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Rob Lawrence-Berrey


Yakima County Superior Court

Position Five

This race will be decided in the Primary Election.

Rob Lawrence-Berrey

Current Occupation/Employer: Lawyer with Finney, Falk, Lawrence-Berrey & Naught, PLLP.

Education: Willamette University College of Law (J.D.); Whitman College (B.A.).

Legal/Judicial Experience: Over 18 years representing Yakima County people and businesses. Very broad civil law experience. Criminal law experience as former Selah prosecutor. Occasional judge, pro-tem.

Family: Married to Kristi, three children Jessi, Erik, Nikki. Because people ask: I was born with my hyphenated name. I did not hyphenate it due to marriage.

Significant Career Experience: Leadership in several groups dedicated to improving our community and legal system.

Candidate Statement: Judges must decide a wide variety of cases. Broad experience is required. I have represented Yakima County people and businesses in over 25 areas of law. A judge also must be fair. I am supported by both plaintiff and defense lawyers.

Yakima County needs a judicial system that is efficient and affordable. I work on a committee with judges and lawyers whose purpose it is to improve our legal system. We have generated good ideas and made recent changes to our system. We need to continue to generate good ideas. If, as a private citizen, I have worked to improve our system, then you can be confident that I will continue these efforts if elected.

The best judges are those who work hard, are prepared for hearings and trials, and treat people with fairness and respect. Although you may not know me, you may know several people who list themselves as my supporters on my campaign website. ( Most of them know me personally. I encourage you to confirm with them that I am a person who works hard, is prepared, and treats people with fairness and respect.

Thank-you for voting.

Official web site:  
Opponent: David Elofson
Candidate ratings:

Latina/o Bar Association
of Washington
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Yakima County
Bar Association
(Member Poll)
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Washington Women Lawyers Exceptionally
Well Qualified
Well Qualified

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 Newspaper endorsements (click paper for details):

Yakima Herald  

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.)

David Elofson 08/13/2008 $15,569.79 $11,611.50
Rob Lawrence-Berrey 08/13/2008 $36,814.49 $33,657.39

Media stories:
    August 19, 2008
Yakima Herald   Your vote counts only if you cast it
    August 12, 2008
Yakima Herald   [Opinion] Judicial 'elections' need to to be overhauled
    August 6, 2008
Tri-City Herald   2 Yakima lawyers vie for Superior Court judgeship
    July 30, 2008
Yakima Herald   Lawyers' poll gives slight edge to Elofson in Superior Court judge race
    July 28, 2008
Yakima Herald   Two lawyers vie to bring new vigor to Superior Court
    July 27, 2008
Yakima Herald   [Opinion] After observing RI, electing judges seems like a sound idea
    July 4, 2008
Yakima Herald   Candidate for judge post offers broad experience
    April 19, 2008
Yakima Herald   Yakima attorney to run for vacating judge's post
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