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David DeWolf


Washington Supreme Court

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David DeWolfLegal/Judicial Experience: Professor David DeWolf taught at Gonzaga Law School for 28 years. Previously, he was an attorney at Lukins & Annis and clerked for the Idaho Supreme Court. The author of five volumes of "The Washington Practice", he is an expert in the Constitution, contracts, and torts.

Other Professional Experience: Washington Pattern Instruction Committee.

Education: B.A., Stanford University (Phi Beta Kappa); Teaching Credential, University of California at Santa Barbara; Juris Doctor, Yale Law School.

Community Service: Member of the Spokane Public Schools Human Growth & Development Committee; Lector, Mary Queen Parish; President of Artisan’s Ark, helping the developmentally disabled find employment.

Statement: Professor David DeWolf is exactly the kind of person we need on the Washington Supreme Court: an expert in our state constitution and Washington’s leading authority on contracts and tort law. His books have been cited by Washington appellate courts over 100 times and are used daily by lawyers and trial judges. This is why he is endorsed by both Democrats and Republicans.

For 28 years, Professor DeWolf taught thousands of students at Gonzaga Law School, instilling his love of the law and his respect for the constitution. He is often asked to testify on the constitution and the proper balance of power between judges and our legislators.

The current crisis in the court proves we need a thoughtful and reasonable scholar to add much-needed restraint to a court that has become adversarial rather than respectful toward other judges and our elected lawmakers. “Olympia has more than enough politicians,” says DeWolf, “we need judges who will do their job—no more and no less.”

David and his wife Priscilla live in Spokane – he’d be only the second member of the court from Eastern Washington. They have three grown children and four grandchildren.

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Opponent: Mary Yu
Candidate ratings:

Cardozo Society * Exceptionally
Well Qualified
Joint Asian
Judicial Evaluations Committee
* Exceptionally
Well Qualified
King County Bar Association Well Qualified Exceptionally
Well Qualified
Latina/o Bar Association
of Washington
* Exceptionally
Well Qualified
Loren Miller Bar Association * Exceptionally
Well Qualified
The LGBT Bar Association
* Exceptionally
Well Qualified
Washington Women Lawyers * Exceptionally
Well Qualified
Washington Association of
Prosecuting Attorneys
Qualified Exceptionally
Well Qualified

* No rating available (yet).


Newspaper endorsements (click paper for details):

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The Olympian  
Seattle Times  
The Stranger  
Tacoma News Tribune  
Tri-Cities Herald  
Yakima Herald  


Media stories:

    October 26, 2016
Spokesman Review   Big money fuels contentious Washington Supreme Court races
    October 6, 2016
Pacific Northwest
  Ballot box justice
    August 16, 2016
Peninsula Daily News   State Supreme Court justices decry tactics
    August 11, 2016
Peninsula Daily News   State Supreme Court justices to visit Jefferson County on Friday
    August 6, 2016
Kitsap Sun   Supreme Court candidates face off in Kitsap
    August 1, 2016
Walla Walla
  Why are state Supreme Court judges elected?
    July 13, 2016
Columbia Basin Herald   Supreme Court candidate talks candidacy, McCleary
    June 27, 2016
NBC Right Now   Washington Supreme Court justices stop in Yakima
    June 3, 2016
Tacoma News Tribune   Controversial school-funding rulings prompt crowded Supreme Court races
    May 27, 2016
Seattle Times   [Editorial] Celebrate competitive state Supreme Court races
    May 19, 2016
Seattle P.I.   Supreme Court challengers appear at Republican state convention

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