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Jim Beecher


Washington Supreme Court

Position Four

Jim BeecherCurrent Occupation/Employer: Attorney with Hackett, Beecher & Hart.

Education: Graduate of Lewis & Clark High School (Spokane), University of Puget Sound, and University of Washington Law School.

Legal/Judicial Experience: Admitted to practice: State and Federal Courts in Washington, 9th Circuit Court of Appeals and the U.S. Supreme Court. Served as Judge Pro Tem, Arbitrator, Mediator. Extensive trial experience: Western and Eastern District Federal Courts and 23 counties. Substantial appellate work.

Family: Married to Linda Beecher, 2 children, 1 grandchild.

Significant Career Experience: Before entering private practice served as Prosecutor in Seattle City Attorney's Office and a Senior Trial Attorney in the Office of Attorney General.

CANDIDATE STATEMENT: From isolated chambers in Olympia, our Supreme Court Justices affirm or reverse decisions of all other Washington judges and juries and dictate the operating Rules for the State's courts. Litigation is just plain too expensive! These Rules need to be modernized to make pretrial procedures more efficient and to provide for the economies of electronic technology. After 18 years it is time to elect a Justice who actually has had broad, first hand trial experience someone with knowledge of present day litigation practices across Washington.

EXPERIENCE: Mr. Beecher's experience has uniquely prepared him to understand the needs and concerns of litigants throughout Washington. He has handled many hundreds of cases across our state representing governments, businesses and individuals in cases as diverse as consumer protection, construction, civil rights, insurance and the environment.

DISTINCTIONS: ● consistently received Martindale's highest rating for legal ability and integrity ● set verdict records in several counties ● elected to membership in the American Board of Trial Advocates ● listed in Best Lawyers in America ● included yearly as a "Super Lawyer" in Washington Law and Politics ● identified in Metropolitan Seattle Magazine as one of the "Best Lawyers in Seattle"

Official web site:  
Opponents: Charles Johnson and Frank Vulliet  
Questionnaire response: For King County Bar Association
For Municipal League of King County
Streaming video: For Position 4

Video Voters' Guide:

Candidate ratings:

Joint Asian
Judicial Evaluation
* Exceptionally
Well Qualified
King County Bar Association Qualified Exceptionally
Well Qualified
Not Qualified
Latina/o Bar Association
of Washington
* Exceptionally
Well Qualified
Loren Miller Bar Asoociation * Exceptionally
Well Qualified
Municipal League
of King County
Very Good Outstanding Not Qualified
GLBT Bar Asoociaion of Washington
* Qualified *
Washington Association of
Prosecuting Attorneys
* Well Qualified *
Washington Women Lawyers Exceptionally
Well Qualified
Well Qualified

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Newspaper endorsements (click paper for details):

Kitsap Sun    
Seattle P-I    
Seattle Times    
Spokane Spokesman-Review    
The Stranger    
Tacoma News-Tribune    
Vancouver Columbian    

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.)

Charles Johnson 07/31/2008 $72,978.98 $65,802.78

Media stories:
    August 12, 2008
Seattle Tunes   Decision could be quick in state Supreme Court races
    August 10, 2008
The Olympian   Campaign trail for August 10
    August 4, 2008
The Olympian   It's still a race for 2 spots on top court
    August 3, 2008
Everett Herald   Unlike 2006, state Supreme Court primary gets little attention from interest groups
    June 11, 2008
Seattle P-I   Court contenders vow fair fight
    June 3, 2008
The Olympian   Two state justices plan fair re-runs
    May 25, 2008
Tacoma News Tribune   Growing rancor a chilling effect on court races
    April 7, 2008
The Olympian   Few step up to challenge seated justices
    March 30, 2008
Seattle Times   [Editorial] The highest court merits a deep field
    March 17, 2008
The Olympian   WA Justice Charles Johnson seeks another high court term

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