William L.E. Dussault received his Juris Doctorate from the University of Washington School of Law in 1972. He is a member of the American Bar Association, Washington State Bar Association, Colorado State Bar Association and Seattle-King County Bar Association, and has been admitted to practice in the State of Washington (1972), U.S. Federal District Court (1973), U.S. Supreme Court (1982) and State of Colorado (2006). He maintains a private practice in Seattle with an emphasis on the rights of persons with disabilities.
In 1970 Mr. Dussault was the originating author of the first state Mandatory Special Education Law-known as the “Education for All” law, as well as numerous revisions to many state’s Guardianship and Conservatorship laws and the original special needs trust for use in estate planning and public benefit preservation for persons who experience disabilities.
He was also the originating author of 42 U.S.C. $1396p(d)(4XA), the federal legislation authorizing use of special needs in conjunction with continuation or establishment of eligibility for certain federal benefit programs.
He is actively involved with numerous state and national groups concemed with legal issues impacting persons with disabilities, and has served as counsel to TASH, vice-chair of the American Bar Association Family Law Committee on Mental Disability, and as alegal advisor, committee member or chair for the Autism Society, ARC, UCP, BIA and the Epilepsy Foundation, among others.
He was selected as one of Washington’s Super Lawyers by Washington Law & Politics annually from 1999 through 2006, and by Washington Law & Politics and Butch Blum as one of the four best lawyers in Washington State in 2003. In 2013 he was awarded the Washington State Bar Association Award of Merit, the Bar’s highest honor. Mr. Dussault is a frequent presenter on special education, disability rights, coordination of public benefits and private resources, estate planning for families affected by disabilities and other related topics.
Honors & Awards
- Received 2012 Award of Merit by the Washington State Bar Association, its highest honor
- Selected by Seattle Magazine as one of Seattle’s top financial managers, 2010, ,2011
- Selected by Washington Law and Politics and Butch Blum-one of four best lawyers in Washington State, 2003
- Selected as one Washington’s Best Lawyers, Washington Law & Politics 1999-2009
- Life Member, National Registry, Who’s Who 2001 Edition
- Selected as one of Seattle’s Best Lawyers, Seattle Magazine, 2001
- Selected as Honored Member, National Directory, Who’s Who, 1994
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About the Education For ALL Law
It sounds so simple. It was the late 1960s, and four Northwest Center founders—Cecile Lindquist, Janet Taggart, Evelyn Chapman, and the late Katie Dolan—were having a casual conversation with Ralph Munro (then an assistant to Governor Dan Evans, who would go on to become Secretary of the State of Washington). Now that Northwest Center was up and running, the women wanted to do more. Munro had a suggestion.
“He said, ‘Why don’t you write a mandatory law that children with disabilities will be served by public schools?’” Lindquist remembers. “‘We thought, ‘Well, there’s an idea for you.’”