Walla Walla County Superior Court
Superior Court Commissioner issuing domestic violence protection orders,
sitting on paternity, child support, divorce cases. Judge Pro Tem,
substitute judge, handling all judicial matters. Mediator seeking to
reach agreement between parties. Arbitrator hearing testimony and
rendering decisions as an alternative to going to trial. Federal Courts
in Eastern and Western Districts/Washington, Washington State Supreme
Court and Court of Appeals, and various Superior Courts.
Other Professional Experience
Washington State Bar Association Sections, General Practice (past
chair), Family Law, Trust/Estate; WW County Bar/Pres 1994
BA WSU; JD Willamette University
Board Director WW United Way, Lillie Rice Center, Blue Mountain Senior
My 42-year legal career includes civil litigation (litigation not
criminal in nature), personal injury, real estate, family law, estate
planning and probate, dispute resolution, business formation, criminal
law (prosecutorial and defense), and juvenile law and dependencies.
I believe the measure of a person is more aptly determined by how they
react to adversities. I have tried to learn from every situation I have
encountered, good or bad. I would use those experiences to fully and
fairly analyze every case that comes before me, assuring each litigant
is entitled to the same consideration and analysis no matter their race,
sex, religion, politics, or socioeconomic background.
Being a judge is more than simply applying the law. It is understanding
people, their agendas, and applying the common sense that a person has
garnered throughout their lifetime. As a judge, I will apply all of my
knowledge and experiences to the real-life situations before me.
I have been on both sides of almost every fence the court straddles. I
understand each side’s arguments and positions having made them as an
attorney. I will apply the law to the facts and rule accordingly.
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