Junga Cha

Junga Cha (formerly Subedar)

Attorney at Law

I am passionate about justice and civil rights. My legal career and education has been focused on advancing the civil rights of People of Color, women, people with disabilities, and other protected classes of people whether against employers, institutions, governments or corporations.

Discrimination and violations of a person’s civil rights are never easy matters. Your legal advocate should listen to your individual needs, understand the important ways racism or discrimination has caused harm in your life, and be able educate the court and others on why this requires redress. I use my legal knowledge and experience to help guide my clients through our legal system and consider options. Through the lens of my life experience growing up in an immigrant family and political education of systemic racism, I creatively utilize legal measures to get justice for my clients. Also, I bring to bear the strength and wisdom from by my mother and ancestors.

Through my legal work, I meet people with rich life experiences and courageous stories. I love getting to know each of my clients, and I am truly honored and grateful that they share their stories with me.

Outside of the law office, I volunteer in our beautiful community of Bellingham and Whatcom County. When we lift from the bottom up, we lift up everyone. For me, building community with others is vital for creating a better world.

I love the outdoors and nature, all seasons of the year! So you may see me on the trails (e.g. Two Dollar, Fragrance Lake, Padden Horse Trails), in the mountains (e.g. Galbraith , the Chuckanuts) or playing in the snow (e.g. Mt. Baker). My partner and three dogs are usually enjoying all that fun with me. Seriously though, I am not sure I would enjoy the rain, as much, if wasn’t for the dogs’ expectant faces with imploring eyes.

University of North Dakota, School of Law, Juris Doctorate, 1997-2000
Oklahoma University, School of Law, Visiting student, 1999-2000
University of North Dakota Law Review, 1998
Pittsburgh University, B.A. in Philosophy, 1995
German language and Philosophy, Tuebingen, Germany, 1992, 1994
Philosophy, Wheeling Jesuit College, 1990

Washington State Bar, 2004
U.S. District Court, 2018

Washington State Bar Association
National Lawyers Guild, Member
Whatcom County Bar Association, Past Secretary
Washington State Association for Justice
Washington Employment Lawyers Association

Program Director and Volunteer Attorney, Whatcom Civil Rights Project, 2009 to present
Board Member, LAW Advocates, 2011 to January 2020
LAW Advocates, Priorities Committee, 2014 to present
Board Member, Whatcom Peace and Justice Center, 2012 to 2019
Other various community groups