By Steve Guntli
A Blaine attorney was honored last month with an award for his exceptional record of community service.
Rajeev Majumdar, a partner with the Law Offices of Roger Ellingson in Blaine, was recognized by the Washington State Bar Association and given a Local Hero Award. The award is given to bar association members who have made a notable difference in their communities. The Whatcom County Bar Association nominated Majumdar for his work with several local nonprofit groups.
“It feels pretty fantastic,” he said. “The bar association is located in Seattle, and it’s pretty rare for them to notice our little corner of the state, but there are a lot of great people doing great work up here. I’m very honored.”
Majumdar serves as the city prosecutor for Blaine Municipal Court. He is also a special prosecutor for Bellingham’s Mental Health Court, a pro tem commissioner in the Whatcom Superior Court and an adjunct professor at Western Washington University.
Majumdar has been involved with Whatcom County nonprofit LAW Advocates since 2008. LAW Advocates provides free legal help to low-income individuals facing urgent, non-criminal legal problems.
Majumdar said LAW Advocates was one of the things that drew him to Whatcom County in the first place.
“I’d heard about them before I even moved here,” he said. “They have a pretty great reputation, and as a lawyer, it’s an honor to be doing this service for the community.”
After serving for several years on the board of directors, Majumdar was elected chair at LAW Advocates earlier this year. When the firm unexpectedly lost its executive director earlier this year, Majumdar stepped in as an unpaid interim director until a replacement was found. As a result, LAW Advocates was able to continue serving its clients without interruption.
“It was tough for a while, but we were able to keep things going, and I’m very proud of everything we’ve accomplished,” he said.
In addition to his work with LAW Advocates, Majumdar is on the board of Northwest Youth Services, which helps at-risk youth develop self-reliance and stay out of trouble. He is also on the board for Sun Community Service, which provides emergency housing for people with chronic behavioral health issues.
Before becoming a lawyer, Majumdar earned master’s degrees in international studies and public administration. While in graduate school, he worked for the National Nuclear Security Administration in Washington, D.C., working to establish protocols to ensure the containment of nuclear weapons. He eventually attended law school at Seattle University, and joined the Ellingson firm in 2008.