General Election: November 4, 2014

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Bernard Veljacic


Clark County Superior Court

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Bernard VeljacicLegal/Judicial Experience: Current Clark County Superior Court Judge. In addition to private practice, served over 13 years as a Clark County Deputy Prosecutor, earning criminal and civil trial experience in Clark County’s District, Juvenile, and Superior Courts as well as Federal District Courts. Appellate experience at Washington State and Federal Courts of Appeals. Provided advice to various county departments.

Other Professional Experience: Legal lecturer and instructor, founder of legal clinic.

Education: Seattle University School of Law 1998; Whittier College 1994.

Community Service: Youth soccer coach, Leadership Clark County Panelist, Habitat for Humanity, Community Associations Institute, many others. See for complete biography.

Statement: Judge Bernard Veljacic has the distinctive experience of having served Clark County as both judge and prosecutor. Judge Veljacic issues firm and knowledgeable rulings; he is known as a fair person who dispenses justice with common sense. “I respect all citizens and lawyers who appear before me. My decisions will continue to be based on the facts and the law after carefully listening to all the parties.”

As a public servant, Judge Veljacic believes protecting the public is a top priority. A former prosecutor, he safeguarded our community on hundreds of cases, from misdemeanors to serious felonies. Before joining our Superior Court, Judge Veljacic served on the Washington State Bar’s Character and Fitness Board, where he issued rulings with the goal of improving the quality of lawyers in Washington. Judge Veljacic also served as a Commissioner on the state Clemency and Pardons Board, issuing decisions on some of the most serious crimes in Washington.

Judge Veljacic is the only candidate with judicial experience. Judge Veljacic has broad community support and received a “Well Qualified” rating from Washington Women Lawyers. He is endorsed by a majority of the Washington Supreme Court. Please join us in supporting Judge Bernard Veljacic.

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Opponent: Robert Vukanovich
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Joint Asian Judicial
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Latina/o Bar Association
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Loren Miller Bar Association * *
QLaw: The GLBT Bar
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Washington Women Lawyers Well Qualified *

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