Court of Appeals
Division One, District Three, Position One
Legal/Judicial Experience: Washington Office of
Attorney General (chief legal advisor to Western Washington University);
Davis Wright Tremaine LLP (partner in appellate practice group); also
worked in other small and large law firms and for nonprofit advocacy
Other Professional Experience: Washington State Bar Association
(Board of Governors); Washington Supreme Court Discipline Advisory Round
Table; WSBA Court Rules Committee; Q-Law
Education: Yale Law School (Juris Doctor, 1990); Brigham Young
University (B.A. in English summa cum laude,1986)
Community Service: Washington Initiative for Diversity (chair);
Seattle Menís Chorus; Vancouver Menís Chorus; Equality Federation
(chair); Leadership Tomorrow
Statement: Ever since I went to law school thirty years ago, Iíve
valued the vital role of the rule of law. Judges must ensure that every
party has a full and fair opportunity to be heard.
My varied legal career has prepared me for service on the Court of
Appeals. I have successfully argued appeals in the Washington Court of
Appeals, the Washington Supreme Court, the Alaska Supreme Court, and the
federal Court of Appeals. Iíve written hundreds of briefs in a wide
variety of cases, including family law, contracts, criminal, employment,
intellectual property, and civil rights.
As a leader in the Washington legal community, Iíve worked closely with
judges and lawyers to promote the rule of law. Throughout my career, I
have been committed to public service and ensuring access to justice for
all. I promise to maintain the integrity of the judiciary, uphold
fairness and common sense, and treat everyone with respect.
On a personal note, my family has lived in the area for almost forty
years. My three children began school on Whidbey Island, and now attend
Bellingham public schools. I would be honored to serve the people of
Northwest Washington on the Court of Appeals.
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