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Eric Schmidt


King County Superior Court

Department 25

Eric SchmidtLegal/Judicial Experience: Washington State Court of Appeals Commissioner since 2002; pro tem Pierce County Superior Court judge; 8 years as judge for Washington State Department of Health from 1994 to 2001; superior court arbitrator; experience in government practice and private practice.

Other Professional Experience: Adjunct Professor of Law, Seattle University School of Law since 2000; Lecturer, University of Washington School of Law; Chair, Mandatory Continuing Judicial Education Committee; Vice Chair, Board for Court Education.

Education: B.A., University of Washington; J.D cum laude, UPS Law School; M.A. and Ph.D., University of Washington.

Community Service: Community member of Children’s Hospital Ethics Committee; judge for YMCA high school mock trial championships.

Statement: Eric Schmidt is a well-qualified, thoughtful and experienced jurist, having served as a judicial officer for 18 years. Since 2002 he has decided hundreds of cases for the Court of Appeals involving almost every issue that comes before the Superior Court, including criminal law, civil law, family law and administrative law. He is a judge pro tempore in Pierce County Superior Court, having presided over criminal and civil jury trials, bench trials and family law trials. He was a health law judge for almost eight years, including six years as chief judge, presiding over complex disciplinary and licensing hearings.

Eric is devoted to judicial and legal education. He is an adjunct professor of law at SU and UW law schools, is Chair of the committee that assures that all Washington judges complete their continuing judicial education requirements, and is Vice Chair of the board that oversees education programs for Washington judges and court staff.

Eric has been rated as “Exceptionally Well Qualified” or “Well Qualified” by Washington Women Lawyers, King County Bar, Latina/o Bar, Joint Asian Bar, Loren Miller Bar and QLaw. Eric is endorsed by Washington Supreme Court Justices, Court of Appeals Judges and Superior Court Judges.

Campaign Web Site:  
Opponents: Elizabeth Berns, Roger Davidheiser
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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