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Thomas Bjorgen

 

Washington Court of Appeals

Division II, District Two, Position 2

Thomas Bjorgen

Legal/Judicial Experience: Washington Assistant Attorney General, Counsel to Washington House of Representatives, and Thurston County Senior Deputy Prosecutor. Since 1999, Partner in law firm Bjorgen Bauer Pitman Bauer. Hearing Examiner for Olympia, DuPont and Thurston County. General Counsel for Intercity Transit.

Other Professional Experience: Chair, Environmental and Land Use Section of State Bar Association. Frequent lecturer at attorney education courses. President's Award from statewide Prosecutors' Association. Board member of professional organizations.

Education: Bachelor's degree, WSU, Phi Beta Kappa and High Honors, 1972. Law degree, UW, 1979.

Community Service: Board member, Nisqually Land Trust. Volunteer at homeless kitchen. Volunteer lawyer for legal services foundation, Audubon Society and other nonprofits.

Statement: All deserve justice. All deserve judges who decide based on the law, not politics or special interests. All deserve fairness, no matter who they are, whom they know, or how much money they have.

These vital goals demand judges with broad, diverse legal experience. As an Assistant Attorney General, I wrote briefs in cases in the United States Supreme Court and argued cases in other federal courts and the Washington Supreme Court. In another case, I successfully defended the privacy of Washington library records. I served as a Senior Deputy Prosecuting Attorney and am now a partner in a law firm. As a mediator, I help people settle disputes outside court. As Hearing Examiner, I judge land use cases for local governments. The leading national attorney rating service awarded me its highest rating.

Beyond legal experience, judges need compassion and discipline to understand how the law touches people. I worked the orchards and warehouses of Yakima and was a ranger at Mt. Rainier and a schoolteacher. I served on the boards of nonprofits, volunteered at a homeless kitchen, helped establish the Volunteer Legal Clinic, and donated many hours of free legal services. To me, this is the heart of justice.


 
Campaign web site: www.bjorgenforjudge.com | Facebook  
Email: thomasbjorgen@bjorgenbauer.com
 
Opponents: James Foley, Pam Loginsky, Michael Lynch, Tom Weaver, Brendan Williams
 
Candidate ratings:

ORGANIZATION TOM
BJORGEN
JIM
FOLEY
PAM
LOGINSKY
MICHAEL
LYNCH
TOM
WEAVER
BRENDAN
WILLIAMS
Cardozo Society * * Well Qualified * Well
Qualified
*
Justice for Washington
Foundation
Well Qualified Unqualified Well Qualified Well
Qualified
Qualified Unqualified
Q-Law: The GLBT
Bar Association of Washington
* * * * * Well
Qualified
Tacoma-Pierce County
Bar Association
Well Qualified * Exceptionally
Well Qualified
* Well
Qualified
*
Washington Association
of Prosecuting Attorneys
Well Qualified Not Rated Exceptionally
Well Qualified
Well
Qualified
Qualified Well
Qualified
Washington Defense
Trial Lawyers
Qualified Declined
Participation
Exceptionally
Well Qualified
Exceptionally
Well Qualified
Declined
Partipation
Declined
Participation
Washington
Women Lawyers
Exceptionally
Well Qualified
* Exceptionally
Well Qualified
Qualified Qualified *

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Newspaper endorsements (click paper for details):

NEWSPAPER TOM
BJORGEN
JIM
FOLEY
PAM
LOGINSKY
MICHAEL
LYNCH
TOM
WEAVER
BRENDAN
WILLIAMS
Kitsap Sun      

 

Finance report:

See individual contributors:
Tom Bjorgen
Jim Foley
Pam Loginsky
Mike Lynch
Tom Weaver
Brendan Williams


 
Media stories:
    August 1, 2012
Sequim Gazette   Appellate candidates attend Sequim debate
    July 25, 2012
The Olympian   Judge Armstrong endorses Bjorgen, Weaver as potential Court of Appeals successors
    July 23, 2012
Kitsap Sun   Kitsap appellate candidates met before in state's highest court
    July 11, 2012
Kitsap Sun   Would-be judges suggest ways to speed up legal process

 
 

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