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John (Zamboni) Scannell


Washington Supreme Court

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John (Zamboni) Scannell

Legal/Judicial Experience: John Scannell organized and filed a class action lawsuit which won millions of dollars for City of Seattle employees. He blocked/delayed the building of sports stadiums by challenging their public financing. He was elected employee representative by the City of Seattle employees on the Civil Service Commission.

Other Professional Experience: No information submitted

Education: Graduated with honors at Renton High School. Graduated with honors University of Washington with major in Physics, minor in mathematics Became the second person to complete the State of Washington Law Clerk program in the minimum of four years

Community Service: Performed pro bono legal work for low income clients and prisoners.

Statement: Zamboni John Scannell has been one of the few attorneys in the State that has actively been supporting the American Bar Associations long standing criticism of the Washington attorney disciplinary system. He has filed a federal RICO lawsuit citing the problems the Washington State Bar Association has created by administering the system. The Washington State Supreme Court is in charge of the system, but the court has come under sharp criticism for 40 years for its practice of delegating its responsibility to the Washington State Bar Association. The ABA rightly likens this to the practice of putting the fox in charge of the henhouse, with Washington being one of the few state that still continue this practice. The practice of putting a politically elected bar leadership in charge of attorney discipline has resulted in low charging rates, discipline directed at attorney who represent unpopular clients, as well as discipline directed at minority attorneys in disproportionate numbers. John Scannell appears to be the only candidate that advocates taking the bar association out of the disciplinary process. Scannell will protect the rights of Washington citizens with decisions that are intelligent, just and ethical.

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Opponent: Debra Stephens
Candidate ratings:

Cardozo Society * *
King County Bar Association Not Qualified Exceptionally
Well Qualified
Joint Asian Judicial
Evaluations Committee
* Exceptionally
Well Qualified
Latina/o Bar Association
of Washington
* Exceptionally
Well Qualified
Municipal League
of King County
* *
QLaw: The GLBT Bar
Association of Washington
* Exceptionally
Well Qualified
Washington Association
of Prosecuting Attorneys
Unqualified Exceptionally
Well Qualified
Washington Women Lawyers * Exceptionally
Well Qualified

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