Chori Folkman (JD, MSW), Staff Attorney

Chorisia “Chori” Folkman began her legal career as an Equal Justice Works Fellow at TeamChild, where she advocated for the civil legal needs of youth involved in the juvenile justice system. Her fellowship focused on youth involved in truancy court proceedings. From 2008-2013, Chori advocated for parents and children in dependency cases through the Tulalip Tribal Court.  Chori returned to TeamChild in Seattle to help provide maternity coverage while beginning her caseload with Legal Counsel for Youth and Children.  

Chori was instrumental in the creation of LCYC and served on our board of directors for three years. Chori has served as an Executive Committee member of the Washington State Bar Association’s Juvenile Law Sections since 2007. Chori also served as a Trustee of the Indian Law Section from 2007-2010, and was on the Executive Committee of the Alliance for Equal Justice’s Youth Law Task Force from 2007-2011. She was honored to serve as the Northwest Tribal Court System (NICS) appointed representative to the Washington State Commission on Children in Foster Care from 2009-2013.

During graduate school, Chori volunteered as a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) in San Francisco for four years. She interned at the National Center for Youth Law in Oakland, CA and Legal Services for Children in San Francisco, while being a University of Michigan Bergstrom Summer Child Welfare Fellow in 2004. Prior to law school, Chori worked at the Outside In Homeless Youth Shelter in Portland, OR., and provided tutoring to youth in group homes in Portland.

Chori received her J.D. from Boalt Hall School of Law and her Masters in Social Welfare with a concentration in Children and Families from UC Berkeley in 2006. She is a graduate of Reed College in Portland, OR. Chori is a member of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma, and is licensed to practice in Washington State and the Tulalip, Squaxin Island, Port Gamble S’Klallam, and Sauk-Suiattle Tribal Courts.