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Latina/o Bar Association of Washington

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Judicial Evaluations Committee

 

About the Committee:

The Latina/o Bar Association of Washington (LBAW) Judicial Evaluation Committee (JEC) is co-chaired by two members of the LBAW Executive Board of Directors. The JEC manages a group of volunteers consisting of members of the LBAW Executive Board of Directors and the general LBAW membership. The volunteers are committed to conducting fair and equitable ratings aimed at preserving the high standards expected of members seeking to serve on the bench in Washington State.

Judicial elections in Washington State are non-partisan in nature and judicial evaluations are educational in nature. Judicial evaluation ratings are not endorsements.

2008 Ratings

 

Name Court Rating
Susan Amini King
Superior
Exceptionally
Well Qualified
George Appel Snohomish
Superior
Qualified
Tim Bradshaw King
Superior
Exceptionally
Well Qualified
Regina Cahan King
Superior
Well Qualified
Nic Corning King
Superior
Well Qualified
Ann Danieli King
Superior
Exceptionally
Well Qualified
David Elofson Yakima
Superior
Well Qualified
Mary Fairhurst Supreme Court Exceptionally
Well Qualified
Julia Garratt King
Superior
Well Qualified
Rebeccah Graham King
Superior
Well Qualified
Holly Hill King
Superior
Exceptionally
Well Qualified
Robin Hunt Court of Appeals
Division II
Exceptionally
Well Qualified
James Johanson Snohomish
Superior
Qualified
Charles Johnson Supreme Court Exceptionally
Well Qualified
Barbara Mack King
Superior
Well Qualified
Salvador Mendoza Benton-Franklin
Superior
Qualified
Suzanne Parisien King
Superior
Exceptionally
Well Qualified
Les Ponomarchuk King
Superior
Exceptionally
Well Qualified
Jerri Potts Benton-Franklin
Superior
Well Qualified
Jean Rietschel King
Superior
Exceptionally
Well Qualified
Marianne Spearman King
Superior
Exceptionally
Well Qualified
Debra Stephens Supreme Court Exceptionally
Well Qualified
Vic VanderSchoor Benton-Franklin
Superior
Qualified

 

Evaluation Process:

LBAW conducts judicial evaluations throughout the year for those candidates seeking appointment to the bench. All other candidates for the bench may schedule an interview with the JEC during four times of the year: April, June, August and October. Judicial ratings from LBAW are valid for three years.

Because the LBAW believes the process of evaluating candidates for the bench is critical to the fulfillment of the mission of our bar association, the JEC is committed to conducting a complete and exhaustive review of all materials submitted in addition to interviewing references offered prior to conducting a candidate interview.

The JEC encourages applicants to seek ratings well in advance of an application appointment or election in order to ensure timeliness. The JEC undertakes a review of all materials for the following purposes:

  • trial experience,
  • prior legal experience,
  • experience as a neutral decision maker,
  • diversity of legal experience; and
  • degree of community service.

The JEC interviews the candidate through a panel of volunteers who consider all information gathered in the preceding review of materials and interviews. After reviewing all information, the panel then conducts a thirty-five minute interview of the candidate. The candidate may make an opening statement and a closing statement.

The interview is designed to elicit information regarding the candidates prior experience, ability to remain judicious in stressful circumstances, experience and/or potential as a neutral fact finder, judicial demeanor (neutrality, fairness), diversity of legal experience, legal ability (written and oral), ethical conduct, integrity, honesty, commitment to justice for all, community service, fairness, understanding of diverse perspectives and a demonstrated sensitivity to all persons.

The possible ratings after review has been undertaken are Exceptionally Well Qualified, Well Qualified, Qualified and Not Qualified. Failure to provide sufficient information or to otherwise cooperate with the process results in an "insufficient information to rate" statement.

Disclaimer: LBAW strives to administer the entire JEC process in a uniform, fair and consistent manner. The process remains the same regardless of the candidate and candidates are not rated by comparison to other candidates. Many of the volunteers consistently give their time to this process ensuring that over time, the process remains relatively static.

 

 

For more information: LBAW Web Site


 
 

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