General Election: November 3, 2020

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Michael Mitchell


Walla Walla County Superior Court

Position 1

Michael Mitchell

Legal/Judicial Experience
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

Community Service
Board Director WW United Way, Lillie Rice Center, Blue Mountain Senior Housing, YMCA

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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Opponent: Brandon Johnson
 , Bremerton, WA 98311
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