Jaime Cuevas, Jr.
Jr. serves as the General Counsel and Chief Business Development Officer for Ramsey Companies Inc. - a conglomerate of family-owned Yakama Nation enterprises whose mission is to enhance economic development and opportunities in Indian Country. Before going in-house, Jr. was a commercial litigator at the law firm of Stokes Lawrence. He worked on matters at all levels – including assisting in the representation of treaty right issues at the Supreme Court of the United States, voting rights, labor and employment disputes, commercial disputes, and all while maintaining an active pro-bono practice. Jr.’s pro-bono experience consists of successful representation of clients in asylum matters, voting rights issues, land-lord tenant cases, and consumer protection issues.
Jr. learned the value of hard work and giving back at an early age while growing up in a small agricultural town in the heart of the Central Valley of California. He was born to immigrants who came to America chasing a vision. A vision of a better future for their family. His family faced many of the issues that low-income households face today, including housing and food insecurity. They faced many legal needs but were never able to afford an attorney. This perpetuated the unhealthy environment that he grew up in. This lived experience is what motivates Jr. to continue to join the efforts fighting inequity in our communities. He is the current co-chair of the Access to Justice Conference Planning Committee, a Board member on the Campaign for Equal Justice, a Board member at Gonzaga University School of Law, and an alumnus of the JustLead Washington Leadership Academy.
Jr. holds a law degree with honors from Gonzaga University School of Law where he completed his degree in a rigorous two-year program. During his time at Gonzaga, Jr. was active in many activities including the following: Gonzaga Law Review - Associate Editor, President of Hispanic Law Caucus, Veterans Will Clinic Volunteer, Street Law Education Program Teacher, and served on the Washington State Supreme Court Minority and Justice Commission as a student liaison. He also holds a teaching degree from Washington State University where he graduated summa cum laude and at the top of his program. He is currently enrolled at the University of Oklahoma College of Law and obtaining an LLM Master of Laws degree – specializing in the field study of Indigenous Peoples Law and Policy.