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Elizabeth Berns


King County Superior Court

Department 25

Elizabeth BernsLegal/Judicial Experience: Two decades of experience as a private practice attorney in civil litigation and three years as a Pro Tem Commissioner and Judge, presiding over civil and criminal matters.

Other Professional Experience: Owner, local law firm; Business law faculty member, University of Phoenix; Environmental consultant and research analyst, Nobel Industries.

Education: University of Puget Sound School of Law, Juris Doctor (1993); University of Washington, Bachelor of Science in Environmental Health and Law (1989).

Community Service: Long-term Small Business Administration SCORE volunteer assisting small businesses with legal issues; Vice President, Women’s Business Exchange; Member, Rotary International; Extensive pro bono representation of victims of domestic violence, families and minorities.

Statement: With two decades of experience as a private practice attorney and three years as a Pro Tem Judge, I have taken on some of the toughest legal issues – criminal and civil cases involving child abuse, sexual harassment, discrimination complaints and the disenfranchisement of minority communities. My breadth of experience prepares me well to be a Judge.

With the growing diversity in our community, our courts must meet the changing needs of our citizens. I care about people that come to the courts; I believe it is important that they understand the court proceedings and how the law is applied to their situation.

I also care deeply about my community, which is why I volunteer a significant amount of time assisting minority-owned businesses, representing victims of domestic violence, and mentoring our youth through sports and confidence-building activities.

Endorsements include: King County Labor Council, King County Democrats, Senator Ed Murray, Representative Jamie Pedersen, Bellevue Mayor Conrad Lee, Redmond Mayor John Marchione, Former Seattle Deputy Mayor Anne Levinson, Supreme Court Justices Bobbe Bridge (Ret.) and Faith Ireland (Ret.), Judges Anne Ellington, James Doerty, Mary Yu, Jean Rietschel, Kimberley Prochnau, Paris Kallas (Ret.), Janet Garrow, and Donna Tucker. See for updated endorsements.

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Opponents: Roger Davidheiser, Eric Schmidt
Questionnaire responses: For Municipal League of King County

Candidate ratings:

Cardozo Society Well Qualified * *
Joint Asian

Evaluation Committee
Well Qualified Exceptionally
Well Qualified
Well Qualified
King County Bar Association Not Qualified Exceptionally
Well Qualified
Well Qualified
Latina/o Bar Ass'n
of Washington
Qualified Well Qualified Well Qualified
Loren Miller
Bar Association
* * Well Qualified
Municipal League
of King County
Outstanding Very Good Very Good
Q-Law: the GLBT
Bar Association
of Washington
Well Qualified * Well Qualified
Seattle Metropolitan
Elections Committee
Highly Recommended * Recommended
Women Lawyers
No Rating Highly Qualified Exceptionally
Well Qualified

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Newspaper endorsements (click paper for details):

Seattle Times    
The Stranger    


Finance report:

Elizabeth Berns 8/3/2012 $27,448.20
Personal Funds $5,000.00
Roger Davidheiser 8/3/2012 $45,219.20
Personal Funds $1,810.00
Loans $5,000.00
Eric Schmidt 8/3/2012 $7,818.42
Personal Funds $1,000.00
Loans $5,000.00

Media stories:
    July 24, 2012
The Stranger   Not Qualified
    July 19, 2012
Seattle Times   King County judicial ratings raise more questions, P.O. Box 1460, Silverdale, WA  98383
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