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James A. Schoenberger, Jr.


Pierce County Superior Court

Department 13

This race will be decided in the Primary Election.

James A. Schoenberger, Jr.

Legal/Judicial Experience: Attorney for 30+ years. Family law, real estate, personal injury and torts. In 1990ís a Federal prosecutor of fraud claims in the Savings & Loan crisis. Iíve done criminal defense since 2003 and have briefed and argued appeals in Federal and state courts of appeal.

Other Professional Experience: Worked in the computer industry since 1969. Attended law school while working at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago.

Education: Chicago-Kent College of Law J.D. 1981; University of Illinois B.A., 1971.

Community Service: My service to the community is the passionate defense of indigent individuals charged with crimes. Sometimes good people do bad things.

Statement: I intend to restore fairness and impartiality to the bench in Department 13. I have the experience to do so. The role of a judge is to ensure the integrity of the judicial system. This can only be accomplished by an impartial and neutral judge. I will bring more than 30 years of diverse experience, integrity and fairness to the bench.

I have been an attorney since 1981, licensed in Illinois and Washington. I have represented men and women in family law, plaintiffs and defendants in civil suits and defendants in criminal proceedings. I have briefed and argued matters in state and Federal courts of appeal.

In the 1980s I represented individuals and corporations in matters involving tort, contract, family law, and real estate in state and Federal courts. In the 1990ís, I worked for a Federal agency investigating and prosecuting multi-million dollar frauds against financial institution directors and officers, their attorneys, accountants, and brokers, recovering more than $50 million for taxpayers from those whose frauds contributed to the failure of a financial institution.

Since 2003 I have represented hundreds of defendants charged with crimes and tried more than 50 criminal cases ranging from DUI to murder.

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Opponent: Kathryn Nelson
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Finance report:

Kathryn Nelson 8/3/2012 $63,914.00
Personal Funds $45,000.00
Loans $5,000.00
James A. Schoenberger, Jr. 8/3/2012 $5,594.00
Loans $2,000.00

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    July 14, 2012
Tacoma News Tribune   Pierce Superior Court races draw the most candidates since 2004, P.O. Box 1460, Silverdale, WA  98383
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