As a single parent, Ms. Poplawski began her undergraduate work in Public Policy at Penn State University, then continuing on to graduate school at Harvard University, where Ms. Poplawski was already being recognized as an exceptional leader and confident communicator with a work ethic that was well-recognized by her peers. Her talents eventually made the journey from the east coast all the way to the Pacific Northwest to attend law school at Gonzaga University School of Law with her young son in tow.
Once at Gonzaga, Ms. Poplawski immediately began distinguishing herself as a leader by working at a level beyond what was expected. Because of her dedication to excellence, she was awarded a Gonzaga Public Interest Law Project summer grant to work with women and children in the Spokane community. After earning her Juris Doctorate from Gonzaga University School of Law, Ms. Poplawski began work at the Center for Justice where she practiced family law, employment law, and was supervising attorney for the Firm’s Community Advocacy Department.
Ms. Poplawski has built her reputation on the foundations of hard work and stellar representation of her clients and their interests. She has always been committed to highly attentive and aggressive representation. The local legal community has certainly taken notice to this exceptional work.
In 2002, Ms. Poplawski received a coveted two-year Equal Works Fellowship, chosen as one of only 40 selected nationwide for this prestigious fellowship in the United States. Ms. Poplawski’s reputation for exceptional legal representation continued to gain attention from the Washington legal community. In 2005, she was named the recipient of Myra Bradwell Award, a prestigious award from Gonzaga School of Law Women’s Law Caucus presented to an attorney who demonstrates courage and strength in the practice of law and is committed to representing the interests of women and children in the community. Previous recipients of the Myra Bradwell award include Washington Governor Christine Gregoire and State Appellate Court Judge Mary Fairhurst.