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Scott Stafne


Washington Supreme Court

Position 2

Scott Stafne

Legal/Judicial Experience: Founder/owner of Stafne Law Firm (Arlington, WA) practicing constitutional, land use, marine, maritime, admiralty, personal injury. Extensive experience in front of Municipal, State, Appeals, and Supreme Courts.

Other Professional Experience: Maritime and fisheries expert and advisor to Pacific and North Pacific fisheries management councils

Education: Graduated Phi Beta Kappa DePauw University (summa cum laude 1971); Juris Doctorate Degree University of Iowa (summa cum laude 1974); Masters of Law and Marine Affairs from University of Washington (1977). ACE certified in 1993.

Community Service: Pro Bono Community Service including four years challenging Seattle School District school closures. Owner, Peregrine Falcon Rookery/Reserve, most successful in the nation.

Statement: Scott Stafne believes our high court needs a fresh voice with a depth of legal experience that can restore better legal interpretations to our judicial system. Currently he takes great issue with the Supreme Court for not following their own rules, accepting poor Court of Appeals decisions they do not challenge, and issuing poor judgments without adequately stating their reasons.

Scott Stafne is a lawyer’s lawyer – with more experience in diverse aspects of the law than the Justice he’s opposing who’s been on the high court for 12 years. His experience includes constitutional law, land use, marine resources, personal injury, municipal and school systems law, admiralty law and much more.

He has spent his career defending their rights against banks, insurance companies, municipalities, and government. Among his most reported cases: the firefighter killed in the Fortymile fire outside Wenatchee; parents challenging the 2009 Seattle School Closures and student assignment plan, hundreds of recent clients faced with illegal foreclosures and credit problems, and thousands of pro bono hours for people who could not afford an attorney.

Scott says: “It’s time to shake up the Supreme Court with people who have more depth of legal experience than they have an agenda.”

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Opponents: Douglas McQuaid, Susan Owens
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Justice for Washington
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King County Bar Association Refused to
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of Prosecuting Attorneys
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Susan Owens

Media stories:
    July 26, 2012
Seattle Times   Primary to determine one State Supreme Court race
Seattle P-I   Hilyer boosted over Sanders in judicial rating
    July 22, 2012
Seattle P-I   Challengers no-shows at Supreme Court forum, P.O. Box 1460, Silverdale, WA  98383
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