Washington University; she also served as counsel to Skagit Valley and Whatcom community colleges for more than 10 years. She earned a B.A. from the University of Washington and a J.D. from Willamette University College of Law.

A NACUA member since 1983, Bohlke served on numerous committees during those years, and served as an at-large member of the Board of Directors from 1999 to 2002. Her meeting and conference participation, including serving as a speaker and moderator on numerous occasions, reflect Wendy’s continuous devotion to NACUA volunteer service over the past three decades.

In addition to her extensive NACUA service, Wendy served as President of the Whatcom County Bar Association, is a Life Member of the Law Fund Board, and has been in leadership in community organizations including Mount Baker Planned Parenthood, Mount Baker Theater, Whatcom 4-H Council, and Bellingham Unitarian Fellowship.

She and her husband Brian Hansen have lived in Bellingham, Washington since 1984 and are the parents of two sons, Nels and Jon. Nels is an attorney with Skadden Arps in Tokyo where he lives with his wife, Sayuri, and son, Lyle. Jon, his wife Rita, and daughter Adelia live in Seattle where Jon is a composer and tubist. Wendy and Brian are avid members of the Bellingham Ukulele Orchestra, performing at fundraisers, assisted living facilities and other events in Northwest Washington. Brian retires from legal practice July 2014.

Headquartered in Washington, D.C., NACUA is the primary source of higher education law programming and information for its members and for the higher education community. Founded in 1960, the Association serves more than 1,700 public and private higher education institutions and more than 4,000 attorneys throughout the United States, Puerto Rico, and Guam, and several other countries including Canada, Australia, and Lebanon. NACUA produces publications (including The Journal of College and University Law), provides continuing legal education meetings and seminars, operates a clearinghouse through which college and university attorneys share their knowledge and expertise, and establishes cooperative relationships with other associations and groups for these purposes.