The Angelo Petruss Award for Lawyers in Government Service is named in honor of Angelo R. Petruss, a senior assistant attorney general who passed away during his term of service on the WSBA Board of Governors. It is given to a lawyer in government service who has made a significant contribution to the legal profession, the justice system, and the public.
Bernard has served Grays Harbor County for her entire career, joining the Grays Harbor County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office in 1991 as an intern while awaiting admission to the Bar. She established high standards and became a respected advocate among colleagues and opposing counsel alike, going above and beyond the expectations of her office. Her passion for the law and commitment to her practice, justice, and her community are evident by her thorough representation of state interests. She has made a difference through her service as a prosecutor and has had a tremendous positive impact in her community.