Judicial Evaluations Committee

About LBAW’s Judicial Evaluations Committee

The Judicial Evaluations Committee (JEC) is co-chaired by two members of the LBAW Board of Directors. The JEC is a volunteer group comprised of members of the LBAW Board of Directors and the general LBAW membership.

The purpose of the JEC is to preserve the high standards expected of judicial candidates seeking to serve on the bench in the state of Washington. JEC volunteers are committed to conducting a fair and equitable review process to fulfill this purpose. We do this by reviewing application materials, calling references, and conducting interviews. At the end of the process, we issue a rating for each candidate.

Judicial elections in Washington State are non-partisan and judicial evaluations are educational in nature. Judicial evaluation ratings are not endorsements.

To find out more about LBAW JEC, please email the co-chairs at [email protected] and [email protected].

The current LBAW JEC co-chairs are Zaida C. Rivera and Sergio A. Garcidueñas-Sease.

For Prospective Volunteers

If you are a lawyer or law student, and you’re interested in volunteering, please contact one of the co-chairs of the Judicial Evaluation Committee by sending an email to [email protected] and [email protected]. Or fill out the LBAW JEC volunteer form

There are two important ways you can volunteer each month:

1Interview Candidates, on the third Thursday of each month at 5:30 p.m., at the law office of Schroeter Goldmark & Bender. You’ll get to meet candidates and other volunteers. We provide dinner and parking reimbursement. We also provide orientation for new volunteers.

and/or

2. Call References. We provide you with questions and a list of references to call for a particular candidate. We ask that you take notes and send us your thoughts on whether you think that candidate’s references think they are right for the bench. However you choose to help, we thank you for doing your part to improve the judicial evaluation process!

For Prospective Candidates:

Thank you for your interest in obtaining a rating from LBAW’s Judicial Evaluations Committee! LBAW JEC rates candidates for judicial office in coordination with QLAW and Joint Asian Judicial Evaluation Committees (JAJEC).

Interviews for judicial candidates are held on the third Thursday of every month from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the law office of Schroeter Goldmark & Bender. LBAW JEC uses the King County Bar Association’s Uniform Rating System and issues a rating based on the materials submitted, the candidate interview, and information from references.

If you are interested in obtaining a rating, please email the co-chairs of LBAW JEC at [email protected] and [email protected]. To schedule an interview, candidates must submit a resume, a writing sample, and a copy of the Governor’s Uniform Judicial Evaluation Questionnaire.

Due to high demand, candidates should contact LBAW JEC as soon as they are interested in a rating.

Past Ratings

LBAW’s Judicial Evaluations Committee rates candidates on the following scale: EWQ=Exceptionally Well Qualified; WQ=Well Qualified; Q=Qualified; NQ=Not Qualified; IIR=Insufficient Information to Rate. For a full description of the criteria for each rating that LBAW JEC uses, please review the King County Bar Association’s Uniform Rating System.  

 

CANDIDATE NAME

POSITION SOUGHT

RATING

RATING EXPIRATION

Abell, Hunter

Ferry, Pend Oreille and Stevens Counties Superior

EWQ

June 3, 2023

Bales, Edwin B.

King County Superior

EWQ

July 3, 2023

Bratton, Beth Ann

Chelan County Superior

Q

May 3, 2024

Byrd Jr., Louis B.

Clark County Superior

NQ

Feb. 9, 2024

Campagna, Joseph

King County Superior

EWQ

Nov. 30, 2023

Chess, Faye R.

King County Superior

EWQ

Nov. 30, 2023

Cliff, Carolyn

Island County Superior

WQ

June 3, 2023

Davenport, James

Supreme Court

Q

Feb. 26, 2023

Dhillon, Kuljinder

King County District

EWQ

Jan. 21, 2023

Dooyema, Eric

Ferry, Pend Oreille and Stevens Counties Superior

EWQ

June 3, 2023

Downs, Sean

Clark County Superior

EWQ

Nov. 30, 2023

Feldman, Leonard

Court of Appeals, Div. 1

EWQ

Jan. 21, 2023

Foster, Jamie

Cowlitz County Superior

WQ

April 20, 2023

Frans, Michael

Kent Municipal / King County District

EWQ

July 3, 2023

Freeman, David

Whatcom County Superior

EWQ

July 3, 2023

Freund, Pauline

King County District / Seattle Municipal

EWQ

Feb. 26, 2023

Gipe, Anthony

Kent Municipal / King County Superior

EWQ

Oct. 19, 2023

Grant, Robert

Snohomish County Superior

WQ

Feb. 26, 2023

Harmeling, Sally F.W.

