On Wednesday, Nov. 7, the PRSA Puget Sound Chapter Annual Meeting, located at Art Marble 21 in Seattle from 5:30-7:30 p.m., will feature Washington State Solicitor General Noah Purcell as the evening’s guest speaker. The Chapter will also honor local PR legends lost this past year, celebrate the Hugh Smith Community Service Award and Jay Rockey Lifetime Achievement Award winners, and announce new board members voted on by the membership. The event also features a networking and cocktail hour with heavy appetizers.

Registration is open to chapter members, non-members and students and can be done online at https://prsaps.1123interactive.com/event/annual-chapter-meeting-networking-event/.

“The Role of the Media on the Administration’s Travel Ban – the Attorney General’s View”

Meet Noah Purcell, Washington State’s Solicitor General. In early, 2017, Noah was a pivotal member of the team that built and argued the winning case challenging the constitutionality of and bringing the Trump Administration’s Travel Ban to a halt. Hear about Noah’s views on how media coverage of the travel ban case shaped public opinion and helped the Attorney General’s Office prevail in court.  

Noah is a Seattle native who graduated from Franklin High School. He attended the University of Washington, where he received a Mary Gates Leadership Award for his work founding and running Affordable Tuition Now!, a student advocacy group dedicated to keeping tuition at UW and other state universities affordable. After graduating magna cum laude from Harvard Law School, where he served as an editor of the Harvard Law Review, he worked as a law clerk to former U.S. Supreme Court Justice David Souter and U.S. Court of Appeals Judge David Tatel.

Jay Rockey Lifetime Achievement Award Winner – Suzanne Hartman, APR, ABC
Hugh Smith Community Service Award Winner – Annie Kuow

Chapter members who are unable to attend the annual meeting may vote in advance by completing an official ballot (download here) and submitting it to PRSA Administration by noon on Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018. Candidate statements and election information can be viewed by clicking here.