Rebecca Saitz, Ed.S/M.S, is currently a WSBA Rule 9 Legal Intern, pursuing her legal education through the WSBA APR 6 Law Clerk program under the tutelage of Katherine Sierra-Kelly. She is currently working with the Family Law Team, as well as assisting with criminal matters and legal research. Ms. Saitz’s background in special education and advocacy provides a unique perspective on human dynamics and relationships. Ms. Saitz understands that each case is unique and values the insights of her clients, colleagues, and mentors.
Ms. Saitz was born and raised in New York. She is an alumna of Florida Atlantic University, where she received her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology with a dual focus on cognitive development and social/personality development. Ms. Saitz then went on to graduate with a combined Ed.S/M.S (Counseling in Human Services with a specialization in School Psychology) from The Florida State University. While there, Ms. Saitz was a two-term President of the Counseling and Psychological Services in Education Graduate Student Association. She was also selected by her peers to act as the Intern Representative of her local association. Ms. Saitz later received advanced graduate training in the psychology of performance, and successfully completed a Mental Conditioning internship with Evert Tennis Academy in Boca Raton, Florida.
Ms. Saitz also completed the COPAA Special Education Advocate Training program to expand the advocacy skills she learned as a school psychologist. While working as a school psychologist in Oregon, she was an Oregon Intervention Systems (OIS) certified instructor. OIS is “Oregon’s system of training and implementing the principles of Positive Behavior Support and Intervention to students” with behavioral and/or cognitive challenges. Ms. Saitz engaged in local advocacy work before enrolling in the WSBA Rule 6 Law Clerk program. For a little over three years, she assisted with special education and disability law cases throughout the state of Washington. In 2020, Ms. Saitz expanded her legal education and training to include Family Law and Probate.
Ms. Saitz is passionate about advocating for the civil rights of students with a focus on research and evaluation. She takes this same passion for advocacy and advancing the rights of her clients into other areas of the law. Ms. Saitz is also interested in assisting with matters pertaining to guardianship, estate planning, and disability rights.
In her spare time, Ms. Saitz enjoys interacting with the members of her community – whether it is through coaching youth developmental or introductory sports, participating in endurance events with her husband, or as a member of the Benton Franklin Law Day Committee. She embraces opportunities for learning and can often be seen at various continuing learning events. Ms. Saitz has provided professional presentations related to dyslexia, the administration and interpretation of select test batteries, and understanding psychoeducational evaluations.