Chelan County Superior

Q

May 3, 2024

Heaps, Mitchell

Grant County Superior

WQ

May 3, 2024

Hill, Tyson

Grant County Superior

EWQ

May 3, 2024

Holloway, Jason

King County Superior

WQ

March 25, 2023

Johnson, Charles

Supreme Court

EWQ

April 20, 2023

Johnson, Jason

Pierce County Superior

EWQ

May 3, 2024

Jones, Evan P.

Whatcom County Superior

WQ

July 29, 2023

Judge, Mildred

Supreme Court

EWQ

Feb. 26, 2023

Keenan, David

Court of Appeals, Div. 1

EWQ

Jan. 21, 2023

Lapin, Matthew

King County Superior

EWQ

April 20, 2023

Larson, David

Supreme Court

Q

Sept. 28, 2023

Laurent de Cannon, Franz

Court of Appeals, Div. 2

***

Nov. 30, 2023

Laurine, Jason

Cowlitz County Superior

Q

March 25, 2023

Lloyd, Daniel

Clark County Superior

WQ

May 3, 2024

Malat, Jill

King County District / Seattle Municipal

EWQ

Sept. 28, 2023

Masaniai, Fa’amomoi

Federal Way Municipal / King County District

EWQ

Oct. 19, 2023

Miller, J. Scott

Spokane County Superior

WQ

June 3, 2023

Miller, Jordan

Chelan County Superior

EWQ

May 3, 2024

Murray, CJ

King County District / King County Superior / Seattle Municipal

Q

July 3, 2023

North, Douglass

King County Superior

EWQ

July 23, 2023

Peaquin, Peter

King County District

WQ

March 25, 2023

Price, Michael

Supreme Court

WQ

Feb. 26, 2023

Radzimski, Lech J.

Ferry, Pend Oreille and Stevens Counties Superior

EWQ

June 3, 2023

Retsinas, Nancy

Clark County Superior

EWQ

Oct. 19, 2023

Richardson, Jonathan

Whatcom County Superior

WQ

Jan. 21, 2023

Rivera, Whitney

Edmonds Municipal

EWQ

March 26, 2024

Robertson, Andrea

King County Superior

EWQ

July 23, 2023

Robertson, Rebecca

Federal Way Municipal / King County District

EWQ

March 25, 2023

Rodriguez True, Sonia

Yakima County Superior

Q

April 20, 2023

Rogers, Rachael

Court of Appeals, Div. 2

WQ

Oct. 19, 2023

Schnepf, Coreen

Pierce County Superior

EWQ

May 3, 2024

Segal, Matthew

King County Superior

Q

May 3, 2024

Sheldrick, Emily

Clark County Superior

EWQ

Sept. 28, 2023

Silverthorn, Shane

Yakima County Superior

EWQ

April 20, 2023

Smith, James B.

Clark County Superior

EWQ

Oct. 19, 2023

Spearman, Michael

Court of Appeals, Div. 1

EWQ

Aug. 18, 2020

Staab, Tracy

Court of Appeals, Div. 3

EWQ

March 25, 2023

Thomas, Indu

Thurston County Superior

EWQ

March 26, 2024

Todd, Brian

King County District / King County Superior

EWQ

Nov. 30, 2023

Tran, Hong

King County Superior

EWQ

Feb. 9, 2024

Tutsch, Elizabeth

Yakima County Superior

EWQ

March 25, 2023

Vitalich, Andrea

Court of Appeals, Div. 1

WQ

Jan. 21, 2023

Walsh, Justin

King County District / King County Superior

EWQ

Jan. 21, 2023

Weiss, Neil

Snohomish County Superior

EWQ

Feb. 9, 2024

Whitener, G. Helen

Supreme Court

EWQ

July 3, 2023

 

*** = Rating withdrawn upon Candidate’s request

 

 

 

 

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