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Nic Corning


King County Superior Court

Position 37

Nic CorningCurrent Occupation/Employer: Attorney/The Corning Law Firm.

Legal/Judicial Experience: Admitted to Washington State Bar Association, 1972.

Significant Career Experience: President, Foundation for Washington Courts; President, Ballard Chamber of Commerce; President, Washington State Trial Lawyers; Member, American Board of Trial Advocates. Represented consumers holding Ford accountable for exploding Pinto gas tanks, and holding Chrysler responsible for knowingly designing/manufacturing Jeeps that rolled over. Landmark consumer protection cases: State v. Ralph Williams, Johnson v. Beneficial Management and more. Named Super Lawyer by Washington Law and Politics magazine every year since 1999.

Education: Seattle University, BA, Labor Relations, cum laude; UW School of Law, JD.

Family: Married to Pat Corning, two daughters.

CANDIDATE STATEMENT: "Some say Nic Corning looks like Santa", says Faith Ireland, retired Washington Supreme Court Justice. "He will bring many gifts as a judge: intelligence, energy, compassion, integrity and common sense. He has the courtroom experience we need."

For 35 years I've represented the injured and disabled in courtrooms, helping people win disputes against the powerful insurance industry. I have obtained justice for consumers, small business owners and people like you and your family.

My decision to be a judge follows many years of public service as a volunteer leader - teaching, writing and advocating to end injustice.

I've arbitrated, prosecuted and defended criminal and civil cases in state and federal courts. I'm committed to people getting equal access to justice, promoting diversity and making our legal system fair, fast and effective.

A lifelong Washingtonian from a working class family, I attended public schools and worked my way through college and law school as a cement finisher.

I'll be an honest, fair and impartial judge - solving problems and assuring that people get their day in court.

Rated highly by six bar associations and the King County Labor Council. Endorsed by five Washington State Supreme Court Justices.

Official web site:  
Opponents: Barbara Mack and Jean Rietschel
Questionnaire responses: For King County Bar Association
For King County Democrats
For Municipal League of King County

Candidate ratings:

King County
Bar Association
Well Qualified
Well Qualified Exceptionally
Well Qualified
Joint Asian
Judicial Evaluation
Well Qualified
Well Qualified Exceptionally
Well Qualified
Latina/o Bar Association
of Washington
Well Qualified Well Qualified Exceptionally
Well Qualified
Loren Miller Bar Association Well Qualified Well Qualified Well Qualified
Municipal League
of King County
Very Good Very Good Outstanding
GLBT Bar Association of Washington
Well Qualified Qualified Exceptionally
Well Qualified
Washington Women Lawyers Exceptionally
Well Qualified
Well Qualified Exceptionally
Well Qualified

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Newspaper endorsements (click paper for details):

Seattle P-I    
Seattle Times    
The Stranger    

Finance report:

(Click a dollar figure for detailed data from the Public Disclosure Commission. Note that summary numbers here might not match detailed data for various reasons.)

Nic Corning 08/13/2008 $36,724.63 $32,947.26
Barbara Mack 08/13/2008 $30,650.51 $28,124.88
Jean Rietschel 08/13/2008 $46,270.00 $31,449.55
, P.O. Box 1460, Silverdale, WA  98383
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