PULLMAN, Wash. – Danielle Hess, assistant attorney general in the Washington State University division of the state Attorney General’s Office since February 2008, has been named division chief by Attorney General Rob McKenna, effective Nov. 1.
Hess earned her bachelor’s degree in international studies from Reed College and her law degree from the University of Washington. She has 17 years of higher education legal experience, beginning with her background in private practice at the Reed McClure law firm in Seattle. She then worked as associate and then senior associate general counsel at the University of Idaho before joining the AG’s office at WSU in 2008.
The WSU division provides legal advice and representation to WSU. As division chief, Hess will be chief legal counsel to WSU and will manage the division and the legal services it provides to WSU.
She and the other attorneys in the division will work closely with former division chief Sharyl Kammerzell, who recently was appointed by the WSU president as director of legal affairs and special counsel for the university.
Kammerzell is responsible for advising WSU on policy and procedural and operational issues, as well as coordinating and overseeing the university’s legal and regulatory affairs.